Prairie Rising

By Mary Beth Pottratz Despite the official start of summer, temperatures in the 60’s and a stiff breeze dry the leaves and keep mosquitoes away. Perfect day for the prairie! I quickly head out the mowed trail where grasses and shrubs are waist-high and the rain-fresh air is sweet. Deep blue spiderwort is opening its…

Abundant Diversity in a Single Stride

By Sydney Chandler Choosing to cover minimal distance this week provided the opportunity to observe extraordinary variety at the Dwarf Conifers garden. The distinct scent of conifers wafts across the path, the waterfall’s din covers any rustling of needles, and walking too closely to the edge of the path results in scruffy ankle-high tickles. Variety…

Heat, Wind, Dark, … and Stormy?

By Greg Lecker Since showy lady’s slipper is blooming, I head directly to the boardwalk of Green Heron Pond.  Though some orchids can be found in the woodland, this corner of the bog is where the plants are most plentiful.  I’m not disappointed – and you won’t either if you hurry.  Sunday storms may affect…

Native Flowers!

By Mary Beth Pottratz Bright sunshine, a cloudless sky and a concert of birdsong beckon me through the woods. A woodpecker repeats long riffs of its drum solo in a precise staccato, robins chortle, red-eyed vireos repeat their syllabic tunes, and song sparrows serenade.Quaking aspen leaves tremble in the breeze. The spicy sweet scent of…