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Wild Day Out – Cincinnati Zoo

Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!” It brings a rebirth after dreary days of winter with spring blooms, flowering branches and fun times at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens on April 13 when the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs will enjoy a Wild Day Out.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is the second oldest in The United States having opened to the public in 1875. The zoo started out modestly with just 65 acres of land and a few animals including monkeys, grizzly bears, deer, a retired circus elephant, and a few others; however, the bird collection was large with over 400 at the time.
The zoo has earned the honor of being the greenest zoo in America. Over 1.5 million people a year visit this zoo that is also recognized as one of the top ten zoos in the country. In 1987 the zoo was also named a historic landmark due to the architecture in some of the animal houses. The reptile house is the oldest original zoo structure in the country.
In 1986 the Cincinnati Zoo joined forces with The Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife to start a captive breeding program. Trumpeter swans and sea lions were the first animals in the program. Since then, the zoo has also taken part in the breeding of rhinoceroses, cheetahs, tigers, gorillas and several others. The zoo also offers a four- year college preparatory course for the Cincinnati public school system that began in 1975.
The Cincinnati Zoo currently features more than 500 animals and 3,000 plant species which make it one of the largest zoological collections in North America.
On Friday evening, April 12, our speakers will be Ron Wilson and Pat Greeson of Natorp’s Nursery, Mason, OH. Join these two gardening experts as they take a look at what’s hot and what’s not in 2019 gardening. A few gardening points to ponder and who knows what else these two may have up their gardening gnome sleeves! The program is at 7 pm at the Hampton Inn and Suites located at 3024 Vine Street, close to the zoo.
On Saturday, we will have registration at 9:30 am, with a guided tour of the zoo and gardens to follow. “The Tulips” lunch will be at noon in one of the zoo’s enclosed facilities. Scott Beuerlein, manager of Botanical Gardens Outreach, will talk on the zoos favorite plants. “We’re a 70-acre botanical garden that shows how diversity in an urban landscape can really influence the way a place looks and feels.” He adds, “We’re creating a good place a safe, happy environment where people want to spend time. It’s comfortable, it’s shady and it’s beautiful.”
After Scott’s session, visitors will be free to explore more of the zoo or visit some of the local garden centers. The Cincinnati Reds are in town playing the St. Louis Cardinals and you might want to add that to your list for a fun family weekend.
The $35 cost for the day includes admission, parking, garden tour and lunch. Registration deadline is March 30. With the day being a Saturday, bring the kids, grandkids or great-grandkids at a rate of $25 for ages 18 and under. Pre-day events are at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Friday night with a $5 cost. Plan to spend a WILD DAY OUT with us at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Saturday, April 13, 2019
(Pre-event evening program offered Friday, April 12)

Name: ____________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________
City: ____________________________________________________ State ____
Zip: __________________ Phone: _____________________________________
Email: ____________________________________________________________

Please check appropriate:
____ I will attend Friday night program @ $5.00
____ I will attend Saturday at the Zoo @ Adult 35.00
(includes Admission, Parking, Garden Tour and Lunch)
____ # Children attending under age 18 @ 25.00
(list names & ages)

Make checks payable to OAGC.
Mail registration form and fees to:
Charlene Thornhill, 427 Southbrooke Dr., Greenville, OH 45331-1155
937-548-3417 email: char.donn.thornhill@gmail.com

Make hotel reservations directly with Hampton Inn and Suites-Cincinnati Uptown (3024 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45219) before March 11 @1-800-HILTONS. Mention the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs or Group Block Code ‘OAG’ to receive group rate of $139 before tax.

2016 Gardeners’ Day Out – Blennerhassett Island, WV

Blennerhassett Mansion at Blennerhassett Island State Park in Parkersburg, WV.
Blennerhassett Mansion at Blennerhassett Island State Park in Parkersburg, WV. (photo courtesy of Blennerhassett)

Cruising down the river, time-traveling, in “Almost Heaven, West Virginia,” that will be Gardeners’ Day Out 2016 on Saturday, July 9! Join us as we cross the Ohio River to scenic Parkersburg, West Virginia, for a day of timeless beauty with a turbulent past.

Blennerhassett Island spans back 13,000 years ago when Ice Age Native American hunting tribes lived there. White settlers began to flock to the valley in the 1780s and Irish aristocrats Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett built a magnificent estate. Harman’s entanglement in a mysterious enterprise with Aaron Burr resulted in President Jefferson accusing both of treason. You can be part of the island’s guest list, which has included George Rogers Clark, Johnny Appleseed, Henry Clay, Walt Whitman and Gore Vidal. We will view the famous Stahl prehistoric Indian and archeological artifacts at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History before boarding the Island Belle sternwheeler for a scenic cruise to the estate.


Embarking there, we will be treated to brunch with the lady of the mansion, “Margaret Blennerhassett”, who will regale us with tales of the glory and tragedy experienced by the family. Her friends will continue the story on your guided tour of the restored mansion. A narrated horse-drawn wagon ride around the island offers views of the lush hardwood groves and fields providing habitats of white-tail deer, waterfowl and songbirds. The 1802 Putnam-Houser home, Maple Grove, which was brought across the river by barge in 1986, is part of our tour.

Extras available on the island include bicycle rentals, self-guided hikes, a refreshment stand and gift shop with local pottery, arts, books and garden items. Following a half-hour cruise to the mainland, those who wish may make a ten-minute drive to Wine Tree Vineyards, where award-winning vintners grow, ferment and bottle varieties you can try free samples. Their Wine Selection Guide and staff offer suggestions through a sometimes confusing process. Restaurants, shopping and hotels are available in Parkersburg and nearby Marietta, Ohio. Cost for the day is $50. Registration deadline is June 30. NOTE: This event is not a bus trip. Those attending will provide their own transportation to the site in Parkersburg. Registrants will receive an email confirmation, agenda and any other details.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Please complete a form for each person. Deadline: June 30.

Name: ________________________________
Zip:________ Phone:____________________
Garden Club:__________________________
Club Code:________ Region:____________

$50 fee includes museum, mansion and home admission, boat and wagon rides, brunch,
parking, and winery tour.

Make checks payable to OAGC:  Total Due: $_______
Mail check and registration forms to:

Suzy Parker, Gardeners’ Day Out Chair
Box 802, Syracuse, OH 45779
Email: sparker@oagc.org
Phone: 740-992-5555 or (mobile): 740-508-2494

Looking for more to do in the Parkersburg, West Virginia area?

Point Place Marketplace:  113 Ann Street, Parkersburg.  Downtown farmers’ market, live entertainment some Fridays 5-7;  open 10-6 Thursday-Saturday.

Fort Boorman:  Overlooking the city and offering panoramic views of the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers, great for photography, picnics, short hikes.

Julianna Historic District:  self-guided walking tour of five blocks of Victorian homes and gardens, circa 1800-1900s, guidebook available at local motels and the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 350 Seventh St.

Mulberry Lane Country Store:  eclectic shopping with Americana and country décor, crafts.
Pat Catan’s:  Supplies for floral and decorative arts; Park Shopping Center.

Blennerhassett Hotel:  On the Historic Register, with quaint décor, offers lodging, restaurant and bar, outdoor plaza.

Oil and Gas Museum:

Holl’s  Chocolatier:  Watch handmade chocolates, covered strawberries being crafted in the store.

Bob’s Market:  across the Ohio River in Belpre, Ohio.  Homegrown annuals, trees, shrubs, perennials, candy, produce, gardening accessories.
Middleton Doll Company, once in Belpre is no longer in business.

Berdines’ 5 and Dime: oldest dime store still in operation, incredible variety of old-time goods; about 30 minutes east of Parkersburg, in Harrisville.

North Bend State Park:  offers a lodge, camping, hiking, nature programs, activities; about 20 minutes east of Parkersburg.

Henderson Hall:  historic plantation home, open to tour; north between Parkersburg and Williamstown/Marietta.

Fenton Art Glass Factory in Williamstown is no longer in business

Marietta, about 20 minutes north, has interesting shops with antiques and collectibles.  Also,
Rossi Pasta:  watch varieties of homemade noodles being made; pasta and  sauces, gift baskets for purchase.  “The Castle” historic home open for tours.
Campus Martius Museum displays artifacts and a log cabin from the settling of Ohio’s first city.
Ohio River Museum displays boats and artifacts detailing the importance of the river.
Lafayette Hotel:  Historic riverfront hotel, offers lodging and restaurant.
River City Farmers’ Market:  open at 8:00 am Saturdays.