A Glimpse at What You’ll See!

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CORPUS CHRISTI—While tropical color is in top form, before the Plumeria Collection goes into winter storage, while butterflies are abundant, and on the last day of Mark ‘Scrapdaddy’ Bradford’s more than 70-piece METAL IN MOTION 2, the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center stages Botanical Gardens BUCK DAY—its second dollar day of 2014—from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday, November 1, 8545 S. Staples St.  Admission will be $1 per person, age three and above.  

‘Scrapdaddy’ has been a huge draw since it opened in May, raising Botanical Gardens admissions counts dramatically all summer. Among the imaginative quirky creatures in the mega scrap metal sculpture collection, BUCK DAY visitors will see art cars and other mobile creations Eele, Amblin’, Tompson, Manta, Puffer Fish and Mr. Green; plus other outdoor-scale, beyond-wild creatures like Bird Man, Giddy-Up, Cable Couple, Love Crow, Big Fish, Bits, Steer, Constant Gardener, Propeller Head and many more.

Bradford’s work has been shown live and on television throughout North and

South America, and Europe, in the Houston Art Car Parade 24 years; on J

unkyard Wars—TLC England; Guiness Primetime Live—FOX; Battle Bots—

Comedy Central; Scrapyard Scavengers--History Channel; Competition—A&E;

This is how We Roll—Japan TV; Sled Racing by Invention—ESPN; at the

Essen Motor Show—Germany; and in Smithsonian Magazine.

Fall is peak season for many floral exhibits!

“This is one of the Botanical Gardens’ most ideal bloom times to visit—

the Plumeria have grown to small trees this summer with blooms at eye level

from the viewing ramp and platform.   We’re in one of two peak times for orchids and

Butterflies fill the Butterfly House—and Gardens in general due to fall migration.

We’ve reconfigured Bromeliad Conservatory plantings, parts of the new Tropical Garden
are open—and it’s
cooler,” emphasized Communications & Marketing Director
MaryJane Crull.

“We’ve added BUCK DAY to our fall events this year so more of the community can experience SCRAPDADDY, our bounty of fall floral color, nature trails and wetlands, as well as our growing and entertaining Tropical Parrot collection and Resident Reptiles,” added Executive Director Michael Womack.  Behind the scenes, construction is underway on the new Samuel Jones Orchid Conservatory and two other greenhouses, with a rendering on display for visitors.

Although lower key than April’s huge BIG BLOOM dollar day, BUCK DAY will offer Butterfly Releases at 11 am and 2 pm for the first 100 guests
lining up outside the Butterfly House; a small plant sale area near the  Visitors Center with overflow from recent site plantings; and Nature’s Boutique gift shop will be open.  

For more information, call 361-852-2100.     

Botanical Gardens BUCK DAY set for November 1;

Admission is $1 on last day of ‘Scrapdaddy’