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Master Gardeners hosting Saturday Gardening Series

2/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

GREEN — The Master Gardeners of Summit County will present its annual Saturday Gardening Series March 1 and 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4700 S. Main St.

Featured will be speakers, visual presentations, demonstrations, raffles and door prizes. Preregistration is required. Costs for tickets are $60 for the series or a one-day ticket for $37.50. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Go to www.summitmastergardeners.org for registration and event information.

The registration deadline is Feb. 21.

March 1 speakers

  • Jim Chatfield, associate professor and extension specialist with The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension Department of Horticulture and Crop Science Department of Plant Pathology, will speak on “People Will Find a Way to Garden.” He will share the exciting and unusual ways and places people find to garden.
  • Judi Strauss, a gardener, author and educator, will share her experience and insights in “Herb Gardening.” Attendees will learn how to plant and maintain an herb garden, and this session will discuss many specific herbs and their uses, as well as harvest and storage.
  • Lee Paulson, a Master Gardener volunteer, will explore time-saving ideas and techniques on how to plant the best vegetable garden and enjoy a productive harvest in his presentation on “Vegetable Gardening Made Easy.”
  • Tom Dayton, president of Dayton Nurseries in Norton, will speak about “Conifers.” Also known as narrow-leaved evergreens, conifers are planted primarily for the attractiveness of their evergreen foliage. The variety of sizes, shapes and colors available contribute to their popularity. Dayton will discuss his favorite varieties and design tips.

March 8 speakers

  • Danae Wolfe, extension educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Summit County, Western Reserve Extension Education and Research Area, will present “A Closer Look: Garden and Insect Photography.” She will reveal a world of wonder in the garden through macro photography. The presentation will include practical and inexpensive techniques for getting great photos of a garden, how to use photos to educate others and ethical considerations for photographing nature.
  • Bill Hendricks, president of Klyn Nursery in Perry, will share his experience with a “Cacti and Succulents in the Garden” program. He started a cactus and succulent collection at age 9 that now numbers more than 4,000 species. Attendees will find out how to use hardy and nonhardy succulents in the garden. 
  • Christine Harris, a Master Gardener volunteer, will discuss “Container Vegetable Gardening.” This presentation will look at suitable materials used for successful planting. The pros and cons of various containers will be discussed, as well as suitable growth media. All types of vegetables will be discussed, with an emphasis on varieties suitable for containers.
  • Stanley Stine, city of Twinsburg naturalist, will talk about “Bugs, Weeds and Children in Your Garden.” By introducing native plants, which attract numerous invertebrates, thereby attracting children, flower gardens become refuges for species being lost at a rapid pace today, according to Stine.
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