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June 4, 2014 – Have you ever wondered what your plants need in the way of water? Marlin Dise, superintendent in the horticulture division, will help you to recognize your plants’ water needs and give guidance on how much and when to water.  You will learn how to avoid overwatering and the correct time of […]

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Jim Pirhalla, Horticulturist in the Pinetum writes: No, this isn’t a blog about gun violence. It’s actually about a charming little flowering bulb. Charming, at least in this region, for in the South, it may be considered a lawn pest to some. The plant that I’m referring to is Ipheion uniflorum, the spring starflower, also […]

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Inquiring minds at today’s Wednesday at Winterthur wondered about plants growing on standards in the Brown Horticulture Learning Center.  I asked Chris Strand, who is working on the KidsGrow Children’s Garden. He replied, “there are sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) and canary creeper (Tropaeolum) climbing up the standards.”     If you’d like to try these at home, […]

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Impact

Winterthur horticulturist, Frank Quinnette, writes: Yes folks, spring has sprung. But someone needs to tell the guy who regulates the temperature around here, ‘cause it still feels like winter to me. Keep in mind that it is not unusual at all to see snow or frost here ‘till near the end of April. That leads […]

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Horticulturist Frank Quinnette interviews a garden colleague: When I caught up with Michele this afternoon, she was pruning the azaleas at the Reflecting Pool. I can hear a collective “What? It’s too late to prune azaleas!” from everyone reading this and I have to admit I thought it too. (If you read Carol’s entry from […]

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If I had a dime for every time I hear “So what do you guys do in the winter?” I would be writing this blog from my own private tropical island somewhere.  OK—maybe not a tropical island as I am not too fond of the heat; how about a snowy New England hilltop?  Regardless, you […]

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Digital Garden Photography for Beginners October 24, 11:30 am, Brown Horticulture Learning Center Learn how to capture that close-up portrait of the perfect flower or how to compose an engaging long-distance shot. Our two garden photographers, Jeannette Lindvig and Lois Mauro, offer tricks of the trade that will make your garden photographs pop. Please bring […]

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Fall Containers Come Alive October 10, 11:30 am, Brown Horticulture Learning Center Look beyond the usual cool-weather plant choices for your containers. This demonstration will provide alternative ideas for fall and winter to give your pots a fresh look for the cooler seasons. Michele Christiano and Leigh Donnelly, garden horticulturists, will help you choose the […]

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Meredith Graves who heads Winterthur’s flower arrangers is excited about hydrangeas: Hydrangeas are just perfect this time of year. These are our two favorite for using in arrangements and also for drying for our spectacular Yuletide dried flower tree. If you wish to dry —- cut long stems and hang in dry room with humidifier if […]

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Ever wonder how to read Winterthur’s plant tags? You’ll find them on most “woody” plants and a few on stakes near herbaceous plants. (Herbaceous plants are ones that generally die to the ground each winter.) First line: a “common” name for the plant Second line: the plant’s name in Latin – the “scientific” name Third […]

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