Affiliate Bulletin Board

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


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 b 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.


Ohio State University Extension & Medina County Master Gardener Volunteers 2020 Spring Seminar Presents: Your Yard in Living Color

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10am – 2pm (Check in begins at 9:30am)
Williams on the Lake – Bldg C
787 Lafayette Rd, Medina, OH 44256

“Local Color!”Keynote by Janet Macunovich and Steven Nikkila – Authors of Garden A to Z (gardenatoz.org): We all deserve more and better color from our landscapes. Yet improving isn’t a simple matter of addition, or a prescription that works across the gardening world. Let’s consider the source before acting on design ideas taken from magazines and books. A plant that blooms in spring in the Great Lakes, may herald summer to a Scot or fall to an Icelander! Selections made for fantastic hue in one part of the world may be duds elsewhere. The tones and other influences of indigenous plants, light and even building materials can alter plant color. Join us to learn color sequences and tricks for your own lovely locality.

Are you looking for seasonal color, chronological blooming, color groups or a bright focal point? Build depth of color and interest in your yard. Frame your yard… paint in your garden with seasonal plants and timely blooming! Join our invited speakers who have a rich background in “cuing your yard for color.”

“Achieving Color with Native Plants” Presented by Nichole Schill – Master Gardener/outdoor educator and Naturalist for Medina County Park District: Plants native to the area you live in support local wildlife and pollinators with less maintenance. For some, native plantings might bring to mind an image of a wild and disorderly planting, but that does not have to be true. Learn how to incorporate natives beautifully into a landscape of any size and discuss examples of alternatives to nonnative plants by color and bloom time.

Registration info: Your Yard in Living Color 2020 Flyer


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


“Waking up the Garden”: A Free Education Series Program Sponsored by Emerald Necklace Garden Club

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, 2 – 4pm
Brecksville Library
9089 Brecksville Road
Brecksville 44141

Emerald Necklace Garden Club (ENGC) will present an education series program on Sunday, February 23, 2020 titled “Waking Up the Garden.” The program will be held at the Brecksville Library, 9089 Brecksville Road, Brecksville 44141 from 2:00 – 4:00pm. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. Call Jane at 440.526.4213 to register.

Three local gardeners will share their knowledge, followed by questions and answers on any gardening subject. The presentations will include spring garden prep, what the deer don’t eat, including herbs; and new plants for 2020 you can include in your garden. There will be handouts on each subject, as well as a variety of free gardening literature.

Shake those winter blues and get enthusiastic about spring gardening at this program. Find out more about ENGC at www.EmeraldNecklaceGardenClub.com.