Category Archives: Woods

Turkey Nest Full of Eggs

This morning I took a walk through a valley and up a wooded hillside next to the Prairie Garden Trust. Suddenly a hen turkey walked quickly ahead and away. Sam the yellow lab followed her, but I walked back to … Continue reading

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Worst Dogwood Display Ever

It looks like 2013 will be the worst display Flowering Dogwood since we moved here 43-years ago. Fire and drought are the key reasons for this loss. We routinely burn the entire property as part of our land management. A … Continue reading

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I never knew it would be this messy!

Matt Barnes throwing a log in the fire yesterday. Gardens need to be weeded to be beautiful. Plants need to be thinned so that the remaining ones are healthier. Unwelcome plants need to we weeded out. It was with this … Continue reading

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Dogwood in Snow

Flowering Dogwood, (Cornus florida) The PGT does not get much snow, so when it happens I rush out to take advantage of the way it simplifies the landscape. This dogwood picture was taken late last winters, just before buds started … Continue reading

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Winter Woods

Fog in the PGT Woods The winter woods can have a quiet beauty. Here you can see some fog in the woods just east of the PGT Center.

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Falling Acorns

Acorns on the ground As you walk under oak trees at at the PGT you will start to find acorns. As we lay in bed we can hear them falling on our roof. Acorns are one of the most important … Continue reading

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South Facing Slope

Forest facing south above Hiller’s Creek Given our name (Prairie Garden Trust) many people don’t realize that forests make up two-thirds of the property. The trees in this picture are on the steep slopes along the Hiller’s Creek valley. The … Continue reading

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Yellow Lady’s Slipper

Yellow Ladys Slipper, (Cypripedium pubescens) Paul McKenzie found a rare orchid (Yellow Lady’s Slipper) while he was doing an inventory of plants here last week. Today I went to photograph it. The orchid is on some of the most inaccessible … Continue reading

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit, (Arisaema triphyllum) I’ve never been satisfied with the Jack-in-the-Pulpit pictures I’ve taken in the past so I tried again today. This one was growing on at the north side of the base of the bluff we call The Point.

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Spring Forest

Spring Forest This is the view tonight into the forest at the PGT off the deck at our house. The small trees with the white blossoms are wild Flowering Dogwoods and Black Haw.

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