The fall color is starting on the Firespire™ musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana ‘J.N. Upright’) seen directly above.  This is a neat introduction from Michael Yanny of Johnson Nursery (WI) that has excellent form and fall color.  It was a darn hot day. The morning was even muggy but at least tolerable for the start of the day, Read More

Today was another unseasonably hot one with temperatures again reaching over 90 degrees F.  Watering was the order of the day although our water system was off for a hour or so due to some “compromised” water lines that we had to fix quickly.  I’m not a big fan of this late season heat, Read More

Today was hot!  We didn’t expect to see 90 degrees F this late in September considering how cool and damp it has been all year. but those are the cards we’ve been dealt!  The intense heat, breeze and recent lack of rain made watering a huge priority today.  Nice shot above of ‘Helen Campbell’, Read More

Autumn is definitely in the air with cool mornings, leaves turning color and some early raking activities.  It was another beautiful day but we sure could use the rain that might appear this evening.  It is getting dry out there in non-irrigated areas!  Above is a nice shot of one of blue varieties of, Read More

I attended the Third Annual Ornamental Grasses Day held at Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc. (Hebron, IL) today and had a blast!  I attended this event last year and will make it an annual ritual.  We had garden tours, lectures and time to network. I saw many folks that I knew and appreciate Brent Horvath,, Read More

We had a very foggy start to the day which, while a bit eerie, was pretty cool in terms of how the garden looked (above).  The fog lifted quickly as the sun emerged and we had another warm, mostly sunny day.  I’ve been remiss in blog postings as it has been extremely busy with, Read More

Today was another beautiful sunny one with blue skies and temperature around 75 degrees F.  Today was our one day only Plant Sale Clearance which included a 15% discount off of everything at the sale.  We saw decent traffic to the sale and overall we had a pretty busy weekend with the sale which, Read More

Our Members Only pre-sale at the Fall Plant Sale went well last night (Thursday) with strong attendance.  One of the great perks for our members is the pre-sale component of both our spring and fall sales where members enjoy “first dibs” and a 10% discount over the entirety of the sale.  There are also, Read More

It was a whirlwind day of preparations for the Fall Plant Sale which opens tomorrow (Thursday, September 7th) afternoon from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm for RBG Members Only.  Members get “first dibs” on Thursday and their 10% discount extends throughout the duration of the sale!  The sale then continues on Friday, Saturday and, Read More

Neat shot of a paw paw (Asimina triloba) fruit above!  This blog is being posted MANY days late but I wanted to still update some text!  The Fall Plant Sale, held at the Horticulture Center, is looming!  Our Members Only event is tomorrow (Thursday) night from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  Members receive 10% off, Read More