Garden Fling is April 5 in Springfield


This weather has made me quite cranky and anxious to get in the garden and work. If I can’t work in the garden, the alternative is learning about new plants, new techniques, and a whole other plethora of gardening topics. Miami Valley gardeners, I have another opportunity for you to do just that.

It’s time to get out of the house and spend a day botanizing and learning with other hungry-for-good-weather gardeners at the annual Garden Fling sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and Master Gardeners of Clark County on April 5.

This educational opportunity is for all levels of gardeners and has a variety of educational programs with great speakers.

Scott Zanon, author of “Desirable Trees of the Midwest,” will be the keynote speaker (12:30 p.m.). His book is a great reference for homeowners and others who are searching for the right tree for their landscape.

Scott is an OSU graduate and loves to teach others about trees and shrubs for the landscape. He is a great speaker and you are guaranteed to learn from him.

We also have a variety of other programs that can be found on the website listed below. I am going to be doing a program on annual and one on perennials that work in Miami Valley landscapes with very little maintenance. (I am a lazy gardener!)

A popular garden project for a lot of people is to create fairy gardens. Garden centers can’t keep the plants and accessories in stock because of the popularity of this garden theme.

Rachel Stridsberg, horticulturist and OSU Master Gardener Volunteer will present, Creating a Fairy Garden.

Eric Sauer of Cypripedium Landscape Architecture Studios in Centerville will be doing a talk on orchids. Eric has more than 300 varieties of orchids and always has samples of these incredible plants on hand. His talks fill up quickly.

In addition to the educational opportunities, visitors will have the chance to meet with many of the landscape and garden center vendors on hand. There will be garden-related items as well as plants for sale.

I always succumb to one of my favorite tree and shrub growers from the Newark area. He has some of the coolest, most unique plants and I can never resist.

The event is held at Kenton Ridge High School, 4444 Middle Urban Road, Springfield. The location is easy to access.

The school’s athletic boosters are always on hand to provide donuts and coffee as well as a great lunch. These can be purchased throughout the day and proceeds support the school’s athletic program.

Admission is only $7 and is payable at the door. If you need more information about the specific classes and their times, go to: go.osu.edu/gardenfling.


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