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Plants of Week – January 28

Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Hazel Smith’ is considered one of the hardiest forms of giant sequoia and is noted as a strong grower with blue-green needles. A chance seedling, S. giganteum ‘Hazel Smith’ was selected by Don and Hazel Smith of Watnog Nursery. Hardy in zones 5 – 9, expect the evergreen tree to grow 14’ tall and 10’ wide in ten years. A Hershey Kiss-shaped specimen roughly twenty years old can be seen on Parrish Lawn near a Cedrus deodora ‘Roman Gold’. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Wanting to take your garden to the dark side? Try Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’. Commonly known …

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How the Scott Arboretum’s Sustainability Efforts are Part of a Larger Effort

The word “sustainable” is probably one of the most important words of this century. According to Merriam-Webster, if something is sustainable, it is “capable of being sustained; of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged; or, of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods.”


Rain barrel installed in Terry Shane Teaching Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

As emphasized in President Barrack Obama’s inauguration speech, becoming more sustainable as a society is a necessity for the future. There are a multitude …

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Plants of the Week – January 14

I had believed for over 2 years that a rounded shrub anchoring a planting near Old Tarble was an Ilex crenata. Then cymes of flowers appeared. The rounded evergreen shrub, approximately 3’ in height, was not a holly but Viburnum obovatum ‘Reifler’s Dwarf’. Viburnum obovatum is found from South Carolina to central Florida and Alabama. Walter’s or small leaf viburnum flowers profusely in full sun, though partial shade is tolerated. In the south, the species and selections are valued for hedging as the plant responds well to shearing. It’s curious and I’m uncertain why this specimen is blooming in …

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