Thursday, September 24, 2009

Green Vase Zelkova

The foliage of the Zelkovas are starting to turn orange and red for fall. Green Vase, Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase', is a great choice for tough urban areas including street trees and parking lot islands. The upright vase shape form also works well on residential properties. The dappled shade of the foliage allows grass to grow under the canopy. Green Vase is a fast growing tree that matures 60x40'.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Settings after Sundown

along with the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
and other valued industry partners
is excited to present

Settings after Sundown

• Learn more about the Overland Park Arboretum
• Network with other industry professionals
• Discover new applications specifically geared toward nighttime
outdoor settings: repellant...
nocturnal plants.
Join us for an evening of information, education and cooperation.
TIME: 5:30-7:30PM
This event is FREE to HortNetWORK members and their guests.
Suggested donatation to The Hort NetWORK and Friends of the
Arboretum is $5 per person.
Refreshments & snacks will be provided.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A bottle of wine, a bit of inspiration

Lenexa Garden Club's host for the September meeting is a couple with a wonderful sense of humor.

They have a garden full of surprises. Though I have visited several times over the years, it is never the same. A brick walkway was added a day prior to the Extension tour a couple of years ago. The evening before our garden club tour, a fountain requiring several neighbors and several bottles of wine was installed. Plants and art are changed out often.

Don is a Johnson County Extension
Master Gardener. With his wife, Mary Ann, he has created a garden that backs up to a road. One corner of the garden that could have been left to be quite visible to passing traffic has been screened with evergreens, shade trees, shrubs, partitions and art. In another corner, a mermaid has found a home.

We all came away from the garden tour full of ideas. And, now when someone asks me what to plant for a customer that wants a no maintenance garden, I may suggest a tree created from beads, wire, and a metal tube.

Lenexa Garden Club's next meeting is Tuesday, October 13 with special guest Betsy Betros, author of A Photographic Field Guide to Butterflies in the Kansas City Region.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Maples in the Big Field

The big field at KAT Nurseries is the holding area for larger caliper ball and burlap trees. Red Sunset, Karpick, Sun Valley, Autumn Blaze, Autumn Fantasy and Marmo Maples are on sale through November 30, 2009 while supplies last.

Marmo Maple
Acer x freemanii 'Marmo'

Karpick Maple
Acer rubrum 'Karpick'

Sun Valley Maple
Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley'

Pacific Sunset Maple
Acer truncatum x platanoides 'Pacific Sunset'

Red Sunset Maple - single and multi-stem
Acer rubrum 'Franksred'

Autumn Blaze Maple - single and multi-stem
Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred'

Autumn Fantasy Maple
Acer x freemanii 'DRT 102'

Amur Flame Maple - multi stem
Acer ginnala 'Flame'