CFAES garden at Cleveland home show celebrates Wooster and winter

Staff members from Secrest Arboretum and Ohio State ATI’s Horticultural Technologies Division, both part of the CFAES Wooster campus, recently teamed up to build and host a display garden at the Great Big Home + Garden Show in Cleveland. The show ran from Jan. 31 to Feb. 9, with attendance expected to top 100,000.

Secrest Arboretum Curator Jason Veil said the garden’s theme was “The Fourth Season: Celebrating the Subtle Beauty of the Winter Garden.” The garden’s aim, he said, was 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.”

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