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2014 Goodale Park Summer Walks & Talks
24th Jun


2014 Goodale Park Summer Walks & Talks

Friends of Goodale Park presents:  2014 Goodale Park Summer Walks & Talks

Summer is here, and we have gardening on our minds!

Join us for a special new series in Goodale Park, “Goodale Park Walks and Talks”. This series will bring together experts in gardening and nature, and give YOU the opportunity to learn more about the wonders in your own back yard.

All events will take place Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Caretaker’s Residence in Goodale Park. Beginning at 6:30pm, guests may gather at the west entrance of the Caretaker’s Residence for a brief walking tour of Goodale Park. Scheduled presentations below will follow, at 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be provided. All events are free, and open to the public.

2014 Goodale Park Summer Walks & Talks Presentation and Tour Schedule:

Wednesday, July 16th:

“Wildlife in My Own Back Yard!”, presented by Randy Rogers
Local birdwatcher Randy Rogers will discuss ways to make your lawn more bird and wildlife friendly, improving the environment one yard at a time. Have a photo of some of the wildlife in your own yard? Bring it along to share and discuss.

Randy Rogers is on the board of Green Lawn Cemetery, Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, and the Ohio Ornithological Society, and has volunteered with the Metro Parks for the last 15 years.  He holds a B.S. in Recreation and Wildlife from Ohio University, and is retired after 28 years of service as a major in the Ohio Army National Guard.

Wednesday, July 23rd:

“Goodale Park Summer Tree Tour”, led by Rick Frantz

FGP arborist and board trustee Rick Frantz knows a little something about trees in Goodale Park!

Back by popular demand, this tour includes the history, uses and interesting facts about the more unique trees of Goodale Park, as well as some you may have in your own yard.

Rick Frantz graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Natural Resources, majoring in Urban Forestry. He works in municipal forestry and has been with Friends of Goodale Park for over 10 years.

Wednesday, August 13th:

“Container Gardening”, presented by Judith Arnett

Limited gardening space?  No problem!

Discover the art of growing vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials and more, in containers. It’s easier than you think, and you can get really creative with the implementation of unusual containers.

Judith Arnett is President of the Central Ohio Water Garden Society. She has been a Master Gardener for the past 18 years. She is also a member of the Hilliard Garden Club, the Greater Columbus Dahlia Society, and the Columbus Area Military Wives Club. She has served on the Hilliard Shade Tree Commission for the past 12 years, and is a volunteer at the Community Gardens on Rings Road in Dublin.

Wednesday, August 27th:

“Gardening with Winter Pizzazz”, presented by Dr. Mark Miller

Do you have a fabulous spring garden, good summer garden, moderately-colorful fall garden and dreary winter garden? That’s an all-too-common result when Ohio gardeners buy most of their plants in spring after a tough winter.

Learn about plants you can add to your landscape for all-year interest, and which are especially eye-catching in winter.

Dr. Mark Miller is the Education Manager at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University (Horticulture/Environment & Natural Resources). He is President of the Friends of the Topiary Park, and a member of the North American Association of Environmental Education.

“Goodale Park Walks and Talks” is made possible by both the hard work of our amazing volunteers and the generous financial support of our friends and neighbors.

To learn how you can help support the future of free educational programs in Goodale Park, email

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