Goodbye Tulips, Hello Lilacs at Schoepfle

A warm April has led to a rapid succession of blooms at the garden this spring.  While they were beautiful earlier in the week, our tulips are showing signs of decline and will not be around for long.

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Many of the early spring bulbs have faded, but the trees have come on in their place with redbuds, dogwoods, viburnums and lilacs all blooming profusely throughout the garden.  A few early blooms on the rhododendrons are hinting at what is to come later in the month of May.  Columbine is also blooming and signs of more blooms along the mixed border of our perennials are showing.  Stop by soon, we have a wildflower hike Saturday 4/29 at 10am, a Grounds walk Wednesday 5/3 at 9am – walk the path and enjoy a cup of coffee; and a garden tour on Friday May 5th at 10am.  We are also offering a composting class on Saturday May 6th at 10am.

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Spring Color Hunt on at Schoepfle Garden

Some things truly do come in small packages and right now at Schoepfle you can search out some of our smaller blooms that can make a big impact in the Spring.  We are ahead of normal bloom times on many things providing a wide array of color throughout the garden.  Some of the smaller blooms include spring beauty which is naturalized in the lawn by the back pond and found in the woods; striped squill (under the Dawn Redwood and by the back pond), and Grecian Windflower – Anemone blanda – under the Cedar of Lebanon along the main path.

Also in bloom are daffodils, tulips, redbuds, quince, flowering quince, double bloodroot, Siberian squill, glory of the snow, grape hyacinth, hyacinth, forsythia, primrose, Lenten Rose, PJM Rhododendron and more every day.

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ROAD CLOSURE: LEO BULLOCKS PARKWAY BETWEEN GATEWAY BLVD AND MURRAY RIDGE ROAD

Beginning on Monday, April 17th, 2017 7:00am, Leo Bullocks Parkway between Gateway Blvd and Murray Ridge Road will be closed for approximately four (4) weeks for bridge deck reconstruction of the Chessie CSX Railroad bridge. This will be a complete road closure with no pass through of vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians. The contractor will have detour routes posted with Murray Ridge Road and Lowell Street being the primary detour route.

The westbound lanes of Leo Bullocks will be closed first on April 17th and then approximately one week later the eastbound lanes of Leo Bullocks Parkway will close. Updates will be sent out as information is made available.

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Countdown to Summer Fitness Program

Is your body ready for the summer season? If not, then join our Countdown to Summer Fitness Program! This 4-week program will occur during the month of May. Participants will receive expert advice, diet & nutrition plan, group workouts and everything you need to get a summer body! Register by calling (440) 774-5059 or online.

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Lifeguard Certification Course

Splash Zone will be hosting American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Courses through the month of May! Participants must bring a swimsuit, towel, pen and pencil to each class.  Participants must attend all class dates and times to be eligible to pass.  You must be at least 15 years old to register for the course. Contact udrinko@metroparks.cc for details about dates & times.

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Summer Positions at Splash Zone

Splash Zone is accepting applications for summer positions! Currently we searching for fun, motivated, and reliable individuals to fill openings for lifeguards and in our concession stand. Job applications can be picked up at Splash Zone or by going online.

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No April Fools, Spring has arrived

Schoepfle is starting to see a number of spring blooms.  In addition to the snowdrops, pink dawn viburnum, Lenten rose and forsythia, we are seeing squill, daffodils, glory of the snow, cornelian cherry dogwood, grape hyacinth, hyacinth and daffodils blooming.  A couple of the magnolias are starting to shoe some color as well.  We do see damage from our warm February that revved up the garden only to be slowed by the return of normal to below normal temperatures in March with browned flower petals and leaves, but overall we hope to have a near normal spring and see our trees and plants produce some great color again this year.

Watch here and check the website and Arrowhead for hikes and walks all month long.  The Friends sponsored Hiking Stick program is back and by completing 10 hikes or walks throughout the park by June 30th you will receive your walking stick or badge.  Ask your hike leader for details.

 

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