Archive for April 2012

Plants of the Week – April 23

Halesia tetraptera 'Rosea' flower detail (1) JWCHalesia tetraptera ‘Rosea’, also known as snowdrop tree or mountain silverbell, is a small tree to 30’ best known for its pendulous flowers. Aside from one Asian species, Halesia are entirely native to North America. Flowering occurs on last season’s wood. The tree is particularly beautiful against a dark backdrop or against a bright blue sky.  Photo credit: J. Coceano

Tiarella 'Brandywine' near Whisper Bench (2) JWCFoamflowers are fantastic groundcovers. Tiarella cordifolia ‘Brandywine’ is a particular favorite used in mass throughout the Scott Arboretum. Vigorous rugose leaves knit and weave together creating a swath of foliage. Creamy white bottlebrush-like flowers are showy for many weeks. Tiarella

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Cornus florida– The King of Spring

Cornus florida flower and bract photo credit: J. CoceanoFrom birth through fifth grade I lived in a white two-story farmhouse. A thin strip of yard separated the house from the gravel road. Within that strip are two trees, a silver maple, Acer saccharinum and a flowering dogwood, Cornus florida. The two are an odd couple. The silver maple is a titan that towers above the house! My grandmother constantly worried that a windstorm would blow a branch down onto the roof.  The dogwood, planted 50 feet away is of average height for its species yet seemed especially small in the shadow of the maple. A mental image of …

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Lets Move!

Playing parachute in the Cherry Border. photo credit: R. RobertWith the arrival of warm weather, everyone is out enjoying the gardens. Families can be seen picnicking under the cherry blossoms while kids are rolling down the green hill. Spontaneous games of frisbee, tag, or ball are erupting all over campus from Parrish Lawn to the Cherry Border. Gardens are a wonderful place to get your recommended 60 minutes of play each day.

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Enjoy a morning stroll and sniff under the magnolias. photo credit: R. Robert

The Scott Arboretum and American Public Garden Association have partnered with Lets Move! This is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, …

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