Today's Special Guest: Inger Lamb

Here is how you can contact Inger:


Prairie Landscapes LLC


Phone: 515-250-1693


This Week at Reiman Gardens

Be sure to stop in at the Orchid Fest Today! 

The Gardens is organizing a trip to Britian!  If you're interested in traveling to see several outstanding gardens, consider joining us on this trip!  More information is here and at an informational presentation on March 4, 2014 at 6pm at Reiman Gardens.

Gardens and Fashion

Instead of haute couture, maybe we can call it hort couture!

This article from the BBC talks about the interesting link between that fashion world and the garden world.


Winter Tree Identification

Without leaves, this time of year is a bit more challenging for woody plant ID.  Below are a few easy to identify trees as outlined by Inger.

Even more information can be found at this link (View Document)- including some help with a few more difficult trees to ID!

1. Very large tree, bark with ridges greater than an inch wide, large tan-yellow pointed buds at branch tips, often in flood zone:  Cottonwood = Populus deltoides

2. Large tree with imposing armor of thorns on trunk, thorns branched in some cases, some over 3 inches long, occurring in imposing clusters along trunk:  Honey locust = Gleditsia tricanthos

3. Large tree with pale trunk, blocky “camouflage”  tan/green/brown patches falling off to reveal paler tan under bark, 2 inch round fruits remaining thru winter that shred into small sticks (each being a seed): Sycamore = Platanus occidentalis

4. Small tree, round overall shape, red round cherry-like fruit remains thru winter, planted ornamentally:  Crabapple = Malus species

5. Large tree, bark with large pieces flaking off in sheets:  Shagbark hickory = Carya ovata

6. Medium size tree, usually several trunks, yellow-tan peeling bark, drooping branches:  Yellow river birch = Betula nigra

7. Large tree with spreading lower branches, some leaves remain thru winter, darker bark than most trees, distinct many-angled aspect to branches that is obvious once learned:  Bur Oak = Quercus macrocarpa

Growing Ginseng in Iowa

There are many permits that surrond growing, harvesting and distributing Ginseng.  Learn more here from Iowa State University Extension
Here is another resource from Virginia!
Juglone Tolerant Plants (and those that are not!)
The chemical produced by walnuts that can inhibit growth in plants is called Juglone.  This publication talks about what you can and cannot grow near those walnut trees.