The Ohio Historical Center hosts two exhibits about Ohio's gardens.
- Ohio's Garden Path: the Flowering of Our Landscape
- Every Garden A Munitions Plant: War Gardens in Ohio, 1917 - 1945
The exhibition examines the nation's most popular leisure-time activity from a perspective of 200 years of change. Drawing on more than 300 historic images and artifacts, Ohio's Garden Path studies the relationship between architecture and landscape and how our home grounds have evolved and continue to evolve in the hands of each generation.
The exhibition features eight sections:
- Immigration and Settlement, 1790-1845
- Federal Style, 1790-1845
- Romantic Revival, 1830-1865
- Victorian Era, 1865-1899
- Arts and Crafts, 1890-1915
- Tudor and Colonial Revival, 1915-1940
- Modern Movement, 1945 to the present
In addition to the main exhibition space, the Ohio Historical Society has created My Back Yard, a fun, interactive space for families and public programs. In My Back Yard, you can play croquet, read garden stories in the gazebo, encourage toddlers to design their own back yard in the Little Seedlings area, play in the greenhouse and listen to the garden gnome talk in the tool shed.
This online exhibit explores the emphasis on gardening for subsistence and support of the First and Second World Wars. Click here to discover the history and the attraction of victory gardening in Ohio.Return to top of page