One of Ohio's most valuable and beloved horticultural experts was honored recently with the naming of a garden area at Secrest Arboretum near Wooster.
The garden section was named in honor of Ken Cochran, the arboretum's program director and a tireless educator on all things plant-related.
The garden area was dedicated to Ohio's master gardener volunteers for their help in restoring Secrest after a tornado devastated the arboretum in 2010. But the master gardeners turned the tables on Cochran and surprised him by naming the garden "Ken's Classroom" because of his dedication to teaching and mentoring the volunteers.
I've had many opportunities over the years to learn from Ken Cochran in my roles as a garden writer and a master gardener volunteer. Lucky me. He's fascinating, knowledgeable, patient and one of the nicest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing.
Congratulations, Ken. We master gardeners salute you.