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Holden Forests & Gardens Makes Commitment to Mitigate Detrimental Effects of Climate Change
Leading up to Earth Day 2022, Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) has adopted a climate change statement recognizing that climate change is real and providing facts and information about climate change, its implications, and some ways we are working to mitigate climate change at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum. We hope this… »
Pledge to plant a tree in honor of the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day.
Within our first year, more than 1,000 Greater Clevelanders pledged to plant more than 4,000 in our neighborhoods. In addition, Holden Forests & Gardens has planted more than 1,400 trees with the help of our community partners. This is great momentum, but we’re just getting started.
Holden researchers use a technique called grafting to bring trees from the forest back to the lab for study. By Rachel Kappler & Anna Funk How do you study a fully grown tree in a regular-sized laboratory? You collect a branch, take it back to the lab, graft it onto a much smaller tree, and… »
Red maple provides food for pollinators in early spring. Acer rubrum is the fourth most common tree in the natural areas of The Holden Arboretum, trailing Acer saccharum (sugar maple), Fagus grandifolia (American beech), and Liriodendron tulipifera (tuliptree).
Emerging threats of nanoparticles to plants and microbiomes
Question How do nanoparticles – emerging environmental threats – affect plants and associated microbiomes Project Summary Engineered nanomaterials released from industrial, agricultural, biomedical, and domestic applications are emerging environmental threats to the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the Anthropocene. While nanoparticles are known to influence plant survival, growth, and reproduction, little is known whether and… »
Most of Ohio’s forest is privately owned. Private landowners face a variety of challenges when it comes to land stewardship including succession planning, pests, disease, poor logging practices, pressure from logging companies, and invasive plants. Good forestry addresses these challenges by working with nature so both people AND the woods can thrive. Learn more about… »
With an upcoming project and a desperate need for cardboard we reached out to local businesses, and they delivered.Mulch can be a great tool for controlling weeds in the garden, but sometimes when weeds are particularly tricky to control, mulch alone may not be enough. Cardboard can be placed in the garden and then mulched… Read more »
For Mother’s Day this year, my 9-year-old daughter filled out a survey about me. One of the questions was “Why is your mom special?” She answered, “Because she knows almost all of the flowers in Ohio.” One of my favorite things to do with my children on hikes is point out the flowers in bloom!… Read more »
Holden Arboretum Will Welcome Summer with an Outdoor Maze for Kids, Concerts in the Forest, and Popular Attractions for Endless Adventure
May 19, 2022
(CLEVELAND) May 19, 2022 – Spend your best summer yet at the Holden Arboretum starting with the Mission Botanica interactive maze opening Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 9 a.m. All summer long, enjoy concerts in the forest, wine tastings, art exhibits, hike in the forest with fireflies, and much more. Make it a summer to… Read more »
Flowers are certainly not the first thing you may think of when you walk into our Madagascar Spiny Desert Biome. The first and most striking things you see are all the spines, it is right in the name, and they are hard to miss! However, if you look a little closer you may see something… Read more »
During our son’s end of March break from school, we decided it was time to take a family trip to Washington D.C. The original idea was to go to introduce our teenage son to the U.S. history of the place, but quite by accident, spring break this year perfectly coincided with the National Cherry Blossom… Read more »
By Eleanor Perenyi This is a wonderful little gem of a book written by an in interesting, smart, opinionated woman. Because it’s a collection of 72 essays on different garden related topics it does not require the commitment of reading from cover to cover. The reader can peruse the table of contents and choose a… Read more »