Explore Geocaching

Saturday, April 19, 2014 by

Saturday, April 19 10:00am-11:00am Explore Geocaching – A Merging of Technology,  Nature, and Fun Did you recently receive a GPS and want to try Geocaching? Have you heard of Geocaching and want to learn more about it? Do you enjoy getting outside and seeing new and spectacular things? Do you want a hobby that your entire family can enjoy together? Do you have a sense of adventure and want to go to some really cool places? If you answered Yes, then Geocaching may be for YOU!   Here are some of the topics that will be discussed An Introduction to Geocaching What is Geocaching? Who Geocaches? What do you need to go Geocaching? Where to find Geocaches Why do over 5 million people worldwide participate in GeoCaching? When can you find a Geocache? What...

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Guys on Grass Class

Saturday, April 5, 2014 by

Saturday, April 5, 2014 10:00am As a die-hard gardener, Mike’s philosophy about lawns can be summed up in this phrase: “When in doubt, rip it out.” Yet, as a radio show host, he knows that people love their lawns, so his compromise is to preach the gospel of organic lawn care. He notes that 68% of consumers say that their concern for the environment is a consideration when buying lawn and garden products. Yet these same people are the ones who are afraid of what their neighbors will think if they don’t  have a lawn that looks like a golf course fairway.  In this talk, Mike looks at why the concept of the “perfect lawn” is so harmful, starting with that lock-step mentality and moving on to the use of synthetic fertilizers and pervasive...

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Wildflower Garden Blooming

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by

The Vi Bates Wildflower Garden is in bloom!  This woodland garden blooms in early spring.  Blooms are a bit later than normal with the unseasonable cold.  Look close for the tiny woodland varieties. The plants in the album below are all blooming as of Thursday, May 8.  They include: Virgina Blue Bells –  Celandine Poppy  –  Merry Bells   –  Prairie Trillium   –  Spring Beauty  –  Yellow Violet  –  Dutchman’s Breeches  –  Goldenseal  –  False Rue Anemone  –  Grand Flora Trillium  –  Blue Cohush  –  Yellow Cohush   These plants can be found in the wildflower garden, but are not blooming or don’t bloom.   Wild Ginger   –  Twin Leaf  –  Nodding Trillium  –  Trout Lily  –  May Apple  –  Maidenhair Fern  –  Columbine  –  Wild Geranium  –  Squirrel Corn  –  White Baneberry  –  Red...

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