Prepping for Planting Season

Nice shot above of Rodger’s flower (Rodgersia aesculifolia) emerging quickly in the shade garden with bold foliage!  It was another nice Thursday with a consistently large group of volunteers coming in to help out.  While we were quite short staffed (Janice, Cindy and me), a lot of work was accomplished throughout the gardens.  It was nice to see more visitors and more kids out in the gardens for our youth education programs.  With our first volunteer planting Saturday coming up this weekend (8 am – 12 noon), I spent a good portion of the day hauling plants out to various garden areas and will continue that process tomorrow as well.  Our wonderful volunteers included Kathy, Eva, Suzi, Bob K., Alan, Ron R., Steve E., Lloyd, Ron Y., Dave, Vern, Jim, Dick H., Dick P., Maury, Dr. Gredler, Bill, Peg and our talented Chestnut House Volunteers (under Janice’s guidance) among many others.  We also saw Mark S., Gary, Jim H., Larry O., Steve J. and many others today.

Coppertina® ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Mindia’) – woody shrub

‘Miss Honeybee’ magnolia (Magnolia hybrida) – woody tree

‘Golden Gift’ magnolia (Magnolia hybrida) – above and below – woody tree

Eva (left) and Suzi H. (above)

Dick H. (left) and Dick P. setting memorial bricks (above)

wild hyacinth (Camassia cusickii) – perennial bulb

‘Flaming Baltic’ tulip (Tulipa) – bulb