ARBORETUM NEWSLETTER - Summer Edition
"Purple Robe Locust"
Plaza and Wolverine Meadow
A NEW LOOK.....
The final touches are being implemented in Wolverine Meadows located across from the Wolverine habitat. This area contained the invasive European Buckthorn and through the efforts of volunteers and the local Platinum Project (see below) the meadow has new life and a new look. Some of the native plants (above) that were introduced include (from left to right) Common Native Ninebark, Lewis Mock Orange and Purple Leaf Sand Hill Cherries. Also included are Indian Currants, Nannyberry and existing Cottonwoods.
The spring snowstorm and record-breaking temperatures have played havoc on trees and shrubs in the Billings vicinity. The arboretum has lost several two to three year-old healthy trees and will work to replace them. Others are slow to produce leaves or to even flower this year. It is the policy of the arboretum to give time and observation for these specimens to determine the best path forward. Some trees have actually skipped a year of production and flourished in coming years.
The frigid temperatures happened just as trees were coming out of another unpredictable winter. Blossom production had begun and new energy was being transported upwards into the trees. The result is quite noticeable throughout the region. In the arboretum the storm affected Spruce trees, new Aspen, Golden Rain Tree, Catalpa, Red Buds, Plum trees and Dwarf Conifers. We will keep you updated on the progress throughout the year.
Several great improvements have happened on the grounds that will create excitement for visitors. The first will be the Jay Kirkpatrick Native and Medicinal Garden located just west of Dottie's garden. The area has been landscaped and irrigation water is in place and now waiting for new plants to arrive.
Connecting the garden and Dottie's is the recently established MNLA North American Conifer Garden. New irrigation infrastructure was installed which will allow new trees to be planted highlighting the uniqueness of conifers from our own Rocky Mountain ecosystem. In conjunction with this garden is the installation of 20 new Pinus nigra which will create a windbreak for the adjoining Bison habitat.
And finally, the north side of the Visitor's Center above the mural wall was pruned and cleaned out by Boy Scout and Bridger High School volunteers. Truckloads of branches and leaves were removed and replaced with new bark. This process will open up that area and provide a healthy environment for the existing trees.
Yellowstone Arboretum, ZooMontana and the Botanical Park is happy to announce it's affiliation with the AZH, Association of Zoological Horticulture. The AZH is a network of associations and members specializing in the advancement of horticultural in Zoo environments and habitats and represents volunteer organizations such as ours.
The arboretum has already reached out to the AZH and is working on a plan to upgrade the Zoo's animal habitats and any grant programs available. The AZH also networks for the employment of interns for Zoo locations across the country and overseas.
Meet the botany explorers
Rocky Mountains, a living arboretum
Summer tree tips !
Be sure to check out all the articles in our feature presentations located on the main page of this website. This quarter we feature botany explorers, Lilac trees, pollinator information and summer tree care. Click here for more
History of Lilac Bushes
Lilacs are native to Europe and the temperate climate areas in Asia. The common lilac, (Syringa vulgaris), originated in Eastern Europe. In the United States, historians think the first lilacs arrived during the Colonial period and were planted around 1750 at the Governor Wentworth Estate in New Hampshire. The location is now a state park.
Thomas Jefferson planted old-fashioned lilacs in the late 1700s. We know this for sure because he documented the experience with numerous and lengthy notes in his garden book. READ MORE
We'll discuss the 2022 Trial Species and tree Lilac selections.
CONTINUED FEATURE ..... BUCKTHORN ERADICATION PROGRAM
Be sure to check out our website home page to access more information regarding the European Buckthorn Eradication Program commencing in this Fall. Meet Hunter the force behind the program and his plans for making this a successful operation !
CLICK HERE for more information and Hunter's "GO FUND ME" campaign
Phase one of the program has been completed with 1/2 acre of ground cleared of Buckthorn. The new area temporarily known as "Wolverine Meadow" will be planted with native trees and shrubs this season.
COMINGS & GOINGS
The Yellowstone Arboretum is happy to participate in the annual Billings Pollination Festival to be held Saturday June 25 at St.Andrews Church. The festival tops off an entire week of talks and demonstrations throughout the community. For the latest information go to the feature section of our Home Page or...
OUT ON A LIMB TOURS
Our "Out on a Limb" walking tours of the arboretum will continue into the Fall season. This is a great way to witness an inside look at the life of trees. Individuals and groups are welcomed. For booking information contact Jessica, our events coordinator, at ZooMonana.
ARBORETUM GOING CELEBRITY
The Yellowstone Arboretum is pleased to announce their own programming on Community 7 Television. The show titled "Yellowstone Arboretum, It's More Than a Tree", will air twice a month. Presentations will air through the end of the year. Check schedule for exact time.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
"The mission of the Yellowstone Arboretum is to cultivate arboreta appreciation and understanding of our local heritage through public education, organic preservation and stewardship of our natural environment."