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Helping Hands Can Beautify Secrest Arboretum

May 31, 2001

WOOSTER, Ohio - Garden lovers looking to exercise their plant care and landscape management skills can lend Secrest Arboretum that extra touch of hands-on beauty.

Ken Cochran, arboretum curator, is offering people the opportunity to volunteer their time to beautifying the arboretum while learning about the plants that are located on the site. Secrest Arboretum is located on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center campus in Wooster.

A meeting for interested parties will be held on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the visitor's pavilion in the arboretum, which is just east of the rose garden. The meeting will cover a tour of Secrest and the various activities volunteers can participate in.

Cochran said some of the activities include weed management, edging plant beds, plant grooming and mulching. "We are always looking for ways to enhance the look of the arboretum for the viewing enjoyment of our community, and this project is just one way of doing that," he said. "Plus the volunteers will get to learn about plants and the value they have for the area."

Volunteers currently meet on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will also have an opportunity to meet every other Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning June 18. For more information, contact Secrest Arboretum at (330) 263-3761.

Candace Pollock
Ken Cochran