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Home and garden happenings — week of Aug. 17

By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Beacon Journal home writer

You don’t have to be a farmer to benefit from the Farm Science Review, an agricultural fair and educational event Sept. 17-19 near London, Ohio, west of Columbus.

This year’s event will offer a diverse selection of workshops of interest to homeowners and backyard gardeners. Topics include cover crops for the home garden, beekeeping, rain gardens, growing microgreens, tree fruit diseases, rain barrels, Italian herbs and invasive species, including the troublesome emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle.

The review will also include other educational opportunities as well as exhibits and demonstrations of agricultural products and practices.

The event is sponsored by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It annually draws more than 130,000 visitors to the Molly Caren Agricultural Center at state Route 38 and U.S. 40.

Tickets are $10 at the gate or $7 in advance at any OSU Extension office and many agricultural businesses. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.

Details are at

‘From Seed to Sale’

Commercial flower production is the focus of From Seed to Sale, an educational conference Oct. 7 and 8 at Secrest Arboretum and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development in Wooster Township.

The conference is presented by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.

Speakers will talk about the processes used to produce specific flower crops, including such aspects as variety selection, marketing and pricing. Field and hoop house options will be covered.

Cost for both days is $150 for members, $75 for students and $200 for others. Single-day pricing is also available, as well as pricing for certain events.

Details are at

Akron gardener honored

Akron resident Frank Mitch was honored recently at the national convention of the Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Club of America.

Mitch, a member of a local affiliate, Gardeners of Greater Akron, received a certificate of appreciation. The award honors individuals for their participation in club activities and donations of gifts or services to the national organization.

Mitch is bylaws chairman and book review chairman of the Akron club as well as a national director from the Central Great Lakes Gardeners, the regional organization. He maintains the national organization’s website and social media page as well as websites for the regional group and local club.

Events, programs

• Gardening programs, today, Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St. Seed Saving, 9:30 a.m. Season Extension, 10:30 a.m. Free. 330-643-9075.

• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Gardener, noon to 4 p.m. today. S-HORT Course: Frederick Law Olmsted, 1-2 p.m. Aug. 24 (members $10, others $20, registration required). Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $4; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or

• 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.

• Gardeners of Greater Akron meeting, Monday evening, St. George Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township. Social hour starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. Program: horticultural show. $13. Reservations: 330-336-6269. Information: 330-673-3553 or

• Herbal Popsicles, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Canton Garden Center, 1615 Stadium Park Drive NW. Bring a lawn chair. 330-844-3534.

• The Three Little Farms — Ms. Julie Goes to Market, Growing Food for Your Business, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Ms. Julie’s Farm, 9 Ira Ave., Akron. Talk by Julie Costell, owner of Ms. Julie’s Kitchen. Part of the Talking in the Garden series, sponsored by Akron Summit Community Action and Little Mike’s Corner Store. Bring a chair. 330-572-8304.

• Bee webinar, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday. Dr. Mark Headings will address skunk behavior in the bee yard. Free. Part of the Ohio State University Bee Lab webinar series. To participate, join the Bee Lab mailing list at Webinar will be recorded for later viewing. Information: or 330-263-3723.

• Garden Mosaic With Eileen Gross, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St. Members $80, others $90. 330-657-2248 or

• Open house, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, John Brown House, 514 Diagonal Road, Akron. Tour the abolitionist’s home and visit the Summit Hall of Honor. Free. 330-535-1120 or

• Akron Community Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24, starting at Northside Station, 27 Ridge St. Tour more than 15 food gardens by trolley. Free. Healthful pot luck, 3-5 p.m., Pure Intentions, 156 W. North St.; bring a dish to share. Sponsored by the NeighborFood community gardening group. 330-836-9507.

Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to 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.

Mary Beth Breckenridge can be reached at 330-996-3756 or You can also become a fan on Facebook at, follow her on Twitter @MBBreckenridge and read her blog at



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