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!