Fun and exciting events happen throughout the season here at Dayton’s including our winter seminar series, festivals and group outings.
Check back often for more fun events! From our famous winter seminar series to the annual Blueberry Festival and the Fall Festival to special guests, there is always something fun and exciting happening here at Dayton’s!

Seminar - Great Things Come in Small Packages! Miniature Vegetables for your Garden

Saturday, January 26, 2019 — 11:00 am 

Speaker: Jacqueline Kowalski – Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources OSU Extension, Summit County

As the interest in container and small space gardening has grown, so has the interest in miniature vegetables. This presentation will discuss growing requirements, production practices, and variety selection (both new and heirloom) of miniature vegetables that will add appeal to your plate.

PermacultureAKRON Meetup: "Healing with Plants" (& Soup Potluck)

Wednesday, January 30th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dayton Nursery’s “Owl Barn”

Bring your stories, a soup bowl/spoon, and maybe a big pot of soup. Join us on January 30th for our next PCAKRON meetup for one of my favorite topics, “Healing with Plants”!  We’ll warm our souls on this winter night. Sandy Engle, one of our 2017 PDC Grads, will share her work with Plant Spirit Medicine and Flower Essences and help facilitate our conversations. Yes, we ask for your participation, too.  Perhaps you have a story or knowledge to share? OR Perhaps you might be willing to make a big pot of soup for a potluck? (We hope to have at least a couple of soup options, remembering those with vegan or gluten free diets. Other finger food welcome.) Send us an email or indicate on the Facebook/Meetup event pages if you’re willing to do some soup making/sharing. We’ll all be very appreciative! (Don’t forget your bowl & spoon.)  To register for this event, please contact Sabrena at 330-375-9600 or Sabrena@Salsbury-Schweyer.com

Seminar - Natives for Wildlife & Conservation

Saturday, February 2, 2019 — 11:00 am 

Speaker: Robin Christensen – Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension, Portage County

Native plants, even though not as popular as newer cultivars, are very important for every landscape.  Plus, they have several advantages including low maintenance requirements, low water use, erosion control, reduce the use for pesticides, and most importantly, they are essential for wildlife.  Join Robin Christensen, OSU Extension Educator, to learn about these plants and how these natives work hand-in-hand to support birds, pollinators, and create a backyard habitat that fits into your landscaping goals.

Gardening for the Planet

February 4th – March 11th, 2019 (6:15 – 8:30 pm)

Speaker: Sabrena Schweyer

Help reverse climate change. Don’t miss this 6- week course with award-winning designer, Sabrena Schweyer, FAPLD!

**Please note this event is not held at the nursery, see webpage for details:

Seminar - Theme Gardens for Pollinators

Saturday, February 9, 2019 — 11:00 am 

Speaker: Denise Ellsworth – Program Director, Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education Department of Entomology/Extension The Ohio State University (Wooster)

Gardens for pollinators can be just as unique as the individual gardener. No matter your passion — herbs, roses, cut flowers, perennials or trees — plants and features can be selected to create habitat that benefits pollinators, including bees, birds and butterflies. This session will focus on the practical steps gardeners can take to create or enhance habitat, including plant selection and simple design elements. By creating a patchwork of garden spaces that provide food and shelter for pollinators, gardeners can positively impact the health and survival of these important creatures.

Seminar - Identifying Birds by Call

Saturday, February 16, 2019 — 11:00 am 

Speaker: Carol Zeh – National Audubon Society Member

Learn how to bird… by EAR! Learning to recognize birds by their voice is very valuable. This skill will help build your birding skills and love of birds while impressing your family and friends! We will break it down by bird type, listening and repeating each bird’s call and giving mnemonic clues to help remember each bird such as the Barred Owl, hoots who cooks for you and a Baltimore Oriole who song resembles here, here, come right here, dear. Join our friend Carol through this journey into the melodic world of birds.

Seminar - Getting to Know Perennial Maintenance

Saturday, February 23, 2019 — 11:00 am 

Speaker: Laura Deeter – Professor – Horticulture Technologies; Program Coordinator: Landscape Horticulture and Horticulture Science; Ohio State ATI

Magazines, internet pictures, and books all portray these perfectly behaved ‘babies’. Then we get them in our personal garden and the plants simply refuse to behave! They get up late, refuse to stand up straight, bully their siblings, and in general don’t look at all like the pictures. Learn tips, tricks and techniques for helping your perennial babies be on their best behavior, so you, too, can be a fantastic perennial parent!

Seminar - Marvelous Magnolias

Saturday, March 2, 2019 — 11:00 am 

Speaker: Tom Dayton

With more than 200 species, Magnolias are one of the most popular landscape plants in the whole world and for good reason. This diverse group of trees vary in leaf shape and plant form, including both glossy evergreen and deciduous types. Their bloom ranges from star to saucer-shaped in a scent reminiscent of a French perfume.  And, plus, they are not liked by pesky deer. Join Tom Dayton on a tour through this group with a bit of history, culture, growth habits, planting and pruning techniques plus a photo gallery of the most common species and cultivars. 

Seminar - What's New for 2019

Saturday, March 9, 2019 — 11:00 am 

Speaker: Tom Dayton & Karen Martin

From trees to shrubs to perennials to annuals plus happenings around the nursery, find out what is brand new for 2019 from our very own Tom Dayton and perennial greenhouse manager, Karen.  Participants in this talk will get a photographic view of the neatest and newest introductions in the world of plants (and some tools), chosen by the experts at Dayton’s.

This very popular talk is usually well-attended so sign up early!

Metor Shower Verbena, shown.  Photo courtesy of Proven Winners.

Click HERE to register for our winter seminar series