It’s a tradition that Ohio garden and herb enthusiasts have come to embrace and celebrate. From its early days on Johnstown Road and at the Geroux Herb Garden to its current location in the Creekside District (117 Mill St.), Gahanna Ohio’s Herb Day celebration has grown to become a popular regional event.
This year, the Ohio Herb Education Center is offering an exciting line-up of vendors, speakers, demonstrations and variety of herbs/ plants for sale on Saturday, May 10 in Olde Gahanna.
If this is your first time visiting Herb Day, or even if you’ve been visiting every year, we’ve compiled some insider tips for you!
- Herb Day is held Mother’s Day weekend. Hint-hint. Shop 25 vendors who specialize in unique, local items that make great gifts.
- More than 100 varieties of herbs and 3,000 total plants will be on sale from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Creekside Plaza.
- Dress in layers and according to the weather. The event begins at 9 a.m. and is held outside, rain or shine. Last year, the day started out overcast with a little drizzle, but turned into a beautiful day!
- Are you looking for basil? Get here early. Basil is THE best seller at Herb Day and goes fast. This year, 10 varieties of culinary basil will be available.
- Come ready to eat! The Herb Center will have treats to sample and hot tea for sale. Plus, you’ll be in the Creekside District, with a dozen restaurant options offering Herbal Trail inspired fare including pizzas, salads, soups, sandwiches, cupcakes, ice cream and more!
- Shop. Shop. Shop. The Creekside District is a great place to find local stores that offer unique gifts! As you leave, be sure to visit Easton Town Center, just a quick 10 minute drive east of Gahanna.
- Come ready to walk! Erika Galentin from United Plant Savers will lead a walk along the Big Walnut Creek to discover some herbs growing wild right here in Gahanna. If you’re interested in joining this walk, meet on the upper plaza at 2 p.m.
(You can also enjoy a walk on-your-own with the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new “Self-guided Walking Tour of the Herbal Garden Walking Path” brochure. The path leads you along the Big Walnut Trail from Creekside to Friendship Park. Find a copy of the brochure with a map at the Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St.)
- Free ICE CREAM. You read that right! Visit the Gahanna Historical Society, 101 South High St., for an old fashioned Ice Cream Social. Enjoy museum tours, fun 1914 facts, games, activities and refreshments.
- You don’t know the first thing about growing herbs? No problem. You’ll be in Gahanna—Ohio’s Herb Capital! We have expert herbalists, gardeners, farmers, crafters, chefs, conservationists and others who can answer your questions. Don’t be shy.
- Enjoy a 30 minute paddleboat ride for just $5 on the Big Walnut Creek. The paddleboat docks are located at the north end of the creek, on the east side of Creekside Plaza. During your ride, check out the art piece, Tria Psaria (“Three Fish”), designed by a Gahanna Lincoln High School student in 2012.
- Street parking and public lots are available throughout Olde Gahanna and the Creekside District. Additionally, a parking garage is located on N. Mill St at the north end of the Creekside Plaza complex.
Visit the City of Gahanna Parks & Recreation website for more information. Coming in from out-of-town? Contact the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau at 614/418-9114 or firstname.lastname@example.org
~Guest post by Beth McCollam, Public Information/Marketing Coordinator, City of Gahanna OH Department of Parks & Recreation