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  • August 4, 2023

Wegerzyn Gardens, a 50-year-old botanical garden in Dayton, Ohio, is celebrating its anniversary this year. In 1967, local millionaire and amateur gardener, Benjamin Wegerzyn, donated 1000 shares of Xerox stock to build a flower conservatory at the then newly constructed DeWeese Park.

As plans for the park expanded and Wegerzyn became more invested, the park was renamed in 1973 as the Benjamin Wegerzyn Horticultural Center.

“We love it here, especially the exploration and the science experience. It’s a really fun activity.”

Pearly Appiado, park goer

On a balmy Saturday evening, the park was busy with visitors enjoying the scenery,

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