On the Road Again…

Peace Tree Farm

Lloyd Traven providing a tour of Peace Tree Farm's greenhouses. photo credit: A. BuntingThis fall, I visited a local wholesale company in Bucks Country, Peace Tree Farm.  This remarkable business, owned by Lloyd and Candy Traven, produces all its plants organically without chemical pesticides and herbicides.  The Traven’s have committed to organic plant production methods for the last five years.  Here at the Scott Arboretum, we are testing many of their practices in the Wister Greenhouse. More to come on these efforts in future posts.

In addition to these cutting edge techniques, we are excited because Peace Tree Farm will be custom growing many plants for our Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale on …

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Rain Barrels at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Last Friday when I reported to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for my volunteer shift at the Philadelphia Flower Show, exhibitors and vendors were in flurry of activity putting the final touches on their displays for the 2009 show opening the next day. Prior to beginning my shift I took a moment to explore the exhibits as workers hustled about placing plants, adding the final clumps of mulch, and touching up paint jobs. My favorite exhibit in progress was by Temple University Ambler College students titled “Green Renaissance.”

Their exhibit featured several green gardening concepts including a living wall, rain chain, …

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Enjoying Spring Blooms Despite 6 Inches of Snow

Since Mother Nature doused the eastern seaboard with snow, those anxious to see the first snowdrops and crocus will find them buried under 6 inches of snow. There is relief for those starving for the scents and sights of spring: the Philadelphia Flower Show. This week Scott Arboretum staff, volunteers, and members can be found among the 5,000 volunteers helping to support this event organized by The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

In the imaginative gardens inspired by this year’s theme “Belle Italia,” visitors can see crocus, azaleas, tulips, ornamental cherries, and many other spring flowering plants. To create these Italian escapes …

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