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Garden 'siteseeing' in the Caribbean, Portugal, the US, and France

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As we head out to visit gardens around the world, no passport is required but make sure your mouse is in good shape. You won't want to miss seeing fabulous orchids, tiny tropical peppers, and gorgeous gardens. 

Bask in the warmth and admire the tropical flowers in A Caribbean Garden  while you learn more about Caribbean food -- herb and pepper seasoning  mixes (which vary a bit from island to island), a recipe for canning Trinidad pepper sauce (likely to cause steam to roll from your mouth), and a recipe for kuchela made using green mangoes.

If you enjoy container gardens, don't miss an extensive look at plantings as well as pots. Nicole, whose job is in international development, is likely to pop up in any warm part of the world -- Southeast Asia, Hawaii -- and share the beautiful garden photos she took.

Let's stick to warm weather by dropping in on the Greenman (Jose Santos) in Portugal. He's a man of few words and many photos. He's been blogging since 2005 about his two outdoor terraces and a garden room. Such gorgeous orchids, bromeliads, and fuchsias (outdoors, of course).

And in keeping with our warm climates, back to the US and Florida: Garden Living, subtitled outdoor adventures with family and kids, is written by Emily, the communications coordinator for the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology. (UF/IFAS stands for University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.)

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