Garden Fling is April 11

Do you make mistakes in the garden? Do you know what the top garden mistakes are and how to avoid them?\

I am going to share these garden mistakes and tell you how to avoid them on April 11 at 10:15 a.m. at the annual Master Gardeners of Clark County Garden Fling.

In addition to this presentation I will also be giving one on gardening in Ecuador and will be talking about how their gardens and gardening practices differ from ours as well as about some of the different plants grown.

My new book, “Garden-Pedia: An A-to-Z Guide to Gardening Terms,” will be on sale during the day, and I will be available to sign books purchased. The cost of the book is $17. A portion of the proceeds go to the MGV state program to support our projects.

There are 10 programs during the event covering topics such as beekeeping, annuals, organic gardening methods, mosses for the landscape, landscape design, water gardening and greening up the garden (sustainability). The educational sessions run throughout the day and begin at 9 a.m.

Dr. Andy Londo, Agriculture and Natural Resources director for Ohio State University Extension, will present the keynote, “Trees to Replace the Dead Ash Trees in the Landscape” at 12:30 p.m.

I hate to say this, but many in the Miami Valley are going to notice an increase in dead ash trees this year due to the emerald ash borer. We have asked Andy talk about a variety of trees that can be used as good replacements for those dead and dying ash trees in your landscape.

In addition to the excellent educational sessions, we also have on hand a wide assortment of vendors selling garden and garden-related items. Bring your money, because we have several that have plants for sale.

One of my favorite vendors from the Newark area, Dannaher Nursery always suckers me in each year with his rare and unusual plants.

We also have a raffle as well as a book sale (used garden books and magazines at good prices).

The Kenton Ridge Boosters will be on hand selling lunch items (the shredded chicken sandwiches are incredible), and the proceeds go to help support the teams.

The cost is reasonable: $7 gets you in the door and access to all of the educational programs.

Doors open at Kenton Ridge High School, 4444 Middle Urbana Road, Springfield, at 8:30 with the first program at 9. For more information and the schedule of the programs for the day go online to www.go.osu.edu/clarkprograms.

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Pamela Corle-Bennett is the state master gardener volunteer coordinator and horticulture educator for Ohio State University Extension. Contact her by email at bennett.27@cfaes.osu.edu.

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