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Paul's Blog 11/8/2011---View past entries
by Paul Schorr, Kemper Center Plant Doctor


Nature’s Show –An Extended Performance!

One of the great features about nature’s fall show here at the Missouri Botanical Garden is that the show goes on for an extended period of time.

With a vast array of trees, shrubs and other ornamentals vying for your attention beginning in late September and extending well into late fall and winter, its hard not to notice one or more performers putting on a grand performance in this great theater of 79 acres.

Such was the case this past week as I took a walk from the Kemper Center for Home Gardening thru some of the gardens here where a number of performers were putting on quite a show.

While we usually think of fall color coming from the foliage of deciduous trees and shrubs, flowers from the vast display of Viola x wittrockiana (pansies) in the Kemper Center trial gardens were vying for attention.

Not to be outdone by the pansies, this stately Nyssa sylvatica (black or sour gum) tree was standing proudly in the SW corner of the Japanese Garden.  While overlooking the lake, it was putting on a brilliant display of fall color, telling of its Missouri native heritage and its links to the time of Henry Shaw.

At the Mausoleum Grounds, a large group of Rhus aromatica (fragrant sumac) were showing off their beauty and telling of their status as a Missouri native deciduous shrub.

The large Ginkgo biloba (maidenhair tree) near the Gate House, a deciduous conifer, was displaying its distinctive fan shaped leaves. As it was showing its yellow fall foliage, it was also telling of its prominence as one of the trees with historical ties to the days of Henry Shaw.

As you can imagine, there will be many additional performers vying for your attention throughout this extended performance. The show opens daily at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day. In addition to fall, many of the members of the cast put on a good show throughout the year, often giving at least three seasons of interest. After viewing their presentations, you may even want to ask one or more of them to perform in your own landscape in the coming seasons.

Here at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening, we can help you with additional information on one or more of these performers that may do well in your own landscape. Use this website, ask your questions at the Plant Doctor Desk or call the Horticulture Answer Service for more information on any of them.

Nature’s Show-Visit us soon and attend a great performance!



June's Blog 2/10/2010---View past entries
by June Hutson, Kemper Center Outdoor Supervisor


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Chip's Blog 12/10/2008---View past entries
by Chip Tynan, Horticulture Answer Service Manager


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