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Winter Seminar
Winter Seminar 2014 

"Four Seasons of Color"

February 15, 2014 

Saturday 9 - 4 pm


National speakers at Men’s Garden Club annual winter seminar

Published: Vindicator Sun, February 16, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.




Northern gardens are covered with snow, but gardeners still have planting on their minds.  About 140 people from Northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania attended the ninth annual Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown’s winter seminar Saturday to learn more about gardening.


“We feel that the winter is a great time to have a garden seminar, because people have their tools put away and their gardens have been put to bed,” said Lynn Hoffman, chairman of the event. “So it’s a great time for gardeners to gather.”


The theme for this year’s seminar, at the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center in Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellows Riverside Gardens, was “Four Seasons of Color.”  Speakers from Cleveland, Philadelphia and Boston gave talks on container gardening, conifers and other topics.


Sharon Hodge, a master gardener from New Castle, Pa., has attended for three years. “They always have an excellent program, and I always learn something new in terms of the new plants that are coming out or I learn about how to solve a problem in my landscape,” Hodge said. “I always want to come here because I learn so much all in one day.”  This year, for example, she learned about conifers. The speakers are helpful, she noted, and willing to answer questions.  “I was looking to fill a hillside, but [a speaker] said conifers grow best in well-drained soil, but I don’t have well-drained soil,” Hodge said.  So she asked how to handle that problem and learned that planting any member of the spruce family would be a good option.


First-time attendee Leonard Fisher of Liberty recently built a house and will be adding plants around it. “So, we want to get some knowledge on what to plant, what not to plant, get some landscape ideas,” he said.  He particularly enjoyed learning about container gardening. He plans to use some of the ideas on his patio.


The event included lunch, a raffle with more than $2,800 in items, including books, tools and gift certificates and more than $500 in door prizes.   Speakers were Andrew Bunting, curator at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College; Brent Markus, owner of Markus Specimen Trees; and Bob Rensel, a gardener at Cleveland Botanical Garden.


The Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown is one of the oldest men’s garden clubs in the country. It aims to promote a better understanding of gardening through education and to practice horticultural diversity for all segments of the community. Its annual winter seminar sells out each year.



Registration is Full

If you would like to be on 2015 Email List

Contact; Lynn Hoffmann


Program Descriptions


Our speakers will take a look at some of the best trees, shrubs, and perennials for midwest gardens and how to combine them to create an ever-changing landscape that can be enjoyed for 12 months of the year.  Also included are seasonal containers for focus and accent.  WARNING: The energy and enthusiasm of our speakers can be contagious.


Andrew Bunting

Andrew, Curator at the Scott Arboretum, will show how over the course of many years he has surrounded his home with favorite plants, all with year round color in mind. His plant list includes 93 woody plants and 39 perennials, all on a  ¼ acre lot!


Brent Markus



When Brent couldn’t easily find the trees and shrubs he needed for his landscape design firm in Boston, he started a nursery in Oregon and now sells both wholesale and retail.  Brent will show us how to create seasonal color with deciduous and conifer plantings.


 Robert Rensel

If you have admired the containers at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, you’ve seen the results of Bob’s design efforts.  Bob is a horticulturist at the CBG.  He will share his secrets of creating year round color for containers.


Registration Fee of $40 includes seminar material, continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, and door prizes.  PLUS, as usual, the annual twice-loved book sale of the Fellows Riverside Gardens opens the day of the seminar!


The Winter Seminar is cosponsored by Mill Creek MetroParks and held at Fellows Riverside Garden, 123 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown.  Attached is the registration form.  Please return as soon as possible---seating is limited.  For more information, go to the Winter Seminar site ( or call John Kolar at 330-545-2266


Registration Form 2014.pdf



Mail Registration Form and check to:

Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown


John Kolar

1037 North Avenue

Girard, OH 44420




 Hyperlink to previous seminars


Winter Seminar 2013