Just a little “behind-the-scenes” update that spring is hitting full speed at the gardens in many ways. Bulbs are emerging quickly with many of our earliest bulbs like snowdrops (Galanthus sp.), Danford irises (Iris danfordiae), winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) and glory-in-the-snow (Chionodoxa) blooming strongly.  We now also have the start of Siberian squill (Scilla, Read More

Last night I did a presentation up at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (Madison, WI) and I’m glad I took my camera.  I had a brief 30 minutes out in the gardens but was able to catch the early evening lighting and saw lots of interesting things out in the gardens.  Above is the ‘Harmony’ reticulated, Read More

I’m not sure why I’ve not featured the beautiful and early-blooming leopard’s bane (Doronicum orientale) in past blogs.  This perennial in the sunflower family (Asteraceae) is native to Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia with a hardiness to zone 3.  Almost all of these photos are of the variety ‘Little Leo’ which has semi-double flowers, Read More

This past Saturday we had our Volunteer Fair (9 am – 12 noon) at the Parker Education Center.  We had some interest from potential volunteers and also had some existing volunteers come in to check out some of the other opportunities.  Flannery and Dylan (above) and Pat S. (below) were three of our volunteers, Read More

I think just about every presentation I’ve given involving planting design has included my strong promotion of silver-leaved plants.  I think silver and white are sorely lacking in most gardens, borders and containers in general.  We all enjoy the “hot colors” of yellow, orange and red and hopefully appreciate the “cool colors” of blue,, Read More

We’re only a couple of weeks away from this deciduous, woody shrub offering fragrant white blossoms in the earliest of spring.  Native to China, the fragrant white viburnum (Viburnum farreri ‘Candidissimum’) is covered with flat topped, white, dome-shaped bloom clusters that have a prominent, “sweetly spicy” scent that is quite noticeable.  Early pollinators will, Read More

Due to some recent vehicle issues I had to spend the day on the road heading 2.5 hours in one direction to come back 2.5 hours in the other… In between though, I stopped by Olbrich Botanical Gardens (Madison, WI) and took in their Under the Sea Flower Show.  It was exceptional!  I encourage, Read More

It was an overcast and cool day at the gardens but we had a nice turnout of both staff and volunteers.  Larry H. continued taking down the Holiday Light Show (HLS) and we are on track to have that event packed away by the end of the month.  The grounds staff and select volunteers, Read More

While the spring blooming ornamental onions (Allium sp.) haven’t quite yet emerged from the ground and are months away from blooming, there are some ways to extend what would normally be about three weeks of bloom time for each of these features selections..  All of the photos in this blog are summer shots with, Read More

While these spring-blooming windflowers (Anemone blanda) are still weeks away from blooming, their bright coloration now in photos will give us a hint of spring yet to come!  Also called Grecian windflowers, these fall planted bulbs (actually tuberous rhizomes) will emerge early in April with 2″ wide blossoms opening up quickly at a height, Read More