Thu., Mar. 16, 2023
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 60s and 70s and see if you can recognize some of the locations in the photos!
Hope you have enjoyed these images of Historic Holden. Thanks to Eliot Paine for sharing his photographs. Bill Hendricks of Klyn Nurseries suggests that images be taken of the same areas during the upcoming season for comparison. These images and many more were received in December 2022.
Plant Records Curator
I am a Cleveland, Ohio native who was brought to the Holden Arboretum at an early age. I remember when the Cleveland Botanical Garden (then Garden Center of Greater Cleveland) was built on its current site. Made maps of the Gwinn Estate in Bratenahl as a child and became interested in plant identification in Storrs, CT where my family moved in 1972. Served as an Intern then Gardener at the arboretum in 1981 - 1982. Worked for the Arnold Arboretum in plant records 1985 - 1989. After returning to the arboretum in 1989 with Peter Bristol as my supervisor, I became a member of the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the American Public Gardens Association, the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, the International Dendrological Research Institute, and American Conifer Society. Peter Bristol left in 2001, then Charles Tubesing was my supervisor until 2020, and now I report to Thomas Arbour.