Saturday Fun Continues Monday!

Above is the record crowd of 130+ attendees at the Fall Symposium on this past rainy Saturday.  Our speakers (see below) of Brienne Arthur, Roy Diblik and myself all had presentations that revolved around creating a functional landscape.  Our silent auction went well and we appreciate all the donations from Roy Klehm of Song Sparrow Nursery which was our event sponsor.  Staff and volunteer involvement were essential to the success of this event.  Hayley did a great job coordinating this event and we had extensive help that day (and prior!) from Maryam, Mark S. and Chris D.  Marcia L. helped as well and both Cindy B. (arrangements) and Janice (silent auction preparations) had significant roles as well.  The day went smoothly and I think the entire event was well received based on the evaluations I was able to view.

‘Edelweiss’ American larch (Larix laricina) – deciduous conifer

fall color on American smoke tree (Cotinus obovatus) – woody tree / large shrub

‘Leap Frog’ foamy bells (xHeucherella) – perennial (fall color)

As with most Mondays, we had a great volunteer turnout on a frosty morning that ultimately warmed to a sunny, 42 degrees F afternoon.  Del (above) was peeling labels this morning at the Horticulture Center.  Ron Y., Dave and Jim worked on carpentry projects, including some early R&D on our 2018 Garden Art Project.  We briefly saw Vern too.  Dick H. and Dick P. hauled all of our large fountains to storage and moved on to debris hauling and container emptying respectively.  Derrick and Garrett, with some help from Dick P., continued emptying out our larger containers around the gardens while Bob K. and Lloyd removed debris in the entrance garden with Kathy, Eva and Marleen.  Dr. Gredler was in for mowing and we also had help from Steve E. (HLS, etc.), Bill O. (HLS) and many others.  Grounds staff of Cindy, Larry H., Big John, Terry, Janice, Larry O. and myself had duties mostly associated with the HLS set-up although Cindy and Janice were able to accomplish some gardening as well.

Dick P. (above)

Dick P. (left) and Garrett

fall color on ‘Green Cascade’ fullmoon maple (Acer japonicum) – woody tree

rock jasmine (Androsace sarmentosa ‘Chumbyi’) – perennial

cool fitted cover for our water urn (fern & moss garden) built by Kristin and Stan

mushroom and moss

‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese maple (Acer japonicum)- woody tree (above)

‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) – woody tree (above)

‘Whitespire’ grey birch (Betula populifolia) woody tree

HLS Set-up is about 75% done!