So, you want to be a gardener?

Have you always wanted a garden, but, don’t have a green thumb? Maybe you don’t know where to start or which plants to choose? Well, leave it to Columbus to have the resources to make your wannabe green thumb dreams come true! There are several places around Columbus that offer classes for home vegetable gardens, homesteading and preserving classes.

*I will update this list as more events are posted!*

Edible Landscaping

Learn how planting fruits, herbs, and vegetables can create a deliciously beautiful yard with Tim McDermott from Ohio State University Extension, Franklin County.

When: Tuesday, April 17 at 7 PM – 8 PM

Where: Grandview Heights Public Library – 1685 W 1st Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43212

Cost: Free

Container Herb Garden

If you have limited time and space to grow plants, but long for fresh herbs at your fingertips, this class is for you. Find out the best combinations of herbs to start in outdoor pots, and what mixture of soil, water and fertilizer will allow them to continue to grow so you can enjoy them all summer long.

When: Saturday, April 28 at 1 PM – 2:30 PM

Where: Ohio Herb Education Center – 110 Mill St, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Cost: $40, Gahanna Resident – $35

Gardening with Preservation Parks of Delaware County

See how the garden is prepared for spring and learn what plants can be sown from seed directlyinto the garden. Try your hand at using some helpful hand tools.

When: Saturday, May 5 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Where: Gallant Park – 2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Cost:  Free – all ages

Intro to Spring Gardening

Join Tisa Watts, Columbus Garden Coach for this FREE class! Are you new to gardening or just looking for a “refresher” to prepare for spring? Learn how experienced gardeners anticipate seasonal change and simplify their gardening tasks. We’ll discuss how to make good plant choices based on your needs (low-maintenance, edible garden, kid’s play area, etc.). Then we’ll complete a gardening checklist so you have a customized action plan for spring! New gardeners are especially welcome!

When: Saturday, May 5 at 3 PM

Where: City Folk’s Farm Shop – 4760 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43214

Cost: Free

How Does Your Garden Grow? Ask a Master Gardener

Bring your gardening questions and join OSU Master Gardeners for a unique learning opportunityat our Hannah Park Community Gardens. Companion plants, crop rotation, soil building common pests. Each month a free new lesson will be presented followed by a Q&A session.

When: First date is Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Occurs monthly.

Where: Ohio Herb Education Center – 110 Mill St, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Cost: Free

Plant This, Not That

Get to know the invasive, herbaceous plants in your garden, discover the best way to get rid of them and learn about native plants to fill their space.

When: Sunday, May 20 at 2 PM – 3 PM

Where: Inniswood Metro Gardens – 940 S Hempstead Rd, Westerville, Ohio 43081

Cost: Free

Check out Franklin Park Conservatory if you are looking for series of classes. They have fantastic programs. I would suggest “Basic Garden Design” if you are serious! It is a four week course that teaches you the basic design principles to create your own landscape plan.

Local Plant Sales 

Organically Grown Veggie, Herb, Fruit & Flower Plant Sale!

Would you like organically grown (no chemicals or pesticides) veggie, herb, and flower seedling plants for your garden? Sunny Glen Garden focuses on vegetables they love, that can facilitate optimal health, with their companion plants to facilitate growth and control pests, and perennial flowers and herbs to attract pollinators, birds and other creatures for a full eco-sustainable system!

When: Sunday, May 6 at 2 PM – 4 PM

Where: Sunny Glen Garden – 3507 Sunny Glen Pl, Columbus, Ohio 43224

Cost: Most plants are $2.50 each ($5 for larger plants).

Herb Day

Come celebrate all things herbal. Listen to herbal experts on a variety of subjects and strollthrough a multitude of local artists and vendors that offer unique and special handmade items. And be sure to browse through over 100 varieties of fresh herbs available for purchase for your home and garden.

When: Saturday, May 12 at 9 AM – 4 PM

Where: Creekside Gahanna -123 Mill St, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Cost: Free to attend


There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments. – Janet Kilburn Phillips