Affiliate Bulletin Board

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


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!

GardenWalk Cleveland Neighborhood Tour

July 11 and 12, 2020, 10am – 5pm

GardenWalk Cleveland 2020 is here and will be happening! Come out, enjoy the sanctuary of urban residential gardens. Plans are well underway for this year’s tours that will feature gardens in 7 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, and West Park; 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. Please note…..We are still feeling our way, but based on the Governor’s orders, and the nature of GardenWalk (outside, with multiple locations over 2 days to spread out visitors),

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. We will have some differences this year for GardenWalk:

  • Special attention will be given to new projects such as ‘victory gardens’ that people are taking on in response to COVID. Expect to see a lot more gardens in progress and newbies learning the ropes.
  • There will be no printed Guide and garden locations will not be publicized ahead of time.  There will be one central information stop in each neighborhood where visitors will pick up the list of’ gardens for that neighborhood along with other neighborhood info.  This will give us flexibility to make changes if needed at the last minute.
  • Social distancing, masks, ‘no touching’ and potentially other safety measures will be required.  These will be printed on the garden lists, displayed and explained by volunteers at the neighborhood information stops.
  • If the volume of visitors is high at the info stops, volunteers will direct people to different parts of the neighborhood to stagger foot traffic.

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.  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 Facebook page, GardenWalk Cleveland, or our website at

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.

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