Sowing and Sequestering
March 12, 2020 was a pivotal moment in the working landscape at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Our working environment changed dramatically as we began experiencing what the rest of world was facing and shifted to adapt to the new challenges. We held our last onsite in person program on orchids as we reluctantly shifted to a virtual platform. Less than two weeks later on March 25th we conducted the Arboretum's first webinar, the topic - Square Foot Gardening. For some o...
I had an epiphany driving into work that one of the silver linings of this terrible pandemic is the possible reworking of how many of us view nature. Nature, and public gardens, and parks. Things we may have took for granted, yet now crave, and are being denied access to. I remember back in the Great Recession of 2008 that Horticulture took a hit because it was considered a luxury industry. Which I must admit chafed a bit, both personally and financially.
As most of you are aware, Summit and our neighboring towns, Chatham, and Madison, have instituted the ban on single use plastic bags. We, here at RRA think and talk about sustainability. We talk to our children about waste and continue to make them aware of our fragile planet. We recycle our film plastic at school through the Trex Bags to Benches program. We drop off our bags at our grocery stores. If we continue to use the "upcycle" philosophy with our children and families and convey this v...