Saturday, March 10, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
Every year, All-America Selections tests new, unsold cultivars in various trials and informs gardeners about the winners. The newest winners were announced recently and will be available May 1, 2007. There are three 2008 winners:
Bedding plant award winner. Bred by Goldsmith Seeds in Gilroy, Calif., ‘Asti White’ is the first F1 hybrid white osteospermum propagated from seed. From plug to flowering, plants require 14-16 weeks in 4-inch pots or larger. ‘Asti White’ is bred for production during several seasons and should exhibit heat and drought tolerance during summer months.
Cool-season bedding plant award winner. Viola ‘Skippy XL Plum-Gold’ was tested in southern locations during the winter. Judges found it to be cold and heat tolerant. Propagated from seed, ‘Skippy XL Plum-Gold’ needs about 10 weeks from sow to bloom. It is recommended for 3- to 4-inch flowering pots or combinations planters with bulbs or annuals. This viola was bred by Kieft Seeds Holland.
Vegetable award winner. ‘Hansel’ is a miniature eggplant; its plant size is less than 3 ft. tall. Seminis Vegetable Seeds in Oxnard, Calif., bred it. During trials, ‘Hansel’ was productive under a wide range of growing conditions. Like all eggplants, ‘Hansel’ needs warm temperatures to thrive and blossom. The glossy, dark-purple fruit are borne in finger-like clusters of 3-6 fruit.
To learn more about All-America Selections, visit www.all-americaselections.org.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
- Butterflies and songbirds benefit from the diversity of food, cover, and space in a natural planting, and add to the pleasure your home provides.
- Native landscaping saves precious time and expense and lessens our dependence on chemicals and non-renewable resources. It is unnecessary to resort to artificial methods of maintenance such as adding fertilizers and pesticides, mowing and irrigating.
- Native plants are well adapted and can survive bitter, cold winters and hot, dry summers.
- Native landscaping soaks up rainfall and consequently reduces runoff of nutrients and chemicals into our lakes.
- A native landscape is dynamic. Interesting flowers, shapes, colors, and textures vary from week to week, season to season, year to year. The splendid diversity favorably contracts to a traditional landscape.
- Discovering the wonders of nature is an exciting reward.
Ecological and environmental considerations:
- In the United States, lawns occupy more land than any single crop, including wheat, corn or tobacco. (Newsweek June 21, 1993)
- Ten times more chemical pesticides are applied to lawns than farm crops. (Newsweek June 21, 1993)
- Of the 34 major lawn care pesticides, 32 have not been tested for their long-term effects on humans and the environment.
Native plants and design choices.
A well planned landscape that includes native plants to accent each season is a valuable asset to your property. Your site characteristics will determine the type of planting for successful results.
You can employ different degrees of native plantings on your property.
- Incorporate native trees and shrubs into a traditional landscape.
- Replace a high maintenance annual garden with a butterfly or prairie garden.
- Design small islands of plant communities.
- Naturalize an entire yard, include a border, (lawn, shrub,fence, between your yard and your neighbor's property.
- Cooperate with your neighbors to integrate native landscapes or to create a natural corridor through your yards.
Whatever option you choose, a native landscape will benefit or land, restore a home for wildlife, and provide a satisfying experience for all.
Take a walk on the wild side! If you enjoy gardening with native plants or simply like spending time in beautiful and peaceful gardens, you will enjoy this native plant garden tour. Eight native landscapes at private homes were selected to provide a variety of landscape styles. Each garden is brimming with Missouri native plants and will have experts on hand to answer your questions. They will be happy to talk to you about the many benefits and joys of native plant gardening.
THE GROW WILD GARDEN TOUR WILL BE IN AND AROUND KIRKWOOD ON SUNDAY JUNE 24 FROM 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
ADVANCE TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FOR $10 PER PERSON BY CONTACTING
THE GREEN CENTER
8025 BLACKBERRY AVE.
UNIVERSITY CITY, MO 63130
BY CALLING (314) 725-8314
OR VISIT WEBSITE AT www.thegreencenter.org
GROW WILD GARDEN SITES INCLUDE:
June Hutson's Garden (Former garden of Edgar Denison) in Kirkwood
Bill & Linda Bennet's Native Bird Garden in Kirkwood
Ann McCormics Native Bird Garden in Kirkwood
Nathan & Julie Jacobs "2006 Grow Native Garden" in Kirkwood
June Walker's Native Prarie and Woodland Garden in Kirkwood
Elaine Fortner & Linda Virga's Wildlife Friendly Garden in Crestwood
Connie & Jordan Heimen's Rain Garden in Olivette
The Green Center's Prarie in University City
Advance ticket price is $10.00. On the day of the tour, tickets are $15 and will be available only at the Green Center in University City.
Other interesting sites to check out: www.shawnature.org and www.for-wild.org
1. Trees conserve energy in the summer, and thereby save you money. Properly planted trees can cut your air-conditioning costs by 15-35%
2. Trees help clean the air. Trees produce the oxygen we breathe, and remove air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates.
3. Trees bring songbirds close by. Birdsong will fill the air as trees provide nesting sites, food, and cover for countless species.
4. Trees around your home can increase its value by up to 15% or more. Studies of comparable houses with and without trees place a markedly higher value on those whose yards are sheltered by trees.
5. Trees help clean our rivers and streams. Trees hold the soil in place and reduce polluted runoff into our waterways.
6. Trees conserve energy in the winter. Trees can slow cold winter winds, and can cut your heating costs 10-20%.
7. Trees fight global warming. They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the major contributor to the threat of global warming. Trees planted near our homes and in our communities moderate temperatures and reduce the need for air conditioning and heating produced by burning fossil fuesl, a major souce of excess atmospehric carbon dioxide.
8. Trees make your home and your neighborhood, more beautiful. Trees mark the changing of the seasons, and add grace and seasonal color. Trees make a house feel like a home.
9. Trees are fun! Planting and caring for trees can be a great family and community building activity.
10. The most important reason is: We have one of the greatest selections of outstanding trees in the St. Louis area. Come in now for the best selections.