Archive for January 2011

Plants of the Week – January 31

Hamamelis vernalis bloom JWCHamamelis vernalis, blooming in front of Sharples Dining Hall, is a native, multi-stem, dense, rounded shrub noted for exceptional hardiness. photo credit: J. Coceano

Acer rufinerve (4) JWCAcer rufinerve, planted beside the Lang Performing Arts Center, is a small maple, up to 35’ tall, for a partially shaded area. photo credit: J. Coceano

Xanthocyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' JWCXanthocyparis nootkatensis ‘ Pendula’, found in the Pinetum, is an ideal specimen evergreen for adding year round structure with its pendulous branches. photo credit: J. Coceano

Sedum japonica 'Gold Dots' JWCSedum japonica ‘Gold Dots’ is great in xeric containers with its tiny, yellow, succulent leaves and tight mound form. This plant will be …

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Plants of the Week – January 24

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' JWCCarex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’ is a great deer resistant sedge found in the  winter containers of the Terry Shane Teaching Garden. photo credit: J. Coceano

Cedrus deodora 'Shalimar' JWCCedrus deodora ‘Shalimar’, found near the visitor parking off of Whittier Place, has graceful pendulous branches that sport blue green needles in youth and then matures to a more flat-topped appearance. photo credit: J. Coceano

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Little Mackie' JWCChamaecyparis obtusa ‘Little Mackie’, planted in dwarf conifer area near Bond Hall, is a  slow growing conifer with a nice rounded form. photo credit: J. Coceano

Colocasia esculenta 'Tea Cup' JWCColocasia esculenta ‘Tea Cup’ was named because the leaves on the 3-4’ plant appear …

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Peace Tree Farm

Lloyd Traven providing a tour of Peace Tree Farm's greenhouses. photo credit: A. BuntingThis fall, I visited a local wholesale company in Bucks Country, Peace Tree Farm.  This remarkable business, owned by Lloyd and Candy Traven, produces all its plants organically without chemical pesticides and herbicides.  The Traven’s have committed to organic plant production methods for the last five years.  Here at the Scott Arboretum, we are testing many of their practices in the Wister Greenhouse. More to come on these efforts in future posts.

In addition to these cutting edge techniques, we are excited because Peace Tree Farm will be custom growing many plants for our Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale on …

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