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Master Gardener Happenings...
Dividing Houseplants Workshop
On September 29, Delaware County Master Gardeners held an interactive workshop on dividing houseplants at SourcePoint in Delaware. Nora Hiland led the hands-on activity where participants learned how to separate and repot their plants for their continued enjoyment at home.
Class began with removing the plants from their pots. The group then cleaned the pots and washed the plants, making sure to remove all of the soil. Soil mix was discussed as well as how to prepare the soil for planting. Watering and fertilizing instructions were given before our happy indoor gardeners headed home with their newly invigorated plants.
Autumn Arborfest 2022
This is the fourth year DCMGA has participated in the Autumn Arborfest held at Alum Creek Park North in Westerville. This was the best year so far, thanks to the City of Westerville bringing in more organizations and nurseries for the event. Susan Alexander, Susan DeVol and Susan Logan were available to answer really interesting questions from the public. Susan Schmidt dropped by for a visit too! Do you sense a Susan theme?
The Trees Grab and Go Box Committee developed the display, which was well received and generated lots of questions from attendees. Children were engaged with leaf rubbings and the "Whack a Walnut" game. What’s that, you ask? Well, a walnut or hickory nut is placed in a shallow divot on a thick plank and kids hit the nut with a hammer. Not exactly educational, but it sure was fun!
It was a fun day dedicated to all things trees. Remember, if you have any tree or garden related questions, submit them here. We're always happy to help!
DCMGA Hosts Booth at Delaware County Fair
The Delaware County Fair had another great year! Once again, our Delaware County Master Gardeners hosted a booth in the Merchant building with over 1000 adults and hundreds of children visiting throughout the week.
Visitors learned about ways to attract and provide habitats for pollinators, including the use of plants native to Ohio. Master Gardeners also answered questions about lawn care, vegetable gardening, creating meadow gardens, and other topics. Those who stopped by the booth were given vegetable seeds for next year's produce and children received labels for their insulated water mugs or tablets.
Kenny Cummins Wins 2nd place for Best Home Landscaping!
Delaware County Master Gardener Kenny Cummins won 2nd place for Best Home Landscaping in the 2022 Columbus Dispatch Backyard Garden Awards. Her garden was one of over 300 entries. Kenny's garden is named "Shaded Serenity." In her entry description, Kenny reflects:
Creating a garden in full shade in our back woods has been quite a challenge and has taken several years. For color and texture I used various hostas, ferns, astilbe, brunnera, bleeding heart, coral bell and several ground covers. For additional color I added impatiens to the log, the heart shaped stone bed and the inverted tree trunk along with a few coleus and caladiums.
Kenny Cummins' garden, "Shaded Serenity"