Monthly Archives: February 2011

Garden Blitz Photos

Here are photos from the Garden Blitz event last weekend co-sponsored by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis, as well as photos of the reception held Saturday night for members of the Hort Co-op to meet the new MBG Director, Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson. Click on any photo to view and click on the

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Spring Lawn Prep

By Glennon Kraemer (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2010 issue.) Any successful business, weight loss program or retirement account requires planning. It’s the sound execution of that plan that brings the most reward. Your lawn is no different. There are no “magic pills” for your lawn (only Magic Mix, but I digress). If you take

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Seeds of Change

a cover image of the 1896 C. Young & Sons Seed Catalog

Hummert International Has Roots with Area Seed Companies By Steve Millett, Ph.D. (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2009 issue) St. Louis has long been a hub of horticulture. Many seed companies have come and gone with the ever-changing demands of the market place and events that shaped history.   In the end, the St. Louis horticulture industry

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The Blue Jay

a photo of a blue jay

By Connie Alwood (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2009 issue) “Shoot all of the Blue Jays that you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.”–Atticus Finch to Scout and Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird “Handsome Devil” was an expression used to describe bad boys who had

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Romance of the Rose

By Diane Brueckman (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2007 issue) The rose has fascinated mankind since the beginning of recorded time. In the beginning the rose was grown for food and medicine but soon found its way into all aspects of life. Three thousand years ago the Greek poet Sappho in her  Ode to the Rose

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The American Crow

By Connie Alwood (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2008 issue.) Just about everyone can identify a crow. Even its voice caw, caw, caw is unmistakable.  People’s estimation of  this large, all black bird runs the gamut. We either vilify him for pilfering our garbage bags and eating small birds or we admire his cunning. The American

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Tips for a Successful Native Garden

By Cindy Gilberg (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2009 issue.) Replacing a percent of high- maintenance lawn with a more sustainable low-maintenance landscape is a growing trend for the future. “The increased requests I get for assistance is proof that people are using more and more native plants each year, not fewer,” says Scott Woodbury,

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Houseplants for Indoor Pleasure

By Barbara Perry Lawton (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2009 issue) Take a close look at your houseplants. Are they looking healthy and vigorous?  If not, this is an ideal time to do some judicious pruning. Throw away that swan-necked African violet. Pitch the stringy old philodendron. If some are reclaimable with a hefty bit

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