Affiliate Bulletin Board

To submit your club’s news and updates, contact Debbie Miller at or 216.707.2807.


GLOW 2020 is in the works! Our theme this year is “Hearth and Home for the Holidays” (note: this is a working theme and the verbiage may be changed). An underlying theme with this show is to feature how plants and trees contribute to celebrating the holidays through home decor, games, food, toys etc. We believe that your Garden Club is going to love all of the new and different creative opportunities for your club to participate. CBG is going to be transformed into magical Holiday living spaces. The Affiliates will be able to choose if they want to decorate a tree, a wreath, a 30-36″ wide entrance door, a mantle or a table with centerpieces and table settings. Check the GLOW 2020 Decorating List to see what decorating opportunities are still available for your club to decorate. GLOW Guidelines provide you with further information on what you may do (or not do) with your decorating ideas; NOTE: there are quite a few changes this year with the new design to the GLOW show so check those also. Kevin Borowiak will again be the GLOW Affiliate coordinator and you may contact him with any questions or concerns you have….OR if you wish to get your Affiliate Club participating by signing up. His email is and his phone number is 216-744-4866.

We hope that you will encourage your club to get involved and support this year’s new and exciting GLOW!

Announcement: Hershey Children’s Garden Containers Canceled

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Holden Forests & Gardens has CANCELED distribution and planting of the annual containers by the Affiliate Garden Clubs.

Please note that the Under the Sea theme will be used next season.

We greatly appreciate you understanding as we made the difficult decision to cancel container planting this year.

Thank you!

Northeast Ohio Master Rain Gardener Course

  • Winter Online Course: Begins Monday, Feb. 3 with a final in-person class on Saturday, March 21.
  • Late Summer In-Person Course: Thursdays, 10am – 2pm, from July 30 through Aug. 27 held at Holden Arboretum, 9550 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094.
  • Early Summer In-Person Course: Wednesdays 9:30am – 2pm, from May 20 through June 17 held at the Mayfield Village Community Room, with one course held at North Chagrin Nature Center
  • Summer Online Course: Begins Friday, July 17 with a final in-person class on Saturday, Aug. 22

This Master Rain Gardener Program will teach you how to install rain gardens on a residential scale. Rain gardens naturally manage stormwater by infiltrating precipitation and allowing it to soak into the ground rather than sending it directly to storm sewers and nearby streams untreated. Experienced instructors will provide customized feedback which will enable you to design and install a rain garden. Topics will include site assessment, soil analysis, design, construction, plant selection, mulching, and maintenance. This five-week course is open to residents and landscape professionals in Northeast Ohio and can be taken in-person or online. Each course offers a two-track option, where participants can choose to receive a residential or a professional Master Rain Gardner certification. Both residential track and professional track graduates will receive a Master Rain Gardener t-shirt, yard sign, and a certificate of completion. Professionals will also have to option to be listed on a public website of Northeast Ohio Professional Master Rain Gardeners.

For participants seeking professional certification, please plan on attending one of the mandatory field days that will be held on Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, September 12.