The winter is typically thought of as the off season for Black Hills tourism destinations but there is still a lot that goes on behind the scenes. The ground may be currently covered with a layer of white but in 5 months it will be replaced with a wide variety of flowers.
David Yahne is a horticulturist whose been working at reptile gardens for 16 years and is one of the masterminds behind the flowers you see in the summer.
While most gardeners are busiest during spring and summer, the masterminds behind the reptile gardens are busiest when it's coldest. It's a process of creating designs for more than 20,000 flowers, and having to pick from thousands of flowers takes time. David takes into account sunlight, soil type, and what they have had in past years.
The pressure is on this year for their 80th anniversary. They hope to do something unique, incorporating numbers into their giant, vertically displayed mosaic of flowers.