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To Weed It or to Keep It?

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.*

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Earth Day Reflections

As Earth Day approaches on Friday, April 22nd I’m taking stock of the many small ways the staff at the Arboretum celebrate earth day every day.

·       We plant gardens

·       We water certain gard...

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Exploring the Exhibition, NATURE: In and Out of Focus

Chances are, if you are reading this blog, it’s because you have a profound appreciation and respect for nature. Everyone’s favorite Jeopardy host, the late Alex Trebek once said, “if you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, something’s wrong with you.”

 It’s in our biology to marvel at our surroundings, and since the dawn of humanity, people have used art to express our relationship to our environment.  At times, we create art to convey information about new things we hav...

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