Spring Plant Sale

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May 9, 2014 - May 11, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

TBG Greenhouses

Thursday, May 8

Member Preview Night
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, May 9
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!
  • Perennials
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Oak Openings Natives
  • Heirloom Vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Free Workshops
  • Free Garden Tours
  • Garden Galore Contest
  • Silent Auction
  • Kids’ Activities
  • Music & Refreshments

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

Spring Plant Sale Tours and Workshops

Friday, May 9 thru Sunday, May 11

Walking Garden Tours
Jonathan Milbrodt
/ Plant Records Curator

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.

Extended Season Vegetable Production, Vertical Hydroponic System & Hoop House Tours
Arden Pontasch /
Greenhouse Technician

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.

Friday, May 9

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

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 10

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

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

Exceptional Trees and Shrubs, Noon
Tom Schoen

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.

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

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.

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

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 11

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

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

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

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.

Family Wildflower Walk in the Oak Openings Natives Greenhouse, 1:30 – 2:15 pm
Denise Gehring
/ Wild Ones past-president

Co-founder 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.

Visit our Associate Organizations in the Artists’ Village:

The Toledo Potters’ Guild is holding their Spring Pottery Sale featuring first-quality, seconds and clearance items during the TBG Plant Sale. Use the Elmer Street main TBG entrance and follow the signs.

>> Download flyer for Toledo Potters’ Guild Sale (PDF)