Evergreens of the Winter Solstice

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Evergreens of the Winter Solstice

Monday, December 21, 2009

Evergreens are an important plant to the winter landscape as they provide us with lively (or should I say alive) foliage in this lowest lit, dormant season. It is no wonder why we use them as Christmas trees.Two Scotch Pines (Pinus sylvestris) centered in this photograph are remnants of a former windbreak of Scotch Pines … Read More

Winter Landscape Tips

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It is the season to enjoy the beauty of evergreens and other plants with winter interest. Powell Gardens with its 7,000 varieties of permanent plants on display, offers a good place to see a inordinate variety of plants in the landscape.The evergreen spires are Green Giant Arborvitae (Thuja ‘Green Giant’) and look rich green and … Read More

Meet the Poinsettias of 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tracy Flowers, Gardener Kauffman Memorial Garden (left), picks poinsettias for Gardener Kellyn Register and Senior Gardener Eric Perrette to sleeve and load for a trip to the Kauffman Memorial Garden’s holiday display in the conservatory. Powell Gardens grows all its poinsettias from approximately 3,000 rooted cuttings at our greenhouse complex. They are cared for by … Read More

Thanksgiving 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel, masterfully sited where the prairie meets the woods and overlooking Powell Gardens’ main lake, epitomizes the end of a bountiful season.The Heartland Harvest Garden America’s largest edible landscape was a monumental planting operation finished on schedule in June — still wonderful in fall crops as photographed from the observation silo … Read More

It’s A Girl!

Friday, November 20, 2009

The tropical food plants of the Heartland Harvest Garden are safely tucked away for the winter in the greenhouses….Papayas (Carica papaya) are palm-shaped perennials that become tree-like over time. Seed planted last spring are producing some handsome plants that have begun to flower profusely. It’s a girl! For some reason most of our papaya seed … Read More