25.6.10

Propagating for the Future

One of many duties in a historic public garden is preserving "heritage plants" i.e. original plantings. There are dozens of plant species at Pinecrest Gardens which are hard to replace or are no longer grown commercially. We are actively propagating these plants to make sure we have enough to replace weather-damaged plants, or to augment our display plantings to make even larger displays. We have a number of Croton, Ixora, ginger, palm and heliconia species which we routinely propagate to fill in parts of the Gardens. For people who have valuable "heritage" plants, I encourage propagating and distributing such plants to maintain the genetic pool. We have great plant resources in our personal gardens, and should protect and care for these plant resources for future generations.

Craig Morell
Pinecrest Gardens

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