September 24, 2021

Celebrating National Mushroom Month with a Book Review and a Recipe too!

By Claudia Bashian-Victoroff, Jessica Miller, Sarah Kyker, and David Burke

As September winds down, we are taking one more week to celebrate fungi during National Mushroom Month! Read more about the importance of mushrooms as well as a book review from Claudia Bashian-Victoroff. Celebrate the beginning of fall with one more delicious recipe to satisfy your mushroom cravings.

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Celebrating National Mushroom Month with a Book Review and a Recipe too!

September 17, 2021

National Mushroom Month: Sharing Some Science & a Recipe, Too!

By Claudia Bashian-Victoroff, MS, Graduate Student, Sarah Kyker, Postdoctoral Research Associate, and David Burke, VP, Science & Conservation

We continue to celebrate September as National Mushroom Month at HF&G! Today we want to tell you about our favorite fungal group: mycorrhizal fungi! While we certainly love all fungi, a large portion of the research in HF&G’s Soil Ecology lab focuses on the plant mutualists known as mycorrhizal fungi.

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National Mushroom Month: Sharing Some Science & a Recipe, Too!

September 16, 2021

24 Trees Removed From Blueberry Pond Area

By Rick Anielski, Arborist

Recently here at Holden we had Independent Tree Service come in to remove 24 trees that were declining or already dead from the area around Blueberry Pond.  Though it was unfortunate we lost these trees, It was very important they were removed to maintain the safety of our guests and staff. 

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24 Trees Removed From Blueberry Pond Area

September 13, 2021

Fall Community Tree Plantings

plant 20 trees at Carver Park, part of a project to add 75 new trees to three public housing estates on Cleveland’s East Side over the next 18 months. As part of this project, we’ll train public housing residents who are part of CMHA’s Green Team to plant and care for trees at these properties, which will provide them with supplemental income and perhaps inspire some of them to pursue careers in tree care. Our Community Forestry Team is also helping plant an additional 20 trees within Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park. Additionally, in MidTown, Old Brooklyn, Central-Kinsman, and Detroit Shoreway-Cudell neighborhoods of Cleveland, we are working with local community development organizations to plant street trees, give away trees for planting in residential yards, and hold tree care classes. Generous support for these projects has been provided by Cuyahoga County’s Healthy Urban Tree Canopy grant program and The Cleveland Foundation.

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Fall Community Tree Plantings

September 10, 2021

Science on Friday: Soil, Mushrooms & a Recipe, Too!

By Claudia Victoroff, MS, Graduate Student

We continue to celebrate September: National Mushroom Month. Mushrooms are amazing (and delicious) and definitely deserve a month of focus and celebration. Today we’ll take a look at how soil and mushrooms interact and support each other.

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Science on Friday: Soil, Mushrooms & a Recipe, Too!

September 8, 2021

Breaking News: Pollinators contribute to flowering plant diversity

By Na Wei, PhD, Scientist

Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) Scientist Na Wei, Ph.D., and her collaborators from the University of Pittsburgh and East Tennessee State University discovered how pollinators may contribute to the maintenance of flowering plant diversity. This study that accelerates our understanding of biodiversity conservation is now published in the journal Nature.

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Breaking News: Pollinators contribute to flowering plant diversity

September 3, 2021

Science on Friday – A Book About Mushrooms & a Recipe

By Claudia Victoroff, MS, Graduate Student

With summer turning into autumn, September is a great time of year to see mushrooms in the forest. Mushrooms are a type of sporocarp, or the fruiting body of fungi, and the month of September offers just the right temperature and soil moisture for fungi to fruit. We love the beauty of the forest floor filled with sporocarps during September; it’s a great time of year for a mushroom foray! “What is a mushroom foray?” you might ask. It is an organized hike where a group of people head into the forest and look for mushrooms. Sometimes the group is organized to hunt for edible mushrooms; other times it is for a scientific study; and sometimes it is just to enjoy the beauty of the mushrooms! You can join us for a foray at Holden Arboretum on September 18th! The purpose of our foray will be to learn about Ohio’s native mushrooms and how to identify them and will be led by Claudia Bashian-Victoroff (register here). We hope you can join us for a fun morning!

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Science on Friday – A Book About Mushrooms & a Recipe

September 1, 2021

September is National Mushroom Month

By Sabrina Kozsey, Gardener

Happy National Mushroom Month!  

September is one of our favorite months at Holden Forests & Gardens. Why? Because it is National Mushroom Month. Many people celebrate National Mushroom Month by cooking and eating their favorite mushrooms. And we do too! But, we also celebrate the month by appreciating all that fungi do for forest health and the natural world around us. We have classes for you to take devoted to mushrooms and we’ll be posting on our blog all month long too. 

We launch the month with some incredible photographs of mushrooms found at the botanical garden taken by gardener Sabrina Kozey.  

Here we go! 

Prior to being a Gardener at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, I was lucky enough to work in natural areas that did not have public access. I found some fascinating fungi that I had never seen before. It sparked an interest in fungi and mushrooms and now wherever I go in nature I always keep my eyes peeled for a marvelous mushroom to photograph. Even though you can find some interesting ones in areas less travelled, there are also some pretty awesome ones where you least expect them along popular trails. I know fungi Is not the first thing on your mind when visiting a botanical garden, but you can often find some wonderful ones around here. I am brand new to mushroom identification, which I have discovered can often be quite difficult. So, I am not going to try and identify all these mushrooms I have found (hopefully in the future I can) but here are some of the mushrooms I have seen around the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Enjoy! 

 

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September is National Mushroom Month

August 27, 2021

DIY Xeriscape

By Caroline Paul, Horticulturist

By the time late August and September roll around many of us start to experience what I call annual fatigue. Annual fatigue is the feeling you may begin to feel towards your summer annuals when the plant’s roots have grown to the point that they require almost daily watering and regular fertilizing. Which almost always happens to coincide with the hot 90 degree days (or weeks) we get this time of year. Add a paved or cement patio and those little flowers are cooking!

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DIY Xeriscape

August 26, 2021

Favorite Plants in the Main Display Garden

By Sandi Cesarvo, Gardener

Favorite Plants in the Main Display Garden

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Favorite Plants in the Main Display Garden

August 23, 2021

What is in a Plant Physiologist’s Toolkit?: Measuring Photosynthesis

By Sharon Danielson, MS, Doctoral Graduate Student

If you are a plant lover, chances are you often find yourself thinking about photosynthesis in some way. You may move a house plant to a bright window so that it can use energy from light to fix carbon from the atmosphere and use that carbon to build tissues as it grows. Or, perhaps you want your vegetable garden to give you delicious tomatoes, so you choose the best conditions to maximize fruit production.

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What is in a Plant Physiologist’s Toolkit?: Measuring Photosynthesis

August 16, 2021

Researchers, Horticulturists, and Volunteers Team Up to Leverage Long-Term Pollinator Data

Pollinators are the friends of plants and people. Most flowering plants (~80%) are animal pollinated. Sadly, there is a global trend in pollinator declines, especially under the changing climates. To conserve pollinators, Holden Forests & Gardens has been monitoring pollinators at the arboretum since 2015.

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Researchers, Horticulturists, and Volunteers Team Up to Leverage Long-Term Pollinator Data

August 13, 2021

Climate Change and Earlier Springs – How Are Plants Responding Around the World?

By Katie Stuble, PhD, Scientist

Climate Change and Earlier Springs – How Are Plants Responding Around the World?

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Climate Change and Earlier Springs – How Are Plants Responding Around the World?

August 10, 2021

Katie Stuble is Lead Author on a Paper in BioScience

By Katie Stuble, PhD, Scientist

Holden scientist and research chair, Katie Stuble, has been exploring ways in which we can harness the power in biological data collected over time and across many sites to understand how climate change is impacting our natural world. A new paper stemming from this work has just been published in the scientific journal BioScience.

Stuble KL, S Des Roches, A Ambrose, KC Brown, H Cooper, T Hilton, B Sinervo, LR Fox (2021) Regional networks of biological field stations to study climate change. BioScience 71(8): 874-882.

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Katie Stuble is Lead Author on a Paper in BioScience

August 6, 2021

Claudia’s Travel Blog: A Research Excursion through Armenia

By Claudia Victoroff, MS, Graduate Student

When you think of the country Armenia, what comes to mind? Maybe you know of a few famous Armenians, such as Cher or the Kardashians. More importantly, you may know that President Biden recently became the first U.S. president to acknowledge the Armenian genocide, which began in 1915. What you might not know is that Armenia is an ancient and yet contemporary civilization situated within a biodiversity hotspot, the Caucasus Mountain range. The region is home to more than 6000 species of plants, 153 species of mammals and 400 species of birds, some of which are endemic (or exclusive) to Armenia. Armenia is home to large stretches of undisturbed primary forests and the Armenian people have a long history of land stewardship, and of intimate connection with the unique and beautiful landscape.

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Claudia’s Travel Blog: A Research Excursion through Armenia

August 6, 2021

Holden Researchers Present at ESA

Holden researchers have spent this week attending one of the world’s largest gatherings of ecologists: the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America. This year, four Holden researchers are presenting their work into urban trees, forest management, and more.

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Holden Researchers Present at ESA

July 30, 2021

Green Corps Interns Talk with Jill

By Margaret Cook, Communications Specialist

Our time with the Green Corps interns from Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) has come to an end. After six weeks, the program has taught the interns about various environmental-related topics and how they can apply them to their futures. Each week, the interns were given different opportunities to learn something new and get hands-on experiences with green jobs.

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Green Corps Interns Talk with Jill

July 27, 2021

Green Corps Interns’ Personal Projects

By Margaret Cook, Communications Specialist

Green Corps Week 5

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Green Corps Interns’ Personal Projects

July 26, 2021

American Rhododendron Society Awards Grant to Holden Forests & Gardens

By Annie Rzepka Budziak, Director of Arboretum Horticulture

American Rhododendron Society Awards grant to HF&G

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American Rhododendron Society Awards Grant to Holden Forests & Gardens

July 23, 2021

The Name Game

By Connor Ryan, Rhododendron Collections Manager

Much of the research we have historically done at the HF&G’s David G. Leach Research Station is directly focused on new plant development. We are trying to breed the next generation of rhododendrons for the gardening public. The scientific, horticultural, and business aspects of plant introduction could be written about ad nauseam, but today, I would like to discuss something at the intersection of all three – naming.

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The Name Game

July 22, 2021

Face-To-Face With Our Radiated Tortoises

By Matt Edwards, Animal Care Specialist

Face-To-Face With Our Radiated Tortoises

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Face-To-Face With Our Radiated Tortoises

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