Where are the bananas?

by Doug Schuster

The most popular question at Kingwood’s greenhouse in 2016 was “Where are the bananas?” As we continue to navigate the utilization of a 1960’s greenhouse facility in the 21st century, modifications are needed from time to time. What’s always been lacking in the greenhouse is a “people space” an area that allows for us to accommodate larger groups and even have small workshops within the greenhouse. To accomplish this, we had to move some plant material around including the banana trees. We decided to relocate the banana trees from the back of the tropical greenhouse to the front where they have a much larger space to grow, and they are thriving in that space. For the first time in my tenure, we have two stalks that have set fruit at the same time. The banana trees in their original location never met their full potential; they were in narrow ground beds with limited space to grow.

The full size banana tree

The full size banana tree

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Minor Bulbs in the Garden

By Bill Collins

When we think of spring bulbs in our garden we usually picture tulips and daffodils.  These are wonderful but there are so many other minor bulbs that can be used in the garden.  By selecting many of these you can extend the spring bloom time in your garden. Some can bloom as early as February or early March depending on the weather. Others will bloom along with or after the tulips and daffodils in April and May. They are often  most effective when they are planted in large patches or sweeps.

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Anticipating Spring Gardens

by Chuck Gleaves, Executive Director

At Kingwood you can enjoy the daffodils by the thousands or as incredible individuals like this one

At Kingwood you can enjoy the daffodils by the thousands or as incredible individuals like this one

Spring is the most popular time at Kingwood, and we have lots to see. Over the years our gardens have become more nuanced that just a gazillion tulips, although we have far from forsaken the brilliant spring color that tulips provide. Many thousands of daffodils bloom sequentially over about a six-week period, typically from late March to early May, although as I write this on the second to last day of February there are already one or two daffodils in bloom.

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