I left work early this morning to head down south to a conference (Saturday) in Robinson, IL that is hosted by the University of Illinois - Extension. Robinson is right near the Indiana border and this event will be well attended. I was asked to present at this annual event a year ago but had a conflict. I'm glad to be involved although the five hour drive is daunting. I stopped in Champaign/Urbana (Illinois) for a stretch and visited the University of Illinois Arboretum and The Japanese House gardens. Both of these gardens were new to me and I enjoyed visiting. I attended the University of Illinois back in 1989-1993 and have not been back on campus since graduating. I enjoyed seeing the Student Union (above) and walked the campus which has stayed the same in some respects but also seemed to have many new buildings. Anyway, it was a walk down memory lane and I had a good hour walk to break up the trip. I arrived in Robinson and met many of those involved with the event tomorrow. Fun day overall and thankfully I had perfect road conditions. I know Pat, Larry H. and Kay were coming in today and I saw the fellas before I left.
Idea Garden (UofI Extension - Champaign County)
The Japanese House gardens (above and below)
Himalayan birch (Betula utilis)
China Snow Peking lilac (Syringa pekinensis 'Morton')
standing at the base of a 60' tall bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)
paperbark maple (Acer griseum)
Ravenna grass (Erianthus ravennae) at 12' tall!