Half Of The World’s Magnificent Magnolias Are Threatened With Extinction

The Global Tree Assessment's latest Red List publication highlights the startling truth that nearly half (48%) of the magnolia species are threatened with extinction in the wild.             Magnolia omeiensis            (Li Cehong) Magnolia sieboldii(Arb.Wespelaar)            Magnolia kobus           (BGCI) Magnolias are universally admired for the beauty of their flowers, and their … Continue reading Half Of The World’s Magnificent Magnolias Are Threatened With Extinction

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Mail Order Sources for Wildflower Seed & Plants

The Modern Botanical Garden offers this list of nurseries as a service to the public. There is not an intended or implied endorsement of any of the following. Some of these nurseries have additional locations. Alplains P. O. Box 489 Kiowa, CO 80117-0489 (303) 621-2864 FAX (303) 621-2590 (no orders) http://www.alplains.com Comstock Seed 917 Highway … Continue reading Mail Order Sources for Wildflower Seed & Plants

Sustainability

The Modern Botanicals Garden recognizes sustainability as a holistic process that encompasses environmental, social, and economic performance. The Garden strives to apply these principles by supporting growth in sustainable thinking and actions among our visitors and the surrounding community. The plants that live in the Garden’s desert environment are specially adapted to thrive in extreme … Continue reading Sustainability

Pruning, Fertilization, Problems Low Desert Landscapes

Pruning should be done to maintain plant health (remove dead, damaged or diseased portions, cross branching, etc.), to highlight the “natural” shape of the plant, to train a young plant, and to eliminate hazards. Excessive or heavy pruning causes significant stress to trees and shrubs. The best practices are to prune the least amount necessary … Continue reading Pruning, Fertilization, Problems Low Desert Landscapes

Watering In The Low Desert

As the weather warms, plant water needs will increase. Now is the time to adjust your watering schedule for the summer. Observe plants regularly for signs of water stress. Some signs to look for include:  wilting, curling leaves, yellowing or falling of older leaves, and dead stems or branches. The amount of water and watering … Continue reading Watering In The Low Desert