Saturday, December 04, 2010

Snowfall at the Arboretum!

As we receive our first significant snowfall of the season, the beauty of the Arboretum’s winter landscape shines. With little wind, today’s gently falling snow seems to outline every branch, twig and nuance. During our winter months, the intrepid visitors to the Arboretum will find lots of opportunities to study the architecture and structure of our plant collections. Hikers, skiers, snowshoers and walkers will be rewarded with spectacular views of our winter landscapes -- along with plenty of opportunities to discover how plants and animals adapt to the cold. What a remarkable place and time to learn more about our winter world!

Encouraged to take a snowy walk at the Arboretum or through your own neighborhood? Stop by the Sterling Morton Library and peruse some of these resources to guide your winter quest:

  • Bark : the formation, characteristics, and uses of bark around the world photographs by Kjell B. Sandved ; text by Ghillean Tolmie
  • A guide to wildflowers in winter : herbaceous plants of northeastern North America by Carol Levine
  • Life in the cold : an introduction to winter ecology by Peter Marchand
  • Season of promise : wild plants in winter by June Carver Roberts
  • Studies of trees in winter : a description of the deciduous trees of northeastern America by Annie Oakes Huntington ; with an introduction by Charles Sprague Sargent
  • Tree bark : a color guide by Hugues Vaucher
  • Trees in a winter landscape by Alice Upham Smith
  • Trees in winter : their study and identification by Albert Francis Blakeslee and Chester Deacon Jarvis
  • Weeds in winter written and illustrated by Lauren Brown
  • Winter : an ecological handbook by James C. Halfpenny, Roy Douglas Ozanne
  • Winter world : the ingenuity of animal survival by Bernd Heinrich

The Sterling Morton Library is open Tuesday through Friday from 9-5 and Saturday from 10-4.

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