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2014 Fall Splendor at Powell Gardens

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall color is actually about a week earlier than normal this year. We have had a great growing season with ample rain with just two minor, three-week dry spells. Fall color was lackluster on some tree species despite the perceived perfect conditions while some trees have been as beautiful as ever.  Go figure. Here’s a … Read More

Winter’s Wear on Plants

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The winter of 2013-2014 was certainly a cold stretch, the longest stretch of cold weather in the 18 winters I have lived here in Kansas City.  At Powell Gardens the lake froze over in late November and didn’t thaw until early March — that was a first! Powell Gardens lowest temperature was -10F (rounded up) … Read More

Winter Horticulture Notes

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I thought I would share a few of the horticultural happenings at Powell Gardens.  What a cold January it has been with a low of -10F at Powell Gardens’s weather station.  This was the coldest reading in 3 years here, not decades.  This is the 4th time we have gotten to -10F in the past … Read More

Winter’s Subtle Beauty

Friday, January 10, 2014

Can you say fog?  The soupy air over melting snow has created an ethereal atmosphere in the Powell Gardens landscape today.  Love it or hate it, it is one of the seasonal experiences of our region and much of the Midwest. Here’s the path into the Shade Native area of the Perennial Garden during the … Read More

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