About This Project

The Foundation’s Major Events and Programs

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


First Bloom

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.


MayFair at the Market Plant Sale

The MayFair at the Market plant sale is held on the first weekend in May at 2nd Street Market. It 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 receive a discount on the plants they purchase.


Garden Party

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 a 50/50 raffle. The Garden Party is always scheduled for the second Thursday in September.


Bus Trips (Day)

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.


For information about upcoming bus trips, please email contact@wegerzyngardensfoundation.org. Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation truly appreciates your interest and support.