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Our mission is to enhance the community through gardening and landscaping, public and private; and to promote horticultural education.

11th Annual "Spring Fever" Home Gardening Symposium

This annual event is held the first Saturday in March at the Ohio University-Zanesville Campus in the Campus Center.  The event features nationally known speakers and educators on such topics as container gardening, vegetable gardening, organic gardening, lawn care, tree care, water gardening and much more.  A continental breakfast and full buffet lunch are included. Seating is limited so pre-register today. Pre-registration is $25.00 per person.  Registration at the door is $30.00.

"Flying Gardens: Enhancing your outdoor space with birds and butterflies"

Kenn Kaufman
A lifelong passion for birds and nature captured Kenn Kaufman at the age of six and has never let go. He has traveled to watch birds and butterflies in all fifty states of the U.S. and has led nature tours on all seven continents. Among his writing credits are more than a dozen books, including two memoirs, Kingbird Highway and Flights Against the Sunset. His series of nature guides, Kaufman Field Guides (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. of Boston), now includes volumes on birds, butterflies, mammals, insects, advanced birding, and the nature of the New England states. In 2005 he moved from Arizona to Ohio, where he and his wife Kimberly work together on a wide variety of projects, including writing regular articles for Birds & Blooms magazine.

Kimberly Kaufman
Kimberly Kaufman’s lifelong love of the outdoors grew into a passion for birds in the 1990s. She monitored nesting bald eagles for the Ohio Division of Wildlife and ran bluebird trails before she began banding migrant songbirds for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) ( Kim's involvement with BSBO grew as she became the observatory's education director in 2005 and then executive director in 2009, a position she still holds. Kim was instrumental in starting the highly successful Ohio Young Birders Club, a group for teenagers that has served as a model for youth programs in many other states, as well as The Biggest Week In American Birding, which has rapidly become one of the largest birding festivals on the continent. She coauthored the Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England and is a Contributing Editor for Birds & Blooms Magazine. She and her husband Kenn live in rural Ohio with their two (indoor) cats, Kirby and Pearl.