Events

Book Club

Next Meeting: May 15, 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.

Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World’s Grandest Garden
by Alain Baraton
May 15, 6–7:30pm
AEP Education Pavilion
        
Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren
Aug 14, 6–7:30pm
Meeting Room A
        
At the Edge of the Orchard
by Tracy Chevalier
Nov 13, 6–7:30pm
The Wells Barn
        

$15, $8 for members



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: June 21, 2017

Vendors: 3R Bags | Ann Bowman Jones | Boline Apothecary | ecoVerve | Emily Ann’s Aprons | Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Teen Corps | Fruit Strength Farm, Ltd. | Great Harvest Bread Co. | Hinton Apiaries | Nova Terra Farm | Ohio Aquaponics | Rhoads Garden Center | Someday Farms, LLC | The Cat and the Raven | Tiger Mushroom Farms | Too Good Eats | OSU Urban Gems

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

Activities: ecoVerve Solar Cooking Demo | Teen Corps Cooking Demo (kale salad) | Kid’s Craft (butterfly finger puppets) | Music by the Columbus Folk Music Society

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

Live Fire Sunday

Sunday, July 2, 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 July, try fish tacos prepared using the Big Green Egg.

Samples available. Donations accepted.

The Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society Show

Sunday, July 9
Sponsored by the the Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society, this judged show, “Making a Splash,” will feature on-scape groomed specimens of hemerocallis (daylily) flowers, floral designs featuring daylilies, and information about gardening with daylilies.  Winning off-scape (flowers only) exhibits will be awarded People's Choice gift certificates. To receive more information and a show schedule, please contact Show Chair Karen Ciula at kciula@columbus.rr.com.

Columbus Bonsai Society Show and Sale

Saturday, July 15 & Sunday, July 16
During the two day event, Columbus Bonsai Society members will display many examples of the miniature trees they have patiently trained and nurtured. Workshops and demonstrations will take place during the show, so participants can get a hands on feel for what is involved in creating a bonsai. Vendors will be on site and offering a wide range of plant stock, pottery and tools needed for bonsai work.

Getting To Know the Bees in Your Backyard

Thursday, August 3, 7pm
Lecture and book signing (following lecture) with Olivia Carril, co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard, A Guide to North America's Bees. Olivia will discuss the natural history of bees, emphasizing the ones most commonly seen in Ohio and how to recognize them. She will also provide tips on encouraging these important pollinators in your backyard. 

Free lecture. Registration required.
Location: The Wells Barn


Community Backyards Workshop

Saturday, August 5, 10–11:30am
Attend this free workshop led by Franklin Soil and Water to learn about improving water quality with rain barrels and rain gardens, why native plants are so important, and how composting improves soil conditions.

Interested in backyard conservation? The Community Backyards program offers one reimbursement up to $50 after you purchase an approved rain barrel, compost bin or native plant(s), or a $100 reimbursement on the purchase of native tree(s). Note: Not all participants will qualify for the $100 native tree reimbursement. See the website for more details.

Eligible residents will then receive a voucher at the conclusion of the workshop listing eligible rebate items. For more information on participating communities and eligible rebate items, please contact Kristin Hilson at (614) 486-9613 or visit www.communitybackyards.org.
Free lecture. Registration required.

Live Fire Sunday

Sunday, August 6, 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 August, sample spicy turkey sliders on the Aztec grill. 

Samples available. Donations accepted.

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.

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.