Annual Events

The following events and programs are run almost entirely by volunteers.  Click here if you are interested in helping out.


The Wegerzyn Gift and Garden Shop specializes in garden tools, accessories, ornaments, houseplants and gifts. Click here for further information.


The First Bloom Program is a collaborative effort among the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Five Rivers MetroParks, and the Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation.  Nearly 200 planters on the sidewalks of downtown Dayton are planted with colorful annuals each spring by a crew of volunteers and staff, then maintained throughout the summer by the store owners and volunteers before being cleaned out in the fall.


The MayFair Plant Sale, held on the first weekend in May, raises funds for the foundation by offering a selection of popular, regional and proven plants as well as new and unusual varieties, accompanied by authoritative horticultural advice.  Foundation members enjoy having first choice of the plants at the members’ preview night. 


The annual Garden Party is a festive and fun event that takes place each year.  Members, donors and invited guests gather under a festival tent on Wegerzyn’s lovely Garden Green to enjoy a catered dinner, live music, and auctions at which a diverse array of unique experiences and items are offered.


Speaker’s Bureau. We are pleased to offer civic, social, religious and other groups a free presentation about Wegerzyn’s impressive gardens and associated programs, including a brief summary of our foundation. Contact us to schedule a presentation at your site or ours.


Bus Trips to interesting local and regional gardens and other attractions are offered to the general public and frequently at a discount to our foundation members.  Both single-day and multi-day (overnight) trips are offered, and foundation members are usually given first notice.  Sites include leading public gardens (in which we often get behind-the-scenes tours) as well as impressive private gardens.

The Foundation’s Major Events and Programs