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So far Botanical Garden Staff has created 12 blog entries.

Tips for Growing Healthier Tomatoes

Three Tips for Healthy Tomatoes The late-spring months of May and June provide ideal temperatures and conditions for planting tomatoes in Central Iowa. Whether you've grown food in your garden for decades, or if this season is your first attempt at growing your own crops, tomatoes are a great place to start. These [...]

2020-05-20T10:20:05-05:00

Botanical Tableau: A New Perspective

Viewing the Garden in a New Way During our extended closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Botanical Garden team has used social media to share what’s growing and flowering in the Garden from week to week as spring progresses. Director of Horticulture and Education Kelly Norris created this botanical tableau [...]

2020-04-17T23:47:24-05:00

7 Tips for Houseplant Propagation

Propagation: Sharing the Plant Love It's no secret that growing plants indoors is the key to keeping a gardener happy throughout Iowa's harsh winters. But when those plants begin growing too well—or too fast—it's nice to trim the excess and share a plant start with a friend, family member or coworker. Unfortunately, understanding [...]

2020-03-17T11:09:08-05:00

Winter and Spring Pruning

What and When to Prune When the snow flies, many gardeners put away their tools and take a few months off from the garden. Some pruning, though, is a good idea to do before the ground thaws. Since fallen leaves leave the architecture of trees highly visible, late winter is a perfect time [...]

2020-03-17T11:19:33-05:00

Our Amaryllis Picks

A Few of Our Favorite Amaryllis for the Holiday Season Late fall and early winter signal the beginning of amaryllis season. These massive bulbs produce showy, colorful blooms that add the perfect touch to holiday decor--it's no wonder these flowers have become so popular during this time of year. Read below for [...]

2019-11-18T13:56:15-06:00

Plants We Love: Mangave

Mad About Mangave First, a pronunciation guide: man-gah-vay. Think agave and you’ll get it right every time. In fact this hybrid group between two genera (that’s what that little x stands for in front of their botanical names) owes half of its genes to a variety of Agave species and cultivars. The resulting [...]

2020-03-17T11:47:51-05:00

Turn Up the Heat on Summer Produce

Maximize Your Summer Harvest July and August come due with exhilarating freshness. The harvest is hot and weedy, but that heat is the secret to summer cooking per chef-owner Lisa LaValle of Trellis, the Botanical Garden’s acclaimed in-house café. The chef-gardener is often blessed with an overabundance of zucchinis, eggplants, peppers and carrots, [...]

2019-07-29T12:23:37-05:00

Textural Appeal: 8 Grasses to Add Complexity to Your Garden

8 Grasses for Texture and Complexity Grasses can accent almost any garden. But why are they just accents? If you have a lot of height in a garden, these varieties can make a great background foil that won’t clutter the rest of the vignette with obnoxious, excess foliage. At least one of these [...]

2020-03-17T11:55:27-05:00

Botanical Garden Profile: David Regan

David Regan, director of retail and guest experience You made a career change from high-end retail to the Botanical Garden. What motivated the switch? I had been looking for the last 6-8 months and when this opportunity came up it kind of brought me back to moments from my childhood and being in [...]

2019-06-10T16:20:51-05:00

4 Flowers Perfect for Arrangements

Making the Cut In its finest form, flower arranging is high art. In more casual settings, cut flowers adorn modern living spaces as a celebration of a garden’s ample success. These flowers are favorites at the Botanical Garden, and they happen to work well in bouquets, too. 1. Baptisia Baptisia or false indigo [...]

2019-06-10T15:48:45-05:00