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!


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

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

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!

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