Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Winter beauty

Funniest looking bird I've ever seen
Ice Anglers Express

I know these guys!!

Nothing coming out of these holes....

The Cabin from the lake

A view from Gene's porch of Sylvan Lake

Ice Angler's Express

Gene's Gardens fast asleep for the winter

These are a few shots of the site over the past week or so. I even went down and checked on a few fisherman on the lake and to my suprise, familiar faces, my dad, brother and great uncle! Granted, they weren't having any luck but they enjoy coming out here to fish, as they did in years past with my Grandpa. It's nice to see they still come out. Enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature as I'm sure Gene did on her winters up here.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter has arrived!!

Winter has arrived here at GSP and I must say its quite beautiful. We are still very busy even though we have closed for the season. We have our Ice Fishing Derby coming up on January 22nd and the ice fisherman are really enjoying the newly remodeled Ice Anglers Express. We are going to be at both the Kendallville (March 12th & 13th) and Fort Wayne (March 3rd-6th) Home and Garden shows this year and we are excited about both of those events! I have been busy getting seeds ready to package for sale and let me tell you, some of them are so tiny I'm amazed at how they grow into these big beautiful flowers in the spring. I will get some pictures up of the beautiful snow and peacefulness as soon as I can. Happy Holidays!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Arbor Restoration!

As some of  you may know, the arbor here is undergoing a makeover! A few months ago a hard working crew harvested some Black Locust timbers, debarked them and put them in our barn for drying. Now the time has come to put those timbers to good use! Thanks to Dennis & Dave, they got the wisteria peeled back (and some much needed pruning done as well!) and exposed the rotting timbers. Those were removed and now we are awaiting the arrival of the construction crew that is going to come in and reconstruct the arbor. We are hoping to have this done by the end of the month. I've been taking a few pictures as it changes through each step. Check them out! More to come as it continues to change.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fall is in the air!!

Fall seems to be rapidly approaching but there are still new and wonderful things to be seen here in the gardens! The canna lily and cardinal flower are in bloom, the pink turtlehead lily has popped open and the seed harvest has begun! We have already collected some foxglove, columbine and poppy seeds but just yesterday I was able to get some butterfly bush seeds. The hydrangeas are drying in the garden shed in preparation for the Dream of Beauty event. I am so excited to see what this fall brings and to watch as the amazing colors of autumn wash over the site. Stay tuned for pictures of this! Also, I just wanted to remind everyone that we have a Volunteer Day approaching. It's this Saturday September 11th from 9am to noon. Coffee and snacks will be readily available for all. I look forward to seeing everyone :-)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A few neat plants!!

We recently had Lee Casebere out to the site for the Third Thursday Plant lecture on Orchids. When our naturalist, Haley was showing him our only orchid, he casually pointed out another that had popped out without us knowing! We have 3 Spotted Coral Root orchids that have shown up near our yellow lady slipper. Also, while out for my morning "let's see what's blooming!" walk, I discovered that our Indian Pipe has come up as well! We were quite excited to see both these plants popping up for surprise visits. Gene would be proud :-)

Monday, July 12, 2010

July 10th evening garden tour and wine tasting

Over 30 guests enjoyed an evening in the Tame Gardens with staff and volunteers on-hand answering questions on particular flora and regarding anything and everything Gene Stratton-Porter related. Light period music performed live set a calm mood as dusk settled over GSP. Visitors also enjoyed assorted cheeses and chocolate covered strawberries accompanied by a wine tasting. While some participants just happened by, all departed the site by the ambiance of softly glowing luminaries topping off a relaxed evening on Sylvan Lake.

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Please join us for our next event July 15th, 6-8 pm- Native Orchid Plant Lecture ($3 fee) with guest lecturer Lee Casebere:


Sunday, June 27, 2010

After the Storm June 2010 - Cleanup and Damages

Amazingly, the cabin, the arbor, the tomb, morning face bench, the visitors' center... the main spots on the site are intact! :D

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