Unnatural Selection

With the success of the high germination rate, Ted now needs to focus his growing space on the biggest, best, most vibrant plants. Like most seedings, this patch received 3 seeds per hill to speed up the growing process. Now that so many have germinated, Ted can weed out the one or two weak seedlings…

Gardens of Eatin’ Melon Update

The Pumpkin Patch on the knoll outside the Learning Center shows promising progress. Much of the melon varieties have survived their initial plantings in early June, according to Master Gardener Ted Pew. “From what we put to seed, about 95 percent has germinated,” he said. And that’s good? “That’s very good,” he said. “We’ll just…

Summerscape

By Mary Beth Pottratz A red-eyed vireo calls from a thick clump of red-osier dogwood, “Here I am. Where are you? Over there.” I can’t see the little bird for the dense leaves, but its distinctive series of three-note songs gives it away. Though the main gardens at the Arboretum are filled with Sunday visitors,…

The gardens get a drink!

The heavy rainfall of weeks past, though a blight on some of our summer plans, has given the Gardens of Eatin’ a good boost nonetheless. Noticeable growth can be seen in the Edible Garden from its initial planting just two short weeks ago. To the forefront, nearest the path into the Home Demonstration area, lies…

After the Storm

By Mary Beth Pottratz Have you ever noticed how different thunder sounds when you’re away from the city? At home, I see a flash of lightning. Next I hear a bowling ball thunder down its alley and then fade away. The din lasts about 30 seconds. This afternoon at the Arboretum, I hear the thunder…

All Flowers – Great and Small

By Greg Lecker It’s Showy Lady’s Slipper time!  If enjoying these pink and white blooms is part of your early summer routine, then plan to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum within the next week.  I’ll share a secret with you (the visitor map also identifies this area).  The largest masses of these orchids grow along…

Venus, if you Will

By Boak Wiesner Along with all the flowers and birds and amphibian life that’s “busting out all over” now that it’s June, the sky overhead is also filled with some major occurrences. Following the annular solar eclipse just one-half month ago, a “moonth” ago, the position of the moon remains near a node of its…