Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens
at the Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
June 2012

This 60-acre arboretum is located on the campus of Ohio State University.


The arboretum is a nice collection of native Ohio trees, and many of them have excellent interpretive signage.


More interesting than the trees are some of the herbaceous plantings. The highlight is the Stephen M. Still Garden, designed by Adrian Bloom of Bloom’s of Bressingham. This is a spectacular small flower garden with an amazing variety of plants. The mix of small conifers, flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals gives the feel of a natural meadow but filled with eye-popping plants.


I especially loved this
Rudbeckia maxima, a giant black-eyed Susan with huge grey-green leaves.


I also loved the trial beds of annuals and vegetables. These are plantings of new varieties provided by seed companies for real-world testing. There were plants from at least a dozen different seed companies, all well labeled and well grown, showing what the future of bedding plants will look like.
This is
Zinnia ‘Bridesmaid’ from Burpee seed company.


Another highlight is the Van Wade Hosta Garden, a planting of a beautiful and diverse selection of Hosta cultivars.


There is also a selection of dwarf conifers, a labyrinth, a horticultural therapy garden and greenhouses.


OSU has a beautiful, well-maintained campus and these gardens are a wonderful addition. Wandering the grounds is a great way to spend a few hours.

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