Category Archives: Reflections

New Beginnings

Thank you to all of you who have continued to stop by and see what is happening at Garden Learning. I returned to classroom teaching this year and very quickly fell behind on my writing.  As summer approaches I am … Continue reading

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Is a Bog the Same as a Swamp?

I know that a swamp and a bog have lots of water, green plants and you really can’t walk in them.  Well, unless you are someplace like Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis where the quacking bog has a floating walkway. … Continue reading

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Our flowers have genes?

The garden has now moved past the early spring flowers. Those flowers are long gone and there are large green leaves and new flowers everywhere. This new group of flowers have characteristics that tell them to bloom in late May … Continue reading

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When did summer come to the garden?

Summer has arrived and the garden has changed from the early April days when it was full of snow.   The flowers are changing weekly and even the small and not so small critters are out and about. (Last week I … Continue reading

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How do gardens change?

One way a garden changes is by the work people do to care for the garden, another way is by diseases that plants get and then die away.    Another way is through storms and tornadoes. On May 22 Eloise Butler … Continue reading

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How are plants different from each other?

After a day of thunderstorms and cold weather in mid May ( well May 16th to be exact) it was surprising to walk through the wild garden and see all the changes.  I thought things might not look that different … Continue reading

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Answering Questions: how do I learn the names of plants?

Last week my journal ended with lots of questions and pictures of plants with no names.   So how do you learn the names of plants in a wild garden?  I discovered there are many ways at Eloise Butler. One way … Continue reading

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How do I remember all the things I see in the garden?

Keeping a Nature Journal Today was cold and very windy when I got to the garden.  I was sure I would not see much change since it had only been a week and the weather had been cold and not … Continue reading

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What is hiding in plain sight?

What do we miss when we hurry down the sidewalk, run to the bus or just walk but don’t pay attention?   I discovered we miss a great deal. I arrived at Eloise Butler Wild Flower garden to find a completely … Continue reading

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Is Spring Here?

When does spring come? Yes, I know the spring equinox on March 20th, but  I was thinking more about when do you see, hear and feel spring?  What does spring look and sound like to you? When you can jump … Continue reading

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