Chapter Events

Events Archive: 2023 | 2024 | Upcoming Events

June 2024


Keystone Flora Nursery Tour and potluck

Saturday, June 22nd, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Keystone Flora , 5045 Wooden Shoe Hollow Dr, Cincinnati, OH, 45232 Map

Public Welcome Chapter Social Seed/Plant Sale Public Restroom Free Public Parking

We will tour Keystone Flora Nursery, owned by Steve Slack. "We grow and sell native plants indigenous to our part of the Midwest near Cincinnati Ohio. Our plants are nursery-grown from seeds and cuttings without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Native plants provide many colors, and interesting forms and are functional for our local ecosystem. True pollinator plants can be found here. No cultivars."

Plants will be available for purchase. After the tour, we will gather for a potluck picnic. Feel free to bring a dish to share, or your own lunch and bring a friend too!  Bring your own drink and a chair. RSVP to [email protected] soon as space is limited. See you there! 

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July 2024


Summer Garden Tour- Tom Borgman Members Only

Sunday, July 14th, 2024
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Tom & Penny Borgman Garden, Cincinnati, OH, 45247 Map

Members Only Free Event Chapter Social Home Garden Tour

Join us to explore what was once a one-acre lot with lawn and a house about 30 years ago- now a mix of sun, shade, dry, and wet gardens. Tom and Penny tend over 50 species of native trees, shrubs, and vines as well as some formal, informal, and wild landscapes. Their habitat goals are to provide for birds, butterflies, and especially hummingbirds and fireflies. Some of their favorite garden habitat components include bur oak, buttonbush, trumpet honeysuckle, prickly pear, prairie dock and prairie trillium.

RSVP @ [email protected], location address provided via confirmation email.

Limited space: 20

Homegrown Habitat: Suburb

Accessibility: Half is flat lawn that is easily accessible. The rest is on a gentle slope.

Parking: Up to 6 vehicles in the driveway and street parking available on Philnoll Drive.

Nearby amenities: Restrooms available at White Oak Garden Center and eateries abound on Colerain Ave.

Chapter-assisted Carpooling is available: If interested in carpooling, let us know with your RSVP. Please provide the following info- Offering ride / Need a ride, along with county/state. We'll do our best to connect members via email.

August 2024


Midwest Native Plant and Artisan Sale ~ volunteer opportunities

Saturday, August 3rd, 2024
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Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning , 4400 Shakertown Rd, Beavercreek, OH, 45430 Map

Public Welcome Paid Event Seed/Plant Sale Conference/Symposium Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity Drinking Fountains

https://www.midwestnativeplants.orgThe 15th Midwest Native Plant Conference is looking for volunteers to help with the public Native Plant & Artisan Sale that is open to the public on on Saturday, August 3, from 9:30 to 6pm. Requirement to volunteer is for 2-hour shifts with the opportunity to attend some of the sessions and Sunday Field trips.

 To help, email Kathy at [email protected]. CEU credits are available for Master Gardeners, OCVN's and APLD's. 

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September 2024


Fall Native Plant Pollinator Festival

Saturday, September 7th, 2024
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Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH, 45206 Map

Public Welcome Seed/Plant Sale Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Volunteer opportunity! The Civic Garden Center’s 2nd annual Fall Native Plant Pollinator Festival is your one-stop shop to buy, learn about, and celebrate native plants. The event brings together local native plants growers from throughout the region. With all of these growers in one place, you won’t find a better selection of native plants anywhere else in Greater Cincinnati. The event includes educational talks and workshops from local experts on native plant-related topics. This event isn’t just about buying plants, it’s also about fostering Cincinnati’s growing community of native plant enthusiasts. Once you buy some plants, we hope you will stick around for some food, music, beer or family-friendly activities that will be taking place throughout the park. Contact GCWO to volunteer @513-221-0981. 


Guided Walk at Fernald Nature Preserve

Saturday, September 14th, 2024
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Fernald Nature Preserve, 7400 Willey Rd, Hamilton, OH, 45013 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Social Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity Drinking Fountains

We will have a naturalist-led tour by a preserve employee followed by lunch indoors at the visitor center. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and bringing a refillable water bottle. If you want to join us after the hike, bring your lunch and join us in the beautiful visitor center. 

Fernald Preserve has a unique history and was once a uranium processing plant. It closed in 1989 when a comprehensive environmental cleanup began, including the planting of many native trees and grasses to restore the ecology.  Today, it encompasses 1,050 acres of upland forest, grassland, and wetlands. The diversity of wildlife inhabiting the preserve attests to the success of the reclamation activities. 

Although Fernald Preserve is an “undeveloped” park, visitors can enjoy seven miles of trails. These trails range from short, gravel paths near the visitor center to longer, more rugged trails that travel through the various habitats found in Fernald. A viewing blind and overlooks provide opportunities to observe native flora and fauna. Over 240 species of birds have been recorded at Fernald Preserve, along with butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. 

Fernald Preserve includes a visitor center with exhibits designed by faculty and students at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP). The outstanding exhibits illustrate the history of the Fernald site including the Native Americans who first lived there, its role in the Cold War, and its environmental cleanup. The visitor center was the first building in Ohio to achieve platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  

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October 2024


Honeysuckle Blitz-Give Back Day at Caesar Creek

Sunday, October 27th, 2024
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Caesar Creek Army Corp Engineers Gorge Spillway Tail Water Area

Public Welcome Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Sunday, October 29, 9 am-noon: Give Back Day, 15th Annual Honeysuckle Blitz at Caesar Creek U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gorge Spillway Tail Water Area, Warren County, Ohio

Join the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society, Cincinnati Wild Ones, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and supporters as we sponsor this volunteer effort in its 15th year to help remove that invasive alien, bush honeysuckle, from the Caesar Creek Lake Spillway Tail Water area.

Come help your friends and kindred spirits continue the protection of this natural treasure. One of the area’s prime features is a gorge formed by glacial meltwaters cutting down through the bedrock. Steep walls formed, rising 180 feet above the river, with more than two miles of Caesar Creek flowing through the gorge. We will be working in the diverse habitat of this natural area, which features heavily wooded hillsides above the gorge of beech, maple, hickory, oak and a luxuriant herbaceous-flora-covered floodplain. The Cincinnati Wild Ones have been working in this area for the past 14 years with a very positive impact to wildflower diversity.

This is a terrific social, educational and work activity, with a great lunch provided.

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated. Please contact Christine Hadley at email [email protected] or at 513-850-9585, for more information. Chainsaw & steel blade trimmer operators must be pre-registered.

Bring your favorite tools: gloves, loppers, saws, trimmers, and protective gear for power equipment. We will provide tools & safety equipment to volunteers new to honeysuckle removal. Stump treatment will be furnished.

Directions: Meet at the Gorge parking lot off Clarksville Road.

Take I-71 to Wilmington Road (exit 36).
Head east on Wilmington Road. Take the first left onto Olive Branch Road (crossing over I-71).
Take the first right onto Jeffrey Road.
At the first stop sign, take Oregonia Road; jog right and then jog left onto Clarksville Road.
Follow across the dam, turn left at the gorge sign, and drive to the parking lot.
We’ll meet near the gorge shelter. Look for signs directing you to the event.

Google maps knows our parking area as “Caesar Creek Fishing Pier, Caesar Creek Gorge Access Road, Waynesville, OH 45068”

Do NOT go to the state nature preserve area on Corwin Road, which is where we often have spring events.