As a native of north central Kentucky Kris Stone has years of experience with the common everyday challenges of maintaining a healthy landscape in the difficult climate of the Ohio Valley. Currently Kris resides in Northern Kentucky just outside of Burlington and is the Director of Boone County Arboretum.

Kris holds a Bachelor's of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky, maintains certification as an ISA Certified Arborist, and is an active board member for the following organizations: KY Arborist Association, Northern KY Urban and Community Forestry Council, KY Exotic Pest Plant Council, Friends of Boone County Arboretum, and technical advisor to the Boone County Urban Forest Commission. Kris is passionate about his life long love of plants and enjoys spreading his knowledge and experience to the public he serves.


Recent Blog Posts

Mar 09
Spring Slowy Awakens   (1 comment)

Feb 10
Early Bloomers Burned   (2 comments)

Nov 17
Fall is for Fruit!!  

Sep 16
Beautiful bayberries!  

Jul 15
Keep watering!  

May 12
Plant Profile: Japanese Snowbell  

Mar 25
Yellow Magnolias  

Feb 06
February Flowers  




Spring Slowy Awakens
by Kristopher Stone - posted 03/09/13

After some early growth on a few bulbs and perennials that led many of us to think that spring might come early this year, mother nature changed her mind and put the breaks on a bit. Personally I don't mind that it has been cold as of late because that will only help us out in the long run to avoid too much early season growth that might be damaged by late spring freezes and frosts. 


Daffodils such as these have little trouble with spring snow or low temperatures and even those that emerged in mid-winter still seem to have viable flower buds.



Hellebores are also extremely well adapted to blooming during cold weather. This beautiful smoky purple form that I have at my house slowly opened up over the last week or so even with lots of days with highs in the 30's and quite a bit of snow to start off the month of March.



The same can be said of the "yellow" form that I purchased a couple years back.  I am very happy with the amount of flowers they are producing this year!


Of course crocus bulbs can always be counted on, and this year my yellow crocus are blooming their heads off





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cmincks - 02/23/2014

2/23/14 - During the recent break in the brutual winter weather we've been having in northern Ky I noticed that my Hellebores' leaves are dry and brown and look dead from the extreme cold we've had. Should I trim all these stems back to the ground now so new growth can emerge? Or should I leave it alone till warmer weather is here to stay?
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