Worthington Garden Club President Steve Herminghausen said the theme of the group's 2014-15 program series came from his recent master gardener training.

Worthington Garden Club President Steve Herminghausen said the theme of the group's 2014-15 program series came from his recent master gardener training.

"It got me thinking how we frequently look at our gardens as things that belong to us for our own enjoyment and how it's possible to use gardening to provide joy and nourishment to others in the community, now and in the future."

Meredith Southard, an adult-services librarian and Worthington Libraries' liaison to the garden club, agreed.

"Plants and gardening can benefit not only the individual gardener, but also society and nature as a whole. We thought of the series as a sort of horticultural 'pay it forward.'"

From there, choosing a theme was easy: Plant It Forward.

Each free session, which will include informative resource lists from Worthington Libraries, starts at 7 p.m. at the Griswold Center, 777 High St.

Sept. 18: Seed Saving

Before there were catalogs, people saved the seeds from their gardens each year. Join Susan Stieve, curator at The Ohio State University's Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center, to learn more about the ancient practice of seed saving, as well as tips for harvesting your own.

Oct. 16: The Man Who Planted Trees

You know Johnny Appleseed, but you've probably not heard of Ed Kapraly, a former high school science teacher who now devotes his time to promoting and propagating native, locally-sourced trees and shrubs through his Delaware, Ohio nursery, Riverside Native Trees. Kapraly will explain why it's important and beneficial to use locally grown plants in restoration and landscaping projects, and offer tips for success.

Nov. 20: The Value of a Garden Mentor

Experience is the best teacher but having a mentor can't hurt. We'll hear from the 2014 mentors in City Folk's Farm Shop's Ground Swell program, which pairs experienced homesteaders with mentees looking to increase their skills in sustainable living, growing and preserving food, keeping livestock and home keeping.

Feb. 19: Is Horticulture Therapy Real?

It's no secret that gardening and spending time with plants improves health and well-being. Franklin County Master Gardeners will discuss how horticulture therapy can boost self-esteem, offer stress relief, improve physical health and more.

March 19: Hooray for Honeybees

Honeybees face significant challenges these days, but we all can play a part in ensuring their survival. Central Ohio beekeeper Jody Croley-Jones will share her experiences with raising honeybees, as well as ways we can help this beloved insect.

April 16: The Next Generation of Community Gardens

They produce delicious food, encourage neighbors to meet and even provide fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantries -- what's not to love about community gardens? A representative from Local Matters will tell us about their community gardening program, Growing Matters, that teaches children and adults about growing fresh food right in their own neighborhoods.

May 21: It Starts with the Soil

Whether you're growing tulips, tomatoes or a community of gardeners, you will have more success if you begin with great soil. Joe Boggs, an assistant professor at The Ohio State University Extension-Hamilton County, will share his secrets for assessing and encouraging the health of your garden's soil.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.