Down to Earth

20 04, 2021

A Greener, Quieter Approach To Grounds Maintenance

2021-04-21T19:48:20-04:00

Down To Earth by Les Lutz Heritage Museums & Gardens is going green! Over the last year we have been studying all aspects of our operations to become more sustainable. One aspect of our operations that has been high on our list to examine is garden maintenance. I’ve [...]

A Greener, Quieter Approach To Grounds Maintenance2021-04-21T19:48:20-04:00
22 03, 2021

The Sandwich Enterprise: Deciduous Conifers – Not So ‘Ever’ Greens

2021-04-02T15:50:27-04:00

Down To Earth by Les Lutz Trees that bear needles are usually evergreen, and most species are. But there are five genera that are needled conifers that are deciduous and drop their foliage each fall. Of these, four will thrive on the Cape and three are found at [...]

The Sandwich Enterprise: Deciduous Conifers – Not So ‘Ever’ Greens2021-04-02T15:50:27-04:00
10 03, 2021

Witch Hazel For The Winter Garden

2021-04-02T15:55:35-04:00

Down To Earth by Les Lutz The days are getting longer and there are already signs of life in the garden. One bright spot in the garden here at Heritage Museums & Gardens is one of my favorite plants for this season, Hamamelis, or witch hazel. The species [...]

Witch Hazel For The Winter Garden2021-04-02T15:55:35-04:00
18 09, 2020

The Trouble with Tomatoes

2021-04-08T21:31:50-04:00

Down To Earth by Les Lutz What a learning experience this summer has been. Along with many of my friends, I decided to grow vegetables this summer. The most rewarding, and the most challenging, have been the tomatoes. I’ve grown them before, but not in a very long [...]

The Trouble with Tomatoes2021-04-08T21:31:50-04:00
4 09, 2020

Vegetable Plants In Ornamental Gardens

2021-04-08T21:36:49-04:00

Composition of the Garden: Line, Form, Texture, Color & Mass September 4, 2020 For some reason, vegetable plants have been relegated to the back of the garden. Many of us consider them to be the less attractive, and therefore they’re stuck in a separate area of the yard. [...]

Vegetable Plants In Ornamental Gardens2021-04-08T21:36:49-04:00
14 08, 2020

Time For Herbaceous Perennials to Shine

2021-04-07T08:45:31-04:00

Down to Earth by Les Lutz August 14, 2020 Mid-August is when ornamental grasses and many herbaceous perennials begin to shine. Beginning in late July and continuing through the fall and into winter, many of these plants are in their peak bloom. But there are many other plants [...]

Time For Herbaceous Perennials to Shine2021-04-07T08:45:31-04:00
26 07, 2018

Hydrangea Paniculata: Dependable & Hardy

2021-04-07T08:45:58-04:00

Let’s Talk about Hydrangeas! For those of you that read my columns, you know that I’ve devoted the last two to several hydrangea species. Specifically Hydrangea macrophylla and Hydrangea arborescens. This week I’m going to discuss the other species that’s common on the Cape, Hydrangea paniculata, the Panicle Hydrangea. As we move through [...]

Hydrangea Paniculata: Dependable & Hardy2021-04-07T08:45:58-04:00
22 05, 2018

Monitoring your Propagating Plants!

2021-04-02T14:44:29-04:00

*Down to Earth is a weekly garden column in The Sandwich Enterprise written by Heritage’s Director of Horticulture, Les Lutz. For the full article with images please visit The Sandwich Enterprise here. Late last fall I discussed winter propagation of hardwood trees and shrubs. I decided to do a follow-up article [...]

Monitoring your Propagating Plants!2021-04-02T14:44:29-04:00
1 04, 2018

Protect Gardens & Trees From Wind

2021-04-07T08:43:45-04:00

*Down to Earth is a weekly garden column in The Sandwich Enterprise written by Heritage’s Director of Horticulture, Les Lutz. For the full article with images please visit The Sandwich Enterprise here. The recent (never-ending) winds have me thinking about the science of wind and plants. While I don’t claim to [...]

Protect Gardens & Trees From Wind2021-04-07T08:43:45-04:00
1 02, 2018

Stratification For New Plants

2021-04-07T08:43:56-04:00

Down to Earth: Stratification Opens Interesting Possibilities For New Garden Plants *Down to Earth is a weekly garden column in The Sandwich Enterprise written by Heritage’s Director of Horticulture, Les Lutz. For the full article with images please visit The Sandwich Enterprise here. Now is a great time of the [...]

Stratification For New Plants2021-04-07T08:43:56-04:00
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