Planting Seeds on 200202202002

Inspired by Milde Waterfall's enthusiasm, several teachers and custodians at TJHSST planted seeds on February 20, 2002 at 8:02 PM. In Military time, this date was a significant palindrome event: 20:02 02/20/2002 and deserved some distinction.

Don Hyatt brought in 8 different types of seeds, primarily native trees or wildflowers from Thomas Jefferson's time. These species, or plants very similar to those we selected, were mentioned in Jefferson's garden notes at Monticello. Native azaleas and rhododendron seeds are quite small, so we followed Don Hyatt's instructions on Raising Rhododendrons and Azaleas from Seed. Some of the tree seeds require stratification, a 90-day period of cold so that the seeds break dormancy, so they were planted and placed in a refrigerator. We will take them out on Jefferson Day, May 24, 2002, and let them grow. Here is what we planted:

Native Wildflowers

Flame Azalea:   R. calendulaceum

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Catawba Rhododendron:   R. catawbiense

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Carolina Rhododendron:   R. carolinianum

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Mountain laurel   Kalmia latifolia

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Native Trees

Kentucky Coffee Tree:   Gymnocladus dioica

Trifoliate Orange:   Poncirus trifoliata

Eastern White Pine:   Pinus strobus

Table Mountain Pine:   Pinus pungens