Adena Mansion to Kickoff Month of May with Annual Heirloom Plant Sale


Adena Mansion and Gardens annual plant sale focuses on “heirloom” plants – varieties raised and passed on before the advent of industrial farming. Many go back at least as far as Worthington’s time.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme – treasured staples of the medieval pantry and probably Thomas Worthington’s as well – will be among the 85 varieties of herbs, tomatoes, vegetables and flowers on sale at this year’s Adena Mansion and Gardens plant sale.

This year’s sale is set for Saturday, May 1, through Sunday, May 16. Hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays (closed on Monday and Tuesday).

Flower varieties for sale that are the same as those grown in the gardens include foxglove, Maltese cross, morning glory, dianthus, coreopsis, Sweet William, and balsam. Among herbs in the sale, lavender and thyme are also grown in the garden. Also available will be dill, basil, chives, oregano, cucumbers, peppers, and cabbage to name a few. Tomato varieties for sale will include Black from Tula, Arkansas Traveler, Black Sea Man, Cherokee Purple, Mortgage Lifter, Hillbilly (Potato Leaf), and Green Zebra.

There will also be metal art for purchase, such as bottle trees and shepherds hooks. In addition there will also be some hanging baskets and vegetables.

Adana Mansion was the home of Ohio’s 6th governor, Thomas Worthington. Admission is: Adults $10; seniors $9; Children 6 and up, $5. Admission for Ohio History Connection/AMGS members and children 5 and under is FREE. For more information, please call 1-800-319-7248 or visit www.adenamansion.com. Adena is located at the south end of Adena Road, off Pleasant Valley Road, which is the first road west off of State Route 104, just north of the US 35 interchange at the north edge of Chillicothe.


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