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Through September 30, Huntsville
Purdy Butterfly House
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This beautiful, soaring 9,000 square feet natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles, and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation, and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. For more information, visithsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

May



Through June 15, Mobile
Crazy for the Red White and Blue!
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This six-week botanical art class will focus on creating botanical art of red, white, and blue plants. Renowned botanical artist, Derek Norman, will be the instructor for this fun and exciting class that will work towards producing pieces to be exhibited in a special show at the Mobile Museum of Art. Fridays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.



May 16, Birmingham
Birmingham Fern Society Annual Lecture
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Richie Steffen, president of the Hardy Fern Foundation and director of the Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Gardens in Seattle, will be the guest lecturer. He will present “The Odd & Unusual:  Particular & Precious Ferns of My Travels.” Richie is a noted lecturer and coauthor of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns. Reception, 5:30 p.m.; lecture, 6 p.m. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.



May 17, Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: Yoga for Gardeners
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Yoga for Gardeners, taught by Sharon Wilkins, will address pains acquired by gardening with poses that focus on stretching, flexibility, and balance and will begin by bringing your attention into the present with concentration on your breathing. Cost is $5 per person or free to members. 2-3:30 p.m. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information, visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



May 19-20, Auburn
Lee County Master Gardener Tour
Auburn/Opelika

The Lee County Master Gardeners’ 2018 Garden Tour features 11 private gardens and two teaching gardens. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit leemg.org or call 334-749-3353.



May 19, Hoover
Members-Only Guided Bird Walk
Aldridge Gardens

Join Dr. Richard and Patricia Ryel for a walk through the gardens to catch a glimpse of the beautiful birds that are migrating through the area. 8-10 a.m. This monthly members-only event is free, but please RSVP. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



May 21, Huntsville
30th Anniversary Street Dance
Huntsville Botanical Garden

On May 21st, 1988 the garden opened its doors … 30 years later we’re celebrating with a street dance. Champagne fountain and light appetizers add to the fun. Steve the DJ will play your favorites from the balcony including popular tunes from the 80s. Early garden historical photos will be on display. There will be food trucks on Botanical Drive, and a garden bar in the Grand Hall for cash purchase. For more information and tickets, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

May 25-26, Montgomery
AHS Region 14 Spring Daylily Meeting & Garden Tours
Memorial Presbyterian Church

The public is invited to take classes in garden daylily judging, daylily exhibition judging, and taking garden photos. Adults, $110; youth, $60. For registration forms, instructions, and more information, visit ahsregion14.org/Upcoming_Meetings.html.



May 26, Jemison
Herbs
Petals from the Past

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Debbie Boutelier, community herbalist and master gardener, will present “The Wonder of Herbs: Growing and Using Herbs in Everyday Life.” We will learn how to make several useful herbal remedies primarily to fight colds and influenza. We’ll also cover how to make an herbal tea, a decoction, a tincture, an herbal salve, and syrup. Participants will get a popular herbal remedy to take home as well as handouts explaining several of the procedures. The morning program is free, and the afternoon program requires advanced registration and $25 payment. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

June

 

June-July, Wednesdays, Theodore
Wonderful Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Join us on Wednesday mornings this summer for our popular series of gardening and history lectures and workshops. June 6: Summer Garden Walk with Bellingrath’s horticultural management team, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; June 13: Kids Gulf Discovery Day, 9 a.m.-noon; June 20: Stars, Planets and the Moon, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; June 27: Growing Cascade Chrysanthemums, 10:30 a.m.; (July 4, no program) July 11: Unusual Silver Serving Pieces in the Bellingrath Collection with Tom McGehee, 10:30 a.m.; July 18: Garden Trends – Creating Garden Rooms, 10:30 a.m.; July 25: Christmas in July Workshop and Tour, 10:30 a.m. Admission includes entrance into Bellingrath Gardens for the day and is $13 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. No charge for the Friends of Bellingrath. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 251-973-2217, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



June 1 & 2, Huntsville
Family Campout & Gnomeo and Juliet Movie
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Campout and movie night at the garden hosted by the education department. This is a family favorite! For more information and tickets, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

June 1-October 31, Huntsville
Gardens of Myth Exhibit
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The exhibition is a collection of incredibly realistic sculptures depicting creatures of myth from around the world. They range in size from tiny fairies to an incredible 25-foot dragon! Each sculpture is handmade and painted by artist Kendall R. Hart and his team. This exhibit is included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



June 4-July 27, Birmingham
Children’s Summer Camps
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Children’s Summer Camps return to Birmingham Botanical Gardens, featuring morning camps and a day-long camp covering yoga, art, cooking, American Girl, and more. Weeklong morning camps begin at $160 for members, and up to $350 for non-members for the full-day camp. For more information, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbggardends.org for a list of sessions and pricing.



June 4-29, Hoover
Summer Camps
Aldridge Gardens

June will be a month of excitement, entertainment, and (of course) education at Aldridge Gardens. Plenty of camps to choose from for boys and girls entering kindergarten through 5th grade. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

June 6, Birmingham
Flicks Among the Flowers
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Bring a blanket and find a spot on the lawn to enjoy the film Hitch. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged. A preferred seating area will be available to members, with each membership allowing two patrons seating until 8 p.m. Members must check in to receive a wristband in Blount Plaza. Gates open at 6 p.m., the film starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbggardends.org.



June 8, Huntsville
Jack Daniels Dinner with Lynne Tolley
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Lynne Tolley is a renowned culinary expert, cookbook author, and a descendant of Jack Daniel who travels the globe as a Jack Daniel’s brand ambassador. An exclusive dinner catered by Ruth’s Chris featuring many of Lynne’s favorites from her cookbooks will be served all with a hint of Jack Daniels. For more information or tickets, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

June 9, Hoover
Hydrangeas Under the Stars
Aldridge Gardens

Join us for the season’s premier garden gala! Enjoy a special evening of great food, entertainment, and live auction – all to benefit Aldridge Gardens. 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

June 9, Jemison
Black and Blue Berry Festival
Petals from the Past

Fun for all ages! Fresh blackberries and blueberries, pony rides, petting zoo, hayrides, live music by JQ’s One Man Band. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.



June 13, Theodore
Kids Gulf Discovery Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

On Kids’ Gulf Discovery Day, families will learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Gulf Coast from a variety of environmental organizations throughout the region. The day will include guided cruises on Fowl River with our friends from Wild Native Delta Safaris; the Environmental Studies Center’s Raptor Road Show, featuring native birds of prey; and the touch tables from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Admission includes entrance into Bellingrath Gardens for the day and is $13 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and under. There is no charge for members of the Friends of Bellingrath. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 251-973-2217, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

 

June 16, Hoover
Members-Only Guided Bird Walk
Aldridge Gardens

Join Dr. Richard and Patricia Ryel for a walk through the gardens to catch a glimpse of the beautiful birds that are migrating through the area. 8-10 a.m. This monthly members-only event is free, but please RSVP. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



June 20, Rockford
How to Identify Trees and Growing Natives
Coosa County Extension Office

This free program is presented by Mallory Kelley, horticulturist, ACES. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 256-377-4713.

 

June 21, Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: How to Keep Your Garden Box Turtle Friendly
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Join LBG to learn about these fascinating creatures and how to keep them healthy and happy in their natural home. 5-6 p.m. Cost: $5 or free to members. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



June 21, Huntsville
Margaritas & Magnolias
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Classic margaritas, frozen and fun flavors highlight the event. A tasty taco bar and island snacks included. Huntsville’s favorite band Calypso Vision: The Band with a Better Attitude from Another Latitude. Wear your tropical shirt, shorts, or dress to chill out at the garden. For more information or tickets, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



June 26-July 22, Mobile
Crazy for the Red, White & Blue: The Art of Celebrating History
Mobile Museum of Art

Artwork created in the Crazy for the Red, White and Blue botanical art class at the gardens will be featured at this month-long exhibit. An opening and closing reception, as well as presentations, will be held at both Mobile Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Art. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.



July 6-August 10, Mobile
Botanical Art IV: Drawing the Garden Collections in Pen & Ink
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This class will focus on depicting interesting plants in the garden’s collections. Under the instruction of botanical artist Derek Norman this six-week studio class will be devoted to the practice of classic pen and ink technique as it relates to botanical drawing and composition. Learn the fundamentals of sound linear and tonal concepts of plant perspective, value, depth, dimension, and design. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.



July 18, Birmingham
Flicks Among the Flowers
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Bring a blanket and find a spot on the lawn to enjoy the film Jaws. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged. A preferred seating area will be available to members, with each membership allowing two patrons seating until 8 p.m. Members must check in to receive a wristband in Blount Plaza. Gates open at 6 p.m., the film starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbggardends.org.



July 19, Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: Watermelon Wingding
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Join us for the WATERMELON WINGDING where LBG staff and volunteers will be serving up a variety of ice-cold watermelon. Come see an array of different watermelon varieties and lend your thoughts toward the LBG watermelon taste test. 5-6 p.m. Cost: $5, members free. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



July 21, Hoover
Members-Only Guided Bird Walk
Aldridge Gardens

Join Dr. Richard and Patricia Ryel for a walk through the gardens to catch a glimpse of the beautiful birds that are migrating through the area. 8-10 a.m. This monthly members-only event is free, but please RSVP. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



July 21, Jemison
Fig and Stone Fruit – Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety, car, and maintenance of figs and stone fruits such as peaches, plums, and nectarines. Take a walk through the fig and stone fruit orchards and taste the varieties. 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.


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May 18, Fayetteville
23rd Annual Greening of the Garden Gala
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

It’s the longest running garden party in Northwest Arkansas! Guests can enjoy strolling through the garden while enjoying wine, craft beer, and hors d’oeuvres along with live music. Then watch the sun set while indulging in an elegant dinner on the Great Lawn and participate in the excitement of silent and live auctions throughout the evening. 6-10 p.m. Presenting sponsor: Filippo Berio Olive Oil. For more information, visit bgozarks.org.

 

May 19, Russellville
National Kids to Parks Day
Lake Darndenelle State Park

Bring the whole family to Lake Dardanelle State Park to celebrate Kids to Parks Day. Park staff will offer a full schedule of programs and activities throughout the day. For more information, contact the park at 479-967-5516 or lakedardenelle@arkansas.com.



May 25-28 Lake Village
Memorial Day Weekend
Lake Chicot State Park Visitor Center

Join a park interpreter for an exciting weekend packed with activities for all ages. Programs and tours will be held daily throughout the park. Step into the past, take a closer look at nature, hunt for a geocache, or enjoy a guided lake tour during this tradition summer starter weekend. Admission: Most are free, but there is a fee for lake and levee tours. Contact the park for a detailed schedule of programs, 870-265-5480.

 

May 26-August 4, Wye
Berry Picking
Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries

Berry picking is fun and rewarding and blueberries and blackberries are ripening mid May through July. Pick a gallon and you will be ready to make a cobbler, muffins, or delicious healthy smoothies. When you finish picking, reward yourself with some fresh cut flowers and your children with a fun time in the funland with a barnyard petting area and a ride on the “Berry” choo-choo. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit wyemountain.net or call 501-330-1906.

 

June



June 1, Scott
First Friday Crafts
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park Visitor Center

Join us on the first Friday of June, July, and August to explore American Indian crafts. In June, we will make a spear in order to play a Native American game called “chunkey.” The game uses spears to see who can throw them as close to a rolling stone as possible before it stops. All materials are provided. Reservations are required as space is limited. Admission: $5 per person, 1-2 p.m. Call 501-961-9442 for more information.

 

June 2, Russellville
Hiking Stick Workshop
Lake Dardenelle State Park Visitor Center

What better way to embark on your next hiking adventure than after creating your own hiking stick at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Hiking sticks make hiking more fun. They let your arms get into the act, so you cover ground more easily and help you keep your balance. The workshop begins at the visitor center with the selection of the “perfect” stick. Throughout the morning you will shave, carve, and decorate with a wide variety of embellishments: beads, wood burners, paint, and feathers. We will then hike Lake Dardanelle State Park’s Meadowbrook Trail where you will earn your first hiking stick medallion. We will also celebrate National Trails Day as we venture on the Meadowbrook Trail. Admission: $20. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Space is limited, so please register by calling 479-967-5516.



June 4-6, Bull Shoals
Explorers’ Nature Camp
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Pavilion 1

This three-day, one-night experience is designed to introduce kids ages 7-9 to the wonders of our natural world. Children are carefully supervised by the park interpreters and trained volunteers. All gear, materials, and some meals are included in the fee. Spaces fill up quickly, so register early. For more information, call 870-445-3629 or email bullshoalswhiteriver@arkansas.com.



June 8, Bella Vista
2018 Garden Party
Simple Pleasures, 13718 Rothbury Drive

Held in cooperation with the City of Bella Vista and the Bella Vista POA, the event will feature local artists, music, delicious appetizers, wine, raffles, a silent auction, and much more. Tickets may be purchased for $15 at POA Member Services, Bella Vista Arvest Bank locations, Audrey’s Resale Boutique, and from garden club members. 4-8 p.m. For more information, visit BellaVistaGardenClub.com or call 479-855-0203.

 

June 25-29, Hot Springs
Design Camp in the Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Design Camp offers the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentation, and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment while exploring the design process. Open to students going into grades 9-12. Supplies and lunches will be provided. Admission: $200 for early registration by April 13; $250 for regular registration by May 25. (Please inquire about need-based full and partial scholarships.) To register or for more information, contact Judy Stone at jkstone@uark.edu or 479-575-2399. Visit fayjones.uark.edu/news-and-events/design-camp.php. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.



June 26, Fayetteville
BGO Patriotic Summer Concert
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band will entertain guests with the “Red, White & Blooms” patriotic performance. A great way to kick off our free summer concert series! 7-9 p.m. All concerts are family-friendly and free to the public. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome or enjoy food and drink from local food trucks! For more information, visit bgozarks.org.



June 30, Rogers
Wildflower Shoot
Hobbs State Park Visitor Center

A professional from the Photographic Society of NW Arkansas will lecture on how to photograph wildflowers followed by participants photographing the thousands of wildflowers. This program is for beginners. For more information, call 479-789-5000 or email hobbs@arkansas.com.

 

July



July 4, Bismarck
4th of July Island Festival
DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge Island

Bring the family out to the park and make some great memories. Park interpreters will have a host of games and activities lined up to help you enjoy your time at DeGray. Expect a number of crowd favorites, from the watermelon-eating contest and water relays, to the underwater treasure hunt and the fourth annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. Lodge Island will be the place to be with fun activities, good food, and great viewing locations for the evening fireworks display! Admission: Free unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 501-865-5810.



July 4, Ward
Annual City Of Ward 4th Of July Picnic & Fireworks Show
Ward Sports Complex

There will be free hotdogs, hamburgers, and water for all that attend. There will be live music throughout the day as well as vendors, a car and bike show, and of course, the fireworks display. 4-10 p.m. Free admission; vendor entry $10, car entry $15, motorcycle entry $10. For more information, visit wardparksandrec.com.



July 4, West Fork
43rd Annual Devil’s Den Games
Devil’s Den State Park

Enjoy a fun-filled day of horseshoes, egg toss, sack races, bike parade, and of course softball tournaments, all topped off with homemade ice cream! Free admission. For more information, call 479-761-3325.



July 21, Fayetteville
BGO’s Firefly Fling
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will transform into a magical world with dozens of fun activities for children and adults; including fairy house building, photo booths, an obstacle course, giant bubbles, nature stations, and more! The garden will come alive with live music and tales from storytellers, and after dark there will be glowing games, glow-in-the-dark performances and fire dancing. The Firefly Shoppe will have fairy wings, wands, glow sticks and other festival items for sale. 6-10 p.m. Advance tickets – $12/adults and $4/kids ages 3-13. At the gate, tickets will cost $15/adults and $5/kids 3-13. Children under 3 admitted free. For more information, visit bgozarks.org.


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Through May 17, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes Class
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn about the evolution, biology, ecology, economics, and how to identify these important flowering plants. The course includes lectures, labs, and field trips. Every Thursday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. $130 ($117 members). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



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May 16, Columbia, S.C.
Small Backyard Ruminants Lecture
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Participants can bring bagged lunch and learn about domestic small ruminant husbandry with Patricia Scharko. Part of the Lunch and Learn series. Noon-1 p.m. $7 (members 10% off). For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



May 17, Durham, N.C.
Meet the Keepers: Chickens
Duke Gardens

Learn about Duke Gardens’ chickens with horticulturist Lindsey Fleetwood. Part of the Meet the Keepers (of the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden) series. Repeat from April 26, same hours. For the entire family, but children have to be with an adult. 1:30-3 p.m. Free and without registration. For more information, call 919-668-1707, or visit gardens.duke.edu/events.  



May 18, Columbia, S.C.
Garden Creativity: Cyanotypes Scarves
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Allison Jones and Kendra Vincent will show participants how to add naturalistic designs to silk scarves (provided), with only sunlight and shadows. Feel free to bring your own items with interesting silhouettes. 1-3 p.m. $30 per person (members 10% off). Registration is required at least seven days beforehand. For more information, call Allison Jones at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



May 18-19, Lake City, S.C.
May Days Lecture, Plant Sale, and Garden Open
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

During this annual event the garden is open for exploration and there will be a plant sale. Horticulturist Bill Thomas of Philadelphia’s Chanticleer Garden will speak at 10:30 a.m. ($20 per participant). There will be a BBQ lunch ($8 pre-registered or $10 the day of). May Days benefits the Lake City Boys and Girls Club. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Garden admission free. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/may-days-plant-sale-and-bbq-5.

 

May 19, Columbia, S.C.
Noises of the Night
Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

Camp in the garden overnight (4-person tent and camping mats provided), with games, crafts, scavenger hunts, and marshmallows. Ages 5 and up. Includes a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, snack, and free next-day admission. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Cost varies. Registration is required. For more information, call 803-602-0803 or visit riverbanks.org/education/garden-programs.

 

May 19, New Hill, N.C.
Ninth Annual Longleaf Pine Festival
Harris Lake County Park

More than 40 groups will have exhibits, along with wildlife, crafts, games, live entertainment, and food trucks at this celebration of the longleaf pine ecosystem. A curator from the NC Museum of History will talk about how pines relate to the 1865 Battle of Bentonville. Tour the park’s 60-acre longleaf pine restoration project on the Longleaf Express. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free, no registration required. For more information, visit wakegov.com/parks/harrislake/Pages/Longleaf-Festival.aspx.

 

May 19, Columbia, S.C.
Noises of the Night
Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

Camp in the garden overnight (4-person tent and camping mats provided), with games, crafts, scavenger hunts, and marshmallows. Ages 5 and up. Includes a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, snack, and free next-day admission. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Cost varies. Registration is required. For more information, call 803-602-0803 or visit riverbanks.org/education/garden-programs. 

   

May 19, Black Mountain, N.C.
13th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale

Perfect plants to enhance your garden and plenty of vegetable starts. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the grounds of The Monte Vista Hotel. Gardening experts and garden related workshops will be on-hand throughout the day to answer all your questions. For more information, call 404-697-9246 or visit blackmountainbeautification.org.

 

May 19, Greenville, N.C.
Annual Plant Sale
Pitt County Arboretum

Plants of all sorts will be sold for good prices at the annual Master Gardeners of Pitt County plant sale. There will be a plant swap at 11 a.m. General hours 9 a.m.-noon. Members only 9-10 a.m., but people can join the day of. For more information, call 252-902-1709 or visit pittcountyarboretum.blogspot.com.

 

May 19, Columbia, S.C.
Principles of Sustainable Landscaping Class
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Landscape architect and founder and former president of the South Carolina Plant Society Rick Hoffman will talk about creating balanced and sustainable landscapes with few inputs, using native plants. Part of the Native Plant Studies program; Basic Botany is a prerequisite. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (members 10% off). For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.    



May 19, Columbia, S.C.
Cooking Fresh class
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Learn recipes using fresh herbs and summer vegetables in this hands-on class. Participants will make a dish to bring home. 10 a.m.-noon. $15/person (non-members add general admission). For more information, call 803-602-0803 or visit riverbanks.org/education/garden-programs.  



May 19, Durham, N.C.
Penny’s Bend Blue Wild Indigo Hike
Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve

Ed Harrison, a member of the Penny’s Bend Management Committee, will lead a hike of this 84-acre preserve nestled in a horseshoe-shaped bend of the Eno River. The hike will be about 2 miles on rough trails with one steep section. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $22 (members $20). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.  



May 24-27, Sumter, S.C.
78th Annual Sumter Iris Festival
Swan Lake Iris Gardens

This festival includes gardening-related activities, crowning of a king and queen, concerts, contests, classic cars, antiques, crafts, food, and more. Selected as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and one of the top 100 events nationally. May 24: 6-9 p.m.; May 25-26: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 27: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. For more information, call 1-800-688-4748 or visit sumtersc.gov/iris-festival.

 

May 26, Hendersonville, N.C.
25th Annual Garden Jubilee
Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Over 260 vendors will be on hand, selling plants, homemade garden furniture, birdhouses, tools, pottery, art, jewelry, soap, and more. There will also be workshops with gardening experts and hospitality tents. Pets are not allowed. Organized by the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority. Hours TBA. For more information, call 828-693-9708 or 800-828-4244 or visit visithendersonvillenc.org/calendar-of-events.



May 26, Asheville, N.C.
Annual Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition
North Carolina Arboretum

Get inspired by the many award-winning roses displayed and consult experts on rose history, selection, and cultivation. There will be rose-related programs all weekend. 9 a.m.- p .m. General admission. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/event/asheville-blue-ridge-rose-society-exhibition/2018-05-26.

 

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June 2, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Native Plant Propagation
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn propagation by stem and root cuttings and tour the garden’s propagation facilities. Led by the garden’s nursery and greenhouse manager, Matt Gocke. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $32 (members $29). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

 

June 2, Charlotte, N.C.
Plant Propagation class
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

This class covers all aspects of propagation with seeds and cuttings and touches on grafting. Participants will get native plant seeds and cuttings. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $70. Registration is required. For more information, call 704-687-0721 or visit gardens.uncc.edu/events-calendar.   



June 2, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Carolina Moonlight Garden party
North Carolina Botanical Garden

This annual party has local food, drinks, dancing, and more, from a different corner of the state each year. This is the garden’s most important yearly fundraising event. 6-9 p.m. Cost TBA. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



June 2, Greensboro, N.C.
FIRST Sanctioned AHS Flower Show
‘Triad Daylily Fans’

Daylilies galore. Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Rd, from  1:00 until 4:45pm.  All entries received between 8-10am. Plant Sales, EDU & AHS membership on site . For information, call 336-456-4509.



June 2-3, Davidson County, N.C.
14th Annual Davidson County Garden Tour

See gardens in the Willow Creek area in northeastern Davidson County this year; master gardener docents will be at each site to offer tours and answer general gardening questions. Organized by the Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Association to benefit community projects and to promote horticultural knowledge. June 2: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 3: 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 336-250-3014 or 336-210-5365, or visit davidson.ces.ncsu.edu/ or facebook.com/DavidsonCountyMasterGardeners.



June 3, 10, 17, & 24, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Integrating Composition and Color Theory
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Join professional artist Patricia Savage to learn about how colors relate to each other and how to match a sample. This is prerequisite for classes such as Advanced Expressive Watercolor, offered in late June. Five to 15 hours of homework/week. 1:15-4:45 p.m. each day. $150 (members $135). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



June 4 & 6, Kernersville, N.C.
Learning Your Smart Phone Camera
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden

This class covers the basics of photography, such as exposure and composition, as well as editing apps and online sharing. Taught by Elizabeth Larson, a professional photographer and John C Campbell Folk School instructor. 9 a.m.-noon each day. $60, Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/kernersville-garden-horticulture-events-full.php.

 

June 5, Raleigh, N.C.
All Abuzz: Plants for Pollinators and Caterpillars
JC Raulston Arboretum

Join garden director Douglas Ruhren to learn about gardening for pollinators. Part of the Plantsmen’s Tour series. There will be two talks, 9-10:30 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. $5 (members free). For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1678.



June 7, Lake City, S.C.
Home Propagation
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Join garden production coordinator Amanda Clark to learn various ways to propagate your favorite plants. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $25/individual. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org. 

 

June 7, Durham, N.C.
A Meditative Walk at Duke Gardens
Sarah P Duke Gardens

Immerse yourself in Duke Gardens’ woodlands with certified forest therapist Dana Galinsky-Malaguti, a meditative practice that promotes health as well as awareness of our natural surroundings. 5:30-7 p.m. $55 (members $45). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/meditative-walk-duke-gardens-1.



June 7-9, Greenville, N.C.
North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Association Conference
Greenville Convention Center

Workshops, speakers, vendors, silent auction, etc. For information, visit www.NCEMGVA.org.



June 8, Hendersonville, N.C.
Summer Garden Tour
Bullington Gardens

A guide will introduce visitors to Bullington’s many thematic plantings, including the native woodland, dahlia, fairy, and herb gardens. 10-11:30 a.m. Free, but registration required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/bullington-gardens-event-calendar.  



June 8, Columbia, S.C.
Garden Creativity: Red, White & Indigo
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn about this botanical dye’s role in history, and each participant will be able to dye three tea towels. Participants should wear aprons and/or clothes that can get stained. 1-3 p.m. $23 Registration is required at least fiver days beforehand. For more information, call Allison Jones at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  



June 9, Lake City, S.C.
Garden Open: It’s Summertime!
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Experience the summer plantings on this admission free day. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Registration is required. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org.  



June 9, Lake City, S.C.
The Foodscape Revolution
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Brie Arthur, author of The Foodscape Revolution will discuss gardening for both beauty and utility. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $25/individual. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org.



June 9, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Honeybee Hive Tour at the at the Carolina Campus Community Garden
UNC-Chapel Hill

Join Anne Cabell to examine an active hive at the CCCG. Rain date June 10. Cabell has been an amateur apiaculturalist since 2007, managing the CCCG’s hive and two at home. 2-3 p.m. Free, but registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.   



June 9, 16, and 23, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Entomology class
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn about insect biology and diversity, with local examples; includes a field trip to Mason Farm Biological Preserve. Participants are encouraged to also attend Moth Night June 16, 9-10:30 p.m. Taught by Stephen Hall, a lepidopterist for 25 years in the NC Natural Heritage Program. Part of the Native Plant Studies certificate program. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day. $97 (members $87). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



June 11-15, Columbia, S.C.
Garden Explorations Discovery Camp
South Carolina Botanical Garden

In this day program for children aged 6-12, campers explore the natural world and learn from Clemson University’s experts, such as why butterflies have preferred flowers, and what lives in the garden’s meadows. There will also be excursions to Lake Jocassee in the mountains. Scholarships offered. 8 a.m. drop-off and camp ends at 3 or 4 p.m. $100 to $200. Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836, or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



June 13-17, Cary, N.C.
American Conifer Society 2018 National Meeting
Embassy Suites

The keynote speakers are Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery and Mark Weathington, director of the Raulston Arboretum, and there will be events at Duke Gardens and the JC Raulston Arboretum. There will be tours, silent and live auctions, a Morning After Sale, and more. There will be a Post-Meeting Tour June 17-18 in the Asheville area. $365. Registration is required. For more information, visit conifersociety.org/events/event/2018-national-meeting/ or jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1294.



June 14, Kernersville, N.C.
Pruning without Fear – Training with a Purpose
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden

Join garden manager Josh Williams to learn pruning techniques, tools, and when pruning is called for. 6-7 p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/kernersville-garden-horticulture-events-full.php.



June 16, Asheville, N.C.
Garden Tour
Historic Montford Neighborhood

The tour includes several beautiful pollinator gardens in the lovely Montford neighborhood. Tour participants will be granted access to private gardens in order to enjoy their beauty and learn about what plants can be included in an effective pollinator garden.  The Garden Tour is a kick-off event for Pollination Celebration Week! $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour (Advance tickets may be purchased at www.ashevillegreenworks.org beginning May1). Tour check-in will be held at Isaac Dickson Elementary School at 125 Hill Street. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.



June 18-24, New Bern, N.C.
National Pollinator Week at Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace

There will be a variety of events and visitors will be able to meet the palace’s honeybees. Tickets are typically required. For details, call 1-800-767-1560 or visit tryonpalace.org/calendar or pollinator.org/pollinator-week#find-events.



June 19, Durham, N.C.
Durham Garden Forum: Native Plants
Sarah P Duke Gardens

Discussion of native versus exotic plants in landscaping, sponsored by the Durham Garden Forum and NC Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center. The forum meets once a month to discuss garden techniques and issues. 6:30-8 p.m. $10 (members free, membership $25/year). Registration not required. For more information, visit gardens.duke.edu/events/native-plants-durham-garden-forum.



June 21, Durham, N.C.
Hydrangeas: Plants of Distinction
Sarah P Duke Gardens   

Join Jason Holmes to learn how to grow and properly prune these classic shrubs, which come in more colors than just traditional blue. The class will also discuss how to change colors. This is part of a series on various plants, and is an elective for the Home Horticulture Certificate program. 10-11:30 a.m. $10 (members $7). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/hydrangeas-plants-distinction.



June 21, Lake City, S.C.
Pollinator Celebration
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Mark National Pollinator Week by learning about the many types of animals that perform this vital ecological service and Lake City’s Bee City USA designation. There will be a tour to see some plants that are especially attractive and visitors will get pollinator-friendly gifts.10 a.m.-noon. $15/individual. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/pollinator-celebration.



June 21, Columbia, S.C.
Summer Solstice Family Supper Picnic
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Celebrate the summer solstice in the garden’s outdoor amphitheater. Join children’s songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rebecca Smith for interactive music. Children will be able to join in with percussion instruments. 6 p.m. Free, but donations welcome. For more information, call Rebecca Smith at 919-389-9021 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



June 23, Raleigh, N.C.
Herbaceous Perennials Propagation Class and Demonstration
JC Raulston Arboretum

Gardens manager Douglas Ruhren will demonstrate propagation by division, stem or leaf cuttings, seeds, and other methods and participants will be able to take plants home. 9 a.m.-noon. $25 (members $20). Registration is required. For more information, call Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1689.



June 26, Manteo, N.C.
Fun with Frogs
The Elizabethan Gardens

Learn about the amazing amphibian life cycle with indoor and outdoor and hands-on activities. Includes snack and a scavenger hunt afterward with prizes. This is a family event for children accompanied by adults. There is a limit of 20 participants, and the class is offered every Tuesday during midsummer. There will be various zoology classes for children every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 11 a.m.-noon. General admission. For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/calendar-of-events/programs-events.



June 26, Durham, N.C.
The Garden Chef: Sauces, Salsas and Vinaigrettes
Sarah P Duke Gardens

Learn vegetarian recipes that utilize summer harvests. 6:30-8 p.m. $35 (members $28). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/garden-chef-sauces-salsas-and-vinaigrettes.



June 27, Manteo, N.C.
Butterflies!
The Elizabethan Gardens

Learn about the metamorphosis of butterflies with hands-on activities. This is a family event for children accompanied by adults. There is a limit of 20 participants, and the class is offered every Wednesday during midsummer. 11a.m.-noon. General admission. Registration is not required. For more information call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/calendar-of-events/programs.


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Through April 22, Orlando
Nature Connects
Leu Gardens

Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney is an incredible exhibit that features many larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks. This exhibit features 16 sculptures in 13 displays throughout the 50-acre garden, creating a very visual and fun experience for all visitors. Thanks to the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs grant and the Friends of Leu Gardens for their generous support of this project. Admission to the exhibit is included with regular garden admission: $10 adult, $5 children ages 4-17. For more information, visit leugardens.org or call 407-246-2620.

 

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April 20-22, St. Augustine
Epic Celebration of Spring Annual Flower & Garden Expo
St. Johns County Agricultural Center

Celebrate the arrival of spring in the nation’s oldest city with three days of flowers, friends, and fun. Growers, nurseries, crafters, and artisans from around the state offer gardeners everything they need to make spring bloom. Judging and the Judge’s Luncheon takes place on Friday, and there is free entry to garden club members after 2 p.m. The event is open to the public Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Ample free parking. Admission is $5 for a two-day pass, free admission for children under 12. For more information visit gardenclubofstaugustine.org or epicbh.org/flowerandgardenexpo or call 904-829-3295.

 

April 21, Titusville
Earth Day Festival
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Celebrate Native Plant Month with Sea Rocket Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Plant sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary offers children’s educational activities, environmental exhibitors, live animals, guided hikes, music, food vendors, and more. Sea Rocket Chapter will offer a variety of native plants for sale. Free admission and parking. For more information, call 321-264-5185.

 

April 28, Ft. Pierce
Plants in the Park
Glidden Park

This multi-club event includes plant sales by several non-profit clubs and societies to benefit a variety of community projects. Information booths will be staffed by horticultural and environmental groups. Experts will be available to answer questions about many plant varieties. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 772-559-2602.

 

April 28, Gotha
Corks, Caladiums & Canvases
Nehrling Gardens

Saturday, April 28 5pm-8pm. $50 in advance, $60 at the door, 21+. Stroll through the Gardens at sunset while sampling wines & food from regions of the world where the plants of Nehrling Gardens originated. View artists at work with original art for purchase at our auction.

 

April 28-29, West Palm Beach
Plant-A-Palooza Annual Spring Plant Sale
Mounts Botanical Garden

This two-day event features more than 90 vendors with an amazing assortment of rare quality plants and accessories. The Conrad-Sunrise Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society and the Palm Beach Rose Society will hold their annual judging and show featuring many of the state’s best blooms. Rare and hard to find palms, orchids, bamboo, begonias, bromeliads, fruit trees, and more will be available for purchase. Members many shop early on Saturday at 8 a.m. and enjoy a continental breakfast and package check-in service at the Member Hospitality Chickee Hut. The sale will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. For more information, call 561-233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org.

 

April 28 & 29, St. Petersburg
Green Thumb Festival
Walter Fuller Recreation Center

This annual event celebrating Arbor Day will feature environmental and horticulture exhibits and vendors. The Garden Club of St. Petersburg will sponsor and judge a flower show. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 727-893-7441.

 

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May 4, Orlando
Movie Night in the Gardens
Leu Gardens

Enjoy an outdoor movie in a beautiful garden setting. Patrons may bring a blanket or chairs and dinner picnic basket. The garden opens at 6 p.m. and movie time is 7:30. Garden admission is $6 plus tax for adults and $3 plus tax for children ages 4-17. Garden members receive free admission on all Date Nights. This event takes place weather permitting. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



May 4-6, Merritt Island
Days of Wine and Orchids
Kiwanis Island Park

Informative lectures and spectacular orchid exhibits by commercial growers and amateur exhibitors. Orchid exhibits created by commercial growers and community orchid societies, as well as niche entries created by Platinum Coast Orchid Society members will be displayed. Thousands of orchid plants will be for sale along with a wide variety of supplies. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Candlelighters of Brevard County, Inc., which provides emotional and financial support to children with cancer and their families. Admission is $5. For information, call 321-626-0686 or visit www.platinumcoastorchidsociety.org.



May 5, Fort Walton Beach
Okaloosa County Master Gardeners’ Spring Sale
Okaloosa Extension Annex

Mexican flame vines, giant sunflowers, and fire spikes to name just a few. 8 a.m.-noon. Sale is indoors and held rain or shine. All plants, except the large potted plants, will be $5 or five plants for $20. For more information, call 850-689-5850.



May 5 & 6, Plantation
43rd Annual Broward County Plant Affair
Plantation Heritage Park

Look for native plants, master gardeners, orchid vendors and supplies at this sale, with proceeds benefitting the Plantation Historical Museum. Park admission is $1.50 per person. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.browardcountyplantaffair.com or call 954-797-2722.



May 6, Pinellas Park
59th Annual Hibiscus Show and Plant Sale
Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center

Learn where to plant, proper pruning techniques, insect and disease identification and control methods, how and when to fertilize, and propagation methods at this free event. The plant sale begins at 10 a.m. and the hibiscus shows are 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 727-251-0316 or visit sunsetchapter.org.



May 7, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Orange County Library System’s amazing storytelling program comes to Leu Gardens on the first Monday of every month (except January, July and September). Share stories and songs with your little one from birth to 5 years old. This is a free indoor event. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



May 12, Ft. Pierce
Spring into Gardening Festival
UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension

The St. Lucie County Master Gardeners are please to present their annual Spring into Gardening Festival, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be plant vendors, gardens tours, and a plant fashion show. For more information, call 772-462-1660 or visit sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu.

 

May 12, Sarasota
Mother’s Day Sale
1310 38th Street

This is one of four big annual sales presented by the Sarasota Succulent Society. There will be bargain prices on many varieties of succulent plants. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit sarasotasucculentsociety.org.



May 12, Naples
The 42nd Great Dock Canoe Race
Crayton Cove

This annual Naples tradition marks the end to the busy winter season and the start of summer fun. It is one of Naples’ best-loved spectator sports. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the first race starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 239-263-9940 or visit www.greatdockcanoerace.com.



May 12, Orange Park
Daylily Plant Sale & Show
Marriott at 610 Wells Road

Free admission to this event featuring great prices on hundreds of daylily plants. Judging starts at 10 a.m. and the event is open to the public 1-3 p.m. For more information, contact Ray Wensell at rtcritter1@bellsouth.net or call 904-215-9457.



May 12, Titusville
Native Plant Identification & Scavenger Hunt
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Learn more about the benefits of native plants and identify the ones you would like to have growing in your landscape. Treat yourself to a hike afterwards and experience wildlife observation and diverse plant life on over four miles of hiking trails. 10 a.m.-noon No admission fee, parking is free. No pets, bikes or smoking in the Sanctuary. For more information, call 321-264-5185.



May 13, Orlando
Mother’s Day at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Enjoy at day with Mom and stroll through Orlando’s most beautiful garden. Admission is free for moms. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



May 13, Gainesville
Mother’s Day Special
Kanapaha Botanical Garden

Free admission to mothers of all ages. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



May 18 -20, Homestead
Redland International Orchid Festival
Fruit & Spice Park

AOS judging begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday for those who would like to see the prizewinners. Plants, supplies, lectures, raffles, and food will be available to participants at this three-day event. Admission is $10. For more information, visit redlandfruitandspice.com/event/orchid.



May 19, Yulee
Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale
Yulee Government Complex

This biannual plant sale has master gardener-propagated plants, select trees and shrubs, and goodies for the garden including custom painted planters and FNGLA Florida Plants of the Year. All proceeds benefit the Nassau County Master Gardener program and professional development along with their volunteer community projects in Nassau County. For more information, call 904-530-6350 or visit nassau.ifas.ufl.edu.



May 20, Palmetto
Rare Fruit Tree Sale
Bradenton Area Convention Center

There will be a wide variety of citrus, unusual tropical fruit trees, bushes and vines as well as herbs, spices, fertilizer and more. Over 5,000 plants from low chill apples to white sapote. This is a free event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.mrfc.org.



May 28, Sarasota
Memorial Day Sale
1310 38th Street

This is one of four big annual sales presented by the Sarasota Succulent Society. There will be bargain prices on many varieties of succulent plants. At 11 a.m., Tom Heitzman from Sweet Bay Nursery will be instructing on using native plants to attract butterflies and birds to your garden. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  For more information, visit sarasotasucculentsociety.org.



May 28, Sarasota
Ninth Annual Memorial Day Water Lily Festival
Colonial Oaks Park

Tropical water lilies, marginal, floating and submerged plants, free mosquito fish, aquatic fertilizer and more. Parking at 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd at the park, walk between the buildings and basketball courts, and then follow the flip-flops to the event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 941-378-9146 or visit www.wonderfulwaterlilies.com.

 

June



June 1, Orlando
Movie night in the Gardens
Leu Gardens

Enjoy an outdoor movie in a beautiful garden setting. Patrons may bring a blanket or chairs and dinner picnic basket. The Gardens opens at 6 p.m. and movie time is 7:30. Garden admission is $6 plus tax for adults and $3 plus tax for children ages 4-17. Garden members receive free admission on all Date Nights. Admission is collected at the door. This event takes place weather permitting. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



June 3, Fort Myers
Hibiscus Show & Plant Sale
Araba Shrine Temple

Over 550 plants will be for sale in many different colors and varieties. Free raffle prizes will be given away every half hour. Sponsored by the James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society. 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 239-848-7090 or visit www.hendrychapterahs.com.

 

June 4, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Orange County Library System’s amazing storytelling program comes to Leu Gardens on the first Monday of every month (except January, July and September). Share stories and songs with your little one from birth to 5 years old. This is a free indoor event. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



June 16, Titusville
Sea Rocket Chapter – Native Plant Sale
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Butterfly Gardens

Sea Rocket Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will have trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals available for purchase. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. No admission fee, parking is free. No pets, bikes, or smoking in the Sanctuary. For more information, call 321-264-5185.



June 16, Vero Beach
14th Annual Water Lily Celebration
McKee Botanical Garden

Visitors will have a chance to see a magnificent collection of water lilies at this annual event. The garden is opening early giving guests the rare opportunity of viewing the night blooming specimens before they retreat for the day. Plant experts will be on site to answer questions. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org for more information.



June 16 or 23, Fort Myers
Taste of Lee Tropical Fruit Fair
Venue to be announced soon

This event is the brainchild of Lee County Extension Agent Stephen Brown. Admission is $2; children under 12 are admitted free. There will be free samples and displays of unusual tropical fruits and vegetables that grow in Lee County. Look for ice cream, pastries, cooked nutritious foods, cookies, punch, juices, sauces, and much more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Since fruit production is dependent upon Mother Nature, make sure you call 239-533-4327 for final date information.



June 17, Orlando
Father’s Day at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Enjoy at day with Dad and take a walk through Orlando’s most beautiful garden this Father’s Day. Admission is free for dads. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



June 17, Gainesville
Father’s Day Special
Kanapaha Botanical Garden

Free admission to fathers of all ages. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



June 23, Stuart
Taste of the Tropics
Marin County Extension Office

Come sample a wide variety of tropical fruit and listen to experts talk about how to grow various tropical trees. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This is a fun and free event and there will be the opportunity to purchase tropical fruit trees. For more information, call 772-288-5654.




Farmers’ Markets

 

Mondays, Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
Winter Park Rd.

This market offers locally grown and produced items. 5-9 p.m. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit audubonmarket.com.

 

Wednesdays and Saturdays, Rockledge
Farmers’ Market
Rockledge Gardens

Rockledge Gardens, 2153 US-1, is pleased to offer locally-grown and created produce and baked goods, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Local growers are on site to answer questions and offer preparation suggestions. Call 321-636-7662 for more information.

 

Thursdays, Melbourne
Brevard County Farmers’ Market
Wickham Park Equestrian Center

Rain or shine, this market is open 3-6 p.m. and features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, baked goods, and craft items. Look for free-range eggs, pickles, cheeses and much more. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. This is a pet-friendly market. For more information, visit brevardcountyfarmersmarket.com or call 321-633-1702 ext. 238.

 

Saturdays, Fernandina Beach   
Market Place Farmers’ Market
North Seventh Street Historic Downtown

This market takes place rain or shine! Join family and friends at this market where farmers, growers, and producers sell locally grown and homemade goods. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com.

 

Saturdays, Ft. Pierce
Downtown Ft. Pierce Farmers’ Market
Marina Square

8 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. Live music serenades shoppers and pets are welcome. Fresh foods, organics, ready to eat munchies and drinks, plants, and related items are in one part of the market while a second area showcases crafters and artists. For more information, visit www.fortpiercefarmersmarket.com.

 

Saturdays, Winter Park
Winter Park Farmers’ Market
Outside the old train depot

This market runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed on the third Saturday in March for the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. A variety of fine produce, plants, baked goods and more await customers. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit cityofwinterpark.org/departments/parks-recreation/farmers-market.

 

Saturdays, Webster
Sumter County Farmers’ Market
Webster

Chartered in 1937, this is one of the oldest and largest markets in central Florida. Fresh produce is sold on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 524 N. Market Blvd. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit www.sumtercountyfarmersmarket.com.

 

Saturdays, Osceola County
The Farm Market and CSA
St. Cloud

Located at 5700 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in St. Cloud, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., November through June. Community Supported Agriculture shares are available. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit www.localharvest.org/st-cloud-farmers-market-M20854.

 

Second Saturdays, Palm Bay
Evans Center Farmers’ and Flea Market
Evans Center Site

This market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EBT is accepted and vendors are welcome. For more information, call 321-408-9587.
 


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May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, Decatur
Spring Plant Sales
GSU Perimeter College Botanical Garden

Our inventory consists mainly of plants native to Georgia. We want our plants to be useful for pollinator gardens as well as serve as food for native insects. All plant sales 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We are only able to accept cash or check at this time. For more information, visit sites.gsu.edu/pcnativegarden/support/plant-sales.

 

May 19, Lexington
Forest Photography with Kathryn Kolb
Beech Hollow Farm

Enjoy a casual walk and talk with Kathryn Kolb about the intersection of art and science in the beautiful forest at Beech Hollow. Kolb will discuss the forms, patterns and symmetry of nature’s forms as the same symmetry we find in fine art and photography. Bring your camera; you will be taking pictures. Noon-4 p.m., $75, workshop, lunch included. Limit 10. For more information visit www.beechhollowfarms.com or email info@beechhollowfarms.com.

 

May 26, Newnan
Growing and Cooking with Herbs
Country Gardens Farm

May 26 from 10-12 at Country Gardens Farm, Newnan. Mike & Judy will tag team this class, spending the first hour with Mike as he shows you how to grown herbs from seeds. Judy will spend the second hour demonstrating how to use herbs in your everyday cooking. Lots of herb dishes to sample. The cost of the class is $25.00. Everyone takes home a seeded herb. You must register online at www.countrygardensfarm.com.

 

June

 

June 2, Athens
Learn to Identify, Grow, and Conserve Carnivorous Plants
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Since many carnivorous plants are native to the southeast, you can grow them right in your backyard! Kevin “the Plant Man” Tarner, professional horticulturist, will present a crash course to help carnivorous plants “capture” your attention. Participants will examine live specimens and learn all about their feeding strategies, habitats, cultivation, and conservation efforts. You’ll also get your hands dirty potting up your own plants to take home. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

June 2, Cleveland
Lavender in the Mountains Festival
Lavender Lamb Farm

Sample culinary lavender treats. Discover unique lavender products. View lavender demonstrations, and create lavender-inspired crafts including lavender halos and wands. Enjoy fresh cut lavender bundles from the farm. Capture unlimited photo opportunities with beautiful blooming lavender & scenic mountain views. Activities to suit all ages. $5. Some activities will have a small fee. For more information, call 706-865-0510, visit facebook.com/thelavenderlambfarm, or email susan@lavenderlambfarm.com.



June 2, Columbus
The Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival
Columbus Botanical Garden

The festival will feature an accredited daylily show, a marketplace with daylilies, arts and crafts for sale, and the opportunity to learn growing tips and see demonstrations. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The daylily show is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. Free. Info at www.facebook.com/daylilysociety or contact Larry Miller, chairman of the Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival at 706-327-2067.

 

June 2-3, Douglasville
11th Annual Penny McHenry
Hydrangea Festival

See the full listing of all events, including a pre-event wine tasting, garden tours, plus many that are free. For more information, visit http://hydrangeafest.org, pennymchenryhydrangeafestival@gmail.com or call 678-449-3939.



June 2-3, Roswell
19th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival
Chattahoochee Nature Center

The air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies for this very important fundraising event for the Chattahoochee Nature Center! See live butterfly releases and Butterfly Encounter exhibit. Host and nectar plants will be available for purchase. Featuring crafts, face painting, fairy houses, sidewalk art, vendors, food trucks, and entertainment. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, noon-5 p.m. $12. For more information, visit chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055.



June 4-July 23, Helen
Master Naturalist Course
Smithgall Woods State Park

This nine-week course is in partnership with Warnell School of Forestry at UGA. It will cover herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, ichthyology, entomology, and many more. Increase your knowledge of the natural world and receive certification as a master naturalist. You will be asked to bring appropriate items for each themed weekly class such as binoculars, hiking shoes, guide books, etc. You will also need to bring a lunch each day. $200, $5 parking fee. For more information, call 706-878-3087.



June 9, Greater Atlanta Area
American Hydrangea Society
Garden Tour

The 24th Annual AHS Garden Tour has seven beautiful gardens in the East Cobb and Roswell areas of Metro Atlanta. The tour will feature hydrangeas in several different types of settings in gardens large and small. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine). Cost: $30/one ticket or $40/two garden tour tickets. For more information, visit americanhydrangeasociety.org/Annual-Garden-Tour.



June 9, Athens
Summer Tree Identification
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class, students learn to identify some of the most common of these by their leaves, bark, branching patterns, and tree form. Students will learn to use a hand lens and a simple dichotomous key for woody plants to identify species. Class time will be divided between classroom exercises and a field trip to the woods at the State Botanical Garden. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu.



June 14, Athens
Summer Perennials
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This class focuses on the plants that thrive during the longest and hottest days of the year. Topics of discussion will include both woody and herbaceous plants that are at their most ornamental near the summer solstice, such as clematis, daylilies, iris, and rose. Cliff will also talk about perennials that bloom in late summer, including tall phlox, coneflowers, and rudbeckias. 4:30-7 p.m., $20. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu.



June 16, Athens
Ferns of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

We will learn the basics of fern biology, ecology, and identification features; we will then explore the Dunson Native Flora Garden and learn to identify the most common ferns of Georgia’s Piedmont and Blue Ridge ecoregions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

June 22, Ellijay
The Gardens of Europe
Gilmer County Library

The Garden Club of Ellijay will hold a Flower Show, titled The Gardens of Europe, on Friday, June 22 from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The show will be held at the Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, in Ellijay and is free and open to the public.



June 23, Athens
Where Do Hummingbirds “Hide” at the Botanical Garden?
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn where hummingbirds perch and “hide” throughout the garden. Class time will be spent discussing the mapped hummingbird trail while discovering tips for spotting these tiny creatures in Georgia habitats. We’ll discuss a few photography tips too. A tour of the trail will be given after the class, so bring a camera or binoculars if you’d like! The last portion of the class is intended for participants to have time to independently photograph or observe the hummingbirds. Instructor Judy Royal Glenn will be available to answer questions during this time. 9 a.m.-noon, $15. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu.



June 24, Athens
Introduction to Orchids (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

What makes an orchid an orchid? For the types that are cultivated, what are the basics of orchid care, including getting them to flower again? NGOS member Dennis O’Connell will present an introduction to orchids. Please bring any plants you would like to show, or that you have questions about. For more information, email northeastgaorchidsociety@gmail.com. 2-3 p.m.


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Through April 28, Bettendorf
Saturday Gardening Seminar
Wallace’s Garden Center

Seminar 10:30 a.m., Saturdays. Various weekly topics. Check wallacesgardencenter.com for details.


March 20 & April 17, Ames
Floral Design
Reiman Gardens

Learn from professionals and create your own floral designs, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a different theme each month.



March 21 & April 18, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

Different staff members conduct a monthly interactive, behind the scenes look at Reiman Gardens. Perfect for volunteers, 11 a.m. to noon.



April



April 2, 9, 16, 23, Ames
HDR Photography
Reiman Gardens

In this four-week class 6 to 8:30 p.m., instructor Mark Stoltenberg will show how to make natural-looking HDR images, from selecting the best subjects to capturing them in the camera to post production in Adobe Lightroom.



April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, Ames
Introspective Writing
Reiman Gardens

A six-week program, 6 to7:30 p.m., with the Gardens as inspiration, engage in writing about what resides within through quiet introspection and reflection.



April 3, 10, 17, 24, Ames
Beginner Photography
Reiman Gardens

Join professional photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg for a four-part class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., covering the basics of photography, including equipment, depth of field, aperture, light, composition, finding your subject and more.

 

April 18, Ames
Meet-A-Scientist
Reiman Gardens

Meet up to a dozen local scientists who will share their research and knowledge through fun, hands-on activities and conversation, 2 to 4:30 p.m.



April 21, Ames
Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training
Reiman Gardens

Take an active role in conservation as a citizen scientist through the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network, with this training from entomology staff, 9 to 11:30 a.m.



April 21, Ames
Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Refresher Training
Reiman Gardens

Already an active participant? Bring a sack lunch and join entomology staff, 1 to 3 p.m., for annual refresher to keep up to speed with the latest information.



April 21, Ames
Magic Block Fidgety-Gidget Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Inspired by Chinese “magic block” toys, you’ll learn the process behind these awe-inspiring moveable cubes, and use beautiful papers to make your very own fidgety-gidget from 9:30 – 12:30. Suitable for ages 7+.



April 28 and 29, Ames
Opening Weekend of Sculpture Exhibit: Wind, Waves & Light
Reiman Gardens

The Wind, Waves & Light exhibit, through November 3, and features 11 sculptures designed to explore space, time, and the dynamic relationship of objects in motion. The choreography of each piece is governed by a set of basic movements, facilitated by an arrangement of aerodynamic surfaces connected by rotational points.

 

May

 

May 1, 8, 15, 22, Ames
Exploring Movement in Watercolor
Reiman Gardens

Create stunning effects simply by manipulating the paint and the paper through tilting, rotating, blowing into straws, and more. Four-week program, 6-8 p.m.



May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, Ames
Art, Relaxation & Mindfulness
Reiman Gardens

Explore nature and reflection through the expressive arts and learn a variety of relaxation techniques to calm your mind and body, and increase focus. 6-8 p.m. 



May 1, 8, 15, 22, Ames
Architecture Photography
Reiman Gardens

A new course covering the basics of taking great architecture images – both external and internal. 6-8:30 p.m.



May 2 & 9, Ames 
Shabby to Chic Floral Display Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Bring your own unique container and other items from home to repurpose into a fantastic floral display for a classy celebration: wedding, shower, birthday, graduation, funeral, or even a dinner party. 6-8 p.m.



May 2, 9, 16, 23, Ames
Macro Photography 201: Abstraction
Reiman Gardens

Take your close-up photography to the next level by incorporating abstract, fine art compositions into your shots with this four-week course. 6-8:30 p.m.



May 3, 10, 17, Ames
Writing with Your Movie-Mind
Reiman Gardens

Exercise your creativity as you move through a story concept in three dimensions – just like in the movies – in this three-week class with award-winning author Dennis Maulsby. 6-8 p.m.


 
May 3 & June 7, Waterloo
Free Admission Day
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Discover and enjoy the gardens on the first Thursday of the month with free admission. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

May 4, Madrid
Garden Social & Auction
Iowa Arboretum

Join us for our big “fun”draiser of the season! Start off with hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. and a silent auction. Then the live auction with rare and exotic plants and other amazing items.



May 5, Ames
Mid Iowa Woodcarvers Show
Reiman Gardens

Guests will have the opportunity to view carving contest entries, watch carving demonstrations, and participate in a hands-on lesson in whittling.



May 5, Ames
Living Floral Wreath Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Horticulturist Ed Moran will walk you through all the steps to prepare, plant, and care for a floral wreath you can hang inside or outside your house or set flat as a tabletop arrangement. 9:30-11:30 a.m.



May 5, Decorah
Heirloom Plant Sale
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Discover rare family heirloom seeds and historic commercial varieties at this kickoff event for spring transplant sales at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center.


 
May 5, Madrid
Plant Sale 
Iowa Arboretum

The latest and greatest plant sale. Find unique and interesting plants for your Iowa garden. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



May 6, Urbandale
4H, FFA, Scout Appreciation Day
Living History Farms

Free admission from Noon to 4 LHF says “thank you” to all the Scout groups and 4H and FFA members who have participated in events and programs over the years arriving in uniform, organization jackets, or group t-shirts


 
May 10 & June 14, Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon
Reiman Gardens

Hear from a specialist on a specific topic as you enjoy your brown bag lunch. Noon-1 p.m.

 

May 10-13, Des Moines
Spring Garden Festival
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

This four-day, pop-up retail festival includes limited edition varieties of plants, garden art, and merchandise plus educational sessions and family-friendly garden activities. The festival is held in the outdoor gardens as well as in the North Gallery.


 
May 10 & June 14, Johnston
Monthly Meeting
Big Foot Garden Club

Meets monthly at 6 p.m. at The Gardeners of America, 5560 Merle Hay Road.


 
May 11, Ames
National Public Gardens Day
Reiman Gardens

FREE ADMISSION 9 a.m.-6 p.m.



May 11, Ames
Meet-A-Scientist
Reiman Gardens

Meet local scientists who will share their research and knowledge with you through fun hands-on activities and conversation. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



May 12 & 13, Ames
Plant Sale Extravaganza
Reiman Gardens

The Plant Sale Extravaganza will be held rain or shine 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Plants for sale from many local organizations include perennials for sun and shade, herbs and vegetables, Iowa natives, woody plants including trees, shrubs and Buck roses, container annuals and hanging baskets.



May 12, Urbandale     
Tractor Day
Living History Farms

Ride and drive new and antique tractors and view many more. See farmers and their equipment in action. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


 
May 12, Waterloo
CVABG and Green Scene Plant sale
Cattle Congress Grounds

The Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and Green Scene combine their annual plant sales at the Cattle Congress grounds in Waterloo. Members of each organization will receive discounted purchases.



May 13, Decorah
Mother’s Day in the Orchard
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Come see our orchard in bloom and enjoy a sweet treat while taking a guided hike to learn the history of apples and our Heritage Farm apple collection.


 
May 15 & June 20, Ames
Floral Design: Special topic each session
Reiman Gardens

Learn to design a special arrangement at each month’s session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 



May 16 & June 20, Ames
Behind the Scenes: Different location each month
Reiman Gardens

Join a different staff member each month from 11-noon to learn about a special spot or feature in the gardens. 

 

May 19, Waterloo 
Container Gardening Class
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Join instructor Judi Nelson as she shares information on creating a beautiful container garden and provide tips to help your container garden reach its maximum potential. Advance reservations required. 1-2 p.m.



May 23, Ames
Hillside Garden Talk & Walk
Reiman Gardens

Director Ed Lyon will explain the history of the new water-wise Hillside Garden, from initial funding from the ISU class of 1955, to design and construction, to plant selection, and the philosophy behind the five sustainable garden types: rain, Dutch wave, high plains, sand, and ornamental. 6-8 p.m.



May 26, Urbandale
Decoration Day
Living History Farms

Be a part of America’s early Memorial Day traditions! At 1 p.m., March in a procession to the town cemetery for a moving pageant of Victorian ceremony and speeches, honoring the Union’s fallen heroes. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


 
May 31, June 14 & 28, Ames
Plant Walk
Reiman Gardens

Get to know the works of art on a different topic each session in the living museum from an expert from 11-11:45 a.m., during an in-depth walking tour of the plants and flowers that make Reiman Gardens so special.

 

June



June 1, Ames
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens

Kick back and relax at Reiman Gardens After Hours This quarterly event is an opportunity to enjoy good company and live music in a beautiful garden setting. ISU Catering will provide the cash bar as well as a buffet dinner. 5-8 p.m.



June 2, Decorah
Gardening with Heritage Ducks
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Put heritage breeds to work weeding, controlling pests, and improving soil quality. Learn techniques for gardening with poultry, including selecting the best breeds for your gardening needs.

 

June 4, 11, 18, 25, Ames 
Photography: The Art of Seeing
Reiman Gardens

Learn to pay attention to the details and capture the moments that tell stories and better “see” and “capture” the world around you in this 4-week course. 6-8:30 p.m. 



June 5, 12, 19 & 26, Ames
Plant Pals
Reiman Gardens

Hands-on gardening activities, crafts, and tastings, and are great for kids of all ages to participate in with an adult. 10-11 a.m.



June 5, 12, 19, 26, Ames
Photographic Exposure
Reiman Gardens

Learn the impact your subject matter can have on exposure. Learn to adjust your camera settings to properly expose your image, even when your camera suggests something different in this four-week course. 6-8:30 p.m. 



June 5, Urbandale
Homeschool Day
Living History Farms

Living History Farms’ Homeschool Days are the perfect opportunity for families to learn together. You and your children will have the opportunity to tour the museum’s many historic areas, participate in hands-on activities, and have fun! We suggest that you plan at least three to four hours for your experience. Homeschool groups and families who pre-register receive discounted admission. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


 
June 6, Ames
Youth Summer Camp #1: How Plants Move!
Reiman Gardens

Join in for an afternoon of fun and educational activities focused on the science of plants, investigating seed dispersal to specialized parts to phenomena like phototropism. 1-5 p.m.



June 6, 13, 20, 27, Ames
Black & White Digital Photography
Reiman Gardens

Learn to look at the world in a whole new way as you further explore the tools, techniques, and identify the best subject matter to create black and white digital images in this 4-week course. 6-8:30 p.m.



Beginning June 7, Des Moines
Social Irrigation
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Thursday evenings beginning June 7: Back for a second year, Social Irrigation is the garden’s summer-long Thursday evening series. The garden will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays with live music, food, drinks, lawn games, and botanical activities. See the full line up at dmbotanicalgarden.com/social.



June 9, Ames
Rose Fest
Reiman Gardens

The Iowa Rose Society Annual Rose Show will be in the Garden Room from 1-4 p.m. This is a juried show featuring the best roses in the state.


 
June 10, Madrid
Iowa Arboretum 50th Anniversary Celebration
Iowa Arboretum

Join the festivity and help celebrate the first 50 years of the Iowa Arboretum. Details on the website.



June 11 & 12, Cedar Rapids
Brucemore Garden and Landscape Tour
Brucemore

Tour starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale May 16. For more information phone 319-362-7375 or check the website www.brucemore.org.        

  

June 13, 20, & 27 Waterloo
Summer Storytime
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Join in for storytime on Wednesdays during June, July, and August. Stories will be read by friends from area non-profits, groups, and prominent figures in the community. This event is free to attend with admission to the gardens. Continue exploring the gardens after story time is finished. 10:30-11 a.m.


 
June 22, Urbandale 
Teacher Appreciation Day
Living History Farms

Living History Farms says thank you to all the teachers who put in the time and effort to bring learning to life for their students. Teachers admitted free; family members pay regular admission fee. Teachers must present school ID to receive free admission. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


 
June 23, Ames
Pollinator Fest
Reiman Gardens

Visit Reiman Gardens and celebrate National Pollinator Week. There will be many collaborators present from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to make sure this day is educational and plenty of fun.



June 24, Waterloo
Create a Fairy Garden
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Join instructor Judi Nelson as she leads the class in the basics of creating a fairy garden. Attendees will need to bring their own containers and other small figurines to place in their gardens. Plants and other decorative items will be available for purchase. All purchases will be cash only. 1-2 p.m. Advance purchase required.



June 25, Ames
Seize the Sway: Ornamental Grasses
Reiman Gardens

Director Ed Lyon will present a comprehensive demonstration of all the “grass-like” plants available and show what they can add to your design. 6-8 p.m.



June 28, Ames
Youth Summer Camp #2: International Mud Day!
Reiman Gardens

Join in for a full afternoon (1-5 p.m.) of fun and educational activities celebrating International Mud Day! Explore the properties of mud and the living things found in it, spend time in the greenhouse, conservatory, and outdoor gardens, and enjoy a few mud-based activities, crafts, games, and more.



June 29, Dallas Center
Second Annual June Moon Event
The Brenton Arboretum

An outdoor fundraiser concert and dinner under the full moon. For more information phone 515-922-4211, email melissa@thebrentonarboretum.org, or visit www.thebrentonarboretum.org. Website: lauritzengardens.orgdisplay at Omaha’s Lauritzen Gardens.

 

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Website: www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org
Email: office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org
Phone: 319-226-4966

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Website: dmbotanicalgarden.com/events
Email: kreilly@dmbotanicalgarden.com
Phone: 515-402-4274.

Iowa Arboretum
Website: iowaarboretum.org
Email: infor@iowaaaboretum.org
Phone: 515-795-3216

Lauritzen Gardens
Website: lauritzengardens.org
Phone: 402-346-4002
The gardens are at 100 Bancroft Street, just across the river in Omaha, Nebraska.

Living History Farms
Website: lhf.org
Email: jdeerr@LHF.org
Phone: 515-645-9817

Reiman Gardens
Website: reimangardens.com
Email: reimangardens@iastate.edu
Phone: 515-294-2710
 
Seed Savers Exchange: Heritage Farm
Website: seedsavers.org/events
Email: sfriedlputnum@seedsavers.org
Phone: 563-382-5990


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March-April, Fort Wayne
Justine Hettler Art Display
Botanical Conservatory

With watercolor, printmaking, and various other media, Justine Hettler creates art that represents adventure and intimate aspects of nature. Her hope is that the viewer’s experience will mirror her own intimate study of nature, and inspire their own adventures. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The exhibit is included in regular conservatory admission, which costs $5 adults, $3 children ages 3 to 17, free for children 2 and under. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



April



Through July 8, Fort Wayne
“Bugs” Live Butterfly Exhibit
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the Botanical Conservatory for their 16th year of live butterflies and explore the larger world of insects. Experience the butterfly tent filled with more than a hundred exotic butterflies as they feed, fly, and rest. Discover a diversity of invertebrates in the live hallway display of arthropods including beetles, spiders, scorpions, and millipedes. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Regular conservatory admission costs $5 adults, $3 children ages 3 to 17, free for children 2 and under. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



April 28, Danville
Gardening for All Ages
Hendricks County Fairgrounds

The Hendricks County Master Gardeners will host their annual “Gardening for All Ages” garden and flower show. Vendors are available with unique garden arts, gifts, flowers, herbs, succulents, and other garden items. Educational programs and door prizes will take place throughout the day. A food truck will be available to buy snacks. Native tree seedlings will be given away while supplies last. Free admission and parking. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Complex, Expo Hall, 1900 E. Main Street, Danville, IN 46122. Visit hendricksgardeners.com, or call 317-839-6361, or email Ejfandtsf@gmail.com.



April 28, Lafayette
Garden Expo and Plant Sale
Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds

The Master Gardeners’ Garden Expo and Plant Sale features a plant sale, vendors, garden-related lectures, and more. Free and open to the public. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit tippecanoemastergardener.org/garden-expo-2018, or call 765-474-0793.

 

May

 

May 2, Plainfield
Plant Exchange
Plainfield Library, 1120 Stafford Rd.

Bring four to six plants from your garden, label with the common name and the botanical name and whether the plant prefers sun or shade. Master Gardener Colletta Kosiba will give advice on the planting, watering, and growth habits of the plants. Then everyone has a chance to pick new plants to take home. At 6:30 p.m. Call 317-839-6602, or email kcolletta@sbcglobal.net.



May 3, Fort Wayne
$1 Nights-First Thursday
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During each $1 Night, you can also drop into the program room for an educational lecture or activity. No reservations required. Parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage validated for free parking. From 5 to 8 p.m. Visit BotanicalConservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



May 3, Fort Wayne
DNI: Hissing Cockroaches
Botanical Conservatory

What is a hissing cockroach? Meet these gentle bugs face to face. Make a cockroach craft and enjoy a “buggy” treat, too. From 6 to 7 p.m. Visit BotanicalConservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



May 4, Elkhart
Annual Tuber Sale
High Drive Pavilion

The Elkhart Dahlia Society is hosting their annual root and tuber sale. Tubers range from $2 to $3 each. Free admission. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Facebook at Elkhart Dahlia Society, or contact Cammi at ckuiper474@aol.com, or 574-535-8883.



May 5, Evansville
Plant Sale
Vanderburgh 4-H Auditorium

Come to the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener annual plant sale. Thousands of great plants at fantastic prices. Mother’s Day gifts as well. At the Vanderburgh 4-H Auditorium. Free admission. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit swimga.org/gardens, call 812-480-8875, or email barbgert@att.net.

 

May 5, Fort Wayne
Bonsai for Beginners workshop
Botanical Conservatory

Under the guidance of Darlene Kittle and Ed Hake from the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club, you will pot, trim, and begin forming your very own small Ficus sp. tree into a beautiful bonsai. Learn about the proper pots and soils to use, how to prune and wire your plant, and the techniques for giving it a long life. Bring your own pruners or scissors; all other supplies will be provided. From 10:30 a.m. to noon. Ages 10 and up. Registration deadline: April 27. Costs $29 public; $25 members or volunteers. Register online at fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6000.  



May 5, Franklin
Garden Celebration
Johnson County Fairgrounds

The Johnson County Garden Club’s 14th annual Garden Celebration will include more than 50 flower, plant, and garden art vendors along with guest speakers. A Mobile Garden Classroom will feature environmental educator Greg Marlett with the Morgan County Soil and Water Conservation District. Seed packets and tree saplings will be given away free while supplies last. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. Call Lynne at 317-736-5609, Carolyn at 317-736-8080, or email jcgardenclub@gmail.com.



May 7, Brownsburg
Plant Exchange
450 S. Jefferson

Bring four to six plants from your garden, label with the common name and the botanical name and whether the plant prefers sun or shade. Master Gardener Colletta Kosiba will give advice on the planting, watering, and growth habits of the plants. Then everyone has a chance to pick new plants to take home. At 6 p.m. Call 317 852-3167, or email kcolletta@sbcglobal.net.



May 8, Zionsville
Rose Society Meeting
Sullivan Munce

Learn about Earth-Kind Roses from speaker Carol Tumbas, rose expert and former president of the Indianapolis Rose Society. The Earth-Kind testing program is responsible for many sustainable plants – learn how it has impacted the rose world. At 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit indianapolisrosesociety.com, or contact teresabyington@gmail.com, or call 317-514-8999.



May 11-13, Fort Wayne
Mother’s Day Plant Sale
McMillen Community Center

You’ll find herbs, vegetable starts, and flowering perennials along with annuals, houseplants, mixed containers, hanging baskets, bonsai, and natives. Volunteers are available to assist with plant selection and loading. Free parking. Conservatory members can enjoy the preview sale on Thursday, May 10, 4 to 7 p.m. Open to the public on Friday 4 to7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Visit BotanicalConservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



May 12, Alexandria
Annual Plant Sale
Madison County Fairgrounds

Madison County Master Gardeners offer hundreds of plants for sale – perennials, annuals, and vegetables grown by local Master Gardeners. Prices are below retail. Bring your tools to the tool sharpening clinic. There will be garden decor, gloves, and treasures for sale, too. The day will also include free educational materials and lectures. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit madisoncountymastergardener.org, email Beth at bvansickle@purdue.edu, or call 765-641-9514.



May 12, Indianapolis
INPAWS Plant and Auction
Park Tudor School Gymnasium

A pre-sale presentation starts at 9:30 a.m. A $10 fee entitles ticket holders to hear a talk, begin shopping 15 minutes before the general public, and receive a $10 discount on any auction purchase. Plant sale and book sale open from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The live auction begins at 11:15 a.m. and continues until every general sale plant is sold. Visit inpaws.org, or call 317-286-8198.



May 12, Indianapolis
Workshop Herbal Gifts for Mother’s Day Garfield Park

Herbs aren’t just for foods and beverages. Make fresh tussie-mussies, sachets, and a spritzer with herbs to give as gifts. There will be handouts with instructions and herbal goodies to sample. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Space is limited, so reserve a spot by contacting garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-PARK (7275).



May 13, Fort Wayne
Mother’s Day in the Garden
Botanical Conservatory

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day outing. Your mom (or grandma, aunt, and anyone else who is “mom”) will enjoy the displays of flowers and a turn in the live butterfly exhibit. Each mom will receive a Mother’s Day plant while supplies last. Regular conservatory admission applies. From noon to 4 p.m. Visit BotanicalConservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



May 15, Fort Wayne
Garden Preschool: Spring Flowers
Botanical Conservatory

The Botanical Conservatory will offer Garden Preschool class every third Tuesday of the month. Parents or guardians will assist children side by side in each of these monthly classes that encourage exploring in the gardens via stories, hands-on activities, crafts, and snacks. An adult must stay for the duration of the class (no fee). From 10 to 11 a.m. Ages 3 to 5. Registration deadline: May 8. Costs $6 public, $4 members or volunteers. Register online at fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6000.



May 17, Fort Wayne
Spring Forest Bathing Walk
Botanical Conservatory

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is the experience of immersing oneself in the sensory gifts of nature. Instructor Christy Thomson is the only certified forest therapy guide. From 6 to 7 p.m. Call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Registration deadline: May 10. All ages welcome, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Costs $14 public, $11 members or volunteers. Register online at fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6000.



May 19, Indianapolis
Annual Iris Show
Sullivan Hardware and Garden

The Indiana Daylily-Iris Society invites the public to attend its annual iris show. Members’ displays are judged on their most prized iris. From 1 to 4 p.m. Visit indianadaylilyirissociety.org, visit the Facebook page Indiana Daylily-Iris Society (IDIS), or contact shirleyanntoney@aol.com, or call 317-346-0005.



May 19, Noblesville
Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale
Hamilton County Fairground

The 20th annual Master Gardeners plant sale will offer more than 12,000 plants for sale. In addition to perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees, and natives, bearded irises are available. Plants were grown by Master Gardeners, are acclimated to Indiana’s climate, and are priced well below retail. The day will also include educational materials covering aspects of gardening. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer expert advice. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit hcmga.org, email Alice at amoverton@sbcglobal.net, or call 317-224-5788.



May 26, Fort Wayne
Spring Bonsai Show and Discount Day Botanical Conservatory  

Explore miniature trees trained and pruned by members of the local bonsai club. Learn about this fascinating hobby. Bonsai pots and young plants will be available to purchase. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All guests will get a special discount for admission to the Bonsai Show and Conservatory gardens: $3 adults, $2 children, free for ages 2 and under. Call 260-427-6440.



May 26, Fort Wayne
Birds, Bats, Bees and Butterflies
Botanical Conservatory

What do birds, bats, bees, and butterflies all have in common? There are actually several things. Get up close and personal with some of these creatures, and then, make a “creature” to take home. From 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. Regular conservatory admission applies. Call 260-427-6440.



May 26, Noblesville
Rosefest
Hamilton County Fairgrounds

The 2018 Rosefest will focus on the early bloomers: old garden roses, rugosas, and more. Speaker is Mike Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium. In addition, there will be a Hamilton County Master Gardeners’ rose garden tour, rose show, educational displays, and workshops. Roses and rose products will be for sale. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit indianapolisrosesociety.com, or email teresabyington@gmail.com, or call 317-514-8999.



May 27, Fort Wayne
Iris Flower Show and Discount Day
Botanical Conservatory

Local gardeners will bring the best of their iris blooms to be displayed and judged. A range of colors, fragrances, and forms will be found in irises displayed as individual cut flowers and in floral arrangements. Entries are judged for perfection. From noon to 3 p.m. Special discounted admission price includes the iris show and conservatory gardens: $3 adults, $2 children, free for ages 2 and under. Call 260-427-6440.

 

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June 2, Fort Wayne
Spring Plant Swap
Botanical Conservatory

Bring at least one plant of any kind to share, and then take home an armful of starts from other gardeners in the area. Information on plants is available for reference. From 10 to 11 a.m. Seating is limited to 50, so call to say you’re coming. No admission fee. Register by phone, call 260-427-6442.



June 7, Fort Wayne
$1 Night- First Thursday: Chocolate Challenge
Botanical Garden

Learn where chocolate comes from and observe a chocolate tree in the tropical garden. There will be different types of chocolate for you to test, and free ice cream in celebration of National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. From 6 to 7 p.m. Visit BotanicalConservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



June 7-9, Danville
Master Gardener State Conference
Hendricks County Fairgrounds

“Gardening Outside and In: Beauty, Relaxation, Tomatoes and Shorts” is the theme for the 2018 State Master Gardeners’ conference. Keynote speaker is C. L. Fornari. Advance registration is required and available online. Visit indianamastergardeners.com, or henricksgardeners.com. For information, email hendrces@purdue.edu, or call 317-745-9260.



June 9, Evansville
Open House and Demonstration Day Master Garden Display Garden

Various gardening demonstrations begin on the hour, starting at 9 a.m., and continue throughout the day. Free admission. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit swimga.org/gardens, call 812-480-8875, or email barbgert@att.net.



June 10, Evansville
30th Birthday Party
Master Garden Display Garden

The Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener 30th birthday party features cake and ice cream and the music of Minnie Black’s Gourd Band. Bring a lawn chair. Free admission. From 2 to 4 p.m. Visit swimga.org/gardens, call 812-480-8875, or email barbgert@att.net.

 

June 11-July 27, Fort Wayne
City Safari Day Camp
Botanical Conservatory

Each week of camp incorporates field trips, guest speakers, activities, games, and arts and crafts, and gardening. Join them for one week or all six. Call 260- 427-6445, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



June 16, Attica

Join us for A Day of Gardens & Art in beautiful Attica, Indiana! Saturday, June 16th 9am-4pm Rain or shine! Headquarters: The Old Library 101 South Brady Street, Attica, IN. FountainCountyLandmarks.org



June 23, Fort Wayne
Bug Day
Botanical Conservatory

Learn about butterflies and other arthropods at “Bug Day.” Visitors take part in activities, games and crafts, all with a “buggy theme.” Several local organizations will be on hand to help you learn more and to answer your questions about honey bees, butterflies, mosquitoes and more. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $3 children age 3 to 17, free for children 2 and under. Visit fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6445.



4th Saturday of the Month, Fort Wayne
Garden Close-Up
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday for an exploratory walk, hands-on activity, or demonstration. They highlight a different garden each month, so you can make new discoveries through fun, educational activities. From 11 a.m. to1 p.m. Included in regular conservatory admission. Visit fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6445.


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May 15, Louisville
Garden Disease Control and Conditions that Look Like Disease
Jefferson County Extension Service Bon Air Library Series

Carol Wilder, horticulture technician, will teach about garden disease control. Class meets at 6:30 p.m. at Bon Air Library. For information, call 502-569-2344, email dl_ces_jefferson@email.uky.edu, or visit jefferson.ca.uky.edu.



May 15, Lexington
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Part II, Maintenance and Summer Crops
Fayette County Extension Service

This class will cover some of the most basic questions for any first-time gardener when it comes to maintaining the new plot. Topics will include watering, pest/weed management, and fertilizing. We will also cover growing tomatoes, peppers, beans, and squash. Participants will receive a copy of our vegetable growing guide, a packet of seeds, and door-prize drawings. The class will be held at Southern States Cooperative, 2570 Palumbo Drive at 5:30 p.m. and is free but requires pre-registration. For information/registration, call
859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



May 15, Lexington
Cannas
Fayette County Extension Service

Cannas are valuable for their tropical foliage, ease of growth, and long bloom season. In recent years breeders have sought to improve the offerings with compact plants, heavier flowering in brighter colors, and self-cleaning plants that drop spent blooms for a tidier appearance. We will cover care, discuss numerous varieties, and provide a few for you to grow. The cost is $15; time is 6:30 p.m. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



May 16, Union
Hike the Trails
Boone County Extension Service Environmental & Nature Center

Explore the natural woods of our Environmental and Nature Center on a self-guided tour, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Identify local spring wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. There are three trails to choose from, from experienced to beginner. There is also a guided tour from 1-4 p.m. You must check in and out at the main shelter house. For information or registration, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.



May 16, Lexington
Growing Great Tomatoes
Fayette County Extension Service

We will meet at 5:30 p.m. at West Sixth Street Brewing, 501 W 6th Street for this free class. The talk will cover techniques for growing great tomatoes, how to avoid common pitfalls, and disease prevention. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



May 17, Shelbyville
The Wonderful World of Herbs
Shelby County Extension Service

Master gardener and garden writer Becky Kirts will describe how to select, grow, and use a multitude of herbs. Herbs will be given away as door prizes. 6:30 p.m. For information, call 502-633-4593, email dl_ces_shelby@email.uky.edu, or visit shelby.ca.uky.edu.



May 17, Highland Heights
All About Hydrangeas
Campbell County Extension Service

Learn about different types of hydrangeas and get tips on pruning, light requirements, and design ideas.
6:30-8 p.m. For additional information call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.



May 18, Shepherdsville
Hypertufa
Bullitt County Extension Service

Becca Huffman will demonstrate how to create lightweight concrete planters. 6-7:30 p.m. For required pre-registration, call 502-543-2257, email dl_ces_bullitt@email.uky.edu, or visit bullitt.ca.uky.edu.



May 19, Union
Spring Plant Sale
Boone County Arboretum

Don’t miss unbeatable deals on perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Boone County Arboretum. For more information, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.



May 19, Warsaw
Peony Festival
Gallatin County Extension Service

Noon-6 p.m., starting on the Warsaw Courthouse Square, there will be riverboat rides, a tractor show, gardening workshops, free horse and carriage rides, and much more! For more information, call the extension office at 859-567-5481.

 

May 19-20, Louisville
Kilgore House and Garden Tour

In its 18th year, the annual Kilgore House and Garden Tour will be held Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20, 2018 10:00 am to 5:00pm. Rain or Shine. Named as Louisville’s Premier Garden Tour, the event will include five gardens and two homes open for tours. Proceeds from the Tour provide scholarships for those unable to pay the full fee of counseling services. Tickets are $30 and $5 for children under 6. For more information about the tour, including photos and descriptions or to order tickets, visit www.kilgoregardentour.org



May 22, Louisville
Container and Small Space Gardening
Middletown Library

The Middletown Library Series will feature Carol Wilder, horticulture technician to help you plan your container/small space garden. For more information, call 502-569-2344, email dl_ces_jefferson@email.uky.edu, or visit jefferson.ca.uky.edu.



May 26, Alexandria
Wildflower Hike
Campbell County Environmental Education Center

We will be walking the trails and identifying different wildflowers located here at the center, located at 1261 Race Track Road. 1:30-2:30 Registration is required. For more information, call 859-572-2600 or register online at ces.ca.uky.edu/Campbell.

 

May 29, Highland Heights
Garden Photography for the Smartphone
Campbell County Extension Service

Learn to use your smartphone to capture those beautiful moments in the garden. This class is meant for the beginner photographer. 10-11:30 p.m. For more information, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.



May 31, Union
Tree Selection for Utility Lines
Boone County Arboretum

Attend our demonstration to learn which trees and shrubs can be planted under and around power lines and still add beauty to the landscape. 1-2:30 p.m. To register by phone, call 859-586-6101 and ask for Lacey or call the arboretum at 859-384-4999. Register online at www.bcarboretum.org/events.



May 31, Lexington
Annual Combinations for Pots and Garden
Fayette County Extension Service

We will discuss growing annuals in containers and assemble a couple of smaller planters. We will cover design tips, soil and container selection, and ongoing maintenance. There will be a great variety of things to purchase. Our demo pots will be raffled as door prizes. Class costs $5 and will be held at Pemberton’s Greenhouse, 555 Keller Court off Georgetown Road. 2 p.m. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

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June 2, Lexington
Walking Tour with the Curator
The Arboretum

This tour will focus on the highlights of the arboretum. 11 a.m.-noon. The cost is $5. For information or registration, call 859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/arboretum.

 

June 3, Bowling Green
Fairy Garden Tour & Tea
Bowling Green Garden Club

Share a magical afternoon with your child. The craft and refreshment portion will be at Lost River Cave Birch Room; featured fairy garden sites will be announced. Tour, 1-4 p.m., tea 3-5 p.m. The cost is $10/$5 for adults/children. For additional information, contact Alice Kummer at 270-779-9238 or ahk174@twc.com.



June 3, Clermont
First Sunday Nature Hike
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join volunteer naturalist Joe Rogers for an engaging nature hike on the first Sunday of each month, 2-3 p.m. Registration is not required, just curiosity and comfortable walking shoes. All ages are welcome. The hike is free, but $5 per car weekend fee applies for non-members. For information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.



June 5, Paducah
Toolbox Garden Series
McCracken County Extension Service

Join us for this free series from 5-6 p.m. A new topic is covered at each monthly meeting. For information, call 270-554-9520, email dl_ces_mccracken@email.uky.edu, or visit mccracken.ca.uky.edu.



June 7, Lexington
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Part II
Beaumont Branch Public Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way

This class will cover some of the most basic questions for any first-time gardener. Topics will include watering, pest/weed management, and fertilizing. We will also cover crops like tomatoes, peppers, beans, and squash. Participants will receive a copy of our vegetable growing guide and a packet of seeds.
6:30 p.m. There is no cost, but pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



June 7, Lexington
Japanese Anemones
Fayette County Extension Service

Japanese anemones can be a wonderful solution for gardens that have little color in late summer and fall. They do have problems, however, including the need for staking and too-vigorous growth and spread. The cost is $10, and meting time is 6:30 p.m. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



June 9, Frankfort
12th Annual Home and Garden Tour

We will be celebrating 12 years of Frankfort’s finest homes and gardens. The tour will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and cost $15; the luncheon is $15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the historic Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath. For more information, visit the Garden Club of Frankfort’s Facebook page or call the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission at 502-875-8687.



June 9, Franklin
Love in Bloom Garden Tour
Franklin Garden Club

Fifty years ago, Johnny Cash and June Carter were married in Franklin. Come tour the church where they were married, plus four additional homes, and the Beasley House’s Chinese Garden. There will be a plant sale to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. The tour is 1-5 p.m., beginning at the Beasley House, 320 S. College Street. Tickets are available on the day of the tour or in advance at Gallery on the Square or the Franklin-Simpson Tourist Office. For more information, call Cathy Stratton at 270-779-9622 or email cstra0@aol.com or franklinkygardenclub@gmail.com.



June 11-15, Lexington
Junior Master Gardener Camp
The Arboretum

20 participants ages 8-12 years can attend this session (the second July is 30-August 3). 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The cost is $150 per person, $130 for Friends of the Arboretum. Registration is required by May 24. To register, contact jackie.gallimore@uky.edu or call 850-257-0330.



June 14, Lexington
Exciting Perennials
Fayette County Extension Service

We will offer some selection criteria and look at lots of lesser-known varieties. We have sourced some unusual gems for your garden. The program begins at 6:30 and costs $10. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



June 19, Louisville
Bon Air Library Series – Composting
Bon Air Branch Library

Carol Wilder, horticulture technician, will teach you all about composting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Call 502-569-2344 for additional information.



June 20, Covington
Poisonous Plants – Fact or Fiction?
Kenton County Cooperative Extension

What’s fact or fiction? Did Harry Potter know his plants? Meet from 6-7:30 p.m. and learn about plants to avoid, including how to recognize them in the woods or landscape. For more information, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 21, Union
Hydrangeas
Boone County Arboretum

Hydrangeas are popular shrubs for the landscape and come in many varieties. Learn about some of the different varieties and how to incorporate them into the landscape. Meet at Shelter #2, 10 a.m.-noon. To register, call 859-586-6101.



June 21, Lexington
Hardy Mums
Fayette County Extension Service

We will discuss mum culture, provide tips related to pruning and winter survival, and send you home with several small plants that should prove to be reliable perennials. Pre-registration is required. The class meets at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $10. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



June 22-30, Owensboro
Dazzling Daylily Festival & Daylily Sale
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

Visit us on both days and see more than 800 registered daylily varieties. Hot air balloons will be here Friday evening. The daylily sale will take place on closing day. For additional information, call 270-993-1234, email wkbg@bellsouth.net, or visit wkbg.org.



June 23, Paris
Home and Garden Tour
The Wallis House and Arboretum

Tickets are $20 per person, and proceeds will help support maintenance and enhancement of the house and grounds. For additional information, contact Joanna Kirby at kirbys50@hotmail.com or 859-559-8848.



June 23, Highland Heights
Garden Open House
Campbell County Extension Service

The education and demonstration gardens will be welcoming visitors. There will be tours, demonstrations, and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. No registration is required for this free program. For additional information, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 25, Highland Heights
Raising Monarch Butterflies
Campbell County Extension Service

If you want to help increase the monarch butterfly population, join us and learn how to raise caterpillars and release the adult butterflies. 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Register for one class only. For information/registration, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.



June 27, Shepherdsville
Growing & Cooking with Herbs
Bullitt County Extension Service

Fay Bennett demonstrates how best to grow and use herbs for culinary purposes. 6-7:30 p.m. Call 502-543-2257 for required pre-registration.



June 28, Highland Heights
Kids Garden Club (ages 9-12 years)
Campbell County Extension Service

Stimulate your child’s interest in gardening by bringing them to a meeting of the Kids Garden Club, 10-11:30 a.m. There will be a variety of educational topics and fun garden activities. Do dress for a mess, as a portion of the meeting will be hands-on work in the display gardens. For additional information, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.



June 30, Crestwood
Save the Steeples Garden Tour and Plant Sale
The Ever-Changing Garden

Potted perennials and bare-root daylilies will be available for purchase. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. All proceeds will be used to repair the twin steeples at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 1406 E Washington Street in Louisville. For additional information, contact Rebecca Scarboro at rdaylily@bellsouth.net.


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Ongoing, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society Meeting
Burden Center

Every third Wednesday at 7 p.m., the BROS will hold their monthly meeting with speakers, growing tips, plant clinics, and raffles. For more information, visit www.batonrougeorchidsociety.org.



Ongoing, Gretna
Gretna Farmers’ Market & Art Walk
739 Third St.

Enjoy fresh local produce and crafts every Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., rain or shine, under the covered Gretna Market Building. For more information, call 504-363-1500.



Ongoing, Lafayette
Lafayette Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market at the Horse Farm
2913 Johnston Street

Every Saturday, rain or shine, 8 a.m.-noon and Wednesdays 4-7 p.m., this market serves as the premier venue for seasonal, farm-based products and artisanal creations offered by local producers, artists, and vendors. For more information, visit www.MarketAtTheHorseFarm.com.



Ongoing, Lake Charles
Cash and Carry Farmers’ Market
801 Enterprise Boulevard

In the former Cash and Carry – fresh vegetables, flowers, handmade goods, and artisanal breads. Featuring locally produced items from local vendors. Every Tuesday 4-6 p.m.



Ongoing, New Iberia
Teche Area Farmers’ Market
West Main Street

The market is open year round on Saturday mornings from 7-11 a.m. and on Tuesday afternoons 2:30-6 p.m. Experience our harvest of delicious homegrown produce and homemade products by area farmers, artists, and crafters. If you are interested in participating or would like additional information, please contact Trent Broussard at 337-352-0691 or Jane Braud at 337-369-2330.



Ongoing, Ruston
Ruston Farmers’ Market
220 E. Mississippi Ave.

More than 25 vendors from north Louisiana offering products including lettuce, kale, chard, strawberries, vegetable starts, fresh-cut flowers, herbs, beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. There will also be prepared foods such as bagels, pies, casseroles, and gluten-free desserts, jams, jellies, salsas, honey, and wood crafts, baby clothing, and skin-care products. North Louisiana Farm Fresh Corporation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, manages Ruston Farmers’ Market. The market is sponsored in part by First National Bank, Origin Bank, and Ensure Agency. For more information, visit www.rustonfarmersmarket.org. Ruston Farmers’ Market is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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May 20, Lafayette
Avec Souci Garden Tour

Tour five unique gardens at you own pace to gather inspiration and harmony. With cottage gardens, formal gardens, and gardens designed to regenerate the earth, there is something for everyone. 1-5 p.m. All proceeds benefit local charities. For more information, visit avecsouci.org or call 337-258-6411.



May 27, New Orleans
Wire Bonsai Sculpture Workshop
Longue Vue House and Gardens

Create your own botanical beauty with no watering required! Join local horticulturist and bonsai enthusiast Taylor Williams for a wire bonsai tree-making workshop. Bring beads and mementos to incorporate into your creation. $25 for non-members, $20 for members. 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit longuevue.com or call 504-293-4721.



May 28, Ville Platte
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Louisiana State Arboretum

Stop by the visitor center and get your scavenger hunt sheet to look for nature clues found along the trails and among the exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 337-363-6289.

 

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June 4, Baton Rouge
A Summer Sampler: Tomatoes & Peppers
Ione Burden Conference Center

June Reflections in the Garden Lecture presented by Lee Rouse, parish agent, EBR Parish, LSU Ag Center. Bring your lunch, drinks provided. Noon-1 p.m. $10 (free for members). For more information, visit burdengardens.com.



June 4-8, Baton Rouge
Summer Sprouts Camp 2018
LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Your children will love this hands-on outdoor experience as they explore the beautiful grounds at LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum. Hilltop’s 14-acres is the perfect outdoor space to learn about plants and animal life. Kids will enjoy our trails, pond, trees and flowers. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Children ages 4-6. For 5 days: $165 members, $200 non-members (includes 1-year membership). Camp is limited to 30 children and fills quickly. For more information call 225-767-6916, email hilltop@lsu.edu or visit lsu.edu/hilltop.



June 9, New Orleans
Plant Sale
New Orleans City Park

Admission to the plant sale is free. Tip for first-timers: Quantities are limited, so arrive early for the best selection and bring a wagon to carry your plants. For more information about Pelican Greenhouse plant sales, call 483-9464 or e-mail plants@nocp.org.



July 14-15, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show and Sale
Ione Burden Conference Center

Regional orchid growers and collectors create works of art with the orchids on display. Orchid supplies will also be sold. Orchid Society members will be available to offer orchid growing and maintenance advice and potting demonstrations to showcase your beautiful orchids. The event is open to the public, free admission. For more information, visit batonrougeorchidsociety.com.



June 16, Baton Rouge
Garden Fest
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Celebrate locally grown and produced foods and beverages, enjoy fresh omelets and sample Bloody Marys. Tours of trial gardens and food samples from the fields will be featured, along with fun family activities, like touch a tractor, hayrides, and a water slide. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission charged. Children 3 and younger get in free. For more information, visit burdengardens.com.



June 16, Gilliam
Sunflower Trail & Festival
Highway 3049

Come out and enjoy crafts and art for sale by local artists, arts and crafts activities for children, music by local groups and a blues band, photography Contest, photos displayed in the Gilliam Library, delicious local foods from several vendors. New this year – a sunflower trail treasure hunt! Clues and guidelines will be posted on the Sunflower Trail Facebook page. For more information, call 318-296-4303 or visit redrivercrossroadshistorical.org/sunflowertrail.


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April 17, Midland
World of Herbert Dow
The Dow Gardens

The world changed immensely during Herbert Dow’s life. He saw the invention of the automobile, electricity, and airplanes. Join historian Samantha Engel to learn how other revolutionary individuals changed the world during Herbert Dow’s time. Classes take place in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Homestead, The Pines. Registration required.



April 25, Bath
Michigan Herbal Conference
Michigan Herb Associates

Held at the Eagle Eye Conference Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more details, visit miherb.org.



April 27, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
Meadow Brook Garden Club

Chuck Martin, senior horticulturist and grounds manager of Whiting Forest at Dow Gardens and garden journalist for the Midland Daily News, will talk about on the practice of phenology, a valuable tool that helps with insect and disease control. Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive. Coffee and refreshments at 9:15 a.m., program, 10 a.m. Guests welcome, no reservation needed, $5/nonmember.

 

May

 

May 1, Royal Oak
Spring Wildflower Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

During our walk, we will be looking for red & white trillium, blue & yellow violets, jack-in-the-pulpit, bloodroot, trout lily, wild geranium, spicebush, spring beauty, wood poppy, jack-in-the-pulpit, wood anemone, and more. Meet at 7 p.m. at Tenhave Woods. Park at Lexington/Marais lot and meet at Lexington entrance. There is no pre-registration or cost for this walk.



May 1, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
MSU Plant and Soil Science Building

The Michigan Bonsai Club will give a presentation on bonsai styles, history, and maintaining this unique art form. 6-8 p.m. Anyone may attend. There is a $3 guess fee for non-CAMG members.



May 1, Bloomfield Hills
Cranbrook Gardens Open for the Season

From spring through fall, guests can explore the 40 acres of beautiful gardens surrounding the oldest surviving manor home in metro-Detroit. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For admission details and more information, please call 248-645-3149 or visit housegardens.cranbrook.edu.



May 1, Niles
Fernwood Railway Garden and Nature Adventure Garden Open
Fernwood Botanical Garden

A sure sign of spring’s arrival is the re-opening of our Railway Garden and the Children’s Adventure Garden. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.



May 2, Royal Oak
Ferns of Michigan
Royal Oak Middle School

Carol Clements, retired manager of Nankin Mills Interpretive Center for Wayne County Parks, will be talking about Michigan ferns. She will be discussing the unique characteristics that will help you to recognize some of these beautiful botanical treasures! 7:30 p.m.



May 2, Traverse City
Creating Spring Planters
Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Join Terry Hooper and learn how to create exciting spring planters. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35/person, registration is required. See the website for more details.



May 2, Battle Creek
A Love Affair with Lavender
Southern Exposure

Spend an evening at S.E. learning the history of this incredible herb. Upon your arrival, Chef Elsie will prepare a lavender-inspired dinner using old French recipes. Afterwards, each guest will prune and trim a lavender topiary and infuse lavender to make lavender soap using techniques learned in France. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.



May 3, Grand Rapids
Spring Auction
Grand Valley Daylily Society

Plan to visit and bid at our spring auction being held at Cascade Christian Church located at 2829 Thornapple River Drive, SE. Additional details are available at grandvalleydaylily.org/home.



May 3, Battle Creek
Stacked Wine Bottle Sculpture and Southern Inspired Dinner
Southern Exposure

Bottle sculptures are common in the Southern United States where legend portrays them to capture evil spirits. Chef Elsie will have a wonderful Southern-inspired dinner before creating your bottle sculpture rich in tradition and folklore. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required, $80/person.



May 5, Niles
Fernwood Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale
Fernwood Botanical Garden

Celebrate spring in the garden at this one-of-a-kind horticultural event open to gardeners and those who love gardens. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.



May 6, Battle Creek
Drought Smart Heart Planter
Southern Exposure

We enjoy growing hens and chickens at the farm and planting them in a variety of containers to include shoes, chicken feeders and our favorite, a tin heart. Constructed of tin ribbons woven into a heart, this 15” x 14” lattice sculpture is perfect for nesting in hens and chickens for the summer. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful Mediterranean luncheon before planting this decorative heart shaped planter. The event begins at 1 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.



May 9, Battle Creek
Three Small Olive Bucket Planters and Tuscan Dinner
Southern Exposure

In this workshop, each guest will experience planting three small buckets that feature a slotted, hammered galvanized metal exterior with rust colored trim. The buckets are attached to a 27-inch rod that you can use to hang on an outside fence or in any room inside your home. When not utilized as planters, we fill ours with dried lavender, kitchen sponges, or shower soaps. Enjoy an evening creating an authentic Italian design and enjoy a Tuscan Meal prepared by our Chef Elsie. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.

 

May 9, Traverse City
Vertical Gardening
Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Join Terry Hooper and learn about the possibilities of vertical gardening. The event is from 7-9 p.m. This is a free class. Please check the website for more information.



May 11, Niles
National Public Gardens Day
Fernwood Botanical Garden

An annual event created to raise awareness of the important roles that botanical gardens and arboreta play both in their communities and on a national level. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.



May 11, Battle Creek
European Tutuer with A Monticello Inspired Dinner
Southern Exposure

During a dinner prepared by Chef Elsie, we will pay tribute to our third president by enjoying some of his favorite foods inspired by his passion. You will take home a scarlet runner bean from the Heritage Collection at Monticello, plus a climbing plant selected by Scott. Your obelisk will measure 6 feet; please drive a vehicle to accommodate your creation. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.



May 12 and 13, Grand Rapids
Michigan All-State Bonsai Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Enjoy stunning bonsai trees on display in the Grand Room. Shop for bonsai, specialty pots, and growing supplies from a great selection of vendors. Attend free demonstrations and watch bonsai artists at work. This is a free event.



May 12, Battle Creek
Four Gardens and a Lunch
Southern Exposure

Spend an afternoon learning about four different specialty gardens: hummingbird and butterfly; culinary herb garden; colorful perennials; and the top ten annuals for 2018. At the beginning, lunch will be rich in historical lore. Chef Elsie has picked recipes from garden luncheons hosted by four former First Ladies. At the end, you will take home four plants selected by Scott. The event begins at 1 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.

 

May 12, Royal Oak
Spring Wildflower Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

During our walk, we will be looking for red & white trillium, blue & yellow violets, jack-in-the-pulpit, bloodroot, trout lily, wild geranium, spicebush, spring beauty, wood poppy, jack-in-the-pulpit, & wood anemone and more. Meet at 7 p.m. at Tenhave Woods. Park at Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance. There is no pre registration or cost for this walk.



May 16, Traverse City
Morels and False Morels
Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Our featured speakers are Jim Moses and Linda Grigg of Forest Garden Organic Farm who will discuss morels. This event is from 7-8:30 p.m. This is a free class. Please check the website for more information.



May 17, Rochester
Perennial Plant Sale
Meadow Brook Garden Club

A large variety of Michigan-grown plants, including many from the Meadow Brook Hall gardens, will be available at very reasonable prices. Plan to shop from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

May 18 and 19, East Lansing
Spring Plant Sale
Michigan State University Extension Service

Great deals on hanging baskets, perennials, annuals, grasses, herbs, vegetable seedlings, shrubs, and more. May 18, 4-7 p.m., is reserved for members. May 19, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. is open to the public. The sale is being held in the Plant & Soil Sciences Building located. Remember to bring your own cart. More information is available by calling 517-353-0328 or at www.hrt.msu.edu/our_gardens.



May 19 through 26, Midland
Tuber Sale
Dahlia Hill

This is your opportunity to purchase dahlias, just like the ones growing at Dahlia Hill. Hundreds of varieties will be available and all proceeds support the Dahlia Hill garden. The event is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 19 and May 26 (both Saturdays), and 9 a.m.-noon on May 21 through May 25 (Monday through Friday). For additional information, phone 989-631-0100 or visit dahliahill.org.



May 20, Battle Creek
Grow Up … with Vertical Gardening
Southern Exposure

Think you don’t have enough space to grow a lot of plants? Tired of looking at that boring garage wall? If you’ve got a blank wall or bare fence that needs beautifying, you can tend edibles, annuals, even perennials with the vertical gardening ideas presented in this workshop – all of which inspire high hopes for the season ahead. Before we begin our discussion of the advantages of vertical gardening, Chef Elsie will prepare a summer feast to “whet your appetite.” Afterwards, you will plant a 12 by 22 vertical garden in a homemade structure to take home to be displayed indoors or outdoors, in full sun or shade, depending on the plants selected. The event begins at 1 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.



May 25 - August 19, Grand Rapids
Masayuki Koorida: Beyond Existence
Frederik Meijer Gardens

This exhibition is among the artist’s first in the United States. Both works of sculpture and works on paper will be included collectively, capturing the main stylistic currents of his aesthetic. This exhibition was developed in partnership with the artist and is unique to Meijer Gardens.



May 26, Royal Oak
Mushroom Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk through Cummingston Park. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. Park and meet at 10 a.m. at Leafdale and Torquay. There is no pre registration or cost for this walk.

 

June



June 16, Niles
Garden Party
Fernwood Botanical Garden

Join us for a cool summer evening under the stars at Fernwood’s annual garden party. Enjoy an evening of food prepared by Chef Tim Carrigan and live and silent auctions. 6-9 p.m.

 

June 16 and 17, Grand Rapids
Rose Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Enjoy a variety of rose blossoms on display, all locally grown and carefully prepped for this judged show. Vote for the most fragrant rose and get your rose growing questions answered. The fee is included with paid admission.



June 17, Royal Oak
Pond Life of Dragonfly Pond
Royal Oak Nature Society

Join us at Tenhave Woods. We will be sampling the vernal pond for what is living in it. We will have viewing trays to examine what we find. For those interested, small aquarium nets will be available for you to catch your own pond life and have us identify your catch. Park at Lexington/Marais lot, go to the Lexington entrance and follow the Pond Life signs. There is no preregistration or cost for this program.

 

June 21, Grand Rapids
Summer Solstice Garden Walk

Kent Garden Club is hosting a “Summer Solstice” Garden Walk, June 21: 2018, 3-8 PM. Featured gardens are 4 member’s beauties, one native garden tended by River City Wild One’s, and the last, Gardens of the Historic Brookby Estate now owned by Aquinas College.There will be hostesses and refreshments offered at each. Proceeds will purchase 5 Kwanzan Cherry Trees for walkways along the Grand River.



June 23, Fruitport
24th Annual Garden Walk
Tri-Cities Garden Club

Join us for our 24th Annual Garden Walk from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to enjoy area gardens. For information on tickets and garden addresses, visit www.tricitiesgardenclub.org.



June 23, Royal Oak
Mushroom Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk through Tenhave Woods. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. Park at the Marais/Lexington lot and meet at the park entrance at 10 a.m. There is no pre registration or cost for this walk.

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park
Address: 1490 Red Dr, Traverse City
Phone: 231-935-4077
Website: thebotanicgarden.org

Capital Area Master Gardeners
Website: mgacac.wordpress.com

Fernwood Botanical Garden
Address: 13988 Range Line Road, Niles
Phone: 269-695-6491
Website: fernwoodbotanical.org

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Website: www.meijergardens.org

Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club
Address: 350 Estate Drive
Phone: 248-364-6210
Email: MBGCmembers@gmail.com
Website: www.meadowbrookhall.org.

Royal Oak Nature Society
Phone: 248-246-3380
Email: naturesociety@romi.gov
Website: www.romi.gov/nature

Southern Exposure
Address: 11269 N Drive North, Battle Creek
Phone: 269-962-1255
Website: southernmoon.com


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Through April 17, Carver & Scott Counties
Free Gardening Classes
public libraries in Chanhassan, Chaska, Norwood Young America, Prior Lake, Shakopee, Waconia, and Watertown.

Learn more about vegetable gardening, flowers for pollinators, fruit trees, annuals, container gardening, and Minnesota’s poisonous plants, and more. No cost. Times and locations vary. Information on specific times, locations, and topics: carverscottmastergardeners.org/, 952-492-5410, or 952-466-5300.

 

Through April 22, St. Paul
Spring Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Enjoy yellow tulips, daffodils, and crocus contrasting with blue hyacinth and white hydrangeas. hyacinth, Asiatic lilies, and calla. Crocus will be the featured flowers giving this show a unique aesthetic, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

 

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April 12-May 17, Brainerd
Northwoods Great Lakes Master Naturalist course
Northland Arboretum

Explore the animals, plants, geology, hydrology, ecology, and cultural history of Minnesota in this 40-hour course, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $275, scholarships available. Information: minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses/, or 888-241-4532.

 

April 19, Pioneer Public Television Affiliates Stations
“Growing Great Apples”
on Prairie Yard and Garden

Mary Holm interviews Joel Kangas, owner of Good to Grow near Brandon, Minnesota. Learn how he grows his apple trees and get his recommendations for enjoying this fruit in your own orchard. Produced by University of Minnesota-Morris, 7:30 to 8 p.m.

 

April 26, Pioneer Public Television Affiliates Stations
“Tree Planting”
on Prairie Yard and Garden

Get a hands-on lesson from Gary Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension, on how to make planting a tree as easy as 1-2-3. Produced by University of Minnesota-Morris, 7:30 to 8 p.m.

 

April 28-September 30, St. Paul
Summer Flower Show, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Como Park

Visit the Sunken Garden for a beautiful a warm-season blooming plants. Pink will be the main color with hints of white, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

 

May

 

Through September 30, St. Paul
Summer Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Como Park

Visit the Sunken Garden for a beautiful array of warm season blooming plants. Pink will be the main color with hints of white. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free, suggested voluntary donation of $3/ adult and $2/child.



May 1, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners to learn about apple tree selections, including rootstock and proper pruning when planting. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 3, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners to learn some of the fundamentals of gardening, including planning ahead and soil health. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 5, Chaska
The Secrets of Tree Rings: Discovering the Age and History of Arboretum Trees
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Brita Lorentzen, postdoctoral research associate at the Cornell Tree Ring Lab, and Alan Branhagen, arboretum director of operations, on a walking expedition as they take live core samples from several significant arboretum trees. 1-3 p.m. Cost: $29 member/$44 non-member.



May 8, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners to learn about responsible insect control through Integrated Pest Management. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 9, Chaska
A Living Herb Wreath to Grow and Use
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Capture the magic of spring with a colorful, living herb wreath that is a symbol of great gardening, creativity, and imagination. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member.



May 10, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners to learn about organic gardening. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 11-13, St. Paul
Friends School Plant Sale
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

What may be the largest plant sale in the U.S. with over 2,500 varieties to choose from. May 11, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; May 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Information: www.friendsschoolplantsale.com.



May 12, Farmington
Spring Plant Sale
Dakota County Fairgrounds

Browse and shop for Minnesota-grown perennials, shrubs, vegetables, and heirloom tomatoes at the Dakota County Master Gardeners’ annual sale. 9 a.m.-noon. Information: 651-480-7700 or https://dakotamastergardeners.org.



May 12-13, St. Paul
Mother’s Day Bonsai Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Take Mom to the Minnesota Bonsai Society’s display of some of their finest work. Professionals will be on-hand to answer questions about the art of bonsai. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free, suggested voluntary donation of $3/ adult and $2/child.



May 12 & 13, Chaska
Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Choose from hard-to-find varieties and University of Minnesota introductions and an expanded selection of shade perennials and grasses, new vegetable varieties, heirlooms, and many plant species native to Minnesota. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Free with arboretum admission.

 

May 15-16, Anoka
Plant Sale
Anoka Armory

Shop for perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, houseplants, and support the Anoka County Master Gardener program. May 15, 3-7 p.m.; May 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 763-324-3498 or www.anokamastergardeners.org.



May 17, Chaska
Birdcage Succulent Planter
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm, to learn about growing succulents and then create your own birdcage succulent planter. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member.



May 19, Maplewood
Annual Plant Sale
The Barn at 2020 White Bear Avenue

Find hundreds of great plants carefully tended by Ramsey County Master Gardeners. Shop for native and other perennials for sun and shade, tomatoes, herbs, hosta, and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: 651-704-2053 or auss0004umn.edu.



May 19, Burnsville
Native Plant Market
City Hall parking lot

Attend this marketplace-style event featuring multiple vendors of native plants for your yard and garden. 9 a.m.-noon. Information: 952-895-4543, calebshling@burnsvillemn.org, or www.burnsville.org/index.aspx?nid=500.



May 21-25, Collegeville
Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Class
St. John’s University

Spend the week learning about spring wildflowers, deciduous trees, local geology, stream and river ecology, and wildlife ecology with a combination of classroom learning and outdoor field trips. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $275.



May 22, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners in this presentation on Flowers for Pollinators: Growing Healthy Landscape for Bees and other Pollinators. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 23, Chaska
Plant a Window Box of Herbs
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Spend the evening with Mary Beth Gullickson, Cedar Brook Garden Center, creating and planting a moveable herb garden using a window box. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member.



May 24, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners to learn more about garden decor and how to propagate houseplants. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 26, Mora
Plant Sale
Ole Park

Shop at the Kanabec County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale and select from a wide assortment of native plants, annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetables, and houseplants. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 320-679-6340 or mnext-kanabec@umn.edu.

 

June



June 2, Shoreview
Landscape Revival
Shepherd of the Hills North parking lot

Learn about native plants and their many benefits from local conservation organizations. Purchase native plants; no cultivars or systemic insecticides. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Information: www.saintpaulaudubon.org/2018-landscape-revival-native-plant-expo-market/ or tiny.cc/LR2018.

 

June 2, Eden Prairie
Hosta Sale
Rustica Bakery

Purchase unique hostas from among over 600 plants donated by the Minnesota Hosta Society. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: www.mnhosta.org/hosta-sale-event.html.

 

June 2, Rochester
Annual Hosta Sale
Olmstaead County Fairgrounds

The SOGHS's annual plant sale is June 2, 2018, 8-11 AM. It will be held at the Olmsted Co. Fairgrounds, Horticulture building, Rochester, MN. The sale will feature only Hostas.



June 2, Sauk Rapids
Plant Sale
Coborn’s parking lot

Support the Benton County Master Gardeners by purchasing quality perennials, annual flowers, houseplants, herbs, vegetable plants, native plants, and more. 8-11 a.m. Information: 320-968-5077 or adam0062@umn.edu.



June 7, Chaska
Make Your Own Fairy Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the basics of making and caring for a fairy garden. Noelle Mortensen, Southview Garden Center, will guide you step-by-step in making a garden of your own. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member.

 

June 9, Oakdale
Landscape Revival
Richard Walton Park

Learn about native plants and their many benefits from local conservation organizations. Purchase native plants; no cultivars or systemic insecticides. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: www.saintpaulaudubon.org/2018-landscape-revival-native-plant-expo-market/ or tiny.cc/LR2018.



June 9, St. Paul
West End Neighbors’ Garden Tour and Plant Sale
Seven Corners West

Tour the gardens of Seven Corners West in St. Paul at the conjunction of West 7th Street, Randolph Avenue, and Oneida Street. Learn about the neighborhood in the tour guide booklet highlighting the neighborhood’s immigrant, artistic, and commercial history from the 1850s. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No cost. Information: 651-297 9000 or joe@josfland.com.



June 9, Mora
Town & Country Garden Club Plant Sale
Ole Park

Find a nice selection of annuals, perennials, vegetable transplants, herbs, houseplants. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 320-679-1995 or paulette.telander@gmail.com.



June 9 & 10, Minneapolis
Minnesota Peony Society Annual Peony Show
Bachmans on Lyndale

Visit the region’s largest peony show and view hundreds of peonies, from the latest intersectional “Itoh” hybrids to traditional, fragrant favorites. June 9, 1-5 p.m./June 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. No cost. Information: http://mnpeony.org/events.



June 11-15, Rochert
Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Class
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

Gain valuable skills for exploring the animals, plants, geology, hydrology, ecology, and cultural history of Minnesota in this 43,000-acre refuge where tallgrass prairie, northern hardwood and boreal forests converge. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $275.



June 12, Jordan
Evenings in the Teaching Gardens
Scott County Fairgrounds

Learn about Planting for Pollinators, Ways to Make Your Landscape Eco-friendly, and Getting in Shape to Garden with the Scott County Master Gardeners.  6:30-8:30 p.m. No cost. Information: 952-492-5410 or info@carverscottmastergardeners.org.



June 15, St. Paul
Blooming Butterflies
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Don’t miss the opening day of this very popular exhibit in a colorful 2,500 square foot greenhouse. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free; suggested voluntary donation of $3/ adult and $2/child.



June 21, Chaska
Water, Weeds, and Pests
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn some handy tips on how to best manage the hot, weedy, buggy part of the season. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $35 member/$47 non-member.

 

June 23, Chaska
Planting for Pollinators
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Visit the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center and attend a free class. Master Gardener volunteers will present information on the types of flowers, plants, and habitat that will bring pollinators to the garden and help you identify pollinators that you will see in your neighborhood. 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Cost: Arboretum admission only; class is free.



June 24, Chaska
Growing Mushrooms Outdoors via Log Inoculation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Inoculate your own hardwood logs by drilling holes and introducing mushroom mycelium, such as shiitake and oyster, to the openings. After 5-10 months the logs will begin to fruit naturally. 1-4 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member.



June 25-29, St. Paul
Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Class
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Take this class to learn about the Big Woods Big Rivers biome and see some behind the scenes places not readily available to others. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $275.



June 26, Jordan
Evenings in the Teaching Gardens
Scott County Fairgrounds

Learn about Edible Landscaping with the Scott County Master Gardeners. 6:30-7:30 p.m. No cost. Information: 952-492-5410 or info@carverscottmastergardeners.org.

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
(Marjorie McNeely Conservatory)
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Email: comomarketing@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Phone: 651-487-8200

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Website: www.arboretum.umn.edu/eventsprograms.aspx
Phone: 952-443-1400 or 612-301-1210

Minnesota Master Naturalist, University of Minnesota Extension
Website: www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Email: info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Phone: 320-589-1711 or 888-241-4532

Pioneer Public Television Affiliates
Prairie Yard and Garden television programs
www.pioneer.org/prairie-yard–garden.html or 800-726-3178.


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April

 

April 16, Springfield
Favorite Houseplants
Springfield Botanical Center

“Favorite Houseplants” program registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Costs $5 per person. Class is from 6 to 7 p.m. Call 417-891-1515 extension 2, and visit mggreene.org.



April 21, St. Louis
Chinese Culture Days
Missouri Botanical Garden

Chinese Culture Days is an annual celebration that features a Grand Parade with a 70-foot dancing dragon, authentic regional cuisine, interactive dances, and acrobatics. Special tours in the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. Costs $15 adults ages 13 and up, $7 children 3 to 12, and $7 members. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.



April 21, Webster Groves
Annual Herb Sale
First Congregational Church

The Webster Groves Herb Society will hold its annual herb sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Locally-grown herbs, natives, and heirloom vegetables are featured. At the First Congregational Church, 10 West Lockwood (at Elm) in Webster Groves. Visit wgherbs.org.

 

April 27-28, Kansas City
Thyme for Kids Plant Sale
Sims Greenhouse

Friday, April 27 from 9am-6pm and Saturday, April 28 from 9am-5pm Cornerstones of Care will be hosting a plant sale at 421 E 137th St, Kansas City, MO in support of their horticultural therapy program giving youth the opportunity to spend time in a greenhousenurturing living plants, gaining work experience, and achieving a sense of accomplishment as they watch their plants flourish. The event is free to attend and open to the public. For more information, contact Stefanie at stephanie.lindsay@cornerstonesofcare.org or visit cornerstonesofcare.org/plantsale.



April 28, Springfield
Annual Plant Sale
Springfield Botanical Center

Master Gardeners of Greene County will hold their 21st Annual Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. Featuring a large selection of perennials, Missouri natives, veggies, herbs, shrubs, trees, grasses, and more. Call 417-874-2963, and visit mggreene.org/plantsale.

 

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May 4-5, Independence
Annual Plant Sale
Independence Center Mall

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will hold their annual plant sale, which will offer thousands of annuals and perennials for sale. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Friday, 4 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. until sold out. Call 816-833-TREE (8733), and visit mggkc.org/our-projects/plant-sale/.



May 5, St. Louis
Native Tree Walk
Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum

Bellefontaine Horticulturalist Kyle Cheesborough or other staff members will lead the walk. Free. Limited to 30 attendees. For more details, call 888-843-6739, and visit moprairie.org.



May 5th 9-3, May 6th 10-2, St. Louis
St. Louis Greenhouse Plant Society Annual Sale
South Technical High School

Located at 12721 West Watson Road, Sunset Hills, MO 63127; Shoppers will find over 12,000 locally grown plants including many unusual and hard-to-find varieties of perennials, annuals, herbs, tropicals, succulents, vegetables, water and bog, native and pollinator plants at very attractive prices.  St Louis Greenhouse Plant Society is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of promoting community gardening efforts.



May 5, Branson
20th Annual Plant Sale
Appletree Mall Parking Lot

Shepherd of the Hills Garden Club will host its 20th annual plant sale from 8 a.m. until noon. This is the club’s annual fundraiser to provide a College of Ozarks scholarship and to help with community projects. The event takes place rain or shine. Call 417-770-4437 for more details.



May 12, Gray Summit
Plant Sale
Shaw Nature Preserve

Browse hundreds of varieties of annual and perennial wildflowers, ferns, trees, and shrubs to use in home landscaping and to attract wildlife. Includes hardy plants for sun or shade. Beer, wine, cheese, meats and more will also be available for purchase. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry to Missouri Botanical Garden members and Shaw Nature Reserve pass holders. Costs $5 adults, $3 seniors. Visit mobot.org for further information.



May 12, St. Louis
Daylily Sale
Missouri Botanical Garden

West County Daylily Club annual sale features a variety of daylilies. Access included with garden admission. For more details, visit westcountydaylilyclub.com, and call 636-274-1759.

 

May 19, Kansas City
Native Plant Sale
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

Missouri Prairie Foundation hosts a native plant sale with a variety of native wildflowers, sedges, grasses, trees, and shrubs suitable for shade, sun, dry, or moist conditions from multiple vendors. Free. For more details, call 888-843-6739, and visit moprairie.org.



May 19, Columbia
Native Plant Sale
Bass Pro Shops

Missouri Prairie Foundation hosts a native plant sale with a variety of native wildflowers, sedges, grasses, trees, and shrubs suitable for shade, sun, dry, or moist conditions from multiple vendors. Free. For more details, call 888-843-6739, and visit moprairie.org.



May 20, St. Louis
Rose Show Prep
Missouri Botanical Garden

The Rose Society of Greater St. Louis offers tips on getting roses ready for the rose show. At 2 p.m. Free. More information at stlrosesociety.org.



May 20, Eagle Rock
Glade Hike
Mark Twain National Forest

Missouri Prairie Foundation Technical Advisor Jeff Cantrell leads a hike through Chute Ridge Glade in Mark Twain National Forest. Free. For more details, call 888-843-6739, and visit moprairie.org.



May 26-27, St. Louis
Rose Show
Missouri Botanical Garden

The rose show will be held on Saturday, and the rose sale will be held Sunday, May 27. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details at stlrosesociety.org/calendar.html.

 

June



June 2-3, Nevada
Annual Prairie BioBlitz
Denison County

Enjoy a weekend of camping and prairie exploration at Pleasant Run Creek Prairie with Missouri Prairie Foundation biologists. Begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and ends about noon on Sunday, June 3. Free. Get more information by calling 888-843-6739, and visit moprairie.org.



June 3, Nevada
Annual Prairie School
Denison County

Jerod Huebner will cover prairie species identification, prescribed fire guidance, invasive species control, and more. Limited to 30 participants. Costs $30 for Missouri Prairie Foundation members, $40 per person for non- members. Register at moprairie.org, and call 888-843-6739.



June 16, Lake of the Ozarks
Plants with Purpose Workshop
location to be determined

This Grow Native! workshop will highlight the benefits and uses of native plants in a variety of settings. Cost to be determined. For more details, call 888-843-6739, and visit moprairie.org.



June 23,, St. Louis
Pond-O-Rama
Various Homes

The St. Louis Water Garden Society will host a weekend of society members’ private water features, beautiful gardens, and an array of unique koi and other fish. Creative designs and locations make this a wonderful weekend tour for all ages. Costs $15 for both days. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For more details, call 314-995-2988, and visit slwgs.org.


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May 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, Starkville
Starkville Community Market
Main Street

Shop for organic foods, baked goods, arts and crafts, flowers, eggs, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, nuts, plants, coffee, fruits, and juices. Tuesdays (May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays (May 5, 12, 19, 26) 7:30-10:30 a.m. For more information, go to visitstarkville.org/market.



May 18, Holly Springs
Native Plant Sale
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Discover the important connection between native plants and people at the annual Native Plant Sale. The sale features an array of unusual and favorite varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns, and more. Experts will be on site to answer your plant questions. For more information, visit strawberryplains.audubon.org or call 662-252-1155.

 

May 18-20, Memphis
Annual Orchid Show and Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

The Memphis Orchid Society will hold its annual orchid show and sale at Memphis Botanic Garden. Judging will take place on May 19, at 8 a.m. For more information, visit aos.org.



May 20, Hattiesburg
The 23rd Annual Daylily Show
Area daylily gardens accredited by the American Hemerocallis Society will be open to the public in conjunction with the annual show. For a complete schedule and directions, visit hattiesburgdaylily.com.



May 25-27, Olive Branch
Rendezvous 2018
Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery

This three-day event includes lectures, demonstrations, and workshop observations. For more information or to register, visit brusselsbonsai.com or call 800-582-2593.



May 25-26, Montgomery, Alabama
Hemerocallis Society Spring Meeting
Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2130 Bell Road

The Alabama and Mississippi Region of American Hemerocallis Society’s spring meeting will be hosted by the Montgomery Area Daylily Society. The featured speaker will be Karol Emmerich of Springwood Gardens Daylilies from Jordan, Minnesota. Registration is $110 for adults and $60 for youth. For more information or to register, visit ahsregion14.org, email tigerlily5555@yahoo, or call 334-328-0164.



May 30, Memphis
Homeschool Days – Flower Power
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join us for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! Each participant must bring a white pre-washed t-shirt. For children ages 5 and up. 2-3:30 p.m. $4 for members; $5 for non-members. Pre-payment required. Call 901-636-4100 to register.

 

May 28, Hattiesburg
Daylily Garden Tours

These tours will provide guests the opportunity to view breathtaking daylily gardens at their leisure – both private daylily gardens and public plantings in the area. Specific dates, times individual gardens will be open, and driving directions will be available closer to the date. Generally, the gardens will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the days designated. For more information, visit http://hattiesburgdaylily.com.

 

June



June 2, Memphis
Through Our Garden Gates – Garden Tour

Memphis Area Master Gardeners invite you to attend their 9th annual garden tour. Tour five homes chosen for their diversity in style. The tour features labeled plants, take-away plant lists, educational displays, garden docents to answer questions, and a plant sale. Suited for the novice gardener, garden enthusiasts, and master gardeners, this child-friendly tour has something for everyone. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.-4p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, including directions, visit memphisareamastergardeners.org.

 

June 4, Hattiesburg
23rd Annual Daylily Show
Lake Terrace Convention Center

In addition to the variety of daylilies entered for judging, the show will also feature a gigantic daylily sale and daylilies used in arrangements. When judging is completed, around 1 p.m., the exhibition hall will open for the public to view the winners and all the entries until 4 p.m. An information desk will be available for general information about daylilies and the Daylily Society. The plant sale will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until all plants are sold. The plants for sale are quality daylily plants, washed and ready to plant.



June 5, Jackson
Snake Day
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

See, touch, and learn about live snakes with our experts. Discover how to distinguish venomous snakes from non-venomous snakes in our herpetologist’s one-hour presentations at 10 a.m. and noon. Crafts and activities about our favorite reptiles are ongoing from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a family and Scout-friendly event. Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will earn the MMNS Snake Day Patch and Boy Scouts will meet several requirements for the Reptile and Amphibian merit badge. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. Museum members are free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or info@mmns.state.ms.us or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.



June 9, Holly Springs
Second Saturday Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Enjoy a guided hike at scenic Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, led by a Strawberry Plains Audubon naturalist. Experience firsthand the natural and cultural history that makes Strawberry Plains so unique. 9 a.m. Fees are $3 per person, the cost of grounds admission, or the maximum of $10 per family. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 662-252-1155 or email mrrobinson@audubon.org.



June 9, Tupelo
Joyner Neighborhood
Home and Garden Tour

The tour will spotlight the Joyner Garden District’s green spaces and homeowners’ interior decorating expertise. Gardeners’ handiwork also can be viewed along the cemetery front on Joyner Avenue and in the mini-parks tucked away throughout the neighborhood. 9:30 a.m. Ticket includes a catered lunch by Sweet Tea and biscuits at St. Luke United Methodist Church. $20. For more information or tickets, call 662-397-3060 or 662-871-1069.



June 10-13, Starkville
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Camp
Mississippi State University

This overnight camp explores activities in landscape architecture, floriculture, floral design, nursery management, turfgrass, and vegetable and fruit production. The camp is for students between the ages of 15-17. The cost is $175 per student and covers room, meals, and course materials. Participation will be limited to the first 30 students. Applications due by May 25. For more information, call 662-325-2311.



June 10-14, Starkville
Bug and Plant Camp
Mississippi State University Campus

This residential academic camp is a very active intergenerational immersion camp. Campers start early every morning and collect into the night. The camp is held on campus in the Clay Lyle Entomology Complex and campers collect on the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and at other locations. As an intergenerational camp it is open to people from 10 years of age and up. Teachers receive CEUs. In the fall, young entomologists are invited to join faculty and staff for BugFest at the MSU Extension’s Crosby Arboretum in Picayune and share what they have learned. The camp experience is reinforced with an emailed entomology newsletter, The Gloworm. Cost is $450. For more information, contact Dr. John Guyton at j.guyton@msstate.edu or 622-325-3482.

 

June 11-15, Memphis
Hooping Camp
Memphis Botanic Garden

Go beyond waist-hooping and cool new moves. Integrate the hoop into nature, science, gardening, and nutrition. Make beautiful take-home projects, including your own hula-hoop! Show off your skills at the end of the week at the big finale. For children ages 8-13. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $175 per week for members; $200 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

 

June 11-15, Memphis
Mythbusters
Memphis Botanic Garden

Does a porcupine shoot its quills? Are bats blind? Is there a dark side of the moon? Use scientific investigation, exploration, crafts, and games to determine if they are verified or busted. Bring your questions and design your own experiment to test. For children ages 6-8. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $150 per week for members; $200 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

 

June 17-21, Starkville
Beekeeping Camp
Mississippi State University Campus

This residential academic camp will cover topics a new beekeeper needs to know and it is a lot of fun. We accept campers age 10 through adults for this five-day intergenerational camp. Parents are encouraged to attend with their young beekeepers. Camp will start off slow with an introduction to the equipment, jargon, and personal protective equipment, followed by how to use a smoker, an important piece of equipment that will keep you safe. Hives are just outside the building to reinforce and practice each topic covers. Any parent, grandparent, etc. or youth over 10 who are interested can attend. $450 per person includes dorm, meals, onsite transportation, and a camp T-shirt. There will be a slightly reduced price for locals who wish to sleep at home. For more information, contact Dr. John Guyton at j.guyton@msstate.edu or 622-325-3482.



June 18-22, Memphis
Caterpillar Club Camp – Branching Out
Memphis Botanic Garden

Spend a “treemendous” week learning why trees are so important. For children ages 4-5. Noon-3 p.m. $30 per day for members; $35 per day for non-members; $125 per week for members; $150 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



June 18-22, Memphis
Caterpillar Club Camp – No Backbone Required
Memphis Botanic Garden

It takes some wild adaptations to be a spineless creature in the natural world. For children ages 4-5. 9 a.m.-noon. $30 per day for members; $35 per day for non-members; $125 per week for members; $150 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.


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April



April 1-30, Cincinnati
Tulipmania
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

This is a great way to say goodbye to an Ohio winter – walk through a botanical garden full of thousands of tulips. Considered the largest tulip display in the Midwest, the entire month of April is a celebration of the gardens at the zoo. Free with zoo admission. Visit cincinnatizoo.org, or call 513-281-4700.



April 4-25, Cincinnati
Tunes and Blooms
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Enjoy an evening of music while strolling through the botanical gardens. Thursdays, after 6 p.m. is free admission into the zoo (limited exhibits open); music in the gardens from 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Visit cincinnatizoo.org, or call 513-281-4700.



April 16-May 20, Alliance
Art in Bloom
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

This annual Spring Flower & Art Exhibit features various movements of the arts nestled in with thousands of beautiful flowers and plants resulting in a “horticultural art gallery” of color and fragrance. Explore our gardens and trails and discover unique artwork highlighting many local artists. While visiting, enjoy creating your own art in the hands-on, make & take art studio where a different art project is featured each week. This is a fantastic event for the whole family! Come stroll through our gardens and be inspired! April 16, 2018 through May 20, 2018, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 12-5 pm, at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Alliance. General admission is $5 per person. Beech Creek Members and children ages 2 and younger receive free admission. For more information, visit beechcreekgardens.org.

 

April 16-June 8, Alliance
School Field Trips
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Bring your students on a field trip to Beech Creek Gardens for a day filled with hands-on learning and lots of fun! Trained instructors provide students with guided instruction, leading them through interactive, hands-on activities in the Amazing Garden Plant Science Center. Students will also go on a guided hike with field work specific to the chosen learning topic. Choose from a variety of learning topics, such as life cycles, fossils, soil, or create a custom program. Educational programming is available for grades K-12 and meets the current state curriculum requirements for Ohio. Must have a group size of at least 25 students to be eligible for this guided program, and most of the areas involved with the program are wheelchair accessible. Scheduling is now open for the 2018 season and fills quickly! Field trips are available weekdays from April 16, 2018 through June 8, 2018 at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Alliance. Come explore with us! To schedule a school field trip, call (330) 829-7050. For more information, visit beechcreekgardens.org.



April 21, Cleveland
Garden to Table
Happy Days Lodge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This all-day spring seminar is hosted by the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County. This vegetable and fruit seminar focuses on the successful selection, growing, harvesting, preparation, and use of produce. It also covers topics to help any home gardener find success. Open to the public, “Garden to Table” is one of the fundraisers held throughout the year that supports the projects the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County offer at no charge to the residents of Cuyahoga County. Visit cuyahogamg.org or, call 216-429-8200, extension 217.

 

April 22, Alliance
​Earth Day at Beech Creek Gardens
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Celebrate Earth Day by uniting with others from the local community to do something meaningful for the environment and the planet! Make a positive difference in the northeast Ohio community by volunteering your time to help improve the grounds at Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve. There will be volunteer opportunities for all ages. Projects may include trail maintenance, garden cleanup, native garden conservation, picnic table building, and more. Meet at the Visitor Center, and dress for the weather and bring work gloves. Scout Troops and groups are welcome to participate. Afterwards, volunteers will enjoy a hotdog cookout. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. April 22, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Alliance. For more information about volunteering at Beech Creek Gardens, visit beechcreekgardens.org.



April 28, Newark
Arbor Day Festival
The Dawes Arboretum

The Dawes Arboretum Arbor Day Festival is a celebration of trees and nature. Visitors can expect family-focused learning opportunities. Children can get a new perspective on trees by participating in supervised tree climbing. Interactive displays offer crafts and activities throughout the day. Food trucks will be onsite, and the arboretum will also hold a plant sale during the festival. The first 300 families in attendance receive a free tree to take home and plant in honor of Arbor Day. Free admission. Visit dawesarb.org, or call 800-44-DAWES.

 

May

 

May 5, 6,11,12,13 Kent
Wolcott Lilac Gardens
Wolcott Lilac Gardens at Christ Episcopal Church

The Wolcott Lilac Gardens will be open May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 6 from noon to 5 p.m., May 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and May 13 from noon until 5 p.m. Costs a $3 donation; kids are free. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Parking is on Pearl or at the Christ Episcopal Church at 118 S. Mantua. Entrance to the garden is from church parking lot. More information on Facebook at Lilac Gardens, or call 330-678-7234.

 

May 10, Medina
OSU Master Gardener Open House
Medina Library

The Master Gardener Program is an opportunity for both outdoor and nature enthusiasts to continuously learn and also share that passion and knowledge with others through educational programming, garden activities, and service in their community.  Volunteers develop lasting friendships with others who share and support their interests. Want to learn more? An open house will be held Thursday, May 10 at 5:30PM at the Medina Library. Come with your questions and meet current MG volunteers.  Interested in becoming involved?  Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018. Application can be found on the Medina Extension website at http://go.osu.edu/MGV. To find out more, please contact Ashley Kulhanek at 330-725-4911 or Kulhanek.5@osu.edu.



May 10-12, Columbus
Chadwick Arboretum Annual Spring Plant Sale
NW corner of Lane Ave. and Fred Taylor Dr.

Thursday, May 10, is member’s night beginning at 5:30 p.m., auction at 6 p.m., featuring live music and food. Open to the public Friday and Saturday. Consider becoming a member and support this amazing 16-acre arboretum in the middle of the city (plus you will get 10 percent discount at the plant sale). The sale will include unique trees, shrubs, perennials, tropicals, annuals, flowering baskets, vegetables, and more. Auction at noon every day. Visit chadwickarboretum.osu.edu for more information.



May 12 and 13, Cleveland
Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging Show
Cleveland Botanical Garden

See how practitioners of this ancient Japanese art arrange flowers to conform to certain principles of harmony, balance, and beauty. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free for members, free with garden admission for non-members. Call 216-721-1600, or visit cbgarden.org/calendar-of-events for more information.



May 12, Wooster
Plant Discovery Day
Secrest Arboretum Fisher Auditorium

Plant Discovery Day is a premier plant and art sale featuring hard-to-find annuals and perennials, herbs, woody plants, and art. Children will enjoy the Bug Zoo and a free tomato plant. Parking and admission are free. All proceeds support arboretum programming – research, education, outreach, and natural beauty. Check the website for annual, perennial, woody and herb lists. Silent auction items include unusual plants and unique art. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (plant sale), 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (silent auction). For more information visit secrest.osu.edu/events, or call 330-263-3761.



May 19, Columbus
Container Garden Design
Franklin Park Conservatory, The Wells Barn

Learn the basics of successful container gardening – plant selection, soil, and fertilizers. Create your own container in a moss-lined basket. All materials included. Bring gardening gloves and an apron. This hands-on workshop will be led by Conservatory Educator Christie Nohle. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $50 ($45 for members). Visit fpconservatory.org, or call 614-715-8022 to register.

 

May 26-31, Columbus
Heritage Rose Garden in Full Bloom
Whetstone Park of Roses

Late May is when the Heritage Rose Garden is in full bloom. Most of these fragrant “old garden roses” only bloom once a year – so don’t miss them. There are varieties in the garden that date back to the Roman Empire. Visit during daylight hours anytime in late May to witness this awe-inspiring beauty. Free. Call Nancy Walsh with the Columbus Park of Roses Foundation at 614-645-3391, or email rosefoundation@parkofroses.org for more information.

 

June



June 7-10, Gambier
2018 Annual Open House
Schnormeier Gardens

This is a once-a-year opportunity to visit the spectacular Schnormeier Gardens, 8701 Layman Rd., Gambier, located on 75 acres, which have a distinct Asian flavor. The gardens feature a variety of plantings, including rare conifers. The focal point of the property is the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home (interior not part of the public tour). Tours are self-guided. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., reservations are not required, although advance notice of groups visiting by bus would be appreciated. Free and open to the public (donations welcome). For more information, visit schnormeiergardens.org, or call 740-427-2612.



June 16 and 17, Cleveland
Cleveland Rose Society Show
Cleveland Botanical Garden

See the beautiful and colorful assortments of rose varieties on display for this sanctioned judged show. After seeing the rose show, be sure to visit the rose garden and enjoy the botanical garden’s amazing collection. From noon to 5 p.m. Free for members, with admission for non-members. Visit cbgarden.org, or call 216-721-1600 for information.



June 23, Akron
Summit County Master Gardeners’ Annual Tour of Gardens
Akron-area residential gardens

Explore and enjoy six local private gardens in this self-guided tour. Ticket holders are invited to the Posie Shoppe, which will be filled with garden items and Master-Gardener-grown plants. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $20 (advance sale tickets only). Become a patron and join the “Toast to the Tour” wine reception Friday evening, June 22, in a seventh secret garden. Patrons also receive tickets to the Saturday tour. Tickets available online starting April 28 at summitmastergardener.org, or call Kathy Blair at 330-592-4412.



June 28, Wooster
Propagation Workshop – Cuttings
Secrest Arboretum Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion

This workshop is designed to teach cutting propagation techniques for woody plants. Participants will have the opportunity to practice taking and making cuttings, and will take cuttings home. Registration required. From 9 a.m. to noon. Costs $10 members, $15 non-members. To register call Paul Snyder at 330-263-3761, or email snyder.1062@osu.edu.


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All Year, Tulsa
Open House
Tulsa Botanic Garden

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors can stroll around the Lakeside Promenade and the Tandy Floral Terraces to view flowerbeds filled with ideas of plants for your own landscape. Also, check on the Children’s Discovery Garden or the new J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange. The Mabee Grange is a new multi-purpose activity building that will expand educational offerings for school programs, informal family experiences, camps, workshops, and seminars. Visitors can always choose to hike the Crosstimber Trails to enjoy northeast Oklahoma’s native beauty. There is a small admission fee for the public but admission is free for garden members. The gardens are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit tulsabotanic.org or call 918-289-0330.



Tuesdays, Tulsa
Tuesday Morning Birders
LaFortune Park

The Tuesday Morning Birders welcome anyone who would like to bird with Audubon members (whatever your skill level!). Meet at LaFortune Park parking lot near the entrance at the traffic light on Yale. The walk meets at 7:30 a.m. Wear comfortable walking shoes. For more information, contact Jo Loyd at 918-835-2946 or Jana Singletary 918-296-9629 or visit tulsaaudubon.org.



Saturdays, Tulsa
Saturday Mornings at Oxley
Oxley Nature Center (Mohawk Park)

Each Saturday Oxley Nature Center staff offers walks, activities, and learning experiences. These are the general themes:
First Saturday: Saturday Morning Birding – 8 a.m.
Fourth Saturday: Botany Walk – 10:30 a.m.
For these regularly scheduled events, there is no fee or registration but you should call to confirm the time and location. For more information, call 918-669-6644 or visit www.oxleynaturecenter.org.

 

May

 

May 15, Tulsa
Book Discussion
Tulsa Garden Center

This month’s book is Antique Roses for the South. Noon-1:30 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.



May 19, Oklahoma City
Garden Festival in the Park
Will Rogers Gardens

Vendors will be offering plants, yard art, and more. There will be free children’s activities, food trucks, music, and golf cart tours of the park. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, check out our Facebook page “2018 Garden Festival in the Park” or contact Johnita Turner at 427-2133 or 405 650.1908, or email willowway@cox.net.



May 19, Oklahoma City
Water, Landscape, and Education Expo

Stroll through educational displays and chat with experts. Participate in hands-on learning sessions or discuss your garden questions with a master gardener. Visit with local experts on topics such as composting, beekeeping, native plants, and more. Walk through the on-site park and walking trails or fill up on food from one of the food trucks. This free come-and-go event will have something for every member of the family, including short seminars on irrigation systems, plant selection and rain barrels for adults, and a ladybug release and other hands-on activities for kids. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 405-713-1125.



May 19 & 20, Tulsa
Cacti and Succulent Society of Tulsa Sale
Tulsa Garden Center

Take advantage of the quality plants grown by members. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

May 19-20, Tulsa
Wildlife Habitat Garden
Tour and Plant Sale

This is the premier tour to see first-hand how to make your landscape more welcoming for all types of wildlife. This tour has five locations. Each location offers multiple vendors to help you add native and wildlife friendly plants to your landscape. Admission donation is $6 (children 13 and under are free). For more information, visit tulsaaudubon.org or contact Alyne Eiland, 918-299-7515, eiland@swbell.net.

 

May 26, Oklahoma City
Gardens Walking Tour
Myriad Botanical Gardens

Enjoy guided tours at 10 a.m. the last Saturday of each month or pick up a self-guided tour handout in the south lobby. Free to the public, walk-ups are welcome. For more information, call 405-445-7079.

 

June

 

June 1, Stillwater
Concert in the Garden
The Botanic Garden

Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy the sounds of MoeTowne Alex and the Nightview Band as you sit under the Sycamore Allee. 5:45-7 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact Laura Payne with any questions at 405-744-4531.



June 2, Tulsa
Linnaeus Garden Anniversary Celebration
Tulsa Garden Center

Linnaeus Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and escort you through the various themed gardens and show you what is new and exciting in 2018. There will be plant giveaways, refreshments, and a free lecture from a horticulture expert. This celebration is free to the public.

 

June 2, Ponca City
The Ponca City Herb Festival
Cann Memorial Gardens

More than 100 vendors from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, and Arkansas bring their plants, primitive birdhouses, yard and garden ornaments, quilts, herbal vinegars and oils, handmade baskets, candles, soaps, furniture, stoneware, and much more. Sessions on growing and using herbs, garden recipes, wildflowers, herbal teas and bath products, roses, and landscaping. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.poncacityherbfestival.net or contact Nancy Niemann at 580-761-1041.

 

June 2 and 16, Stillwater
Open House and Train Garden
The Botanic Garden

The Model Train Garden will be running 10 a.m.-noon (weather permitting). There will also be a TBG Kids Program 10 a.m.-noon. Ambassadors will be on hand to answer any questions or chat about gardening in general from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission (there may be a small charge for supplies for any kids activities). Contact Laura Payne with any questions at 405-744-4531.

 

June 3, 10, Tulsa
Creating Bonsai
Tulsa Garden Center

Tips, techniques, tools, and what plants are the best choices will be covered. Registration required, cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members. For more information, call 918-576-5155.



June 6, 13, 20, 27 Oklahoma City
Reading Wednesdays
Myriad Botanic Garden

Kids ages 2 to 5 will enjoy a nature-related book plus activities, songs, and a craft. This free activity is every Wednesday 10-11 a.m. For more information, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com/events/calendar or contact Kodi Clifford at 405-835-6789.



June 8-17, Oklahoma City
Children’s Garden Festival featuring Winnie the Pooh
Myriad Botanic Garden

Did you know Myriad Botanic Gardens has a Children’s Garden? Not just a themed garden, they also offer activities year round. This festival is to celebrate these special gardens with Winnie the Pooh. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



June 9 & 10, Tulsa
Tulsa Master Gardeners’ Garden Tour

This year’s tour highlights five master gardeners’ unique personal gardens. Tulsa Master Gardeners will be at the gardens to answer questions, hand out printed fact sheets, or discuss their own current gardening challenges. Advance tickets are for sale at the OSU Extension Office for $6. Tickets bought the days of the tour will be more. For more information, visit tulsamastergardeners.com or call 918-746-3701.



June 12, Stillwater
Tuesday Gardening Series
Educational Building at the Botanic Garden

Flower Arranging and Rain Gardens are the topics for the evening. Bringing your garden indoors by cutting your blooms is a fun and enjoyable pastime. This class will have hints for how to help your flowers last longer and arrange them to look their best. Also building a rain garden will be discussed and you can see the rain garden constructed at the botanic garden. The class is free but please call or email the Payne County Extension office if you plan to attend. 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or email keith.reed@okstate.edu.



June 16, Oklahoma City
Garden Garage Sale
Urban Mission

The Oklahoma Gardeners Association will hold its annual garden garage sale 9 a.m.-noon. Items include gently used garden tools that are no longer useful to the owner, but may be useful to fellow gardeners. The sale is open to the public and proceeds benefit this group’s efforts to share research-based horticultural information with the public.



June 16, Tulsa
Urban and Sustainable Garden Plant Sale
Tulsa Garden Center

Come see what plants grow best in urban settings, as well as sustainable plants for any setting. Proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Urban and Sustainable Garden Association, which meets at the Tulsa Garden Center the third Friday each month at 1 p.m.



June 16, Tulsa
Tulsa Area Daylily Society Show and Sale
Tulsa Garden Center

The Tulsa Area Daylily Society holds its annual show and sale giving the public not only a chance to see award winning daylily flowers but to also purchase potted daylilies from society members. These are proven to grow well in our climate. The show begins at 9 a.m. for members only, but is open to the public, free admission, 1-4 p.m.



June 19, Tulsa
Book Discussion Club
Tulsa Garden Center

A Roomful of Flowers is the book to read for June. Each month you are invited to read and meet to discuss a book focusing on gardening. This club is free to the public and meets in the Tulsa Garden Center Library from noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125.

 

June 23, Stillwater
TBG Herb and Succulent Festival
The Botanic Garden at OSU

Learn techniques for brewing herbs, creating a portable herb garden, music, and much more. You can also see herbs and succulents mixed into plantings in the various theme gardens. Contact Laura Payne with any questions at 405-744-4531.



June 23, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Daylily Club Flower Show
Will Rogers Gardens

The members-only show is held in the morning; the public is welcome to see the beautiful floral entries 1-5 p.m. This event gives gardeners a chance to meet daylily club members and ask questions.


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April



April 9 and 16, Nazareth
Spring Garden Series
Gracedale Tower

The Spring Garden Series includes sessions on vegetable succession planting, good bugs and bad bugs, native plants, and container plants for indoors and outdoors. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Costs $10 per session, or $35 for all four sessions. Visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/events.



April 10 and 17, Center Valley
Spring Garden Series
Gracedale Tower

The Spring Garden Series includes sessions on vegetable succession planting, good bugs and bad bugs, native plants, pollinators, and certifying your garden. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Costs $10 per session, or $35 for all four sessions. Visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/events.



April 13-15, Wilkes-Barre
17th Annual Northeast Pennsylvania Home and Garden Show
Mohegan Sun Arena

Exhibitors include builders and contractors, and vendors offering products such as decks, pools, spas, storage items, plants, landscape displays and materials. Visit wilkesbarrehomeshow.com.



April 14, Lancaster
26th Annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium
Farm and Home Center

Speakers include: naturalist and avian education specialist Jim McCormac talking about plants that look good and offer ecological benefits; attorney and Master Gardener Rachel Roat providing insights from her practice Tree, Neighbor and Garden Law; landscape designer Sharee Solow focusing on how we move through gardens, and Ruth Rogers Clausen, author of Essential Perennials, talking about herbs. The event also features Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions, garden-related vendors, and door prizes. From 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Costs $65 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Contact Lois Miklas, 717-394-3962, email lim2@psu.edu.

 

April 14, Springfield
Garden History in the Greater Delaware Valley
Penn State Extension Office of Delaware County

Join local historian Nancy Webster for a presentation on the region’s horticultural history. Nancy discusses the various nationalities of the people who moved to the Delaware Valley and their gardening practices in the New World. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655.



April 17, Berwick
Shade Gardening Talk
McBride Memorial Library

This free presentation on shade gardening will be given by Master Gardener John Gallagher from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 570-316-6519, email Columbiamg@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/columbia.



April 17, Honesdale
Succulents and Hypertufa
Penn State Extension Office

Hypertufa is a man-made, lightweight, artificial stone. Planters made from it work well for succulents such as hens and chicks or moss. Penn State Master Gardeners Faye Rossi and Linda Thiede will demonstrate how to make hypertufa, and then participants will make three small hypertufa pots to take home. All materials provided. Costs $10, which includes materials. Class is limited to the first 25 registrants. Call 570-421-6430.

 

April 21, Greensburg
Annual Spring Tea
Maplewood Presbyterian Church

The Greensburg Garden Center hosts an afternoon tea featuring treats, decorated tables, entertainment, and raffle baskets. Doors open at 11 a.m. and tea is served at noon. This event sells out every year so make reservations early by calling 724-837-0245.



April 21, Mercer
Spring Seminar
Mercer County Extension Office

Presented by Penn State Master Gardeners of Mercer County, this annual event features speakers who will discuss a variety of topics. Light refreshments provided. From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Costs $20 per person. Call 724-662-3141.



April 22, Philadelphia
Garden Day and Plant Sale
Horticultural Center of Fairmount Park

Held by Penn State Extension Philadelphia, this plant sale offers annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, and native plants. You can also attend free workshops and demonstrations held throughout the day, and tour three Master Gardener demonstration gardens. Free lead soil tests are also available. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email Anna Herman at aeh22@psu.edu.



April 28, Greensburg
Spring Workshop
Donohoe Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County present talks on permaculture and edible weeds. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 724-837-1402.



April 28, Philadelphia
Arbor Day Family Day – Tree-mendous Trees
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Design a tree house, make a “tree map,” create a street landscape with trees, learn how to “read” the life of a tree, and shadow an arborist. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Girl Scouts earning their tree badge must register through Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (gsep.org/en/about-girl-scouts/our-program/spark.html). Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



April 28, Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This tour features some common and not-so-common dogwood species (Cornus spp.), as well as other trees such as shagbark hickory, paperbark maple, and pitch pine with striking bark formations. At 11 a.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



April 28, Pittsburgh
Garden and Landscape Symposium and Marketplace
Shady Side Academy

Hosted by Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County, this event features presentations by Peter Del-Tredichi, Miriam Goldberger, and Sinclair Adams. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early-bird registration is $105; after March 19, registration is $120. The marketplace is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/allegheny.

 

May



Through June 29, Pittsburgh
Dr. Charles Dorat, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University

This exhibition includes watercolors by European physician and naturalist Charles Dorat (1806-1870) of medicinal plants that he found in Cedros, Honduras. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m. (except May 28). Free admission. Call 412-268-2434, or visit huntbotanical.org.



May 3, Montrose
Foraging for Wild Edibles
Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County

Search for spring wild edible and medicinal plants. This is not a hike but a walk on private fields, lawns, and hedgerows involving mostly level to mildly uneven terrain. Rain or shine, dress for the weather and walking. At 10:30 a.m. Costs $5 per person. Print out a registration form at montroseadultschool.org. Meet at 766 Darrow Hill Road.



May 3, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Rose Society Meeting
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Held in the horticultural center from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 610-864-6576, or visit the Philadelphia Rose Society Facebook page or website, philadelphiarosesociety.org.



May 4, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Each reading session is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors next to the Widener Visitor Center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 4, Wayne
Friday Extended Hours
Chanticleer

Chanticleer remains open on Friday nights until 8 p.m. through Labor Day. Visit chanticleergarden.org.

 

May 4 and 5, Greensburg
May Mart
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center

This event features a variety of plants, flowers, herbs, and vegetables, as well as vendors offering homemade garden items and food. From noon to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Call 724-837-0245.



May 5, Catawissa
Introduction to Gardening
Rohrbach’s Farm Market

Master Gardener Suann Leighow provides basics including soil and site selection, determining sunlight needs, watering and fertilizing, annuals, perennials, vegetables, and container planting. Bring your questions, a pen, and notebook. At10 a.m. Free. Pre-registration requested but not required. Call 570-356-7654, or email rohrbachs.farm.market@gmail.com.



May 5, Lancaster
Plant Sale
Farm and Home Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County offer plants selected for the region, including many grown by Master Gardeners. From 7:30 a.m. until sold out. Visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/lancaster.



May 5, Montrose
Make Your Own Bat House
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Learn about bats as well as how to make your landscape “bat friendly” with Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County. Then build a bat house for up to 100 bats. At 10 a.m. Costs $5 for the presentation, and if you wish to build a bat house, the material fee is $35 per house. Register at montroseadultschool.org. Email susquehannamg@psu.edu.

 

May 5, New Milford
Preserve Your Beautiful Blooms
St. Mark’s Parish Hall

Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County demonstrate several methods of pressing flowers as well as other ways of preserving flowers. After the lecture you can assemble your own flower press and press some flowers. From 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $5, and the cost of each flower press is $7. Register at montroseadultschool.org. Email susquehannamg@psu.edu.

 

May 5, Philadelphia
Time in a Garden Exhibit Opening
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This indoor and outdoor exhibit interprets how time affects the garden and the natural world. Garden activity stations are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at three locations: above the rose garden, at the oak allee plaza, and at the fernery plaza. A wine and beer garden is open from noon to 4 p.m. where you can listen to music and enjoy a glass of wine or craft brew. Meet the artists from 1 to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 5, Philadelphia
Small Trees for Small Spaces
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join a guided tour for a look at some of the arboretum’s smaller specimen trees. Though small, these trees feature spectacular bark, interesting forms, and great flower and leaf colors. At 11 a.m. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 5 and 6, Franklin
May Garden Mart
West Park

Shop for plants, garden décor, and garden-related crafts. Sponsored by the Franklin Gardeners Association. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission. Call 814-432-2054, or visit the Franklin Gardeners Association Facebook page, or franklingardeners.org.



May 7 - September 30, Kennett Square
Festival of Fountains
Longwood Gardens

The celebration of the return of the main fountain gardens continues with daily performances and extended hours for illuminated performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. In addition, a fireworks show is held on May 26. Pricing, hours, and details are available by calling 610-388-1000, or visiting longwoodgardens.org.



May 9, Honesdale
Herbs and Tea
Wayne County Extension Office

Penn State Master Gardener Phyllis Terwilliger discusses how to grow herbs, shares tea recipes, and imparts herbal folklore. Bring a tea cup and wear a hat. Admission is $5, and children under 18 may attend for free. Register in advance by calling 570-253-5970, ext. 4110, or emailing wayneext@psu.edu.



May 11 and 12, Montrose
Plant Sale and Festival
Penn State Extension Office, Susquehanna County

Pick up pre-ordered plants and shop for vegetable plants, perennials, and annuals available for sale onsite. You may also tour pollinator monitoring and educational gardens, talk to Master Gardeners, and pick up educational materials. Several vendors and a question-and-answer table are available. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Email susquehannamg@psu.edu.



May 11 and 12, Philadelphia
Annual Plant Sale
Bloomfield Farm

Find unusual and hard-to-find plants that are well-suited to thrive in this area. Bring a wagon and shop early for the best selection. All members save 10 percent on their plant sale purchase and may choose a free dividend plant. Members of Morris Arboretum may attend the May 11 sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome to the public sale on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 12, Greensburg
Plant Sale
Donohoe Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County offer annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs, and native plants. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handicapped-accessible location. Call 724-837-1402, or visit extension.psu.edu/Westmoreland.



May 12, Montrose
Lasagna Gardening
Extension Garden of Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County

This grand opening of a new educational garden and outdoor classroom includes a talk about lasagna gardening and a tour of the new garden. Tours are given at one-hour intervals, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the event coincides with the May 12 plant sale and festival. Admission is free. Email susquehannamg@psu.edu.

 

May 12, Springfield
Heavenly Hydrangeas
Smedley Park

Get answers to your hydrangea questions as Ray Murphy, Master Gardener and gardener at Nemours Estate, discusses these ornamental shrubs and vines. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-7669, or email Linda Barry at lrb16@psu.edu.



May 12, York
MAEscapes Native Plant Sale
York County Extension Office

Shop a variety of local vendors for native plants that will make your yard more wildlife friendly. Penn State Gardeners of York County also provide seminars, a garden tour, and an opportunity to ask questions. From 8:30 to 2 p.m. Call 717-840-7408, or visit extension.psu.edu/York.



May 12 and 26, Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The tour features dogwood species whose bark aids in distinguishing one from another. There are also many other trees with striking bark formations. At 11 a.m. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 13, Hershey
Rhododendron Society Exhibit
Hershey Gardens

The Susquehanna Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society displays varieties of rhododendrons in the education center. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with admission. Visit hersheygardens.org.



May 13, Hershey
Mother’s Day
Hershey Gardens

All moms receive free admission to Hershey Gardens on their special day. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit hersheygardens.org.



May 13, Philadelphia
Mother’s Day Brunch
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Start your Mother’s Day with brunch, then enjoy a walk through the arboretum. Advance tickets required. Costs $34 for member adults; $18 for member children (ages 3 to 17); $46 for non-member adults; $23 for non-member children (ages 3 to 17). Two seatings are available: 9:30 a.m. and noon. The arboretum opens at 8 a.m. that day. See website for menu. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 15, Berwick
Natural Enemies of Garden Pests
McBride Memorial Library

Penn State Master Gardener Vince Fayock presents this free program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 570-316-6519, email columbiamg@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.



May 19, Chambersburg
Annual Plant Sale
Ag Heritage Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Franklin County offer more than 2,500 perennials and are on hand to help you make selections. Vegetable, herb, and flower transplants are available from the greenhouse as well. Free downloadable catalog available at mgfranklincopa.weebly.com. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring wagons, carts, or boxes to transport your purchases. Call 717-263-9226, or visit the Penn State Master Gardeners of Franklin County Facebook page.



May 19, Hershey
Iris Society Exhibit
Hershey Gardens

The Susquehanna Iris Society displays varieties of irises in the education center. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with admission. Visit hersheygardens.org.



May 19, Mercersburg
Swine, Wine, and Roses Festival
Conococheague Settlement

Spend a day at this 18th century farmstead and enjoy barbecue, local beers and wines, and music set among hundreds of heritage variety rose bushes. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $10 entry fee per person includes free tastings. Call 717-328-3467, or visit cimlg.org.



May 19, Montrose
Cooking with Herbs for Flavor and Health
First Presbyterian Church

Learn how to grow herbs, when to harvest them, and how many cultures use herbs for better health. Participants cook a meal while learning about herbs. At 10 a.m. Costs $5 plus an ingredient fee of $8. Register at montroseadultschool.org.

 

May 20, Philadelphia
Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration
Bloomfield Farm

This historic mill at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and the Wissahickon Creek. Enjoy live music. Free, donations accepted. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 26, Ohiopyle
Annual Constance Ranson Memorial Native Plant Sale
Ohiopyle State Park

Sponsored by the Southern Laurel Highlands Plant and Pest Management Partnership, which includes Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Brandywine Conservancy, Powdermill Nature Reserve, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Ohiopyle State Park, National Park Service, Fayette County Conservation District, PA Game Commission, and Forbes State Forest. All proceeds benefit the partnership to promote the use of native plants and the removal of invasive pests and plants on public lands. Held in Ohiopyle Park’s main parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit waterlandlife.org.



May 26, Philadelphia
Garden Railway Seasonal Opening
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The popular model trains have been chugging along the tracks for more than 20 years. Open daily through Sept. 3. Free with admission, and open during regular arboretum hours. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June



June 1, Greensburg
Butterfly Gardening Opening
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center

The Lefevre Butterfly Garden opens to the public. Visitors may also visit the garden every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Call 724-837-0245.

 

June 1-2, Biglersville
Rose Show
Harbaugh-Thomas Library

Rose Show Sponsored By: York Area Rose Society. June 1, 1pm-6pm. June 2, 9am-3pm. Harbaugh-Thomas Library 59 West York Street, Biglerville, Pa 17307. Free Admission.

 

June 2, Hershey
Arranging a Dozen Roses in a Vase
Hershey Gardens

Participants learn how to create a stunning, perfectly balanced arrangement of a dozen roses in this flower arranging class. All supplies and materials are provided. At 10 a.m. in the education center. Costs $45. Advance registration required. Visit hersheygardens.org.



June 2, Philadelphia
Nature Play
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Nature play is unstructured fun using what’s available so kids can learn to love nature. This session takes place below the end of the oak allée, past the three tubes sculpture. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June 2, Philadelphia
Hidden Gems
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This guided tour begins at the Widener Visitor Center and showcases little-known garden spots. At 11 a.m. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June 2, Rector
Native Plant Sale and Public Day
Powdermill Nature Reserve

Sponsored by the Southern Laurel Highlands Plant and Pest Management Partnership, which includes Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Brandywine Conservancy, Powdermill Nature Reserve, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Ohiopyle State Park, National Park Service, Fayette County Conservation District, PA Game Commission, and Forbes State Forest. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit carnegiemnh.org/visitor/powdermill-nature-reserve.



June 2, Springfield
Home Gardeners’ School
Smedley Park

This all-day program features gardening lectures, hands-on workshops, and a Master Gardener marketplace and plant sale. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 610-690-7669, or email Linda Barry at lrb16@psu.edu.

 

June 3, Dimock
Learn Your Frog Calls
Edward L. Rose Conservancy’s Greenwood Sanctuary

Kristi Sullivan from Cornell University gives a brief indoor presentation on different frog species and how to identify them by their calls. Participants then hike outdoors to see and hear those frogs. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. Register at montroseadultschool.org.



June 3, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Rose Society Rose Show
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The rose show takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Open to the public and free with arboretum admission. Call 610-864-6576, or visit the Philadelphia Rose Society Facebook page or website, philadelphiarosesociety.org.



June 8, Philadelphia
Moonlight and Roses
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This annual fundraising gala supports all aspects of the arboretum’s mission. From 6 to 11 p.m. Visit morrisarboretumgala.org.



June 9, Springfield
Bluebirds in Your Garden
Smedley Park

Learn about bluebirds and how to attract them to your garden from naturalist, photographer, and videographer Pam Dimelar. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-7669, or email Linda Barry at lrb16@psu.edu.



June 9 and 23, Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The tour features dogwood species whose bark aids in distinguishing one from another. There are also many other trees with striking bark formations. At 11 a.m. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June 16, Montrose
The Basics of Drip Irrigation
Penn State Extension Office of Susquehanna County

Master Gardeners discuss drip irrigation and sources for parts, and then provide a hands-on demonstration installing a drip irrigation at their new educational gardens. From 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is $5. Register at montroseadultschool.org. Email susquehannamg@psu.edu.



June 17, Hershey
Father’s Day
Hershey Gardens

All dads receive free admission on their special day. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit hersheygardens.org.



June 17, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm

Historic Springfield Mill at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone grinding corn for meal and flour. Guided tours. Free, donations accepted. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June 19, Berwick
Native Perennials for Pollinators
McBride Memorial Library

Penn State Master Gardener Mary Jo R. Gibson presents this free program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 570-316-6519, email columbiamg@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.



June 20, Greensburg
Tea in the Garden
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center

Tea begins at11 a.m. Costs $18, and seating is limited. Call for reservations, 724-837-0245.



June 21, Philadelphia
Summer Solstice Celebration
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Welcome summer by gathering at the Time in the Garden sundial exhibit in the azalea meadow to experience the marking of the solstice at 6 a.m. Stay afterwards for an hour of yoga and meditation suitable for the whole family. Members only; pre-registration required. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June 23, Hawley
Pruning Shrubbery
Penn State Master Gardeners of Wayne County

Penn State Master Gardener Deb McCabe demonstrates various methods of pruning shrubs at a private home. Admission is $5, and children under 18 may attend for free. Register in advance by calling 570-253-5970, ext. 4110, or emailing wayneext@psu.edu.



June 23-24, Strasburg
Secret Gardens of Strasburg Tour
various locations

The Secret Gardens of Strasburg tour will take place on Saturday June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday June 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The bi-annual Secret Gardens of Strasburg tour is one of the Strasburg Heritage Society’s biggest fund raisers. More info at strasburgheritagesociety.org/events, or email ann@wjtl.com, or call 717-672-1887.



June 30 through July 8, Philadelphia
Circus Week
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the garden railway and see colorful circus railcars. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.


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Saturdays, Memphis
At the Garden on KWAM 990
Memphis Botanic Garden

One-hour weekly radio program every Saturday hosted by MBG Executive Director Mike Allen and Lauren Squires Ready. The show will focus on programs and activities that are happening at our garden and feature behind the scenes looks at events, educational activities, staff, and outside experts and more. It will be available as a weekly podcast and feature updates via Facebook Live. For information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



May

 

May 14, Chattanooga
Sunflowers & Relatives
Greenspaces

Dr. Ed Schilling will give an overview of the sunflower family and a review of their uses in gardens. Free program, 6-7:30 p.m.



May 15, Crossville
Water Features
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Rhoda Hillier will discuss adding interest and sound to your yard, 9-11 a.m. Free but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.



May 15, Nashville
PPSMT Presents Allan Armitage
Cheekwood

Renowned garden writer Allan Armitage will be the speaker at the Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee meeting at 7 p.m. with book signing at 6:30 p.m. His presentation will draw on ideas from his 2017 book Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots. Meeting free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Admission to
Cheekwood is free for all attendees. For more information, email MariwynEvans@att.net.



May 19-20, Greeneville
2018 Iris Festival
Downtown, 115 Academy Street

This 24th annual festival features a pageant, song stage, dance stage, Sundown on Depot Car Show, food vendors, craftsmen, merchant booths, woodcarvers competition and show, and more. For more information, visit greenecountypartnership.com/events/iris-festival.

 

May 19-20, Memphis
Cooper Young Goes Native
Cooper and Young Intersection Neighborhood

Third annual Garden Walk with a tours of gardens focusing on native plants including chic and formal design, homesteading, edibles, native plant demos, Peabody Elementary School Garden, restaurants, shops, farmers’ market on Saturday, and noted speakers on native plants. Shuttle service will help you get around to see it all or ride your bike or a rental. Early bird tickets $20 before May 5. For more information, visit cooperyounggardenclub.org.



May 31, Knoxville
Through the Garden Gate Flower Show
John T. O’Connor Senior Center

Knox County Council of Garden Clubs hosts an NGC standard flower show at the senior center with participation by TFGC garden club members and center seniors. Free and open to public, afternoon hours of the senior center. For more information, visit knoxseniors.org/oconnor.

 

June

 

June 1, Crossville
Plant Disease Identification and Common Sense Disease Management
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Dr. Alan Windham discusses the basics of plant disease management and logical ways to prevent or minimize damage. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free, but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.

 

June 1-June 2, Clarksville
Dixie Regional Hosta Society Convention
Quality Inn, Wilma Rudolph Blvd.

Hosted by Middle Tennessee Hosta Society – includes speakers Jeff Poppen “The Barefoot Farmer,” Troy Marden, Rita Venable, Chris Cooper, and Adam Chapman. There will be garden tours, plant sales, door prizes, and hostas, hostas, hostas! Visit dixiehosta.net/regional convention for all the details, registration form, schedule, and hotel info.



June 2, Crossville
Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Fill your garden with fluttering insects and support biodiversity by being butterfly friendly as discussed by Ernie Wood. 9 a.m.-noon. Free, but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.



June 2, Memphis
Through Our Garden Gates – Garden Tour

Memphis Area Master Gardeners host their ninth annual tour of five gardens. Master gardeners will be on hand at each garden to answer questions, provide take-away plant lists and educational displays, and help identify plants. Tour is free to public but donations are appreciated. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, visit memphisareamastergardeners.org.

 

June 2, Memphis
Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds
Urban Earth Garden Center

Greg Touliatos presents free class, 1 p.m. For more information, visit urbanearthmemphis.com or call 901-323-0031.



June 7, Athens
Attracting Pollinators to East Tennessee Gardens
McMinn County Living Heritage Museum

Presentation 1-2 p.m. with the Athens and Iota Garden Clubs. For more information, email lrtorbett@gmail.com or call 978-551-7274.

 

June 9, Knoxville
Summer time: ‘Tis The Season For Pruning!
Cedar Bluff Library

Master gardener Marsha Lehman will show how and when to properly prune those shrubs and small trees in your yard, 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.



June 9, Memphis
Perennials, New and Surprising
Urban Earth Garden Center

Jeanne Guidi of the wholesale Melodia Hill Plant Farm, Jackson, presents free class, 1 p.m. For more information, visit urbanearthmemphis.com or call 901-323-0031.



June 14, Memphis
What is the Tennessee Extension Master Gardening Program?
Shelby County Extension Office, Agricenter International

Dr. Chris Cooper presents this informational session beginning at noon. For more information, contact Booker Leigh, 901-752-1207.



June 17, Crossville
Becoming Your Own Garden Detective
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

This time of year we still have great aspirations for our summer gardens but as the season progresses, one or more plants will start to fade. Gregg Upchurch will give you the steps to identify the causes. 9-11 a.m. Free but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.



June 18, Knoxville
Bees, Butterflies & Birds
Davis Family YMCA

Join Master gardener Amy Haun to learn the basics of making a garden that welcomes a mix of bees, butterflies, and birds. 1 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.



June 18-24, Nationwide
Pollinator Week

Celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. For more information, visit pollinator.org.



June 23, Memphis
Herbariums
Urban Earth Garden Center

Darrell Brandon, volunteer Memphis Herbarium Collections Manager, presents this free program beginning at 1 p.m. Current research at University of Memphis Herbarium (MEM) focuses on the vascular plants of West Tennessee and the Lower Mississippi River Basin. For more information, visit urbanearthmemphis.com or call 901-323-0031.



June 24, Crossville
New Ways to Build Gardens using Nature’s Principles
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Carol Burdett presents gardening with a shallow or non-existent soil depth. Use nature’s principles to get the landscape you desire, 9-10:30 a.m. Free but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.

 

July

 

July 8, Crossville
Fall Vegetable Gardening
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Now is the time to prepare for a cool-season vegetable garden so join Fred Mullen for discussion of best varieties and tips for successful growing, 9-11:30 a.m. Free, but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.


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Mid-March through April, Manassas
Virginia Bluebells in Season
Manassas National Battlefield Park

Each year, after the snow melts and the ground softens from the harsh winter, Virginia bluebells push their way through the warming soil to absorb sunlight before the tree leaves block them with shade. Take a walk on the boardwalk by Stone Bridge to enjoy the blossoms and the sounds of chorus frogs. No park entrance fee; park is open dawn to dusk. For more information, call 703-361-1339 or visit nps.gov/mana/index.htm.

 

April

 

April 21, Goochland
Spring in the Garden
Reynolds Community College

The Goochland-Powhatan Master Gardeners, in partnership with Reynolds Community College and
Virginia Cooperative Extension, present “Spring in the Garden.” This event will feature discussions by horticulturist and author Jeff Gillman, plant sales, vendors, and garden tours. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. For additional information and to register for the talks, visit gpmga.org.

 

April 21, Yorktown
Sister Cities French Market
Riverwalk Landing

The 6th annual authentic French Market features all of your favorite French products and celebrates the spirit of the Saturday Market in Port-Vendres, France, Yorktown’s sister city since 1990. Traditional market products such as fresh-baked bread, pastries, chocolates, soaps, wine, and other fresh food items will be available for purchase. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For details, call 757-877-2933 or visit sistercitiesyorktown.org.

 

April 21-22, Leesburg
28th Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival
Downtown Leesburg

This festival features more than 130 vendors, including landscapers, gardening suppliers, plant sellers, outdoor furniture, and more. Event includes live music entertainment, activities for the kids, and delicious food. Rain or shine, Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information,  visit flowerandgarden.org or call 703-777-1368.

 

April 21-28, Statewide
Historic Garden Week

Each spring visitors are welcome to explore more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This multi-day, statewide event provides visitors with a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit vagardenweek.org or call 804-644-7776.

 

April 22, Hopewell
Annual AGC Tea
Weston Plantation

To celebrate Virginia Garden Week, the Appomattox Garden Club will host their 12th Annual Tea at Weston Manor from 3-5 p.m. Garden club members decorate the manor house with fresh spring flowers and serve as hostess. Come and enjoy a lovely and historic setting on the Appomattox River with special flower arrangements, great food, tea and punch. Tickets are required and cost $10. Contact the garden club at 804-458-1023 or 804-541-1184 or purchase tickets at the All Manor of Things Gift Shop, 804-458-4682. Visit historichopewell.org/weston-plantation for additional information.
 

 

April 22, Roanoke
Earth Day Roanoke Festival
Elmwood Park

Earth Day has been celebrated in Roanoke since 1990. Become a tree steward or master gardener. Volunteer with Roanoke’s many environmental organizations. Meet at the festival and learn what you, your friends, and family can do for the environment! For more information, visit earthdayroanoke.com.

 

April 27-May 6, Winchester
Welcome Home to the Bloom
91st Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

More than 30 events are featured – including dances, luncheons, parades, band competitions, carnival, a 10K run, the coronation of Queen Shenandoah, firefighters’ events, a two-day craft show, fireworks, senior citizens and children’s’ activities, a car show, and celebrity appearances. Tickets for select events are available online at thebloom.com/events or by calling 540-662-3863.

 

April 28, Williamsburg
Native Plant Sale
Williamsburg Community Building

The John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will host the 11th Annual Williamsburg Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event will offer over 100 species of native flowers, ferns, grasses, vines, shrubs, and small trees. There will be plants available to attract bees, birds, and butterflies and selections for all conditions. Plants are grown in members’ gardens and area nurseries. Visit vnps.org/johnclayton for sale details or call 757-879-1997.

 

April 28, Richmond
Herbs Galore & More
Maymont

Put on your gardening shoes, grab your little red wagon, and come out to the Marketplace on the Lawn for everyone’s favorite gardening extravaganza! Dozens of vendors from the mid-Atlantic fill Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn with every imaginable herb as well as annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, and herbal products and crafts for this one-of-a-kind event. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Marketplace is $5; free for Maymont members and children 16 and under. For more information, call 804-358-7168 or visit maymont.org.

 

May



May 3-5, Richmond
Spring PlantFest
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The garden’s plant sale is among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. All proceeds benefit the garden’s educational mission. Thursday/Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular garden admission. For more information, visit lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.

 

May 4, Richmond
Annual Beer & Wine Classic
Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn

Beer and wine lovers are invited to Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn for the annual Beer & Wine Classic, presented by the Dooley Noted Society. From 7-10:30 p.m., guests will sip on some of Virginia’s finest beverages from 14 local breweries and wineries while enjoying delicious food, live music, lawn games, and a prop-filled photo booth. Tickets are $35 ($30 members; $15 for designated drivers). Proceeds benefit Maymont. Participants must be 21 years or older. For information and tickets, call 804-358-7166, ext. 330, or purchase online at maymont.org/beer-wine.

 

May 4-5, Richmond
Spring PlantFest
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

One of the most anticipated plant sales in the region, Spring PlantFest features top-quality and often hard-to-find plants, shrubs and trees available for sale. This year’s edition promises to be a great resource for everyone, from the beginning home gardener to Master Gardeners. Come to Lewis Ginter Garden at 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Richmond to join in the fun. You can find directions at lewisginter.org or by calling (804) 262-9887.

 

May 5, Duffield
Seventh Annual Plant Sale
Natural Tunnel State Park

Choose from a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Plants for sale have been grown in a greenhouse by the master gardeners.. If you are only attending this event, parking is free. If spending time in the park after the event, parking is $4 per vehicle. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 276-940-2674, email naturaltunnel@dcr.virginia.gov, or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.



May 5, Charlottesville
Spring Plant Sale with Gardeners Help Desk
IX Art Park

Prepare for spring planting with a great horticultural event where a huge selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and houseplants grown by the Piedmont Master Gardeners will be for sale. Tree stewards will be on hand with a wonderful selection of young trees. Decorative garden items will also be available. Free admission. 9 a.m.-noon. For additional information, visit piedmontmastergardeners.org/events or call the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Albemarle Office at 434-872-4580.

 

May 5, Lynchburg
18th Annual Festival of Gardening
Riverside Park

Hill City Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free seminars: How Does My Garden Grow? Exploring Ornamental Gardening in the Piedmont Area, and A Country Cottage Garden in Forest, Virginia. Free demonstrations: beekeeping, irrigation, straw bale gardening, rain barrels, and composting with worms. Great plants for sale including annuals, vegetables (including heirlooms), herbs, tropicals, and more. Visit hcmga.com for additional information.

 

May 5 (rain date May 6), Carrollton
Second Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale
Blackwater Regional Library-Carrollton

Western Tidewater Master Gardeners will provide a bounty of gardening advice and a superb assortment of plants for your home garden. Select from a variety of perennials, natives, pollinator plants, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. Master naturalists, beekeepers, and butterfly advocates will also be there. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call the library with questions at 757-238-2641 or visit the WTMG Facebook page: facebook.com/groups/IOWVCEMG/ for additional information. Bring your wagon and wear your garden boots!



May 5-6, Norfolk
Spring Town Point Wine Festival
Town Point Park

The 12th annual festival invites visitors to sample over 200 wines from more than 30 statewide wineries, allowing you to get the full Virginia wine experience without weeks of travel. Dine on gourmet food samples, shop specialty merchants, and enjoy live performances in downtown Norfolk during this two-day festival. Pick your favorites and take home a few wines by the bottle or the case to enjoy throughout the year. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. For online tickets or additional info, visit festevents.org/events/2018-season-events/springwinefest.



May 12-13, Boyce
29th Annual Garden Fair
Blandy Experimental Farm

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the State Arboretum of Virginia. This event, sponsored by the foundation, features native plants, small trees, garden art, and other items for sale. Free children’s activities. The cost is $15 per carload (pay online for a discount). 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758.


 
May 12-13, Richmond
Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Enjoy the popular butterflies LIVE! exhibit, live music, Children’s Garden activities, shopping, dining, and more. Regular garden admission applies. For event times, visit lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.



May 19, Front Royal
33rd Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival
Main and Chester Streets

Enjoy wine tastings from over 20 of Virginia’s best wineries. Over 100 artisans and crafters from all over the East Coast display fine handmade jewelry, candles, pottery, art, wood and iron works. There will be regional foods available, including the best BBQ in the Shenandoah Valley, or step inside one of the many restaurants located at the event site. Children can enjoy rides, games, and face painting. Live entertainment will please everyone’s taste. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $25 May 18 or $30 at the gate for those who wish to sample the wine. Free parking. Visit wineandcraftfestival.com for additional information.



May 27, Lynchburg
Decoration Day
Old City Cemetery

Bring cut flowers from home to place on veterans’ graves in commemoration of Memorial Day, a local tradition since 1866. This event, sponsored by the Southern Memorial Association, will be 3-4 p.m. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit gravegarden.org.

 

June

 

June 2, Middletown
Gardenfest
Belle Grove Plantation

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners will host Gardenfest, an extensive plant sale of MG homegrown plants as well as a full array of gardening vendors. Native plants, pollinator plants, shrubs, trees, herbs, and vegetables will be featured as well as delightful children’s activities and garden speakers. The 4-H will have food for sale and other wonderful treats will be available. Opens at 8 a.m. Visit nsvmga.org for more information.


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Through April, Madison
Green Thumb Gardening Classes
Dane County UW Extension Office

Series will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving. UW Extension educators and local horticulture experts will provide in depth and accessible information for everyone from the novice to the experienced gardener, 6:30 to 9 p.m. For details: http://bit.ly/2yPnZIs.

 

April



April 21 and 28, Janesville
Compost & Pansy Sale
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Held at the RBG Horticulture Center, 825 Sharon Road, 8 a.m. to noon, $6/bag. 10 percent off with membership card.

 

May

 

Through May 27, Oshkosh
Masterpieces of the Valley
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The walls of the Paine’s Main Gallery will be filled with a “Salon-style” exhibition of exceptional artworks from the collections of the Paine and local institutions.



Through May 28, Milwaukee
Shakespeare in Love Spring Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Shakespeare in Love will showcase a romantic garden setting featuring a full size gazebo and the memorable romantic words of the famous playwright. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


May 1-October 28, Oshkosh
Formal Garden Showcase
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

Throughout 2018, the Paine’s new formal garden will feature tulip bulbs in spring, colorful annuals in summer, and frost-hardy plants in fall.

 

May 1, Green Bay
Advanced Vegetable Gardening
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Taught by Lynn Clark and Jim Fameree, N.E.W. Master Gardener Volunteers. Presented in partnership with UW-Extension and N.E.W. Master Gardeners’ Association. 6–7:30 p.m.



May 2, Madison
Gardening for Hummingbirds
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Through the use of perennial and annual plants, wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and hummingbird feeders, you can discover the magic and excitement of hummingbirds. Taught by Michael and Kathi Rock. Register by April 25. $15/$12 Olbrich members.



May 5, Milwaukee
Art in the Green
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

This event showcases more than 40 local artists with works for sale that include painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, and photography. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

 

May 6, Hales Corners
10th Annual Art at the Gardens Craft Fair
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Enjoy a beautiful spring day while you browse a unique selection of handmade jewelry, garden art, photography, artwork & more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.



May 8, Green Bay
Native Plants to Attract Pollinators
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Taught by Claudia Schultz, Al Nass, Annette Weissbach, N.E.W. Master Gardener Volunteers. Presented in partnership with UW-Extension and N.E.W. Master Gardeners’ Association. 6-7:30 p.m.



May 14, Green Bay
Intro to Smartphone Photography
Green Bay Botanical Gardens  
 
Taught by Marc Amenson, Amenson Studio. 5:30–7:30 p.m.

 

May 17, Green Bay
TasteBud
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Savor, sip, and support at TasteBud from 5-8 p.m., featuring 300,000 spring blooms, culinary delights, signature cocktails, live music, and a silent auction. Registration begins April 2.



May 17, Madison
Perennials for Sun
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Discover spectacular perennials for sun that brighten your landscape from spring through fall. UWEX horticulture educator Lisa Johnson will discuss the characteristics of perennials, winter hardiness, proper planting and watering, propagation, and selection. Register by May 10. $15/$12 Olbrich member.



May 19, Oshkosh
Festival of Spring
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

This free event features the Paine’s annual Spring Plant Sale and more than 100 vendors of original art, fine crafts, plants, and garden supplies.



May 19, Wausau
Green Plant Saturday Plant Sale and Garden Flea Market
Monk Botanical Gardens

Don’t miss the Green Saturday Plant Sale and Flea Market at the Monk Botanical Gardens. Rain Date: Sunday, May 20.



May 19, West Allis
Perennial Plant Sale
Wisconsin State Fair Exploratory Park

More than 15,000 Wisconsin-grown perennials, native plants, trees, shrubs, etc. Cash and checks only – no credit cards. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, contact Diane L. Thieme at dianet1@execpc.com or call 414 962-9892.



May 19, Wausau
North Central WI Master Gardener Plant Sale
Marathon Park Cattle Barn

Perennials, annuals, herbs, grasses, vegetables, and much more. Free kids planting area. 7 a.m.-noon. Find us on Facebook or by visiting fyi.uwex.edu/marathonmg/special-events, or call 715-570-2769.

 

May 20, Wausau
Bird Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Join Wausau Bird Club for a guided bird tour at the Monk Botanical Gardens. If you have binoculars, please bring them.



May 21-22, Green Bay
Capture Spring in Watercolor
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Taught by Bridget Austin, professional watercolor artist. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.



May 21, Madison
Sumptuous Containers Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Erin Presley will explain the basics of planning and planting cold-hardy spring containers and showcase selected containers and plants during this delightful evening outdoor garden walk. $17/$15 Olbrich members. Registration deadline: May 14.



May 24, Madison
Pollinator-Friendly Spring Plants Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Join Olbrich horticulturist Katey Pratt on a walk in Olbrich’s outdoor gardens, where she will show you a variety of early spring plants that are attractive to pollinators and are well suited for gardens with various light and soil conditions. 6:30-8 p.m. $17/$13 Olbrich members. Registration deadline: May 17.



May 25-August 19, Green Bay
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks Exhibit
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Open daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. For more info, call 920-491-3691 or visit gbbg.org.



May 26, Sturgeon Bay
Plant Sale
Peninsular Agricultural Research Station

This annual event offers new and unusual plants, as well as old-time favorites. Perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetable plants are available. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit dcmga.org/events.



May 30, Green Bay
Repotting Orchids
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Taught by Mary Stewart, Goin’ To Pot Orchids. 6–8 p.m.

 

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June 2-3, Milwaukee
Tori Gate Festival
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Milwaukee Chapter 22 of Ikebana International will exhibit 30 floral arrangements with their signature asymmetrical form and mindful use of empty space. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



June 2, Green Bay
Schneider Family Grand Garden Series
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Vic Ferrari Band “Symphony on the Rocks.” 6–9 p.m.



June 2, Waukesha
Spring City Garden Club Perennial Sale
E.B. Shurts Environmental Education Learning Center

Proceeds benefit the Legacy Forest Program, Environmental Learning Center and the beautification of the Waukesha County Parks System. Indoor facilities/rain or shine. Cash or check only. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit springcitygardenclub.com.



June 9-September 9, Milwaukee
To Bee or Not to Bee Summer Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

To Bee or Not to Bee is a continuation of the Shakespeare theme, but with a honeybee twist to the garden’s flowers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



June 10, Rosendale
Peony Sunday
Sisson Peony Gardens

The Historical Society has revived this traditional event featuring lunch and music. Usually held the second Sunday in June, the event is sometimes moved up to the first Sunday, depending on the weather. For more information, visit rosendalehistorical.org/peony.htm or the organization’s Facebook page.



June 10, Green Bay
Schneider Family Grand Garden Series
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Opera in the Garden featuring The Florentine Opera. Time TBA.



June 12, Green Bay
DIY Herbal Summer Skincare
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Kristin Dewane, Young Living. 6-8 p.m.



June 13, Sheboygan
Secret Garden Dinner Series
Bookworm Gardens

Join us for four exclusive nights of culinary delights. Guest chefs will prepare locally inspired meals starting June 13 and continuing July 11, August 8, and September 12. 5:30-8 p.m. Adults-only. Tickets available online.



June 18, Milwaukee
Pollinator Week
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Pollinators positively affect all our lives – let’s save them and celebrate with activities, hikes, stories, tips, movies, animals, and food samples all morning. 9 a.m.-noon.


 
June 23, Sheboygan
Pollinator Picnic
Bookworm Gardens

A garden favorite returns! It’s time for art making, bug hunts, storytimes, and ladybug releases as we celebrate those hard working critters that keep things blooming. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 per person, members free.



June 23-September 23, Oshkosh
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Paine will present more than 60 extraordinary objects by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including lamps, jewelry, and decorative objects.



June 26, Green Bay
Camp GBBG Day Camp: Critter Safari
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Discover the flying, slithering, creeping, and crawling animals that can be found at the Garden. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Register by June 19.

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

The Paine Art Center and Gardens
Website: thepaine.org
920-235-6903

The Domes, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
Website: milwaukeedomes.org
Phone: 414-257-5611

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Website: olbrich.org
Phone: 608-246-4550

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Website: boernerbotanicalgardens.org.
Phone: 414-525-5653

The Paine Art Center and Gardens
Website: thepaine.org
Phone: 920-235-6903

Green Bay Botanical Gardens
Website: gbbg.org
Phone: 920-491-3691

Monk Botanical Gardens
Website: monkgardens.org
Phone: 715-261-6309

Bookworm Gardens
Website: bookwormgardens.org
Phone: 920-287-7895

 

 

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.