Fireside Lecture

Each February, The Holden Arboretum hosts the Fireside Lecture Series, allowing guests to take an armchair exploration tby 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 lecutres take place at 2pm at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Sunday, Feb. 12

Gossamer Wings by Ian Adams, photographer and writer

For several years, Ohio photographer Ian Adams has devoted many summer hours to capturing on film and flash card the many species of dragonflies and damselflies that can be found in Ohio’s meadows, wetlands, rivers and streams. In this slide program you’ll learn about the fascinating life histories of these delicate “jewels” of the insect world. Take a photo hike through a summer meadow, enjoy a wade along a river, and enter the amazing world of darners, clubtails, skimmers, dancers and jewelwings. Ian Adams provides helpful hints on finding, observing and identifying dragonflies and damselflies (odonata) during this entertaining and informative program. In 2015, Ian served as the President of the Ohio Odonata Society.


Sunday, Feb. 19

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens – National Landmark, Community Treasure

Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is a National Historic Treasure with deep roots and a broad reach throughout the Northeast Ohio community. The 101-year old historic home, built by Goodyear industrialist F.A. Seiberling, bears the family motto above the front door — Non Nobis Solum or Not for Us Alone – which continues to drive the work of this American Country Estate. Gailmarie will take you on a journey to see how the Seiberlings’ vision and philanthropy influenced the creation of a vibrant community, instilling it with arts, culture and a sense of well-being.


Sunday, Feb. 26

Exploring Fellows Riverside Gardens, Gem of the Mahoning Valley

Come and join Gardens Director Andrew Pratt as he explores the history of Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellows Riverside Gardens, a 12-acre public botanical respite located in Youngstown. The Gardens, free to the public, are considered the “gem” of Mahoning Valley and are a popular destination for locals and out of town visitors. We will explore the early history of the Gardens starting with the initial bequest of Elizabeth Fellows and explore the accomplishment of her vision implemented by Akron landscape architect John Paolano, who provided the infrastructure for what the Gardens have become today.