Central Ohio Public Gardens-The following gardens are open to the public in Central Ohio:
Chadwick Arboretum (The Ohio State University), Columbus. A place to learn about native trees and shrubs. Has 1000 trees native to Ohio grouped by association. Also has a two acre research lake, the Van Wade Hosta collection and the Columbus Landscape Foundation conifer collection. Admission is free. To schedule a tour call 614-688-3479.
The Gardens at Gantz Farm, Grove City, Ohio. Located at 2255 Home Road, Grove, City Ohio (Phone 614-871-6323) the focus of this garden is herbs. The Garden of Yesterday is a kitchen garden typical of an Ohio farm in the mid 19th century. The Garden of Today is a herb garden typical of the last half of the 20th century. The Farm also has a 19th century farmhouse, a garden of tomorrow, a knot garden, a fragrance garden, a dye garden and a cutting garden.
Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden , Columbus. A 3.5 acre showplace of Ohio’s native landscapes and plant communities at the Governor’s residence. Public tours are given on Tuesdays by appointment only.
The Park of Roses, Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus Park of Roses is a 13 acre garden with 11,000 rose bushes. The park also contains a Herb Garden, a Daffodil Garden, a Perennial Garden and specialized collections of heritage roses and minature roses. The Park is located at 3923 North High Street (Northeast Columbus) in Whetstone Park and is open and free to the public. The Park of Roses is one of the largest municipal rose gardens in the U.S. and should not be missed in early June when the roses are in peak bloom. A Rose Festival is held each year around the first week of June. The park offers a shelter house, walking trails, a gazebo and picnic areas.
The Topiary Garden , Columbus Located behind the Main Library, at 480 East Town Street. Contains 80 yews clipped and trained into three-dimension garden sculptures of 54 people. Admission is free.
Other Central Ohio Garden Clubs. The following is a brief list of Central Ohio Garden Clubs:
Columbus Garden Railway Society A 125 member club sharing an interest in running large scale trains in an outdoor setting. Twenty plus railway gardens are open to the public each year the Sunday after Labor Day from 1 to 6 p.m. See web site for tour information.