The Importance of Plants in our Lives

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The Importance of Plants in our Lives

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thanksgiving has passed, Christmas is next week and the New Year not far behind. In thinking about a timely blog topic, the typical holiday plants come to mind: evergreen Christmas trees, poinsettia, holly, and mistletoe to name a few. These plants sure help make this season bright, especially as we get so close to the … Read More

A Marcescent Late Fall

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I’m sure you have noticed that many more trees than usual have kept their withered leaves this year.  Yes, there is a botanical term for this: marcescent!  We had a most beautiful fall but before some trees turned fall color and dropped their leaves we had a deep freeze.  In fact, we recorded the coldest … Read More

We’re Thankful for our Volunteers

Monday, December 2, 2013

Learn something new, meet friends, have fun, make a difference.  This is the motto and mission of the Powell Gardens Volunteer Department and what, I believe, our volunteer team does on a daily basis. Why do folks volunteer?  People volunteer for a lot of different reasons and there is no right or wrong answer.  But … Read More

Oaks, Our National Tree

Friday, November 15, 2013

Oaks are the official national tree of United States of America and the dominant tree throughout Greater Kansas City.  They are considered the frame of civilized society– a whole book written on that subject: Oak: The Frame of Civilization by William Bryant Logan.  They are also the MOST important plant to the local web of life, providing … Read More

Holiday Sneak Peek: Powell Gardens’ Dazzling Poinsettias

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture, offers a glimpse inside the greenhouses where Powell Gardens’ poinsettia crops are thriving! These and other varieties will be part of our holiday display, which opens later this month. Enjoy!