Spring Gardening Seminars Are in the Air

By: Nalee Vang, Communications Intern
With springtime approaching (finally!), many of our local garden retailers are hosting gardening clinics, programs and seminars. Want to spruce up your spring gardens or learn a few more tips? Attending any of these events will help give you some more ideas and prepare you for spring!

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The Master Gardeners of Summit County presents the Portage Lakes Garden Series. Taking place on the last Tuesday of each month, garden experts will teach you how to get your gardens in the best shape ever! Programs begin at 6 p.m. in the Portage Lakes Branch Library, 4261 Manchester Road, 330.644.7050. Please register in advance for each session. Light refreshments will be served.
 
March 31 – Seed Starting by Lee Paulson
April 28 – Converting Glass to Garden by Vince Matlocki
May 26 – vegetable Gardening by Sarah Vandenburg


Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center (one of our Dreamscape Vendor Partners) is hosting FREE garden seminars every Saturday at 11 a.m. All of the 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.

March 14 – 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.
March 21 – Speaker: Jim Voytis, Espoma representative. Since 1929 The Espoma Company has been the pioneer in natural gardening solutions. Gives you insight into what makes Espoma products so special.
March 28 – 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!


Dayton Nurseries (also a Dreamscape Vendor Partner) located at 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, will present the following seminars beginning 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 info@daytonnursery.com.

March 7 – Are You Out of Your Gourd?
March 14 – Welcome Back Warblers
March 21 – What’s New for Spring?


Graf Growers Garden Center (also a Dreamscape Vendor Partner) located at 1015 White Pond Drive, will present the following workshops/events. To register or for more information, call 330.836.2727 or visit the website.

March 21 – Celebrate the opening of our Terrarium Bar with a Terrarium Workshop at 10AM and Fairy Garden Workshop at 2PM. Be the first to see our new miniature shop full of tiny plants, unique containers, tropical air plants, accessories & more! Both workshops will be hands-on. Bring a container from home or purchase one here. The workshops are free with potting soil provided. Participants pay for plants and accessories used. You can choose to attend both workshops or just one. Call to save yourself and a friend a seat. All ages are welcome to attend.
March 28  – Decorate your front door and porch for Easter and spring! Join us to plant cold tolerant container gardens using early spring favorites such as pansies, tulips, daffodils and more! Breakfast will be served at 9:30AM, followed by a short talk about early spring containers with Lisa Graf. Then the hands-on planting will begin! Bring your containers from home or purchase ones here. All ages are welcome to attend. Registration is required. Call or email karlie@grafgrowers.com to sign up!

More Winter Gardening Seminars Coming Your Way

By: Nalee Vang,  Communications Intern

Our wonderful Dreamscape Vendor Partners are still at it with their winter gardening seminars. If the winter’s got you down, they can lift you right up with gardening tips to get you ready for spring! Who wouldn’t want to think spring?! Check out the list of upcoming seminars below!

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Located at 1015 White Pond Drive, Graf Grower’s will present a series of winter gardening seminars on Saturday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m. until approx. 11:30 a.m. Seminar costs are $12/person. Enrollment is limited & registration is preferred, walk-ins are welcome. To register, call 330.836.2727 or go online at www.grafgrowers.com. Upcoming seminars include:

February 21st, Container Beauty: Peppers and Palms Among the Petunias
Speaker: Dr. Mark Miller, Education Manager at Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens In Columbus, Ohio
Ready to spice your container gardens with a plant other than geraniums?! Craving a look that is different and will WOW everyone that stops or drives by? We’ll learn how to add tropical plants to container gardens that’ll add interest and beauty all summer long.

February 28th, Add Excitement & Value to your Outdoor Living Oasis
Speaker: Graf’s Landscape & Design Experts
Need to freshen up your patio or front porch, but are having reservations about the investment? Craving new ideas to revamp your current outdoor space, but aren’t sure where to being? Join our Landscape & Design experts as they give you new ideas and techniques that will add both beauty and value to your outdoor living areas.


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FREE garden seminars are held every Saturday this month at 11 AM. All of the 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. The following presentations are planned:

February 21,“Seed Starting Basics” – Speaker: Lee Paulson, Master Gardener. Whether you start out with a few seeds or go big with dozens of trays, Lee has some great tips and techniques from his many years of experience. Stating plants from seed is economical, fun for the family, and a great way to get a jump on the season.

February 28, “Beekeeping in an Urban Environment” Speaker: Geoff Westerfield, Summit County Beekeepers Association. Many people don’t realize they have beekeepers close by, even in the city. Geoff covers beekeeping facts, shows some of the equipment, and discusses some of the challenges of urban beekeeping. You’ll be able to try some local urban honey, too.


 

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Located at 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Dayton Nurseries 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 info@daytonnursery.com.

February 21, 52 Weeks of Bloom and Color – It Can Be Done!Speaker: Michelle Riley, All About You Landscape Design. Did you know there is something blooming with interest each week of the year?  Even in the winter? Join us for 52 weeks of bloom and interest and discover new ideas to enhance your landscape gardens appeal!  Colorful power point presentation included.

February 28, Mums The Word Speaker: Bill Aulenbach. Barberton’s annual Mum Fest is a wonder to the eye! Secrets about Barberton’s Mum Fest and tips on how to grow and over-winter better garden mums will be discussed by Bill Aulenbach, a member of Barberton Beautification who has worked with chrysanthemums for Yoder Brothers (now Aris Horticulture) for 58 years.

Thank you to our friends at Graf’s, Donzell’s and Dayton Nurseries for being a part of our Dreamscape team! We hope you can make it out to these seminars and get excited for spring. Check back for more updates on March seminars!

Winter Events, Programs & Seminars – Oh My!

By: Nalee Vang, Communications Intern

Oh, winter! Although it seems as if temperatures are only continuing to drop and the snow may not be your best friend, our Dreamscape Vendor Partners have plenty of events in store for you! To fill your noggin up with more gardening knowledge and to help your imagination grow, here are some local winter programs, events & seminars you can attend!

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Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center is hosting free garden seminars every Saturday in February at 11 AM. All of the 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. The following presentations are planned:

February 7, “Growing Orchids in Your Home” – Speaker: Dave Miller, President of the Greater Akron Orchid Society. Your gift orchid finally lost all its flowers. Your orchids from last year won’t bloom. The leaves keep falling off your orchid. What should you do? This seminar will answer these questions and more.

February 14, “Birds in Your Backyard” – Speaker: Joyce Pelz, Akron Audubon donzellsSociety. Joyce brings her audio & video presentation full of info on the birds we see in this area. You’ll hear bird calls & song and enjoy Joyce’s anecdotes.

February 21,“Seed Starting Basics” – Speaker: Lee Paulson, Master Gardener. Whether you start out with a few seeds or go big with dozens of trays, Lee has some great tips and techniques from his many years of experience. Stating plants from seed is economical, fun for the family, and a great way to get a jump on the season.

February 28, “Beekeeping in an Urban Environment” Speaker: Geoff Westerfield, Summit County Beekeepers Association. Many people don’t realize they have beekeepers close by, even in the city. Geoff covers beekeeping facts, shows some of the equipment, and discusses some of the challenges of urban beekeeping. You’ll be able to try some local urban honey, too.


Graf Growers Garden Center located at 1015 White Pond Drive, will present a series of winter gardening seminars on Saturday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m. until approx. 11:30 a.m. Seminar costs are $12/person. Enrollment is limited & registration is preferred, walk-ins are welcome. To register, call 330.836.2727 or go online at www.grafgrowers.com.

grafJanuary 31, Brightening up your Shade Garden Speaker: Pam Bennett, Horticulture Educator, OSU Extension and co-author of the newly released book Garden-Pedia. Living in the Greater Akron area, we are accustomed to having shade gardens full of hosta and ivy. It’s time to take back our gardens and reinvigorate them with shade loving plants that add unique interest.

February 7, Attracting Bees, Birds & Hummingbirds – Speaker: Laura Deeter, Professor at Ohio State University’s ATI Program. We’ve heard your requests for seminars on attracting bees, birds and hummingbirds to your garden and now we’re finally having one. Perennial expert Laura Deeter makes her return to Graf Growers and will teach us what perennials will bring all the bees and birds to the yard.

February 14, New and Underused PerennialsSpeaker: George Pealer, Owner of Millcreek Gardens in Ostrander, Ohio. Are you ready to add some excitement to your garden, but are tired of the same old perennials? Join George as he explores perennials that are often overlooked and underused in the garden. He’ll also cover using herbs in your garden beds as well as new perennials that will make their debut in 2015.

February 21, Container Beauty: Peppers and Palms Among the Petunias – Speaker: Dr. Mark Miller, Education Manager at Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens In Columbus, Ohio. Ready to spice your container gardens with a plant other than geraniums? Join horticulture expert Dr. Miller as he explores container gardening  by adding edibles to your traditional pots planted with ornamentals. We’ll also learn how to add tropical plants to container gar-dens that’ll add interest and beauty all summer long.

February 21, Add Excitement & Value to your Outdoor Living OasisSpeaker: Graf’s Landscape & Design Experts. Need to fresh up your patio or front porch, but are having reservations about the investment? Craving new ideas to revamp your current outdoor space, but aren’t sure where to begin? Learn insider tips on gathering inspiration and getting started on your projects that will leave you excited about your home again.


Dayton Nurseries located at 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 info@daytonnursery.com.

February 7,  A Common Bond: The Fascinating World of Insect & Plant Interactions – Speaker: Judy Semroc. This photographic presentation will focus upon the interesting and inventive methods by which insects and plants work together to make nectaring & pollination a reality. In addition, tips for enhancing these processes in your garden will be described and illustrated. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

February 14, A New Look To Old-Fashioned HydrangeasSpeaker: Tom Dayton. Today’s Hydrangeas are nothing like what your grandmother used to grow! From miniatures to re-bloomers, to those with amazingly large blooms, our very own Tom Dayton will discuss the Hydrangea family including topics such as pruning, feeding, and understanding soil amendments.

February 21, 52 Weeks of Bloom and Color – It Can Be Done!Speaker: Michelle Riley, All About You Landscape Design. Did you know there is something blooming with interest each week of the year?  Even in the winter? Join us for 52 weeks of bloom and interest and discover new ideas to enhance your landscape gardens appeal!  Colorful power point presentation included.

February 28, Mums The Word Speaker: Bill Aulenbach. Barberton’s annual Mum Fest is a wonder to the eye! Secrets about Barberton’s Mum Fest and tips on how to grow and over-winter better garden mums will be discussed by Bill Aulenbach, a member of Barberton Beautification who has worked with chrysanthemums for Yoder Brothers (now Aris Horticulture) for 58 years.

We hope you are able to make it to some of these events! We know you’ll enjoy yourself as you get some inspiration for the upcoming spring time!