Forest Garden Update July 2020

Although the forest is currently closed, the pollinators are unaware of this new status. The garden has been attracting multitudes of butterflies and hummingbirds, not only for the nectar provided by our cultivated flowers, but also for some of the springtime greens going to seed, and of course the wildflowers. While in the Solar Fields, there are currently flashes of purple, red and yellow flowers catching our eye and those of the precious pollinators alike. Speckling the perimeter of the garden the Scarlet Sage, Lobelia, Spotted Geranium, and Hepatica are just a few that choose to plant themselves here in the forest.

Flowers have always been a symbol of great inspiration to all forest stewards. They grow from such delicate seeds into a variety of multicolored petals, arranged in perfectly imperfect patterns. The native wildflowers in particular seem to require no encouragement to become the loveliest of blooms. They grow largely of their own accord, sometimes in the most unexpected places. Due to the ease with which they grow and the way that they attract the pollinators, we’ve started helping these seeds to disperse themselves so that they can spread far and wide. If you would like to do the same, it’s a remarkably simple process. Simply take the heads of the flower, preferably once they have dried and died on the plant but not necessarily, and drop them in other locations. Usually, this is enough for them to find their way. It turns out that, like with most plants, they really want to grow.

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” -Henri Matisse