Holden Forests & Gardens - Winter 2021-22

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WIN T ER 2021-22

WIN T ER 2021 , V6/1 Forests & Gardens is the member magazine for Holden Forests & Gardens, which includes the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland and the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland. MISSION: Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities VISION: All communities transformed into vibrant places where trees, plants, and people thrive Creative Director: Jackie Klisuric Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing: Margaret Thresher Photography: Ian Adams, Margaret Cook, Andrew Cross, Ethan Johnson, Jackie Klisuric, Miranda Lemmer, Margaret Thresher, Na Wei

Entrance to the Restorative Garden at Cleveland Botanical Garden.

FE ATURES PRESIDENT'S COLUMN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

B OA R D O F D I R EC T O R S Thomas D. Anderson, Chairman Robert R. Galloway, Secretary Constance N. Abbey Paul R. Abbey Victoria U. Broer Barbara Brown, PhD Andrew G. Coleman Jonathan E. Dick Paul E. DiCorleto Michael W. Dingeldein, MD Kate Faust Sarah L. Gries Joseph P. Keithley

Stephen J. Knerly, Jr. Joseph J. Mahovlic Michael C. Marino Roy D. Minoff Cynthia A. Moore-Hardy Ellen W. Jones Nordell Deidrea L. Otts Jane Q. Outcalt Gary W. Poth Erin Kennedy Ryan Robin D. Schachat Lynn C. Shiverick Ruth M. Stafford Charles F. Walton

Jill Koski, President and CEO Kathleen Heflin, Treasurer and CFO

WINTER GLORY Holden Forests & Gardens members share what they love about the winter season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 DISCOVER THE WORLD OF PLANTS The second floor of Cleveland Botanical Garden is being transformed into an engaging learn-and-play family gallery. . . 6 FEATHERED FRIENDS IN WINTER The forests and gardens transition into a pristine, white canvas in winter — an ideal backdrop for spotting many types of birds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 A GARDEN HOLIDAY Cleveland Botanical Garden transforms into a fun- and activity-filled wonderland for making holiday memories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 PLANTS & TREES INSPIRE BRIGHT FUTURES Students discover that volunteering and learning go hand in hand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

DEPARTMENTS RESEARCH Pollinators are essential for life on Earth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 ©Holden Forests & Gardens Forests & Gardens (ISSN 2474-6371) is a class and events magazine published quarterly by Holden Forests & Gardens, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, Ohio 44094-5172. Periodicals postage paid at Mentor, Ohio and additional offices. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Forests & Gardens Magazine Holden Forests & Gardens 9500 Sperry Road Kirtland, Ohio 44094-5172

EDUCATION Get insight from author and professor Robin Wall Kimmerer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 DEVELOPMENT Learn about the newly named Logsdon Pond and the Bradt family’s dedication to Holden Forests & Gardens. . . . . . . . 24 PLANT PROFILE Learn about a perennial cold season bloom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 BIRD BIO Meet the Hairy Woodpecker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 CLASSES & EVENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

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On the Cover: Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork is still in excellent condition & ready to be enjoyed this winter.


The arrival of the winter season is the perfect time for a crisp walk in the woods or a quiet stroll through the gardens to see the shapes and structural forms in trees and plants that are often less visible other times of year. It’s also the most wonderful time of the year at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. A Garden Holiday opened on November 20. The exhibition will delight the senses and transport visitors into a holiday wonderland filled with the colorful plants and towering trees that bring the most festive time of year to life. Popular traditions return, including dozens of trees decorated by Affiliate Garden Clubs from Northeast Ohio and gingerbread houses assembled by bakers from across the community. There will be plenty of photo opportunities for your annual holiday card, and don’t miss out on our Holiday Saturdays with a kids dance party, Krampusnacht for adults and Breakfast with Santa.

The work of the Holden Forests & Gardens is made possible through generous support from members and donors like you. In this issue of the magazine we are delighted to share with you the backstory on the transformation of the newly named Logsdon Pond at the Holden Arboretum. David Logsdon and Mike Logsdon are cousins and longtime members of the Arboretum. Their passion

for the organization led them to make an extraordinary gift to honor the memories of their late partners who died from cancer within months of each other. We are honored to share in this meaningful tribute and grateful for their impactful gift. Holden scientist Na Wei’s groundbreaking research with pollinators was recently published in Nature, the world’s leading science journal. We are thrilled to have Na as part of the HF&G research team at the Long Science Center and to share more about her work with you. Her work exemplifies the impact of public gardens and arboreta well-beyond being great places to visit, and demonstrates the impact of Holden not only in our region but internationally. The work of the Holden Forests & Gardens is made possible through generous support from members and donors like you. If you are able, please consider an additional year-end donation to help us connect even more people with the wonder beauty and value of trees and plants for healthier communities. We are grateful for your support.

Happy Holidays!

Gratefully, JILL KOSKI President and CEO

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Winter GLORY Holden Forests & Gardens members share how they like to enjoy the season.

“You never know what you’ll find when walking around Corning Lake in the winter time. The cold and snow create beautiful ice formations. It’s a different walk every time.” –Mark Soeder

“The drive down Sperry Road to the main entrance of Holden is always beautiful -- driving past the towering evergreens. These pictures were taken the day after the early December storm that took down so many trees at the arboretum, yet nature, even when destructive, still had its moments of beauty and tranquility.” –Kathleen Petrarca

“I love how this tree looks during winter with snow & bright sun.” – Betsy O’Connell 4   FORESTS & GARDENS

“Love walking in the creek and seeing the rock formations in Stebbins Gulch. Wintertime is even more scenic with the ice formations.” – Clark Button

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“Too many great spots at Holden to have just one favorite!” –Barry Sneed

“On those cold winter days, we love to stay mostly indoors at the Botanical Gardens. The kiddies get to play and have hot cocoa and cookies, and the parents get to enjoy a bowl of soup!”

– Bridget Austin

“We love the wide variety of fun activities in the Children’s Garden. Thank you for being such a treasured part of my sons’ childhood!”

– Caressa Joyce

“Holden Arboretum is beautiful in all seasons, but I was surprised how beautiful it is even in winter. I loved the intricacies in this beautiful old tree at the pond with its shadows caught on the ice.” – Susan Lash WINTER 2021-22  5


Discover the World of Plants The second floor of Cleveland Botanical Garden is being transformed into an engaging learn-and-play family gallery that will deliver four seasons of activity. By Kristen Hampshire

Rendering of the new 2nd floor galleries showing the area where kids can get active while learning about plants.


Roto prototyping an exhibit concept called Botanical Build with a local school group.


xperience, educate — touch, feel, do, see. A new family gallery at Cleveland Botanical Garden will consume the entire second floor and serve as a hands-on play-andlearn space, designed by the creative design agency, Roto, out of Columbus.

Roto is known for innovative, interdisciplinary spaces for museums, brands and attractions. The firm was retained by

Roto prototyping an exhibit concept called Botanical Build. Even adults loved this activity!

Holden Forests & Gardens to help imagine a space that sparks imagination and curiosity about plants and the natural world. “The spaces will be visually intensive yet inviting,” says Jillian Slane, director of exhibits and experiences at Holden Forests & Gardens. Activities that span age groups will welcome children at a wide range of developmental stages to see, do, experience, play and create.

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Rendering of the new 2nd floor galleries showing the studio area where kids can examine plants up close and get creative.

“What differentiates this gallery from other museum play spaces is its focus on plants.” Plans are underway with a proposed opening of Spring 2022, and the space can be accessed from the Costa Rica Glasshouse and Eppig Gallery. The gallery creates a permanent children’s activity space, which has been a longtime desire and is now coming to fruition, Slane says. When inclement weather results in the closing of the Hershey Children’s Garden, the family gallery will provide a dedicated area where young guests can participate in a range of fun. What differentiates this gallery from other museum play spaces is its focus on plants, Slane explains. Roto was an ideal partner to design and build the project because


of their comprehensive in-house capabilities as a full-service firm, and their interest in truly kid-testing prototypes, Slane says. “They bring in school groups to play with prototypes and learn from how they interact with them — really kick the tires to see how durable the designs are they are constructing,” she relates, adding that pandemic testing has continued in a safe manner. “That was appealing to us,” Slane says, adding that the overall design aesthetic aligns with Cleveland Botanical Gardens’ mission. It’s clean yet engaging — multi-faceted yet organized in a manner that allows for open exploration. Ultimately, the family gallery gives members and visitors another year-round destination to explore. Slane says, “It will offer four seasons of engagement.”

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Feathered Friends in Winter The forests and gardens transition into a pristine, white canvas in winter — an ideal backdrop for spotting many types of birds that spend the cold season on property. By Kristen Hampshire


Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus

Birds in winter are active all day as opposed to hot seasons when birders must rise and shine early. “So, if you’re not a morning person, it’s perfect!” Thompson quips. As for the types of birds you’ll see during the months when snow falls, you can expect Cedar Waxwing to fly in flocks as they seek out plants with berries for feeding. It is known for its vibrant red wax droplets on the wing features and you’ll hear its high whistle. Eastern bluebirds group in the provided homes throughout the property and exit to seek out fruit. “A lot of our winter birds that stick around change their diets from insects to fruits and nuts that they can readily find,” Thompson relates.


fter the leaves drop and temperatures chill, the forest canopy and gardens reveal a special show of birds that stay through the winter. You can see them feed, interact as they mouth berries in pecking order and flit among the branches.

“The birds that do not migrate are easier to view and experience in winter than in other seasons,” says Rebecca Thompson, manager of academic programs, Holden Forests & Gardens. “You can watch their behaviors because they are more likely not moving as fast and doing as much activity during the winter as they are during their breeding season in spring and summer. So it’s a lot more casual — and it’s a good time to start birdwatching, too.” While many birds migrate in fall to warmer climates, there are a number of varieties you can see in the Holden Arboretum’s forest, managed gardens and fields, and at the Botanical Garden. Plus, birds in winter are active all day as opposed to hot seasons when birders must rise and shine early to watch since their activity is centered during the coolest times of day.

And some birds like the American Goldfinch change color. “A lot of people think they migrate, but they do not,” Thompson says. “They change from a bright yellow to a dull, green-yellow — they’re here, they’re just not so flashy.” When the ponds are not frozen, you might spot Waterfowl. Chickadees, Blue Jays and White-breasted Nuthatch love the trees on the property’s gardens and forests. In open-field areas, you’ll find Crows and Song Sparrows. “Sometimes, when seed availability is low in Canada, we get some migrants that can include Redpoll, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin. “Some years, we have massive amounts of these unique species but they are regular in terms of their visitation,” Thompson says. “If you are an avid bird watcher, those are a highlight.” Woodpeckers are abundant during the cold season — including the Hairy Woodpecker that hitches up tree trunks and main braches, sometimes feeding at tree bases, along fallen logs or on the ground. They are slower flyers than other woodpeckers, like the Downy and Red-bellied.

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Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata

Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens

As you explore this winter’s bird showing, here are some ways to experience them in their natural world on site. Vary the Environment. Thompson suggests visiting different areas of the arboretum to see different types of birds. “Try to get to the natural areas because it will maximize the number of species you see,” she says. “Birds like to have different habitats — so don’t spend the whole time in the forest. Go into the gardens and fields, too, and at the arboretum, it’s so easy to get to those locations because they are not far away from the main visitor center.” Go Cross Country. A network of established trails along the property are open for cross-country skiers. You’ll pass by the conifer collection, the holly collection and sugar maple area, where you can spot all kinds of winter birds nesting and feeding. Trails are open December through February as the snow base allows. Blaze a Trail. Rent snowshoes at Holden Arboretum and hike the trails. The frozen landscape is a pristine backdrop where you’ll easily spot birds that can be difficult to view otherwise. Take a learn-tosnowshoe class to brush up on some basics before you blaze a trail through the powder. For winter birders, snowshoes make traversing covered areas much easier, Thompson says. “Especially when we have deep snow, it’s helpful to have snowshoes on if you are breaking the ground of the trail,” she says. Rent snowshoes for two-hour periods for $5 for adults and $2 for children ages four to 11.


Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor

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Cleveland Botanical Garden brings you home to a delightfully decorated, fun-and activity-filled wonderland for making holiday memories. By Kristen Hampshire



he season is aglow with twinkle lights illuminating spruce holiday trees, the scent of orange and cloves, bright-berried holly and gingerbread. Cleveland Botanical Garden welcomes guests to A Garden Holiday Saturday, November 20th through Sunday, January 2nd.

This year’s celebration transforms the halls, gathering spaces and gardens into a warm, welcoming “home” for making memories, embracing the giving spirit, and learning about different customs and how nature plays into the season’s traditions. “The garden is your home away from home, and once here, we share what’s in season to serve at the table — why nuts are so popular — and a bit of interpretation of the plants we use to celebrate the holidays,” says Jillian Slane, director of exhibits and experiences, Holden Forests & Gardens. A tree in Japanese Overlook will serve as the Wishing Tree and People for Trees display. The tree will be donated and planted at Village Family Farm in the Hough neighborhood. Garden clubs will also create festive wreaths and outfit doors with all the dressings of the season. “The Botanical Garden’s interior spaces will be decorated like different rooms of a house, so it will feature decorated doors, and Eppig Gallery will be considered the hearth of the home,” Slane describes. Clark Hall will include a play area for children with a slide, playhouses, crafts and other surprises.

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A Garden Holiday highlights: Get in the holiday spirit with festive decor from 37 Affiliate Garden Clubs. Take a photo in front of a stunning 16-foot tall tree with handcrafted decorations. Enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas with games, imaginative play, holiday décor, and crafts. Vote for your favorite gingerbread creation. Discover different conifer stories on the Geis Terrace. Contribute your wish for 2022 to our Wishing Tree. Take photos throughout the garden, for holiday cards and creating memories.

Be sure to get outside this year to experience a festive display on the terrace complete with various activities for the whole family. On weekends during the show — and every day between Dec. 20 Dec 31 — outdoor activities will include hot cocoa story time, marshmallow roasting, community crafts and more! Breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to Noon. The cost for members is $28 for adults, $22.50 for children three and older, and for non-members: $40 for adults, $25 for children three and older. Advance ticket purchase is required.


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Pollinators are Essential for Life on Earth

Ground-breaking research on pollinators and pollination benefits the scientific community. By Na Wei, PhD, Scientist Pollinators promote flowering plant diversity

A new study1 published in the world’s most prestigious science journal Nature by Na Wei, Holden scientist, discovered how pollinators contribute to the maintenance of flowering plant diversity. “For years, scientists have been puzzled by how numerous rare plant species coexist with abundant species in diverse communities,” says Wei. “We believe that pollinators can be one critical piece of this puzzle.” Pollinator service is often limited in nature, and so plants compete with one another for those pollinators. One way to overcome pollinator limitation is for plants to form specialized relationships with some pollinators, thereby ensuring that pollinators are available for plant fertilization. Wei and colleagues monitored 416 pollinator species that visited 79 different flowering plant species in serpentine grasslands in California. These pollinators are diverse, including bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds. This research team found that specialization between flowering plants and pollinators was greater than expected, and rare plants seemed more likely to form specialized relationships with pollinators to ensure their reproduction and persistence. What’s more, flower characteristics were important predictors of specialization. For instance, plants having pea-like flowers were more specialized than plants with aster-like flowers. Also, plants having longer flower tubes were more specialized than plants with shorter flower tubes. They also found that not all rare plant species had specialized pollinators but had to use the shared pollinator services. For these rare plants, pollinators that were primarily attracted by abundant species can stop by and pick up rare species pollen as well. This benefits rare species at the cost of abundant species. “This type of asymmetric facilitation has also been reported in a study conducted in a diverse grassland community in Brazil. However, Wei and colleagues’ study goes deeper,” wrote pollination biologist Marcelo A. Aizen of National University of Comahue, Argentina, in a Nature News and Views article2. “It reaches a mechanistic understanding



that addresses not only the pollination benefits but also the costs of pollinator sharing in terms of the loss of a species’ own pollen and receipt of foreign pollen.” The results of this study have clear implications for conservation of native plants and natural systems. It suggests that to conserve rare plant species and diverse plant communities, we also need to conserve the diversity of pollinators that plants depend on for reproductive success. Wei and colleagues emphasized in their paper that “In light of pollinator losses worldwide and climatically induced shifts in plant abundances, understanding how pollinators contribute to the persistence of rare plant species is arguably one of the most critical tasks for biodiversity conservation in the Anthropocene.” This study that accelerates our understanding of biodiversity conservation has been reported by many mainstream news in multiple languages including English, Chinese, Korean and Indian.

Not all pollinators are equal

There are nearly 300,000 flowering plant species, and around 80% of them depend on insects and other animal pollinators for fertilization and reproduction. But pollinators are not equally effective in helping plants. In a recent study3 published in journal Oecologia this year, Wei and colleagues uncovered how ‘'good’ pollinators are by examining the amount and diversity of pollen grains carried by pollinators. Pollen grains that are collected and stored in the ‘pollen baskets’ on 'pollinators’ legs are for their own use and are not available for plant fertilization. This research team thereby focused on the pollen grains — outside pollen baskets — that cling to the hairs and other parts of pollinators’ bodies. They brushed 251 individual bees and 95 flies to collected pollen grains. They then counted the number and identity of these pollen grains under a microscope. This team found that pollen grains varied widely among pollinators. Some carried approximately 80,000,000 pollen grains, whereas others carried only 10 pollen grains. So what makes such a big difference? “Pollinator sex and identity play a big role,” says Wei. “Female bees carried a lot more pollen grains than male bees, and male bees are more or less like flies.” Moreover, pollinator body size was also a good predictor of pollen load and diversity, with larger pollinators carrying more and diverse pollen grains and thus more generalized in visiting plants. “However, this does not mean that flies are not important pollinators compared to bees,” says Wei. “Instead, our findings indicate that pollinators that carry fewer pollen grains may need to visit plants more frequently to be effective pollinators.”

Pollinators are the vehicles of microbes

When pollinators visit plants, they not only deposit pollen to fertilize flowers but also can deposit microbes that can be beneficial or harmful to plants. In a recent study4 published in journal Molecular Ecology this year, Wei and colleagues discovered that many microbes arrived at flowers through pollinators. Some of these microbes were yeasts living in nectar and some were known bacterial and fungal pathogens to plants. Wei and colleagues conducted this field experiment on strawberries, one of the most popular fruits in the United States. As strawberry cultivation relies heavily on pesticide use, this research team also tested whether bactericide and fungicide use influences pollinator visits and flower microbes. They found that agrochemical use did not influence pollinator visits, but influenced flower microbes, especially from fungicide use.

In another recent study5 published this year in Malus: International Ornamental Crabapple Society Bulletin, Wei and her summer interns observed pollinators that visited 93 crabapple trees in the National Crabapple Evaluation Project (NCEP) plot at Holden Arboretum and that visited 214 of the 308 crabapple trees in the NCEP plot at Secrest Arboretum. Wei and her team discovered that crabapple trees were visited by diverse pollinators, including many bee species, wasps, flies and butterflies. The pollinators that visited crabapples differed between Holden and Secrest Arboretum, with more honeybees and flies at Secrest and more mining bees (Andrenidae) that are solitary and ground-nesting at Holden. They also found that crabapple trees that had more flowers attracted more and diverse pollinators, and white flowers were visited more than red and pink flowers. The team is currently working on linking pollinator visits to microbes on crabapples to decipher the outcomes of pollinator visits.

Concluding Remarks

“It is difficult to overstate the importance of pollinators for plants and humans,” says Wei. “We hope that our findings benefit not only the scientific community, but also our society and environment.”

References Cited 1. Wei N, Kaczorowski RL, Arceo-Gómez G, O’Neill EM, Hayes RA, Ashman T-L. 2021. Pollinators contribute to the maintenance of flowering plant diversity. Nature 597:688-692. https://rdcu.be/cxoEL 2. Aizen MA. 2021. Pollination advantage of rare plants unveiled. Nature 597:638-639. https://www.nature.com/articles/ d41586-021-02375-z 3. Cullen N, Xia J, Wei N, Kaczorowski RL, Arceo-Gómez G, O’Neill EM, Hayes RA and Ashman T-L. 2021. Diversity and composition of pollen loads carried by pollinators are primarily driven by insect traits, not floral community characteristics. Oecologia 196:131-143. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-021-04911-0 4. Wei N, Russell AL, Jarrett AR and Ashman T-L. 2021. Pollinators mediate floral microbial diversity and network under agrochemical disturbance. Molecular Ecology 30:2235-2247. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.15890 5. Wei N, Incarnato M and Kaufman E. 2021. Plant–pollinator interactions in crabapples: A case study at Holden Arboretum and Secrest Arboretum, Ohio. Malus: International Ornamental Crabapple Society Bulletin.

MEET THE STAFF Na Wei, PhD, is a Plant Biologist and Research Scientist at Holden. She leads the evolutionary ecology lab. Her research program seeks to elucidate the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that influence plant adaptation to environmental change. Her research tackles these grand questions using interdisciplinary approaches, integrating plant biology, microbial ecology, pollination biology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and genomics. Na received her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Plants & Trees Inspire Bright Futures Students discover that volunteering and learning go hand in hand. By Tracee Patterson, Associate Director of Volunteer and Employee Engagement

For nearly 20 years, volunteers assisting at our Cleveland Botanical Garden campus in the early morning hours may have seen a somewhat sleepy-looking group of teen volunteers hauling plants, tools, books and backpacks on their way to Hershey Classroom. These are the students of Excel TECC. Excel TECC (Technical Education Career Consortium) is an innovative career program designed to prepare local high school students for technical careers. Holden Forests & Gardens relationship with Excel TECC began in 2003, when Cleveland Botanical Garden began hosting students from the Gates Mills Environmental Education Center (GMEEC). During the academic year, Lead Instructor Kim Haydu would bring 12 students to the Botanical Garden and the Midtown Green Corps Learning Farm. They would receive traditional classroom instruction as well as hands-on experience that enhanced their learning and provided much-needed volunteer support to horticultural staff, contributing about 3,500 volunteer hours annually. Director of Gardens & Glasshouses Andrew Pratt was serving as Grounds Manager in those early years and worked with the students


“When our alumni come back to visit, I love hearing their stories about how this program began their journey.” — Kim Haydu

and Haydu. “They helped with projects, mulching, changing out plants — anything you can think of that staff would do, they did too! Our gardens were their learning laboratory, and Kim’s gentle but no-nonsense teaching style really prepared the students not only for careers in horticultural, but for life. It was great to see she was still with the program when I returned to Holden Forests & Gardens this year.” However, the 2020 pandemic brought concerns about the health of staff and students working in the close proximity of the Garden campus. Excel TECC administrators and HF&G staff quickly reimagined how to continue the students’ experiential learning and their volunteer support. Director of Arboretum Horticulture Annie Rzepka “jumped at the chance” to transition the program to the more open spaces at the Holden Arboretum. “Having a dozen students dedicated to assisting with day-to-day garden tasks like planting or covering polyhouses or packing plants for sale is an immense help, especially when we’re without seasonal staff. They bring strong backs and a youthful perspective when we need it the most!” With some creative adjustments, a few new safety protocols and the commitment of HF&G staff and leadership, the Excel TECC partnership continued.

Rzepka, Pratt and Haydu also speak of an added benefit of the partnership — the opportunity it brings to nurture the next generation of horticulture professionals. Haydu’s favorite Excel TECC memories are from after the students graduate: “When our alumni come back to visit, I love hearing their stories about how this program began their journey. Many continue their horticultural education in college, others work on ground crews or as arborists, and some pursue owning their own landscaping business.” For Rzepka, it’s personal: “My first real experience with horticulture was at Holden Arboretum as a senior in high school — it shaped my studies, my passion and my career. I am ever grateful to the people here who nurtured my love of plants by sharing their love of plants. I hope we can spark the same passion in the Excel TECC students by connecting them to the wonder and beauty of plants!”

MEET THE STAFF Tracee Patterson is the Associate Director of Volunteer & Employee Engagement. Her prior work in volunteerism involved administrative and teaching positions at John Carroll University and Kent State University, where she coordinated and implemented service-learning programming and classes for students. Tracee was the 2020 recipient of the Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award by the Forum for Volunteer Administrators.

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Creating a Sacred Relationship With the Earth A Q&A with Robin Wall Kimmerer

College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the author of Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss, which will be available for purchase in Holden and Forests giftshops. What do you hope lecture attendees will come away with? A renewed sense of the ways that humans can be medicine for the earth, living as if we were ecological citizens, who return the gifts of the earth not just being consumers. How do you intertwine scientific knowledge and indigenous wisdom? Do you look for relationships between the two? Do you always start with one and the other follows, or what is your thinking process? I think of indigenous knowledge and western science both as powerful intellectual traditions, which grow from different worldviews, but can both illuminate the nature of the living world and how we might better care for it. They are distinctive, sovereign systems of knowledge which can complement one another. Our capacity to achieve sustainability and a more positive relations with the natural world is strengthened when we use both. But traditional knowledge has been historically erased or marginalized, and our work is to protect and revitalize its role. Why is restoration of ecological communities so important and how can each person make a difference? The extent of damage that we have done to the living world is so great, that merely protecting the remnants is inadequate, we have to heal the wounds we have inflicted through restoration of land and the cultural values which shape our responsibility for land.


olden Forests & Gardens is honored to begin the new year welcoming celebrated Native American scientist and author Robin Wall Kimmerer in partnership with the City Club of Cleveland and Kent State University. This lecture will be a free virtual event held on Thursday, January 13 at noon. You can reserve your space at cityclub.org or holdenfg.org. Take a moment now to get to know Kimmerer, if you don’t know her already.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor; Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY


What do you grow in your farm gardens and why? I grow a wide array of fruits and veggies, including traditional heritage varieties of corn, beans and squash, in order to celebrate and preserve these ancestral plants. I also consider the surrounding woods and fields like a garden, where I nurture wild foods and medicines, pollinator meadows and songbirds. If you could impart one thing to all people about our planet, what would you offer? As we give gratitude for the gifts of the land, can we live in such a way that the land can be grateful for us. Reciprocity is the root of relationship, all flourishing is mutual.

I noticed that singing came up in a couple of chapters of your book Braiding Sweetgrass when young people saw or felt the sacredness in the land and the plants, when love of the world bubbled up and came out in song. Those chapters and the other ones where you worked with students and helped them find a sort of communion with Earth were so beautifully told. As a teacher, and steward of the land, what does it mean to you to see students of any age find this type of connection while in the field? To me, it means that the students have found something deep and meaningful , they’ve been changed by coming into relationship with the land. This connection derives from experience that touches mind, body, emotion and spirit- and therefore is long lasting. Once students feel this, they are activated I think to care actively for the land, you can’t be passive when you’ve been engaged in this way. It’s a reminder that what’s good for the land is good for people, too. Each page of Braiding Sweetgrass is not only a lesson in ecology but in good, descriptive writing. A poet wants to know why goldenrods and asters are so beautiful, and you have told us why in such a way that makes me long for September just so I can really look at the combination with new eyes. Tell me more about your journey as a creative writer for a popular audience. I’ve come to understand my writing as an act of reciprocity with the plants and land, a way of returning a gift in return for all they have given me. I realized that writing strictly for a scientific audience in peer-reviewed journals was not serving the good of the land, for that I needed to touch hearts as well as minds. It was a challenge at first to reclaim my naturally lyrical way of writing, from the formal scientific writing I had been doing. But, it was wonderfully liberating and I learned to trust the power of story. I am so grateful that people are listening.

Braiding Sweetgrass has made an impact on people worldwide. Book groups, classrooms, libraries, and museums everywhere have created programs around the book and sales are astounding. During all of your speaking engagements, touring, and talks, what is a common thread that you have noticed among readers and fans of the book? In engaging with readers and listeners across this very diverse audience, I have sensed a deep longing for connection with the living world. There is a desire to know the plants well again, to feel part of the ecological community and to reclaim our role as givers to the land, not just takers. I can feel people longing for kinship with the land, that the extractive economies have tried to erase. People are remembering what it might be to have an honorable relationship with land. The book was a lovely lesson not just in restoration and being a good steward of the land but in reciprocity with earth and water and plants and animals. Yet I imagine that many people may still feel paralyzed and scared when faced with the overwhelming prospect of overcoming or reversing the damage humans have inflicted upon the Earth. What advice do you give readers and students when they say to you, “But how do I start a healthy relationship with the land? It starts with paying attention, come to know the ones who sustain you, so that you can sustain them. Inevitably, deep attention brings you to a place of understanding the world as gift- not as commodity and this realization incites a desire to give a gift in return. Giving back to the land, entering into reciprocity is a way of creating relationship with the earth. Humility is also a big part of knowing the land in this way, understanding that the land can be our teacher if we’re able to listen.

This lecture is part of a series of community events and activities supporting Big Read Northeast Ohio, an initiative that Kent State is leading through their recent award of the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read grant. Holden Forests & Gardens is excited to be a partner in this grant and provide the community with the opportunity to hear from Robin Wall Kimmerer. This initiative broadens an understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the exploration of award-winning books that showcase diverse themes, voices, and perspectives. Visit www.library.kent.edu/neabigread for more details and a full listing of programs, including more information on a discussion with Joy Harjo, author of An American Sunrise and the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.

For more information about the classes that we are offering this winter to better connect you to the wonder, beauty and value of plants and trees, see page 30 in this magazine and go to holdenfg.org for the latest updates. WINTER 2021  23


Left to right top row: Beth Whipple, Ann RzepkaBudziak, Caroline Tait. Bottom row: Mike Logsdon, Jill Koski, Dave Logsdon.

Heath Pond Renamed Logsdon Pond With Gratitude to our Donors


avid “Dave” Logsdon and J. Michael “Mike” Logsdon have some things in common. Both are long-time members of Holden Forests & Gardens. They are first cousins. Both wanted to make a gift to honor their late partners who died from cancer within months of each other. And both wanted to carry on the Logsdon family legacy while directly impacting Holden Forests & Gardens.

When Dave and Mike approached the Development department during the spring of 2020, they had an interest in naming a tree or garden bed at the Holden Arboretum in memory of Janice Logsdon (Dave’s wife) and Pamela Tanner (Mike’s partner). Both women had recently passed away. Dave, chairman of Wayne Homes and retired president and CEO, regularly visited the Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum with Jan and their three children. Mike had managed capital projects in ten states for Weston Inc. until he retired in 2008, when he was inspired by Eliot Paine, former CEO of the Holden Arboretum, and immediately began volunteering. He was later tapped to run the


By Deborah Miller, Vice President of Development

Cleveland Botanical Garden’s facility operations when it affiliated with the Holden Arboretum and did so for three years until he retired a second time.

an endowment designed to always engage those younger than us, so we expanded our memorial gift to include the annual hiring of an intern.”

During an early summer day, several members of the Development and Horticulture and Collections teams toured the Logsdons to various locations at the Arboretum for potential naming. One opportunity stood out — Heath Pond. The pond area was slated for renovation in the long-range plans. Caroline Tait, vice president of horticulture and collections; Annie Rzepka Budziak, director of arboretum horticulture; and Beth Whipple, horticulturist, shared the details of plans they had for the area. However, funding was not available to execute those plans. In addition, Horticulture and Collections had a need to grow the department and help train the next generation of horticulturists.

Conversations over the next couple of hours led to a significant interest by the Logsdon cousins to not only impact the immediate renovation of the pond but help ensure its long-term maintenance and encourage interest in the horticulture field. Together, they decided to make a significant gift that would impact both the present and future of Holden Forests & Gardens. “We have always been cognizant of providing opportunities to engage our youth to nature, and as we encountered the interest and excitement of the interns while touring the Arboretum, we simply decided, almost on the spot, to propose an endowment specifically for an intern,” states Mike.

“We know the importance of sharing knowledge and preserving nature, that’s why we’ve been long-time supporters of HF&G,” Dave reflects. “Mike suggested that we create

A portion of the gift is being used directly toward renovation costs for the pond area, while most of the gift has established The Logsdon Family Intern and Horticulture Fund.

“We know the importance of sharing knowledge and preserving nature.”

—Dave Logsdon

Operation Renovate Behind the scenes of creating the new Logsdon Pond ecosystem.

Why did this area need an upgrade and what was done? Back in the early 2000s a variety of herbaceous perennials were planted at various locations around the pond. Over the last 15 or so years the edges were overtaken by noxious weeds and invasives species and were in danger of eroding where the ground cover had died off giving easy access to geese. To prepare for the new plantings, we smothered the existing plant material with cardboard and mulch. This technique is herbicide free, which is a great sustainable practice we often use in many of gardens here at the Holden Arboretum. This is essential when working close to waterbodies to prevent leaching of chemicals which kill pondlife, and is a very effective technique to use throughout the garden. Hundreds of herbaceous perennials, woody shrubs and trees were ordered and planted in both 2020 and 2021 — more than 1300 in all!

This endowment fund will encourage future generations to pursue an interest in horticulture through an annual internship while maintaining the horticultural beauty of the Holden Arboretum for future generations. “It’s especially gratifying that our immediate families have already joined us by providing benches, signage and more,” adds Dave. “I encourage others to join us in growing this endowment fund.” In thanks and recognition for the support of Dave and Mike Logsdon and the Logsdon Family Foundation, Holden Forests & Gardens has renamed Heath Pond (originally named for the plants that surround the pond) to Logsdon Pond. In addition, both Jan and Pamela will be remembered by the placement of two benches near the pond.

“Mike and Dave recognized the opportunity to remember their loved ones through the renovation of a significant water body on which many plants and creatures depend,” states Caroline Tait. “Connecting past, present and future in this way is deeply meaningful and brings the donation to life allowing HF&G to renovate Logsdon Pond in less than half the years planned. In addition, donating to create an endowed intern position builds resilience into the Horticulture team and allows the gift to have broader impact and scope throughout Horticulture programming. We are grateful that Mike, Dave and the Logsdon family have put their support and trust in HF&G as we seek to impact communities through our mission and vision.”

Fun Fact: A lot of the plant material was sourced from local, family owned nurseries. (Klyn Nurseries and Herman Losely and Son located in Perry, OH, and North Coast Perennials in Madison, OH) For those plants we could not source locally, we ordered from a native plant nursery in Pennsylvania (North Creek Nurseries).

What was planted? Hibiscus moscheutos, Asclepias incarnata, Iris versicolor, Pontederia cordata, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Chelone glabra, Chasmanthium latifolium, Onoclea sensibilis, Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’, Pycnanthemum flexuosum and Acer palmatum ‘Tamuke yama’ Many of the plants are either straight species or cultivated varieties of plants native to our area. We chose plants that are commonly found around ponds and in flood plains. These plants will seed in and create a naturally self-sustaining landscape. The combination of woody and herbaceous plants provides four seasons of interest; whether it be the colorful blooms, the color and textures of foliage, or the sights of seeds and berries. These plants are also great food and habitat sources for pollinators and birds.

What do you love most about the new renovation? “My favorite part is witnessing all of the monarch activity on the swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, that we planted.” — Beth Whipple “Every time I walk past I’m reminded of the importance of this landscape for our guests and for their commitment to its stewardship.” — Caroline Tait

MEET THE STAFF Debbie Miller joined Holden Forests & Gardens in October 2018 as Vice President of Development. She has worked in the fundraising profession for over 25 years, most recently at Baldwin Wallace University as a senior philanthropy advisor. As Director of Development for Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, Debbie oversaw a successful comprehensive campaign for a new building for the Center located in University Circle. Debbie achieved her Certified Fundraising Executive certification in 1998, holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and BBA from the University of Toledo.

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A Family Tradition Several generations of the Bradt family have been drawn to Holden Forests & Gardens. By Chris Keeney, Major Gifts Officer


fter moving from Detroit to Mentor in the mid-1960s, it did not take long for Rosemary and Robert Bradt to become members of the Holden Arboretum. That quick decision helped to shape the life and influence the career of their daughter, Judy Barnhart, a retired naturalist for the Geauga Park District and current Holden Forests & Gardens volunteer. The family tradition remains alive in the next generation with a few of the Bradt’s grandchildren pursuing environmental careers.

Having grown up in households that encouraged experiences in nature, Robert and Rosemary placed an emphasis on getting outside for their six children. Their adventures at the Holden Arboretum were even highlighted in the Wall Street Journal with a picture of Robert and four of their children, including Judy, walking through a meadow and collecting flowers. Judy continued to explore the Arboretum into her teenage years as she would ride her bike with a friend and take off trial hikes to see more of the property. Those excursions were a launching point as she eventually returned to Holden as an intern for three years in the 1980s. As a graduate student at Kent State, Judy used Little Mountain and other areas at Holden for the research sites for her thesis. Working alongside Brian Parsons during one stint, she developed a lifelong interest in native plants. “I am currently president of the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio,” says Judy. “I was a seasonal with Brian in 1982 when they had their founding meeting. I remember being in the audience. Next year, we are celebrating our 40th anniversary as an organization, and we are going to celebrate it here at Holden because this is where it all started.” Holden Arboretum was a prominent part of another special occasion for Judy when she took wedding photos with her husband

Judy Barnhart ready to begin her volunteering shift in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden.

Gary on the campus. Since retiring from the Geauga Park District in 2017, Judy has been volunteering with Holden Forests & Gardens with the horticulture team. “I love learning to propagate plants because I have a passion for it,” Judy notes. “I love working with Annie [Rzepka Budziak, director of arboretum horticulture]. She’s so knowledgeable in plant propagation.” Reflecting on nearly 60 years of visiting Holden Arboretum, Rosemary was poignant. “We just love the place,” she says. “We enjoy and appreciate nature. The grounds are beautiful. There are so many things to enjoy there.” While the family has spread across the country over the years, the love of nature that became rooted at Holden Arboretum remains. Rosemary and Robert’s granddaughter and Judy’s niece, Maris, worked in the DNA lab at the Holden Arboretum over the summer. Plus, two other grandchildren are currently studying horticulture and forestry respectively. It’s quite possible the Bradt family tradition at Holden Arboretum could have another chapter soon.

MEET THE STAFF Chris Keeney joined Holden Forests & Gardens in February as the Major Gifts Officer and is based at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Prior to HF&G, Chris was the Director of Development at EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, and he has also worked at the United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Chris looks forward to building the culture of philanthropy at HF&G and meeting donors and members.




Helleborus x hybridus By Ethan Johnson, Plant Records Curator edges of the Hershey Children’s Garden, by the Terrace in the Western Reserve Herb Society’s Garden, and in the courtyard outside the gift shop. At THA the Corning Visitor Center Courtyard, the Hedge Garden, Display Garden, west of Blueberry Pond, and the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden is where the hellebores are.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Berry Swirl’ at Holden Arboretum west of Blueberry Pond


charming perennial for its cold season bloom, this member of the buttercup family thrives in partially shaded locations. Also known as Lenten rose, hellebores usually start to bloom in February or March at both Cleveland Botanical Garden (CBG) and the Holden Arboretum (THA), finishing in late April. Colors range from purplish to greenish to pink or cream and some are speckled or bicolored. Most hellebore cultivars are raised from seed so variation is to be expected, even with double flowered forms. The parents of Lenten rose are native to the Caucasus, n. Turkey, e. Bulgaria and ne. Greece. Depending on the richness of your soil plants will reach 1 to 2 feet in height. The leathery evergreen foliage is attractive, but it is susceptible to winter burn in our climate. I cut the foliage of my plants at home during a thaw in January or February. Simply clip and bag any unsightly foliage just before new leaves and blooms appear. At CBG hellebores may be seen in the Campsey-Stauffer Gateway Entrance Garden, along the C.K. Patrick Perennial Border, the Evans Restorative Garden, Hosta Hillside, the Waterfall Garden, along the

PLANT FACTS LIGHT: part shade SOIL TYPE: Moist, well-drained SIZE: about 1.5’ tall and wide BEST LOCATION: USDA Zones 4-9 SOURCE: Garden centers or mail order

Helleborus orientalis, also known as Lenten rose, is a primary parent of the hybrid. To get exactly the flowers you are looking for, visit garden centers early to select plants in bloom. For a wider selection, mail order plants must be chosen early since the most attractive hellebores sell out quickly.

Prepare the soil or bed ahead of time. Wash as much of the potting soil off the roots as is practical before planting and plant them with their crowns even with or slightly above grade. To avoid rot don’t put mulch on their crowns. Irrigate during establishment. All parts of the plant are poisonous containing cardiac glycosides with a burning taste, so deer and other creatures usually shy away. Hellebores can be appreciated more fully when sited near a walkway, patio, or window. A site that receives a lot of winter sun is important for earliest flowering. Hellebores may be planted with early spring blooming bulbs or early spring ephemeral wildflowers for maximum late winter and early spring floral interest. Their seeds ripen in late June or early July and are equipped with a tasty little elaisome so they may be dispersed by ants. Seedlings can be culled as they compete with the mother plant and may not have the flowers you desire. Plants may be divided in late summer/early fall or early spring.

MEET THE STAFF Ethan Johnson is the Plant Records Curator. He learned to keep records while working for the Arnold Arboretum (1985-89) and Holden Arboretum (1981-82, 1989-present) while volunteering for the International Dendrological Research Institute, Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association Plant Selection Committee and the American Conifer Society. He was the point person when the American Association of Museums accredited Holden Arboretum as the sixth public garden in the U.S. as a museum in 2001, has curated the Storer Herbarium, mapped, labeled and inventoried Holden Arboretum’s plant collection and starting in 2015, has been keeping plant records at Cleveland Botanical Garden.

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Hairy Woodpecker

Dryobates villosus

By Rebecca Thompson, Manager of Academic Programs


airy woodpeckers are commonly found in mature forests. They frequent suburbs, parks and cemeteries with medium to large trees. Their black and white color patterns are easily recognizable and sometimes can be mistaken for downy woodpeckers. Hairy woodpeckers, however, are larger and have longer beaks. Hairy woodpeckers also spend more time on trunks or larger branches, while downy woodpeckers stay on smaller branches or even cattails, grasses and sedges. Insects make up 75% of hairy woodpeckers’ diet. They primarily eat wood-boring beetle larvae, ants, beetles, moth pupae and caterpillars. They forage for insects by probing the trunk or limb, scaling off the bark of a tree and excavating the deadwood. Males usually work longer on one spot than females. Twenty-five percent of their diet includes berries, seeds and nuts. In the winter, they are familiar visitors at backyard bird feeders, eating sunflower seeds and suet. During the breeding season, hairy woodpeckers frequent large tracks of forest. They maintain territories in winter and will frequently pair back up with their mate from the last breeding season. In May, they can be seen showing off an elaborate courting display. They circle a tree trunk flicking their wings, stretching their necks, pointing their bills up high while they are bobbing their heads from side to side. Courtship includes both sexes drumming in duet. Both sexes select a nest site from the female’s territory and excavate it together. Less than two weeks before egg laying, nesting cavities are excavated in a dead or dying deciduous tree. Cavities are 4 to 60 feet above the ground. They are often in a branch that is not perfectly vertical with the entrance hole so they can keep flying squirrels and sapsuckers from using the cavity. The entrance is approximately 2 inches by 1.5 inches wide. The cavity can be 8 to 12 inches deep. The bottom widens and is generally bare except for a few woodchips. Hairy woodpeckers have one brood — set of young — per breeding


WINGSPAN: 14-16 inches DESCRIPTION: Black and white overall; checkered wings; large black stripe through the eyes. Males red patch toward the back of the head; bill as long as the head. RANGE: Year-long residents from northern Canada to the southern United States. CALL: Short, sharp “Peek”; whinny sound that does not descend BEST LOCATION TO VIEW: Holden Arboretum: Woodland Trail Garden: Woodland Botanical Garden: Wade Oval

season. Females lay three to six glossy white eggs. Females incubate eggs during the day and males at night for 14 days. Both parents tend to the young. Young leave the nest 28 to 30 days after hatching. Both parents continue to feed the fledglings for 2 weeks after leaving the nest. Hairy woodpeckers are widespread. According to the North American Breeding Bird survey, their populations increased between 1966 and 2015. Despite the population increase, forest fragmentation is a threat to local populations. Hairy woodpeckers and other woodpeckers help control tree pests, including bark beetles. Conserving large tracks of forested land not only helps hairy woodpeckers but also helps maintain the health of the forest ecosystem.

Rebecca Thompson is the Academic Programs Manager at Holden Forests & Gardens and has dedicated her career (1999 – present) to school-aged children and life-long learners. Her enthusiasm for the natural world has kindled a sense of exploration, discovery and a deeper appreciation for the environment. Her passion for bird watching drove her to become a self-taught local bird expert. She has served as President on local boards, including Blackbrook Audubon Society and Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers.


Save the Date Orchid Photography Workshop Behind the scenes access to Orchids Forever February 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.




Get inspired

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Get inspired by the wonder and beauty of trees and plants in one of our art-based courses. This winter we will offer a Botanical Painting & Drawing (CBG) course, behind-the-scenes access to our annual Orchid Exhibit, Orchids Forever, an Orchid Photography (CBG) workshop and a wellness focused writing course inspired by experiences in nature.

Are you interested in improving your green thumb? Are you a profound plant lover? Check out some of our classes focused on horticultural topics. This winter we’ll explore the topics of what to do with your holiday plants after the holidays, Landscaping for Privacy (virtual), and Phenology & Lunar Cycles.

Winter is a wonderful time to get outdoors and experience a uniquely changed landscape. On our Little Mountain Hikes (THA), which are held monthly, participants will discover a rich natural and social history, impressive geologic formations and a diversity of plant life at this historic former resort site.

We add additional class offerings to our calendar each month. For a comprehensive list of upcoming classes or for more information about each program, visit holdenfg.org/classes. WINTER 2021-22  29


Join our Little Mountain hike to discover winter’s wonders.

Botanical painting and drawing.







Date Thursday, January 13 Time Noon

Instructor Debbie DiCarlo, Professional Nature Photographer Date January 23 Time 9AM – 3PM Cost $75 per member $115 per nonmember

Date Party Guide

HF&G Education staff

Cost Age

$300 member pricing $350 nonmember Suggested ages: 4-12

Holden Forests & Gardens is honored to begin the new year welcoming celebrated Native American scientist and author Robin Wall Kimmerer in partnership with the City Club of Cleveland and Kent State University on Thursday, January 13 at Noon. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor; Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the author of Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss. This one-hour conversation will include perspectives from Cynthia Connelly, City Club’s Director of Programming and Lake Erie Native American Council Executive Board member, and HF&G’s Jill Koski as they discuss the importance and relevancy of Robin’s book, Braiding Sweetgrass, back to HF&G’s mission and work. Tickets available through the City Club website: cityclub.org


Winter can yield surprisingly beautiful images when you explore the season with a camera. Lines, textures, monochromatic scenes and pops of color highlighted by snow will be explored among the grounds of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Participants will focus their attention on small and large details of the season using macro photography techniques. The first portion of this class will be spent indoors reviewing settings and techniques used for winter macro photography. Afterward, the instructor will guide participants around the garden as participants practice techniques learned earlier in the day. For more details about this program and to register, visit holdenfg.org.

Available year-round with booking options on Saturdays and Sundays

Make this year the best birthday yet for your little nature lover by hosting a party at the Holden Arboretum. Kids and adults alike will love celebrating on the beautiful arboretum grounds. Each party reservation includes a 3-hour room rental and features an hour-long program related to the chosen nature-based party theme led by one of our education staff members. For a full list of themes and more information about our new Birthday Party program visit holdenfg.org.

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