In the Garden: June

By Layne Knoche, RORG Landscape Designer

A lot of exciting things are happening at the garden as we move into the summer months! By the time that some of you read this, our new boardwalk bridge will be built – and the RORG team couldn’t be happier. Construction started today (June 3) and is scheduled to be wrapped up in just a few days! A separate blog is in the works to talk more in-depth about the bridge, but we couldn’t resist the temptation to give you all a teaser. 🚧

Workers from Olympic Construction set a corner post of the bridge on the first day of construction. Photo by Layne Knoche.

The garden itself is looking lush as we prepare for the vibrant show of summer blooms just around the corner. This month, look for Southern Blue Flag Iris, ‘Rozanne’ Geranium, and Smooth Phlox early in the month before other species like Purple Poppy Mallow and Butterflyweed take center stage. See our full plant collection here.

We missed out on some of the big rainstorms we typically get in May, so our fingers are crossed for some more action this month. We want to see the garden work! In the meantime, the garden is being kept beautiful with the help of volunteers from the Champaign County Master Gardeners and East Central Illinois Master Naturalists, who have started a regular workday each Friday morning. If you are interested in participating, check out our Volunteers hub on the website!

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