JANUARY: “The Maturing Gardener: Gardening and Aging Gracefully”
SPEAKER: Sandy White, Master Gardener
We are living longer and enjoying our gardens more.
Sandy will share some helpful hints on how to keep us
happy and healthy gardeners.
MARCH: “Abandoned but Not Forgotten”
SPEAKER: Jim Rokakis
Director of Thriving Communities Institute
(part of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy)
Jim will discuss the ever growing problem of vacant and
abandoned properties and how they are being
repurposed and rebuilt.
APRIL: “Milkweeds for Monarchs”
SPEAKER: Tami Gingrich
Naturalist, Geauga Park Service
Weed is good…milkweed that is! We will tour their
greenhouse and see up close and personal
how milkweed is propagated for distribution to
grow and attract the monarch butterfly.
MAY: “Living Walls” (a hands-on project)
SPEAKER: Nursery Staff, Bremec Nursery
Let your creative juices flow after learning from the
experts at Bremec’s . Remember the fun we had
making the flower towers? We will now get to try our
hand at building a living wall with succulents as our base
plants. NOTE: Bring gardening gloves.
JUNE: “What’s All the Buzz About? Gardening for Pollinators”
SPEAKER: Denise Ellsworth, The Bee Lady!
Denise will focus on practical steps gardeners can take
to create or enhance the habitat. She will share simple
design elements including plant selection.
JULY: “Visit to an Organic Farm”
SPEAKER: Savery Rorimer
We have heard all about organic gardening. This time
we will travel to a real working organic farm. Savery
is famous for her organic vegetables sold at several
area farmer’s markets. Now we will see and hear how
she and her staff grow them.
AUGUST: “Elderberries…from Folklore to Nutrition”
SPEAKER: Tara Winland
Dress comfortably because we will be taking a wagon
ride through Elderberry Trail Farm, tasting elderberry
treats, and enjoying a picnic lunch with elderberry
flower water as our beverage.
SEPTEMBER: “The Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower”
SPEAKER: Holden Arboretum Staff
We will get a first-hand look at Holden’s newest feature,
The Canopy Walk. The 500’ long elevated walkway, 65’
above a tributary of Pierson Creek includes 4 suspension
bridges. What a view of Holden’s woodlands.
OCTOBER: “The Creation on Living Art”
SPEAKER: Isa Ranganathan
Co-chair Flower Fund CMA and VP of Ikebana
You won’t want to miss this very special program. We
will have a behind the scenes tour of the Flower Fund’s
room for a demonstration on the creation of the
beautiful Pedestal Arrangements at the Museum. See
how they use special containers and mechanics.
DECEMBER: “Holiday Time at Stan Hywet”
Holiday time at Stan Hywet will take us back in
time to the glory days of this stately Akron