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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Welcome, Spring!

April 25, 2022
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Dear Friends of Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens,  

Spring is here, and finally the warm weather has returned. Though it's been since January since since you've heard from us, our gardens have been absolutely buzzing with activity. Between growing thousands of plants for our Cultivar Trials, helping the OSU Medical Center package and distribute almost 1000 tree seedlings across campus for Earth Day, and preparing for our biggest Plant Sale Fundraiser of the year, our amazing team of staff and volunteers have been busier than ever. 

However, before we head into all of the Plant Sale details, we must take a moment to pause to recognize our most cherished event of the year, Arbor Day! 

Since 1984, Chadwick Arboretum has hosted the annual Arbor Day observances at Ohio State University. The OSU Arbor Day celebration features the dedication of newly planted trees, award presentations including the Chadwick Award given to those individuals who "speak for the trees," and serves as a time to renew OSU's committment to the Tree Campus USA Certification. Some very special individuals from across OSU campus will also be recognized, including: 

  •  Dr. Florian Diekmann, Head of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Library and Librarian

  • Jennifer Heller, CFAES Director of Development

  • Mike Hogan, Extension Educator & Associate Professor

  • Dr. Wendy Klooster, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Horticulture and Crop Sciences

  • Dr. Monica Lewandowski, Assistant Professor in Plant Pathology

  To top off an exceptional ceremony, the always engaging Jim Chatfield, Horticlture Educator and Professor Emeritus at OSU Extension will have a few "Tree-riffic Remarks" for us. Come enjoy some coffee and cake, and celebrate the trees with us!

  Finally, please mark your calendars for the event you all have been waiting for, The Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser and Auction, on May 12-14, 2022. Not only will you find a curated selection of over 10,000 perennials, annuals, herbs, veggies, and hanging baskets - but you will also find:

  • Members Only Preview Night: featuring bagpipes, live music, hors d'oeurves, and a silent auction
  • Food Trucks
  • 2 live auctions featuring unique trees and shrubs

Please visit our website for many more details.  

We are looking forward to seeing you in the gardens soon!

The Chadwick Arboretum Team