Parks and Open Space

The May Arboretum Proudly Presents...

National Public Gardens Week - May 13-19, 2019

Monday May 13: "Your Public Garden" Walking Tour      Noon - 1pm

Join us in celebration of American Public Gardens Association "National Public Garden Week" with an engaging walking tour led by horticulturist Bill Carlos. What do public gardens mean for our communities? What do they provide? What are they worth?

Wednesday May 15: "Birds of the Arboretum" Walking Tour      Noon - 1pm

Join us in celebration of American Public Gardens Association "National Public Garden Week" with an engaging walking tour led by arboretum educator Katie Bird. What birds are residents of our gardens? Which are migrants? How do the gardens provide for our feathered friends? What threats do migratory birds face, and how can we help them?

Friday May 17: "If Trees Could Talk" Walking Tour     Noon - 1pm

Join us in celebration of American Public Gardens Association "National Public Garden Week" with an engaging walking tour led by horticulturist Bill Carlos. Bill will tell us about some of the latest research on how trees and other plants communicate with each other! Come learn about the fascinating world of plant language: a plethora of incredible chemical signals.

Saturday May 18: "Splash into Your Watershed" Walking Tour     10-11am

In collaboration with One Truckee River, the May Arboretum presents an interactive walking lecture to celebrate 31 days of river stewardship during the month of May.

Our guide will be Natalie Allen, a UNR ecohydrology student. She is excited to raise awareness to protect our Truckee River watershed. Come prepared to learn about changes you can make in your life to positively impact our community's waters!

Be sure to wear sturdy shoes!! We will meet at the Arboretum Office, next to the Ranch house.

Songbird Garden Exhibit

Featured in Songbird Garden are three handwoven pieces, a nest and two birds, that were created by the Great Basin Basketmakers and originally on display at the Nevada State Museum. These pieces include natural materials such as willow branches, alpaca hair, rope, and other fibers.

They are here now to deteriorate and return to the earth. Watch carefully as squirrels and birds steal little bits of them for their nests! We hope this exhibit brings our community a little closer to the cyclical nature of life, and the inner peace of knowing all things will be repurposed over time.

 

  • A handwoven nest and bird on display in Songbird Garden
    A handwoven nest and bird on display in Songbird Garden
  • A close-up view of the handwoven nest on display in Songbird Garden.
    A close-up view of the handwoven nest on display in Songbird Garden.
  • The larger of the two handwoven birds on display in Songbird Garden.
    The larger of the two handwoven birds on display in Songbird Garden.
  • The smaller of the two handwoven birds on display in Songbird Garden.
    The smaller of the two handwoven birds on display in Songbird Garden.
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