Children’s Garden turns 7 on Sunday!

bday 2012Join us for a firefighter themed birthday party Sunday August 31st from 1-3 pm in the Children’s Garden at Schoepfle Garden. We have worked all year on the pizza garden so we will celebrate with pizza, balloons, crafts and a scheduled visit from the Birmingham/Florence Twp. Fire Dept.  And like the carousel which will be running 1- 4pm Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through September, its all FREE!

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Lorain County Fair -see you there!

017Come August, comes the Lorain County Fair! Begun in 1846 & located in Wellington, Ohio, the Lorain County Fair is the largest county fair in Ohio, second only to the Ohio State Fair. This weekend is your last chance, if you haven’t already, to attend(August 18th-24th). This year, Lorain County Metro Parks is featuring a booth AND a tent for you to visit! For information on Park facilities, programs, and special events and for questions that a Naturalist, Ranger, or Friends Volunteer can answer, swing by our tent(see pictures) located outside on the north side of building 19. There are lots of fun things to look at and do while visiting our tent,    fa009ns & water to keep you cool, and a daily giveaway! For information on Lorain County Metro Parks’ Strategic Plan for the013 future and how you can get involved, please visit our inside booth located in building 23. Visit the Lorain County Fair website for more information about the Fair: See you there!





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Canna Collage at Schoepfle

canna arrayForty two years ago Otto Schoepfle expanded his canna collection based on his affection for a number of cultivars he already had, including the bright red ‘President’ and orange ‘Wyoming’. He added  selections from the Grand Opera Series that, like the others, had to be dug in the fall, stored over winter and replanted in the spring to produce the large leaves and colorful blooms every summer. ‘La Boehme’, a soft peach flowered canna, blooms across from the roses, are descendants of those original rhizomes. Last year we reintroduced ‘Aida’ a soft rose colored selection. Along with the ‘President’, ‘Wyoming’, the deep red ‘Ambassador’, the flame colored ‘Lucifer’, soft ‘Salmon’ and ‘Coral’, ‘Yellow Futurity’ and ‘Tropical Pink’ there are a wonderful array of colors and styles throughout the garden.  Visit in the coming weeks to check out these blooms and many others in the garden.

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Allll Aboard!!!

Enjoy the summery sights & sounds of the Children’s Nature Discovery Trail as you ride the Little Green Choo! New this year is our “I Spy” Scavenger Hunt in which you look for items placed along the trail while riding the Choo. How many and which ones can you find?!  This beautiful, summer evening is another Sunset Choo Ride(6:30-8:00pm)! Only a few more opportunities to ride the Little Green Choo this summer; please see info below for dates & times. All rides are FREE & weather permitting.                                               Where: Carlisle Visitor Center’s Train Station
When: The below Saturdays & Sundays
16th & 17th, 30th & 31st
Time: Rides are between 1:00-3:00pm
Sunset Choo Rides!
The below Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:00pm
August 13th & 27th



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By any name, Lycoris adds to summer at Schoepfle

IMG216Summer is in full swing at the garden as pink blossoms dot the landscape. These lily-like flowers emerge from the ground every start to August seemingly from out of nowhere. They are lycoris squamigera and they have many common names: Magic lily, Resurrection lily, Spider lily and Naked Ladies. They are part of the amaryllis family with leaves in the spring that die back leaving us to wait for the blooms weeks later. They are only one of the summer blooming bulbs that can add to your landscape. Read more in next week’s garden e-newsletter – not on the list? Sign up here

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Flowering Bonsai

crepe myrtle coppedThis Crepe Myrtle bonsai is part of the Art and Plants display at Miller Nature Preserve.  The blooms are beautiful right now.   The display is open until 8/25daily 10 am -6 pm. There is a $2 admission charge for the Conservatory.

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‘Dino Discovery Area’ happenings!

Naturespace Nov 2013 pics 011As many of you already know, over the past 10 months, exciting changes have been occurring in Carlisle Visitor Center’s ‘Dino Discovery Area’ (formerly called Naturespace). From new carpet and painted walls to additional seating and more toys & books, the CVC NATs, with the huge help of our Carlisle Reservation colleagues(THANK YOU!), have been busy making this unique, indoor play area even more welcoming & FUN for our visitors. Last week, Seasonal Naturalist, Meridith(Many THANKS!), has been painting & stenciling the inside of our Tree House giving it a more outdoorsy and whimsical look & feel! In addition, items and signs have been added to the Tree House for more creative & engaging fun! See below pictures.  The ‘Dino Discovery Area’ makes a perfect place for you and your kids to beat the heat or hide from the rain, so keep it and the CVC in mind the next time you are looking for something fun to do when the weather isn’t cooperating!  ‘Dino Discovery Area’ hours are 8:00am-4:30pm daily, excluding major holidays when the CVC is closed.


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