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New Arboretum Public Enemy: Amur Cork tree

This summer, as you stroll the wooded trails of the Arboretum, be on the lookout for our new public enemy number one.  Its name is Amur cork tree (Phellodendron amurense), and there’s a good chance you’ll be hearing more about this tree species in the future. Hundreds of young saplings of this tree species were […]

Don’t get burned by Wild Parsnip

Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) grows wild in a variety of areas, like this road ditch Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when the increase in temperature is accompanied by a corresponding decrease in your neighbor’s yardwork attire. If you are fortunate, you have the sort of neighbor who looks good in less […]

Happy Groundhog Day!

Having entered the doldrums of winter, it is now, more than ever, that we need a holiday to bolster our spirits. Thank goodness Groundhog’s Day is here! Unfortunately, Groundhog’s Day is not nearly as prominent of a holiday as one might think it should be for such a critical time of year. Surely Groundhog’s Day […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers

After this long rainy April week, May is finally here! With the month of May comes warmer temperatures, spring flowers, and increased bird activity. Average day time temperatures for Minnesota are in the 60s, while night time temperatures are in the mid-40s. We begin to see many spring flowers in the woodlands, such as bloodroot, […]

Lingering Leaves

One of the best parts of fall is the changing colors of the leaves. Once the days become shorter and colder, the chlorophyll that gives the leaves their green color breaks down and leaves the bright and vibrant colors behind that make autumn so beautiful. In order to survive the winter and save energy, the […]

Perry Powerhouse

Perry the Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum) has grown massively since my last post, and is nearing anthesis. I and various Perryophiles, including a growing number of students, have been documenting this reach for the sky. See captions on each of the photos for details of the surge. Click here for three live streaming Perry webcams. […]

Wooly Bear Caterpillar, Interpreting the Fall Landscape

The following is a submission from a Gustavus student in Dr. Cindy Johnson’s “Interpreting the Fall Landscape” class held in the Arboretum.  Special thanks to Dr. Johnson and her students….. “Look Out!” by Sara Lundgren ’15             As a cross-country runner I run across many creatures on the side of the road almost daily. Recently […]

New England Prairie Aster, Interpreting the Fall Landscape

The following is a submission from a Gustavus student in Dr. Cindy Johnson’s “Interpreting the Fall Landscape” class held in the Arboretum.  Special thanks to Dr. Johnson and her students….. New England Prairie Aster by Jennifer Steffen September 24th, 2013 Sunny; fair skies; Temp Low 70’s I was out in Purple Coneflower Prairie a little […]

Coneflower Prairie Walk

About 45 people turned out for an absolutely perfect evening to walk the Coneflower Prairie at Linnaeus Arboretum on July 23rd.  Thanks for coming out everyone.  I hope to upload several prairie plant photos soon.

Giant Water Bug Takes a Stroll on Campus

This past Wednesday some observant students found this Giant Water Bug taking a stroll on one of the campus’ sidewalk. These interesting big bugs find themselves in freshwater streams and ponds for most of their lives. Giant water bugs use a pointy protrusion at their rear end to act as a snorkel, allowing them to […]