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Hello, dear readers! Today we continue landscaping with Botanical, by Kriss Lehmann. Botanical and Heart Garden are truly the two places I send anyone who says 'hey, where can i get some plants?'. Botanical is another place you must visit as much for the sim itself as for the product. When you go, explore everywhere. Every. Where. You won't be complete until you do.

That's sculpted water I'm sitting beside, and it's amazing. The water, and the ground covers, and the pathway texture, and the sunbeam, and I'm pretty sure also the rocks, are ALL available for purchase. Of course, Botanical has trees, and they are awesome. The majority of them are quite prim heavy -- and worth every prim! -- but if you're limited in your prim allowance, then the trees may not be for you. There are a million other things here that you'll want, though.

Japanese Red Maple, Emerald Forest Tree, Japanese Orange Maple:

"Sunbeams, Elle? Really?" Yep! This is the most awesome thing ever, and it fills my heart with sunshine and light. Sunbeams and rainbows. Friggin' awesome.

It's magical. :)

Another thing I really like is that Kriss has provided demos of some of his ground covers and various plants, like reeds, and these capers:

These capers are one of my favorites, too -- they're mod, and I used them in my KT's garden (which I totally need to blog) -- I stretched them out quite a bit, and the effect is perfect -- very wild English moors, in my opinion. :) And having demos available is a wonderful idea -- plants and ground covers can be tricky, so many thanks to Kriss for giving us a chance to try them out before we buy.

As I mentioned, there are a million things you'll want at Botanical. There are beautiful butterflies (I have some on my sim :) ) - really gorgeous crystals ( that I used in the lake on the sim :) ) - also, and these are precious, you can find fireflies and will-o'-wisps, perfect for adding touches of whimsy and fantasy. So go forth! Explore! Enjoy! Purchase! Buy me some fireflies! Kthxbai!