Sleet Makes an Appearance

Above is a nice new bench that was installed at the garden late last week along the newly renovated North path.  The view is excellent across the pond from this location.  Today was cool and exhibited periods of strong winds, sleet, and sunshine.  The weather was all over the place but we had a productive day.  Our focus continues to be on Holiday Light Show (HLS) preparations with Terry, Big John, Cindy, Larry O., Larry H., Janice and I all working on some elements of the set up for this huge fundraising event which starts soon on November 24th (tickets are on sale now!).  Janice also is working on the researching our silent auction plants (courtesy of Song Sparrow Nursery / Roy Klehm) for our Fall Symposium this upcoming Saturday.  We have well over 100 attendees registered and should have a super day.  With our Halloween Walk tomorrow night, I focused on making sure we would have some lighting (borrowed from the HLS) for the trick-or-treaters!

fall color on golden Japanese orixa (Orixa japonica ‘Aurea’) – woody shrub

‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese anemone (Anemone hybrida) still going – perennial

Above are Bob K. (left) and Ron R. (looking scary) staking trees along with Dennis and Garrett (below).  The guys staked close to 40 trees and while this was happening, Steve E. and Firefighter Cathy were stringing lights on them as they were secured.  HLS preparations are becoming more essential and our volunteers are a huge help.  Kathy, Eva, Lloyd and Alan were all out removing plants from the gardens in advance of more looming frost.  We haven’t stopped gardening for sure!  Dr. Gredler was out mowing this morning.  Dick P. was there most of the day placing new memorial bricks throughout the gardens.  Dave, Vern, Ron Y., Jim and Steve worked on carpentry projects while Dick H. ran to the dump a couple of times.  We also saw Maryam, Becky and some others today.

Dennis (left) and Garrett

Steve E.

Kathy (left) and Eva

“Brick Boy” Dick P. (above)

fall color of ‘Aconitifolium’ fullmoon maple (Acer japonicum) – woody tree

Hamilton’s spindletree (Euonymus hamiltonianus) – large woody shrub

‘Berry Timeless’ coral bell (Heuchera) – perennial

fall color on climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala petiolaris) – woody vine

Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) – perennial

fall color of ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) – woody tree

increasingly orange fall color on three-flower maple (Acer triflorum) – woody tree