Horticultural events, both relaxed and intense, are now popping up everywhere in spring. A sampling:
• For everyone who wants to know what their plants are doing Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden offers a four-week virtual course on soil health that covers soil types, healthy soils, catch crops and the relationship between soil and water quality. Classes begin Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and the series is $ 80 or $ 72 for members. For more information or to sign up, call 614-715-8000 or visit fpconservatory.org.
• Beginners can take advantage of a free Zoom session starting at 1pm on Sundays. is offered Columbus Garden School. Learn to make good plant selections and create a gardening checklist to keep track of things. Register online to receive access data for the session. Budding herbalists can gather plants and seeds at the Garden School, 1350 E. Cooke Road, in preparation for an online course on growing and using these plants. The course takes place on April 26th at 6:30 p.m. and costs $ 30. For more information, call 614-404-7236 or visit columbusgardenschool.com.
• Gardeners interested in becoming a native can learn to do so in a free online program offered by the. is sponsored Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio State Parks, and Ohio Division of Natural Area and Preserves at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Replacing invasive plant species with native plant species will teach you how to tell the difference and make the substitutions. Further information and registration can be found on the sponsors’ Facebook pages.
• Mimosas make gardening an even more relaxing experience Rhoads garden center Garden with Your Gal Pals event that focuses on containerized gardening. Bring your own containers or purchase them at the Center at 1051 Route 56 E., Circleville. The event starts on Saturday at 9:30 am and includes guidance and inspiration, but not soil or plants for sale at the center. Tickets are $ 10 for a non-drinking person or $ 55 for a table of four with mimosas. For more information call 740-474-2028 or visit rhoadsgardencenter.com.
• That Pearl market has organized pop-up markets, one of them in Julian, 272 S. Front St. In addition to fresh products and baked goods, the event on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. offers visitors the opportunity to put together boxes of herbs and lettuce. Pre-register for sessions at 5:15, 6:15, or 7:15 am, then pay $ 20 in the market for three herbs or salads of your choice, soil and an upcycling container, and planting instructions. Care and harvest of your “spring plant babies”. For more information, please visit The Pearl Market’s Facebook page or https://forms.gle/K8YooXhYVTp2GX1a6.
– Margaret Quamme