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This Week at the Gardens: March 11th

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This Week at the Gardens: March 11th

Head down to the Gates Montane Garden. With the water features turned off for their annual spring cleaning, the birdsong is the main sound you hear, and they are busy just now! Find a bench by the pond, where you can watch them bathe and find food. See how many you can identify. Let’s see: he and she ducks, flickers, crows, robins…  

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Mordecai Children's Garden Open This Weekend!

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Mordecai Children's Garden Open This Weekend!

Hello Friends! What a wonderful winter I had snuggled up in the Mordecai Children’s Garden waiting for the first signs of spring. I knew it was time to come out of hibernation when I felt the warm sunshine and saw little flowers popping up by Pipsqueak Pond! I am excited that my friends will be visiting the Children’s Garden again this weekend. When you stop by the Children’s Garden make sure to...

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This Week at the Gardens: March 5th

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This Week at the Gardens: March 5th

This garden, which includes more species of plants than any of our other areas, is beginning to come alive. A few of the tiny jewels to be seen this week include Cyclamen alpinum, just east of the Cactus House, and Erica carnea ‘Snow Queen’, a tiny-flowered white heath. Numerous microclimates, created by the juxtaposition of rock and earth, mean that this garden blooms for nine, ten, and sometimes eleven months...

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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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