Hort Education Series

TBG is proud to offer a robust catalog of horticulture educational and hands on activities for the 2016 GROWing season. Learn from area experts as well as TBG staff, enjoy community building opportunities, social engagement, and have fun in the dirt!

Our winter gardening series is comprised of three sessions featuring six knowledgeable and entertaining speakers.

Fee: $20 per session /$15 for TBG members
$5 discount for all three sessions ($55 non-members / $40 TBG members)
Call to register: (419) 536-2039line-intermediate3


SESSION 1: February 13, 2016 | 9:30am – 12:00pm
TBG Greenhouse
(park in Bancroft lot)

Creating Your Iconic Landscape

Doug Conley, TBG’s Horticulture Director and his wife and gardening partner Julie.

  • Each of us has an iconic landscape that shapes our lives.
  • Using inspiration from the book Digging Deep by Fran Sorin, we will lead you on a journey to rediscover that landscape.



SESSION 2: March 12, 2016 | 9:30am – 12:00pm
TBG Conference Center (park in Elmer lot)

The Ups and Downs of pH

Mary Visco, TBG Horticulturist

  • pH is the most important property of the soil because it affects plant growth.
  • Whether it’s a tomato plant or an oak tree, the pH of the soil determines its health.

Under-appreciated Trees and Shrubs

Chris Foley, Assistant Professor / Program Facilitator Landscape and Turfgrass Management Program, Owens Community College

  • The botanical world has many great but under-used plants, show them some love and use them!



SESSION 3: April 9, 2016 | 9:30am – 12:00pm
TBG Conference Center (park in Elmer lot)

The Art and Joy of Gardening in the Shade

Joyce Blanton, also known as The Shady Lady

  • Think gardening in the shade is impossible, or at least challenging? Think again.
  • Discover the abundance of gardening opportunities for your shady site with this Advanced Master Gardener from Michigan.

Growing the Herbs You Cook Using Your Herbal Bounty

Nancy Durnford, Kathie Cliffel and Carol DuRocher, Maumee Valley Herb Society

  • Discuss planting, growing & harvesting a simple herb garden.
  • Easily incorporate fresh herbs into your cooking repertoire and preserve them for use in winter.
  • Recipes, demos & samples to taste!