Akron Fourth Graders Get Special Arbor Day Presentation and Gift from KAB

by Pam Ray, Keep Akron Beautiful Educational Specialist

Fourth graders in Akron schools are anticipating their Dog Wood seedling, courtesy of Keep Akron Beautiful, to plant on Arbor Day, April 26, 2013.

I have been showing my Powerpoint presentation in the classrooms of fourth graders in the Akron schools. The Arbor Day educational presentation targets trees in Akron, Summit County and the state of Ohio.

One example of what the students learn is that the Signal Tree in the Akron’s Cascade Valley Park is over 300 years old, and it is shaped like a three-pointed fork. It is one of many trees in the presentation. Here is some more information on the Signal Tree: http://www.ci.akron.oh.us/Tour/SignalTree.htm.

Make sure to ask your fourth grader about the Arbor Day presentation and what they’ve learned!

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Upcoming March Garden Seminars at Donzell’s and Dayton’s

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Many of you know that Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center and Dayton Nurseries (both organizations are part of our Dreamscape vendor partner program) are hosting garden seminars on Saturday’s in February and March at 11 AM. We already posted a blog article on all of the February classes, but lets take a look at the classes that are coming up in March!

All of the Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center seminars are located at their Garden Center (937 E. Waterloo Road in Akron). You must register for the seminars by calling 330.724.0550, ext. 110. All of the classes are free of charge. The following presentations are planned:

  • March 2-3- The Greater Akron Orchid Society Show is taking place at Donzell’s. The Orchid Show offers exotic orchid displays, orchid vendors and experts on hand to answer questions. The show is free and is open to the public in the greenhouse. The “Wine and Orchids” Wine Tasting event will take place on March 2 from 1 to 4 PM featuring local wineries’ products now sold at Donzells’.
  • March 9- “Bonsai Basics and Beyond,” with  speaker Dale Cochoy of the Akron Bonsai Society. Cochoy brings more than 30 years of experience with demonstrations and growing and care information.
  • March 16- “Oh Deer!,” with speaker Carol Zeh, teacher and nanny for “Dillie the Deer”. Dillie is a farm-born white-tailed deer born blind and raised inside a home in Canal Fulton. Zeh shares tips on keeping deer out of yards, as well as Dillie stories.
  • March 23- “Herbs for Health and Beauty,” with speaker  Barb Oare of the Quail Hollow Herb Society. Oare will cover easy ways that herbs can help with headaches, coughs and colds, ease stress and more.
  • March 30- “Vegetable Gardening Basics,” with speaker Lee Paulson, a Master Gardener. Paulson will cover the basics for those who want to enjoy their own fresh-picked vegetables.

All of the Dayton Nurseries seminars are located at Dayton’s (3459 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton.) The classes cost $6 for garden club members and $10 for others. Seating is limited. Advance payment is requested, but you may also pay at the door. To register, call 330.825.3320 or email info@daytonnursery.com. The following presentations are planned:

  • March 2- “Understanding Lawn Maintenance” by Mark Laube of Oliger Seed Co. Did you know that spring lawn care begins immediately after the final frost? With his years of expertise in lawn care for NE Ohio, Mark Laube will get you started in the right direction for 2013. From selection of the best seed, fertilizer, insect and disease care, Mark will discuss proper lawn maintenance for home lawns.
  • March 9- “What’s New and Exciting for 2013” by Tom Dayton and Karen Martin of Dayton Nurseries. A sneak peak of the newest, most exciting introductions in trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, vines and annuals. Our slide show will include pictures, plant information and care tips with the knowledge and expertise of owner Tom Dayton and an introduction to our new perennial manager, Karen.

We look forward to these upcoming classes and hope you will join in on one–or a few of them!

Akron Home and Flower Show Kicks Off TODAY!

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

As Akronites, many of you may be aware that the Akron Home and Flower Show starts today at the John S. Knight Center! The show will run today (Friday, February 22) from 10 AM – 8 PM; Saturday, February 23 from 10 AM – 8 PM; and Sunday, February 24 from 10 AM – 5 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and children ages 12 and under are free, if accompanied by an adult. The show will feature entertainment-packed stage presentations and educational seminars, and  have hundreds of home improvement exhibits! There will be over 7,000 square feet of feature gardens and flowers showcasing the latest trends in plants and garden accessories, on-site gardening seminars and even vendors with sustainable products/services!

Two of our wonderful Dreamscape Vendor Partners will be showcased at this years Home and Flower Show, so make sure you head over to visit their booth’s! Our lead landscape designer for Dreamscape 2013, Nick Roth of Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio will have an upper level feature garden and our friends at Naragon will be there as well, as one of the show sponsors! Make sure you check out all there is to offer at the 2013 Home and Flower Show. We will be there this afternoon to check out all the buzz and to visit our Vendor Partners. We are looking forward to the 2013 gardening and planting season! Oh… to be outside in our yards, we can only dream of that right now!

Get ready for spring by heading over to the Home and Flower Show!


“Go Native” This Year With Native Ohio Garden Kits from the Summit Soil & Water Conservation District

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Keep Akron Beautiful wanted to share some information from the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District. You can help restore Ohio’s native vegetation, and improve the quality of our lakes and streams by including a Native Plant Garden as part of your landscaping plan.

The Summit Soil and Water Conservation District is offering several different types of native plant kits for sale this spring. Each kit contains 38 native plant plugs and costs $100.00. There are 5 types of kits available, with 10-12 varieties of native plants in each kit. See the order form for more details.

The Summit SWCD will accept orders for the native plants anytime up until March 29, 2013. Payment must accompany the order. They cannot accept credit cards. If you are paying cash, please bring the correct amount to their office. Please do not mail cash. No need to pick your plant kit up! The native plant kits will be shipped to your individual addresses, beginning early May 2013. There is no additional charge for shipping.

For more information contact the Summit SWCD office at 330.929.2871, ext. 16.