A Closer Look: Fall in Philbrook Gardens
by Ross Dees
As a recent addition to the Philbrook Horticulture Team, I was a bit worried that there might not be much to do here in the autumn. Needless to say — I am not worrying about that anymore. The fun never stops; there is always something to do. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the work taking place in Philbrook Gardens during the fall.
The outdoor planting continues as well. Mums are enjoying the autumn weather and are blooming beautifully. Our edible Victory Garden is filled with fall greens and will be planted with cover crops. If you’re interested in tasting and learning about our fall veggies, consider signing up for our upcoming Harvest Weekend November 13–14 (www.philbrook.org/calendar). This week, we started planting pansies and bulbs. A lot of bulbs, over 25,000. Spring-blooming bulbs are planted in the fall and will produce flowers in the spring. These beauties are well worth the wait.
This time of year we are gearing up for Festival. For anyone who is unfamiliar, Festival is our long-running seasonal holiday celebration (this year November 27 — December 26). During Festival, the gardens transform into a true winter wonderland. It becomes a great place to enjoy holiday lights, music, and family time together.
Finally, fall is the perfect time to plan for spring. We will spend time sketching the designs of our summer show, finalizing the layout of spring and summer crops in the Victory Garden, researching plant selections, and recording data for future plantings.
Rain or shine, winter or summer, guest or employee, there is always something to do in the Philbrook Gardens. See you soon!