Thursday, August 11, 2011


Have you been to the Arboretum lately?  If it has been a while, you're sure to be amazed to see how we have grown.  If you can't come to our monthly (first Thursday of the month) tours led by Master Gardener Volunteers, you are invited to take on a self-guided tour anytime from dawn to dusk.  Where to start?  The best place to begin is under the Green Roof Shelter in front of the Ag Center.  It is the tall, wooden, open air structure right next to the front parking lot.  Under the shelter you will find a display that contains Arboretum brochures with maps to aid you in exploring the gardens.  Also, you will see two shelves lined with flower pots filled with cuttings of shrubs, trees, perennials, herbs, grasses, etc.  that are showing their best/most interesting features at the time.

So what might you see this week in bloom?  Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower), Salvia farinacea (Mealycup Sage), Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite' (Rose of Sharon),  and a variety of roses to name a few.

 Also, if you have a group or club that would be interested in having a tour at another time, please call.  The phone number, address and map links may be found in the right column of this blog.

Hope to see you soon!