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This Iranian jar is almost 6,000 years old. It depicts the Persian, or Bezoar, Ibex – the ancestor of our domesticated goat. While our modern goats have horns, the bezoar ibex has the largest horns, considered in proportion to body weight, of any animal in the world. The enormous horns, and the characteristic beard (from which we get the word "goatee"), are beautifully represented. The ibex's distinctive form and trophy-worthy horns have made it the object of hunters for millennia. Today, t...
One of the reasons I love public horticulture is the opportunity for new experiences. This past Saturday afforded me just that. We had a booking for a private tour for a group with visual impairments. I did my best to prepare for this unusual engagement, but in the end I was left surprised and pleased while wholly out of my depth. They taught me that bright colors are best. To say "look at your 12 o'clock" instead of "look ahead" .
Little I’ve done here makes me prouder than our wonderful new job readiness pilot program partnering with Bridges Outreach. This program is to help foster employment for those of our friends who are experiencing homelessness. Our dedicated horticulture and facilities staff work hand in hand with a vetted Bridges candidate to offer basic gardening and facilities skills at the Arboretum, with job interviews and possible placement as the ultimate goal.
We’ve lucked out with our fi...