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Spring Plant Sale

May 09, 2014
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Date(s) - 05/09/2014 - 05/11/2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 11: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come celebrate Spring and kick-off the planting season by adding some color to your garden! Bring mom for Mother’s Day! We will have over 5,000 plants for sale, plus additional herbs from the Maumee Valley Herb Society and heirloom vegetable seedlings offered by Toledo GROWs! We’ll have HUGE offerings of hosta, iris, brunnera, astilbe, heuchera and peony!


Member Preview Night – Thursday, May 8:  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Members also receive 10% off all plant sale and gift shop purchases! Join TBG while you’re at the plant sale!

Tons of Stuff!

  • Perennials
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Oak Openings Natives
  • Heirloom Vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Free Workshops and Garden Tours
  • Garden Galore contest
  • Silent Auction
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music & Refreshments


Spring Plant Sale Tours and Workshops

Friday, May 9th

Jonathan Milbrodt, Plant Records CuratorWalking Garden Tours.

Enjoy an in-depth viewing of TBG’s accredited and significant plant collections: North American Plant Collections Consortium Hosta Collection, The Daylily Walk, Display Garden of the American Hemerocallis Society.  Also learn about the history of TBG along the way.

Arden Pontasch, Greenhouse Technician/CIFT-TBG Projects: Extended Season Vegetable Production, Vertical Hydroponic System & Hoop House.

 Brief tour describes the TBG/CIFT Demonstration Projects. The primary focus of these projects is to optimize space and resources for urban agriculture so that fresh produce may become more readily available for those who need it.

Joyce Blanton/Master Gardener: Shade Gardening, 3:30 pm

Joyce Blanton, Michigan Advanced Master Gardener since 1995, gardens on a shady acre and a half in Lambertville.  Her knowledge of shade loving and tolerant plants and the creation of her woman-made-woods, have been the subjects of her various lectures and classes in Michigan and Ohio.


Saturday, May 10th

Kathie Cliffel, What’s That Green Stuff in my Soup?  11:00 am

Join Kathie, a member of Maumee Valley Herb Society and dedicated volunteer in the garden for her entertaining and informative presentation on herbs.

Tom Schoen: Exceptional Trees and Shrubs, Noon

With 35 years as a landscape designer, Tom has observed woody trees and shrubs in his own projects, at plant nurseries, public parks, and botanical gardens throughout the country. Tom will discuss the outstanding features of a selective group of plants for structure, distinct ornamental qualities and multiple season interest.

Susan Noblet, Urban Farm & Facilities Coordinator-Toledo GROWs: Growing the Best-ever Tomatoes, 1:00pm

Join Susan as she takes an in-depth look at America’s favorite fruit: the tomato! Topics include: The History of Solanum lycopersicum; The Difference between Heirloom, Open Pollinated, and Hybrid Tomatoes; Outstanding Varieties to Grow this Year; Tips for Container Growing; the Best Methods for Staking, Trellising and Pruning; and Treatment Options for Pests and Diseases.

Mary Visco, TBG Horticulturist: Rose Care and the Future of Roses, 2:00 pm

Follow Mary as she describes roses from the old garden varieties of the 1800’s through shrub roses including David Austin hybrids, to today’s hybrid tea roses.  Learn basic rose care techniques: how to plant, feed and prune.  See what’s in store for the

future of rose gardening.


Sunday, May 11th

Nick Guthrie, Joshua Fietz, TBG Horticulturists: Garden Collections: An In-Depth Look at TBG Garden Areas and Collections, 11:00 am

Join Nick and Josh as they take you on virtual tour of Toledo Botanical Garden through the eyes of a horticulturist.  On the journey you will learn about the many garden areas and collections, unique plant material, and the history of how some of these areas got their names.  You might just discover a new favorite garden area along the way.


Sunday Workshops to kick-off Oak Openings Region BLUE WEEK, May 10-18

Hal Mann, Wild Ones President, An Introduction to Oak Openings Natives, Noon

Current president of Wild Ones Oak Openings Region Chapter, Hal is a passionate advocate for the use of native plants in home landscapes.  Having learned their importance to the environment and our own wellbeing, he is changing his own landscape to natives and enjoys sharing his personal experience and discoveries. 

 Denise Gehring, Wild Ones past-president, Take a Family Wildflower Walk, 1:30 pm

One of the co-founders of Oak Openings Natives, Denise Gehring has been active in helping others learn about conserving and restoring the Oak Openings through her work at the Metroparks as Director of Environmental Programs. She now volunteers with national and regional conservation groups such as Wild Ones, Oak Openings Green Ribbon Initiative, Metroparks and Nature’s Nursery.


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  1. Deborah Koles on March 06, 2014 said:

    Will you have native plants available for sale at the Spring Plant Sale?

  2. Erin Osthimer on March 24, 2014 said:

    Do you allow outside vendors at your events? I sell vinyl nail wraps, many of which are botanical designs. I think it would be a perfect addition for a pre-Mother’s Day sale.

    Thank you for your time!

    Erin Osthimer
    Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant

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