Charles L. Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse Hosts Spring Open House, Bedding Plant Sale

Photo of the Charles L. Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse.

An extensive variety of plants will be available at the spring open house and bedding sale.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 31, 2006 –   The Charles L. Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse at Southeast Missouri State University will host its spring open house and bedding plant sales from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Tuesday, April 18. The open house and bedding plant sale coincide with the April observance of National Garden Month.  Individuals are invited to the open house at the corner of Old Sprigg and Bertling streets for refreshments and a chance to view the different varieties of plants.  At least 100 different types of annuals will be available at the greenhouse, including alyssum, petunias, impatiens, geraniums, salvia, snap dragons, French and African marigolds, dahlias and pansies.  More than 70 different kinds of perennials will be displayed, including phlox, monarda, hosta, and ornamental grasses, as well as more than 60 different types of herbs. Plants will be available for sale throughout the bedding plant season, with hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.  The greenhouse is closed on Sundays. Denise Pingel, campus horticulturist, gave a few tips to gardeners during National Garden Month regarding plant choice and location for those whose thumbs are a little less than green. “You need to plant after the frost, which is usually the 20th of April around here,” she said.  “When it comes to blooming, most annuals will bloom as soon as it warms up and will die when the frost hits them.  Perennials are good plants, but they bloom during very specific parts of the season

“When planting a garden in the west, your plants get the hot sun of the evening, so you need to pick types that can take heat, like vinca, lantana and geraniums.  In the east, plants will get the morning sun and the evening shade.  Plants like impatiens do well in this area.  Finally, if planting in the north, you need to have plants that need shade, and in the south, ones that need lots of sunlight.  Fertilize depending on the plant – some take more than others.” The greenhouse will also have vegetables available later in the season.

At least 100 different types of annuals, more than 70 different kinds of perennials and over 60 different types of herbs will be on display at the open house.(View a larger image of the plant selection.)