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!


Gardening Programs Coming Soon Near You

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

As the snow falls and winter is in full-swing, it is time to start thinking (or dreaming) about your garden and springtime! Many of our local garden retailers, such as Donzell’s, Graf Growers and Dayton Nurseries are hosting gardening programs, clinics and seminars! Also, places like the Akron-Summit County Main Library are hosting gardening programs and clinics this winter. Read on for more information about all the upcoming programs!

On Saturday February 2, three programs are taking place at the Akron-Summit County Main Library. From 9:30 AM-10:15 AM there will be a Creative Container Gardening Workshop presented by Cathy Morgan, the past president and first female president of the Men’s Garden Club of Akron. Container gardening can produce vegetables that are easy to grow and can fit on balconies, decks and stoops or concrete pads. She will cover the beginning steps to building a container garden. Next from 10:30 AM-11:15 AM, The Ohio State University Extension-Summit County will present Gardening for Small Spaces. Attendees will learn how to maximize growing space using intensive gardening techniques. Lastly, Let’s Grow Akron and Akron Grows will present about their programs from 11:30 AM-12:15 PM. Representatives will be available to explain how each program works and the participation requirements. To reserve your space for this free clinic, contact the Science and Technology Department of the Akron-Summit County Library at 330.643.9075 or at stdiv@akronlibrary.org.

Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center (one of our Dreamscape Vendor Partners!) is hosting free garden seminars every Saturday in February at 11 AM. (Classes will also be offered in March, but we will cover those in a later blog.) 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 2- “Bring Birds to Your Backyard,” with speaker Joyce Peltz for the Akron Audubon Society. This presentation will help you identify birds, their songs and suggest ways to welcome them to your yard.
  • February 9- “Growing Orchids In Your Home,” with The Akron Orchid Society, which will offer a presentation for beginners and more experienced growers.
  • February 16- “It Starts With A Tiny Seed,” with speaker and greenhouse grower, Dan Dubnicka. He will cover seed-starting basics, with emphasis on vegetable plants.
  • February 23- “Think Spring!,” with speaker Vanessa Moyer of the nursery staff will cover early chores such as pruning and gardening preparations to do as plants start to emerge.

Graf Growers Garden Center (also a Dreamscape Vendor Partner!) will present a series of garden seminars on Saturday mornings in February. Each presentation will cover a different gardening topic and be presented by a garden industry professional with visuals and inspiration, according to Graf Growers. Gardeners can gather to learn, get new ideas and make plans for spring and summer plantings. The seminars will take place from 10:00-11:30 AM at Graf Growers, 1015 White Pond Drive. Coffee and light refreshments will be served and the doors will open at 9:30 AM. Each seminar will cost $12, except the February 23rd one, which is free of charge. Preregistration is suggested because of limited seating. To register or for more information call Graf Growers at 330.836.2727 or visit them online. The following classes are planned:

  • February 2- “Deer Resistant Gardening,” with Joyce Braun, a Summit County Master Gardener since 2001. She will draw on her experience in gardening 2 1/2 acres surrounded by woods to help participants understand deer and how to live with them. She will also provide information on deer resistant plants and repellents. $12 charge
  • February 9- “Creating a Perennial Garden With Perpetual Interest,” with Laura Deeter, a professor at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute at Wooster. This presentation will introduce perennials for every season and offer tips for combining them for ongoing interest in a garden. $12 charge
  •  February 16- “New Ideas for Creating a Colorful Shade Garden,” with Lisa Graf, co-owner of Graf Growers. While it is hard to imagine a shade garden without Impatiens “Wallerina,” due to a far-reaching and devastating disease affecting impatiens, alternatives are now necessary. She will discus the disease, downy mildew, and how it will impact gardens. She will then discuss alternatives for containers and beds in the shade. $12 charge (See our previous blog article from Flowerscape Director, Polly Kaczmarek, who discusses this problem. Lisa Graf will give you lots of alternative ideas and discuss the problem in more depth at her clinic!)
  • February 23- “Ideas and Inspiration for Improving Your Landscape,” with Craig Graf, co-owner of Graf Growers. This free seminar will provide participants with landscape design and materials that will complement any lifestyle. Graf will also provide creative ideas for solving landscape issues such as drainage, slopes and privacy, as well as concepts for enhancing spaces and adding interesting elements. Free.
Dayton Nurseries (also a Dreamscape Vendor Partner) is hosting seven seminars for its annual Saturday seminar series, which started this past weekend. The seminars are taking place on Saturday’s from 11 AM-1 PM at Dayton’s, 3459 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road in Norton. (Classes will also be offered in March, but we will cover those in a later blog.) The classes cost $6 for garden club members and $10 for others. Seating is limited and advance payment is requested, but participants may pay at the door. To register, call 330.825.3320 or email info@daytonnursery.com. Classes include:
  • February 2- “Gardening for Pollinators” by Denise Ellsworth of Ohio State University. Denise will be speaking on who the pollinators are, why they matter and how every gardener can help with pollinator conversation.
  • February 9- “Designing a Garden with Whimsy” by Michelle Riley of All About You Signature Landscape Design. Michelle will speak on the many ways in which you can add whimsy to your garden.
  • February 16- “Hummingbirds” by Carol Zeh, a Metroparks volunteer. Back by popular demand, Carol will be speaking at Dayton’s on February 16th. Did you know that there are hundreds of hummingbird species but only one species that lives here in Ohio? Carol will talk about ways to attract and keep hummingbirds in your yard this year.
  • February 23- “Made In The Shade: The Best Plants For Low Light,” by Cynthia Druckenbrod of the Cleveland Botanical Garden.You will discover which trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers and annuals will not only survive in your shady space, but THRIVE in your shady space!