Wildflowers Blooming in March!

By Mary Beth Pottratz The cheeky warble of an eastern bluebird greets me at the Arboretum today! Perched atop a tall tree at the entrance to Three Mile Drive, it announces to all that spring is here. A bank of forsythia is so thick with yellow flowers that I couldn’t see the cardinals calling from…

Where is the Sap?

By Richard DeVries This season was supposed to be record breaking. I was confident we would get more sap than ever before; it was going to be a great season. Throughout the year we made changes and improvements to the Sugar House. In addition to our three by ten foot evaporator, we added a small…

Amore!

By Boak Wiesner Lots of skeins of geese flying overhead – sometimes at three different levels simultaneously – remind me of what Aldo Leopold said about spring, that while one swallow may not the summer make, a skein of geese cleaving the March sky is the spring. Several species could be seen and heard and this…

Pressurized Trees

By Richard DeVries It takes a cold frosty night followed by a nice warm spring day for a Maple tree to build up pressure inside its trunk. A Maple tree can do this because some of the cells in the sapwood are filled with gasses and others with sap. In other trees all the cells…

Tubing and Tapping

By Richard DeVries Saturday morning, eight of us went out to install the tubing and tap the trees on our south-hill.  We have to re-install the tubing every year. Over a hundred Sugar Maples on this hill are tagged, starting with L1 T1 and ending with L13 T15. The tags tell us where to go…