The crabapples are about to burst into bloom at Secrest Arboretum near Wooster.
If you’ve never seen the crabapple trees at their peak, you’re missing a visual treat. The arboretum, on the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, has probably hundreds of the trees. They wash the grounds in pink and white when their flowers are open.
Today’s warmth is pushing the crabapples toward their flowering, said Ken Cochran, the arboretum’s program director. He guesses most will be in bloom by Monday, but the show should be pretty good by Sunday, when more people are off work and can visit.
I’m hoping for a Saturday spectacle, myself. I’ll be at Secrest that day for its annual Plant Discovery Day plant and art sale.
If you plan a visit, be sure to allow time to stroll the grounds. In addition to its tree collection, Secrest has display gardens that are a pleasure to see. And be sure to go back in a few weeks, when the Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance is at its peak.