Above and Below

By Greg Lecker Even after the rain overnight, bolts of lightning accentuate the murky clouds. I arrive at the edge of Spring Peeper Meadow just after sunrise. From behind swirling clouds, a brightening cerulean sky emerges and I realize that it will be a beautiful day! Racing the moving clouds and fading light spectacular, I…

Bud, Flower, Fruit

By Mary Beth Pottratz Balmy 80⁰, light wind, and very low humidity make for a wonderful day to walk the Arboretum. Dragonflies and damselflies dart in all directions. I follow them past banks of white five-petaled Canada anemone that glow against their deeply lobed green leaves. They lead me into the woodland garden, where a…

Old Friends on the Prairie

By Boak Wiesner The first truly smothering of heat of the summer finds me out on the prairie, and since it’s my intention to move slowly, the blossoms of many wildflowers attract my attention. Last time I was here, I was looking closely at leaves; this time, it’s the different kinds of inflorescences, that is,…

Out with Spring, in with Summer

By Greg Lecker Remarkable changes have taken place since my last visit. Abundant spring and early summer rains have brought so much growth to a woodland that had previously showed just hints of green. Marking the entry to the Grace Dayton Wildflower Garden, exuberantly tall and flowering wildflowers accent the path edge. With shiny waxy…

Square Foot Garden

By Vidya Venkateswaran, Public Relations Volunteer Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be a great way to grow your own food and learn something new and fun. One of the easiest and effective ways to plant your own vegetable garden is the square foot method. First popularized by Mel Bartholomew, square foot gardening aims…

Fullness of Spring

By Mary Beth Pottratz Wild columbine blooms in huge patches, starting at the entrance to the Arboretum and continuing throughout any wooded spaces. Sunny, breezy and cool make for a great hike! The woodland birds are giving a concert: common yellowthroats call “wichety, wichety” back and forth. Cardinals repeat “what cheer”, the beautiful blue indigo…