2020 local public events


NOTE! Please Check the Event Link for any Cancellations

>  Oakland Nursery's Spring Fling Event  Saturday and Sunday March 7th and 8, 14 and 15.

Oakland is celebrating 80 years in the business with sales, door prizes, garden experts, kids activities and much more. Click Spring Fling for details for each location.

>  How to Start Dahlia Tubers and Grow Beautiful Blooms  Sunday March 8   2-4pm  

Inniswood Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Sponsored by the Greater Columbus Dahlia Society. Free to the Public  columbusdahlias.com 

Franklin County Metro Parks For more information, call 614-891-0700

> These are Not your Grandma’s Annuals   Wednesday March 11   11am- 2pm

March meeting of the Worthington Hills Garden Club,  920 Club View Drive

The program will feature Pam Bennett sharing results of OSU field trials of top-rated low-maintenance annuals.  Arrive at 11 a.m. to register then business meeting, lunch and program to follow. Public welcome with $21 fee. Make reservation by Saturday at 614-436-4188

>  2020 Spring Tree and Plant Sale    

Sponsored by Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District

A great source for naturalizing with native plants and trees. Submit your order today through March 29th. Plant pick-up April 17 and 18th.  Click link above for details.

> Register NOW for Hosta College 2020  Friday and Saturday March 20-21   

8811 Career Drive Piqua, OH 45356  (just north of Dayton)

Choose from more than 50 classes on a variety of gardening topics, not just Hostas. This event is sponsored by the American Hosta Society, Great Lakes Region . Get detailed information at this link 2020 Hosta College

>  Secrets, Hidden Gems and The lesser Known of Your Metro Parks  Hosted by Wild Ones Cols. Chapter 

Saturday March 14  10am-12pm  Oakleaf Village of Columbus, 5500 Karl Rd. 

Tim Moloney, Executive Director of the Metro Parks this journey will educate us on some of the more fascinating adventures that exist within the largest locally managed park system in Ohio. Whether you are a lifetime visitor to the parks, or if you have never been, we can guarantee you will learn something new. free to public 


> Gardens at Gantz Spring Symposium  Saturday March 28th, 8am-3:30pm, Grove City OH

Enjoy a day of education and camaraderie while celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day hosted by the Gardens at Gantz Farm Volunteers. Learn about herb-related topics, accentuating landscaping by planting seasonal bulbs and choosing plants that perform best locally, distilling herbs, gardening for dragonflies and more. Click the green link above to access brochure of the days events and how to register. SORRY SOLD OUT Teri W and I went last year and highly recommend going. 

> Columbus Garden School   1350 E Cooke Rd, Columbus, OH

In addition to learning about all aspects of gardening, you can take classes in food prep, urban animal care, home maintenance, and a wide variety of arts and crafts. List of classes updated weekly. Click here to see what's new  ColumbusGardenSchool

> Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Spring ParkScope Program Guide

To make it easier to find programs of interest to you, here is a link to the  Spring Program Guide  which lists programs for all 20 parks. In order to reduce Metro Parks environmental foot print, the printed ParkScope booklet has been discontinued.

> Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 10am-5pm daily   614-715-8000

Orchids  ENDING SOON -March 8

The golden age of glass houses is back, during the Conservatory’s annual orchid exhibition. Thousands of vibrant orchids are displayed with a modern spin of the Victorian Era, kicking off the Conservatory’s year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of Columbus’ very own historic glass house: the John F. Wolfe Palm House and the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. In addition, each Sunday members of the Central Ohio Orchid Society will be available to answer your questions.


Chihuly Nights  January 9 - March 28

Experience Franklin Park Conservatory awash in the vibrant colors of stunning glass artwork by Dale Chihuly. Click Details to get current hours and pricing.


Chihuly: Celebrating Nature   Now thru March 29 2020

The Conservatory is thrilled to exhibit its full collection, the largest Chihuly collection in a botanical garden, once again.  https://www.fpconservatory.org/explore/exhibit

Explore Classes and Programs for a variety of interests and ages. 


Discounts for you at "Conservatory Community Days"

On the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm. Check their website for exceptions. 

> Looking for more local garden Events, Programs or Classes???

Try searching our website under Links of Interest there you'll find places like "Columbus Garden School", groups like the "Wild Ones", or places like Cedar Bog" which have calendars on their websites listing what they have going on. So go ahead and explore the many links and find what interests you. Not just Hostas!

April and May

> Tree Identification Tour & The Benefits of Trees    Saturday April 11   10am-noon  Sponsored by "The Wild Ones" Columbus Chapter.  

While walking through Inniswood Metro Garden, Jim Chatfield, OSU Professor, will share how proper tree selection and problem diagnostics begins with knowing the plant and its site requirements. We will spend some time learning and relearning our trees and the usefulness of knowing their numerous names. Breathe in the beginning of the season.  Meet at Innis House, rain or shine.  Free to the public

> Earth Day Hilliard  Saturday April 25 10am to Noon 

Hilliard Community Center 3800 Veterans Memorial Dr, Hilliard 

Please visit the Hilliard Area Garden Club table Saturday morning. Stay Tuned For More Details or visit Go Green Hilliard

>  Spring Plant Sale and Auction Fund Raiser... benefiting the OSU College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. May 7,8,9. Click green link for hours and location.

>  Wild Ones Columbus Chapter Annual Plant Sale   Saturday May 23  9am-1pm

Sale is located behind Whetstone Recreation Center in Clintionville

A great event to pick up some Ohio native plants for a good price. Many donated from member gardens as well as plants from Natives in Harmony. Arrive early for best selection.