Barrie Kridler to Present at First CLP of October

September 29, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Continued Learning Program (CLP) will feature Kridler Gardens owner Barrie Kridler at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

Kridler grew up on a mink farm in Homeworth, Ohio, where he found a love for gardening and nature. Throughout grade school and high school, he worked for the Alliance Garden Club and other greenhouses.

Kridler attended Stephen F. Austin University to study horticulture. He established a 50-acre garden center and landscape business in Mount Pleasant, Texas that was featured in Texas Highways Magazine. He returned to Ohio in 1985 and opened his current business, Kridler Gardens, in Homeworth. The nursery contains shrubs, perennials, rare trees and thousands of daffodils and spring bulbs. Also on the grounds are specialty gardens, a wedding gazebo, “The Little House” bed and breakfast, a lake, a garden center and greenhouses.

Unique landscape design, garden design and historical garden restoration are some of Kridler’s specialties. He is a speaker and instructor for master gardeners, county extension agencies, the Hosta College and garden clubs and is a member of numerous horticultural societies.

Other CLP speakers this month include Jeanette Mullane of the Stark County Board of Elections on October 13, Carolyn Caskey of the Fairmont Children’s Home on October 20 and Leigh Mainwaring and Mike Greiner of the Alliance Tree Commission on October 27.

CLP sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Following the presentation and discussion, attendees are welcome to stay for lunch at the Kresge Dining Commons ($6.75). For more information about the CLP sessions, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 829-8168 or

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