“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?” – Rachel Carson
The earliest days of spring are a moment in time when the world is poised between the quiet stillness of winter and the exuberance of spring and summer. The first clues that the season is changing are subtle, like the hint of yellow from the winter aconite against the snow or the muted burgundy of the skunk cabbage growing along the creek. But if you allow yourself to move slowly through the landscape – to soak up the subtle changes – you can find them all around.
We’ve put together a series of blogs and activities to explore the promise of this brief season. In them, you’ll find the magic of preparing a garden for spring and for dreaming of what you will grow. You’ll discover the beauty of the earliest of Tyler Collections and new ways to explore the natural world with your family. And you’ll find our plans for the future, from a new garden space to the larger, multi-year projects we’ll be embarking on in 2022. You can engage with these topics virtually on this webpage or on-site with tours, programs, scavenger hunts and more. You can pick up our scavenger hunts at the Visitor Center, or you can download our Gnome Scavenger hunt here. Can You Find Us? Help us find our four gnome friends, Wister, Cedric, Hoopes and Minshall, as they adventure around the Arboretum this spring. We also have a self-guided tour available that you can access by scanning the QR code on our tour signs at Tyler, or download here. Promise of Spring Self Guided Tour
Early spring never lasts long, but it’s filled with promise and hope for the new season. So let’s come together, virtually and in-person, to make February and March of 2022 a season to discover something new, explore the natural world, and take action for the future.