It was another beautiful, sunny day with a slight chill in the air (59 degrees F).  That didn’t stop the crocus (above) or hyacinth (Hyacinthus) below from blooming nicely!  We’re seeing more plants poking up each day.  I drove 4 hours back from Sturgeon Bay this morning to arrive at the gardens with lots, Read More

I left work today after touching base with our excellent grounds staff and volunteers and headed up to Sturgeon Bay by way of Madison and Green Bay where I visited Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Green Bay Botanical Gardens respectively on my journey.  My final destination was to get to Sturgeon Bay for a presentation, Read More

Nice shot above of the colorful foliage of ‘Fire of Love’ tulip (Tulipa) in front of the Parker Education Center which features another 99 varieties coming up quickly too!  We had a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the upper 60 degrees F which is quite a change from last week!  The weather was, Read More

Today was how April ought to be with sunshine and temperatures near 60 degrees F.  This is quite a change from the sleet and snow we had earlier in the week.  The weather looks good for our Earth Day activities tomorrow at the gardens as well as our Compost and Pansy Sale (8 am, Read More

As the snow from yesterday continues to melt away on this 48 degree F day, visions of plants emerging and blooming this spring continue to occur!  I’m a big fan of prairie smoke (Geum triflorum) featured in this blog.  These are many of the photos I’ve taken of this very photogenic perennial over the, Read More

As I type this blog, I’m looking out at the start of more chilly rain which will turn to sleet and snow later tonight!  I think we’re all ready for a warmer spring but Mother Nature has yet to release us from the icy grip of winter!  We did have a very productive morning, Read More

The cold and snow stayed with us today and we may have some more snow (1-5″!) tomorrow night!  UGH!  We had a small crew today but plenty of action.  Larry H., Cindy and I represented the grounds staff.  I continue to finish ordering and working on lots of special events preparations.  Cindy spent a, Read More

As I look out upon a snowy landscape today (and likely tomorrow too!), I can’t help but think that in a couple short weeks, we should have an explosion of color out in the gardens.  This early color includes columbines (Aquilegia sp.) which have long been a favorite flower of mine.  With a wide, Read More

I’ve been reading a great book lately entitled PAWPAW – In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit by Andrew Moore (see cover below).  I’ve always enjoyed growing and observing pawpaws (Asimina triloba) and recall seeing many large ones growing natively throughout the woods in SW Michigan when I worked at Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature, Read More

I had a presentation at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI yesterday.  I loved the entry pots (directly above) with the creative use of fresh “trimmings” from the garden. It was interesting that I presented about Rotary Botanical Gardens for a big professional group of Madisonians (while at Olbrich!).  Of course I promoted both, Read More