Program Calendar


October 2023

DOs and DON'Ts of Digging and Dividing 

October 4 4:00pm - 6:00 pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar Series

Presenters:  Tara Harper, 2022 Ambassador of the Growing Kindness Project, and Dick Westfall, Past President of the Greater Columbus Dahlia Society

The DOs and DON'Ts of Digging and Dividing the divas of the garden In preparation for winter - a new dahlia grower's experience. 

Flowers, Trees, Backyards and Bees 

October 7 8:15am - 3:30mm Eastern Parma-Snow Library, 2121 Snow Road, Parma, OH 44134

Fee:  $55, includes three sessions, breakfast, and lunch

Join Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners at their Fall Seminar.  Speakers include Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden; Judy Semroc, Naturespark; Randy Mitchell, University of Akron; MaryAnn Thesing, Holden Forest and Gardens; Dr Ann Chanon, OSUE - Lake County; Ryan Clarke, photographer and educator; Dr Enrico Bonello, OSU; Joanna Thomas, Master Gardener, sustainable landscape designer, and certified arborist.

Autumn Discovery Day Plant Sale 

October 7 9:00am - 12:00 pm Eastern Secrest Arboretum Welcome and Education Center , 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH

Stop by the Welcome Center to talk to the experts and shop for unique plants.  Check out the sale list and plan to arrive early for best selections.  Friends of Secrest members enjoy a 10% discount at our members-only presale on October 6.  

How to Test Urban Soil 

October 7 10:00 - 11:30am Eastern Webinar

Join Cuyahoga County Extension and Summit County Extension to learn how to test your soil.  Most urban soils do not have harmful levels of contaminants; however, they should be tested as a precaution.  

Live Tour of the CEARC 

October 11 12pm to 1pm  Eastern Lunch and Learn Webinar

Presenter:  Dr Timothy McDermott

Join us for a live tour of the CEARC (new hydroponic research building)

Ohio Master Gardener State Conference 

October 12 - 14 Holiday Inn, 2800 Presidential Dr, Fairborn, OH 

This grand event will Include several tours of local areas of Interest, great educational sessions and workshops, a keynote by Scott Beuerlein of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, as well as announcements of the winners of the various State Awards.    Fees adjust according to preferred attendance levels.  You can book your hotel from the link.  Mention that you are eligible for the OSU Master Gardener rage of $129 per night.

Fascinating Woodland Fungi 

October 13 9:30am to 3:00pm Eastern OSU - Mansfield, 1760 University Dr, Mansfield, OH 44906

Fee:  $40. ; register by 10/6/2023

Fungi of many types can be found In every woodlot throughout Ohio.  They are quite Intriguing once one gets to know them, their life histories, their ecological Importance, and their diversity.  

Fall Foliage Open House at Arboretum North 

October 15 12:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern behind the Nationwide and Ohio Famr Bureau 4-H Center,  2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210

Have you ever visited Arboretum North, Chadwick Arboretum's largest garden site?  Join us for a family-friendly Open House exploring this hidden gem on campus that Includes a lake, picnic area, 1000 native trees, a 'net-zero" tiny house, and more.  Activities Includes a short tour, barbecue lunch, apple cider, kids' fishing demonstration and scavenger hunt, and more.  

Maple Syrup Workshop 

October 16 3:00pm to 7:00pm Eastern Boone County Environmental and Nature Center, 9101 Camp Ernst Rd, Union, KY 41091

Fee:  $10, includes dinner

This hands-on workshop will begin in the woods with tapping and sap collection options and discussions of maple syruip and conclude with dinner and value added options and retail consideration. 


October 18 5:00pm - 7:00 pm Eastern Secrest Arboretum Welcome and Education Center, 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH

A smorgasbord of landscape delights; edible landscaping at Its most personal.  A fun evening of sampling creative landscape (food) design.  Bring Items for just be a consumer horticulturist.

Weird and Unusual Plants

October 19 4:00pm - 6:00 pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar

Presenters:  Carol Loveland, Administrative and Program Assistance, Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County, and Kathy Lehman, MGV Lycoming County


Join us for a great discussion of weird and unusual plants. 

ArboBlitz 2023

October 19 1:00pm - 4:00 pm Eastern Wexner Medical Center East Hospital, Phale D Hale Drive, Columbus, OH 43203

Help us plant up to 20 large trees in under 3 hours!  You do not need to know how to plant trees to participate - we will teach you!

Growing Fruit Trees:  The Basics

October 25 4:00pm - 5:00 pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar

Join Dr. Gary Gao, small fruit specialist with OSU, as he provides information for the new fruit tree grower. 

Managing Forests for Bats

October 27 10:00am - 12:00 pm Eastern Escape to the Forest Webinar

Ohio Is home to 10 species of bats and all depend on forests for their habitat needs.  Join Marne Titchnel, OSU, Eileen Wyza (ODNR), and Angela Boyer (US Fish and Wildlife Service) as they chat about what landowners can do in their forests to support bats in light of recent population declines.  

Ohio Bat Fest

October 29 3:00pm - 7:00 pm Eastern Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, oh 43210

Come celebrate International Bat Week!  Discover Ohio's bats, view museum specimens, collect shirts and stickers, listen to bat experts, play In the kids' activity room, and meet live bats!

Looking Ahead

November 2023

Seen and Unseen Impacts of Invasives

November 1 10:00am - 3:00 pm Eastern Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N Broadway St., Lebanon, OH 45036

Invasive species dominate the conversation with woodland owners and landowners across the state.  While there may be visible signs of these pests, sometimes we can't readily see some of their Impacts on the landscape.  This class will try to point out what the Impacts are as we look at managing our natural resources In the future. 

Fall Foliage

November 2 4:00pm - 5:00 pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar

Presenter:  Dr Ann Chanon, Extension Educator, Lake County

Join  Dr Chanon as she discusses the science behind the changing colors of trees.   

Ninth Annual School Garden Conference

November 3 9:00am - 3:30 pm Eastern 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, OSU Campus, Columbus, OH 43210

Fee:  $65 includes continental breakfast, lunch, snack, and all program materials.

A celebration of teachers and supporters of school gardening.

Invasive Plant ID and Control

November 8 12:00pm - 1:00 pm Eastern Lunch and Learn Webinar

Presenter:  Carrie Brown, Extension Educator, Fairfield County

Carrie talks about how to identify and control invasive plants.

Christmas Tree Varieties

November 16 4:00pm - 5:00 pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar

Presenter:  Tom DeHaas, Extension Educator, Erie County

Tis the Season for Tom DeHaas to explain the varieties of Christmas trees.

December 2023

Why Raised Bed Gardening?

December 6 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern Lunch and Learn Webinar

Join Trevor Corboy, Extension Educator, Brown County, as he discusses the merits of raised bed gardening.

Ohio Maple Days 1

December 8 1:00am - 4:30pm Eastern Ashland University Convocation Center, 401 College Ave, Ashland, OH 44805

Fee:  $30 - includes a copy of the OMPA Maple Cookbook 

Learn how to make some key maple value-added products.  Join Ohio Maple Producer Association members while they make maple sugar, cream, candy, cotton candy, and maple-Infused breakfast sausage.  Want to enter your syrup In a contest?  Contact OMPA 

Ohio Maple Days 2

December 9 9:00am - 4:00pm Eastern Ashland University Convocation Center, 401 College Ave, Ashland, OH 44805

Fee:  $45 - includes a continental breakfast and lunch 

Send the day with experts learning about tubing, weather impacts on production, spotted lantern fly update, and visiting with vendors.  The afternoon offers talks for both beginner and advanced producers.  Lunch includes maple-thememd food along with a silent auction adn the resutls of Friday's maple tasting contest. 

Guided Bird Walk

December 9 9:00am - 11:00am Eastern Secrest Arboretum, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH

Led by Members of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society for birders of all skill levels.  Spot birds, learn their calls, and discover their habitats In the arboretum.  Please dress for the weather.

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Garden

December 14 4:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar

Join Eric Barrett, OSU Associate Professor, as he details the top ten ways to Improve your garden. 

Insect Responses to Climate Change

December 20 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern Lunch and Learn Webinar

Join Dr Sam Ward, OSU Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, for Information about how insects are responding to climate change. 

January 2024

What It Means To Be Social In The Insect World

January 4, 2024 4:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern Happy Hour Webinar

Join Dr. Joe Raczkowski, OSU Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology,  as he discusses social Insects.