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Garden show set for Memorial Day weekend

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

CLEVELAND The coming Cleveland Botanical Garden flower show, Rhythm and Hues, runs May 24 to 28 over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Master Gardeners of Huron County invite you to join their bus trip May 25 to see the show. The Cleveland Botanical Garden Center Show is a fancy flower show similar to England's Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show, just as wonderful but smaller. Cleveland's show is actually patterned after the famous Chelsea Flower Show in England, and in the past, English designers came to the USA to advise the Cleveland sponsors.

All the gardens at the Botanical Center are spruced up with new plantings, including the Japanese garden, the topiary garden, the herb garden, the perennial garden, the rose garden, the English garden, the Bonsai gardens, the children's garden and the water gardens. Besides taking in the flower show, visit the gift shop, the al fresco dining area and the arrangements exhibition, plus the new conservatory, The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, which offers many ecosystems, from desert to rain forest.

There are 10 acres of gardens to see at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, with various vendors and displays located on the lawn between the art museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Botanical Gardens in University Circle, with lots of places to eat, demonstrations to see and sample gardens.

Look for bird baths and bird feeders made of old sterling silver. Obelisks of wood, twigs, metal, or plastic, take your pick. Hand-painted shirts, specialty soaps, plants, designer straw hats, waterproof footwear, unique perennial rakes, ergonomic hand tools, statues, water garden gear, antiques for your garden anything you ever wanted, just like walking into a Smith and Hawkins catalog.

Take a picnic lunch and the kids. The Children's Garden with its handicapped-accessible tree house is great. See fanciful ideas for children's gardens with plants in odd containers, houses of vines and corn, odd ball ways to grow things and other clever tricks. Or after a spin through the Botanical Garden, you can visit the Art Museum or the Museum of Living History and eat later at one of the many vendors at the flower show.

Master Gardener Donna Sisson invites every local gardener to join the May 25 bus trip to the Cleveland Botanical Garden flower show, with the cost $50 per person, including snacks, driver's gratuity, water bottles, door prizes, transportation by Anderson Bus Line and the entrance tickets. Participants meet at the Huron County administration building, 180 Milan Ave., at 8 a.m. and leave promptly at 8:30. The bus will arrive home at 7 p.m. For more information contact Sisson, (419) 499-2835 or Rose Perry at (419) 465-2698 or rosp@accnorwalk.com.

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A new group of master gardener interns has joined garden volunteers in Huron County. Graduates Bob Beck, Bellevue; Carolyn Brown, Monroeville; Karen Davis, New London; Sandy Erwin, Port Clinton; Erik Pietras, Willard; Elizabeth Priess, Wakeman; Dan Traxler, North Fairfield; and Norwalk residents: George Kimber, Nancy Dawley, Shannon Ditz, Ken Trost, Mary Ventresco, Shirley Wollam and William Yockey, were honored with a buffet supper at the master gardener April meeting. The new interns will be doing 50 hours of volunteer work in the county in the next year and 20 hours every year after. Charlene Margetiak, Huron County ambassador for the Heritage Gardens at the governor's mansion in Columbus, presented a slide program about the gardens. If you are interested in becoming a master gardener also, contact program coordinators Lee and Carol Stevens, (419) 668-3528.

The master gardener spring plant sale is May 19 in the Home Arts Building, at the Huron County Fairgrounds. Setup time is 6 to 8 p.m. the night before or 7 a.m. sale day (May 19) with the sale beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 1 p.m. Outside vendors are invited to participate with honey, used garden tools, flats, greenhouse supplies, maple syrup, garden art, plants and wooden items and other goodies, but will have to provide their own tables.

Contact Mary Margaret Schwarzentraub for more information at (419) 668-8877.

The Norwalk Historical Society and master gardeners are planning their annual Norwalk garden tour. Master gardeners are providing leadership for the Huron County Fair flower show.

Master gardeners will be helping Main Street Norwalk and local families May 26, to memorialize loved ones by planting a section of uptown Norwalk with flowers. If you wish to help with uptown plantings, contact Dave Gulden, (419) 660-8696 or e-mail him at dgulden@norwalknedc.com.

Master gardeners will be volunteering in many other planting projects this spring: Abigail House, school butterfly gardens, Shady Lane Park, planting for local churches, Soil and Water Conservation, landscaping for Habitat homes and the Heritage House gardens at the fairgrounds. Master gardener meetings are held at St. Alphonsus Church and in exchange, members plant the church's gardens.

Peggy Case is a free-lance writer from New London. She can be reached via e-mail at sunnyacres@hmcltd.net.

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