Celebrating Trees – Arbor Day at the Arboretum, TB Gardens

“Other holidays repose on the past. Arbor Day proposes the future.” – J. Sterling Morton – Founder of Arbor Day in 1872.

“Can I run out to the trees?” my 9-year old asks me on a regular if not daily basis. I almost always say yes. By “trees” my child is talking about a row of adolescent sycamores planted in a graceful curve as your enter our neighborhood. With their milky white … Continue Reading


Call Him Mellow Yellow

I thoroughly enjoy Turtle Bay, the Sundial Bridge and our amazing Sacramento River Trail. But often in the heat of the summer, after a walk from the museum through the arboretum, I feel like I need aloe, a respirator and IV fluids. Now there’s a better way to enjoy our community’s natural treasures without sun stroke, lack of oxygen and dehydration: Sit back, relax and let Bob Frost do the work.
Bob has introduced the pedicab, a rickshaw for the 21st-century … Continue Reading

The Tree Goddess: Celebrate Arbor Day with a Festa

With Arbor Day close at hand, I would like to share a little history of this holiday we tree-huggers look forward to each year. The whole thing started with a man by the name of J. Sterling Morton. Morton shared… Continue Reading

In Good Company – From a Fall Perspective: The Companion Planting Display Beds at the McConnell Arboretum & Gardens at Turtle Bay

This article was first published early this past spring when the garden was just waking up from its winter sleep. The plants are grown in so nicely and look remarkably different in just this one growing season that I felt… Continue Reading

In Good Company: Companion Planting Display Garden (and Festa Botanica!) at the McConnell Arboretum and Gardens at Turtle Bay

Some things are just meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly; Acorus gramineus minimus ‘Aureus’ and Alchemilla mollis…..what??? Well, Grassy-leaved Sweet-Flag (Acorus gramineus minimus ‘Aureus’) a short, mounding, strappy leaved plant with a gorgeous lime-green color planted next to… Continue Reading