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Upcoming Events for Ohio
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July 1-September 20 Akron
Stan Hywet Hall
Guests on the estate are in for an extraordinary experience with a display throughout the gardens of 32 magnificent glass installations by noted glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith. Glass installations in Bloom will be showcased in light during Twilights and Flashlights, special evening garden tours Aug. 21-22, 27-28 and Sept. 3-4. Visit stanhywet.org or call 330-836-5533.
July 7, 14, 21, 28 Cleveland
Arts in the Garden
Cleveland Botanical Garden
The garden’s youngest guests (ages 2-6) along with their adult can look forward to fun and creative outdoor summer experiences with the return of the Botanical Arts for Kids series. Arts in the Garden is presented in collaboration with Beck Center for the Arts. From 10:15-11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-noon. Four-week series costs: $42/member child and adult; $60/nonmember child and adult, includes discounted parking and garden admission, register in advance online at cbgarden.org or by calling 216-721-1600 x 100.
July 9-September 10 Toledo
Jazz in the Garden
Toledo Botanical Garden
Enjoy cool jazz and warm nights in the garden every Thursday. Bring your blankets and chairs and pack a picnic or buy some food by PoMo’s ribs. Ice cream and non-alcoholic drinks will also be for sale. Visit toledogarden.org or call 419-536-5566.
July 10-12 Rockbridge
Bishop Educational Gardens
This is the ultimate festival for flower and art lovers. Lilyfest is held annually and features multiple flower gardens cared by local gardeners. Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free, but donations are appreciated. Visit lilyfest.com or call 740-969-2873.
July 11 Newark
Tallgrass Prairies of Ohio and a Recipe for Making a Prairie Garden
The tallgrass prairie biome is unique to North America. In this Second Saturdays Speaker Series presentation, Guy Denny, current president and a founding member of the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association, examines the origin and ecology of the prairies of North America, and the tallgrass prairie biome. Participants get a look at the different types of native tallgrass prairie remnants in Ohio with attention to the flora and fauna of tallgrass prairie ecosystems. The presentation also covers how to establish and maintain your own tallgrass prairie garden. From 10-11 a.m. Free. Visit dawesarb.org or call 740-323-2355.
July 18 Delaware
Gardening and Arts Festival
Dozens of local artists, craftsmen and musicians welcome guests throughout this uniquely natural nursery setting. Native and unusual plants are available for sale along with the work of many fine artists. Great music, local food and free gardening workshops to give you guidance in the art of gardening are offered throughout the day. From 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Call 740-363-8264 or visit sciotogardens.com.
July 18-1 9 Columbus
Columbus Bonsai Society Annual Show
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The Columbus Bonsai Society is an educational and social organization for those interested in this classic Japanese form of horticulture. Each year, the organization presents a show to educate the public about this art form. During the event, club members will display many examples of the miniature trees they have patiently trained and nurtured. Workshops and demonstrations will take place so participants can get a hands-on feel for what is involved in creating a bonsai. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Costs $10. Call 614-890-1995 or visit fpconservatory.org.
July 19 Columbus
Jeni’s Mint Fest
The ice cream stand is open — see where the key ingredient to Jeni’s Backyard Mint is grown. Sponsored by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. From 1-4 p.m. Costs adults $10, kids $5, 3 years and under are free. Visit jorgensen-farms.com or call 614-855-2697.
July 19 Columbus
24th Annual WesterFlora Garden Tour
Westerville Residential Gardens
WesterFlora has been voted by Garden Club of Ohio as Ohio’s “Best Residential Garden Tour” for the last two years. This is a great opportunity to tour some of Westerville’s most beautiful residential gardens. Talented musicians, singers and a cappella groups will perform at selected properties. From 1-7 p.m., the public is welcome, free of charge, Visit westerflora.com or call Karen Hovey at 614-882-9955.
July 30-August 1 Chagrin Falls
A Midsummer Night’s Garden Event
Auburn Point Greenhouse
Begin with a midsummer feast, then stroll through the grounds to see moonlight garden vignettes featuring the evening garden. You will also witness a luna moth release. From 7-9:30 p.m., costs $50; preregistration required. Held at Auburn Pointe Greenhouse, 10089 E. Washington St. Contact 440-543-7455.
August 1 Newark
1st Saturday Grounds and Gardens Tour
Join an arboretum horticulturist for a wagon ride and tour to the flowering shrubs collection on the arboretum’s south end. Seating is limited — first come, first served. From 1-2 p.m. Free, but donations are welcome. Visit dawesarb.org or call 800-44-DAWES.
August 14-15 Reynoldsburg
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival
Annually, for the past 50 years, the citizens of Reynoldsburg have organized the Tomato Festival in celebration and remembrance of a 1965 proclamation from the Franklin County Historical Society naming Reynoldsburg as the birthplace of the commercial tomato. Each year the festival draws thousands of people from all over the state who want to enjoy homegrown family fun through tomato displays and contests, concessions, arts and crafts exhibits, live musical entertainment, children’s activities and the opportunity to meet the friendly people of Reynoldsburg. On Friday from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Visit reynoldsburgtomatofestival.org or call 614-866-4888.
August 15-16 Marysville
Greater Columbus Dahlia Society Show,
The Greater Columbus Dahlia Society hosts its 50th Anniversary Dahlia Show; see the best growers in the country display hundreds of dahlia blooms and floral arrangements for the two days. Saturday, Aug. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Held at the Marysville YMCA, 1150 Charles Lane, Marysville OH 43040. Visit columbusdahlias.com.
August 16 Columbus
A perennial favorite. Join us for a dinner crafted by local luminaries featuring food grown here and by select central Ohio producers. From 5-9 p.m. Costs adults $75, seats are limited. Visit jorgensen-farms.com to register or call 614-855-2697.