David Slawson – Japanese Garden presentation at 4/9 meeting

Our April meeting will feature the presentation “Evoking Native Landscape Using Japanese Garden Principles.” Dr. David Slawson of Seven Hills will be the speaker. He is one of America’s foremost landscape artists trained in the Japanese tradition. Among his creations is the Japanese Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Brooklyn Fire Station, 8400 Memphis Avenue, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144.

Learn more about Dr. Slawson online at SlawsonCreations.com. See a brief video preview of our evening’s program at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCBu_4q0Pls

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Mel Hauser, Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, at March 12, 2019 meeting

Our first meeting of 2019 will feature a presentation about Healthy Backyards by Mel Hauser from Good Nature Organic Lawn Care.

Plan to attend if you are interested in:

  • the use of common lawn and garden chemicals and the risks they
    pose to our people, pets, wildlife, water and natural environment
  • how to have healthy lawns and vibrant gardens without using
    dangerous chemicals

Mel is Good Nature’s Outreach Coordinator and a popular speaker to advocacy groups on topics of concern for a healthy environment. Expect a lively and interactive presentation with Mel’s real life experiences and anecdotes to help us understand how to be better stewards of the earth…starting in our own backyards. A great opportunity to sort through the myths and marketing jargon common with the word “organic.” Mel is a lifetime resident of Northeast Ohio, currently residing in Brook Park. He has served on the Rocky River Watershed board since 2011, striving to protect our environment for future generations.

Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, since 1999. Based in Independence.

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Kurtz Bros., Inc. to present at Oct. 2018 meeting

Laurel Garden Club
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Fire Station Community Room
8400 Memphis Avenue, Brooklyn 44144

Peter Zappola, Kurtz Bros. Inc., will give a presentation on the company’s landscape products for yards and gardens. As time permits we will cover materials for bioswales and rain gardens.

Since 1974 Kurtz Bros., Inc. has been a leading supplier of landscape materials to professionals and homeowners. The company prides itself on “caring for Ohio’s environment and natural resources.” It is in the vanguard of the “green industry” with innovative reclamation and waste-to-reuse solutions.


Native Plants for the Home Landscape – March 13, 2018 Program

NATIVE PLANTS FOR THE HOME LANDSCAPE presented by Garrett Ormiston
Utilizing native plants in your home gardening projects can be very rewarding. Native plants attract native pollinators, birds, and other species, and are an excellent way to incorporate a natural aesthetic in to your surroundings. They are also quite beautiful! We will discuss many showy examples of native plants that you can consider, and the threat that some of our non-native traditional landscaping plants pose to our parks and natural areas.

Garrett Ormiston is the GIS and Stewardship Specialist in the Natural Areas Division of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He works on land protection projects, helps map rare species on Museum preserves, and he has a keen interest in promoting the use of native plants in landscaping projects as an alternative to invasive plantings. He is also the owner of a small landscaping company, Ormiston Landscaping, where he works on many projects with an emphasis on utilizing native plants in the home landscape.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Community Room of the Brooklyn Fire Station
8400 Memphis Avenue, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144

Dec. 12th program: Winter-Sowing Seeds Outdoors in Milk Jugs

At our December meeting, gardener Jim Kasper will demonstrate this easy method that really works—winter-sowing various seeds outdoors in common plastic jugs. Start your new gardening year now!

At this meeting we will install Club Officers for 2018.

Anyone wishing may bring a non-perishable food item to donate to those in need and a dozen cookies to share!

Don’t forget: your membership for 2018 is due—only $10!


“Down the Garden Path” 10/10 – Lake View Cemetery Horticulturalist, Robin Cannon

Meeting program: October 10th, 2017  at 7 PM

Robin Cannon grew up in Chesterland, Ohio and graduated from West Geauga High School. She attended Kent State University and has her bachelors degree in Horticulture with a focus in Landscape Design. She has been coming to Lake View since she was a child and now has made Lake View her home. The first day on the job, was during the Polar Vortex of 2014 and it was -30 degrees. Everyone was surprised she showed up. Robin has shown her dedication to Lake View every day since then. Part of Robin’s job is to bring together the classic design of this stately garden cemetery and the newer varieties of plant material in a way that continues the aesthetic of Lake View into the next 100 years. She is thrilled to be added to the list of talented workers making a lasting impact on these
beautiful grounds. Robin gives tours throughout the year focusing on plant characteristics that are unique, special blooms, plant forms and colors. Robin can be found out on the grounds during every season no matter the weather.

Don’t miss Amy Roskilly discussing rain gardens April 11

Our program at the April 11th meeting will be RAIN GARDENS, presented by the knowledgeable and engaging Amy Roskilly, Conservation Education Specialist with the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District. Rain gardens are attractive, landscaped areas planted with perennial native plants that don’t mind getting “wet feet.” They are beautiful gardens, built in depressions, designed to capture and filter stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways.

All are welcome. Refreshments served. Questions:  216-671-6777.

Laurel Garden Club meets at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Room of the Brooklyn Fire Station, 8400 Memphis Avenue.

Lilah Zautner, Manager of Special Projects and Reuse, Cuyahoga County Land Bank at October Meeting

Our speaker at the October meeting was Lilah Zautner, Manager of Special Projects and Reuse for the Cuyahoga County Land Bank. She discussed land reuse as it applies to grassroots/community gardens.