Sunday, March 20, 2011

Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary



Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary is a wet woods a half hour drive from home. If it were a little closer, I would walk there every day from now until mid-May. The forest floor is a constantly changing landscape as the ephemeral spring flowers bloom.  This is where I found the two Harbinger of Spring plants last Saturday.



There is a boardwalk into the woods which leads to a  boardwalk loop so the sanctuary is accessible to those who use wheelchairs, and electric scooters as well as those who use walkers or canes. Young mothers bring their toddlers and push their babies in strollers.

The woods was donated to the park district by J.Scott Garbry.  There is a monument commemorating Scott at the point where the loop meets itself. 

The inscription reads
GOD HAS LENT US THE EARTH FOR OUR LIFE. IT BELONGS AS MUCH TO THOSE WHO COME AFTER US AS TO US.

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