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Re: Winter gardens


And, to give you in the "colder" states something to think about:  
mild winters generally mean a "good" year for bugs. There will be a  
lot more insect predators out there unless we get a prolonged soil  
freeze soon!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jan 5, 2006, at 8:09 AM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:

> That is good news!  The bad news is that I'm seeing signs of life  
> in my dirt
> too.  Given our worst weather is late January and through February,  
> that
> could be very bad for my plants.  I'm hoping for a nice heavy snow  
> cover to
> insulate and protect the plants until after February.  I probably  
> won't get
> it, but I can hope!
>
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]  
> On Behalf
> Of Theresa
> Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 10:06 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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).
>
> Theresa
> 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?
>>>
>>> Donna
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> -----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:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Andrea,
>>>>> 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://
>>>>> www.mobot.org/MOBOT/bloom/2004/2004-02-20d.html
>>>>> 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.
>>>>> Tricia
>>>>> 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?
>>>>>>> A
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
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