Parks and Recreation
Grove City, OH 43123
Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Gardens at Gantz Farm
The Gardens at Gantz is located at 2255 Home Road in Gantz Park. Situated alongside the historic Gantz farmhouse, the gardens provide a unique look at horticulture throughout time. Park staff and volunteers have developed three main gardens to demonstrate a wide range of gardening styles: The Garden of Yesterday, The Garden of Today and the Garden of Tomorrow.
In addition to the herb gardens, the Gardens at Gantz staff members organize educational workshops, an annual herb sale and gardening-related activities.
The children's gardening group, Sprouts, also meets here.
New Volunteer Training Classes in January
Have you thought about becoming a Garden at Gantz Farm Volunteer?
Join our organization and choose from a variety of projects to support the Gardens appropriate for all levels of experience – none to beginner to advanced. An educational symposium, the annual herb and perennial sale and farmers markets are just some of the projects available. Volunteers also lead tours, teach or assist with workshops, host garden-related events and, of course, work in the garden.
Classes for new volunteers are Thursday, Jan. 9, 16 and 23 at the Gantz Farmhouse in Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road.
Volunteers need to attend all sessions and will have to complete a volunteer application.
For more information or to be sent a registration form, call 614-277-3058, or email Linda Rosine at email@example.com.
2013 Herb of the Year: the Elderberry
The International Herb Association has designated the Elderberry Shrub as the Herb of the Year for 2013. To qualify an herb must meet at least two of three criteria: medicinal, culinary and craft/industrial.
Elderberry shrubs are found in Europe, northern Africa and North America. Berries have been unearthed by archeologists in Neolithic sites on both continents. They are a deciduous multi-stemmed shrub which suckers from the base and grows best in moist soil. Elderberries flower in June and their seeds are dispersed by birds. Depending on the species, these shrubs can reach up to 20 feet, but can be pruned to a manageable size for a home garden. All parts of the shrub are toxic with the exception of the flowers and the berries when cooked.
The branches were at one time used to produce woodwind instruments.
The twigs and fruit of the elderberry shrub produce various dyes depending on the part used.
Elderberry fruit contains polyphenols, anthocyanins, flavonols, calcium, iron, tannins and vitamins A, B-6 and C. It is currently used to make syrup to treat colds and flu. When cooked, the fruit is used to produce wine, jelly, pies and sauces. Do not eat raw berries.
Folklore and Literature
A vast amount of folklore has grown up around the elder shrub. Growing an elder near your door was thought to protect your home from witches. It was commonly referred to as “Mother Elder” and you were supposed to ask permission of the tree before picking flowers or berries, or cutting the wood. On the summer solstice, if you sat under an elder at midnight you could see the king and queen of the fairies trooping by with their court on their way to their festivities. For Harry Potter fans, one of the Deathly Hallows was the elder wand, the most powerful magic wand in the world.
Location in the Gardens at Gantz
Our elderberry shrub is located through the rose arbor and to the left in the Taxonomic Garden.
Want more information on this fascinating plant? Check out the USDA plant guide for the elderberry.
Gardens at Gantz Farm Annual Herb and Garden Symposium Is April 5
Looking forward to spring and the gardening season? Join the Gardens at Gantz Farm Volunteers for their annual herb and garden symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Listen to speakers, browse vendor offerings and enjoy a wonderful lunch while meeting new friends.
Call 614-277-3058 to be placed on the mailing list to receive a registration brochure. Registration brochures also will be available online in January.
Engraved Pavers at the Gardens at Gantz Farm
Engraved pavers at the Gardens at Gantz Farm are a unique and thoughtful gift to commemorate special people and occasions. This contribution not only enhances the beauty of the park, but all proceeds benefit future garden improvements. Pavers available for purchase are located around the perimeter of the labyrinth.
Download the Gardens at Gantz Farm Paver Order Form here.