Events

Central Ohio Orchid Society

Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 5
The Society’s spring show features a wide variety of orchids in displays from its members and other orchid societies from Ohio. Vendors offer unusual orchid varieties for sale as well as supplies for the orchid hobbyist and home gardener.
Free with admission

Sogetsu School of Ikebana Exhibit

Friday, April 10–Sunday, April 12
Enjoy the Japanese art of floral arranging. The annual exhibit of the Columbus branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana incudes tabletop works and large floor arrangements.
Free with admission

O-H-I-GROW

Saturday, April 11
Take part in this one-day summit exploring urban agriculture and community gardening in the Ohio region. Become versed in best practices, viability and movement trends. Hear about successes and challenges of different urban agriculture projects— from large scale to small and grassroots. Network, share and celebrate  with individuals involved in projects across Ohio. Learn more here.
$75

Bloom! A Springtime Celebration

Thursday, April 16, 5:30–10pm
Celebrate spring's return and enjoy seasonal cocktails, small plates and live entertainment while touring the Conservatory's plant collections and spring bulb displays.

Big band In Full Swing puts a spring in your step from 6 to 9:30pm.

Refreshing cocktails include the Mint Tulip, which pays homage to the Conservatory's spring gardens, and the Berry Blossom, inspired by strawberries and elder flower. Visit the Garden Cafe for a special menu of seasonal, made-from-scratch tapas.

$15, $10 for members. Includes one drink ticket. Additional beverages and food available for purchase. Ages 21+

Retired Orchids Sale

Saturday, April 18, 9am–4pm
Shop a large selection of orchid varieties from the Orchids exhibition, including: phalaenopsis, cymbidiums, epidendrums, oncidiums and miltonias. Care sheets are available and horticulturists can assist with questions and selection.

Members shop first! Sale opens at 8am for members only.
Prices $5–$50

Daffodil Society Show

April 18 & 19, 10am–5pm
The Central Ohio Daffodil Society presents their annual show.

Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 10am–4pm
Celebrate Earth Day and Columbus’ gardening community on the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus. Stroll the edible gardens, meet local community gardeners and get lunch from local food trucks, Blue Olive and Ajumama.
 
Hosted by the City of Columbus, Franklin County, ScottsMiracle-Gro and other community partners, the day includes a program honoring local community garden grant recipients.
 
The Conservatory is a Green Columbus Earth Day volunteer workday site.

African Violet Show & Sale

April 24–25
The Columbus African Violet Society presents their annual show and sale.

Live Fire Sunday

Sunday, May 3, 1–4pm
Casual cooking demonstrations at the Live Fire Cooking Theater are held the first Sunday of the month throughout the summer. Sample mouth-watering pork shoulder that's been slow, smoke-roasted in the Big Green Egg, accompanied by City Barbeque sauces and slider buns. 
$2 samples

Get Ready to Garden Plant Sale

Friday, May 8–Sunday, May 10, 10am–5pm
Shop hundreds of outdoor vegetable, annual, perennial and tropical plants. Get the garden started, spruce up your outdoor landscaping, or pick out something special for Mom. Specialty items grown in the Conservatory's production greenhouse, including unusual tomato and vegetable varieties, will be available. 

Members shop first and save! 20% off purchases on Friday & Saturday, 9–10am
No admission charged to shop the sale.

Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale

Saturday, May 9
The Central Ohio Cactus and Succulent Society presents their spring show and sale. Items available for purchase include plants unusual, hard-to-find species of various sizes and plant accessories. Learn more about the sale here.

Iris Society Show

Sunday, May 31
The Columbus Iris Society presents their annual show.

Farmers' Market

Wednesdays, June 3–October 7, 3:30–6:30pm
Browse a wide selection of local, seasonal vegetables and fruits, meat and dairy, baked goods, soaps, candles and more. Grab dinner from a local food truck and enjoy family entertainment, activities and cooking demos. The Market is located along Conservatory Drive parallel to East Broad Street.
No admission charged.

Hosta Society Show

Saturday, June 6
The Central Ohio Hosta Society presents their spring show.

Live Fire Sunday

Sunday, June 7, 1–4pm
Casual cooking demonstrations at the Live Fire Cooking Theater are held the first Sunday of the month throughout the summer. Sample carmelized onion and goat cheese, margarita and pesto wood-fired pizzas.
Samples are $2

Retired Plant Sale

Saturday, June 20, 9am–4pm
Shop a large selection of tropical and blooming houseplants previously displayed in the Conservatory's collections and exhibitions. Horticulturists can assist with questions and selection.

Members shop first! Sale opens at 8am for members only. 
Prices range $3–$50