Learn More About the Flowering Plant that’s Everywhere: Goldenrods

By Dawn Gerlica, Horticulturist The burst of smiling yellow blooms in every field seem to be saying goodbye to summer and welcome to autumn. This is the season of goldenrod. Solidago, commonly called goldenrods, is a genus of about 100 to 120 species of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae. Most are herbaceous perennial […]

Mushroom Month: Shiitake Cultivation and Land-Connection

When many sugar maple, American beech, and a single red oak tree were harvested from Working Woods last year at this time, quite a few tree-tops were left over. This presented us with an opportunity: to reclaim some logs for mushroom cultivation. After all, nothing is wasted in a truly sustainable system, and Working Woods is meant to be a living laboratory and demonstration site for landowners to explore sustainable options for woodland management.

Pretty Purple Flowers Everywhere: Late Summer Asters

By Annie Rzepka, Horticulturist While we display many different types of asters at the Arboretum, some of our best will be in full bloom in the next month.  You can find New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden and in the Arlene and Arthur Holden Butterfly Garden.  New England asters […]

All about Pollinators Series: Carpenters ​- BIG ​and ​little ​!

Welcome to prime time “World of Pollinators”! July , August and September are such active months – flowers are celebrating with their riotous blooms of bright colors and lucious aromas, and the pollinators are taking full advantage! Have you noticed an increase in the activity- that lovely summer song of buzzing bees, the swooshing of […]

Working To Create A Greener World – Jan. 7, 2019

Responsible Forestry in Working Woods In October 2018, Holden Forests & Gardens ecologist Katie Stuble blogged about research in Working Woods. Here’s a fresh look for the new year on how we understand Working Woods from a forestry and conservation perspective. The State of the Woods Although drastically less than the 95 percent of forested […]