Maturing Naturally

By Mary Beth Pottratz Remember the cozy feeling when, on that first chilly fall evening, you tuck a warm blanket under your chin? That is the feeling the prairie brings to me today, the autumnal equinox – the first day of fall. Most prairie plants have finished flowering. Yes, I still see some goldenrods flashing…

Fall colors are here

What’s this – cool temperatures? Leaves turning and falling? The Gardens of Eatin’ aren’t finished by a long shot and yet it seems fall has decided to shove aside summer like a little brother and showcase its autumn colors.  Taking cue, these Swiss Chard almost radiate as they complete their final leg to the dinner table. Many others in Home…

Cycles and ephemera

By Boak Wiesner There are things in nature and in life that follow regular patterns whereas there are other events that do not. As I drove in, the sun, playing in the water of the fountain, was creating rainbows that my eyes could see. Rainbows are the quintessence of ephemeral. They happen only when specific…

Spring Peeper Meadow

by Greg Lecker At first glance, when viewed from Highway 41 in late summer, Spring Peeper Meadow is awash in waves of yellow, tan (russet/rust), and sea foam green.  Upon closer inspection, the fifteen-year-old sedge meadow restoration reveals its delicate textures. I park at the small lot on West 82nd Street just west of Highway…

Where have these bean all our lives?

Red Noodle yard-long beans? Rattlesnake snap beans? …any surprise? Ted continues to dish out some head-scratchers as the harvest continues. Cut straight from the vine out of the Vegetable Heirloom and Ornatmental gardens, these beans, as with everything else from the Gardens of Eatin’, are being utilized by the quite-capable chefs of the Arboretum Restaurant. What they…