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!

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!

How To Plant A Self-Sustaining Garden

By: Ashley Foutty, Keep Akron Beautiful Intern

A self-sufficient garden takes proper planning and execution in order to be successful. The great part about this? A garden can practically take care of itself as long as the soil is healthy, the seeds are reused, and organic material is produced. Gardening can be very time consuming, and with a busy schedule, it can seem impossible!

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Here are some helpful tips for planting a self-sustaining garden:

1. Start with soil. Healthy soil is key. The soil must have a proper pH level, correct texture and composition, and be full of nutrients. Adding compost will enrich the soil with nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.


2. Maintain proper soil consistency. The ideal ratio is 40% sand, 40% silt, and 20% clay. This perfect balance can help proper root formation and promote better drainage.


3. Test the pH. A neutral pH level is typically ideal for growing vegetables. You can buy a pH tester from a gardening center to see where your garden pH level stands.


4. Know the growing season. Vegetables should be planted during the season in which they thrive. For example, peas, beets, and cabbage are cold temperature veggies.


5. Purchase quality seeds. Use fresh seeds, parcticularly ones that have been harvested from your own garden the previous year. If this is not the case, purchase seeds online from a retailer who specialized in vegetable seeds, or go to your nearest garden center.


6. Start seedlings indoors. Work with your seeds inside in order to monitor their growth and care for them more easily. Once they are stable enough for the elements, carefully transport them outside.

See other blogs about sustainable gardening and landscaping.

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!