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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 a pollinator-friendly kit to get your garden ready! The 2023 Spring/Summer Pollinator Kit might be our most versatile kit yet, a plant to fill every niche in your evolving garden.

Purchase a Pollinator Kit

Kits will be available for pick up on Wednesday, June 14 in time for Father’s Day!

Pick up in the Education Building Parking Lot Gate Number 1. Pick up from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. A reminder will be sent on June 12.

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Kit 1

A Bloomin Good Time

40 Kits available for sale

  1. Phlox paniculata ‘Jeana’ – 3-5’ tall x 2-3’ wide, full sun, blooms mid-July to early September, attracts swallowtail butterflies more than species.
  2. Solidago ohioensis – 3’ tall x 2’ wide, full sun/part shade, blooms August to early September, can handle wet spots and poor clay sites.
  3. Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’ – 3’ tall x 2’ wide, full sun/part shade, blooms early June into July, adaptive to many garden conditions.
  4. Stachys ‘Hummelo’ – 1.5’ tall x wide, full sun/part shade, blooms in July and August, tough plant for drier hot areas
  5. Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ – 1.5’ tall x wide, full sun/part shade, blooms July through September, versatile and sterile ornamental onion variety

 Kit 2

Cheetah Choices – Runnin Wild

40 kits available for sale

  1. Asclepias incarnata ‘Cinderella’ – 3-4’ tall, 2’ wide, full sun, blooms July into August, can tolerate wet spots, host plant for Monarchs
  2. Pycnanthemum flexuosum – 3’ tall x 3’ wide, full sun/part shade, blooms June through August, spreads slowly by runners but easy to maintain
  3. Penstemon digitalis — 3’ tall x 2’ wide, full sun/part shade, blooms early June into July, adaptive to many garden conditions
  4. Iris versicolor – 2.5’ tall x wide, full sun/part shade, blooms late May into June, prefers wet spots but works in normal garden soils
  5. Erigeron ‘Lynnhaven Carpet’ – 1’ tall x 1-2’ wide, part/full shade, blooms in May, tough slow spreading groundcover

Native Plant Sale at Bowyer Farm 2023

The 2023 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.

Register for Free

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Dates: April 22, May 6, May 20, Sept 9, Sept 23 & Oct 7, 2023
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Bowyer Farm, 2210 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040
Accepted Payment: credit cards payments only


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Plant Trials Symposium

August 24, 2023

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s all day celebration of plants and gardens. This yearly symposium has become one of the country’s most highly regarded single day horticultural events and continues to bring in the world’s very best expert speakers.

Doors open at 8am, the event begins at 9am. Lunch included. Social hour to follow.

Registration coming soon

Important Details

Dates: Thursday, August 24, 2023
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm. Doors open at 8:00am
Location: Frisch’s Theater, Harold C Schott Education Building
Cost: In-Person: $129, Virtual $99
CEU: CEUs approved: ASLA (7), APLD (5.5), ISA (6), ONLA (1), and PGMS (1). Student discounts and sponsorships are available. Contact [email protected] for details.

Native Plant Symposium

November 18, 2023

The CZBG Native Plant Symposium is a favorite event for native plant lovers and gardeners from all over the region. Many of the country’s best speakers have presented on a wide range of topics, from the best native plants for your garden to in depth looks at the flora from native ecosystems.

Doors open at 8am, the event begins at 9am. Lunch included. Social hour to follow.

Registration Coming Soon

Important Details

Dates: Saturday, November 18, 2023
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm. Doors open at 8:00am
Location: Frisch’s Theater, Harold C Schott Education Building
Cost: In-Person: $129, Virtual: $99
CEU: CEUs for ONLA, ISA, APLD, ASLA, and PGMS pending. Student discount and sponsorships available. Contact [email protected]for details.

Emergence: Ceramic Art Exhibition

Starting March 15, 2023, “Emergence”, a ceramic art exhibition showcasing both sculptural and functional ceramic arts will be highlighted in the main floral garden display located near the zoo entrance. Several artists attending The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference will be featured. See some of the ceramic art in the gardens for about 3-4 months!

Zootanical

Friday, April 12, 2024
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Zootanical 2024 with a Hint of Tulips will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 5:30–9:00 pm at the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Event chairs Alexa & Jack Oliver invite you to join a unique evening with friends, fellow-gardeners, and lovers of landscape.

Set against the vibrant array of 120,000 magnificent tulips and flowering plants in peak spring bloom, Zootanical 2023 will attract over 350 well-connected community members and leaders passionate about growing our region and the opportunity to impact the Cincinnati landscape at one of the city’s most treasured attractions.

Event & Ticket Information will be available January 2024!


For sponsorship information, please contact David Plogmann at [email protected] or 513.487.3324. Sponsorship Packet

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What platform are you using for virtually viewing CZBG horticultural symposiums?

We will be using Zoom as our platform for each program.

How does this work?

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

Can I watch the symposium later?

Yes. Both in-person and virtual registrants will receive a link to a recording of the symposium. This link will stay active for 30 days after symposium.

Can virtual participants see me during the program?

No

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?

Usually the speakers use all of their time during their presentations. If there is time available for Q&A, it will be minimal and priority will go to those in the room. You can make comments and ask questions in the chat box to the side. If our staff are able to answer questions during the programs, we will.

How many people will be attending in-person?

We expect to seat about 250 people in a room with a 288 person capacity. This is subject to change.

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