The Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a free Community Day and Meet the Artists event on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The SA&G is a 17 acre garden estate located in Elmore. The nonprofit arboretum and botanical garden has been open to the public since 1991 and is home to many species of trees, plants and shrubs not commonly seen in this area. The grounds include displays of irises, peonies, roses, lilies, perennial plants and more than 12,000 annual plants and flowers each summer.
The SA&G boasts a significant bonsai collection, Japanese garden, 1800’s manor house, event center, tropical display garden, bamboo grove, a stand of dawn redwood trees and numerous other botanical attractions. Sculpture by local and international artists is also incorporated into the grounds, demonstrating the harmony between nature and the arts.
The May 11 event will include free activities for the whole family. In addition to several displays on gardening, there will be face painting, a bonsai demonstration, worm composting , seed planting, a wool spinning demonstration, butterfly & insect display and a perennial plant sale.
Visitors may enjoy Mother’s Day shopping in the Garden Argosy Gift Shop amongst the hand-crafted items such as painted bird and butterfly houses, origami, bird feeders, jewelry and steel art works. Many of the artist vendors that have items for sale in the gift shop will be on hand. Jan Pugh of Packer Creek Pottery in Genoa will be giving a demonstration of her methods of creating her beautiful majolica ceramics.
The SA&G is located in Elmore at 19255 West Portage River South Road. For more information contact the SA&G at (419) 862-3182 or www.schedel-gardens.org.