The garden seasons may have reached their peak, but garden tours are still plentiful, including a special Columbus Garden train tour.
Fall offers Bonsai Day as well as many opportunities to learn about plants at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. And people who have already learned how to distinguish breast milk are invited to plant additional seeds that can be used to raise royal butterflies in the Franklin soil and water conservation area.
Kids also have many options this week, both invited to programs at Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts at Daws Arborum.
• Visit 22 garden trains around Ohio each year from September 1 to 5 Columbus Garden Train Tour. Settings vary widely, some with tracks up to 1,000 feet and many with garden and water features. The self-guided tour includes trains to Columbus, Westville, Dublin, Manerva Park, Upper Arlington, Grandvis Heights, Grove City, London, Maryville and Sterling. Download maps, driver’s instructions, and information about railroads at www.thecgrs.org
• If you have fermented dairy plants, discard them at any time in a large green pool outside the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District, 1404 Godale Blend, Suite 100, from September 15 to October 31. Milkweed Pod Collection, The Ohio Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Ohio Poetry Habitat Inive TV, is planting “protected corridors” on inland highways. Make sure you are throwing it away from the regular milking troughs, not other plants, and leave some pumpkins on the plants. When the nuts are dry and brown or gray, collect them and store them in paper instead of plastic. For more information, visit franklinswcd.org/milkweed
• See what Highland Youth Garden Until 10:30 am September 18 at 67 Highland Avenue. Take a look at the outdoor beds and upstairs caves, and get a chance to meet and talk to the staff about what’s going on in the garden this fall. For more information call 614-653-8263 or visit www.highlandyouthgarden.org
• Female scouts can participate in Girl Scout Fall Walk Test 2 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 18 at Daws Arbor, 7770 Jackson Street NE, New York. Take a 2,500, 5,000 or 7,500 step walk and win prizes. Scouts must be with an adult and families are welcome. Admission to the arbor ($ 10, or 5 for 12 to 12 years, free for members) is free. 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., September 18; Cab Scout You can enjoy a guided arbor night walk. Registration is $ 8 for all participants (scouts, adults and those 5 and older). All participants will receive a patch. For more information call 740-323-2355 or visit dawesarb.org.
• Learn the basics of plant labeling in a classroom from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. The broad St. section covers the skills needed to identify plants and plant families, and the pitfalls to avoid. It costs $ 20 for construction members and $ 25 for non-construction members. Masks are recommended when wearing a mask. For more information call 614-715-8000 or visit www.fpconservatory.org.
• Learn about the classic Japanese Bonsai Art 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 18-19 Columbus Bonsai Association Annual Exhibition At the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Extensive St. Bonsai trees are displayed by members and other raised trees, and workshops cover bonsai care and styling techniques. Admission to the Concert Concert (free for members, $ 19, or $ 16 for those 60 and older and college students with ID, $ 12 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for those under 3). Masks are recommended. Visit the Columbus Bonsai Association Facebook page for more information.