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2017 Design & Beyond’s “Art in the Garden” to be held Saturday, January 21, 2017

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Steven Nikkila

Design & Beyond will be held at St. George’s Fellowship Hall, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron 44333 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. The cost for the symposium is $50 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and raffle. This event is open to the public. To register and read more, click here.

This year’s theme, “Art in the Garden” will get your mind off the winter weather and onto planning your 2017 garden. Learn how to design your garden using what you have on hand. Topics include stonescaping, using trash, recycling and reclaiming in order to beautify your gardens. Get inspired by Monet’s garden and hear research-based information on permaculture approaches.

Featured keynote speaker will be Steven Nikkila, Co-owner, Garden A to Z. Nikkila has planted, maintained and photographed gardens and landscapes since 1983 and is co-owner of Perennial Favorites, a garden and landscape design firm. With 30 years of experience, Steven Nikkila, along with co-owner Janet Macunovich, provide gardeners with “how to” information to help gardens grow. Check out their website at www.gardenatoz.com. Steven will present two topics: “When Trashing the Landscape is a Good Thing” and “Rockit Science” (stone in the landscape).

Other presenters include:

Jacqueline Kowalski, MA, Extension Educator, OSU Extension – “Everything You Wanted to Know About Permaculture”
Kim Hawkins, Master Gardener – “The Art of Gardening: Learning from Monet’s Gardens and Art”
Carol Palansky, ISA Certified arborist, horticulturist and landscape designer –Design challenges; Problems & Solutions for Landscapes of Today “

Master Gardeners will earn 6 CEs for the symposium. No refunds after January 6. Questions???  Call 330-854-5409.

Meet Me In The Garden

Posted by cherylm at Mar 19, 2014. No Comments.

08 02 14_710208 02 14_710208 02 14_710208 02 14_7102Please join the Meet Me In The Garden committee for our free gardening  programs at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron.  Our programs are on Wednesdays and start at 7:00 pm. 

Please join us for our winter programs in 2017. 

January 25


Photo: Becky Ramskogler

This Is Not Your Grandpa’s Garden:
Better Ideas for a Modern Vegetable Garden.
Presented by Heather Stafinsky and Jan Becker,
Summit County Master Gardeners.

February 22

Pruning Techniques for Healthy Plant Growth.
Presented by Laura Esposito, Park Manager,
Nature Realm, Summit Metro Parks.

March 22

Native Orchids of the Great Lakes Region.
Presented by Thomas Sampliner, Orchid Enthusiast


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Hope to see you there!

2016 Summit County Master Gardener Grants

Posted by cherylm at Mar 18, 2014. No Comments.

Announcing the 2016 grant recipients!

With money raised by the Annual Tour of Gardens, the Summit County Master Gardeners will contribute to 4 educational garden projects in Summit County this year.

1. The Cascade Locks Park Association will receive $1000.00 to help fund 2 educational gardens, an 1800’s type kitchen garden adjacent to the Mustill home and a memorial garden using native woodland plants. The latter is in recognition of 3 Akron citizens who integral in the reconstruction of the Mustill store site. The area is visited by as many as 900 school children on field trips and 6000 visitors to the site annually.
2. University of Akron Field Station in the Bath Nature Preserve will receive $1000.00 to help fund 2 workshops and the installation of a rain garden adjacent to their remodeled field station. There are many people/organizations involved in this project that the committee is excited about establishing a SCMG connection; more on that later.
3. Middlebury/Liberty Community Gardens will receive $500.00. They are starting a public community garden on land adjacent to their chapel. They have already secured a large portion of the moneys needed to begin this project and have started plants.
4. South Street Ministries Community Garden will receive $500.00. This organization will use the money to create a youth garden and program. The have a long-standing relationship with Let’s Grow Akron and have also already received other money to support this project.

Master Gardener Hotline

Posted by cherylm at Mar 4, 2014. No Comments.

The Master Gardener Hotline is Closed for the season!

You can still ask your gardening questions!  Follow this link to the  “Ask a Master Gardener” website: http://extension.osu.edu/ask-an-expert/ask-master-gardener

Sign up to get email invitations to our public programs!

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Just click on the button to be added to our email list.  Then you will be sure to get information and invitations to our public programs and events, like Design & Beyond, the Saturday Gardening Series, and the Tour of Gardens.

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