By Laura Mast
This is the time of year when the temperature starts to drop, and plants begin to go dormant for the winter. There are numerous plants that you can bring in for the winter to keep from dying. At Kingwood, we start bringing in plants from the gardens that we will use in our designs for the next year’s garden displays. One of the plants that we bring in to save is Pennisetum (ornamental grass).
By Glenna Sheaffer
One way to keep herbs for years – especially tender perennials and shrubs – is to dig them and pot them up and bring them into the house over the winter. Of course, this works best for smaller plants that do not take up too much room. Clean off all the old discolored and dead leaves and flowers so they look tidy. This is now a houseplant in your home so it should look nice. You can cut off some far-ranging stems so the plants are more compact and will fit well on your windowsill. Try to leave about 2” of foliage left on the stems. The plant can be further cut back as it puts out new growth lower down the stem. Finish with a plant that has good foliage and maybe flowers to carry it through the winter. Herbs need direct sunlight in the winter so setting them in a South, East or West window would be ideal. Sunlight is weak in the winter so the longer you can have them in the sun the better.
By Doug Schuster
Spring is an exciting time at Kingwood; it begins with our big kick off in the garden with the appearance of our Tulip display along with other spring bulbs in late April to early May. While the beauty of the blooming bulbs is enjoyable and a display as large as Kingwood’s is not commonplace, what most don’t realize is how long that display has been in the works. The spring bulb display is an 11-month process which begins as early as June with the design and selection of bulbs to be planted for the following year. Once we have ordered our bulbs, we then await their arrival; most tulip bulbs come all the way from Holland. They usually arrive sometime between the 3rd to 4th week of September. Here at Kingwood, we will store the bulbs until we remove our annual display and prep our landscape beds. Once the beds have been prepared, we will plant the bulbs. Usually, this takes place in mid to late October. Once planted we wait for the show.
By Glenna Shaeffer
When you need to take tender herb plants indoors to keep over the winter, you can dig the whole plant in Mid-September and bring it in. If you do not have enough room indoors for larger plants, you can take cuttings to bring in. Late August is the best time to take cuttings of herbs that are Mediterranean in origin. The plant is still in active growth during this month which helps in rooting. Later when the weather cools the plants prepare chemically for going through winter and do not root out easily again until spring.
By Karen Fraizer
The Carriage House Garden was planted a year ago. Part of the theme for this garden was to have an array of edible plants included in the design. We planted cherries, apples, blueberries, raspberries, pears, and hazelnuts. These are all shrubs or trees. We also added edible annuals for seasonal interest that can be changed every year. I am pleasantly surprised that some of the trees and shrubs are producing fruit in their first year.
By Shawn McClain
The grounds crew trims many hedges on Kingwood grounds. One particular hedge, is the hornbeam just outside of the greenhouse. Botanically known as Carpinus betulus, the hornbeam is a fast growing deciduous tree that can grow up to several feet per year. We like to maintain it using a traditional European style of pruning, so it has a nice, sculpted appearance. This means, it’s crucial that the hedge be trimmed regularly, so it doesn’t look overgrown and unruly.
It is quite a chore, but the end result is awesome.
Hedge at Kingwood
By Mona Kneuss
Daylilies have a tendency to overcrowd one another if you do not divide them every 3 to 4 years. When this happens, your flower production will diminish. To keep them blooming to the best of their ability, I will tell you step by step how to divide them.
By Doug Schuster
Kingwood is often utilized by our guests as a place of retreat, to gather inspiration and refreshment. For those of us on the horticulture team at Kingwood, it is important for us to experience that same thing to continue with our ability to create beautiful gardens, and have Kingwood’s gardens be not only beautiful, but sustainable. There are several opportunities to gain inspiration throughout the horticulture industry, but one of the biggest is called Cultivate. Cultivate is organized by AmericanHort, a nonprofit that unites, promotes, and advances the horticulture industry through advocacy, collaboration, connectivity, education, market development, and research. We are fortunate enough to have Cultivate held annually in Columbus, Ohio, just an hour drive south of Kingwood.
By Mona Kneuss
It is almost that time if you have Iris that need to be divided, as early August is the date to strive for. Iris need six weeks after replanting, before the growing season stops to set new roots for winter.
So, let’s get started.
Iris in full glory
My name is Holly VanKeuren and I have been fortunate enough to have been selected as the intern in Kingwood Center Garden’s greenhouses. I am a part-time, non-traditional student at the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute and am working on completing a degree in Greenhouse and Nursery Management. Part of this program requires me to complete an internship and I have really been enjoying my time here at Kingwood Center Gardens.
Kingwood currently has three interns: Holly in the Greenhouse, Lucas as Social Media Coordinator, and Maci as the Education Coordinator!