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Docent Days 9: in the trees

May 4, 2009

Herb garden, 8:50 a.m., 28 April 2009

Herb garden, 8:50 a.m., 28 April 2009


Things are still looking a bit small, but green. But growing–the most important part.
Last week we met out in the Arboretum, among the trees. I’m a lot greener about trees (hahaha green!) with much more to learn than in the botanic garden. There’s a difference you know. The first thing I think they tell everyone is that an arboretum is a collection of trees and shrubs, usually for educational purposes. Except in Austin, TX, where it’s a mall.

Grossman Pond, looking toward part of the Maple collection

Grossman Pond, looking toward part of the Maple collection

even Plantations gets dandelions

even Plantations gets dandelions

talking about urban trees

talking about urban trees


The horticultural supervisor who gave us the tour this day took part in a study about the allelopathic qualities of turfgrass around trees. They found that turf running right up to the bark inhibits the growth of trees, plus, a wide mulch circle is easier to mow around.

this one looks ok.

this one looks ok.

Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial


From the web site: The memorial “symbolizes how life can continue even under adverse conditions.The exhibit’s four boulders were created by Cornell A. D. White Professor-at-Large Andy Goldsworthy, a famed environmental artist. Three of the rocks are hollowed and each contains a dwarf chestnut oak (Quercus prinoides) sapling growing from a soil-filled center. The fourth rock is intact. The exhibit is on loan indefinitely from New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage.”
It’s a good thing they don’t expect it to come back to NYC soon.

toward the Serviceberry/Juneberry/Shad bush

toward the Serviceberry/Juneberry/Shad bush

White bark birch

White bark birch

Maple blooming or, uh, something

Maple blooming or, uh, something

I got a lot to learn, but no one’s going to take an Arboretum tour to learn in-depth about trees from me. If they do, I’ll be sure to keep pointing out the lovely views. Actually, in a couple weeks I’ll be ready to give practice tours so give a holler if you want me to practice on you!

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