By Becah Troutman, HF&G Natural Areas Biologist, As Valentine’s Day comes and goes, one can’t help but be reminded of the Bleeding Heart plant (Lamprocapnos spectabilis). It is a beautiful plant originally from Asia with a tragic love story behind it.
One of the most significant things we can do to combat the effects of a changing climate right here in Northeast Ohio is to plant a tree. Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) is launching a new initiative called People for Trees to make it easier for each of us to get involved with this solution.
By Dawn Gerlica, Lantern Court Horticulturist, While it’s easy to get caught up in the negatives of below normal temperatures and the work of shoveling out after a winter storm, there are still many things to find outside that are beautiful.
By Mark Bir, HF&G Horticulturist, Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the flowers featured at the botanical garden’s Orchids Forever with HF&G Horticulturist Mark Bir.
The bitter cold may have settled in but that has not stopped the Arboretum Horticulture and Collections Team from getting outside.
By Megan Herrmann, master’s student at Cleveland State University: The current biodiversity crisis seen in headlines has many overarching implications for ecosystems worldwide. Humans frequently aid in the dispersal of nonnative species through both accidental and intentional introductions.
by Gary Weinheimer, HF&G Collections Maintenance Supervisor & Sharon Graper, HF&G Director of Education: Every few years our Horticulture Department receives a request from the Education Dept. to supply them with material for their volunteers to cut tree cookies.
By Connor Ryan, HF&G Rhododendron Collections Manager: At Holden Forests and Gardens’ David G. Leach Research Station, one of the many things we do is breed rhododendrons.
By Juliana Medeiros, When we consider the major challenges facing humanity today, it is exciting to think that plants can provide a myriad of sustainable solutions. Problems with water quality, our dependence on fossil fuels, food insecurity…
Holden Forest & Gardens will open one of its most popular annual experiences Orchids Forever at the Cleveland Botanical Garden on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The show will run through Sunday, April 11th.
By Alexa Wagner, Doctoral Graduate Student
One of Northeast Ohio’s most charismatic consumer of plants within our forests is the white-tailed deer. Perhaps you’ve even noticed their impacts in your own backyard garden.
Holden Forests & Gardens second scientist lecture in the Growing Black Roots: The Black Botanical Legacy series was with Dr. Morgan Halane from the National Park Service. Dr. Halane shared a deeply personal look at his experience as a Black person navigating interest and study in the field of science with nearly 150 participants on […]
By Katie Stuble, HF&G Research Scientist
Our forests are not only beautiful, but also environmental powerhouses, pumping out oxygen, filtering runoff, and storing carbon that would otherwise collect in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. In fact, forests are our most promising tool to naturally mitigate climate change. But, not all forests are created equal and they vary in their ability to take up and store carbon.
Glow Features an Outdoor Celebration of Lights, Trees and Festive Holiday Experiences
Popular holiday tradition will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all
Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will delight the senses and transport visitors into a safe holiday wonderland outside and in, all season-long beginning on Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, January 3, 2021.
At Holden, my job focuses mostly on conducting plant science research. I really love conducting research! There is something thrilling about an unexpected result or a result that answers a long burning question. I even love the months (or years) of data collection that are necessary to answer a research question. But, this week I brought Holden’s research into two different classrooms and it was equally thrilling!
As Rhododendron collections manager at Holden Forests and Gardens I wear many ericaceous hats, but at the core of my job is curating the Holden Rhododendron Collection. This role differs from most of the other folks in the Holden Research Department, who are actively trying to create new knowledge and solve problems. My job is to build a plant collection that facilitates this.
Crabapples, the wild apple species and cultivars (Malus spp.), are important members of the rose family. Crabapples produce profuse blossom (Fig. 1) and small fruits (Fig. 2)1. Many crabapples are cultivated as ornamental trees or rootstocks, and their apples can be used for preserves1. Common crabapples1 (Fig. 1) include the European crabapple (Malus sylvestris), the Caucasian crabapple (Malus orientalis), the Siberian crabapple (Malus baccata), and the crabapples native to North American such as Malus angustifolia, Malus coronaria, Malus ioensis, and Malus fusca.
When many sugar maple, American beech, and a single red oak tree were harvested from Working Woods last year at this time, quite a few tree-tops were left over. This presented us with an opportunity: to reclaim some logs for mushroom cultivation. After all, nothing is wasted in a truly sustainable system, and Working Woods is meant to be a living laboratory and demonstration site for landowners to explore sustainable options for woodland management.
My name is Claudia and I’m the newest member of the team here at the Long Science Center at Holden Arboretum. I’m a recent graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Master of Science in Forest Pathology and Mycology. I am joining Holden Forests and Gardens to continue my education and earn my Ph.D. through a joint program with Case Western Reserve University. My research centers on a type of fungi known as mycorrhizal fungi.
When I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in ecological research and education I knew that there were a lot of new skills that I was going to learn as I obtained my bachelor’s degree and eventually a PhD. I knew I was going to learn how to develop questions, and design research experiments. Although I learned those things during my journey to becoming a postdoctoral researcher, there were many skills that I also developed that I had never even thought would be necessary.