Events

Farmers' Market

Wednesdays, June 7–September 6, 3:30–6:30pm
Shop from local farmers every week for seasonal vegetables, fruits and flowers, plants, baked goods, honey, sauces, oils and vinegars, beef, pork, eggs and cheese. Enjoy cooking and wellness demonstrations, food trucks, live music and interactive kids' crafts. No admission charged to shop the market.

Market vendors accept EBT with the Ohio Direction Card and offers incentive Veggie SNAPS (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) dollars for fresh produce.

This Week at the Market: August 16, 2017

Vendors: Boline Apothecary | ecoVerve | Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Teen Corps | Fruit Strength Farm, Ltd. | Great Harvest Bread Co. | Ingram Acres, LLC | Jose Madrid Salsa | L Marie Ltd. | Nova Terra Farm | Ohio Aquaponics | Ohio City Pasta | Plaid Family Gardens | Rhoads Garden Center | Smidgen Small Bites and Cakes | Snacks by Max | Someday Farms, LLC | The Cat and the Raven | The Farm on Harlem | Tiger Mushroom Farms | Too Good Eats | Tressler Game Preserve

Food Trucks: Java Brava | Street Tyme | Too Good Eats 

Activities: ecoVerve Solar Cooking Demo | Growing Right: Ecological Farming in Ohio | Teen Corps Cooking Demo (Bruschetta with tomato, mushroom and herb tapanade) | Kid’s Craft (Butterfly rings) | Music by the Columbus Folk Music Society

See all Vendors & Food Trucks Participating in the 2017 Farmers' Market season.

Live Fire Sunday

Sunday, September 3, 1–4pm
Check out the Live Fire Cooking Theater and sample food hot off the flames in these casual cooking demonstrations. First Sundays of the month. In September, try spatch-cocked chicken with grilled onions on the Aztec grill.

Samples available. Donations accepted.

Building with Strawbales and Clay

September 22, 23 & 24, 8:30am–5pm 
Learn how to install super-insulating strawbale walls, seal them with clay plaster and install a durable adobe floor! (Yes, strawbales can be built in our wet climate and clay soil can be used to make luscious walls & floors!) Come to the three-day workshop to find out how. Learn the physics behind why natural building works and gain hands-on experience with ample one-on-one guidance throughout the weekend.

Be a part of Conservatory history! You will learn natural building techniques while helping to build a unique, beautiful, whimsical playhouse for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden.

Friday: Begin with an overview of strawbale construction, followed by learning the skills used to shape, resize and install strawbales into a durable wall system.
Saturday: Learn how to assess soil for clay content, mix clay plaster and apply the plaster to the strawbale walls.
Sunday: Learn how to prepare and install the adobe floor.
 
Workshop Covers: Overview of strawbale construction | Permitting issues and tips for building in a wet climate | Overview of natural clay plasters, including benefits and challenges | Description of clay plaster ingredients and the function that each one serves | How to test site soil for clay content | Establishing basic recipes for clay materials | Low-tech mixing techniques for clay materials | Benefits and challenges of adobe floors | Proper ground preparation for adobe floors | Hands-on experience of all installation techniques
 
$170 for earlybird registration; $190 beginning September 9

Retired Plant Sale

Saturday, September 23, 9am–3pm
A wide variety of tropical foliage and blooming plants, including plants propagated from the Conservatory plant collections. Will also include a limited selection of in-training to finished Bonsai trees and supplies. Prices starting at $3.
$3–$50

The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Sale

Friday, September 29–Sunday, October 1, 2017, 10am–4pm
Hundreds of one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins, gourds and other autumnal items are available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. All items are hand-blown by local artists.

Located in Meeting Rooms A & B adjacent to the Visitor Center
No admission fee to shop the sale.



Create a Custom Glass Pumpkin
Friday, September 29–Sunday, October 1, 11am–3pm


Looking to create a customized glass pumpkin? Register for a 20-minute, personal glassblowing session to create your own glass pumpkin. Choose your colors and watch your creation come to life. Glass Pumpkin sessions are available every 20 minutes between 11am–3pm during the sale.

Live Fire Sunday

Sunday, October 1, 1–4pm
Check out the Live Fire Cooking Theater and sample food hot off the flames in these casual cooking demonstrations. First Sundays of the month. In October, sample paella on the campfire.

Samples available. Donations accepted.

Ikebana International Columbus Chapter #84 Exhibit

Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22
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 (October 20) the exhibit officially opens.

Live Fire Sunday

Sunday, November 5, 1–4pm
Check out the Live Fire Cooking Theater and sample food hot off the flames in these casual cooking demonstrations. First Sundays of the month. In November, try moroccan ancient grain stew with root vegetables and fruit cobbler in the Rumford cooking fireplace.

Samples available. Donations accepted.

Book Club

Next Meeting: August 14, 6–7:30pm
Do you love plants, food and books? Explore books focused on food, gardening and the environment. Each meeting will include a rich educational experience. Refreshments are provided.

At the Edge of the Orchard
by Tracy Chevalier
Nov 13, 6–7:30pm
The Wells Barn
        

$15, $8 for members