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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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Saving Money – Can You Dig It?

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Saving Money – Can You Dig It?
If you plant tender bulbs such as cannas, dahlias and elephant ears, you know replacing them annually can get expensive for those of us who live in zones where they don’t survive the winter.  Now is the time to put a reminder on your calendar to plan digging and storing your favorites for use next year.  Not only will you save money but you will be rewarded with larger, hardier plants.  Many tender bulbs multiply rapidly and can also be divided at this time and used or share...
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Posted in: Fall | Tags: bulbs , dahlia , elephant ears , colocasia , glads , crocosmia , storing bulbs , canna , caladium | Comments (0) | View Count: (2968)

Visual Guide: Gourd Birdhouse Demo

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Visual Guide: Gourd Birdhouse Demo
The Kemper Center for Home Gardening is continuing the FREE Wednesday Morning Demonstrations. This year we are focusing on the Visual Guides on the Missouri Botanical Garden website. You must check out our new visual guide on ‘Creating a Gourd Birdhouse’.  Come and preview it with a teaser narrated slide show that is currently running on the upper level of the Kemper Center along with a display of information about gourds. The display is there for the months of October and Nove...
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