Visiting Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden

Visiting Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden

During a recent trip to Savannah I managed to convince Mike that we needed to visit the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm. I won’t lie, part of the intrigue for me was the “Historic Bamboo Farm” part of this title (for more on my love for bamboo you can read here and here). To visit the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden from Savannah takes about 30 minutes by car. We visited in late November, well after most of the annuals had peaked but just late enough that the camellias were in full bloom. Unsure of what we would discover, I did some researching on their website and found the following about the history of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens: “The Bamboo Farm was deeded to the University of Georgia in 1983 for use as an education and research center.… Read Full Post
Is Bamboo Bad?

Is Bamboo Bad?

I am often asked, “Is bamboo bad?” I know that the fear is that the bamboo will go crazy, swallowing house, home and pool, but no, bamboo is not bad. The key is to make sure you buy your bamboo from a reputable source to ensure that it is a clumping, not running, bamboo. Bamboo is one of my favorite plants for screening in narrow areas. The very upright habit makes it ideal for creating privacy without taking up a huge amount of square footage. At our house we use Slender Weavers bamboo, Bambusa textilis gracilis, to hide the two story house behind us that looks right into our yard. As if reading my mind, Thompson’s Bamboo (my go-to source for all things bamboo related) writes, “This clumping bamboo is possibly the ideal bamboo for the residential landscape.… Read Full Post
Growing Bamboo in Florida

Growing Bamboo in Florida

For years I have heard folks tell me how bad bamboo is for the home gardener: too invasive, too fast growing, and just to big for most people.  The truth is that some bamboos can be great plants for your yard or landscape and provide a great screening and focal point for the yard. Bamboozled! You will want this plant. Growing bamboo in Florida is great and easy to do; spend some time learning the right plants and you will definitely be able to find the right place for your newest favorite plant. An important distinction to make is the difference between running bamboos and clumping bamboos. Clumping bamboos grow and spread slowly, similar to an ornamental grass that gets slightly larger each year.… Read Full Post
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