Sub­merged Gar­dens

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The new ex­hi­bi­tion “Aquas­capes: The Art of Un­der­wa­ter Gar­den­ing” at the Con­ser­va­tory of Flow­ers takes you un­der the sur­face and into another world. Ex­pe­ri­ence the fresh­wa­ter trop­i­cal streams of Africa, Asia and South Amer­ica through art­fully crafted un­der­wa­ter en­vi­ron­ments fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of fish, plants, stones and wood. You might see lay­ers of rock form­ing minia­ture cliffs and cav­erns or jut­ting limbs of drift­wood sur­rounded by ferns, moss, sea­weeds and the steady traf­fic of tiny fish. Aquas­cap­ing dates back to the 1930s when the com­mer­cial avail­abil­ity of fresh­wa­ter aquar­ium equip­ment sparked in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est, but the prac­tice is by no means purely aes­thetic. Each liv­ing aquas­cape is its own ecosys­tem with a del­i­cate chem­i­cal and biological bal­ance. So visit twice if you can, as th­ese un­der­wa­ter land­scapes will grow and trans­form, pro­vid­ing a new ex­pe­ri­ence with each visit. —ZC Con­ser­va­tory of Flow­ers, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., 415.831.2090, con­ser­va­to­ry­of­flow­ers.org

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