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Gardens by Candlelight, Take 2

Thursday, December 13, 2007

After last weekend’s iciness, we will try our Gardens by Candlelight: A Luminary Walk event again this weekend. Yes, there’s a call for snow, but that will only make it prettier! Plans include lighting the pathway from the Visitor Education Center to the Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel with more than a thousand luminaria. Inside the … Read More

Hungry birds

Monday, December 3, 2007

The wild food crop is the worst I have ever seen in 11 years! The Easter freeze killed the buds and flowers of so many plants that there is a substantial reduction in fruit for migrant and wintering birds. Linda Williams took these shots of Cedar Waxwings feeding in the Powell Gardens parking lot on … Read More

Bird sightings

Saturday, December 1, 2007

A rare young female Surf Scoter visited Powell Gardens yesterday! The Surf Scoter is a diving duck that nests in the boreal forest of the North America, Europe and Asia. It is a rare migrant in the Midwest (outside the Great Lakes) and to see a lone first year female like this one is an … Read More

The importance of plants in our lives

Monday, November 26, 2007

I couldn’t be happier about the new mission recently adopted by the Powell Gardens board: “Powell Gardens is an experience that embraces the Midwest’s spirit of place and inspires an appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives.” The Heartland Harvest Garden, currently under construction, helped inspire the revision. We want it to be … Read More

Heirloom peaches

Friday, November 16, 2007

Last week we planted the very first peach trees in the Heartland Harvest Garden. Garden volunteer Wilbur Kephart helped plant an heirloom peach tree from his family farm in Holden, Mo. Another heirloom tree dubbed “Grandpa Gourley’s Peach” came from the Gourley family. You can find both at the entrance of the Heartland Harvest Garden, … Read More

Butterflies: A reason to enjoy each day

Thursday, November 15, 2007

It has been a long, warm fall, but butterfly numbers were not as astounding as 2006. My favorite butterfly, the large yellow Cloudless Sulphur, was still flying in the gardens this week. This tropical butterfly (native from Argentina to the lower Midwest) emigrates here in summer. It breeds and finds a host on wild partridge … Read More

A beautiful start to November

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Woodsmen of Liggett Trail is one of 20 scarecrows we’ve been enjoying throughout October.

Getting started

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Welcome to the Powell Gardens blog. Visit often to see and hear more about what’s happening around the Gardens.