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Upcoming Events for Ohio

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March 31, April 7, 14, 21, Columbus
Basic Garden Design II (Four Week Series)
Franklin Park Conservatory

These four classes (March 31, April 7, 14, 21) teach you basic design principles to create your own landscape plan. Design a customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs. Draw and add to your master plan each week, with the final class is devoted to individualized sessions and specific guidance on your completed plan. Homework advised. Led by Conservatory Educator Christie Nohle; prerequisite: Basic Garden Design I Lecture. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $70; $60 for members. To register visit fpconservatory.org, or call 614-715-8022.



April 1-30, Cincinnati
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

This is a great way to say goodbye to an Ohio winter – walk through a botanical garden full of thousands of tulips. Considered the largest tulip display in the Midwest, the entire month of April is a celebration of the gardens at the zoo. Free with zoo admission. Visit cincinnatizoo.org, or call 513-281-4700.

April 4-25, Cincinnati
Tunes and Blooms
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Enjoy an evening of music while strolling through the botanical gardens. Thursdays, after 6 p.m. is free admission into the zoo (limited exhibits open); music in the gardens from 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Visit cincinnatizoo.org, or call 513-281-4700.

April 16-May 20, Alliance
Art in Bloom
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

This annual Spring Flower & Art Exhibit features various movements of the arts nestled in with thousands of beautiful flowers and plants resulting in a “horticultural art gallery” of color and fragrance. Explore our gardens and trails and discover unique artwork highlighting many local artists. While visiting, enjoy creating your own art in the hands-on, make & take art studio where a different art project is featured each week. This is a fantastic event for the whole family! Come stroll through our gardens and be inspired! April 16, 2018 through May 20, 2018, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 12-5 pm, at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Alliance. General admission is $5 per person. Beech Creek Members and children ages 2 and younger receive free admission. For more information, visit beechcreekgardens.org.


April 16-June 8, Alliance
School Field Trips
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Bring your students on a field trip to Beech Creek Gardens for a day filled with hands-on learning and lots of fun! Trained instructors provide students with guided instruction, leading them through interactive, hands-on activities in the Amazing Garden Plant Science Center. Students will also go on a guided hike with field work specific to the chosen learning topic. Choose from a variety of learning topics, such as life cycles, fossils, soil, or create a custom program. Educational programming is available for grades K-12 and meets the current state curriculum requirements for Ohio. Must have a group size of at least 25 students to be eligible for this guided program, and most of the areas involved with the program are wheelchair accessible. Scheduling is now open for the 2018 season and fills quickly! Field trips are available weekdays from April 16, 2018 through June 8, 2018 at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Alliance. Come explore with us! To schedule a school field trip, call (330) 829-7050. For more information, visit beechcreekgardens.org.

April 21, Cleveland
Garden to Table
Happy Days Lodge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This all-day spring seminar is hosted by the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County. This vegetable and fruit seminar focuses on the successful selection, growing, harvesting, preparation, and use of produce. It also covers topics to help any home gardener find success. Open to the public, “Garden to Table” is one of the fundraisers held throughout the year that supports the projects the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County offer at no charge to the residents of Cuyahoga County. Visit cuyahogamg.org or, call 216-429-8200, extension 217.


April 22, Alliance
​Earth Day at Beech Creek Gardens
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Celebrate Earth Day by uniting with others from the local community to do something meaningful for the environment and the planet! Make a positive difference in the northeast Ohio community by volunteering your time to help improve the grounds at Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve. There will be volunteer opportunities for all ages. Projects may include trail maintenance, garden cleanup, native garden conservation, picnic table building, and more. Meet at the Visitor Center, and dress for the weather and bring work gloves. Scout Troops and groups are welcome to participate. Afterwards, volunteers will enjoy a hotdog cookout. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. April 22, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Alliance. For more information about volunteering at Beech Creek Gardens, visit beechcreekgardens.org.

April 28, Newark
Arbor Day Festival
The Dawes Arboretum

The Dawes Arboretum Arbor Day Festival is a celebration of trees and nature. Visitors can expect family-focused learning opportunities. Children can get a new perspective on trees by participating in supervised tree climbing. Interactive displays offer crafts and activities throughout the day. Food trucks will be onsite, and the arboretum will also hold a plant sale during the festival. The first 300 families in attendance receive a free tree to take home and plant in honor of Arbor Day. Free admission. Visit dawesarb.org, or call 800-44-DAWES.




May 5, 6,11,12,13 Kent
Wolcott Lilac Gardens
Wolcott Lilac Gardens at Christ Episcopal Church

The Wolcott Lilac Gardens will be open May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 6 from noon to 5 p.m., May 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and May 13 from noon until 5 p.m. Costs a $3 donation; kids are free. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Parking is on Pearl or at the Christ Episcopal Church at 118 S. Mantua. Entrance to the garden is from church parking lot. More information on Facebook at Lilac Gardens, or call 330-678-7234.

May 10-12, Columbus
Chadwick Arboretum Annual Spring Plant Sale
NW corner of Lane Ave. and Fred Taylor Dr.

Thursday, May 10, is member’s night beginning at 5:30 p.m., auction at 6 p.m., featuring live music and food. Open to the public Friday and Saturday. Consider becoming a member and support this amazing 16-acre arboretum in the middle of the city (plus you will get 10 percent discount at the plant sale). The sale will include unique trees, shrubs, perennials, tropicals, annuals, flowering baskets, vegetables, and more. Auction at noon every day. Visit chadwickarboretum.osu.edu for more information.

May 12 and 13, Cleveland
Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging Show
Cleveland Botanical Garden

See how practitioners of this ancient Japanese art arrange flowers to conform to certain principles of harmony, balance, and beauty. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free for members, free with garden admission for non-members. Call 216-721-1600, or visit cbgarden.org/calendar-of-events for more information.

May 12, Wooster
Plant Discovery Day
Secrest Arboretum Fisher Auditorium

Plant Discovery Day is a premier plant and art sale featuring hard-to-find annuals and perennials, herbs, woody plants, and art. Children will enjoy the Bug Zoo and a free tomato plant. Parking and admission are free. All proceeds support arboretum programming – research, education, outreach, and natural beauty. Check the website for annual, perennial, woody and herb lists. Silent auction items include unusual plants and unique art. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (plant sale), 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (silent auction). For more information visit secrest.osu.edu/events, or call 330-263-3761.

May 19, Columbus
Container Garden Design
Franklin Park Conservatory, The Wells Barn

Learn the basics of successful container gardening – plant selection, soil, and fertilizers. Create your own container in a moss-lined basket. All materials included. Bring gardening gloves and an apron. This hands-on workshop will be led by Conservatory Educator Christie Nohle. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $50 ($45 for members). Visit fpconservatory.org, or call 614-715-8022 to register.


May 26-31, Columbus
Heritage Rose Garden in Full Bloom
Whetstone Park of Roses

Late May is when the Heritage Rose Garden is in full bloom. Most of these fragrant “old garden roses” only bloom once a year – so don’t miss them. There are varieties in the garden that date back to the Roman Empire. Visit during daylight hours anytime in late May to witness this awe-inspiring beauty. Free. Call Nancy Walsh with the Columbus Park of Roses Foundation at 614-645-3391, or email rosefoundation@parkofroses.org for more information.



June 7-10, Gambier
2018 Annual Open House
Schnormeier Gardens

This is a once-a-year opportunity to visit the spectacular Schnormeier Gardens, 8701 Layman Rd., Gambier, located on 75 acres, which have a distinct Asian flavor. The gardens feature a variety of plantings, including rare conifers. The focal point of the property is the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home (interior not part of the public tour). Tours are self-guided. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., reservations are not required, although advance notice of groups visiting by bus would be appreciated. Free and open to the public (donations welcome). For more information, visit schnormeiergardens.org, or call 740-427-2612.

June 16 and 17, Cleveland
Cleveland Rose Society Show
Cleveland Botanical Garden

See the beautiful and colorful assortments of rose varieties on display for this sanctioned judged show. After seeing the rose show, be sure to visit the rose garden and enjoy the botanical garden’s amazing collection. From noon to 5 p.m. Free for members, with admission for non-members. Visit cbgarden.org, or call 216-721-1600 for information.

June 23, Akron
Summit County Master Gardeners’ Annual Tour of Gardens
Akron-area residential gardens

Explore and enjoy six local private gardens in this self-guided tour. Ticket holders are invited to the Posie Shoppe, which will be filled with garden items and Master-Gardener-grown plants. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $20 (advance sale tickets only). Become a patron and join the “Toast to the Tour” wine reception Friday evening, June 22, in a seventh secret garden. Patrons also receive tickets to the Saturday tour. Tickets available online starting April 28 at summitmastergardener.org, or call Kathy Blair at 330-592-4412.

June 28, Wooster
Propagation Workshop – Cuttings
Secrest Arboretum Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion

This workshop is designed to teach cutting propagation techniques for woody plants. Participants will have the opportunity to practice taking and making cuttings, and will take cuttings home. Registration required. From 9 a.m. to noon. Costs $10 members, $15 non-members. To register call Paul Snyder at 330-263-3761, or email snyder.1062@osu.edu.