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Jul
25
2017

Trials and Tribulations of a Conifer Collection in the South

By: David Poston, Senior Horticulturist, Moore Farms Botanical Gardens   Situated in USDA Hardiness Zone 8a in the low country of South Carolina, Moore Farms Botanical Garden was established in 2002 on croplands that were once swamps. It’s a conifer’s nightmare. It’s not easy to grow conifers in an area where there’s consistent high summer…

Jul
25
2017

Southeast Reference Garden Spotlight – Lockerly Arboretum

Milledgeville, Georgia Photos by Barbie Colvin, except as noted   Lockerly Arboretum was founded in 1965 as a horticultural facility to provide educational programs and access to plant collections. Over a period of 20 to 30 years, an impressive plant collection was assembled, which sought to evaluate the performance of a wide range of woody…

Jul
22
2017

Featured Conifer – Cunninghamia lanceolata

Text and photographs by Bradley Roberts, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina When we talk about conifers for the Southeast, we have to include Cunninghamia lanceolata. This giant of the landscape holds a special place in the realm of southern gardening, as it has historic significance as a “southern heritage” tree. It is commonly found…

Jul
12
2017

Southeast Reference Garden Grant to State Arboretum of Virginia

Ginkgo biloba collection improved and expanded Text by Steve Carroll, Director of Public Programs, State Arboretum of Virginia Photographs (except as noted) by Tim Farmer, PR Coordinator, State Arboretum of Virginia   There is no mistaking a ginkgo, even from a distance. In spring, its characteristic, bright-green leaves cluster along branches at the end of short…

Jul
12
2017

If You Could Only Pick One…

That’s the question we posed to our seventeen Reference Gardens, earlier this year. If you could only pick one (or two) conifers as your tried and true, never fail, never let you down, always makes you smile – which one (or two) would you choose? What an interesting and fun project for us! We asked…

Jul
10
2017

Southeast Reference Garden Spotlight- Lewis Ginter Garden Explorer Makes Collections Database Public

By Grace Chapman Elton, Director of Horticulture, and Elizabeth Fogel, Senior Horticulturist   The conifer collection at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is always growing. While the Margaret Johanna Streb Garden is our designated conifer collection, beautiful conifer specimens can be found throughout the garden’s 82 acres. Approximately 85 species of conifers, representing about 28 genera,…

Jul
7
2017

Southeast Reference Garden Spotlight – Brookgreen Gardens

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina Photo Courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens Located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Brookgreen Gardens has been a cultural center for its community since its founding in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. Brookgreen Gardens is one of the few institutions in the United States to earn accreditation from the American Alliance…

Jul
3
2017

Out of Curiosity, What are Our Reference Gardens Up To?

In 2008, following the lead of the NE Region, SE Region invited several public gardens to apply for and join a new program–the Conifer Reference Garden Progra–designed to highlight notable public conifer collections. Over the next few months, six gardens applied for and were approved as SE Reference Gardens, and as they say, the rest is history….

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