Spring division begins

We got  shovel in the ground today, thanks to a strong volunteer! Still a lot of frost in the soil. We dug only 2 plants, enough for 43 and 45 divisions respectively that will grow in the greenhouse for a few weeks until they are planted throughout the state later this year. These are new selections of Indiangrass, Sorghastrum nutans. IMG_1177 IMG_1181

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Grass of the Year

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum has been showcasing a Grass of the Year on their website. In 2014 they selected a sedge, Carex greyii; and for 2015 they selected Sporobolus wrightii, giant sakaton. Below, right, in the photo, is giant sakaton at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in August 2014. Left in the photo is Sporobolus heterolepis ‘Tara’.  Both tough native plants.
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New Little Bluestem

Allan Armitage recommended ‘Standing Ovation’ when he spoke at the Northern Green Expo earlier this month. The image below shows (front left) the one and only plant of ‘Standing Ovation’  we have at the Arboretum. Far back is Blue HeavenTM, right and center are ‘Blaze’.  'Standing Ovation' little bluestem Aug 2014 Other new little bluestem being promoted for 2015 winter/spring are listed below. We hope to plant these at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this spring:
Schizachyrium scoparium, little bluestem:
‘Hit Parade’ series from Aris Greenleaf:
‘Cinnamon Girl’, “Good Vibrations’, Seasons in the Sun’;
‘Prairie Munchkin’ from Plants Nouveau, some think this may be a “replacement for Karl Forester feather reed grass;
‘Los Lanos Blues’ High Country Gardens western selection upright habit chocolate brown in winter from Los Lunas Plant Materials Center, NRCS;
‘Las Vegas Blues’ High Country Gardens

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Winter already!

All too soon the snow is here again!! It is fun to see how the grasses look in winter. Spodiopogon sibiricus, silver spike grasstop; and Bouteloua curtipendula ‘Blond Ambition’ at bottom.

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People of all ages love Grasses

I thought it was only kids that were hiding in the giant miscanthus until I saw some adults ” go in” at the recent open house! Just too much fun I guess!
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Fun at the Fall Open House

IMG_8717Flags participants placed by their favorite grass:
All one vote unless indicated:
Bouteloua curtipendula
Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blond Ambition’
Imperata ‘Red Baron’
Miscanthus ‘Blondo’
Miscanthus ‘Herkules’ 3
Miscanthus ‘ Mt Washington’2
Miscanthus ‘Nippon’
Miscanthus ‘November Sunset’
Miscanthus ‘Silberspinne’  3
Miscanthus ‘Strictus’
Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’
Miscanthus ‘Zewergelefant’
Miscanthus xgiganteus
Panicum ‘Northwind’
Schizachyrium ‘MinnBlueA’ Blue HeavenTM  5
Sporobolus ‘Morning Mist’ 2

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Next Open House October 14, 2014: 1:00-4:00 PM

Plan to attend the next Grass Collection Open House on Tuesday, Oct 14 from 1-4 PM. The collection is in great shape thanks to the hard working Arboretum staff and a group of dedicated volunteers. Indian grass, little bluestem and miscanthus is showing lots of fall color this year.
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