Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden. Please note that pre-registration at the Legacy House, located at 217 Walnut Ave., is required for some events. The suggested donation should be brought to the event or activity and given to a Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden representative.
2 p.m., Tuesday: Chautauqua Park Walking Tour with Cheryl Harner (Chautauqua Park)
(Pre-registration required; $10 suggested donation/person)
Lakeside Chautauqua has a rare natural time capsule of the native flora in a surprisingly wild and delicate state. Seeing this area of Lakeside, known as Chuatauqua Park, will allow participants to understand why this region of the peninsula was selected for the Chautauqua community.
3-5 p.m., Tuesday: Field Trip to Lafarge Quarry with Jennifer Windus
(Meet at the South Gate Parking Lot) (Pre-registration required; $20 suggested donation/person)
In 1890, botanist Clarence M. Weed collected the first known specimen of Lakeside daisy (Tetraneuris herbacea) from the Marblehead Peninsula. Here, the Columbus Limestone, which the daisy blooms in, lies close to or at the surface, making it an attractive area for mining. Today there are many private quarry operations, but when Weed botanized the area prior to the late 1800’s, the peninsula was largely undisturbed by botanically rich cedar glade. Today, only a small area of the original quarry land remains virtually as it did back in the 1800s, and this is the site we will be visiting. Since this is private property belonging to Lafarge and not open to the public, participants will be required to sign a liability release agreement.
10:30 a.m., Wednesday: American Home Landscapes with Denise Wiles Adams, PhD
Based on the speaker’s book by the same name (written with Laura Burchfield, 2013) this lecture provides a historical perspective of the evolution of America’s residential landscapes. From colonial subsistence gardens to Victorian gardens of excess to 1980s backyard barbecues, this lecture provides something for everyone. Learn about the major landscape design trends and most popular plants since our country’s establishment to the present.
Denise Wiles Adams, PhD, is an ornamental-plant and garden historian. She received her PhD in horticulture from The Ohio State University and for a decade owned an heirloom-flower and herb nursery. She is a prolific writer and lecturer on the history of American ornamental gardens and maintains a computer database of more than 25,000 ornamental plants featured in American nurseries and seed-houses prior to 1950.
Adams is the author of Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640-1940 and American Home Landscapes. She currently resides in Stony Point, N.Y. where she enjoys researching and making period-appropriate gardens for her 1914 Arts & Crafts-style home.
1:30 p.m., Wednesday: Perennials from the Past for the Present with Denise Wiles Adams, PhD
Antique perennials evoke pleasant memories of simpler times. Characterized by distinctive color and beauty, familiar forms and often-exquisite fragrance, these plants are old friends in a rapidly changing world. Learn about perennial treasures of the past, which are still appropriate for modern gardens.
3:45-4:30 p.m., Wednesday: Jacobean Architecture with Barbara Powers & Mary Alice Mairose
(Chautauqua Hall) (Pre-registration required; $10 suggested donation/person)
10:30 a.m., Thursday: The Garden at Stony Point with Denise Wiles Adams, PhD (Chautauqua Hall)
The speaker’s residence in Stony Point, N.Y. is a 1914 Arts & Crafts-style house on nearly one acre of land. This lecture describes the joys and tribulations of developing an aesthetically-pleasing landscape with a nod to specific historic influences on a property chock-full of invasive species and deer. Of course, the fact that Denise Wiles Adams is a confirmed plant-aholic makes the process even more interesting.
1:30 p.m., Thursday: Ohio’s Garden Path with Denise Wiles Adams, PhD (Chautauqua Hall)
Horticulture has been important in Ohio since the beginning of the 19th century. Learn about the influential people, extraordinary places and spectacular plants that have been important in the development of Ohio’s ornamental landscapes and gardens in this lecture.
4:30-6 p.m., Thursday: Walking Tour of Gardens in Lakeside Chautauqua, including Lakeside Daisy & Lakeside Hydrangea with Cheryl Harner, Laura Burchfield & Jennifer Windus (Meet at Pavilion Circle) (Pre-registration required; $10 suggested donation/person)
9:30 a.m., Friday: Field Trip to Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve, Meilke Road Savanna & Girdham Road Sand Dunes (Oak Openings Preserve)
(Meet at the South Gate Parking Lot) (Pre-registration required $20 suggested donation/person)
The Oak Openings Preserve of Northwestern Ohio is the most ecologically significant region of our state. More endangered and threatened species live here than anywhere else in Ohio. Located just west of Toledo, Ohio, the Oak Openings Preserve covers more than 150 square miles of landscape.
The first stop on this field trip will be Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve, located about 10 miles west of Toledo. This is the largest and finest remaining sedge meadow in the state. The second stop will be Meilke Road Savanna, owned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and jointly managed with Toledo Metro Parks. The last stop will be Girdham Road Sand Dunes within Oak Openings Preserve. These are the largest remaining active sand dunes in the preserve, which support a variety of rare plants, as well as a nesting colony of extremely rare Lark Sparrows.