Thanks to the thoughtful support of John Gardner, in honor of his late parents George and Mary Gardner, the great music our guests enjoy during our Sounds of Summer Concert Series is now paired with a spectacular view of Corning Lake and its newly named Fordham Island.
On Aug. 1, the Holden Arboretum dedicated the new lakeside terrace with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a performance of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s String Trio. A gentle hillside to the north of the lake provides amphitheatre-like seating for the audience.
The Gardner Terrace is one of the final projects of the Arboretum’s New Leaf capital campaign, which included a variety of infrastructure improvements. Those improvements included the restoration of Corning Lake, Lotus Pond and the construction of new bridges allowing visitors to travel across the lake to Fordham Island. The island has been named in honor of J. Lynn Fordham and his wife Joellen in recognition of their extraordinary support of the Arboretum.
The dedication ceremony also paid tribute to Bruce Loomis whose generous support allowed the Arboretum to renovate the former sugarbush buildings at Working Woods for use as a classroom. The former sugarbush will now be used as a living classroom for homeowners interested in learning the best practices for managing their wooded properties.