Interview the Gardener: Christian Barnes

Interview the Gardener: Christian Barnes

What’s your favorite plant and why?
My favorite plant is Centaurea montana (bachelor's button).  My favorite plant that you can find at the farm right now is Oenothera lindheimeri (Guara). It is such a beautiful addition to a garden and gives movement. It is also a favorite of bees and its common name is beeblossom.

What’s your best gardening tip?
Gardening or being a gardener with a "green thumb" doesn't happen over night. It isn't something you are born with, it is something you cultivate over time. I can also promise you that I have killed more plants than those with a "black thumb."

What’s going on in your personal garden right now?
I am attracting so many humming birds right now. My Cuphea, another of my favorites, is luring all the humming birds to the yard (balcony). I am also rooting a ton of houseplant cuttings for friend.

What’s your favorite thing about working for Cornell Farms?
I love working around other self proclaimed plant nerds, or those just interested in plants. Also the creative freedom with container gardening and the ability to think outside the pot. I love learning new things from my amazing coworkers and guests. So many things I love about where I work!




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