Dayton Nurseries has seven seminars on tap for its annual Saturday seminar series, which starts today.
The seminars are from 11 a.m. to about 1 p.m. at Dayton’s, 3459 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Dates and topics are:
• Today, Invasive Plant/Insect Species and Their Effects on Landscapes by Dayton Nurseries owner Tom Dayton.
• Feb. 2, Gardening for Pollinators by Denise Ellsworth of Ohio State University.
• Feb. 9, Designing a Garden With Whimsy by Michelle Riley of All About You Signature Landscape Design.
• Feb. 16, Hummingbirds by Metro Parks volunteer Carol Zeh.
• Feb. 23, Made in the Shade: Best Plants for Low Light by Cynthia Druckenbrod of Cleveland Botanical Garden.
• March 2, Understanding Lawn Maintenance by Mark Laube of Oliger Seed Co.
• March 9, What’s New & Exciting for 2013 by Karen Martin and Tom Dayton of Dayton Nurseries.
Cost is $6 for garden club members and $10 for others. Seating is limited. Advance payment is requested, but participants may pay at the door.
New Medina educator
Ashley Kulhanek has joined the Ohio State University Extension in Medina County as its agricultural educator.
Kulhanek, of Liverpool Township, will help homeowners, farmers, business leaders and others achieve better results in their lawns, gardens and fields. Her areas of specialization are fruits, vegetables and entomology, the study of insects.
Among her duties will be providing pesticide training for farmers, working with the master gardener volunteers and helping to organize the Medina Farmers Market. She hopes to introduce community gardens and work with backyard gardeners on safe food handling.
Kulhanek is a graduate of Buckeye High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Baldwin-Wallace University and a master’s in entomology from Ohio State. She previously taught proper handling and safety practices to fruit and vegetable producers at the OSU’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster Township.
She replaced Mike Miller, who retired after 36 years with the extension.
A variety of gardening topics will be addressed at the Beech Creek Garden Symposium on Feb. 16 at R.G. Drage Career Center, 2800 Richville Drive SW, Massillon.
The symposium is presented by the Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Stark County’s Washington Township.
Keynote speaker is Laura Deeter, associate professor of horticulture at Ohio State University. She will talk on the topic, All Gardens Great & Small.
Hours for the symposium are 7:45 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. Cost is $45, or $35 for members of the botanical garden. An optional box lunch is $8.
An event flier, including the symposium schedule and a registration form, can be found in the event calendar section of www.bcbgarden.org. Registration deadline is Feb. 9.
• Home furnishings floor sample sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Ohio Design Centre, 23533 Mercantile Road, Beachwood (off Chagrin Boulevard, west of Interstate 271). Six showrooms open. $5 admission, which benefits Cleveland Furniture Bank. 216-831-1245 or www.ohiodesigncentre.com.
• 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.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle meeting, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Feb. 2, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Call for supply list. 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• June in January, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Buchwalter Greenhouse, 6554 Back Orrville Road, Green Township near Wooster. Outdoor living preview presented by eight Wayne County businesses. Displays, seminars, food. Free. www.juneinjanuary.com or 330-669-3489.
• Needlework Circle meeting, 6 p.m. Thursdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. 330-769-2852.
• Hook & Needle Club meeting, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, York Township, Medina County. Registration: 330-725-4415.
• Spring Into Gardening, 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Feb. 2, Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron. Presentations on container, small-space and community gardening. Free admission and parking in the deck at High and Market streets. Registration: 330-643-9075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Deer Resistant Gardening, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 2, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Speaker: Master Gardener Joyce Braun. $12. Registration: 330-836-2727, or use the mail-in form at www.grafgrowers.com.
• Bring Birds to Your Yard, 11 a.m. Feb. 2, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Speaker: Joyce Pelz, Akron Audubon Society. Free. Registration: 330-724-0550, ext. 110.
• Great Big Home + Garden Show, Feb. 2-10, I-X Center, off state Route 237 next to Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Displays, seminars, Idea Home, Dream Basement, 17 indoor gardens, celebrity designer rooms. Appearances by organizer Peter Walsh of TLC’s Clean Sweep, Feb. 2; Chris Crary of Bravo’s Top Chef, Feb. 9; Matt Fish of Melt Bar and Grilled, Feb. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10; and Matt Fox of public TV’s Around the House With Matt and Shari, Feb. 2, 3 and 5. Show hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 3, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 4-8, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 10. $14; children 6-12, $5; younger children, free. Seniors $10 Monday through Thursday only. Discount tickets available at Home Depot stores, AAA locations and www.greatbighomeandgarden.com. Parking $8.
• Stained Glass Classes, Copper Foiling I, 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 4-25, Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St. Members, $135; others, $145. Glass and supply kit extra. Mail-in registration form available at www.peninsulaartacademy.com. Information: 330-414-0385.
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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