Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Clean

Spring is here, although snow flurries are in the air, and the flowers are starting to emerge.

Daffodils, squill, myrtle and hyacinths are blooming now. The crocus are done for the year and the spring beauty plants are breaking through the ground. Soon violets, trillium and tulips will be blooming. April 2nd is the annual Park Day where an army of volunteers will gather and cleanup the grounds. The leaves will be raked from the gardens, mulch will be spread and the grounds will be prepared for the various activities and programs. Come to visit and join in the fun of Park Day!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Scaffolding Returns

The construction crew has replaced the bucket lift they used in the fall with old-fashioned scaffolding. It looks like these final phases of the exterior Study Restoration Project will resemble when Lew Wallace first built it. I can just imagine him standing on the grounds, overseeing the final days of construction of the "pleasure-house of his soul".

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Think Green

Top of the morning!

St. Patrick's day find the Museum lawn starting to green up and the siberian squill blooming.

Daffodils are budding and the tulips are sprouting. After a long, ice and snow filled winter, spring cannot come soon enough.

Saturday, April 2nd, is the annual Park Day. In conjunction with Civil War Preservation Trust, Park Day is an opportunity for volunteers to help museum, battlefields, memorials with a variety of jobs. The Museum ground will be cleaned of copious amounts of tree debris, gardens will be raked of their protective layer of leaves, mulch will be spread, perennials and shrubs will be pruned. An army of volunteers will be needed to clean up the 3.5 acres.

Park Day will be held from 9 to 12:30 on Saturday, April 2nd. Bring your rakes and work gloves and join in the fun! Refreshments will be provided to those who participate.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Agents of Deterioration

The 2011 exhibit, Agents of Deterioration, officially opened with a members' sneak preview Friday night.

Guests looked carefully to find one of the featured artifacts in an historic photograph of the Study building as Lew Wallace used it.
Members enjoyed a variety of sweet and savory treats, from sugar cookies to bacon-wrapped dates, as they took in the exhibit.

The wall clings detailing the different agents of deterioration were a focal point of the exhibit. Each graphic consists of a close-up of something on exhibit, making a scavenger hunt that intrigued guests...

...including our youngest visitor!

Come take a close look at the exhibit, open now through December 11.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Anyone on the grounds at the same time as the Grounds Manager will hear an enthusiastic lesson in plant identification as the first sprouts of the season poke above the soil.

Right now they look pretty short and, to the untrained eye (like mine), unrecognizable....

...but soon they'll be beautiful blooming daffodils! We'll also have tulips as spring approaches, and that's just the beginning.