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Building Ohio State - A Must See Library Exhibit

 

 

If you are on the Ohio State University campus anytime now until May 14, 2017,  Building Ohio State it is a must see.  In fact, it is worth a trip to Columbus to specifically see this library exhibit. You won't be disappointed as the amount of planning and preparation by the team that pulled everything together is truly amazing! You will learn about how trees play such an important role - both while they are alive and after they are harvested. One of my favorite areas of the exhibit included a "did you know case" that included a wide variety of...

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Amy Stone
Kathy Smith

Never Too Early To Begin Tracking Growing Degree Days (GDD)

A recorded breaking warm-up in January is just a memory. While temperatures are feeling a bit more winter-like, it is not too earlier to begin following the Growing Degree Day Calendar online at  https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/gdd/

 

A quick check earlier today showed that Toledo had accumulated 16 GDD units in 2017.  Do you know what is happening in your part of the state? Check it out today! 

 

Once at the website, all you will need is an Ohio zipcode! 

 

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Amy Stone

Ohio Woodlands, Water and Wildlife Newsletter Available Online

Have you heard of the Ohio State University Woodland Stewards Program?  If you haven't, I will let you in on a little secret.  The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is an excellent educational resource that includes publications, workshops, classes, tree scale sticks, and links to other resources for anyone who cares for or manages trees, has an interest in aquatics and enjoys wildlife!

 

Ohio Woodlands, Water and Wildlife, is a newsletter that is produced three times a year. It provides subcribers with updates on the latest issues related to woodland management,...

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Tree of the Week: Sweetgum

  You are all waiting for BYGLQuest 3 results, I know you are...Soon. For now, though" 

  There are variegated sweetgums. There are upright sweetgums. There are those who are driven to distraction by sweetgum fruits, cool though they are.  There are the multitudinous fall colors of sweetgum, There are the winged stems of many sweetgums. There are the truly wonderful monoecious flowers of sweetgum. There are sweetgums in the snow. There are sweetgums that range from Florida to states north of Ohio. Liquidambar styraciflua, you of the twice-named gum, we barely know ye!...

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Jim Chatfield

2016 Ohio State University Green Industry Short Course A Success

A shout out to all the attendees, presenters, moderators and monitors who participated in the 2016 OSU Green Industry Short Course.  The Short Course was held last week in collaboration with the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation's Conference and Tradeshow at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 
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Amy Stone

Last Vestiges of Fall, Part Deux

  As each day goes by, the season for fall color continues to fade, but one last time (oh maybe another to come), here are a few features from last week, starting with the lead photo of the European larch at OSU’s Wooster Campus showing its final glories before winter quiescence.

 

  Next, check out the roses in German Village, still blooming during the OSU Nursery Short Course and Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Show last week. Now they are surely blasted. But those leaves with the black spot will fall to the base of the plant and lurk into next season, developing spores for...

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Jim Chatfield

Last Vestiges of Fall, Part 1

  Last week was the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Show and the OSU Green Industry Short Course and I took a few pastry-seeking walks down to German Village from the Columbus Convention Center. With this weekend’s cold and snow, let us remember some of the – last vestiges of fall, starting above with florist's geraniums, sure to no longer be with us.

 

  Barberry (Berberis) fall foliage is quite colorful, and while fact-checking a bit, I was surprised to learn that the Berberidaceae family also includes two of my favorite wildflowers, Podophyllum...

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BYGLQuest 2016-3: The Name Game

And now…for BYGLQuest 2016-3...I hope you are adorned in your togas, using your fingers to eat olives and figs.  Or how about nocello poured over gelato?  At any rate, here is your weekend challenge – and timing is everything. The best answer to these four plant name and classification questions by 11:59 Sunday night, December 4, 2016 will receive a publication from my archives. 
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Shrub of the Week: Winterberry Holly

{Text and photos for this bygl-alert are provided by Paul Snyder, horticulturist for OSU’s Secrest Arboretum at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, with a little help from Jim Chatfield}. Deck the halls with boughs of holly, winterberry (Ilex verticillata) that is. While this member of the genus Ilex is not what Thomas Oliphant had in mind when he transliterated the lyrics of this ancient welsh carol into English, it is what we think of at Secrest. Ilex verticillata is perhaps the most visually stunning member of the genus Ilex. Ilex, which comes from the...
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BYGLQuest 2016-2 Revealed: Its The Blueberries

 

  You may recall that the challenge for BYGLQuest 2016-2 (http://bygl.osu.edu/node/649) was to identify all plants in the images accompanying the text. There were numerous fine responses, but the discriminator was the one and only person to identify the lead image (see above).  It is a blueberry (Vaccinium sp.) in my backyard.

 

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