Springtime in Wooster

In my monthly column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer we visit Wooster, Ohio this month:

If you are looking for a place to spend a late spring day amidst flowers and trees that are bursting into full bloom consider the Secrest Arboretum at the Ohio State University Agriculture Research and Development Center in Wooster.  The 125 acre arboretum sprawls over part of the giant OSU Wooster Campus and contains over two thousand different plantings and includes paved walking paths, small gardens, water fountains, fanciful benches in the shapes of butterflies and peacocks as well as a beautiful natural amphitheater the site of concerts and weddings.  There are picnic benches and shelters as well as a rose garden dedicated to “Roses of Legend and Romance”.  The garden, the size of three football fields has five hundred varieties of old fashioned roses, not hybrids, some of the plants go back 40 years.

Ken Cochran, Program Director at the Secrest Arboretum pointed out that there is almost always something going on at the center.  For instance on May 1 the Secrest Arboretum will hold its Plant Discovery Day where visitors can buy hard-to-find herbaceous and woody plants as well as outside and inside art for the home and garden.  On May 18th there will be a class on planting and transplanting for the serious and even part-time gardeners.  Of course from around Memorial Day through June the “Roses of Legend and Romance” Garden will be in full-bloom.  Admission to the Secrest Arboretum is free and it is open seven days a week.

The Secrest Arboretum is located at The Ohio State University OARDC, 1880 Madison Avenue in Wooster.  You can call them at 330-287-1263 or visit them online at http://www.oardc.osu.edu

Remember when every small town had its own dairy? A place where milk was sold in glass bottles.  When you would open the bottle and pour off the cream. A place where local farmers sent their milk to be bottled and sold and a place where fresh churned ice cream could also be found.

Well there is a dairy in Wooster, Ohio that still operates that way……

You can read the rest of this story in the April 24th edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer or on-line at their website: www.cleveland.com

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