The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

July 9, 2014

Summer strolls at the Arboretum

I was recently invited to greet a tour group at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum and I was genuinely excited to make my way over there on a gloriously sunny, steamy July day.

The group who came was comprised of about 25 Master Gardeners who had elected to incorporate a visit to Clinton’s own Eagle Point Park and the Bickelhaupt Arboretum as part of their educational sessions that were primarily hosted in the Quad-Cities. From what I heard from the group of gardeners, they were impressed and amazed at what we have here in Clinton. Not just the gardens and parks, but our riverfront, our history, and what we offer our citizens. Truthfully, a lot of the attractions in Clinton are available to us at no charge or for very little. Many attractions like the arboretum or the Sawmill Museum are open year-round, but there is so much programming in the summer, now is the time to enjoy what they have to offer!

It is too common for those of us who live here to pass by certain destinations without giving it a second thought. How many Clintonians do you know who’ve never been to the arboretum? Have you ever been there? I wonder why there are still people who just haven’t been. I wonder if it’s because we feel that since we can go any time, we put it off for another day. I have to confess that my own experience is the same – I don’t always make it to the events and attractions that we have right here in the Clinton area, but as I make it to more and more this summer with my family, I continue to be impressed by what we have right here in our own backyards.

I chose to write about the arboretum at this point in the summer, because there are so many nice days left this season to take a walk through the arboretum. Slow down, walk and appreciate the species they have in their gardens. Whether you’re a conifer connoisseur, a flower aficionado, or if you can’t tell a rose from a buttercup, the scenery and nature at your fingertips is something to behold for all of us.

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