Garden Getaway: Lakeside Chautauqua invites Central Ohio garden enthusiasts to explore Ohio’s blooms

By Jenny Rogers, writer, Columbus Monthly Home & Garden



Flowers bloom along the waterfront in Lakeside Chautauqua, known as Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile.

There’s really no other place in the state like Lakeside. The historic community – located between Cleveland and Toledo and known for its Victorian vibe and slowed-down pace—is a beloved summertime retreat for families and couples looking to unwind. And this summer, garden enthusiasts can get in on the fun.

From June 27 to 30, Lakeside Chautauqua in Bloom will give gardening pros and newbies an opportunity to learn from the best (Lakeside participated in the 2013 International Communities in Bloom competition, after all). The event includes lectures, workshops, cultural performances and a keynote speech from Hope Taft, former First Lady of Ohio, and Guy Denny, former chief of natural areas and preserves for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Their lecture, titled “Painting Ohio in Broad Brushstrokes,” will focus on the birth of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Gardens in Columbus, including how it was designed and how plants were selected from around the state.

English garden designer Amanda Patton will host four lectures highlighting the ”new naturalism” gardening movement, which advocates naturalistic planting that benefits both the environment and your garden’s appearance. “[Patton] has connections with the Friends of Ohio Governor’s Residence & Heritage Garden,” Lakeside’s Gretchen Colon says of the group responsible for the event. “They took a tour to Italy, and she was the lecturer showing them the castle gardens there.”

In addition to planned events and a garden marketplace, participants will want to make time for a self-guided tour of the various private and community gardens in the area.


This article was first featured in the Summer 2015 issue of Columbus Monthly Home & Garden magazine. Pick up your copy on newsstands today, or visit  for more information.