Spring Cycles Into Summer

By Mary Beth Pottratz The morning’s dark, brooding skies give way to sun by late afternoon during this first week of summer. Nightly thunderstorms have poured more than 4 ½” of rain on the Twin Cities metro area in a matter of days. But the wetlands at the Arboretum are doing their job well. Water…

Summer Afternoon

By Boak Wiesner With a mind to Henry James’s thoughts about summer afternoons, I headed out to the prairie to go alookin’ for Monarchs as I had just seen my first two of the year the day before. They were old and faded, having hatched somewhere down in Texas before winging it up here to…

Stop and Go Start to Our Summer Season

By Greg Lecker At the lawn grass trial area halfway between the visitor center and education center, I spot Killdeer and Canada Geese defending their turf.  The Killdeer has unintentionally named today’s blog entry with its show-stopping performance on the wood chip path. Its darting start and dead stop is an instinctual trait of its sandpiper…

Of Waxwings and Wildflowers

By Mary Beth Pottratz A common yellowthroat greets me, calling “witchety witchety witchety” as I enter the Arboretum. A chipmunk skitters across the path in front of me. Outside the Sensory Garden I see four dozen cedar waxwings roosting atop a tall tree. The birds take turns swooping down into a stand of flowering crabapples….