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One of the main differences between a public garden and a public park, is the existence of a documented plant collection to support the mission of the garden. Superficially, some public parks look like gardens and some public gardens have a park-like aesthetic. But, behind every public garden are plant records that capture the history of individual plants.
By Cat Meholic
Curatorial Horticulturist, Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
The Cottage Hall Courtyards are those gardens surrounding the footprint of Cottage Hall. There are many large and small gardened areas. They tend to feature native plants and provide many quiet garden spaces. Being responsible for the management of the Cottage Courtyard Gardens, I wanted to take you behind the scenes of the care of one tiny space in these gardens.
Did you know there is National Moth Week! Moths range in size from smaller than your pinky nail like tube moths and fairy moths to the large sphinx and silkworm moths like the Waved Sphinx (gray above) and the Polyphemus (brown below). Both of these were found on the Arboretum grounds last summer.
What's in a name? Perhaps as you have been exploring the natural areas around you and learning the names of plants you have encountered some strange names. All plants have a scientific name. This is the name written in italics and it is the same all over the world. There is only one plant with this scientific name. Plants also have common names. These are names given to the plants regionally by the people who use the plant or grow the plant. While the scientific names of plants can be interesting in their own way, common names are often interesting too.