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It’s Poppin’: May 24th


The unseasonably high temperatures this week have been a clear reminder that summer is right around the corner. Between grilling, chilling, swimming, or any other Memorial Day weekend activities you might be partaking in this weekend, stop by either of our campuses to catch the late spring and early summer bloomers currently putting on a show.  

Cleveland Botanical Garden 

The highlight of the gardens this week are the rose gardens, both the Historic Rose Garden maintained by the Western Reserve Herb Society as well as the Swetland Rose Garden. Completely renovated in 2022, the Swetland Rose Garden has really flourished this year and is currently packed with roses in every color of the rainbow. If you’re looking for fragrance, make sure to walk through the Historic Rose Garden that is lined with mature, fragrant roses.  

Holden Arboretum 

While the earliest azaleas have faded, later-blooming large-leaved Rhododendrons are still going strong. Check out the Rhododendron Discovery Garden for several interesting varieties, and while you’re there, make sure to keep an eye out for the various peonies in shades of yellow, magenta, and white. 

On your way out to the Discovery Garden, I recommend taking the Western path around Lotus Pond to catch the fringetrees in bloom on the eastern edge of the Wildflower Garden. This eastern US native is a member of the olive family and has extremely fragrant frilly white flowers that are sure to grab your attention on a warm breezy day. Taking this path will also give you the chance to see the Baptisia coming into bloom including the bright yellow flowers of Baptisia ‘Screaming Yellow’, which definitely lives up to its name.  

Alexandra Faidiga

Alexandra Faidiga

Plant Recorder

Alex Faidiga is the Plant Recorder in the Horticulture and Collections Department at HF&G. She earned her Masters degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she studied plant evolutionary ecology and the impacts of climate change on native plants. She was excited to return to her hometown of Cleveland in 2022 to work for HF&G, one of the many places in northeast Ohio where she discovered her love for plants at a young age.

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