Frequently Asked Questions with Glensheen’s Head Gardener: Emily Ford

Glensheen’s head gardeners knows her stuff! We decided to put together her answers to some of the questions she gets asked the most. To read about her extensive garden knowledge head here.

From Greenhouse to Table

Most of us weren’t around in 1915, but we can imagine it being pretty hard to get a banana in the middle of winter in Duluth, MN. For the Congdon’s this task became a lot easier once they moved into Glensheen. Up until 1970 the Glensheen estate housed a 3000sq ft Greenhouse, this Greenhouse had four separate rooms and grew 6000+ seedlings per year. The Palm house even included a banana tree! Read more here!

 

WHAT’S BUZZIN’ IN THE BEESPACE – EPISODE 8: BEES X 100

Thanks to a generous donation from the UMD Biology Department to Glensheen’s Gardening Crew, we now have a microscope! READ MORE

WHAT’S BUZZIN’ IN THE BEE SPACE – EPISODE 7: POWER TO THE SISTERS

If described like a soap opera, the thousands of worker bees, all sisters, serve their Queen Zara. After weeks of growing tension towards their mother, the sisters hatched a conspiracy!…READ MORE

WHAT’S BUZZIN’ IN THE BEE SPACE – SUMMER SWARMIN’

I got a call from Emily, our head gardener and the beekeeper boss. She says one word, “Swarm” and I nearly dropped my phone…READ MORE

WHAT’S BUZZIN’ IN THE BEE SPACE – SUPER SECRET SUPERS

Welcome back for yet another honey-soaked adventure through the hives at Glensheen! Like many beekeepers in North America, we use Langstroth style beehives…READ MORE

WHAT’S BUZZIN’ IN THE BEE SPACE – HOW TO BEE HELPFUL

Today our friendly bees face numerous challenges yet they still play an incredibly vital roll in our ecosystem. Across the country our lovely pollinators struggle as diseases…READ MORE

WHAT’S BUZZIN’ IN THE BEE SPACE – POWER OF THE POLLINATORS

If you come down to our historic mansion by Lake Superior, you might notice our two-hive apiary tucked into the corner of the vegetable garden. You then might ask “Why does Glensheen have honey bees?”…READ MORE

H is for Horticulture (and Hawai’i)

I had the brilliant opportunity to travel to the ASHS conference with my director to see the tip of the iceberg of research that we could potentially use at Glensheen…READ MORE

Hello, from an unlikely head gardener

When I was younger I wanted to be heaps of things when I grew up. I went through the doctor phase…READ MORE

The Glorious Gardens at Glensheen

Good news, everyone! I, Jaron the marketing assistant and frequent veggie bandit, have the latest on the greens here at Glensheen…READ MORE

Glensheen Welcomes Royalty

Two Queen Bees and their near thousand attendants each arrived at Glensheen coming all the way from California!…READ MORE