Time for Summer Planting

It already feels like summer outside, but mid-spring, around Mother’s Day, is actually the perfect time for summer planting. With temperatures warm enough by day and night, it’s a safe time to plant any summer flowers, like begonias, zinnias, marigolds, and impatiens, as well as summer vegetables like tomatoes and peppers. It’s even warm enough to…

Roses in Your Garden

Revered for its beauty, the rose has long been a popular flower among everyone from royals to home gardeners.  They can be difficult to maintain, but the payoff of charming flowers is well worth the effort. Whether you’re trying to maintain the splendor of your existing roses or add more beauty to your garden, spring…

Planting a New Tree

National Arbor Day isn’t until the end of April, but you can celebrate early with the annual Missouri Arbor Day Tree Giveaway at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Whether you pick up one of the native Missouri tree saplings available at the Garden’s Kemper Center or acquire one elsewhere, you may be a bit nervous about planting your…

Early Spring in Your Garden

Slowly but surely, temperatures outside are warming and spring is on the horizon. The change might have you thinking about your garden, especially those popular spring bulbs. You may already be seeing some flowers from early spring bloomers, like snowdrops, winter aconite or Siberian squill. The best part of this time of year is that,…

Team Spirit Garden: Cardinals

Whether you bleed blue or root for the redbirds, use your green thumb to highlight your love for our hometown teams. Garden horticulturist and St. Louis sports fan Tyler Prestien has assembled an all-star lineup for your home garden with a simple theme in mind — local teams, local plants. While these designs are divided…

Team Spirit Garden: Blues

Whether you bleed blue or root for the redbirds, use your green thumb to highlight your love for our hometown teams. Garden horticulturist and St. Louis sports fan Tyler Prestien has assembled an all-star lineup for your home garden with a simple theme in mind — local teams, local plants. While these designs are divided…

Taking Care of Your Orchids

The Orchid Show is in full bloom at the Missouri Botanical Garden and visitors are able to buy orchids of their own at the Garden Gate Shop to bring home and grow. But with great flower comes great responsibility, so you may be looking for some tips on how to care for your orchid, especially…

Fighting Winter Plant Damage

This winter’s frigid temperatures may have kept you indoors, but your garden can’t escape the cold. Plant damage like winter burn or frost injury are common this time of year, and the dry weather the St. Louis region has seen in recent months adds to the chance of problems, but there are a few steps…

What to Do with Warm Weather Plants in Cold Temperatures

Poinsettias With another holiday season wrapped up, you may be looking to keep the spirit alive with some festive plants, like poinsettias. While traditionally associated with a winter holiday, poinsettias are native to Mexico, making them tough to maintain through cold Missouri winters. But it can be done. Keep the plant in a sunny but…

How to Build a Fairy Garden

Each November and December during its Winter Jewels celebration, the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House transforms into an enchanted wonderland complete with fierce dragons, noble nights, gnomes, and fairies. That might seem like a lot of magic to fit under the glass roof of the Butterfly House’s tropical conservatory, but some of these fanciful creations…

Giving Birds a Helping Hand

A trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden is a delight to the senses, from the visual beauty of the Garden’s display beds to the fragrant aroma of the plantings that populate them—and the chorus of birdsong from the many feathered visitors that fly by throughout the year (and help pollinate the Garden’s living collections in…

What’s Your Favorite Gardening Tool?

Gardeners from novice to professional know how valuable high-quality tools can be to make your gardening chores easier and more enjoyable.  It is always interesting to talk with the professionals and see what they use to groom and care for the beautiful gardens here at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  I interviewed some of the staff horticulturalists and…