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Horticultural presentations by Master Gardeners of The Ohio State University Extension may be scheduled by contacting Pat Koch at patriciaakoch75@gmail.com. Please contact her for the topics listed below, or other presentations.

Formats: Digital = PowerPoint presentation; Demos = demonstrations of materials

Presentation Topics: - presently under construction. Will be supplemented with additional photos and descriptions as information is obtained.

  Titles Format Presentation Description
0 All About Alliums Digital

There are over 800 species of this this hardy herbaceous plant.  They are grown for the beauty of their flower, but more so because they are edible.  Think garlic, leek, onion!  

Waterlily Aquatic Container Gardening Digital You may have a water garden on your patio or porch with minimal effort and expense. See the needs for growing waterlilies, lotus and other aquatic plants. (The principles also generally apply for ponds.)
0 The Bearded Iris Digital Bearded Irises are truly a rainbow of eye pleasing beauty.  Learn about types and parts of bearded irises, their bloom times, and growing and caring for these beautiful flowers.  Handout Provided
1 Butterfly Gardening:  Build It and They Will Come! Digital This presentation looks at why butterflies matter, why they’re in trouble, and what we can do in our yards to help them.  A successful butterfly garden must include what these marvelous insects need:  both host plants and nectar plants.  It’s no surprise – butterfly gardening is, for the most part, native plant gardening.  We’ll explore several examples of Ohio butterflies and which plants will attract them and help conserve them.
0 Chelsea Flower
Show 2011
Digital Considered the world's top garden show, you’ll see spectacular photos of this annual London event and expand your knowledge of Great Britain’s enduring horticultural legacy.  Huge “Show Gardens”, exquisite garden sculpture, and the “Great,” a massive white tent an acre in size, showcasing exhibits from  60 of the UK’s finest nurseries.
0 Chelsea Flower Show 2014 Digital

Considered the world's top garden show, you’ll see spectacular photos of this annual London event and expand your knowledge of Great Britain’s enduring horticultural legacy.  Huge “Show Gardens”, exquisite garden sculpture, and the “Great,” a massive white tent an acre in size, showcasing exhibits from  60 of the UK’s finest nurseries.

Winterberry

Color through the Seasons - Choosing the Right Shrubs and Companion Plants

Digital

The gardening calendar doesn't only last 6 months of the year. It is possible to have four seasons of color and interest. Plants that can fulfill multiple roles can help gardeners achieve that goal. The advantages of using shrubs for the backbone of the year-round garden are explored. This presentation also examines companion plants that provide seasonal interest and support this versatile framework of the landscape border.

0 Composting Digital

“Let it Rot” - This presentation will walk you through what goes on in a compost pile, how to build one of your own, and how to use that wonderful black gold in your gardens.  The Master Gardeners will be ready to answer all your questions about composting including where to get the ingredients and what might go wrong!

0 Container
Gardening
Digital Learn to design with containers. Learn the basic rules of planting containers; ideas on choosing pots, plants (annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, trees), fertilizing, and daily care. Many examples/pictures of containers to use throughout your yard. LV
0 Container
Gardening
Demos Container gardening is more popular today than ever! Learn to grow flowers, vegetables, fruits and trees just about anywhere in just about anything that will hold soil. Discuss containers, soil, drainage, watering, fertilizing, transplanting and much more. LC
ContainerVeg Container Vegetable Gardening Digital Vegetables growing just outside your door is easy and fun!  Learn how to grow your favorite vegetables in containers--even potatoes! Choosing the right containers, proper soil, watering and much more are part of this presentation.
Cool Weather Vegetable Gardening Cool Weather Vegetable Gardening Digital Learn how a gardener, with good planning, can extend the growing season by introducing vegetables that like cool temperatures into their garden.  This presentation provides the information necessary to keep a vegetable garden active from March until November and beyond!
0 Dahlias Digital This presentation covers the kinds of dahlias that people grow, the ways of storing their tubers and starting them in the spring, the process of growing them (eg:preparation of soil, fertilization, watering, etc.), the importance of disbudding and pruning, and some of the ways of having fun with the flowers when they are blooming, usually beginning in early August and continuing through late October. Handouts provided.
0 Fall Planting for
Spring Harvest
Digital A presentation broken down by winter vegetable gardening and fall flower gardening. Planting vegetables in late summer and fall for harvest in late winter and spring--addresses site requirements, suggested plantings and methods. Methods and plant suggestions for perennials, biennials and hardy annuals. Emphasis on vegetables, but also mention of flowers.
0 Fragrance in
the Garden
Scented
demos
Learn about the sense of smell in the garden, the reasons for fragrance (attraction of pollinators, survival, ...), what parts are fragrant, timing of scent and utilizing scent in the placement of plants in the garden. Demonstrations of scented essential oils allow you to experience the fragrances.
American Evolution Garden History:
Evolution of American
Homes and Landscape
Digital See the evolution of American home construction and landscape design from the settlers era to present. This overview includes many landscape accessories.
World Evolution

Garden History:
Evolution of Western Landscape

Digital Trace the evolution of gardens in the Western World from the beginning to present. This survey contains pictures and paintings of Western gardens over time, including some Eastern influence.
Notable American Garden History:
Notable American
Landscapes
Digital Tour notable American landscapes from the Colonial and early Federal Eras through the Gilded Age. See many of America's great homes and their gardens.
0 Garden History:
Thomas Jefferson -
Landscape Architect
Digital A garden history presentation using the life of Thomas Jefferson to illustrate the horticultural influences which shaped him for producing his landscape architectural and garden projects. Extensive pictures include Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Poplar Forest and the University of Virginia. Historic garden restoration and design considerations are included.
0 Going Underground with Bulbs, Rhizomes, Corms and Tubers Digital An overview of how to grow healthy, beautiful bulbs in your garden which shows some familiar favorites as well as some of the more unusual bulbs available, and presents a plan for three-season color in your own garden. For bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes, the presentation addresses the history, different kinds, growing requirements and care, and pests and diseases.
Groundcovers Ground Covers Digital Defines ground covers and their uses. Presents best ground covers for various landscape problems. Pros and Cons of the 5 most popular ground covers are discussed. Planting strategies are included.
0 Herbs:
Spice Up Your
Garden and
Cooking with
Herbs
Digital A discussion of herbs and the multitude of their uses, including ornamental, culinary, fragrances, dyes, medicinal; where and how they may be grown in the landscape or garden; herbs for beginners; herb cultivation, harvesting and preservation. Detail is provided for culinary and aromatic herbs.
Rabbit How to Keep the Unwanted at Bay: The Problem of Wildlife in our Gardens Digital  
0 Lovable Lavender Digital Lavender is one of the most popular garden herbs around.  It is a fragrant,  versatile and easy to grow plant, with uses in all types of gardens.  Learn more about the different Lavender varieties, the history of lavender, how to create the best growing environment, how to use in cooking and in crafts and more.
0 Master
Gardener
Program
Digital An overview of the Master Gardener Program, including training and activities.
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Native North American Perennials for Your Garden

Digital Learn the history of native plants in North America and Ohio; the different exotic, naturalized and noxious plants; reasons to plant natives and suggestions for sun and shade planting areas.
Native Plants Native Plants Digital With the wild swings in our weather, gardeners need plants that are tough and can survive.  Native plants have evolved to withstand our region's characteristics.  Gardeners not only want rugged plants but also easy to care for plants.  This presentation covers trees and shrubs, perennials, and grasses  that are native to our region and can withstand our climate.  Also covered: using rain gardens to solve some problems caused by the weather.
Orchids Orchids: Can I
Grow Orchids in
My Home?
Digital This presentation attempts to dispel many of the myths about the difficulty ofgrowing orchids, covers the 5 easiest types a beginner should try, and provides other general information about orchid cultivation.
0 Ornamental
Grasses
Digital How and why to use ornamental grasses in the landscape. Discussion of different species of ornamental grasses.
Ornamental Vines Ornamental
Vines
Digital Vines can be unpredictable and adventuresome. But are adaptable, hardy, lovely to look at, intoxicating to breathe in and can have four season interest in the garden.
The Power of Pollinators The Power of
Pollinators
Digital The vital role of pollinators for our plant life, food supply and economy is illustrated, with an overview of several types of pollinators and measures that may be taken to support the health and numbers of pollinators. This presentation is composed of three modules. "The Power of Pollinators" was created by a partnership between The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, and The Ohio State University Bee Lab and Pollinatarium.
Pruning Pruning   Pruning is an essential part of plant maintenance.  It involves removing plant parts---branches, flowers, fruit, seed pods, etc.  Learn proper techniques and times to prune!
0 Putting Your Garden
to Bed
Digital As fall winds down and winter approaches, gardeners need to address some basic maintenance that will make their work in the spring much easier.  This presentation explains the basic chores for preparing for winter.  Topics covered will include lawns, roses, evergreens and shrubs, flower beds, vegetable gardens, containers and tools.
0
Shade
Gardening
Digital A presentation on gardening in different amounts of shade: partial or intermittent shade, medium shade and deep or dense shade. Site and soil conditions must be identifed for matching the desired site to appropriate plant options. Selections of shrubs, perennials, bulbs, ground covers and annuals are shown.
0 Tomatoes Digital Did you know that tomatoes should not be refrigerated?  Learn why and a whole lot more about growing tomatoes in your garden bed and in container pots.
0 10 Essentials of Vegetable Gardening Talk, handout The talk is designed to get everyone to grow some of their own food by outlining 10 simple things they can do to have their own vegetable garden -- doesn't involve tilling, or major effort, time or money. 
0 Vegetable
Gardening
Digital How to start a vegetable garden from scratch. While aimed at helping the begginer, there are lots of tips for the more experienced gardener. Container gardening is touched upon. East-to-grow variety recommendations are included.
Vermicomposting Vermicomposting

Demo,
Handouts, Discussion

Vermicomposting has a lot going for it better plant growth, decreased plant diseases, improved water retention, and more. This demonstration presentation includes all the basics from apple cores to shredded paper to worms!
0 Waking the
Garden in
Spring
Digital A month-by-month discussion of garden chores that need to be done from March through June. The progam includes clean-up, fertilization, pruning and planting of lawns, flower beds, trees, roses and vegetables. A very practical approach for home owners.
When to Harvest When and How Do
I Harvest
Digital Growing vegetables has great rewards!  Whether enjoying them immediately in a salad, as a dinner dish, or canning and freezing for later use--this presentation includes all you need to know about the right time to harvest and how to do it!
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