New Life

By Mary Beth Pottratz The Great Hall in the Visitor Center is piled with pumpkins, gourds, grasses and mounds of mums. Outside, a bride and groom pose under a canopy of deep red oak leaves. Families, friends and couples are strolling everywhere. Dahlias are in full bloom, and I marvel at the hint of yellow…

Ephemeral, Fleeting Fall

By Boak Wiesner The figure of the beekeeper at the entry was certainly an apt visual metaphor today as the place was a-buzz with activity. Bulbs are going to ground to get vernalized, visitors are stunned by the golden light suffusing thorough the woods, and I’m held spellbound by the radiance of fall. For me,…

Stay Gold

By Greg Lecker “Stay gold”- Johnny’s dying words to Ponyboy Curtis, The Outsiders I’m reminded of these words on my recent visit to the Arboretum and to Minnesota’s North Shore. This is my admonition to Mother Nature’s autumn colors palette. This too short time of foliage brilliance is my favorite! This year’s prolonged and late…

Marking Change

By Mary Beth Pottratz Bright sunshine warms me. A sharp blue sky is dotted with small clouds. Maple leaves are tinging shades of yellow and brick. Purple turtleheads are in full bloom throughout the sun-dappled woods. Chickadees call at the edge where woods and wetland meet. A barred owl hoots for dinner in the distance….