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Toledo Botanical Garden

A world full of beauty, inspiration, tranquility, exploration and discovery awaits you at the Toledo Botanical Garden. As northwest Ohio’s unique center for horticulture and the arts, TBG lives its mission of enriching lives through gardens, the arts and nature each and everyday.

Founded in 1964 with a donation of 20 acres of property from local realtor George P. Crosby, the Garden really began to expand in the mid-1970s when the City of Toledo’s Division of Forestry engaged the idea of developing and maintaining the property as a botanical garden. The result of that forward thinking and commitment to beautification and preservation is a botanical garden that is operated as a public/private partnership between the City of Toledo and the Toledo Botanical Garden Board, Inc, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the collection and study of plants.

A museum for plants, Toledo Botanical Garden offers its visitors an opportunity to share, discover and enjoy beauty – the beauty of nature in an environment designed for all seasons. More than 120,000 people from northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan and beyond visit the Garden each year. Our visitors have a number of reasons for venturing to the Garden. They might be gardeners who are interested in learning more about the varieties of annuals and perennials nestled within the various gardens at TBG or looking for new ideas they can incorporate into their home landscapes.

Garden highlights include the 5-acre Shade Garden, which is the oldest established site at the Toledo Botanical Garden. Begun soon after the city accepted George P. Crosby’s bequest of land in 1964, this remarkable collection of shade loving plants, was first planted in the late 1960’s. Growing under an isolated remnant of the Oak Openings region, its mature, towering canopy of white oak, red oak, sassafras, cottonwood and black cherry trees provide cover for under-story shrubs, perennials, ferns and wildflowers.

The Perennial Garden is a favorite among TBG visitors. Its unique design allows for an impressive collection of perennials to bloom from spring through late fall. The Perennial Garden is divided into sections: the impressive Color Garden focuses on four crescent shaped beds - one is blue, one is white, one is pink and last one is red. The flowers planted in these beds may change, but the color of the particular garden remains the same; the Cottage Garden is planted in the style of an English garden, with hardscapes such as brick walkways keep with the original cottage garden style of plantings; the Green Garden hosts numerous raised beds, making the gardens more accessible for visitors to smell the blooms and interact with the plants; there is also an extensive collection of Iris, Lily, Peony, Daylilys and Hydrangeas located in the Perennial Garden.

Area art aficionados visit the Garden for a number of reasons. The Garden proudly displays six highly recognized sculptures that are part of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Public Places Program. Or perhaps they visit to purchase unique hand-crafted items at the Crosby Festival of the Arts, held the final weekend of June. Recognized as Ohio’s oldest juried art fair, Crosby Festival attracts more than 250 artists from across the country to a three-day festival that more than 20,000 people attend each year. Jazz lovers also find TBG a great place to enjoy the smooth sounds of local jazz performers during our summer concert series, which is held in collaboration with the Toledo Jazz Society.

Rental Areas: The Garden does rent two rooms in the Crosby Conference Center (call for details). There is also a small stage area near the Conference Center that can be rented for concerts (again, call for details).

Calendar of Events ~ 2004

Spring Plant Sale

Friday, May 7th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 8th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 9th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Crosby Festival of the Arts

Saturday, June 26th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 27th from 10 a.m. to – 4 p.m.

The Garden also hosts numerous classes for adults and children; please call 419-936-2986 for more information.


5403 Elmer Drive
Toledo, OH 43615


Patty Mazur ~ [email protected]

Patty Toneff ~ [email protected]

Greater Toledo is committed to arts and culture, leading to growth, prosperity and excellence for all who live and work here.
....Mayor Jack Ford   

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