Things to Consider When Designing Your Garden

Posted by: Paige Vandoski, Social Media Intern on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Is there more to putting a garden together besides simply picking pretty plants? You bet! When considering overall garden design: plant placementformcolor and leaf texture all play a vital role in giving a garden a dazzling appearance...

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Mourning Jewelry

Posted by: Nadia Kousari, Collections Specialist on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

In the United States, the Civil War (1861-1865) and economic hardship was taking its toll. Death in the war, high infant mortality, and the hardships of the time all contributed to a communal sense of loss. It was more common to experience death in one’s family than not. During these difficult times, mourning jewelry served as tokens of remembrance and affection.Perhaps one of the most unusual trends of the Victorian era, by today’s standards, is the notion of public mourning. The acceptance of public mourning in Europe was prompted by the death of Prince Albert in 1861. The years following his death were marked by ...

Rain Gardens, Swales, and Barrels: 3 Ways to Combat Stormwater Issues

Posted by: Paige Vandoski, Social Media Intern on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 1:30:00 pm

I was inspired after Jason Donati shared his knowledge about ways we can reduce stormwater runoff at the Garden Fair at Minnetrista on Saturday, June 2nd. Jason is an educator at Muncie/Delaware Stormwater Management and proved to be very knowledgeable in his field. As I listened to him explain every detail including the problems with stormwater, to steps for building your own rain garden and rain barrel, my hope was that the people who attended his session and who read this blog will be inspired to make a difference in their community as well! Why is stormwater a problem in the first place? You’ve probably heard ...

Meet Melia Ross, Farmers Market Blogger

Posted by: Melia Ross, Farmers Market Blogger on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

I guess you could say my infatuation with nature began with a fuchsia. As a child, I spent countless hours in my grandfather’s greenhouse. When he wasn’t looking, my sister and I would pop the bloom right before it was about to open. It would make the most intriguing sound. Inevitably, he would catch us, give us stern look and we knew it was time to find something else to entertain our curiosity. I still remember the earthy smell of potting soil on hot summer days when hours were measured in flats of plants instead of minutes. My grandfather could grow anything and he did. Impatiens. Geraniums. Poinsettias. Each ...

Ashley's Going to Workshop It Out

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:00:00 am

Sometimes I think it’d be fun to have random blog posts to see if people can guess what I do for a living because it is so varied. Some days, I take 25 kids out to the nature area and teach them about how animals and plants adapt to their environment. Other days, I watch documentaries with a group of adults. Then, some days, I facilitate creative workshops for adults. I love the variety. However, the creativity harnessed in the workshops is definitely a highlight for me. I love to be able to use my own creativity while helping others find theirs in a variety of ways. The workshops that Minnetrista offers focus on two ...

5 Tips for a Smoother Wedding Day

Posted by: Amanda Kavars & Stephanie Wiles on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

If you visit Minnetrista in the spring, you notice the buds on the trees, the flowers in bloom, the grass freshly mowed, and the event team gearing up for another wedding season. We know it is every brides dream to have the perfect wedding day. You know the kind, seen on TV with the perfect dress, the perfect flowers, glamorous decorations, and something unique that symbolizes individuality. Let's face it that only happens on TV, and with an unlimited budget. Here are some of our tips for a more enjoyable wedding day. 5. Every event has its hiccups. Expect that it's not going to go perfect. The ring bearer may ...

A Really Big Playroom

Posted by: Maureen Spell from on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

One of my favorite times of the year is spring. Trees begin to bud and blossom, birds are building nests, flowers are blooming, and everything is coming to life after a cold winter. It is the perfect time to go outside and start exploring and noticing all the changes in nature. Our go-to place for our family nature walks is Minnetrista. The East Central Indiana community has a nature study gem so close to home. The Minnetrista campus has multiple gardens and nature areas to explore. Each time we visit, we pick a specific area to observe and enjoy. For our first spring nature walk of the year, we visited the Nature ...

Fire at the Frank C. Ball Home

Posted by: Karen Vincent, Director of Collections on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

“A most heartbreaking thing happened this evening,” wrote Rosemary Ball Bracken in her diary entry of Tuesday, February 28, 1967. That event was the fire that destroyed Rosemary’s childhood home. Rosemary’s parents, Frank and Bessie Ball, built their home on land overlooking the White River in 1894. According to The Morning News of June 27, 1894, “’Minnetrista’ is the name chosen for Ball Bros. tract of land on Riverside. The name means ‘winding waters’ and as the property is situated on the bend of the river the title is very appropriate.” The colonial style house of frame construction had 19 rooms. In 1902, the ...

How Good Are Your Manners?

Posted by: Maureen Spell, guest blogger on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Have you checked out the Good Manners: Everyday Etiquette Past and Present exhibit yet? This exhibit compares etiquette rules from the past to modern-day rules. My family and I stopped in to see how well we measured up. Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them. ~Bill Kelly Miss Minne Manners walks you through the ins and outs of etiquette. She explores manners through four areas of American life: Table Manners At Work Out and About Entertaining at Home You can even email her any questions you might have about manners. We learned that manners are not just a ...

Family Traditions

Posted by: Guest Blogger, Maureen Spell on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Is there a holiday event, meal, or decoration that you look forward to seeing every year? More than likely, that something has become a tradition for you.