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Lions, Tigers & Bears . . . Oh My!

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I live in a botanical garden, not a zoo. However, I am not surprised that some people think about animals when they are here. Walking around the garden there is a veritable menagerie of plants with animal names. Let’s take a look at a few of them. Visitors on safari outside the education offices will…

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A Sad Day

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The removal of the nest is unpopular, sad, and unfortunate and for many of us at the Garden it is like a death in the family. 


Pokeweed

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Here is some information about pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) that was recently posted by the Kansas State University Extension Horticulture Division.  These plants are becoming increasingly apparent at this time of year in gardens and along roadsides.  Some of you may remember when this plant received a fair amount of airtime when Elvis Presley recorded a…

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Seeing Red

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With the temperature getting hotter, we are seeing a lot of red these days. There’s more red showing in the thermometer, people walking around the garden sometimes have red faces flush from the heat and exercise, and of course there are plenty of red flowering plants. This is especially true in the hummingbird garden. The…

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Easter Lily

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Did you get an Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum) and want to see if you can grow it in your garden?  Though not always reliable, you may have success with the following guidelines. Set out in the garden after the flowers have faded, remove the flower stalk so it does not go to seed. Choose a…

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Is It a Product of Genetic Engineering (ge) or a Genetically Modified Organism (gmo)?

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The terms Genetic Engineering (GE) and Genetically Modified Organisim (GMO) are often used interchangeably in the media.  However, there is a difference.  GE refers to a high-tech genetic engineering processes that are used to incorporate genes from one organism directly into another.  This is done by using recombinant DNA techniques that bring together genetic material…

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Forcing Woody Plants for Indoor Bloom

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There are a number of plants that you can force into bloom for indoor display. Three of the easiest are forsythia, pussywillow, and flowering quince.  Prune branches that you wish to force on a day that is above freezing.  The branches should be 3 feet long or less and placed into a bucket of water…

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Earth Kind Roses

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Hybrid tea roses are the darling of avid rosarians because of their spectacular blooms, rich, deep green foliage and repeat blooming qualities.  At the same time, they are the bane of the casual home gardener who sees them as a maintenance nightmare requiring a rigorous regimen of watering, fertilization and pesticide application. Rose beauty and…

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