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!

Smuckers Garden Day tomorrow (6/8)….can you help?

Hi all! A reminder that we’ll be meeting tomorrow, June 8th atThe Smuckers Store in Orrville with Amber Barnes of Pollinator Partnership, from 10 to 12, to tend this site. This garden is part of a multiple-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.

We’ll seek out bees and practice our ID skills, as well as tend the pollinator plot.

2017 dates are:

June 8,  July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, and November 9

Remember to 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 tomorrow!!

~Denise

First Secrest Master Gardeners Graduate!

Congratulations to the people who completed the volunteer service hour requirement over the past year! Almost 1,900 hours of volunteer service was given back to the greater Wayne County area. Secrest Arboretum Master Gardeners are having a big impact in our communities and the best is yet to come!

If you could not make the graduation celebration your certificate will be arriving in the mail.

Got Pollinators? Your help needed in two area pollinator gardens!

Hello Secrest MGs! We have two pollinator garden projects in Wayne County that need your help (and will earn you volunteer hours)!

The first  — 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!

The second garden is at The Smuckers Store in Orrville. We meet on the second Thursday of the month with Denise Ellsworth and Amber Barnes of Pollinator Partnership, also from 10 to 12, to tend this site. This garden is part of a multiple-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.

Dates are:

June 8,  July 13, 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 soon!!

~Denise

2017 Last Class and Graduation

Some of you have waited an entire year for this day! Yes, tomorrow is the graduation of the first Secrest Arboretum Master Gardener Volunteer class!

If you are in the 2017 class, we will cover turfgrass in the morning. At noon we will eat lunch (don’t forget to bring a dish or dessert to share). Pizza will be provided. The afternoon will be spent celebrating the accomplishments of the 2016 class and playing yard games.

If you have cornhole, can jam, hillbilly golf, or any other game you like to play outside, please bring it.

Also, a favorite from last year, cold brew is back. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about you will find out tomorrow. This is a Hope Community Coffee event special that even non-coffee lovers like.

I am looking forward to celebrating with you tomorrow!

Paul

Spring Pollinators@Secrest!

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

Come to Secrest Arboretum on May 25th for a half-day workshop. Participants will spend time in the classroom learning about pollinator biology and practicing identification skills, then we’ll stroll through the gardens in search of spring pollinators.

Gardeners and naturalists play a vital role in the development and conservation of habitat that benefits pollinators, including bees, birds and butterflies. This program will focus on some of our most common pollinators, including their biology, identification and life history. We will also consider the practical steps everyone can take to create or enhance habitat, including plant selection and simple design elements. By creating a patchwork of spaces that provide food and shelter for pollinators, we can positively impact the health and survival of these important creatures. 

Location: Secrest Arboretum, Wooster (Miller Pavilion)

Time: 10AM to 2PM

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

http://go.osu.edu/secrestbees

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 month in Wooster!

Volunteer Areas Added

New volunteer projects have been added to the Volunteer Management System (VMS). Be sure to look over them and sign up for any that might interest you. Complete details can be found in the VMS.

If you went through the MGV program in 2016 and you still need volunteer hours, there are a number of evening and weekend opportunities.

Here are a list of the projects:

Downtown Wooster Farmer’s Market

  • Runs June through October. Secrest Master Gardeners will be on hand the second Saturday of each month to answer questions and provide fact sheets.
    • 8 AM- Noon

West View Healthy Living

  • Starts Saturday April 29, from 9-11 AM and meets every-other Saturday.

Cornerstone Playlab

  • Meets once per month throughout the gardening season with additional opportunities available. See the VMS for dates and times.

Secrest Arboretum Newsletter

  • We are looking for writers, a project organizer, proof readers, editors, layout, and photographers. Please contact Paul if you are interested.

Wayne County Home and Garden Show

  • People needed to man the Arboretum/ Master Gardener booth in 2 hour shifts (2 per shirt) April 29-30.
  • You can sign up here.

 

Join us for our Bug Zoo and Pollinatarium Open House:

Tuesday, April 11th

9AM to 11AM

OARDC in Wooster

 

Please join us on Tuesday for an open house in our Bug Zoo and Pollinatarium on the OARDC campus in Wooster. 

The Bug Zoo features loads of creepy crawly insects and relatives in engaging natural displays. The Pollinatarium is a small interpretive space to learn more about the importance of pollinators. We’ll have free bee ID cards for all visitors and delicious morning refreshments.

Master Gardeners, home school families, OCVNers, OSU staff and students (and all others) are welcome to attend.

The Bug Zoo is in Thorne Hall (#8 on the map), and the Pollinatarium is just across the parking lot. 

Park in the lot between Thorne Hall and the Administration Building  (between #8 and #9 on the map). 

All ages welcome. Hope to see you then!

GO BUGS!

Denise and Jeni 

Denise Ellsworth and Jeni Filbrun

Ohio State Extension/Entomology

ellsworth.2@osu.edu or Filbrun.12@osu.edu

Jeni Filbrun

Program Assistant, Bug Zoo

Department of Entomology

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, Ohio 44691

330-263-3687

filbrun.13@osu.edu

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