Spring Plant Sale

May 15, 2021, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Northwest corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive, adjacent to the Nationwide Ohio 4H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Dr. Free parking is available in OSU Gray Lots 1 and 2.
Julia Wilson

Friday, May 14, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

**Checks and Credit Cards Only**

Over 10,000 curated selections of new and unusual perennials and annuals, native Ohio plants, heirloom and organic vegetables and herbs can be found at the Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens annual Spring Plant Sale.                             

All plants are chosen to provide a wide variety of plants with time-tested and new cultivars, of the highest quality, and with the most successful growth potential for growing conditions in Ohio. Plus, Chadwick Arboretum Horticulturists and the Franklin County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will answer garden related questions about edible and ornamental plants.

Alongside a wide variety of perennials and annuals, vegetables and herbs, visitors will find colorful hanging baskets, hypertufa planters, planted and unplanted, and rain garden plants.  Ohio State University student horticulturist organizations will sell vegetables and the Plant Pathology Graduate Students Association will offer native plants for sale.

Proceeds from this event benefit the OSU Chadwick Arboretum and OSU student organizations.

"We are delighted to be returning this year!” explains Brenda Allinger, plant sale co-chair for the Chadwick Arboretum. “For the organic gardener we are offering  a good variety of organic  herbs and vegetables. I also assure you we have consider everything to keep this incredible plant sale fundraiser tradition alive, yet safe for our customers and the volunteers who make it possible." 

And all proceeds benefit our education and research programs at The Ohio State University year-round. We’ve chosen plants we know will be successful for you, and in turn you’re helping to support this one-of-a-kind arboretum and public learning garden.


Additional Information: 

Members Only Night: Thursday, 5/13/21: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

Open to public:  Friday, 5/14/21: 12:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m. 

                          Saturday 5/15/21: 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 



Health Check: First and foremost, if you or a family member is sick, please stay home! 

Mask Up!:The Ohio State University and the Governor's office require wearing facial covering when in public places within the OSU campus and Franklin County. We thank you, in advance, for wearing your mask at all times while attending the Plant Sale in support of the health of our volunteers and other customers. 

Mind the Gap - Keep 6' Back!:  Please maintain 6' of distance between yourself and our volunteers, vendors and other customers at all times.

Limited Entry: Entry to Chadwick sale will be limited to keep everyone safely and socially distanced. Please be patient if we have reached capacity. You can enter the sale as soon as another customer finishes their shopping and exits. And, please be mindful of other shoppers that may be waiting on you to finish your shopping so that they may enter the sale.

Consider attending as a single customer for this year’s sale

Look with your eyes, not with your hands: Only touch the plants that you intend to buy.  Or, allow a volunteer to select your plants for you.

Please enjoy your purchases...after you leave the sales area

Food and Drinks: No food or drinks will be available at the sale.

No public facilities will be available as well

No Pets Allowed: Please leave your furry companions at home.


This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Spring Plant Sale, first held in 1987.  Annual membership to the Chadwick Arboretum costs $40 per year for a guest plus one visitor, and includes year-round education, fun events, discounts at more than 10 local garden centers, and free or discounted entrance into many American Horticultural Society Public Gardens across the United States. Get more details and sign up for membership by emailing chadwickarboretum@osu.edu.


Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar supporting students, research, education and community programming, as well as operations of the Chadwick Arboretum and its public Learning Gardens. The arboretum offers 60 acres of urban gardens and green reserve, with more than 2,000 types of ornamental plants including trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, wildflowers, ferns and ornamental grasses. Learn more at chadwickarboretum.osu.edu.