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March 30, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020

8:45 am.  Welcome and announcements:  Pam Bennett, State MGV Progam Director

9:00 a.m. 

The Foodscape Revolution
Keynote Presenter: Brie Arthur “The Plant Lady,” Author and Horticulturist

Best-selling author Brie Arthur has fine-tuned her signature gardening technique of foodscaping, a sustainable practice that embraces beauty and bounty. Brie aims to inspire attendees to think creatively about planting veggie by pairing them with flowering perennials. Easy planting strategies are explained, including creative ideas for deterring deer, rabbits, groundhogs, and voles. This is a fast paced, informative presentation that leaves attendees inspired and ready to foodscape!

Bio
Known for her leadership with the suburban Foodscape movement and her work with public schools, Brie is a celebrated speaker and bestselling author. A recipient of an American Horticultural Society Award, Brie studied landscape design at Purdue University. She has worked as a grower and propagator for leading nurseries and her passions center on sustainable land management and promoting the value of gardening across the US.

10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1

Succulents Are Sexy
Bill Hendricks, President of Klyn Wholesale Nurseries in Northeast Ohio

Explore the exciting world of cacti and succulents and their amazing rise in popularity.  Bill will discuss their diversity and how to care for them in the home and garden and creative ways to use and display your plants.

BIO
Bill is the recipient of many horticulture awards including “2014 Grower of the Year” and has served on numerous Plant and Landscape Association boards. He was an adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State University for 20 years and he and his wife Nancy received the “Friends of Master Gardener Program” award in 2008. He has a cactus and succulent collection of over 4,000 species started at age 9 and is a continuing hobby today. Klyn Nurseries’ catalogue lists over 1800 species and cultivars of ornamentals for the Mid-West. Bill has long been a cherished friend and supporter of Master Gardeners in many Ohio counties.

Breakout Session 2

The Literary Gardens of England
Carol Chernega, Author, Horticulturalist

Visit the gardens of your favorite authors, including Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Beatrix Potter, Agatha Christie, and Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Learn how these writers used their surroundings in their classic novels, and get tips on creating your own English garden.

BIO
Carol Chernega has been visiting England and studying English gardens for the past 20 years.  She worked in Jane Austen’s garden in Chawton, England as part of a grant from the Jane Austen Society of North America. Carol’s the author of A Dream House: Exploring the Literary Homes of England and has been published in a variety of magazines, including Pennsylvania Gardener and National Wildlife.

Breakout Session 3

Snakes, Turtles, and Lizards – Oh My!
Marne Titchenell, Wildlife Program Specialist OSUE

Let’s face it, not everyone is a fan of snakes, especially when one seemingly pops out of nowhere during a garden work session. Don’t worry, most snakes in Ohio are harmless and those found in a garden are actually quite beneficial to have around. In this talk, we will identify some of Ohio’s common snakes, turtles, and lizards, while discussing common issues and frequently asked questions.  

BIO
Marne is an Extension Wildlife Program Specialist, with the Ohio State University. She works within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. She provides a variety of educational programs, workshops, conferences, and publications centered on wildlife ecology and biology, habitat management for wildlife, and managing nuisance wildlife species.

 

11:30 Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1

Planning to Preserve
Barbara Pleasant, Author/Speaker, Floyd VA

Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven strategies for
stocking your own homegrown pantry, from the ground up. Start by choosing easy-to-grow crops that store themselves, and then learn simple ways to preserve vegetables and fruits so they are welcome in the winter kitchen. Award-winning garden writer Barbara Pleasant will share dozens of tips and ideas to help you eat from your garden year-round.

BIO
Barbara Pleasant is “one of America’s most trusted garden writers” according to Cheryl Long, editor-in-chief of Mother Earth News magazine. Barbara has written for Organic Gardening Magazine, Mother Earth News, American Gardener and GrowVeg.com and received multiple awards from the Garden Writers Association and the American Nursery and Landscape Association. Her newest book, Homegrown PantrySelecting the Best Varieties and Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round was a finalist for a 2018 INDIE Forward award.

Breakout Session 2

2020 Vision:  A Look Back to Look Forward
Joe Boggs, ANR Extension Educator, Hamilton County

This presentation will focus on the top landscape and urban forest pests reported through Buckeye Yard and Garden Line (BYGL) Alerts posted in 2020 with an eye towards 2021.  It's a look back to look forward!

BIO
Joe is based in the OSU Extension office in Hamilton County and has a courtesy appointment with the OSU Department of Entomology.  He specializes in tree and shrub diagnostics as well as pest and disease management.

Breakout Session 3

Growing Raspberries in the Home Garden
Gary Gao, PhD., Extension Specialist for Fruit Crops OSUE
 

Raspberries are known to have many health benefits. The raspberry fruits come in black, purple, red, and yellow colors. Raspberry bushes can also be everbearing or summer bearing. One interesting fact is that black raspberries are native of Ohio. A few new cultivars and different production systems have been introduced during the last 5-10 years. Please join Dr. Gary Gao for an informative session on raspberry growing in the home gardens.

BIO
Gary is also a courtesy professor of the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University. He has worked at Ohio State since 1994, first in Clermont and Delaware counties, Joining OSU South Centers in 2011. Dr. Gao received his Ph.D. and Master's from The Ohio State University. He is the editor and a co-author of the award-winning "Midwest Home Fruit Production Guide" and a regular contributor to American Fruit Grower Magazine.

Thursday October 2020 6:00 p.m.  

Master Gardener Volunteer Awards Ceremony

Friday October 23, 2010

8:45 Welcome and announcements:  Pam Bennett, State MGV Program Director

9:oo a.m.

Gardening with Grains
Keynote Presenter: Brie Arthur “The Plant Lady,” Author and Horticulturist

Featuring design and growing inspiration from her new book, Brie Arthur dives deep into the wild world of Gardening with Grains. Learn how to cultivate grains alongside your favorite ornamental and edible plants. Brie will explain to how design a space that can provide nourishment for your family and your favorite birds year-round! Discover easy-to-apply management strategies for long term success, including how to naturally improve your soil and reduce the need for fertilizer and irrigation. From ancient times to modern living, grains are an essential part of our daily lives. This program is sure to get attendees thinking of all the fun and creative ways they can garden with grains… and maybe even grow some homemade bread and beer!

BIO
Known for her leadership with the suburban Foodscape movement and her work with public schools, Brie is a celebrated speaker and bestselling author. A recipient of an American Horticultural Society Award, Brie studied landscape design at Purdue University. She has worked as a grower and propagator for leading nurseries and her passions center on sustainable land management and promoting the value of gardening across the US.

 

10:15 a.m. Breakout sessions

Breakout Session 1

Climate Change and Trees: impacts and Mitigation
Dan Herms, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Development for The Davey Tree Expert Company 

Dan brings us new, cutting edge research on the daunting question: what protocols do experts use for selecting trees to plant for future climates? What is the role of trees in mitigating climate change?  Hear about the horticultural impacts of climate change to date and The Trillion Tree Initiative. You may have heard Dan Herms before, but you’ve not heard this!

BIO 
Prior to joining Davey, Dr. Herms served on the faculty in the Department of Entomology at The Ohio State University from 1997-2017, where he served on the OSU Climate Change Outreach Team.  His research and outreach programs focus on the ecology and management of trees in forests, urban forests, and ornamental landscapes, including interactions with insects, soils, and climate. 

Breakout Session 2

Insects: The Under-Celebrated Partners of the Bird World
Shawn T. Dash, PhD., Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Biology-Zoology-Entomology, Hampton University, VA

Shawn’s presentation will focus on unraveling the complex interactions and interdependent natural history of insects and birds. He will cover all aspects of bird and insect interactions, from feeding and parasites to the importance of insects in your yard and garden.

BIO
As a young child in Baltimore, Dr. Dash loved exploring the natural world around him. He continues to explore with his work on ants and soil invertebrates in the context of evolution and ecology. Dr. Dash has given numerous outreach programs on insect ecology for audiences from elementary to college level. He double majored in Entomology and Wildlife Conservation at the University of Delaware, received his Masters of Science in Entomology from Louisiana State University and his PhD in Pathobiology at the University of Texas at El Paso. 

Breakout Session 3

Flowering Trees for the Home Landscape
Ann Chanon, PhD., ANR Extension Educator, Lorain County

Finding the right tree for the location is essential for a pleasing and effective landscape. Factors like size, adaptability, and neatness all play a role in the selection process. Come and learn about trees that can add interest to your landscape throughout the growing season. The programs will highlight noteworthy characteristics, growing conditions, and care considerations for these garden gems.

BIO
Ann developed her love for woody plants and flowers at an early age and turned her passion into a profession by earning a B.S. in Horticulture from Ohio State, M.S. in Horticultural Science from Texas A&M, and Ph.D. in Horticulture and Crop Science from Ohio State. The emphasis for all three degrees was woody plant improvement. In her previous role as Research Associate at the OARDC, she contributed to a number of projects including, germplasm improvement and domestication of a new crop species, and studies on fruit quality.

11:30 a.m. Breakout sessions

Breakout Session 1

Healthy Soil – Healthy Food Webs: Going beyond composting to understand the life beneath our feet
David Burke, Ph.D., Vice President for Science and Conservation,  Holden Forests and Gardens

What is good soil? How should we approach composting, nutrients, organic matter, fertilization? Dr. David Burke will address some of these questions, but will also provide a new perspective on soil, one that views soil as alive with organisms that all contribute to healthy soil and healthy food webs. If we can “grow” our soil wisely, our plants will thrive and grow, too.

BIO
David Burke, PhD is a scientist at The Holden Arboretum who serves as the Chair of Holden's Research Department. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in in the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University and the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State. David’s work focuses on the interactions between plant roots and soil organisms with a particular emphasis on mycorrhizal ecology. His Bachelors and PhD degrees are from Rutgers University.

Breakout Session 2

Life Is Short: Extend that season 
Scott Beurelein, Horticulturalist, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Plants that provide late fall, winter and early spring beauty are so valuable to the gardener and to wildlife. This presentation highlights plants which provided exceptional beauty and function into those difficult months.

BIO
Scott Beuerlein is the Manager of Botanical Garden Education and Outreach at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Scott is Chair of the Boone County Arboretum Collections Committee, past Chairman of Taking Root, past President of the Cincinnati Flower Growers Association, and Past Chairman of the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council.  He has published over 100 magazine articles, including Ohio Gardener, Horticulture Magazine, and American Nurseryman. He is an ONLA Certified Landscape Technician and an ISA Certified Arborist.

Breakout Session 3

Fifty Shades of Pollination
Shawn T. Dash, PhD., Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Biology-Zoology-Entomology, Hampton University, VA

Learn about the evolution of species interactions and the mutualistic relationships of pollination. Dr. Dash will also discuss the various pollination syndromes, using these patterns to provide a context to the biodiversity of some of your local pollinators. Finally, he will share information about developing a pollinator garden and general tips for attracting them in any landscape.

BIO
As a young child in Baltimore, Dr. Dash loved exploring the natural world around him. He continues to explore with his work on ants and soil invertebrates in the context of evolution and ecology. Dr. Dash has given numerous outreach programs on insect ecology for audiences from elementary to college level. He double majored in Entomology and Wildlife Conservation at the University of Delaware, received his Masters of Science in Entomology from Louisiana State University and his PhD in Pathobiology at the University of Texas at El Paso. 

 
 

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, June 25, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.Pamela J. Bennett

Topic:  Pest Management for Herbaceous Plants

Speaker:  Pam Bennett, Associate Professor, State Master Gardener Volunteer Program Director, Horticulture Educator, OSUE

Description:  Are you tired of dealing with pests in your flower beds?  The first step in managing these pests is to identify them and learn about their life cycle and habits.  After that you can determine your management strategies.  Pam will go through the top pests we tend to see in the landscape and offer some solutions.  

Speaker 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: Click here

Handout:  Click here

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Completed Webinar Recordings

Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, March 29, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Topic:  Can You Spot the Spot?  Spotted Lanternfly Update

Speaker:  Amy Stone, Lucas County ANR Educator, Ohio State University Extension
Spotted Lanternfly Taskforce Chair

Description:  

Recording:  Click here for the link to the recording

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Topic:  Bees in Your Backyard

Speaker:  Denise Ellsworth, Ohio State University Program Director, Pollinator EducationDenise Ellsworth, OSU Extension Program Director, Pollinators

Description:  Many gardeners know a honey bee when they see one, but how about the other 400+ species of bees that call Ohio home? This program will focus on some of the most common bees, including their fascinating biology and life histories. Why do bumble bees vibrate their wing muscles to the tone of a middle C? How uncommon are queens in the bee world? Why do leafcutting bees cut discs from leaves and petals? And how important are these native bees to pollination and biodiversity?

Recording link for Bees in Your Backyard

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday April 1, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 

Topic:  Microgreens: Tasty, Tiny and Timely

Speaker:  Dr. Natalie Bumgarner, University of Tennessee    nbumgarn@utk.edu

Description:  There really couldn’t be a better crop for indoor gardening than microgreens. And, with a bit more time at home these days, it could be the perfect time to try some of these tiny, tasty, and nutritious vegetable crops. Join in for a practical overview of how to get started with microgreens in your windowsill, basement, back porch or greenhouse.

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Recording link for Microgreens:  Click Here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, April 2, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Topic:  Best Practices for MGVs and Community Food Projects

Speaker:  Jacqueline Kowalski, OSUE Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Summit County  kowalski.124@osu.edu

Description:  Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are often asked to participate in, lead, or offer technical support to community food projects.  Community food projects include, but are not limited to, community gardens, donation gardens, and youth projects that grow produce.  This session will discuss best practices when working with different types of gardens, offer suggestions for common problems and ways to build community. 

Register here; confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the webinar:

Recording:  Click here to access the recorded webinar

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.Pamela J. Bennett

Topic:  Top Performing LOW MAINTENANCE! Annuals for Ohio Gardens

Speaker:  Pam Bennett, Associate Professor, State Master Gardener Volunteer Program Director, Horticulture Educator, OSUE

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. 

Description:  These are NOT your grandma's annuals!  Pam shares the top performers in OSU field trials based on low maintenance (no deadheading!).  Be prepared for this fast-paced program with lots of beautiful color to inspire you for this coming spring season.  

Handout:  Print this handout and have in hand to take notes!  Click here for the 2019 Field Trials Handout

Recording:  Click here to access the recorded webinar

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday April 8, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Topic:  If only trees could talk ... this is what they’d tell usKelly Feehan

Speaker:  Kelly Feehan, Extension Educator-Community Environment, University of Nebraska Extension   

Description:  This webinar covers common mistakes made when planting and caring for trees, how trees are harmed, and correct practices to use instead.

Recording:  Click here to access the recorded webinar

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, April 9, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.Thomas deHaas

Topic:  Tree of Heaven vs. Staghorn Sumac. How can you tell the difference in Winter?

Speaker:  Thomas deHaas, Lake County ANR Educator, Ohio State University Extension

Description:  Tree of Heaven is a favored host of Spotted Lantern Fly, Lycorma delicatula. By identifying this tree and eradicating it from the landscape, you can help to reduce the attraction of Spotted Lantern Fly to your site. Tree of Heaven, Ailanthus altissima and Staghorn Sumac, Rhus typhina, can be difficult to differentiate in the winter months. However, on close inspections of stems, buds, fruit pods and trunk, you can tell the difference.

Recording: https://youtu.be/2fndu1w5HX0

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, April 14, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Topic:  Hydrangeas for Ohio GardensThomas deHaas

Speaker:  Eric Barrett, Mahoning County ANR Educator, Ohio State University Extension

Description:  Learn more about the five types of hydrangeas commonly grown in Ohio, along with care tips and special notes about the pink/blue ones that are more difficult to grow.

Speaker Bio:  Eric works extensively with horticultural, fruit/veg crops, and direct marketing programs, as well as with Master Gardener Volunteers and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, conducting over 100 community programs each year. Eric aims to offer simple solutions to improve the garden and reduce disease issues.  He is a near-expert in the area of hydrangeas, authoring factsheets and presentations. Teaching is his passion. Eric presents across Ohio, as well as the US and in Canada. He has received several teaching awards, OSU Extension awards, the National Epsilon Sigma Mid-Career Award and an Ohio Fair Association Award.

Recording Click here

Handout Click here

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 4:00 -– 5:00 p.m.

Topic:  Cut Flowers for BeginnersSabrina Schirtzinger

Speaker:  Sabrina Schirtzinger, OSUE Agriculture and Natural Resource Educator, Knox County   

 Description:  Cut flower gardens are simpler to have than you may realize. Learn the basic supplies and techniques needed to begin a small cut flower in your backyard.

Recording: Click Here

PowerPoint Handout Click Here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, April 16, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Topic:  Spring Lawn CareJohn Orick

Speaker:  John Orick, Purdue Extension Master Gardener State Coordinator, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Description: John will discuss the basics of spring lawn care. His topics will include general lawn management considerations, spring seeding cool-season turfgrasses, and best practices for spring weed control.

Speaker Bio:  John Orick earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Purdue University in Turfgrass Science. John’s work experience includes nearly 10 years in the golf course maintenance industry, including 4 years as an assistant golf course superintendent at two different Indiana golf courses. After working in the turf industry, he served as a Purdue Extension Educator in Madison County for 16 years. Currently, John is the State Coordinator for the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture on the Purdue University, West Lafayette campus. He provides leadership for the administration of the program statewide.

Recording:  Click here

Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals 2020 edition order information Click Here

PowerPoint Handout: Click here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Topic:  Meet Apple Scab and Fire Blight, Two Most Serious Problems in Pome FruitsDr. Mira Bulatovic-Danilvoch

Speaker:  Dr. Mirjana Bulatovic-Danilovich, West Virg inia State Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Description: Among many diseases known to attack pome fruits, apple scab and fire blight are economically most devastating. Fruit with scab lesions is unattractive and often non-marketable for fresh consumption destined for processing and considerably lower prices. Fire blight can not only affect the crop but the survival of the trees themselves. In this segment, we will have an overview of most vulnerable phases in the respected diseases biology to plan successful management strategies.

Speaker Bio:  Mira Bulatovic-Danilovich is a consumer horticulture Extension specialist and associate professor with WVU Extension Service and WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. She received her bachelor’s degree in horticulture and master’s degree in pomology from the University of Belgrade, Serbia; her specialist degree in irrigation from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Agriculture in Mediterranean Region in Bari, Italy and her doctorate in pomology from the University of Ljubljaana, Slovenia. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Michigan State University. Prior to joining WVU in 2013, Bulatovic-Danilovich spent 20-year working for the Michigan State University Extension as district horticulture and marketing educator, providing regional and statewide leadership to commercial fruit producers in Michigan. She coordinated local Master Gardener programs in her district from 1992 until 2009, and as a County Extension Director provided administrative leadership and collaboration with the local units of government. During her 2002 to 2009 tenure with Michigan State, she also was involved in conducting educational programs for developing countries as a USDA/FAS/DAI/USAID consultant. In 2016, she was on USDA/USAID sponsored assignment to Central America delivering several educational sessions as part of the Farmer-2-Farmr Program. Bulatovic-Danilovich serves as the state coordinator for the West Virginia Extension Master Gardener program.

Recording: Due to poor quality of the audio there is no recording at this time.  Please check back later.

Handout:  Click here

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Topic: Theme Gardens for Pollinators    Dr. Mira Bulatovic-Danilvoch

Speaker:  Denise Ellsworth, Program Director, Honeybee and Native Pollinator Education

Description: Gardens for pollinators can be just as unique as the individual gardener.  No matter your passion -- herbs, roses, cut flowers, perennials or trees -- plants and garden features can be selected to create habitat that benefits pollinators, including bees, birds and butterflies. This session will focus on the practical steps gardeners can take to create or enhance habitat, including plant selection and simple design elements. By creating a patchwork of garden spaces that provide food and shelter for pollinators, gardeners can positively impact the health and survival of these important creatures.

Speaker Bio:  Denise directs the honey bee and native pollinator education program through the Ohio State University Department of Entomology on the Wooster campus. In this outreach position, Denise supports and teaches beekeepers, farmers, gardeners and others across the state through a variety of workshops, webinars, written materials and electronic resources. In addition to chasing bees, Denise enjoys gardening, yoga, photography and hiking the towpath trail along the Tuscarawas river with her husband and dogs.

Recording:  Click here

Handout:  Click here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, April 23, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Topic:  Gardening as You Age   

Speaker:  Laura Akgerman, OSU Extension Disability Services Coordinator

Description:  You do not have to stop gardening just because you have a disability! This webinar will address a variety of disabilities, especially ones that Laura Akgermanlimit mobility, movement, strength, range-of-motion, and energy/fatigue. Learn good habits, techniques, tools, and Universal Design solutions to continue gardening with a disability, arthritis, low vision, and other age or health related conditions including how medications can affect sensitivity to sun exposure, dehydration, and energy levels. Special attention will be given to decreasing the risk of secondary injury; working smarter, not harder; and modifying your garden and the way you work to fit your ability, now and in the future.

Speaker Bio:  Laura Akgerman is the Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility & Ohio State University Extension.She is a two-time Ohio State University Alum, with degrees in English and Rehabilitation services. She presents workshops on Gardening with Arthritis, Farming with a disability, AgriTourism, and other disability related issues for Ohio AgrAbility and OSU Extension. She grew up outside Sunbury Ohio, was active in 4-H in Delaware county, and occasionally worked with her Da and brother at Cherryhill Aquatics, the family waterlily nursery.

Recording:  Click here

Handouts:  Don't let the dirt hurt, and Gardening Tools with Prices, Gardening with Arthritis and Other Disabilities

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Topic:  On Beyond Chemistry: A pesticide primer for Master Gardener Volunteers  

Speakers:  Ann Chanon, Agriculture and Natural Resoures Educator, Lorain County
                      Ashley Kulhanek, Agriculture and Natural Resoures Educator, Medina County

Description:  Join Ash and Ann as we explore the inner workings of the pesticide.  Know what you’re up against when selecting and using pesticides safely and effectively in the landscape.  Understanding more about our IPM options can improve your own pest management in the yard and garden.

Speaker Bios:  

Ann Chanon is Ag and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Lorain County.  She earned her PhD at Ohio State University in Horticulture Ann Chanon, PhDand brings a lifetime of experience teaching, researching, and experimenting with trees, chemistry, fruits, and all things plants.  She has a passion for Aesculus, our beloved Buckeye Tree, and makes a mean lemon bar.

Ashley Kulhanek is Ag and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Medina County.  She earned her Master’s Degree in entomology from Ohio State University.  She is a self-proclaimed bug nerd and crazy cat lady who loves teaching entomology.Ashley Kulhanek

Recording:  Click here

Handout:  Click here
What Gardeners Should Know About Pesticides Purdue Extension Bulletin PP-109

 
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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.Erika Lyon

Topic: Backyard Mushrooms   

Speaker:  Erika Lyon, OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Jefferson and Harrison Counties, OSU Extension

Description: This session will cover the ecology, identification and significance of common fungi and friends found in Ohio yards and gardens.

Speaker 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 fungi, wild mushrooms and mushroom cultivation.

Recording:  Click here

PowerPoint Handout Click here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, April 30, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Topic:  Landscaping for Birds   

Speaker: Marne Titchenell, Ohio State University Program Specialist, WildlifeMarne Titchenell

Description: Do you or your clients enjoy seeing birds in their backyards? This lunch and learn will focus on how to bring songbirds and hummingbirds into backyards using plants. We will also discuss feeders, bird baths, and nest boxes.

Speaker Bio:  

Recording:  Click here

Click here for a link to Marne's Handouts

Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, May 5, Noon – 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Topic:  Bed Bugs:  Today’s Challenges 

Speaker:  Jennifer Andon, Program Manager OSU Pesticide Education Safety program    Jennifer Andon 

Description:   Ohio has three cities in the top ten of “Orkin’s top 50 Bed Bug Cities” List.  Understanding bed bug biology is imperative for effective management and minimizing the spread.  Learn how to ID bed bugs and the do’s and don’ts of proper management. 

Speaker Bio:  Jennifer Andon started with the Pesticide Safety Education Program in 2016 and assists the Extension Educators in educating the private applicators of Ohio.  Her background is in turf insect field research where she served as a research technician in the Department of Entomology at The Ohio State University. Jennifer received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Entomology from The Ohio State University.

Recording:  Click here

Resources for bed bug information:  Click here

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Topic: How to Grow Hops at Home

Speaker:  Brad Bergefurd, Horticulture Specialist                                                    Brad Bergefurd

Description: Brad will cover basics of growing hops in Ohio including soil preparation, trellising, fertility, plant training, planting, pest management, harvesting and drying for brewing.

Speaker Bio:  Brad Bergefurd is an Extension Educator, Agriculture and Horticulture Specialist with Ohio State University Extension, with statewide responsibilities for outreach to the commercial agriculture & horticulture industries, urban agriculture and consumer horticulture including Master Gardener Volunteer training, and community gardening. Bergefurd is located at the at the OSU Piketon Research & Extension Center and OSU Extension Scioto County in Portsmouth.

Mr. Bergefurd is the Co-Coordinator of the 25 member multidisciplinary OSU Extension Vegetable and Fruit Team that partners with the $180 million dollar fruit and vegetable industry in Ohio and is Co-Coordinator of the Ohio Apprenticeship council approved Ohio Specialty Crops Growers Apprenticeship Program that trains new specialty crop growers. His teaching centers on crop diagnostics and management, season extension techniques (high tunnel, plasticulture, row covers), integrated pest management (IPM), micro-irrigation management and direct marketing and his applied research focuses on plasticulture production, hops production and marketing, strawberry season extension, tomato micro-fertigation and physiological disorders of tomato at Piketon and on-farm research plots around Ohio and West Africa.

Bergefurd lectures throughout the country and internationally on integrated pest management, plasticulture technologies, hops production, strawberry crop management, crop fertility, direct marketing and wholesale produce auction management. He is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science and the Food Distribution Research Society and serves as an Educational Advisor for the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association. Bergefurd holds degrees in Horticulture Science and Agricultural & Extension Education from the Ohio State University.

Recording:  Click here

Hops Resource:  https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/em9115.pdf

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, May 7, Noon – 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Topic:  Growing Peppers

Speaker:  Brooke Edmunds, Extension Community Horticulturalist, Oregon State University          Brooke Edmunds

Description:   Learn about all types of peppers including sweet, hot, and ornamentals. Topics covered:  cultivars, seed sources, site selection, propagation, care, harvesting, and storage. Cultivar developments from the Oregon State University Vegetable Breeding program will be shared.

Speaker Bio:  Brooke Edmunds serves as Community Horticulturalist for OSU Extension in Linn and Benton Counties, Oregon. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University Extension and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. She previously worked for Colorado State University Extension and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.  When finished training new Master Gardener volunteers for the day, she enjoys gardening with her husband and two kids in Salem.

Recording: Click here

 

 

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, May 12, Noon – 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Topic:  Bug Detectives: YOU Can solve the case of the mystery bug             Ashley Kulhanek

Speaker:     Ashley Kulhanek, ANR Educator Medina County   

Description:   Join Ashley to uncover clues to identifying insects at home.  Become comfortable sleuthing for clues, identifying possible culprits, and determining friend from foe.  We hope to empower you to feel more comfortable with mystery bug samples from your landscapes.

Speaker Bio:  Ashley Kulhanek is Ag and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Medina County.  She earned her Master’s Degree in entomology from Ohio State University.  She is a self-proclaimed bug nerd and crazy cat lady who loves teaching entomology.

Recording: Click here

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Topic:  Buckeyes and Horsechestnuts   

Speaker:     Ann Chanon, ANR Educator Lorain County           Ann Chanon         

Description:   Buckeyes are much more than a university mascot or a state symbol.  Buckeyes and their close kin Horsechestnuts are a unique group of flowering trees and shrubs with palmately compound leaves with almost tropical look.  The plants range in size from medium sized shrubs to large stately trees and can add beauty to almost any landscape. The flowers which come in a range of colors are attractive to pollinators including hummingbirds and are borne in candle like structures called panicles.  Come and learn more about buckeyes and which one is right for you.

Speaker Bio:  Ann Chanon is Ag and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Lorain County.  She earned her PhD at Ohio State University in Horticulture and brings a lifetime of experience teaching, researching, and experimenting with trees, chemistry, fruits, and all things plants.  She has a passion for Aesculus, our beloved Buckeye Tree, and makes a mean lemon bar.

Recording: Click here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, May 14, Noon – 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Topic:  Ferns and Friends      Jim Chatfield

Speaker:     Jim Chatfield, OSUE State Specialist  

Description:   Ferns, vascular plants that do not have seeds, and their relatives once considered “fern allies” such as Selaginella, lycopods, and horsetails, and even a bit on mosses and liverworts, will be the topic of the May 14 webinar for Master Gardeners. Ferns in the woods, ferns in gardens, ferns in the fossil record, fern culture and their beauty, will all be on the agenda. From fossil fuels to Ferndale, Ohio – let’s talk ferns!

Speaker Bio:  Jim is a plant pathologist and horticulturist and an Associate Professor and State Extension Specialist HCS and Plant Pathology Department at Ohio State University. Jim earned his B.S. in Botany from Ohio University and his Master’s in Plant Pathology from Ohio State University.  He is president of the International Ornamental Crabapple Society and passionate about sharing horticultural information to the masses.

Recording: Click here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, May 19, Noon – 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Topic:  Using Pesticides and Disinfectants Safely and Effectively    Mimi Rose          

Speaker:  Mary Ann ‘Mimi’ Rose, Ph.D., Director, Pesticide Safety Education Program

Description:   Did you know that disinfectants are registered pesticides?  Using any pesticide safely and effectively begins with reading the label.  We’ll navigate our way through the sections of a pesticide label, covering some of the important terminology, and learn how to protect yourself, others, and the environment when using them. In the second half of this presentation, we’ll focus on disinfectants and how to use this special class of pesticides effectively. Bring your questions and your concerns for discussion! 

Speaker Bio:  Mary Ann Rose (Mimi) received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Horticulture from Penn State University.  Throughout her career she has worked as a grower, researcher, consultant and extension specialist.  She currently directs the Pesticide Safety Education Program, Ohio State University Extension.   

Recording:  Click here

Handout:  Pesticide Disinfectant MGV

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Topic:  What’s troubling your pines and spruces.      Curtis E. Young

Speaker:     Curtis  E. Young,  Ph.D, CCA, Ohio State University ANR Educator in Van Wert County               

Description:   This program will cover ID, environmental conditions conducive to their growth and development and what might be killing them.

Speaker Bio:  Curtis is a 28 year veteran of Extension. He is a trained entomologist, but dabbles in plant pathology, mycology, photography, and diagnostics. Current he is the Ag&NR Extension Educator in Van Wert County.

Recording:  Click here

Handout:  Fact Sheet Is it a Pine, Spruce or Fir

 

 

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, May 21, Noon – 1:00 p.m.     

Topic:  The Good, The Bad, and The Hungry – Dealing with Wildlife in the Garden    Marne Titchenell

Speaker:     Marne A. Titchenell, Wildlife Program Specialist, OSU Extension; School of Environment and Natural Resources

Description:   With the growing season underway, now is the time to protect your garden from hungry critters! We will spend some time identifying damage, before diving deep into prevention and management techniques.

Speaker Bio:  Marne is an Extension Program Specialist in wildlife, with the Ohio State University. She works within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. She provides 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:  Click here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, May 26, Noon – 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Topic:  Nature Knows Best           Andres West

Speaker:  Andy West, Horticulture Extension Educator, University of Idaho Extension – Twin Falls County

Description:   Nature has been gardening for much longer than any of us have. There is a natural web of give and take in the plant ecosystem that provides for the needs of all. As gardeners, we can do a better job of gardening by understanding this delicate natural web and the relationships of the organisms involved, including humans. We are the one organism that can affect the natural web with the most influence. If we want to achieve sustainability, we need to understand how nature has been doing things for millennia.

Speaker Bio:  Andres (Andy) West has been involved in horticulture for most of his life beginning with starting a lawncare business with his brothers at the age of 12. He has undergraduate degrees in Horticulture and a Masters in Higher Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning. He has a passion for teaching others, particularly horticulture practices. He has worked in residential and commercial landscape maintenance, greenhouse production, native plants, landscape design/build and extension education. Horticulture is a big part of his life. His wife also graduated in Horticulture and most of their propagules (children) are named after plants. Their hobby greenhouse in the backyard is 21’ x 60’. One of his focuses is landscape sustainability. 

Recording:  Click here

Handout:  Nature Knows Best

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Topic:  Tales of Plant Pathogenic Viruses:  From the Nobel Prize to Geranium Stunt Viruses; from Tobacco Mosaic Virus in Cigarette Smoke to Hosta Virus X      

Speaker:     Jim Chatfield, OSUE State Specialist          Jim Chatfield      

Description:  Plant viral diseases are more important than many realize. Tobacco mosaic virus, a serious disease of tobacco and many greenhouse plants was the first viral pathogen of any kind to ever be crystallized (1935). In recent memory, Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus Disease resulted in millions of dollars of greenhouse crops to be destroyed; Hosta Virus X upturned the hosta industry not more than a decade ago, fruit tree viral diseases are among the most important orchard diseases, and in a tweak from our news recently, many viral diseases of plants cause a wide range of symptoms, some obvious like ringspots, some a little harder to diagnose if all the plants at a site are infected, such as the geranium stunt viruses. We will discuss the history, biology, pathogenesis and control of these plant pathogens and diseases in this Master Gardener special.  

Speaker Bio:  Jim is a plant pathologist and horticulturist and an Associate Professor and State Extension Specialist HCS and Plant Pathology Department at Ohio State University. Jim earned his B.S. in Botany from Ohio University and his Master’s in Plant Pathology from Ohio State University.  He is president of the International Ornamental Crabapple Society and passionate about sharing horticultural information to the masses.

Recording:  Click here 

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, May 28, Noon – 1:00 p.m.     

Topic:  Shrub Roses for the Landscape 

Speaker:     Rachel Hooverman, Van Wert County Program Assistant    Rachel Hoverman

Description:   Rachel will discuss the merits and myths of growing shrub roses in the home landscape. Her topics will include proper pruning techniques, pest and disease control and choosing the best variety for your garden.

Speaker Bio:  Rachel Hoverman is the Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator in Van Wert County. Rachel graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Agriculture, Landscape Horticulture. She spent nearly 18 years working in the landscape and nursery industry before coming to Extension in June 2018. Rachel lives in Van Wert, Ohio with her husband, Nate and their shelter mutt, Rosemary.

Recording:  Click here

Handout:  Shrub Rose Presentation R. Hoverman

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, June 2, Noon – 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                     

Topic:  Toxicity of Pesticides                                            Amanda Douridas

Speaker:  Amanda Douridas, Champaign Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator

Description:   There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the toxicity of pesticides. Pesticide toxicity varies widely from highly toxic to practically non-toxic and should be consider when choosing a pesticide to reduce the risk of ill effects to the user. Douridas will share toxicity levels of common pesticides and how Master Gardener Volunteers can access and use this information to make better decisions and talk knowledgeably to the public about pesticide toxicity.

Speaker Bio:  Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Champaign County.

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Topic:  Gardening Myths & Legends – Which ones really work?Eric Barrett

Speaker:     Eric Barrett, Mahoning County ANR Educator, Ohio State University Extension             

Description:  We’ve all heard time-honored remedies for garden pests and diseases. They circulate on the internet and draw us in to try something that almost always sounds too good to be true. We will review why some of these sound reasonable, review what the research tells us about the remedies that do work, and help you decide which ones should be discarded.

Speaker Bio:  Eric works extensively with horticultural, fruit/veg crops, and direct marketing programs, as well as with Master Gardener Volunteers and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, conducting over 100 community programs each year. Eric aims to offer simple solutions to improve the garden and reduce disease issues.  He is a near-expert in the area of hydrangeas, authoring factsheets and presentations. Teaching is his passion. Eric presents across Ohio, as well as the US and in Canada. He has received several teaching awards, OSU Extension awards, the National Epsilon Sigma Mid-Career Award and an Ohio Fair Association Award.

Recording:  Click here

Handout:  Gardening Myths and Legends Handout 6.2020

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, June 4, Noon – 1:00 p.m.     

Topic:  Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for the Home Gardener

Speaker:     Suzanne Mills-Wasniak, ANR Educator in Montgomery County, OSUE  Suzanne Mills-Wasniak

Description:   Foodborne illness is a concern for everyone.  There are accepted best practices for gardens that can lower the risk of a foodborne illness occurring from the fresh produce harvested from them.  This presentation will discuss why foodborne illness is a major concern, how to mitigate risks of contamination of fresh produce during pre-planting, growing, harvesting, storage, and transporting.

Speaker Bio:  Suzanne Mills-Wasniak is an Extension Educator for The Ohio State University Extension in the Agriculture and Natural Resources program area. She is based in Montgomery County with Dayton being the county seat for the entire ten years of her Extension career. Her Extension areas of specialization are Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food Systems. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Wright State University. She was awarded a United States Department of Agriculture – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Fellowship (USDA SARE) and currently serves as state SARE co-coordinator. She is past National Chair of the Sustainable Agriculture committee for the National Association of County Agriculture Agents and presently serves as the North Central Region vice Chair for the Agricultural Awareness committee. She was a co-recipient of the Epsilon Sigma Phi Diversity / Multi-Cultural Team Recognition Award and the Dr. John Stitzlein award for diversity. She has presented at state, regional, and national meetings and received a regional finalist poster award at the 2013 Galaxy Conference. She has been a member of several Extension teams recognized for their excellence in teaching. She has taught numerous Good Agricultural Practices classes and has been educated by the Produce Safety Alliance as a trainer. Prior to her Extension career she was employed in commercial agriculture. She and her husband own and operate a farm which recently diversified by adding a high tunnel for vegetable production.

Recording:  Click here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, June 9, Noon – 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                     

Topic:  High Magnification, Low Cost: Macro Garden Photography on a Budget     Danae Wolfe                                      

Speaker:  Danae Wolfe, Educational Technology Specialist, Ohio State University Extension Learning and Organizational Development 

Description:   Contrary to popular belief, macro photography need not be expensive and need not require highly technical equipment or skills. With just a few simple tools and some practice, high magnification photography can be an accessible and fun way to show the world the tiniest details of your garden. In this session, award-winning photographer Danae Wolfe, will uncover low cost macro photography tools while highlighting the techniques necessary for capturing intimate portraits of bugs and flowers. 

Speaker Bio:  Danae Wolfe is a digital engagement specialist, photographer, and conservation storyteller. She has over 10 years’ experience designing and facilitating learning opportunities that span horticulture, digital engagement, and her personal passion of photography. In 2018, she was invited to speak at TEDxColumbus on the power of photography in fostering appreciation and conservation of insects and spiders and her talk has since been featured on TED.com. Her recent film, Chasing Bugs, explores the importance of insect conversation through interviews with world renowned entomologists.

Recording:  Click here

Handout:  Click here

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Topic:  Dazzling Dahlias

Speaker:     Jacquelyn Kowalski, Summit County ANR Educator OSUE     Jacqueline Kowalski     

Description:  Dahlias, one of the most unique and beautiful flowers, are easily grown in the home garden.  This presentation will discuss basic culture, forms and care.

Speaker Bio:  Jacqueline has been an ANR Extension Educator for OSU Extension since 2011. She has served Summit County since 2015 after serving four years in Cuyahoga County. Her work has primarily focused on local food systems development with additional responsibilities in commercial horticulture and volunteer management.

Recording:  Click here

Handout:  Click here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, June 11, Noon – 1:00 p.m.     

Topic:  Thyme for Herbs                                             Kerry Smith

Speaker:    Kerry Smith, Home Grounds Team Co-Leader & Master Gardener State Program, Auburn University, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Description:   Learn about a few culinary herbs to try in your garden.  Find out which herbs are hardy and which are not.

Speaker Bio:  Kerry Smith is the Home Grounds team Co-leader in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Working with team members she develops, supports and delivers programs that inspire smart yards for home landscapes. Kerry is also the State Program Coordinator for the Alabama Master Gardener Program, a large volunteer group assisting the same mission of promoting sustainable, smart yard landscapes. Kerry has worked for the Education Department at Callaway Gardens, been a school teacher, an estate gardener, and many things in between. Her current priority for the Master Gardener program is Harvest for Health. It’s a 5-year garden mentor project in partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Through this project, Master Gardeners mentor cancer survivors learning to grow a backyard vegetable garden.

Recording:  Click here

Handout:  Thyme for Herbs Kerry Smith 5.2020

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, June 16, Noon – 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                    

Topic:    “Organic” Lawn Care            David Gardner                                                       

Speaker:  Dave Gardner, Professor, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University

Description:   There is increasing interest in the use of natural/organic/minimum risk products for pest control in turfgrass and our understanding of how to best utilize these products continues to evolve.  This talk will focus on the latest recommendations for the control of weeds and other pests in turfgrass using organic products.

Speaker Bio:  David Gardner is a professor of turfgrass science at The Ohio State University.  He received a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in Horticulture in 1993, an M.S. in Horticulture from Iowa State in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Turfgrass Science from the University of Illinois in 2000.  He teaches several undergraduate courses including turfgrass management, statistics, herbaceous and woody ornamental plants, and plant taxonomy.  His research interests are in weed management, development of natural/organic herbicides and turfgrass shade stress physiology. 

Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Topic:  All about Elderberries                                    Patrick Byers

Speaker:     Patrick Byers, Field Specialist in Horticulture and Extension Professional - Southwest Region – Missouri

Description:  What’s not to love about elderberry – beautiful and healthful, easy to grow, and a fascinating history.  Join us for a discussion of both American and European elderberry.  Choosing the best cultivars for your garden, establishing your elderberry planting, and growing this interesting plant are among the topics of the presentation.  Patrick’s interest in elderberry began as a child when he harvested fruit for his mother’s jelly, and he has 23 years of professional experience directing research and outreach programs focused on developing elderberry as a profitable crop for farmers.

Speaker Bio:  Patrick Byers is a Field Specialist in Horticulture with the Webster County office of University of Missouri Extension, serving 7 counties in southwest Missouri. His educational background includes degrees from the Universities of Nebraska, Missouri, and Arkansas, all in horticulture. Job experience includes 3 years at the UA Fruit Substation, 18 years as Fruit Grower Advisor at the MSU Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station, and 12 years in his current position. Current job responsibilities include advisement to fruit and vegetable farmers to support profitability and sustainability. Research interests include native fruits, blackberry, garlic, and lavender. International interests include assignments in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, China, and Moldova.A native of Nebraska, Patrick and his family reside on a farm near Fordland, Missouri, where they raise garlic and elderberries. Patrick has a passion for unusual fruits and vegetables, motorcycle rides, photography, and philately.

Recording:  Click here

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Thursday, June 18 Noon – 1:00 p.m.     

Topic:  Meet Fire Blight  (Mira Part II)      Dr. Mirjana Bulatovic-Danilovich                 

Speaker:     Dr. Mirjana Bulatovic-Danilovich, West Virginia State Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Description:   Meet fire blight, a contagious and one of the most devastating diseases with an appetite for many fruit trees and shrubs as well as ornamentals from Rosacea family.  Apples, pears, quince, crabapples, raspberries, mountain ash, juneberry, spiraea, cotoneaster and many other related plants. Fire blight can not only cause damage to the blossoms, leaves, shoots fruits, but can kill the trees outright. Learn how to recognize the symptoms and what steps to take to manage this disease.

Speaker Bio:   Mira Bulatovic-Danilovich is a consumer horticulture Extension specialist and associate professor with WVU Extension Service and WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. She received her bachelor’s degree in horticulture and master’s degree in pomology from the University of Belgrade, Serbia; her specialist degree in irrigation from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Agriculture in Mediterranean Region in Bari, Italy and her doctorate in pomology from the University of Ljubljaana, Slovenia. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Michigan State University. Prior to joining WVU in 2013, Bulatovic-Danilovich spent 20-year working for the Michigan State University Extension as district horticulture and marketing educator, providing regional and statewide leadership to commercial fruit producers in Michigan. She coordinated local Master Gardener programs in her district from 1992 until 2009, and as a County Extension Director provided administrative leadership and collaboration with the local units of government. During her 2002 to 2009 tenure with Michigan State, she also was involved in conducting educational programs for developing countries as a USDA/FAS/DAI/USAID consultant. In 2016, she was on USDA/USAID sponsored assignment to Central America delivering several educational sessions as part of the Farmer-2-Farmr Program. Bulatovic-Danilovich serves as the state coordinator for the West Virginia Extension Master Gardener program.

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Horticulture Lunch and Learn Tuesday, June 23, Noon – 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                    

Topic:     Growing Gourmet Garlic                        Patrick Byers                                      

Speaker:  Patrick Byers, Field Specialist in Horticulture and Extension Professional - Southwest Region – Missouri

Description:   Few vegetables have the romantic allure of garlic.  Beloved of chefs and gardeners alike, the humble garlic enlivens our food and our experience as humans.  The presentation will discuss the history of garlic, the various garlic classifications, growing garlic in the garden or as a profitable specialty crop, and harvesting and using garlic.  Patrick is obsessed with garlic, and his collection includes 35 strains of this fascinating bulb. 

Speaker Bio:  Patrick Byers is a Field Specialist in Horticulture with the Webster County office of University of Missouri Extension, serving 7 counties in southwest Missouri. His educational background includes degrees from the Universities of Nebraska, Missouri, and Arkansas, all in horticulture. Job experience includes 3 years at the UA Fruit Substation, 18 years as Fruit Grower Advisor at the MSU Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station, and 12 years in his current position. Current job responsibilities include advisement to fruit and vegetable farmers to support profitability and sustainability. Research interests include native fruits, blackberry, garlic, and lavender. International interests include assignments in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, China, and Moldova.A native of Nebraska, Patrick and his family reside on a farm near Fordland, Missouri, where they raise garlic and elderberries. Patrick has a passion for unusual fruits and vegetables, motorcycle rides, photography, and philately.

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Horticulture Happy Hour Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Topic:  Busy People Can Garden Too!             Amanda Douridas  

Speaker:  Amanda Douridas, Champaign Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator          

Description:  Amanda will share tips on how even busy people can garden successfully. Douridas works full-time as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Champaign County, and is a wife and mother of 2. She has transformed her garden over the last 15 years to make it an enjoyable and manageable experience that only requires a couple of hours of work a week at the most. Come and learn if gardening is something you can enjoy too!

Speaker Bio:  Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Champaign County.