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LEGOS are in the spotlight at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

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For fans of all ages of flowers, gardens and LEGO bricks, the perfect family-friendly excursion awaits at the Cleveland Botanical Garden's "Nature Connects: A LEGO Brick Experience" event running now through August 24.

"Nature Connects: A LEGO Brick Experience" Featuring 14 amazing LEGO brick nature sculptures created by artist Sean Kenney and lots of hands-on activities, "Nature Connects" explores the extraordinary building blocks of nature and how they connect to construct delicate and crucial relationships and living systems that sustain all life.

The LEGO brick nature sculptures include a bee (by the ticket window), a Phalaenopsis orchid (in the Lobby), a Monarch butterfly ( in the Cloud Forest), a fox and a hare (in the Woodland Garden) and a giant rose (in the Rose Garden, naturally).

Interspersed throughout several of the other outdoor gardens, visitors can see LEGO nature sculptures of a ruby throated hummingbird getting nectar from a flower, goldfinches around a bird feeder, a germinating acorn and in the Hershey Children's Garden, a bison and her calf, a jumping koi fish and a LEGO lawnmower can be seen.

In addition, there is a dragonfly, a water lily and water lily platter and frog by the Katherine Philipp Geis Terrace and don't miss the LEGO garden worker by the Kitchen Garden.

Interesting Note: The sculptures were created with 500,000 LEGO bricks, some of which weigh 500 pounds.

Activities include scavenger hunts for live frogs and butterflies, playing bird beak adaptation games and attending daily Nature Connects programs which provide fascinating facts about the natural world. Visitors can also build their own special LEGO creation to take home (at the Buy and Build Station in the Lobby).

And don't miss the dozens of "Build Your Own Creation" LEGO nature sculptures built by Cleveland area LEGO clubs and various residents on display inside throughout the various buildings.

Among some of the flowers currently in bloom that visitors can see as they stroll the variety of gardens are roses, irises, daisies, rhododendrons, alliums, sunflowers, bougainvillea and numerous flowering trees.

Hours for the Cleveland Botanical Garden are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and noon - 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $11 for adults and $6 for children. Admission for Garden members is free.

For more information about the "Nature Connects: A LEGO Brick Experience" or about the Cleveland Botanical Garden call 216-721-1600 or get online at www.cbgarden.com.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden is located at 11030 East Boulevard in Cleveland, Ohio.

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