Last Wednesday, we had our monthly LOUA meeting. As we sat down around the table in the church basement, I looked around at the tables that were set up, thinking, “We won’t fill up all of these seats.” And then people started coming down the stairs. And more people. And then more people. And soon, the whole table was filled with LOUA members. I remember when we first started meeting; there would be maybe four or five people at any given meeting. There were over twelve people on Wednesday, and that wasn’t even everyone who could have been there. It amazes me how we have grown, that every time we needed some sort of expert, we found one who joined our group.
We had a great meeting, talking about the upcoming Earth Day events (more on that soon!), and the spring tree planting. We should have about 250 understory trees planted. Come next spring, the arboretum is going to be something to see. And finally, the Design subcommittee (which I am a member) reported on its first meeting. We came up with some projects that we wanted to do around the Arboretum, like native plantings and rain gardens. We have some really big ideas and plans for the future.
With the cold temperature back again, it’s hard to believe that spring will soon be here. I have seen some of the first shoots coming up through the ground. We’ve a few of the daffys poking up as well as some of the tulips. Some of the plants have buds on them. I know it will, eventually, get warm out (then I’ll probably complain about the heat!), but right now, it feels as if we are still in the dead of winter. But as I said, spring is on its way. If you head out to the Friends of the Ravines’ Annual Plant Walk, you should see plenty of new plants. The walk will be at 2:00 p.m. on April 13 at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, and will be led by park naturalists in hidden ravines. Meet at 2 p.m. at the new Nature Center at 1451 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH.
Until next time!