Winter is 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.
The weather this spring was a bit atypical. Winter never loosened it’s grip on March and tried to hold on for half of April. Then it seemed to rain every other day in May. While it may have been uncomfortable for us, the plants look like they enjoyed the chilly wetness. The flowering tree while late, looked great. The spring vegetables were delicious. For the last week, we have been picking blueberries every morning. The grounds look good.
The vernal frogs also thrived this spring. The pond was naturally full most of the time. After several years with lowering populations of Spring Peepers, Woodfrogs and American Toads, there was a bumper group of babies. Thousands of tadpoles morphed into frogs, have left the pond area and spread out around the grounds. Amphibians are in indicator species. It is a relief to see them doing well.
Widener students are also a growing group at the Arboretum. Doctors Goodwin and Grant from the Biology Department have both logged significant student hours. There have been two new programs from Extended Learning. A walking and talking group hits the trails on Tuesdays for an hour. Following them a Tai Chi group meets. Part of the Arboretum’s mission is to provide support for natural education. It is exciting to see this being fulfilled.
So Spring is Done and Summer begun. Visit the Arboretum, Enjoy the Fun.