Kathy (above) was one of many volunteers that helped out today. Kathy did a great job tidying multiple areas with a strong focus on dealing with early weeds. Dr. Gredler was in for painting and mowing out in the gardens. He also is spreading grass seed in thin areas. Bill O. was around this morning to help paint inside and Maury ran errands for us and also helped with the tree sale. Kay came in to tidy up in the sunken garden as our first wedding of the season is this Sunday in that space. Jenny was in to work on more label preparations and we also saw Polly, Dick H., Glenn D. and many others today.
The grounds staff was busy as is usual on a Friday (and every day!). Cindy potted up 250 ‘Moonlight’ caladiums this morning and headed out for garden clean-up and tidying in the Nancy Yahr Memorial Children’s Garden. She also checked on our greenhouse and yard watering. Big John potted up elephant ears (Colocasia esculenta) this morning and moved outside to mark irrigation heads (to avoid as we aerate the lawns!), installing and filling more containers with soil, gravel spreading and much more. Janice helped prepare for the craziness tomorrow, did the cutting display and bounced between some additional gardening tasks. I was out in the gardens briefly but am preparing for the weekend which also includes training tomorrow for our Garden Ambassadors (9 am), Tour Guides (11 am) and Sunday Watering Volunteers (1 pm). Too bad it wont be 75 degrees F and sunny! Enjoy the color below, all photographed today.