Gardening & Nature

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Birding Basics

Saturday, April 26, 10:30am–12pm
Birding is more that just watching birds–it’s a year-round, outdoor recreational pursuit that all can enjoy. Learn the basics of bird watching, including where to look for birds and what gear is needed, during a short walk through the park. Take home a field guide for Ohio birds. Led by Nicole Jackson
$35 members; $40 non-members

Green Floral Design

Saturday, April 26, 2–4:30pm
Design a stunning floral arrangement using local, sustainably grown flowers as the highlight of your centerpiece. Learn basic design techniques to transform fresh flowers and foliage into a lovely garden arrangement. All materials included. Take home your centerpiece. Led by Kumiko Matsuura.
$65 members; $70 non-members (includes $30 materials fee)

Hot Pick Perennials

Wednesday, April 30, 5:30–7pm
Discover 25 favorite perennials loved for their beauty and low-maintenance while touring the Conservatory’s gardens. Go home with your own “hot pick” perennial seedling to kick start your gardening season.
$20 members; $25 non-members

The Allure of Daylilies

Saturday, May 3, 10–11:30am
The daylily is often described as the perfect perennial because it is suitable to grow in many types of landscapes, available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, and is able to survive with very little care. Learn all you need to know about planting and caring for daylilies, tour the Conservatory’s Ohio Hybridizers Historic Daylily Garden, and take home your own daylily. Led by Karen Ciula, Columbus Metropolitan Daylily Society.
$20 members; $25 non-members

Basic Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, May 3, 10:30am–12:30pm
Learn the basics of butterfly gardening, including butterfly needs, and the roles of host, nectar, exotic, and native plants. Take home native plant seeds and a list of butterfly-friendly plants.

$20 members; $25 non-members

Bee Gardening

Sunday, May 4, 10:30am–12:30pm
Bees are an integral part of our food web and gardening efforts. Learn about colony collapse disorder and how you can make your home landscape a healthy, happy place for local bees.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Live Begonia Wreath

Thursday, May 8, 6–8pm
Create a living wreath with beautiful begonias that bloom all summer. Make it for yourself or give the wreath as a Mother’s Day gift. All supplies are included. Bring gardening gloves and an apron if needed.
$45 members; $50 non-members

Fun Crops with Kids

Saturday, May 17, 10:30am–12pm
Gardening is a perfect way to bond and get closer with your children. Learn how to encourage a connection with nature at a young age with exciting gardening projects. Class includes a hands-on project.
$20 members; $25 non-members

Container Garden Design

Monday, May 19, 6–8pm
Learn the basics of successful container gardening including selection of the right container, using the right soil and fertilizers, and designing with a wide variety of plants. Plant and take home a small container. All materials included.
$45 members; $50 non-members 

IPM at Home

Wednesday, May 21, 5:30–7pm
Learn easy, natural methods to manage garden pests. Examine the basics of integrated pest management (IPM) that will help you have a healthier and safer lawn and garden. Get hands-on experience and scout for pests in the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus. Led by William Barnhill.


$15 members; $20 non-members

Floral Design Through the Seasons

Saturday, May 24, 11am–1:30pm
Design a stunning floral arrangement using local, sustainably grown flowers as the highlight of your centerpiece. With eco-friendly design techniques, transform fresh flowers and foliage into a lovely garden arrangement to take home. All materials included. Led by Kumiko Matsuura.

$65 members; $75 non-members (includes $30 fee for materials)

Ohio's Native Butterflies

Saturday, May 31, 1:30–3:30pm
Ohio is home to over 120 species of butterflies, many of which can be found in central Ohio. Learn to identify common butterflies and what you can do to attract these beauties to your home landscape. Led by Chris Kline.
$15 members; $20 non-members

DIY Hypertufa

Saturday, June 7, 12–2pm
Learn how to make your own one-of-a-kind lightweight concrete planter. Receive step-by-step instructions while creating a beautiful, rustic planter to take home. Includes re-usable mold.
$45 members; $50 non-members

Monarch Camp for Educators

Wednesday, July 23 & Thursday, July 24, 8:30am–3pm
This immersive two-day workshop shares how to integrate Monarch butterflies into a classroom with multi-disciplinary lesson plans for students. Lessons presented meet Ohio Education Curriculum standards for K–8th grade. A box lunch is provided for the first day of activities. Second day breaks for lunch and reconvenes at a local Metro Park for field-based study (Transportation to park is not included).
$110 members; $130 non-members