What’s Flying Around In Our Garden

Just a quick post – it’s too nice outside to be inside!

This little beauty has been buzzing around our garden. He (or she – who can tell?) seems to like the native phlox that we have in the yard and also the bee balm.

Hemaris thysbe profile Hemaris thysbeIt’s quite interesting to watch, how it hovers over the flowers like a hummingbird. Probably where it got its common name! My aunt had one in her yard and was certain it was the smallest hummer she had ever seen.

For those of you who are wondering, the Latin name is Hemaris thysbe (Fabricius, 1775). The insect has a range from Alaska and the Northwest Territories south through British Columbia to Oregon; east through the Great Plains and the Great Lakes area to Maine and Newfoundland; south to Florida and Texas. It’s really quite a beautiful thing to see.

Until next time!

LOUA’s Lucky Day!

luckyslogoI don’t know if many of you know, but Lucky’s Market in Clintonville has a 5% Day where they partner with local non-profits to donate (strangely enough) 5% percent of their total sales for that day to said partner.

Well, LOUA is going to be Lucky’s 5% Day Partner for August!

What does this mean to you? It means that you need to head to Lucky’s to go shopping on

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

for all of your fresh veggies, meats, and dairy. And bread, and crackers, and spices, and soup and well, you get the picture.

And what does it mean for us? The more you shop, the more money LOUA will get to help the Arboretum thrive.

So save up all your shopping at Lucky’s for Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Until next time!

Upcoming Events

compostStream Clean Up Event at Glen Echo Park

Sat, July 19, 9am – 12pm
Calumet Christian School
2774 Calumet St, Columbus, OH 43202 (map)

FLOW and Anheuser Busch are teaming up with River Network for a Stream Clean Up. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter, weed the butterfly garden, affix storm drain markers and help with planning and picnic logistics. We’ll meet at the Calumet Christian School.

Please RSVP to (614) 267-3386 or send us a message at info@olentangywatershed.org so we know how many will join us for the picnic! Registration will open soon at http://www.budweiser.com.

Composting Workshop

August 16 at 1pm
513 Piedmont Rd. Columbus OH 43214.

Please join FLOW for a SWACO-supported workshop for a home composting workshops for our watershed residents. We want to encourage you to save your yard and kitchen waste and recycle it into topsoil that you can use. The soil will provide the nutrients that your veggies, flowers, or trees need to be healthy!

Remove more than 500 lbs of organic matter from your household waste per year, diverting it from collection, the landfill.

  • Provides a nutrient rich “super soil” to add to your garden, lawn and house plants
  • Takes as little as 10 minutes a week
  • Reduces use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides
  • Can Reduce gardening water bill by 30%

See Compost Workshop Trifold Order Form for more details.

Register by mailing a check for the composter ($30) and other items to FLOW at 3528 N. High St., Suite F Columbus OH 43214, or pay via Paypal on FLOW’s website. This will be the final composting workshop of the season, and spaces are limited, so sign up today.

Until next time!

Clifton Gorge

This past Sunday, Pete and I went to Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve. We’ve been there a few times, the first being with his mom and her college roommate, so it holds a very special place in my heart. It’s one of my favorite places to walk, with the sound of rushing water, ferns, limestone, and cliffs. Tons of native plants, although we did see a few invasives. It looks like they are working on restoring the area.

If you need a little relaxation, just listen to the video. Nothing more peaceful (at least to me) than rushing water…


Long-tailed salamander (Eurycea longicauda)


Steamboat Rock


Limestone cliffs


Wild ginger and ferns


More cliffs

BioBlitz 2014 Update

Glen EchoWe’ve finally tallied all of the various insects, creepy crawlies, snakes, birds, plants and amphibians from BioBlitz 2014. It took a little bit longer to organize as we had last year’s data to compare to this year’s. Despite the rain – and a huge thanks to everyone who stopped by or volunteered during the 12 hours we collected – we manged to find new things! If you are interested in the list, you can find in this Excel file: Glen Echo Bioblitz 2014. We found nearly 140 species.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Mike Graziano, who did the lion’s share of work to organize the whole event. I look forward to next year’s BioBlitz. It’s lovely to see what new things we can find, which simply means that the changes we’ve made in Glen Echo, such as removing invasive plants – have made a difference.

On a less happy note, the one egg that was in the new finch nest is no more. It’s been smashed with evidence of feathers around. I am assuming that whatever attacked the nest did so either while Mama or Papa Finch were nearby. I know it’s what happens, but I don’t have to like it. A least I had one batch of babies make it the whole way through and leave the nest…

Until next time!

Big Things Happening!

bridge_1Great news for Clintonville and the university areas! The Green Fund of the Columbus Foundation has awarded $17,000 to the Coalition United for Glen Echo Ravine (CUGER) for the purpose of hiring Benefactor to complete a feasibility study for connecting Glen Echo Park to the Olentangy River with a walking trail. This study should be completed by the end of September and will provide the coalition with the “road map” on how to fund the two components: trail building and land acquisition which includes the White Castle property on North High St. bordering the two communities. Click here to read the story about the grant in ThisWeek.

Huge thanks to the Foundation!

It is so amazing to me that we are now at this feasibility stage for a walking trail. This past weekend, Pete and I travelled to Kent, Ohio to have lunch with some relatives. We ate at the Pufferbelly Restaurant, which is in an old train station right next to the Cuyahoga River. The restaurant is the large building in the background of the photo below with the river and waterfall in the front.

Kent Ohio waterfall on Cuyahoga RiverWhile waiting for the rest of our party to arrive, Pete and I went in for a closer look because we saw this:

photo 2We were curious (and hopeful) that this might lead to some sort of trail along the river, something that might be similar to what we would love to see in Glen Echo. Well, it was!

river trail at Kent Ohio

Pete and I were so excited to walk around that my aunt texted to ask if we were lost. Anyway, can you imagine something like this in Glen Echo? Here’s a little video I took on the trail. I apologize that it’s not landscape, but the last time I tried to get a video on my iPhone, I held the phone the wrong way, and the video was upside down when I uploaded it. Couldn’t take a chance with this one!

There were plenty of people walking on the trail (we managed to avoid them during filming) including a family with several children. I also saw a great blue heron snag a sunfish. Such patience in sneaking up on the fish. And all in the middle of an urban area.

Until next time!

City-Wide Recyling Event::6.28.14

a one stop drop for hard to recycle items

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Ohio History Center
800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 43211

Big Green Head is always helping folks find responsible ways to get rid of “stuff” they no longer want or need.  The Great Green Purge is a one-day answer to the question…”what do I do with this stuff?”

With cooperation from SWACO, The City of Columbus, The Ohio History Center, Natural Awakenings of Central Ohio and volunteers from Capitol Square Rotary Club and the Green Shanny Foundation; The Great Green Purge provides Central Ohioans the opportunity to conveniently and responsibly dispose of their unwanted “stuff” while educating the public and providing local resources for recycling throughout the year.

For more information, click here!

Until next time!