Swallows, springtime, and “Carol of the Bells”

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
April 12, 2019

Swallows, springtime, and “Carol of the Bells”

Visitors on the grounds may have noticed small numbers of migrant male tree swallows, recently returned from Central America, circling above the Arboretum landscape. Watching them gracefully swoop above the meadows, it is easy to understand why swallow species as a whole are beloved signs of the spring around the world. Ukrainians, for example, celebrate […]

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Betula pendula, the Month of березень, and a New Year

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
March 20, 2017

Betula pendula, the Month of березень, and a New Year

Silver birch (Betula pendula) forest

Just below my window Stands a birch-tree white, Under snow in winter Gleaming silver bright. – Sergei Yesenin, from БЕРЕЗА (The Birch-Tree) I have always been fascinated by how certain trees manage to capture the imagination and emotion of disparate cultures. Betula pendula (silver birch or European white birch) is an example of which I am particularly fond. Native from Western Europe […]

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