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2017 Horticulture Events

Wild About Wildflowers

Presented by the Lloyd Library & Museum, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society

September 9 – November 18
Lloyd Library & Museum
917 Plum Street, Cincinnati

Did you know Ohio has almost 50 species of native orchids, one of the most in the nation? Or that our region has native cacti and carnivorous plants? Or that many local native plants are endangered species? Or that the pawpaw is Ohio’s official native fruit?

This fall, the Lloyd Library & Museum joins forces with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society, who celebrates its 100th anniversary, to explore our region’s native plants in the exhibition Wild About Wildflowers. The exhibition will feature wildflower and native plant photography by Brian Jorg of the Cincinnati Zoo with historic photography, art, manuscripts and artifacts from the three organizations’ dynamic collections. Experience carnivorous plants and other live specimens on display.

For tickets and more information, click here.

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, September 23rd
2210 N Mason Montgomery Road

Visit the Zoo’s EcOhio Farm and Wetland in Warren County. Learn about the land’s history and take a piece of it home with our Native Plant Sale. EcOhio offers a 24-acre reclaimed wetland, a 100-acre organic farm, newly established honeybee hives, and an abundance of wildlife.  The 24-acre wetland has become home or a stopover point for hundreds of birds and other wildlife.We can help you create habitat in your own backyard with our Native Plant Sale.

The Extravaganza offers –

  • Native Plant Sale – Almost 200 species of native wildflowers, trees and shrubs, including ones that you see throughout the EcOhio ecosystem, will be for sale. Cash, check, and credit card will be accepted.
  • Pollen Nation Beekeepers – take a peak at a frame of honeybees and learn more about why pollinators are so integral to our lives

See the farm and learn about the Zoo’s future plans for this thriving oasis in the middle of the suburbs. Purchase native plants to begin an oasis of your own. Join us for this drop in Extravaganza!

EcOhio is located at 2210 N  Mason-Montgomery Road, Lebanon, OH 45036.

2017 Plant Sales

  • More dates to be announced

Sisters of the Mother Forest: A Story of Lucy and Annette Braun-Alice Jones

by Lloyd Library & Museum and Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Wed, October 11, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Register Now for this FREE event

In the 1930s, what began as a botanical research trip propelled two Cincinnati scientist sisters into the fight to save the virgin forest of Eastern Kentucky, and forever changed ecological science and environmental conservation. Join Alice Jones at the Frisch’s Theater at the Cincinnati Zoo for her powerful performance based on their work.

Native Plant Symposium

November 11, 2017

Tickets: $65.00

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Please join us for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s sixth annual Native Plant Symposium! In keeping with our high standard, we are bringing in a very impressive roster of nationally known and local speakers.


Keynote will be David Mizejewski, the National Wildlife Federation’s media personality. He has appeared on too many national news, late night, and talk shows to mention, and has been rocking the native plant symposium circuit. We’re proud to bring him to Cincinnati.

John McGee is an acclaimed landscape designer who works in the D.C. area, primarily with native plants. He is also co-host of the Native Plant Podcast.

Bill Barnes is considered the geniuses’ genius in top plant circles. He will talk about the potential of native plants to enter the general horticultural market.

The Zoo’s Brian Jorg will discuss the role of public gardens in conservation.

We’ll also be featuring Meg Hanrahan, who is wrapping up production on a PBS documentary about legendary local plant pioneer, Lucy Braun.

Mark and Nan Plunkett, owners of a very fine suburban native garden, will talk about their garden and what it has meant to them.

CEUs pending.

Need a Speaker?

Need a speaker for your academic, Master Gardener, garden club, or other event? Contact us at [email protected] for one of the zoo’s expert horticulturists to speak.

How Can I Help?

If you would like to offer ideas for horticultural events the zoo should hold, or if you would like to sponsor a zoo horticultural event, contact us at [email protected].

General Events

Zoo Blooms

garden events 1The saturated colors and sun-catching glow of masses and masses of tulips in bloom is a truly spectacular experience. Zoo Blooms delivers not only the region’s largest tulip display, but also hundreds of trees and shrubs in full regalia. Magnolias, cherries, crabapples, serviceberries, viburnums, other bulbs, loads of perennials, and more all in their spring glory! Generally the best tulip display is around the middle of April, but the peak varies somewhat according to the weather. Each week all through spring the landscape continuously changes as the many plants of our extensive collection come into bloom. You need to visit several times to experience the fullness of the season!

Tunes and Blooms

garden events 5Every Thursday evening during April the Zoo hosts Tunes & Blooms. These are FREE concerts in the garden. Enjoy great local bands amongst gardens aglow with the blooms of 100,000 tulips and hundreds of other spring bloomers.

Tree Carnival

garden events 4A rising star in our line up of garden events, Tree Carnival is a fun and educational experience for the entire family. Kids can learn about trees, test their knowledge, earn their Tree Planting License, and take home a free tree! A party atmosphere. There’s even the famous Mr. Tree to hug!

Plant Sales

plantsale2We continually propagate many plants for our own use. Many are rare and unique plants that unavailable or hard to find on the market. Occasionally we hold plant sales and many gems can be purchased. For more information, email [email protected].


garden2Schedule your own garden event at the zoo! Industry groups, Master Gardener groups, garden clubs, plant societies, private companies, families, and others frequently schedule their own garden tours and/or parties. You can too! Email us at [email protected] to schedule a tour.

Native Plant Symposium

garden events 3The annual all day symposium about native plants. Great outside speakers along with the zoo’s Native Plant Program Manager, Brian Jorg.  CEUs available. Affordably priced. Includes lunch.

Plant Trials Day

annnualsThe Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden horticultural staff and volunteers, in conjunction with several other organizations, conducts plant trials on annuals, grasses, and perennials in accordance with regimented protocols. Such trials enable us to develop useful data for gardeners, other public gardens, plant producers, and others in the green community. For more information regarding our Plant Trials programs, please contact us at [email protected].

Sustainable Landscapes Day

gogreenThe concepts of “going green” have come down on the green and building industries in a big way in recent years and a lot of argument over the meaning of sustainability and the means of achieving it has ensued. This program is designed to sort out fact from fiction regarding such issues as soils, irrigation, and the very best low input plants for landscape applications. CEUs available. Affordably priced. Includes lunch.

Home Landscapes Lecture Series

flowerA late winter ten week series of lectures regarding all aspects of landscaping for the homeowner by one of the region’s top horticulturists and the zoo’s Director of Horticulture, Steve Foltz. If you are planning on garden renovation or a new installation in your landscape these classes provide great insight on design, preparation and plant selection with emphasis on plants that do best in the Tri-state area. A different aspect of landscaping is covered each week such as perennial design and tree care, but one way or another everything is covered! Sign up for individual classes, or for the entire series and save! Very affordably priced.