National Mushroom Month Continues – Lessons in Fungal Ecology and Conservation

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.

The Joy of Coding: Raspberry Pi edition

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.

Conservation Spotlight: Weeding the Natural Areas

By Sarah ModicBradley, HF&G Natural Resources Specialist Around these parts it’s not all too uncommon to engage in a conversation about your big weekend plans to… weed the garden beds! Much of the horticulture staff devote countless hours throughout the week to weeding Holden’s precious beds, and then return home to tend to their very […]

Top 10 Garden Highlights for July at Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden   This is a walker’s self-guided tour through the Gardens inside-and-out that will help us to discover the magic of local Nature in July.  Every month is a new top-ten list!  COSTA RICA BIOME:  BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR FLOWERS.  July is the best month to view our neo-tropical butterflies.  They love flying in the bright sunlight and sipping nectar from lantana, coralberry […]

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 […]