Coming Up | Gardening occasions this week


Longer days mean more time to stay outside. For the next week, check out what’s happening at Highland Youth Garden, enjoy breakfast and a farm tour in Licking County, meet stingers and other pollinators at the Franklin Park Conservatory, or celebrate Pride Month, Summer Solstice, and Father’s Day in Grange Insurance Audubon Center.

• Take a free guided tour of the Wednesday Highland Youth Garden, 67 S. Highland Ave. Stroll through the native garden, seedling room, tall tunnel, and vine arbor, and learn about volunteer opportunities. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 614-653-8263 or visit

• Enjoy breakfast and a tour of two Licking County farms starting at 7:30 am on Saturday at an event sponsored by the Licking County Farm Bureau. The Lick County Farm Tour starts with breakfast at Watts Farm, a cattle ranch in Alexandria, and continues to Timbuk Farms, a busy greenhouse operation in Granville. Tickets are $ 12 or $ 20 for a couple. For more information, call 740-452-2356 or visit

• The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens celebrate “Pollinator Palooza” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus outside the Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. sample prepared food from pollinator powered plants and attend a meet-and-greet with Stinger from the Columbus Blue Jackets. All events are free. For more information, call 614-715-8022 or visit

• Take a weekend at Grange Insurance’s Audubon Center. On Friday, “Let’s watch birds together” recognizes Pride Month with a yoga class and guided bird walk designed to welcome the LGBTQIA + community and their supporters.The event fee is $ 10. The free event on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is celebrating June thwho have favourited Summer Solstice and Pride Month with Crafts, Stories, an Olympic Bird Game, Art Vendors and a Summer Solstice Presentation. Scheduled ticket registration is recommended. The center Father’s Day Celebration will run from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Sunday, featuring Dirty Frank’s hot dogs, Ohio-made root beer, and live bluegrass music from the Goldsberrys. Tickets are $ 25 or $ 10 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 614-545-5480 or visit

– Margaret Quamme

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