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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.