by: David Anderson, Utah Botanical Center, and Jerry
Goodspeed, Ogden Botanical Gardens
year has simply flown by. We have had some fun in Ogden and Kaysville and
were able to build and grow some new gardens. Next year promises to be bigger
and better. We can't wait.
everyone a very happy holiday season and say thank you for making 2009 so
successful. Some of you volunteered your time, talents and energy to help us
and the people we serve. Many of you became members of the gardens this past
year, and helped support our programs and demonstration gardens. We
invite you to consider giving a garden membership as a gift this holiday
season. We have many new workshops and events planned for the coming
year, more plant sales, and a members-only sale with a special evening of
music, food and friends in the garden.
help us develop more gardens
and green space for the
future, so you can
consider them gifts that keep growing. Again, we appreciate all your support
and help, and wish everyone a merry Christmas and prosperous new year.
Caring for Your Poinsettiaby Maggie Shao, Extension Horticulture Agent
To care for your poinsettia, remember that these plants are grown in high relative humidity and high light intensity. The plants do well when you can try to match these conditions. Tips for poinsettia care:
- Place the plant in a location where it will have the most available sunlight.
- Keep the room temperature between 65-70 degrees during the day.
- Remove foil wrap around pot when watering to prevent roots from sitting in water. Keep plants well watered, but not continually wet.
- Grouping plants together on a pebble tray will help raise humidity around the plants themselves.
- Avoid placing plants near doors or heating vents, as extremes of hot and cold will cause leaf drop.
|Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Gardener|
Gardener Gift #1
by Richard Anderson
A gardening book is a fantastic way to cheer up all of your gardening friends who suffer from the winter doldrums. Landscaping on the New Frontier is a practical, must-have volume for any home or business owner wishing to landscape with native, drought-tolerant plants from the Intermountain West. The 256-page book is filled with full color illustrations and photos, and includes detailed descriptions of over 100 native plant species.
Help your friends learn how to use natural landscapes to inspire their own designed landscape. Landscaping on the New Frontier thoroughly discusses elements of landscape and irrigation design, shares practical ideas and provides examples of what other home and business owners have done to live in the context of their surroundings.
Landscaping on the New Frontier is available for purchase at the Utah Botanical Center for the price of $25.00. You can order the book by calling 801-593-8969.
Gardener Gift #2
by Dave Anderson
I'm a fan of my friend Owen Mortensen's work. He creates pieces of art from pressed leaves, seeds and flowers. He arranges them in beautiful patterns and abstract arrangements. I have a great piece in my office called "Forest Floor" that is a collage of maple, sumac, oak and aspen leaves and seeds, all arranged in a random pattern. Many of his works are more formally arranged, and all of them are beautiful. I would wish for anything from Owen's shop. See his great web site by clicking here.
Gardener Gift #3
by JayDee Gunnell
Trees and shrubs are fast asleep, and any thoughts of pruning should be at least two to three months away from any gardener's mind. One of my favorite gift ideas for the holidays would have to be a nice set of hand pruners. I would consider this a staple accessory for any backyard gardener. A well-known truism is that the ease of the job at hand is directly correlated with the quality of the tools being used.
When purchasing hand pruners, keep in mind that there are two types: anvil-type pruners have a sharp blade that presses down against a flat area (think of a knife and a chopping block), which crushes more than cuts and bypass pruners which are far superior and work much like scissors. These pruners make cleaner cuts and make it easier for the plant to seal the wound (example of a bypass hand pruner shown at left). Without endorsing any particular brand or company: Felco, Fiskars and Corona are all readily available at local nurseries and garden centers.
Gardener Gift #4
by Jerry Goodspeed
My dream gift is a trip to New Zealand for a two-week excursion to examine the native flora and gardens of this island country. However, since that is not in the near future (nor really possible for most gardeners) I would love to receive a large painting pad and some pastels or water colors. I am not much of an artist, but I have found that most gardeners who love to work with their hands and create beauty outdoors also enjoy creating a little beauty through painting or, in my case, some elaborate doodling. This helps get me through those dark days of winter. Of course, a new set of golf clubs is always welcomed...
|Down and Dirty Question and Answer:|
How can I discourage deer from dining in my yard?
by Jerry Goodspeed, Utah State University Extension horticulturist
- Plants most
adversely affected by deer are shrubs and fruit trees. Since gardeners
keep fruit trees low to the ground to be sprayed, pruned and harvested,
this makes them a perfect target for deer looking for a snack. Shrubs
are also at the right level for most deer. Other plants, such as trees
and perennials, are either dormant or have died back to the ground
during the winter, so they are usually safe from deer.
Trees need to be protected most when they are small. A physical
barrier on the tree will usually protect them. Once a tree reaches
about 10 to 12 feet tall, it can normally withstand a little winter
munching. Because of their height, shrubs are more difficult to protect
There are many unusual remedies for keeping deer out of the yard
including hanging hair from branches, placing bars of soap in the
shrubs, playing a tape of dogs barking and soaking plants in cougar and
bear waste. However, more conventional and easier-to-obtain repellants
are available at local nurseries and garden centers. They must be
re-applied on a regular basis, but they can be effective in reducing
deer damage when applied according to label directions.
The best protection against deer damage is a tall fence or wall. Most
deer can jump shorter fences 5 to 6 feet tall. With a little snow on
the ground, they can almost walk over some fences. An electric fence
can work, but it can be an eyesore for most landscapes. Fences
generally work in deterring deer, but they are not always practical or
The best way to deter deer is to select plants that are low on their
list of favorite foods. A hungry deer will eat almost anything, but
these plants should make them move swiftly to your neighbor's plants:
Serviceberry, Spirea, Barberry, Cotoneaster, Elderberry, Laurel,
Juniper, Lilac, Viburnum, Daphne, Firethorn, Forsythia, Heath, Kerria,
Oregon Grape Holly, Redtwig dogwood, Sweet mockorange and Weigela.
in mind that deer will sample almost any plant, but using these
varieties can keep grazing to a minimum and reduce landscape damage
during the winter.
|Upcoming Programs and Events|
The educational building at Ogden Botanical Gardens has been closed for the
winter, but the gardens themselves are still open and available for
enjoyment. If you have any yard and garden questions during the next
three months, please call our Extension office at 801-399-8201.
Utah House at the Utah Botanical Center is open for tours and sustainable living
tips each weekday from 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The house will
be closed for the holidays on December 24, 25, 26, 31 and New Year's
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