Chesapeake Arboretum and Freaks of Nature

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Chesapeake Arboretum sign and American flag.

We were supposed to drive up to Colonial Williamsburg, VA today to take advantage of the Memorial Day Weekend free admission for active duty military personnel, but after getting a late start, we never made it to Williamsburg.  Instead, Jeff noticed Jenny's thermostat showed it was running hot.  Sure enough, a radiator leak required a pit stop only 10 miles down the road to get some coolant and turn back.  After dropping of the car for repairs, we decided to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and check out a local attraction, the Chesapeake Arboretum.

From the Chesapeake Arboretum Website:

"The Chesapeake Arboretum is a 47-acre garden dedicated to promoting horticultural and environmental awareness through displays, education and research.

Chesapeake Arboretum entrance sign and walking path entrance in background.
The Arboretum was dedicated in November, 1996, and boasts one of Virginia’s finest trail systems that wanders through a 43-acre mature hardwood forest with many varieties of trees and plants."

Our subdivision has the words "at the Arboretum" in the title, so you know it is close by.  We are members in "Friends of the Arboretum" and have attended the open house.  The farmhouse was built in 1730, around the same time Williamsburg was the Virginia State Capital.  It was also built without using any metal like nails, so they could not be melted down by the Colonialists and used against the British.

The grounds and walking trails are well maintained and we use the trails often for exercising.   Today we were treated to many mother birds feeding their babies, many flowers in bloom (including some HUGE magnolia blossoms!) and a local Canadian goose sitting on her eggs without moving.  The freaky part of nature was the 3 male mallard ducks hanging out together without any females, and one of them flew through a waterfountain just after I took their photo!

jennjeff1 says:
Thanks for the question Kang!

Friends of the Arboretum donate enough money annually to keep the Arboretum open for visitors. I think we paid $40 USD for a family rate. Anyone can donate but usually only those living nearby and plan on visiting contribute. ;-) ~Jeff
Posted on: May 27, 2008
ak1215 says:
What is the "friend of Arboretum"? Is it all the US? or only in your state?

Kang ^_^
Posted on: May 27, 2008
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