Holden Forests & Gardens Celebrates Trees Leading up to Arbor Day with Community Plantings, Free Admission, Tree Seedling Giveaway & More
All month long we celebrate the planting, care and preservation of trees. And on Friday April 30th, we have free admission day at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum.
By Caroline Paul, horticulturist, With this unseasonably beautiful weather we have been experiencing here in Northeast Ohio it is hard to ignore the loud knocks of spring...
By Caroline Tait, Vice President of Horticulture and Collections, This spring sees the Sears Swetland Rose Garden, Topiary Garden and Alleé at Cleveland Botanical Garden start their transformation journeys.
By Mark Bir, HF&G Horticulturistl Blue. Underneath that big, blue April sky the color blue nevertheless remains a rare gift when found in nature...
By Ethan Johnson, HF&G Plant Records Curator, This March Margeaux Apple and I are focusing on one of my favorite tasks, cartography. I love maps. Maps are useful for orientation and for planning.
By Annie Rzepka, Director of Arboretum Horticulture, Probably one of the most exciting things that we do every spring here at the Arboretum is a prescribed burn. Prescribed burns are basically planned fires that are used to help manage...
By Margeaux Apple, HF&G Plant Recorder, In 1796, Moses Cleaveland landed on the banks of the Cuyahoga River and surveyed the land that would later bear his name (with a slight spelling adjustment)...
By Bernadette Gallagher, HF&G Gardener, One of my favorite things about working at the Cleveland Botanical Garden is all the things I get to see. The plants and trees are a highlight of course, but there is so much more!
By Lorinda Laughlin, HF&G Gardener, In early 2020, the Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) in the UK announced it will be banning the use of floral foam at all of its events beginning in 2021, including the world-renowned and highly influential...
By Katie Stuble, HF&G Scientist, I had a moment of panic last week. It was the crocuses that did me in, if you can believe it! Well, the crocuses and climate change. I’m a scientist, and an experiment was on the line.
By Rachel Kappler, HF&G Forest Health Coordinator, March 21st is not only the spring solstice but also International Day of Forests, a day of awareness and celebration of our forests started by the United Nations General Assembly.
By Rob Dzurec, Horticulturist, This time of year, we begin propagating plants for the coming summer. And whether growing by seed or cutting, potting media needs to be kept uniformly moist to get the plants off to a good start...
By Sarah Kyker, Postdoctoral Research Associate, The old growth remnant forests in Stebbins Gulch are locations at Holden Arboretum that David Burke and his lab have been studying for years...
By Rick Anielski, Arborist, I think we can all say that the storm we experienced back in early December is still weighing heavy on our minds, especially since the damage it caused is still quite evident...
By Brian Gibbons, Director of Gardens and Glasshouse at botanical garden, In Northeast Ohio, and other regions of the country with similar climate, winter holds trees and shrubs accountable for their actions. One family is resilient, or defiant,
By Alyssa Zearley, My name is Alyssa and I started working at the Holden Arboretum as a nursery technician in January. I help with all parts of plant growing, but my specialty is pest management. I was brought on to help increase the effectiveness
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
Plants are associated with numerous microorganisms in the wild. Some of these microorganisms are beneficial but others, such as pathogens, can be harmful to plants. Thus, maintaining a healthy microbiome is key to plant health.
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
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.
The climate is changing, and with it, so is the natural world. One of the most pressing challenges for ecologists like myself is to understand that change – how we’ve come to be where we are today, and where we might be going in the future.
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.
A lot of science and conservation is learning by doing, so we would like to provide an update on our lady’s slipper orchid conservation project.
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
By Brian Gibbons, Director of Gardens and Glasshouse at CBG The Horticulture team at the Cleveland Botanical Garden continues to clean up damage from the storm on December 1st. There were some “hangers,” a good way up in the specimen
The month of January, with its freezing temperatures and leaf-less trees, is a time when it’s easy to think of nature as dormant. While this might be true for deciduous trees and hibernating animals, this is far from true for soil organisms.
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.
We need your help! The recent snowstorm caused significant damage to our collections. Your gift will help us maintain our living collections and pay for the necessary maintenance and propagation needed to help trees survive.
Orchids are among the most ornamental and diverse groups of plants in the world. We often think of them as epiphytes, growing on trees in the tropics. Many would be surprised to know that there are orchids native to Ohio and that they do not grow in
On November 18th Dr. Juliana Medeiros was invited to make a presentation about the Holden Research Internship Program for The Morton Arboretum virtual workshop: Bridging the Diversity Gap in Plant Science Internships. This workshop represents the
Due to the stay-at-home advisory issued by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the city of Cleveland, the planting of the newly propagated tree from the Jesse Owens Oak that was to take place at Rockefeller Park Lagoon tomorrow, Thursday,
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
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
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
It’s that time of year when the woods turn yellow – or orange and red depending on where you live – and shine with the vibrance of fall color. This perennial autumn display represents the process of nutrient recycling and recovery by trees
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
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
Did you know that the arboretum is a birdwatching hotspot all year round? And, this weekend is the inaugural Global Birding Weekend, a new event devoted to getting outside and recording as many birds as possible.
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
By Connor Ryan Grafting is an ancient technique of joining two distinct plants together. Grafts occur naturally or they can occur through human intervention. In practice, grafting usually involves the joining of the shoots of one plant (termed
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
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
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
September is one of our favorite months in the Holden Forests and Gardens Soil Ecology lab. Why? Because it is National Mushroom Month. Many people celebrate National Mushroom Month by cooking and eating their favorite mushrooms.
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
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
By Juliana Medeiros, HF&G Plant Biologist The Rhododendron Research Network (R-RN) was founded at Holden in 2017 to increase collaboration and dissemination of Rhododendron research, to connect scientists with each other and with plant
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
TOP-TEN GARDEN HIGHLIGHTS for AUGUST 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 August. Every month is a new top-ten list! All
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
By Alexa Wagner, Doctoral Graduate Student Ohio’s forests have changed over the last 200 years. Few old-growth forests remain as much of the land was timbered and cleared for agriculture in the early 19th century. Most forests in the northeastern
By Mary Brennan, HF&G Volunteer and Ohio Volunteer Pollinator Specialist Hello again! So, did you see any Bumble Bees
By Mary Brennan, HF&G Volunteer and Ohio Volunteer Pollinator Specialist Summer is in full swing with warm days, lots of sunshine, a bright display of a multitude of flowers and the sweet drone of bees flying from blossom to blossom. It's not
By Katie Stuble, HF&G Research Scientist You’ve heard the phrase “the early bird gets the worm”. We use it to indicate that getting somewhere first can come with big benefits. It’s snagging the choicest donuts in the office lunchroom, or the
By Mary Ann Wagner, HF&G Volunteer Mid July brings a riot of color to the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden at the Holden Arboretum. There are also “flying flowers” – butterflies – which bring an extra dimension to the 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
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
By Mary Brennan, HF&G Volunteer and Ohio Volunteer Pollinator Specialist Greetings to all! Now that we know a little of what pollination is, I thought it might be helpful to be able to pick out just what is flying around the flowers. Not
By Rebecah Troutman, HF&G Natural Areas Biologist Our team handles the birds we study with the utmost care. Here’s a little more about how we net and handle the juncos: Birds are captured in mist nets (very fine-strand nets that are
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
By Mary Brennan, HF&G Volunteer and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist In this week's post, we’ll talk about what pollination is. Let’s begin with the flower. Whether it’s a flower on a tree, bush, grass, food crop or in a forest, field or
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
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
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
By Mary Brennan This week we are celebrating “ National Pollinator Week." Now I like celebrations sure, but pollinators? And a whole week? What’s up with that? Who or what are they – what’s so important to warrant a whole week, and what’s it to
As spring transitions to summer, we’re wrapping up this year’s spring phenology monitoring in Bole Woods at the Holden Arboretum. Have you heard the term phenology before? Phenology is the study of the timing of natural phenomena – anything that has
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
We continue to reopen the Holden Arboretum grounds to visitors looking for summer adventure close to home. The Murch Canopy Walk invites guests on a 500-foot-long elevated walkway that is built 65 feet above the forest floor. The Kalberer
By Mark Bir, HF&G Horticulturist The rose family is diverse, numerous, cosmopolitan. Of its several
By Katie Stuble, HF&G Research Scientist As a scientist at the Holden Arboretum, I wear many hats, but one of my favorites is mentor to our summer interns. Each year, Holden’s Research Department brings in students from around the country to
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
By Dawn Gerlica, HF&G Horticulturist It’s now June and hopefully the weather will finally cooperate to allow all the warm season crops to get started. If your garden is not fully planted yet, don’t fret. Gardens are very forgiving and not
Holden Forests & Gardens condemns the violence against Black Americans and other people of color that causes them to be unsafe in outdoor spaces and in our communities. Our vision is that all communities will be transformed into vibrant
By Rory Schiafo, HF&G Research Specialist If you have been hiking on the Bole Woods loop in the last two years, you may have noticed some strange white pipes sticking out of the ground, or perhaps a group of eager young ecologists measuring
Get close to nature with hundreds of acres of beautiful gardens and miles of woodland trails Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) will welcome the public to The Holden Arboretum beginning this Thursday, May 28, 2020. “We are excited to reopen
By Sharon Danielson, Doctoral Graduate Student As urban areas expand, they leave isolated forest patches in their wake. The effects of urban areas such as higher temperatures, water flow changes, and increased pollution are not limited to the
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
In observance of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, a tree was planted today at our Arboretum campus. Our Holden Police department and horticulture crew came together to pay tribute to all of our local, state and federal peace officers who serve
By Juliana S. Medeiros, HF&G Research Scientist As a plant scientist I am often asked the question, “What is your favorite plant species?” The truth is, I can’t pick just one. What I love about plants is their diversity, so, this is the story
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
By Randy Long, HF&G postdoctoral researcher Invasive species. The term brings to mind organisms that have been moved around by people, either accidentally or for a purpose, that are now causing problems. For example, here in Ohio we are
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
Arboretum Reopening Holden Forests & Gardens will begin to welcome members to the Holden Arboretum on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The general public will be welcomed back within approximately two weeks after this date as we continue to slowly and
By Juliana Medeiros, Plant Biologist I never viewed myself as a math person, let alone a computer coder. I have always loved nature, animals and plants, these are what drew me to plant biology. But somehow, coding has become one of my
By Dawn Gerlica, Lantern Court Horticulturist About Victory Gardens During World War I and II, citizens were encouraged to plant backyard gardens to help reduce the need to ration food. These gardens were known as Victory Gardens. Whether it is
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
On Arbor Day 2020, celebrate virtually with us and plant a native tree, or choose a special place in your yard to plant a future tree. To plant your tree properly with the best chances for decades of enjoyment, we have created this Tree Care Quick
"Perhaps as we are forced now to pause from our normal routine and the connections with our human communities, we can take the time to explore and rekindle new connections to nature and the life we share this planet with." -David Burke, Ph.D.,
By David Burke, Ph.D. Vice President for Science and Conservation for Holden Forests & Gardens We began our long-term climate research in Stebbins Gulch in 2006. Our goal was to monitor how plants and soil fungi that associate with plant
By Rebecah Troutman, HF&G Natural Areas Biologist One of the early signs of life after a seemingly long winter is spring ephemerals. What is a spring ephemeral? A spring ephemeral is a wildflower that comes up in early Spring (once the
By Na Wei, Holden Research Scientist Plants are living in a microbial world. They interact not only with microbes in the soil but also the
In 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska, J. Sterling Morton had the idea to set aside a day for planting trees to improve the environment and beautify the landscape. On what became the first Arbor Day, 1 million trees were planted. Today, the holiday is
By Ethan Johnson, Plant Records Curator While many species of viburnum exist, none are more sweetly scented than Viburnum carlesii, the Korean spice viburnum. This slow growing, rounded delight, grows about 8 feet tall with a spread of up to 11
Meet Caroline Tait - Holden Forests & Gardens welcomes a new vice president of horticulture and collections.
By Kristen Hampshire Capturing the wonder of outdoors is a pastime and profession for Caroline Tait, who recalls childhood days pottering with grandparents in the garden and exploring nature in her native England. “I was always drawn to