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Mother Nature Did Most of the Work

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Mother Nature Did Most of the Work
Working at the Missouri Botanical Garden has proven to have many benefits but one of the best is being able to get out and walk this world-class garden on a regular basis.  The changing seasons brings a new perspective to the landscape and fall is assuredly one of our most beautiful in St. Louis.  While strolling near Henry Shaw’s mausoleum, I stopped to admire several very large bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) and the sea of unusual acorns they produce.  After collecting a fe...
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Posted in: Fall, Winter | Tags: Bur oak , hedgehog , nature crafts | Comments (0) | View Count: (1736)

Holiday Tree at Kemper Center

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Holiday Tree at Kemper Center
The Kemper Center for Home Gardening is all decked out in its finest holiday decorations! This year’s theme is a “Victorian Christmas” so you will see wonderful creations made from materials used in the 1800s such as pinecones, dried and fresh flowers, fruit, pages from ladies magazines, fabric, doilies, and candles. Since origami was a theme used throughout the year, we made origami stars and snowflakes along with felt cardinal birds for a pop of color and pinecones with cryst...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: nature crafts , victorian , gourdaments , Christmas | Comments (0) | View Count: (1635)

Put A Little Spring In Your Step

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Put A Little Spring In Your Step
This is the time of year that we gardeners start to get “ants in our pants.”  It’s too early to do much of anything outside and still way too cold anyway.  Winter walks can be very satisfying but if you need to get a quick gardening fix this time of year why not try winter sowing.  Winter sowing is an easy germination method that starts many types of seedlings for just pennies and provides a fun gardening activity when few others can be done. During winter seed...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: Seeds , transplants , recycling | Comments (0) | View Count: (2477)