Pollinator garden volunteers needed: Wednesday in Wooster, Thursday in Orrville

Volunteers are needed on Wednesday 8/9 in the Stinner Garden on the OARDC campus and on Thursday 8/10 at the Smuckers Store to help tend the pollinator gardens. Both sessions are from 10AM to Noon. You’re sure to learn a few new bees in the process! See prior posts for maps and addresses. Please call Denise if you have any questions: 330 495 1284. Hope to see you there!

Volunteer Opportunity

Do you like prairie plants? What about plant propagation? If you like either one of those things then this project might be for you!

Wooster Memorial Park is looking for volunteers who would be interested in collecting seeds from prairie plants to help replant an area after a construction project.

I addition, the park is looking for someone or a team of people to develop interpretive signage about natural areas and ecosystems.

This is a project that can be done on evenings or weekends and begins immediately. You can sign up for it in the VMS  or by contacting Paul Snyder.


OSU Fact Sheets

Have you ever wanted to know where you could find a fact sheet on a particular topic? Have you ever had someone ask you a question and then wished you had a resource to give them?

Ohioline is an information resource developed by OSU Extension and provides research-based information to the public. Many of the fact sheets can be printed if you would like to give them to someone.

In addition, you can also search for a particular topic by entering a tag or keyword in the search box located on the righthand side of the page.




Diagnostic Workshop

Join other MGVs who love to learn and hone your diagnostic skills at the same time!  Good diagnostics starts with proper identification! Is it a pine a spruce, a larch, a hemlock or a spruce-pine???  There are many different species of conifers and with them comes a variety of pest problems. The morning session, “Conifers Through the Seasons,” will focus on conifer identification and pests, including some of the most common conifer problems that we encounter in the landscape. In the afternoon you will have an opportunity to practice your diagnostic skills on a variety of plant problems, not just conifers.  There will be hands-on samples for you to challenge your abilities, helping you to increase your confidence in diagnosing plant problems.

Instructors include:  Nancy Taylor, Curtis Young, Amy Stone, Erik Draper and Pam Bennett

When: August 11, 2017

Time:  Registration 8:30; program 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Secrest Arboretum Miller Pavilion (2122 Williams Rd., Wooster, OH 44691)

Cost:  $35 includes lunch, snacks, and handouts

Click here to Register.

Beneficial Insects Workshop

Have you ever wondered if it is a good insect or a bad insect? If you have, then you should attend the Beneficial Insects workshop at Secrest Arboretum on July 25. This one-hour workshop is designed to teach you about beneficial garden insects.

Dr. Mary Gardener from the OSU Department of Entomology will be teaching this helpful workshop.

When:July 25

Time: 3-4 PM

Cost: $10

Where: Secrest Arboretum Miller Pavilion

Sign up here. 

Seven Ways to Make Your Garden Look Great

I want to thank Bob and Lori Everett for hosting the Master Gardener Volunteer Gathering on Friday. These quarterly gatherings are a way for us to visit, share a meal, get updates about the MGV program, and learn something. The next one is coming up September 29 so make plans to attend. In case you couldn’t make it, here is what we learned.

My wife and I just bought a new house. Before we even met any of the neighbors I could tell how things operated in the neighborhood. In fact, all I had to do was look around.  You could see how people kept their lawn and the outside of their homes, and this was particularly helpful when it came to a privacy screen.

We live on a ¼ acre lot in town and our backyard is open to all the neighbors. My wife and I both lived in the country prior to getting married, so the idea that our neighbors could see us sitting on the patio was a little different, not something we were used to. So I thought about putting up a fence, then I looked around to see what everyone else had done. To my shock no one had a fence and almost no one had a hedge.

Suddenly, putting up a fence doesn’t seem like a very good idea.

If you are like me, you look around to see what other people are doing before you do something yourself. Maybe you watch your neighbors or maybe you look things up on YouTube, or ask a friend how to do something. These things can be so helpful in learning how to do something (Just look at Pinterest).

We even tend to do the same thing when it comes to gardening, don’t we? We look around to see what other people are doing in order to know what we should be doing in our own yard. This can be helpful, but only for so long because, sometimes your neighbors can be wrong. Sometimes, YouTube can be wrong, and sometimes even your friends can be wrong.

Someone told me the other day that they watch what we do at Secrest and then do it at their own house. So let’s ask the question, what should we be doing in our gardens right now? I mean, what should we do to keep our gardens looking great? It is the time of year where we like to entertain outside and want things to look nice, so what should we do?

Well, here are 7 things we are doing at Secrest that you should be doing in your own yard.

1. Deadhead

Deadhead perennials like catmint, salvia, coreopsis, sea thrift. Remove spent flowers from woody plants like spirea to encourage a light second bloom.  Deadheading helps to tidy up the garden and encourages some plants to rebloom.

2. Prune

Now is a great time to be doing summer pruning. By now plants have put on a decent amount of growth. Take some time to shape them and remember to follow proper pruning techniques. Do not perform any major structural pruning now. Trees can be limbed up. Cease pruning activities by August 15.

3. Weed

Scout for weeds, especially weeds that are about to seed or are difficult to control. Weeds such as canada thistle, groundsel, prickly lettuce are all beginning to seed. If they are starting to release seeds in your garden, carefully cut seed heads and bag them to prevent the seeds from spreading.

Look for Marestail and pokeweed, weeds that are difficult to control and may require digging to remove them. They also blend in well with other plants so be on the lookout for them.

4. Fertilize

Fertilize your annuals and containers because these plants are heavy feeders and need fertilizer to get them through the summer. Containers especially benefit from a  5-10-5, 10-10-10, 12-12-12 fertilizer or the application of osmocote. You should only apply a liquid fertilizer or slow release to your annuals.

5. Compost

Pull your lettuce and spinach that are starting to bolt and add them to your compost pile. You can also add yellowing garlic stalks to the pile after you have pulled them. Continue to add to the pile throughout the season and turn it on a monthly basis. According to the Lorian County Extension Website, “It is suggested that about 75% (by volume) of the materials added to a compost pile are brown, and 25% are green” (https://lorain.osu.edu/compost).

6. Scout for Insects and Diseases

Fall webworms and Japanese Beetles are starting to show up. Bagworms may be present in low numbers this year. It is best to control bagworms when the catalpa trees bloom. The application of a pesticide now might control some of the insects, but it is not going to be as effective as an early application. Always remember to follow the label on all pesticides.

Powdery mildew is showing up on coreopsis. This fungal disease can make the plant look bad but will generally not kill the plant.

7. Water

New trees and shrubs need 1” of water per week to get established. Track rainfall with a rain gauge and add supplemental water as needed.

There you have it. Seven things you should be doing in your garden right now. I know some of you are doing some of these already, and some of these tips are new. So which one should you be doing?

July 12 and 13 pollinator work days ….we need you! And, free plants in exchange for your help :)

Did free plants catch your eye? We’re sharing wild quinine, mountainmint, liatris, and aster, all pollinator favorites! Take your choice of 4 native perennial plugs at both the July 12th garden cleanup in the Stinner Pollinator Garden on the OARDC campus, and July 13th pollinator plot tending at The Smucker’s Store in Orville. Both work sessions are 10AM to 12 noon.

The Stinner Garden, July 12 — is on the OARDC campus adjacent to Thorne Hall and the Old Admin building (between #8 and #9 on the map).

Future sessions:  August 9 , September 13, October 11, and November 8 — garden to bed and out to lunch!

The Smuckers Store in Orrville, July 13. This garden is part of a multi-year research project to study bee and butterfly visitation on native perennials. The garden is across the parking lot to the right as you pull in.

Future sessions: August 10, September 14, October 12, and November 9

For both projects, bring water, a hat and sunscreen, your lunch if you’re inclined, and a few hand tools.

No RSVP needed, and arrive when you can and stay as long as you can.

Please e-mail me with any questions: ellsworth.2@osu.edu or txt or call me: 330 495-1284

Thanks, and hope to see you next week!!


Bees in Your Backyard: Olivia Carril Coming to Ohio in August!

Author and biologist Olivia Carril will travel to Ohio in August to teach four daylong native bee workshops. Each workshop includes hands-on bee identification using microscopes as well as field experiences with plant and bee experts.

Wednesday, August 2: University of Mount Union in Alliance

Thursday, August 3: Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware

Friday, August 4: The Dawes Arboretum in Newark 

Saturday, August 5: Mill Creek MetroParks Farm in Canfield

The cost is $65 per person, and includes lunch and handouts. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Olivia Carril will also give a free lecture and book signing at Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus on August 3rd at 7 p.m.

Click here for more information on the workshops

Sponsored by the The Dawes Arboretum, Franklin Park Conservatory, Mill Creek MetroParks, The Ohio State University Bee Lab, Stratford Ecological Center, and University of Mount Union.
Questions? Please e-mail Denise
We hope to see you and the bees later this summer!

Reminder: come help in the Stinner garden on campus, today from 10 – 12

The Stinner Garden — is on the OARDC campus adjacent to Thorne Hall and the Old Admin building (between #8 and #9 on the map). Once a month, a small group of volunteers join Denise Ellsworth and Jeni Filbrun to tend the garden and seek out pollinators. We meet at 10, tend and visit until 12, then anyone interested heads to Local Roots for food and fellowship.

All are sessions are the second Wednesday of the month from 10 to 12 except the June session, which is on Thursday, June 15th. We’ll focus on learning a new native bee ID each time we’re together 🙂

June 15, July 12, August 9 , September 13, October 11, and November 8 — garden to bed and out to lunch!

Hope you can join us sometime this summer!

Pollinators@Secrest: two upcoming workshops

Calling all Master Gardeners, OCVN’ers and others interested in learning more about pollinators!

Actual pollinators will vary 🙂

Come to Secrest Arboretum on Tuesday June 27th and/or Wednesday July 26th for two pollinator workshops, each 10AM to 2PM. Participants will spend time in the classroom learning about pollinator biology and practicing identification skills, then we’ll head outside to the gardens in search of pollinators.  Both sessions will include bee and plant information, but June’s session will focus on bee identification, and July’s will focus on plants for pollinators. You may register for both; there is likely to be some overlap…but lots of fun in the field and classroom on both days! 

Dates: Tuesday June 27th and/or Wednesday July 26th

Location: Secrest Arboretum, Wooster (Miller Pavilion)

Time: 10AM to 2PM

Cost: $10, payable at the door, but you MUST register here

Please bring your lunch. Dress comfortably and for the weather.

Questions? Please contact Denise Ellsworth at: ellsworth.2@osu.edu

Hope to see you later this summer in Wooster!