I have had The Rotary Botanical Gardens (RBG) on my list of public gardens to visit for quite some while now. Given that it is a two and a half hour trip for me (each way), it is not an easy to-do task, but when I lamented the incompletion of my list to Handsome Son and his visiting girlfriend from Elkhorn last Family Supper and Game Night weekend, it jumped to the top of the list. We visited yesterday.
My photos do not do justice to the scope and scale of so much orange; orange, and burgundy, gold, peach, deep greens, and punches of lime. This is what greets you at the entrance to the gardens. If you can think of an orange annual and it didn't represent here...you're GOOD!
|Just add some pumpkins and this garden is good to go for late September and October!|
|My son has been posing with plants for a long time now. It's a good thing he's chosen a girl that enjoys gardening!|
Since then, the garden has taken on a role of public education, specifically with its display of edible ornamentals and All-American Selections winners (AAS). This is a role in which they excel. In one area of the garden they planted out in blocks the winners in three or more year blocks dating back to the beginnings of this program.
|Green was my favorite.|
|Unusual color combo!|
|Backside of the Alpine Garden|
|Green on green, not typical, especially when there are two different plants of the same exact shade.|
|Several of these mosaic and/or painted sunbursts along with classic tuteur held down the garden art category. I liked a couple of these.|
|Popcorn plant took the Plant of the Day Award!|
|Carving in the stone bench in the Scottish garden|
|There is no mirror here...very clever staging of perspective by the RBG.|
|And, a favorite technique of mine using a common shrubby tree, limbing it up a few feet to show off its branching and architectural qualities. This works well on burning bush, magnolia, and some willows.|