I wore a tie today.  We had a wonderful dedication ceremony for the new Wellness Garden and recognized the generosity of our donors, Ruth Ann Potts and Mercyhealth for this new garden space which was started last fall.  We had a great turnout and the event went smoothly.  Mercyhealth recognized their donation by giving, Read More

It was another beautiful day at the gardens.  Nice shot of ‘Lilac Squirrel’ burnet (Sanguisorba hakusanensis) that I still need to find a spot for out in the gardens. This will be a fun new perennial to try.  This evening we hosted our next Rhythm & Blooms concert with Gary the Band in the, Read More

Today was extremely busy at work and I’m not sure I even had time to take a photo.  This week is busy with our Rhythm & Blooms musical event Tuesday night, our Community Appreciation Day and Wellness Garden dedication on Wednesday and our lecture on Monarchs on Thursday night (6:30 pm).  This Saturday is, Read More

If I had typed this blog earlier in the day, I would have lamented about the lack of rainfall we’ve had over the last 10 days or so but rain this evening (as I type) and the strong chance of more showers this weekend, has alleviated some of my concerns.  We did water all, Read More

After a mildly cool morning, the day warmed up and this week is seeing consistent high temperatures near 90 degrees F.  Nice shot above of ‘Dark Opal’ basil (Ocimum basilicum).  As has been the case this week, watering became a priority and I had irrigation going most of the morning until the garden saw, Read More

Today warmed up quickly and became another quick scorcher.  We focused a lot on watering today as we’ve not had adequate rainfall in about a week or so.  Nice shot above of ‘Banana Boat’ Japanese sedge (Carex siderosticha) looking good in the shade garden.  Our grounds staff of Shania, Alex, Big John, Larry H., Read More

  It was a sunny and mild day (76 degrees F!) with a nice breeze.  It was also a very busy day at the gardens with oodles of visitors, tours and 40 kids coming to the gardens from the Harrison Elementary Summer School program for some volunteer work and a tour.  The kids were, Read More

Today was another hot one although rain later in the day cooled things down.  Nice shot above of popcorn cassia (Cassia didymotrya) filling in nicely.  Rubbing the top buds of that flower and taking a sniff reveals the scent of popcorn (some say peanut butter..!?).  We have about 150 of these scattered throughout the, Read More

It was another hot day although the gardens are growing beautifully with all the recent rain and now some welcome summer heat. Unfortunately the weeds have matched or in some cases, outmatched, the growth rate of our desired plantings!  Nice shot above of ‘Charlotte’ variegated speedwell (Veronica longifolia) which is a nice full sun, Read More

All of the photos in this blog today are from my adventures this past weekend in the Holland, Michigan area.  I attended our regional meeting for the Garden Writers Association (GWA) and traveled over to MI with Ed Lyon (former Executive Director at RBG) and Jessie L.  Ed is currently the Executive Director at, Read More