December 7, 2014 |
Richard Allen Colbert, 58, of Newark, Del., executive director of Tyler Arboretum in Media for 23 years, died Saturday, Nov. 29, of pancreatic cancer at his home. He had been diagnosed in 2012. A native of Delaware who specialized in horticulture and business, Mr. Colbert became the first horticulturist for Newark in 1978, and developed a program to beautify the city's traffic islands using low-maintenance plants. In 1991, he became the head of Tyler Arboretum. He helped make the arboretum a regional, family-oriented destination by expanding the educational outreach, increasing community programs, and upgrading the plant collections.
August 26, 2013 |
The monarch butterflies at the Tyler Arboretum were about a week old, so it was time for them to move on. About 60 orange-and-black monarchs, freshly emerged from their chrysalises, were tagged and released into the wild at the arboretum's Butterfly Festival on Saturday. Over the next several weeks, the delicate insects will flutter about 2,500 miles south and then west before settling in a central Mexican mountain range with millions of others, the longest migratory journey of any North American butterfly.
December 13, 2012
No need to be shut in during the winter when there are so many gardens and nature centers where your family can enjoy the outdoors while keeping fit and active. Get out and explore! 1 BARTRAM'S GARDEN One of the nation's oldest botanical gardens has 45 acres filled with recreational activities. Admission for some exhibits. 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, 215-729-5281, bartramsgarden.org. 2 SCHUYLKILL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER Learn about and experience nature at this preserve on the banks of the Schuylkill River.
July 15, 2012 |
One hundred million years ago, according to Loren Eiseley, the great anthropologist and Penn professor, the world was monochrome green. No dahlia, no foxglove, no halo-headed hydrangea, no speckled lily. Continent by continent, flowerless-ness reigned. Dinosaurs dreamed in forest hues. And then, Eiseley writes in How Flowers Changed the World, "just a short time before the close of the Age of Reptiles, there occurred a soundless, violent explosion. " The explosion was of color and fruit, pistils and stamen.
September 5, 2011 |
Flight PJG-712 to Mexico departed Sunday at 11:25 a.m. Not from the airport, but from just outside a screened enclosure at Tyler Arboretum in Media. The flight was that of a monarch butterfly, and its "flight number" was printed on a small sticker attached to one wing. Every year, thousands of the orange-and-black winged insects are tagged and released by citizen scientists from nature centers, schools, and other groups across the United States. Every year, hundreds are recovered in central Mexico, the destination point of the fall migration for most of the butterflies.
July 5, 2011 |
Joan Strachota, 71, formerly of Wallingford, who taught hearing-impaired children in Delaware County for 36 years, died of kidney cancer Wednesday, June 15, at White Horse Village in Newtown Square. Ms. Strachota spent her professional career working with hard-of-hearing children at Delaware County Intermediate Unit in Morton. She believed most children born with a hearing loss could learn to speak and to "listen" by reading lips and using hearing aids, said Marcia Finisdore, whose three children inherited hearing loss from her and were taught by Ms. Strachota.
May 22, 2005 |
For Althea Whyte, a bluebird monitor at Tyler Arboretum, the most thrilling part of the job is watching the baby bluebirds leave the nest. "I've seen them in the process of fledging," Whyte said. "You see them with their heads" in the hole of the bluebird box "trying to decide whether they can do it or not," she said. "Last year, we fledged 83 bluebirds," said Suzanne Clauser, coordinator of the arboretum's bluebird program. Earlier this month, she reported that the arboretum had 10 active nests.
September 5, 2004 |
Connecting circles of tall grasses, seasonal wildflowers, and butterfly-attracting plants await visitors to next Sunday's Meadow Maze Madness event at Tyler Arboretum. The maze, which contains no dead ends, provides a fun way to exercise and is a learning tool for discovering the ecology of the meadow from tiny critters to 6-foot-tall grasses. It is a mostly flat, wide, mowed grass path designed for comfortable walking with shade areas, benches and information centers throughout, arboretum spokeswoman Kirsten Werner said.
July 16, 2004 |
It's amazing how many butterflies and caterpillars have taken up residence at lush Tyler Arboretum. The place is literally crawling with them. Hundreds of the colorful creatures - in every stage of their metamorphosis - will be on display for "Amazing Butterflies," a new exhibition opening Saturday in Media. Swarms of giant monarch replicas greet patrons as they enter the exhibition. The 4-foot-tall models - mounted on hemlock trees over the entrance - sway when the wind blows.
May 19, 2004 |
Densely wooded hills are sliced deep by fast-running trout streams. Hiking trails climb up steep slopes and down into dark green valleys. Yoga classes are held in a clearing framed by magnolias and lilacs. All can be found minutes up the road from the blacktop, traffic, and bright lights of the Granite Run Mall. The Media area has one of the largest woodland tracts and best hiking and biking trails in Delaware County. The 2,600 acres of Ridley Creek State Park and the adjoining 650 acres of the Tyler Arboretum combine to cover an area the size of Center City Philadelphia.