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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Last Saturday, LOUA had its Third Annual Pawpaw Festival. This event is always nerve-wracking for me; it’s like having a party at your home, and as the time for the party to start gets closer, you wonder if anyone is going to show up…And each year, I worry for nothing. We had seven vendors and a food truck, and everyone was very happy with how their sales went. And the people! So many people stopped by to buy things, including pawpaw fruit. I’ve never acquired a taste for pawpaw (and to be honest, I don’t like most fruit!), but apparently, it’s quite the thing!

I did enjoy Rambling House’s pawpaw soda…
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Walhalla Pottery pottery (dcyoung@columbus.rr.com)…
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Pat Belisle’s garden sculptures (biggsbelisle@hotmail.com)…
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Little Bags (buttonhole955@gmail.com)…
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And Root Dub
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And Mike Siculan, who brought his 1953 car along with his puppets (retrovampire@aol.com)…

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And Taqueria Don Pedro 2 and their Mexican food truck (dptacos2@gmail.com)…

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We also had Perennial Rye Band, who played bluegrass – and Zack Yocum, from the band, brought all the pawpaw fruit (zachlandscaper@yahoo.com)…

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And Larry Sterpka…

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Of course, we couldn’t do this festival without Scioto Gardens

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and the Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association.

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So much thanks to our co-sponsors, and all the vendors, and especially, to everyone who stopped by.

Until next time (and next year)!

Third Annual Pawpaw Festival :: 9.20.14.

image0023rd Annual Clintonville
PAWPAW FESTIVAL

featuring local Art,
Native Plants,
and Pawpaws

Hosted by the
Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum, Scioto Gardens, and the Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association

There will be food, vendors, live music, and lots of fun!

Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm

Directly across the street from
Indianola Informal K-8 School
251 East Weber Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202

Hope to see you there!

The Northeast

As promised, here are some photos from our trip to Connecticut and New York. We went to Storm King, a large outdoor park that has plenty of sculptures. Most of them are very big, one or two stories tall. Others were on a smaller scale. One I found totally fascinating was this sculpture that was constantly in motion. I could have sat and watched it for hours. Very soothing.

Here’s a few other photos; I particularly like the sculpture that looks like it’s floating.

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This next one is a bit tricky for me. The guy who thought of the stone fence below wasn’t the person who made it. Does that make him the artist? Or the stone masons who actually made it? I think it’s a bit like Matisse telling Picasso that he has this really cool idea about a cubist sort of painting; could Picasso paint something that Matisse would sign? Or something like that!

SK_2What was really cool about Storm King was the landscaping consisted of lots of native plants. Plenty of prairie plants and grasses that really set off the sculptures.

We also went to Mount Race near Sheffield, Massachusetts. We actually walked on part of the Appalachian Trail to get to the summit. Pretty cool! After four hours of hiking through scenery like this:

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we were rewarded with this view:

RACE_3The trail was so clean, with lots of plants and birds to see and hear. The Appalachian Trail is only marked by small white stripes. And I don’t know what I expected, but in some cases, the trail in nothing but a faint suggestion that you need to climb that bunch of rocks. Or a trail no wider than a foot. But it was lots of fun – and I was quite surprised I made it! But compared to the one girl we spoke with who had been hiking since late April with “only” 600 more miles to go, what I did was nothing.

Until next time!

Thank You!

Sorry for the lack of posts; between getting ready to go on vacation, going on vacation, then recovering from vacation, I just didn’t have a lot of time! However, I’ll share much more about our trip to the East Coast soon. As a teaser, go ahead and Google Mount Race in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Me and my very tired legs climbed that little hill!

In the meantime, I wanted to share the grand total from our Lucky’s 5% Day: $1902.83! We can’t thank everyone enough for heading to Lucky’s and buying something. We’ve got great plans for the money to make LOUA even better than it already is.

Thank you so much!

Until next time!

Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum Earth Day Follow Up Event

big pileWhen: Saturday, August  2, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Where: Glen Echo Ravine West “The Walker Tract”

Directions: Our work area is a wooded area just west of the Indianola Bridge that spans Glen Echo Ravine. The site is visible from the bridge and is bordered to the north by the alleyway south of Olentangy St.  The southern border of the site is the stream that runs through Glen Echo Ravine. You can park either along Indianola Ave. near the bridge or on Olentangy St. between Indianola and Medary.  If you enter the ravine at the Indianola Ave. Bridge, there is a stairway on the Northeast side of the bridge that leads down into the ravine. At the bottom of the stairs, head west (to your right) and right after you pass beneath the bridge, be on the lookout for a trail on your right that passes through an open grassland and eventually enters the forested area where we will be working.  If you plan to enter the area via Olentangy St. alley, there is a path that enters the ravine about mid-way between the Parkview Condominiums and the Xenos School.  There is a city park sign near the path’s entrance.  If you have work gloves and/or shovels and/or bow saws, please bring them.  There is some poison ivy present so dress accordingly.

Activities: Removal of invasive species.

The Walker Tract is a parcel of city parkland and part of Glen Echo ravine. The understory of this site was formerly choked with invasive plants. Work on clearing this area began on Earth Day in 2009. Since then significant progress has been achieved but more work needs to be done to finish what we started. We will be working in conjunction with Karl Hoessle, an Ecological Restoration Programmer from the city’s Recreation and Parks Department which means we will accomplish more than we would without his assistance. In addition to honeysuckle, the area still has a fair amount of privet, burning bush, and especially creeping euonymus that needs to be removed.

Questions: let me a comment!

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, 2770 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43202

Until next time!