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 $20 for nonmembers.

Feb. 9: Photographic Exploration of the Bruce Peninsula with Stuart and Jeanne Pearl, Photographers

The Bruce Peninsula is in Ontario Canada with Lake Huron to the west and the Georgian Bay to the east. Located on the Niagara Escarpment, it provides a variety of unique ecosystems including fens and alvars plus beautiful coastal vistas. Learn more about this fascinating place.

Stuart Pearl is a local artist who was raised in Cleveland, OH. The strong connection to his hometown translates into Stuart’s photographs of Cleveland’s skyline and industry. His work has been exhibited at FAVA, Dayton’s Rosewood Gallery, and also the Erie, Zanesville and Butler Museums. He received “Best In Show” in the 2008 Butler Midyear Exhibit and his photographs have been included in publications of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Stuart serves on the Board of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and he has had exhibitions at Butler and the Metroparks. As a volunteer photographer he has contributed work to the Cleveland Sight Center, Adoption Network, PBS Station WVIZ/WCPN Ideastream, Metroparks, and the Holden Arboretum.

Feb. 16: Bumble Bees of Ohio with Randy Mitchell, PhD, Director of the University of Akron Field Station

Nineteen species of bumble bee are historically from Ohio, but only about 10 are now frequent. Some were never common here, but several once abundant species are now in steep declines. Indeed, two species are in danger of becoming extinct not only in our state, but globally. One of those species (Bombus affinis) has not been seen in Ohio since about 2002. Habitat loss, introduced parasites and pesticide use are the most likely causes of these declines. Good habitat management can help them recover in some cases. Join Mitchell as he discusses his research.

Randy Mitchell, PhD, a Professor of Biology at the University of Akron and is director of the Bath Nature Preserve. He holds a PhD in biology from the University of California at Riverside. Mitchell’s research addresses evolutionary ecology of plant pollinator interactions, focusing on how plant mating patterns and success are affected by pollinator behavior and abundance.

Feb. 23: A Pawpaw Renaissance with Trevor Wearstler, Blackbrook Audubon Society

The mere mention of a pawpaw might peak some curiosity or possibly nostalgic memories. Often referred to as the forgotten fruit due to the rise and fall of its notoriety, this native tree has been making quite a stir over the past decade or so provoking a sort of Pawpaw Renaissance. Come discover what makes the pawpaw unique and what is in store for the future.