Winter Walk, Pruning Workshop Ahead in Secrest Arboretum

Feb 19, 2013

Winter Walk, Pruning Workshop Ahead in Secrest Arboretum

Witch-hazel, shown here, may be blooming when OARDC's Secrest Arboretum in Wooster holds a Guided Winter Walk Feb. 25. (Photo by Mike Peel via Wikimedia Commons.)

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Secrest Arboretum, part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave. in Wooster, will hold the following public events from late winter through spring:

  • Feb. 25: Guided Winter Walk, 2-3 p.m., meet at the Seaman Orientation Plaza. Features witch-hazel, Lenten rose, conifers, native grasses, parrotia, and other seasonal highlights. Led by arboretum research assistant Paul Snyder. Free. For more information, contact him at
  • March 20: Dormant Pruning Workshop, 8 a.m. to noon, Seaman Orientation Plaza. Offers expert instruction on how to prune young trees and shrubs, including hands-on practice in the field. Designed for anyone who takes care of outdoor plants, from homeowners to commercial landscapers. Taught by Ken Cochran, Joe Cochran and Paul Snyder, all of the arboretum staff. Registration is $50. Pre-register by emailing or download and mail the registration form available at (pdf).
  • April 13: Guided Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza. Led by members of Greater Mohican Audubon Society. Free.
  • April 24: Guided Spring Walk, 2-3:30 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza. Led by arboretum plant experts. Free.

Also ahead are an Arbor Day Celebration April 20 on the OARDC campus and the Plant Discovery Day plant and art sale May 11 in and around OARDC’s Fisher Auditorium. Most of the details are still to come. Check the arboretum’s website,, for updates.

The arboretum welcomes volunteers. Email for details about this year’s opportunities.

OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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