All the photos in this blog were taken at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, MI) where I enjoyed a nice stroll yesterday. I'm participating in the Plants of Distinction program arranged by Mary and Rebecca from Michigan State University Extension. I'm doing two presentations (Sensational Shrubs and Annuals) at two different program sites. I've reconnected with Dan Benarcik from Chanticleer Garden (Wayne, PA) as he is a presenter as well. I helped with this program about seven years ago and it's nice to be back. Mary and Rebecca do a great job and the attendees have been very receptive. I've connected with lots of neat gardeners and green industry professionals. I'm also avidly going through seed catalogs for RBG in all my spare time here.
the winter look for golden Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola')
the new Japanese garden (above and below) is neat (and huge)!
lots of cool sculpture (above and below)
weeping Alaskan cedar (Xanthocyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula')
awesome vertical wall with mosses, lichens, shelf fungi, etc. in the conservatory
orchids (above) and cacti (below) - the conservatories were lots of fun