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Upcoming Events for Ohio
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April 1-30, Cincinnati
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Every spring the zoo and gardens transform into a magnificent explosion of color. As one of the only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, the Cincinnati Zoo offers one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest, 100,000 tulips in bloom. Dubbed “Tulip Mania,” Zoo Blooms also features more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs. Thursday nights in April from 6 to 8:30 p.m. the zoo presents “Tunes and Bloom” with live music, food, drink, and free admission. Parking is $10. Visit cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-blooms.
April 9, Reynoldsburg
Micro Mini Garden in a Teacup
Learn how to create a garden in a teacupwith our new micro mini garden accessories and succulents. Pick from one of our unique teacup and saucer sets. Class fee includes teacup, saucer, soil, plant, and class instruction. Embellishments cost extra. At 1 p.m. Costs $28. Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of this class.
April 9, Reynoldsburg
Tabletop Succulent Planter
Using a vintage wooden box, create a live planter for your table centerpiece or kitchen counter. Class fee includes instruction and all supplies. At 2:30 p.m. Costs $35. Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of this class.
April 29, Burton
Aquaponics, Hydroponics, and Vermiculture
Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds)
Learn about aquaponics, hydroponics, and vermiculture. Become familiar with their advantages and challenges. Matthew Ray, a middle school Montessori educator from the Milwaukee Public School system will talk about his students’ success with the science, planning, implementation, productivity, and financial outcome with the middle school Montessori micro-economy program. From 9 a.m. to noon. Costs $15; advance registration appreciated, walk-ins usually welcome. Call 440-834-4656 to register, to view upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored classes visit Geauga.osu.edu.
May 5-6, Mansfield
Garden Discovery Days
Kingwood Center Gardens
Hop into spring with Kingwood Center Gardens’ Garden Discovery Days. Explore the gardens and shop with more than 30 vendors for items that will spruce up your own homestead. The Garden Shop and Greenhouse will feature perennials, shrubs, annuals, gardening tools, garden accents, tropical, and edibles. For children there will be a scavenger hunt with prizes. Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $5 per car. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.
May 6-7, Columbus
Inniswood Spring Plant Sale
Inniswood Metro Park
Purchase new plants for your garden -- choose from a broad selection of perennials, annuals, and herbs. Sponsored by the Inniswood Volunteers, Inc., and the Herb Society of America, Central Ohio Unit. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Inniswood.org, or call 614-895-6216.
May 5-7, Kent
Wolcott Lilac Gardens
Wolcott Lilac Gardens at the Christ Episcopal Church
This historical garden will be open Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Costs $3 donation, kids are free, and are dogs allowed on a leash. Parking is on Pearl Street or at the Christ Episcopal Church at 118 South Mantua St.; entrance to the garden is from the church parking lot. Visit facebook.com/Lilac Gardens, or call 330-678-7234.
May 9, Mansfield
Shop ‘Til You Drop XXIII
Kingwood Center Gardens
This is a plant-buying extravaganza led by Executive Director Chuck Gleaves. Participants will be bused around Northern Ohio to visit some magnificent garden centers. Each garden center will be chosen for its beauty and uniqueness. Lunch is included. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: to be announced. Call 419-522-0211, or visit kingwoodcenter.org.
May 12-13, Columbus
Chadwick Arboretum Annual Spring Plant Sale,
NW corner of Lane Ave. and Fred Taylor Dr.
Thursday, May 11, is members’ night – it will begin at 5:30 p.m., auction will start at 6 p.m., and the event will feature live music and food. Open to the public Friday and Saturday. Consider becoming a member and support this 16-acre arboretum in the middle of the city (plus you will get 10 percent discount at the plant sale). The plant sale will include trees, shrubs, perennials, tropicals, annuals, flowering baskets, vegetables, and more. An auction takes place at noon every day. Visit chadwickarboretum.osu.edu, or call 614-688-3479.
May 12-14, Toledo
Spring Plant Sale
Toledo Botanical Garden
Come and choose from an array of plants for sale. Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit toledogarden.org, or call 419-536-5566.
May 13, Cleveland
Mother’s Day Blooms-to-Go
Cleveland Botanical Garden
As a part of the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s bi-annual “Blooms-To-Go” program, join garden volunteers and staff to make small, fresh flower arrangements to be donated to a local community organization. The Mother’s Day arrangements will be delivered to women at the Norma Herr Community Women’s shelter just in time for Mother’s Day. This annual tradition is always well received by the women and staff at the shelter. No experience is necessary, just a desire to serve others .All materials will be provided. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free with garden admission. No registration required. Visit cbgarden.org, or call 216-721-1600.
June 1-4, Gambier
2015 Annual Open House
This is a once-a-year opportunity to visit the spectacular Schnormeier Gardens, located on 75 acres in central Ohio. The gardens have a distinct Asian style featuring a variety of plantings, including rare conifers. The focal point of the property is the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home (interior not part of the public tour). Tours are self-guided. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are not required, although advance notice of groups visiting by bus would be appreciated. Free and open to the public (donations welcome), $10 per car for parking. The Schnormeier Gardens are located at 8701 Layman Road, Gambier. Visit schnormeiergardens.org, or call 740-427-2612.
June 3-4, Mansfield
Spring Flower Show
Kingwood Center Gardens
The Kingwood Spring Flower Show is a delight for all with 64 horticultural categories for youth and adult gardeners, and 12 artistic categories for youth and adult flower arrangers. On Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to enter the show on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Admission into the show is included with general admission to gardens. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.
June 17, Mansfield
Kingwood Center Gardens
What could be better than strolling through Kingwood Center Gardens’ estate while tasting top Ohio wines and gourmet food prepared by local chefs? Sample wines from 1285, Blue Barn, Cypress Cellars, Humble Bee, Troutman, and Wishmaker House. Participating chefs will be from Altered Eats, Fast Eddies, Ooh La La, and Wishmaker House. From 5 to 9 p.m. Early-bird price is $30 by June 1; $35 after June 1. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.
June 21, Burton
Gardens Galore, Art and More
Historical Society’s Century Village
Geauga County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will hold their plant sale offering annuals, perennials, herbs, native plants, shrubs, and exotics. Many of the plants come from Master Gardeners’ personal flowerbeds. Art, container arrangements, and whimsical garden chairs will also be offered. Bring your garden tools and get them sharpened for a small fee. Complimentary refreshments and free parking. Call 440-834-4656, or visit geauga.osu.edu.
June 24-25, Columbus
German Village Haus und Garten Tour
German Village Society Meeting Haus
The 58th tour will welcome visitors to the village for a day-long celebration of renowned designs, enchanting gardens, and award-winning restorations. Your ticket gives you access to homes and gardens selected to showcase both German Village’s ongoing historic preservation efforts and the innovative and inspirational interior design and landscaping efforts of its residents. On Saturday from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit germanvillage.com, or call 614-221-8888.
June 24, Akron
Summit County Master Gardeners’ Tour of Gardens
The Summit County Master Gardeners host their Tour of Gardens, which will highlight six gardens. Online registration begins May 1 at SummitMasterGardeners.org. Costs $20 for the tour. The Patron Event, “Toast to the Tour,” features a secret garden reception on Friday evening June 23. Visit SummitMasterGardeners.org, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 330-592-4412.
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