Weeds De-mystified!

Yes, Spring is here, and everything – plants, kids, daylight hours – is growing at an amazing rate. This is a very stressful time of year for me since all the yardwork, inside cleaning, vacation plans (even if we’re still shutdown, we need vacations!), and summer plans need to be done NOW! But, most important, … Read more

Volunteer Voices: Winter Garden

These mornings when I start out on the trail, the air seems fresher. Spring is on the way even with the recent snow! But, regardless of the forecast, it’s time to see the Hoyt Arboretum’s Winter Garden. I’m so impressed with the thought that went into both the location of the Winter Garden  – where … Read more

Volunteer Voices: Discovering New Plants

I spend a lot of time at Hoyt Arboretum regardless of the season.  In non-pandemic times, I volunteer as a naturalist, taking elementary school students on hikes to teach them about the Arboretum and the cool trees and plants found here. Outside of the school season, I hike and jog on the trails.  I’m not … Read more

Volunteer Voices: Fall Conifer Colors

I love seeing the golden colors of conifers in the fall. But aren’t conifers evergreen? Most conifers are evergreen, but a few species go for the gold in the fall. Like most broad-leaf trees, they are deciduous. That is, they drop their leaves every winter. This adaptation helps the trees survive the freezing cold of … Read more

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