The surprising way Jack-in-the-Pulpit initiates pollination…

By Sarah Kyker, HF&G Research Associate Some of the most fun stories we have in science are about surprising discoveries. Most people think of these as “eureka” moments. We can picture a scientist in a lab seeing something unexpected and shouting with excitement. “Eureka!” But, in science, these “eureka” moments don’t really exist. When we […]

Victory Garden Series: Nothing Beats a Homegrown Tomato!

By HF&G Horticulturist Dawn Gerlica One of the most common reasons people decide to start home vegetable gardens is to get good tomatoes. Science has developed tomatoes for grocery stores that are easier to transport across the country without becoming mush, but those little golf ball mimics are missing the taste and texture of a […]

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: 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 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 […]

Exploring the Magnolia Hybrids of David G. Leach

By Connor Ryan, HF&G Rhododendron Collections Manager As the Rhododendron Collections Manager at Holden Forests & Gardens, I have the exciting job of carrying on the legacy of the late David G. Leach. Most of this revolves around the numerous Rhododendron hybrids David created and named, many of which are housed at Holden’s David G. […]

Victory Gardening Series: How to Grow Asparagus

By Dawn Gerlica, HF&G Horticulturist If you purchased asparagus crowns this spring and are now wondering what to do with them, you’ve come to the right place. Asparagus requires some odd planting techniques differing from most of other garden vegetables, but if done right, you will have a crop to harvest for the next 20 […]

Victory Gardening Series: How to Grow Onions

By Dawn Gerlica, HF&G Horticulturist In our Victory Gardening series, we explore how to plant your own vegetable garden during these uncertain times. This week, we are exploring the delicious world of onions, for all of those home-cooked meals yet to be made! It’s time to plant onions. Most onions need a longer growing season […]