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Sunday, January 6, 2008

I hiked the Byron Shutz Nature Trail here at Powell Gardens on Saturday, January 5. Our official weather station said it was 62F! The trail is sloppy from this thaw over a low of +6F earlier this week, but still a great hike if you wear appropriate footwear. On the north side of the native … Read More

Endangered Tree Seed for the Heartland Harvest Garden

Thursday, January 3, 2008

I feel like the Powell Gardens is the caring young child at the end of Dr. Seuss’s classic book “The Lorax.” We learned today we will receive 5 EXTREMELY RARE seeds of the Ozark Chinkapin (Castanea ozarkensis); a tree that once thrived in the Ozarks and Ouchita Mountains to our south. Its Missouri endangered species … Read More

Evergreens Enliven the Winter Landscape

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

American Holly (Ilex opaca) is probably the toughest broadleaf evergreen tree for our climate. Here is one of our largest trees (20 feet tall; remember we are a young garden!) — you can see it out the windows from the gallery/multipurpose room of the Visitor Center’s north wing. It is studded with bright red berries … Read More

More “Evergreens” to see at Powell Gardens

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Lacebark Pine (Pinus bungeana)Lacebark Pine is a very hardy pine from Northern China. It is a “bushier” pine with healthy green needles at all seasons but develops some of the most beautiful bark of any plant with age. Our plants are 10 years old and over 15 feet tall. They are just starting to get … Read More

“Evergreens” of Powell Gardens

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Powell Gardens is a great place to get ideas for your home landscaping! Evergreen plants offer exceptional winter interest and we have many, many planted throughout the grounds. The above image depicts two of our fine collection of the hardiest cultivars of Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora). The tree on the left is the cultivar ‘Edith … Read More