Meet Horticulturist Fred Ortlip
Fred has been with Sugar Creek since 2008 and offered design services since 2009 for a variety of situations, including both home gardens and businesses. He earned Master Gardener certification through the Missouri Botanical Garden in 2008 and is a longtime volunteer at the Garden’s Kemper Center reception desk on Sunday mornings.
His “design laboratory” in the front and back yards of his home in Kirkwood is chocked full of dozens of varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials in conditions that include part-shade, part-sun and near full sun. Because of the large number and variety of plants he’s grown in his nearly 20 years of gardening, he often recommends many of them in his designs, knowing how they perform from season to season in an environment that features plenty of rabbits.
Favorite perennials include two ornamental grasses, ‘Karl Foerster’ and ‘Hameln,’ Oakleaf and Panicle Hydrangea varieties, plus Brunnera, Solomon’s Seal, Hostas, Ninebark shrubs and many more. Favorite annuals include Begonias, Vinca, Profusion Zinnia, Coleus, ‘Black Pearl’ Ornamental pepper, Persian Shield and Elephant Ears.
Fred’s garden was featured in both the 2009 and 2010 garden tours sponsored by Sugar Creek. He also produces video on the Sugar Creek Gardens YouTube channel.