Archive for March 2010

Martin Forest

Polypodium virginicum growing in the Martin Forest. photo credit: A. Bunting

Today, I took a hike through the Martin Forest with conservation biologist, Roger Latham.  The Martin Forest is a tract of land owned by Swarthmore College but not contiguous with other College lands. This 30 acre property was given to the College in 1926 by Dr. Edward and Anna Martin.  This tract of land is located to the north of Baltimore Pike and is adjacent to the northern parts of Smedley Park.  It is most easily accessed by the taking the Papermill Rd. into Smedley Park  to the parking lot under the Blue Route (Rt. 476).  Starting at the parking …

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Helleborus 'Royal Heritage' photo credit: R. Pineo

It is official.  Spring is on its way.  Everyone’s mood is improving along with the weather.  The doldrums of winter are fading as the remaining snow piles melt away.  Color is igniting the landscape once again as spring ephemerals pop up all around the Arboretum.  Pure white snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, the winter aconite, Eranthis hyemalis, and myriads of tommies, Crocus tommasinianus are blanketing the ground.  The witch hazel display continues to be as spectacular as ever, but now there are other trees and shrubs beckoning your attention.  The Cornelian cherry was looking very impressive today, along with the …

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Waking Up in Eden

Waking up in Eden book cover

Several years ago, Lucinda Fleeson packed up her comfortable life and English garden in Philadelphia and moved to Hawaii, the Extinction Capital of the World. Traditionally a reporter, Lucinda accepted a development position at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on the island of Kauai to work with Dr. Bill Klein (former Director of the Morris Arboretum).

Her position came with a no-frills cottage (at first barely habitable) but it was set on the edge of a rainforest amid mango trees and bamboo groves teeming with geckos and visited by wild pigs. The ocean, lush green mountains, and rocky coves were …

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