Archive for September 2014

Plants of the Week: September 22

Carex brevior, common throughout most of the United States, owes its prevalence to its adaptable nature. The shortbeak or plains oval sedge is most often encountered in dry woodlands and prairies. Listed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a facultative plant, it is equally likely to be found in wetlands or non-wetlands. As such C. brevior is one of several sedges being used in retention beds around Worth Health Center. The beds fluctuate between dry conditions and periodic flooding from precipitation and storm water collection. The medium green sedge has a fountaining habit ranging from 12 to 30 …

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Crum Creek Meander Coming Down

Just as flower blooms in the garden are ephemeral, so is garden art. On November 30, 2014,  the installation Crum Creek Meander, located next to Magill Walk, is scheduled to be dismantled. There are only two months left to see this provocative, controversial, and interactive piece.

As an April Fools joke this year, Swarthmore engineers students "extended" the Crum Creek Meander into Sharples Dining Hall, claiming the Meander had overflown. photo credit: R. Robert

Installed in the fall of 2013, Stacy Levy’s temporary piece has generated much conversation, passionate opinions for and against the piece, imitation, and it has …

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Cornus mas – Cornelian cherry dogwood

Timing is very closely heeded when gardening.  I think the most important aspect of time when planning a garden is seasonal change. It is important to have interest in the garden during spring, summer, fall and yes, even winter. Very few plants have interesting presentations in all seasons.  Cornus mas presents enormous potential with interest in every season as well as great possibilities as an accent piece.

Cornus mas in full bloom this spring. photo credit: R. Robert

Spring: Imagine early spring. The weather is just starting to break and you are totally sick of the drab white, gray, and …

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