Showing Their True Colors

Published Date: 
Monday, November 4, 2019

Peak leaf season is upon us and the Garden is ablaze in fall foliage. 

By Deputy Director, Museum Operations and Director of Gardens Perry Mathewes

But have you ever wondered why the leaves change color? Why are some trees red, others orange and yet others are yellow? Let’s talk.


Norway maple leaf (yellow) and Japanese maple leaf (red).

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Ghastly Plants of Interest

Published Date: 
Monday, October 28, 2019

Autumn is upon us, Halloween is around the bend, and all is well in the gardens. Probably. Maybe. Perhaps you are the sort of person who is content to enjoy the colorful leaves and nothing more sinister than a cup of spiced cider.

By Horticulturist Chantal Ludder 

Or, perhaps, you’ve caught a bit of the Halloween mischief, and want to hear some stories about the most dreadful and ghastly plants growing in the MSV gardens. Come with me.

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MSV Heritage Plant Sale May 17 & 18, 2019

Published Date: 
Monday, May 13, 2019

by MSV Horticulturist Chantal Ludder

“Come buy, come buy!” As much as I would like to do a pastiche of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market, I promise to refrain. But quite soon you are going to see a line of MSV gardeners trotting diligently back and forth from up the hill to bring hundreds and hundreds of plants down to the museum patio. What plants are we selling? Why, anything you could want, of course. All plants labeled, all plants priced.

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Cold Frames

Published Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It was around this time last year the MSV exchanged the original windows on the building for newer, more environmentally conscious ones. Since the old windows were not of use to anyone else, and probably would have been left to languish in a landfill otherwise, the Gardens and Grounds Department quietly laid claim and spirited them away to our workshop. To be honest, I’ve never been more pleased to be in possession of a pile of debris in my life. Old windows, especially the large, sturdy ones, do not run cheap. They are also hard to find in any real quantity, especially if you are looking for a uniform size. Until this happy little windfall, the Museum was unable to offer the workshop I’ve wanted to run for years: Building a Cold Frame.

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Planting Seeds For the Year to Come

Published Date: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

In cold, snowy, icy January it is fun to dream about the spring and summer garden. Plant and seed companies know this and flood your mailbox with catalogs full of mouth-watering photos featuring gorgeous flowers and vegetables to entice you to buy their products. Well, I’m not going to do that … mail you a catalog, that is. Instead, I am going to share some alluring photos of a few great plants and simply tell you about the seeds for sale in our museum store.

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Plant Sale Picks 2017

Published Date: 
Monday, May 15, 2017

Our second annual Heritage Plant Sale is coming up and we have more than 125 different types of plants for sale. We selected plants that have proven their value in the garden through the test of time. Just about all of these can be found growing in our garden so we have studied them for many seasons and want to share them with you.

 

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