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SPECIAL EVENTS
 
Special Events include:
Breakfast Gardening Series
Fall Seminar
From Garden to Table
Plants in the Park


See Special Events Calendar
below

Breakfast Gardening Series - Tuesdays, March 10, April 14 and May 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Suspended for 2020
This series of three learning sessions is designed for anyone who gardens or just loves gardening. Each session features two current gardening topics and includes a delicious continental breakfast prepared by Master Gardener Volunteers. Attend one session or the entire series (at a reduced cost). Click here for flyer

Tuesday March 10, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • "Spice Up Your Life with Herbs" by Hedy Westra, Master Gardener Volunteer, Cuyahoga County
    Herbs are a treat for the senses. We’ll discuss the basics of herb gardening and branch out into some of the newer herb varieties. Then, prepare your palette for samples of lemon lavender shortbread, Thai basil pesto and cilantro watermelon salsa!
  • "Deer Control and Deer Resistant Plants" by Tom Dayton, Owner, Dayton Nurseries, Norton, Ohio
    As beautiful and graceful as they may be, deer have become a nuisance of many local gardens. Tom will discuss ways to identify deer damage as well as how to plan and protect your gardens from foraging deer. A list of deer favorites as well as deer resistant plants will be provided.

Tuesday April 14, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • "Wildflowers - Where it all Began!" by Darci Sanders, Master Gardener Volunteer, Cuyahoga County
    Overlooked, underappreciated, and important for ecological balance in our natural habitats, most of our wildflowers are beautiful native treasures and naturalized parts of our greenscape. Enjoy a review of our untamed "Spring Beauties"!
  • "Growing Melons for the Very Taste of Summer" by Mike Gastier, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources / County Director, Huron County
    Raising melons in Ohio can be challenging, but it is so worth the effort. In our session we will talk about raising wonderful melons that may just turn you into a "melon snob."

Tuesday May 12, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • "Miniature Vegetables for Your Garden" by Jacqueline Kowalski, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Summit County
    As interest in container and small space gardening has grown, so has interest in miniature vegetables. Learn about growing requirements, production practices, and variety selection (both new and heirloom) that will add appeal to your plate.
  • "Container Figs and Figs in Gardens" by Timothy J Malinich, OSU Professor, retired
    Once you've eaten a fresh fig from your own tree, you will go to great lengths to grow more. We'll look at the challenges and solutions to growing figs in Northern Ohio. Which figs you can grow and how to propagate these lush, subtropical plants will also be covered.

Pictures from 2017 Sessions (Click pictures for larger image)

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It's Back
Fall Seminar - "Gardening from the Forest to Your Home"
- Friday, September 17, 2021, 6:45 - 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 18, 2021, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., on Zoom

An annual, usually one-day, seminar on horticultural topics of interest to gardeners, homeowners and Master Gardeners. The fall seminar is open to any individual who is interested in gardening. 5.0 CE credits for Master Gardeners. 

The 2021 Annual Fall SeminarGardening from the Forest to Your Home will be held virtually on Zoom, on Friday, September 17, 6:45 - 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday, September 18, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration costs $40 for live Zoom seminar sessions with two keynote speakers and 3 of 9 concurrent sessions, or $50.00 for live sessions and recordings afterward of all 11 speakers. Session descriptions are below.

All attendees will receive the following:

  • a virtual swag bag containing local and national garden coupons
  • the option to buy tickets to win a beautiful handmade quilt
  • the opportunity to win garden book giveaways

Information - Registration Closed

Fall Seminar Sessions:

A 12-Step Program to a Sustainable Landscape – As gardeners are we relying on horticultural practices that are out-of-date, out-of-place, or scientifically unsound? Learn how to select quality plant material and prepare it for urban survival with the best installation and management practices. Speaker: Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Professor of Horticulture, Washington State University; Author of award-winning The Informed Gardener and five other books and Great Course Instructor, WA

Urban Forests – Join us for a presentation on the pros and cons of planting pocket forests. Do they prove beneficial? And, if it not, discover alternatives you can implement on empty urban lots or in your own backyard. Speaker: Dr. Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist, VA

Houseplants 101 – Are you a wonderful gardener, but struggle with houseplants? This session will present a hands-on demo covering all the basics for growing and caring for houseplants. Speaker: Pam Bennett, Associate Professor of Horticulture, Ohio State University; State Master Gardener Volunteer Program Director, OH

Hortus Mustus – When it comes to plants, do you love the new and unusual? Or feel compelled to collect plants? If so, Hortus Mustus is the session is for you! Discover new plants and ‘forgotten gems’ that should be planted more frequently, including one or two that are different and maybe harder to grow. Speaker: Dr. Laura Deeter, Professor of Horticulture, Ohio State University/Agricultural Technical Institute, OH

Return of the Bluebird – Learn how instrumental the Holden Arboretum was in the successful recovery of the Eastern Bluebird. Tips will also be provided on creating safe and attractive nesting options for homeowner backyards. Speaker: Mike Watson, Conservation Biologist, Holden Forests and Gardens, OH

An Engineer's Approach to Houseplant Care - Not sure what bright, indirect light means? Unsure how much and when to water? That's OK! Here, with a healthy dose of reality and humor, you’ll get advice, data, and facts to help make you an expert in all thing’s houseplant. Speaker: Darryl Cheng, Author, “The New Plant Parent” and creator of The Houseplant Journal, Canada

Getting by with a Little Help from My Friends: Soil microbes and their important role in plant conversation - Soil microbes help plants acquire nutrients and resist disease. This class reveals the role of friendly microbes in the health of forest wildflowers and how that role can improve the success of your wildflower gardening. Speaker: Dr. David Burke, Vice President, Science and Conservation, Holden Arboretum, OH

Herbal Liquors and Libations – With cocktails in mind, Ms. Boutelier gives us an information packed PowerPoint and demonstration of the techniques used in the making of herbal liqueurs and libations. Cheers! Speaker: Debbie Boutelier, Past President, Herb Society of America, AL

Maximizing Texture in the Garden - While blooms and color are great in a garden - they fade. Visual texture never does. Whether bold or fine, adding visual texture to our gardens provides interest throughout the seasons. This session will focus on plants that contribute textural interest as a primary feature. Speaker: Mark Dwyer, Horticulturist, Landscape Designer, WI

No Dig Gardening - Gardening and You tube sensation Charles Dowding joins us all the way from England to show us the no dig garden - which he asserts is easier, less expensive, better for the land and less work to maintain. Do not miss this final session of the day! Speaker: Charles Dowding, Author, UK

2015 Fall Seminar (Click pictures for larger image)

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2012 Fall Seminar (Click pictures for larger image)

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Registration
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Hospitality
Silent Auction
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Keynote Presentation
Keynote Presenter Druckenbrod
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Presenter Rose
Presenter Langan
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Thomas Presentation
Presenter Thomas
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From Garden to Table -
This event will not be held in 2020. We suggest the Breakfast Gardening Series instead.

The following information is for reference only:
The 2018 "From Garden to Table" was held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (registration starting at 8:15 a.m.) at the Happy Days Lodge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Program fee, including lunch, is $45. 5.0 Continuing Education credits for Master Gardeners. The 2018 presentations (Agenda) were: "Preserving with Modern Tools & Gadgets" by Tamara Mitchell, Dine-In Diva and Personal Chef; "Hybridizing: The Pathway to New Horizons" by Terry Hanson Biologist and Local Daylily Hybridizer; "When to Harvest Siam Eggplant: Lessons Learned about Ethnic Specialty Crops" by Maggie Fitzpatrick, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator – OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County; "Trial & Error in the Garden: What We’ve Learned Not to Do" by Kelly Barrett, Green Corps Operations Manager Holden Forests and Gardens; "Is it Ready to Eat?: When and How to Harvest" and "What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Personal Garden Safety" by Christine Harris, Cuyahoga County Master Gardener Volunteer.
Click here for flyer--for reference only.

Pictures from the 2016 Symposium (Click on picture for larger image)

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Raffle Baskets
Raffle Baskets
Raffle Baskets
Raffle Baskets
Raffle Baskets
Raffle Baskets
Raffle Baskets
Breakfast Buffet
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Sell-Out Crowd
Sell-Out Crowd
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch

Pictures from the 2015 Symposium (Click on picture for larger image)

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Free Bulbs
Breakfast Buffet
Breakfast Buffet
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MGs from 14 Counties
Seed Saving
Ann McCullah
Shawn Bell
Food Safety
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Pam Bennett
Box Lunch
Chef Larkin
Lunch
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Pictures from the 2013 Symposium (Click on picture for larger image)

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Door Prizes
Bakery Buffet
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Vendor Display
Randell McShepard
Randell McShepard
Randell McShepard
Audience
Judi Strauss
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Tim Malinich
Rudy Moyer
Raffle Winner


Plants in the Park --- June 5, 2021 --- 9:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Plants in the Park is a giant plant sale held each year by the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County. This one-day sale includes a wide variety of perennials, annuals, herbs, ground covers, house plants,  containers and more.  All plants have been grown by Master Gardeners around the Cleveland area.  In addition to the sale there will be a  reference table staffed with Master Gardeners ready to answer all your gardening questions. The event will be held at the Kiwanis Pavilion in Independence, 6363 Selig Drive, behind the Independence Civic Center (map).
Click for 2021 flyer and important information

Buyers are free to come at any time during the 9 AM -  2 PM window.  We will be social distancing, so there may be a waiting period at the door. For this reason, we ask you to remind your friends and family that new plants will be replenished all day long, so later buyers will still have great choices.  

2015 Plant Sale Pictures (Click pictures for larger image)

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Tools of the Trade
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More Incoming
Saturday before the Sale
Arrangements: A Symphony of Colors
Arrangements: A Symphony of Colors
Arrangements: A Symphony of Colors
Arrangements: A Symphony of Colors
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Succulents Galore
Chair Arrangement
Putting Up the Sign
First in Line
Line at 8:50 am
Opening Surge
Shortly After Opening
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Ask a Master Gardener
Ask a Master Gardener
Writing-Up Purchases
Writing-Up Purchases
Hold Area
May I Help You?
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Fig Tree
Protecting Purchases
Do I Want More?
For My Patio Table
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Morning Training
Smiling at the Beginning
Lunch
Lunch
Still Standing and Smiling

2012 Plant Sale Pictures (Click pictures for larger image)

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2011 Plant Sale Pictures (Click pictures for larger image)

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Kiwanis Pavilion
Plants
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Containers
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Reference
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Volunteers
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Special Events Calendar

Date Event - click green text for flyer Location
June 6, 2020 "Plants in the Park" Plant Sale Cancelled as scheduled. Altermative being considered. Watch for details.
     
Prior events:    
May 10, 2008 2008 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
November 1, 2008 2008 Fall Seminar  
April 18, 2009 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 6, 2009 2009 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
November 7, 2009 2009 Fall Seminar  
April 24 2010 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 5, 2010 2010 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
November 6, 2010 2010 Fall Seminar  
April 30, 2011 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 4, 2011 2011 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
November 5, 2011 2011 Fall Seminar  
April 21, 2012 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 2, 2012 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
October 6, 2012 2012 Fall Seminar  
April 20, 2013 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 1, 2013 Plants in the Park: A Garden Day  
April 26, 2014 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 7, 2014 2014 Plants in the Park Garden Day  
November 1, 2014 2014 Fall Seminar  
April 18, 2015 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 6, 2015 Plants in the Park Plant Sale  
October 31, 2015 2015 Fall Seminar  
April 16, 2016 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 4, 2016 Plants in the Park  
November 5, 2016 2016 Fall Seminar  
April 22, 2017 Vegetable Gardening Symposium  
June 3, 2017 Plants in the Park  
November 4, 2017 2017 Fall Seminar  
April 21, 2018 2018 From Garden to Table  
June 2, 2018 2018 "Plants in the Park" Plant Sale  
November 3, 2018 2018 Fall Seminar  
March 5, April 2 and 30, 2019 2019 Breakfast Gardening Series  
June 1, 2019 Plants in the Park  
November 2, 2019 2019 Fall Seminar  
March 10, 2020, others canceled Breakfast Gardening Series  
September 17 & 18, 2021 Fall Seminar - "Gardening from the Forest to Your Home"  
     
 


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