Pollinator Research at the Arboretum with Dr. Na Wei

By Dr. Na Wei, Holden Research Scientist Why do we care about pollinators? Pollinators are important creatures in natural ecosystems and our daily life because they provide vital services to wild plants and our crops. Pollinators carry and deliver pollen to facilitate plant fertilization to produce fruits and seeds. These fruits serve as food for […]

Exploring the Glasshouse…and My Palate

By Eva Rodriguez, HF&G Interpretive Services Manager Last week, I shared the bounty of Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Costa Rica biome of Smith Glasshouse with the people of Cleveland on Kickin’ it with Kenny, Fox8’s morning show. Glasshouse Horticulturist, Mark Bir was kind enough to harvest a Vietnamese red papaya (Carica papaya), a fruit tree with […]

Science on Friday: Spring phenology monitoring wraps for the year

As spring transitions to summer, we’re wrapping up this year’s spring phenology monitoring in Bole Woods at the Holden Arboretum. Have you heard the term phenology before? Phenology is the study of the timing of natural phenomena – anything that has a seasonal signal. When does Trillium flower? When do hummingbirds arrive in northeast Ohio […]

Science on Friday: Plant–pollinator interactions and the role of the flower microbiome in crabapples

By Na Wei, Holden Research Scientist Today we are continuing our story of ornamental apples (crabapples). Plants are living in a microbial world. They interact not only with microbes in the soil but also the ones living in their flowers. These microbial partners can be beneficial or harmful, and thus hold the key for plant […]

The Murch Canopy Walk and the Kalberer Emergent Tower Open on Tuesday, June 16th

We continue to reopen the Holden Arboretum grounds to visitors looking for summer adventure close to home. The Murch Canopy Walk invites guests on a 500-foot-long elevated walkway that is built 65 feet above the forest floor. The Kalberer Emergent Tower is 120 feet or approximately 12 stories tall that provides a breathtaking view of […]

Exploration of Roses, Family Rosaceae, with Mark Bir

By Mark Bir, HF&G Horticulturist The rose family is diverse, numerous, cosmopolitan.  Of its several thousand members are the apples and pears, peaches and plums apricots and almonds, the raspberries and blackberries and all the brambles, the quinces and medlars and mountain-ash (breathe); the strawberries and cherries, the firethorns and hawthorns and loquats, the lady’s […]

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Holden Forests & Gardens on Sustainability Defined Podcast

Our director of community partnerships, Sandra Albro, was interviewed by Jay Siegel and Scott Breen for the podcast Sustainability Defined, episode 51: “Urban Greening with Sandra Albro”. Sandra talked with Jay and Scott about how urban green space in cities can help achieve multiple community goals, including stormwater management and equitable access to parks. She […]

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Science Friday – Intern program

By Katie Stuble, HF&G Research Scientist As a scientist at the Holden Arboretum, I wear many hats, but one of my favorites is mentor to our summer interns. Each year, Holden’s Research Department brings in students from around the country to join us in our labs, gardens, and forests. These students help us collect valuable […]

The Cleveland Botanical Garden outdoor trails and gardens opening to members and the public on Wednesday, June 10

Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) will welcome members and the general public to the outdoor gardens at The Cleveland Botanical Garden this Wednesday, June 10, 2020. “The outdoor gardens are absolutely beautiful this time of year,” said Jill Koski, president and CEO of Holden Forests and Gardens. “Visiting the botanical garden is a beloved summer […]