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Viva la Nature Play

MBGNA knows open-ended nature play is recorded in children’s hearts and souls, in their memory and imaginations, to be recalled many times in their lives, to be transformed into creative impulse, scientific exploration, the ability to think broadly and widely, and to carry a desire to help the future of our Earth.

Bugs with Beth: Mining bee

by Beth Weiler This week’s featured bug is a Mining bee (genus Andrena)! These bees get their name from their nesting habit, which is to “mine” and create their nests in bare ground. All bees in this genus are solitary ground-nesters. Female Mining bees excavate a...

Bugs with Beth: Eastern Yellowjacket, Vespula maculifrons 

by Beth Weiler Eastern Yellowjacket, Vespula maculifrons    This week’s featured insect is a familiar species with a bad reputation – the Eastern yellowjacket, Vespula maculifrons. V. maculifrons is one of many species of yellowjackets in the...

What’s in a Name?

by Michaela Kotziers As you walk through the garden at Nichol’s Arboretum, you might notice that several varieties of peonies are named after women.  For instance, there are peonies named after Eleanor Roosevelt, Anne Spencer, and Alice Harding, to name a few.  Some...

Peony Viruses: what we know and why it matters

by Drs. Nastassia Vlasava and David Michener Plant viruses 101 Just like humans, plants have a range of viral relationships and diseases. Plant viruses are ultra-small (less than 200 millimicron) RNA or DNA-based entities and they usually can survive only in their...

What’s in Bloom May 27, 2022

At Matthaei Botanical Gardens Siberian Iris Golden Ragwort Wild Columbine  Prairie Rose  Silverweed  In Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens Butterfly Bush Bananas! Crown of Thorns  Madagascar Periwinkle At Nichols Arboretum High Noon – tree peony, S.Gizzi...