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When it’s cold outside, we’ve got the month of May…

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Things are really heating up in the greenhouses! We have left behind the subzero weather that just won’t seem to break, and have moved on to thoughts of Spring. We operate several months ahead of schedule in the nursery, starting vegetables and herbs for the Edible Garden Grand Opening, which coincides with the Spring Plant […]

August Plant of the Month at the Visitor’s Center!

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What a perfect time of year to plant glossy abelia! This plant is heading into its most magnificent months of the year. This semi-evergreen shrub blooms from May to September and is a pollinator magnet! At this time of year, these medium-sized shrubs are covered in fragrant pinkish-white blooms that attract bees and other beneficials […]

July Plant of the Month at the Visitor’s Center

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Annabelle hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ While this beauty is not considered a hard-to-find cultivar, I think that everyone should have at least one in their yard. This shrub harkens to old-fashioned gardens, bursting with blooms and fragrance, and the seemingly bygone era of front porch sitting with friends, neighbors, and family. This cultivar is a […]

Spring Plant Sale list now available

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Start making your wish list! The Spring Plant List species list has been posted. All plants are of limited quantities, so arrive early to beat the crowd. We have a great list of trees, shrubs, and perennials to add to your garden this Spring.

May’s Featured Plant at the Visitor’s Center!

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Those of you that have been through the arboretum in the last month might not have known what the wonderful fragrance was, but I’m sure you noticed it. Most likely you were near a Koreanspice viburnum. From the Education Center to the Garden Pavilion, these shrubs have been filling the air with their heady perfume. […]

April Plant of the Month – Butterflies magnolia now at the Visitor’s Center!

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For those of you that didn’t make it in time to reserve a Butterflies magnolia last spring, here’s your chance! We offered this beautiful magnolia for our member program, Garden Connections, and we sold out almost immediately. If you have ever seen the magnolias in bloom at Bernheim, you know why. This deciduous magnolia blooms […]

Natural Partners

(Toad will regrettably be returned to the outdoors Friday when warm enough to dig a new home)

Growing plants naturally in the glasshouses can sometimes be tough with disease, insect, and weed pressures. You are, in fact, in a fairly closed system – or so you think. Never forget, Mother Nature has helpers everywhere. Friends like this help to keep balance in my little glass ecosystem…and help to remind us of why […]

Featured Plant of the Month: Weeping Japanese Pagoda Tree

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Featured Plant of the Month weeping Japanese pagoda tree Sophora japonica ‘Pendula’ The Japanese Pagoda tree is a medium-size native of China & Korea which was introduced into Japan where it is often planted around Buddhist temples for its showy flowers. The bark of this tree is grayish brown and can become deeply furrowed with […]