When I was at Reiman Gardens (Iowa State University, Ames, IA) last week, I could already smell fragrance out in the gardens.  Recent warmth has started to awaken some of our gardens recently and that scent was quite welcome.  I tracked it back to a Vernal witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis) that was in full bloom;, Read More

I spent a good portion of the week out in Iowa which also experienced this recent record breaking warming spell.  The travel was all smooth sailing which you can’t always count on in February.  I had three presentations at the 61st Annual Shade Tree Short Course (sponsored by Iowa State University in Ames, IA), Read More

Post by Patrea Wilson Rotary Botanical Gardens’ heirloom collection is a specialty garden featured in 2016 and 2017. It presents over 100 varieties of plants that were cultivated in American gardens in the 19th century, an important era that provided the basis for much of today’s modern gardening. Rotary Botanical Gardens’ Heirloom Garden in, Read More

The snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) seen above are the first spring blooms we’ve noted thus far.  I saw them bud out last week and this photo is from this morning. This is the first of many patches that have emerged quickly with more to bloom daily during this “pre-spring” warm up.  While these are blooming about, Read More

As I “GOOGLED” the term wheat celosias (Celosia spicata or Celosia argentea spicata) for some additional information for this blog, I saw my blog posting from February 9th, 2015 about “Wonderful Wheat Celosias”!  Apparently I am quite smitten with this annual flower and the impact it has in the garden.  I freely admit that, Read More

Post by Janice Peterson I always encourage gardeners to try to use the scientific name for plants rather than the common name. There is good reason for this. A common name might be used for several different plants. For instance, when someone talks about their snowball plant they could be referring to Viburnum macrocephalum,, Read More

I thought these bleeding hearts (Dicentra and Lamprocapnos) would be appropriate for Valentine’s Day.  Normally blooming in about 9-10 weeks from now, I think we’ll see these much earlier if this warming trend persists!  With sunny skies and a high of 46 degrees F today, we’re seeing signs of life out in the gardens., Read More

  This past weekend was the Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Garden Expo at the Alliant Center Exhibition Hall in Madison, WI.  Our booth (two photos directly below) was visited heavily and it was a nice mild weekend to be up at the show.  The final count of attendees was 18,864 over the course of, Read More

The oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is an excellent woody plant for year-round interest.  The photos in this blog (all taken by me) help highlight many of the excellent features of this North American native shrub (woodland habitats in the Southeast U.S.).  Hardy to Zone 5, this shrub has established well at RBG although it, Read More