We put together these tips for anyone who is relatively new to entering horticulture competitions. These should help if you are planning to enter the competition at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, March 5-13, 2011.
Though it’s still winter outside, Tim Pollak, Outdoor Floriculturist, and his team in the Production Greenhouses are getting ready for spring on the inside. Tim takes us on a tour of the Production Greenhouses to show us what they are growing for spring this year. All year round, his staff and volunteers work to grow many of the annuals that are later planted in the display gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. See what it takes to grow all of those plants!
Tom Soulsby tells us some interesting facts about the Victoria waterlily which is in bloom right now in the Heritage Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visit chicagobotanic.org/inbloom for more information about what’s in bloom now.
Jennifer Schwarz Ballard explains how anyone can help scientists track climate change by getting out and observing plants. We want people all around the United States to periodically observe the plants around you and contribute data to Project BudBurst. For more information on Project BudBurst, visit www.BudBurst.org.
Blooming a little more frequently than its name suggests, Century Plant (Agave Americana) is in bloom in the Arid Greenhouse. Come see it in person!