Archive for April 2009

The Gardener’s Peony by Martin Page

Peonies have been in cultivation for literally thousands of years. Because of this, the number of cultivars and hybrids is intimidating for the new peony student. Martin Pages’ The Gardener’s Peony is a wonderful book that goes into the detail of the history of these unique plants, and the many species and cultivars available. Page also demystifies the difference between herbaceous, tree, and intersectional peonies. There is even a section on endangered peonies and a complete glossary. The back of the book also offers a list of places to view peonies, with the Scott Arboretum listed as one of the …

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The Curator’s Garden

Andrew Bunting, curator of the Scott Arboretum and contributor to Garden Seeds, was recently described by Susan Harris, noted blogger of Garden Rant and the Sustainable Garden blog as having “worked at all the best places in the horticultural world…” including “the famous Scott Arboretum.” These experiences have lead to a stunning home garden with unique plants that are the envy of plant collectors to novice gardeners.

A place to relax within Andrew Bunting's garden. photo credit: D. Mattis

Susan captured some of Andrew insights to renovating a garden and his favorite plants on Garden Rant. She also has some …

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Edgeworthia chrysantha

One of the greatest joys of being a plant enthusiast, I think, is stumbling upon and having the chance to learn a new plant, especially one as unique and unusual as this month’s Plant of the Month. Edgeworthia chrysantha, known commonly as the paperbush or simply as Edgeworthia, is a largely unknown shrub, related to daphne. In my year with the Scott Arboretum, I’ve enjoyed observing how this deciduous shrub progresses through the seasons.

When I first saw Edgeworthia in the Isabelle Cosby Courtyard this past summer, it was covered with narrow oblanceolate leaves, forming a neat, round form, …

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