Archive for July 2009

Green Building of America award

Wister Center as of July 29, 2009. photo credit: R. Robert

This month the Wister Center received the Green Building of America award. This award is given by Real Estate and Construction Review to projects that are “unique and challenging,” projects other architects could “learn from” with advanced “design, construction and technology” and a project the board feels is “cutting edge,” according to Lance Kamin, publisher.

The Wister center was selected from more than 2,500 nominated projects and will be spotlighted in the special Real Estate & Construction Review-Northeast Green Success Stories edition in 2010.

Check out the article in Delaware County Daily Times to learn more. To see ongoing photos …

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Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses

Encyclopedia of Herbs

As so many Dorling Kindersley books do, this encyclopedia of herbs offers the reader both the basic information and in-depth details on herbs and gardening. Through a series of informative drawings and photographs, this guide teaches not only how to design and maintain an herb garden, but also the details of the many types of herbs that one might chose to add to an herb garden. Herbs have been grown for centuries for medicinal and culinary purposes as well as for aesthetic reasons. Did you know that Asclepias tuberosa has been used to treat everything from bronchitis to influenza? Or …

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Excited about Weevils

Orange weevil photo credit: E. Lake

We are excited about weevils at the Scott Arboretum. The stem-boring weevil, Rhinoncomimus latipes, has been found throughout the Arboretum nibbling on the invasive mile-a-minute weed, Polygonum perfoliatum.

Mile-a-minute weed is an annual Asian vine that has invaded habitats in the northeastern US: forested floodplains, streamside herbaceous wetlands, and upland forests. It can be found growing along the Crum Creek, in the Crum Woods, and on banks throughout the campus.

This prickly, branching vine germinates in April in the Mid-Atlantic region and proceeds to rapidly climb over other plants. It produces iridescent blue berry-like achenes in the beginning …

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