Rhododendrons highlight Schoepfle for the weekend

Rhododendrons are blooming, albeit slowly, all throughout the garden.  Theses shade and acid loving plants put on quite a display every spring.  They are among a number of blooms currently present at the garden including viburnums, lilacs, iris, poppies, allium, and annuals are throughout the garden.

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Volunteer Plant Sale Saturday

Friends of the Metro Parks has their plant sale Saturday from 9am-1pm at Schoepfle Garden (11106 Market St.) in Birmingham, right off State Rt 113. (Use Wakeman 44889 for GPS).  We have a wide array of perennial plants and bulbs available including hosta, astilbe,  ornamental  grasses, lily of the valley, herbs, lycoris, tulips and much more.  We also have gardening books and some interesting landscaping materials available.  There are tools and fairy garden materials in the gift shop as well.  Its also a great weekend to visit as the rhododendrons are starting to bloom and we have lots of color with dogwoods, viburnums, poppies, tree peonies and more.

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Dogwoods Brighten Schoepfle Trail

Despite the current cooler weather, we are entering the heart of the spring season and a number of flowering trees are adding pleasure to the landscape.  Among the blooms at Schoepfle are primrose, bleeding heart, alliums, lilacs, honeysuckle, quince, Japanese kerria and dogwoods.  Recognizable by their four petal blossoms, dogwoods can come in reds, pinks and whites to add color to their surroundings.  As a native tree, they also provide birds and animals food with bright berries in the fall.

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Bougainvillea in Bloom

DSC01259Bougainvillea is native to South America, but can be used as a houseplant here.  It is also popular to use as a bonsai because it can be easily trained and has attractive flowers.  While these flowers may look bright pink in color, those are actually the showy bracts surrounding a very small, white flower.  The vines have thorns and tend to grow over other plants.

Check out this colorful show at the Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory, which is open 10am-6pm daily with an admission fee of $2 per person.  Children under 42″ are free.

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Azaleas add to Schoepfle Blooms

Azaleas have started around the garden as we hope for drier days to get the spring flowers in the ground.  We are still a couple weeks away from the rhododendrons peeking, but the first few are starting to show color.  Joining our shade loving shrubs are dogwoods, redbuds, fothergilla, quince and the last of the tulips are in bloom for a short period of time.

The volunteers are working hard on preparing for this year’s plant sale.  Among the plants dug are hosta, ferns, astilbe, Lenten rose, phlox, herbs including oregano and chives, coneflower, lily of the valley and more.  The sale is Saturday May 21st starting at 9am, no early sales.  We hope you can come out and support our volunteers!



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2016 ‘NATURE DISCOVERY DAYS’ for Homeschoolers Registration OPEN

Visit the French Creek Nature & Arts Center on Tuesday, May 17th or Wednesday, May 18th, 9:45-11:45 am, for a special spring Field Trip opportunity for homeschooled students in Kindergarten through 3RD GRADE!   Encourage your students to learn about the interconnectedness of all living things by taking part of a series of activities set to take place in nature’s classroom this spring. Hands-on learning will be highlighted through each of the activities included in the field trip experience:

  • Outdoor Hike – An hour-long journey along a nature trail, with three 20-minute sessions designed to engage students in interactive activities (complete with nature games, touchable artifacts and live animals). Students will learn about Earth’s natural resources, basic needs for survival, habitat types, and species interactions within ecosystems.
  • Indoor ProgramA 30-minute nature-themed theatre program featuring visual arts, live performance, music, and audience participation. 
  • Indoor Art Activity – A 20-minute arts & crafts session geared to provided each class with a take-home reminder of the day’s experiences and activities.

To supplement this field trip experience, registered participants will receive the NDD Classroom Activity Guide, complete with printable activities, to be used before or after the program.

This program is FREE and space is limited! Preregistration is required by 5/16.  CLICK on the following links or call (440) 458-5121 to preregister TODAY!

Tuesday, May 17th, 9:45-11:45 am

Wednesday, May 18th, 9:45-11:45 am

French Creek Nature & Arts Center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village, OH 44054.

For more information about this unique outdoor classroom activity, contact Aimee Potonic, French Creek Nature Center Senior Naturalist at apotonic@metroparks.cc or call (440) 949-5200 ext 225. 

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Splash Zone’s Dash-n-Splash 5K

SplashnDashWebsiteJoin us for the Dash-n-Splash 5K Run & 1-Mile Family Fun Run on Saturday, May 28! Both runs/walks will start and finish at Splash Zone in Oberlin, OH! A post-run party will include music, food, and access to our outdoor pool & water slides! Individuals and families can pre-register today by calling (440) 774-5059 or clicking on the links below!

Dash-N-Splash Registration Packet

Online Registration

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