Let's Go Smell Some Flowers

I don't know about your neighborhood, but the weather has been quite nice in mine. The tulips and daffodils are out. The squirrels are poking around, looking for whatever the birds aren't scarfing down, and the kids are on their bikes and skateboards. It's a good time to head over to the arboretum and see what exactly is in bloom. For instance the Tyler Arboretum in Media, Pennsylvania is having a night hike on the eighteenth of this month, from seven to nine pm. It says you'll be climbing steep terrain, which is the logical thing to do in the dark, right? No kids allowed on this one. http://www.tylerarboretum.org/events.asp?EventsID=657

On Saturday, April 25th, the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture is sponsoring Arbor Day at the Arboretum, an event designed for all ages. There will be a tree walk, which hopefully means a walk amongst the trees, not trees walking a la The Lord of the Rings. There will be free tree seedlings, activities for children, lots of exhibitors, and entertainment. The website says "This year will feature a special Heritage skills & crafts area from 19th-century life. Visitors will see how 19th-century farm tools were hand-crafted, which woods were used and why. Costumed interpreters from the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site will demonstrate rail-splitting, spinning, and display a “touch table” of tools & artifacts from Lincoln’s time." There will also be toys from Lincoln's era for the kids to check out. (Did Lincoln himself have toys? The legends all talk about the log cabin and studying by candlelight and little about recreation, unless you count going to plays, a topic probably best avoided.) Details can be found here: http://www.ca.uky.edu/Arboretum/cal_events.php

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Harrisonburg, Virginia is celebrating Historic Garden Week and you can take a carriage ride on April 17th between the hours of two and six pm. Once your trusty pair of horses has shown you the various paths you can go to the Earth Week Festival Fest Pre Party Concert, which starts at six thirty. Midnight Spaghetti and the Chocolate GStrings, The Bandaloop Doctors and Esthetics will perform. Don't forget your blanket or lawn chair. Details can be found here: http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum/index.html

The Fullerton Arboretum in California is having a Green Scene Plant and Garden Show 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19. You can go to one of the garden talks and learn about composting, green landscaping or one of the other subjects offered. You and your children can take part in the bug safari in the gardens or you can visit the Farmers to Flyers: MCAS El Toro and Mid-Century Orange County exhibit at the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum. There will be master gardeners, horticulturalists and plain old staff members available to answer your gardening questions and hand out useful advice. And there will be this: "New improved plant sitting and pickup drive through area." I have absolutely no idea what that means. It makes me think of flagpole sitting, which was a strange craze a few decades ago, but I don't guess people are really going to be sitting on top of plants, unless they forget about them and sit on them by accident.

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona has quite a few activities running in April. There will be a Photography Walk-a-Bout with Tom Boggan on the seventeenth. This is more than just a walk; it's also a photography class. There will be bird walks on April 18 and April 26, featuring the arboretum's hybrid hummingbird (does this get better mileage than the regular hummingbirds?) and turkey hens. The eighteenth also features a Plants of the Bible Guided Walk, which is wheelchair accessible. The Arizona Swiss Society is hosting a pot luck picnic on the nineteenth and there will also be a separate children's garden tour and book reading taking place at two pm. There will be a butterfly walk on the twenty-fifth and an Edible and Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk on the twenty-six. Consult the official website for more events and additional details. http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events.html

If you're near Houston you might want to head over to the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center on the 18th to celebrate earth Day and figure out what this means "Solar animal kits for sale." What in the world is a solar animal? Is the kit a cloning kit? Do solar animals help heat your home? So many questions! While you're there you might as well take part in the scavenger hunt and try some of the organic food samples. Then settle in for the live bluegrass music and maybe learn a little about composting, which is the new black. http://www.houstonarboretum.org/earthday.asp

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