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A view from the beach of the crisp blue water, rocky shoreline and soil colors of Acadia National Park

The Soil Colors of Acadia National Park

Our interview series celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service in the United States and the important role soil plays in these parks continues. We head over to the most eastern state to speak with NRCS, South Paris Maine … Continue reading

The Soil Colors of the National Parks

August 25th, 2016 marked the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service in the United States. In celebration of this historic event, we continue the efforts of others to drawn attention to the importance soil plays in the vitality of these parks. By showcasing the beautiful soil colors of the parks, we can better understand and appreciate the soils surrounding us. Soil color is not just an indicator of the makeup of the soil in a certain region, it can also help to indicate what the soil can be used for, whether it be for food production, maintaining, restoring or rebuilding ecosystems, conserving and promoting biodiversity, viability for water systems, classification of artifacts and more. Soil is the often overlooked “skin of the earth,” so let us “dig” deep and discover. Continue reading

Arches of colors from indigo, to blue, to green to yellow, orange, red and maroon

Color in a New Light Exhibition

We sat down with Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi, Reference Librarian at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, to talk about the exhibit, Color in a New Light. The exhibition follows the theme of color through the vast collections … Continue reading

A Review of the Nickerson Horticultural Fan Deck

This review of the Nickerson Horticultural Fan Deck first appeared in, The Bulletin of Popular Information of the Arnoldia Arboretum, Harvard University, September 20th, 1957. It is still relevant today to show the reasoning behind creating a color standard for Horticulturalists … Continue reading