Events scheduled by Clark County Extension, Master Gardeners
BY LOLA E. BILLIEL
SPRINGFIELD — While garden enthusiasts patiently wait for spring to arrive, plans are under way for horticultural events and activities in Clark County.
Master Gardeners of Clark County and Ohio State University Extension offer area residents an extensive all-day program, 2013 Garden Fling, April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The fifth annual Spring Fling has as keynote speaker Kathy Smith, who is Ohio State University Extension specialist in forestry. Smith will speak on “Invasive Plants in Clark County,” such as honeysuckle, and what to do to get them under control.
Linda Asebrook of the Clark County Master Gardeners said other programs for Garden Fling include:
*Ask the experts where you can get your garden questions answered
* Backyard greenhouses and how to build and maintain your own greenhouse
* Container planting shows how to plant your outdoor container the proper way
* The birds and bees explores how to attract the birds and bees to your yard
* From seed to plant educates one in starting their own plants at home
* Tree selections helps you choose the correct trees for your yard
* Lawn grasses explores what is new in grasses for your yard
* Perennials/succulents shares new perennials and succulents available on the market and lastly *tree planting for success instructing on how to plant trees correctly.
Participants will also have the opportunity to browse the garden bazaar to purchase garden-related items. Jo Brown, OSU Office Associate, said the event has wonderful programs each year and the classes are always very informative. Lunch will be available.
For those wishing to attend, the admission price is $7 and will take place at Kenton Ridge High School, 4444 Middle Urbana Road, Springfield. Additional information can be attained by calling 937–521-3860 or e-mail clark.osu.edu.
The horticulture program in Clark County is staffed by Pam Bennet, Horticulture Educator/County Extension Director. Not only does the extension office sponsor the Spring Fling, but it also has the Gateway Learning Gardens, which are cultivated by the Master Gardeners. The gardens are used for hands-on teaching and are open to the public.
Included are an herb garden surrounded by sensory gardens and a butterfly/hummingbird garden. The perennial garden features the latest variety of perennials. An Early Ohio Settlers Garden contains many of the plants that would have been planted in the early Ohio settlements. Many of the plants there are from heirloom seeds that go back many years.
Also a part of the Gateway Learning Gardens is a Victory Garden, which, according to the horticulture/extension department, is a 10,000-square-foot garden planted and maintained by Master Gardener volunteers and the SEEDS community garden project. Volunteers plant and maintain vegetables to be harvested for local food banks. Corporate partners include Benjamin Steel and Gordon Food Service.
Another garden is the annual field trials where one can see the newest variety of annuals being tested in conjunction with the Ball and Winners seed companies.
Program Assistant Carolyn Allen sums it up by noting ” the Spring Fling gives gardeners a chance to jump-start spring and it’s a good way to start spring”.
For more information on either the Spring Fling, the Gateway Learning Gardens or the Master Gardner program, call 937–521-3860.
March 20 is the first day of spring and, for garden-thinking individuals, it’s just around the corner. This is a time when thoughts of blooming bushes. trees, and flowers fill the minds of would-be gardeners throughout west-central Ohio.
Lola Billiel writes for the
Sidney Daily News.