Gardener’s Corner

Gardener’s Corner

Director of Horticulture, Eric Kimbrel With the leaves now gone, we can make proper pruning cuts, eliminating bad branch structure in trees and shrubs.  Dead branches in rhododendrons attract borers, so we remove those. Now is also when gardeners can prune plants that...
Leave the leaves

Leave the leaves

Fall is the natural world’s swan song for the growing season. Colors from trees and shrubs glow brilliantly as they bid us adieu until next spring.  The beauty of fall color draws people from all over the world to great view sheds such as the Blue Ridge Parkway;...
Fall Gardener’s Corner

Fall Gardener’s Corner

Fall seemed to arrive quickly this year. Cool temperatures twenty degrees below average always get my attention.  But guess what?  The plants were expecting it! The shorter daylength was already beginning to occur and the plants were tracking its progress, slowing...
Fabulous Fungi

Fabulous Fungi

Visitors to the Reserve this season have noticed an unusual abundance and variety of mushrooms popping up everywhere, given the increase in rainfall this season.  In addition to enjoying their delightful shapes and colors, our staff have feasted on...
Summer Gardener’s Corner

Summer Gardener’s Corner

Summer on a mountain is a somewhat different when it comes to gardening.  We can continue planting thanks to slightly cooler temperatures and regular rain.  Planting in May, we sometimes actually experience drier weather, forcing us to water more often.  Adding...
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