Fireside Lecture

Each February, The Holden Arboretum hosts the Fireside Lecture Series, allowing guests to take an armchair exploration by attending one of these entertaining and informative talks. Speaker will highlight a particular aspect of nature that they are passionate about and share their creations that have emerged from their personal journeys connecting with nature.

All lectures take place at 2pm at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Sunday, Feb. 11

Building Nature Into Cities: How Urban Green Space Transforms Communities with Sandra Albro, Holden Research Associate

Greener cities are not only prettier, they’re healthier for residents and the environment. Trees and urban green space help cities save money on wastewater treatment, heating and cooling, hospital admissions, and even violent crime. We will explore the value of urban green space and the specific needs and efforts underway in Cleveland.


Sunday, Feb. 18

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with Stuart Pearl

Stuart Pearl will present a slide talk on Cape Breton Nova Scotia, Canada’s National Park, where the mountains meet the sea. His lecture will focus on the geography and the harbors of this fascinating area as he hiked among the bogs, forests and rocky escarpments. Pearl seeks out interesting textures and patterns in his photographic compositions that will both engage and entertain the audience.


Sunday, Feb. 25

The World of Lichens with Ian Adams

Lichens cover 8 percent of the world’s land surface, and have been described as “the fungi that discovered agriculture.” Join Adams for a photographic introduction to the fascinating Lilliputian world of lichens – what they are, where to find them, tips on lichen identification, and their use in air pollution monitoring, clothing dyes, and food for wildlife.