News and Events At Chestnut Hill Mall
Fall 2011 Pictures
Summer 2011 Pictures
Spring 2011 Pictures
Garden Event 2010 Pictures
Garden Event 2010 Pictures
The public can enjoy our garden at Chestnut Hill Mall year round. We change our display every season. As usual we always incorporate some animals and birds for the kids. For the Holidays we hang Poinsettias to get into the Christmas spirit.
Inpatients Psittacina, Known variously as the "parrot flower" or "parrot balsam" is a species of balsam from Southeast Asia that was described by the Botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker and was noted for its flowers that resemble a "flying cockatoo". It is known from Thailand, Burma and parts of India.
When it was discovered in the rain forest of Central Sumatra in Western Indonesia, by the Italian Botanist and explorer Dr. Odoardo Beccari in 1878, the stories cause quite a sensational and disbelief among European Botanists. During the Victorian era plant hunting was at its height and unusual specimens were enjoyed by a discerning and curious audience. It was also an era where governesses protected young women from such an indecent sight.
Rafflesia Arnoldii - The Worlds Largest Flower
Rafflesia Arnoldii was found in the rain forest of Sumatra Southeastern Asia in 1818 and named after Sir Thomas S. Raffles the leader of the expedition. This plant is actually a parasite plant, as it has no visible leaves, roots or stems. It attaches itself to a host plant to obtain water and nutrients. Buds of the flower take many months to develop and the flower itself lasts only few days making this plant rather difficult to find. The plant measures approximately 39 inches in diameter and weigh up to 22 lb.
Victoria Amazonian "Vitoria Regia"
The largest water Lily in the world is the Vitoria Regia, a native of the Amazon River basin, known as the "Queen of the lakes", whose name was coined as a tribute to Queen Victoria of England.
The legend of the Vitoria Regia.
In olden times, on the margins of the majestic Amazon River, the beautiful young women of an indian tribe gathered to sing and dream of life. They stayed for long hours staring at the beauty of the white moon, and the mystery of the stars, dreaming of being one of them.
Hydnora africana is an achlorophyllous plant native of southern Africa that is parasitic on the roots of members of the Euphorbiaceae family. The plant grows underground, except for a fleshy flower that emerges above ground and emits an odor of feces to attract its natural pollinators, dung beetles and carrion beetles. The flower act as traps for a brief period retaining the beetles that enter, then releasing them when the flower is fully opened.
Dracunculus Vulgaris "Voodoo Lily"
Dracunculus Vulgaris is variously called the Dragon Arum, Voodoo Lily, Black Dragon, Stink lily... In Greece it is called Drakondia, the dragon or serpent being the long spadex inside the enormous maroon-lipped spathe. It is native to the Balkans, to mediterranean Europe, Greece, the isle of Crete and the Aegean Islands, all the way to Southwest Turkey. It has been introduced to the United States and is currently present in the states of Oregon, California and Tennessee .
Strongylodon Macrobotrys "Jade Vine"
Jade Vine is as evergreen twinning vine with thick woody stems. It grows up to 70ft. or more in length. The leaves are trifoliate with three oblong leaflets, each about 3-5 inches long. In Spring and early Summer Jade Vine bears bluish green claw shaped flowers 3-5 in long in huge hanging clusters up to 5 feet or more in length. Jade Vine is native to the Philippines where it grows in tropical rain forests.
Summer Gardening Tips
Water, Pruning, Fertilizing
1-Be sure to give plants enough water for the Summer to help ensure less stress throughout the Winter.
2- Check for any signs of insects on plants. Be sure to look carefully, some insects are tiny and also hide under the foliage. Spray accordingly.
3- Proper timing helps to ensure attractive, healthy plants. Go time to prune most plant material, specially plants that may snap under snow load.
4- Try not to fertilize much in late Summer, as this may cause late flush of growth that may not have time to harder off before winter.
Spring Gardening Tips
1- Inspect the yard and make notes of tree limbs that should be removed or cabled, especially those that overhang structures. Hire a professional to take care of large trees and shrubs. (prune,prune,prune)
2- Choose new plants for the garden. Order perennials, trees, shrubs and vegetables for spring planting.
3- Prepare new beds for gardens and vegetable garden.
5- Check fences, steps, pathways and patios for any disrepair caused by freezing and thawing.
6- Clean bird feeders and bird baths.
7- Start a compost pile or use a compost bin for rich, homemade compost next spring.
Winter Gardening Tips
If you haven't already done so, spray anti transparent on all broadleaf evergreens and temperate deciduous trees and shrubs. This will help them from Winter de-hydration and ensure a lush green foliage on coming Spring with minimum Winter kill. If you have Deer problem, mixing in some Deer-off or similar product will help your plants from being browsed throughout the Winter.
Avoid using salt on walkways and driveways close to any planting beds. The damage will show up long after the snow has subsided and you will be wondering what happened to your plants (salt burn on root system)
Carefully shake off excess snow off of hedges and other plants which might tend to be misshapen or even worst break from the snow load.
Inspect trees and shrubs for any signs of insect problems. Main signs are commonly black sooty mold on leaves and stems. Spray with dormant oil in Winter to smoother egg casings.
Take advantage of doing some Winter pruning during nice days. Remember not to prune heavy anything that might already have Spring or Summer flowering buds set.
fertilize any plants that might look off color, or any deciduous plant that you might have noticed off color before the defoliated. Many fertilizers are slow release so will benefit plant on coming Spring.
Make a list of projects for Spring time.
- Ordering new plants.
- Transplanting plants to a new location if the plats didn't flourish where they were.
- Pay attention throughout Winter for areas that might not drain well, so that you may change grade or add drains on coming Spring.
Fall Gardening Tips
Summer is over and the weather is getting cold again. Is time to start taking some precautions for next season.
Make sure to fertilize your lawn this Fall. A good winterize Fertilizer will thicken your lawn so it's ready to go next Spring! Remember the Fall feeding is the most important!
Also Fall is the perfect time to kill weeds in your lawn and gardens. As the plants begin to go dormant they start to supply extra nutrients to their root system. Applying herbicides at this time is extremely efficient.
Some plants need to be pruned and many will need a healthy dose of fertilization to endure the winter. Observing what each plant needs carefully will take your garden in an excellent position this Winter.
Do not forget to bring in non-hardy plants.