Exploring Ho-nee-um in the spring
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27 Many of the seeds fall on the pond and for several days cotton-like material floats on top of the water. 28 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. 29 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." 14
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