I had some presentations yesterday and travel conditions fluctuated between ok and bad. I was watching the temperature alternate between 30 and 34 degrees F and noted quite a few cars off the road later in the afternoon. With heavier snows further north, we were spared the worst of it but still had some white stuff come down. All the photos here are from Olbrich Botanical Gardens (Madison, WI) last evening when I arrived for my presentation (The Sensory Garden). I couldn’t resist a brisk (literally and figuratively) walk and had the gardens to myself. Above are some colorful dogwoods (Cornus sp.) featuring excellent winter interest with bright stems. The other photos below have captions.
We had a great crew yesterday although everyone was inside as the pounding rain turned to slush and ultimately light snow later in the day. Gary, Alan and Dr. Gredler were painting chairs and other structures inside while Ron Y. put primer on some new Adirondack chairs that will be for sale in our Cottage Garden Gallery soon. Vern, Dave and Marv B. worked on assembling more chairs and Dick H. had some projects. Jenny E. continued to work on processing labels and Gene continued sanding and staining benches. Larry H., Big John and Janice all had indoor projects and Maury F. ran some errands for us. I’m sure there were more folks in that I just didn’t see.
Today we had help from Jim and four RECAPPERS who did some major digging out in the gardens. Bill O. and Maury F. and some projects as well. We also saw Patrea, Urban, Hannah and many others. Big John, Janice and I worked on a wide range of projects and the snow is now melting quickly. We’re heading in to “full speed ahead” mode out in the gardens and we had Paulson-Kimball Construction come today to help load up our “Santa’s Village” houses on to a trailer for storage (until November).
cool willow (Salix) and dogwood (Cornus) tower
snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) with snow
crocus (Crocus sp.)
bridge between the woodland garden and rock garden
the herb garden (above and below) accented with snow
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.