February brings thoughts of spring as the time to sow seed for the 2018 gardening season approaches.
This month, I’ve spoken at the Wisconsin Garden Expo and at two regional Master Gardener groups on improving success with seed starting. The latest version of the handouts of this talk are available here.
This information is geared toward home gardeners and includes tips to improve germination and seedling quality regardless of experience level.
The Database section is now Online Resources with the addition of some good gardening resources, and relocating the career info there.
The inspiration for the change are these great resources for gardeners wanting to increase their knowledge of plants and gardening:
The American Horticulture Society (AHS) listing of Master Gardener programs by state. These programs are designed to provide intensive horticultural training and volunteer experience to gardeners. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about plants and get community volunteering experience.
National Gardening Association – a non-profit organization dedicated to education, health & wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. Well worth checking out.
I also added a link to Economic Botany magazine, the Society for Economic Botany’s quarterly publication. This archive dates back to 1947, with articles available in .pdf format. This can be very geeky stuff, but it’s absolutely fascinating information.
I also added a link to this site’s RSS feed and tweaked a few things here and there. I do also tweet and you can find me on LinkedIn.
Fall is a beautiful season in Michigan, and it finds me back downstate, actively seeking employment.
Priorities and timelines for development of Two Fish Farms have shifted with the owners focusing on starting a family and the schoolhouse remodel taking longer than anticipated due to a lengthened stay by international extended family visitors. Continue reading →
I managed to make it back to the Raker Trial Gardens for an end of season visit. I always find it worthwhile to visit trial gardens early in the season and later, to evaluate season-long performance. Here is a brief summary of the most notable perennials in the trials. Kudos to the Raker staff for yet another successful trial season. Continue reading →
I can really geek out doing plant research, and love libraries and databases. North Carolina State University has a sparkly and new database worthy of note: Floriculture InfoSearch. It searches an interesting and wide range of sources: scientific literature, trade group and association magazines and websites, NC State University, and the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive (which includes literature back to the 1800s). I’ve found it such an excellent resource that I created a new page here, Databases. There you can find links to this and other plant-related databases worth investigating. Enjoy!
I’ve long been interested in drought-tolerant, low-maintenance perennial species. They are ideal for landscaping and naturalizing, creating attractive, multi-functional (with proper species choice) ornamental gardens.
I managed a very brief stop at the Raker Trial Gardens at the start of their officially opening, braving the heat wave to photograph perennials. Things are looking great in the gardens, and I wish I’d had more time to … Continue reading →
I’ve worked at Raker for my entire professional career. I started part time when I was finishing my Master’s degree. I’ve been with Raker 18 years this March. It’s very rare these days in any industry, let alone horticulture, to remain with a company so long. Continue reading →