Plant Sale Fun

Today was insanely busy at the gardens with our first day of the Spring Plant Sale open for the public (9 am until 6 pm). It runs tomorrow from 8 am until 5 pm and on Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm. Our Members Only Preview last night (4:30 pm – 7:30 pm) was well attended and is one of many great benefits associated with becoming a RBG Member! The photo directly below (today) was during a surge of customers off the bus in the distance (from Green Bay). The group had toured the gardens and popped over to pick up some plants. Our volunteers did a wonderful job as usual and we have a full weekend of excitement ahead of us. It was also a crazy day out in the gardens. Brian and Bobby K., our two grounds people today, had a busy day of water feature repair, mowing and the guys finished putting up the rest of our 2019 Garden Art Projects – Dragonflies! These 30 unique art pieces are beautiful and are scattered around the gardens and are auctioned off in September. This day was so busy that I’ll consolidate the descriptions of the other things happening (all important)! We had volunteer help from Oakhill Christian School (11 students and 2 teachers) with assistance from our volunteers, Steve and Dennis. The RECAPPERS were in to work on some projects and we had multiple volunteers out tidying the gardens for the weekend. Dr. Gredler, Bill and Rollie were all in for their mowing rounds and I had a visit from two UW-Madison students, Gustavo and Casey, who brought some plants to us that they had grown as a class project (see below). There was a lot going on but it was a productive and beautiful day out there. Our volunteer involvement today was immense so I’ll pass along a collective THANK YOU to our awesome volunteers!

Susan and Michael
Laura (left), RBG Volunteer/Education Coordinator with Cathy E., awesome RBG volunteer – both at the Spring Plant Sale today
Casey (left) and Gustavo, UW-Madison students, delivered some wonderful coleus that they grew (from seed we sent them) as part of a horticulture class project – they were so proud of their babies!
‘Mt. Hood’ grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)
Judd viburnum (Viburnum x juddii) – woody shrub (above)
‘Lawrence Crocker’ daphne (Daphne x susannae)
‘Gravetye Giant’ summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum)
our Oakhill Christian School volunteers (with Kath – far right) did a great job mulching with our volunteers, Steve and Dennis
a couple of the guys were tuckered out…