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

The weather was again beautiful today.  As we closed down and organized the ending of the Fall Plant Sale, we did haul mums ($9), asters ($4) and bulbs (priced as marked) over to the Parker Education Center for continued sales while supplies last!  We saw lots of visitors out in the gardens today and, Read More

Today was another beautiful day at the gardens and the one day Clearance Sale for the Fall Plant Sale was well attended at the Horticulture Center.  We will continue to sell mums, asters and bulbs from the Parker Education Center while supplies last.  After being involved with the plant sale for so many days,, Read More

The mornings have a definite “chill” to them this week!  As we continue to rake more leaves daily, we are getting that “hint of autumn” in the air and also continue to remove spent annuals and tidy up as needed.  Nice shot directly above of ‘Blondo’ maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis) in the main parking, Read More

I forgot to finish my blog last night with these images all taken yesterday (Wednesday) during our Fall Plant Sale preparations.  Nice shot above of ‘Maui Sunshine’ coneflower (Echinacea hybrida) which is one of hundreds of varieties of perennials available at the sale with a wide selection for both sun and shade.  The sale, Read More

It was another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine.  I’m not sure how much of the sun we’ll see over the coming days as there seems to be a pretty good chance of rain over the next four days.  Interesting flower of the ‘Dreadlocks’ amaranth (Amaranthus gangeticus) seen above blooming at about 7′ tall! , Read More