Local gardeners honored for service

For those gardeners looking for more sunshine, the 65th annual National City Home and Garden Show is in its final days. It will be open until 9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The closing plant sale is set for 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

For those gardeners looking for more sunshine, the 65th annual National City Home and Garden Show is in its final days.

It will be open until 9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The closing plant sale is set for 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The theme, Bella Italia, is a tribute to beautiful Italy and its Mediterranean cuisine, culture and gardens. Besides all the great gardens, new this year are homes designed as glorified house-boats, just the right way to enjoy vacationing on Lake Erie shores.

Visitwww.norwalkreflector.com for a story about the show, and ReflectorCam 2.0 on that site for a gallery of pictures from the flower show.

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Award night for Huron County's Master Gardeners included a wonderful meal and a great speaker, Cheryl Harner, past-president of OSU Richland County Master Gardeners.

A life-long love of gardening and fascination with butterflies, dragonflies, insects and birds led to membership in Master Gardeners, Ohio Lepidoptera, Ohio Ornithological Society and President of Greater Mohican Audubon.

Harner's presentation, Butterflies as Bio-indicators, explained how native butterfly populations mirror soil and water conditions. Tips to increase butterflies in your garden are: Use fewer or no chemicals, mow less often or stop mowing outer areas of your yard and plant host plants necessary for larva development.

Harner's presentation, Butterflies as Bio-indicators, explained how native butterfly populations mirror soil and water conditions. Tips to increase butterflies in your garden are: Use fewer or no chemicals, mow less often or stop mowing outer areas of your yard and plant host plants necessary for larva development.

Common plants which support egg-laying and larvae are dandelions, native grasses and flowers, especially milkweeds. These natives are best planted in an area outside the garden beds as the natives are sometimes very aggressive. Plant nectar sources for the garden bed are: purple coneflower, phlox, Mexican sunflower, verbena, zinnia, anise hyssop and the garden milkweeds. Two Web sites for more information about butterflies and butterfly events are:www.ohiolepitopterist.org andwww.flora-quest.com/butterflies.html.

Huron County Master Gardeners contributed 3,177 volunteer hours in 2007. Earning their first hours for volunteering were Bob Beck, 44; Karen Davis-Hart, 45; Nancy Dawley, 37; Shannon Ditz, 27; Erick Pietras, 49; Elizabeth Priess, 20; Dan Traxler, 20; Ken Trost, 47; and Bill Yockey, 32. This class of 2007 has a few more months to earn the initial 50 hours to become full-fledged Master Gardeners. Recognized for earning their first 500 total-hour pins were Sharon Choma, Sally Marcum and Mary Margaret Schwarzentraub. Rose Perry and I received their 1,500-hour pins.

Members who have accrued 100 hours or more in 2007 were Judy Emmons, Richard Hartley, Dot Herman, Rosalie Perry, Mary Margaret Swarzentraub and me. Members who donated 50 hours or more in 2007 are: Al Ames, Susan Barnet, Beverly Chapman, Kathy Cousino, Diane Finnen, Donna Sisson, Carol Stephens and Lee Stephens. Rosalie Perry, Judy Emmons and I had perfect attendance at meetings.

The total hours of each member, other awards and pictures are posted on the Huron County Master Gardener Web site, http://huron.osu.edu/hcmga. Master Gardener President Rose Perry thanked everyone for supporting the mission of the Master Gardeners as she presented awards to the different groups.

If you have an interest in a garden-related project or talk for your group; contact Rose Perry, (419) 465-2698. Huron County Master Gardeners also answer questions about gardening. The number to call is (419) 577-7101 or e-mail your question to askamastergardener@gmail.com.

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.

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 Center Winter Visiting Hours; Gardens 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Greenhouse 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. daily, except holidays.

Cleveland I-X Center National City Home and Flower Show, through Sunday; Cleveland; (800) 600-0307.

Last Child in the Woods Talk; 12 to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12; Huron;www.oldwomancreek.org; (419) 433-4601.

Winter \Guided Trail Walk; 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 13; Huron;www.oldwomancreek.org; (419) 433-4601.

Greater Mohican Audubon Society Bird Count; Feb. 15 to 18; Huron;www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

Bird Feeding All Year; 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16; Huron;www.oldwomancreek.org; (419) 433-4601.

Malabar Farm Woodcock Walk; 7 p.m. March 18; Lucas; contact Gcowelljr@yahoo.comn.