April 15, 2015 - 12:33pm -- burwinkel.20

Ohio State University Extension Clermont County hosted the 21st Annual Southwest Ohio Perennial School April 9th at the Clermont County Fairground’s 4-H Hall.

The event, attended by 90 guests, centered on five educational presentations with a tradeshow featuring eleven regional vendors and gardening organizations.

This year’s educational topics included Perennial Vegetable Gardening – Asparagus & Rhubarb with Gigi Neal, our own Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator; Pruning and Maintaining Your Shrubs with Cindy Meyer of Butler County, OSU Extension Educator Agriculture and Natural Resources; The Concept of Cover: Managing Structure and Aquatic Plants in Ohio Ponds with Eugene Braig, OSU Extension, School of Environment and Natural Resources; Replacement Trees for your Southwest Ohio Landscape with Wendi Van Buren, Urban Forester, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry; and When the Garden Takes Flight: Attracting Pollinators with Perennials with Denise Ellsworth, Program Director, Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education, OSU Extension and Department of Entomology.

Eleven vendors participated in this year’s tradeshow: Clermont County Master Gardener Volunteers, Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District, B.C. Nursery, Valley of the Daylilies, Clermont County Farm Bureau, Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones Chapter, Ken’s Unique Birdhouses, Sycamore Farm Herbs & Crafts, Herbs & Such Enthusiasts, The Flower Bed, and Bethel Feed & Supply.

The 22nd Southwest Ohio Perennial School is scheduled tentatively for April 14, 2016.
Clermont Extension is a non-formal education branch of OSU. The office merges needs of local citizens with OSU’s research through four focus areas: Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development.

To learn more about Clermont Extension’s programming, please visit clermont.osu.edu.