Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Upcoming Sunken Garden Show Change

The Horticulture staff is busy getting plants ready for the next Sunken Garden Show which will open on Jan. 30th. Before that date alot has to happen for us to have the show ready. The evening of Jan. 19th we will be pulling out the plants currently in the Sunken Garden, mostly pointsettias. On Jan. 20th we need to do two things that are unusual to most show changes. The first is to remove the carousel horses that we borrowed for our holiday show. We will return them to the carousel. We need to be careful not to damage the horses in this process.

The other unusual part that has to happen is that we need to remove all of the soil currently in the Sunken Garden. We are going to have work done on the heating system we have within our garden beds. This will be a fun and exciting process. If you are interested in soil removal please contact our volunteer services department.

We are busy growing cyclamen, veltheimia, oriental lilies, azaleas, and digitalis. We are excited about new azalea varieties that we are growing this year. The new varieties that we have for the beginning of the show are Aquarell, Luntra, Inga, and Hulsten. In the later half of the show we will feature Jacinth, Super Nova, Victoria, Dewales, Rosalie, Jean, and Terra Nova. We keep the azealeas year round. Five weeks before we put them on display we move them from a cooler temperature of 40 degrees to a warmer temerature of 60 degrees.

We hope that you can come to visit our Winter Show.