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  • Jul 25

    The Spotted Turtle

    The spotted turtle………


    Jun 27

    The Treehouse, the rain garden and a tour!

    On a hot summer Saturday afternoon,  The Treehouse received about 40 guests for the Gone Green Garden Tour, as described in a previous post.  Carol Palansky, the landscape designer from Nature’s Way, Inc. led little pods of people around the three-acre landscape, explaining the concept of the design of the rain gardens, and the reasons for selecting no-mow grass and each of the other native plants.  The hummingbirds, butterflies, songbirds and red-shouldered hawk showed up on cue, quite happy to share the space with us humans.

    We were also very pleased to have Garrett Ormiston, a naturalist/botanist with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History with us  to provide information about the importance of using native plants.

    We hope you enjoy these photos from the tour and most recent pictures of the Treehouse in its second season!

    May 17

    Gone Green Garden Tour!

    Saturday, June 9, 2012
    1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    A unique drive-it-yourself tour showcasing gardening and environmentally friendly yard and garden practices. The Treehouse Project is delighted to be one of the five stops on this tour!

    As a drive-it-yourself tour, participants will be able to travel freely to five different stops in Geauga County. Throughout the day we will investigate different types of gardens, learn techniques to apply to our own yards and observe what local residents and communities are doing to protect water quality and natural resources. Resource personnel will be on hand at each stop to provide demonstrations, activities, tours and information. There’s something for everyone on this educational, fun-filled and FREE outing. So buckle up and have a safe trip!

    Gone Green 2012 Flyer FrontGone Green 2012 Flyer Back

    Use the map to help direct you. Start wherever you like and travel freely to any or all tour stops on your own time schedule and at your own pace. Plan your limited time wisely, as the tour runs from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Click on the images to the left to view the flyer for full details and a map!


    Promoting & Preserving with Native Plants!
    Avalon Gardens, 12511 Fowlers Mill Road, Chardon
    Avalon Gardens is a full service nursery which offers professional gardening advice, designs, sustainable landscaping, unique gifts and even charming Bed and Breakfast accommodations. But above all they are known for their plants! Avalon Gardens organically grows, sells and landscapes with native NE Ohio plants. Native plants are better adapted to local conditions, attract birds, butterflies and beneficial bugs, and provide four season interest. They require less water and don’t need fertilizers! Joining them is Kurtz Bros., Inc. specializing in topsoil, compost and mulches. Whatever your yard and garden needs, be sure you stop in to see what Avalon Gardens and the Kurtz Bros. have to offer!

    Landscape Design… Creating Your Own Piece of Paradise
    The Treehouse Project, 1092 Bell Road, South Russell
    Don’t miss your chance to see The Treehouse Project! This beautiful home, created on 3 acres of existing property, was designed and constructed with sustainability in every step. See how Nature’s-Way, Inc. merged a contemporary style home into the natural surrounding woods to boosts all aspects of sustainable landscaping. Learn new native plants and what will grow in your yard with a Cleveland Museum of Natural History botanist. From native plants to no-mow grass, dry creeks to rain gardens, reclaimed décor to renewable energy, and wildlife habitat to water management, learn ways to create your own piece of paradise.

    Prairies & Meadows: Growing Biodiversity in a BIG Way!
    Frohring Meadows, 16780 Savage Road, Chagrin Falls
    The abandoned farm fields of Geauga Park District’s Frohring Meadows have become an ideal setting for a special habitat project featuring a tallgrass prairie. Vast and flourishing, this 100-acre prairie is home to warm season grasses, perennials plants, and a butterfly garden with 40 plant species! Deep root systems are what give prairie plants their unbeatable power to filter water, reduce runoff, and improve soil quality. Gain ideas to develop your own prairie garden and recreate a small sample of this beautiful yet rare ecosystem that once landscaped Ohio.

    Finding Your Nook: Growing Plants in Small Space
    Chagrin Valley Herb Society: Library Garden – Bainbridge, 17222 Snyder Road, Chagrin Falls
    Gain great ideas for gardening in small spaces! For 20 years, the Chagrin Valley Herb Society’s garden has been blooming at the Bainbridge Library. Experience its diversity of herb and flower garden themes including culinary, fragrance, potpourri, medicinal folklore, butterfly, tea house and even literary! Through use of raised beds and “postage stamp” gardening, space is maximized, use of water is minimized and public space is utilized in a functional, beautiful way.

    Homegrown Goodness! Growing Food Close to Nature, Close to Home
    Sirna’s Farm and Market, 19009 Ravenna Rd (SR 44), Auburn
    Purchased from a developer in 1997, the Sirnas intended to keep their property as farmland so they planted a small garden. Today the Sirna’s farm offers everything from A-Z, all chemical-free including strawberries, tomatoes, award-winning sweet corn, chickens, beef, bees and much more! Come and see firsthand how high tunnels and hydroponics extend the growing season and learn about beneficial bugs. Committed to providing local, delicious food, their products are sold at their own Farm Market, seven area farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), and even the Winking Lizard Restaurants throughout Ohio. From roadside to statewide, Sirna’s Farm and Market is pleased to feed you!

    Sponsored by:
    The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District and the Geauga County Storm Water Task Force as part of the Storm Water, Phase II, and You! Education Program Series