Summit County Master Gardeners' Design & Beyond set for Jan. 18

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Master Gardeners of Summit County, a nonprofit organization affiliated with The Ohio State University Extension in Summit County, will have its annual Design & Beyond 2014 symposium on Jan. 18 at Zwisler Hall - St. Sebastian's Church, 348 Elmdale Ave. in Akron from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cost for the day, including continental breakfast, lunch and materials, is $40. Attendees will be able to purchase books and have them signed.

Presenters will include:

David L. Culp, creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pa. In his presentation, The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage, David will discuss how to recreate the display of his two-acre garden. It contains a basic lesson in layering. His second presentation will be 50 Perennials I Cannot Live Without.

Debra Knapke, an author, who with Allison Beck, has written Perennials for Ohio, Annuals for Ohio, Gardening Month by Month in Ohio and Best Garden Plants for Ohio; and written Herb Gardening for the Midwest with Laura Peters. Knapke will present: Simplifying Your Garden without Diminishing Your Joy. She will use her own garden and others to provide inspiration for the creation of a simpler, blissful garden.

Jim McCormac, works with the Ohio Division of Wildlife specializing in non-game wildlife diversity issues, especially birds. He will share a presentation on butterflies and moths. This program will explore the four-part life cycle of butterflies and moths, their ecological roles in the environment and practical ways people can support them.

Danae Wolfe is the OSU Extension as Summit County's Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator. She will give a short presentation about native gardening - Go Native!

Go to the Master Gardeners website www.summitmastergardeners.org for more information.

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