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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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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