HF & G Blog

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

National Peace Officers Memorial Day Tree Planting

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

How genus Rhododendron became my favorite plant species

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

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

What makes a native tree become invasive?

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

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

Arboretum reopening to members May 12: Reservations required

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

Coding in plant biology, who knew?

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

How to Start Your Own Victory Garden--Step 1: Starting & Sowing Your Seeds

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

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

Happy Arbor Day! After you plant your new tree, here's a toolkit to help you care for it

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

For the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day: Renew Respectful Connections to the Natural World

"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.,

Long-term Research in Forest Ecology in Stebbins Gulch

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

Spring Ephemerals...Now You See Them, Soon You Won't

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

Research Spotlight: Exploring Fire Blight in Ornamental Apple Trees

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

April is for Arbor Day - Holiday raises awareness of the importance of trees

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

Korean Spice Viburnum –Viburnum carlesii - Discover a fabulous shrub for spring fragrance

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

A world-class experience isn’t complete without the lively creatures that call Holden Forests & Gardens home.

By Rebecca Thompson, Manager of Academic Programs Small, but sweet and filled with life, Arcilochus colubris, or ruby-throated hummingbirds, are but one of the magnificent aerial wonders visitors can discover at Holden Forests & Gardens