Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens

Chadwick Arboretum is an urban arboretum that is nearly in Kenneth and I's backyard!  Ever since we moved to Columbus three years ago, I've been meaning to visit Chadwick.  Because it's so close, it's easy to push off visiting until later, it's not like it's going anywhere, right?  Months can easily turn into years as we get busy or develop a routine.  Unfortunately I'm guilty of this with lots of other cool places in Columbus.  Part of my goal with this blog is to finally make it to some of these awesome places in Columbus that we've put off visiting because they're not going anywhere.

We made time to visit Chadwick after a wonderful three-year wedding anniversary celebration dinner at Cap City Fine Diner and Bar last month.  Chadwick Arboretum is 62 acres, but is broken up into four separate sections on the Ohio State University campus: the Learning Gardens, the Lane Avenue Gardens, the Bloch Cancer Survivors Plaza and Arboretum North.  We visited the Lane Avenue Gardens.  It was a surprisingly chilly evening for August and the setting sun cast long shadows as we walked through the gardens.  I took a lot of photos, several of them are posted below. 

This was a short trip to the garden, but we definitely plan to visit again!  I'd like to walk the labyrinth and visit the other sections of the arboretum.   

Chadwick will be hosting a Fall Plant Sale with Scioto Gardens this weekend (September 6th, 7th and 8th) to raise funds for the arboretum.  Check it out!

Lacebark Pine (Pinus bungeana)

Lacebark Pine Bark

As a kid, Kenneth used to think the Honey Locust trees in his backyard were evil trees because of the sharp thorns.

They are pretty scary looking, aren't they?

The leaves seem pretty and innocent, though.

Annabelle the Praying Mantis in the Phenology Research Garden