Celebrate winter’s ‘subtle beauty’

Staff members from Secrest Arboretum and Ohio State ATI’s Horticultural Technologies Division, both part of the CFAES Wooster campus, have teamed up to build and host a display garden at the Great Big Home + Garden Show in Cleveland, which continues through Sunday, Feb. 9. Attendance at the show is expected to top 100,000 people.

Plants that fight the winter doldrums

Secrest Arboretum Curator Jason Veil said the theme of the garden is “The Fourth Season: Celebrating the Subtle Beauty of the Winter Garden.”

The aim, he said, is to “educate and inspire visitors about all the great-looking and interesting plants that stand out during the winter doldrums,” including winter-flowering witch-hazels, dogwoods with red- and orange-colored stems, and “horticultural beauties with unusual, colorful, or otherwise conspicuous fruit.”

The Akron Beacon Journal’s Craig Webb, reporting on the garden, noted its “prairie grasses that stand out from lush green pines” and “a Golden Pine whose green summer needles turn, well, golden in the winter.”

Read the story. (Photo courtesy Jason Veil.)

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