Gold in the Spring Peeper Meadow

By Holly Einess At the eastern edge of the Arboretum is the Spring Peeper Meadow, so-named for the little frogs that once inhabited this area. Efforts have been under way since 1997 to restore the meadow, long drained and used for agriculture, to its original wetland state. My walk today reveals a diverse and thriving…

Nature of Light

Purple coneflowers are in radiant glory curbside near the visitor building, flanked by lavender blooms of catmint alive with bees. Oil Painting Inside, I check the Nature Notes board for updates. Sunlight spilling from a large oil painting in the hallway by Ashley Dull draws me in. The Incredible Being of Light showcases works by…

Dancing Grasses

By Sydney Chandler Most people don’t likely jump at the suggestion to explore a garden of grass. But visitors to the Oriental Grasses have the special opportunity to meet a variety of quirky characters. The garden has a pulse, and a sunny evening with a slight breeze seem to bring out personalities in each species….

Prairie: Garden of the Senses!

By Greg Lecker Exploring an August Prairie is an experience for all the senses.  Sounds abound – birds, but mostly cicadas.  Cicadas can be surprisingly loud, especially at close range.  Their calling is temperature dependent – signifying temperatures in the 80’s and above.  They can be found July through September wherever deciduous trees are found…