Sunny and Still

By Greg Lecker Mild weather encourages me on my visit today. For a late November day, the sun feels quite strong. In the wetlands surrounding Green Heron Pond, cattails glow in the backlight of the sun. Cattail Spotlight Cattail fluff – “swamp down” is a fascinating substance.  A Native American word for the material translated…

Squirrels in the Garden

By Holly Einess The Grace B. Dayton Wildflower Garden is a lovely spring/summer destination. What might it have to offer on a cold, windy, cloudy mid-November day? Squirrels, that’s what. Easily a dozen gray squirrels are rummaging through the fallen leaves, pausing to gnaw on their finds, and giving chase up and down trees. I…

Natural Color

By Mary Beth Pottratz The terrace outside the Arboretum buildings is adorned with planters of fresh green pine, cedar and spruce boughs trimmed with red-osier and sulfur yellow dogwood twigs and tan balls of hydrangea flowers. The morning’s clouds begin to brighten as I stroll the grounds. Witch hazel Witch hazel shrubs have lost their…

Wallpaper for the Ground

By Sydney Chandler Fog is a fascinating feature of the water cycle but is not universally loved. Fog can feel like a safe hug or a suffocating and threatening presence. For visitors who grudgingly endure the fog by walking with their gaze pinned to the ground, the Arboretum’s terrain offers a range of patterns and…