I was at RBG this morning for more focus on spring ordering and organizing the seeds for our growers.  I had a meeting in Madison so went up early to tour Olbrich Botanical Garden which is beautiful any day of the year.  It was a bit early to see anything blooming and remnants of, Read More

I’ve always enjoyed seeing snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) bloom in late winter and early spring.  Some might argue that the brighter coloration of early bulbs like crocus, winter aconite, Siberian squill and others are more pleasing to the eye after a hard winter but the crisp white of snowdrops is just as engaging (and welcome!), Read More

Today was beautiful and sunny with temperatures getting up in to the upper 40 degree F!  It is quite spring like and most of the remaining ice and snow should melt off quickly with the warm week and mid week showers .  I did see some snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) poking out of the soil, Read More

I know I’ve blogged about this topic in the past.  However, this “revisit” of the topic showcases some more recent uses (and photos) of these “industrial style”, vertical planting opportunities.  It’s important to mention that our reason for using this was not only to showcase plants growing out of them but to feature the culvert, Read More

I spent the day away from RBG today with an early departure to the Chicago suburbs for a morning presentation (“A Passion for Plants”) to members of the Landscape Design Association (LDA).  I grew up in the suburbs (Villa Park, IL) so know how traffic can be around the Chicago area.  My destination was, Read More

One of my favorite, longest blooming perennials is the yellow fumitory (Corydalis lutea) seen in all of these photos.  We’ve had healthy patches of these throughout the gardens for many years where they have reseeded here and there and in general, been an excellent, colorful filler.  Native to Europe (z 5-7), this perennial is, Read More

Today started and ended with rain and in between…there was rain.  When I drove in to work at 6:45 am, Palmer Drive was already flooded and I know there was already flooding in the lower level of the Rath Environmental Center.  I turned around with a bunch of other commuters and took a different, Read More

  I’m featuring a plant that we have not grown (yet) at RBG.  The golden paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera ‘Golden Shadow’) seen in all of these photos are from multiple specimens I’ve been photographing at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (OBG) in Madison, WI for the past decade.  This woody plant, while hardy and native to, Read More

This year we’ll feature a lot of New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) out in the gardens.  The photos in this blog show many varieties of this popular annual although our collection of New Guinea impatiens is based on seed grown offerings while all of these are obtained/purchased as plants (vegetatively propagated).  However, these photos, Read More

My blogging hiatus over the last couple of months is ending as I get more time to take photos and share various RBG-related items!  I’ll admit that after 10 years of blogging, I needed a short break but I’m back baby.  With the Holiday Light Show (HLS) being such a success with 47,000 attendees,, Read More