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Upcoming Events for Ohio

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Now through September 28 Columbus

Blooms and Butterflies
Franklin Park Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory offers you a chance to get an up close view at the fascinating life cycle of the butterfly. Tropical species from around the globe emerge from their chrysalises right before your eyes, while hundreds of butterflies fly freely around the indoor Pacific Island Water Garden. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday until 8 p.m., adults/$12, seniors and students/$9, children 3 to 17/$6, children 2 and under/free. Visit or call (614) 715-8000.

July 1-August 24 Cleveland

Nature Connects,
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Discover the extraordinary building blocks of nature through this interactive attraction, featuring 14 astounding sculptures made with LEGO bricks by renowned builder Sean Kenney. Plus, building and learning activities for children and a LEGO brick sculpture competition. Free/garden members, $11/nonmember adult, $6/nonmember child. Visit or call (216) 721-1600 for hours.

July 2-August 27 Cleveland

Gourmets in the Garden,
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Sample savory bites of some of Cleveland’s hottest chefs in the beautiful setting of Cleveland’s public garden. Plus, enjoy cocktails on the terrace and get culinary advice from the best gourmets in town. 6:30 p.m. $5/session for garden members, $14.50/session for nonmembers. Visit or call (216) 721-1600.

July 3-20 Akron

Ohio Shakespeare Festival,
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Enjoy strolling through the artfully landscaped gardens and grounds of Stan Hywet before settling down for the Shakespearean performance of “Twelfth Night” (July 3-6, 10-13 and 17-20) or “Henry IV”, Part 1 (July 31), 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the lagoon. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call (330) 673-8761.

July 5-August 30 Cleveland

Ask the Gardener,
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Talk to local master gardeners about ways to improve your own garden and deal with botanical issues at home. Noon until 4 p.m., free with garden admission. Visit or call (216) 721-1600 for more information.

July 12-15 Columbus

Cultivate’14, An AmericanHort Experience,
Greater Columbus Convention Center
This annual trade show was formerly known as OFA Short Course, but it will continue to offer premier educational and networking experiences. Among those who attend are garden retailers, greenhouse growers, nursery growers, florists, interior plantscapers, landscapers, industry professionals and more. Those who should attend work in horticulture, are interested in a career in horticulture, are looking to buy horticultural products or services for your business, or are looking to sell to horticulture companies. For more information and to register, visit or call (614) 487-1117.


July 13 Cleveland

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days,
Cleveland area
Explore four private gardens in Lakewood and Shaker Heights, open to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include antique and vintage garden statuary and fountains, garden rooms connected by secret pathways, a sunken stone patio with Italian-inspired accents, and a log cabin picnic house. No reservations required; rain or shine. Admission to each garden is $7; children 12 and under free. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit or call weekdays 888-842-2442 for more information.

July 19 Delaware

8th Annual Gardening and Arts Festival,
Scioto Gardens
Dozens of local artists, craftsmen and musicians welcome guests at this uniquely natural nursery setting. Native and unusual plants are for sale along with the work of many fine artists. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit or call (740) 363-8264.

July 19-August 3 Delaware

BIA Parade of Homes,
Trails End in Delaware County
The 148-home development sits on 216 scenic, wooded acres that are perched on a plateau overlooking a portion of the Olentangy river valley. Southwest corner of Home Road and State Route 315. Parking is $2/car. Visit or call (614) 891-0575 for additional information.

July 20 Westerville

WesterFlora Garden Tour “Hidden Treasures,”
Westerville Community
This will be the 23rd annual tour of select gardens in the Westerville community. This tour of gardens, along with many others in the central Ohio area, began the same year as AmeriFlora International Flower show was held in Columbus and only Westerville’s WesterFlora has continued as an annual event. Artists and musicians will be incorporated throughout the gardens. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free event. Visit or call Karen Hovey at (614) 882-9955.

August 1-20 Akron

Ohio Shakespeare Festival,
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Enjoy strolling through the artfully landscaped gardens and grounds of Stan Hywet before settling down for the Shakespearean performance of “Henry IV,” Part 1 (August 1-3, 7-10, 17-20), 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the lagoon. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call (330) 673-8761.

August 7 Cincinnati

Wild About Wine, A Toast to the Wild,
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Guests will enjoy wine sampling, food-by-the-bite from local restaurants, live music, up-close animal encounters and more. Proceeds support the zoo’s Lindner Center for the Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Costs $40/ticket. Visit or call (513) 281-4700 for more information.

August 16 Chesterland

Western Reserve Daylily Society Sale,
Chesterland Historical Village Flea Market
Transform your garden from ordinary to amazing with unique bare-root daylily plant divisions donated from northeast Ohio collectors’ gardens especially for this sale. These living works of art 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 dazzling colors, a variety of shapes and sizes, various fancy eyes and edges, and bloom from late spring until autumn. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Costs $2/flea market admission, at the corner of Mayfield Road and Caves Road. For details, visit or call Rae Dickens at (440) 968-3896.

August 30-31 Frankfort

International Sunflower Festival,
Main Street Downtown Frankfort
Come celebrate the beauty of sunflowers! This family event will include arts and crafts, a sunflower show, food, and all-day entertainment, including a kiddy tractor pull. Parade starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission. Visit or call (740) 703-4440 for more information.