Affiliate Bulletin Board

To submit your club’s news and updates, contact Katie Brickner at or 216.707.2852.

Affiliate Day Canceled

The Affiliate Day scheduled for April 23rd has been canceled. Please contact Katie Brickner at or 216.707.2852 with questions.

GardenWalk Cleveland Neighborhood Tour

July 11 and 12, 2020, 10am – 5pm

GardenWalk Cleveland 2020 is here! Come out, enjoy the sanctuary of urban residential gardens. Plans are well underway for this year’s tours that will feature over 300 gardens in eight Cleveland neighborhoods. Similar to the 2019 tours, half the neighborhoods will be open on Saturday, and half will be open on Sunday. On Saturday, July 11th tour these neighborhoods: Fairfax, Broadway Slavic Village, West Park, and Glenville and then on Sunday, July 12th tour these neighborhoods: Detroit Shoreway, Collinwood, Little Italy, and Old Brooklyn. Gardens on the tour will be open from 10am to 5pm –RAIN or SHINE.

The Walk is a free, self-guided tour of private and community urban gardens in the City of Cleveland. As visitors tour at their own pace they can meet other garden enthusiasts and enjoy a variety of gardens and urban farms in the city’s neighborhoods. Each neighborhood will have a garden headquarters where visitors can pick up printed maps. Online maps will also be available.

GardenWalk Cleveland’s mission is to nurture community, break down barriers, beautify neighborhoods, and promote civic pride in the City of Cleveland through the power and rewards of gardening. Many of these gardens strive to focus on native plants that promote regional diversity, attract wildlife and pollinators, thrive under natural conditions, and connect people to nature in their own back yards. GardenWalk Cleveland is made possible due to the generous sponsorship of organizations and individuals committed to connecting people with each other, with nature, and the beautification of Cleveland. For further information visit our website at or our Facebook page, GardenWalk Cleveland.

Emerald Necklace Garden Club Meeting April 9 and May 6 Luncheon are canceled

The ENGC meeting on April 9 has been canceled. The spring benefit luncheon on May 6 is also canceled. These cancellations are necessary given the current situation regarding the spread of COVID-19. Regarding luncheon tickets: If tickets were paid by check, it has not been cashed and will be shredded. If tickets were paid with cash, a refund will be sent. If you have any questions or concerns regarding ticket sales, please contact Judy Paffilas at 216.470.1223 or

Good afternoon affiliate council members,

Please see the press release below regarding the closure of the Cleveland Botanical Garden campus and the buildings of the Holden Arboretum effective now until public health officials determine it is safe to reopen. In addition, all classes are cancelled at both campuses through April 5.

A communication will be sent to all garden club presidents and representatives whom we have email addresses for, letting them know of this closure and its impact on hosting club meetings at the Garden during this time period.

I ask for your help in communicating this message. In addition, the affiliate council meeting will not be held in person on our campus. Pat and Katie will work together to communicate rescheduling the council meeting as a conference call.

Press Release – Botanical Garden to Close Holden Arboretum Grounds to Remain Open 

Please let Katie or I know if you have any questions. Thanks for your assistance in this matter.


Deborah Miller
Vice President of Development
Holden Forests & Gardens

Hershey Children’s Garden Containers!

Click here for information: Affiliate Garden Club Members 2020 Planters Bulletin

If you would like to sign up, please contact Katie Brickner at or 216.707.2852 between April 25 & May 6 to sign up for a pot and choose a planting date. 

Voting for GLOW 2020: Voting and theme suggestions will follow the same schedule as this past year. Suggestions for themes will be solicited through January and reviewed in February. A short list will be published for voting by the end of February, and the final theme will be tallied and announced the beginning of March (please adjust/correct these dates as necessary…I’ve already had 2 phone calls since Fall Forum asking about this),

GLOW 2020 theme suggestions: Please submit theme suggestions for Glow 2020 for the voting ballot as soon as possible!!! Send them to Pat Bonander or Kevin Borowiak.

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.

Miller Nature Preserve of Lorain County Metro Parks invites you “Fairies, Wizards, Gnomes, and Unicorn Homes

April 22 – Aug. 9
Miller Nature Preserves
2739 Center Rd.
Avon, OH 44011

Back by popular demand, we are creating a display entitled “FAIRIES, WIZARDS, GNOMES, and UNICORN HOMES”. In the summer of 2015, we did a similar one entitled: ‘Fairy Gardens and Mini Landscapes’ at Miller Nature Preserve. It was very successful and we are bringing it back due to its popularity and requests from the public.

This display is unique in the fact that we are inviting local businesses, garden clubs, organizations, and the general public to partake in the fun and enter their very own ‘Garden’ creation to be part of the display.

In 2020 YOU are invited to help us with this display! How can you help?

  • Submit a fairy garden(s)
  • Create a garden right in one of the conservatory beds
  • Present a program. Programs can be scheduled March thru the end date

How does this help your business or organization?

  • Advertising of course! Each fairy garden will have the designers/business name
  • If you present a program, your information will be in our promotional material
  • We will provide a vendor sheet with your business contact information for visitors to take *You also can leave your business cards for visitors

Become part of a unique display: Enter Your Creation!

Please consider joining us for this great local event! A park staff will be contacting you with details and to answer any of your questions! OR give us a call at 440.937.0764!

-Linda Paull, Park manager