Meet the Poinsettias of 2010

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Meet the Poinsettias of 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are Powell Gardens’ premier Christmas and holiday season plant grown in our greenhouse complex. This fickle plant native to Central America and tropical Mexico is actually a shrub that can grow to 10 feet. Poinsettias bloom only on the short days of the winter solstice; it is actually the leafy bracts surrounding … Read More

Autumn’s Crescendo

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The crescendo of autumn is at hand, a last burst of colors before the more monochromatic winter landscape sets in. The White Oak (Quercus alba) on the north side of the Visitor Center is at peak of color in burnt reds; and flanked by Sweetbays (Magnolia virginiana) in the best golden attire.

Cool Color

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It may be Novemberrrr but there are still many colorful, cool weather-loving flowers and foliage to decorate our gardens with! Though this is a scene from the Powell Gardens Visitor Center Conservatory, it does depict the colors of the season. The red foliage is Sedona Coleus (frost tender) and the Chrysanthemum is ‘Carilion.’

501c3, Donors and Why It All Matters

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit organization.  You hear many worthy groups pointing this out about themselves, but what does it mean?   The IRS has given us a special tax-exempt status because we do something good for our community. In short, we enhance it by growing and teaching.  We are careful with our resources so that every … Read More

Reflections of a Grand Growing Season

Monday, November 1, 2010

The 2010 growing season finally came to an on Oct. 29 with temperatures dropping to 27.5F at our official weather station. It had not been below freezing since March 24, 2010. Our 219 day growing season with more than 46 inches of rain is almost unprecedented–certainly the wettest in the 14 years I have been with Powell … Read More