Gardening and arts festival returns for 11th year

Staff Report

The 11th annual Scioto Gardens Gardening & Arts Festival returns Saturday, July 15.

The festival will be open from from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Scioto Gardens Nursery near Delaware. The third Saturday in July was chosen for the festival to highlight the many native plants that bloom in mid to late summer.

Visitors will enjoy the work of an array of area artists, live music, interesting and informative workshops, great local food, and a wide variety of both familiar and unusual plants, all in a spacious, natural setting.

Scioto Gardens’ goal with the art festival is to promote both local artists and sustainable gardening practices. Following is the schedule for this year’s free gardening workshops:

• 10 a.m. – Garden Gaffs: What Not to Do & Why

• 11 a.m. – Ohio’s unseen plants: Mosses & Lichens

• Noon – Composting Ins and Outs

• 1 p.m. – Permaculture

• 2 p.m. – Designing for Curb Appeal

• 3 p.m. – Native American Medicinals

• 4 p.m. – Beekeeping Basics

Among the arts represented at the festival will be paintings, glass beads, metal sculpture, handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, mixed media, wooden bird houses, driftwood sculptures, and fiber arts. Festival goers are invited to visit with the artists while they browse.

A pleasant blend of jazz, pop, folk, and instrumental music will be presented live. Here’s the entertainment lineup:

• 10 a.m. – 3 Day Weekend (jazz)

• Noon – Museaic (flute and guitar instrumental favorites)

• 2 p.m. – Charlie Mossbrook (folk singer/songwriter)

• 4 p.m. – Doug Wood (instrumental acoustic guitar)

Scioto Gardens was founded by a horticulturist from The Ohio State University and designed from more than 30 years of nursery experience. All plants are cultivated in a natural soil/compost blend in degradable containers so that specimens are already acclimated to their permanent growing medium.

Plants are also nurtured with sustainable, earth-friendly growth and maintenance practices, key factors behind the creation of the Gardening & Arts Festival.

Visitors are also encouraged to explore the nursery’s wide variety of native plants, rare, and unusual plants, all of which were selected to thrive in Central Ohio’s climate.

Scioto Gardens Nursery is located at 3351 West State Rt. 37, just west of Delaware, Ohio. To learn more about what Scioto Gardens offers, visit

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