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Master Gardeners holding Saturday speaker series

2/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Jeanne Poremski is the current president of the Master Gardeners of Summit County Board of Directors. She will speak March 9 on “Super Plants: Not Just Another Pretty Flower.”
Photo courtesy of Master Gardeners of Summit County
GREEN — Speakers scheduled for the Master Gardeners of Summit County’s Saturday Gardening Series in March will cover topics ranging from preventing the spread of invasive plants to upcycling in the garden.

The series will take place March 2 and 9 at Messiah Lutheran Church, located at 4700 S. Main St.

Sessions are set for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, with daily registration and continental breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. Participants also will have the opportunity to win raffles and door prizes, according to event officials.

Master Gardeners have released a list of featured speakers, which includes:

March 2

  • Danae Wolfe will present “Know What You Grow” on how to prevent the spread of invasive plants. Wolfe is Summit County’s agriculture and natural resources extension educator with The Ohio State University, and she has a master’s degree in environment and natural resources. This year, she is leading an educational initiative to create awareness of invasive plants: what they are, what they do and recommendations for substitute plantings.
  • Rudy Moyer will talk about “Rudy’s Favorites,” covering fun, healthy and interesting vegetables to grow. Moyer works with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities as farm supervisor for Cleveland Crops, an organization that employs individuals with developmental disabilities year-round to plant, grow, harvest and sell vegetables utilizing season extension techniques.
  • Carl Chuey, professor of biological sciences and curator of the herbarium at Youngstown State University (YSU), will present “Native Ferns for Your Garden.” The specialty of YSU’s herbarium is pteridophytes, a group that includes ferns and fern allies, with all 50 states, nine Canadian provinces and 91 other countries represented in the collection.
  • LJ Dalton and Lora Avens will lead an interactive demonstration on “Tabletop Landscapes.” Materials and plants will be provided, and participants will create terrariums to take home. Dalton and Avens have both been Master Gardeners since 2009 and are current members of the Board of Directors for Master Gardeners of Summit County. Dalton developed the Outdoor Classroom Gardening Project for Haven of Rest Ministries, where she has worked for the past 15 years. Avens is also a member of the Greater Akron Orchid Society and the Gardeners of Greater Akron Club.

March 9

  • Jeanne Poremski will speak on “Super Plants: Not Just Another Pretty Flower.” Poremski is the current president of the Board of Directors of Master Gardeners of Summit County and an active member of the Western Pennsylvania Botanical Society, The Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio and the Ohio Moss and Lichen Society.
  • Lifestyle columnist and food writer Lisa Abraham will present “Fresh From the Farmers Market.” Abraham has been a newspaper writer in Ohio for more than 25 years and is the recipient of numerous writing and reporting awards, including being named best food columnist by the Association of Food Journalists. Abraham is also the author of “Famous Chefs & Fabulous Recipes, Lessons Learned at One of the Oldest Cooking Schools in America” and will sign copies of her book. 
  • Deborah Hardwick will explain how to grow clematis faster and better in her lecture, “Clematis: the Myths and Truths.” According to Hardwick, clematis is largely misunderstood, and gardeners waste much time learning the hard way. Her private collection of clematis is one of the largest in the world and features more than 800 varieties. Her lecture will feature hundreds of photographs from her garden in Zone 5 Central Ohio, along with tips and techniques and time for questions and answers.
  • Noelle Akin, director of communications and education at Petitti’s Garden Center, will talk about “Upcycling — Art in the Garden.” Akin has a bachelor of art in biology and environmental science and has been in her current position since 2002, developing and instructing gardening classes and seminars both in the retail locations and for outside groups. Her duties also include training Petitti’s staff of 350.

The cost of the series is $60 for both sessions, program materials, continental breakfasts and lunches. Advanced registration is required, and downloadable forms are available at the Summit Master Gardeners’ website, sum mitmastergardeners.org. To request a printed registration form or for more information, call 330-338-7255 or email Saturdaygardening@gmail.com. Single-day registration is not available, according to event officials. However, the series may be shared, as long as only one participant attends individual sessions. Registrations are due by Feb. 22, and no refunds will be given after that date, according to event officials.

The mission of the Master Gardeners of Summit County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is to teach environmentally sound, research-based horticultural practices and promote gardening for the citizens of Summit County under the auspices of The Ohio State University Extension.

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