Register Now for Virtual Southwest Ohio Perennial School

Ohio State University Extension Clermont County presents Virtual Southwest Ohio Perennial School as a four-part series held Thursday’s in April (8,15,22 & 29) at 11:00am.

Registration is now open:

The series is free to attend, but registration is required. You can choose to attend one or more of the following sessions.


April 8  

Filling in the Blanks with Colorful Annuals – Pam Bennett, OSU Extension, Clark County

As a perennial gardener, you know at times, your perennial bed lacks massive color.  In between blooming seasons, while plants are getting established and other times, annuals can offer that extra WOW to your beds.  Learn about low-maintenance annuals that give color all season long in this fast-paced presentation of color that will leave you even more anxious for spring!


April 15  

Bad@$$ Trees for Poor Places – Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Originally titled “Good Trees for Bad Places,” it was determined by a committee of sobriety-challenged but internationally renowned horticulturists that it needed an upgrade. The trees in this talk are the survivors. They laugh at incorrect planting technique, mulch volcanoes, bad pruning cuts and other poor maintenance practices. They embrace poor soil, and they spit at drought. Some of the usual suspects but some you probably won’t know. Enjoy this romp through trees so ornery they’ll resist the very worst that nature can hurl at them and be there to shade your children’s children.


April 22  

Spot this – Report It – Amy Stone, OSU Extension, Lucas County

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that should be on everyone’s radar in Ohio. This session will cover basic information that will empower gardeners to do some scouting in their own landscapes for this sap sucking plant hopper. The nymphs have a much wider host range than the adult, and you may just have those plants that you can monitor and help us ‘spot the spot’ before populations build and their activity could be extensive. There will also be discussion about how this insect is moving and get you thinking about the modes of transportation that might just be the avenue to your garden or community. In addition, cicada, cicada, cicada will be discussed for the 17-year brood emergence this year.


April 29 

Connect the Dots…2021 – Joe Boggs, OSU Extension, Hamilton County

Integrated Pest Management has always been a way to help improve your vegetable and flower gardens, as well as orchards and more. Learn new ideas and practices from this 2021 version for how flowering plant diversity in landscapes reduces the need to use insecticides?


It’s Not Too Late – Get Registered ASAP!

24th SW Ohio Perennial School

April 12, 2018  8am – 4pm

Participant Registration

Vendor Registration

Speakers include (titles subject to change)

  • “Introduction to Growing Mushrooms” Jerry Iles, OSU Extension, Fairfield County
  • “Farmer Florist” Tracey Parriman, Tracey Rae Farmer Florist
  • “Designing your Landscape” Kyra Back, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • “Time for Better Breads and Butter: Expand Planting Choices” Brian Heinz, Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
  • “Making Our Landscape Great Again” The Plunkett’s – Mark & Nan, OSU Extension, Hamilton County, Master Gardener Volunteers

24th Southwest Ohio Perennial School

Photo Caption: 2017 participants earnestly listen to perennial horticulture presentations.


Ohio State University Extension Clermont County will host the 24th Southwest Ohio Perennial School on April 12, 2018 at 8 a.m. at the Clermont County Fairground’s 4-H Hall, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, Ohio.

The event will feature educational presentations with a tradeshow, staffed by regional vendors and gardening organizations.

Speakers include (topics titles subject to change) “Introduction to Growing Mushrooms” Jerry Iles, OSU Extension, Fairfield County; “Farmer Florist” Tracey Parriman, Tracey Rae Farmer Florist; “Designing your Landscape” Kyra Back, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; “Time for Better Breads and Butter: Expand Planting Choices” Brian Heinz, Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and one yet to be determined.

Download a registration form. Registration is $40 on or before April 1; registration will be $45 after April 1. Fee includes program, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, refreshments, handouts and door prize tickets. Our favorite Chef Michael of “Taste of the Good Life” will be catering lunch.

Clermont Extension is a non-formal education branch of OSU. The office merges needs of local citizens with OSU’s research through four focus areas: Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development. Call 513-732-7070 for more information.

Participant registration form

Vendor registration form