Olbrich Awakens Too

All the photos in this blog were taken at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (Madison, WI) last evening before a presentation that I gave on the importance of foliage in the shade garden.  Their garden is coming to life and I’m glad I was able to catch some low sun angles on plants like the ‘Arnold Promise’ hybrid witchhazel (Hamamelis x intermedia) seen above.  The presentation went well and enjoy these images of one of my favorite gardens that I highly recommend to everyone.
It was a very busy day at the Horticulture Center and out in the gardens.  Marv and Terry took down some significant remnants from the Holiday Lights Show (HLS) this morning among other tasks.  Larry H., Alan, Ron R., Bob C., Urban and Rich (new Grumpy) were all outside working on various tasks such as cutting back grasses, raking, pruning and also bringing in HLS stuff.  Dave, Bob K., Ron Y. and Jim worked on the production of more cedar obelisks that will be sold at our Cottage Garden Gallery and certainly at our Spring Plant Sale on Mother’s Day weekend.  Pat worked on converting some signs for the Tree Sale which will be managed by the Golden Kiwanis Club but will be held at the Horticulture Center on April 24th and 25th.  Maury ran some errands for us and both Gary B. and Dr. Gredler did some significant painting today.  Dick H. ran to the dump multiple times and worked on one of our trucks.  Bill O. was in later to help out Larry and we also saw Dr. Yahr, Rollie, Dave S., Chuck S. and many others today.
 ‘Harmony’ reticulated iris (Iris reticulata)
 snowdrops (Galanthus elwesii) in the meadow garden
 crocus (Crocus sp.) emerging in the meadow garden
 vernal witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis ‘Christmas Cheer’) – fragrant!
bark of the China Snow Peking lilac (Syringa pekinensis ‘Morton’)
bark of the ‘White Tigress’ striped maple (Acer hybrida)
 bark of the three-flower maple (Acer triflorum)
golden Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana ‘Wate’s Golden’)
the gravel garden still looks awesome!
 uber cool willow and dogwood vining tower in the herb garden
 colorful dogwood (Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Beauty’) stems
above and all the shots below show the colorful remnants of their winter containers – still looking great