Archive for May 2009

Taylor’s Guide to Roses

Taylor’s guides are known for their complete information in convenient size books. This Guide to Roses is no different. This pocket-sized encyclopedia has more than 450 color photographs as well as drawings of a wide variety of cultivated roses. It is organized by species, shrub, old garden, floribunda, hybrid tea, miniature, and climbing roses. This guide also discusses common pest problems and solutions, arranging cut roses, and even how to design a rose garden. This book also has a color key, which organizes roses according to the color class that experts assign them. The wonderful array of rose colors range …

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Annual Monocot Border

Every year, we re-design the area below the wall and in front of the arbor in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden. These spaces were designed to display seasonal arrangements of annuals, tropicals, and tender perennials. Each year there is a different theme to the garden. In past years there have been different color designs, as well as thematic displays such as the border “Unabashedly Burle,” which featured a design akin to the works of the late Brazilian garden designer, Roberto Burle Marx. The purpose of the border is to showcase interesting tender plants designed in a provocative manner.

This years’ …

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Plant Conservation Day

Today is Plant Conservation Day. Throughout the world many botanic gardens and arboreta have a strong commitment to plant conservation as part of their mission. Some institutions work with a specific genus, such as, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and their work with the native pitcher plants, Sarracenia. Their program includes documenting wild populations, propagation and germplasm preservation. Other institutions collaborate with other national and international organizations in an effort to develop conservation measures to protect threatened or endangered plants and plant communities. At the Scott Arboretum while conservation is not a core tenant of our mission statement, we do …

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