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Through October 1, Mansfield

Ribbit the Exhibit
Kingwood Center

A remarkable exhibit of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures by J.A. Cobb will be on display in the gardens. For all ages – these whimsical sculptures are like nothing else you have ever seen. Along with this display there will be many educational opportunities and activities for children Admission costs $5. For details visit, or call 419-522-0211.


Through October 31, Mansfield

Ribbit the Exhibit
Kingwood Center Gardens

A remarkable exhibit, continued from August, of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures by J.A. Cobb will be on display in the gardens. A unique treat for all ages, these whimsical sculptures are like nothing else you have ever seen. Along with this display will be many educational opportunities and activities for children. Admission costs $5. Visit, or call 419-522-0211.


Through 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 time in the garden. 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 15-17, Albany
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 food, entertainment, unique arts and crafts, and local businesses throughout southeastern Ohio and beyond. Costs $15 for a one day pass; $30 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under free; senior citizens’ discount for guests 60 and over. Visit


September 21, Dayton
Jenny Rose Carey
Walnut Grove Country Club

Join the Montgomery County Master Gardener Association for a two-session program presented by Jenny Rose Carey, horticulturist at Temple University who has been lecturing nationally and internationally for years. Topics include “Shade Gardening” and “Xeriscaping.” From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $30, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden is the title of the book for sale. Register by Sept. 21, make checks payable to GMCMGA and mail to P.O. Box 292421, Stroop Road Facility, Kettering, OH 45429. For more information, contact


September 21, Toledo
Harvest Market Dinner
Toledo Botanical Garden

The Annual Harvest Market Dinner is a festive evening in a vibrant, bustling market, where guests taste and sample a wide variety of fresh, sustainably-grown local food dishes. All food is prepared by local restaurants and chefs. From 6 to 10 p.m. Visit; or to order tickets contact Carol Gray at 419-536-2039, or email




October 7-8, Kirkland
Goblins in the Garden
The Holden Arboretum

“Goblins in the Garden” is a family friendly, non-scary Halloween event. Kids can traverse the trick-or-treat trail and enjoy wagon rides. Start at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center first. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 440-946-4400, or visit for more information.


October 13, 14, 20, 21, Alliance
Spooky Science
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Mix up your own science experiments including glow-in-the-dark slime, create an owl mask, take a hay ride, dig up bones, watch the mad scientist, and get up-close with reptiles and woodland animals. Spooky Science is all about teaching people about things in nature that can "spook or creep" you out, like spiders, snakes, and bats. Bring the whole family. At Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St NE from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. Costs $8 per person, $6 for members, and ages 2 and under are free. Visit, email, or call 330-829-7050.


October 14, Cleveland
Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair
Cleveland Botanical Garden

At the 72nd Annual Herb Fair you can explore an amazing array of herb-based creations, from soaps and salves to décor. The fair offers educational opportunities, shopping, and tours. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more information.


October 14-15, Mansfield
The Great Pumpkin Glow
Kingwood Center Gardens

This award-winning family event returns with hundreds of carved and lit pumpkins, glowing balloons, friendly scarecrows, festive gourds, towering corn stalks, and beautiful chrysanthemums. Explore on foot, feel the brisk autumn air, and then warm up and enjoy snacks before you continue along the jack-o-lantern trail. Tickets cost $6 in advance, $8 at the gate, children 6 and under are free. The public is welcome to help carve pumpkins in advance, for details on pumpkin carving, or to purchase tickets, visit, or call 419-522-0211 ext. 107.


October 18-21, Circleville
Circleville Pumpkin Show
Downtown Circleville

The Circleville Pumpkin Show is the largest pumpkin show in the area. More than 100,000 pumpkin donuts and 23,000 pumpkin pies are sold during the four-day event. In addition, more than 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds are on the street display. More than 40 floats and 50 bands will participate in seven different parades, and the streets are filled with 25 to 30 amusement park rides plus 300-plus game, food, and craft booths. Free admission. Visit for schedule of events and times of operation.


October 20-22, Coshocton
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival
Roscoe Village

Enjoy live music, food, arts, and crafts while celebrating the fall season at the historic Roscoe Village. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events throughout the weekend include living history tours, Spirit of Roscoe lantern tours, canal boat rides, and a children’s activity area. Visit, or call 740-622-7644.


October 21, Newark
Fall Festival and Plant Sale
Dawes Arboretum

Where better to honor the start of autumn than the Dawes Arboretum? Celebrate the harvest season with an enjoyable family event that explores homesteading techniques and seasonally appropriate gardening tips. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Call 740-323-2355, or go to


October 21-22 Columbus
Ikebana International Columbus Chapter 84 Exhibit
Franklin Park Conservatory

The three schools of Ikebana represented at the 43rd annual exhibit will be Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu. This exhibit is a perfect opportunity for members to share their love of Japanese flower arranging and the related arts with the public. If you are interested in seeing members arranging and staging, please come the day before (Oct. 20) the exhibit officially opens. Call 614-715-8000, or visit


October 25, Springfield
Trees for Ohio Workshop
Snyder Park Gardens and Arboretum

If you’re wondering what to plant in place of your ash trees, or if your property lacks luster, these experts will help by introducing you to some underused as well as familiar trees suited to our local landscapes. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Costs $40, lunch included. Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, Clark County. Contact Janet Wasko Myers at 937-521-3860 or email


October 27, Springfield
Tool Sharpening Workshop
Snyder Park Clubhouse

Bring in your hand tools, which might include pruners, hoes, shovels, and such. The workshop will take place at Snyder Park Clubhouse, 1900 Park Street, Springfield, OH 45504, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Costs $35, lunch included. Pam Bennett, Ohio State University Extension horticulture educator and state Master Gardener volunteer program director, will discuss the “Dos and Don’ts of Sharpening.” Sponsored by OSU Extension, Clark County. Contact Janet Wasko Myers at 937-521-3860 or e-mail m