Crunch Time!

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Mid November can get quite busy as we have the confluence of gardening tasks to finish before the snow flies and our Holiday Light Show (HLS) dates are looming which necessitates having everything set-up, tested and tweaked very shortly.  The next two weeks or so will be quite busy and today saw lots of activity as well.  Today our grounds team consisted of Larry O., Larry H., Big John, Cindy, Bobby K. and myself.  We all had HLS duties galore!  Our excellent volunteers included Kathy P., Eva, Bob K., Lloyd, Dave E., Steve J., Ron P., Ron Y., Jim, Dave, Vern, Dick H., Dr. Gredler, Bill O., Peg, John J. and many others.  Suffice it to say that there was a wide range of activities accomplished by our talented staff and volunteers.  The photo above shows me battling my fear of heights as I put lights on the upper level of the gazebo.

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some of our trialing black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia sp.) are still blooming at the Horticulture Center – perennial

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late fall color on Nikko maple (Acer maximowiczianum) – woody tree

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‘Sweet Tea’ foamy bells (xHeucherella) – perennial

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Larry O. above connecting cords while Dr. Gredler mows on by…

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Dave E. (above) heeling in plants at the Horticulture Center for Spring planting

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Bobby K. launched the U.S.S. Ginger with giant obelisk today and got it anchored and connected!

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Bob K. (above left) and Lloyd took a nice dent out of this patch of leaves

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Dick H. doing what he does best – fixing things!

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fall color on fernleaf buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula ‘Asplenifolia’) – woody shrub

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last golden leaves (fall color) on this Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) – woody tree

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late emerging foliage of Italian arum (Arum italicum) – perennial

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‘Erythrocladum’ striped bark maple (Acer pensylvanicum) – woody tree

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