By Ellen Azotea
Providing for the needs of our feathered friends while improving our gardens is a wonderful way to combine two favorite hobbies: gardening and bird watching. A garden, ideally, should provide food, water, shelter (cover) and a place to raise young, but adding even just one of these elements will attract more birds to your yard.
A female house finch in the author’s garden
By Doug Schuster
There have been many studies of the benefits of having houseplants, including improved emotional state and stress levels, enhancing aesthetics of your space, improved healing time, and air purifying. All plants in some way contribute to air purification, but some are better than others. There was a study done by Dr. Vadoud Niri, a researcher at OSWEGO State University of New York, which studied popular houseplants and their ability to absorb VOC’s. VOC’s are volatile organic compounds; these include trichloroethylene, xylene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene, these VOC’s are commonly present in your home or office from paints, furniture, office equipment, and cleaning supplies.
By Mark Hoover
Winter can prove to be a challenging time for gardeners who dream of long, warm, sunny days in the garden. Though we’ve had some long stretches of cold snowy weather, spring is coming. That also means the spring rush is coming. Days of trying to check off that never-ending list of spring garden tasks will soon be upon us. In the meantime, slightly warmer winter days are a good time to get out in the garden and assess the pruning that needs to be done. Often, winter pruning can get overlooked but it’s a very important and simple task that can take your garden to the next level.
cornus kousa clean cut
By Shawn McClain
Have you ever wondered how ducks and peafowl survive the winter? Maybe you have asked about Kingwood’s ducks and peafowl. You probably have heard us say “they are quite hearty to this climate and we assist them with shelter and high protein food through the winter months.” The heartiness of these interesting birds came to light this past winter when an old Kingwood newsletter surfaced. In this newsletter, the birds were mentioned and explained how their arteries and body temperature aid them in cold weather.
By MacKenzie Cole
Though the snow-covered landscape surrounding us tries to deny it, Spring is coming. With its arrival, Kingwood will begin another exciting season filled with beautiful gardens, informative workshops, and exciting events. With so many activities to plan and so many plants to care for, you may wonder how Kingwood manages to keep it all together and maintain its serene, yet ever changing, atmosphere. The answer? One big group of some seriously dedicated volunteers!
This group of volunteers prepares the trial beds for a beautiful annual display
By Chuck Gleaves
It is exciting times at Kingwood Center Gardens right now. We are breaking out of our chrysalis to create a vastly enhanced visitor experience with our first ever visitor center accompanied by new gardens and expanded parking in a garden setting. Construction is scheduled to begin in March of 2019. As a prelude to all of that and to make it possible for us to manage our dramatically larger and better public attractions we will first make a large addition to our service building.
The Service Building in 1966 shortly After completion. (The new wing will be about where the cars are parked.)
By Doug Schuster
Those of us who enjoy the outdoors and gardening tend to downplay screens and technology in our lives. We also tend to encourage others to put down the devices and experience what’s in front of them. At some point, they’ll hopefully move from a casual experience of the natural world to wanting to know what type of tree they are looking at, why a particular plant is good or bad, or just connect with other gardeners. Here are three free apps for your phone or tablet that will enhance your experience with horticulture but not consume you.
Apps for Gardening
By Carly Hatfield
Albert Camus said, “In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Ohio winters seem to challenge my usually sunny disposition as well as the health of my houseplants. I am determined however to fight the cold Ohio winter until spring arrives. I like to pass the time by caring for my many houseplants. For every window in my house, there is a plant, or two or three.