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Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Spring Plant Sale and Auction Fundraiser

The 2024 Chadwick Arboretum
Spring Plant Sale and Auction Fundraiser

Location: Lawn area south of the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center 
2201 Fred Taylor Dr,
Columbus, OH 43210

May 9 - 11, 2024

Spring Plant Sale

Saturday Update:  Please bring your own boxes for carrying and loading your plants as much as possible

Spring into greenery at Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens! Join us for our annual Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser and dive into a lush world of botanical delights. With over 16,000 fresh, exotic, and time-tested edible and ornamental plants, there's something for every green thumb!

Experience the thrill of our tree and shrub auctions, where you can bid on unique specimens to enhance your garden sanctuary. Step into our Learning Lab, where engaging educational demonstrations on various garden topics will unfold throughout the three-day sale, enriching your knowledge and inspiring your green endeavors. Take part in an exciting, live auction offered each day. Explore vendor booths brimming with gardening essentials and delightful treasures. And while you shop 'til you drop, indulge in delectable treats from a delicious, local food truck. Proceeds from this event go directly to The Ohio State Chadwick Arboretum, student organizations, and local businesses alike.

Come one, come all! Let's cultivate a brighter, greener future together.

Credit/debit cards only.

Event Schedule: (For daily event activities, please click on each date)

Members Only Night: Thursday, 5/9/24: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Open to public:  Friday, 5/10/24: 12:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m. 

                         Saturday 5/11/24: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 



  • Check out the list of plants here! (Note, vendors will bring even more variety.)
  • Auctions: Join Grant Phipps, Auctioneer, at our daily live tree and shrub auctions, and enjoy a silent auction on Thursday and Friday.  
  • Food and Drinks: Barbeque Texas (Friday), J-Pops (Friday), McGinnis Grill (Saturday, including breakfast and coffee)
  • Bevel's Sharpening Service can sharpen your tools while you shop on Friday and Saturday. (read more here)
  • Find several local businesses: 
    • Dannaher Nursery :  Rare and unusual plants, trees and shrubs
    • Scioto Gardens: Locally grown native landscape plants
    • The Whimsy Bus: Fun planted containers, succulents, herbs and assorted garden-related items. 
    • Out of the Moon: Handcrafted nature-themed jewelry 
    • Hinton's Apiaries: Local, raw honey
    • Natural AWA (Authentic Wonders from Africa): beauty products handcrafted using botanical ingredients ethically sourced from women producers in Africa.
    • Pursuit of Ecological Balance: Native plant kits and designs 
    • Horticulture Therapy Pots: Hand painted pots and bird houses that support our Horticulture Therapy program at Chadwick Arboretum
    • Hypertufa Troughs: Handcrafted and planted hypertufa containers grown by Chadwick Volunteer Allen Fabian
    • Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association: Native Plants grown from seed by students
    • Crops and Soils Club: Tomatos and peppers grown from seed by students
    • BLM Begonias: Multiple cultivars of begonias, sold by a student organization who aims to support Black Columbus Communities through the sale of begonias and begonia-related items.


Know Before You Go: 


  • Please park across the street in the Bill Davis Stadium Parking lot and use the crosswalks when walking to the plant sale site. 
  • Consider bringing a wagon to help carry your plants, especially if you are coming Thursday night or Friday afternoon.  But, no need to worry about loading your car - our volunteers will do this for you!
  • Want 10% off all non-vendor items at the Plant Sale?

             Purchase a membership to Chadwick Arboretum! Become a member online by clicking here or join in-person at the sale. 

  • We can only accept credit cards and all sales are final.