Category Archives: Articles from our Greenhouse

Over Wintering

By Laura Mast

This is the time of year when the temperature starts to drop, and plants begin to go dormant for the winter. There are numerous plants that you can bring in for the winter to keep from dying.  At Kingwood, we start bringing in plants from the gardens that we will use in our designs for the next year’s garden displays. One of the plants that we bring in to save is Pennisetum (ornamental grass).

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Kingwood Bulb Sale

By Doug Schuster

Spring is an exciting time at Kingwood; it begins with our big kick off in the garden with the appearance of our Tulip display along with other spring bulbs in late April to early May. While the beauty of the blooming bulbs is enjoyable and a display as large as Kingwood’s is not commonplace, what most don’t realize is how long that display has been in the works. The spring bulb display is an 11-month process which begins as early as June with the design and selection of bulbs to be planted for the following year. Once we have ordered our bulbs, we then await their arrival; most tulip bulbs come all the way from Holland. They usually arrive sometime between the 3rd to 4th week of September. Here at Kingwood, we will store the bulbs until we remove our annual display and prep our landscape beds. Once the beds have been prepared, we will plant the bulbs. Usually, this takes place in mid to late October. Once planted we wait for the show.

Spring Tulips

Spring Tulips

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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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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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Dichondra

By Laura Mast

This is the time of year we start preparing for summer at Kingwood. We have several signature plants at Kingwood Center Gardens. One of those plants is Dichondra Silver Falls. It is used in hanging baskets, planters and in the garden beds as a filler and vining. However, if you have ever tried to overwinter or propagate Dichondra you might find it can be somewhat difficult. If you are interested in over wintering Dichondra, you will need to bring it inside where it will not freeze. Another factor in keeping Dichondra over winter is keeping it dry between waterings.

Full Dichondra plant

Full Dichondra plant

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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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