Arboretum Update, November 27th 2018

 

“Fall”ing Our Way Towards Winter

This autumn season, the leaves held onto their summertime colors later than usual. Even though fall’s burst of oranges and reds were delayed, peak season was quite a beautiful site at the Arboretum and the trees are still showing some pretty color.

Fall took a quick turn mid-November with the first snowfall of the season on November 15th. While the four inches of snow has melted, the brisk chill seems to have stayed put.

Winter at the Arboretum

With the fall nearing its end and winter right around the corner, now’s the best time to perform work on our trees.

Did you know that once the trees go dormant, they experience less stress from pruning? Not only is it better for the trees, it’s easier for our workers to see the branches. A win-win thanks to Mother Nature.

During this winter, the Arboretum has a higher work load scheduled for the trees than usual since some tree removals must be done. Even though it is never pleasant to remove a tree, it is necessary to maintain the overall health of the Arboretum and ensure the safety of its visitors.

Student Happenings

With academic semesters coming to an end, the Arboretum is quieter than usual. Schools that use the Arboretum are just about finished with their field work and we just recently completed the final Widener University Extended Learning class.

During the fall semester, more than 370 student hours were spent volunteering and researching at the Arboretum. The excitement and energy that students bring to the property is a pleasure and we look forward to welcoming them back again soon.

Bird Sightings

Many local bird watches have visited and recommended the arboretum as a great place for watching wildlife. If you would like to see some of the recent bird sightings, check out the Taylor Arboretum on eBird.

Arboretum Update, October 3rd 2018

 

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the arboretum, especially as the leaves start to change colors.

October 15 through November 15 tends to be the best time to witness the beautiful changes. While every fall is different, Mother Nature always puts on a great show and we hope you come to visit soon.

We are open everyday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. “No Ticket Required. Just Climb Aboard.”

The beginning of fall has been busy at the arboretum. Here are just a few of the exciting things happening around the grounds:

Widener University Volunteers

This fall, Widener University nursing students, professors, and other volunteers have been studying and working in our reserve.

So far they have completed a stream clean-up, spread wood chips to prevent erosion, and started to clean the front gardens.

They are planning to come back soon to repair more paths damaged by the recent heavy rain.

A Season of Rain, Bringing the Good and Bad

September brought an abundant amount of rain, which many of the plants in the Arboretum benefited from but so did some invasive vines such as Mile-a-Minute and Wild Morning Glory. We have been working on removing these vines by hand pulling them or cutting them.

The rain has also brought in a high population of mosquitoes. If you plan on visiting the arboretum soon, we advise wearing sensible attire and applying a repellent to protect yourself.

Fall Fitness Programs

Interested in a leisurely morning walk around the arboretum and exploring the beauty the arboretum has to offer?

Our Wake and Walk program is offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and is currently meeting weekly on Tuesdays from 9:00 – 10:15 am.

Starting October 17th, OLLI will be running a new five-session course called Moving Meditation. This program will be held in the front gardens or in the Great Room if there is rain.

Learn more about OLLI programs at the arboretum by visiting the OLLI website or calling 610-499-4279. Hope to see you there!

Beautiful Birds

The meadows are filled with the radiant goldenrod flowers, which have attracted many birds into our reserve as they are migrating through. Some frequently spotted species include:

  • Blackbirds
  • Robins
  • Warblers
  • Hawks

Many local bird watches have visited and recommended the arboretum as a great place for watching wildlife. If you would like to see some of the recent bird sightings, check out the Taylor Arboretum on eBird.