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One of the joys of teaching at the Arboretum is drawing ideas for programs from our lovely surroundings. Plants, animals, birdsong, and breezes engage the senses and offer endless chances for connection and curiosity. Daily and seasonal happenings in nature -- big and small --invite us to notice and discover. We’re lucky to be able to use the whole Arboretum as our inspiration and classroom!
In addition, the beautiful and diverse art exhibits in the Frank Juliano Gallery in Wisner Ho...
It is not really news that Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Their numbers have been dropping steadily for the last twenty or more years. Last week, (August 2022) the International Union for the Conservation of Nature put the Monarch on their red list of species that are endangered. This holds no legal protections or incentives to help the Monarch, but it shows that scientists are justifiably worried.
A few years ago, a friend texted me a photo like the one below, asking me if they should pull out this plant—was it a weed?—as it was growing throughout their garden beds.
I usually define a weed as plant growing in a place where humans don’t want it.*