Native Plants of the Midwest

Saturday, September 12, 2015 by

Saturday, September 12, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am This presentation is made possible through the Pauline J. & John R. Cook Horticulture Lecture Series Alan Branhagen is Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens, supervising all design and management of horticulture in the gardens as well as the 970-acre property’s natural resources and wildlands. Alan is an all-around plantsman and naturalist (specializing in birds, butterflies and botany).  Mr. Branhagen will share his enthusiasm with midwestern native plants and how to incorporate them into your landscape.  This lecture will be based on his upcoming book –  Native Plants of the Midwest. Members: Free Non-Members: Included with daily admission Registration Name(required) Email(required) Additional guests Thank you for registering. You will not receive a confirmation...

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August Blooming Perennials

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by

Planning your garden for next year?  Below is a list of August Blooming Perennials. Monkshood–Aconitum napellus New York Aster–Aster novii-belgii New England Aster–Aster novae-angliae Leadwort–Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Garden Mum–Dendranthema x grandiflora Red Hot Poker–Kniphofia hybrids Joe-Pye Weed–Eupatorium maculatum Closed Gentian–Gentiana andressii Black-Eyed Susan–Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ Showy Sedum–Hylotelephium x ‘Autumn Joy’ The list was provided by the University of Illinois Extension. Monkshood is...

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Planting Bulbs

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by

Gardeners can find a wide selection of spring bulbs for planting right now. The earlier the bulb goes into the ground the longer it will have to establish before cold soil temperatures arrive. Even if you end up planting spring bulbs with your parka on, the bulbs will still show up and bloom next spring. Bulbs will be planted based on their diameter, bigger bulbs deeper, smaller bulbs much closer to the surface. A general rule of thumb gardeners follow is 2-3 times as deep as the bulbs diameter, unless there are planting instructions stating otherwise. Info courtesy of University of Illinois – Extension.  For more information on fall lawns, bulbs and vegetables click...

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Maintaining Your Perennial Garden...

Thursday, July 23, 2015 by

Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:00pm – 7:30pm Master Gardener, Michelle Cox, will cover pruning to maintain your perennial garden and keep it looking good all summer long. Introduction to Pruning Perennials Laying out plants Staking Division Why we prune Techniques Tools Benefits Deadheading Let it go to seed? Cutting back Pinching, Thinning, and Deadleafing Members: Free Non-Members: Included with daily admission Registration Name(required) Email(required) Additional guests Thank you for registering. You will not receive a confirmation...

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2015 Summer Appeal

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by

Dear Friends of Klehm, Have you been to Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden lately?  It has been a busy spring! The garden renovations that began last year around the Clarcor Pavilion are looking great with new plants and features being added.  The new “Contemporary Perennial Garden” developed in cooperation with Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm, has been completed by a team of 60 great volunteers.  The volunteer effort recently planted 4,000 plants consisting of 40 species of grasses, sedges and perennials covering 14,000 square feet.  This new featured garden located at the back doors of the Visitor Center will provide a changing mosaic of color and texture through the seasons and provide beauty and valuable habitat for native pollinators and butterflies.Klehm depends on the generosity of its contributors to help accomplish new features and maintain the...

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Planting Day Thank You!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by

Over 50 volunteers showed up on Saturday, June 13th to plant 4,000 perennials in our 13,000-square-foot Contemporary Perennial Garden. The “Know Maintenance” site was planned for minimal weed invasion and optimal beauty by Roy Diblick, noted plantsman and designer. The hillside is slowly coming alive, despite the muddy conditions that limited planting efforts that Saturday. Volunteers will continue to finish planting over the course of the week, weather pending. Imagine what it will look like next year: blooms of yellow and purple intermixed with grass texture.  Some of the plants used are: Coreopis golden shower, Stachys hummelo, Allium summer beauty, Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ Grass, Echinacea simulta and Salvia Burgundy Candles among many others. Funds to purchase the plant stock were received via a grant of $23,500 from the CN EcoConnexions “From the Ground Up” program...

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