Late-Summer Wanderings

By Ulrike Axen It is late summer, and as I start walking through the forest of sugar maples at the Arboretum, I decide to look for signs that the season is about to change. As yet, however, the forest remains dark green, especially on a cool and cloudy day like today. I eventually spot a…

The Prairie In Bloom

By Mary Beth Pottratz Stepping into the Prairie Garden, I am surrounded by walls of grasses and flowers that reach up to a patchwork sky of deep blue and cotton-ball clouds. This convenient garden is level with the parking lot and paved trail, allowing wheelchair and stroller access to tiers of tall prairie grasses swaying…

Nature Notes

By Mary Beth Pottratz Intense reds, oranges and yellows are exploding in the annual gardens right now, despite the heat. I had planned to walk through the prairie, but stopped in my tracks at the spicy-sweet scent of wildflowers basking in the sun. Just downhill from the iris collection native wildflower plantings border a pond…