Events

The Central Ohio Orchid Society Show and Sale

April 1 & 2, 10am–5pm
The Central Ohio Orchid Society will hold its annual spring show featuring a wide variety of orchids in displays from its members and other orchid societies across Ohio. Vendors will offer unusual orchid varieties for sale as well as supplies for the orchid hobbyist and home gardener. Displays and orchids will be judged and awarded by judges sanctioned by the American Orchid Society.

Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Ohio Chapter Exhibit

April 8 & 9, 10am–5pm
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. 

The Central Ohio Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale

April 15, 10am–5pm
Shop from a wide variety of plants, including many unusual and hard to find species, as well as some of the more familiar "standards." Find plants of many sizes, from nice miniatures, suitable for creating your own dish garden, to larger plants, more suitable for larger pots and planters. This year, the show and sale will feature a selection of fine plants from Glasshouse Works. Other items may include cactus soil, pots, decorative rocks and winter hardy cactus and succulents. Members of the Society will be available to assist with sales, and to provide tips on how to grow these plants. All plants are in limited supply, so plan to come early for the best selection. Cash and checks only.

The Central Ohio Daffodil Society’s "Spring is in the Air"

Saturday, April 22–Sunday, April 23
Enjoy an annual exhibition of daffodils to celebrate the return of spring. The Central Ohio Daffodil Society hosts its 2017 spring show in the meeting rooms at Franklin Park Conservatory. View vibrant and exceptional displays from CODS members and share camaraderie with other daffodil enthusiasts.

Columbus African Violet Society Show and Sale

April 29 & 30, 10am–5pm
African violets and other gesneriads, used as show plants and in floral designs, will be on display.  African violets, gesneriads plants, leaves and cuttings, and potting supplies will be available for sale.

Sogetsu School Columbus Branch Exhibit

April 29 & 30, 10am–5pm
Students from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana will display their unique Japanese flower arrangements in the Grand Atrium on April 29–30. The theme for this year’s show is "The Flower Becomes Me.” Come and enjoy this very special art form. 

Live Fire 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

May 27, 10am–5pm
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.

Live Fire 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.

Live Fire 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.

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

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

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

October 8, 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.

Live Fire 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.