First off, what in the world does arboretum mean because I feel like we can’t go a step further until we are on the same page with this $10 word I’m quite certain I don’t know how to pronounce correctly.
- Arboretum – a botanical garden devoted to trees.
Alright, let’s continue now that we are on the right page. Did you know that THE Ohio State University houses a botanical garden, learning gardens and an annual spring plant sale that should bring all the hoes to the yard. That’s garden hoes you gutter heads.
As I was saying… OSU hosts the largest plant sale in Ohio once a year to benefit the arboretum’s operations and community programs, which includes certifying awesome folks like you as master gardeners!
Trees and shrubs are donated from over 25 local nurseries and landscape businesses, including native Midwest plants from Scioto Gardens in Delaware, organic vegetables from Swainway Urban Farms in Columbus, and unusual succulents from Groovy Plants Ranch in Marengo.
In addition to the plant sale, the event boasts a wide variety of local vendors selling garden art, garden tools, stone carvings, jewelry, food offerings and more. Several Ohio State University student groups will be on site as well to sell their very own crop as a way to raise cash for educational trips and such.
The sale is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13. A Premium Tree and Shrub Auction starts at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday. The Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser and Auction will be held at the northwest corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive, adjacent to the Nationwide Ohio 4H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., 43210. Free parking is available, make sure to follow the correct signs for the plant sale.
After walking down isle after isle of beautiful Columbus bred greenery, I felt rather inspired to grab a rake and shovel and get started on my own garden. Then I remembered that I’m from New Mexico and have no idea whatsoever how to do these things or the right tools to use for that matter. I can tell you that the selection I viewed at the private party last night was absolutely amazing. Have I not mentioned the private party yet? Well let’s pause for the cause! There is an exclusive private viewing the night before the big sale! This members only shindig features a private auction, snacks, entertainment, and special pricing at the preview party. For the low low price of $40/year you can help the kids and get your horticulture groove on a day before the big crowd shows up!
This weekend is going to be amazing. If you need help getting your garden started, fancy a container fruit garden, or just want to hobnob with other plant heads, plan a visit to the best plant sale happening this year!
I’ll see you around the city soon.