Special Events

Annual special events include April’s Earth Month Celebration, May’s Plant Sale featuring tomatoes, veggies, native plants, and more, the Music in the Gardens series from May to October. Plus, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for pop-up special events in the Gardens and Curiosity Shop.

Events are free, family-friendly, and open to all!  

Plant Sale
Music in the Gardens
Go Green Day
Earth Month Celebration

577 Annual Plant Sale ~ Begins Saturday, May 4!

Bennett and Samantha, our skilled horticulturists at 577, have been busy in the greenhouse, working tirelessly to cultivate the freshest and most vibrant organic veggies and flowers for your garden. A large variety of tomatoes will be available again, as well as peppers, onions, brassicas, herbs, annual and native flowers, and more.

The sale will take place in the newly renovated Courtyard, with sales opening on Saturday, May 4, from 9am to 5pm. Plants that remain will be available on Sunday, May 5, from 9am to 5pm, and then will be available for purchase in the Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop during normal operating hours – Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

The plant sale happens rain or shine. Don’t wait too long, our plants are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and we expect them to go fast. Last year, thanks to your enthusiasm, we were almost sold out by the end of the day on Saturday.

All proceeds from our plant sale fundraiser will be invested back into 577’s programs, services, buildings, and gardens. Sales tax will be applied to all purchases.

2024 Plants 

TOMATOES: Box Car Willie; Beefsteak; Roma; Sweetie; Sunrise Bumblebee; Cherokee Purple; Super Sioux; Abe Lincoln; Black Krim; San Marzano; Japanese Black Trifele; Valencia; Moskovitch; Brandywine; Black Cherry. $6 each

PEPPERS: Anaheim; Jimmy Nardello; Sweet Red Marconi; Sweet Banana; Datil; Chiltepin; Resilient Shishito; Poblano; Afghan. $5 each

OTHER VEGETABLES & HERBS: Leeks; Yellow Onions; Malabar Spinach; Parsley; Mildew-Resistant Basil; Ground Cherry. $4  to $6 each/packs

ANNUAL FLOWERS: Tithonia; Salvia coccinea; Verbena Bonarensis; Vining Nasturtium. $4 to $5 each

NATIVE PLANTS: Cup Plant; Blue Vervain; Foxglove Beardtongue; Blue-stemmed Goldenrod; Zig Zag Goldenrod. $4 to $5 each

BONUS! 577 GARDEN GEMS: These plants are straight from the gardens at 577, where they’ve roamed and flourished. Now, they’re ready to make their next stop ~ your garden! They love our sunny-to-part-sun climate and are eager to bring a slice of our garden’s vibe to yours! $3 to $5 each

*Quantities may be limited for some varieties, available first-come, first-served.

Music in the Gardens

Enjoy listening to the sweet sounds drifting as you stroll through the gardens. Concerts take place on the outdoor stage on select weekend dates. Outdoor stage seating is limited, we recommend bringing a blanket or chair. Pack and bring a snack or lunch for the perfect afternoon in the gardens.

This is a free event and takes place rain or shine. Select areas of Virginia’s House are open to visitors during this special event for tours and activities. In the case of inclement weather, the music will move from the Outdoor Stage into Virginia’s House.

Join us on Saturday, May 11, to kick off this wonderful series.

The Outdoor Stage will feature Jeff Tucker (singer-songwriter) from 11am to 1pm and Southview Tri-M (band, orchestra, choir ensemble) from 2pm to 3pm. Come hungry as Smashdawgz Food Truck will be serving their dawgs and more from 12pm to 3pm.


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Go Green Day on Saturday, April 20!

Celebrate Sustainability with a day of fun for the whole family! Explore the gardens and grounds, check out the special activities and guests, and tour the first floors of Virginia’s historic home and the Cottage. Plus, enjoy picnic lunch with crepes and delicious tacos from Lyle’s Crepes Food Truck and listen to the sweet sounds of music in the gardens from Southview & Notherview Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Don’t forget to drop into the Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop and browse the large selection of once-loved books, magazines, art supplies, and more. There is always something new to discover, thanks to generous donations from the community. Bonus! When you find that perfect item to take home, you save it from entering the waste stream (and save a little money by buying used!).

Go Green Day is a free event. Rain or shine. 


Event Activities: 11:00am ~ 3:00pm 

  • Plant a Terra Cotta Pot ~ Outdoor Stage
  • Create a Seed Paper Gift Tag ~ Outdoor Stage
  • Sculpt Clay Air Fresheners ~ Pottery Studio
  • Nature Scavenger Hunts ~ Welcome Center & Grounds
  • Tour the first floors of 577’s Historic Home ~ Virginia’s House & Cottage
  • Visit & learn about Rescued Wildlife with Nature’s Nursery ~ Virginia’s House Garage Studio
  • All About Bats with Nancy & John Salerno ~ Welcome Center
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch with crepes and delicious tacos from Lyle’s Crepes Food Truck ~ In Front of Virginia’s House

Event Activities: 11:00am ~ 1:00pm

  • Help your favorite stuffed animal in the 577 Teddy Bear Repair & Care Clinic ~ Cottage
  • Learn to repair and restore your clothes in the 577 Visible Mending Lab ~ Library in Virginia’s House
  • Explore and learn more about rain gardens and rain barrels from the Rain Garden Initiative ~ Virginia’s House ~ Garage Studio

Event Activities: 1:00pm ~ 3:00pm

  • Learn Furoshiki: Eco-friendly Gift Wrapping ~ Cottage
  • Paint with Eco-Friendly Watercolor ~ Lounge in Virginia’s House

Event Activities: 1:30pm ~ 3:00pm

  • Enjoy music in the gardens from Southview & Northview Tri-M Music Honor Society ~ Dining Room in Virginia’s House (*due to cool forecast)

*Activities, times, and locations are subject to change. 

Celebrate Earth Month with 577 in April!

Virginia Secor Stranahan envisioned 577 as a place where people would “learn to love the land.” While the world celebrates Earth Day on April 22, here we honor it every day.

Join us in April, as we highlight the many ways we can all make small changes that make a big impact in protecting the planet. By taking action and working together, we can help ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Earth Month Event Highlights:

The StoryWalk® Trail is a great adventure for the whole family to explore nature while reading about nature. What will April’s story be? More information coming soon!

Earth Month Bingo Scavenger Hunt ~ Walk around the grounds of 577 to complete this nature-inspired bingo board. Kids (and kids at heart) can pick up a board in the Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop during open hours and return their BINGO for a special prize. The Bingo board is also available for download – CLICK HERE

577 Tree Trek Scavenger Hunt returns on Saturday, April 20 to celebrate Go Green Day and Arbor Day (April 26) and will be available through May. More details coming soon.

Check out 577’s Program Coordinator Avery Bohman’s upcoming blog posts on Sustainability.

Upcoming classes that offer you the opportunity to learn a new skill with a focus on sustainability. Click the name of the class for more information and to register.


UPCOMING YOUTH CLASSES – AGES 2 to 6 with an adult

June classes open for registration on Wednesday, April 24 at 9am. Information and links for the classes below are coming soon.


  • Upcycling: Mini Fabric Scrap Bowls: Tuesday, June 4 ~ 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Paper Quilling: Summertime Florals: Saturday, June 15 ~ 2pm to 4:30pm

YOUTH CLASSES – AGES 2 to 6 with an adult

  • Youth Art Adventures: Fun with Seeds: Friday, June 7 ~ 10am to 11am

Located at 577 East Front Street in Perrysburg, 577 is open daily, 9am to 5pm. Free admission to tour the gardens and grounds. The Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop is open Monday ~ Saturday, 10am to 5pm.