I’ve always enjoyed using and observing Japanese painted ferns (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum) and some of the new hybrids that include a painted fern parent.  This blog features only a few of the many options available to the gardener.  Our Fern & Moss Garden features over 25 selections of Japanese painted ferns and, Read More

A shrub that I continue to promote in our area is the North American native buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) featured throughout this blog.  Oddly enough I first saw this plant as a child in the wetlands of upstate New York where my grandparents lived.  I vividly remember seeing the interesting blooms (above and below) on, Read More

Post by Janice Peterson I’m often asked what happens at the RBG Horticulture Center in the winter. Well, it’s a lot of planning and a lot of seed ordering! I’m fortunate to have the task of choosing the vegetables for the Spring Plant Sale (May 11-14, see Rotary Botanical Gardens website for details).  I spend, Read More

As I continue to make plant and seed orders daily, one of my favorite seasonal collections to consider is what we’ll be planting and displaying in our three demonstration beds.  These three curved beds (about 800 square feet total) are located just west of the arboretum towards the sunken garden.  These  beds displayed a, Read More

Although the Holiday Light Show (HLS) is officially over for visitors, the long process of taking down the show continues on a daily basis.  These images, taken this morning, show some of the lights and cords that end up back at the Horticulture Center for processing.  Larry H., Larry O., Big John and Cindy, Read More

As I’m neck deep in plant and seed catalogs (almost literally!), I’m getting most of our orders together and will always include what are termed “dead sedges” (Carex sp.) for the gardens. Featured throughout this blog is the variety ‘Toffee Twist’ which is considered a drooping sedge (Carex flagellifera).  The variety ‘Bronzita’ (also Carex flagellifera), Read More

The use of succulent plants (plants that have swollen, fleshy and/or thickened parts that retain water) in warmer and arid climates is certainly not new.  However, over the past 10 years, I’ve seen an explosion in the use of non-hardy succulents in the Midwest landscape.  These uses including bedding schemes, containers and other situations, Read More

I found myself in Glencoe, IL today visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden.  I visited some folks here and have a presentation and tour at the gardens tomorrow morning so I took advantage of 43 degrees F, no rain and no competition out in the gardens.  I think I saw four or five people and, Read More

Post by Pam Glogowski Welcome to the new Rotary Botanical Gardens (RBG) Education Blog! This blog will feature weekly posts by three employees of the Gardens: Pam Glogowski, Janice Peterson, and Patrea Wilson (all trained Master Gardeners). More information on these three ladies is included at the end of this post. Future blog posts will feature, Read More

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. day!  Today was light on staff and volunteers as freezing rain descended in this area all morning and the roads were horrible.  Our primary focus in the coming months will be the dismantling, retrieval, collection, processing and storage of our Holiday Light Show (HLS) which is officially done with, Read More