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Wildflower connections

April 26, 2015 Somebody famous once said “the earth laughs in flowers,” but who really cares about that? He should have said that the forest cannot function without flower. more »»

Nature has reclaimed the Exclusion Zone

April 26, 2015 The trees planted me. I recently watched a TED talk about a group of babushkas, or grandmothers, who are/were living in their ancestral homes. Unremarkable until you learn that home is Chernobyl. more »»

The Real Dirt on Soil

April 19, 2015 Spring is such a wonderful season! It’s a time for optimism and new growth. Those of us who garden are anxious to get out and work in the soil. more »»

Mr. Wormbreath

April 12, 2015 How does a bird with worm breath attract a mate? They do it with singing, awesome dance moves and a skydance of amazing proportions. more »»

Let’s get to work

April 5, 2015 In 2013-2014, almost 9,000 people came to the Nature Center to attend a program or event. Another 1,400 plus came because of a rental. Our guestbook was signed by almost 3,400 people. more »»

Getting off on the right foot

April 5, 2015 When we garden we want to do the least amount of work and get the most out of it. There is nothing wrong with this so getting off on the right foot means everything then. more »»

Underground connections

March 29, 2015 The world looks different from 130 feet below the surface of the earth. I recently had an opportunity to walk into a cave system in Pennsylvania. more »»

Successful onion growing

March 29, 2015 Onions are a staple of many backyard gardens but many gardeners have problems with onions and there can be several reasons for this. more »»

Helping and asking

March 15, 2015 There is a phrase about the giver getting more than the receiver. In my more cynical times, it sounds so cliche. But my cynical self was banished one day this winter. more »»

Squirrels and crows

March 1, 2015 The Scene: It is a snow-covered sunny morning, relatively warm given the recent weather. The sky is a cerulean blue and the trees, gray in their winter garb, cast long shadows across the drifts. more »»

Some winter gardening tips

March 1, 2015 This winter season we have been experiencing a consistent snow and really cold temperatures. Here are some great tips to get us, and our plants, through these cold months. more »»

Perfect microclimate

February 15, 2015 There is a spot outside where it is always 53 degrees, whatever the season. This is considered a microclimate, a tiny piece of habitat that is different from what surrounds it. more »»

A good read

January 25, 2015 Winter seems to bring upon us a natural slowing down of life. Maybe it is just an echo of our more ancient, stronger connection to the natural world. more »»

Window perspective

January 11, 2015 My daughter and I sat by the water’s edge at dusk reflecting on the wonderful day we had just spent hiking and exploring. We had already cooked and eaten our dinner and cleaned up camp. more »»

Haphazard tradition

January 4, 2015 I have started this article six times. I have looked to past New Year’s articles to see if I could reprint one. I have asked if anyone has a spare article that they would want to put i. more »»

What’s in a name?

December 28, 2014 In the darkest days of winter, when one needs comforting, I turn to my favorite children’s book, “Anne of Green Gables. more »»

Timeless trees

December 21, 2014 Driving down Route 62 the other day, along the edge of the Allegheny State Forest, I was impressed by the forest, the wildness, the vastness of the treed landscape. more »»

Garden/landscape tasks for December gardeners

December 21, 2014 It surely has been an interesting start to the winter season and technically it hasn’t even started yet! The following are some early winter tips: Since we seem to be having a lot of temperature... more »»

Winter lights

December 7, 2014 The night has always been one of my favorite times of day. It turns everything familiar into something unfamiliar and different. This terrified me as a chil. more »»

The tale of a gardener’s dilemma

December 7, 2014 This is a story about a gardener who wanted her 50 bags of leaves shredded so she would be able to use them as mulch on all of her beautiful flower bed. more »»

Eating acorns

November 30, 2014 This fall I dabbled in balanophagy- on a very limited basis. It started by chance but I’ve been thinking about it for a few years. more »»



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