Lynden Blog

October 11, 2011 | Willy

Photo: Margy Stratton.

More than 50 of us gathered on the evening of September 27 to meet Amy Wilson, author of When Did I Get Like This? Amy read from her book, talked about her experiences as a writer and mother of three, and fielded plenty of questions. The evening began with some fervid socializing (time to catch up!) over wine and hors d'oeuvres, and ended with a booksigning. Special thanks to Margy Stratton for organizing the event; we'll keep you posted about upcoming guest speakers.

Photo: Margy Stratton.

October 7, 2011 | Willy

Artists David Robbins (ably assisted by Alec Regan of American Fantasy Classics), Tobias Madison, Kaspar Müller, Hannah Weinberger, Lucas Knipscher, Anicka Yi, Matt Sheridan Smith, Nicholas Frank, Michelle Grabner, and Brad Killam were on hand in the period leading up to the opening to create and install work for Dressing the Monument. Tobias Madison, David Robbins and curators Piper Marshall and John Riepenhoff gave talks at MIAD (some hosted by Nicholas Frank), and several of the artists talked to visitors to Lynden, including a tour comprised of Katie Martin's students from the UWM Peck School of the Arts.

Alec Regan works on David Robbins's "Open-Air Writing Desk."
Alec Regan works on David Robbins's Open-Air Writing Desk at Lynden Sculpture Garden. (photo is by David Robbins.)

One and a half of the Madison/Müller swings were installed in the dark with the help of their fellow artists and friends; everything was bright in the gallery where Lynden staff members Sergio Salinas and Patrick Kernan assisted with the installation.
Collaboration between Tobias Madison & Kaspar Müller.

Collaboration between Tobias Madison & Kaspar Müller.

Collaboration between Tobias Madison & Kaspar Müller.

September 20, 2011 | Willy


The rain garden in the parking lot is looking particularly colorful at this time of year. Dave Treske of Breezy Hill Nursery took these photos; the garden was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.






September 13, 2011 | Willy

Aquatic plants.

Aquatic plants.

Christine recaps Saturday's event:

"The aquatic planting day in Little Lake was a success!

A big thanks goes out to the ten people who volunteered their time to plant over 200 aquatic plants in the shallow water along the shoreline of Little Lake. Five different types were planted in the lake: pickerel plant, northern blue-flag iris, sweet-flag iris, water plantain, and arrowhead. All of the plants chosen are native to Wisconsin and were grown in Wisconsin; the arrowhead was actually harvested from our own Mud Lake! These plants can grow in up to 14” of water, so they will remain along the shoreline and will not grow out to the center of the lake.

The goals of the plantings are to establish an aquatic buffer zone along the perimeter of the lake, to provide competition for nutrients with algae, and to shade a portion of the sediments thereby inhibiting filamentous algal growth. One bale of barley straw was also recently sunk to help inhibit filamentous algal growth as the straw decomposes.

The next phase of shoreline restoration will involve on-shore plantings around the lake. These plants will help to filter water of nutrients and debris before entering the lake basin, provide habitat for birds and butterflies, and even help to deter geese that are afraid there may be predators lurking in the prairie plants surrounding the lake.

Stay tuned for stage two volunteer opportunities next spring!"

Aquatic plants.

Aquatic plants.

September 9, 2011 | Willy

Little Lake filled.

The Little Lake has been refilled...

Little Lake filled.

The waterfall running!

and the waterfall is running!

The waterfall running!

In the pictures below, you can see the first two aquatic plants in the pond, courtesy of Christine Kozik.

The first of the aquatic plants.

The first of the aquatic plants.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 10, is Aquatic Planting Day at Lynden, which means free admission to the sculpture garden for volunteer aquatic gardeners who join Christine to plant more aquatics. Click the link for more info, and we'll see you tomorrow!

September 8, 2011 | Willy

Last winter, as part of our Inside/Outside exhibition series, artists Eddee Daniel and Philip Krejcarek erected a series of works on the grounds at Lynden. Some of those works are still up, and, as Eddee discovered today while walking the grounds, have been integrated into the life of the garden even more than we expected! While usually we have a strict "no climbing" policy, in this case we'll have to make an exception.

Photo by Eddee Daniel.

Photo by Eddee Daniel.

Thanks to Eddee Daniels for the photos.

August 24, 2011 | Willy

Last week, the Little Lake was excavated...





and gravel was poured in and spread.




Next up: Aquatic Planting Day and a new recirculating pump to fill the lake!

August 15, 2011 | Willy

Last Wednesday, on the closing day of their Inside/Outside exhibition, Inverse, artists Amy Cropper and Stuart Morris led a tour through the garden, discussing their own work as well as sculptures by other artists. Another former Inside/Outside artist, Philip Krejcarek, was in attendance, and he sent us these wonderful pictures he took during the event.

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

August 10, 2011 | Willy

Kate Balsley's "Anima Mundi" was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Rural Route Film Festival in New York. She used her Suitcase funds to attend the festival, meet fellow filmmakers and environmental activists, and to tell people about Milwaukee's supportive film community.

August 8, 2011 | Polly

Last fall we drained the Little Lake, harvested the algae from the bloom , and used it for compost and papermaking. In the late spring we removed as much algae as we could and refilled the pond for the summer season and invited Christine to make a plan to control the bloom. At Lynden, we are constantly balancing the aesthetic imperative—our desire to maintain the landscape that Peg and Harry Bradley created—with out commitment to sustainability. Large buffer zones and aggressive aquatic plantings might make a bigger dent in the algae problem, but they would also radically alter the look of the pond and the area around it. With this in mind, and with lots of consultation with Lynden staff, Christine developed a plan.

drain stage 2


What can be done to control algae blooms?

Small ponds pose one of the biggest challenges to management but I have proposed a number of measures that are in the process of being approved and implemented. Elimination of lawn fertilization has been in place for a few years and will help to reduce nutrient run-off into the basin. Here are the highlights of the proposed plan that will help to reduce the prevalence of algae blooms:

1. Drain and dredge the lake. Dredging the lake will take place once the lake is drained and consists of removing the existing pea gravel and a portion of the sediments. This will remove some of the nutrients from the system in addition to some algae spores.

2. Submerge barley straw. Hydrogen peroxide and other enzymes/chemicals are released when barley straw decomposes in the presence of oxygen. The decomposition products inhibit algal growth, but do not kill existing cells.

3. Install a reciruculating pump. A recirculating pump will allow for continuous movement of water and help to discourage surface bloom formation while maintaining a more uniform oxygen concentration. The pump will encourage decomposition of the barley straw and will, with the help of the wind, circulate the products of decomposition throughout the basin. It will also enable us to run the waterfall on a regular basis!

4. Shoreline restoration.
Phase 1: Aquatic plants. Emergent aquatic plants will trap nutrients while shading the lake bottom, thereby reducing the surface area on which benthic (bottom-loving) algae can grow. These plants not only provide essential habitat for wildlife (frogs, turtles, some birds), but also stabilize the shoreline and provide a barrier to the organic matter that blows in from the lawn.
Phase 2: Shoreline plants. Plants that grow along the shoreline are adapted to wet or moist soils. Like emergent aquatic plants, shoreline plants encourage wildlife (birds and butterflies), stabilize the shoreline (they have deeper root systems than lawn turf) and help to block terrestrial organic matter. Moreover, geese are less likely to “hang out” by a shoreline where predators lurk.

Care will be taken to use plants native to Wisconsin, and which were raised in Wisconsin, to
maintain the ecological integrity of Little Lake.

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