Archive for February 2009

Witch Hazels

By Chris Lane

During this rather bleak time of year, there is no genus that can brighten your garden like Hamamelis. In this thorough and descriptive book about witch hazels, Chris Lane describes the genus as a whole, its four species, as well as most of the hybrids and cultivars in existence. This Royal Horticultural Society Plant Collector Guide is the most complete book on witch hazels written in English. This book is useful for its complete descriptions, the expert cultivation advice from Chris Lane, and for the over 100 color plates that show the variety of sizes and …

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Working with LEED Accredited Professionals

In the Scott Arboretum’s quest to build a LEED silver building, the Wister Education Center and Greenhouse, we have tapped the knowledge and expertise of several LEED Accredited professionals and contractors. These individuals not only provide great insight and direction to help us earn the 33 to 38 points needed to reach silver, but simply working with them on the project earns us a LEED innovation point.

There are two types of accreditation available to professionals and contractors, LEED AP and Green Advantage Certified. LEED AP (LEED Accredited Professionals) are building industry professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of …

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Snakebark Maples

While snowshoeing in Ricketts Glen State Park this past month, I had the pleasure of seeing several stands of our native Acer pensylvanicum. The conspicuous young red stems of this striped maple were electric against the white wonderland of the forest. True to the common name of striped maple or snakebark maple, white stripes ran the length of the young trunks making them very easy to identify.

Acer pensylvanicum photo credit: R. Robert

Acer pensylvanicum photo credit: R. Robert

With these attractive characteristics, a gardener might wonder why this plant is not found in nurseries and garden centers. A. pensylvanicum has proven to be useful …

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