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Happy Harvest Moon and Fall Equinox

Sep. 23, 2021
Volunteers under a tree

Dear Friends of Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens,

    We hope you enjoyed the full moon of the fall equinox this week.  According to tradition, the closeness of these two events leads us to call this moon the "Harvest Moon," though North American indigenous tribes use other descriptive nicknames like the "Barley Moon," the "Falling Leaves Moon," and the "Rutting Moon." 

    At the Arboretum, we have been soaking up the last few weeks of warm weather - but looking towards the work and programs that the autumn brings. Students, Faculty, and Staff have been taking advantage of the opportunities to eat their lunches outside on our benches and signing themselves up for group tours. Our Open House on September 10th saw many new faces to our Learning Gardens, too! 

    We are offering lots of fun and interesting educational opportunities throughout the fall to look forward to. A flyer is attached, but you can also find all this information on our events calendar

Plant Walks:

Foraging for Edible Plants Walk: September 23, 2021, 11 am - 12 pm 

Are you Interested in learning about edible plants that can be found around the Central Ohio region? Attend this Foraging for Edible Plants Walk! This walk will highlight the many edible plants (and a few you want to avoid) that are hiding in plain sight in the Lane Ave. Gardens. RSVP here.  

Maple Tree ID Walk: September 29, 2021, 1 pm - 2 pm

This 1-hour tour around the Lane Ave. Gardens will highlight several maple tree varieties and species that grow well in the central Ohio region. This is a great way to get in a quick after-lunch walk while learning something new! RSVP here. 


Tree University Webinar: 

  • Powerful Pawpaws,  Thursday, September 23,  6 pm -7 pm

This month's 1-hour Tree University webinar will bring Dr. G. Matt Davies, Associate Professor on Soil and Plant Community Restoration at OSU. Dr. Davies will explain his research on the Pawpaw tree (just as they are ripening around the state)!

Dr. Davies is working to find ways to make forest management and restoration "pay" in order to tackle the issues of declining forest health due to mesophication* and invasive species. This should be a fantastic 1-hour.  RSVP here:

Brent and Becky's Bulbs Fundraiser

  • Chadwick Arboretum is partnering with Brent & Becky’s Bulbs for a great way to buy your fall and spring planted bulbs, while 25% of the order will come back to support our gardens!  These bulbs are top quality and include a wide selection of old-time favorites and new introductions. 
  • Here’s how it works: place your bulb order at and choose "Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, Ohio State University" as the organization. Your order will be delivered directly to your home. 
  • Last year, our arboretum received $524.97 through 30 orders - every little bit helps us keep our gardens growing! 


*Mesophication is a positive feedback cycle whereby microenvironmental conditions (coo, damp, and shaded conditions; less flammable fuel beds) continually improve for shade-tolerant mesophytic species and deteriorate for shad-intolerant, fire-adapted species. (From BioScience, Volume 58, Issue 2, February 2008, pages 123-138).

Happy Fall Planting and Keep Planting Forward,

The Ohio State University

Chadwick Arboretum Staff

Pam Bennett, Interim Program Director

Dewey Mann, Interim Director
Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens
Room 152 Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43210

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