Op-EdArboretum: A ‘Thank-You’ to donors

America’s most well-known land-surveyor naturalist, Henry D. Thoreau, delighted in the wildflowers he encountered and noted his observations in a journal.

In August (1856), the wild senna surprised him, being “so obvious and abundant” that he could see it “yellowing the field 25 rods off.”

Its leaves, locust-like, he notes, have six or eight pairs of juxtaposed leaflets each and an odd one at the base, and it “resounds with the hum of bumblebees.” More...

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