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Re: Winter gardens

And my bulbs are coming up!  Yeah- spring is coming!! (I know that isn't 
true for many of you yet, but I wanted to give you all hope).

Sitting at home all day with a head cold and a sore arm from getting a 
flu shot yesterday.

Cathy Carpenter wrote:

>Gosh, every season has something to see. The Japanese garden has  
>spectacular azaleas and rhododendrons in the spring, and there are  
>the spring ephemerals in the woodland areas. Summer has the  
>spectacular tropical waterlilies in the outdoor ponds. Fall has the  
>Japanese Festival over Labor Day, and the leaf color. Pay a visit to  
>their website. It's not the greatest, but could give you an idea of  
>what goes on month to month. Also would probably mention when the  
>various local plant societies have their sales there. I have been to  
>the orchid one and the daylily one (both purely by chance) and both  
>were excellent. Would be up for a rendezvous as well.
>Cathy, west central IL, z5b
>On Jan 4, 2006, at 8:11 PM, Donna wrote:
>>I actually have never been there.... maybe this summer. If someone  
>>else is
>>planning on going there, maybe we can schedule a group date?
>>What time of the year would you say has the most to see and offer?
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
>>>Behalf Of Cathy Carpenter
>>>Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 3:04 PM
>>>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Winter gardens
>>>Missouri Botanical Garden is an excellent choice, and not a bad drive
>>>from where you live, especially if you get an early start. Even in
>>>the dead of winter, you have the Linnaean House, the oldest
>>>continually operating greenhouse in the US, with its Camellia
>>>collection, which should be in bloom. Also, there is the Climatron, a
>>>geodesic dome filled with tropical plants, and the temperate house,
>>>filled with plants from the world's temperate regions. The Kemper
>>>Center for Home Gardening has a building devoted to house plants and
>>>a nice cacti display. (Of course, if you go during the outdoor
>>>growing season, they have 8 acres devoted to residential landscaping
>>>- including a modest garden railroad. Depending on the weather, you
>>>could even roam outdoors - there is beauty there in every season. If
>>>you plan a visit  in Spring, Summer, or Fall, consider driving
>>>further west and take advantage of the Arboretum (now, I think,
>>>called the Nature Center). It is located in Gray Summit, MO, west of
>>>St Louis, off I-44. Has a wonderful garden featuring native plants in
>>>the home landscape, and plenty of native prairie, woodland and
>>>wetland space to explore.
>>>Cathy, west central IL, z5b
>>>On Jan 4, 2006, at 8:41 AM, pdickson wrote:
>>>>When I lived in Missouri I would go to St. Louis to the Missouri
>>>>Botanical Gardens.  I remember they had a conservatory that was
>>>>filled with Camellias. It was a beautiful place to walk in the
>>>>winter too.  Here is a list of what is in Bloom in February. http://
>>>>Oklahoma City has an indoor Conservatory downtown.  It is
>>>>interesting but mostly tropicals.  I love to go there in the winter
>>>>but it is much too hot and humid in the summer.  I think you can
>>>>look both of these up online. Myriad Botanical Gardens in OKC in
>>>>the official name. http://www.myriadgardens.com/index.html
>>>>I love to go to a good nursery in the winter to see winter color.
>>>>zone 6b
>>>>western Ok
>>>>>--- Andrea Hodges wrote:
>>>>>>Speaking of which, does anyone know (and I'm sure
>>>>>>someone does) are the
>>>>>>botanical gardens or arboretums in Chicago or St
>>>>>>Louis something you can
>>>>>>visit in the winter, or is it strictly a summer
>>>>>>thing? I am DYING to go
>>>>>>to a real arboretum.
>>>>>>Who can make it to one of those? Or another? any
>>>>>>suggestions? I can only ride so far still, but I
>>>>>>definitely need a winter trip!
>>>>>>Jesse, how far am I from you?
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