WOOSTER, Ohio -- Winter fruits of deciduous trees and evergreen foliage bring color to winter landscapes, and there is no better time to view and review them than during a Secrest Arboretum winter walk, March 1.
The walk will run noon to 2 p.m. at the arboretum on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Centers (OARDC) Wooster campus. The walk will be led by Ken Cochran, arboretum curator, and Jim Chatfield, Ohio State University Extension district specialist.
This is the perfect time of year to look at evergreens, Cochran said. Its characteristic of the winter season to focus on species of the pine family.
Plus, were going into a spring planting season, which is a good time for planting conifers, he said. The arboretum walk helps gear up people for spring planting.
Conifers -- cone-bearing trees -- can better re-establish themselves after transplanting into the landscape when planted in the spring, Cochran said. This season allows time for the roots to anchor into the transplant site and build tolerance for winter weather. Evergreens planted in the spring are more apt to survive the following first winter.
In addition to planting time, proper evergreen selection is important in growing vivacious trees. The narrated walk will define plant families and help identify selections within those families that are appropriate to plant in the Great Lakes region.
For instance, the pine family includes the Canaan fir. This fir originated from mountain regions in West Virginia and tolerates cold winters and damp soils, making it a good fit for Ohio. This is compared to Fraser fir, which is not as tolerant of Midwestern soils and climates.
Other pine family members that will be highlighted include species of pine, larch, spruce, hemlock and fir. Baldcypress and dawn redwood are two deciduous conifers that also will be discussed.
The walk is free, and participants should dress for the weather.
Participants should meet at the arboretums Visitors Pavilion, located on the OARDC Wooster campus, 1680 Madison Ave. For directions and an arboretum map, click on About Us at the arboretums Web site, www.secrest.osu.edu. For additional information, call the Secrest office, (330) 263-3761.