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Gardening Resources

Gardening in the rollercoaster weather extremes of the Midwest brings its own set of challenges and rewards. At Powell Gardens, our staff is passionate about sharing information that will help you succeed with your own gardening adventures.

Ways to Learn During a Visit

Plant Collections

You may not feel like you’re in the middle of a museum when you visit Powell Gardens, but you are! Powell Gardens is a living museum with a rapidly growing collection. Learn about our collections of note and more here.

Plant Evaluations & Introductions

Powell Gardens horticulture staff keeps a keen eye on plants on-site and throughout the region, always looking for plants with a unique set of characters that may make it a great garden plant.  When such a plant is found it is often propagated and grown in our evaluation gardens or nurseries.  To date, Powell Gardens has selected eight unique plants, all American native trees, shrubs and one vine and we have a license agreement for their commercial production and sale.

One seedling tomato has also been selected for its uniqueness for the edible landscape and culinary use. If you have or know of a special plant we are willing to test it and/or provide you with the right contacts for its potential introduction into the seed and/or nursery trade.

Gardening Classes

Our adult education program provides the chance for you to learn from our talented horticulture staff.