Branching Out: Enchanted Arboretum combines art, nature

May 16 by in Arbor Day, Art, Enchanted Arboretum, General, Nebraska City, Trees tagged , , , , , , with no comments

Enchanted Arboretum in Nebraska City

*Editor’s Note: this blog post has been updated since its original posting, including the revised map of tree sculpture locations in Nebraska City.

Nebraska City is known for being the home of Arbor Day, the tree planter’s holiday. And now, it’s known for bringing tree-themed sculptures to the streets in a public art project called “An Enchanted Arboretum.”

A total of 71 poly-resin tree sculptures have been placed at various points around town for the summer, letting the locals and tourists alike enjoy their whimsical beauty.

All the trees will be displayed in Nebraska City until late September 2013.  The six-foot trees done by professional artists and high school students will be mounted on concrete bases and set into the ground in public outdoor places.  The rest of the trees, all four feet tall and designed by students, will be displayed at various businesses throughout the community.

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Missouri River Cottonwoods: A Plan for Restoration

Jan 30 by in Arbor Day, Cottonwoods, General, Missouri River, Nature, Trees tagged , , , , , , , with no comments

Cottonwoods on the Missouri River

Employees of the Arbor Day Foundation and The Nature Conservancy were together again on the Missouri River bank last week, clipping and collecting thousands of cottonwood stem cuttings.

Gathering near Union, Nebraska, the volunteer crew set out to collect as many as 10,000 healthy donor cuttings that will be replanted in the Missouri River Valley this spring.

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An Intern’s Perspective: It’s More Than Trees

Aug 15 by in Arbor Day, General, Nature, Trees tagged , , , , with 2 comments

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Editor’s Note: We asked our intern, Hanna, to write a blog post about her Arbor Day Farm experience this summer. Below is her contribution. Thank you, Hanna, and may you touch many more lives in nature in the years ahead.

“What is Arbor Day all about?” I ask this question of the visitors during my tours at the Tree Adventure and Arbor Day Farm. As you may expect, I get a variety of answers:  anywhere from planting trees to Johnny Appleseed to saving the planet. I tell them that they all are close, and explain the need to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. 

Throughout my summer as a Nature Interpreter Intern I have learned a lot, starting with the Arbor Day Foundation’s mission and now ending with heirloom varieties of apples. My time this summer, however, has taught me that Arbor Day is about more than just trees.

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Raised Beds: A Great Option for Not-So-Great Soil

Jun 24 by in General, Greenhouse tagged , , , with no comments

Raised beds at Arbor Day Farm

Jan Bonham and Kristy Edwards work in the raised beds at Arbor Day Farm.

Are you looking to start your plantings earlier and possibly stretch your harvest date further?  Look no more than raised beds.  Raised beds are nothing more than elevating soil or mix, which allows the soil to warm faster in the spring and to cool slower in the autumn months.  In some regions, depending on climate, using raised beds lengthens the growing time by an extra month on either end of the regular growing cycle. That can be a real advantage in getting strong, healthy plants and trees.

Arbor Day Farm is currently experimenting with our own raised beds.  Our soil here is, for the most part, clay.  This hinders good root development for young seedlings and it also eliminates the possibility of lifting (that’s “greenhouse speak” for harvesting) the seedlings at maturity. The clay would tear the lateral roots, all but killing the seedlings once they went to outplanting.  With the challenge of clay soil in our area, we decided to go with raised beds as a trial when it comes to growing bareroot seedlings here at Arbor Day Farm

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Fall Foliage Tour at Arbor Day Farm

Oct 27 by in Fall Foliage, General, Leaves, Nature, Trees tagged , , , , , with 2 comments

Ginkgo trees in fall color, Arbor Day Farm

So we’ve shared on this blog before some of the inherent perks of working at Arbor Day Farm, but during the fall time of year, as our workplace is surrounded by trees with leaves in every color, it’s hands-down gorgeous. 

Bring Your Kids to Work Day — Arbor Day Farm Edition

Aug 18 by in Arbor Day, General, Nature, Orchards & Apples tagged , , with no comments

Paige talks about her experience at "Bring Your Kids to Work" Day at Arbor Day FarmYesterday was our very first Bring Your Kids to Work Day here at Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm. Twenty-four wide-eyed youngsters came to work with their parent and got an up-close and personal look at a day in the work life of mom or dad.

It rained on us a bit, but that didn’t put a damper on the fun. And let’s face it — Arbor Day Farm is the complete opposite of most people’s work environment, with all that green space and fresh air, and all those trees…

We put together this short video highlighting Bring Your Kids to Work Day 2010; kids say it best, don’t they? Enjoy.

Watch the Video — “Bring Your Kids to Work” Day, Arbor Day Farm Edition