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SPECIAL EVENTS
 


Special Events include:
Breakfast Gardening Series
Fall Seminar
From Garden to Table -- Vegetable Gardening Symposium
Plants in the Park


See Special Events Calendar
below

Breakfast Gardening Series - Tuesdays, April 4, May 9, June 13
Home grown is always better. This series of three sessions is designed for anyone interested in home gardening and enjoying the bounty it brings. Whether yours is a traditional backyard garden or employs raised beds or containers, OSU Educators and Master Gardener Volunteers will provide information on how to plan and grow your summer garden. Click here for flyer. Click here for online registration.

April 4, 2017 Blueberries / Herbs
Tim Malinich, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Erie County
An expert in small fruit production, Tim will discuss the varieties of health-promoting and delicious blueberries and other small fruit that do well in our area, and the basics of growing them in your home garden.
Jo Ann Bartsch, Cuyahoga County Master Gardener Volunteer
This presentation is aimed for gardeners who want to try growing herbs – primarily for use in cooking. You’ll find out what you need to know to grow them, how easy it is, and which are the best ones to get you started.
May 9, 2017 Microgreens / Container Vegetable Gardening
Jacqueline Kowalski, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Summit County
Growing microgreens can be a fun way to incorporate these nutritional powerhouses into your diet year round. Jacqueline will discuss equipment, variety selection, and production practices. Good agricultural practices and post-harvest concerns will also be reviewed. Each participant will receive microgreen seeds to try at home.
Christine Harris, Cuyahoga County Master Gardener Volunteer
Topics include the basic requirements, types and sizes of containers, cultural practices and tips for growing popular vegetables.
June 13, 2017 Tomatoes / When and How Do I Harvest Vegetables?
Eric Barrett, Assistant Professor and OSU Extension Educator, Mahoning County
Everyone's favorite garden plant – the tomato! Learn the best varieties, best growing methods and how to keep disease away to help you be a successful tomato grower.
Christine Harris, Cuyahoga County Master Gardener Volunteer
How to tell if a vegetable is at its peak for harvesting and whether continued harvesting will result in more production.

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Fall Seminar - "Gardening Through the Seasons"
- Saturday, November 4, 2017, 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.,
at the Parma-Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library, 2121 Snow Road, Parma

An annual one-day seminar on horticultural topics of interest to gardeners, homeowners and Master Gardeners. The fall seminar is open to any individual who is interested in gardening. 5.0 CE credits for Master Gardeners. 
Click here for flyer/mail-in registration form.

The following 2016 information is for reference only.

The 2016 Annual Fall Seminar “Gardening Through the Seasons” was held on Saturday, November 5th, 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Woods Boulevard , in Independence. Registration fee: $48.00 until October 17; increasing to $50.00 on and after October 18. Mail registration deadline: tba. Walk-ins will be accepted as space permits, but will not include lunch. The registration fee includes coffee, tea and breakfast breads; a boxed lunch, Keynote speaker and choice of 3 of 9 breakout presentations.

The 2016 keynote presentation (Session #1) for all attendees will be "The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry: Dealing with Wildlife Conflict" by Marne Titchenell, Wildlife Program Specialist. OSU Extension, School of Environment & Natural Resources - Wildlife conflicts around the home are an increasing concern for the homeowner, especially for landscapers and gardeners! We will discuss steps, strategies, and management options to prevent and minimize damage and conflict caused by deer, rabbits, moles, voles, squirrels, and more. Click here for handout.

Breakout session topics - pick one from each group:

Session # 2  10:30-11:45

B. Ann Cicarella, Landscape Architect, Shaker Hts., OH
"The New Dutch Wave: Naturalism in Contemporary Gardens" - Piet Oudolf is a leader in the exciting, naturalistic planting style movement sweeping the globe. Oudolf works in a highly visual, intuitive manner to create multi-layered, complex compositions in private and public gardens around the world.  Learn about this iconic garden designer’s work with Ann Cicarella, who embraces this style.
C . David Burke, PhD., Holden Arboretum, Scientist and Chair of Holden’s Research Department.
“Healthy Soil-Healthy Food Webs: Going Beyond Composting to Understand the Life Beneath Our Feet” - What is good soil? How should we approach composting, nutrients, organic matter and fertilizer? David Burke will address some of these questions, but will also provide a new perspective on soil-one that views soil as alive with organisms that all contribute to healthy soil and healthy food webs.  If we can “grow” our soil wisely, our plants will thrive and grow, too.
D . Cynthia Druckenbrod, Cleveland Botanical Garden
"Happy Houseplants" - Are your houseplants happy? Come learn about the joys and challenges of owning houseplants. You’ll also get new ideas for indoor containers and discover the latest new tropical, succulent and other plants to grow inside or out!

Session #3   12:30-1:45
E. Bill Hendricks, Klyn Nursery Founder and CEO.
"Shrubs for the Mixed Border-Great compliments to Perennials" - Adding shrubs to the mixed border to compliment a perennial garden add year-round interest. Join Bill to look at shrubs and vines that work well when combined with perennials to add seasonal interest.
F . Elizabeth Roche, ANR Educator, Cuyahoga County
"Combatting Our Fungal Foes: giants among plants diseases" - Fungal Diseases have been some of the most devastating diseases in history. The Irish potato famine, chestnut blight and coffee rust, just to name a few. Some are better known than others, but all have been important in shaping our history, our landscape and the foods we eat. Click here for handout.
G . Barb Holtz Ohio Prairie Nursery
Shrink Your Lawn: Landscaping with Native Plants” - Tired of mowing and maintaining all that grass? Incorporating native plants will create curb appeal and protect our environment with their long root systems, which hold in soil, slow stormwater runoff and provide vital food and habitat for birds and insect pollinators. Learn everything you need to know to convert part or all of your lawn. Click here for handout.

Session #4    2:00-3:15
H. Denise Ellsworth-Program Director, Honey Bee and Native Pollination Education, Dept of Entomology/ OSU Extension
"Unwanted Garden Guests: Coping with the Worst Weeds". - All weeds are not created equal! Understanding the biology and habits of weeds is key to getting the upper hand in the garden. This session will identify some of the worst garden weeds and illuminate ways to manage weeds based on their biology and growing habits. Click here for presentation slides
I . Lauren Lanphear, “Cleveland’s Tree Doctor,” Forest City Tree Protection Co. 
“A Wild World of Trees, Our Oldest Companions” - See historic and unusual trees from around the world, unusual tree care treatments, as well as Lauren’s Arbor Art and Aborsculpture. Enjoy the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, the Jesse Owens Olympic Oak Tree and other special projects in which Forest City Tree has participated. Click here for handout.
J . John Reinier, Wetland Ecologist, Cleveland Metroparks
"Rare and Interesting Natural Habitats of Northeast Ohio" - Northeast Ohio is home to many unique habitats that support a great variety of plant and animal species.  John will discuss the ecology of  these habitats, focusing on plant communities and rare species.  He will also discuss protecting our regional biodiversity, suggesting how  property owners can enhance biodiversity in their own backyard.

2015 Fall Seminar (Click pictures for larger image)

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2012 Fall Seminar (Click pictures for larger image)

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Hospitality
Silent Auction
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Keynote Presentation
Keynote Presenter Druckenbrod
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From Garden to Table -- Vegetable Gardening Symposium -
April 22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The 2017 "From Garden to Table" Vegetable Gardening Symposium was be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (registration starting at 8:15 a.m.) at the Happy Days Lodge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Program fee, including lunch, is $39--$45 after April 1, 2017. 5.0 Continuing Education credits for Master Gardeners. The 2017 presentations (Agenda) are: "Landscaping with Edibles" by Jeff Griff, Owner and President of Lowe's Greenhouse and Gift Shop; "Fungal Feast" Plant Disease to Gourmet Cuisine" by Elizabeth Roche, OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator - Cuyahoga County; "GMO's: Unlocking the Black Box" by Lee Beers, OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator - Trumbull County; "Gardening for Good Health" by Scott Gordon, Manager, Zoar Community Garden; and "Geodesic Biodome Gardening" by Bren Haas, Blogger @ Creative Living with Bren Haas.
Click here for flyer.

Pictures from the 2016 Symposium (Click on picture for larger image)

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Raffle Baskets
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Breakfast Buffet
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Sell-Out Crowd
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Lunch
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Pictures from the 2015 Symposium (Click on picture for larger image)

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MGs from 14 Counties
Seed Saving
Ann McCullah
Shawn Bell
Food Safety
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Pam Bennett
Box Lunch
Chef Larkin
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Pictures from the 2013 Symposium (Click on picture for larger image)

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Door Prizes
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Vendor Display
Randell McShepard
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Audience
Judi Strauss
Lunch
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Tim Malinich
Rudy Moyer
Raffle Winner


Plants in the Park - June 3, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Plants in the Park is a giant plant sale held each year by the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County. This one-day sale includes a wide variety of perennials, annuals, herbs, ground covers, house plants,  containers and more.  All plants have been grown by Master Gardeners around the Cleveland area.  In addition to the sale there will be a  reference table staffed with Master Gardeners ready to answer all your gardening questions.  The event will be held at the Kiwanis Pavilion in Independence, 6363 Selig Drive, behind the Independence Civic Center (map). Click for flyer

2015 Plant Sale Pictures (Click pictures for larger image)

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Tools of the Trade
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Another Truck
More Incoming
Saturday before the Sale
Arrangements: A Symphony of Colors
Arrangements: A Symphony of Colors
Arrangements: A Symphony of Colors
Arrangements: A Symphony of Colors
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Succulents Galore
Chair Arrangement
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Line at 8:50 am
Opening Surge
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Ask a Master Gardener
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Writing-Up Purchases
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Hold Area
May I Help You?
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Fig Tree
Protecting Purchases
Do I Want More?
For My Patio Table
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Morning Training
Smiling at the Beginning
Lunch
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Still Standing and Smiling

2012 Plant Sale Pictures (Click pictures for larger image)

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2011 Plant Sale Pictures (Click pictures for larger image)

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Kiwanis Pavilion
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Volunteers
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Special Events Calendar

Date Event - click green text for flyer Location
April 22, 2017 Vegetable Gardening Symposium Happy Days Lodge, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
June 3. 2017 Plants in the Park Kiwanis Pavilion, Selig Park, Independence
November 4, 2017 2017 Fall Seminar Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma-Snow Road.
     
Prior events:    
May 10, 2008 2008 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
November 1, 2008 2008 Fall Seminar  
April 18, 2009 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 6, 2009 2009 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
November 7, 2009 2009 Fall Seminar  
April 24 2010 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 5, 2010 2010 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
November 6, 2010 2010 Fall Seminar  
April 30, 2011 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 4, 2011 2011 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
November 5, 2011 2011 Fall Seminar  
April 21, 2012 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 2, 2012 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
October 6, 2012 2012 Fall Seminar  
April 20, 2013 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 1, 2013 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
April 26, 2014 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 7, 2014 2014 Plants in the Park Garden Day  
November 1, 2014 2014 Fall Seminar  
April 18, 2015 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 6, 2015 Plants in the Park Plant Sale  
October 31, 2015 2015 Fall Seminar  
April 16, 2016 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 4, 2016 Plants in the Park  
November 5, 2016 2016 Fall Seminar  
     
 


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