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We Love Our Volunteers

When you walk through the Arboretum gates for Maple Sugaring Fest, Daffodil Day or Celebrate Fall, you know you'll have a great day of family fun!  The Arboretum staff has spent hours preparing for you – informational demonstrations, games, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits, music, food and more.  Eve...

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Feed the birds

Did you know that February is National Bird-Feeding Month? It was started on February 23, 1994 by former U.S. Congressman John Porter. Porter said it best in his address to Congress, when asking for recognition for National Bird-Feeding month: 

Backyard bird feeding is an entertaining, educational, and inexpensive pastime enjoyed by children and adults. Bird feeding provides a needed break from today's frantic lifestyles. Adults enjoy the relaxation and ...

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What Every Seed Knows

A friend's father, who possessed a kind of countrified Steven-Wright humor, once remarked on the ability of a thermos bottle to keep hot things hot and cold things cold. "How does it know?", he asked. My friend's father was joking, of course, but I have another question that is far more interesting (if not as funny): how do seeds know when to start growing?

As a standup comedian might say, think about it. If a temperate zone plant produces seeds in late fall, and they germinate right a...

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