This past August, the MLRA requested the Arboretum Committee to plant a
tree in the memory of Bill Murphy. The tree that was chosen is a Valley
Forge Elm Tree, Ulmus Americana; and is located along Medford Leas Way
between Courts 41 and 23, just opposite the Berm. The MLRA will formally
dedicate the tree at their meeting on October 16. The tree will eventually
grow to a height of over 60 feet to remind us of Bill’s kind and dedicated
service to Medford Leas from 1972-2016.
Flowering crabapples not only give us a great show of color in the spring, but in the fall season the tree’s fruit offers a glorious range of color to enjoy. These trees are noted for their seasonal beauty. The range of colors of the fruit is extraordinary. Take a minute and enjoy the view. You can easily find a crabapple in Court Five on the Medford Campus.
Based upon the success of the work done to improve the Lumberton Campus Meadow, we are currently working to plan improvements to the Medford Campus Meadow. Larry Weaner Landscape Associates has been secured and is working on this project. The ultimate goal of the project is to make the area more colorful and sustainable in terms of native plants, grasses and wildflowers. Residents, guests and local wildlife, in particular birds and butterflies, will be the ultimate groups who benefit from this project. This fall, as a first step, the control of invasive non-native species will begin. This process will take a number of months to get the invasives under control, but this needs to happen before anything further can be done. Stay tuned as plans develop.
Known as a tree of the prairie states, some believe the Bur Oak rivals the
majesty of the White Oak. In the Midwest, Bur Oaks were often found in
grassy meadows by pioneers. At this time, as you enter the Medford Campus
from Wilkins Station Road, you will note the Bur Oaks, Quercus
macrocarpa, along the side of the road. These trees have a massive
trunk, as well significantly sized acorns-the largest of any North
American Oak. If you look closely , you will see that the tree branches
are laden down with the weight of the acorns. The Bur Oak grows best in
the open, away from the forest canopy, so the Meadow is a perfect location
for this species.
As we move further into the month of September, the Lumberton Campus Meadow is giving yet another wonderful show of native wildflowers and grasses. Miriam Swartz led an educational walk in the Meadow to share the fall season blooms and grasses. Of particular note right now are the Blue Lobelia, Pink Turtlehead, Purple Top Grass and the Horsemint. The human visitors to the Meadow were joined by numerous butterflies out enjoying a sunny day with lots of flowers for them to visit.
Explore floral interpretation of “happenings” with the Medford Leas Community. This long standing flower show and horticultural exhibit is just one of many traditions that take place in our community. Residents and staff are encouraged to participate in the show. Registration is September 14th from 8:00 am-9:45 am in the Holly Room. The Show will be open for all to enjoy on the 14th from 1:30-8:00 pm, and on Friday, the 15th from 8:00 am till noon. Come out and display your best offerings of the season and enjoy the exhibits of residents and staff.
This past week, three groups of native shrubs have been introduced and planted in the Arboretum on the Medford Campus. As you walk through the Pinetum on the way to Court 26, you will note these new plantings of Physocarpus opulifolius ’Mindia’ Coppertina, Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’, and Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ . These shrubs will offer fragrance, and flowers throughout the season, as well, the will attract butterflies.
These groupings are planted near the Rogers Residence and Haddon Court for all to enjoy.
Winterberry, Ilex verticillata, is a deciduous shrub native to our area. At this time, green berries form on the shrubs. As we move into the fall and winter seasons, what are now relatively inconspicuous berries, become bright red in color for all of us to enjoy and for birds to feast upon through the winter months.
If you look closely, you can spot these shrubs in a number of locations, including the parking lots of both the Medford Campus Community Building and the Lumberton Campus Community Center as well as Court 21, known as the Holly Court. You can also catch a glimpse of these shrubs from inside as you walk from the Community Building on the Medford Campus towards Haddon and Woolman. Winterberry is planted in the area just opposite the Oak Room-a great location for all to enjoy.