2023-2024 Hort Happy Hour & Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

Lunch & Learn and Happy Hour Webinar Series for Master Gardener Volunteers: 

Winter-Spring 2024

Recordings 

Recordings are usually available within 1-2 business days.

 


Recordings

Wednesday, October 4 ( a virtual demonstration)
12 - 2 PM (note Time change)

Dos and don'ts of digging and dividing the divas of the garden in preparation for winter:  A new Dahlia Grower's experience
tara harper, 2022 ambassador of the growing kindness project, And Mr. Dick Westfall, Past President of the Greater Columbus Dahlia Society

Bio

Tara is a lifelong gardener and flower farmer.  She is an active member of the Greater Columbus Dahlia Society and an Ambassador of the Growing Kindness Project where she grows and shares her cut flowers within the community.  Mr. Dick Westfall has been growing dahlias for over 60 years.  He is a past Grand Champion of ADS national convention on multiple occasions.  Mr. Wesfall spent 33 years with Scotts Miracle Grow, conducting research in lawn and ornamental fertilizer.  

Recording


Wednesday, October 11 
12 - 1 PM

Live Tour of the CEARC (New Hydroponic research building)
Tim mcdermott, EXTENSION EDUCATOR, FRANKLIN COUNTY, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Bio

Dr. Timothy McDermott has been an Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator within the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the past six years after twenty years in private practice veterinary medicine and surgery. He assists client resident backyard growers, community gardeners, teacher educators and urban farmers increase their production of fresh local produce through his work in local food production systems in Franklin County. He utilizes his veterinary expertise for Extension work in backyard poultry, small ruminant, insect-vectored disease and companion animal programming to client residents, the Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine, and 4-H student livestock project education. He is a proud member of Buckeye Nation as a '96 grad of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Recording


Thursday, October 19 
4 - 5 PM

Weird and Unusual Plants
Carol Loveland, Administrative and Program Assistant, PEnn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County, And kathy Lehman, MGV Lycoming County

Bio

Carol works with the Lycoming County Master Gardeners as Administrative Program Assistant for Penn State University. She previously worked with the Shale Education Team, providing leadership and administrative support for programs, webinars, tours, the natural gas website, and other shale-related matters. he has worked with a variety of stakeholders including the public, government, industry, business, non-governmental organizations, and academia, locally, nationally and globally.

Kathy Lehman is a retired college counselor who resides in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  She developed a love of gardening from her mother who was an avid gardener. She has been a Master Gardener since 2016. She loves to teach and enjoys developing and presenting workshops. Kathy likes vegetable gardening, but her main area of interest is flowering plants. Plant propagation, container gardening, and shade gardening are favorite activities.

Recording

Handout


Wednesday, October 25
12 - 1 PM

growing Fruit Trees:  THe basics
Dr. Gary Gao, professor, small fruit specialist, horticulture and crop sciences, The Ohio State University

Bio

Gary has been conducting an extension program on high value fruit crops, such as aronia, blackberries, blueberries, currants, elderberries, gooseberries, grapes, and Raspberries at South Centers since 2011. My applied research has been centered around fruit production in field, high tunnel, and greenhouse. My academic interests have been on secondary metabolism in fruit crops since I did my Ph.D. work on fruit color development and anthocyanins. I have collaborated with faculty members in agricultural engineering (FABE), entomology, food science and technology, pharmacy, plant pathology, veterinarian science as well as scientists at USDA in Wooster. I have been lucky enough to have participated in a multi-state and multimillion dollar project on intelligent sprayer project. Over the years I've been involved in countless extension programs, recently I've been focused on the Fall Fruit Research Updates, Fruit Pruning Workshops & Fruit Production Series.

Recording

Handout


Thursday, November 2
4 - 5 PM

Fall Foliage:  The science behind changing colors
dr. Ann Chanon, Extension Educator, lake County, The Ohio State University

Bio

Ann Chanon is a native of Northeastern Ohio. She developed her love for woody plants and flowers at an early age. She turned her passion into a profession by earning a B.S. in Horticulture from The Ohio State University, M.S. in Horticultural Science from Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. in Horticulture and Crop Science from The Ohio State University. The emphasis for all three degrees was woody plant improvement. Ann is currently the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator for Lake County. She worked for five years as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator for Lorain County. Prior to joining Extension, Ann worked for 12 years as a Research Associate at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department. She contributed to projects including, germplasm improvement and domestication of a new crop species, studies on fruit quality and secondary compound production in black raspberries, and other small fruits, and the effect of environmental stress on plant metabolites. Other employment experiences include floral and seed biology technician at Pan American Seed in West Chicago, IL., and internships with Herman Losely and Son Inc. Nursery, and Holden Arboretum.

Recording

Handout


Wednesday, November 8 
12 - 1 PM

Invasive Plant ID and Control
Carrie Brown, extension educator, fairfield County, The Ohio State University

Bio

Carrie Brown is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Ohio State University Extension in Fairfield County. She is passionate about community outreach and engagement and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with local producers to create more sustainable, profitable, and resilient operations. She is eager to provide research-based agricultural and natural resource programming and educational resources to help fulfill the needs of Fairfield County businesses, organizations, and communities.

Some of her favorite topics to teach include sustainable agriculture, soil health, invasive weed management, native plants, and community science.

 

Recording

Handout


Thursday, November 16
4 - 5 PM

Christmas Tree Varieties:  Tis the Season
Tom Dehaas, Extension educator, erie county, The Ohio State University

Bio

Thomas deHaas serves as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator in Erie County as of January 3rd, 2022. He joined The Ohio State University – Lake County Extension in December of 2016 and has served Lake County as Agriculture Natural Resource Educator. Thomas is responsible for developing educational programming that meets the needs of county clientele. His expertise is in Ornamental Trees and Shrubs and home landscape. He was on the board of Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio (NGLCO), Tri-County Grape Growers, and the Northeast Ohio Christmas Tree Growers Association. Thomas deHaas focuses his efforts to Commercial Horticulture, Community Horticulture, and Youth Education. In addition, he is an active participant on the Buckeye Environmental Horticulture Team and writes for BYGL (Buckeye Yard And Garden Line). Tom taught in public education for 34 years grades K-12.

Recording

Handout


Wednesday, December 6 
12 - 1 PM

Why Raised Bed Gardening?

Tervor Corboy, extension educator, brown county, the ohio state university

Bio

Trevor Corboy is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for OSU Extension Brown County.  He has been with OSU Extension since November of 2012 when he was a student assistant during his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University.  Trevor is an alumnus of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture focusing in Animal Science and Agribusiness.  He went on to obtain a degree from the University of Florida with a Master of Science in Education focused in Extension Education.  Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Teaching and Learning from the University of Florida.

Recording

Handout

Thursday, December 14 
4 - 5 PM

Top 10 Ways to improve your garden
Eric Barrett, associate professor, The Ohio state university extension

Bio

Eric Barrett is an Associate Professor and Area Leader with OSU Extension. His specialization is direct food/ag marketing and commercial/consumer horticulture. He has been teaching and leading OSU Extension programs since 1996.  He also gained experience through a private marketing firm. Teaching is his passion. Eric regularly presents at state and national conferences, including workshops across North America. He has received several teaching awards, a local tourism award, an Ohio Fair Managers Association Award, and the OSU Extension State Achievement Award. Eric grew up on his family’s dairy and beef farm in Vincent, Ohio.

Recording

Handout


Wednesday, December 20  
12 - 1 PM

Insect Responses to Climate Change

dr. Sam Ward, Assistant Professor, department of entomology, The Ohio state university

Bio

Sam started as an Assistant Professor of Forest Entomology at Ohio State Entomology in July 2023. After completing his Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Minnesota, Sam spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. From 2020-2023, Sam was an Assistant Professor of Insect Ecology in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University.

Sam’s research group (Landscaped Ecosystem and Forest Entomology Lab; LEAFE Lab) studies the ecology and management of insects that feed on trees. They work on a variety of topics across multiple spatial and temporal scales, ranging from biological control of ornamental pests to macroscale ecology of invading forest insects. Most projects are aimed at understanding drivers of the arrival, establishment, and spread of non-native insects (invading species and imported biological control agents), with a particular emphasis on mitigating ecological and economic impacts of invaders. Other themes in the lab include the spatial ecology of arthropods, tree and insect responses to climate change, and ecoinformatics.

Recording

Handout

Thursday, January 4 
4 - 5 PM

What it Means to be social in the insect world
Dr. Joe Raczkowski, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University

Bio

Joe has a 100% teaching contract, Assistant Professor Professional Practice, UG Academic Advisor, Internship Coordinator, Advisor to UG Entomology Club, Coach of the Entomology Games Team, Chair of UG Affairs Committee, member of the Curriculum Committee.  Expertise is social parasitism in ants. 

Recording

Handout


Wednesday, February 7 
12 - 1 PM

Native versus Non-native landscape plants

Dr. Dave Shetlar, PRofessor emeritus, department of entomology, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERsiTY

Bio

Dr. Shetlar research areas include:  monitoring and assessing seasonal populations of sod webworms, hairy chinch bug and bluegrass billbug. Light trap samples have been taken for approximately 18 year/locations and the sod webworms species and northern masked chafer adults have been identified and tallied. However, these data do not help determine larval behavior during an entire season. Studies are to be initiated to take periodic samples and extract the sod webworm larvae to determine life tables. An ongoing project is evaluating hairy chinch bug populations in lawns with a specific interest on how the Beauveria fungal disease appears to be failing to control populations during times of moisture. Many new insecticides and/or formulations are being evaluated each year to determine their spectrum of activity (types of turfgrass insect pests controlled) and timing strategies (preventive, curative, rescue)

Recording

Handout

Thursday, February 15 
4 - 5 PM

plant propagation basics
dr. wendy klooster, assistant professor, horticulture and crop sciences, The Ohio State University

Bio

Dr. Wendy Klooster is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department. She is also an alumni of HCS, having completed her doctorate program in this department in 2012. Dr. Klooster currently teaches several Horticulture and Crop Science courses each semester, including Introductory and Advanced Horticulture, Sustainable Vegetable Production, Ecology of Agriculture, Plant Propagation, and Plant Parenting. She has also co-taught courses offered through the Department of Entomology, and teaches a summer field-based course on Forest Management at an environmental institute in her home state of Michigan. In addition to her many teaching responsibilities, she serves as the coordinating advisor for the Horticulture and Agroecology specializations as well as the Sustainable Agriculture major and Horticulture minor. She is also the faculty advisor for the Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture Honorary Society and has been a mentor for the Second-year Transformational Experience Program for the past six years. Dr. Klooster’s current research efforts include a program designed to help K-12 teachers incorporate agricultural concepts into their STEM curricula and a project looking to optimize container blueberry production for urban farmers.

Recording

Handout


Wednesday, February 21
12 - 1 PM

Boxwood moth update:  Ohio's newest invasive insect Pest
maria gulley, horticulture program coordinator, Hamilton County, The Ohio State university

Bio

I have been passionate about plants for my entire life. When I chose to pursue this passion by studying horticulture at Purdue University, I learned that my connection to plants was larger than me. Plants impact people and societies in surprising and significant ways. Since then my focus has shifted from what I can do with plants for their own sake (and for good design) towards a deeper interest in the fantastic things that can happen when plants and people interact.

Long-term, I hope to become a certified horticultural therapist and develop my skills in school garden administration and education. I have found my time in nature to be rewarding and life-giving, and I want to bring some of those impacts to people. Becoming trained and certified as a horticultural therapist will give me the tools to do so in an effective manner to bring about positive, measurable change, and bringing those therapeutic skills along with me as I engage in classrooms will make nature education even more accessible to children of all backgrounds.

Special Interests: nature and horticulture education, educational landscapes, native plant use, rain gardens and other green infrastructure, connecting landscapes to their history, community gardening, urban greenspaces, horticultural therapy, urban forestry

Recording

Handout


Thursday, February 29 
4 - 5 PM

Landscape Design:  Getting Started

erika lyon, extension educator, jefferson/harrison counties, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERsitY

Bio

Erika Lyon is an Extension Educator for the Jefferson and Harrison Agriculture and Natural Resources programs at The Ohio State University. She started her career at the Mahaska and Wapello County Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Iowa in 2012 before attending University of Maine for the Ecology and Environmental Sciences graduate program to study mycology and plant pathology. Erika came to work for Ohio State University Extension in May 2016, where she often gives talks and answers questions about plant disease, soil health, fungi, wild mushrooms and mushroom cultivation.

Recording

Handout

Wednesday, march 6
12 - 1 PM

common and emerging soil contaminants, from arsenic to PFAS
Maggie Rivera, extension educator, summit County, And Jeff Hattey, professor, soil sciences, the ohio state university

Bio

Maggie is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Ohio State University in Summit County. Before working in Summit Count, she spent four years as the Educator in Cuyahoga County. Prior to working with OSU Extension, she directed the farm business and program for Refugee Response at the Ohio City Farm in Cleveland. She earned her BS in biology at John Carroll University with an environmental studies concentration, and MS in community-based food systems from Michigan State University in 2010. Maggie completed post-graduate internships on farms in Ohio and Vermont and she has worked on farms in Ireland.

Dr. Jeff Hattey's interests and areas of expertise include Soil Management, Soil Science Education, Animal Waste Management, Urban Soils and Urban Agriculture. Dr. Hattey received his MS and PhD from the University of Arkansas and his BS from Central Missouri.  Additionally, he served as the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, CFAES.  

REcording

Handout


Wednesday, March 20 
12 - 1 PM

Spotted lanterfly is on the move: An update in Ohio

amy stone, extension educator, Lucas County, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERsitY

Bio

Amy Stone is an Extension Educator with Ohio State University in Lucas County.  She began working with Extension in 1992, and has been in Lucas County since 2000. 

Amy has earned degrees from Owens Community College and the University of Toledo including a Master’s Degree in Vocational Education.  Her specialization is horticulture and has evolved to include invasive species and began with a local infestation of the gypsy moth in the county in the mid-nineties.  In 2003, Amy collected and submitted the first known infestation of the emerald ash borer in Ohio.  Amy worked on EAB for nearly ten years on USDA project dollars from APHIS and the US Forest Service.  Work with Purdue University and Michigan State University, along with the USDA Forest Service on Emerald Ash Borer University continues.   As Ohio faces numerous invasive species threats, Amy is part of an Extension team to address those threats through outreach and education efforts. 

Recording

Handout

Thursday, March 28 
4 - 5 PM

Songbirds:  Creating habitat and safe spaces for birds in your backyard
marne titchenell, PROGRAM director, wildlife, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERsitY

Bio

Marne Titchenell received her Bachelor of Science in wildlife management and forestry from The Ohio State University in 2004. She continued her study of forest wildlife at OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources, where she obtained her Master of Science in 2007. 

Marne gained experience working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Forest Service. In 2006, she worked as a naturalist-intern for the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, where she developed a passion for environmental education. In late 2007, Marne accepted a position with OSU Extension and the school as the Wildlife Program Specialist and later in 2023, as the Wildlife Program Director. She works to provide a variety of educational programs, workshops, conferences, and publications centered on wildlife ecology and biology, habitat management for wildlife, and managing nuisance wildlife species.

Recording

Handout


Wednesday, april 3 
12 - 1 PM

virtual spring wildflower hike

carrie brown, extension educator, fairfield County, The ohio STATE UNIVERsitY

Bio

Carrie Brown is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Ohio State University Extension in Fairfield County. She is passionate about community outreach and engagement and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with local producers to create more sustainable, profitable, and resilient operations. She is eager to provide research-based agricultural and natural resource programming and educational resources to help fulfill the needs of Fairfield County businesses, organizations, and communities.

Some of her favorite topics to teach include sustainable agriculture, soil health, invasive weed management, native plants, and community science.

Recording

Handout

Thursday, April 11
4 - 5 PM

A common sense solution to the biodiversity crisis
Brandon Hough, Executive Director, HOmegrown national park

Bio

Brandon Hough is the executive director of Homegrown National Park, whose mission is to regenerate biodiversity and ecosystem function because every human needs diverse, highly productive ecosystems to survive.

Before joining Homegrown National Park, Brandon directed the U.S. Air Force Marathon and U.S. Space Force T-Minus Ten-Miler and served as a contracting officer in the U.S. Air Force. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Education in Sports Administration from Xavier University, and a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Brandon is a Rotarian in the Beavercreek Rotary Club, where he has served as secretary and president. He serves on the boards of Running USA and the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association. In his free time, he is an avid runner with a personal best marathon of 2:33:59, enjoys birding and to date has seen 385 species in the wild, loves backpacking and hiking with his family, and with his wife, he shares a lifelong goal of visiting all 424 national parks. Brandon resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with his wife, Ashley Hough, Ph.D., and their son, where they have restored over half of their two-acre property.

Recording

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Wednesday, April 17 
3 - 4:30 PM

Creating a Mini Meadow: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere around Your Yard!

mike Lizotte, "The Seed Man," Owner, American Meadows

Bio

Mike Lizotte, also known as ‘The Seed Man,’ has been slinging flower seeds for over 30 years!

He’s had the pleasure of speaking to hundreds of thousands of gardeners from across the world, helping them grow the wildflower meadow of their dreams.

At the age of 13 he could be found packing seeds on the weekend as he continued honing his craft and love for wildflowers through his high school and college years.  In 2009 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became owner and managing partner of American Meadows where he has worked his entire career.

He’s a published author, Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere around Your Yard, , been featured on national tv shows such as Growing a Greener World and been interviewed and quoted in hundreds of gardening articles through the years.

He is a certified Master Gardener and sits on the board of various trade organizations such as the National Gardening Bureau (www.ngb.org) and the Home Garden Seed Association (www.ezfromseed.org).

When Mike isn’t talking all things flowers, he enjoys spending time with his wife Rachael and their daughter Sadie. He plays hockey, loves to fish and spend time outdoors.

Recording

Handout

Thursday, April 25 
4 - 5 PM

Native plants for Pollinators - It Doesn't have to be all or nothing

Pam Bennett, program director, master gardener volunteer program, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERsitY

Bio

Pam is an Associate Professor with The Ohio State University and serves as the State Master Gardener Volunteer Program Director and Horticulture Educator for OSU Extension in Clark County. She specializes in herbaceous ornamental plant trials and presents programs on annuals and perennials as well as other landscape topics locally, statewide, and nationally.  Pam has also lectured in South Korea, China, Greece and Turkey.  She is a Clark County Park District Commissioner and a Board member of the Hartman Rock Garden.  She is the past president of the Friends of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden. Pam is the co-author of an award-winning book, Garden-pedia, An A-to- Z Guide to Gardening Terms, writes a weekly gardening column for eight counties receiving the Cox Publishing brands, authors the bi-monthly Ask the Expert Column for Ohio Gardening magazine and is a frequent writer for popular gardening magazines as well as trade publications. 

Recording

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