Author Archives: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Signs of Winter

By Mary Beth Pottratz Heavy winter clouds lighten gradually, first a stripe of blue in the distance, then a cotton-ball studded sky, giving way to pale blue and sunshine. With temperatures hovering around 30, an outdoor stroll is a welcome … Continue reading

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Adding Laughter to the Soundscape

By Sydney Chandler At first, the landscape of fallen leaves is silent. Within a moment, patches of the forest floor begin to come alive. A patch of leaves rustles and twitches mysteriously. A sudden burst of movement, and a gray … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Great and Small

By Greg Lecker The light struggling to break over Green Heron Pond promises to be bright. At first, the mist is a glow.  Sun’s rays graze the grasses, drawing my attention to the bluebird house. Brightly Frosty and Foggy Leaves … Continue reading

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