Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00 AM - 2:30 pm


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00 AM - 2:30 pm


Todaro's Party Center 
1820 Akron - Peninsula Rd
Akron, OH 44313

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Summit County Master Gardeners 

Saturday Gardening Series 2019 

Please join us March 2 and March 9, 2019 for the Saturday Gardening Series. We'll have four informative speakers each day, a silent auction, raffle baskets, a books and bulbs sale and good food!  A breakfast buffet and lunch is included. The cost is $60 for both days or $37.50 for one day.  
                 March 2nd Presentations


The Ohio hops industry is experiencing a renaissance; however, you do not have to own a brewery to grow your own.  In this workshop, Hops in the Backyard, Jaqueline Kowalski will cover the basics of backyard hop production, including variety selection, cultural practices and disease management.  Unfortunately, no taste tests!

Jacqueline is currently the OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Summit County.  She works primarily with small farm systems, community gardens and Master Gardeners. She advises on production issues, plant pests and diseases, and other consumer horticulture matters.  She is a true believer in small-scale agriculture and feels very fortunate to be in Akron, a place where urban agriculture is considered part of the re-design of the City. 

Danae Wolfe's presentation is titled Untold Stories of the Garden.  She will share some steadfast survival and reproduction rituals to pollination and even charming tales of maternal care, as insects and spiders keep our gardens buzzing with adventure. Join bug and botanical portrait photographer, Danae Wolfe, on a journey through your garden to discover the stories of insects and spiders. Uncover the fascinating tales of the creatures among our plants and explore how to capture incredible macro images of your garden.

Danae Wolfe is a digital engagement and educational technology specialist with Ohio State University Extension. She has over 10 years experience designing and facilitating learning opportunities that span natural resources, horticulture, digital engagement, leadership, and her personal passion of photography. She was invited to speak at TEDxColumbus 2018 on the power of photography in fostering appreciation and conservation of insects and spiders. Her current work focuses on improving digital engagement strategies and fostering innovation throughout Extension.


Bill Hendricks will share his knowledge on Cacti and Succulents for Northern Gardens.  He will help us identify what succulents can be grown successfully in our hardiness zone and share guidelines on soil requirements and preparation as well as drainage concerns.  A list of species that are hardy in Ohio will be provided as well as excellent sources to obtain the succulents we can't do without!

Bill Hendricks has been the owner of Klyn Nursery in Perry, OH since 1987.  He is an avid collector of diverse and unusual plants and has amassed a large collection of succulents and cacti.   Bill is a member of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association, serving as Chairman of the Short Course Program Committee and is a past member of the Plant Selection Committee.  He is also a member of the Scenic Ohio Board; the American Nursery & Landscape Association; the Nursery Growers of Lake County, Ohio; the International Plant Propagator’s Society; the American Bamboo Society; the American Conifer Society; the Perennial Plant Association; the Cincinnati Horticulture Society Board; the Scenic Ohio Board; and is also a Past President of the Lake County Nurserymen’s Association.  


Garrett Ormiston will present Shade Gardening Using Native Woodland Wildflowers. Shade gardens have tradtionally been dominated by a select few non-native invasive groundcovers.  He will discuss how native woodland plants can be incorporated into a shade garden setting to create a more interesting, aesthetically pleasing, and biologically-diverse garden.  A special emphasis will be placed on the issue of gardenting in a deer-cominated landscape.  

Garrett Ormiston is the GIS and Stewardship Specialist in the Natural Areas Division of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He works on land protection projects, helps map rare species on Museum preserves, and has a keen interest in promoting the use of native plants in landscaping projects as an alternative to invasive plantings. He is also the owner of a small landscaping company, Ormiston Landscaping, where he tackles projects with an emphasis on utilizing native plants in the home landscape.

Saturday March 9, 2019
                 March 9th Presentations



Peter Kennedy will speak on Successfully Growing Figs in Containers. Figs, a fruit tree commonly grown in the Mediterranean, may seem impossible to grow successfully in colder climates, but with knowledge and careful planning, they can thrive and be productively wintered over here in Ohio.  Choosing the correct soil, fertilizer, container and winter storage area have everything to do with successful yield.  Peter will share his 35+ love affair with figs with us, as well as offer suggestions on how to enjoy our harvest.  

Peter is retired from the Safety and Environmental Office of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and has been an OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in Medina County for seven years.  He fell in love with figs during his honeymoon with his wife Mary in Sicily (Mary’s birthplace) in 1980.  He has been growing and propagating figs at home successfully for 25 years.  


Robin Christensen will talk about Ohio Forests:  They’re Not Just Trees.  Forests in Ohio are some of our greatest natural resources; maintaining forest health is more important than ever. Robin will help us take a look at the state of Ohio forests: how they have changed over the years, how those changes affect wildlife and how we all play a vital role in forest health.  

Robin has been an OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator in Portage County since 2016.  She comes to this area from northern Michigan and holds degrees in Natural Resource Management and Applied Ecology.  While in Michigan, she led the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network, a collaboration of over 30 organizations to raise awareness of the importance of native plants in habitat quality and worked with plant nurseries and professionals to remove high priority invasive plants.  She is passionate about natural resource conservation, sustainable living and wildlife habitat.  

What is a Watershed?  Gardening for Native Ecosystems and Storm Water Runoff is Kate Chapel's topic. Kate will educate us on what watersheds are and how they influence what plants can be grown successfully on your site. Storm water issues and solutions will be highlighted; she will inform us on how our properties are connected to the water of the world.  In addition, Kate will help us understand microclimates and how to use them effectively in our own landscapes.  

Kate joined Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners in June of 2017 as the assistant watershed coordinator, and is now the senior project manager. She was born and raised in Kirtland, Ohio and has lived in the Lake Erie watershed for most of her life. Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in Botany from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In her current role, she administers restoration grants, oversees projects, and provides membership services to our watershed communities. 

We all drool over various color combinations, but how do we make this happen in our own yards? Laura Deeter will help us learn some of the science behind color theory and tips, hints, and techniques for all gardeners to put to use this season in Continual Color without Continual Hassle!

Laura received her PhD in horticulture from The Ohio State University after studying road-salt tolerance in herbaceous perennials. She is currently a Full Professor of Horticulture at Ohio State ATI in Wooster, OH. She has been awarded multiple awards for her teaching acumen and travels extensively around the country sharing her expertise. At home she gardens on her tenth of an acre with her hubby, three dogs, 100 pink flamingos and counts her 300+ species of perennials as dear friends.