Holden researcher Na Wei Ph. D spends her time with the extensive crabapple collection at Holden. She is working to figure out how disease is transmitted and how disease resistance occurs. Such discovery will help sustain crabapple trees into the future.
By Dawn Gerlica, Horticulturist Cyclamen Even though we have seen our first snow and many trees and perennials have already gone dormant, there are still a few beauties out there that shine and laugh at the approaching winter. This Cyclamen hederifolium, ivy-leaved cyclamen, is still in bloom and showing off. You can find these plants […]
By Dawn Gerlica, Horticulturist The burst of smiling yellow blooms in every field seem to be saying goodbye to summer and welcome to autumn. This is the season of goldenrod. Solidago, commonly called goldenrods, is a genus of about 100 to 120 species of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae. Most are herbaceous perennial […]
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.
By Annie Rzepka, Horticulturist While we display many different types of asters at the Arboretum, some of our best will be in full bloom in the next month. You can find New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden and in the Arlene and Arthur Holden Butterfly Garden. New England asters […]
By Sarah Carrino-Kyker We are continuing to celebrate National Mushroom Month! Mushrooms and other sporocarps are great and certainly worth celebrating, but they are a short stage in the fungal life cycle. Much of a fungus’s life is spent below ground as hyphae. Hyphae are filamentous (or thread-like) structures with an average size of only […]
By Horticulturist Hilary Wright Did you know Ohio has native prairie habitats? These are indigenous habitats to Ohio, most of which are on the western part of the state. Lucky for us, there’s one in our ‘backyard’ here at the Arboretum. Part of the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden, the prairie habitat was established beginning […]
Today we have gardening insights and tips from two of our horticulturists: Nick, who tells us about some of the best veggies to plant now, and Dawn who tells us about an unusual sight in nature and why it occurs!
As we prepare to open the “Tilt-a-Whirl” installation for Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork, the team at Holden Forests & Gardens would like to thank our volunteers who worked alongside Patrick and his son Sam to create the work of art.
By Mary Brennan, HF&G Volunteer and Ohio Volunteer Pollinator Specialist Each season has its treasures and late summer does not disappoint! It is a time of tall stately blossoms reaching for the golden sun. Look and you’ll see cheerful yellows, burnished golds and regal purples, all with their own pollinators eagerly gathering pollen and nectar. […]
Wednesday IS Sauce Day! To our horticulturist Dawn Gerlica who has lead us with her Victory Gardening Series, when faced with that first flush of tomatoes from the garden, it means it’s time to take a day to make spaghetti sauce. Although there are as many ways as there are recipes to make sauce, this […]
Welcome to prime time “World of Pollinators”! July , August and September are such active months – flowers are celebrating with their riotous blooms of bright colors and lucious aromas, and the pollinators are taking full advantage! Have you noticed an increase in the activity- that lovely summer song of buzzing bees, the swooshing of […]
Over the past few weeks, we’ve learned why we need pollination and the importance of pollinators such as bees, wasps and butterflies. Although bees are the most efficient pollinators, moths are another group of pollinators, closely related to butterflies in the order Lepidoptera. As a general rule, butterflies are diurnal, meaning they fly during the […]
Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) will open an outdoor sculpture experience at the Holden Arboretum on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork – twisting mazes, towering castles and hedges full of faces – have been featured in more than 300 locations around the world from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the […]
By Connor Ryan, HF&G Rhododendron Collections Manager One of my favorite parts of my job as Rhododendron Collections Manager is plant propagation – creating and growing new plants for our grounds and for our patrons. This is a routine part of the work all public gardens do. We propagate plants to display on our grounds, […]
Did you plant a new tree earlier this spring? Is it showing signs of transplant stress such as wilting, browning or curling leaves, drooping foliage or early fall color? Does the soil surrounding the trunk look like the surface of the moon? If so, it’s likely that it is not be receiving adequate water. Newly […]
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 […]
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. […]
Tulips (Tulipa) form a genus of spring-blooming perennial herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes. The flowers are usually large and brightly colored shades of red, pink, yellow, or white. Tulips are one of the world’s most popular flowers and a welcome sign of spring. Each October, the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s horticulture staff plants tens of thousands of tulips […]