Hot, Hot ... Not? Summer Walk in Secrest This Wednesday (7/27)

July 22, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio -- The heat is on, and Ken Cochran wants to avoid it.

“It’s good in the summer to walk in the morning,” said the head of Wooster’s Secrest Arboretum, who will do just that this Wednesday (7/27). He’ll lead a free Summer Walk that starts at 10 a.m.

“Things look different in the morning,” Cochran said -- “the shadows, the light, the sun coming up -- and also of course it’s cooler.”

The walk will look at warm-weather bloomers -- purple coneflower, bottlebrush buckeye and others; fruit formation by trees such as crabapples; and, as encountered, any current pests and diseases that a gardener may need to know about.

“And we’ll talk about overall plant health,” Cochran said. “At this time of year, some plants have got to be watered.”

The walk, which goes through the arboretum’s extensive display gardens, ends at 11:30 a.m., before the heat of the day. It’s part of a seasonal series aimed at showing what’s happening in the landscape.

“Next time,” Cochran said with a laugh, “maybe we’ll start at 7.”

Meet at the arboretum’s Seaman Orientation Plaza, about 1.7 miles from the main entrance to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the arboretum’s home. It’s at 1680 Madison Ave. in Wooster.

For more information, call 330-464-2148 or visit the arboretum’s website,

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

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Note: A previous online version of this press release said the walk will end at 11 a.m. The correct time is 11:30 a.m.

Kurt Knebusch
Ken Cochran