Affiliate Bulletin Board

Affiliate Clubs Fall Forum

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 9 – 11:30am

Attention all Club Presidents and Representatives

You are invited to attend this year’s Fall Forum. This is an important meeting for Club leaders because it is a time to gather and share information with other clubs and with the executive team of Holden Forest & Gardens. Joel Alpern, Chief of Education and Guest Experiences, will provide an update on HF&G, including what to look forward to from new and signature programs.

This year’s program will include a special treat. Katherine Hale, President of The Western Reserve Herb Society, will share with us the club’s fascinating story. You will have an up close and personal tour of these world class gardens in their video, “Celebrating 50 Seasons of Growing.”

Registration and continental breakfast at 9am. Program starts at 9:30am.

The Forum is FREE to Presidents and Reps and $10 for other Affiliate members. Register here by Monday, September 30. Parking in the CBG garage is FREE.

Gardeners of Greater Cleveland’s Bulb Sale at Rockefeller Greenhouse

Sept. 19 – 21

When preparing your garden for spring, remember to think about planting your flower bulbs now. The Gardeners of Greater Cleveland will hold our annual bulb sale on Thursday, September 19th, Friday, September 20th, and Saturday, September 21st at the Rockefeller Greenhouse. The selection of species that will be available are: Crocus, Daffodils, Fritillaria, hyacinths, Alliums, Tulips, and all kinds of potted Iris from the Willott Iris Garden. All our sales go to support scholarships for student going into a horticultural field.

Affiliate Clubs Update: June 2019

From the Chair’s Corner: Pat Carroll Bonander, Affiliate Council Chair

June is busting out all over–with flowers that is. What a glorious time to be a gardener or plant lover. I hope that you have had the opportunity to visit the campuses of Holden Forest & Gardens because the gardens have been outstanding- from the Azaleas and Rhododendrons at Holden to the Spring tulips and Rose gardens at CBG. FREE anytime at both campuses if you are a member of HF&G. As an Affiliate Club, your President receives a copy of the Forest & Gardens newsletter to share with your club. The calendar is loaded with wonderful programs and events.

GLOW 2019
It is only June, but I know that many of your clubs are working on your trees for GLOW already. The 2019 overall theme this year is “Tiny Treasures”. Currently 36 clubs have signed up to do a tree or wreath. If your club has signed up already, be sure to get your individual club theme to Kevin Borowiak ( ASAP. There have been some very clever themes already submitted. Check out the Tree List on the Affiliate Bulletin Board which is updated weekly. And, if you have not signed up for a tree it is not too late.

A big THANK YOU to the following garden clubs who planted a container in the Hershey Children’s Garden: Avon-on-the-Lake, Emerald Necklace, Gardeners of Greater Cleveland, The Herb Guild, Highland Heights, Indoor Garden Society, Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society, Northern Ohio Perennial Society, Olmsted Falls, Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma, Seven Hills, Western Reserve Herb Society. Come celebrate the Hershey Children’s Garden 20th birthday party on June 28.

Just a reminder to post your club’s news and events to share on the Bulletin Board. This is a great way to boost attendance at events or to just let other clubs know about your activities. I am glad to see that so many clubs are taking advantage of using the Bulletin Board as a communication vehicle. You can submit items for posting to Meggie Butzow, Donation and Stewardship Manager, at

If you would like more people to know about your club and what you do, we are featuring clubs on the “Affiliate Contacts” page. We can feature one club each month. Currently Avon-on-the Lake Garden Club is featured. You can email your feature article to Meggie Butzow.

NOTE: To access the Affiliate Information on the CBG website: On the home page click on “Support the Garden” at the top of the screen -> the click on Affiliate Clubs -> Bulletin Board.

I welcome any suggestions as to how we can make being an Affiliate Garden Club a great experience for each of your members.

Chippewa Garden Club Presents “Johnny Appleseed: Fact or Fiction”

September 24, 7pm

Gary Esmonde from the Cleveland Botanical Garden will give a talk on Johnny Appleseed, pioneer nurseryman, missionary and folk legend. Also discussion will include which apple variety is best for what culinary treat. Chippewa Garden Club is the host. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm in the Brecksville Human Service Activity Room A, behind the Brecksville Community Center, One Community Drive, off Brecksville Road (Rt. 21), Brecksville, Ohio. For information on future presentations and club membership visit Come and enjoy! This is FREE and Open to the Public.

Chippewa Garden Club Presents our Annual Holiday Show Fundraiser “Anyone Can Create a Holiday Home”

Featuring Patricia Penland and her Team, Owner of
Brecksville Florist & Gifts
8803 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, Ohio 44141
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm; Program starts 7:00pm
Brecksville Community Center, 1 Community Dr.
off Brecksville Rd. (South of Route 82)

Ticket price $10.00 at the door. Holiday Raffle Bazaar and Refreshments

All proceeds help the Yearly Community Service Projects:

    • Providing over 500 pine seedlings on Arbor Day to all third graders in the Brecksville and Broadview Heights Schools and Assumption Academy
    • Maintain the herb garden at the Squire Rich Historical Museum in Brecksville
    • Award scholarships to eligible horticulture students
    • Provide garden and floral design related programs to children at the library
    • Provide Garden Therapy programs for seniors at a long-term center
    • Stage a Standard Flower Show biennially as a gift to the community
    • Establish and mentor community and school gardens

Chippewa Garden Club Presents “Green Side Up: Tree Planting Best Practices”

October 22, 7pm

Chad Clink from Bartlett Tree Experts will explain that tree planting doesn’t take a lot of time! But it critically impacts the long life of a tree! Come to see how it’s done right…and wrong. Chippewa Garden Club will host this presentation starting at 7:00 pm in the Brecksville Human Service Activity, Room A, behind the Brecksville Community Center, One Community Drive, off Brecksville Road (Rt. 21), Brecksville, Ohio. For information on future presentations and club membership visit Come and enjoy! This is FREE and Open to the Public.

74th Annual Herb Fair of the Western Reserve Herb Society

Saturday, October 12, 10am to 3pm
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Free with regular admission

Come and visit; the Fair offers something for everyone!

Shop: We sell one-of-a-kind herbal products for gifts, gourmet treats and body care, made here in the Western Reserve from our own gardens.

Create: Participate in our hands-on Herbal Workshops. Learn how to make herbal products to take home.

Learn: We offer a variety of 10-minute “Herb Talks” throughout the day. Come and listen as our members present short programs about how to grow and use herbs.

Tour: Step outside and visit our nationally-renowned Herb Garden. Chat with knowledgeable Herb Society gardeners who welcome your questions.

For more information:

Emerald Necklace Garden Club Presents “Putting the Garden to Bed”

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 – 4pm
Brecksville Library
9089 Brecksville Road
Brecksville 44141

Emerald Necklace Garden Club (ENGC) will present an education series program on Sunday, October 6, 2019 titled “Putting the Garden to Bed.” The program will be held at the Brecksville Library, 9089 Brecksville Road, Brecksville 44141 from 2:00-4:00 PM. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. Call Jane at 440-526-4213 to register. Three experts will share their knowledge, followed by questions and answers on any gardening subject. The speakers are Nathalie Petri, an avid Brecksville gardener with extensive knowledge of perennials, shrubs and flowers. Her topic will be “Breaking Down the Garden.” Patricia Owen Keltner holds a Master of Science degree and is a Registered Horticultural Therapist. She is a former employee of the Cleveland Botanical Garden and will speak on “Seasonal Flowering Bulbs.” “Tree Planting and Mulching” will be discussed by Alan Klonowski, Consulting Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture, and a former president and director of the organization. His areas of expertise include trees, shrubs and soils. There will be handouts on each subject, as well as a variety of free gardening literature. The timing of this program is ideal for gardening enthusiasts to learn more about the fall chores that ensure their gardens will be ready for spring. Find out more about ENGC at

Cleveland Pollinator & Native Plant Symposium

Friday, Sept. 20, 8am – 4:30pm
Cleveland Botanical Garden

Immerse yourself in a full day of enlightening and energizing presentations! Explore the importance of restoring our increasingly fragmented and disappearing native habitats beginning in our own backyards–whether large or small.

Now in its fifth year, the purpose of the Cleveland Pollinator & Native Plant Symposium is to educate and inspire homeowners, garden clubs, landscape architects and designers, horticulturists, botanists, naturalists, educators, conservationists and anyone eager to learn about creating pollinator and wildlife habitats using native plants and trees to promote biodiversity and ecological resilience.

Join in the conversation with eight national and regional experts to increase your knowledge of pollinators, native plants and planting designs that are robust and form ecologically valuable alliances. The program encourages participants to connect, exchange ideas and share information with each other and the speakers.

2019 Symposium fee of $70 includes all sessions, as well as breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and second day of field trips and private garden tour. Continuing education credits available. Registration and information available at

Lake County Master Gardener Course

Online Course: August 26 – September 29 with a field day on Saturday, October 5 for participants seeking professional certification.

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 of Lake and Geauga county and can be taken in-person or online. The in-person course will be held at the Lake Metroparks Lakefront Lodge, 30525 Lake Shore Blvd., Willowick. The online course will be offered as five weekly modules, allowing for more flexibility. Each course offers a two-track option, where participants can choose to receive a residential certification or a professional Master Rain Gardner certification. Residential participants will receive a certificate, Master Rain Gardener T-shirt, and yard sign upon course completion. Contractors, landscape designers, landscape installers and other professionals who will install residential-scale rain gardens will be required to participate in a field day and pass a final exam before receiving a professional Master Rain Gardener certification.

Email Laura Bonnell with Master Rain Gardener questions at or 440-975-3870 ext. 1002. To register visit

The Garden Club of Cleveland Flower Show: Country Weekends, City Nights

Friday, Sept. 27, 9am – 2pm
Cleveland Metroparks Acacia Reservation
Free and Open to the Public

We are thrilled to be able to display the Divisions of Floral Design, Horticulture, Photography, Botanical Arts, and Conservation in the former clubhouse of Acacia Country Club. This lovely setting, now managed by Dino’s Catering is a wonderful location, seamlessly blending our theme of Country Weekends, with City Nights. Both Cleveland Metroparks and Dino’s Catering have been helpful and supportive working with us to find the perfect spot to show off these displays.

Chippewa Garden Club Presents: Anyone Can Create a Holiday Home

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7pm
Brecksville Community Center
One Community Drive (off Brecksville Road (Rt. 21)
Brecksville, Ohio 44141

Tickets available at the door. For more information, visit

Floral Demonstration by Joseph Massie at Cleveland Museum of Art Celebrating 30 Years of Flower Fund Design

Monday, December 3, 2019

For three decades, flowers have graced the entrance lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Art. This weekly contribution of floral artistry is created by members of the Flower Fund, a committee of the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art (WCCMA). Thanks to the vision of two of its members, Ingrid Lüders and the late Josephine (Jo) Talbott, the Flower Fund Endowment was established in 1989. On December 3rd, 2019, the museum will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a demonstration by British floral artist Joseph Massie.

Founder of the renown floral studio Joseph Massie Flowers based in Liverpool, England, Massie earned a record five consecutive Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. His outstanding design talent, highly creative approach and, in his own words, “good friends, great suppliers and bucketsful of captivating flowers and buds” all combined to launch his studio.

Joseph Massie will bring his floral magic to the Cleveland Museum of Art on December 3rd with a demonstration celebrating thirty years of inspired Flower Fund Designs. The demonstration will begin at 10:30 am in the museum’s Gardner Auditorium and is open to the public. Save the date! For more information please contact:

 Western Reserve Herb Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Congratulations to the Western Reserve Herb Society as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Herb Garden located at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Thanks for all the years of tending and maintaining such a beautiful garden that has benefited and educated thousands of people during the past 50 years!


With voting completed at midnight March 25, 2019, the #1 choice by vote was theme #4 ‘Tiny Treasures’. As the ballot indicated this could include ‘Model trains to fairy houses, gardens have a rich history of incorporating miniature, magical worlds. Our trees can take a pint-size look at the larger world around us’. Gnomes, elves, angels, pollinators, insects, Alpine gardens are all just springboard ideas that might be utilized or incorporated in an Affiliate Club’s theme, there are so many more. As I have said every year: your imagination is the defined limit of your creativity. I know we will have an incredible variety of themes from all our Affiliate Clubs.

The list below indicates the Affiliates that have already expressed their desire to participate in GLOW 2019 by decorating a tree or wreath. Most clubs signed-up during the breakdown of GLOW 2018 along with some clubs contacting me by email. I have the name of the club and size of the tree you wished to decorate this year. If I have any of the information incorrect, please contact me, Kevin Borowiak, immediately by email at or by phone at 216.744.4866. More importantly, if you know your club’s theme for decorating inform me right away. By talking with all the club’s coordinators about your themes, I can reduce if not eliminate any duplication in decorations.

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Updated 2019 GLOW Guidelines 8.16