Even though it is a quiet time for gardeners, Friends of Secrest Arboretum (FSA) has been busy working on 2024 events.

FSA is proud to be a lead sponsor of the first Ohio Landscape Plant Symposium. See details here.

Plant Discovery Day and the spring plant sale are scheduled for Saturday May 11th with the members only presale scheduled for the 10th.

Our third annual Secrest Garden Fair will be Saturday June 8th. Many vendors are returning, and some new ones have already signed up. Stay tuned for details in the next Newsletter.

FSA is again partnering with ORMACO (Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach) for the fourth four-concert season of Music at the Arboretum. All concerts are scheduled for 6:30 pm at the John Streeter Garden Amphitheater with a backup location of Fisher Auditorium. This year’s include:

Alla Boara: Italian Folk Songs - Friday, May 31
This Cleveland-based ensemble reimagines Italian folk songs by adding elements of modern jazz and world music. Showcasing works from two recent albums, Amanda Powell, Anthony Taddeo, and Dan Bruce connect audiences through storytelling.

Erin Nicole Neal & The Chill Factors - Friday June 21
This Cleveland-based eclectic band performs blues, rock, pop, soul, jazz, and funk. The band has performed throughout Ohio and beyond since 2015.

Rachel Brown and The Beatnik Playboys - Friday, July 19
Rachel is a singer/songwriter/pianist who has opened for many top artists including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Toby Keith and The Judds. Be carried away by powerful vocals as the band performs various country, oldies, rock, and blues covers.

Grady Miller: Blues, Americana, Country, and Bluegrass - Friday, August 16
This Akron-based duo will be playing their own style of blues and Americana, with a mixture of some country and bluegrass. Tunes range from funny to contemplative, all the while telling a story full of imagery and depth.

The FSA Board hopes that you can come to many of these events and enjoy the beauty of Secrest Arboretum at different times of the year. You can keep track of coming events through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Friends.of.Secrest, our website https://www.friendsofsecrest.com/ or Secrest’s website https://secrest.osu.edu/.

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, this year’s Secrest Select class of 6 plants* was approved by the Support Council in December. Details of them and the 13 plants from last year’s class can be viewed at https://www.secrestselect.com/

As always, please reach out to me at friendsofsecrest@gmail.com should you have questions about FSA or if you are interested in volunteering.

*2024 Secrest Select winners: Taxidium distichum (Bald Cypress), Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese Cedar), Abies concolor (White Fir or Concolor Fir), Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf hydrangea), Viburnum nudum `Winterthur,’ and Helleborus (Lenten Rose)
--Bob Everett, President, Friends of Secrest Arboretum