However, save the date, March 17, because Huron County Master Gardeners are planning a welcome to spring with speaker Debra Knapke, known for the “The Garden Sage.”
Knapke is a popular garden designer, lecturer, teacher, advisor and author. She is located in central Ohio and shares her work throughout the Midwest. She has written five books relating to gardening, “Herb Gardening for the Midwest,” “Best Garden Plants for Ohio,” “Annuals for Ohio,” “Perennials for Ohio” and “Gardening Month by Month in Ohio.”
Knapke started as a speech therapist with an added hobby of singing opera. While working away at teaching, she also loved to garden. In 1989, she started volunteering at Columbus’s beautiful public garden, Inniswood. She soon realized it was more exciting to talk and write about gardening, so went back to school for her master’s in horticulture, then started her own design business, The Garden Sage. Her own garden covers nearly an acre with 26 different sections connected with grassy paths (no mowing) and is a delight to visitors. For information on visiting her garden, see her website, http/debrathegardensage.com.
Knapke’s March 17 Norwalk presentations — “Simplying Your Garden without Diminishing Your Joy” and “Edible Ornamentals” — will capture your interest and inspire you to do some gardening. The first program, “Simplifying Your Garden without Diminshing Your Joy’ will introduce you to the joy of gardening and help you focus your garden work and get the results you want.
“Edible Ornamentals”, the second program, will introduce you to finding beauty in a food garden/landscape that mixes veggies and flowers. Edible landscaping has been a popular approach to gardening lately with many gardeners producing both food and flowers in a delightful array.
For more information on attending this exciting welcome to spring held at the Norwalk First Presbyterian Church, contact Master Gardener Sue Long at 419-677-6674. Master Gardeners will get training credit hours; all others will have a great time learning about gardening. Registration is due March 15. The seminar includes snacks and costs $20 per person.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Peggy Case is a Master Gardener, instructor floral judge and executive board member of Ohio Association of Garden Clubs