A Walk through the Gardens

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The Northern Catalpa, sometimes called a Catawba tree, is primarily used today as a large ornamental shade tree–lovely flowers too!  Settlers planted Catalpa to produce fence posts…the wood is lightweight, and the heartwood is resistant to deterioration when placed in the ground. For these same reasons, railroad companies grew plantations of them for railroad ties [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Gardens

Opuntia

    This winter-hardy cactus is Opuntia, sometimes called prickly pear cactus. Its fruits and paddles are edible! And the man that keeps the 95 acres growing (and the garden society’s resident hero)!   [Read more...]

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A Walk through the Gardens

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Along a dappled woodlands path at St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt, Michigan. [Read more...]

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