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Plant Exchanges
Tours
Appreciation/Recognition Event
Year-End Party

Plant Exchanges
Spring and Fall Plant Exchanges provide a social event with the opportunity to share plants with other Master Gardeners. Receive tickets for the plants you bring based upon condition, labeling and perceived value. All plants are acceptable: house plants, perennials, vegetables, shrubs, bulbs, etc. Additional tickets may be purchased. A pot luck luncheon is supplied by those attending. Non-native, invasive plant species are no longer accepted at plant exchanges, including the plants on the linked list.

2017 Spring Plant Exchange & Potluck - - The 2017 Spring Plant Exchange will be on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Kiwanis Pavilion behind the Independence Civic Center (map), from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Speaker: tba, Topic: tba Click for flyer and, registration form and plant labels.

2016 Fall Plant Exchange & Potluck - - The 2016 fall plant exchange was on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at the Kiwanis Pavilion behind the Independence Civic Center (map), from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Speaker: Elizabeth Roche MPHM, Topic: "A Disease and Pest Update," Click here for flyer, registration form and plant labels.

2008 Fall Plant Exchange pictures (Click on picture for larger image)

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Pot Luck Lunch
Pesticide
Presentation
Auction
Auction Plants
Exchange Plants
Free Stuff


Tours
Whether by bus or car caravan, Master Gardener tours are periodically organized to interesting destinations for educational, social and/or plant purchase opportunities. Advanced training hours may be offered. Tours usually include a nursery visit and a fun eatery.

2016 Summer Garden Tour - Gardens Matter- Zoar Village Gardens, The Wilds, and Schnormeier Gardens - June 25 & 26, 2016
The 2016 Bus Tour "Gardens Matter" visited Zoar Village, including lectures, luncheon, key note speaker, public and private garden tours, vendors and artisans (www.HistoricZoarVillage.com); overnight at Salt Fork State Park Lodge with dinner and breakfast on your own (www.saltforkstateparklodge.com); Conservation matters at the Wilds, with over 10,000 acres, it is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, including, 2 to 2 ½ hour guided tour, open air safari and included boxed lunch (www.thewilds.columbuszoo.org); "50 Shades of Green" at Schnormeier Gardens, a private garden open only by invitation, with grand vistas and intimate niches, tranquility and inspiration located on fifty acres of manicured lawns, ten lakes, a variety of discrete garden areas and several waterfalls among the gentle rolling hills of central Ohio, with 9 distinct gardens to explore and enjoy. (www.schnormeiergardens.org); and dinner included at Kenyon Restaurant, with 4-star dining in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. (www.kenyoninn.com/Restaurant.aspx). (Flyer for reference)

2014 Summer Garden Tour - Gardengate - Washington, D.C. Grand Tour - June 18-22, 2014
The 2014 Bus Tour visited Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and Olmsted Woods, Smithsonian Institution Gardens, U.S. National Arboretum, U.S. Botanic Garden, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Dumbarton Oaks, Mt. Vernon Mansion and Gardens. (Flyer for reference)

2012 Summer Garden Tour - Youngstown, OH - July 28, 2012
The 2012 Bus Tour visited Draime Estate Garden, www.kent.edu/horticulture/Draime/index.cfm, a 10-acre private garden, often described as a “living garden museum”, with a 1½ hour guided walking tour. For lunch, on to L’uva Bella Winery; enjoy wine tasting, tour of the winery and a fine dining experience in their restaurant.  www.luvabella.com  For the afternoon, first see Fellows Riverside Gardens.  This 12-acre display garden features a landscape of remarkable beauty with diverse and colorful plant displays, roses of all classes, seasonal displays of annuals, perennials, flowering bulbs and scenic vistas, a 1 ½ hour guided walking tour. www.millcreekmetroparks.com Then, on to Lanterman’s Mill, considered the most scenic area in the Metropark.  Watch a century old grist mill grind grains using the water from the creek as an energy source, then purchase those grains in their gift store.  A 30-minute guided walking tour of the Mill. (Flyer for reference)

2011 Summer Garden Tour - Garden Quest - Columbus, OH - June 20-21, 2011
The 2011 Tour visited Inniswood Metro Gardens, Topiary Garden; Franklin Park Conservatory; Governor’s Mansion & Gardens;
Dawes Aboretum; and Schnormeier Gardens in the Columbus area. . (Flyer for reference)
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For a PowerPoint
presentation of the tour,
Click here

Inniswood Gardens -
Knot Garden

Frankliln Conservatory
Topiary Park
Heritage Garden at Governor's Mansion
Dawes Arboretum -
Conifer Glen
Schnormeier Gardens

2010 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Tour was June 15, 2010. It was a Horticultural Tram Tour of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with Horticulturalist Don Krock.  Steffie Center Gardens, the zoo's secret "poo" formula site and more.  See flyer for reference

The 2009 Summer Bus Tour: Chicago Garden Tour was June 17-19, 2009. It visited Chicago Botanic Garden, Morton Arboretum, Millennium Park and Garfield Park Conservatory. See flyer for reference .
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For PowerPoint presentations of the
2009 Bus Tour, click the desired parts:
Part 1: Chicago Botanical Garden
Part 2: Morton Arboretum
Part 3: Garfield Park Conservatory
and River Cruise

Chicago Botanical
Garden
Garfield Park
Conservatory
Tour Group

2008 Summer Tour to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, August 26, 2008, featured a tram tour of the Zoo by a member of the Horticultural Department. Included Zoogate Commons and information about the new elephant crossing, African Savanna, Rhino, Oak openings, Steffie Center, Butterfly Greenhouse, Primate, cat and Aquatics, working greenhouse and the everpopular composting facility. Over twenty specialty gardens. See flyer for reference .
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The 2008 Summer Bus Tour, also called the Grand and Glorious Garden Get Away, was June 18-20, 2008. The tour visited Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh; Longwood Gardens and the Nemours Mansion and Gardens in eastern Pennsylvania; and Winterthur Museum and Estate Gardens in Delaware's Brandywine Valley. See flyer. Selected pictures from the tour are below, as well as a link to a more extensive PowerPoint presentation.
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For PowerPoint presentations of the
2009 Bus Tour, click the desired parts:
Longwood Gardens: Part 1
Longwood Gardens: Part 2
Nemours Mansion
Phipps Conservatory
Winterthur
Tour Participants

Selected Pictures from the Tour:
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Nemours
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Winterthur
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Phipps

Appreciation/Recognition Event
The annual Appreciation/Recognition Event serves the purposes of recognizing Master Gardeners' accomplishments over the prior year and introducing the new Master Gardeners who have completed their basic training requirements, as well as being the major social event and gathering of Master Gardeners during the year.

The 2015 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Acacia Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks, Cedar at Richmond Roads, Lyndhurst. Time:  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click here for flyer and registration blank

Celebrate with us as we honor our fellow Master Gardeners’ achievements and milestone awards. Visit with your Master Gardener friends and meet some new members. Did you know we have over 25 active committees devoted to a wide variety of volunteer activities? Come and learn something new and perhaps find a fun activity to pursue. This event shows appreciation for the success of our organization financially and in service to our community.

Program: A Love Story: Creating an Easy Maintenance Garden with Dwarf Conifers
Speakers: John and MaryAnn Thesing

Pictures from the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon - click on picture for larger image

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Pictures from the 2014 Appreciation Event - click on picture for larger image

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