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Dayton Nurseries presenting gardening seminar series

2/2/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

NORTON — Dayton Nurseries will present a winter seminar series of gardening how-to information. Talks will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following topics:

• Feb. 4: “Ornamental Trees to Consider for the Home Landscape,” with Tom Dayton, of Dayton Nurseries. Dayton will discuss ornamental trees to consider that are frequently overlooked. He will talk about many of these trees and how to incorporate them into the landscape.

• Feb. 11: “Rock Gardening,” with Chuck Gleaves, of Kingwood Center. Gleaves will present a history of rock gardening, a history of his rock gardening and an explanation of why he finds it so gratifying. He will speak primarily of plants and techniques that work in this climate and under these (reasonably modified) growing conditions.

• Feb. 18: “Gardening Trends,” with Cynthia Druckenbrod, of Cleveland Botanical Garden. Druckenbrod, director of horticulture at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, will discuss some of the newest cultivars of select perennials and annuals that Northeast Ohio gardeners should be planting in their yards, along with general garden trends in the industry.

• Feb. 25: “Hummingbirds,” with Carol Zeh. A Metro Parks, Serving Summit County volunteer, National Audobon Society member and amateur naturalist, Zeh will discuss hummingbirds, noting that while there are hundreds of hummingbird species, only one species lives in Ohio. She also will talk about ways to attract and keep hummingbirds in yards. Attendees also will learn hummingbirds’ migration habits, how often to change their nectar and more.

• March 3: “Introduction to Aquaponics,” with Paul Myers, of Aquaponics. Attendees will learn about growing food combining aquaculture and hydroponics; experience aquaponics with a hands-on Barrel-Ponics system; and gain an understanding of a mini-ecosystem that is changing the way local food is being grown around the world.

• March 10: “Understanding Garden Maintenance,” with Michele Riley, of All About You Landscape Design. Attendees will learn what garden maintenance practices they should perform to keep their gardens healthy and thriving. The seminar will explore the most important practices not to be missed and why, as well as practices that could be postponed due to a busy schedule. It also will address weed suppression, proper watering practices, common disease and pest issues that can be avoided with proper maintenance and more. Also presented will be the most common garden maintenance practice questions received in 2011 and how to get a “Homeowner’s Landscape Survival Guide.”

• March 17: “Sneak Peak — What’s New for 2012?,” with Maggie Bell and Tom Dayton, of Dayton Nurseries. This seminar will present a sneak peak of the newest introductions in trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, vines and annuals. A slide show will include pictures, plant information and care tips with the knowledge and expertise from perennial manager Bell and owner Dayton.

• March 24: “Cooking With Herbs,” with Amanda Saunders, of Kids in the Kitchen. The seminar will demonstrate several easy-to-replicate foods while explaining about herbs and seasonings. Attendees can have some fun guessing fact or fiction and testing their noses and taste buds for accurate scents, as well as take home recipes and facts.

The cost to attend a seminar is $5 each for garden club members and $10 each for nonmembers. To sign up, call 330-825-3320 or email info@daytonnursery.com. If sending an e-mail, include dates you would like to attend and names of attendees.

Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. Payment in advance is appreciated but can be paid at the door.

In addition, All About You Landscape Design’s Riley will present a free Gardening How-to Seminar, with sessions from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the Dayton Nurseries Owl Barn on each seminar day, as well as March 31. For more information on those, visit www.daytonnursery.com/GardenTalkSeries.pdf.

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