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.

Gloria Ferris, Brooklyn Centre Naturalists, at June meeting

Our speaker on June 14th was Gloria Ferris, one of the founders of the Brooklyn Centre Naturalists. Gloria introduced us to the organization and its activities. She spoke about the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat initiative, the requirements for registering our homes, and the benefits for neighborhood wildlife. She also outlined the steps for certifying one’s community.

Beekeepers Matt O’Brien & Mike Gallagher at May 10th meeting

Matthew O’Brien and Michael Gallagher gave a presentation about bees and beekeeping.  In addition to the slides which included information about bees and bee culture, they brought some of their equipment and a hive. Pictured here — a demonstration of the honey extractor. Attendees were treated to a sample of delicious honey. Pretty sweet!

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Erin Richardson, OSU Extension Service, at April 8th meeting

Erin Richardson from the Ohio State University Extension team spoke about the Master Gardener program, the Summer Sprout Program, garden soil testing and more:

Master Gardeners complete training in horticulture with the Ohio State University Extension Service. They then volunteer their time to provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; and developing community or demonstration gardens. To learn about the Master Gardener Program in Cuyahoga County visit: cuyahogamg.org

Summer Sprout and Suburban Community Gardening programs. There are now 250 community gardens in Cuyahoga County. Summer Sprout is a partnership between OSU Extension and the Cleveland Dept. of Community Development. Find the Urban Ag workshop schedule here: cuyahoga.osu.edu/sites/cuyahoga/files/imce/Misc_Files/ANR/2016_AgWorkshopSchedule.pdf

Soil testing. The recommended source for soil analysis is the Univ. of Mass. Soil Lab. Ms. Richardson shared tips for collecting soil samples for testing. Information about the Lab and its services can be found at soiltest.umass.edu

The American Community Gardening Association Annual Conference will be held this year in Cleveland, August 4th – 7th at Cleveland State University.