Botanist and birding expert Jim McCormac will be the keynote speaker for the 14th annual Beech Creek Garden Symposium, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at R.G. Drage Career Center in Massillon.
McCormac, who works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, will present Backyards and Beyond: Plant Locally, Save Globally. The talk will focus on adding native plants to the landscape to support the environment.
Symposium participants will also be able to choose from sessions on other garden-related topics, including attracting pollinators, creating an English garden and gardening indoors.
Cost is $37 for Beech Creek members and $47 for others. An optional make-and-take workshop on capturing fragrances from plants costs an additional $12. Lunch can be ordered for $8.
Registration deadline is Feb. 9. After that date, a $5 late fee will be charged.
Details and a brochure with a mail-in reservation form are at www.beechcreekgardens.org, or call 330-829-7050.
Planning a remodeling project?
The Stock Pile in Canton wants to salvage your reusable building materials.
The Stock Pile is a nonprofit organization that sells reclaimed and overstocked construction materials such as doors, cabinets and lighting fixtures. It’s now offering a deconstruction service that sends its crews to remove and salvage reusable items before a house or business is remodeled or razed.
The service is free, but the organization will do an evaluation first to determine whether deconstruction is worthwhile.
Information is at www.thestockpile.org/deconstruction, or call 330-455-4585.
The Stock Pile is at 1387 Clarendon Ave. SW. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Native plant kits for sale
Native plant kits are available from the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District.
These kits are available: rain garden, butterfly/bird, pollinator, shade, wetland, prairie and prairie grass. Each kit costs $150 and contains 50 plant plugs.
Prepaid orders will be accepted until March 3. A mail-in order form is at www.summitswcd.org.
• Orchid Mania, today through March 9, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Thousands of orchids on display, orchid information, room vignettes inspired by or accented with orchids. Public photography hours and tripod access, 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Ask the Orchid Doctor, 1-2 p.m. each Saturday. Meet the Designers, 6 p.m. each Wednesday. Eleanor Squire Library Rare Book Showcase, 2-3 p.m. next Saturday (members $5, others $12). Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $11; children ages 3-12, $6; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• Quail Hollow Herb Society meeting, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Quail Hollow State Park manor house, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Lake Township near Hartville. Program: preserving herbs, fruits and vegetables. Free. 330-325-3028.
• Knitty Gritters knitting club meeting, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Lake Community Branch of Stark County District Library, 11955 Market Ave. N., Lake Township. 330-877-9975.
• Warm Up Akron meeting, 2 p.m. Thursday, Danbury of North Canton, 181 Applegrove St. NE. Members knit or crochet squares that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area. Information: 330-699-3252 or http://warmupakron.webs.com.
• Guided Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. next Saturday, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Meet at Seaman Orientation Plaza. Free. 330-464-2148 or email@example.com.
• Gardening programs, next Saturday, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Embellishing the Garden: Adding the Frills and Thrills, 10-11:30 a.m. Program by garden author Debra Knapke. $12. Terrarium Workshop, 1-2:30 p.m. Design and plant a tiny garden under glass. Instruction and potting soil are free; participants must purchase plants and accessories at Graf’s. Advance registration preferred for both programs, but walk-ins welcome. Mail-in registration forms at www.grafgrowers.com. Information: 330-836-2727.
• Growing Orchids in Your Home, 11 a.m. next Saturday, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Free, but reservations are requested at 330-724-0550, ext. 110. Details in the Events section of http://donzells- gales.com.
• Gardening With Tropical Plants, 11 a.m. next Saturday, Dayton Nurseries, 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Program by Cynthia Drukenbrod of Cleveland Botanical Garden. $6 for garden club members, $10 for others. Registration: 330-825-3320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Great Big Home + Garden Show, Feb. 8-16, I-X Center next to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Exhibits, two model homes, indoor gardens, stage programs. Celebrity appearances: Ahmed Hassan of HGTV’s Yard Crashers and Turf War, Feb. 8 and 9; Emily Ellyn of Food Network’s Next Food Network Star and Cupcake Wars, Feb. 8 and 9; Frank Fritz of History Channel’s American Pickers, Feb. 15. Show hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays. Tickets: $14; children 6-12, $5; younger children, free. Seniors pay $10 with ID on Feb. 10-13 only. Discounts adult tickets at Discount Drug Mart stores, AAA locations and www.greatbighome andgarden.com.
Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to email@example.com or Home and Garden News, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640. Please include name and phone number. All events must be open to the public.
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