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UDBG: Day 3 August 10, 2011

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Today, I received my project–researching and writing an article about the featured plant for the Spring Plant Sale. This year, the plant is camellias, and the article will appear in the newsletter that gets sent out to members!

Some of the notes that I took today about camellias:

  • Camellias need a planting site with well-drained soil.
  • Avoid planting them where shade trees’ shallow root systems will compete for nutrients/water
  • generally 2 types of camellias–spring and fall flowering

I have a list of species/hybrids that I’ll be gathering information about to provide some descriptions to the members—it’s going to be an enjoyable task!


UDBG: Day 2 August 9, 2011

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I arrived at UDBG at 7AM to work with Melinda and Pat Boyd (who volunteers her time at UDBG). We weeded the Herbaceous Garden for a little while, then I got to water some. Just my luck though–as I started watering plants in the garden, it started to rain!!

We then moved indoors, where I learned how to do membership letters. When I had finished that, we moved on to potting up some plants in the green house. Today, I also learned that ‘development’ is the specific term used for when one is raising money


University of Delaware Botanic Gardens: Day 1 August 8, 2011

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Today was my first day at UDBG, and I will be working with Melinda Zoehrer, who is the Assistant Director.

Melinda gave me a quick over view of the garden, and told me about several ways that non-profit gardening institutions raise money if they don’t have endowments:

  • special events
  • sales or rare plant auctions
  • direct mails (doesn’t necessarily have a high turnover rate, but it’s cheap)

Melinda also told me about the process of updating the member list goes when an individual pays dues, and I got to meet the Curatorial Intern, Matt.




Longwood Gardens: Day 10 August 5, 2011

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Today was my last day at Longwood Gardens, so I spent a majority of my day today mapping all of the woody plants in QUADM10 with Josh’s help. I am proud to say that I was able to pick up BG-Base and BG-Map skills, as well as using the TopCon system in two weeks, and I know when I make visits back to Longwood, I can see my work in the Theatre Garden.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and I was sad to say goodbye to Kristina, Josh, and Mindy. They were great people to work with–I couldn’t have asked for a better set of individuals to learn from!


Longwood Gardens: Day 9 August 4, 2011

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Today we went on a field trip to Dunbarton Oaks and Brookside Gardens. I really enjoyed touring Dunbarton Oaks and the butterfly house at Brookside was great! Check out the Center for Public Horticulture’s Facebook page for all of the pictures!


Longwood Gardens: Day 8 August 3, 2011

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Today, I began the task of tagging plants within QUAD M10. When you put an accession tag on a plant, you must always place it on the north side of the plant.

Staking the tags or tying them to the plants may not seem like a lot of work, but it was definitely a work out! The worst plant to tag within the Quad M10 was Opuntia phaeacantha, also known as the prickly pear cactus. I got stuck several times trying to put the brass tags in the ground. If you think the large, smooth spines are a pain, just wait until you have to pull the smaller, finer spines out of your skin.

And yet another Piatt’s Pro-Tips for Landscapades:

The best recommendation for getting the smaller, finer spines out of your skin? Stand in the sun–you should be able to catch the sunlight on the spines to see them and pull them out. It also would be extremely helpful if you had a pair of tweezers. 



Longwood Gardens: Day 7 August 2, 2011

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Today, I made more tags for the plants that were in the Theatre Garden and did one last once-over of the garden after I received confirmation about plant locations.

A few of the plants that I had confirmed were:

  • Aloe maculata
  • Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’
  • Manfreda x Agave ‘Bloodspot’
  • Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’
  • Salvia x sylvestris
  • Sedum rupestre ‘Blue Spruce’
  • Hylotelephium cauticola ‘Likadense’ (previously known as Sedum cauticola ‘Likadense’)

We also had an incident with some hens-and-chicks within the Theatre Garden. There are six Sempervivum within the garden, but we were not entirely sure which ones were which–and we only found invoices for two of them. Five of the Sempervivum had display labels, and one was an unidentifiable plant. Mindy, Kristina and I were pulling out our hair trying to figure out which ones were accounted for within BG Base, and which ones were not. I am ever-so thankful for Mindy’s help with changing around accession numbers and making accessions for these plants–it was a difficult task. This ate up the better part of the afternoon; the Sempervivum have definitely put themselves on my “Plants I Do Not Like” list.


Longwood Gardens: Day 6 August 1, 2011

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Today, I had to make accessions of the plants for which we had invoices. I edited the pictures that I took of plants in the Theatre Garden and uploaded them to Plant Explorer.

This took up most of my day. I also had to send another email off to April to confirm more plant additions and removals.