Today started and ended with rain and in between…there was rain.  When I drove in to work at 6:45 am, Palmer Drive was already flooded and I know there was already flooding in the lower level of the Rath Environmental Center.  I turned around with a bunch of other commuters and took a different, Read More

  I’m featuring a plant that we have not grown (yet) at RBG.  The golden paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera ‘Golden Shadow’) seen in all of these photos are from multiple specimens I’ve been photographing at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (OBG) in Madison, WI for the past decade.  This woody plant, while hardy and native to, Read More

This year we’ll feature a lot of New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) out in the gardens.  The photos in this blog show many varieties of this popular annual although our collection of New Guinea impatiens is based on seed grown offerings while all of these are obtained/purchased as plants (vegetatively propagated).  However, these photos, Read More

My blogging hiatus over the last couple of months is ending as I get more time to take photos and share various RBG-related items!  I’ll admit that after 10 years of blogging, I needed a short break but I’m back baby.  With the Holiday Light Show (HLS) being such a success with 47,000 attendees,, Read More

The Holiday Light Show (HLS) has seen excellent crowds thus far and with continued mild weather, we hope to see continued strong attendance at this vital fundraiser for the gardens.  I took all of these photos last night at the show.  With 11 nights left of the show, we hope folks will come enjoy, Read More

The Holiday Light Show (HLS) has been going well with our first five nights completed.  We’ve had only the lightest of snows thus far and that has already melted away.  Safe travel conditions have allowed over 14,000 visitors enjoy the HLS.  The show will continue to run from December 14th thru December 23rd and, Read More

The first two of twenty-one nights of the Holiday Light Show (HLS) went very well with warm weather and strong attendance (3,100 on Friday and 2,500 on Saturday).  The HLS resumes for the public on Friday, December 8th.  This blog contains just a “teaser” of what you would see while walking through the gardens. , Read More

These first couple of blurry photos feature the Holiday Light Show (HLS) this evening during a moderate drizzle.  We are almost ready to rock and roll with the HLS and tonight was our own “pre-testing test night”…We had the lights on all day and Larry H., Bobby K. and I put the finishing touches, Read More

This morning was absolutely beautiful with hoar frost covering everything including the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) above and spider web at the top!  The frost melted off quickly and we had a decent day for late season gardening, indoor projects and continued progress toward the completion of set-up for the Holiday Light Show (HLS)., Read More

We had a very cold start to this morning with temperatures around 15 degrees F.  It warmed up to a balmy 32 degrees F but at least there was very little wind and it was a nice sunny day.  The cold weather didn’t keep our volunteers from Oakhill Christian School (Janesville, WI) from coming, Read More