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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Autumn Discovery Day Is This Saturday (10/1)

September 29, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Autumn Discovery Day, featuring garden advice, self-guided tours, and a sale of 100-plus types of hard-to-find trees and shrubs, takes place this Saturday (10/1) in Secrest Arboretum, part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the arboretum, which continues to rebuild following a 2010 tornado that damaged part of the grounds.

Included in the sale, to name a few: red buckeye, Ohio buckeye, umbrella magnolia, Princeton American elm, Black Dragon Japanese cedar, Cardinal red-osier dogwood, and Diana koreanspice viburnum. Prices range from about $15 to $30, with many around $20 or $25. The complete list is at (pdf).

For more information, call 330-464-2148 or go to

A Sept. 16, 2010, tornado leveled about 30 of the arboretum’s 120 acres, including 1,600 trees; caused an estimated $25 million to $30 million in damage to OARDC’s campus; and damaged or destroyed homes and businesses in neighboring areas.

Details on the arboretum’s tornado renewal fund are at

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

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Kurt Knebusch
Ken Cochran