On Sunday afternoon, June 17, my husband and I took a short trip over to the Morris Arboretum, about 15 minutes from home. We wanted to take a short walk and shake off the effects of sitting all day Saturday at the art show I participated in in Allentown, PA. The Arboretum fit the bill – we’re members, so we can go anytime and stay for as long or short a time as we want. Plus, the Bloomfield Farm side was open this day – unlike the regular grounds that are open daily, this side of the site is not – you have to catch the once-a-month date to see it.
You may remember the Arboretum from previous posts:
and I did an art show there last fall.
So, good, off we went. It was a hot, sunny day, perfect for being outside.
We parked at the lower section of the location and walked across the street to the farm section. Look at the milkweed blooming!
At the farm (it’s called that because of its history, but it is mostly a wild landscape) we passed the education building and equipment sheds with their green roofs – wow, I just loved these. The whole building complex is meant to display methods of sustainability – it captures rainwater and is sited for energy efficiency, among other things.
Even the birdhouses had green roofs.
There are a lot of beehives. I did not venture close. No. I did not.
We stopped in the gristmill – it’s a real mill that’s been here since the 1700’s and is in the process of being restored step by step. We joined the tour for a short time
but I wanted to go back outside.
We wandered down to the community garden. Mint is planted around it – I think deer are put off by mint, maybe? Though there is a fence around the garden as well, more deterrents don’t hurt. Deer are persistent and numerous, being pests, really, in our area. Anyway, the mint crushed in my fingers – ahhh, the smell!
We wandered through the aisles of the garden. I liked these lettuces wearing hairnets to keep off the sun…
There was a lot of growing going on, that is for sure.
When we left, we had shaken off our stiffness and felt better for sunshine on our faces.