Workshop series added to annual spring plant saleWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | email@example.com
Green thumbs and gardening novices alike will not want to miss Toledo Botanical Garden’s Spring Plant Sale, organizers say.
“It’s one of the biggest selections of perennials available as well as herbs, veggies and hanging baskets,” said Melissa Shaner, events and marketing manager with Toledo Botanical Garden. “One of the other nice things is there are a lot of experts on hand, horticulturists on staff as well as master gardeners, so there will be lots of free advice. We’ve got a little something for everybody, from somebody who never planted a plant to people who are advanced green thumbs.”
The annual event is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6-8 with a member’s only preview night from 4 to 8 p.m. May 5. Admission is free. Members also get 10 percent off purchases. There will also be food, live music and activities for children, Shaner said.
This year, the sale will be at the greenhouse near the Bancroft Street entrance, 5434 Bancroft St., between Reynolds Road and Holland-Sylvania Avenue.
“It’s very festive. It’s not your traditional boring old plant sale,” Shaner said. “It’s very lively and colorful. People are all upbeat and excited and ready to get out in the yard and get their hands dirty.”
Last year’s sale attracted about 2,000 people, said Horticulture Manager Josh Miller.
“It’s best to immerse yourself in gardening as opposed to being intimidated by it,” Miller said. “You can come here and learn and take away many things you can apply at your own home and all it costs you is an afternoon with your family.”
New this year, the event will include a full slate of workshops, featuring a keynote speaker as well as local experts. The workshops are set for May 7 and 8 in the Crosby Conference Center, 5403 Elmer Drive, on the north side of the garden.
“The one on container gardening would be good for people with a balcony or who live in an apartment or condo. They can learn to maximize gardening even if they don’t have land,” Shaner said. “The one that’s really popular – surprisingly popular — is the bonsai workshop. People seem to be really excited about that.
“For me, one of the more exciting ones will be Georgeann Brown talking about better food and health through herb gardening. She’s a really cool lady and knows everything there is to know about culinary herbs, plus you get to nibble, so that’s one I’m not going to miss.”
Lisa Delplace, principal and CEO of internationally renowned landscape architecture firm Oehme, van Sweden & Associates in Washington, D.C., will kick off the workshop series at 10 a.m. May 7 as the keynote speaker.
Her hour-long presentation, “The Artful Garden: Using Sculpture and Architecture in Your Displays,” will walk participants through the design and planning of some of her most notable works as well as help them discover methods for the selection and placement of artistic and structural elements that inspire their gardens, according to Toledo Botanical Garden’s website. For information, visit www.ovsla.com.
“The incorporation of art into gardening is about the pinnacle of what we could hope to offer to our members and volunteers and folks that sign up,” Miller said. “It’s the one I’m most excited about.”
Dates and times for the other workshops are:
Saturday, May 7
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: “The Spice of Life: Better Health and Better Food Through Herb Gardening,” by Georgeann Brown, owner and chef of Un Coup de Main in Dundee.
1 to 2 p.m.: “Big Country: The Frontier of Large Container Displays,” by Matthew Ross, horticulture instructor at Owens Community College.
Sunday, May 8
10 to 11 a.m.: “Back to the Beginning: Native Plant Gardening and Habitat Establishment,” by Jan Hunter, owner of Naturally Native Nursery in Bowling Green.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: “Tree Diversity in Northwest Ohio: 2011 and Beyond,” by Amy Stone, Ohio State University extension educator in urban and consumer horticulture.
1 to 2 p.m.: “Bonsai: A Growing Philosophy,” by Robert Bishop of the Toledo Bonsai Society.
All workshops are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The bonsai workshop has an additional $10 materials fee.
For full workshop descriptions, more information or to register for a workshop, visit www.toledogarden.org or call (419) 536-5566.