Our York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24 for Fête des Fleurs. More early closings.

Frost and Photos: Gardens Good To Go for Family Portrait Day

October 7, 2012 | Matt Cole
[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] Gardeners sometimes anticipate the changing of the seasons with glee; new weather means new tasks, a change of pace. But fall and its frosts are a little different. When a gardener is an artist, and the cultivation of plants is his or her...Learn more
As imperceptibly as Grief the Summer lapsed away

As imperceptibly as Grief the Summer lapsed away

October 4, 2012 | John Murgel
As imperceptibly as Grief The Summer lapsed away -- Too imperceptible at last To seem like Perfidy -- A Quietness distilled As Twilight long begun, Or Nature spending with herself Sequestered Afternoon -- The Dusk drew earlier in -- The Morning foreign shone -- A courteous, yet harrowing Grace, As...Learn more
It's SPRINGTIME!! Yippeeeee!

It's SPRINGTIME!! Yippeeeee!

September 20, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Bulbs are one of the last great bargains: you pay fifty cents for a bulb and it blooms beautifully the next spring. In two years time it is twice as big, and some will even self sow and multiply. Talk about investment! Bulbs beat Wall Street hands down! Where else can you produce carpets of color...Learn more
The Aster Yellows Blues

The Aster Yellows Blues

September 4, 2012 | John Murgel
August and September bring the heyday of many plants of the aster family (Asteraceae). Asters, chrysanthemums, black- and brown-eyed susans, sunflowers, and others grace the landscape with late summer color. Along with them, though, comes a pernicious illness with a mysterious cause: Aster Yellows...Learn more
Mysteries of the Universe Explained

Mysteries of the Universe Explained

August 22, 2012 | John Murgel
Achievement in plant breeding. Symbol of success. Fodder for comedians. Cause of controversy. Seedless watermelons. It’s an old joke: What do you plant to grow seedless watermelons? The serious answer, “seeds,” is quick to deliver but takes some explaining. Seedless watermelons are hybrids between...Learn more
Wanted Dead, Not Alive: The Green Menace

Wanted Dead, Not Alive: The Green Menace

August 14, 2012 | John Murgel
It’s been an interesting summer. Lots of heat and not so much rain, for starters. The combination of heat, drought, and subsequently stressed-out plants has made for banner years for many pests. Some that are usually not even common enough to be a nuisance here at the Botanic Gardens have...Learn more
Pollinator Power

Pollinator Power

July 27, 2012 | John Murgel
Last week a colleague and I attended a conference and workshop about protecting native pollinators, hosted by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. While most of us might think of the European Honeybee, Apis mellifera, as the primary pollinator of crops, native bees are important...Learn more
More Backyard Nature: Milkweeds!

More Backyard Nature: Milkweeds!

July 7, 2012 | John Murgel
In a previous post I described some interactions between plants and insects that can make for interesting observation. This week I’ll add another plant group that makes for some fun—the milkweeds (genus Asclepias). Many species of Asclepias can be found in North America and can make good garden...Learn more
Suburban Serengeti

Suburban Serengeti

June 30, 2012 | John Murgel
Safaris are expensive. So why not trade the very large for the very small? Stay away from tourist traps and take a trip into your back yard for action worthy of television special—you won’t even need to pack a lunch. Even if at first glance the average home’s yard and garden might seem virtually...Learn more
So Your Garden is Rusting

So Your Garden is Rusting

June 16, 2012 | John Murgel
As we swing into high summer and garden plants kick into overdrive, the fungi, bacteria, and viruses that rely on them start making appearances too. These plant pathogens manifest themselves in many ways, from the elegant to the grotesque. Rust fungi are one common pathogen that show up with warmer...Learn more

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