"The summer of the year 1783 was an amazing and portentous one, and full of horrible phaenomena; All the time the heat was so intense that butcher’s meat could hardly be eaten on the day after it was killed; and the flies swarmed so in the lanes and hedges that they rendered the horses half frantic, and riding irksome. The country people began to look with a superstitious awe at the red, louring aspect of the sun.” Gilbert White, from Letters to Daines Barrington.
The frog half fearful jumps across the path,
And little mouse that leaves its hole at eve
Nimbles with timid dread beneath the swath;
My rustling steps awhile their joys deceive,
Till past, and then the cricket sings more strong,
And grasshoppers in merry moods still wear
The short night weary with their fretting song.
Up from behind the molehill jumps the hare,
Cheat of his chosen bed, and from the bank
The yellowhammer flutters in short fears
From off its nest hid in the grasses rank,
And drops again when no more noise it hears.
Thus nature's human link and endless thrall,
Proud man, still seems the enemy of all.
"Summer Evening" by
John Clare, English (1793- 1864)
|"Actually the number of people using the Garden is not nearly as important as the type of use the Garden receives. In the spring and fall teachers from schools from all parts of the state visit the Garden with classes from kindergarten through college. In the hours between school and closing, groups of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc., make use of the Garden for their nature study. The garden clubs that visit the other gardens visit us too, but our educational service is unique among the gardens. We also provide one of the few places where someone who does not have a car can find some of the forest birds, or for that matter find a little peace and quiet" Former Gardener Ken Avery, 1961||Stinging Nettle
Urtica dioica L.
Widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere, the plant has found many uses over time: As a - foodstuff in Nettle Porridge, Nettle Pudding, Nettle tea, Nettle beer; medicinally as an astringent, tonic, diuretic, styptic, sting antidote; as a substitute for cotton; as a permanent green dye and as a host for a number of butterflies.