Bugs don’t like the cold either, but how do they survive it?
Month: January 2018
National Plan Vacation Day–Include A Botanical Garden!
It’s National Plan Vacation Day! In recognition of a gardener’s favorite vacation site–the botanical garden–we’re running this article that appeared in the December 2017 Master Gardener newsletter Roots & Shoots from Master Gardener Connie Lowndes. Enjoy! Horticulture Traveling on a Dime: Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Pass by Connie Lowndes, Master Gardener We love our Nebraska Statewide Arboretum…
Seed swapping and understanding seed packets
This time of year is the perfect time to think about swapping or buying seeds to get ready for the coming year. But many people are often confused about some of the language used on seed packets. What exactly does hybrid mean? or heirloom? What a bout non-GMO?
Winter Interest in the Landscape
As an arborist, horticulturist, etc. I always get the question – “what should I plant in my landscape?”….to which I answer, “First, take an inventory of what is there now, and plant something different”…an appeal to increase diversity. A common second answer is “Plant something that is appealing in all seasons, or at least in…
Denver Botanical Garden
Hailed as one of the top 5 botanical gardens in the US and often referred to as an oases in the city, the Denver Botanical Garden is a must on your places to visit. This week on the GROBigRed Blog we are talking about vacation destinations. I had the pleasure of visiting the Denver Botanical…
Ice Melters in the Landscape
In Nebraska, ice melt product application is a necessary evil, however steps can be taken to minimize damage to landscape plants.
African violet no more!
I am a huge African violet nut. Huge. African violets belong to the family Gesneriaceae and belong in the genus Saintpaulia. Until recently taxonomist have pretty much left this genus of plants alone. At one time there was about 21 recognized species of African violets until a few years ago when the “Great Merger” occurred. …
Christmas Trees – After Christmas
What can you do with a Christmas tree after Christmas?