December Articles

Ghosts in Our Landscapes

Backyard Bugs

Self-Sowing Annuals

Chinese Parrotia


November Articles

Noteworthy Perennials for November Shade Gardens

Patchwork Blanket: Evergreen Perennials for Temperate Gardens

Straw Bale Gardening

‘Lucky Charm’ Spiderwort





Upcoming Events for Ohio

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November 15-January 4 Columbus

Merry and Bright: Holidays at the Conservatory,
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage with twinkling lights and a gingerbread competition create an ambiance for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. In addition, the Paul Busse model garden railway returns delighting all ages with its classic fairytale theme. All can enjoy a merry holiday season with weekly live music, evening entertainment, family activities and special events. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Costs adults $12, seniors and students $9, children $6, children under 2 are free. For more information call (614) 715-8000 or visit

November 14-January 4 Cleveland

35th Annual Gifts from the Heart Nature Show/Sale,
Holden Arboretum
Enjoy live holiday music and refreshments at the preview party for the 34th annual holiday gift show, “Gifts from the Heart of Nature,” kick off. You will not want to miss this exclusive first look at this year’s special items with the opportunity to meet the artists. All their unique works of art, ranging from jewelry to handcrafted wood items, are inspired by nature and made from environmentally responsible materials. This is a great way to support the arboretum at the same time as supporting local artists. Preview party Friday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Show and sale Nov. 15-Jan. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Nov. 28, Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1). Regular gate admission (members free, non-members $6) applies. For more information call (440) 946-4400 or visit

November 22-January 3 Cincinnati

PNC Festival of Lights,
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Enjoy the Tri-State’s longest running display of holiday tradition. Call (513) 281-4700 or visit for more information.

November 28-January 4 Cleveland

Glow at the Garden,
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Northeast Ohio’s magical holiday experience is filled with unforgettable gingerbread displays, thousands of twinkling lights, hundreds of holiday plantings, the Garden Express train ride, spectacularly decorated trees, and an all-new outdoor lights display. Plus, live music, the Wishing Tree and the kid-sized Treetop Shop. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free for members, $12-16 per non-members. Call (216) 721-1600 or visit for more information.

November 28-January 3 Akron

Deck the Hall Featuring Dazzle,
Stan Hywet Hall
Bring out the whole family and enjoy one of Ohio’s largest and most spectacular holiday celebrations. With more than 800,000 lights and an extraordinary musically-animated light show extravaganza by DAZZLE, this is an event not to be missed. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information call (888) 836-5533 or visit

December 12-13 Newark

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop,
Dawes Arboretum
Dawes Arboretum will supply all the greens, decorations and candles to make your own festive holiday arrangement for the hearth or table. The sight and smell of pine, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens collected all from the arboretum is sure to put you in the holiday mood. Choose one of three sessions: Friday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Register by Dec. 10. General admission $35, members $25. For more information, call (800) 44-DAWES or visit for calendar and event registration.

December 13 Akron

Annual Holiday Tea,
Stan Hywet Hall
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to enjoy our annual tea. Learn how to decorate for the season and make your holidays sparkle with tips on holiday décor. Tea includes sweet and savory sandwiches, followed by a self-guided Manor House tour featuring more than 20 rooms that have been decorated for the season. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Costs members $30, non-members $39. For more information, call (888) 836-5533 or visit

January 1-4 Cleveland

Glow, Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland Botanical Garden’s spectacular events and one of Cleveland’s most celebrated holiday traditions returns for its third year, bigger and brighter than ever before. Glow will transport you to a world full of seasonal cheer where new wonders and returning traditions await you. The fun includes a ride on the Garden Express, gingerbread house decorating, live holiday music and more. Costs $16/nonmember adult, $12/nonmember
child, free for garden members. Call 216-721-1600 or visit for details.

January 7-9 Columbus

CENTS Marketplace, Greater Columbus Convention Center
CENTS is the Midwest’s leading nursery, garden center and landscape convention, drawing a national crowd to a regional venue. The trade show will showcase the best in the industry and classes, workshops and presentations. It will bring you up to speed on trends in the field. If you are an industry professional or exploring this exciting career field, this convention is for you. For registration, visit or call Amy Eldridge at 800-825-5062 ext. 110.

January 10-April 5 Columbus

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

January 17-19 Columbus

Columbus Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo, The Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall E/F
Come see the latest innovations and designs showcased by experts. Bring all your home remodeling questions and be ready to get some expert advice. In addition, feature gardens will be displayed with the newest ideas pertaining to landscape installation, a sure way to catch a glimpse of spring. Open Friday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Costs $6 adults, free for children under 18. Visit for ticket discounts, and for more info, call 800-374-6463.

January 16-18 Cincinnati

Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo, Sharonville Convention Center
This three-day comprehensive event is full of innovative displays of the latest trends in design and product offerings. Bring all your home improvement questions and have them answered by the experts. Open Friday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Costs $4 adults, free for children under 18. Visit for ticket discounts, and for more info, call 800-374-6463.

January 17 Logan

Hocking Hills Winter Hike, Hocking Hills
Winter in the Hocking Hills is spectacular. As waterfalls freeze and cave walls are covered in ice beards, the region takes on an entirely different personality. Thousands of enthusiastic hikers trek from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave with a stop at Cedar Falls for soup and muffins. Transportation is provided back to the parking area at Old Man’s Cave. Open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 740-385-6841 for more information.

February 14-22 Columbus

Central Ohio Home and Garden Show, Ohio Expo Center (Ohio State Fairgrounds)
This show is packed with 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. Tickets cost $10 online or $13 at the door. For more info, call 614-461-5257 or visit

February 14-15 Granville

36th Annual OEFFA Conference, Renewing Ohio’s Heart and Soil, Granville School
Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference will be held in the charming town of Granville and will feature keynote speakers, approximately 100 workshops, local and organic meals, a trade show and Saturday evening entertainment. Keynote speaker is Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman, director of Sustainable Agriculture and senior scientist at the Center of Food Safety in Washington, D.C. Visit for more information and to register or call 614-421-2022.

February 6-15 Cleveland

The Great Big Home and Garden Show, Cleveland’s IX Center
Matt Muenster from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and BATHtastic will be one of the celebrity speakers on the lineup. In addition, this event is packed full of numerous celebrity chefs, home improvement experts and landscape design professionals. Costs adults $15 (online tickets for $12), seniors (65+) $10, children 6-12 $5, children 5 and under are free. Visit or call 440-248-5729.

February 1-28 Cleveland

Orchid Mania, Cleveland Botanical Garden
The allure of the steamy tropical rainforest biome has now become even more alluring. This annual exhibit features thousands of colorful and fragrant orchid blooms, sure to bring your senses to life. New this year is an interior design showcase inspired by and decorated with stunning orchid selections. Free with garden admission. For hours and more info, visit or call 216-721-1600.

February 21 Youngstown

10th Annual Winter Garden Seminar, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave.
“Heritage Gardening for the 21st Century” is the theme of the Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown’s annual winter garden seminar, which is cosponsored by Mill Creek MetroParks. Discover some of the most successful, sustainable and simple plants common in the 18th through early 20th centuries – all available today. These tough and adaptable plants represent the foundation of our gardens. In addition, the speakers will look at historic gardening methods that we can use today. The books of our speakers will be available for purchase at the seminar. Held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee of $45 includes continental breakfast, lunch and door prizes. For more information and to register, go to or call John Kolar at 330-545-2266.

February 27-March 1 Akron

Annual HBA Akron Home and Flower Show, John S. Knight Center
Feature attractions of this show include great gardens, home improvement vendors, celebrity guests and more. There will be more than 7,000 square feet of feature gardens and flowers showcasing the latest trends plus onsite garden seminars with great garden advice. Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Costs adults $9, children 12 and under free. For more information call 800-783-9589 or visit