Archive for March, 2017

Coming Attractions

Wood anemone (anemone quinquifolia) Keep your eyes open for some exciting additions to the Mason Deciduous Woods coming this spring. Thanks to a native pollinator grant from Pheasants Forever, we’ll be bringing a variety of native woodland wildflower species to our deciduous woods. For most of the time since the original planting of the deciduous […]

What is Natural?

Blend of natural and unatural You’ll find a lot of references in our recent issue of the Twinflower newsletter and Arb Sightings blog to plants that are either “supposed to be here” or “not supposed to be here.” We in the natural resources world do that a lot.  We do it with plants, animals, and pretty much […]

List of Invasive Minnesota Plant Species Continues to Grow

Wild parsnip There are a couple of new, troublesome, plant species that have emerged on the scene in Minnesota recently.  Unfortunately, they are just the latest in a long and growing list of such plants. We humans have been introducing plant species to new parts of the world for quite a while, to the point […]

Coneflower Prairie & City Roadwork Update

The new St. Peter High School and accompanying road projects are reshaping the perimeter of the Coneflower Prairie.  City of St. Peter Public Works has already installed a new water main on the prairie side of Gardner Road, and will be doing extensive work beginning this spring. Plans call for a rounding of the corner […]

Students explore ecosystems of the Arboretum

Earlier this week, students in a new interdisciplinary course, Digging In, ventured to the Arboretum to explore the various ecosystems reflective of the Minnesota and Midwest region. Taught by Professors Cindy Johnson and Becky Fremo, students had the opportunity to apply what they learned in the classroom to an outdoor, hands-on experience. The students visited […]

Borgeson Cabin Work Slated for this Summer

Both Arboretum and advancement office staff are pleased to announce that the fundraising goal for the Borgeson Cabin restoration project was met this winter, and work on the cabin is slated to occur this summer. The much-needed structural restoration work will involve measures such as replacing rotten wood, fixing gaps and holes, stabilizing shifting walls, […]