The Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County conduct educational programs for
the public throughout the year.
Please check the Calendar for a listing of all public programs and events by date.
The following programs and events are designed specifically for individuals on a walk-in, or phone- or email-in basis, but some programs may require reservations:
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■ Booths at Shows, Fairs and Farmers' Markets
■ Horticultural Diagnostics Online - Ask a Master Gardener Email Diagnosticians
■ Horticultural Diagnostics Telephone Hotline
■ Library Programs
■ Ben Franklin School Demonstration Gardens
■Thursdays in the Gardens
Community Garden Programs
Special Events - Special programs and events, including plant sales and seminars. Seminars usually require preregistration and a payment of a fee.
Booths at Shows, Fairs and Farmers' Markets
Master Gardeners staff booths at various events in Cuyahoga County, including shows, fairs and farmers'
markets. Visitors are welcome to visit and ask their horticultural questions. Often, the booth will be marked by
an "Ask Your Master Gardener" banner.
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■ Cleveland Botanical Garden (link) (map) - "Ask the Gardener" Information Table - Designated Saturdays,
■ Cuyahoga County Fair (link) (map) - August 8-14, 2016, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.
■ Fabulous Food Show (link) at the IX Center (map) to be held November 11 - 13, 2016. At the Shows, Master Gardeners answer your gardening questions including, but not limited to, vegetable gardening.
■ Farmers' Markets In addition to answering gardening questions, for any produce people wish to donate at the Crocker Park location, Master Gardeners weigh it, give the donor a receipt. and then transport the produce to hunger centers. Booth locations are at: 2017 dates to be announced.
Crocker Park (link) - Saturdays, May through September , 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Shaker Square (link) - Saturdays, May through September , 2017, 8:00 a.m. - noon.
■Great Big Home + Garden Show (link) at the IX Center (map). - We are not attending the 2017 Show. At the Ask a Master Gardener booth, MGs will answer your gardening questions including, but not limited to, vegetable gardening.
Horticultural Diagnostics Online - Ask a Master Gardener Email Diagnosticians
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Master Gardeners are available, through this link, to address residential gardening questions. Keep questions
specific and provide as much information as possible. Click the logo at the left or the following link:: http://mastergardener.osu.edu/ask
In addition, you may answer your own questions 24/7 by accessing Fact Sheets and other reports from
universities across the country. Search by plant, disease, insect or other relevant terms. Fact Sheets are
available from The Ohio State University's Ohioline or from the Plant Facts nationwide database. Use the"Search" window to look up your search terms. Soil test information and forms are available from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Horticultural Diagnostics Telephone HotLine
The Hotline is staffed by Master Gardener volunteers to answer call-in questions. The Hotline is available by
calling 216-429-8200, extension 235 during the following hours (also closed for holidays):
Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.,from the third Thursday in March until the Monday of Thanksgiving week.
Library Programs - 2016 program: "Native Plants: Rugged Easy-Care Survivors"
Master Gardeners annually prepare programs on a selected topic for presentation at libraries throughout the
Cuyahoga County area. Recent topics have included "Great Tips for Designing Your Yard," and "Vegetable Gardening Fundamentals," "Pruning," "Pruning 2.0" and "Smart Solutions for Shade Gardening." For 2016, join the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County to learn about "Native Plants: Rugged Easy-Care Survivors." Your plants will thank you! Additional presentations may be added. Free.
"Native Plants: Rugged Easy-Care Survivors" - Native plants possess certain traits that make them uniquely adapted to our local conditions. These plants have evolved over a long period of time in response to the climate, soil, rainfall, drought, and frost conditions of our area. In addition, native plants can match cultivated plants in beauty while often surpassing non-natives in ruggedness and resistance to insects and disease.
Ben Franklin School Demonstration Gardens
Programs on scheduled days are offered to the public by the Master Gardeners in the demonstration gardens behind Ben
Franklin School. These programs are free. Park in front of the school and walk
back to the garden area. All persons attending any of the Thursday OSU Extension Demonstrations at
Ben Franklin are more than welcome to visit and ask questions of the Master Gardeners at any of the other
demonstration gardens (Herb, Perennial and Vegetable). Also, you may want to bring a folding chair. See Ben Franklin School for further information and the schedule of demonstration programs.
Thursdays in the Garden
Master Gardeners work throughout the growing season on Thursday mornings at 10:00 in the demonstration
gardens (Herb, Perennial and Vegetable) behind Ben Franklin School, weather permitting. The public is free
to visit, observe the demonstrations gardens and ask the Master Gardeners questions. Park in front of the
school and walk back to the garden area. See Thursdays in the Garden for further details.