Hedge Trimming

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

Hedge at Kingwood

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Recharging

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.

Cultivate 2017

Cultivate 2017

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Life as a Kingwood Intern

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!

Kingwood currently has three interns:  Holly in the Greenhouse, Lucas as Social Media Coordinator, and Maci as the Education Coordinator!

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Care of Summer Perennials

By Glenna Sheaffer

You would think there should be little to do with perennials in the summer, but they have certain needs to either help them to re-bloom or to be tidy. After a plant like a daylily or hosta is done blooming, the flower stalks should be cut down below the foliage. Daylilies can go to seed and the individual flowers can be deadheaded to keep the plant looking fresh. When you deadhead make sure you pinch out the hard seedhead at the base of the bloom. A daylily’s flower only lasts one day. The next day, if you touch the blossom, it will feel slippery and be dissolving. Those are the ones to remove [remember to include the ovary at the base]. They are very different from a fresh bud coming on which has a firm feeling when touched.

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How to Show Your Daylily

By Mona Kneuss

Showing your daylily is a great way to learn a thing or two about your plants. It is also a good way to network with others who have similar interests, they may also know a thing or two about showing plants. I would like to reassure you that showing your daylily ( or any plant for that matter ) is not hard at all. You may be surprised at how well you do, who knows even walk away with a blue ribbon or two.

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Top Selling Perennials 2017

By Doug Schuster

No two years are the same in Kingwood’s Garden Shop. We always have plants that sell better than expected and plants were expected to sell better than they did. We do our best to predict trends and to supply plants that are in demand but also to supply plants that we think are valuable to a gardener. The flowing is a list of plants that sold well and had the most “buzz” surrounding them in the Garden Shop during the spring of 2017. We will attempt to provide the plants in 2018, as long as we can procure them.

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