Archive for March 2012

The Horticultural Side of My Favorite Dessert: Chocolate


The wave of warmer weather, the exploding cherries and magnolias, and the smell of the breeze are all welcome signs of spring. This time of year also makes me think of chocolate.  With Easter around the corner and those brightly colored Cadbury Eggs and Peeps showing up in stores, the season for sweets is upon us!

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Nancy Stiebitz, owner of Encore Chocolates in Rochester, New York gave a chocolate workshop at the Scott Arboretum. photo credit: L. Stiebitz

At the end of February, Nancy Stiebitz, owner of Encore Chocolates in Rochester, New York gave a two-hour chocolate workshop at the …

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Plants of the Week – March 26

Cercis chinensis 'Don Egolf' scale size (2) JWCEvery inch of real estate on Cercis chinensis ‘Don Egolf’ is covered in bloom! The U.S. National Arboretum introduced the cultivar touting that the compact plant is “covered from stem to stern with vivid, rosy mauve flowers in early spring.”  Despite the prolific flower set, C. chinensis ‘Don Egolf’ produces no seed, is disease resistant and slowly grows to 9’ making it an ideal choice for small gardens. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Daphne genkwa 'Hackenberry' (3) JWCDaphne genkwa (Hackenberry Group), located in the Harry Wood Garden, is commonly known as the lilac daphne for the abundance of lavender flowers which bear resemblance to Syringa

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Plants of the Week – March 19

M. soulangiana Wharton (6) JWCTwo mature Magnolia x soulangiana create a pink aura above the Wharton Hall courtyard. The cross is noted for being a heavy producer of cup-like flowers. Many magnolias are in full bloom, particularly those planted near the Worth Health Center. Interested in learning more about magnolias? Laura Stiebitz wrote an article titled A Spotlight on Four Stunning Species of Magnolias in the Spring 2012 edition of the Hybrid.  Photo credit: J. Coceano

Corylus heterophylla var. thunbergii catkins (1) JWCPendant male catkins on Corylus heterophylla var. thunbergii elongate in late winter. This particular plant, located near Mertz Hall, arrived as seed in 1993 from Chollipo Arboretum …

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