The photo above is from the reception garden which was the nexus for our Volunteer Planting Work Day this morning.  That archway is from the original Parker Pen Building in Janesville, WI and is on permanent loan from the Rock County Historical Society.  Beyond that arch is the sunken garden.  We had a nice, Read More

As can be seen in many of these photos…we had a great volunteer turnout this morning and the weather was beautiful although quite warm by the afternooh.  Above (left to right) are Eva, Kathy P., Suzy and Vera all planting out in the gardens.  I hope we do get some rain Friday to be, Read More

Most of us came in today not expecting possible showers until this evening.  However, we had two bursts of rain this morning and everyone hightailed it back to the Horticulture Center for some indoor work.  Above are Marv and grandson Avery who also worked outside in the moss gardens which grandpa maintains.  We had, Read More

Today was another beautiful one and more plants went in the ground!  Nice shot above of ‘Taylor’s Sunburst’ lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) with bright yellow new growth on the “candles”.  We had another excellent day with lots of tasks accomplished and great progress with planting from some of our veteran volunteers.  Our grounds staff, Read More

I would be quite comfortable in a climate that had every day like today…a nice cool start to the morning…warming to 80 degrees F in the afternoon with a light breeze and some cloud cover.  Perfect!  Nice shot above of ‘Blue Ice’ hybrid bluestar (Amsonia hybrida) just starting to bloom.  Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) “seed, Read More

With staff help from Big John and Janice, we had an exceptional day of planting on a cool and productive morning.  Thanks to Hal, Doris, Alan, Elaine, Donna, Nicole, Kim, Jim, Carol, Mary, Gena, Dennis, Patti, Brian, Marleen, Kath, Connie, Maggie and her daughter, Kathy, Caryn, Mike, Tina, Dylan, Flannery, Tani, Barb, Leslie, Maureen,, Read More

It was a beautiful day with cooler temperatures and a nice breeze.  The photo directly above shows the heavy seeding that the female cottonwoods (Populus deltoides) have provided over the last couple of days.  With even a slight breeze, it is literally like “snow in summer.”  Our grounds staff of Cindy, Larry H., Alex,, Read More

We had a great rainy morning that fluctuated between drizzle and the occasional downpour.  More significant rain and storms were both west and east of us as times but we ended up with a nice soaking rain throughout the gardens.  Nice shot above of the ‘Princeton Gold’ Norway maple (Acer platanoides) which glows with, Read More

Today was another hot one with temperatures reaching 91 degrees F.  The weekend was quite hot as well and watering our new plantings is a priority.  The recently cool weather has preserved many blooms but this scorching heat tends to finish off blooms quickly.  Peonies and other late May bloomers are finishing their abbreviated, Read More

The recent rains and increasing heat have plants really growing well at the gardens right now.  The turf has also gone bonkers and our mowing schedule is already at “full speed ahead.”  Nice shot above of perennial sea kale (Crambe maritima) in the Scottish garden.  Today was probably our busiest Thursday yet this year. , Read More