Category Archives: Articles from our Head Gardener

Chanticleer

By Mark Hoover

The Kingwood Center Gardens Horticulture Team was fortunate to be able to visit Chanticleer in early August as part of a very quick trip to America’s garden capitol. One could spend many days in the Philadelphia area, enjoying various gardens. We chose Chanticleer for its strong reputation of being one of the best gardens in the country. It also has some similarities to Kingwood, in that it is of similar size.

Chanticleer'19 (37)

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Winter Pruning

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

cornus kousa clean cut

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Minor Bulbs in the Garden

By Bill Collins

When we think of spring bulbs in our garden we usually picture tulips and daffodils.  These are wonderful but there are so many other minor bulbs that can be used in the garden.  By selecting many of these you can extend the spring bloom time in your garden. Some can bloom as early as February or early March depending on the weather. Others will bloom along with or after the tulips and daffodils in April and May. They are often  most effective when they are planted in large patches or sweeps.

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