Two years ago, the Phillips Academy Biology Department, with the help of the Phillips Academy Office of Physical Plant (especially with Russell Stott, Senior Manager--Campus Design, Sustainability & Grounds), established five experimental garden plots on a portion of the Gelb lawn just north of the Gelb Science Center.  Each of these plots are small, roughly 15' x 4' in size, but are protected from the usual groundskeeping activities that keep the surrounding PA lawns in such good

Cemeteries are fascinating places. Plots of land where, traditionally, humans bury the dead, they sometimes serve as places that almost exist out of time, preserving a record of the people who lived in the adjoining communities going back to the first settling of the area by humanity.  Often quiet, well-tended but also protected and largely devoid of people, cemeteries sometimes serve as areas that straddle the developed and natural world.  In that capacity, they can be home to a

Dragonflies are remarkable beasties......proto-typically big "bug" eyes, four see-through wings, catchy coloration and interesting and complex flight patterns, these nasty insect predators can be seen all over the place flitting about picking off smaller insects for a quick meal or perching precariously at the end of a grass stalk.  Since we started the experimental garden plots over next to the Gelb Science Building (north side), dragonflies have shown up in the area in