[Gallery not found]New and improved eggs have made their way to the Bird’s Nest feature in Enchanted Woods. These eggs have been turned by the skillful hands of our volunteer Roy Tedesco from the wood of Paulownia tomentosa or princess tree, an appropriately named tree for a make-believe faerie garden.
This tree species is found in the nearby Sundial Garden. Its unmistakable purple, fragrant flowers appear before its large, heart-shaped leaves and blooms alongside lilacs—a great visual and olfactory combination. You may also know this tree as it is one that is often found on woodland edges where it takes advantage of the sunny conditions and seeds itself in to form a hedgerow. Fortunately for this non-native tree it cannot stand shade competition and will eventually be overcome by some of our native shade trees.
These new eggs were created from the logs of a tree removed from an outlying area on our property by John Salata and Kevin Braun, our staff arborists, as part of a larger invasive plant removal/land management initiative. One man’s trash (or in this case two men’s trash) is another man’s treasure. These eggs are large in size but light in weight due to the nature of the wood itself and are “fun” to roll down the Bird’s Nest ramp—just ask the kids who do it or Suzanne French, the horticulturist in this garden who has to roll them back into place!