Behind the scenes the Heartland Harvest Garden is blossoming with activity. This very fragrant Jubilee Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa) graces the understory of the Apple Celebration Court. Its flowers are edible but add more fragrance than flavor to the palate. This rose produces extra large fruit “hips” for tea and vitamin C-rich preserves. It is also a beneficial companion to apple plantings.
Matt Bunch (Horticulturist in charge of the Heartland Harvest Garden) sets stakes to string lines to sharply define the triangular and square beds of the Kansas Star Quilt – Forage Crops. Horticulture staff from all components of Powell Gardens teamed up to help Matt plant in the Heartland Harvest Garden today.
Tracy Flowers (Gardener – Kauffman Memorial Garden) waters in new plantings in the Kansas Star Quilt. This garden will be a three-quarter acre patchwork quilt showcasing pasture and range grasses along with legumes like clover and alfalfa. Where does your beef and dairy come from?
Parts of the Villandry Quilt – Vegetable Garden are already planted but we have held off on some veggies like tomatoes until now. Near record cold would not have been good for warm season plants like tomatoes and basil.
Donna Covell (Horticulturist – Production Greenhouses) left and Kellyn Register (Gardener – Greenhouses) pose on a bench in the Apple Celebration Court. The two were checking on the plants they grew for planting today. Chives and roses add color to the space, most of the trees will produce some apples for sampling through the latter half of this season.
Mark your calendars for the public opening of the Heartland Harvest Garden on June 14th. The young fruit in the second image was a nectarine. We can’t wait to savor its flavor later in the season.
All photographs taken by Alan Branhagen on May 19, 2009.