Events

Live Fire Sunday

Sunday, May 7, 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 May, sample wood-fired pizzas in the margarita style made in the brick oven and the Big Green Egg.

Samples available. Donations accepted.

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



The Central Ohio Hosta Society Leaf Show

Saturday, May 27
This year’s event, titled "It's a Smash Hit," is a judged show featuring groomed hosta leaves, floral designs featuring hosta leaves, container gardens arranged for effect, a People's Choice photographic competition, and information about gardening with hostas. The competition is open to everyone; however, the exhibitor must know the correct name of the cultivar being entered. To receive more information and a show schedule, please contact Show Chair Karen Ciula at kciula@columbus.rr.com.

Retired Plant Sale

Saturday, June 3, 9am–3pm
A wide variety of tropical foliage and blooming plants, including plants propagated from the Conservatory collections.
Open 8am for members.
$3–$50

Live Fire Sunday

Sunday, June 4, 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 June, sample porchetta on the campfire spit.

Samples available. Donations accepted.

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.

Market vendors accept EBT with the Ohio Direction Card and offers incentive Veggie SNAPS (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) dollars for fresh produce.
No admission charged.

“Hive Q”: Exploring the Intelligence of a Honey Bee Colony

Thursday, June 22, 6–8pm
Did you know that a colony of Honey Bees can actually make decisions?! Explore some of the amazing “mechanics of thought” that bees employ at the individual and colony level to make decisions. Also get an overview of some of the biology and social structure of a hive and join a discussion about some of the things you can do to help our pollinator communities. Weather permitting, there will be a hive visit before the lecture! 

Dave Noble is currently the Apiarist at Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, OH. There he cares for the Center’s bee hives, runs the queen production and breeding program, and is involved with many educational programs including the Beekeeper Apprenticeship training program for new and aspiring beekeepers. The Beekeeper Apprenticeship is a comprehensive, 6 month long, bee-centered training program that emphasizes hands on experience and using the science of bee biology and behavior to develop beekeeping practices. Dave’s beekeeping philosophy is “Learn to listen to the bees and they will tell you what to do.”

Led by Dave Noble, Apiarist, Stratford Ecological Center
Free lecture. Registration required.
Location: The Wells Barn

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.

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.