From Green Initiatives to Ecological Adventures

Unveiling the latest updates and wildlife tales from Van Der Brohe Arboretum: a captivating journey into nature's wonders and humorous encounters.

Exciting developments and amusing anecdotes unfolded as John Dubrow, our guest speaker from Van der Brohe Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, took the stage at the Two Rivers Rotary Club. From project updates to quirky wildlife encounters, his engaging presentation shed light on the Arboretum's progress and challenges.

Arboreal Progress and Conservation Efforts

Discover the latest developments at Van der Brohe Arboretum, including the ongoing reconstruction of the Rotary tunnel and the addition of honeysuckle vines to facilitate rapid growth. The Arboretum's commitment to tree planting and the implementation of an irrigation system showcases their dedication to preserving and expanding the natural landscape.

Franciscan Gardens and the Enigma of Coneflowers

Delve into the beauty of the Franciscan Gardens and learn about the meticulous efforts taken to replace any plants that did not survive. John playfully sought the expertise of gardening enthusiasts to unravel the mystery behind the coneflowers' demise, adding a touch of intrigue to the Arboretum's horticultural journey.

Trails, Tours, and Celebratory Events

National Trail Day at Van der Brohe Arboretum was an immersive experience, with guided tours led by knowledgeable experts. John extended a warm invitation to the Rotary Club for a personalized tour, emphasizing the fruitful collaboration between the Arboretum and the club. Discover the harmony between nature and community during these joyous celebrations.

Construction Chronicles and Ecological Endeavors

Uncover the exciting ongoing projects at Van der Brohe Arboretum, including the construction of the Propagation Center, the creation of a Council Circle seating area, and the implementation of innovative wetland enhancement initiatives. The Arboretum's commitment to sustainability and preservation shines through as they embark on these remarkable endeavors.

Wildlife Tales and Witty Solutions

John's presentation took a light-hearted turn as he recounted amusing encounters with the local wildlife. From an unexpected influx of field mice due to sunflower seed plantings to the whimsical notion of introducing feral cats to address the issue, these tales added a touch of humor to the Arboretum's conservation journey.


Van der Brohe Arboretum continues to thrive and evolve with each passing day. The updates shared by John Dubrow during his engaging presentation at the Two Rivers Rotary Club provide a glimpse into the Arboretum's progress, highlighting their dedication to preserving nature, fostering community engagement, and embracing the delightful quirks that make their journey unique. Let us embark on this green adventure together, inspired by the harmony between conservation and the human spirit.