Lauren Morse ’16 sows vegetable seeds in the greenhouse.
On cold days they come out to help shovel snow and spread salt on icy sidewalks. On hot days they can be spotted kneeling in the dirt and digging out weeds. In between, the student Arboretum workers help plant trees, rake up huge piles of leaves, prune back shrubs and even make floral arrangements for events in the Great Hall.
We really appreciate our student workers; they are the best!
Adriana Cvitkovic ’16, Abby Fullem ’16, Andrea Gaughan ’16, Brian Keller ’18, Zoe McAlear ’16, Lauren Morse ’16, Brandon Sickel ’18, Bethany Simmonds ’16, Miwa Wenzel ’16, Meghan Wingate ’17 and Nick Rhodes ’19
−Martha Van Artsdalen, plant curator
Andrea Gaughan ’16 helps clean up after a tree planting.
A Saturday snowstorm brought out (from left) Adriana Cvitkovic, Miwa Wenzel, Abby Fullem and Zoe McAlear ready to shovel out the Dining Center.
Miwa Wenzel and Adriana Cvitkovic, both seniors, help Mike Startup measure a Scarlet oak.
As a parent, I can only give my daughter, Catherine, the tools and experiences to influence her choices. From an early age, we made efforts to foster an appreciation with our environment. At the age of three, she spent a cold March afternoon in the front yard with a small sticks, two spruce cones, some of last season’s flowers and a couple of iphone sized pieces of flagstone. Only a lead in question was asked, “What are you doing, Catherine?” and opened the imaginative door to a world of unprompted and unplugged engagement with nature. Her reply, “It’s for the fairies.” It was an auspicious beginning of what would become a cherished component of out third of an acre property. The Fairy Garden.
How can we entice kids to get outside? There are books written on the topic and public gardens that have tailored programs geared toward kids, if structure is what you seek. There is no shortage however, of home-based activities you can share with your children. Think back to when you were a kid: collect colorful fall leaves and press them in wax paper, plant a few easy to grow, fun to eat vegetables like sugar snap peas or cherry tomatoes, grow flowers in a window box or patio container, and at the most basic level, splash in a puddle or dig a hole.
Adriana Cvitkovic ’16 and horticulturist Carol Wagner with a Hole new Yew.
Foundation plantings are under-going a slight upgrade. Horticulturist Carol Wagner is replacing old and overgrown hollies at the Lloyd dorm entrances with new pyramidal yews, known botanically as Taxus cuspidata. The hollies might not have been the best choice when planted years ago; due to the fact that the amount of sun each received at all the Lloyd entrances varied greatly. This made for very inconsistent growth, some hollies were lush and full while others languished. The yews perform equally in sun and low light conditions. Carol guarantees that the yews will be in place well before the annual holiday lighting extravaganza.
As today wears on, please take comfort in this poem by U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins titled “The Names”
The flag at Walton Field flies at half staff today.