Sunday, July 17, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Writing last summer in the Washington Post column "Wonkblog," Christopher Ingraham announced the end of the “Beepocalypse.” The story, which was written in response to the concern caused by Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), focused on the situation from an economic viewpoint. Unfortunately, that perspective glosses over many of the nuances of CCD, even if it was meant to mitigate some of the growing anxiety about the situation.
|This graph from Bee Informed shows recent total annual losses remaining high, even as the number of hives has increased. Beekeepers have taken to splitting their hives in half, increasing the number of active colonies. Note that the graph indicates winter loss percentages, From 2010-2011 forward it also includes data on total annual losses, which includes summer loss rates.|
|These colonies are located across from the Project Grow |
gardens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Rachel Pawlowicz, from Sylvania, Ohio, just completed her first year in the Master of Science in Information program, focusing on archives and records management. Rachel has been busy so far this summer digitizing the Matthaei-Nichols' records and helping with the membership program as well.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum will host the Wolverine Pathways scholars next week. The scholars are students from Ypsilanti and Southfield, Mich., public school districts. Children's ed intern Ben Tupper writes about this exciting new University of Michigan program and what it means for the Arb and Gardens---and the participating students.
|Docents in training last month in preparation for the programming that Ben and |
the children's ed team at Matthaei will implement during the Wolverine Pathways
scholars visit in July.
|A view of Fleming Creek at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.The creek is |
one of the sites that Ben and the Matthaei-Nichols children's ed team will use
for a water-quality monitoring project with the Wolverine Pathways scholars.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
|These zinnias are fresh from the Campus Farm. If you want to bring a pop of cutting-garden color into the kitchen, try zinnias in salads or sandwiches, or mix them in with sauces like mayonnaise.|
|Chives blossoms add a subtle onion flavor.|
|Marigolds add a citrusy spice to salads, rice dishes, even desserts.|
|Violas are just plain beautiful to look at in a salad. Some people|
report that violas and violets have a subtle wintergreen flavor.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
|The trtail will connect Matthaei with the area's |
Border-to-Border trail system, to Eastern Michigan
University, Washtenaw Community College, Ypsilanti,
This trail has been a priority in Washtenaw County’s Master Plan since 2002 and Washtenaw County Parks provided a $250,000 Connecting Communities grant for the project. “With this generous MDOT grant from SEMCOG, Washtenaw County’s grant and a state-level MDOT grant of $1,174,000, our Township has been awarded more than $2,150,000 in grant funding for this important project,” said Michael C. Moran, Ann Arbor Township supervisor. In addition to these grants, over 125 individuals and businesses have contributed more than $250,000 toward the project.
There are many gifting opportunities at the Gardens and Arboretum. For more information on how you can help support the trail, visit our major gift priorities page.