Sale of plants, composition of fresh flowers and sunflowers galore among the highlights

It’s a good week for flowers, especially the ones you don’t have to plant yourself. Check out some of the following options.

• Venture to Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Road, near Newark at 5 pm Sunday for a “Choose it yourself” program. Pick native flowers and learn how to put them together into the perfect bouquet of wildflowers. Registration is $ 18. For more information call 740-323-2355 or visit

• Ganthers Place is setting up its 16th annual garden tour 10 am to 3 pm Sunday (The free tour begins at Ganthers Park for All People, 566 Reinhard Ave., with pedicabs transporting visitors to 11 gardens and pocket parks. This year’s theme is “Ganthers Place Makes Waves. ”For more information, visit or the Ganthers Place Facebook page.

• Make your way to Tuesday Turtle at 11:30 am Tuesdays at Grange Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., to learn about the turtles in the center and watch them enjoying a meal. Entrance is free, but registration is required. Or tour the centre’s gardens with curator Rebecca Swab on Thursday at 5 p.m. Learn about native plants that are good for backyard gardens and how to take care of the plants. Tickets cost $ 8 and registration is required. For more information call 614-545-5475 or visit

• Circle S Farms grows sunflowers for its First annual sunflower festival, and you are invited to come pick, take pictures or simply admire 400,000 sunflower flowers. The sunflower square is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $ 5 Monday to Friday and $ 10 Saturday and Sunday, with children 3 and under free (includes a sunflower). While you’re there, stop at the Farm Market for cookies, scones, other pastries, and seasonal produce. The farm market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. For more information call 614-878-7980 or visit

• Sunflowers are also available at Sunflower s’miles from Lynd Farm, where 31 varieties of sunflowers grow on 35 acres at two different sites, 3523 E. Route 36, Urbana; and 9851 Morse Road SW, Pataskala. The Morse Road site is directly opposite the well stocked Lynd Farm Market. The fields open every day at 10 a.m. Admission, which includes a sunflower, is $ 10 per person Monday through Friday and $ 15 per person Saturdays and Sundays, with children 3 and under free. On weekends, the fields will offer food trucks, yoga, square dancing, live music and games. For more information call 740-927-8559 or visit

• Add to your collection of plants and plant accessories from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays at Delaware County Volunteer Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale, held at Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheep and Pig Farm, Delaware. Collect shrubs, trees, annuals, and native and other garden plants grown by master gardeners. Also offered: a “Zoo Brew” and “Zoo Brew tea” from Price Organic Farms, hypertufa planters and decorative works of art for the garden. Cash or check only. For more information visit

– Margaret Quamme

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