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Exploring Ho-nee-um in the spring

[Script for filmstrip],   pp. 7-25 ff.

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Many of the seeds fall on the pond and for several days 
cotton-like material floats on top of the water. 
Does it surprise you to know that such large trees 
have flowers? All of our street trees have flowers, 
but few people notice them. Here are the tiny flowers 
of a common street tree, the American elm. Have 
you seen any tree flowers in your neighborhood? 
   Most street trees bloom very early. The 
   flowers are very small, so that the children 
   will have to look closely to discover them. 
 Next stop is the Council Ring, a good place for 
 looking and listening. What will you discover? 
 An insect? Moss? An acorn? A branch with buds? 
 A flower? 
   The Council Ring is a good example of man- 
   made architecture enhancing a natural setting. 
   The following information is from A Thousand 
   Ae by Nancy Sachse, page 46. "Four years 
   later an even larger pond, Ho-nee-um, was 
   dredged on the north shore. Besides this 
   undertaking in 1938, Arboretum land holdings 
   here were further enhanced by the Kenneth 
   Jensen Wheeler Council Ring, a memorial to 
   a young landscape architecture student who 
   died on the eve of his graduation. The limestone 
   ring was designed by Kenneth's grandfather, 
   Jens Jensen, creator of the Clearing in Ellison 
   Bay, Door County, and one of the early con- 
   servationists who assisted in the formation 
   of National Park policy   under Theodore 
   Roosevelt. Supervision of the labor and much 
   of the stonework on the memorial was carried 
   on by the boy's father, Edison Wheeler, and 
   the Ring dedicated in a simple, moving cere- 
   mony the Sunday of Graduation Week." 

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