Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Guerrilla Garden Art and Spring in the Arboretum

Springtime in the Ambler Arboretum is one of my favorite times of year.  Mostly, it is because I am so sick of Winter, that I do a little happy dance for every new leaf, flower, bird flying by, etc.  Returning to work from the weekend, I found a few surprises in my gardens.  Someone had created art pieces out of natural materials found on the grounds.  I have no idea who did it, but I love this type of guerrilla garden art and I'm leaving until mother nature removes it.

Rocks and nuts on our boardwalk in the Wetland Garden
Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) pods on the stump from an Ash tree.
And since Spring is such a fun time of year, here are a few shots from around the Arboretum of the wonderful things that have been popping up.
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) in the Wetland Garden
Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) in the Native Formal Garden
Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) and Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata) in the Native Formal Garden
Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) in the Native Formal Garden
Hellebores (Helleborus sp.) and Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) in the Ground Cover Garden
Dogwood (Cornus florida) in the Woodland Garden

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