An Army of Volunteers

I would rank today as one of the top ten craziest days (in a good way) that we’ve ever had at the gardens.  I counted over 50 volunteers at one point today and the photo below is a telling indication of our wonderful volunteer turnout.  Of course the gardens are still beautiful as indicated in the shot above which features the Lavender Twist weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’) at peak.  Further below are more beautiful photos from today as I was able to get out in the gardens for an hour or so to check on our gardening volunteers.  We had an excellent split of garden volunteers and volunteers helping with the plant sale.  This blog would get quite long recognizing all the specific contributions of our volunteers today which doesn’t mean they weren’t monumental.  For the sake of time (already past my bedtime), our grounds staff included Larry, Janice, Big John and Cheryl who all helped with plant sale preparations and other tasks.  Our volunteers included Barb, Doris, Joy, Tina, Gena, Mary, Myrt, Mary, Roy, Mary, Bev D., Bob D., two RECAP ladies, Jumbo Jim, three RECAP gentlemen, Dr. Gredler, Dr. Yahr, Dick P., Bob K., Dave T., Vern, Ron Y., Jim D., Dick H., Larry H., Lloyd, Ron R., Ron B., Ron P., Gary B., Alan, Nancy, Pat M., Mary D., Pat M., Mary R., Karen, Eva, Peg, Bonnie, Shirley, Chuck S. and so many more.  That is about the extent of my memory nowadays but what a crew!  We also saw Kris K., Polly, Sue M. and Chris D. for our staff meeting.  See captions below for more excitement from today.  Tomorrow begins the RBG Members Only Plant Sale (9 am – 4 pm).


Rollie (left) and Dr. Gredler chatting about turf I presume
Mary R. (left) and Bonnie weeding
Dick P. working on memorial brick installation
Shirley H. weeding in the Scottish garden
Ron R. and Ron P.
Ron B. (left) and Gary B.
Bob K., Jim D. and Dave T. (left to right working on the garden art)
Pat C. with her labels!
Larry H. (left) and Lloyd mulching


Judd viburnum (Viburnum x juddii)
barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Red Queen’)
the moss garden looking good
‘Tidal Wave’ weeping katsuratree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
one of many scenic views