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 to witness arrival of the season in many native plants.   In the Green Heron Pond…

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. The trees on the south hill stopped giving sap. The pressure gauge connected to the…

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 or blooming or seeding next. Snow trilliums expected to bloom by the end of the…

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 was empty, and the pans were filled with more concentrated sap. Now we had to…

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 Day”, the one day that dogs are permitted at the Arboretum.  A dog-lover myself, I…

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 main-lines that carry the sap from the tree to the tank. All four go in…

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 see some bird species down from the north unless the winter’s severe.  Maybe it’s the…