Garden Blog

Early Arrivals from the Soil: Dichelostemma and Triteleia


The official beginning of spring is still a month off, but there are many perennials grown in MsK Nursery that emerge in late winter/early spring.  Here are two of our early arrivals.





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What's a Rain Garden Anyway?


We at the MsK Nursery at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden have been having more conversations about how to build rain gardens lately. Urbanization, reduction of the tree canopy and increased impervious surfaces all equal high-impact rainfalls. It doesn’t take much to see your street turn into a stream or the basement into a bog. Rain gardens are fantastic because they intercept precipitation and can prevent pollutants washing into drains connected to Puget Sound and will help minimize overflows during storms.

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Winter Chill Cuttings


Most deciduous cuttings are usually done in Spring, Summer, or Fall, when there is new stem growth.Cuttings for propagation of evergreens, however, are best taken during the winter chill. The reason for this is that seasonally cold temperatures and shorter daylight hours induce rooting in these plants.





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Cold and Curl



You may have noticed in our recent cold and dry spell that the Rhododendron foliage at KBG and in your own garden had quite an overt response. Thermotropism, or plant movement in response to the stimuli of temperature change, is the cause of the leaf curl and droop seen on our Rhododendrons, usually in the early morning.










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A Garden That Never Sleeps


The Winter Solstice has brought cold weather and what appears to be a hibernating garden. But, our garden does not sleep for long!

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly....


KBGF rang in the holiday season with our annual wreath workshop!

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