Journeys of Dr. G at Tyler Arboretum

The sabbatical project continues, exploring all that Tyler Arboretum has to offer

National Public Gardens Day 2014

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One of the crafting stations - making color stamps of fruits and vegetables (I was so tempted to make a sheet of color-stamped food myself!).

One of the crafting stations – making color stamps of fruits and vegetables (I was so tempted to make a sheet of color-stamped food myself!).

Happy National Public Gardens Day, everyone!  According to their website, “National Public Gardens Day is an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.”  Tyler Arboretum joined in the celebration by having festivities for kids and free admission to visitors.  I decided to make a quick trip over to Tyler to check out their events, and I was pleased to see so many school buses and vans taking advantage of bringing kids out on this warm day.

My photos below capture some of the fun and excitement for the kids.  I also continued walking around and met up with the Rhododendron Stroll led by Jerry O’Dell, Tyler’s Rhododendron Gardener.  He said that in one week, the rhododendrons should be in bloom – maybe I’ll come back next Friday at 10AM to join this free program!

Jessica Dimuzio did three book readings of her latest release, Bow Wow Wow! Green Beans Now?  This book tells of canine conservation hero Johnny Angel’s quest for his favorite treat–garden-fresh, mouth-picked green beans–and humorously introduces kids to organic gardening.

Jessica Dimuzio did three book readings of her latest release, Bow Wow Wow! Green Beans Now? This book tells of canine conservation hero Johnny Angel’s quest for his favorite treat–garden-fresh, mouth-picked green beans–and humorously introduces kids to organic gardening.

A station was set up for kids to plant their own beans in a clever newspaper pouch with soil.

A station was set up for kids to plant their own beans in a clever newspaper pouch with soil.

National Public Gardens Day takes place annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day, an unofficial start of spring.  Mark your calendars now for next year’s event on Friday, May 8, 2015!

There's no doubt spring is just about here! Strolling through Tyler allows you to see the bright greens and colorful blossoms coming out.

There’s no doubt spring is just about here! Strolling through Tyler allows you to see the bright greens and colorful blossoms coming out.

Author: Dr. G

Dr. Laura Guertin, Professor of Earth Science, Penn State Brandywine. Learn more at http://about.me/drlauraguertin

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