|Future of the Miami Valley Gardening Conference
After gathering community input in late 2014 and throughout 2015, Five Rivers MetroParks has made updates to its gardening programs that better meet your needs and are based on the results of an extensive community survey. The programs' focus will be on helping new gardeners get started, helping experienced gardeners use Earth-friendly practices and building a sharing community of gardeners.
This new focus means Five Rivers MetroParks will be offering a different variety of gardening programs throughout the year, including presentations from locally and nationally known experts, rather than a one-day conference, as research showed waning support for such an event. We believe this new focus will better help the community learn how to garden in an Earth-friendly matter and enhance existing gardening skills. Doing so is at the heart of Five Rivers MetroParks' mission to protect the region's natural heritage — something gardeners help us achieve.
The first new program will be "The Sustainable Garden" with Deb Knapke on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Deb is a favorite of local and national audiences, and she will talk about sustainability in your garden and how to get started now with plans, plants and practices. You can register online or by calling 937-275-PARK, and the fee is $20.
Next up will be nurseryman Solomon Gamboa, who will talk about native Ohio plants, including trees and shrubs,that attract native pollinators. He'll speak on Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. This will be a fascinating look at both usual and unusual garden plants and ways of using them in landscaping to attract and protect pollinators. Registration is required for this free event. You may register online.
You also can view all upcoming gardening programs in the new issue of ParkWays, which was just published Jan. 11.