March 11, 2011

Growing Ornamental Grasses

I've been the head grower for my graduate student organization for the last two years, which means I get to play around with hundreds of interesting plants each spring.  Our organization has an ornamental grasses sale each year as a fundraiser.  The money we raise is put towards thesis and dissertation completion scholarships, travel grants, invited seminar speakers, our annual graduate student research symposium, and other expenses.

We had a great potting party recently.  In under an hour we potted up approximately 500 plants. In addition to the previous potting session, we now have almost 900 plants and 18 varieties.

A variety of grass plugs waiting to be potted.

Isolepsis (foreground), Festuca (background)

Carex 'Java Twist' (foreground), Pennisetum 'Rubrum (background)

1 comment:

  1. These are lovely. I am working on incorporating more ornamental grasses into my garden. I love the way they look, with a wonderful texture and feel, much different than other blooming plants.

    I also love that they can usually be divided easily and shared with friends! A few of mine came from friends who had received them from friends.


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