Archive: April 2008
Sonia Uyterhoeven is Gardener for Public Education at The New York Botanical Garden.
For those of you who love lilacs but are deprived of space, dwarf lilacs are something to think about. Some of them have nice fall color and they are small and compact, need minimal pruning, and tend to be more resistant to the powdery mildew that plagues many lilacs at the end of the season.
Two varieties that you will be able to find in any nursery these days are Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ and Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’. Don’t be intimidated by the long Latin names; if you mutter lilac ‘Miss Kim’ or ‘Palibin’ everyone will know what you are talking about.
Beginning today at The New York Botanical Garden, the untold story of Charles Darwin’s lifelong fascination and work with plants will be presented in the exhibition titled Darwin’s Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure.
The exhibition will include living collections of plants and historical documents in three botanical venues: the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, LuEsther T. Mertz Library Gallery, and Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. There is also an “evolutionary tour” of living plants, demonstrating key points on the evolutionary Tree of Life. It will paint a picture of Darwin as a naturalist and plantsman, and show how Darwin’s botanical experiments and discoveries helped share his contributions to the understanding of life in general.