Affiliate Bulletin Board

Affiliate Clubs Update: June 2019

From the Chair’s Corner: Pat Carroll Bonander, Affiliate Council Chair

June is busting out all over–with flowers that is. What a glorious time to be a gardener or plant lover. I hope that you have had the opportunity to visit the campuses of Holden Forest & Gardens because the gardens have been outstanding- from the Azaleas and Rhododendrons at Holden to the Spring tulips and Rose gardens at CBG. FREE anytime at both campuses if you are a member of HF&G. As an Affiliate Club, your President receives a copy of the Forest & Gardens newsletter to share with your club. The calendar is loaded with wonderful programs and events.

GLOW 2019
It is only June, but I know that many of your clubs are working on your trees for GLOW already. The 2019 overall theme this year is “Tiny Treasures”. Currently 36 clubs have signed up to do a tree or wreath. If your club has signed up already, be sure to get your individual club theme to Keven Borowiak ( ASAP. There have been some very clever themes already submitted. Check out the Tree List on the Affiliate Bulletin Board which is updated weekly. And, if you have not signed up for a tree it is not too late.

A big THANK YOU to the following garden clubs who planted a container in the Hershey Children’s Garden: Avon-on-the-Lake, Emerald Necklace, Gardeners of Greater Cleveland, The Herb Guild, Highland Heights, Indoor Garden Society, Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society, Northern Ohio Perennial Society, Olmsted Falls, Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma, Seven Hills, Western Reserve Herb Society. Come celebrate the Hershey Children’s Garden 20th birthday party on June 28.

Just a reminder to post your club’s news and events to share on the Bulletin Board. This is a great way to boost attendance at events or to just let other clubs know about your activities. I am glad to see that so many clubs are taking advantage of using the Bulletin Board as a communication vehicle. You can submit items for posting to Meggie Butzow, Donation and Stewardship Manager, at

If you would like more people to know about your club and what you do, we are featuring clubs on the “Affiliate Contacts” page. We can feature one club each month. Currently Avon-on-the Lake Garden Club is featured. You can email your feature article to Meggie Butzow.

NOTE: To access the Affiliate Information on the CBG website: On the home page click on “Support the Garden” at the top of the screen -> the click on Affiliate Clubs -> Bulletin Board.

I welcome any suggestions as to how we can make being an Affiliate Garden Club a great experience for each of your members.

Emerald Necklace Garden Club Presents “Putting the Garden to Bed”

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 – 4pm
Brecksville Library
9089 Brecksville Road
Brecksville 44141

Emerald Necklace Garden Club (ENGC) will present an education series program on Sunday, October 6, 2019 titled “Putting the Garden to Bed.” The program will be held at the Brecksville Library, 9089 Brecksville Road, Brecksville 44141 from 2:00-4:00 PM. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. Call Jane at 440-526-4213 to register. Three experts will share their knowledge, followed by questions and answers on any gardening subject. The speakers are Nathalie Petri, an avid Brecksville gardener with extensive knowledge of perennials, shrubs and flowers. Her topic will be “Breaking Down the Garden.” Patricia Owen Keltner holds a Master of Science degree and is a Registered Horticultural Therapist. She is a former employee of the Cleveland Botanical Garden and will speak on “Seasonal Flowering Bulbs.” “Tree Planting and Mulching” will be discussed by Alan Klonowski, Consulting Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture, and a former president and director of the organization. His areas of expertise include trees, shrubs and soils. There will be handouts on each subject, as well as a variety of free gardening literature. The timing of this program is ideal for gardening enthusiasts to learn more about the fall chores that ensure their gardens will be ready for spring. Find out more about ENGC at

Cleveland Pollinator & Native Plant Symposium

Friday, Sept. 20, 8am – 4:30pm
Cleveland Botanical Garden

Immerse yourself in a full day of enlightening and energizing presentations! Explore the importance of restoring our increasingly fragmented and disappearing native habitats beginning in our own backyards–whether large or small.

Now in its fifth year, the purpose of the Cleveland Pollinator & Native Plant Symposium is to educate and inspire homeowners, garden clubs, landscape architects and designers, horticulturists, botanists, naturalists, educators, conservationists and anyone eager to learn about creating pollinator and wildlife habitats using native plants and trees to promote biodiversity and ecological resilience.

Join in the conversation with eight national and regional experts to increase your knowledge of pollinators, native plants and planting designs that are robust and form ecologically valuable alliances. The program encourages participants to connect, exchange ideas and share information with each other and the speakers.

2019 Symposium fee of $70 includes all sessions, as well as breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and second day of field trips and private garden tour. Continuing education credits available. Registration and information available at

Chippewa Garden Club Sale: Christmas in August

Sunday, Aug. 18, 1 – 5pm
Brecksville Historical Corn Roast
Squire Rich Museum
9367 Brecksville Road, Brecksville

If you have items to Donate, please price them, and drop them off between noon and 1pm. If you would like to Purchase items, please come between 1-5pm. All items Unsold, will be Donated to a worthy cause. Questions: please call Kathy at 440-570-4820. For information on future presentations and club membership visit

Lake County Master Gardener Course

In-Person Course: Wednesdays, July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 10am – 1pm with a field day on Saturday, August 31 for participants seeking professional certification.
Online Course: August 26 – September 29 with a field day on Saturday, October 5 for participants seeking professional certification.

This Master Rain Gardener Program will teach you how to install rain gardens on a residential scale. Rain gardens naturally manage stormwater by infiltrating precipitation and allowing it to soak into the ground rather than sending it directly to storm sewers and nearby streams untreated. Experienced instructors will provide customized feedback which will enable you to design and install a rain garden. Topics will include site assessment, soil analysis, design, construction, plant selection, mulching, and maintenance.

This five-week course is open to residents of Lake and Geauga county and can be taken in-person or online. The in-person course will be held at the Lake Metroparks Lakefront Lodge, 30525 Lake Shore Blvd., Willowick. The online course will be offered as five weekly modules, allowing for more flexibility. Each course offers a two-track option, where participants can choose to receive a residential certification or a professional Master Rain Gardner certification. Residential participants will receive a certificate, Master Rain Gardener T-shirt, and yard sign upon course completion. Contractors, landscape designers, landscape installers and other professionals who will install residential-scale rain gardens will be required to participate in a field day and pass a final exam before receiving a professional Master Rain Gardener certification.

Email Laura Bonnell with Master Rain Gardener questions at or 440-975-3870 ext. 1002. To register visit

The Garden Club of Cleveland Flower Show: Country Weekends, City Nights

Friday, Sept. 27, 9am – 2pm
Cleveland Metroparks Acacia Reservation
Free and Open to the Public

We are thrilled to be able to display the Divisions of Floral Design, Horticulture, Photography, Botanical Arts, and Conservation in the former clubhouse of Acacia Country Club. This lovely setting, now managed by Dino’s Catering is a wonderful location, seamlessly blending our theme of Country Weekends, with City Nights. Both Cleveland Metroparks and Dino’s Catering have been helpful and supportive working with us to find the perfect spot to show off these displays.

Chippewa Garden Club Presents: Anyone Can Create a Holiday Home

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7pm
Brecksville Community Center
One Community Drive (off Brecksville Road (Rt. 21)
Brecksville, Ohio 44141

Tickets available at the door. For more information, visit

Floral Demonstration by Joseph Massie at Cleveland Museum of Art Celebrating 30 Years of Flower Fund Design

Monday, December 3, 2019

For three decades, flowers have graced the entrance lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Art. This weekly contribution of floral artistry is created by members of the Flower Fund, a committee of the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art (WCCMA). Thanks to the vision of two of its members, Ingrid Lüders and the late Josephine (Jo) Talbott, the Flower Fund Endowment was established in 1989. On December 3rd, 2019, the museum will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a demonstration by British floral artist Joseph Massie.

Founder of the renown floral studio Joseph Massie Flowers based in Liverpool, England, Massie earned a record five consecutive Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. His outstanding design talent, highly creative approach and, in his own words, “good friends, great suppliers and bucketsful of captivating flowers and buds” all combined to launch his studio.

Joseph Massie will bring his floral magic to the Cleveland Museum of Art on December 3rd with a demonstration celebrating thirty years of inspired Flower Fund Designs. The demonstration will begin at 10:30 am in the museum’s Gardner Auditorium and is open to the public. Save the date! For more information please contact:

 Western Reserve Herb Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Congratulations to the Western Reserve Herb Society as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Herb Garden located at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Thanks for all the years of tending and maintaining such a beautiful garden that has benefited and educated thousands of people during the past 50 years!


With voting completed at midnight March 25, 2019, the #1 choice by vote was theme #4 ‘Tiny Treasures’. As the ballot indicated this could include ‘Model trains to fairy houses, gardens have a rich history of incorporating miniature, magical worlds. Our trees can take a pint-size look at the larger world around us’. Gnomes, elves, angels, pollinators, insects, Alpine gardens are all just springboard ideas that might be utilized or incorporated in an Affiliate Club’s theme, there are so many more. As I have said every year: your imagination is the defined limit of your creativity. I know we will have an incredible variety of themes from all our Affiliate Clubs.

The list below indicates the Affiliates that have already expressed their desire to participate in GLOW 2019 by decorating a tree or wreath. Most clubs signed-up during the breakdown of GLOW 2018 along with some clubs contacting me by email. I have the name of the club and size of the tree you wished to decorate this year. If I have any of the information incorrect, please contact me, Kevin Borowiak, immediately by email at or by phone at 216.744.4866. More importantly, if you know your club’s theme for decorating inform me right away. By talking with all the club’s coordinators about your themes, I can reduce if not eliminate any duplication in decorations.

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