I’m back to work today after my trip to the California Spring Trials (CAST) and barely got out of the office with all the piles and phone calls that needed attention. We had a productive group of volunteers today which included Lloyd and Bob C. out mulching and Alan A. edging. Kathy, Eva, Peg and Cheryl D. all worked on garden tidying and clean-up in a couple of different garden spaces. Dick worked on some vehicles while Maury ran errands. Ron P. continued repairing lights prior to storage and Gary B. finished painting multiple structures. Gary continued with sign and label production. Dr. Gredler was out mowing and pulling along a turf aerator. Hal R. spent time tidying up his assigned garden which is always looking good as it is front and center along Palmer Drive. Bev, Bob, Bev (and her crew) all helped sort out our surplus plastic pots so we know what we’re up against. We also saw Bill O., Maryam, Linda B., Larry O., Big Jim and many others. Big John and Larry had a long day but also helped stage a whole lot of mulch for our student volunteers tomorrow from Oakhill Christian school.
This blog included 15 exciting plants I saw over the last five days at the California Pack Trials. There were so many neat things to look at out west and I appreciate being able to go on this trip. I’ll likely feature some more in the future as these 15, while beautiful, are just the tip of the iceberg. I’m focusing my energies on looming events like the start of our Pansy Sale that joins the compost sale this Saturday (8 am – 12 noon). Our Spring Plant Sale is only a couple of weeks ago and is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend. See our website for details and you can also view or download listings of our vegetable and herb offerings. Enjoy the color seen below and above with the vivid ‘Trilogy Rose’ petunia (Petunia sp.)!
‘Adore Dragoste’ begonia (Begonia sp.) – annual
Arizona Series (‘Sun’, ‘Sandstone’, ‘Sunset’) hyssop (Agastache hybrida) – non-hardy
Armor Series cockscomb celosia (Celosia cristata) – in yellow, red, purple and orange
‘Summer Jewel Lavender’ salvia (Salvia coccinea) – annual
Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens
I am the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Gardens (Janesville, WI). Along with a talented grounds staff and dedicated volunteers, I enjoy being involved with this wonderful botanical resource. My educational background is in landscape architecture and urban forestry but it didn't take long to become a plant enthusiast and find a lifelong career.