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January Articles





Upcoming Events for Ohio

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@statebystategardening.com.




January 9 Columbus

Orchids, Franklin Park Conservatory

Hundreds of colorful and delicate orchids provide respite from winter’s gray chill. Enjoy an immersive, artistic exhibit in Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse and orchid displays throughout the conservatory’s indoor gardens. Call 614-715-8000 or visit fpconseratory.org.


January 15 Columbus

Wedding Showcase,Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Enjoy an elegant evening at central Ohio’s premier wedding venue. Meet select vendors representing the best of the wedding industry and view the conservatory’s unique spaces, including a new venue. Indulge in cuisine, wine and a bubbly bar, enjoy live entertainment and designer fashions, and enter to win prizes. From 6 to 9 p.m. Costs $18 in advance, $22 at the door. Visit fpconservatory.orgto register or call 614-715-8000.


January 15-17 Columbus

Columbus Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall E/F

From top-quality exhibits to informative seminars and demonstrations, you’ll discover thousands of smart, stylish and cost-effective ways to design and renovate your home. Friday noon to7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $6 adults, free for children under 18. Visit homeshowcenter.com for ticket discounts, or call 800-374-6463.


January 16-17 Hamilton

Hamilton IceFest, Downtown Hamilton

Winter is here, and that can only mean one thing — the return of IceFest in Hamilton. IceFest whisks visitors away to a winter wonderland filled with ice sculptures, ice carvings competitions, hot chocolate and family activities. The Hamilton-based City of Sculpture plans the event. An estimated 200 blocks and 40 tons of ice are needed for the event; then locally and nationally based carvers will chisel and create works of art. IceFest features a Technicolor Ice Walk, Human Dog Sled Races and competition carving. Call 513-895-3934 or visit cityofsculpture.org/icefest.html.


January 17 Hocking Hills

Winter Hike at Hocking Hills,Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center

More than 5,000 outdoor enthusiasts will participate in the Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike. Hikers should meet at the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center anytime between 9 to 11 a.m. The event is free, but donations are encouraged for the refreshments and for the return ride to Old Man’s Cave. Commemorative patches and hiking stick medallions are available for purchase. Call 740-395-6841 or visit hockinghills.com/winter_hike.html.


January 15-17 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 products. Bring all your home improvement questions and have them answered by the experts. Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $4 for adults, free for children under 18. Visit homeshowcenter.com for ticket discounts, or call 800-374-6463.


January 31-March 8 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. This year the Cleveland Botanical Gardenpairs the orchids with the vibrant setting of New Orleans in a Mardi Gras. Free for garden members, $11 for non-member adults, free for children under 2. For hours and more information, visit cbgarden.orgor call 216-721-1600.




February 13-14 Cleveland

Spring Orchid Show, Cleveland Botanical Garden

The Greater Cleveland Orchid Society will hold its annual spring orchid show on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden at 11030 East Blvd. The show is open to the public and is family friendly. Parking is available at the center. There is an admission fee for non-members of Cleveland Botanical Gardens or its reciprocal garden members. The show features hundreds of blooming orchids (photographers are welcome), expert orchid advice, book sales, orchid culture information and free workshops. There will be potting supplies as well as orchids for sale. Visit gcos.org for information and plant registration or call Tom at 440-247-2789 or wpeckis@roadrunner.com.


February 13-14 Granville

Growing Right by Nature OEFFA Conference 2016, 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. Visit oeffa.org/conference2016 for more information and to register or call contact Milo Petruziello at 614-421-2022 ext. 206.


February 5-14 Cleveland

The Great Big Home and Garden Show, Cleveland’s IX Center

Renew, refresh and restore your home. Celebrities and experts include “Two Chicks and a Hammer” from the HGTV network show and “The Beekman Boys” from the Cooking Channel show. This event features numerous celebrity chefs, home improvement experts and landscape design professionals. Costs adults $15 (online tickets for $12), seniors (65 and up) $11, children 6-12 $5, children 5 and under are free. Visit greatbighomeandgarden.com or call 440-248-5729.



February 14 Cleveland

Mushrooms of Ohio, Holden Arboretum

Mushrooms are fungi, and they display an amazing variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Mushrooms exist within a complex web of interrelationships with trees and other plants. There are more than 2,000 kinds of mushrooms in Ohio. Some are edible and delicious, a small number are toxic (and a few are deadly). Join Ian Adams, a well-known Ohio photographer and writer, for a photographic journey through the fantastic world of Ohio’s fungi. From 2 to 4 p.m. Costs $5 for members, $15 for non-members. Call 440-946-4400 or visit holdenarb.org/visit/firesidelectureseries.asp.


February 20 Youngstown

Annual Winter Seminar, Millcreek Metro Park

This seminar titled, “Planting an Inviting Garden: Plants, Light, Art,” is hosted by the Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown and Fellows Riverside Garden. Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and door prizes. Held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit mgcy.orgor call 330-518-6397.


February 26-28 Akron

HBA Akron Home and Flower Show, John S. Knight Center

Feature attractions of this show include great display gardens, home improvement vendors, celebrity guests and more. There will be more than 7,000 square feet of featured gardens and flowers showcasing the latest trends plus garden seminars packed full of useful garden advice. Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs adults $10, children 12 and under free. Call 800-783-9589 or visit akronhomeandflowershow.com.