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Upcoming Events for Ohio
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Now through September 18, Columbus
Blooms and Butterflies, Franklin Park Conservatory
Spring returns with the emergence of hundreds of butterflies —watch them take flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical garden filled with bright blooms. Newly emerged butterflies are released during educational presentations every day at 1 and 3 p.m., conservatory is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs adults $13, seniors and students $10, children 3 to 7 $6, 2 and under are free. Visit fpconservatory.org or call 614-645-8733.
June 25 and 29, Geauga County
Decorative Cement Leaves, Parts 1 and 2, Geauga County area
Geauga County Master Gardeners will host this hands-on class creating decorative cement leaves. You will begin by visiting Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik’s garden. Under her guidance you’ll select a leaf from hostas, elephant ears or other plants, and then learn how to make a mold and cast the leaf in cement. You will release the leaf from its mold at the second class and prep it for a decorative finish. All materials, except for decorative finishes, are provided. Class is held offsite (contact Geauga MGs for details and directions). Part one takes place on Saturday June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon, and part two takes place on Wednesday June 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. Advanced registration and prepayment required. Call 440-834-4656 to register. Costs $50. Mail checks payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021. Visit geauga.osu.edu.
July 1 - August 28 Cleveland
Branch Out, Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Explore a series of interactive tree houses. Tree houses will be installed throughout the garden beckoning guests of all ages to play. Activities and fun facts are interspersed throughout the garden inviting hours of adventure and discovery. This event is continued from May, open during normal garden hours. Free for members, costs $11 non-member adults, $6 non-member children. Call 216-721-1600 or visit cbgarden.org/calendar-of-events.
July 3, Cleveland
Music in the Garden, Cleveland Botanical Garden
Inspired by the summer display Branch Out, which encourages guests to get back into nature, bring a blanket, sit in the grass on the Oak Lawn near the Restorative Garden and enjoy live music performed by small ensembles and soloists. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free with garden admission, no registration required. Call 216-721-1600 or visit cbgarden.org/calendarofevents.
July 8-10, Rockbridge
Lilyfest, Bishop Educational Gardens
A festival for flower and art lovers. Lilyfest is held annually and features multiple flower gardens cared for by local gardeners. On Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free, but donations are appreciated. Visit lilyfest.com or call 740-969-2873.
July 9, Kirkland
Woodland Twilight Benefit, Holden Arboretum
Spend an evening at one of Lake County’s most anticipated fundraising events. Come for outdoor cocktails and food, as well as auction items while surrounded by Holden’s gardens. All proceeds help fund Holden’s mission to conserve native forests, build greener communities and engage children with plants. From 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Contact Holden Arboretum Advancement Office at 440-946-4400.
July 9-12, Columbus
Cultivate’16, An AmericanHort Experience, Greater Columbus Convention Center
This annual trade show was formerly known as the OFA Short Course, and will continue to offer educational and networking experiences. Among those who attend are garden retailers, greenhouse growers, nursery growers, florists, interior plantscapers, landscapers, industry professionals and more in the green industry. Those who should attend work in horticulture, are interested in a career in horticulture, are looking to buy horticultural products or services for a business, or are looking to sell to horticulture companies. For information and to register visit cultivate16.org or call 614-487-1117.
July 15-17, Hancock County
Flag City Daylily Tour, Findlay
Tour six daylily gardens in Findlay and Hancock County, each with its own personality. There are more than 3,000 different registered cultivars in these gardens, plus hundreds of additional seedlings hybridized by some of the hosts. Free event. Public restrooms available at two locations. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For info on each garden and a map of locations, visit pplantpeddler.com, facebook.com/flag.city.daylily.tour/, call Mike at 419-889-8827 or email email@example.com.
July 16, Pataskala
West Licking Historical Society's 3rd Annual Scenic Garden Tour,
Western Licking County
Come tour several beautiful gardens in the Pataskala and Western Licking County areas on July 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the West Licking Historical Society. Tickets cost $12 prior to the event day, and $15 on the day of the event. Children 6 and under are free. For tickets call M.L. Roberts at 740-927-1452.
July 17, Columbus
25th Annual WesterFlora Garden Tour, Westerville
The “25th Celebration of Beauty” will include 12 select gardens that will provide great gardening ideas and allow people to share information and generate excitement for gardening. The tour experience will be enhanced with artists painting onsite and musicians performing. The public is welcome. From 1 to 7 p.m. Free. Visit westerflora.com or call Linda at 614-891-5599.
July 24-26, Frankfort
Sunflower Festival, Main Street Downtown Frankfort
Come celebrate the beauty of sunflowers. This fun-filled family event will include arts and crafts, a sunflower show, food, all-day entertainment and a kiddy tractor pull. Friday night will feature the country music band McGuffey Lane. Parade starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday; from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission. Visit sunflowerfestival.net or call 740-703-4440.
July 28 and 30, Chagrin Falls
A Midsummer's Night Garden Event,Auburn Pointe Greenhouse
The event begins with a midsummer feast. Stroll through the moonlight garden vignettes featuring the sights, sounds, lighting and fragrances of an evening garden. Then witness nature's magic at the luna moth release. You will take home two complimentary plants for your own moonlight garden. From 7 to 9:30 p.m. Costs $55 per person. Contact Auburn Pointe Greenhouse at auburnpointegreenhouse.com or call 440-543-7455.
August 7, Toledo
Sunday Short Hort: Urban Gardening, Toledo Botanical Garden
Gain some knowledge, give some time. Get a lesson in plant cultivation from one of Toledo Botanical Garden’s horticulturists followed by a two-hour volunteer session in TBG’s 60-plus acres of lush gardens. Meet at the Urban Garden at 900 Oneida St. From 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 419-536-5566.
August 18, Cincinnati
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Plant Trials Day Symposium, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
This all-day symposium is focused on great garden plants. Top speakers will include Peter Zale of Longwood Gardens and Joe Rothleutner from the Morton Arboretum. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $49, which will include everything. Visit cincinnatizoo.org.
August 20, Chesterland
Western Reserve Daylily Society Sale, Chesterland Historical Village Flea Market
Transform your garden with unique bare-root daylily plant divisions donated from Northeast Ohio collector’s gardens especially for this sale. These daylily plant divisions 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 colors, a variety of shapes and sizes, various fancy eyes and edges, and bloom times from late spring to autumn. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $2 for flea market admission. Held at the corner of Mayfield Rd. and Caves Rd. Call 440-968-3896 or visit westernreservedaylilysociety.org.
August 21, Akron
Goodyear Band Concert, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a concert by the Stan Hywet Goodyear Concert Band. The band performs a variety of classics and standards on the Ellipse. Enjoy an afternoon of music, and stroll through the gardens before or after the concert. From 3 to 4 p.m. Cost is included in the garden and grounds admission. Visit stanhywet.org or call 888-836-5533.