Above is Tony Avent, founder and owner of Plant Delights Nursery (PDN) in Raleigh, NC.  RBG has been a customer of PDN for over 20 years and I’ve always wanted to see the nursery.  Well, I enjoyed a visit this evening but more on that later.  The second day of the Perennial Plant Association, Read More

After arriving in Raleigh, NC yesterday for the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) Annual Conference, we started the festivities early this morning.  I wasn’t prepared for the instant humidity at 7 am in the morning as we boarded buses for some tours of area gardens.  I stayed hydrated throughout the day (including chugging a beer, Read More

A bit of a late post due to being busy with lots of other things but we had a fun trip to the annual Ball Customer Day held at The Gardens at Ball (West Chicago, IL).  Larry H., Alex, Shania, Ibhar and I enjoyed touring the display, taking tours and otherwise immersing ourselves in, Read More

The photo directly above and the three below show the Nancy Yahr Memorial Children’s Garden plantings filling in very nicely!  The theme this year is an A-Z Pollinator Garden with plants represented by the entire alphabet.  Cindy has done a great job in this space over the years and placed all the plants for, Read More

Nice shot above of the entrance to the Parker Education Center.  Lots of folks are smitten with the wave of lavender color out there with South American verbena (Verbena bonariensis) covering a lot of real estate.  It was a very busy morning with two large tours coming through the garden along with many additional, Read More

Today we had a retirement party for Larry Olsen who worked at Rotary Botanical Gardens for over 20 years.  We had a great turnout of over 50 staff and volunteers (directly below).  Although retired as a staff member, Larry continues to be a volunteer but we thought it important to recognize all of achievements, Read More

Today was a gorgeous day and after the nice, soaking rains we had over the weekend, our summer color is really starting to peak nicely.  The photo above and the two directly below show our entrance garden with plenty of color.  Our pastel theme has worked pretty well although some of the pinks and, Read More

Our annual Home Garden Tour was a huge success this past Saturday on a day that we were very worried about rain!  The day was breezy, cool and aside from some occasional light mist, the day was dry and perfect for close to 350 attendees to enjoy this event. Hopefully participants enjoyed seeing beautiful, Read More

The chance of precipitation today was extremely high and the rain did appear around 10 am or so with a nice soaker drenching the gardens.  It never really became sunny with overcast skies and periodic drizzle throughout the day.  I hope it’s not too wet for our Home Garden Tour tomorrow!  We were able, Read More

Nice shot above of ‘Helen Campbell’ spider flower (Cleome hassleriana) looking great this morning!  I didn’t take many photos today as we had a busy day with lots of volunteer help.  Our grounds staff of Larry H., Alex, Janice, Shania, Ibhar and myself, all had a wide range of tasks.  We did continue to, Read More