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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We Grow Pumpkins

By Charles Gleaves

We do indeed grow pumpkins and for a specific purpose. Our biggest event of the year is the Great Pumpkin Glow. Thousands of people visit us over two days in October for this event featuring lots and lots of pumpkins. We buy many of them but also grow our own. As a horticultural institution it seems only reasonable that we apply some of our skills for growing things to the task. Last year we displayed 1,833 pumpkins of which 1303 were carved and illuminated and we grew over 700 ourselves.  The biggest challenge for us is not the growing of pumpkins per se, but growing pumpkins on this scale. Gardeners, such as us, don’t typically get into field production.

Daytime picture of The Pumpkin Glow

Daytime picture of The Pumpkin Glow

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