Events

Farmers' Market

Wednesdays, June 1–September 7, 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.

The Market is located along Conservatory Drive parallel to East Broad Street and parking is available in the Conservatory's main lot.
No admission charged

Live Fire Sunday

September 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 September, sample vegetable stew cooked in the big kettle over the fire pit.
$2–$3 samples

From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern World of Origami

Thursday, September 22, 7pm
Origami has changed in the 20th century from simple craft to an art form of mind-blowing complexity and realism. Much of this development came from the discovery of the mathematics of origami and has led to surprising practical application including safer airbags, Brobdingnagian space telescopes and more.
 
Dr. Robert J. Lang is a physicist, engineer, author, holds 50 patents and is recognized as a leading master of the art of origami. His work is included in the Conservatory’s exhibition, Origami in the Garden.

Free lecture in The Wells Barn. Registration required.

Retired Plant Sale

Saturday, September 24, 9am–4pm
A wide variety of tropical foliage and blooming plants are available, including a limited selection of propagated plants from the Conservatory plant collections. Sale opens at 8am for members.
Prices $3–$40

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Sale

Friday, September 30–Monday, October 3, 2016
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

Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Ohio Chapter Exhibit

Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2
The Ikenobo school of Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) has a 500 year history, but also embraces contemporary floral design. Members of the local chapter will create a variety of traditional and modern flower arrangements using natural materials and reflecting the season

Live Fire Sunday

October 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 October, sample Arista (spit-roasted pork tenderloin) and apple cobbler baked in Dutch ovens. 
$2–$3 samples

Hands-on Folding Workshops

Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9
Best known as a paper maker and paper folding artist, Michael LaFosse has been practicing and teaching the art of origami for 50 years and is internationally recognized and regarded as one of the top origami masters. Michael and his partner, Richard L. Alexander have authored dozens of books on the art of origami. They will lead beginner (ages 8 and younger will need adult assistance) and advanced level workshops.


Beginner Workshops Saturday, October 8, 10:30am & 3pm
Sunday, October 9, 12pm & 2pm
Advanced Workshop Saturday, October 8, 12:30pm

Free with admission. Registration recommended.

Ikebana Exhibit

Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23
The members of Ikebana International Columbus Chapter #84 will present its 42nd annual exhibit. Displays represent the three schools of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging: Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu. The public can watch members create their arrangements on Friday, October 21.

Live Fire Sunday

November 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 November, try Moroccan ancient grain stew with root vegetables on the Aztec grill. 
$2–$3 samples