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Panel of experts informs on native plants, pollinators

Twinsburg Garden Club, parks and rec offer April 29 program

From Staff Reports Published: April 19, 2017 12:00 AM
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TWINSBURG -- Featuring a panel of speakers who are experts in their respective fields, the Twinsburg Garden Club, in cooperation with the Twinsburg Parks and Recreation Department, will present "Native Plants: Gardening with a Purpose" at the Twinsburg Community Center April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The city and gardening club are featuring the event as a second Earth Day celebration.

This free workshop will be open to the public and registration is required.

Attendees can learn how to add easy-care native plants to their yards to attract helpful bees, butterflies, songbirds and other pollinators.

Learn how to create a living landscape with nectar, pollen and berry sources that native wildlife need to survive.

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Speakers will include Barbara Holtz, of Ohio Prairie Nursery, a graduate of Wittenberg University and the University North Carolina. She recently retired after a 31-year career in outdoor education. She joined the Ohio Prairie Nursery team to provide programs throughout Northeast Ohio. Her presentation will be "How to Shrink Your Lawn and Make Natives Work for You."

Dr. Randy Mitchell, of the University of Akron, is a native of California farming country and has been interested in science and nature from a young age.

In 4-H, he completed projects about entomology and beekeeping.

After earning his PhD, he continues to research in several states as well as in Australia.

His research interests include pollination, bees and wetland restoration.

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He has been at the University of Akron for about 20 years.

His presentation will be "Bumblebees of Ohio and the Great Lakes."

Judy Semroc, of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, is a conservation specialist and founder of Operation Botanic Rescue, a volunteer plant rescue group.

She participates in Quail Hollow Land Conservancy and Chrysalis in Time, the first Ohio chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

In 2013, she was awarded the "Outstanding Staff Achievement Award" for the museum. Semroc co-authored the popular field guide "Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio."

As a former petroleum geologist and science teacher, Semroc shares her passion for the natural world through hikes, interpretative programs and photography. Her topic will be "Gardening For and Attracting Chimney Swifts to the Home Garden."

Paul Zmich, an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, retired after 33 years as a chemical dependency counselor.

Most of his OCVN work is with the Cleveland and Summit Metro Parks as well as with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He is a lifelong student and lover of nature and has had a pollinator-friendly wildflower patch in his Solon backyard for several years.

His presentation topic will be "Strategies for Making Your Yard Pollinator Friendly."

Vendors will have native plants and shrubs. The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm bookstore will have field guides and more for sale. The program is part of the Twinsburg Garden Club Educational Series. Master gardeners are eligible for 4 CEUs.

Registration is limited. Take a lunch or purchase a box lunch at registration. Go to http://www.mytwinsburg.com/161/Parks-Recreation or call 330-963-8722 to register.

For more information, call 330-697-7818 or davis4233@roadrunner.com.

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