Learn More About the Flowering Plant that’s Everywhere: Goldenrods

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 […]

Mushroom Month: Shiitake Cultivation and Land-Connection

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.

Pretty Purple Flowers Everywhere: Late Summer Asters

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 […]

National Mushroom Month: Studying the Fungi Under our Feet

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 […]

Pollinator Series: Late Summer – Tall Purple Flowers and Long Horned Bees

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. […]

All about Pollinators Series: Carpenters ​- BIG ​and ​little ​!

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 […]

Stickwork Opens this Saturday!

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 […]

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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 […]

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. […]

Holden Forests & Gardens’ Operation Tulip brings smiles and tears

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 […]