On July 1, 2016 Botanica officially moved to the Merlin Gardens sim adjacent to Creations Park, home of Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Merlin%20Gardens/199/46/24
We have a full homestead now and have been able to bring all of the Creatirx Enterprises Shops to one sim. Singularities Decor and the Music Box are also on Merlin Gardens.
The jumble in the old house has been separated into boutiques along Merlin Plaza with plenty of room to expand. There is a shop for for those year round celebrations, Cafe Americana, and my favorite the redesigned Madame Magda’s Fortune Telling Parlor.
We have lots of room for our season special exhibits, right now they are lovely country fields and roads.
The winery has been completely redesigned inspired by Liz’s memories of Beaujolais. Walden pond has been expanded.
We have added two new lovely gardens. Cactus Corners and the Asian Moongate Garden.
Farm supplies Crops and Orchards are ot on the same level. Be sure to visit the herbalist’s hut and have a cup of medicinal tea. It can be every bit as fun as Madam Magda’s but I won’t spoil the surprises.
Now that we are next to Creation’s Park we can hold parties and dances for our patrons at the new Ravinia Festival Park.
Moving a store is a great deal of work and Botanica is ore than a store – its and adventure, so stop by and I hope you’ll agree its has been well worth the effort.
Thank you Botanica Patrons for making this a memorable year and holiday seasons.
This year Liz came joined the staff as PR manager and has been an invaluable help with sales, notices, hunts, product testing and generally catching all my oops. We launched Creatix Enterprises to make one big group for all my product lines.
The season began early with the Winter Festival for Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research at Creations Park
Barbie Alchemi, the Team Fox Lead, requested we design large 20M Christmas Carousel for the venue which was donated as a sponsor item and ended up gracing a few more Christmas venues and parks in Second Life.
Botanica doubled down on sponsorship at the Relay for Life Christmas Expo with an indoor and outdoor Gold Sponsor Sponsorship.
Liz and I had a blast setting up an exposition of or holiday wares, took out all the stops making interactive space for all, and were rewarded by high attendance and good sales, of which 50% we direct donations to the ACS. Our sponsor donation item was a downsized 10m Christmas Carousel which could fit in a great many more personal winter wonderlands.
During the two weeks of the Expo we recouped the full sponsorship donation in sales at Botanica and the Expo sim. Thank you dear patrons for donating $200USD to the American Cancer Society through Botanica. I hope all your holiday decorations glowed especially bright for you knowing that they are helping to find a cure for cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
What a wonderful season! Soon the snows will melt and we will be decorating for the Lunar New Year of the Monkey (Feb. 8), Mardi Gras (Feb. 9) and Valentine’s Day. Liz is working on a new educational Mardi Gras hunt. Botanica was such a gorgeous winter wonderland this year, I captured some of the ephemeral beauty of the season in in photos before it disappears.
We wish everyone and happy and prosperous New Year!
Wander Botanica’s Winter Wonderland for a holiday decorating ideas and join in the “Follow the Star” Advent Hunt from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24th. Twenty-four dated and numbered stars are packed with a variety of some of our favorite (and different prizes from previous Botanica hunts) holiday decorations and furniture, hidden in plain sight and waiting to be claimed on the right day.
and the Swamp.
Botanica has few new haunts.
This is the fifth year for Botanica’s Haunted Cornfield Maze and Trick or Treat Hunt. The cornfield maze 20 interactive spooky or mabre animations to play with and each gives a prize. New this year wear the Creatrix Enterprises group tag to get a group gift . It is free to join.
Alas there seems to have been a major geological upheaval and the spring fields and meadows have devolved into a swamp. This is a hunt attraction and also a good place to find some spooky trees.
The fall foliage has been condensed into Walden Pond.
All the past favorit autumn and Halloween decorations and landscaping are out. We will continue to improve and add stock through the season. There is still much on the sim that has not yet reached the market place so please do stop by and see what’s new.