The Perennial Garden’s Winter Bones

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The Perennial Garden’s Winter Bones

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Our Perennial Garden displays some of the best garden design at Powell Gardens. At the age of 17 many of its plants are beyond youthful size. These backdrops, or “walls,” of the perennial beds make the garden a delightful, human-scale experience. Take a virtual tour with Senior Gardener Jay Priddy and share some of his … Read More

The Magnificent Victoria Waterlilies Have Arrived!

Friday, January 11, 2008

I am often asked what the horticulture staff of Powell Gardens does in the winter. The process we follow to grow the magnificent Victoria waterlilies shown above (photo taken last summer by Mark Gawron, Senior Gardener for the Island Garden) starts now, in midwinter. The Victoria waterlilies have arrived! Mark Gawron says Victoria waterlilies are … Read More

Sedums for Winter Ground Color & Cover

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Some or our most colorful groundcovers have really shined this winter at Powell Gardens. They are all sedums: tough succulent perennials from various parts of the world. The picture depicts sweeps of three varieties in the Dwarf Conifer Garden: Angelina Sedum (Sedum rupestre) on top, Weihenstephaner Gold Sedum (Sedum floriferum) in the middle (it is … Read More

FIRST BUTTERFLY OF THE SEASON!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

I hiked the Byron Shutz Nature Trail here at Powell Gardens on Saturday, January 5. Our official weather station said it was 62F! The trail is sloppy from this thaw over a low of +6F earlier this week, but still a great hike if you wear appropriate footwear. On the north side of the native … Read More

Endangered Tree Seed for the Heartland Harvest Garden

Thursday, January 3, 2008

I feel like the Powell Gardens is the caring young child at the end of Dr. Seuss’s classic book “The Lorax.” We learned today we will receive 5 EXTREMELY RARE seeds of the Ozark Chinkapin (Castanea ozarkensis); a tree that once thrived in the Ozarks and Ouchita Mountains to our south. Its Missouri endangered species … Read More