An Extraordinary Dogwood Season

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An Extraordinary Dogwood Season

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Missouri’s state tree (the hawthorn is the state flower) is currently in bloom! Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) is probably the most beloved of flowering trees and rightfully so as its flowers are surrounded by showy bracts that outlast petals of other spring flowering trees. We expect peak bloom to last for another week here at … Read More

Glorious Redbuds

Friday, April 24, 2009

The extra 10 day wait of this slow spring has been worth it: the redbuds are in full bloom! Most American native, spring flowering trees are white but the Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) defies this color constraint with a shocking raspberry sherbet haze across local landscapes and woodlands. The nectar rich blooms are edible to … Read More

The Birth of Trees

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The old saying from tiny acorns, mighty oak trees grow is a good one. Trees, some of our largest living organisms, begin life from seeds. Powell Gardens does propagate some of its trees from seed. If we want to protect and display a particular population of plants, this is often the only way to do … Read More

Spring Plant Sale Preview

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mark your calendar for May 2nd & 3rd (May 1st if you are a Powell Gardens Friends Member!) for Powell Gardens’ annual Spring Plant Sale. We have over 2 greenhouses of stock preparing for the sale including premier perennials, shrubs, annuals, herbs and vegetables. This year the plants are organized into groups of a dozen … Read More

Dodging Jack Frost & Mr. Freeze

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Last night’s freeze was of great concern to gardeners and orchardists throughout the Greater Kansas City region. Heartland Harvest Gardener Barbara Fetchenhier (in charge of fruit and nuts) along with her seasonal Gardener Ginger Johnson spent the night in the new Heartland Harvest Garden. They monitored weathered conditions and did some trial freeze protection on … Read More