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2017 Horticulture Events

Plant Trials Day Symposium August 31

Plant Trials Day Symposium
August 31, 2017
Frisch’s Theater, Schott Education Building, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Plant Trials Day Symposium 2017 promises to be one of this best. An absolutely stellar lineup of speakers, including Allan Armitage, Tim Wood, Irvin Etienne, Jim Nau, Deborah Hardwick, Mark Wessel, and Steve Foltz. A full day of inspirational and educational talks—food, fun, a game show, all capped by a social hour where you can hang out with the speakers. Sure to sell out, so register early!

Plant Trials Day Symposium $75.00
Student Discount $35.00

This symposium is sold out. Please click the button below to use the registration process to get on the waiting list:

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Ticket includes program, parking, Zoo entry, lunch, snacks & social hour.

Speaker Bios | Event Flyer 

CEU Approved: ASLA 6, APLD 6.75, ISA 8, ONLA 1, NALP, PGMS 1.5

Doors Open 8AM, Program Starts 8:50AM. Social Hour 5PM-6PM

Registration Ends August 27th, 2017, midnight

Sponsorships: Contact [email protected]






Native Plant Sale

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.

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

  • September 23, Saturday, 9AM-1PM
  • More dates to be announced

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


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.