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.
By Shawn McClain
For years, I have been digging and storing Kingwood’s tulip bulbs for the next years’ display. Each year, I am asked how to go about this process.
Volunteers and Staff pulling tulips
By Laura Mast
Now that our indoor growing season is coming to an end at Kingwood Center Gardens, it is important to prepare for our next crop. We prepare the greenhouse for new crops by sanitizing the entire facility.
Emptying the Greenhouse
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