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Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Professor L. C. Chadwick Founder's Rock

The Chadwick Founder's Rock is a glacial erratic, 3.5-ton granite boulder. A glacial erratic is a piece of rock that differs from the size and type of rock native to the area in which it rests. It was carried to its current location by glacial ice. Many such rocks were discovered during excavation on the OSU Campus. This is one such rock.


Installed on August 16, 1994, the founder's rock displays a memorial bronze plaque honoring Horticulture Professor Emeritus Lewis C. Chadwick. The surrounding garden features a planting of Taxus x media 'Chadwickii' – one of many plants named for Professor Chadwick. The Chadwick yew is a versatile evergreen shrub with a wide-spreading habit, bright green emerging foliage against dark evergreen needles that hold their color over winter. This is a relatively low maintenance shrub that can be pruned at anytime and does well in shade.

Click Taxus x media 'Chadwickii' (Chadwick yew) or Ulmus parvifolia (Chinese elm), two trees located around or near the Chadwick founder's rock, for a photograph and one or more links to information about these trees from The Ohio State University Plant Facts, Wikipedia, and/or USDA Plants Database. Or click Plant Search Database and simply enter the botanical name (genus only will work) of any tree on The Ohio State University Columbus campus. If you do not know a tree's botanical name, you can find it by searching the web using the tree's common name. We are in the process of adding QR codes to our plant labels throughout the arboretum. If you are walking in the gardens and see a plant label with a QR code, use your smart phone or tablet QR reader app to access a photograph and description or link to additional information about the tree. If you don't have a QR reader app, you can download one for free from your app store.