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Plants, People & Opportunities , Thursday, May 23, 10am – noon
Memorial Day Opening Plant Sale, Saturday, May 25, 10am – 2pm
Check our Current Plant List to see what’s for sale
Early Bird Guided Tour, Saturday, May 25, 9-10am
August may seem like an unlikely time to appreciate azaleas, but that is precisely when the white, pink and fiery orange-red flowers of several deciduous azaleas (technically rhododendrons) brighten our mostly green landscape. Last August PHA staff took advantage of this floral wealth to introduce interns to the science and practice of creating hybrids by controlled, hand pollination. Polly Hill commented that she wasn’t a pollen pusher, but we find no shame in playing the role of match maker! The seedling shown here are each genetically unique and are the results of our efforts. These tiny seedlings will grow quickly with supplemental light, warmth and regular fertilization, but it will take several years to evaluate their horticultural merit. Who knows, but our hope is that a couple will prove to be worthy of naming and introducing…stay tuned!
This is a series of articles written for the Vineyard Gazette for the 2012 summer Tuesday editions of the paper. Tim Boland writes on a variety of plant related topics.
We have been awarded a Level IV Accreditation through the Morton Arboretum’s Register of Arboreta and Accreditation Program, ArbNet. The purpose of the Register is to identify all of the organizations that collect and display trees, shrubs, and other woody plants for the benefit of the public, science, and conservation. Organizations listed on the register are accredited at different levels depending on degrees of development, capacity, and professionalism. The Polly Hill Arboretum is now recognized amongst other national and international professional public gardens with the highest level of ArbNet accreditation. Level IV Accredited Arboreta have met the highest levels of arboretum standards, including those specified for Level I, II, and III and demonstrate additional institutional capacity to collaborate on scientific and conservation activities related to trees. For more information about the program go to www.arbnet.org