The Norwalk Historical Society and Huron County Master Gardeners are planning their annual Norwalk garden tour for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21.
Six wonderful and different gardens have been selected for the tour. Some feature a wide collection of plants, trees and vines. Some use common plants in an uncommon way with great appeal. Some have great landscape features. Some are homey and comfortable.
The garden tour hosts and hostesses are Don and Debbie Helton, Lamar and Phyllis Zieber, Bill and Candy Miller, Jeff and Kathy Sultzbaugh, Tom and Nancy Heckleman and Jay and Sarah Anderson. Tickets are $10 and will be available July 5 until the tour at Mak's Art Studio, Schild's IGA Supercenter and the Firelands Museum. On tour day, tickets are only available beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the porch at the Firelands Museum.
Thanks to many local gardeners and their generous purchases, the Master Gardener plant sale at the fairgrounds was a great success. The group plans, plants and pays for the landscaping for a Habitat for Humanity house each year so a successful sale is important. Raffle baskets of garden goodies were won by Linda Shaw (Garden Memories), Diane Finnen (Rest & Relaxation), Kathy Cousino (winged Friends), Judy Woodstock, and Margaret Heater (In the Kitchen).
The bus trip to Cleveland Botanical Gardens was a success, as well as the commemorative planting in uptown Norwalk. Thanks to all who helped plant, to Miller's for the petunias and to city workers for the watering that will keep the flowers looking good. For a look at the day, go to the Huron County Master Gardener Web site,www.ag.ohio-state.edu/'huro/ag/hcmga to see all the pictures.
Members have been working to make the Heritage area at the fairgrounds attractive with blooms. Thanks to Molly and Fred Downey and their donation of bricks, another flowerbed has an edging. The peonies donated by a friend of the fair bloomed. Anyone else interested in donating peonies should call (419) 668-8877 as peonies in the yard are historically correct. In those days, they were called "pineys."
A bus tour to see the Heritage Gardens at the Governor's Mansion in Columbus is planned for June 26. There also will be a stop at the Inniswood Gardens and a chance to shop at a nearby garden center/nursery. Call (419) 465-2698 for more information and to sign up for the tour.
Master Gardeners are providing leadership for the Huron County Fair flower show and encourage area gardeners to consider entering the show this year with both specimen flowers in glass bottles and artistic arrangements. Stop by the extension office for an information sheet about entering flowers and an early copy of the fair flower show schedule to plan your entries or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an emailed copy. At 1 p.m. July 14, the Master Gardeners will present a program for the public about preparing arrangements for the fair in the meeting room at Ernsthausen Center in Norwalk. Call (419) 663-6775 to register for this public education meeting. July 31 is the deadline for filling out an entry form and sending it to the fair board office.
Answers to your garden problems are as close as your computer send your question to email@example.com and get your answer online. Huron County Master Gardeners answer the questions for community gardeners and even do the research if needed. The Master Gardeners of Huron County present training to area gardeners who volunteer as garden teachers or garden speakers. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, contact training coordinators, Lee and Carol Stephens, (419) 668-3528, to put your name on the new waiting list.
Peggy Case is a free-lance writer from New London. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some upcoming garden-activities, some of which are free and some that require a fee (those interested are encouraged to call ahead to find location, supplies needed and costs):
Kingwood Spring Fantasy Flower Show; 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 10; Mansfield; (419) 522-0211.
Lorain County Garden Tour; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9; Elyria; (440) 984-5282.