Program Calendar

Time for Wildflowers!!

At Gallant Woods Preservation Park

Guided Wildflower Tours

The Delaware County Master Gardener Association in collaboration with Preservation Parks of Delaware County will be offering public guided tours on The Wildflower Trail at Gallant Woods Park. 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware, OH 43015

On the trail you will explore thirteen spring native wildflowers marked by signs with a painting of the plant, its common and botanical name, and a QR code so you can learn about the plant on your phone.

Join our DCMGA guides for an enjoyable stroll on the Acorn Loop as we identify these magnificent wonders of nature.

The April 28th date is reserved for Source Point. All other guided Wildflower Walks are planned for the following dates. Come join us. It will be a lot of FUN!!!

Thursday April 28th at 10:00

Sunday May 1st at 1:30

Thursday May 12th at 5:30

Friday May 20th at 5:30

Sunday May 22nd at 1:30

Self-Guided Wildflower Trail

On the trail at Gallant Woods Park you will explore thirteen spring native wildflowers marked by signs with a painting of the plant, its common and botanical name, and a QR code so you can learn about the plant on your phone. Learn more about the trail and the plants...

Around Ohio

Walk on the Wildflower Side

Read about eight of DCMGA top picks of places to view wildflowers

Events from various organizations this month (May 2022)

Guided Tree Walk
Tuesday May 11 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Secrest Arboretum)
Monthly guided tree walks feature all things trees. A variety of topics will be covered, including proper selection and planting, insect pests and diseases. Please dress for the weather.

Introduction to Hydroponics
May 11, 2022 - Jun 6, 2022 (OSU Extension Howlett Greenhouse)
The class will meet in Howlett Greenhouse three days a week (MWF, 10:20AM-11:30AM) over the four week period. This hands-on intensive course will introduce students to soilless hydroponic crop production. The course will provide basic information on key components of hydroponics, different systems adopted for different crop species, as well as ideas of implementing them in commercial settings, home gardening as well as school science teaching programs. By the end of this course, students will have a good understanding of the basic concepts of hydroponics, which crops are suitable for hydroponics, and how the systems work. Students will also learn key greenhouse technologies supporting hydroponics, such as ventilation and cooling. Students will also learn basics of plant structure and growth in the context of hydroponic crop production.

Chadwick Arboretum Spring Plant Sale
Friday May 13 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
Saturday May 14 9 am - 3:00 pm

Licking County Plant Sale
Saturday May 14 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
473 Hudson Avenue, Newark, Ohio

Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style for Today's Garden
Saturday May 14 9:00 - 11:00 am (Greene County)
Joseph Tychonievich,  will discuss the techniques and methods specific to creating and maintaining a rock garden. . Rock gardening is becoming more popular due to the time and space constraints along with the increase in areas experiencing drought. 
Joseph Tychonievich is a life-long lover of plants and gardening. He got his degree in horticulture from Ohio State University and went on to work for specialty rare plant nurseries in Japan and Michigan. Joseph is the author of several books including The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food: Step-by-Step Vegetable Gardening for Everyone and Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style. And is a regular contributor to gardening magazines like Fine Gardening, and is the editor of the North American Rock Garden Society. LOCATION: OSU Extension Greene County 100 Fairground Rd. Xenia, Ohio  45385 (This is an in person program)

Plant Discovery Day [plant sale!!]
Saturday May 14 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Secrest Arboretum)
The annual Friends of Secrest Arboretum sale features new and unique annuals, perennials, herbs and woody plants. Vendors also offer a variety of art for the home and landscape. Check back later for annual, perennial, herb, woody and Silent Auction plant lists! Parking and admission are free.

Growing Tomatoes in Your Container Garden
Tuesday May 17 2:30 - 3:30 pm (Franklin County)
Timothy McDermott, DVM OSU Extension

Nothing tastes quite like summer more than tomatoes. Come learn the basics of planting and caring for tomatoes either in your garden or in your container, what problems to look for and what how to maximize your tomato production. Supplies will be provided to build your own container garden including a grow bag, soil, and tomato plant starts.

Native and Problem Woody Invasives
Thursday May 19 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Secrest Arboretum)
Invasive plants cause problems for our ecosystems. But are all invasive plants equal? Are native woody invasives actually invasive? Join us as we explore the topic of woody invasive plants. Presenters include Jim Chatfield, Jason Veil, and Paul Snyder.

Gardening with Pets in Mind
Friday May 20 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Licking County)
The Har
bor Community Center in Buckeye Lake, Ohio

Maintaining Your Garden -- 2022 Vegetable & Flower Gardening Classes
May 21 10:00 - 11:00 am (Licking County)

Can We Grow Crops and Monarchs? Risks and Benefits of Monarch Habitat in Agricultural Landscapes
Tuesday May 24 2 pm EST (The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series)
Presenters: Steven Bradbury, Iowa State University & Dr. Niranjana Krishnan, Missouri S&T. This webinar examines recent research that simulates population outcomes for different habitat establishment scenarios and insecticide use patterns on agricultural lands. Join us to learn more about the results, which are hopeful for monarchs.

Native Plants Your Garden
Wednesday May 25 6:30 pm (Summit County Meet Me in the Garden series)
Sonia Bingham, Wet Lands Biologist, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Savoring Ohio Produce Webinar Series -- Onions and Herbs
Tuesday May 31 4 :00 - 5:00 pm (Franklin County)

Looking Ahead (Events from various organizations)

June 2022

Floral Botany
Thursday June 2 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Secrest Arboretum)
Never look at a flower the same. Discover different types of flowers and what makes them unique. Time will be spent dissecting various flower types and walking through the collection. Lunch will be provided.

Plants in the Park [plant sale!!]
Saturday June 4 9 am - 2 pm (Cuyahoga County)

Secrest Garden Fair
Saturday June 11
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Secrest Arboretum)
Secrest Garden Fair is honored to carry on the tradition of the Quailcrest Farm Spring Garden Fair—with its new name and location. The event continues to promote handmade crafts, plants, and local food.

Good Bug, Bad Bug?
Thursday June 13 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Secrest Arboretum)
Insects are all around us in our gardens. It can be hard to know which bugs are good, and which are bad. This workshop is sure to clear up your questions about bugs...or maybe add to the confusion. Join Jim Chatfield and OSU Extension staff for this workshop.

Savoring Ohio Produce Webinar Series -- Greens
June 14 4 :00 - 5:00 pm (Franklin County)

Celebrate Pollinator Week! Who are the Pollinators?
Friday June 17 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Licking County)
The Harbor Community Center in Buckeye Lake, Ohio

Juneteenth Strawberry Festival
Saturday June 19 2:00 - 5:00 pm (Franklin County)
Free and no reg
istration needed. Held at Weinland Park Berry Patch (corner of Fourth Street & 11th Avenue). Featuring: Juneteenth Commemoration, Strawberry Harvest & Taste Test, Strawberry Shortcakes, Children's Activities, Ask a Master Gardener Booth, Berry Poem Contest, Strawberry Recipe Swap.

The Magic and Lore of Heirloom Plants and Their Role in Our Modern Gardens
Wednesday June 22 • 6:30 pm (Summit County Meet Me in the Garden series)
Brian Gregory, Senior Horticulturalist, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Hydrangea School
Thursday June 23 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (Secrest Arboretum)
HYDRANGEAS! There are so many hydrangeas on the market today; knowing which varieties to buy can be overwhelming. Let us eliminate some of the confusion! Presented by Jason Veil and Paul Snyder, this workshop will cover the best hydragea selections for Ohio, and how to grow them. Lunch is included in the cost of registration. Additional hydrangeas will also be available for purchase.

Summit County Annual Tour of Gardens
Saturday June 25
Explore and enjoy outstanding local gardens in the self-guided Summit County Master Gardeners annual Tour of Gardens.

Rapid-fire Research: Key Takeaways from the 2021 MJV Monarch Research Review
Tuesday June 28 2 pm EST (The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series)
Presenters: Jennifer Thieme & Laura Lukens, Monarch Joint Venture. Get up to speed on the latest monarch and pollinator research with Jennifer and Laura from the MJV science team. The Monarch Research Review is a volunteer-driven, annual compendium of published articles available to everyone on the MJV website.

Savoring Ohio Produce Webinar Series -- Beans
Tuesday June
28 4 :00 - 5:00 pm (Franklin County)

July 2022

Birding Buckeye Lake
Friday July 15 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Licking County)
The Harbor Community Center in Buckeye Lake, Ohio

The International Monarch Monitoring Blitz: A New North American Tradition for Monarch Conservation
Tuesday July 26 2 pm EST (The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series)
Presenter: Alessandro Diene, Insectarium of Montréal. The “Blitz” recently celebrated its 5th anniversary with over 10,000 observations of monarchs and milkweed across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. This webinar presents the origins, present moment, and future plans of this trinational effort.

Savoring Ohio Produce Webinar Series -- Peaches
July 26 4 :00 - 5:00 pm (Franklin County)

Maximize Your Garden’s Blooming Season
Wednesday July 27 • 6:30 pm (Summit County Meet Me in the Garden series)
Karen Marten, Perennial Manager, Dayton Nurseries and Garden Center Master

Names and Nomenclature
Thursday July 28 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Secrest Arboretum)
What's in a name? Plant names are confusing and keep changing. This workshop will help clear up some confusion and help you understand plant nomenclture. Presenters: Jim Chatfield, Jason Veil, Paul Snyder.

August 2022

Savoring Ohio Produce Webinar Series -- Corn
August 9 4 :00 - 5:00 pm (Franklin County)

Tomato Taste Testing
Friday August 19 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Licking County)
The Harbor Community Center in Buckeye Lake, Ohio

Harvesting Crops and Cold Weather Vegetables -- 2022 Vegetable & Flower Gardening Classes
Saturday August 20 • 10:00 - 11:00 am (Licking County)

Climate, Weather, and Monarchs
Tuesday August 23 2 pm EST (The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series)
Presenters: Karen Oberhauser, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison & Leslie Ries, Georgetown Univ. Weather is a key determinant of monarch numbers, but the story is complicated and interesting. Join us to learn the latest on what we know about monarch population drivers, in the past, present, and future.

Savoring Ohio Produce Webinar Series -- Melon
Tuesday August
23 4 :00 - 5:00 pm (Franklin County)

September 2022

Savoring Ohio Produce Webinar Series -- Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower
September 6 4 :00 - 5:00 pm (Franklin County)

When to Harvest and How to Save Seeds
Friday September 16 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Licking County)
The Harbor Community Center in Buckeye Lake, Ohio

Savoring Ohio Produce Webinar Series -- Potatoes
Tuesday September
20 4 :00 - 5:00 pm (Franklin County)

The Role of Zoos in Butterfly and Insect Conservation
Tuesday September 23 2 pm EST (The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series)
Presenters: Paige Howorth, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance & Sarah Jenkins, Henry Doorly Zoo. Zoos are playing an important role in insect conservation research and their labs are home to innovative programs designed to help at-risk insect species recover. Join us for updates and success stories with a focus on monarchs and the salt creek tiger beetle recovery program.

October 2022

2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Ohio State Conference
October 7-8, 2022
Cleveland Marriott East
Hosted by the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County
50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants and Designing with Color & Texture for Visionary Effects
FEATURING >> Exciting BUS TOURS | Author’s Book Signing | Vendors | State Awards Luncheon
FULL DAY CONFERENCE with multiple education tracks, including advanced topics

Design & Beyond
Saturday October 15 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Summit County)
e speaker Kerry Mendez is an author, garden & design consultant, and ‘passionate perennialist. She will discuss “Budget Wise Gardening,” and ”Demystifying Hydrangeas.” Bonsai master Ken Huth will demonstrate the “Art of Bonsai,” creating a bonsai forest that will be given away at the end of the day.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Monarchs: Tackling the Tough Topics in Monarch Conservation
Tuesday October 25 2 pm EST (The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series)
Presenters: Katie-Lyn Bunney, Monarch Joint Venture & Lily Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo. Description TBA.

November 2022

The Milpa and the Monarch: Indigenous Cosmologies of Mexico
Tuesday November 15 2 pm EST (The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series)
Presenter: Dr. Columba Gonzalez, Mount Saint Vincent Univ. Description TBA.

Wednesday November 16 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Secrest Arboretum)
Welcome to our second ArboREADum book club; a casual sharing of favorite plant and nature reading selections. Anyone in attendance is welcome (not required) to share! Coffee and pastries provided. "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." -Groucho Marx
Registration coming soon!

December 2022

Remote Sensing Technology Development to Aid Conservation
Tuesday December 20 2 pm EST (The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series)
Presenters: Wendy Caldwell, Monarch Joint Venture & TBA. A collaboration between the Monarch Joint Venture, Sentera Inc., and the U.S.G.S. has developed remote sensing technology to detect and count common milkweed stems. This technology may be a cost-efficient and effective method to help meet monarch conservation targets for the eastern population. Join MJV Executive Director Wendy Caldwell for an update on remote sensing pilot programs and other applications of remote sensing in aiding conservation effectiveness beyond monarchs and milkweed.