RBG received some great news yesterday. We received first place in the All-America Selections (AAS) Landscape Design Contest that we entered this year. We have been a display garden for AAS for many years now (10 years?) and for 2012, they organized a fun contest for interested display gardens that involved featuring AAS winners and following some specific criteria. You can view the details of the contest at www.all-americaselections.org if you are interested. We were in category III which was for gardens with over 100,000 annual visitors. The three photos above are three that I submitted as part of the contest. You can see the end results, but more importantly, the role that volunteers played in planting and maintaining these beds. Our grounds staff did a great job too with their involvement and lots of watering. This was a fun contest and we'll enjoy the bragging rights for a bit as the year winds down. In the AAS press release, their comments included... "First and foremost, the photos that Rotary submitted highlighted their expertly designed garden beds that were bursting with color coming from the AAS winners. The judges loved how engaged Rotary's staff and volunteers were in this project and it resulted in an impressive amount of publicity in the area's media. Rotary featured the contest in numerous press releases, blogs and Facebook posts. Plus, they used an impressive 127 AAS winners in their landscape design - the highest number of any contest entry." What a great honor and we look forward to our continued relationship with AAS in the future. Kudos to the RBG team! Press releases regarding this honor will expose Rotary Botanical Gardens to even more potential visitors, supporters and volunteers!
The grounds staff of Larry, Big John and Janice all had a busy day. Big John and Larry picked up pumpkins with Bob C. this morning and next week, they'll be carved in to Jack-o-lanterns for the Halloween Walk which starts next Thursday evening (see www.rotarybotanicalgardens.org). Larry had some equipment repair, push mowed and worked on some other tasks. John also had mowing duties as well as more removals of frosted annuals and some watering. Sounds like we'll have a good frost tonight. Janice helped get our volunteers going this morning and worked with our Chestnut House volunteers this afternoon as they began removing our Ornamental Edible & Compact Vegetable Collection. They did a great job. Janice also processed some of our new lights for the Holiday Lights Show (HLS). Directly below are some fall color shots from yesterday afternoon. Many hostas get some nice golden fall color like those below. These were cut down this morning as we like to cut them when the stems are firm and not mushy (after some hard frosts). The next photo down shows the golden fall color of the royal fern (Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis) which really glows this time of year. The third photo down is the clear yellow on the unique leaf of the tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) near the arched bridge and at the bottom, the leaf of the 'Autumn Moon' fullmoon maple (Acer shirasawanum) in the Japanese garden. The summer color is a light yellow on the leaves but they get a deep golden coloration in October. The red spots were previously just common leaf spots/discoloration on the leaf that turned this red. I've seen this neat effect on this specimen for a couple years now. Pretty cool.