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There is a world of gardening pleasure waiting for you. Below are some of Oakland's top recommendations for information and inspiration toward your gardening pursuits. There is no particular order or preference, and we are sure there are many other recommendations. We will post additions periodically.

Places to Visit

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Located in the famed University Circle area with the other world renowned museums of Art and Natural History, the botanical garden here is a beautiful collection of garden spaces and a new soaring conservatory space featuring two unique world biomes. Combine with other Cleveland attractions for a day or two cultural trip. Excellent horticultural library.

p: 888-853-7091   

Columbus Park of Roses
A stately 13 acre park that caters to the lovers of cultivated roses. Helpful staff and beautiful grounds promise a worthwhile visit. Spectacular when in blooming season. 11, 000 plants in 350 varieties and over 1000 varieties of daffodils. Voted in USA today as one of the top ten rose gardens in the world. A unit of the City of Columbus Parks and Recreation.
p: 614-645-3350   

Dawes Arboretum
East of Columbus in Licking County, this living museum of plants established on 1800 acres of rolling countryside. A professional staff updates and cares for 4500 unique taxa of woody plants. Most notable are the Japanese garden, Holly collection, conifer area and a great yearly plant sale.
p: 800-44-DAWES   

Franklin Park Conservatory
A treasure of plants and representative biomes, the world over. Changing exhibits compliment its established conservatory living displays of plants. Downtown Columbus, Ohio.
p: 614-645-8732, 800-214-7275   

Inniswood Botanical Gardens
Managed by The Franklin county Metro Park System, the 121 acre park unit is actually a beautiful outdoor garden display. Manicured beds contain 2000 species of annual, perennial and woody plants in tasteful landscape mixes. A great place for inspiration and education. Westerville, Ohio.
p: 614-865-6216   

Kingwood Center

Located near Mansfield, Ohio this former estate turned public garden is a beautiful example of European garden design. A great day trip.

p: 419-522-0211   

Secrest Arboretum
On the campus of Ohio State University Agricultural Research and Development Center, in Wooster, Ohio, the arboretum just celebrated its 100th birthday in 2008. A jewel in this Ohio's horticultural field hat, the arboretum is home to thousands of plant species and their cultivars, working research projects and a busy public education program. An excellent website will wet your palette.
p: 330-263-3761   

Recommended Websites

Flower Gardening Made Easy
Surprisingly informative site for annual and perennial plants.

Gymnosperm Database
A web site for scholar level descriptions of many evergreen plants. Go to the site map to find your plant.

houzz: Outdoor Design Photos
A great site to get visual inspiration for the home. The pictures are amazing.

A supplier of plants to Oakland Nursery, their website has good descriptions of their plant material.

National Gardening Association

A maze of a site. Lots of places to get gardening help, blog, shop and just poke around.


Ohioline, Yard and Garden
Ohio State University Extension Service help website. A well organized mountain of helpful information for a wide range of topics, especially gardening and horticulture.

Organic Gardening

At no other time in man's existence have we realized how fragile our Earth is. Check out this article on the essential elements of going organic.


Plants are Perfect Partners (Biophilia and Indoor Plants)

Want to know how indoor plants make YOUR life better? Check out this great brochure from Plantsatwork.org!


Website from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on plants.

Recommended Books

Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife and Native Plants

Douglas W. Tallamy. 2008. A groundbreaking book on healing nature in our own backyards. Excellent reading.

Continuous Color - A Month by Month Guide to Shrubs and Small Trees for a Continuous Bloom Garden.

Pam Duthie, 2004. 272 plants that give season long garden interest by fruit flower, foliage, texture, and bark. Month by Month.

Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs

Michael Dirr 1997. The standard reference for woody plants.

Hardscaping, How to use Structures, Pathways, Patios and Ornaments in your Garden.

eith Davitt, 2006. If considering any kind of landscape stonework, check this book out. Beautiful landscape work featured in gardens from around the world in nicely done pictorials.

The American Woodland Garden

Rick Darke, 2003. An award-winning book on gardening within the context of the woodland site.

The Backyard Homestead, Produce All the Food You Want on 1/4 Acre

Carleen Madigan, 2007. The heck with grass and shrubbery, start a micro farm on your lot. A great book on self-sufficiency and eating healthy and delicious food.

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden

Tracy DiSabato-Aust, 2006. A very popular book on all aspects of the perennial garden.

Tree and Shrub Gardening for Ohio

Fred Hower and Alison Beck, 2004. A colorful and informative book from one of central Ohio's own, who has spent his life working with plants. A must for the gardening library. One of a series of fine books about gardening in Ohio.


Pam Bagget, 2008. A good book on using tropical plants in the garden.

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