Back on McKinley, head to Union and turn right. About a quarter of a mile down, across from the intersection of Summit and Union, a creek flows on the right. Along its banks grow patches of phlox and bluebells.
Our tour starts at the Hampton Ave. roundabout. Walk down Wells Drive past Carr Lane Dr. On your left, you’ll see the Successional Forest. Climbing the hill toward the Jewel Box roundabout, you’ll pass by an area of the forest where some 5,000 plugs will be planted in May.
Continue on Union to Grand Dr. Turn left onto Grand. Before you reach Cricket Field is Deer Lake Savannah on your left, site of the August 27 tour. If you go in the morning, you’ll see fresh blooms of spiderwort. The blooms last until evening when they fade, only to be replaced by fresh blooms in the morning.
At Cricket, turn left and go to the roundabout in front of the Muny. Go around the roundabout to return to McKinley. Between McKinley and Concourse, after you cross the bridge, is another recently restored area.
On April 30, you’ll get your first opportunity to meet Wibbenmeyer as he takes you on an expert-led wildflower walk through Round Lake Vista, an area of the Park that he and other Forest Park Forever Nature Reserve staff members, volunteers and partner organizations have been restoring for the past several years. Future guided walking tours are scheduled for May 28 (Kennedy Forest), August 27 (Deer Lake Savanna), and September 24 (returning to Round Lake Vista).
Explore along the bike trail to see celandine poppy, Jacob’s ladder, bloodroot planted from seed, trillium transplanted from the Kennedy Forest, site of the May 28 tour. Dutchman’s breeches and the appropriately named harbinger of spring, both planted from seed, round out the wildflower features of this wooded area.
But the Park’s wildflowers are not just pretty — they are essential components of the Park’s ecosystem, Nature Reserve Steward Josh Wibbenmeyer says.
The selection is extremely well-rounded—there’s a strain here for everyone —photoperiods and autoflowers, genetics with high THC levels and fruity terpene profiles, the ones for buds drowning in resin or for branches heavy with rock-solid flowers, you name it!
Before digging into why Grandmommy Purple should be the next strain on your grow list, let’s talk about Herbies Seeds. Already a well-established seed retailer in the cannabis market, Herbies has cracked the code of what a modern grower wants:
The launch of Herbies’ very own seed bank has been incredibly exciting news for growers of all skill levels. It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite strain from Herbies… almost. It’s hard not to fall in love with Grandmommy Purple—a strain that’s incredibly potent while somehow also as sweet as pie. You might find yourself torn between keeping the buds whole for their gorgeous bag appeal or taking advantage of all that sticky resin for ultra- potent concentrate.
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Why You Should Check Out Herbies
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Spanish breeders have put their heads together to create a new phenotype from parents Big Bud and Purple Urkle. Truly a powerful combination, the resulting Grandmommy Purple is an Indica-dominant (80 percent) hybrid with skyscraping potency ranging from 28 to 33 percent THC—a level that very few strains in the world reach.
All About Grandmommy Purple
It won’t be long before the effects of Grandmommy Purple start to envelop you like a handmade quilted blanket. Her Indica-heavy ancestry makes for a clear-headed euphoric experience punctuated by deep-seated relaxation. Ready to cuddle under the blankets on the couch watching a movie? Or are you simply ready to crawl into bed? Whatever your weekend chill-out plans are, Grandmommy Purple’s elevated entourage effect will always achieve the perfect state of medicated relaxation.
Herbies’ newly-released Grandmommy Purple is already a hit among customers—over the last few months, the seeds have rapidly risen to stardom as the currently best-selling variety in the Herbies store. What makes this strain so prolific, you might ask?
Genovese basil, rosemary, clary sage, purple sisho, sunspot-mix marigold, and hollyhock: the names on the seed packets are enough to make one swoon. This is what motivates gardeners to gather on a bone-chilling Sunday to trade seeds. One of the big advantages of the swap was the chance for newcomers to get some practical how-to advice. Demonstrations included how to sow seeds indoors and out, and how to care for seedlings.
In addition, a swap gives gardeners the chance to discover a seed they might never have tried as well as the ability to learn about seeds that might have worked well for other gardeners in this growing zone.
“I always have way too many squash seeds from store-bought packets so I’m looking to swap some of them for things like beans, herbs or tomatoes,” explained Michelle Woehrle, a board member at the community garden.
This is over and above the economic advantage. “When you buy a pack of seeds it might be three or four dollars for tomato seeds, but when you buy a tomato plant, that’s like three or four dollars right there,” said Debbie Kong, a community garden board member.
A seed swap is basically a bartering event. Gardeners trade seeds they can’t use for seeds they’d like to get. There are a wide variety of seeds traded including herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Seeds are exchanged by those who have an excess of one plant variety for something else they’d like to try.
Hoping to capture one of these spots were Jen Sherdan and Matt Gaspar who live in a 500-foot condo in the village. “We usually buy stuff from community-supported agriculture such as Door to Door Organics,” Matt said “We thought it would be fun to grow our own.”
As you grab your shovel to clear the next snowfall, take heart. Somewhere in Forest Park, there are gardeners already sowing seeds. Outside. Above ground. In plastic milk containers.
The process is called winter sowing. And it is one of many ideas introduced to gardeners by the staff of the Forest Park Community Garden at last Sunday’s annual seed swap.