Donzell’s Offers FREE Garden Seminars This Winter

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager100_1817

More Garden Seminars are in Akron this winter for you to enjoy! Donzell’s Garden Center, one of our Dreamscape Vendor Partners is hosting FREE seminars at 11:00 on Saturday mornings. Please phone Donzell’s reservation line at 330.724.0550 ext. 110 to register for seminars you plan to attend.

The upcoming seminars include:

Feb. 1 “Nature’s Way™ Brings Birds to Backyards” Speaker: a Nature’s Way representative- Combining innovative design technology with quality and durability, Nature’s Way bird products offer features that other companies don’t. This presentation features a demonstration of these unique features and give you tips on how to bring the birds to your yard.

Feb. 8 “Growing Orchids in Your Home”  Speaker: Akron Orchid Society. The Orchid Society presents an extremely informative presentation each year for us. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced grower, you’re certain to learn a thing or two from those that have grown orchids for many years!

Feb. 15 “Purple Martins Majesty” Speaker: Larry Hunter, Portage Lakes Purple Martin Society. Propagating purple martins and educating the public on the benefits of these birds is their mission. Learn about these fascinating birds that are primarily dependent on the assistance of humans in areas east of the Mississippi, whose population grows each year in the Portage Lakes, thanks to the enormous efforts of this group.

Feb. 22 “Seed Starting Basics” Speaker: Dan Stefancik, a Donzell’s Garden Guy- Dan keeps seed starting simple for those just starting out. It’s economical, fun for the family, and a great way to get a jump on the season.

Mar. 1 & 2 Greater Akron Orchid Society Show-  There will be no Saturday seminar. The Orchid Show offers exotic orchid displays, orchid vendors, and experts on hand to answer your questions. The show is free and open to the public in our greenhouse.

Mar. 8 “Spring Seeding & Feeding for the New American Lawn” Speaker: Tim Duffy, Jonathan Green representative. – Traditional lawn care methods only treat the symptoms and deplete the soil of what a healthy lawn really needs. Jonathan Green products work by treating the cause of lawn problems and letting nature do the hard work. Tim will have some door-prizes/giveaways for those attending.

Mar. 15 “Gardening with Herbs” Speaker: Barb Oare, Quail Hollow Herb Society- Growing and harvesting tips for many popular herbs you’ll want to include in your garden. Barb’s many years of herb growing experience always make her seminars interesting and informative.

Mar. 22 “Bonsai Basics & Beyond” Speaker: Dale Cochoy, Akron Canton Bonsai Society- Dale has grown bonsai for many years and his experience is invaluable. He brings examples of plant varieties, demonstrates potting & shaping techniques, and care tips.

Mar. 29 “Vegetable Gardening Basics” Speaker: Lee Paulson, Master Gardener- Lee covers the basics for those who want to enjoy their own delicious fresh-picked vegetables. You don’t have to plant acres to reap the rewards of homegrown flavor– let Lee show you how!

Thank you to Donzell’s for being a great partner to Keep Akron Beautiful! We hope you will join them at one of their upcoming events! Think Spring!

Think Spring: Garden Seminars Offered in Akron this February

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager


Ahhh…. the thought of spring while braving this three degree weather has me smiling and thinking of flowers, sunshine and the KAB Flowerscape crew busy outside! Oh wait. It is still winter time, but some of our Dreamscape Vendor Partners, such as Dayton Nursery and Graf Growers Garden Center, have lots of upcoming events to get you ready for spring. Garden Seminars Galore!

Dayton’s Nursery:

Dayton Nursery, 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, will present the following seminars which will begin at 11 a.m. and usually last about two hours. The cost is $10, or $6 for garden club members. Dayton will provide coffee, tea and a light lunch at no additional cost. Seating is limited to 70. To signup, call 330.825.3320 or email

February 1- “Troubleshooting in the Landscape and Lawn: Preventing Problems Before They Start” with speaker Tom Dayton. Participants will learn skills to troubleshoot and cure the most common gardening ailments for Northeast Ohio. This session also will include a top 10 list of the most common mistakes in gardening.

February 8- “Gardening With Tropical Plants” with speaker Cynthia Drukenbrod of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Participants will learn how to best sow tropical plants in the summer with colorful and impactful container combinations.

February 15- “Sensory Gardening” with speaker Michelle Riley, of All About You Landscape Design. Participants will discover interesting plants to touch, the most fragrant selections, hardy color displays and edibles surrounded by the sounds and music of nature. This seminar will include a special bonus slide show of the most outstanding fall color of 2013.

February 22- “The Birds, the Bees, and Everything in Between” with speaker Carol Zeh. Zeh, a local Audubon Society member and Metro Parks volunteer, will discuss the scope of local birds, seed mixes to use to attract different species, as well as types of bird feeders and where to plant them in the landscape. She will touch on the best plants that serve as food sources, nesting areas and protection. She will also raise awareness on the recent reduction of bees and how to use bee-friendly gardening practices to help prevent further loss.

Graf Growers Garden Center:

Graf Growers, 1015 White Pond Drive, will present a series of garden seminars on Saturday mornings. Each week a different gardening topic will be covered and presented by a garden industry professional. Seminars will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m., along with the chance to network with other local gardeners. Cost is $12 per class. To register, call 330.836.2727 or go online at

February 1- “Flowering Shrubs for Every Season” with speaker Danny Gouge, marketing manager at Willoway Nurseries. Gourge will present new introductions, highlights and trends for David Austin roses, Drift Roses, Endless Summer hydrangeas, Knock Out Roses, Proven Winners, Raymond Envison premium clematis, American beauties and more. In addition to his more than 30 years in the field of horticulture, Gouge’s other interests include photography, as well as writing and giving lectures as a member of the Garden Writers Association.

February 8- “Embellishing the Garden: Adding the Frills and Thrills” with speaker, Debra Knapke, published garden and perennial author. Knapke will combine her extensive horticulture background and design sense to help participants make their gardens a true work of art.

February 15- “Cool Perennials for Trouble Spaces and Color Spots” with speaker Laura Kaufman, perennial and nursery manager at Graf Growers. This presentation will introduce participants to perennials for frustrating growing conditions and provide tips for combining them with perennials that bring color and drama to a garden each season. Kaufman has more than 25 years of horticulture experience.

February 22- “Gardening in Containers for All Season” with speaker Bob Rensel, manager of horticulture at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Rensel, who designs and creates the container gardens at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, will cover the nuts and bolts of how to successfully grow plants in containers. He’ll also do a review of plants that do well in containers, as well as cover design and plant combination considerations for patios and yards and how to create displays and containers for all four seasons.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the KAB office at Thanks!


Recycling: When In Doubt Throw It Out

by Cindy Pantea

Our friends at ReWorks have updated us on the preferred methods in curbside recycling:

Milk, juice, broth, soup and other food and beverage cartons like those shown below are recyclable, but not their screwtop lids. The small lids from these containers cause problems for the recycling companies.

recyclable cartons

This is a sample of all the types of cartons which are recyclable. Throw away the lids in the trash.

Rigid plastics, such as detergent bottles, food containers (like those that contained whipped cream or sour cream) are recyclable after a quick rinse, but not the lids. Again, the lids, either due to size or material consistency can cause problems for the recycling companies.

plastics recycle

This is a sample of the types of plastic bottles that are recyclable. Plastic food containers are recyclable too, just remember to rinse. Throw away the lids before recycling.

Glass bottles and jars are recyclable after a quick rinse, and it is not necessary to remove labels. The lids, however, are not recyclable due to size or material consistency.

glass bottles and jars are recyclable

Here is a picture of glass jars and bottles ready for recycling. Notice there are no lids. (Labels left on bottles are okay.)

Aluminum and other metal cans are, of course, recyclable after a quick rinse, but if you remove the lids or pull tabs completely from the cans, it is best to throw them away. The lids can be too small or can be made of materials that are not attracted by the magnet that the recycling company uses to gather them for the recycling process. It is not necessary to remove labels. Take special care to avoid exposing sharp edges so that you as well as the recycler do not become injured.

metal cans are recyclable

Note: Aerosol cans and, as of December 2013, aluminum foil are not good for recycling due to possible food residue.

break down cardboard for recyclingPaper and cardboard are recyclable. This means includes envelopes and phone books. The only thing that is asked is that the cardboard be broken down flat (as shown in the picture to the left). Do not tie or bundle paper and cardboard.

recycle paper and cardboard

While everything pictured above is recylable, the following list tells us what is not recyclable:

NO used oil or oil containers. This means pizza boxes, too. Food contamination is one of the big problems for recycling companies.

NO egg cartons of any type because they contain styrofoam. Unless you purchase eggs in a plastic container, do not put in the recycling bin

NO electronics (including cell phones and appliances)

NO batteries or light bulbs (of any type).

NO hazardous wastes (paint pesticides or cleaners).

NO widow panes, mirrors or ceramics.

NO medical waste. Use the D.U.M.P. program.

NO auto parts, hardware tools or garden hoses.

NO hangers.

NO metal items, railroad ties/spikes, or chains

NO yard waste or food waste.

NO trash.

NO clothing, shoes, or toys.

If you have a question regarding recycling, contact ReWorks, or use this philosophy: When in doubt, throw it out.