Sumer is Icumen In

By Boak Wiesner Summer is supposed to “start” tomorrow, that is, it is Memorial Day. So, who gets to say when a season gets to start anyway? The tourism bureau? Astronomers consider the movement of the Earth around the Sun, and  they say summer starts on the Summer Solstice. This year’s that’ll be at 4…

Inside a Kaleidoscope

By Greg Lecker Inside a Kaleidoscope – this is apt description of the current eruption of color at the Arboretum.  Multi-colored tulips, daffodils, magnolias, redbud, PJM Rhododendron, forsythia, crabapples, and, yes, wildflowers too!  Not in recent memory has the blooming of so many different types of flowers coincided – the result of our unusual spring. …

Spreeeiiing-time!

By Greg Lecker The whistling calls of Black-capped Chickadees delight.  Spreeeiiing-time, indeed.  Right on schedule, warblers are passing through, flittering in the tree tops.  This Friday afternoon, sixty-something degree sunshine has never felt warmer than it does following a windy raw Thursday evening.  What great timing for National Public Gardens Day when waived admission brings…

Twilight Time

By Boak Wiesner I found myself at the Arboretum at a completely different time of day than is typical for me on Tuesday – the evening. So I wondered if I’d have time to go explore before twilight set in. And that got me thinking about twilights. There’re three, you know, not counting the vampire…

Moving On

By Richard DeVries The snow in April saved our Maple Syrup season. It brought some extra moisture and slowed down the spring warm-up. We ended up with 111 gallons of Arboretum made Pure Maple Syrup. It is the second best year in the books. The record of 118 gallons of syrup in 1994 still stands….