with Les Parks
(Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017)
NORFOLK, Va. – Every year, many people across coastal Virginia commit “crape murder.” Watch Les Parks from Norfolk Botanical Garden who will show you the right way to prune a crape myrtle because chances are you’ve been doing it wrong.
A taste of the tropics in Norfolk on Coast Live
with Les Parks
NORFOLK, Va. – Things are just starting to warm up again across he region. But there is one place where it never gets cold. With exotic flowers and plants from across the globe, the Tropical House at Norfolk Botanical Garden is a little bit of paradise. And as the snow was building up outside, we got an inside look. Watch now. Look for monthly horticulture segments on CoastLIVE.
By Dave Mayfield The Virginian-Pilot
So you’ve got a few trees, shrubs and flowers you’re worried about with this big snow approaching.
What if you were caring for more than 100,000 plants in 7,700 species or varieties?
That’s the collection that Brian O’Neill oversees as director of horticulture at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
On Thursday afternoon, he sounded as cool as the snowstorm headed toward Hampton Roads about the prospects for all those plants in the face of a winter storm.
“Generally, we like snow,” O’Neill said. “It’s a good thing.”
Snow acts like an insulating blanket against the cold, which O’Neill worries about more. And those snowflakes, when they melt, provide moisture – something that every plant needs.
Not that there aren’t a few things to worry about at the 175-acre garden.
If the snow is especially heavy and wet, it can stress the more brittle-branched shrubs and trees, like boxwoods and longleaf pines. There might be some snaps here and there. Read more……..
Norfolk Botanical Garden hops on the craft beer bandwagon
with its 53rd themed garden
By Elisha Sauers
Down a path, past the roses and beside the French kitchen garden is a tribute to Virginia’s fast-growing craft beer industry.
In a matter of months, the Grain and Hop Garden, Norfolk Botanical Garden’s latest addition, has put its grip in the dirt. Three varieties of hops creep along its tented trellises, and the ground is laced with barley and aromatic herbs. Next year could see the planting of rye and oats.
2016 has been a great year for Norfolk Botanical Garden. Below is a great article featuring the Garden’s President & CEO Michael Desplaines. August 13.
More news coming soon!