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February 2024

Pollinator Pathways for Delaware County

February 2, 2024 1:30 - 4:15pm Eastern Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, OH 43015


Embracing Doug Tallamy's vision of a "home-grown national park" by converting portions of lawn into native, productive habitats, lending a new beauty to where we live.  Speakers and panelists include Jim Reding, Tyler Frysinger, Susan King, Casey Smith, Jenny Morgan, Ella George, Terry Hernsen, Carol Prior, Amy Dutt, Terri Litchfield, Stefanie Hauck, Jeff Dickison, Jeremy King, and Anna Willow.  RSVP to Terry Hermsen at:  thermsen@otterbein.edu  

Gardening for Wildlife Workshop

February 7, 2024 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern Lunch and Learn Webinar Series 


Dr Dave Shetlar, Professor Emeritus, OSU Department of Entomology, will discuss native vs non-native landscape plants. 

Gardening for Wildlife Workshop

February 10, 2024 9:30am - 4:30pm Eastern Caesar Creek Lake Visitor Center, 4020 N. Clarksville Rd, Waynesville, OH 45068-9408


Fee:  $70, includes light breakfast and boxed lunch. 

Join us for presentations by experts who will guide your landscaping practices and plantings to attract a variety of wildlife to your native living landscape. Four expert speakers and guided hikes after the presentations. Vendors will be selling artwork, books, and seed packets. Space is limited.

Benjamin Vogt, Founder of Monarch Gardens

February 14, 2024 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern Bexley Public Library,  2411 E Main St, Bexley, OH or Livestream via https://www.youtube.com/@bexleypubliclibrary/streams


Benjamin Vogt, Founder of Monarch Gardens, discusses the shade understory.  Learn how to enhance the health of any tree by underplanting with shade plants.

Inviting Biodiversity into Our Gardens and Beyond

February 15, 2024 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Webinar Series


Mark Dilley, Chief Scientist at MADD Scientists Associates, and Chris Fehlhaber, horticulturalist at Chanticleer Garden In Wayne, PA, lead the discussion on why wetlands are vital for human survival.

Plant Propagation Basics

February 15, 2024 4:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar Series


Dr Wendy Klooster, OSU Horticulture and Crop Science Department, will discuss polant propagation basics.

Recognizing, Protecting, and Constructing Vernal Pools

February 16, 2024 10:00am - 3:30pm Eastern Zoom webinar


Mark will discuss the basics of vernal pool hydrology, ecology, and habitat - including the vitally important natural forested buffers that surround healthy vernal pools. He will share recommendations for protecting and enhancing these fascinating ecosystems and also provide an overview of how you can create functional vernal pools on your own property. Site selection, design, construction, planting and management will be covered and illustrated with a few project examples.

Witch-hazel Discovery

February 16, 2024 1:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Witchhazels signal the arrival of spring at Secrest! Come discover the numerous witchhazels in the Secrest collection. Experience the beauty and fragrance of these fascinating plants. 

Boxwood Moth Update

February 16, 2024 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern Lunch and Learn Webinar Series 


Maria Gulley, OSU-Hamilton County Horticulture Program Coordinator, discusses Ohio's newest Invasive insect, the boxwood moth.

Miami County Pruning Workshop

February 22 - March 21, 2024 10:00am - 12:00pm Eastern Hobart Center for County Government, 510 W Water St, Troy, OH 45373 


Fee:  $50 ($30 for out-of-county MGVs)

Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers invite you to attend these late winter/early spring tree and shrub pruning classes.  The first two sessions will be In-class Instruction while the remaining sessions will be hands-on training.  

Inviting Biodiversity into Our Gardens and Beyond

February 29, 2024 1:00 - 3:00pm Eastern Inviting Biodiversity Inout Our Gardens and Beyond Webinars


The second session of the series will Include Donald Edward Davis, author and environmental historian, will speak on The American Chestnut:  An Environmental History; and  Joan Maloof, author and founder of Old-Growth Forest Network, will speak on the Special Biodiversity of Old-Growth Forests.

Landscape Design;  Getting Started

February 29, 2024 4:00 - 5:00pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar Series


Erika Lyon, Extension Educator for OSU's Jefferson and Harrison Counties Agriculture and Natural Resources Programs, leads this discussion on getting started on your landscape design.  

March 2024

Erie County's 2024 Spring Seminar

March 2, 2024 8:30am - 3:00pm Eastern Mesenburg's Plaza Place, 545 Cleveland Rd W, Huron, OH 44839  


Fee:  $45 for MGVs; $50 for non-MGVs; includes coffee breaks, lunch, gift, and entry for a door prize.  Registration deadline is 02/26/24

Learn how to boost success in gardening while sharing the day with fellow gardeners and local vendors. 

Ohio Maple Madness Tour

March 2, 2024 10:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Ohio State Mansfield Maple Pavilion, 1760 University Dr, Mansfield, OH 44906


Come join the OSU Maple Team to check out the Mansfield Campus research and education sugarbush.  There will be tours of the sugarbush, nature walks back to the nearby vernal pools, pancakes and maple syrup, and boiling syrup at the   new maple pavilion. 

DCMGA Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

March 2, 2024 10:00 - 12:00am Eastern Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, OH 43015


Delaware County Master Gardeners will be leading this workshop on pruing fruit trees.  This includes a hands-on demonstration!  

Woodland, Water and Wildlife Conference

March 6, 2024 8:30am - 3:30pm Eastern Mid-Ohio Conference Center, 890 W Fourth St, Mansfield, OH 44906


Fee:  $70 If registered by 2/17/24; $85 If after 2/17/24; registration ends 2/26/24 

Come be part of the 2024 Ohio Woodland, Water and Wildlife Conference in Mansfield, Ohio at the Mid-Ohio Conference. 

 

This annual conference has three concurrent tracks, tied to the three subject areas of woodlands, water and wildlife. Participants can earn ISA, SAF, and ODA pesticide recertification credits. 

Common and Emerging Soil Contaminants

March 6, 2024 12:00 - 1:00pm Eastern Lunch and Learn Webinar Series 


Maggie Rivera, OSU Extension Educator at Summit County, and Jeff Hattey, OSU Professor of Soil Sciences, provide information about soil contaminants, from arsenic to PFAS.   

Vernal Poolooza 2024

March 7 - 9, 2024 8:00am - 12:00pm Eastern Camp Oty-okwa, 24799 Purcell Road S.. Bloomingville, OH 43152 


Fee:  $55 (registration only) or $185 (registration, lodging, and food) 

Ohio Wetlands Association has secured Keynote speakers for Thursday and Friday evening sessions, including Joe Moosbrugger and Jim McCormac, respectively, and arranged a variety of breakout field trip sessions on March 9th. Join us to learn about vernal pools in the beautiful Hocking Hills region!

Pruning Workshop

March 7 , 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Fee:  $30 Includes lunch 

This introductory workshop covers basic pruning techniques. Topics include when to prune, required tools, tool care and making  proper cuts. Participants will have the opportunity to practice pruning skills. How to prune fruit trees will not be covered in this workshop. 

Annual Central Ohio Perennial Flower School

March 7 , 2024 9:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center, 275 S Limestone St, Springfield,  OH


Fee:  $70 Includes continental breakfast, lunch, and handouts.  Registration ends 3/1/24 or when capacity is reached 


Speakers include Kirk Brown, Dr Dave Smith, and Pam Bennett.  

Envisioning NTFPs in Northeast Ohio

March 7 , 2024 10:00am - 12:00pm Eastern Escape to the Forest Webinar Series


Envisioning Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) in Northeast Ohio:  Forest Farming and Agroforestry Demonstration at the Holden Arboretum.

Landscape Artist and Author Rick Darke

March 13 , 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Bexley Public Library,  2411 E Main St, Bexley, OH or Livestream via https://www.youtube.com/@bexleypubliclibrary/streams


Rick Darke, author, artist, landscape designer, photographer, and professor at the University of Delaware,  shares his knowledge on ho to cultivate libable landscapes both large and small for all.

Guided Tree Walks

March 14, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Join Paul Snyder each month from March 14 through November 13 for a guided tree walk around the Secrest Arboretum. 

Annual Fruit Tree Pruning

March 17, 2024 12:30 - 1:30pm Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Jeff Lehman as he demonstrates fruit tree pruning.  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

Spotted Lanternfly is on the Move:  An Update in Ohio

March 20, 2024 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern Lunch and Learn Webinar Series


Amy Stone, OSU Extension Educator In Lucas County, details the movements of the Spotted Lanternfly in Ohio.

2024 Ohio Landscape Plant Symposium

March 22, 2024 9:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Secrest Arboretum Welcome and Education Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH 44692


Fee:  $85 includes boxed  lunch


Kick-off spring with a full-day horticultural extravaganza at Secrest Arboretum featuring nationally-recognized speakers. If you love plants like we do, this is an event you can’t miss! Speakers include Tony Avent, Andrew Bunting, Ed Lyon, Richard Olsen, and Tim Wood.

2024 Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop

March 23, 2024 9:00am - 3:30pm Eastern Clifty Inn, Clifty Falls State Park, 1650 Clifty Hollow Rd, Madison, IN 47250


Fee:  $47 on or before 3/4/24 or $65 after 3/4/24 


Designed to provide you with forestry and wildlife related educational opportunities to help you get the most out of your property.  this one day workshop held at scenic Clifty Falls State park will provide you with forestry and wildlife experts from Indian, Kentucky, and Ohio who will address the questions  and concerns you have regarding the management of your property. 

Four Seasons of Gardening Conference

March 23, 2024 9:00am - 3:30pm Eastern J Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Dr, Newark, OH


Fee:  $50 includes light breakfast, catered lunch, and afternoon snack


Speakers include Dr Dan Herms, VP of Research and Development for The Davey Tree Expert Company; Dr Laura Deeter, professor of horticulture at OSU; Holly Latteman, Science and Conservation Manager at The Dawes Arboretum; Susan Studer King, experienced gardener, former flower farmer, and advocate for native plants and conservation gardens; and Susan Betz, author and grower of herbs used to educate the public about gardening and the natural world.   

Songbird:  Creating Habitat and Safe Spaces

March 28, 2024 4:00 - 5:00pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar Series


Marne Titchnell, OSU Program Director of Wildlife, describes how to create habitats and safe spaces for birds in your backyard.   

April 2024

Virtual Spring Wildflower Hike

April 3, 2024 12:00 - 1:00pm Eastern Lunch and Learn Webinar Series


Carrie Brown, OSUE Agriculture and Natural Resource Educator In Fairfield County, leads a virtual hike to view spring wildflowers.

Guided Tree Walks

April 11, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Join Paul Snyder each month from March 14 through November 13 for a guided tree walk around the Secrest Arboretum. 

A Common Sense Solution to the Biodiversity Crisis

April 11, 2024 4:00 - 5:00pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar Series


Brandon Hough, Executive Director of Homegrown National Park, provides a sensible solution to the biodiversity crisis

Crabapple Walk

April 19, 2024 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Enjoy a guided walk through the largest crabapple collection in the United States. We will learn about top plants, diseases, and phenology.

Proper Watering Techniques

April 28, 2024 11:30am - 12:30pm Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Bill Dawson as he demonstrates proper watering techniques.  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

May 2024

Guided Tree Walks

May 9, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Join Paul Snyder each month from March 14 through November 13 for a guided tree walk around the Secrest Arboretum. 

Plant Discovery Day and Sale

May 11, 2024 9:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


The annual Friends of Secrest Arboretum sale features new and unique annuals, perennials, herbs and woody plants. Our annual, perennial, herb, and woody plant lists is listed below! Parking and admission are free.

Plant list coming in April.

Proper Propagation Techniques

May 19, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Debi Balog as she demonstrates proper propagation techniques.  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

June 2024

Walnut Trees

June 3, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Mike Hogan as he discusses  proper the walnut tree (any maybe the serviceberry and dogwood).  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

Herbs

June 9, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Sean McVay, Cindy Marvich, and Lauren Preston as they discuss herbs.  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

Guided Tree Walks

June 12, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Join Paul Snyder each month from March 14 through November 13 for a guided tree walk around the Secrest Arboretum. 

Shrubaretum

June 20, 2024 1:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


All about shrubs. From large to small, evergreen to deciduous, hardy to marginally hardy. You will learn all you need to know about shrubs including top performers at Secrest. This workshop is in the form of an arboretum walk.

July 2024

Jim McCormac

July 7, 2024 9:00 - 10:00am Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Jim McCormac as he discusses whatever he wants!  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

Guided Tree Walks

July 10, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Join Paul Snyder each month from March 14 through November 13 for a guided tree walk around the Secrest Arboretum. 

Pollinators

July 21, 2024 8:30 - 9:30am Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Michelle Pham as she discusses pollinators.  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

August 2024

Midwest Native Plant Conference

August 2 - 4, 2024 Bergamo Center, 4400 Shakertown Rd, Beavercreek, OH


The Conference begins Friday afternoon and concludes on Sunday (see link for exact times) and includes presentations Indoor and outdoor breakout session, day and night field trips on the grounds of Bergamo, and Sunday morning field trips offsite.   Keynote speakers  Sam Hoadley, Dr Karen Goodell, and Robert Grese and a multitude of other speakers provide in-depth information on native plants.

Bees

August 4, 2024 9:00 - 10:00am Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Pam Bennett as she discusses bees.  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

Soil

August 11, 2024 1:00 - 2:00pm Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Linda Petit as she discusses soils.  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

Guided Tree Walks

August 14, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Join Paul Snyder each month from March 14 through November 13 for a guided tree walk around the Secrest Arboretum. 

Herbs

August 25, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Richa Jhaldiyal as she discusses herbs.  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

September 2024

Climate Change Projects

September 8, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Sara Earnst as she discusses climate change projects.  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

Guided Tree Walks

September 11, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Join Paul Snyder each month from March 14 through November 13 for a guided tree walk around the Secrest Arboretum. 

October 2024

Paper Making

October 6, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm Eastern Friends of the Homeless Shelter, 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205


Join Diane Kadonga as she demonstrates how to make paper with dried flowers.  There will be a free-produce stand before the presentation and attendees are welcome to stay and help garden and share food.  

Guided Tree Walks

October 9, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Join Paul Snyder each month from March 14 through November 13 for a guided tree walk around the Secrest Arboretum. 

November 2024

Guided Tree Walks

November 13, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH


Join Paul Snyder each month from March 14 through November 13 for a guided tree walk around the Secrest Arboretum.