As the ground begins to freeze and we turn inward, or into a pile of blankets and chamomile tea, certain flora make their way to the forefront of the landscape, shining against the stark white backdrop of a cold Ohio winter. If you’re more likely to hibernate during these winters, I challenge you to get out, and go on an invigorating winter hike. Maybe you’ll even end up with a group of polar bears studying the teachings of Wim Hof. You might fall in love with forest bathing, even if the waters are a bit icy.
Let’s go on a hike through The Holden Arboretum, and soak in all the Winter Interests it has to offer.
I’m starting to need my blankets and tea, so let’s head back, and promise that we’ll bring warmer gloves next time, to venture out even farther. If these gardens have you thinking about creating winter interests at home, remember this moment in spring when choosing new perennials and trees for your space. It’s easy to be wooed by all the colors of spring and summer, but winter has a distinctive color palette and mood that deserves some of the garden spotlight as well. Consider using the deep colors of the dogwood and heathers, the movement of the beige grasses, and adding form and sculptural shapes through conifers and trees. The sounds of crisp leaves rustling, to the sounds of nothing at all. I hope you’ve found your own Winter Garden aesthetic and have gathered some ideas for spring planting.
*For your safety, please sign-in at the Corning Visitor Center if you are hiking alone. Paths are not salted or cleared of snow.
Sommer Tolan brings her sense of creativity, design and wonder to the Horticulture Team at The Holden Arboretum. Previously, she taught children about organic vegetable gardening with the Chicago Parks District, and designed rooftop gardens and patios with Sprout Home in Chicago. She’s so thrilled to extend her aesthetic of using native plants fused with a modern edge into the Eliot and Linda Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden.
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