Gardening associated occasions round Columbus and surrounding space

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Help maintain a public garden or enjoy plants others have grown in Columbus and beyond.

Lily Festival will be in action Friday through Sunday and at 11 a.m. at Bishop Educational Gardens, 13200 Little Cola Road, Rockbridge. Stroll through three acres of gardens, take a guided nature walk, see the work of 60 nature-influenced artisans, listen to live music, and have an ice cream. Timed registration is required and entry is $ 5 per car. For more information call 740-969-2873 or visit www.lilyfest.com.

• Help to beautify Goodale Park, 120 W. Goodale Blvd., by weeding, mulching, collecting trash and removing graffiti from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. Pre-register with Workday at Friends of Goodale Park. To register, visit eventbrite.com.

• Get your hands dirty as you explore the pros and cons of soil testing “Coffee with the master gardener workshop for soil testing” Saturday at 8:00 am at the Franklin County OSU Extension Office, 2548 Carmack Road. The fee is $ 15. Register at go.osu.edu/coffeeMGV. For more information, call 614-866-6900 or visit franklin.osu.edu.

• The Southern Orchards Civic Association’s 10th annual garden tour celebrates the theme “Life Is A Beach” next Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm. Start at 885 Heyl and visit 8 to 10 houses plus the Ronald McDonald House Garden and Healthy Homes Urban Community Garden, where the Johnson’s Ice Cream Truck will be parked. More information is available at www.southernorchardscivic.com.

• A few blocks away, Merion village starts his week-long self-guided tour of the area’s front gardens. The event will take place from July 11th to 17th. Visit the group’s website for a video look into the backyards. More information is available at www.merionvillage.org.

– Margaret Quamme

margaretquamme@hotmail.com

Would you like to list a garden event? All submissions must be received 10 days prior to the publication date. Send to margaretquamme@hotmail.com.