Commemorative Gifts and Additional Support

There are many ways to support Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens and we welcome your participation at any level. For specific information about these possibilties, please contact Jen Heller, Director of Development at heller.4@osu.edu.


 

Additional opportunites include memorial and commemorative gifts, student internship and garden endowments, planned giving, participation in our fund raising events, Forget-me-Not Garden, and additional donations. You can beautify your garden as well as Chadwick Arboretum by placing an order for bulbs through Brent and Becky's Bulb Bloominbucks program.

    


Commemorative and Memorial Tree and Bench Program

Trees and benches that honor the accomplishments of a loved one, colleague, or organization, can be installed within the three garden sites of the Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, and on the general Columbus campus grounds.

The director of the Chadwick Arboretum consults with the internal horticulture and design staff to determine the location and species of the trees, and the location of benches that are installed within the Chadwick Arboretum grounds.

For commemorative and memorial trees and benches installed on the general Columbus campus grounds the arboretum director consults with the University Landscape Architect on species of trees and location, as well as the location of benches.

This partnership between the arboretum director and the University Landscape Architect enhances the horticultural teaching collections and ensures a diverse and beautiful landscape throughout the Arboretum and the greater Columbus campus.

Commemorative and memorial trees are professionally planted and can endure for more than a lifetime, but are only replaced if damage or death occurs within the first 5 years of planting. The cost of installing, maintaining, and mapping a commemorative or memorial tree is $3,000. New trees are typically planted in fall; additionally, there are existing trees or recently installed trees on campus that can also be designated as a memorial or commemorative tree.

All commemorative and memorial trees will be recognized with a 2” x 4” metal plate mounted on a wooden post. The plate may include the donor’s name, honoree’s name, and personal sentiment as space permits. A second plaque includes the botanical and common name of the tree.

Records of commemorative and memorial trees with the donor(s) name, honoree’s name, and/or sentiment, as well as the location are mapped and maintained in the Chadwick Arboretum database.

Click Endow a Tree or Bench for online donations or call Jen Heller, Director of Development at (614) 247-8754 to endow a bench or tree today!  When providing your donation through the online option, be sure to complete the Additional Information section at the bottom of the online form to specify that the gift is in honor of someone or in memory of someone. In the Special Instructions section please specify the name of the person for which the gift is given and the type of endowment (Endow a Tree, Endow a Chadwick Arboretum Bench, or Endow a General Campus Bench).

Commemorative and Memorial Benches placed within Chadwick Arboretum

Benches are 6’ long with redwood slats and black steel legs. Benches can be placed throughout the three garden locations of Chadwick Arboretum. Benches also include a metal plate—see information below. The cost to install and map a commemorative or memorial bench is $2500 for a redwood bench. Benches are installed when weather permits.

Click Endow a Tree or Bench, or call Jen Heller, Director of Development at (614) 247-8754 to endow a bench or tree today! When providing your donation through the online option, be sure to complete the Additional Information section at the bottom of the online form to specify that the gift is in honor of someone or in memory of someone. In the Special Instructions section please specify the name of the person for which the gift is given and the type of endowment (Endow a Tree, Endow a Chadwick Arboretum Bench, or Endow a General Campus Bench).

Commemorative and Memorial Benches placed on the general Columbus campus

Commemorative and memorial benches are 6’ long constructed of metal with black powder coated finish. Benches can be placed on plazas or a concrete pad within lawn spaces. Location is coordinated through the Chadwick Arboretum and approved by the University Landscape Architect. The cost of a memorial or commemorative bench is $3500 for a black metal bench. Benches are installed when weather permits.

All benches will be recognized with a 1" x 3" metal plate attached to the center back of the bench. The plate can include the donor’s name, honoree’s name, and personal sentiment as space permits. Bench records, with location, donor’s name, honoree’s name, and sentiment, are maintained in the Chadwick Arboretum database. Benches are replaced only when damage beyond repair occurs within 5 years of installation.

Click Endow a Tree or Bench, or call Jen Heller, Director of Development at (614) 247-8754 to endow a bench or tree today! When providing your donation through the online option, be sure to complete the Additional Information section at the bottom of the online form to specify that the gift is in honor of someone or in memory of someone. In the Special Instructions section please specify the name of the person for which the gift is given and the type of endowment (Endow a Tree, Endow a Chadwick Arboretum Bench, or Endow a General Campus Bench).

Forget-Me-Not Donation FormForget-Me-Not Garden

The Forget-Me-Not Garden is a planting of Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost,' which is the perennial forget-me-not flower. It blooms a dainty blanket of blue in early spring and continues to bloom sporadically throughout the growing season. The planting is located in the Lane Avenue Gardens, just west of the entrance trellis.

A donation to the arboretum's Forget-Me-Not Garden can be made to commemorate a special event like a birthday or graduation or in the memory of a friend, colleague, or family member. The suggested donation amount is $25. A letter from the arboretum is sent to the designated recipient to let them know that a donation to the Forget-Me-Not Garden has been made in their honor or in memory of their loved one.

Click Forget-Me-Not, complete the form, send it along with your donation to Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. For security reasons, credit card donations are accepted online only. To donate using a credit card, click here. Be sure to complete the additional information section or call (614) 688-3479 for more information.

 

Beautifying Your Own Garden Can Support Our Gardens

We have partnered with Brent and Becky's Bulb, one of the premier bulb growers in the country. When you purchase bulbs and other items from the Brent and Becky's Bulb website and specify Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, you get great bulbs and we get a percentage of the sale. If you are considering the purchase of bulbs for this fall, please go to Brent and Becky's Bulb bloominbucks page and select Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. When you order, we both win!

More Information

Contact Mary Maloney, Director of The Ohio State University Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, 614-688-3479 or maloney.23@osu.edu