Diverse Activities Today!

We started the morning at Terry’s (above) house to cut down a Colorado blue spruce that he donated to the gardens for the Holiday Light Show (HLS).  Big John cut the tree down and with help from Terry, Larry H. and me, we loaded it on our trailer.  This tree had a quick transition after arriving at the gardens where it was quickly put up and staked.  See down below for the final result after Larry H. did a great job putting blue LED lights on this excellent specimen tree.  Cindy held down the fort and had a wide range of activities today including preparations for the Halloween Walk this evening.  We all had significant HLS duties.  Our volunteers today only included Kathy, Eva, Urban and Vern.  We had a small but elite crew.

Big John napping yet again…

increasing fall color of Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) – woody vine

Primo™ ‘Wild Rose’ coral bell (Heuchera) – perennial

‘Blondo’ Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis) – perennial

‘Silver Tower’ Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis) – perennial

Vern detailing the sleigh for Santa

above and below are some school groups that enjoyed the garden today

interesting fall color on an oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) – woody shrub

The Halloween Walk tonight was a big success!  We had great volunteers help run the event and a lot of donors and supporters that helped with this event as well.  I would estimate that over 400 folks enjoyed this inaugural event.  Above is the reception garden which featured local businesses handing out candy and other goodies.  We utilized many of the HLS lights and luminaries to help illuminate the route for attendees.  Kudos to Chris D., Maryam, Hayley, Becky and Marcia (all RBG employees) for facilitating this event along with a great crew of volunteers!

Maryam (left) and Hayley getting set-up

Arnie (RBG volunteer)

Marcia chastising me for something…taking her picture? 🙂

Dave B. “bee-ing” cool!

volunteers Sue and Steve

Terry’s tree the same day it was cut!

HLS TEASER! – 40′ of lit obelisk (20′ structure with great reflection!)

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