Schedel Gardens to host Community Day Festival May 11

Press Staff Writer

        Schedel Arboretum & Garden’s annual Community Day Festival will be held Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The 17-acre garden estate is located at 19255 W. Portage River South Rd.
        The festival, which is free and open to the public, will proceed rain or shine.
        More than 60 demonstrations and vendors will be on hand for visitors to experience activities ranging from free hayrides to face painting.
        The mission of Schedel Gardens, a nonprofit organization which opened to the public in 1991, is to offer life-enriching experiences by providing unique opportunities for the study and appreciation of nature and the arts, according to Schedel executive director Rod Noble.
        “We open up the gardens every Mother’s Day weekend and encourage folks to come out an enjoy a walk through the grounds, take in the beautiful displays of nature here and, at the same time, provide some fun things to do for the whole family,” he said.
        Activities on tap at this year’s festival include a pottery demonstration by Packer Creek Pottery, a wool spinning demonstration, a bonsai demonstration and more.        Nature’s Nursery and the Toledo Zoo will also be on hand with unique animals for visitors to see and learn about. In addition, gardening and landscaping experts will be available to answer questions about tree trimming, gardening and landscaping.
        Kids’ activities include free hayrides by Legacy Farms, face painting, Mother’s Day card making, needle felt critter making and much more.
        A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase on the grounds. Twisted Strands will provide live music throughout the festival. The Schedel Gift Shop, located on the side of the 1800s manor house, will also be open.
        Aside from all the family fun on tap, a walk through the grounds allows guests to view a grove of ancient dawn redwood trees, a world class bonsai tree collection, several bristle cone pine trees that are the oldest living species of plant on earth, a grove of yellow groove bamboo and many unique species of trees and shrubs.
        “Hopefully, many of the flowering trees will be in bloom that day and maybe even our more than 20 varieties of lilacs – it just depends on the weather,” Noble said.
        According to Schedel events coordinator Veronica Sheets, “We have the most vendors and exhibits this year in terms of numbers and variation – there’s just a lot to do for everyone in the whole family.”
        This year, a Woodland and Wildlife Family Festival sponsored by the Ottawa County Soil & Water Conservation District, will be held in conjunction with the Schedel Community Day Festival this year.
        In lieu of an admission fee, Schedel Gardens is collecting canned goods. Parking is free. For more info, visit or call 419-862-3182.


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