A Break From The Rain

By Boak Wiesner A momentary break during an otherwise cold rainy day let me get out in the Wildflower Garden today to reacquaint myself with some of the spring wildflowers that bloom so ephemerally each year. I hope I haven’t missed any! Down the slippery hill and into the woods, glad I didn’t slide right…

Spring Beauties

By Mary Beth Pottratz A blush of light green glows across the woods as I enter the Arboretum. Tiny leaves are opening in the treetops under a robin’s egg blue sky. Blue jays call their funny “Tiddillit!” notes. Chickadees sing fee-bee to each other. American hazelnut, Grey dogwood, Speckled alder and Red osier dogwood are…

Spring Slowly Comes

By Greg Lecker This Sunday morning, the sun is trying so hard to break through the light cloud cover.  Bright yellow forsythia are blooming in the display gardens behind the visitor center and near the parking lot of the shade tree exhibit. Male red-winged blackbirds have returned; and they are calling with buzzing metallic trills. In…

Sunlight and Warmth

By Boak Wiesner A warm day, that I know now was sandwiched between one of knife-like, icy winds and another of light snow, was a gift to us Minnesotans, an appetizer, if you will, of what will, eventually, hopefully, thankfully, come. Real spring. Up high on the west side, I got a nice view of…