Watery and Wooly World

By Greg Lecker It’s been hot, wet and humid this past week – and the plant world is rejoicing.  The Arboretum and especially its native plant habitats are lush and green.  I head directly to the welcome shade of the Grace Dayton woodland garden.  Spring blooming plants are still blooming – woodland poppy and phlox. …

Spring Bloom and Birth

By Greg Lecker Upon my entry to the Arboretum I see two Canada geese parents and several goslings.  All are very wary of me – though I remain in my vehicle.  The youth mimic movements of their guardians – eating, grooming, and stretching necks.  Before long, all move onto the safety of the water. With…

Mother’s Day Meanderings

By Mary Beth Pottratz It’s a beautiful 70⁰ cloudless sky, but hazy and scented with smoke from wildfires in Canada. Grey dogwood, Chokecherry and other shrubs are setting their buds. The first Virginia waterleaf of the season are in bud and a few are already flowering: a white or pale pastel cluster of five-petaled bells…

Colors, Textures and Sounds of Spring

By Mary Beth Pottratz The landscape is awash in color: Green grasses, sedges and plants, treetops brushed with pale greens, shrubs and undercanopy painted magenta, pink and white, willows glowing neon green. Tulips in smooth lipstick shades bloom in large swatches in the annual gardens. The rock garden is a mosaic of textures, shapes, and…