Author Archives: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Fall Splendor

By Mary Beth Pottratz The ground is a patchwork quilt of leaves in yellows and golds, browns and purples, crimsons, greens, beige’s, greys and more. But look up, and the vista is filled with large swathes of golden yellow maples, … Continue reading

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Smelling the Rain

By Sydney Chandler It rained. As with most phenomena, such a simple statement is not the full story. Comparisons between rainy day visits and “nice days to visit the Arboretum” include differences in sounds, plants’ appearances, and smells. Rain on … Continue reading

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Signs of the Season on Lost Pond Trail

By Holly Einess As often happens when I’m at the Arboretum I’m drawn to the East Side Trails, and today I decide to explore Lost Pond Trail. A blue jay cries raucously in the distance as I set off. Several … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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