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Upcoming Events for Arkansas

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April 6-7, Mountain View

Soap Making: Clean and Natural
Ozark Folk Center Administration Building

In this two-day class you’ll learn to make wholesome soaps using old-fashioned ingredients and modern methods. You’ll also create your own unique scent blends with essential oils while learning about different oils for different soaps. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $240, which includes materials. Pre-registration required. Call 870-269-3851 or visit for more information.

April 11, Fayetteville
Butterfly Gardening Class
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Butterfly gardening is more than just planting pretty flowers! By gardening for butterflies, we help improve the environment in a variety of ways. In this class, our butterfly house mentor Kitty Sanders will discuss the basics of developing a butterfly garden. The class will include what host and nectar plants you need, tips on designing, as well as the native butterfly species that may be drawn to your garden. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. To register, call 479-750-2620.

April 18, Mountain View
Apothecary 101
Ozark Folk Center

In this one-day class, students will learn the basics of beginning a personal herbal apothecary using herbs to produce tinctures and salves. Making liniment will also be included in the class. There will be a discussion of some plants, perhaps growing in your own backyard, that can be used to produce herbal remedies. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $75. Registration required. Call 870-269-3851 or visit for more information.

April 29, Washington
Candle Making Workshop
Historic Washington State Park

Join us at Historic Washington State Park’s Candle Shop and be part of a hands-on experience making candles and learning the history of candle making. Not only will you make your own creations, but you will take them home so everyone can enjoy the colors and fragrances of the candle that you create. The candle shop is one of the favorite tour sites within the park, for children and adults alike. Must be 12 years and older. 9 a.m.-noon. $25. Registration required. Call 870-983-2684 or visit for more information.

April 29, Jonesboro
Master Gardener Plant Sale
Regional Farmers’ Market

This year’s Master Gardener Plant Sale is sure to offer you plenty of delightful options for your landscape and garden, ranging from fruit and vegetable transplants to ornamentals, trees, and shrubs. All proceeds are used to underwrite the master gardener scholarships at Arkansas State and the county program. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Free.




May 6, Russellville
Pope County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Pope County Fairgrounds

Don't miss the PCMG Plant Sale featuring a huge selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, native plants, vines, grasses, shrubs, and trees. Master gardeners will be on hand to help with plant selection and to answer your gardening questions. 8 a.m.-noon. For more information,contact Meg Fox at


May 6, Salem
A Walk on the Wild Side: Edible Trees & Plantswith Dr. Tamara Walkingstick
Fulton County Fairgrounds, Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building

In this workshop, you will not only learn to identify a few edible species of Arkansas native & non-native vegetation,you’ll also have the opportunity to sample a few tasty dishes,including acorn scones. The workshop covers concepts of conservation, history, culture, and plant identification.10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $10. Pre-registration required. To register or for more information,call 870-895-3301.


May 10, Hot Springs
101 Workshop "No-Till Gardening"
Garvan Gardens

Local master gardener Diane Daniel loves vegetable gardening and has been a strong supporter and educator of organic gardening practices and limited use of environmentally harmful chemicals. Her presentation is geared toward gardeners who want to grow without the backbreaking toil of digging in the dirt. 1 p.m.Free for members; $15 non-members. Reservations required. Call 1-800-366-4664.


May 13, Fairfield Bay
Van Buren County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale
Ed Leamon Park

We will have locally grown plants, including perennials, annuals, bushes, grasses, shrubs, herbs, and trees. Best of all, master gardeners will be available to answer questions and help you select just the right plant for your garden. We will also have planters and hanging baskets to help celebrate Mother’s Day. There will be crafts and specialty vendors and the famous Kirk Men grilled cuisine. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. rain or shine. Admission: Free. For more information, call847-894-4712 or email


May 20-21, Wynne
Creepy, Crawly, Slimy, Scaly Weekend
Village Creek State Park Visitor Center

Discover the members of the park that crawl, creep, and slither. We will have guided hikes, presentations, crafts, and games to introduce the most misunderstood animals in the park, the amphibians and reptiles. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. For a complete schedule call 870-238-9406.


May 20, Washington
Hope/Hempstead County Bluegrass Festival
Historic Washington State Park

Some of the best bluegrass groups in the state and in the nation will perform throughout the day. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free. Call 870-983-2684 or visit for more information.


May 20, Parkin
Historic Women's Skills Workshop
Parkin Archeological State Park

Come learn skills practiced by the past females of Parkin in this workshop tailored specifically for women. Activities will include fiber arts, fire starting, Dutch oven cooking (which will result in lunch), and more. Get your girlfriends and mothers together and celebrate women’s labor! 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $15 per person; $25 for a pair. Preregistration required. For more information, call 870-755-2500.


May 27, Wickes
Cast-Iron Pizza Pan Workshop
Cossatot River State Park Visitor Center Amphitheater

Join park interpreters for a fun day of cooking with cast iron. Learn the history and techniques and receive a cast-iron pizza pan. We will make entrees and desserts. This is a great way for families to make outdoor memories together! 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $40 per person; $15 per person for meal. Reservations required. For more information, call 870-385-2201.




June 9-10, Newport
Jacksonport State Park

Start your summer with a bang at Portfest with the excitement of concerts and fireworks. Friday and Saturday nights will be musical concerts with a fireworks display Saturday night. During the day, Saturday's entertainment includes carnival rides, children's activities, craft and food booths, and many more activities.Noon-11 p.m. Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate after 4 p.m. Kids 6 and under free. Call 870-523-2143 for more information.


June 17, Mammoth Spring
Fly Fishing Basics
Mammoth Spring State Park

Learn the basics of fly-fishing from a professional river guide! The class covers everything you need to get out and start your fishing adventures. Space is limited and reservations are required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: $25. For more information, call 870-625-7364.


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.