For Immediate Release:
Give Green with Leila Arboretum Gift Certificates
As the holiday season draws near, Horticulturist Stacey Rocklin says “think Leila
Arboretum and help keep our communities and homes green!” Gifts from nature are
appreciated by many people on our gift lists.
Stacey also thinks that houseplants are possibly the most misunderstood group of plants.
Often they are shoved into corners because that’s where they look good. But in order for
houseplants to thrive they need light—and lots of it. Our eyes can adapt to dim light, but
the chlorophyll in plants cannot. Many of them need the kind of bright light we see
outside in the summer. Our homes don't get that quality of light, especially in winter.
There are plants that can tolerate low light levels and handle life in the living room quite
well. These tropical forest-floor dwellers are the snake plants and cast iron plants that
will live for years and can handle any abuse thrown their way. But to thrive in our homes,
most houseplants need to live near the windows and away from cold winter drafts.
Spider plants may seem boring and out of style, but if breathing clean air goes out of style
we'll all be in trouble! Spider plants are your homes’ air cleaning workhorses. They are
easy to care for and require only water, repotting every one to two years depending on
how well they are watered, and some fertilizer during spring and summer months.
Stacey suggests that for the adventurous indoor gardener there are many more
sophisticated plant options. Jade plants, while easy to grow, need as much light as
possible to look their best. There are many interesting and different looking varieties to
choose from. There are also lots of choices in the cactus world. Many cacti have spines,
but some do not, like the obscure night-blooming cereus. The cereus is a spineless cactus
that grows very strange limbs and, if given enough summer sunlight, will bloom—but
only at night. It will produce huge white, fragrant flowers as big as a gardener's hand.
Like ET, it is ugly but adorable, but not one found just anywhere. Most likely, only at
Leila Arboretum Society's Desperate Houseplants sale on January 24, 2009, from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m.!
Gift certificates for Leila Arboretum Society plants can be purchased from the office at
928 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, or by calling (269) 969-0270. For further
information or driving directions, visit www.LASgarden.org Happy holidays, and think