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Growing in the Children’s Garden

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This year, we are growing in the Children’s Garden!  And our main crop is heirloom tomatoes purchased from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. 

(Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit, member supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations.  To learn more about SSE, please visit their website at www.seedsavers.org.)

I am excited to finally see some of the fruits of our labor!  If you are interested in learning more about the varieties we planted, please click on Children’s Garden Tomatoes at Cedar Valley Arboretum.

(Descriptions and photos were taken from www.seedsavers.org.)

See you in the gardens.

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June 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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And we have a pergola!

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Somwhere between all the rain, Arboretum volunteers have made great progress on our Rose Garden pergola!    What great news!!  There are still details to finish (and flooring, too), but basic form of pergola is finished.  And it is beautiful!

    

See you in the gardens.

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June 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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Story Time is Success!

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Story Time started yesterday, and boy, did we have fun! 

For our first session of the season, we had over 40 participants!  We read two books, played in the Children’s Garden and decorated our own snakes with colored sand.  We also fed “Jake the Snake,” the Arboretum’s corn snake that lives in the Education Center all summer (he lives with the third graders at Orange Elementary during the school year).  It is so good to hear the gardens filled with little voices and laughter!

Don’t worry if you missed Story Time this week.  Story Time will run for the next eight weeks on Wednesdays.  The storytelling  start at 10:00 a.m. so come early to find a spot up front! 

See you in the gardens.

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June 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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Partner in Education

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The Arboretum is proud to be a Partner in Education with Orange Elementary (a few miles west on Orange Road).  As a partner, I attend monthly meetings to hear more about school activities and learn how we can get involved – it is always fun to hear updates from the kindergartner through fifth grade teachers!

Before school was out for the summer, the kindergartner, third grade and fifth grade classes came out for field trips.  It was so fun to show them the gardens, as well as the older classes weeding and working in the gardens!  We pulled SO MANY weeds!

I thought you would enjoy seeing a few photos taken by Mary Fratzke, a fifth grade teacher (and long time Arboretum volunteer).  Enjoy!

      

   

See you in the gardens.

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June 9, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Meet Tyler!

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Story Time is soon to start at the Arboretum!  This is one of my favorite youth events in the Children’s Garden!  Story Time is free to the public and will start this Wednesday (June 9th) and run for 8 consecutive weeks.  Children and their chaperones are encouraged to arrive at 10:00 a.m.  for a nature-themed story and then activities/play time in the garden.

This summer, we were fortunate enough to hire a summer intern to lend a helping hand with all our youth programs.  Below is an article about our intern, Tyler Franklin, from the Arboretum’s May e-newsletter. 

(If you do not receive our e-newsletter and would like to, please visit http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/newsletter.asp.)

Tyler Franklin began work as Arboretum Summer Intern in early May.  He is a UNI senior from Palo, Iowa, currently majoring in Ecology and Systematics, with minors in Earth Science and Botany.  He is familiar with the Arboretum, and was a volunteer at the last Fall Harvest Festival–you may have met Tyler leading children’s games or juggling.

When asked what he likes most about work at the Arboretum, he responded that he loves the good hard work and lack of stress.  Volunteers who have been working in the gardens report he is quick to perceive any need for assistance and gives willing help.  Mollie has many projects lined up for Tyler.  He has already established a new aquarium (awaiting fish) and a terrarium in the Education Center, and is planning a vegetable garden for the Children’s Garden.  He also hopes to adopt a community garden.

The paid summer internship is planned for approximately 12 weeks.  However, Tyler’s response to the inquiry of how long he would be working with us was “YEARS!” We hope so.  Welcome, Tyler!

See you in the gardens.

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June 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm

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War on Weeds

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An article frome The Iowa Gardenerhttp://www.theiowagardener.com/Weeding.html.  Perhaps it will inspire you to work in your gardens this weekend! 🙂

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June 5, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Annuals in the Enabling Garden

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(photos left to right: heliotrope, coleus ‘Freckles’ and pentas)

The annuals in the Enabling Garden are still a bit puny but (I hope!) will soon be putting on quite the show.  A few weeks ago, volunteers and I planted a variety of flowering and showy foliage annuals.  All the annuals chosen are low maintenance and should require little effort other than fertilizer and minimal deadheading.

  • Coleus ‘Freckles’
  • Coleus ‘Red Ruffles’
  • Coleus ‘Saturn’
  • Pentas ‘Starla Mix’ – pentas or star flower
  • Ipomoea ‘Blackie’ – sweet potato vine
  • Calibrachoa ‘Purple’ – million bells
  • Heliotropium  – heliotrope

We also planted pots for the seating area of the Enabling Garden.  I chose succulents for the table containers and a rubber plant (Ficus elastica), sweet potato vine ‘Blackie,’ and a fuschia plant (Fuschia) for both the larger containers.

 

As we get into the warmer months of summer, the Enabling Gardens provides a lovely spot to relax and get out of the sun.  I hope you’ll visit often to see this garden grow!

See you in the gardens.

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June 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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