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It’s Poppin’: April 19th


It’s absolutely poppin’ out there! Don’t let the grey skies keep you from a technicolored adventure this weekend.

At the Cleveland Botanical Garden, it’s tulip time!  Yes, there are other things blooming, but I was so inspired by the allee planting, the tulips in the Western Reserve Herb Society Garden, and in the gateway garden, I just couldn’t get enough tulips this week.  Come now- they are at absolute peak!

At the Arboretum, the next round of wildflowers are up.  Find white, red and toadshade trilliums.  Take a trip to the rhododendron gardens, where the early blooming azaleas and rhododendron like PJM are really putting on a strong show. Lilacs are just opening up and should start to fill the air this weekend- don’t’ be afraid to step off the path and sink your nose in the blooms! Finally, the yellow magnolias and the pink saucer magnolias are in peak bloom- look for magnolias scattered around the campus, but they are especially showy in the display garden.

P.J.M. Rhododendron
Tom Arbour, M.En.

Tom Arbour, M.En.

Curator of Living Collections

As Curator of Living Collections at Holden Forests and Gardens, Tom guides the acquisition and documentation of more than 20,000 plants and trees at Cleveland Botanical Garden and The Holden Arboretum. Significant arboretum collections include oak, crabapple, maple, conifers, and Ohio wildflowers. At the Cleveland Botanical Garden, two biome-based glasshouses contain plants of the Madagascar spiny forest and a rich neotropical rainforest community. Tom is particularly interested in connecting with those wanting to use Holden’s living collections for research. Please contact Tom to learn more about the broad collection of trees and plants at our two campuses.

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