Garden Fest 2017

Join us at Miami University Regionals’ Hamilton Campus Conservatory for our inaugural Garden Fest on Sunday, September 24, from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.All activities are free and open to the public, including FREE on campus parking.


2017 Garden Fest Theme

This year’s theme focuses on Foodscaping: Interspersing Edibles in the Ornamental Garden. Regionals students Emma Boggs (Nursing) and Ashley Cornett (Integrative Studies) spearheaded the campus’s involvement in the All-American Selections Landscape Design Challenge. Come see the fruits (and vegetables and flowers) of their labors!


Entertaining Cook-Off Competition: City of Hamilton vs Miami Regionals

A cook-off competition will feature city and campus leaders, assisted by Butler Tech Culinary Arts program students, as they prepare dishes using fresh produce from the Conservatory’s garden. Hamilton City Mayor Pat Moeller, Hamilton City Schools Superintendent Tony Orr, and Hamilton City Councilwoman Kathy Klink will challenge Miami Regionals administrators Cathy-Bishop Clark, Pete Haverkos, and Sue Sepela to a cook-off.

Fun Educational Sessions

Garden Fest activities will include educational sessions on:

  • Container vegetable gardening and foodscaping
  • Conservatory tours
  • Kids’ activities, including potting a plant to take home, a Conservatory scavenger hunt, prairie seed collecting, and lawn games.

Tasty Food

Enjoy a hotdog/veggie burger, soup, and a drink between 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. with a recommended $5 donation benefiting Shared Harvest Foodbank. Every dollar donated provides seven meals for someone in need.

Our Community Partners

A special thanks to the following community partners: Butler Tech, Hamilton Urban Garden Systems (HUGS), Shared Harvest Foodbank, 17Strong, Johnson Family Farms, L'Obel Plant Nursery, Ohio State University Cooperative Extension, Hamilton Campus Activities Committee and Student Government Association.

For more information, contact Brian Grubb at (513) 785-3086 or