Nice shot above of Easy Elegance® My Girl rose (Rosa hybrida ‘BAIgirl’) in the French formal garden.  It was a beautiful, late July day with ample sunshine and a temperature around 83 degrees F.  While it hasn’t dried out in the shadier locations out in the gardens, some of the more exposed spots were getting, Read More

The photos in this blog share an adventure that some of us took this past Friday when we enjoyed the Customer Day at the Gardens of the Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Illinois.  Bobby K., Cindy, Trevor, Janice (with husband Mike) and I enjoyed touring the display gardens with 1200 other folks from, Read More

This is another late blog from last Wednesday that I wanted to share as it features some of our best gardening volunteers at the gardens.  All of these photos were shared by Janice (thank you!) and show the gardening success of our Chestnut House volunteers with their planters near the Horticulture Center.  Jordan (above),, Read More

Due to a very busy schedule and other challenges, I’ve neglected to post two blogs that I has been working on in the last week or two.  I think this one was from two Thursdays ago but I thought it important to share the photos for sure!  Above is Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota), Read More

Today was another delightful one courtesy of Mother Nature.  Nice foliage combo above with ‘Purple Fountain’ European beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Tiger Eyes®  golden sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’) near the Nancy Yahr Memorial Children’s Garden.  It was partly cloudy most of the day and the temperature hovered around 80 degrees F with a nice, Read More

Today was absolutely beautiful with a combination of sun and clouds, a cool breeze and temperatures right around 75 degrees F.  While it was more reminiscent of later September, we didn’t complain and to have another day without rain is welcome so the gardens will actually dry out a bit.  Nice shot above of, Read More

Nice shot above of ‘Supreme Cantaloupe’ coneflower (Echinacea sp.) seen near the Heirloom Garden this morning.  Our summer blooming flowers are really hitting stride right now and recent heat, coupled with more than adequate moisture, has everything growing pretty well this week (including the mosquito population).  More rain is predicted throughout the week but, Read More

It was a beautifully sunny day today and the rain over the weekend has kept everything damp…in some cases, overly so.  The weeping willow (Salix) directly above hasn’t minded all the moisture but some plants are resenting being perpetually damp and combined with some cool overnight temperatures, fungal issues abound! There is sure a, Read More

This past Saturday, July 15th, was a beautiful day for the 23rd Annual Rotary Botanical Gardens Home Garden Tour.  With ample sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70 degrees F, we saw over 400 attendees descend upon eight lovely gardens and RBG as well.  These photos don’t due the gardens justice but give a, Read More

Nice shot above of the Heirloom Garden which has filled in nicely over the past couple of weeks!  With all the recent rains, our concerns haven’t been about irrigation or watering but have shifted to potential problems of too much water (fungal issues, rotting, flooding, etc.)!  We had a very mild day today with, Read More