Ephemeral Treats

By Mary Beth Pottratz The cool morning air is clean and smells fresh from yesterday’s rains. Bright sunshine stripes the woodland floor with naked tree shadows. Branch tips are swelling with barely open buds. Clumps of low green leaves dot the forest floor, standing out against the snow-bleached leaf litter. Ferns, Virginia waterleaf, bluebells, trout…

Home Demo Gardens Sprout Seeds of Inspiration

By Barbara DeGroot Innovative, adventurous and always relevant, the Arboretum’s Home Demo Gardens never fail to engage and delight visitors.  This year is no exception. Arboretum gardener extraordinaire Ted Pew shares a few highlights: Edible Pollinator Garden This garden is designed to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Bamboo “teepee” structures support Phoenix climbing nasturtiums (reds…

Spring is Moving in

By Boak Wiesner One sure moving sign of spring is the water flowing everywhere. In the ravine, the little rivulet trickles down towards Lake Minnewashta, then Minnetonka, then the creek, then the Mississippi, and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico. Reminds me that soon very many neotropical migrants, birds, that is, will be back. I…

Spring has Sprung

By Greg Lecker Daffodils and Siberian Squill decorate the edges of the entry drive.  In the courtyard perennial garden behind Snyder Building, crocus of all colors and a pink hyacinth bloom.  Spring has returned to Minnesota. Songs serenade me as I walk along Three Mile Drive. Notes of Jim’s native American flute playing waft from…

Spring Ephemerals!

By Mary Beth Pottratz Bright sunlight warms me despite a light breeze. Forsythia flowers have opened their buds! Although not native to Minnesota, this harbinger of spring, when in full flower, tells Minnesota gardeners that it is time to wake up the roses.It also tells me to hustle down to the woodland garden to check…