I first saw this colorful begonia (Begonia ‘Canary Wing’) in 2017 at the annual Customer Day at the trial gardens at Ball Seed Company in West Chicago, IL (Gardens at Ball).  It was like a magnetic beacon inviting closer inspection.  Even from a distance I actually said to myself (out loud)…”Is that a golden, Read More

My blogging has been a bit piecemeal over the last couple of months due to major involvement in helping set up and facilitate our Holiday Light Show (HLS) which has been running smoothly (with 12 nights to go!).  We’ve had a great year at the gardens and are formulating plans to celebrate our 30th, Read More

The Holiday Light Show (HLS) has been running nicely since opening night on November 23rd.  With only 12 more nights to go in December, consider checking it out and getting your tickets in advance (which make great gifts too!).  Check out our website for more details on this popular fundraising event.  The photos here, Read More

We had a beautiful layer of snow descend on the gardens overnight as evidenced by the photos in this blog.  Nice shot of snow on a bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) above and a crabapple (Malus sp.) below.  It was a chilly day outside although we did see some sunshine and the snow melted quickly, Read More

We lucked out with some nice warm days in October for both gardening and Holiday Light Show (HLS) set-up duties. November hasn’t quite been as friendly and we’re headed in to some very cold temperatures with a chance of some snow this Friday!  Nice shot above of ‘Pink Lightning’ bugleweed (Ajuga reptans).  We had, Read More

The top photo is from underneath a ‘Green Mountain’ sugar maple (Acer saccharum) that I was near often today as I stretched out more cords for the Holiday Light Show (HLS).  Larry H., Bobby K. and Alex all worked on HLS duties throughout the day and I continue to make progress daily on getting, Read More

The Halloween Walk this early evening seemed very well attended!  We had great volunteer help and it was nice to see all the neat costumes and little ones coming through the gardens to collect candy and engage in some fun at the Parker Education Center.  We utilized some of the Holiday Light Show (HLS), Read More

The combination of Larry and ladders (seen directly above) have helped decorate two large evergreens today (and much more!).  Larry, Big John, Terry, Alex, Bobby K., Cindy and I all had more duties related to the Holiday Light Show (HLS) preparations.  Cindy and Alex did some gardening as well and we had some great, Read More

Nice shot above of the fall color on ‘Edelweiss WB’ American larch (Larix laricina) originally found and propagated by our own volunteer, Josef B.!  This compact, deciduous conifer shows off great autumn coloration and superior texture!  There was lots of great “autumn coloration” throughout the gardens on this beautiful, sunny day.  Our entire grounds, Read More