I was invited to do a presentation about RBG for the Rockford Rotary Club today. I was recruited by Dave and Al from that club back in the summer when they visited the gardens and wanted to share RBG with their membership as well. My talk was very well received and was held in the beautiful Memorial Hall (seen below) in downtown Rockford. I had a nice lunch and great discussions with many of the members, most of whom had not been to the gardens (yet). I never tire of "bragging up" the gardens and enjoyed sharing our history, volunteer efforts, accolades, collections and of course, I offered an open invitation for everyone to visit (perhaps starting with our upcoming Holiday Lights Show!). The third photo down shows the heavy fruiting of a hawthorn (Crataegus) right next to Memorial Hall. This was one of those times I was happy to have my camera. I did accomplish some tasks both this morning and afternoon and Larry kept busy with a wide range of projects and is quite self-directed this time of year. Back to the seed catalogs tomorrow (hopefully). At the bottom is another scary gnome. I remember one of my college professors telling how his neighbors had a sizeable gnome collection in their yard and whenever the neighbors travelled, he and his wife would go over and move their gnomes around and position them in odd locations and in "interesting" positions. Apparently he didn't like these neighbors much!