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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 or call 614-645-8733.


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





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


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


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 or call 888-836-5533.




September 3 - October 15, Columbus
Blooming Roses and Fall Color, Whetstone Park of Roses
Many visitors to the Columbus Park of Roses know that June is a peak bloom season in the garden. Far fewer visitors mark their calendars to return in the fall for the second big flush of flowers, from early to mid-September the roses are blooming and the fall tree foliage is beginning to turn colors, peaking in October. Free, open to the public. Visit or call 614-261-1762.


September 16-18, Albany
18th 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, workshops, 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 5p.m. Costs: weekend pass $30, day pass $15, kids 12 and under free. Visit or call 740-698-6060.


September 17, Beavercreek
Greene County Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale, Wartinger Historical Park Barn
Get ready to fill your garden with beautiful plants, flowers and herbs. Also available are gently used books and other garden treasures at great prices. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3080 Kemp Rd. Beavercreek. Visit under Event Calendar, or call 937-372-9971 or email


September 22, Dayton
Melinda Myers Garden Seminar, Presidential Banquet Center
The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program of Montgomery County is pleased to present Melinda Meyers, nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist. Melinda has more than 30 years of horticultural experience and has written more than 20 gardening books. Learn about “Low Maintenance, Big Impact Perennial Gardens” at the morning seminar and “Garden Renovations for Any Size Landscape” at the afternoon seminar. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $35 for all Master Gardeners and $50 for the general public. Cost includes two seminars, continental breakfast, lunch with beverage and afternoon refreshments. Registration deadline: Sept. 12. Visit for registration information or call 937-224-9654.




October 1, Newark
Fall Festival, Dawes Arboretum
Where better to honor the start of autumn than the Dawes Arboretum? Celebrate the harvest season with a family event that explores homesteading techniques and seasonally appropriate gardening tips. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Call 740-323-2355 or go to


October 2, Toledo
Sunday Hort Short: Fall Lawn Care, 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 2-hour volunteer session in TBG’s 60-plus acres of lush gardens. From 9:30 a.m. to noon. Visit or call 419-536-5566.


October 6-9, Akron
50th Annual Ohio Mart, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
This is Stan Hywet’s annual artisan craft showcase and major fundraiser for the estate. Enjoy the autumn weather and retail therapy with 120 artists and exhibitors, entertainment, activities for children and a sweepstakes raffle. Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $10 (which includes grounds and Ohio Mart entry), youth 6-17 years $4. Visit or call 888-836-5533.


October 8, Cleveland
Western Reserve Herb Society 71st Annual Herb Fair, Cleveland Botanical Garden
Explore an array of herb-based creations, from soaps and salves to décor. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit or call the Cleveland Botanical Garden at 216-721-1600.


October 15 - 16, Mansfield
The Great Pumpkin Glow, Kingwood Center Gardens
This family event features hundreds of carved and lit pumpkins, glowing balloons, scarecrows, festive gourds, towering corn stalks and chrysanthemums. Explore on foot, and then purchase tickets for a horse-drawn hay wagon ride. Warm up and enjoy treats before you continue along the jack-o’-lantern trail. Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the gate. Children 6 and under admitted free. The public is invited to help carve pumpkins in advance. For details on pumpkin carving or to purchase tickets, visit or call 419-522-0211 Ext. 107.


October 19-22, Circleville
Circleville Pumpkin Show, Downtown Circleville
Come to the oldest and largest pumpkin show around. More than 100,000 pumpkin donuts and 23,000 pumpkin pies are estimated to be sold during the four day show. More than 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash and gourds will be on the street display. Forty floats and 50 bands will participate in seven different parades throughout the four days. The streets will be filled with 25 to 30 amusement park rides and about 300 game, food and craft booths. In 2015, the largest pumpkin weighed in at 1,666 pounds. Free admission. Visit for a schedule of events and times of operation or call 740-474-7000.


October 21-23, Coshocton
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival, Roscoe Village
Once a bustling port on the Ohio and Erie Canal, Roscoe Village now mixes the charm and history of the 1800s with fun for all ages. Enjoy live music, food, arts and crafts while celebrating the fall harvest season at the historic Roscoe Village. Visit or call 740-622-7644.


October 22-23, Coshocton
Fall Foliage and Farm Tour, Western Coshocton County
The Coshocton County Ohio State University Extension, Soil and Water Conservation District and Farm Service Agency will again sponsor a Drive-It-Yourself Fall Foliage and Farm Tour. The tour will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s tour will highlight the northwest section of Coshocton County and will focus on the history of the area as well as provide the opportunity for participants to have an up-close experience of a variety of agricultural enterprises along the tour route. Contact Tammi Rogers at 740-622-2265 or email