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Native Plant Sale at Bowyer Farm 2022

The 2022 Native Plant Sale dates are here! Located at the Zoo’s Bowyer Farm (2210 Mason Montgomery Road, Lebanon, OH), these sales offer a wide selection of reasonably priced, well-grown, hard to find, and ecologically important native plants.

Native plants, including ones found throughout the Bowyer Farm ecosystem, will be for sale. The preferred payment for all sales is credit card.

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Dates: Saturdays, May 24 (sold out), May 28 (sold out), May 31 (sold out), June 11 (sold out), July 9 (sold out), August 13, September 10, September 24, October 8, 2022
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: Bowyer Farm, 2210 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040
Accepted Payment: credit cards preferred


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Pollinator Kits

Have you ever wanted to create a pollinator garden or perhaps add more pollinator-friendly plants into your landscape? Our horticulture experts have created two pollinator-friendly kits to get your garden ready for Spring!

Kits are limited – we only have 80 available! So, get your green thumb on! These make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!

Each kit contains 15 quality pollinator-friendly plants. The price per kit is $99.99 (plus tax). Kits will be available for pickup at the Zoo and you will receive detailed pick up instructions in your confirmation email.

Purchase a Pollinator Kit

Customers will need to enter through the Education Entrance, Gate number 1 and pick up their purchase(s). There will be a total of 80 kits available. The price for each kit is $99.99 (plus tax). 


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Kit #1 Going Native

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  • Monarda bradburiana
  • Penstemon calycosus
  • Phlox ‘Jeana’
  • Echinacea purpurea
  • Rudbeckia maxima

Kit #2 Fiona’s Favorite Pollinator Plants

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  • Salvia ‘May Night’
  • Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’
  • Lavender ‘Phenomenal’
  • Monarda ‘Gardenview Scarlet’
  • Echinacea tenneseensis

Plant Trials Symposium

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Plant Trials Day is a full day of the best speakers in the country talking about the best plants! This year’s program will feature Dan Hinkley, Janet Draper, and other top speakers to be announced soon.

In-Person TicketsVirtual Tickets

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Dates: August 25, 2022
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Frisch’s Theater, Harold C Schott Education Building
Cost: In-Person: $129, Virtual $109
Note: CEUs for ONLA, ISA, APLD, ASLA, and PGMS pending. Student discounts and sponsorships are available. Contact [email protected] for details.




Native Plant Symposium

Register today for our annual all-day symposium featuring native plants.  A very exciting group of local and national experts  to enthrall our crowds with their native plant knowledge. Speakers list to be announced soon. Sure to be a sell-out event.

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Dates: November 19, 2021
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Frisch’s Theater, Harold C Schott Education Building
Cost: In-Person: $119, Virtual: $89
Note: CEUs for ONLA, ISA, APLD, ASLA, and PGMS pending. Student discount and sponsorships available. Contact [email protected]for details.




Frequently Asked Questions

What platform are you using for virtual programs?

We will be using Zoom as our platform for each program. When you register, you will receive an email confirmation and this confirmation will include a link to a DropBox folder. This Dropbox folder includes links to register for your personalized ZOO link, handouts, and recordings of the live classes.

When you register for your personalized ZOOM link, you will receive a reminder email with the meeting link 24 hours and 1 hour before the class.

Recordings of the classes will be available in the DropBox folder approximately 1-2 days after the class.

Where do I get the link for the virtual program?

When you register, you will receive an email confirmation and this confirmation will include a link to a DropBox folder.

I can't attend the live virtual program. Can I watch it later?

All registered participants have access to the DropBox folder during the series until April 30, 2022.

Recordings of the classes will be available in the DropBox folder approximately 1-2 days after the class. The link in the email reminder from ZOOM will not take you to the class recording.

Will I need supplies for these programs?

You will not need any supplies for these programs, however, you may wish to have a notebook and pen/pencil to take any notes.

Can other participants see me during the program?

Virtual Horticulture Programs will be a presentation, so registrants will only be able to see the hosts and not be visible to other registrants.

Will I be able to ask questions during the programs?

During the program, you may add questions to the chat box on the side. Time will be allotted at the end to answer some of these questions. If we are unable to answer all questions, we will try to add answers to the most common questions to the DropBox Folder

Annual Events

February - Landscaping for the Homeowner Series

A late winter 5-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! Perfect for the beginning and advanced gardener.

March - Sustainable Urban Landscapes

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.

April - Tunes and Blooms

The 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! Free with admission to the Zoo.

August - 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].

November - 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.

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