Society hosts plant sale PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 May 2013 10:07
PERRYBURG - On May 18, the Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society will host its 18th annual plant sale at Walt Churchill's Supermarket parking lot at 26625 N. Dixie Highway, (Ohio Route 25.  The sale will begin at 8 a.m. and run until sold out or 1 p.m., whichever occurs first. The sale will be held rain or shine.
Organizers suggest to get there early for the best selection of hostas, daylilies, ferns, wildflowers, companion perennial plants, grasses, and more.  All plants are from the society's members' gardens, and are offered at very reasonable prices.
Proceeds from the sale allow the society to continue its sponsorship of national display gardens at Toledo Botanical Garden, 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, Simpson Garden Park in Bowling Green, and gardens at Perrysburg Senior Center.
The library project provides newly released books on hostas and daylilies to 19 libraries. Members will be on hand to answer any questions visitors may have. The group is affiliated with the daylily and hosta national societies and urges its more than 100 members to join one or both.
Ohio Farm Bureau offers free online gardening meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 May 2013 10:03
COLUMBUS - Interested in learning how to create a garden and grow vegetables? Then join the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for the Vegetable Gardening for Beginners online meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
"Farm Bureau has a long history of working with people who grow food," said Janet Cassidy, OFBF senior director of marketing communications. "And we know food production doesn't just happen in farm fields, but also in backyards and gardens across the state."
Cassidy will be joined by Pam Bennett, Ohio State master gardener and Bren Haas, of Topics will include soil preparation, planting, weed and pest control, fertilizer and more.
Garden Club: 04-25-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 April 2013 10:06
Bowling Green Women's Garden Group
Six members and two guests attended the April meeting of the Bowling Green Women's Garden Group. The meeting was held at Wolf's Blooms & Berries.
Before the program and meeting, members and guests toured the greenhouse to view all the plants. Kay Miesle served as hostess for the meeting.
Members enjoyed the program presented by Sue Wolf on fairy gardens and a showing of many new varieties of flowers.
Following the program, a brief business meeting was held. Members were encouraged to attend the county meeting to be held on April 23 and the regional meeting in Bryan on May 2.
Patience needed for plant to bloom PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 May 2013 10:39
A reader asks: Dog toothed violet leaves have appeared in my garden in the last three years but have never bloomed. This time of year they get dappled. Any clue why they aren't blooming? There is a large black walnut tree about 20 feet from the patch.
Craig Everett, OSU Extension responds: Dogtooth Violets, Fawn lily, and Trout lily are all common names for Erythronium americanum.
This native plant to Ohio is commonly found in full shade, abundant organic matter, and moist well- drained soil. The main feature of this wildflower is yellow, nodding, lily-like flowers; at the base of the plant, with two leaves mottled with dark spots. They will naturalize (slowly), and the plant goes dormant in summer (foliage dies down).
According to Randy Haar, an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who has done some research on the Erythronium species these wildflowers take up to seven or more years to flower.  He noted that these wildflowers will not flower until the plant has at least two leaves at the base. His best advice is being patient.
'Plant Purple-Grow Hope' campaign in its third season PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 April 2013 10:05
TOLEDO - More Northwest Ohio garden centers this spring are teaming up with an Arizona-based biomedical research organization to fight pancreatic cancer through the sale of purple flowers, which symbolize the nation's fourth leading cause of cancer death.
The Maumee Valley Growers, who helped initiate the "Plant Purple-Grow Hope" campaign in 2011, are joined this year by The Anderson's Markets and Sautter's Markets in raising funds for pancreatic cancer research at the Phoenix-based non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
Growers and retailers will raise funds for TGen during May and June by donating a portion of the sale of any purple flowers. Purple is the color representing pancreatic cancer.
"We're looking at expanding the program this year. It can only get bigger," said Toledo native Deanna Bobak, who lost her father, Donald Swicegood of Toledo, to pancreatic cancer. He died only months after his diagnosis, and Bobak hopes a method of early detection can be developed.
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