By Holly Van Keuren
It is very interesting what becomes trendy or popular, and why. I am excited to work within an industry that has so much to offer to so many, and I truly feel that we humans benefit from our interactions with plants. Looking ahead at the upcoming gardening season, I begin to wonder some if I will ever even get outside again, as winter drags on here in Ohio. But as for trends, I have plenty of time to wonder about them from inside…what will this season bring?
By Laura Mast
The Definition of hypertufa according to Wikipedia- A manufactured substitute for natural tufa, which is a slowly precipitated limestone rock being very porous, it is favorable for plant growth.
By Chuck Gleaves
As of the writing of this blog, spring has been so slow in coming I wonder if the plants I will be mentioning will be out, as they normally would, by the time this blog is posted. If they are not blooming yet they should be coming soon.
Most of our gardens are in regularly mulched and amended soils, high in organic matter, evenly moist, well drained and otherwise carefully crafted for luxurious growth for most of our favorite garden plants. There are, however, many plants that are better suited to specialized soils such as wet, dry, gravely, lean, acidic or alkaline. For mid to late April, four different plants come to mind that will be offering their best floral display and are grown in specialized sites.
By Holly Williams
Opening April 21st at Kingwood is an exhibit which is of importance not only to Kingwood Center Gardens, but to the Mansfield community and the world. It is the Ohio Brass Exhibit, which will celebrate the iconic manufacturing company and its connection to Kingwood.
By Carly Hatfield
A Guild is a type of companion planting, taken from the techniques often used in permaculture gardening and utilized specifically in fruit tree production. These ideas and practices can be used to attract beneficial insects and pollinators, improve the soil profile, increase the fertile nutrients available to surrounding plants, and deter pests and disease issues. A customized guild can be implemented in every garden no matter the focus of harvest; whether it be fruits, vegetables or just a stunning colorful display garden.
Our Carriage House garden utilizes a fruit tree guild since we feature many fruit tree varieties that act as the focal point or anchor of our gardens such as Apple, Cherry, and Pear. Also a few varieties of fruiting bushes such as Blueberries and Raspberries and even a few varieties of Hazelnuts are featured in the carriage house garden. These specimens are as beautiful as they are functional and require some thoughtful observation to get the most out of them and their harvest.
Carriage House Garden