Armed with a degree in horticulture from Southeast Missouri State University, Jim Graeler started out as “a guy with a pickup truck and a shovel,” taking lawn-care odd jobs throughout the city. Today, he and his family are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their thriving full-service landscaping company: Chesterfield Valley Nursery.
Lurking on the undersides of leaves, a shade gardener’s nightmare slyly spreads. Your impatiens have been attacked by Plasmopara obducens—the impatiens downy mildew—and they will die.
This summer, think of your backyard as the next decorating frontier. Use designer-quality furniture, rugs, lighting and charming decorative accents for stunning results.
The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Lantern Festival opens May 26 and runs through Aug. 19. This fun Asian-themed extravaganza will introduce many people to the delights of the night-time garden ...
Before coming to St. Louis, I was the director of Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Houston. There, we could grow many of the wonderful plants of the Deep South—tropical ginger lilies, Louisiana iris, evergreen daylilies, citrus, michelias, and fabulous aroids. We would haul the most tender ones into a polyhouse for 90 days in the coldest part of the year, but many wonderful tropical plants would overwinter for us there. I miss that lushness, but Julie and I have sought out ways to enhance our summer garden with many bodacious tropicals.