Progress before the Heat!

Nice shot directly above of the Plants of the World Collection (POTW) which features select plants from thirteen different countries.  Great job Janice and Patrea for all the research and development on this collection and special thanks to our volunteers from the Chestnut House as well as Dr. Tom and Dr. Mike for all the gardening work out in this space as well.  This space, with thirteen parallel beds, featured an iris collection over 10 years ago and went on to feature various collections including the Thomas Jefferson Collection (2 years), Heirloom Garden (2 years) and now this fun and educational approach!

Today was another nice day with overcast skies.  We had a burst water line to contend with which affected our ability to efficiently water but the issue was resolved in short order and we had a productive day out in the gardens.  Our grounds staff of Larry H., Janice, Cindy, Shania, Terry, Alex, Bobby K. and myself all had wide-ranging duties including watering.  Our volunteer turnout was impressive with Alan, Bob K., Ron R., Lloyd, Ron Y., Jim, Dave, Vern, Steve, Maury, Dr. Gredler, Bill O., Jordan, Dawn, Sue, Victoria, Kathy P., Eva, Suzy, Marilyn, Shirley H., Barb C., Josef and many others.  We hope to continue our daily progress with planting and gardening tidying before the heat of July and August descend.  It was nice to see a bus tour (from Des Plaines, IL) come through the gardens today as well.

variegated sundrop (Oenothera fruticosa ssp. glauca ‘Fruhlingsgold’) – perennial

‘Sarastro’ hybrid bellflower (Campanula hybrida) – perennial

‘Forever Pink’ hybrid phlox (Phlox hybrida) – perennial

variegated Corneliancherry dogwood (Cornus mas ‘Variegata’) – woody tree

Alan (above) was joined by Sue, Tina, Josef, Debbie, Brian, Big John, Firefighter Cathy and Grace last night for our Wednesday evening planting project – lots done!

Suzy, Marilyn and Shirley (left to right)

Suzy (left) and Marilyn planting in the North point garden

Ron R.

Lloyd (camera shy)

the carpenters above (Ron Y., Vern, Dave, Jim and Steve – off camera) continue replacing the top of the Japanese garden fence (looking good!)

From left to right..Jordan, Victoria (in lovely pink), Dawn, Janice and Sue checking planters today

Bobby K. (above) getting the power outlet ready to go for the fountain (above)

The Wellness Garden (above) saw some visitors today!

‘Roseomarginata’ tricolor European beech (Fagus sylvatica) – woody tree

‘Albiflorum’ Martagon lily (Lilium martagon) – perennial

Scarlet Beauty™ Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Morton’) – woody shrub

‘Hoshiyadori’ painted maple (Acer pictum subsp. mono) – woody tree

variegated cattails (Typha latifolia ‘Variegata’) – perennial