Holden Arboretum

Photographs by Ian Adams

Text by Steve Love

Pages: 231

Size: 9 x 12

SKU: 978-1-884836-87-9 Category: Tags: ,


The Holden Arboretum is a living museum of forests and woodlands, meadows and display gardens, mountains and ravines, rock ledges and lakes, rivers and streams, wetlands and bogs, with an abundance of wildlife. It is a place of year-round beauty with tremendous scientific and ecological importance.

The Holden Arboretum was established on 100 acres in 1931 by people of vision and great generosity who understood the importance of protecting precious green spaces for future generations. Today, Holden spans 3,400 acres and is nationally known for its plant collections, education programs, research efforts, and its commitment to conservation.

Albert Fairchild Holden, the founding father of the Holden Arboretum, was born in 1866, the third of nine children born to Liberty and Delia Bulkey Holden. His mother was instrumental in the founding of the Cleveland School of Art, which became the Cleveland Institute of Art; his father was involved in the mining business and was, at one time, the owner of Cleveland’s major newspaper, The Plain Dealer. Though he had at one time considered bequeathing his estate to Harvard, his alma mater, the untimely death of his twelve-year old daughter, Elizabeth, inspired him to instead endow the arboretum in her memory. A trust agreement in his will designated that funds be set aside for development of an arboretum following a life interest for his two remaining daughters, who were teenagers at the time of his death in 1913.

About the authors

Ian Adams is a freelance photographer, writer, and educator specializing in natural, historical, rural, and garden landscapes of Ohio. More than 7,000 of his photographs have been published in books, calendars, posters, magazines, and other publications. He has published 22 photography books, including A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio: Volumes 1 & 2 (Ohio University Press), Our First Family’s Home: The Ohio Governor’s Residence & Heritage Garden (Ohio University Press), and The Art of Garden Photography(Timber Press).

Steve Love is failing retirement by continuing to write after more than thirty-five years as a journalist. He is the author or coauthor of four books, including Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron. He also has taught the Writing Biography class in Hiram’s Weekend College, where he received his master’s degree interdisciplinary studies when he was in his sixties. He lives in Green with his wife, Jackie, and their literary cat—Harper-Lee.

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Ohio History and Culture


Ian Adams, Steve Love

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botanical gardens; ohio botanical gardens; cleveland botanical garden; holden forests & garden; photography; trees; nature