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.
By Holly VanKeuren
As wintertime surrounds us, it is a wonderful time of year to be in the greenhouse. Entering this world on a frozen, snowy day brings relief, if only briefly, from the tundra that chills us outside. A deep breath within the welcoming doors brings the smell of humidity, soil, and the delicate perfumes of the plant life held here, safe under a layer of glass from the arctic blast outside. This is the time of year for reflection upon the world outside, from the safe comfort of our inside worlds. At this time of year I can look upon my wins or fails of my garden, and begin to dream again about the new life that will come with the spring. Here in the greenhouse we are busy with the cultivation of this new life. Here is where tiny seedlings are coaxed and fussed over, where new life is bursting forth one tiny leaf at a time.
By Glenna W. Sheaffer
Botanicals used in alcoholic spirits have been around since probably prehistory. Beers, wines, aperitifs, digestifs, bitters, liquors, and liqueurs were one way to get people in the old days to drink medicinal bitter aids to the digestive system and get important vitamins and minerals in the body. Aperitifs were often dry vermouth, gin or dry white wine with herbals added to aid digestion and stimulate an appetite. The herbs commonly used were gentian root, barberry, angelica and seeds of cardamom and fennel. Aperitifs are low in sugars and dryer with a more bitter flavor. Digestifs are like a tonic to aid after dinner digestion and include brandy, port, sherry and liqueurs. Port is a dark red wine from Portugal is made from specific small, dense, grapes with concentrated flavors. Sherry is a white wine from Spain from their indigenous grapes. Brandies and liqueurs are from grapes and other fruits. Bitters are added to cocktails for their healthful flavoring often from bitter or sweet oranges, rhubarb, mint, thyme, and marjoram.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ King’s house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse –
[thank goodness we don’t have mice!]
By Laura Mast
It’s that time of year again when everyone is thinking about the holiday’s and what they’re going to have for the meal and what gifts will be bought. It’s also the time of year in the greenhouse when we begin seeding for spring our early spring crop. That’s right! We start pansies during December so they are ready to sell and be planted in April for the first crop of the year.
On Friday December 1st Kingwood Center Gardens announced the public phase of our first ever capital campaign. We have been quietly soliciting foundations and potential major donors for several months and are now on the cusp of reaching 7 million dollars in pledged and received donations. Our goal is 8.5 million, but, if truth be told, 9 million would more fully achieve our phase one construction goals, especially as it relates to the garden aspects of the project.
By Doug Schuster
Most people at one time or another have purchased/received a poinsettia during the Christmas season. I have come across many who are bound and determined to keep their poinsettia not only through the new year but for next Christmas as well. They are always perplexed when their Poinsettia does not become what it was last Christmas. Here are 6 steps to keeping a Poinsettia as a houseplant rather than a seasonal plant.