National Planting Day

National Planting Day at the Ohio Statehouse

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Celebrate Keep Ohio Beautiful Day at the Ohio Statehouse

Photos from 2016 National Planting Day at the Ohio Statehouse

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) in partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful will celebrate the power of pollinators to support nature and agriculture as part of Keep Ohio Beautiful Day at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday, September 28, 2016. The event will also will commemorate Keep Ohio Beautiful’s 30th anniversary as a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate. A variety of activities are planned at the Ohio Statehouse, including planting an Ohio Native Pollinator Garden, designed by scientists at The Davey Tree Expert Co. In addition to attracting a variety of pollinators, this garden will provide nectar sources for the beehive on the Statehouse grounds.

Keep Ohio Beautiful Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. To commemorate this day, Keep Ohio Beautiful will host a public educational event at the North Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will be kicked off by an interactive pollinator educational program with students from Annehurst Elementary presented by senior entomologists from Scotts Miracle-Gro. Following the presentation, Senator Bob Peterson will read to the first and second grade students. A program with remarks from representatives of the participating organizations is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.

The species included in the native pollinator garden were carefully selected by scientists at Davey with assistance from Tamra Ansel, asst. deputy director with CSRAB. The design plan and herbaceous plants were donated by Davey.

High school students from the Knox County Career Center Landscape Design and Management Program, and organizations from throughout the state will be on hand to educate attendees about native plants, pollinators and related subjects. In the case of inclement weather, the location will be moved to the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. The event is free and open to the public.

About Pollinators                   

  • In the U.S., pollination by honey bees, native bees and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually.
  • Pollinators are responsible for one of every three bites of food we take.
  • Many pollinators are listed on the federal endangered species list due to evidence of their disappearance in natural areas.
  • Homeowners can support pollinators by growing attractive, easy-care native plants such as white fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus), sourwood tree (Oxydendrum arboreum), sweet pepper shrub (Clethra alnifolia), maple leaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and blazing star (Liatris spicata).

Photos from 2015 National Planting Day at the Ohio Statehouse

National Planting Day at the Ohio Statehouse Eastern Redbud Native Tree Planting Ceremony
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Keep Ohio Beautiful National Planting Day at the Ohio Statehouse

Pollinator Power
2015 National Planting Day at the Ohio Statehouse
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Native Pollinator Garden

For every three bites of food you take, you can thank pollinators for one bite.
That’s power to control 1/3 of our food supply!

Please join us as we celebrate pollinator power, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Ohio Statehouse north entrance.

Pollinator garden planting               Educational displays             Children’s activities

Apples, almonds, tomatoes, strawberries, pumpkins, beans, chocolate and coffee are just a few foods we can eat/drink because of pollinators. Foraging livestock – some dairy and beef cows – eat alfalfa pollinated by leafcutter bees. Learn about pollinators and simple actions you can take to help them support our food supply and keep the natural landscape alive.

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2014 National Planting Day at the Ohio Statehouse
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Native Butterfly Forage Garden

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Keep Ohio Beautiful will celebrate National Planting Day (Fact Sheet) on September 23, 2014, by planting native Ohio plants at the Ohio Statehouse.

National Planting Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. To commemorate this day,  Keep Ohio Beautiful will host a public educational event at the South Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., to beautify the grounds with Ohio native plants by planting an Ohio Native Butterfly Forage Garden. Senator Stinziano will kick off the event by reading a garden story to preschool children from Children First Child Care.

In Ohio, native plants and wildlife are losing ground to suburbanization and fragmented habitats. However, natives are critical to sustaining the state’s environment as they are the best sources of food and habitat for pollinators and other important wildlife. Native plants are hardy, and require lower maintenance and less water than other ornamentals.

“Planting native Ohio species not only restores ecological balance, but it also rejuvenates the community and improves the quality of life,” said Keep Ohio Beautiful executive director Michael Mennett. “National Planting Day is a simple way for the community to make a difference while learning about the benefits of greening spaces with native species.”

Mennett will be joined by Keep Ohio Beautiful state affiliates; the Honorable Michael Stinziano, Senator, and other Ohio legislators; William Carleton, executive director, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board; Su Lok, director of corporate and community partnerships, Scotts Miracle-Gro; Becky Lyons, chief operating officer, Keep America Beautiful; Dan Weisenbach, president, Keep Ohio Beautiful; and Greg Snowden, Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Co.

The species included in the butterfly forage garden were carefully selected by scientists at Davey with assistance from Tamra Ansel, grounds manager with the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. The plants were donated by Arcola Creek Nursery in Lake County and Dayton Nursery.

High school students from the Tolles Career & Technical Center will be planting, and organizations from throughout the state will be on hand to educate attendees about native plants. In the case of inclement weather, the location will be moved to the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.

National Planting Day is a Keep America Beautiful program now in its third year. The organization holds its national celebration on September 6, and encourages Americans to hold events supporting local ecosystems by planting native trees, shrubs and plants throughout the fall. You can follow the event on social media, #NPD2014.


Keep Ohio Beautiful Event Beautifies Ohio Statehouse Grounds

A Woodland Restoration Native Garden was planted on National Planting Day

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Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) celebrated National Planting Day on September 17, 2013 by planting a new Woodland Restoration Native Garden at the north side of the Ohio Statehouse.  This is KOB’s second annual native planting day at the Ohio Statehouse.

National Planting Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. To commemorate this day, KOB hosted a public event at the North Plaza of the Statehouse to beautify the grounds with Ohio native plants by planting a Woodland Restoration and Demonstration Garden.

Approximately 120 individuals joined Keep Ohio Beautiful and state affiliates at the event, along with Ohio legislators; the Honorable Richard H. Finan, Capital Square Review and Advisory Board chairman; The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Keep Columbus Beautiful, The Davey Tree Expert Company and others. High school students from the Tolles Career and Technical Center completed the planting, and organizations from throughout the state were on hand to educate attendees about native plants.

Why plant natives? “Native species of plants and wildlife are losing ground to suburbanization and fragmented habitats. Yet, natives provide the best sources of food and habitat for pollinators and other important wildlife. Native plants are hardy, and require lower maintenance and less water than other ornamentals,” saidKaren M. Wise, manager of natural resource consulting for Davey Resource Group,a division of Davey Tree.

The species included in this woodland restoration were carefully selected by scientists at Davey with assistance from Tamra Ansel, Grounds Manager with the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board.  The plants were donated by Arcola Creek Nursery in Lake County and Riverside Native Tree Farm in Delaware County.  The centerpiece of the garden is an American Linden from The Davey Tree Expert Company’s nursery in Wooster.

“Studies have shown that a beautified community translates into a safe, healthy community and improves quality of life,” said KOB executive director Michael Mennett. “By honoring National Planting Day, we’ll show Ohioans the benefits of preserving and creating green spaces with drought-tolerant native plants and demonstrate how easy it is to make a difference in their communities. Plus, it seems right that Ohio natives should have a prominent place in the Ohio Statehouse gardens.”

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Keep Ohio Beautiful Celebrated National Planting Day
on September 18, 2012 at Ohio Statehouse

Ohio native plants were planted to beautify statehouse grounds

Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) celebrated National Planting Day on September 18, 2012 by planting native Ohio plants at the Ohio Statehouse.

National Planting Day celebrated the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. To commemorate this day, KOB hosted a public event at the South Plaza of the statehouse, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to beautify the grounds with Ohio native plants planting a moist meadow and perennial beds. A native tree will be planted as well. Why plant natives? Native species of plants and wildlife are losing ground to suburbanization and fragmented habitats. Yet, natives provide the best sources of food and habitat for pollinators and other important wildlife. Native plants are hardy, and require lower maintenance and less water than other ornamentals.

“Studies have shown that a beautified community translates into a safe, healthy community and improves quality of life,” said KOB executive director Michael Mennett. “By honoring National Planting Day, we’ll show Ohioans the benefits of preserving and creating green spaces with drought-tolerant native plants and demonstrate how easy it is to make a difference in their communities. Plus, it seems right that Ohio natives should have a prominent place in the Ohio Statehouse gardens.”

Mennett and Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates were joined by Senator Richard H. Finan and Su Lok, director of corporate and community partnerships for The Scotts Miracle-Grow Company, to lead the National Planting Day program. High school students from the Tolles Career & Technical Center planted, and organizations from throughout the state were on hand to educate attendees about native plants.

The first annual National Planting Day was planned for September 8 by Keep America Beautiful and continued with activities through November 30 to encourage Americans to support local ecosystems by planting native species of trees, shrubs and plants.

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