COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The public is invited to celebrate Arbor Day with Ohio State University on Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m.
The free event, sponsored by Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens, will take place at Arboretum North, located north of Lane Avenue and west of Fred Taylor Drive near the new Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, in Columbus. Visitors can park at Bill Davis Baseball Stadium.
The Arbor Day event will feature a tree dedication, honoring the retirement of Ohio State University Extension assistant director Steve Baertsche and OSU Extension horticulturist Jane Martin. The featured speaker will be Jane Amidon, professor of Ohio State University's School of Landscape Architecture. A reception will follow at 11 a.m.
The dedicated tree will be planted at Arboretum North, one of three garden sites of Chadwick Arboretum that showcases a collection of over 1,000 native Ohio trees. The trees are representative of the four main ecological areas of Ohio: glaciated plateau, hill country, lake plains and till plains. Examples of tree species planted include buckeye, red maple, white ash, oak, sassafras, black walnut, wild black cherry, shagbark, black willow, butternut, persimmon, and eastern redbud.
Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens is part of the university's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. To learn more about Chadwick Arboretum, log on to http://chadwickarboretum.osu.edu.