Road Trip Begins

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I left this morning and started my journey to Columbus, OH for the Cultivate 16 event.  This green industry event includes vendors, presentations, networking, new plant introductions, etc.  I’ve always wanted to attend and am now headed that way.  However, I’m taking advantage of my Eastward momentum by stopping at other gardens.  Today, I spent about 4 hours at the Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe, IL) and then traveled to West Lafayette, IN and visited the plant trials at Purdue University.  Tomorrow I have three more stops on my way to arriving in Columbus in the evening.  Should be fun.  I took about 1000 photos today including the one above at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Above is ‘Garnet’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum) with ‘Superba’ false spirea (Astilbe sp.).

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‘Dunja’ zucchini (Cucurbita pepo)

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there were some preparations for a Lily Society Show and I enjoyed the fragrance as I walked by!

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Pegasus™ begonia (Begonia hybrida ‘Gryphon’)

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‘All Gold’ Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra) – perennial

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‘Rooguchi’ clematis (Clematis sp.) – perennial vine

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Leichtlin’s Lily (Lilium lechtlinii) – perennial

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Buehler Enabling Garden

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‘Little Rocket’ ligularia (Ligularia stenocephala) with Virginia bunchflower (Veratrum virginicum) – perennials

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‘Amber Moon’ false spirea (Astilbe chinensis) – perennial

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‘Sun King’ Japanese spikenard (Aralia cordata) – perennial

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Purdue University Trial Garden (above and all below)

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‘Strawberry Blonde’ French marigold (Tagetes patula) – annual

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‘Xanthos’ cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) – annual

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‘Hot Pops Purple’ ornamental hot pepper (Capsicum annuum) – annual

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‘Pomegranate Beauty’ annual phlox (Phlox drummondii) – annual

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StarShine™ Violet million bells (Calibrachoa) – annual

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MiniFamous Neo® ‘White + Yellow Eye’ million bells (Calibrachoa) – annual

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ColorRush™ ‘Pink’ petunia (Petunia) – annual

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Sallyfun™ ‘Blue’ mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea) – annual

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