March 23rd, 2014
Toronto Botanical Garden
Ken Cochran serves as Program Director of Secrest Arboretum on The Ohio State University Wooster Campus, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, OARDC. Secrest Arboretum & Gardens, a public arboretum and gardens, is an outdoor laboratory wherein people of all walks of life • Learn • Explore • Wonder • Connect • and a source for Research, Education and Natural Beauty Programs.
Ken has served Secrest from March 1984 to the present. He is responsible for directing and overseeing of Secrest Programs. Ken has initiated and developed research collections and outreach programs for various landscape plants including deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. His specialty interests include edibles for the landscape, ecological landscaping, specialty cut branches, and enhancement of the landscape for the well-being of humanity and community. Ken has developed and implemented the following during his tenure: a Strategic Plan, Master Plan, and Development Plan; Friends of Secrest; Secrest Council and various Secrest Committees. Ken has directed a public/private partnership for Secrest operations and development and three major Development Campaigns including Growing for You, Secrest Renewal, and currently a Learning & Resource Center.
Ken served as faculty for Ohio State ATI, Agricultural Technical Institute, Wooster, from September 1978 to December 1999. He was tenured as Assistant Professor and Coordinated the Nursery Management Technology, Horticultural Industries Division, developing and teaching courses in woody landscape plants, plant propagation, nursery operations and management, practicum, and internship. He developed and coordinated a campus operational container and field nursery and laboratory including propagation facilities. His total service to The Ohio State University is 37 years.
Ken received a B.S. Degree in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University in 1964 and a M.S. in Technical Education and Marketing from the University of Akron
Ken was born and grew-up in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Northampton Township. As a child and in youth he helped grow and market vegetable crops for the family’s roadside market. Currently his family consists of his wife Linda and their two married children and six grandchildren. Previous to a career at OSU, Ken owned and operated a landscape-nursery business, serving residential, commercial and industrial clientele of Summit County, OH.
Ken has received the following awards: Ohio Bluebird Society 2012 Wildlife Conservation Award; Ohio Nursery Landscape Association 2012 Teaching and Service Award; Honorary Membership in The Garden Club of America in 2011; named a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2006; received the Ohio Landscape Association Recognition of Lifetime Dedication and Outstanding Contributions to the Landscape Industry in 2005; and the Ohio Nursery &Landscape Association Award of Merit in 2003. The Ken Cochran Internship Scholarship was named to honor Ken by The Akron Garden Club in June 1998 and in 1990, Ken received The Akron Garden Club Significant Contribution to Horticulture Award. In 1988 he was honored with the OSU/ ATI Ring Memorial Distinguished Teacher Award and in 1986, the Ohio Association of 2-year Colleges “Outstanding Faculty Award”.