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Upcoming Events for Ohio

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Now through 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.

July 1-August 24 Cleveland

Nature Connects,
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Discover the extraordinary building blocks of nature through this interactive attraction, featuring 14 astounding sculptures made with LEGO bricks by renowned builder Sean Kenney. Plus, building and learning activities for children and a LEGO brick sculpture competition. Free/garden members, $11/nonmember adult, $6/nonmember child. Visit or call (216) 721-1600 for hours.

July 2-August 27 Cleveland

Gourmets in the Garden,
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Sample savory bites of some of Cleveland’s hottest chefs in the beautiful setting of Cleveland’s public garden. Plus, enjoy cocktails on the terrace and get culinary advice from the best gourmets in town. 6:30 p.m. $5/session for garden members, $14.50/session for nonmembers. Visit or call (216) 721-1600.

July 5-August 30 Cleveland

Ask the Gardener,
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Talk to local master gardeners about ways to improve your own garden and deal with botanical issues at home. Noon until 4 p.m., free with garden admission. Visit or call (216) 721-1600 for more information.

August 16 Chesterland

Western Reserve Daylily Society Sale,
Chesterland Historical Village Flea Market
Transform your garden from ordinary to amazing with unique bare-root daylily plant divisions donated from northeast Ohio collectors’ gardens especially for this sale. These living works of art are affordably priced and ready for planting. Whether you are an experienced gardener or new to gardening you will find that daylilies are easy to grow in our diverse Ohio climate. They are hardy, require little care, and are suitable for all landscapes. Hybrids are available in a rainbow of dazzling colors, a variety of shapes and sizes, various fancy eyes and edges, and bloom from late spring until autumn. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Costs $2/flea market admission, at the corner of Mayfield Road and Caves Road. For details, visit or call Rae Dickens at (440) 968-3896.

August 30-31 Frankfort

International Sunflower Festival,
Main Street Downtown Frankfort
Come celebrate the beauty of sunflowers! This family event will include arts and crafts, a sunflower show, food, and all-day entertainment, including a kiddy tractor pull. Parade starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission. Visit or call (740) 703-4440 for more information.

September 1-21 Columbus

Bonsai Show,
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Enjoy the conservatory’s bonsai collection and learn about the rich history and technique of this traditional Japanese art form. Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit or call (614) 715-8000 for more information.

September 12-14 Albany

16th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival,
Lake Snowden
This fun-filled and educational community event celebrates one of North America’s native fruit trees, the pawpaw (Asimina triloba). Often compared to banana, the pawpaw is considered the state fruit of Ohio. Enjoy learning about the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through delectable foods, quality entertainment, unique arts, crafts and local businesses throughout southeastern Ohio and beyond. Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekend pass costs $20, day pass $10, kids 12 and under free. For more information, go to or call (740) 698-6060. 

September 13  Beavercreek

Greene County Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale,
Wartinger Park Historical Barn
Plants, books and much more! 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (937) 372-9971 ext. 114 or email

September 16-18 London

Farm Science Review,
Molly Caren Agricultural Center
Every year more than 140,000 people from all over the U.S. and Canada attend the Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors and learn the latest in agricultural production. The educational programs are second to none in the agricultural exhibition world. Tuesday and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets at gate cost $10, advance-sale tickets $7. Visit for more information or contact Chuck Gamble at (614) 292-4278.

September 18 Toledo

Harvest Market Dinner,
Toledo Botanical Garden
Celebrate the bounty of the season with a delicious, flavorful dinner from locally grown produce. From 6 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (419) 536-5566 or visit

September 18 Cleveland

Autumn’s Eve Dinner,
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Come to the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s 5th Annual Autumn’s Eve Dinner – where else can you enjoy a bounty of locally sourced foods with friends? Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before sitting down to a delicious four-course meal prepared by Chef Tony Smoody of Bon Appetit, Chef Douglas Katz of Fire, Food and Drink and Ben Bebenroth of Spice of Life Catering. Enjoy the bluegrass sounds of Ferguson 35 while reveling in the crisp night air and shades and smells of fall. Proceeds support Green Corp, the garden’s urban agriculture program for Cleveland teens. From 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets start at $180 for members and $225 for nonmembers. Space is limited. To reserve your seat, call (216) 707-2805.

September 20-21 Toledo

Fall Plant Sale,
Toledo Botanical Garden
Annual fall plant sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (419) 536-5566 or visit

September 27-30 Columbus

Scary Plants,
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Celebrating the oddities of nature, “Scary Plants” provides an up-close view of strange, frightening and even dangerous species. Discover bizarre exotic botanicals, explore the appetite of carnivorous plants, and find out what could be lurking in your own backyard. Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 to $12. Visit or call (614) 715-8000 for more information.

October 3-5 Delaware

52nd Ohio Gourd Show,
Delaware County Fairgrounds
Come see one of the largest displays of gourds and gourd crafts with music programs featuring gourd instruments. Programs and presentations will provide information about gourds and gourd art. Gourd crafting opportunities will be available for children and adults without advance registration. Friday noon to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4. For more information, call (740) 965-4661 or visit

October 15-18 Circleville

Circleville Pumpkin Show,
Downtown Circleville
If you’re looking for pumpkins with the flair of homespun Americana, there is no better place to go than to one of the nation’s largest pumpkin festivals. Visitors from all 50 states come to see the giant pumpkins, parades, entertainment, contests and sample pumpkin-flavored delicacies. Reportedly Ohio’s oldest and largest festival, this show has been called “The Greatest Free Show on Earth.” Even one of the world’s largest pumpkin pies will be on display for the 59th year! Tuesday 5 to 10 p.m., Wednesday 9 to 11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free. Call (740) 474-7000 or visit

October 17-19 Coshocton

45th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival,
Historic Roscoe Village
Host to more than 100 talented artisans and crafters, this invitational festival celebrates the sights, sounds and scents of autumn. Smell the fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire as you stroll through the village to a variety of music including bluegrass, country, gospel and tunes from days gone by. You’ll find fun, unique contests to enter, various educational and entertaining outdoor demonstrations and strolling characters throughout the weekend. Special feature includes a Spirit of Roscoe tour and lots of children’s activities. Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $5/person 12 years and older; free parking and free entertainment. Call (800) 877-1830 or visit for more information.

October 18-19 Coshocton

Fall Foliage and Farm Tour,
Animal Medical and Surgical Center
Visitors enjoy this drive-it-yourself tour of Coshocton County highlighting local agribusiness and fall color. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For mor information, call (740) 622-2265 or go to


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.