March 31, 2023

It’s Poppin’: March 31st

By Thomas Arbour, Curator of Living Collections

Our long steady march to spring flowers is continuing!  Fortunately, this is the first week in a while where we didn’t see any significant snow.  Plenty of rain and warmer temperatures have brought several new plants into bloom at both campuses.

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It’s Poppin’: March 31st

March 31, 2023

Mapping Plants at Northeast Ohio’s Rhododendron Paradise

By Phil Sturm, Data and Mapping Intern

Ever wonder what it takes to map an entire collections of plants? Our data and mapping intern, Phil Sturm walks you through the ins and out of GPS mapping going on at the Leach Research Station in Madison, Ohio.

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Mapping Plants at Northeast Ohio’s Rhododendron Paradise

March 27, 2023

Behind the Scenes with Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Butterflies

Have you ever wondered where Cleveland Botanical Garden’s biome butterflies come from, how they get here, and what goes into getting them flying in the glasshouse? Let’s walk through each step in this process and learn all about it!

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Behind the Scenes with Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Butterflies

March 24, 2023

Science on Friday: The Challenges of Rhododendron Research

By Sharon Halkovics, Research Specialist

Rhododendrons are loved by many gardeners for their bright, kaleidoscopic spring flowers. They are special for many reasons, including rhododendron being one of the most species-rich genus of woody flowering plants comprised of over 1,000 species.

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Science on Friday: The Challenges of Rhododendron Research

March 23, 2023

It’s Poppin’: March 23rd

By Thomas Arbour, Curator of Living Collections

Welcome to spring! Looking back, record warmth brought many early bloomers to the surface in mid-February. Flowers like winter aconites, snow drops and crocuses have had a wonderfully long season thanks to cold temperatures returning for most of March.

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It’s Poppin’: March 23rd

March 21, 2023

The Benefits of a Healthy Forest

By Rachel Kappler, Great Lakes Basin Forest Health Collaborative Coordinator

Happy International Day of Forests! A day of awareness started by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, ten years of efforts to bring the importance of forests to the forefront of our minds. Here is a collection of photos from NE Ohio that my husband and I have taken on our outdoor walks with some facts about forests.

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The Benefits of a Healthy Forest

March 17, 2023

It’s Poppin’: March 17th

By Thomas Arbour, Curator of Living Collections

Winter returned to northeast Ohio this week and we received several inches of snow at the Arboretum and a thin white blanket covered the garden as well. By Thursday, almost all had melted at the garden, and at each site, our early bloomers continue to shine despite the snow.

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It’s Poppin’: March 17th

March 16, 2023

Historic Holden

By Ethan Johnson, Plant Records Curator

Beautiful then and now, the Holden Arboretum is filled with history and impressive plants and trees since it was established in 1931. Follow along with these photos from the 60’s and 70’s and see if you can recognize some of the locations in the photos!

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Historic Holden

March 8, 2023

Welcome to It’s Poppin’!

By Thomas Arbour, Curator of Living Collections

Spring is a time of constant change at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum, and It’s Poppin’ is your weekly report throughout spring to help you plan your adventure at each campus.  Should you go to the garden, arboretum, or both?  It’s Poppin’ will be your guide.

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Welcome to It’s Poppin’!

March 2, 2023

Protecting Your Broadleaf Evergreens from Frost Damage

By Nicholas Chilson, Garden Technician

The Eliot and Linda Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden at the Holden Arboretum has many evergreen Rhododendrons and Azaleas. These plants, although winter hardy, are still susceptible to frost damage, and it is common for their leaves and buds to be harmed at low temperatures.

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Protecting Your Broadleaf Evergreens from Frost Damage

February 16, 2023

Planning a Plant Collecting Trip

By Connor Ryan, Rhododendron Collections Manager

On our quest to build high quality, high value, and useful plant collections, we often plan plant collecting expeditions in search of particular plants. Building on some work we started in December 2021, Field Station Specialist Jing Wang and I are beginning to plan another trip to visit and collect the plumleaf azalea (Rhododendron prunifolium) in the wild this summer.

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Planning a Plant Collecting Trip

February 15, 2023

Garden Inspiration

By Ann Rzepka Budziak, Director of Horticulture

Seed catalogs and availability lists begin trickling into mailboxes and inboxes in February at the same time the world outside looks grey and white, begging for a bit of color.  For those with an extensive mental plant pallet, visions of favorite flowers and foliage may pop in and out of mind.

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Garden Inspiration

February 10, 2023

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

In honor of the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we had a Q&A with some of our favorite Holden Forests & Gardens staff members to reveal how they got into the science field and what advice they have for the younger generation.

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Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 2, 2023

Paint an Orchid in Watercolor

By Stefanie Verish, Horticulturist

Have you been infected with Orchidmania? Would you like to try a new way to appreciate these amazing plants? Here is a step-by-step tutorial how to paint an orchid in watercolor.

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Paint an Orchid in Watercolor

January 25, 2023

Plant Labels

By Kristina Arthur, Horticulturist

This winter when you visit both of our campuses you will be able to clearly see plant labels hanging, attached to the stems of trees and shrubs, or on spikes in the ground. These can look like colorful credit cards or large flat zip ties.

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Plant Labels

January 18, 2023

Acid Rain and Forest Carbon Storage

By Emma Dawson-Glass, Research Specialist

The Stuble lab has a new paper out in the journal Applied Soil Ecology exploring the effects of acid rain on forest carbon storage. In this paper, we look at how the legacies of acid rain impact litter decomposition, a process essential for forest nutrient cycling and carbon storage.

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Acid Rain and Forest Carbon Storage

January 18, 2023

Top Choice Tools of the Pros

By Mary Lineberger, Gardener

Welcome to the 2nd installment of, “Top Choice Tools of the Pros.”. The first, was posted on Sept.12, 2022. This time I’d like to explore some simple yet impactful tools as well as compare similar tools.

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Top Choice Tools of the Pros

January 12, 2023

Volunteer Eva Miller Reflects on Work with People for Trees

By Eva Miller, People for Trees Volunteer

Trees provide me with health benefits and ecosystem services. Trees filter toxic
chemicals from the air and water. Trees provide me with shade and they are home to many of my
favorite birds, animals, and insects. Not only do trees benefit my physical health, but they also
impact my mental health and well-being.

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Volunteer Eva Miller Reflects on Work with People for Trees

January 9, 2023

Behind the Scenes of the Orchids Forever Show: Opens January 28th

With each new show at the Cleveland Botanical Garden comes lots of logistical planning, creative brainstorming sessions, and hard work. As the staff prepares for the 17th annual flower show Orchids Forever, we can’t wait to share what we have in store starting on January 28th.

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Behind the Scenes of the Orchids Forever Show: Opens January 28th

January 6, 2023

Holden Forests & Gardens Receives Federal Earmark to Fund Work in Urban Forestry

The Holden Arboretum is pleased to announce the nonprofit organization is slated to receive $335,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending, sponsored by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. This earmark will support Holden’s Forest Resiliency and Conservation and Canopy Coverage Expansion Project, promoting science, conservation, and urban forestry.

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Holden Forests & Gardens Receives Federal Earmark to Fund Work in Urban Forestry

January 6, 2023

Science on Friday: From horticultural hero to cancer cure, what research has your Rhododendron done today?

By Juliana S. Medeiros, PhD, Plant Biologist

Your Rhododendrons are probably looking a little sad right now, amidst the cold wind and snows of January. They are probably drooping their leaves, maybe they have lost their beautiful dark green glossy leaf color, or maybe they have lost their leaves altogether, sleeping away the dreary days.

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Science on Friday: From horticultural hero to cancer cure, what research has your Rhododendron done today?

January 4, 2023

Tree Corps Reaches New Milestone: Planting & Caring for More Trees Than Ever in Cleveland

By Rebecca Swab PhD, Director of Conservation & Community Forestry & Margaret Cook, Communications Specialist

Creating a greener city is much more than just planting trees! Speaking for the trees, as the Lorax does, is important to us at Holden! To help people better speak for the trees, we created an arboriculture workforce development program that motivates participants to be champions for trees while helping the local economy. Tree Corps is designed to provide valuable training for entry-level tree care jobs for Cleveland residents.

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Tree Corps Reaches New Milestone: Planting & Caring for More Trees Than Ever in Cleveland

December 8, 2022

The Sweet Side of Winter: Carbohydrate Dynamics during Cold Acclimation

By Samuel Harbol

Deciduous plants such as maple trees lose their leaves in winter, and this helps them to survive cold temperatures, but what about our evergreen friends, how are they handling the cold? The answer is, they brace themselves for cold temperatures through a process called cold acclimation.

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The Sweet Side of Winter: Carbohydrate Dynamics during Cold Acclimation

December 7, 2022

Recycle Ohio Community Grant Awarded to Holden Arboretum

By Ann Rzepka Budziak, Director of Horticulture

On July 1, 2022, Holden Forests and Gardens was generously awarded a Recycle Ohio Community and Litter Academic Institution grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to compost the organic waste produced during horticultural and arboricultural practices at the Arboretum.

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Recycle Ohio Community Grant Awarded to Holden Arboretum

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