Saturday, May 08, 2010

Graver Arboretum

I visited Graver Arboretum for Arbor Day tree dedication. It is a gorgeous natural resource on 63 acres north of Bath, PA.

Dr. Lee and Virginia Graver donated the arboretum to Muhlenberg College in 1994. Today it is used as a field station for biology and environmental studies classes and research. It is open to the public seven days a week during daylight hours. Tours can be arranged.

Collections of conifers, wetland plants, wild flowers and rhododendrons thrive along the paths. Here are a few of the plants and sights at Graver.

Skunk cabbage in a damp, wooded area.

Jack in the pulpit.

Trillium sessile, a toadshade.

One of many ponds and vernal pools.

Foot bridge on the road less traveled by.

According to Graver’s Facebook page, the rhododendrons are coming into bloom. Graver Arboretum is a meticulously maintained local natural resource. I plan to walk its paths again.


donna said...

I so enjoyed seeing the photo of the jack in the pulpit. We have them growing in our yard and yet I never blog about them. They must be feeling left out.

We have fresh snow on the ground this morning. No, it did NOT look pretty. lol


Marie said...

Oh No! Fresh snow in May. We're having another very windy weekend here. Lots of power outages, trash cans in the street and branches on the ground. I'm staying away from the old maple tree!

I would love to read a blog about your Jack-in-the-Pulpit!