While the day started out chilly and breezy, we ended up with a classic autumn day with sunshine, blue skies and temperatures ultimately around 60 degrees F.  The forecast looks like there is a chance of rain over the entire next eight days which is a bummer!  We’ll see what happens.  We had a, Read More

It was a warm and windy day today and when the temperature reached 85 degrees F, we all had flashbacks to warmer summer months.  Nice shot above of the raised beds in the new Wellness Garden.  There was lots of progress today on Holiday Light Show (HLS) set-up by Larry H., Big John and, Read More

Nice shot above of Zahara™ double fire zinnia (Zinnia marylandica ‘Pas553645′) still going the distance.  Although the forecast didn’t include rain today, there was a heavy mist for a couple of hours this morning on this overcast day that never saw the sun.  While the gardens are saturated after all of the recent rain, there, Read More

Nice shot above of ‘Bronze Pink’ copperleaf (Acalypha wilkesiana) which has exceeded my expectations for both height and beauty.  Most copperleafs we’ve planted get 18-24″ but these are over 48″ tall!  It was cool and cloudy today and it looks like some very low temperatures tonight near 34 degrees F!  We hit the ground, Read More

It was another beautiful day out in the gardens.  Our grounds staff of Janice, Larry H., Bobby K. and I all had plenty of action and it was another great day for volunteer efforts out in the gardens.  Our volunteers included Eva, Bonnie, Marleen, Marilyn, Jenny, Dave, Mike P., Tom, Bob K., Alan, Ron, Read More

After checking in with the grounds staff on Monday morning, I headed east to enjoy the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) throughout the day.  I had a meeting later in the evening as I’m on a committee helping plan the national conference for the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) which will be coming to the Chicago, Read More

The rain held off today until about 3 pm which was timely as we were able to have a very successful volunteer contribution this morning as part of the United Way Day of Caring.  We had 11 volunteers (from Kerry Foods and ABC Supply) come help and rake leaves in our woodland walk garden, Read More

Short blog tonight but I wanted to share some drone photos shot by Joe Jimenez.  Wonderful perspective on this newly dedicated garden space which still features plenty of color!  The bottom photo includes most of the garden with the exception of our Horticulture Center facility and site.  I might have to look in to, Read More

The photo at the top of the blog shows a view through the reception garden towards the archway leading to the sunken garden.  This archway is from the old Parker Pen World Headquarters, originally located here in Janesville, WI.  This beautiful portal is on loan from the Rock County Historical Society.  Directly above is, Read More

Another beautiful day was enjoyed by many out in the gardens including an increasingly busy population of hummingbirds zipping around our 20 acres.  They are very focused on the Nancy Yahr Memorial Children’s Garden (wonderfully maintained by Cindy B.) which has a heavy planting of hummingbird-attracting and pollinator friendly plants.  All the photos here are, Read More