Monthly Archives: April 2013

Plant of the Week (to avoid) — Callery Pear


GardenArt’s Plant of the Week (to avoid):


Callery Pear – Pyrus calleryana Aristocrat & Pyrus calleryana Cleveland Select (various cultivars of Callery Pear)


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Prized for its uniform habit, heavy white blooms, dark glossy green foliage during the growing season, and reliable red-orange fall color, cultivars of Callery Pear such as Bradford, Aristocrat and Cleveland Select (shown above in flower) have been heavily planted over the past 20 years.

While Bradford fell out of favor in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s due to a branching habit that is susceptible to serious damage from ice or snow loads, other cultivars continued to be planted extensively.

Over the past five years, it has become evident Callery Pear cultivars have produced viable seed and become invasive. A local example is the vacant lot on US 52 W between the MED Institute office (the former Great Lakes headquarters) and Applebee’s. The multi-acre tract is covered with Callery Pear, most in flower as of mid-April.


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The above image, taken in the fall of 2012 in a vacant commercial lot in West Lafayette, is a good example of seedlings showing fall color.

Until seedless cultivars of Callery Pear are developed, this is a tree that should not be planted despite the many desirable ornamental characteristics.


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Plant of the Week — Serviceberry


GardenArt’s Plant of the Week:


Amelanchier canadensis – Serviceberry


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Serviceberry is generally a multi-stem (clump) ornamental tree reaching 15’ in height with a 12-15’ width. A generally long-living plant,  Serviceberry offers seasonal interest throughout the year. The white spring blooms emerge in early April, but have yet to bloom this year.

The white flowers produce a red fruit in mid-summer, one of the first fruits produced for birds. The foliage keeps a good, medium green color during the growing season. From time to time, pear slugs may cause minor leaf damage. If you notice the leaves having a  skeleton type appearance (plant tissue eaten between the leaf veins), use an insecticidal soap to manage the pest. (As always, read the label of any pesticide  prior to using.)


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The fall color of Serviceberry is excellent, showing bright yellow and orange. The multi-stem form of the plant offers subtle winter interest and makes it an excellent candidate for lighting.

Serviceberry tends to sucker and is therefore not a good choice for a single-stemmed plant. While some single stem cultivars exist, the clump form produces a better plant over the long run.


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Sullivan Teaches HORT 316 at Purdue


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Each Spring Semester, Sean Sullivan from GardenArt, teaches a class in Purdue’s College of Agriculture. Sean teaches “HORT 316” which is an upper level course offered to students in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department. Sean shares his expertise with his students covering “an introduction to the primary elements and systems of the constructed landscape, including landform, edging, paving, retaining wall, decking, low-voltage lighting, irrigation, drainage and ornamental water systems.”


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On this cold Spring day, Sean brings his students to the GardenArt headquarters to practice some building basics.

See more photos from Sean’s HORT 316 class — click HERE.


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Celebrating 10 Years – Launching Facebook Page


GardenArt Celebrates 10 Years – Launches Facebook Page


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In March 2013, GardenArt kicked off its 10th anniversary year with a special luncheon for their entire GardenArt team – and there was even cake! Excitement filled the celebration not only because of GardenArt’s 10th year milestone but also for the anticipation of the Spring season quickly approaching.

Founded by Sean Sullivan and Dan Vawter on March 17, 2003, GardenArt has established itself as the premier commercial and residential landscaping firm in central Indiana. Creating breathtaking and unique outdoor spaces and structures for both commercial and residential properties is their specialty.

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, GardenArt has embarked on an ambitious project – engaging its clients and the entire community through social media. GardenArt has launched a Facebook page and Twitter account as well as Pinterest boards, blog posts on WordPress, and a Linked In Group and Linked In Company. You can even connect with GardenArt on Houzz.com – and offer a positive review and recommendation, if you choose.


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GardenArt will continue to celebrate their 10th anniversary by getting more and more involved in the community. In addition to GardenArt’s Adopt-a-Spot and involvement in tree plantings throughout the year, they will become more involved in supporting the community. The best way to stay engaged with GardenArt and to keep up with all of the 10th anniversary excitement is by “Liking” GardenArt on Facebook and “Following” GardenArt on Twitter. If you follow GardenArt through social media you will see many examples of their projects as well as discover what happens behind the scenes. The GardenArt experts will also share tips on keeping your outdoor living spaces alive and vibrant.

At the 10th Anniversary luncheon it was evident that the entire GardenArt team is ready and looking forward to another rewarding season of “Building Customers for Life.”


Contacts:

Sean Sullivan, sean@gardenartlandscapes.com, 765.463.4000

Dan Vawter, dan@gardenartlandscapes.com, 765.463.4000


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