Natural Areas

Giving Thanks

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This is good time of year to give thanks for all the things we have and I am thankful for lots of things here at the Garden. Thanks for all the grand trees we have.  They give us shade in the summer, structural beauty in the winter, wonderful fall color and budding hope in the…

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Spring Odyssey

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There are two types of people who visit the Garden… Wait, that sounds like the start of a bad joke. People come to the Garden for many different reasons, but generally people come with a specific purpose in mind or they come to wander around and see what’s here. In other words, for some folks…

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Creepy Plants

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Halloween is almost here and people are getting all excited to scare each other.  I love a good fright now and then too.  Last year I talked about some seasonally scary plants, but I really didn’t mention a few that truly creep me out.  These are the ones that will sneak up on you as…

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Fun Guys

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I went to the woods today, but not deliberately.  I’m not such a Thoreau thinker – the wind just blew me there.  (Actually to be more reflective about my movements, I should be walled-in.)  While in the woods I met a bunch of fun guys.  They were definitely very interesting and you don’t get to…

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Sunrise at the Garden

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Have you ever wondered what the Garden is like when no people are here?  It is not quite a “Night at the Museum” scenario, but pretty close.  Let’s just say I am not at liberty to discuss details.  However, a small group of people got to see the Garden this morning at sunrise and had…

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Dangerous Plants on the Loose

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There is something dangerous in the Garden.  I’m not talking about the gardeners, although I think they are very dangerous too. At least for me they are. I’ve heard they can be nice to people visiting, but I’ve never had that experience with them, so I can only tell you what I know. No the…

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Love and Flowers

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  It is a time when lots of guys try to impress the sweethearts in their lives with flowers and candy.  Of course I think flowers are great, but I am not so sure that decapitating a bunch of roses and handing them to your girlfriend is really all that…

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Snow Daze

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Snow last week.  Snow on the way.  After years of almost no white stuff falling from the sky, the Garden is in a snow daze.  The winter weather is unusual, but not unwelcome as far as I am concerned.  Snow is a pretty good insulator for many plants and it makes the Garden very beautiful. …

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Chillin in the Garden

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Warm enough for ya?  For a couple of weeks now everyone has “enjoyed” the cold weather covering the country.  Hopefully everyone has been able to find some warm spot indoors and generally stay out of the cold.  Unfortunately this is not the case for us garden plants.  We get the privilege of staying outside no…

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Necessary Roughness

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Let me just start by saying I am not a fan of pine trees right now.  As many of you know (and probably experienced) we had a pretty strong nor’easter last week.  The Garden, just like a lot of other places in this region, was hit pretty hard, losing over 40 large trees and quite…

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