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  • Vol. XXVII No. 3 FALL 2014

    BOOtanicaBetter than ever before! // pg. 5 \

    ZEN: An Alfresco Event a chic fall gala // pg. 4

  • In this issue1 Letter From The Director2-3 In Bloom 4 ZEN: An Alfresco Event5 BOOtanica6 Illuminations and VIP Party7 Poster Winner & Photo Competition 8 Lunchtime Lectures9 Birding, Art and $3 Thursdays10-12 Sept. - Oct. - Nov. Calendars13 Volunteers14 Ghoulish Gala & Family Game Night15 Tuesdays on the Terrace16-17 Education18-19 Tribute List 20 In The Gardens21 Tribute List continued

    Cultivate is the member magazine for Botanica, Inc.

    For more information about Botanica's programs, events or Gardens, please call 316-264-0448 or visit our website at www.botanica.org.

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    Cultivate 2014, Botanica, Inc.Vol. XXVII. No. 3 September - October - November 2014

    2014 Board of Trustees

    OfficersJustus Fugate, PresidentLinda Kizzire, Treasurer


    Ex-Officio TrusteesBryan Frye, President, Board of Park Commissioners

    Cathy Holdeman, Assistant City Manager, City of Wichita Janet Miller, City Council, City of Wichita Mayors Appointee

    Check us out on facebook at www.facebook.com/BotanicaWichita

    Matt CortezCourtney DarrahSteve EnglishDeeAnne Fahnestock John FirschingRoarke R. GordonJay HsuDeril Hosford

    Mark JolliffeMelissa ManganKarl MillerElton ParsonsSarah PattersonJo Ann PottorffBeverly ThorntonCharlie Wilson

    Cover: Fall 2013

    Yellow Rose, Photo By Tim Banta

  • September October November 2014 | Page 1

    DirectorFROM THEMaking new friends: honoring the pastI would like to introduce all of you to my new friend Charlie. This Charlie horse is not a pain as the saying goes, but has become a symbol of what is happening at Botanica. Several times I have inferred that Botanica is reinventing itself and the first connotation that comes to mind is change, which brings forth something new. Botanica is growing to be an iconic attraction in the region and we are making our own history.

    When Margaret Nelson Spear generously donated the Joyland Merry-Go-Round to Botanica, I too, had second thoughts. I now realize the memories that were made at Joyland will live on at Botanica. Making and preserving memories has become a major element in Botanicas reinvention process. Botanica is no longer just a garden; it is a glorious attraction growing around one of the most beautiful gardens in existence.

    Botanica has become a place where families share their vows, explore the gardens with their children and celebrate the memories of loved ones. My new friend Charlie now inspires old memories and will create new memories, making history at Botanica once again.

    Summer will be winding down, but Botanica is winding up for fall events starting with ZEN: An Alfresco Event on Sept. 19 and celebrating the construction of the new Chinese Garden of Friendship. October begins with BOOtanica on Oct. 11, followed by the new weekend Fall Fest activities on Oct. 18 and 25 and then the big October 24 Ghoulish Gala fundraiser for the Joyland Merry-Go-Round. Then in a short few weeks Illuminations will begin. The funding from these great events is how Botanica pays its operating costs.

    To keep Botanica looking great and to continue with exciting programs, the efforts and hard work performed by volunteers and staff earns about $1.5 million annually. Meeting our annual costs could not be accomplished without the support and program participation from each of you.

    Thank you to all of our guests, donors and supporters. Botanica is growing to be one of the most magnificent gardens in the country. Our community can be proud to share Botanica with family and friends.

    Enjoy this fall at Botanica.

  • Greetings from the Gardens. Fall is in the air at Botanica with the daytime temperatures still warm. Shorter days and cooler nights hold promise of our seasonal change into fall.

    To begin this article I decided to talk about annual vines. This quickly turned into a large list, so I decided to highlight five varieties, all which grow to over six feet in height and are usually planted here at Botanica.

    Hyacinth Bean (Dolichos lablab) has thick, leathery, bean-like leaves that are dark green on the upper surface and purple underneath. It features one inch pink and white pea-like flowers that bloom all summer. The seed pods are shiny, dark purple, and half as wide as they are long. Its beans complement the vines appearance along with the flowers. As long as the vine has something to climb on it continues to grow upward. My in-laws used to enjoy planting it at the four corners of their steel windmill tower and watching it grow 12 to 15 feet up the tower, profuse with flowers and beans. Another great way to use this plant is on a chain link fence. The foliage grows to the top of the fence and stops with the flower stalks and beans continuing up another foot or so. This makes for a wonderful flower show on and above the fence.

    Snail Flower (Vigna caracalla) has unique, large, snail-shaped, pink-purple and white flowers on green twining vines. The flowers are followed by nearly cylindrical green to brown fruit. The plant works great on trellises, baskets and large containers.

    Bowtie Vine (Dalchampia dioscorefolia), pictured left, has unique bright purple, petal-like bracts around a small circular yellow flower cone. This combination produces perfect little purple bowties. The plant has vigorous, light green foliage that can achieve a height of 12 to 15 feet. It blooms early summer through frost and does well on trellises, fences and large containers.

    Mexican Flame Vine (Pseudogynoxys chenopedioides) has clusters of

    small, neon orange, daisy-like flowers with bright yellow centers. This plant has light green foliage that is equally happy lying on the ground while weaving its way through other plants, growing 10 feet up trellises and fences or growing in large containers. The colorful flowers attract butterflies.

    Passionflower (Passiflora) envelops many species and cultivars that will bloom in shades of blues, purples and reds. The flower shapes are wide opening, multi-petal flowers with protruding anthers and center structures that make up a unique shape at the end of the stems. The foliage of this fast-growing vine is dark green in hue. A passionflowers height may reach 10 to 20 feet and blooms from early summer till frost.

    There are many more great annual vines including but not limited to, mandavilla, morning glories, moon vine, thunbergia, cardinal vines and candy corn vine. Over the years these all have been grown here at Botanica and are all worth investigating when youre looking for summer vines in your garden.

    Our next stop is the Glenn and Jayne Milburn Aquatic Collection. Kim Matthews and her crew have done a great job with the pond this season. We have two victoria water platters this year. The Cruziana was the first to bloom on July 29th, with the Longwood hybrid blooming the following week. We are very fortunate to grow these large annual plants in our collection. It is always exciting to go out and see how much of


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    ABOVE: Mexican Flame Vine, left, and Passionflower, are two of several vines featured in Botanicas collection.

  • the pond surface these two plants are covering.

    Our collection now includes 92 tubs of hardy water lilies. One new variety, Yellow Watermelon has leaves

    resembling floating yellow watermelons. Two other varieties, Wanvisa and Sunfire, have stunning multi-colored flowers. We also have five tropical water lilies this summer. Tropicals are the only way to achieve blue or purple flowers in a water lily. Tropicals tend to hold their flower up above the water six to eight inches, compared to hardy water lily flowers that usually float on the waters surface. The

    ponds and water features have all looked great this summer and are worth viewing this fall.

    In continuing to keep Botanica the most colorful place in Kansas, our garden staff and volunteers will begin planting 5,500 chrysanthemums in mid-September. We will be planting 21 varieties, five of which have never been planted at Botanica before. See the varieties on pg. 21. While we are planting our chrysanthemum display, 10,000 pansies will arrive. These plants let us change the Butterfly House to a Pansy House for the winter months. We will also plant them in surrounding perennial beds throughout the gardens for winter color. The key to successfully growing pansies here in Kansas is to continue watering them throughout the winter, especially if we are lacking rain or snow.

    In closing this article I would first like to thank our three summer interns. Though Marc McKernan, a freshman in Engineering, and Molly Palmer, a senior in Landscape Design, have returned to Kansas State, Laura Shumaker who graduated this spring with a degree in Horticulture-Landscape Design, is staying on as a seasonal gardener until Thanksgiving. All of these students endured the hottest part of the summer. Each had a great attitude and did a super job on their assigned garden teams and areas. Thank you from all of us for spending your summer at Botanica. Special thanks to Marge & Gial Kaegi for stepping forward and financing our summer interns.

    I can never say thank you enough to all the garden staff and volunteers for everything you do for Botanica. You have all done a remarkable job and are appreciated more than words can ever express. So as we finish out the rest of this year, know you have my deepest gratitude and respect.