Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc's E-Journal: Winter 2020

Warm Greetings,

Thank you all for a wonderful year!  
What are your plans for the winter and for 2020? While sometimes we like a quiet winter, this year we are keeping busy and learning lots.  Perhaps you'll join us?

In particular, we invite you to register for Sabrena's new class, "Planting for Beauty and Purpose," starting in February.  In the meantime -on Jan 29th - join us at our  FREE program, "Intro to Permaculture".  And perhaps we'll see you at the upcoming eco-films and lectures mentioned below? The world is starting to recognize the wisdom and importance of nature.

Meanwhile in this interlude before spring, we're working on your landscape designs and a new website, and beginning to schedule hour-long Consultation/Visioning Sessions. Please let us know how we can help as you plan your landscape for this new decade.

May this season bring each
of you joy, abundance, and many blessings,  

Samuel & Sabrena
Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc.

“Don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.  It's quiet, but the roots down there are riotous!"    - Rumi

Free "Intro to Permaculture" Program - with Soup Potluck!

Wednesday, January 29th, 6:00-8:15 pm
PermacultureAKRON Meetup

Dayton Nursery's "Owl Barn"
3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road
Norton Ohio 44203

Would you like to know more about permaculture?  We are excited to offer this one hour "Introduction" by Sabrena Schweyer.  For several years we've hosted a monthly PermacultureAKRON meetup because we recognize that this ethical, ecology-based design system can heal our communities, as well as our planet. These are free and open to the public. Please come and remember to invite your eco-curious friends.

Optional "Soup Potluck" starts at 6:00pm. Bring a soup bowl and spoon, and maybe some finger food to share. If you're willing to do some soup making or sharing, even better; let us know by email and/or indicate on the event pages. Or simply show up! We've never run short on food.

The "Intro to Permaculture" program begins around 6:45.
Here's the link to the Facebook event, so you can share information and invite friends!

Planting for Beauty and Purpose:

An Ecological Approach to Garden Design

If you are planning to transform your property this growing season, you'll want to know and use purposeful plants. Sabrena is excited to teach this new 3-class series! You may sign up for the entire series or for individual sessions.
  • Feb 17th - "Planning for Purpose"
  • Feb 24th - "Beautiful, Purposeful Plants"
  • Mar 2nd  - "Creating the Magic"
You'll learn to plant for pollinators, birds, and wildlife. See which edible perennials and shrubs (often native) thrive in our area. Discover why raingardens work and how to plant them for success.

The artistic principles of design will be utilized with permaculture methodology to create a pleasing balance between garden functionality and appearance. Learn the essentials of creating a garden that offers both beauty and purpose!
Mondays, Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and Mar. 2
6:15-8:30 pm
Dayton Nursery's "Owl Barn"
3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road
Norton, Ohio 44203

$135 Early registration includes all 3 Sessions! (by January 29th) 
$160 All 3 Sessions (after Jan 29th)
($70 ea. for Individual Sessions)
We offer a CLIENT DISCOUNT, too - Contact us for details
Pre-register for "Planting for Beauty and Purpose" on Eventbrite or Facebook, or by contacting Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc. at 330-375-9600 or at Share this program on Facebook here!


Winter Updates: No, we're not hibernating. 

  • Sabrena recently attended the Mid Ohio Growers Conference to hear famed orchardman, Michael Phillips share expert recommendations on soil health and growing fruit.
  • January 14th at 6:30 pm, we can't wait to see the movie "Fantastic Fungi- A Mind-Blowing Look at Mushrooms"  in Cleveland.  Paul Stamets shows how mushrooms might save the world. More information here!
  • The Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Lyceum Lecture Series is hosting our colleague, the award-winning author Benjamin Vogt, speaking on " A New Garden Ethic." Jan. 17th from 7:00-9:00 pm  Register here.
  • January 28th at 7:00 pm, the movie "The Pollinators" is showing in Cleveland at the Capitol Theater.  See you in the popcorn line? Get your tickets here!
  • Samuel is planning another trip to India to continue his in-depth study on the traditional Indian instrument called the Sarangi. Yes, he is certainly multi-talented. Watch for him to offer a concert in the spring! Follow him, his music, and his travels here


This image of a brussels sprout emerging from the snow comes from our Instagram page, where we share snapshots of our gardens, our travels, and nature's eternally inspiring beauty. 

Meanwhile, our Facebook page is where we share the interesting stories we find on topics like nature, sustainability, and -of course - gardening:
  • "Five Ways to Help Invertebrates Thrive in Your Garden This Winter: Starting With a Bald Patch."  This fascinating article provides suggestions on how to make your garden a haven for invertebrates.  Learn about it here!
  • "Overgrown Gardens Could be the Big Horticultural Trend of 2020."  Not only are overgrown gardens lower maintenance, but they are also better for the environment, without harmful pesticides or damaging over-management.  And gardens teeming with life look wonderful!  Read here.

Please join us on social media. We have a fabulous community, so make sure you and your friends don't miss out! (And join Sabrena on Instagram, too.)

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