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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, 2017
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, 8:15 a.m.-3:30 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. 

The 2017 Annual Fall Seminar “Gardening Through the Seasons” will be held at the Parma-Snow Public Library, 2121 Snow Road, Parma on Saturday, November 4. Further details will be announced. The registration fee includes coffee, tea and breakfast breads; a boxed lunch, Keynote speaker and choice of 3 of 9 breakout presentations. Click here for flyer. Click here for online registration and payment.

Session #1 - 9:00-10:15 - Keynote - This year’s keynote speaker is Marne Titchenell, The Ohio State University Extension's Wildlife Program Specialist, presenting "Landscaping for Wildlife" - Attracting wildlife, such as songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies to your backyard is easier than you think. We’ll discuss their habitat needs and what to plant to attract them and to deter deer and other undesirable critters.

Attendees can choose from nine other information presentations in sessions throughout the day:

Session #2 - 10:30-11:45

B. "The Top 10 Prevailing Design Principles" - David Thorn, DTR Associates - No matter the size and shape of your property, utilizing these design elements will maximize its potential for many years to come. David, who designs gardens for the Cleveland Botanical Garden, will arm you with great design ideas.

C. "Storytelling through Macro Photography" - Denae Wolfe, OSU State Educational Technology Specialist - Journey through the world of insects and spiders and learn how to tell the stories of your garden through photography. Join macro photographer, Denae Wolfe, to accomplish this eye-popping technique on a budget.

D. "How to Create an English Garden" - Carol Chernega, Intern at Jane Austen’s Garden, Chawton, England - Carol is the author of A Dream House: Exploring the Literary Home of England. Have you always admired English gardens, but can’t quite figure out how to create one? Having toured dozens of English gardens over 20 years, Carol will show you how to add that English touch to your own.

Session #3 - 12:30-1:45

E. "The Art of Gardening: Learning from Monet’s Gardens and Art" -Kim Hawkins, Cuyahoga County Master Gardener -“My greatest masterpiece is my garden,” wrote Claude Monet. This session will explore the elements of good garden design: how Monet used light, color, texture and form to create some of the most beloved art and gardens in the world.

F. "Pruning Shrubs with Your Personal Gardener" - Carol Chernega, Owner: One Garden at a Time; Pruning blogger - Do pruning books confuse you? Are you afraid to prune that expensive weeping Japanese maple? Relax! Carol will take the mystique out of pruning by showing you how to chose the right tools, make the right cut and get your shrubs under control.

G. "The Japanese Maple Garden" - MaryAnn Thesing, Co-owner, Garden PhD - John and MaryAnn Thesing have an extensive collection of Japanese Maples, Dwarf Conifers and rarely seen Dwarf Perennials that will transport you to a lovely, tranquil place. They’ll show how you, too, can have a low maintenance, easy-care, four-season garden. Think Dwarf!!

Session #4 - 2:00-3:15

H. "The Four-Season Garden: Enjoy Continuous Color & Interest Year-Round" - Noelle Akin, Director of Communications & Education, Petitti Garden Centers - Continuous color and interest is simple to achieve with proper plant selection. But color is fleeting and Noelle will show how the subtle artistry of plant form, color and texture is where you should place your focus.

I. "The Fascinating World of Dahlias" - Jerry Moreno and Tony Evangelista--Jerry is President of the Dahlia Society of Ohio and Tony has been growing and exhibiting Dahlias for 44 years! Learn how to start, grow and store the dahlia tuber as well as to hybridize new varieties. Freshly cut blooms will be on display, weather permitting.

J. "The Cleveland Tree Plan: Reforesting the Forest City" - Chad Clink, Holden Forests and Gardens - Our urban forest affects the resilience, health, prosperity and overall quality of our lives. Chad will describe the impressive collaborative effort to return Cleveland to its original glory as the “Forest City”.


2015 Fall Seminar (Click pictures for larger image)

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2012 Fall Seminar (Click pictures for larger image)

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Registration
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Hospitality
Silent Auction
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Keynote Presentation
Keynote Presenter Druckenbrod
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Presenter Rose
Presenter Langan
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Presenter Thomas
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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
Raffle Baskets
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Raffle Baskets
Breakfast Buffet
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Breakfast Buffet
Sell-Out Crowd
Sell-Out Crowd
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch

Pictures from the 2015 Symposium (Click on picture for larger image)

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Set-Up
Free Bulbs
Breakfast Buffet
Breakfast Buffet
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Sell-Out Crowd
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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
Lunch
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Pictures from the 2013 Symposium (Click on picture for larger image)

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Door Prizes
Bakery Buffet
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Vendor Display
Randell McShepard
Randell McShepard
Randell McShepard
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.

Thank you for making the 2017 Plants in the Park event a success.
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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Friday Preparation
Tools of the Trade
Friday Preparation
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Friday Pricing
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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
Putting Up the Sign
First in Line
Line at 8:50 am
Opening Surge
Shortly After Opening
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Ask a Master Gardener
Ask a Master Gardener
Writing-Up Purchases
Writing-Up Purchases
Hold Area
May I Help You?
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Fig Tree
Protecting Purchases
Do I Want More?
For My Patio Table
Winding Down
Winding Down
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Morning Training
Smiling at the Beginning
Lunch
Lunch
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
Plants
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Containers
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Buying
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Holding Area
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Reference
Reference
Checking Out
Volunteers
Volunteer Meeting

Special Events Calendar

Date Event - click green text for flyer Location
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  
April 22, 2017 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 3, 2017 Plants in the Park  
     
     
 


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