New Leaf projects already completed thanks to the generous support of our funders:
The Eliot and Linda Paine
Rhododendron Discovery Garden
The new 4.5 acre Rhododendron Discovery Garden will allow visitors to learn more about this beautiful landscape plant as they stroll down the winding paths designed by MTR Landscape Architects and constructed by Vizmeg Inc. of Stow, past beds planted by Holden’s team of horticulturists.
Within the garden, visitors will learn more about the Heath family, which includes rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurel and blueberries. Garden interpretation also explores the important roll hybridizers from Northeast Ohio in the introduction of new hybrids to the market and the best ways to care for rhododendrons at home. The new garden also includes restroom facilities for guests.
This is the first new garden to open at Holden since the completion of the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden in 2002
The R. Henry Norweb Jr.
The new R. Henry Norweb Jr. Tree Allée, lined with paperbark hazels, swamp white oaks, American elms, flowering dogwoods and serviceberry trees, will lead visitors from the Display Garden to the Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden.
Warren H. Corning Library Renovations
Work on the Warren H. Corning Library was completed in September 2012, updating the 32-year-old facility. Shelves were reconfigured, new carpet and furnishings were added and a new librarian’s desk was constructed to help make the library more inviting to guests. The library now has a more well-defined children’s area for planned story times or impromptu visits from families. Comfortable chairs with a view of the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden encourage guest to settle in with a good book. Wi-Fi access in the library has also been improved, making it a good place to work with and laptop or an iPad.
Improvements to Hourglass Pond and the Holden Irrigation System.
Hourglass Pond, located in the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden, was dredged in 2009-10 to improve irrigation at The Holden Arboretum. In addition to providing Holden with a new source of water for irrigation, the project also advances Holden’s master plan for the grounds. A shelf, two feet below the surface and 10 feet wide, was created and planted with native emergent species, which serve as a habitat for wildlife as part of Holden’s efforts to conserve native forests.
The pond also will serve as a transition space between the cultivated gardens and surrounding natural areas, providing examples of the types of plants that can be added to home landscapes to draw wildlife to their own backyards as part of Holden’s growing trees and communities strategic goals.
Finally, improved irrigation will enhance the Holden experience for our guests while making future improvements to Corning Lake possible.