And just like that, it’s 2022!

I do love the Garden under a blanket of snow. The transformative nature of it turns the Garden into a completely different space. We did not sustain any notable damage from snow loads, and it served as a protective layer against the freezing temperature. Time will tell how badly we suffered when temps begin to warm and plants start to wake up. So begins another cycle of seasonality and anticipation. I confess early monitoring has already begun for me in my daily walks through the Garden. I’m scanning for the slightest evidence of emergence. The witch hazel is popping color, and yesterday I detected the first fragrant wafts. The silk tassel catkins are dropping, and snowdrops are pushing up. And now, I have effectively jinxed our weather for the foreseeable future. 

The anticipation of spring, of the coming seasons, is palpable as we begin the planning and preparations here at the Garden. Volunteers have returned this week, bringing back the energy and camaraderie we love. Two new interns start next week with projects that will further improvements and visions for the Garden. An anticipated arbor project will get underway this spring, further enhancing the lower Garden.

Welcome! We’re starting the year off with three new board members: Christina Arcidy, Pam Cope, and Lydia Tymon. We offer thanks to the outgoing members of the board. Thank you for your time and commitment to the foundation, Bob Hauck, Lisa Witzel, Krista Tenney, and Amanda Masters. There’s room for more board members, and if you are interested in serving, please get in touch with our board president, Katie Schielke.

The Garden is now open after the holidays. Winter hours are in effect until March 1st, Friday thru Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm.

We are accepting tour reservations for groups or individuals. Tours are available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Tours last between 1.5 and 2 hours, depending on the group. The preferred start time is 10:30 but is not limited to that. Tour sizes are limited to 15 people at one time and are $10 per person with a $60 minimum. To schedule or inquire about available dates, email

We look forward to seeing you at the Garden.


Joe Abken, Executive Director