Damp, Gray and Cool

By Greg Lecker A cold and damp spell hangs over the Arboretum grounds during my daybreak visit.  The drizzle ended just as I arrived; everything is quite wet. And yet, an active wildlife scene belie the apparent serenity of this Sunday morning!  Encircling the twisted trunk of a nearby Scotch pine, gray squirrels chase one…

A Crazy Fortnight

By Boak Wiesner Just two weeks have passed since the last warm day I was here and Minnesota has had two tornadoes and a blizzard. Things change fast around here! Even over the course of a single day, it goes from cold to hot. The songs of Cardinals are the main phenomenon I experience today….

Pips and Squeaks

By Mary Beth Pottratz Minnesota’s native plants need protection, and today I get to do just that! I pot tiny sundew seedlings with metal spatulas and tweezers into individual pots in the Arb’s greenhouse. Sundews, or Drosera, are carnivorous plants that grow in bogs, mostly in the north of our state. Also in the greenhouse…

New Things and Old Things

By Boak Wiesner For the first time, I’m cycling around the Three Mile Loop. I think I’m going faster than when I drive it! And to think! – it’s March 5! The Arboretum, titularly, is all about trees, so of course trees are on my mind. I used to work at a summer camp near…