This time of the year brings about the harvest of the season. On the Medford Campus to the rear of the Lois Forrest Nature Center you will find an assortment of gardens in full swing. Herbs, vegetables, and flowers are in abundance and being enjoyed by all. The colors, scents and sightings of butterflies are a feast for the senses. The assortment of table top gardens along with raised beds and traditional garden plots offer a wide array of choices for resident gardeners. Stop by to enjoy the landscape.
Thanks to the Crape Myrtle trees, we are currently enjoying pops of vibrant pink color throughout the Arboretum. These bursts of vibrant color thrive in the heat of the season. You can easily view a number of Crape Myrtle trees as you enter the parking lot for the Community Building on the Medford Campus. The vibrant hot colored blooms greet visitors, residents and staff alike as they enter this area.
Kentucky Coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioicus, is a relatively rare Midwestern US species, whose range includes New Jersey. There are a number of these trees along Estaugh Way near the Meadow on the Medford Campus. The tree bears large, pea-like pods containing hard seeds that at one time were roasted by pioneers to make a coffee substitute-hence the common name.
In mid-July, Larry Weaner and Jenna Webster, of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, visited the Medford Campus to begin an assessment of the Meadow. This is the firm that worked to renovate the Lumberton Campus Meadow in 2014. Their work will begin with creating an inventory of current vegetation in the Medford Meadow, and report back with suggestions as to how to make the area more colorful and sustainable in terms of native plants, grasses and wildflowers. The goal will be to enhance the Meadow to be friendlier for residents, guests and the local wildlife-in particular birds and butterflies. Stay tuned as this process continues.
The summer can be a good time to spend with some shady characters in the form of trees— that provide shade within the Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve. Not only are trees aesthetically pleasing, but they also provide respite from the dog days of summer, In particular, there are a number of trees on the Medford Campus that not only provide shade, but also have benches placed near them for one to sit and reflect on the view. As you are out and about in the Arboretum, perhaps take a moment to have a seat and enjoy the vista. Thanks to the Medford Campus Trails Committee for the refurbishment of benches in the Nature Preserve.
Golden Raintree, Koelreuteria paniculata ‘September Gold’, was first grown in the US by Thomas Jefferson, using seeds sent from France in 1809. A native of Asia, the raintree was planted for thousands of years next to the graves of Chinese government officials. It is a tree that is able to withstand heat, drought, high winds and poor soil. It is especially beautiful in summer as it produces golden blossoms, which later in the season yield lantern like fruits. On the Medford Campus, you can find a number of them in bloom between Bridlington 690-691.
Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia is a member of the Magnoliaceae family, native to the southeastern United States. This broadleaf evergreen tree can reach up to 90 feet in height, with large dark green leaves, and large creamy colored fragrant flowers up to 12 inches in diameter. You can find this tree on the Medford Campus between Courts 29 and 40, in Court 5, and outside of the Woolman and Haddon Buildings by the Greenhouse.