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SCHOOL AND INSTITUTION EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
 
Master Gardeners conduct eductional programs which are not available to the general public at school and institutional facilities. However, the Thursdays in the Garden programs at the Demonstration Gardens at the Ben Franklin School are open to the public on Thursday mornings, as described below.

School classes are taught in the classroom setting, with a demonstration garden for illustration and hands-on experience for the students. Rehabilitation therapy is presented at rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.

This page has the following sections:
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Benjamin Franklin School and Demonstration Gardens
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Encore Program
Theraputic Horticulture
Occupational Therapy
Share the Health Garden
Other Institutions



Benjamin Franklin School and Demonstration Gardens
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Benjamin Franklin School Horticulture Program
Thursdays in the Garden Programs
In the Gardens this Year - Demonstrations
The Gardens

    Herb Garden
    Perennial Garden

    Vegetable Garden


Benjamin Franklin School Horticulture Program

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Master Gardeners teach horticulture classes to students of Benjamin Franklin School, an elementary school in the Cleveland Public Schools system. Hands-in-the-soil teaching includes growing crops in the school garden behind the school. In the autumn, in-coming students harvest and taste crops planted the previous spring. In the spring, the students plant crops for the following autumn. Click here to read students' thank you notes.

Click here for historical information on the Cleveland Public Schools Horticulture Program and the Ben Franklin School and Garden from the Cleveland Memory Project, the showcase for the Special Collections in the CSU Library, Two streaming videos of the historical CPS Horticultural Program are linked (click to play): 1) Who Grows the Most? 2) I-38 Miles Garden Activities.

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Thursdays in the Garden
Master Gardeners work throughout the growing season on Thursday mornings at 10:00 in the demonstration gardens (Herb, Perennial and Vegetable) behind Ben Franklin School, weather permitting. The public is free to visit, observe the demonstrations gardens and ask the Master Gardeners questions. Ben Franklin School is located at 1905 Spring Rd., Cleveland (Old Brooklyn). (map) Park in front of the school and walk back to the garden area.


In the Gardens this Year:
Programs are offered to the public by the Master Gardeners on scheduled days in the demonstration gardens behind Ben Franklin School, 1905 Spring Rd., weather permitting. These programs are free. Ben Franklin School is located at 1905 Spring Rd., Cleveland (Old Brooklyn). (map) Park in front of the school and walk back to the garden area. You may want to bring a folding chair. All persons attending any of the Thursday OSU Extension Demonstrations at Ben Franklin are more than welcome to visit and ask questions of the Master Gardeners at any of the other demonstration gardens (Herb, Perennial and Vegetable).

See pictures of some of the past demonstrations below.
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DIAGNOSTIC WALK

Diagnostic Walk - tba, at 10:00 a.m., Free - Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners are hosting a diagnostic walk with Ohio State University Extension Educator tba, at the Ben Franklin Demonstration Gardens. Be on hand to identify and discuss the gardening issues of the day.

In the HERB GARDEN this year:
The International Herb Association has chosen Coriander/Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) to highlight as its 2017 Herb of the Year™.
2017 Demonstration: tba

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In the PERENNIAL GARDEN this year:

Asclepius tuberosa (Common name: Butterfly weed, orange milkweed, pleurisy root) is the Perennial Plant Association’s 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™. The 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year is a USA native. It occurs naturally throughout most of the eastern two-thirds of North America. Its native habitats include prairies, open woods and hillsides. It has flat-topped clusters of upright orange flowers appear throughout the summer. One plant will produce a multitude of flowering stems.Light green, stiff, long and narrow leaves line the stems.


Work in the perennial garden is planned to begin in April.

2016 Demonstrations:
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In the VEGETABLE GARDEN this year:

2016 Demonstrations:
“Cool Weather Crops” - Thursday, April 28, 10 - 11 a.m.
“Review of the Cool Weather Crops” - Thursday, June 23, 10 - 11 a.m.
“Putting Your Gardens to Bed” - Thursday, October 6, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The Gardens

The Herb Garden
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The Perennial Garden
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The Vegetable Garden

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Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) - Encore Program

Cuyahoga Community College's Encore Program is a lifelong learning program for individuals 55 and older. Students choose from a vast and diverse set of changing classes each session. Master Gardeners are responsible for presentation of the "Gardener's Gazette" courses, covering a variety of topics and answering questions, presently at the Tri-C Eastern, Tri-C Western and Tri-C Corporate College West campuses.

Theraputic Horticulture
Horticultural therapy is defined by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) as “a discipline that uses plants, gardening activities and the natural world as vehicles for professionally conducted programs in therapy and rehabilitation.” Utilizing both indoor and outdoor goal-oriented activities, participants in a variety of settings can achieve cognitive, social, psychological and physical benefits. Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners currently operate five programs under the supervision of registered Horticultural Therapists.
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Cleveland Clinic Children's Rehabilitation Hospital
Fairhill Intergenerational Resource Center
Judson Park
A.M. McGregor Nursing Home
MetroHealth Medical Center

Cleveland Clinic Children's Rehabilitation Hospital
Two Wednesday mornings, all year long, children in the rehabilitation and dialysis units connect with nature through seeding, propagating, planning, planting and maintaining gardens and pots with themes chosen by them. Growing is done on a light cart and in a therapeutic courtyard garden.
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Fairhill Intergenerational Resource Center

Every Tuesday beginning May 1st and continuing through fall harvest, this intergenerational gardening program brings neighborhood children and older adult volunteers together to learn from each other while planning, planting and maintaining an outdoor garden full of vegetables, herbs and flowers. In 2009, the IRC gardeners studied worms and composting, harvested a multitude of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, made strawberry jam and pressed flower note cards, visited the Hershey Children’s Garden, Dunham Tavern, The Natural History Museum, and The Shaker Square Market where they sold their produce.

Judson Park, 2181 Ambleside Drive, Cleveland
A program is conducted on a Thursday each month in the Reinberger unit with a group of 6-8 older adults with memory impairment. The programs encompass a variety of sensory stimulating activities with plants and dried and fresh flowers.

A.M. McGregor Nursing Home
Every Tuesday and Thursday, all year long, various residents particiapte in horticulture activities, including flower arranging, seeding, propagating, planting, greenhouse maintanenance, nature experiences, and a garden club. The Horticultural Therapy department of this facility operates a greenhouse and numerous grow light carts, and an annual plant sale.
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MetroHealth Medical Center

This program takes place once per month in the Mickey McGraw Patient Activity Center within the hospital. Participants, who are inpatients in Metro’s Rehabilitation Unit, are able to complete an indoor project that they can take with them at the end of the session.


Occupational Therapy

Stanard Farm - Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
The OSU Extension/Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County, in collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, have developed an agriculture employment training program designed to provide work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to be based at the Stanard Farm. This includes both classroom-based instruction and on-the-farm learning experiences. Master Gardeners develop and teach the classroom-based portion and lead learning activities on the actual farm site. Master Gardeners may also assist with ongoing garden mentoring and instruction throughout the growing season.

The Stanard Farm Partnership strives to accomplish the following goals:
■     To develop an attractive, economically productive and community-friendly urban farm, to be named Stanard Farm, on the site of the former Stanard Elementary School.  As Stanard Farm succeeds, we strive to develop up to six urban farm sites in Cuyahoga County over the next three to five years.
■     To provide on-going training and employment opportunities to more that 50 adults with developmental disabilities over the next three to five years.  As adults with disabilities face some of the highest levels of unemployment and poverty within our community, we strive to increase their wage-earning ability and to promote greater economic self-sufficiency.
■     To grow fresh fruits and vegetables in the City of Cleveland to increase access to healthy food in our community.   As a component of their training, we strive to educate adults with disabilities about nutrition, health and fitness and to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
■     To collaborate with other organizations, businesses and individuals interested in agriculture education, economic development in the local food economy, and the promotion of sustainable practices in the Greater Cleveland community consistent with the goals established at the Sustainability 2019 summit recently hosted by the City of Cleveland.


Share the Health Garden

The Share the Health Garden at the Gates Mills Environmental Education Center, 390 County Line Road in Gates Mills (map) has been one of many such gardens all over the United States that aim to provide fresh produce to people in need. The Garden also offers educational programs. In 2011, Master Gardeners grew and donated over 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables.
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Other Institutions
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