Chadwick Arboretum
Hort a Holics Anonymous
Laura Deeter

Welcome Home!

I've been here nearly 3 months and I feel as if I've come home. I started my horticultural journey in Horticulture and Crop Science, fell in love with plants at Chadwick Arboretum (ask me about the tree that opened my eyes to the world of plants), learned how to be a professor, mentor, and advisor at CFAES Wooster and Ohio State ATI, and now I'm back where it all began. Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens is a wonderful little slice of the world, and I'm excited for all of us to take it into the next phase. To Boldly Go Where No Arboretum Has Gone Before! Well.... maybe not quite that far.  

I hope to 'muse' at least once a quarter; I don't want to flood inboxes! What to expect? A healthy dose of plant love, perhaps a fun-fact or two, gardening happenings, and general thoughts on Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens; I am all about education! Got something you want to know more about? Drop us a line at the email addresses (mine and the general arboretum one) below!

Garden Happenings

The dying boxwood around the labyrinth were removed. A few of the Chadwick Taxus (yew) were also removed; many of the other Taxus are not doing well. The university landscape architect is working on a design for the renovation of the area to ensure it remains a private, peaceful location for reflection and contemplation. You will notice we temporarily added some containers for a visual break. Once we have plans in place, those containers will replace a few on campus that are deteriorating.

Our fabulous horticulture folks worked with OSU partners to remove the dead and dying woody plants from the Still Garden. Over the winter we will work on renovation plans and designs to get some of the plants back under control (I'm looking at you Pennisetum alopecuroides (fountain grass) seeding yourself all over the place). I anticipate a garden my graduate advisor, mentor, and friend would say lives up to his legacy.

As I reacquaint myself with old plant friends, discover new ones, and wander not just the arboretum but the campus as a whole, I am reminded the poem "The Life of Trees" by Dorianne Laux, and in particular the line "I want to sleep and dream the life of trees, beings from the muted world who care nothing for Money, Politics, Power, Will or Right..."

I am not a poet by any stretch of the imagination, but the part about trees being from a muted world hits me. They (all plants, not just trees) speak a different language, one we often struggle to hear, one I hope everyone takes a moment to at least try to hear and learn from (myself included).

Thanks for letting me ramble. And thank you for all you do in your love of plants and Chadwick!

Laura