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Upcoming Events for Arkansas

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May 4 Little Rock
53rd Annual Iris Show – Iris of Distinction
Grace Luteran Church, 5124 Hillcrest Ave.

This show is put on by the Central Arkansas Iris Society and is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The show is free, rain or shine. For more information, call 501-626-7258.

May 4 Hot Springs
Bonsai "Nursery Stock to Pot"
10 a.m.-12 p.m., Magnolia Room Garvan

Back by popular demand! Garvan Horticulturist Bryan Carlan leads a hands-on workshop for beginning Bonsai gardeners. Bryan will discuss plant selection, container and materials sources, and techniques for producing a Bonsai specimen that will endure the years. Each participant will produce a potted Bonsai style tree.
$45 Members | $60 Non-members | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

May 11 Hot Springs
Introduction to Wine Making
Garvan Woodland Gardens Magnolia Room

Presented by The Water Buffalo, this class is designed for the beginning wine maker with little to no experience! During the class, Nolen Buffalo will make wine using locally sourced, fresh seasonal fruit. He will discuss the various ingredients and techniques used by wine makers locally and around the world. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Free Members | $15 Non-members | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Bonsai "Summer Care & Maintenance"
Thursday, May 16 Hot Springs
10 a.m.-11 a.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center, Garvan

Bryan Carlan presents a review of seasonal care, tips, and techniques for budding Bonsai gardeners. Bryan will demonstrate best practices for ensuring a healthy and attractive specimen. $45 Members | $60 Non-members | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

May 11 Conway
Faulkner County Master Gardener’s 18th Annual Plant Sale
Faulkner County Master Gardeners, Conway Expo Center

Join the FCMG at our 18th annual plant sale—reportedly the largest MG plant sale in the state. You do not want to miss it! Categories include: sun and shade annuals and perennials, iris, lily bulbs, day lilies, caladiums, hostas, ferns, succulents, grasses, vines, ground covers, house plants, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. FCMGs with expert knowledge will be available in each of these areas to answer questions. Go on a plant walk and visit informational booths on beekeeping, composting, rose gardening, fire ant management, and container gardening. Faulkner County Horticulture Agent Richard Klerk will guide you through applications for Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. Buy gardening tools from County 76 or bring your garden tools from home—we will have FREE tool sharpening available. Purchase raffle tickets for a gardening bench and a piece of outdoor furniture. As an extra bonus, The Conway League of Artists has agreed to set up a local art exhibition. Hours: 8 am-2 pm. Admission: Free. For more information call Faulkner County Extension Office at 501-329-8344.

May 11 Fayetteville
The Kitchen Table with Crescent Dragonwagon
Apple Seeds Teaching Farm at Gulley Park

Apple Seeds, a local education non-profit, hosts Crescent Dragonwagon, award-winning author, restaurateur and playwright. The dinners, led by a collection of chefs, provide a unique and intimate culinary experience for the community and benefit the work that Apple Seeds does in the region through its educational programs. Enjoy a multi-course vegetarian meal prepared by Crescent Dragonwagon and Chef Jerrmy Gawthrop of Woodstone Pizza and Fayetteville Roots Festival. Receive a signed copy of the award-winning Dairy Hollow House Cookbook with more than 400 recipes in the style of "nouveau'zarks.”  5:30-9:30 p.m. Happy hour tickets are $40 per person. Farm to Table dinner tickets, including happy hour, are $125 per person. Tickets can be purchased at This is a rain or shine event. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit or check their Facebook page, appleseedsinc.

May 4 Little Rock
Central Arkansas Iris Society’s 53rd Annual Iris Show
Central Arkansas Iris Society, Grace Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 5124 Hillcrest Ave.

Come and join the CAIS for our annual Iris show “Irises of Distinction.” For more information call Phyllis Kirtley at 501-626-7258.

May 11 Mena
Polk County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Polk County Master Gardeners, Polk County Fairgrounds

Join the Polk County Master Gardeners at their Annual Polk County Master Gardener Plant Sale. Purchase plants, flowers, perennials, annuals, fruit trees, bedding plants, garden crafts and more! Call 479-394-6018 for more info. Sale begins at 8 am.

May 23 Fayetteville
Greening of the Garden Gala
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The 24th Annual Greening of the Garden Gala will take place on Friday, May 3 at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. This gathering celebrates the arrival of spring and supports Northwest Arkansas’ ONLY botanical garden. Join us for an exciting evening as you delight in live Jazz music, live and silent auctions and delicious garden-inspired fare while you mix, mingle and imbibe.  Proceeds will support the Garden's mission to Learn, Play, Grow. The Botanical Garden is a public garden dedicated to education and environmental awareness and serves as a community destination for unique nature experiences. Hours: 6-10 pm. Visit for tickets and additional information. 

June 1 Fayetteville
Through the Garden Gate
The Flower, Garden and Nature Society of NWA, self guided private gardens tour

It’s time for our 22nd Annual Flower, Garden and Nature Society's Fundraising event "Through the Garden Gate.” Tour several private gardens plus The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Tickets are $15 and will be available in May at all Westwood Garden Centers and The Botanical Garden, also at all gardens day of tour. Hours: 9 am-4 pm. Rain or Shine! For more info, call 479-595-2298 or 479-466-6817.


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.