Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón,Senior Vice President of Advancement & Communications


Lakeside DaisyThe Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden will be visiting Lakeside Chautauqua from June 27-30, 2015 for an exclusive experience celebrating beautiful gardens.

Throughout this four-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from former First Lady of Ohio, Hope Taft; former Chief of Natural Areas & Preserves for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Guy Denny; and English garden designer, Amanda Patton.

Taft was instrumental in establishing the heritage garden at the Ohio Governor’s Residence. She pulled together experts from around the state to design the garden to have different environments and habitats throughout. The ODNR assisted with the different habitats.

As the garden was being planned, Taft thought about the long-term viability, and thus The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden was established.

The non-profit organization helps maintain the garden and has dozens of volunteers.

One of the volunteers, Jennifer Windus, recently shared with us her involvement with organization and her love for the Lakeside Daisy.

Windus has more than 18 years of experience with the ODNR and was part of the team that began the recovery plan for the Lakeside Daisy. The plant is a federally threatened species.

The very same daisies that grow along a small section of Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile in Lakeside are also a focal point in the heritage garden in Columbus, Ohio.

Windus shared that special permission was obtained to transport the daisies’ seeds to Columbus through the ODNR. But, before the seeds could grow, limestone, alvar and gravel was also moved from the peninsula to the heritage garden. Today, new seeds need to be brought in to help supplement the population.

The Lakeside Daisy is a special treasure for Ohio. There are only a few other places where the Lakeside Daisy can be found. The daisies grow in Michigan and also in Ontario on Bruce Peninsula and Manitoba Island.

Through her work with ODNR, Windus helped to establish a new Lakeside Daisy population on Kelleys Island near the glacial groove and also in the state park. These new populations are thriving.

Today, the Lakeside Daisy Preserve, located on Alexander Pike in Marblehead, Ohio, is roughly 19 acres and the largest natural existence of the daisy.

For more information about The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden or the Lakeside Daisy, visit