June 21, 2022

Behind-the-Scenes of the Cleveland Botanical Garden's Newest Exhibit

 

We caught up with artist Rachel Hayes for a Q&A about the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s stunning new summer exhibit Awake in Every Sense opening Saturday, June 25th

What can visitors expect when they come to see your installation at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens?

Graphic site-lines of color are installed throughout the gardens to highlight interesting points, long distances, and keep the eyes searching while walking the various trails. The sewn works will interact with the weather on any given day. The work may be gently swaying with the wind, or catch light dappling through the trees. When I am with my work outdoors, and notice these small moments of interaction, I become more present and in the moment, and I hope others have unique experiences as well, even if they are fleeting.

How did the plants and trees in the outdoor gardens inspire you?

The botanical garden provides a distinctive environment for me to respond to, including impressive tree heights, dynamic angles, and a rich color palette. This is an exhilarating way to work as an artist, because I am not starting with a ‘blank canvas’, rather I am presented with a different set of opportunities and constraints to consider, as well as taking the weather into account. I won’t be using any poles or trusses, and I’ll go to great lengths to minimize my footprint.

I also thought about how all the colors will interact with nature’s palette of greens and earth tones. I think it will be striking, not unlike seeing blooms or sunsets peeking through the landscape. We are letting the trees dictate where the work hangs, since we are depending on them for their strength and height, while of course, taking good care to be gentle.

What do you love most about plants and trees?

The trees and plants are delightful follies to collaborate with, and as much as we (installation team) plan how the installation will go, I am sure we will also be using our intuition and beautiful moments that we can’t even anticipate are sure to reveal themselves. This is what I love most about working with and around plants and trees. We will be working in the present, and in the moment together.

Rachel Hayes was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hayes received her BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Often using fabric to create large-scale work, she is interested in inserting color and form into both built and natural environments. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Award in Painting and Sculpture, Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in Sculpture, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in Sculpture, Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, and a Charlotte Street Fund Award. Hayes has collaborated with the Italian fashion house Missoni, culminating with a solo exhibition during Milan Design Week. Her work has been covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Cut, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Artforum among others.

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Behind-the-Scenes of the Cleveland Botanical Garden's Newest Exhibit

June 3, 2022

2022 Holden Summer Intern Program

By Emma Dawson-Glass, Research Specialist

The HF&G’s Research, Community Forestry and Conservation teams are excited about the arrival of the 2022 cohort of interns. This year, HF&G leverages resources and opportunities across departments and campuses to allow our interns gain the finest in knowledge, experience, and skills for future career success.

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2022 Holden Summer Intern Program

May 25, 2022

Ikebana Exhibition 2022

The Ohara School of Ikebana emphasizes the Japanese aesthetics of asymmetry and empty space, beauty of natural scenery, harmony between materials, container and setting. Over a dozen floral designs by the members of Ohara School of Ikebana Northern Ohio Chapter will be on view Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Cleveland Botanical Garden.

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Ikebana Exhibition 2022

April 12, 2022

Holden Forests & Gardens Celebrates150th Anniversary of Arbor Day with Free Admission, Tree Seedling Giveaways, & More

Trees, wonderful trees! This year marks the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, the national holiday devoted to trees. The Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum celebrate the planting and care of trees every day, but especially during the month of April when spring is in the air and it’s a great time to plant. Trees are of central importance to life on Earth and now is a great time to become more aware of them.

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Holden Forests & Gardens Celebrates150th Anniversary of Arbor Day with Free Admission, Tree Seedling Giveaways, & More

February 4, 2022

Beyond its Sheer Loveliness and Tropical Setting, Cleveland Botanical Garden’s ‘Orchids Forever’ Emphasizes Relationships

By Janet Podolak, Food and Travel Writer- For the News-Herald

Beyond its sheer loveliness and tropical setting, Cleveland Botanical Garden’s ‘Orchids Forever’ emphasizes relationships
Janet Podolak – Food and Travel Writer- the News-Herald

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Beyond its Sheer Loveliness and Tropical Setting, Cleveland Botanical Garden’s ‘Orchids Forever’ Emphasizes Relationships

February 3, 2022

From Stormwater to Farms, U.S. Cities Put Empty Lots to Use

By Carey L. Biron, Washington correspondent, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Holden Forests & Garden’s Sandra Albro, director of Community Partnerships and author of “Vacant to Vibrant,” was recently interviewed by Thomson Reuter’s foundation for a national report on what cities are experiencing with regard to transforming vacant lots to healthy green spaces. Here is the story.

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From Stormwater to Farms, U.S. Cities Put Empty Lots to Use

January 20, 2022

The Language of Nature

By Caroline Tait, Vice President, Horticulture & Collections

ering the origin of words, how they change over time, how language is constantly evolving, hearing my goddaughters use words which to me, mean the total opposite! What really fries my brain is that there are over 7000 known languages on our earth. Just imagine the size of vocabulary invented by the human brain, the capability of our grey matter to devise, construct and turn into speech these millions of words! Sobering to say the least. A smattering of French and Swahili is in my repertoire and when I speak those words I know I feel different, that another part of me is expressed, that I am enriched by an additional culture which I respect. What, you ask, has this got to do with garden, plants and trees?

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January 20, 2022

To Plant or Not to Plant? The Low-Down on Fabric Containers

By Courtney Keinath, Gardener

Over the past few years, you may have noticed what seems to be a growing trend in the horticulture industry. Whether you’ve seen them at your local nursery, an urban garden, or your favorite gardening website, fabric pots are beginning to really make an appearance! Seeing these pots around may start to bring some questions in to your head. Why are people starting to prefer these pots over plastic? Do they help out my plants at all?  How do I plant something that’s growing in a fabric container? Are these going to help make an environmental impact that I want to see in the green industry? I hope that in this article I can begin to address some of the questions that I know I had when I was first introduced to the idea of fabric containers.  

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To Plant or Not to Plant? The Low-Down on Fabric Containers

January 20, 2022

Winter – Time to plan your next gardening adventure

By Sandi Cesarov, Gardener

The seasons are an interesting thing.  While I deeply enjoy spending time in and working on my garden, marveling at all the beautiful colors and forms and admiring all the changes that happen little by little, but by the end of the summer and early fall, I inevitably get tired of being so hot all the time.  Which is kind of unbelievable because I’m one of those people that is always cold in the winter, and I know by February the cold of winter begins to wear on me (It may be the shortest month of the year, but I feel it drags on the longest).  Once the bustle of the holidays and new year are over, I can go to my happy and quiet place.  I enjoy using this time of year to reflect on my garden, what I want to change, and what I want to add.  And yes, I always want to add something.  That is what plant hoarders do, they always add more. 

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January 11, 2022

Airing it Out

By Rob Dzurec, Horticulturist

Tillandsias are one of the great low maintenance house plants.  Also known as air plants, these plants are native to tropical areas of the Americas. They are epiphytic plants which means they grow on other plants, usually trees. The roots they do have are used to hold themselves onto other plants or structures.  The water and nutrients they need are absorbed by the leaves. 

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Airing it Out

January 11, 2022

Fascination with Fasciation

By Annie Rzepka Budziak, Director of Arboretum Horticulture

We wrapped up our fall planting in the Rhododendron Discovery Garden in the first week of November. While I was loading the Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’ (spike speedwell) into the Kubota, I noticed two things. First, there was a very cold little bumblebee nestled into the violet-blue flowers which had persisted quite late into the season; and second, that the terminal racemes which usually resemble candle shaped spikes, where looking rather odd. I immediately thought “Yay! Fasciation!”

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Fascination with Fasciation

January 7, 2022

In Pursuit of the Plumleaf Azalea 

By Connor Ryan, MS, Rhododendron Collections Manager

An important part of my job as Rhododendron Collections Manager is seeking new plants to enhance our Rhododendron collection. As part of an ongoing thrust to collect North America’s native rhododendrons and azaleas, last month I embarked on a trip in pursuit of the plumleaf azalea (Rhododendron prunifolium). 

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In Pursuit of the Plumleaf Azalea 

December 29, 2021

Feeding the Animals at Cleveland Botanical Garden

By Matt Edwards , Animal Care Specialist

Have you ever wondered what goes into feeding our animal collection? In this blog I will talk about what our food needs are, where the food comes from, and some ways I am working on to reduce costs and our dependence on outside sources of food by working toward producing as much as possible in-house.

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Feeding the Animals at Cleveland Botanical Garden

December 29, 2021

Trees from Holden Used for Rehabbing Birds at CMNH

By Rick Anielski, Arborist

Recently, the Collections Maintenance crew received a request from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for trees that ranged from 15 to 20 feet in length, and 2 to 4 inches in diameter to be used for rehabbing the bird in closers. Gary and I knew of areas where we could easily harvest and transport the needed trees for loading.  All the trees we cut were either damaged by storms or were on road sides that needed to be removed to maintain right-of-ways.  It took less than a day of our time to collect the trees needed, but the impact they will have on the bird enclosures will easily last years.  Here are pictures of the harvest, transport, and final use of the trees.

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Trees from Holden Used for Rehabbing Birds at CMNH

December 28, 2021

Franklinia alatamaha, Franklin Trees

By Mary Lineberger, Gardener

Follow along Gardener Mary Lineberger as she photographically follows Franklinia alatamaha for a few months. I think you’ll agree from these images it’s a beautiful little tree. And the flowers smell good! How special to have in our collections a tree that no longer exists in the wild!

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Franklinia alatamaha, Franklin Trees

December 7, 2021

A Winter Home for our Plants in the Nursery

By Greg Wright, Nursery Manager

Every year right before winter, we move our plants (that aren’t already in a polytunnel) from our lath house or our large container area into winter storage to provide them with an extra layer of winter protection. This year we accomplished this the week before Thanksgiving.

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A Winter Home for our Plants in the Nursery

November 30, 2021

Winter is Wonderful

By Margaret Thresher, Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing

Winter in Northeast Ohio is underrated. The average temperature in November is 50 degrees, December is 40 degrees and January is 35 degrees. Approximately 10 days a month are sunny and when it snows it is truly beautiful. All throughout the winter season, Holden Forests & Gardens encourages you to bundle up and join us at the outdoor gardens and woodland trails at the botanical garden and the arboretum. We are going to tempt you to venture outside and provide you with outdoor exploration and exercise activities to battle any sort of winter blues and cabin fever.

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Winter is Wonderful

November 16, 2021

People for Trees: Planting One Tree at a Time to Make a Big Impact

By Margaret Cook, Communications Specialist

In its first year, People for Trees has gathered more than 1,000 pledges to plant more than 3,800 trees across Greater Cleveland. In addition, Holden Forests & Gardens has planted more than 1,400 trees with the help of our community partners. This past week, our Community Forestry team and Tree Corps have been busy planting some of the last trees of the year. Here’s a look at a wonderful week with numerous community partners including some of Cleveland’s youngest new tree planters.

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People for Trees: Planting One Tree at a Time to Make a Big Impact

November 10, 2021

It’s In The Air

By Lorinda Laughlin, Gardener

Find out why Gardener, Lorinda Laughlin, thinks autumn is the best season of the year! Read along as she describes her favorite parts about fall and why it is such a special time to see the leaves change color.

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It’s In The Air

October 29, 2021

The Intersection of Sustainability and Convenience

By Caroline Paul, Horticulturist

Not to over simplify it, but I believe there really is only two types of people in this world. Those who love the quiet work of gardening in late fall and winter, and those who do not. Admittedly, before my introduction to dormant pruning in college, I was part of the ‘does not enjoy frostbitten fingers’ group. But there is good news for those who would rather enjoy the warmth and comfort of the indoors as the temperatures begin to fall. Just as we need to prepare for winter, we need not interfere with nature’s winter preparation process. A lot of what we do in fall, like cutting back perennials and raking your leaves, takes habitat and carbon sources away from our local environment. So try and resist the urge to get ahead of the game and leave your gardens a little messy this winter.

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The Intersection of Sustainability and Convenience

October 28, 2021

Autumn Gardening for Nature Lovers; Leave the Leaves

By Stefanie Verish, Horticulturist, CBG

As we learn more about our environment and its needs, we can better contribute to our role as the ecologist. It starts in the garden, of course, and though the leaves are falling, the flowers are drooping, and our thoughts are drifting toward soup and a warm blanket, this is the best time to set the stage for the season. Stefanie Verish, Horticulturist, gives some tips for fall gardening!

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Autumn Gardening for Nature Lovers; Leave the Leaves

October 27, 2021

Foraging for Health

By Alyssa Zearley, Nursery Technician

Interested in learning about foraging and wild edible plants and their uses? Nursery Technician, Alyssa Zearley, gives some tips and tricks for foraging plants for health benefits. Read along for a few recipes too!

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Foraging for Health

October 27, 2021

Celebrating the Change of Seasons

By Hilary Wright, Horticulturist

We are at the time of year when the days are short, the nights are cooler, and plant life is slowly succumbing to the change of the season. What are some things to do to enjoy this colorful and cooler season? Here are 12 fresh ideas to enjoy the new season!

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Celebrating the Change of Seasons

October 15, 2021

Wahkeena Vacation

By Ethan Johnson, Plant Records Curator

Ethan Johnson, Plant Record Curator writes about his trip to Wahkeena Nature Preserve located on the edge of Hocking Hills. Ethan and his team enjoyed the beautiful preserve while collecting seeds. Seed collected on this trip may be grown on for Holden’s living collection or offered via the international seed exchange among botanical gardens and arboreta.

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Wahkeena Vacation

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