COVID-19 UPDATE: Chadwick Arboretum is not closed! OUR GROUNDS ARE OPEN to pedestrian traffic during daylight hours


Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens is an extensive, urban, green reserve of over 60 acres located within the 1,600 acres of The Ohio State University main campus in Columbus, Ohio. Take a virtual tour of Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens by clicking on the photo above. Or, better yet, come visit our gardens in person. We are open year round and there is no admission fee. Pay-n-Display parking is available in the surrounding parking lots. Even our 12,000 square foot green roof garden is open to the public during normal business hours.

Dance Performance at Chadwick Arboretum North

*Attention* Chadwick Arboretum North will be closed to the public Friday, October 30th, and Saturday, October 31st, from 5:00  p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Novermber 1st, from 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

There will be a live dance performance by MFA Dance Cohort of 2021 at The Ohio State University which you can watch live online!  Find more information here: https://emilybcraver.wixsite.com/mfacohort2021

We do ask that live attendance be restricted only to those who have signed up.

Retirement of Chadwick Arboretum Director Mary Maloney

After 27 years of dedicated leadership, Mary Maloney is retiring from her role as Director of the CFAES Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. Mary’s last day at Chadwick was September 30th. During her time at the Chadwick Arboretum, Mary expanded the volunteer program, assisted in expanding the gardens to include the Learning Gardens, Green Roof, Cancer Survivors Plaza, and the Arboretum North site. She also assisted in the certification of Chadwick Arboretum, built partnerships, expanded tours and outreach, enhanced fundraising and events, and so much more. Mary has been a great mentor to many students and colleagues, and she will be missed.

Dewey Mann, Director of Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory will be appointed as Interim Director of Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. Pam Bennett will serve alongside Dewey as Interim Chadwick Arboretum Program Director. Pam is an Associate Professor who serves as Extension Educator in Clark County and as state Master Gardener Volunteer Program Director.

Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens and its extensive, urban, green reserve of over 60 acres is an important asset of CFAES and the University. It is used throughout teaching, research and Extension mission areas. Therefore, Chadwick Arboretum will be moved into the larger CFAES Operations portfolio, under the direction of Associate Dean Graham Cochran, to better align and support this unit which serves many departments. Later this fall a transition team will be appointed (internal to CFAES) who will work with CFAES college leadership on strategic direction for Chadwick Arboretum and what is sought in a new director. CFAES will also engage University partners, the existing Chadwick Arboretum advisory committee, and volunteer base for input.

 Annabelle Renovation

Artists Pat Belisle (green shirt), and Chris Saylor (gray shirt) who designed, built, and installed our 15’ sculpture of Annabelle the Praying Mantis updated her look with a fresh coat of paint and did cataract surgery on her by replacing her rusty eyes with shiny new ones!

Annabelle the Praying Mantis was installed in 2008 in our Lane Avenue Gardens specifically in the Phenology Research Garden. Her last cataract surgery was in 2012 prior to the American Public Gardens Association national meeting that was held in Columbus. Chadwick Arboretum was a host garden along with Franklin Park Conservatory and Dawes Arboretum.

Disney made a stop at Annabelle in 2010 when  Phineas and Ferb The Movie was released. There is a YouTube video showing that visit with info about Annabelle.



Cactus in Bloom in front of Howlett Hall

Go in the early morning to catch the blooms open!



soilResearch at Chadwick Arboretum

Allison Swanka’s Honors Thesis “Soil Health and Ecosystem Services in OSU Chadwick Arboretum” is a valuable research project that examines soil health and ecosystem services in Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. Thank you for your important research Allison! Click the image to read her final thesis. 



Bloomin' Bucks blooming bucks

It’s that time of year again to order your spring flowering bulbs. Chadwick Arboretum is partnering with Brent & Becky’s Bulbs on their Bloomin’ Bucks promotion that will benefit you AND Chadwick Arboretum.

Here’s how it works:

1) Place your order at www.bloominbucks.com (click the image)

2) Scroll down and select Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens.

3) Hit "Go" and Brent & Becky’s Bulbs will return 25% of your order to Chadwick Arboretum.



Sentinel Plant Research

Click the image to learn about the Sentinel plant research going on at Chadwick Arboretum North. 





pondFloating Wetland Research 

Click the image to watch Ohio State University associate professor of Landscape Architecture Jake Boswell explain his research with floating wetlands that help reduce harmful algal blooms and provide beneficial ecosystem services.





Rusell Tree Experts Virtual Tour

Click the image to take a virtual tour of Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, brought to you by our long time partners Russell Tree Experts.





signBlack Lives Matter Signs

During these turbulent times Chadwick Arboretum is proud to demonstrate support for the Black Lives Matter movement which sets the foundation in our fight against all social, racial, and environmental injustices. The bottom line is “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” - MLK

To purchase one of these signs click the image. 







plant a rowPlant a Row for the Hungry 

Click the image to find out how you can take a step to end hunger!












plastic potsPlastic Pot Recycling

Lowe’s at 4141 Morse Crossing, Columbus, OH 43219 takes horticultural plastics.

We also encourage you to check with garden centers, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menards, etc. where you purchase plants to see if they will recycle pots and trays to keep them out of the landfill!




styrofoamStyrofoam Recycling

Fabricated Packaging Materials Inc. at 2109 Commerce St, Lancaster, OH 43130 accepts Styrofoam Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m

They take #6 EPS pure white Styrofoam packaging from TV's, fans, computers, microwaves, Omaha Steaks, Nutri-System coolers, etc. They do not accept food Styrofoam, pre-printed Styrofoam, or taped and glued Styrofoam



Framed PrintsBotanical Prints for Sale

Single Framed Print: $260.00

Pair of Framed Prints: $500.00

Click the image for more information. 



PrintsEmmanuel Rudolph Print

Printed Notecards

each package of cards contains 6 notecards and 6 envelopes (cards have an equal amount of both of the designs below).

1 Package: $12.00  2 Packages: $22.00

For inquiries visit the Chadwick Arboretum office at 152 Howlett Hall Mon-Fri, email chadwick@osu.edu or call 614-688-3479 

Click the images for more information. 


beeOhio State Beekeeper's Association Newsletter

Calling all beekeepers and anyone who is interested in broadening their bee knowledge - click the image to buzz on over and check out the OSBA Newsletter