RESTRICTED HOURS: Arboretum grounds will be open to the public 7 days a week from 1PM to 7PM; however all buildings are closed. Please click 'VISIT' in our menu to read more about RRA's response to COVID-19.

Blog

Spend Time with The Trees

Forest Therapy, Forest Bathing, maybe you have heard of it. Forest Therapy is rooted in the Japanese Practice of Shirin-yoku, which is often translated as "forest bathing". But it is not a literal bath; the term refers simply to immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the forest.
Forest Therapy is more that just a meander through the woods, though. Trained forest therapy guides help participants engage in activities that help them experience the natural environment with all their senses....

Read More

Volunteer! It's Good for Your Health!

Most of us try to find the time to exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep because we know that's all part of a healthy lifestyle.  What you may be surprised to know is that volunteering can play a significant role in your well-being.

Everyone is so busy today that it can be hard to find the time to volunteer, but volunteering has surprising benefits for your ...

Read More

Extreme Gardens - An Occasional Series

I have had occasion to write elsewhere about the two gardening extremes, which I refer to as BF and SF. BF stands for brute force, and refers to a garden that achieves its goals by the application of much labor and many resources. SF stands for survival of the fittest, where the garden is established with varying degrees of design and intention, and then allowed to go its own way. Most of our gardens fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum, but this past summer, I was lucky enough to vi...

Read More