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Holden Arboretum news and events for July 2014

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Holden Expands Its Outreach Efforts

The mission for the Holden Arboretum is quite simple. It is to promote "the beauty and importance of trees and other woody plants to create sustainable and healthy communities in the Great Lakes region and beyond." In order to achieve that goal, Holden has hired Chad Clink to serve in the capacity of “Community Forester”. This new position will be used to expand the Arboretum’s outreach efforts throughout Northeast Ohio. According to Paul Spector (Director of Education and Public programs), Chad will be an advocate for the expansion of scientifically based urban forest management practices throughout the region as well as promote the aesthetic environmental and economic value of trees and forests in the communities. He will also collaborate with various governmental and professional organizations while educating the public.

"The Greater Cleveland region has recognized the value of trees in improving the livability of our communities and there are many outstanding initiatives underway throughout the area," Spector said. "We hope to collaborate with these public and private institutions in order to enhance and expand on their efforts."

Chad is a Board Certified Master Arborist and graduate of Kent State University’s horticulture program. He also studied natural resource management through the University of Idaho. As a Municipal Specialist with the International Society of Arboriculture, Chad has traveled the country assisting in urban forest assessments while working with communities to help promote a better understanding of the benefits and value of healthy urban forests.

Summer Concert Series Continues
Tuesdays through Aug. 5

Relax and enjoy great local bands in the beauty of Holden's Display Garden this summer as we continue our popular Sounds of Summer Garden Concert series. Concerts will start at 7:00 p.m. each Tuesday and are free for members and included with a $5 after 5:00 p.m. admission charge for non-members. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Food and drinks are available for purchase at each concert or guests may choose to bring a picnic.

See the complete concert lineup.

Help Us Thank Our Volunteers
Help us thank the individuals who give their time and talents to support Holden's mission. In preparation for Holden's annual volunteer recognition event, "Holden Volunteers Are Something To Sprout About!" on Saturday, Sept. 13, we are collecting "Sprout Outs" to our volunteers from our members, guests and staff to be incorporated into the program. To participate, print a copy of the form and share your positive experience or appreciation of an individual or group of Holden volunteers.

Forms can be downloaded or picked up at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center.

Upcoming Events

Diversify with Groundcovers
7:00 p.m.,
Thursday, July 10

Diversify your landscape with easy to grow and underused groundcovers. Class covers plants that can handle sun, shade and everything in between. Learn more.

Designing with Plant Combinations
10:00 a.m.,
Saturday, July 19

The thoughtful arrangement of plants is the key to good landscape design. Discover how to combine a variety of plants to create a stunning garden or landscape bed. Learn more.

Build a
Bluebird Box
1:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 20

Find out more about bluebirds and build a bluebird box to take home. Learn more.

Tops and Bottoms
1:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 27

Listen to the story, Tops and Bottoms, followed by a hike around Holden to learn more about the plants we eat. Find out more or register online.

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