Interested in becoming a master gardener volunteer? The Ohio State University Extension is holding an informational open house March 6 for people who want to learn about joining the group in Medina County.
Master gardeners help the OSU Extension disseminate research-based information on gardening topics such as lawn care, soil health, tree identification, annual and perennial plants, insects, pest management and plant diseases. Once trained, a master gardener volunteers in the county where he or she is a member.
The free program will be 6 to 7 p.m. in the Professional Building Conference Room, 120 W. Washington St., Medina.
For information, contact Ashley Kulhanek, agriculture and natural resources extension educator, at 330-725-4911, ext. 106, or email@example.com. Information is also available at http://medina.osu.edu.
Fair-trade Oriental rugs crafted in Pakistan are available for sale at the Yoga Place in North Canton through the end of March.
The hand-knotted rugs come from an artisan group called Bunyaad, which guarantees a fair wage for more then 850 families in rural Pakistan.
The rugs are available in tones of deep red, tan and brown, in a range of sizes.
The Yoga Place is at 6990 Whipple Ave. NW, Jackson Township. For information, call 330-473-0402.
Tree seedlings, wildflower seeds and rain barrels are being offered for sale by the Summit Soil & Water Conservation District.
The tree seedling sales are intended to promote the planting of native and non-invasive trees. Packets of mixed trees are available, as well as bulk orders of particular types of seedlings.
Two types of wildflower seed packets are available, along with fully equipped rain barrels and linking barrels for additional water storage.
Details and a mail-in order form are at www.summitswcd.org/forms/treeform2014.pdf, or request a form by calling 330-929-2871, ext. 10.
Order deadline is March 21 for deciduous trees and March 26 for other items. Orders must be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 11 at the district office, 2525 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
• Fiber CAFE (Center for Alternative Fiber Experience), 10 a.m. to noon today, Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St. Share a project or technique or get advice. 330-657-2248.
• A Garden Affair, 1-4 p.m. today, Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St., Akron. Programs on gardening basics, garden trends and cooking with fresh vegetables. Free. No charge to park in the deck adjacent to the library. 330-643-9075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Guided Winter Walk, 2-3 p.m. Monday, Secrest Arboretum’s Seaman Orientation Plaza, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Walk will feature such seasonal highlights as witch hazel, Lenten rose, conifers, native grasses and parrotia. Free. email@example.com or 330-464-2148.
• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. Members knit and crochet rectangles that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area, and they’ll teach others the skills. 330-699-3252 or http://warmupakron.webs.com.
• Ornamental Trees, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Program by Tom Dayton of Dayton Nurseries. Part of the Summit County Master Gardeners’ Meet Me in the Garden series. Free.
• HBA Akron Home & Flower Show, Friday through March 2, John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. Exhibits, stage presentations, indoor gardens. Antique evaluations all three days by Dr. Lori Verderame of the Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings. Appearances by John Gidding of HGTV’s Curb Appeal, Friday and next Saturday. Show hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and next Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2. Tickets: $7 in advance at www.akronhomeandflowershow.com, $8 at the door. Children 12 and younger admitted free.
• The Miniature World of Fairy Gardening, 11 a.m. next Saturday, Dayton Nurseries, 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Program by Jill Manda of Manda’s Plant Farm. $6 for garden club members, $10 for others. Registration: 330-825-3320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Greater Akron Orchid Society Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Exotic orchid displays, orchid vendors, experts. Free. 330-724-0505 or http://donzells-gales.com.
• Organic Lawn Care Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon next Saturday, Village of Silver Lake Hall, 2961 Kent Road, Silver Lake. Free. For reservations contact Denny Stoiber at email@example.com or call 330-388-3852.
• Orchid Mania, through March 9, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Thousands of orchids on display, orchid information, room vignettes inspired by or accented with orchids. Ask the Orchid Doctor, 1-2 p.m. each Saturday. Talk by Maria Isabella, author of In the Kitchen With Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs, 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday (members $40, others $50, advance registration required). Meet the Designers, 6 p.m. each Wednesday. Orchid Mania 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.
Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org 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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