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The Prairie

The prairie at the Arb is in bloom, and butterflies and birds are enjoying its splendor! Come take a walk and experience it yourselfeither on your own or with an Arboretum naturalist (this Saturday, Aug. 27, on a "Walk for the Curious," 10 to11:30 a.m.). 

On Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., visit the Learning Center to learn about Prairie Nativessearching for the late bloomers and the butterflies and birds that call the prairie home, and (in the Root Lab) unearthing the mystery of how long the roots are on prairie plants. Or take a virtual walk through the Arb prairie via our latest Nature Notes blog.  

Photo by Peter Juhl




Black-throated green warbler,
Photo by John Harrison



This Weekend

Rock-Balancing Demo: On Sunday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., "Center of Gravity" photographer and balanced-rock sculptor Peter Juhl will demonstrate his rock-balancing skills. No glue, magnets or artificial supports are used in creating these gravity-defying sculptures—some of which only last long enough for a photo to be snapped. Visitors can check out the exhibit while watching the balancing act. Arboretum Restaurant Gallery.

SummerHouse: Get fresh local produce daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Enjoy hot spots in bloom, including the annual garden, hosta glade, hydrangeas, rose gardens and perennial gardens. Meanwhile, sign up for bloom/fall color alerts.


Bird Report

Arb naturalist Matt Schuth reports that warbler migration is happening: Twelve species have been reported, including mourning, Wilson's, pine, black-throated green, golden-winged, Northern waterthrush and blackburnian.

In other bird news: Many hummingbirds are feeding on jewelweed along the boardwalk (where flowers in bloom now—along both Green Heron Trail and boardwalkinclude white snakeroot, purple-leaved willow herb, white flat-topped aster, New England aster, green-headed coneflower, blue vervain, wild cucumber).

We're seeing many least skipper butterflies. The meadow katydid is singing, and a brood of Eastern phoebes are calling at the bridge below the waterfall.


Coming Up

School time: Registration is now open for school programs for 2011-2012 school year. Consider Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall Series on Tuesdays, Oct. 4 - December 6, 9:30-11:00 am. Call (952) 443-1422 for questions and to reserve dates.

Scarecrows on Parade: Enter this great juried exhibit by Aug. 31!

Name the rose: There's still time to enter your name for our new pink rose cultivar!

Book lovers: Drop off your gently used books (by Sept. 19) for the Andersen Horticultural Library Book Sale (October 7-9). Call the library for more information: (952) 443-1405.   

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