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It is not really news that Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Their numbers have been dropping steadily for the last twenty or more years. Last week, (August 2022) the International Union for the Conservation of Nature put the Monarch on their red list of species that are endangered. This holds no legal protections or incentives to help the Monarch, but it shows that scientists are justifiably worried.
As educators of our next generation environmentalists, we are always on the lookout for children's books to share with the children that visit us here at the Arboretum. Our literature rich programs include, Oaks and Acorns, Arboretum Afternoons, Home School Happenings, Kids Can Cook, and Let's Get Growing. Our student population ranges from PreK to 4th grade but many of the programs can cross grades. The topics we choose are, many times, guided by some of the established children's lite...
I can now say that I have been in public horticulture professionally for two decades now. In that time I've been asked dozens of times "What ever do you do in the winter?".
The most recent question came during the Festival of Trees, accompanied by "Do you take a two month holiday?".
I wish! I've been wanting to write a rant an essay on this for years!