Fullness of Fall

By Greg Lecker The first fall day is full.  Full – full of plant biomass (foliage, flowers, fruits) and full of temperature. I enter the Grace Dayton Wildflower woodland seeking a bit or relief.  Clumped on a patch of wood chips is a small pile of black and green.  At first I think it’s scat…

Season Turning

By Mary Beth Pottratz Fresh rain washed away the wildfire smoke of the past few days, removing the recent dust and returning our air quality index to good. I enjoy the scent of moist earth and wet leaves. And the flowers are drinking it in, too! New England asters Deep purple New England asters are…

Brewing an Exploration

By Sydney Chandler The Arboretum’s wild side shines in the Bennett-Johnson Prairie. It has a less manicured appearance but is far from neglected. The native plant biodiversity in the prairie gives and air of ease; however, a quick read of posted signs tells a different story. The prairie has had extensive restoration, including controlled burns,…

Fall Fireworks

By Greg Lecker One can even smell the fullness of the prairie at this time of year.  It’s a combination of wet leaves and spicy flower scent – the density of the biomass with a hint of the decay to come in the coming months.  Today, in addition, there is the faint scent of just…