New Specimens Take Root in the Gardens

Each spring and summer, the Gardens’ Horticulturists add new plants in the Gardens to expand our living collections and improve our landscapes. This past season and impressively diverse group of approximately 150 new plants were planted in the Gardens, and 75 epiphyteswere mounted in trees. The planting process begins by creating a catalog of specimens available in the greenhouses and nurseries for planting. Director of Horticulture Mike McLaughlin then matches the most interesting and exciting plants to locations based on cultural requirements, interpretive themes, and aesthetics. Mike schedules a manageable number of plants each week for planting. Meticulous records are kept, the database is updated, and permanent tags are generated. All new plants are plotted and color-coded on a large map to

help the horticulturists keep track of them in the months following planting, when they will need regular monitoring and care as they become established. While most of the specimens are small plants now, in time they will become major players in the landscape. Following is a list of some interesting specimens we have planted:

  • Bambusa textilis var. gracilis
  • Bulnesia arborea
  • Calliandra schultzei ‘Rose Cascade’
  • Cassia fistula
  • Crossopetalum ilicifolium
  • Delonix decaryi
  • Delonix elata
  • Ensete ventricosum
  • Euterpe oleracea
  • Gardenia volkensii ssp. spathifolia
  • Guihaia argyrata
  • Kerriodoxa elegans
  • Lebronnecia kokioides
  • Licuala peltata var. sumawongii
  • Napoleona imperialis

 See if you can find some of them on your next visit to the Gardens, and watch them develop in the years to come.