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Kemper Holiday Decorations!

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Kemper Holiday Decorations!
The Kemper Center for Home Gardening is decked out for the holidays and you don’t want to miss it! Our 15’ balsam fir tree is lavishly decorated with dried flowers harvested from our Kemper Gardens and gourdaments made by staff and volunteers. The theme this year is “Flowers” and there are many spectacular and fun interpretations of the theme. The tree is also covered with Queen Anne’s lace snowflakes, Lambs Ear bows and White Pine cones covered in ‘snow&rs...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: holiday tree , gourdaments | Comments (0) | View Count: (185)
How to Get Rid of Those Pesky (Brown Marmorated) Stink Bugs in Your House
In Fall and Spring people will sometimes find oval-shaped, brownish flying insects in their house, insects that can be up to ¾” long with a “shield” on their backs, brown and white banding along the edges of the abdomen and antennae, and a pale underside. They emit an offensive odor when threatened. Chances are excellent these insects are the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug that either have come into the house searching for warmth and light or are looking for a way to ex...
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Posted in: Fall | Tags: brown marmorated stink bug , indoor pests , insect control | Comments (0) | View Count: (1096)

The Joy of Ornamental Grasses

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The Joy of Ornamental Grasses
Fall is a wonderful time for ornamental grasses. One that has drawn attention at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening all summer has been Pennisetum 'Tift 10' FIRST KNIGHT. Its dark purple foliage is almost black and is striking by itself or in combination with other plants. It is not winter hardy in St. Louis but can be grown as an annual where it will grow 4-6 feet tall by the end of summer. In zones 7-11 it is perennial. It was the result of a planned breeding program at the University of Geo...
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Posted in: Fall | Tags: ornamental grass | Comments (0) | View Count: (450)
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