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Upcoming Events for Ohio

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Now through May 11 Toledo

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden,
The Toledo Museum of Art
This is a must-see show, especially for those who have an interest in history and gardening. A major exhibition of more than 100 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th and 18th centuries will be presented at the museum. These pieces have never been shown outside of Paris. Visit for hours and  pricing or call (419) 255-8000. February 22-March 2 • Columbus Central Ohio Home and Garden Show, Ohio Expo Center (Ohio State Fairgrounds) This show is packed full of special events and attractions for all ages. HGTV comes to life with internationally known celebrities and daily cooking, gardening, home décor and home improvement presentations. Landscape companies from all over Central Ohio create amazing temporary garden displays that are a must see. For more info, visit

March 1-April 13 Columbus

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Escape winter’s chill and avoid winter blues when you visit Orchids!, a phenomenal vibrant display of hundreds of orchids at Franklin Park (continued from January). Daily presentations and educational programs encourage further exploration of this fascinating species. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., adults/$12, seniors and students/$9, children/$6, children under 2/free. Visit  or call (614) 715-8000.

March 8-September 28 Columbus

Blooms and Butterflies
Franklin Park Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory offers you a chance to get an up close view at the fascinating life cycle of the butterfly. Tropical species from around the globe emerge from their chrysalises right before your eyes, while hundreds of butterflies fly freely around the indoor Pacific Island Water Garden. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday until 8 p.m., adults/$12, seniors and students/$9, children 3 to 17/$6, children 2 and under/free. Visit or call (614) 715-8000.

March 22-April 27 Cleveland

Big Spring
Cleveland Botanical Garden
A larger-than-life celebration of the season with thousands of blooms and children’s activities including the Toadstool Theater, Ladybug Labyrinth hedge maze, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, giant chess boards, insect exhibits and daily butterfly releases in the Glasshouse. Free/members, $14/non-member adults, $10/non-member child. For hours and more info visit or call (216) 721-1600.

April 5 Springfield

Spring Fling
Kenton Ridge High School
Spend a Saturday with Clark County Master Gardeners and “Jump Start Spring.” There will be three simultaneous sessions occurring every hour for attendees to choose. In addition to programs, vendors will be selling plants and art. Admission is $7; lunch is available for a small fee from the Kenton Ridge Booster Club. Visit for a complete list of programs.

April 12, 26 Louisville

Farmers’ Market
Anthony Petitti Garden Center and Landscape
Homegrown and handmade items only; including local, organic produce grown in high tunnels, baked goods and more. For more information call (330) 455-5997, visit or email

April 13 Coshocton

Tip Toe Through the Tulips Open House
Clary Gardens
Walk through thousands of blooming tulips during Clary Garden’s first open house. While visiting, stroll the 20 acres of rolling hills, spring-fed ponds, sandstone outcroppings and a ravine situated amid the Appalachian foothills of eastern Ohio. Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free admission. Contact (740) 622-6524 or visit

April 21-26 Louisville

Earth Week Celebration
Anthony Petitti Garden Center and Landscape
Activities, workshops and classes will be offered every day including the topics of recycling, organic gardening (seed starting, harvesting and cover crops) and more. Call (330) 455-5997, visit, or email

April 26 Akron

“From Garden to Table” Vegetable Gardening Symposium
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Topics include growing vegetables and fruits, cleaning the herbal way and making wine as a hobby. Continuing education credits for master gardeners. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge (registration starting at 8:15 a.m.) Admission is $36 and it includes the session, breakfast pastries and lunch. For more information and to obtain a registration flyer go to or call (216) 429-8200 ext. 231 for details.

April 26-27 Columbus

Columbus African Violet Society 65th Annual Show and Sale
Franklin Park Conservatory
Attendees can participate in educational workshops, view vibrant African violets and Gesneriads, show plants and see unique designs. In addition, African violet and Gesneriad plants, leaves, cuttings and potting supplies will be available for purchase. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show and parking is free. Contact Show Chairperson Cathy at (614) 619-0676 or visit

May 3, 7 and 17 Reynoldsburg

Outdoor Miniature and Fairy Garden Classes,
Fisher’s Gardens, 1540 Truro Ave.
Learn how to craft your own miniature garden (or fairy garden) with pathways, water features, homes and outdoor living spaces. Costs $10, which reserves your seat and goes toward instruction. Bring your own container (approximately 12 by 12 inches tall and wide and 4 inches deep) or Fisher’s Gardens has a great selection of containers, plants, fairies and garden accessories to purchase. Saturday, May 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday, May 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, May 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call (614) 861-5700 to preregister and pay for classes or email

May 8-10 Columbus

Chadwick Arboretum Annual Spring Plant Sale,
NW corner of Lane Ave. and Fred Taylor Dr.
Enjoy a night especially created for members on Thursday May 8 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Open to the public Friday and Saturday. Consider becoming a member and support this amazing 16-acre arboretum in the middle of the city (plus you will get 10 percent discount at the plant sale). The sale will include unique trees, shrubs, perennials, tropicals, annuals, flowering baskets, vegetables and more. Auction at noon every day. Call (614) 688-3479 or visit for more information.

May 8 Cincinnati

Wild about Wine,
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Guests will enjoy unique wine sampling, food-by-the-bite by local restaurants, live music and up-close animal appearances all while strolling through the botanical gardens. Also June 12 and August 7, $100 for all three series or $40/event. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call (513) 559-7749 or visit for more information.

May 15-18 Cleveland

The American Rhododendron Society’s 68th Annual International Convention,
Quail Hollow Resort
Visit the “City of Trees” and experience the beauty and variety of a northern Ohio spring. At the convention, titled “Every Garden Tells a Story,” you visit carefully chosen sites that will include public and private garden spaces among the woods and along the shores of the greater Cleveland area. Tours and all events originate from Quail Hollow Resort in Painesville starting at 8 a.m., registration fee $25 plus “day rate” fee, box lunch available. Call Margaret Corbin at (814) 833.7207 or visit for more information.

May 16-18 Cleveland

39th Annual Plant Sale,
The Holden Arboretum
Find a great selection of plants for sale plus enjoy a spring walk the grounds of the beautiful arboretum. Sale held at the Warren H. Corning visitor center. Call (440) 946-4400 or visit for more information.

May 17 Beavercreek

Spring Plant Sale,
Historical Barn at Wartinger Park
Spring is a great time to spruce up your garden. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3080 Kemp Rd. Beavercreek. Call (937) 372-9971 ext. 110, email or visit under upcoming events for more information.

June 5 Xenia

Xenia Church of the Nazarene
This seminar will teach you what to plant to attract pollinators and how to identify them. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1204 W. 2nd Street, in Xenia. Call (937) 372-9971 ext. 110, email, or visit under “upcoming events” for more information.

June 6-8 Mansfield

American Peony Society 2014 Convention and Exhibit,
Kingwood Center, 900 Park Avenue West
The American Peony Society will host its 2014 convention and exhibit. The competitive exhibit, displaying hundreds of peonies and artistic floral designs, will be open for public viewing from 1 to 5 p.m. June 7 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 8. Seminars offered on Saturday include peony hybridization (for APS members), and peony floral design, which is open to the public. Visit or email Dana Tretheway:

June 7 Columbus

Stop and Smell the Roses,
Whetstone Park of Roses
The peak blooming of 12,000 roses is an event not to be missed. Experience the color and fragrance of 450 varieties of roses in full bloom as you stroll the 13 acres of gardens. Rosarians and horticulturists will be available for questions on the care of roses, perennials and herbs. There will be educational and artistic exhibits as well as music to enjoy from the dulcimer, flute, guitar and a capella voices. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free admission. Visit

June 12 Cincinnati

Wild about Wine,
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Guests will enjoy unique wine sampling, food-by-the-bite by local restaurants, live music and up-close animal appearances all while strolling through the botanical gardens. Also May 8 and August 7, $100 for all three series or $40/event. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call (513) 559-7749 or visit for more information.

June 14 Wooster

Guided Bird Walk,
Secrest Arboretum
Members of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society guide birders of all skill levels. Spot birds, learn their calls and discover their habitats in the arboretum. Parking and admission are free, visit for more information.

June 14-29 Columbus

BIA Parade of Homes,
Trail’s End in Delaware County
The 2014 Parade of Homes takes place at Trail’s End, located at the intersection of Olentangy River Rd. and Home Rd. in Liberty Township. The 148-home development sits on 216 scenic wooded acres that are perched on a plateau overlooking the portion of the Olentangy River Valley that is designated as the State Scenic River. Tickets/$11. Call (614) 891-0575 or visit

June 21 Akron

Gardens of Distinction,
Residential gardens throughout the area
This inspiring self-directed tour through several private home gardens may spark new ideas for your own home garden. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available in local garden centers in May. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets/$20. Visit for event updates and ticket information.

June 21  Zoar

Zoar Garden Tour, Lunch and Symposium,
Zoar Village
The Zoar Community Association hosts a garden tour, luncheon and symposium from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., including tours of 10 private gardens and three public gardens. A lunch with a silent auction will be held at the Zoar Schoolhouse, and a symposium will discuss perennials, roses, trees, organic gardening and miniatures. Laura Deeter (aka “The Garden Hoe”) will give the keynote presentation at 3 p.m. in the Historic Zoar Church. Garden vendors and artisans will be there. Costs $32/person with lunch, $15/person without lunch. Reservations with payment should be sent to: Zoar Community Association, Garden Tour, P.O. Box 621, Zoar OH 44697. Tickets may be purchased by phone with a credit card at (800) 262-6195. Visit

June 27-29 Toledo

49th Annual Crosby Festival of the Arts,
Toledo Botanical Garden
More than 200 artists from around the country (jewelry, textile, paint, photography, ceramics, wood, mixed media, glass and more) will be featured at the annual festival. Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., preview party Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Children 12 and under and Toledo Botanical Garden members/free, adults/$8, Preview party $75/person. Call (419) 536-5566 to purchase tickets or for more information about preview party, visit for additional information.

June 28-29 Findlay

Open House,
Perennial Plant Peddler, 8755 Twp. Rd. 251
Tour the extensive show gardens that include more than 1,100 varieties of unusual perennials, 600 varieties of daylilies, 160 varieties of hostas, 300 hardy succulents and 100 ornamental grasses. Includes drawings for free plants, and activities for children including a garden scavenger hunt and crafts. On June 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 29, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Perennial Plant Peddler at, email or call (801) 455-9802.

June 29 Columbus

German Village Haus und Garten Tour,
German Village Society Meeting Haus
This annual event attracts many people to the beautiful homes and gardens of the historic neighborhood of Columbus. Stroll the cobblestone roads as you make your way around this art and design inspired tour. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets/$20-25. Call (614) 221-8888 or visit for more information.


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.