Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers
2023 PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Class held at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (at the north end of the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road.
Pre-Registration and Payment is required. Please call 440-834-4656 to register. Mail checks, payable to OSU Extension to: PO Box 387, Burton, OH 44021.
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Gardening 101 Series Part 1: Site Selection and Preparation
Feb. 25th 10 a.m. - Noon Free
With MGV Kelly Morgan. Are you thinking about starting a vegetable garden or moving your existing garden to another location?
In this session, we will discuss the basic considerations of site selection, soil testing, preparation, and common pitfalls to avoid when starting a garden. Kelly is an avid native flower and vegetable gardener, and a beekeeper who loves sharing her interests and experiences with gardening. Registration is appreciated. Register for all four sessions, or one at a time by calling the Extension office at 440-834-4656. Space is limited.
Birds, Butterflies, and Pollinators
Mar. 4th 9 a.m. - Noon Free
With MGVs Chris Pappas & Matt Valencic. Are you interested in making your yard more butterfly and/or bird friendly? This program will help you do just that. Chris and Matt will introduce you (through pictures) to some of the butterflies and birds that make NE Ohio their home, and share what plants, (annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees), can bring them to your landscape. Learn best cultural practices to help birds and butterflies, and grow a cafeteria for butterflies, caterpillars, and birds. Options will be presented for sunny yards, shady yards and partial sun/partial shade yards. Enjoy the presentation without the need to take copious notes because handouts of plant lists and garden designs will be available. Registration is appreciated. Registration information below.
Gardening 101 Series Part 2: Seed Selection and Planting Plan
Mar. 25th 10 a.m. - Noon Free
With MGVs Dick Coin & Charlie Stevens. You’re working on getting your garden site ready, it’s time to make your seed, plant selection, and planting plan. Selecting your own seeds is exciting. Growing the food your family enjoys is fulfilling. Learn the basics of selecting and starting your own seeds, what works best directly planted in your garden, and when to start planting. Dick Coin, loves to garden starting plants from seed, fermenting vegetables and fruit, and visiting the tomato patch with a salt shaker. Charlie Stevens owner of The Farm at Dreamer’s Estates, offers flowers, baskets, and produce from the greenhouse and gardens at their farm stand and Geauga Fresh Farmers Market. Registration is appreciated. Register for all four sessions, or one at a time by calling the Extension office at 440-834-4656. Space in limited.
Gardening 101 Series Part 3: Working the Garden
Apr. 22nd 10 a.m. - Noon Free
With MGV Karen Wright. So you’ve planted your garden, now what? Make smart choices early to minimize maintenance down the road. We’ll cover watering, mulching, weeding, and disease and pest management to keep your plants healthy all season. Karen grows on two acres (@hazelhedgeohio) and offers seasonal roadside produce sales focusing on native fruits and nuts. Registration is appreciated. Register for all four sessions or one at a time by calling the Extension office at 440-834-4656. Space in limited.
How to Create a Fairy Garden
Apr. 29 10 a.m. - Noon $30 With MGV Dee Tobin.
Learn the basics of creating a fairy garden. All you need to bring is a belief in fairies who make dreams come true! You will be supplied with a container, potting mix, plants or flowers, pea gravel, pebbles, twigs and crafting supplies. Paid registration required by April 24, 2023 to hold your spot. No refunds after April 24, 2023. Registration information below.
May 6th Noon - 4 p.m. $60
With Dan White. Join us to learn the history of this fascinating ancient art form and practice basic techniques for designing, pruning, wiring, and caring for your very own Bonsai tree. This four hour workshop presumes participants have an interest in bonsai, but little or no prior experience in growing or caring for them. Participants will receive an untrained tree and learn to style it during the workshop and take it home! Dan is a member of Cleveland Bonsai Club, Columbus Bonsai Club, an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (grower), and has over 25 years of horticulture experience. Class size is limited to the first 20 paid registrants. Registration and payment required by April 22, 2023 to hold your spot. Registration information below.
Gardening 101 Series Part 4: Harvesting and Preserving your Bounty
May 20th 10 a.m. - Noon Free
With MGVs Mirko Antloga & Deb Miller. Now that your garden is growing, when is it time to harvest your bounty and preserve it for the long winter months? We will cover the when and how of determining when your vegetable or fruit is at optimum ripeness. Once your bounty is picked learn how you preserve its flavor qualities, and nutritious value for both short and long term storage. Mirko Antloga’s and Deborah Miller’s interests include cultivating native plants for meadow, prairie, forest and wetland restoration, and vegetable gardens. Registration is appreciated. Register for all four sessions, or one at a time by calling the Extension office at 440-834-4656. Space is limited.
Hydrangeas: All About Them and Take One Home!
May 25th 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $30
With Eric Barrett, Mahoning County Ext. Educator. Learn about the world of hydrangeas! Discover which varieties will work best in your landscape and maintain a thriving plant. You will receive educational materials as well as your own hydrangea to take home.
Registration and payment is required by May 18, 2023 to hold your spot. No refunds after May 18, 2023. Registration information below..
Propagating Purple Lavender
Jun. 10th 10 a.m. - Noon $15
In this class, Aimee Crane, owner of Bee Loved Lavender will be discussing the various types of lavender that you can grow and overwinter well in Northeast, Ohio. Participants will learn techniques for producing hardwood and softwood lavender cuttings through a hands-on demo, and will be able to take their planted, lavender cutting home. Materials will be provided on various techniques for propagating lavender and other herbs including the best soil to use, rooting tips, and containers that yield the greatest propagation success. Bee Loved Lavender will also have products for sale and show which lavender items are the most popular with local customers. Registration and payment must be received by June 3, 2023 to hold your spot. No refunds after June 3, 2023. Registration information below.
The Great Geauga County Fair
Aug. 31st - Sep. 4th 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Visit the Geauga County MGV’s at their booth in the Agriculture Building #9. MGV’s are available to answer any questions while you visit an interactive gardening inspired exhibit.
Dye Your Own Fabric with Plant Material
Sep. 20th 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $25
With MGV Jacque Gallagher. Utilize an ancient method that is still practiced in many countries around the world. Learn about the most organic pure form of color as MGV Jacque Gallagher guides you through the process. Bring something to dye that is 100% cotton such as a tee shirt or pillow case. Dress appropriately for working with dye. Class size is limited to the first 30 paid registrants. Registration and payment must be received by Sep.14, 2023 to hold your spot. No refunds after Sep. 14, 2023. Registration information below.
Seed Saving Basics
Oct. 7th, 10 a.m. - Noon Free
With MGV Nikki Coben. Want to learn how to save seeds? Boy do we have a class for you! Join Geauga County Master Gardener Nikki Coben to learn basic seed saving techniques. Learn how to select, collect, process and store seeds from your favorite vegetables, fruits, annual and perennial plants, and trees. Save money, share seeds, save Grandma’s rare tasty heirloom tomato, save a species!
Succulents With Pumpkins
Oct. 28th 10 a.m. - Noon $40
With MGV Beth Nuss. In this class you will arrange succulents on top of a pumpkin to create a beautiful, long lasting fall centerpiece. All materials and tools will be provided. Flower arranging experience is not required to create a professional look that you will be proud of. Class size is limited to the first 20 paid registrants. Registration and payment must be received by Oct. 21, 2023 to hold your spot. No refunds after Oct. 21, 2023. Registration information below.
Holiday Craft Workshop
Nov. 18th 9 a.m. - Noon $40
With MGV and artist, Shelly Kaman. Get a head start for the holiday season! Shelly will guide you in creating your own beautiful and long lasting wreath. Fresh mixed fragrant evergreens will be provided along with pinecones, ribbons, berries and more decorative items for your choosing. All materials and tools will be provided. Bring a friend and enjoy the holiday fun together. Class size is limited to the first 30 paid registrants. Registration and payment is required by Nov. 13th, 2023 to hold your spot. No refunds after Nov. 13, 2023. Registration information below.
Each class will be held at the Geauga County Extension Office, Patterson Center (at the north-west end of the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road. While walk-ins are welcome, we appreciate advance registration.
Please call for more information and registration at 440-834-4656.
Mail checks, payable to OSU Extension, to: PO Box 387, Burton, OH 44021.
Information can be found on our website: geauga.osu.edu
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