Michler's News: Flowers, Gardens & Design
The best terrariums are made or given in the spirit of a memory or place and contains objects you have collected on your travels. The magic happens when there is a dialogue between the terrarium and a person. Learn how to make and take care a little world of your very own.
We had the great honor of having Ryan Gugeler, local bonsai artist and collector, demonstrate shaping a Blue Alps Juniper bonsai. As Ryan worked, the crowd asked some really great questions about the general care and maintenance of bonsai. Ryan's answered with his basic principals and are recounted in this post.
This was our tastiest talk yet! Chef Dan Wu, Culinary Evangelist and Head Chef at Atomic Ramen, came with a whole grocery isle of new-to-us produce that originates from Asia. Armed with a deep fryer and pre-cooked samples all of our senses were engaged. Chef Dan's general advice for any unknown food? "Don't let the differences intimidate you, let the similarities draw you in."
Emily Ellingson, Curator & Native Plants Collections Manager at University of Kentucky came to the Potting Shed to speak about the beautiful ecological communities of Kentucky. The following are some of her choices among Michler-grown crops to use in your garden.
An herbarium is a systemic repository of pressed plants - a little museum or collection that any Natural History Museum or research facility will have. The collection at the University of Kentucky, where Rob Paratley is head curator, has 50,000 specimens which has aided in the identification of countless plants, the publication of books and surveys of plant locations in the state.
To hear Jim Embry talk about horticultural therapy is to hear about how humanity is inextricably connected to the environment. In our times, nature is often thought of as separate from the human world, but in Embry’s words, “we need the environment, it doesn’t need us” and horticultural therapy is all about reconnecting people to the elements that we cannot live without: air, water and soil.
There’s a wise old saying in Kentucky that goes, “Don’t plant your annuals/tomatoes/peppers until after Derby” which, in our experience, is true. By the time the first Saturday in May rolls around the soil is warm and the risk of a frost is very low, perfect conditions for tender annuals to thrive. So when I hear that Kentucky Derby bugle call the horses to post, I grab my trowel and apron, ready to design!
What is the secret to gardening for and with children? Honor the child’s nature and remember the bumblebee! Children and bumblebees have a lot in common in the garden. They both are constantly in motion, they are explorers at heart, they are investigators, and they thrive in natural environments. For adults, this means letting go of your preconceived notions of what a garden is and maybe embrace a little chaos.
We started our construction of the arrangement on the wall by using large tropical Monstera leaves and other foliage to cover much of the wire. Then came armfuls of beautiful tropical flowers. We had large cascades of Phalaenopsis orchids, clusters of long stem Cymbidium orchids, Anthuriums, Sexy Pink heliconias, and Imperial protea
Smelling of paint thinner and Swisher Sweets, Mike Meyer’s studio was covered from ceiling to floor with hand painted signs that he had made and collected. As the week went on, the collection was increasingly inspirational as we learned to paint in block and casual scripts and practiced the finer points of beveling and shadowing.