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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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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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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Which Plants to Deadhead

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by

Most flowers lose their attraction as they fade, spoiling the overall appearance of beds, borders and containers, and are best removed. Regular deadheading directs energy into stronger growth and more flowers. Once the flowers are pollinated; seed heads, pods or capsules form at the expense of further growth and flower development. Choosing the exact point to make a deadheading cut can seem confusing, since perennials have different flower forms. Because deadheading, like other types of pruning, is so species specific, it can be difficult to group plants into categories. For most plants, however, all you need to remember is to prune spent flowers and stems back to a point where there’s a new lateral flower or bud. If no new flower is apparent, prune the stem back to a lateral leaf. Plants That May...

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22nd Annual Garden Fair

Friday, June 5, 2015 by

Friday, June 5, 2015 12pm-6pm Saturday, June 6, 2015 9am-5pm Sunday, June 7, 2015 9am-3pm Don’t miss Rockford’s premier outdoor living marketplace, the first stop for nature enthusiasts, conscientious consumers, and gardeners of all stripes. More than 50 vendors will showcase everything from flowers, yard art and gardening tools to vintage furniture, reclaimed wood products and handmade organic soaps. There’s a little something for everyone. Echo Beach, an instrumental surf band, will be playing at noon on Saturday. $8 admission | kids 16 & under free Members free when they show their membership card. Garden Fair Vendors Acri Company Nelson’s Flowers and Greenhouses Arte Verde Garden Center New Life Oils Best Bat Houses Oreb Lran Fine Casual Jewelry Bloom & Grow Gardens Patz Maple & Honey Farms Blue Sky Distributors Redesigned Relics Branching Out Remade...

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