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Michele B sent in this information for the Blog

This year’s Ohio Woodland, Water & Wildlife (WWW) Conference will be held Wednesday, March 4, 2020. This day-long conference was developed for natural resource professionals and land managers and is held at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield, Ohio.

The conference includes three concurrent tracks – woodland, water and wildlife. Participants can choose topics in one or all of the tracks. Sessions include:

· Prescribed Fire: To Burn, or not to Burn?; Roger Williams, OSU SENR

· OSU’s Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic: What Issues Did we see in 2019; Joy Pierzynski, OSU, Program Director

· The Alphabet Soup of Invasives: Updates on ALB, HWA, GM, SLF, TCD; Amy Stone and Kathy Smith OSU Extension

· Woodland Water Wildlife What’s Up with Waterbirds?; Bob Gates and Nicole Hengst, OSU SENR

· Update on Ohio Bats; Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension, SENR

· Wildlife on the Edge: Managing for the Good Effects and Mitigating the Bad; Gabe Karns, OSU SENR

· The Lake Erie Ecosystem: Current Challenges and Solutions; Sarah Orlando, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

· Clear Creek: Taking the Wade and See Aproach to a Hocking-area Coldwater Stream; Andrew Boose, Columbus and Franklin County MetroParks

· Turtles of Northern Ohio Wetlands; Matt Cross, Toledo Zoo

· Aquatic Plant Management: Backyards, Retention Ponds and Natural Areas; Mark Warman, Cleveland Metroparks

· Shorebird Migration Timing, Habitat Use and Management Implications in the Lake Erie March Region; Mark Shieldcastle, Black Swamp Bird Observatory

· Landscape change, wildlife adaptation and human influence; Jon Cepek, Cleveland Metroparks

· Ohio’s White-tailed Deer: An Update on Herd Health and Condition; Mike Tonkovich, ODNR, Div. of Wildlife

· The World of Fungi: Spring Mushrooms; Erika Lyon, OSU Extension, Jefferson/Harrison County

To learn more and begin planning your day, check out the conference information on the OSU Woodland Stewards Website: https://woodlandstewards.osu.edu/sites/woodlands/files/WWW%202020.pdf

Pre-registration is required to attend the conference. There will be no on-site registration. Continuing education credits for SAF and ISA have been applied for, as well as pesticide recertification credits from ODA. Early bird registration is 2/18/2020 and is $65. Registration after 2/18/2020 is $85. Online registration can be found online at woodlandstewards.osu.edu

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Sharonville Convention Center

11355 Chester Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45246

Early Bird Registration – $80.00 (includes lunch and break snacks).

Must be received by midnight, Thursday, January 16th.

Limited Seating – Register Early

The Registration Fee has remained the same since 2010 thanks to Exhibitors and Sponsorships (see opportunities below)

Online Registration: https://go.osu.edu/2020gic

“Schedule At-A-Glance” shows program topics, speakers, and times: https://go.osu.edu/2020gicschedule

8 Education Tracks: Annuals & Perennials; Tree & Shrub Care; Turfgrass Management; Garden Center & Greenhouse Innovation; General Pest & Disease Management; Emerging Ideas & Issues; Landscape Ecosystems; and Worker Safety.
Professional Credits: Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana Pesticide Applicators; CEU’s for ISA Certified Arborists; Landscape Architects; and ONLA Certified Nursery Technicians
Keynote Speaker – Theresa Culley, University of Cincinnati, Professor, Biological Sciences
Business Opportunities: Be a Trade Show Exhibitor; Be a Sponsor

Five consecutive years of record-breaking attendance.

Five consecutive years of an expanding Trade Show.

Put your business in front of Green Industry decision-makers by being a sponsor (lunch, breaks, educational tracks, etc.). Increase sales by being a Trade Show Exhibitor!

Click this hotlink to learn more: https://go.osu.edu/2020gicexhibitor-sponsor

The Tri-State Green Industry Conference is a collaborative educational effort between:

Ohio State University Extension

Purdue Extension

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

The Boone County Arboretum

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Questions? Call Julie Crook (513) 946-8998, or e-mail at: crook.46@osu.edu


Where trade names are used, no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by Ohio State University Extension is implied. Although every attempt is made to produce information that is complete, timely, and accurate, the pesticide user bears responsibility of consulting the pesticide label and adhering to those directions.

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CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information: [ http://go.osu.edu/cfaesdiversity ].

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Nadia sent a photo and comment

My daffs have been showing through the soil for about two weeks…..


I think they will have a rude awakening soon. I may have to take another tour of my garden. I hope all of these plants showing early won’t be in jeopardy.

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More Early blooms

Gail sent in a few sightings in response to our post.

She Writes:
“Ok I took the challenge— cold and windy today but found faint signs
of awakening in some of my plants.”

lucky me—I believe this a dandelion of sorts

a flowering quince

lastly-my heath/ heather
has bloomed while covered with January snow……


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Christmas Surprise

Look what popped up in Chris E.’s yard:

Chris snapped this photo Christmas Morning and send it to me. We both are wondering how many other plants are starting to appear with this unusual weather. Do you have one? Send a photo and I’ll add it.

I took a tour of my yard…nothing here.

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Berry New Year

Post & photos by Gail K


Before our first meeting of 2020–I thought it would be fun to test our
knowledge of the various berries we can find on the trees & shrubs in the
demo gardens. Look over the pics below-can you name each one–
how well did you do? Answers posted at the end.











OK I confess, I sneaked in a couple non-berry pics and
some others but most of them are found @ the
extension demo gardens;if you are lucky enough to beat the birds.

Answers are in this PDF

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Milan Garden Club Event

By Naida A.
Each year Milan Garden Club members make up approximately 80 Christmas
centerpieces using fresh greens in a very nice ceramic, waterproof
container. These centerpieces are then sold at Marble Memorial United
Methodist Church in Milan at their annual “Craft and Goodie Sale”, the
first Saturday of each December and at very reasonable prices of between
$10 and $20 (local folks know our prices are low and they line up at the
door at 8:30 am to buy them. We sold 60 the first two hours of the
sale!). We are able to offer these at those low prices because several
of our members shop for the ceramic containers and accessories during
and immediately after Christmas week and at almost give-away prices!

This year we outdid ourselves and when all were assembled we counted
96! I am most pleased to report that only 8 centerpieces were left over
after the sale and the remainder will be used at our annual Christmas
Dinner on December 12 and (hopefully) sold at that time.

If you would like to know more about Milan Garden Club we have a
Facebook page or please contact Naida Albin. Guests are always welcome
at our meetings and programs and we would love to have you visit us to
see if our joining our club would be of interest to you. We meet the
2nd Wednesday of each month, in Milan, at 6:45 from February through


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By Gail K.
Yearly in November, we celebrate closing the gardens with a banquet. Skipping the speaker we enjoyed mingling and shopping prior to our meal. We held a “members market” where those who chose- were given opportunity to display and sell their wares.

There were homemade Christmas crafts-
another table held distinctive handcrafted pottery

There were exquisite quilled ornaments,& intricate floral displays made of “paper”. There were scarfs of varied styles and colors.

There was golden honey- homegrown and harvested:

There was even a table of freebies (I got a garden flag & some of Jennie’s Kieffer pears)

WINNERS of the donated orchids were Jennie and Sharon E.
Look who’s in the kitchen:

It was really nice to share time with each other:

Along with the pleasant company the food was plenty & delicious-Speaking of food— I would like the recipe for that spaghetti casserole??

some of us even got seconds!!!

Following our meal, we were entertained by fellow member-Bob, with his wit and songs.

When given the opportunity- we are always open to learning–

at the conclusion of our banquet we closed by having each member give their personal highlight during the last year.


2019: is quickly coming to an end. As the Monroe CountyMaster Gardeners Assoc. & Horticulture Club, give thanks for the blessings of family, gardening & the fruits of harvest; we wish to extend to all fellow gardeners and those who visit our blog- MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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