Monday, February 7, 2011
BOOK REVIEW - HEIRLOOM BULBS FOR TODAY
Our good friend and associate Chris Wiesinger, "The Bulb Hunter” has a new book on the market, "Heirloom Bulbs for Today." The book published by Bright Sky Press, is beautifully illustrated by Loela Barry and Johan Kritzinger, and co-authored by Cherie Colburn. Written for both the beginner gardener and the more seasoned gardener it groups bulbs on their ease of culture and adaptability to various zones and soils.
Throughout the book Chris shares his personal adventures in finding the bulbs—the "back story” so to speak—and artfully describes the history of the bulbs, beautifully telling their story of how they came to be a part of our Southern gardening traditions.
What exactly is an heirloom bulb? An heirloom bulb as defined in the book is one found in American gardens before World War II.
I for one get totally confused on what’s considered a ‘spring bulb’ or a ‘fall bulb’. Does ...
Thursday, December 2, 2010
ROAD TRIP WITH STEVE CHAMBLEE
Hop in the car and go for a ride down Garner Road with Steve Chamblee. Steve is the chief horticulturist at Chandor Gardens and does an amazing job. Parker and Palo Pinto Counties are very fortunate to have three very distinctive gardens located in their backyards-Clark Gardens, Chandor and the lovely, developing garden at the Vietnam War Museum. I hope you make it a point to visit all three this next year.
Monday, November 15, 2010
It is not uncommon for the staff to be asked "When is the best time for fall color?". That can be a difficult question to answer. It's hard to predict when the weather will turn from summer to fall bringing us the cooler temperatures and the great display of color.
This past week we had a glorious display of fall color. Carey, our gift shop and event manager, was out in the garden the weekend of November 6/7 and took these pictures.
And who says they need to go to Vermont to see fall color when it's right here in your backyard. Come on out and enjoy. Thanks Carey for sharing your photos.
Monday, September 27, 2010
"THE BULB HUNTER" AT CLARK GARDENS THIS SATURDAY
Clark Gardens is pleased to host Chris Wiesinger, The Bulb Hunter this Saturday at 1:30 pm. The Fort Worth Star Telegram ran a great article about Chris on September 23rd. Clark Gardens will have available for purchase some of Chris' favorite bulbs and garden guests will be able to preorder his book, Heirloom Bulbs.
There is lots of family activities this Saturday at Fall Festival--clowns, face painting and pumpkin painting-- just to name a few. Bring the family for a great day.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
THREE SISTERS GARDEN
Wampanoag Method of Gardening
Submitted by Janice Ellis
Three Sisters Gardening is an ancient American Native method using an intercropping/companion planting system growing corn, beans, and squash crops simultaneously in the same growing area. The crops are grown in mounds with a saucer-like depression on top of the mound to hold water.
Corn is the oldest sister. She stands tall in the center of the mound.
Pole Bean is the second sister. She climbs up the corn stalks stabilizing the corn in the wind while the corn provides the "pole” for the climbing bean plants. The corn consumes large amount of nitrogen from the soil and the bean plants add this back to the soil.
Squash is the third sister. She grows around and over the corn/bean mounds, protecting her sisters from critters that hate the prickly stems, keeping out invading weeds and shading the soil from the sun with her ...
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