I have been cooped in the house for longer than I care. The other day there was a break in the cold and wet weather and I had a chance to escape outdoors. Around here winters are wet, humid, and gray. My escape happened in a wonderful sunny day but as I drove the piles of snow still lay in corners of parking lots and underpasses from our December storm.
Memorial bench overlooking garden and wilderness
I joined a friend and her two pooches in an adventure around the grounds of the Cherry Hill Unitarian Universalist Church. Located in an otherwise busy and developed area of
The exotic Blue Chinafir (Cunninghamia lanceolata "Glauca")
I was truly surprised how such a parcel of land could have survived the bulldozers in this part of
Wetlands protection started occurring in the
Today, wetlands are highly protected by governments and represent most of the open space we see. This is because builders develop every square inch of land they can get through the development process and declare the land they can’t develop as open space for the “benefit of the public”. If I sound cynical, it is not surprising, given the balderdash I have heard from developers in all my years trying to guide and produce sensitive development.
Staghorn Sumac ( Rhus typhina) decorating the grounds
While waiting for my friend I was looking at the tree canopy and came across a large bird that proved to be an eagle. It was a golden or immature eagle. Later I saw a multitude of birds including a hawk with a rabbit in tow for lunch. I was told that there are foxes, and large owls about. Truly a wonderful spot with incredible and rare plants that are used for education and background to garden events of the UU community.
Two of my walking companions waiting for their treats and a ride home
Our walk was amazing and relaxing for me. I was in good company and I was ecstatic to be outdoors, not only amazed at the beauty and wilderness of this remarkable tract of land but all that was in it. The arboretum is guided by a very knowledgeable Landscape Architect, Ken Arnold who with a few volunteers has been subtly introducing new plantings in the garden areas and ensuring that the wilderness wetland remains untouched. Kudos, Mr. Arnold!