Our Crickets

We’ve been seeing this year a prolific species of crickets hidden in damp dark hidden places in our sheds, tucked between sheets of plywood. I know many people are grossed out by them but I’ve been admiring their beauty and jumping ability and was glad to see this in the NY Times today. They are part of our ecosystem and provide food for birds and mice.

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Halloween in the Garden

It was a lovely afternoon in the garden for a fun and scary Halloween event. There was face painting, mask making, beanbag toss, gross body parts, candy and a huge basket of apples. All children were welcomed at the gate by our spectral gardener.

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Pond Renewal

José yesterday finished rebuilding the brick path around the turtle pond. Not only was it a lot of hard work, but he also laid it out in a beautiful pattern, finishing it with sand swept between the bricks. A huge improvement!

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Ladybugs Are in the Garden!

Saturday was MK Garden’s yearly kid’s ladybug release. It was a great success even under gray drizzly skies (weather that the ladybugs seemed to like). More than 50 children participated, and there were a number of families who had never been to the garden before. Many thanks to Ted for producing the publicity, Pan for supplying the ladybugs, Bud for being the chief ladybug handler – along with the excellent help of Rie and her daughter Ro, Kate for bringing the snapdragons (on the subway) for the kids to plant, Bob for running the food table and making most excellent lemonade, Steve for taking pictures for the web site and all the other volunteers who helped make it a successful event.

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Spring Photos from the Garden

Here are some beautiful photos of spring flowers and garden critters from our friend Jimmy Zheng. Thanks for sending them!

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