72 Degrees and Rising to kick off garden’s 50th anniversary eventsWritten by Ashley McMahon | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For the past 50 years, the Toledo Botanical Garden (TBG) has brought life and color to the community. Now it’s getting ready to celebrate its golden anniversary with a slew of events.
TBG’s anniversary season kicks off Feb. 8 with 72 Degrees and Rising. Held inside the garden’s greenhouse located off its Bancroft Street entrance, this family-friendly event allows community members to escape bitter cold temperatures and enjoy a cozy greenhouse experience, said TBG Executive Director Karen Ranney Wolkins.
There will be information offered about the plants, along with children’s activities and refreshments for Toledo Botanical Garden members.
“Delightful hands-on activities and exotic refreshments will accompany this behind-the-scenes peek at where banana plants and other tropical species spend their winter months here at the garden,” she said.
The yearlong celebration will continue May 30 with an event specifically geared toward millennials. The Garden After Dark ties together art, music and performance while focusing on light-related art exhibits.
“We are working with University of Toledo students to develop content for projection installations that will be placed throughout the garden,” said Nathan Mattimoe, TBG board member and After Dark committee chairman. “The Work Collective is going to set up ‘The Cube,’ a large, interactive projection project that responds to movement.”
In addition, DJ Rob Sample is slated to provide musical entertainment while Bird’s Eye View Circus Space performs. Also, food will be provided by local food trucks.
On May 10, ladies can enjoy Tea in the Garden. This multigenerational event is geared toward daughters, mothers and grandmothers.
Finally, the garden will display “dramatic, large-scale sunflower plantings” around the city of Toledo providing an “explosion of color” and beautiful scenery for community members throughout the 50th anniversary season, said Matt Killam, TBG marketing director.
“It wouldn’t be a garden celebration without flowers,” Killam said.
The garden started in 1964, when George Crosby donated 20 acres of land to the city. Today, that lot has tripled into 60 acres of gardens located off Elmer Drive. The TBG also has a Downtown campus, home to The Robert J. Anderson Urban Agriculture Center, that acts as the hub for the Toledo GROWs program.
“Engaging all generations headed our priorities,” said Gretchen DeBacker, board president and chairman of the anniversary committee. “We want to give the community reasons to visit the garden.
“[We want the community] to experience its natural beauty, to enjoy entertainment such as Jazz in the Garden, and to discover the joys of gardening through our annual spring and fall plant sales.”
Traditional events will still take place at the garden but feature an anniversary celebration twist. Those events include:
- Seed Swap (Feb. 28)
- Spring Plant Sale (May 7-10)
- Crosby Festival of the Arts (June 26-28)
- Jazz in the Garden (Thursdays July 9 through Sept. 10)
- Arts in the Garden (Aug. 9)
- Harvest Market Dinner (Sept. 17)
- Heralding the Holidays (Dec. 4-6).