The Ohio State University campus has certainly looked a bit different this year than in the past, but things are finally starting to shift. Students began their return to in-person classes in small numbers last week, though events and gatherings remain paused. The earliest signs of spring have started to emerge, though we have another month yet before the silver maple's first bloom.
For an arboretum, the march towards spring continues much as it always has before. Throughout it all, the horticulture team has continued their important work of keeping the grounds inviting and our collection thriving. If you haven't started following us on social media, you can start now (see below!). You might be surprised to see just how much our small team has been able to do. From a virtual winter solstice program, to short "horticulture tips" videos, to a wonderful Zoom-based speaker series, this has really been a winter of re-imagining what's possible.
In addition, we are thrilled to announce that we welcomed about 90 new Chadwick Arboretum Friends members over the holidays! Our annual "Buy One- Get One" membership renewal period took our office longer than normal to process (due to limited office access), but everyone should have received - or will be receiving soon - their welcome packet. From all of us here at the arboretum, THANK YOU so much for your support. We couldn't do this without you.
Month of Education Speaker Series
The Chadwick Arboretum and Master Gardener Volunteers have put together a very special speaker series, The Month of Education, every Saturday at 10:00 throughout February, and you are invited! This event, traditionally called "The Day of Education," is usually only open to Chadwick Volunteers and Ohio Master Gardener Volunteers. However, this year's virtual format makes it possible for everyone to join. The cost to join all four, 90-minute presentations is $20.00. See the flyer attached for all the details and to sign up. (Note that the presentations won't be recorded). Sign up here: go.osu.edu/2021MGVDOE
This year, our event is also in honor of Mary Maloney, Chadwick Arboretum's Director of the past 27 years who retired last September. We will have a special recognition for her on Feb. 13th.
**Special Note: Rick Darke, nationally acclaimed ecologist, author, and photographer, is the first speaker for the Month of Education series, but also the last speaker for the Living Landscape Speaker Series! Yes, three groups are sharing him on this date - the Master Gardener Volunteers, OSU Department of Entomology, and Chadwick Arboretum! Due to this fact, you can sign up just for him for free if you aren't interested in joining the whole Month of Education series. Visit the"Living Landscape Speaker Series" to register. **
If you have any questions about this or anything else, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are so thankful to have your support and look forward to seeing you in the gardens this year!