Archive for December 2009

Reconnaissance Mission

Wyeth enjoying the ivy smorgasbord. photo credit: R. Robert

Last week Yvonne Post’s lead goats, Wyeth and Rodin, visited the Scott Arboretum on a reconnaissance mission. As lead goats, Wyeth and Rodin (named for famous artists) are brought to trial new locations and vegetation to see if the entire herd would take to the site and eat the weeds found there.

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Rodin chomping on ivy while Yvonne discusses goats in the garden. photo credit: R. Robert

Like many other institutions in the region, the Scott Arboretum is trialing the use of goats to remove invasive and stubborn weeds from the garden. Also called “nature’s weed-eaters”, goats are a sustainable, …

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Acer pensylvanicum ‘Erythrocladum’

Acer pensylvanicum 'Erythrocladum' photo credit: S. Keitch

I have really been feeling the transition of the seasons lately.  Leaves are dropping along with the temperature, everyone seems to be under the weather, and certain plants are popping out among the flat landscape.  Here at the Scott Arboretum, however, there is never a dull moment, and several plants are vying for attention.

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Ilex ''Sparkleberry' in the BioStream. photo credit: R. Robert

The winterberries keep catching my eye, especially the mass plantings of Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ and ‘Winter Gold’.  The ‘Winter Red’ cultivar has always been one of my favorite shrubs, with its powerful display of thick red …

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Hollies for Gardeners

Hollies for Gardeners

by Christopher Bailes

As the year comes to a close, and winter has set in, it is a wonderful time stop by the James R. Frorer Holly Collection to view the many different species and cultivars that make the Scott Arboretum so unique. But, when looking for a resource that will explain the cultivation and growing requirements for many of the most popular kinds of hollies, look no further than Christopher Bailes’ book. Hollies for Gardeners is an in-depth guide to the best holly species and cultivars to bring to your garden, many of which are growing here at Scott. …

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