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And even MORE early blossoms...

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And even MORE early blossoms...

Iris reticulata 'Clairette' I have a bank at home studded with a dozen or so of these blooming right now, and I see them poking up here and there all over the Gardens. You know the problem with America? How come there are medical marijuana outlets popping up every ten feet and still not enough reticulate irises? Do we have our priorities skewed or what? These majestic miniatures from Western Asia thrive in...

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This Week at the Gardens: February 18th

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This Week at the Gardens: February 18th

The first crocus in my home garden has bloomed faithfully on February 22nd every year since it was planted, and, as far as I’m concerned, that signals spring as surely as the opening pitch of the season.

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This Week at the Gardens: February 4th

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This Week at the Gardens: February 4th

Think back…way, way back to when the sun shone, the weather was balmy, and flowers were in bloom. That’s right, I’m talking about last weekend. witch hazel (Hamamelis), Never fear, the blooms will peek out once again as soon as the snow melts, but in the meantime, a peaceful walk through the Gardens offers rewards no matter what the weather throws at us.

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Who are you??? The search for a plant's true identity

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Who are you??? The search for a plant's true identity

Sometimes we have plants growing in our garden collections that aren't quite who we thought they were. Usually when we receive a new accession into the living collections, we have information of what the name of the plant is, where it came from (nursery or collection site in nature) and if it is a seed, cutting or plant. Fortunately, 99.9% of the time, the listed name is correct. Unfortunately this 0.1% can...

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This Week at the Gardens: January 21st

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This Week at the Gardens: January 21st

This week, Nick has been busy creating a new display called "Succulents under the Sea." This slightly tongue-in-cheek title refers to the look of the display, located in the entrance to Marnie’s Pavilion, which will combine unusual non-hardy succulents with lava rock to create a distinctly underwater look! • Glottiphylum longum is showing large, yellow, iceplant-like flowers. • Outside, the agaves and cacti present a variety of texture and color, enhanced by a dusting...

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My Week: January 14th

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My Week: January 14th

Alan’s weeks don’t vary much with the seasons. He says, “Every morning the [Boettcher Tropical] conservatory gets hand-watered for approximately two hours. This time is not only a great time to water, but it also gives me an opportunity to focus on individual plants while watering. I probably split my week with twenty hours in the conservatory and around twenty hours in the greenhouses. Daily maintenance is required for both the...

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My Week: January 7th

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My Week: January 7th

For Jackie, the first week of the year means making a pruning plan for tackling some of the trees in her gardens. Winter is a great time to prune, since trees are dormant and their structure is not hidden behind leaves. She is also doing some deep watering, as the weather permits, since we have had such a dry winter so far. She advises watering on a warm day when it’s...

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Winter Gardens: Week of December 10th

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Winter Gardens: Week of December 10th

  Medinilla speciosa is a stunner with magenta stems and purple-black berries, set against fat green leaves. Then there is Crinum, with explosive lavender blooms surrounded by strappy leaves. Moving into Marnie’s Pavilion, you’ll find color everywhere, from numerous orchids in bloom, to bromeliads and even tropical waterlilies. Finally, head west into the Orangery to catch sight—and scent—of the holiday display of cyclamen, gardenia, poinsettia, rosemary and various citrus trees. This space is...

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