January 2013 Cuttings
"Cuttings" is your source for garden updates and horticultural tips from Reeves-Reed Arboretum's horticulture staff. Check back monthly to find out what's blooming at the Arboretum, get the inside scoop on upcoming events, and learn some timely tips you can put to use in your own garden.
In the Gardens: Winter Interest
In the cold months of winter, those rare spots of color in the landscape can be absolutely precious. Here at the Arboretum, we're enjoying the architectural shapes of dogwood buds on bare branches, the striking red winter foliage of azaleas, and even dried rose blossoms against the snow. Here are some photos of January splendor at the Arboretum to brighten up your day!
January Garden Tips: Arboretum Staff Picks for Awesome Garden Tools!
The new year is here, which means it's time for gardeners to begin planning in earnest for the upcoming growing season: paging through seed catalogs; daydreaming about the perfect perennial border; and of course, making a list of all those great garden tools you just HAVE to get your hands on before spring rolls around. This month, we'd like to share with you some of our staff's personal picks for favorite gardening tools.
Joyce Zemsky, our Office Administrator and Rental Manager, is also an avid gardener, and says she wouldn't be without her Felco loppers for tree and shrub pruning. The 17" long handles give plenty of leverage for big cuts, and the fully adjustable and replaceable blade makes for an easy time when she needs to take the tool apart for cleaning and sharpening.
Julieanne Frascinella, Lead Horticulturist, has a special spot in her heart for her ARS long-reach pole pruner. This cool tool allows for delicate precision cuts at a distance of up to 8', meaning that Julieanne can deadhead the lilacs without teetering on a ladder!
And as for my favorite gardening tool, I'll always love my trusty Felco Model 2 pruners. I've had my personal pair so long that I sometimes think of them as more of a friend than a simple tool! Every part of the Model 2 can be disassembled for easy cleaning and replacement, which is great news for the thrifty gardener – with regular care, a pair of these pruners can literally last a lifetime.
If you love working outdoors in beautifully brisk winter weather, we'd love to have your help at one of our upcoming January volunteer days! Please join us for a morning of winter work on one or both of the following days:
Saturday, January 19: Saturday Volunteers – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
NOTE TO VOLUNTEERS: Due to ongoing construction at the Arboretum, volunteers should park on Hobart Avenue opposite our main gates and enter the Arboretum through the pedestrian gate at the main entrance.
To sign up, or to learn about other volunteer opportunities at the Arboretum, please contact Lisa Martin.