Educational outreach

Video Library

Learn, share, educate

We have generated many videos over the years covering seasonal topics, plants spotlights, propagation techniques, plant care, etc. Many of these are recordings of our popular Gardening Unplugged mini lectures that we offer during the Open Nursery and Garden Days. These videos offer valuable insight to zone 7b gardening for beginner gardeners, people who recently moved to the area, and even experienced green thumb folk.

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Recent videos

Plant spotlight

Epimediums: long-lasting early spring bloomers for a shade garden, with Tony Avent

Epimediums (Fairy wings, Barrenwort, Bishop’s hat) are easy-to-grow perennial wildflowers. They are tenacious flowering shade plants that provide a welcome first breath of spring with spikes of airy flowers. They are also rabbit and deer resistant.

Dormant plant divisions
Propagation

Propagating Dormant Plants through Cuttings with Aaron Selby

Hello gardeners! In this video our Nursery Production Supervisor Aaron Selby demonstrates the technique of propagating dormant plants through cuttings. Learning this technique will allow you to propagate plants from your garden as a safeguard against possible loss during transplanting or inclement weather and to share with friends. You can also use this technique to sustainably collect genetic material from the wild plant populations. This video focuses on woody perennials.

Plant care

Why you should divide plant bulbs in spring with Doug Ruhren Selby

Have you ever heard a well-meaning relative proclaim “Bulbs should be transplanted only when they are dormant!”? Well, we say “Hogwash! Divide your bulbs in spring, or even in summer, divide them in the green.” Our Garden Curator Doug Ruhren explains the benefits of dividing plant bulbs during active growth while he works on a patch of Galanthus peshmenii. Enjoy.

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Propagation

Propagating Dormant Plants through Cuttings with Aaron Selby

Hello gardeners! In this video our Nursery Production Supervisor Aaron Selby demonstrates the technique of propagating dormant plants through cuttings. Learning this technique will allow you to propagate plants from your garden as a safeguard against possible loss during transplanting or inclement weather and to share with friends. You can also use this technique to sustainably collect genetic material from the wild plant populations. This video focuses on woody perennials.

Plant spotlight

Winter Blooming Plants and Spring Ephemerals with Logan Clark

Hello gardeners! In this video we will be following JLBG Garden Manager Logan Clark on a tour of the garden showcasing winter blooming perennials. Logan is very passionate about native plants and will point out several US native spring ephemerals that make excellent additions to a woodland garden.

Planting peonies in fall
Plant care

Planting peonies in fall: how to plant herbaceous and intersectional peonies with Doug Ruhren

Do you avoid planting peonies in fall for the fear of your precious plants getting damaged by the cold weather? Well fear not! Fall is the best time to plant winter hardy spring blooming plants, like peonies. While the foliage is dormant, the roots often remain active helping the plant establish faster and flower better once the weather warms up. Planting peonies is quite easy, especially if you follow Doug’s tips.

Plant spotlight

Fall blooming perennials – 4 beautiful selections that are in full bloom in November!

In this video our Garden Curator Doug Ruhren spotlights his favorite fall blooming perennials at this time of the year (early November). These easy to grow, sun loving, drought tolerant plants make a great addition to a pollinator garden, a naturalized area, or a perennial border.

Plants that attract birds video
Biodiversity

Plants that attract birds to your garden with Zac Hill

Did you know that some birds like to eat flowers? In this video our taxonomist and bird watcher Zac Hill discusses trees, shrubs, and perennials that attract finches, waxwings, chickadees, hummingbirds, and other species of birds to your garden. Learn which trees are the best host plants for caterpillars that feed the baby birds, and which shrubs and perennials are favorite on our feathered friends’ menu.

Plant propagation

Agave propagation: How to divide Agave and root cuttings with Aaron Selby

Do you have an Agave that produces offsets or runners in the pot? In this video our Nursery Production Supervisor Aaron Selby demonstrates the technique of dividing century plants from offsets and runners. No roots? No problem. Learn the process and products we use to turn rootless offsets into healthy rooted plants. You can use the division techniques to propagate your plants and to keep the large potted specimens tidy.

Plant propagation

Agave propagation: How to Crosscut/Scoop Agave to make it offset with Aaron Selby

Have you ever wondered how nurseries increase their Century plant stock? In this video our Nursery Production Supervisor Aaron Selby demonstrates a technique of removing the central meristem to stimulate the production of offsets. This technique is used to propagate Agave clonally to preserve their genetics and phenotype (appearance).

Education series

During each day of our Open Nursery & Garden Days we offer free mini-lectures as part of our educational outreach. These 15-30 minute discussions focus on seasonally prominent topics, plant spotlights and garden design ideas. Join Tony and our expert horticultural staff as we explore all that nature has to offer.

Meet us at the Welcome Tent to attend!

Spring 2024 Schedule

Friday, May 3 @ 10 am – Fronds in Shady Places (Zac Hill)
Friday, May 3 @ 2 pm – Baptisias: Redneck Lupines (Tony Avent)
Saturday, May 4 @ 10 am – Logan’s Spring Bloomers (Logan Clark)
Saturday, May 4 @ 2 pm – Carnivorous Plants (Kevin Stephens)
Sunday, May 5 @ 10 am – Living Mulch (Doug Ruhren)
Sunday, May 5 @ 2pm – Container Gardening (Chris Hardison)
Friday, May 10 @ 10 am – Sunny Bloomers (Doug Ruhren)
Friday, May 10 @ 2 pm – Friend or Foe in the Garden (Bill Reynolds)
Saturday, May 11 @ 10 am – Success with Cuttings (Aaron Selby)
Saturday, May 11 @ 2 pm – Doug’s Spring Bloomers (Doug Ruhren)
Sunday, May 12 @ 10 am – Hardy Garden Aroids (Logan Clark)
Sunday, May 12 @ 2pm – Hosta-palooza (Tony Avent)

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