Monthly Archives: April 2013

Spring Has Finally Arrived

By Greg Lecker Casual visitors to the Arboretum will appreciate the dwarf iris now blooming at the Oswald Visitor Center entry and the daffodils in bud near the Snyder Building foundation.  I encourage you to venture just a bit farther … Continue reading

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End of the Late Syrup Season

This is the first season, in our thirty years of record keeping, that we did not cook any syrup in March. This is also the first season that we are cooking syrup past April 22. It is a late season. … Continue reading

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Duped by Spring?

By Mary Beth Pottratz Two turkey vultures glide silently overhead as I enter the Visitor Center. I usually check the Nature Notes board in the lobby to discover which birds and animals are active, and what important plants are budding … Continue reading

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Finally, Syrup!

We started cooking with the evaporator on March 30, the last open house. We knew that 120 gallons of sap was not enough to start making syrup in the continuous feed evaporator. We cooked down the sap till the tank … Continue reading

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Sounds and Sights of Spring

By Greg Lecker Winging on spring winds, warm weather is slowly arriving.  Expecting a quiet rainy day, I’m surprised by both forty degree weather and a parking lot full of visitors with their canine companions.  It is “All About Dogs … Continue reading

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The Rule of 86

By Richard DeVries It is taking a long time this spring for the sap to start flowing. The ground is finally starting to thaw enough for the trees to pick up some moisture. On the south hill we have four … Continue reading

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Spring is on my Mind

By Boak Wiesner The end of winter’s days brings about a certain sadness in me – yes, it’s true! Maybe because I have been out in it for so many years now involved a wide variety of activities. Minnesota doesn’t … Continue reading

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