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June

 

Now-June 28, Mobile
Crazy for the Red, White, and Blue
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join Derek Norman for a 6-week drawing/painting course focusing on the red and white and blue flowers of MBG! Students of the class will display works at an exhibit and reception celebrating the 4th of July. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

Now June 30, Huntsville
Anita Hoodless Watercolors
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Watercolor artist Anita Hoodless paints a variety of subjects in an interpretive realistic style. Her large still lifes and florals reflect her love of bold color and strong value contrasts. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-June 30, Huntsville
Spring Showers
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Come experience the Purdy Butterfly House in a brand-new way! Hundreds of vibrant umbrellas will float above the greenery, trails, and turtles of the Purdy Butterfly House. The installation uses colorful umbrellas to provide an amazing sight that evokes a careful, child-like energy. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-June 30, Huntsville
Robert Taylor Copper Exhibit
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Coppersmith Robert Taylor is a Roycroft Master Artisan. He is one of only five Roycroft Master Coppersmiths in the country. Robert will have 15 pieces located throughout the garden. Come see this beautiful craft in such a beautiful place. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-July 27, Huntsville
Wacky Wednesday
Huntsville Botanical Garden

During June and July bring the kids out for some summer fun. Arrive anytime between noon and 1 p.m. to be included in the activity, while supplies last. Kids between ages 4 and 10 are perfect for these activities, though kids of any age are welcome to try the activity. Younger children may need help from parents. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-July 31, Huntsville
Johanna Littleton Artist
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Johanna Littleton works primarily in acrylic and mixed media. Johanna’s message in her paintings is for people to “stop and really look at the people you meet each day.” For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-September 30, Huntsville
Butterfly House Open
Huntsville Botanical Garden

During butterfly season, May-September, you’ll see zebra longwings, monarchs, zebra swallowtails, queens, sulfurs, cabbage whites, tiger swallowtails, spice bush swallowtails, black swallowtails, red admirals, luna moths and more – around 2,000 butterflies in all! This haven is also home to a variety of turtles as well as button quail. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call
256-830-4447.

 

June 3, Cullman
Farm Kids Club – What’s Hatching
North Alabama Agriplex

Insect to birds, we’re going to be examining what happening on the other side of that shell. Registration on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044. Cost per child: $5 prepayment, $7 at door. Adults are free, and there is a max program cost of $10 or $14 per family.

 

June 3, Jemison
Black and Blue Berry Pre-Festival Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety, care, and maintenance of blackberries and blueberries. Join us for this pre-festival tour. Taste all the varieties. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. Free. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

June 3, Birmingham
Bibb County Glades & Cahaba Lilies (field trip)
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

By popular demand, we will again lead this annual foray to one of our favorite locations in Alabama. Bibb County Glades, known well in the world of botanists, is called “the botanical lost world,” partly due to eight new species of plants having been discovered there, many of which grow only there! We have timed this trip to include a nearby visit to observe the famed Cahaba lilies, hopefully in flower. Members, $75; non-members, $85. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

June 5-30 Hoover
Summer Camps
Aldridge Gardens

Plenty of camps to choose from for boys and girls entering Kindergarten through 5th grades. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

June 6, Cullman
Heritage Skills – Backyard Chicken
North Alabama Agriplex

From pecking order to the best breeds, we are getting down to the basics of raising chickens in our own backyards. We’ll learn the basics of what makes the best chicken coop and how big to make a run. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

June 7-July 26, Theodore
Wonderful Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Every Wednesday enjoy a special program about gardening, history, or the collections in the Bellingrath Home. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

 

June 8, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Wild Edibles
North Alabama Agriplex

While anyone can wander through the woods looking for edible plants, aspiring foragers should first learn what is safe to consume.  Master herbalist Darryl Patton will teach us about some of the more easily identifiable wild edibles. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

June 10, Hoover
Hydrangeas Under the Stars
Aldridge Gardens

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 10, Jemison
Black and Blue Berry Festival
Petals from the Past

A celebration of blackberries and blueberries. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

June 15, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Support Longleaf Botanical Gardens and get some great plants for your garden at the same time! Shop our plant sale, held the third Thursday of every month. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleatbotanicalgardens.org. 

 

June 17, 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. This monthly members-only event is free, but we do ask that you kindly RSVP. 8-10 a.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

June 17, Mobile
Delta Tour in Search of American Lotus Blooms
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join botanical artists and others as we board the Osprey and journey into the delta in search of beautiful American lotus blooms. The two-hour tour begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with a light lunch served while anchored. MBG members, $50; non-members, $65. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

June 24, Montevallo
Native Plants of Wetlands
Parnell Public Library

Birmingham Botanical Gardens presents this full-day field trip that offers an introduction to the many fascinating species of plants that inhabit aquatic and wet areas. We will begin in a classroom at The Parnell Public Library in Montevallo, where we will learn the basics of identification for the primary groups of wetland species. After lunch, we will proceed to the nearby Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve. Birmingham Botanical Gardens members, $90; non-members, $100. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

June 24-July 4, Huntsville
Armed Forces Celebration
Huntsville Botanical Garden

To honor and thank members of the Armed Forces, the garden invites all active and retired members of the military and their immediate family to visit the garden FREE of admission any time during Armed Forces week and the weekends before and after. Military members and retirees receive discounted garden admission at all other times. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

July

 

July 8 & 15, Birmingham
Up Close & Personal: Macrophotography
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This course will focus on all aspects of capturing, processing, and displaying macro-photographic (extreme close-up) images using the plants, features and environment of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens as the subject matter. Class requirements: digital SLR camera, tripod, and a basic knowledge of the camera’s operation (beyond “Full Auto”). 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $100, non-members, $120. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

July 8, Birmingham
Family Yoga in the Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Enjoy this unique opportunity for healthy fun with the family. This energetic class will incorporate individual and partner yoga poses for strength and balance, plus breathing exercises to help foster calm and focus. Our garden-inspired crafts will assist in cooling the mind and body. 9-10 a.m. Child and one adult, $15; additional family members, $5 each. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

July 8, Huntsville
Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Guided daytime walk led by education department staff through the Dinosaurs Uproar Alive exhibit and the Dinosaur loop in the Children’s Garden complete with hands-on activities and something to take home! 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Members, $10; non-members, $12; children aged 3 and under, free. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

July 11, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Forgotten Drinks
North Alabama Agriplex

Cordials, sarsaparilla, and teas; there is a tradition of drinks in the Heart of the South that is slipping away. Help us preserve these skills from being lost in time and sample these delicious herbal teas while taking home recipes to make your own. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

July 11, Huntsville
Firefly Night Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Bring your own flashlight and let us guide you through an evening of exploration as you feel the changes in the garden when night approaches. We’ll see fireflies in the meadows, orb weavers spinning their webs and maybe, if we’re lucky, some nocturnal animals out foraging for dinner. During this two-hour event, we’ll stop along the way to roast s’mores for a fun nighttime snack! Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of adventure! Meet in the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Members $10, non-members $12, children aged 3 and under free. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

July 12, Theodore
Wonderful Wednesdays: Carnival Season & Mardi Gras in Mobile
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Local architect and Mardi Gras historian L. Craig Roberts has updated his wonderful book about Mardi Gras. Learn more about the history of carnival in Mobile. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Adults, $13; ages 5-12, $7.50; Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger, free. To register or for more information, call 251-459-8868, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

 

July 14-August 18, Mobile
Botanical Drawing in Black, White, and Colored Inks
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join Derek Norman for a 6-week course focusing on techniques of botanical drawing using black, white, and colored inks. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays. MBG members, $150; non-members, $125. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

July 15, Cullman
Farm Kids Club – Milk Time
North Alabama Agriplex

Starting with the milk goats and cows, we will learn how milk is produced and how it is made into cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and more. Registration on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044. Cost per child: $5 prepayment, $7 at door. Adults are free, and there is a max program cost of $10 or $14 per family.

 

July 15, 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. This monthly members-only event is free, but we do ask that you kindly RSVP. 8-10 a.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

July 19, Theodore
Wonderful Wednesdays: English Silver in the Bellingrath Collection
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Join curator Tom McGehee to explore Mrs. Bellingrath’s most prized pieces of English silver and learn about the makers, their marks and the history of these impressive objects. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Adults, $13; ages 5-12, $7.50; Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger, free. To register or for more information, call 251-459-8868, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

 

July 20, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Support Longleaf Botanical Gardens and get some great plants at the same time! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

July 22, Birmingham
Introduction to Herbalism
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Led by clinical herbalist Cameron Strouss 1-3:30 p.m. Members, $30, non-members, $35. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

July 22, Huntsville
Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Guided daytime walk led by education department staff through the Dinosaurs Uproar Alive exhibit and the Dinosaur loop in the Children’s Garden complete with hands-on activities and something to take home! 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Members, $10; non-members, $12; children aged 3 and under, free. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

July 22, Jemison
Fig Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss everything you need to know to grow your own luscious figs, including variety, care, and maintenance. Take a walk through the fig orchards. Taste the varieties. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. Free. For more information call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

July 25, Huntsville
Firefly Night Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Children of all ages will enjoy these family-friendly night hikes. Bring your own flashlight and let us guide you through an evening of exploration as you feel the changes in the garden when night approaches. We’ll see fireflies in the meadows, orb weavers spinning their webs, and maybe, if we’re lucky, some nocturnal animals out foraging for dinner. During this two-hour event, we’ll stop along the way to roast s’mores for a fun nighttime snack! Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure! Meet in the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Members $10, non-members $12, children aged 3 and under free. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

July 26, Theodore
Wonderful Wednesdays: New, Better, Yours – Plant the Newest Best Plants
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Plant expert Kip McConnell, director of Plant Development Services Inc., will discuss the newest introductions, including new releases from the Southern Living Plant Collection and Encore Azaleas. Kip will discuss proper placement, planting and care tips. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Adults, $13; ages 5-12, $7.50; Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger, free. To register or for more

 

July 31, Cullman
Heritage Skills – Tomato Fest!
North Alabama Agriplex

We’ll explore which type to use for sauces, juices, salsa and that ideal sandwich. Come join us to learn more about what all the hype is about and sample varieties of this fruit. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

August 5, Birmingham
Seasonal Series – Photography
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Instructor Hank Siegel will lead participants through the best practices of capturing images of the passing of the seasons. You’ll learn the techniques, tools and skills necessary to take visually stunning and interesting photographs through the creation of a seasonal series of landscapes/nature scenes. Class requirements: camera (a digital SLR or an advanced compact with manual, aperture and shutter priority operational mode settings), a basic understanding of camera operations, and the different operational modes, and basic computer skills. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $60; non-members, $75. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

August 17, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Support Longleaf Botanical Gardens and get some great plants for your garden at the same time! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

August 19, Jemison
Apples, Pears, and Early Muscadines Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Join Dr. Powell as he takes you through the orchards to discuss growing apples, pears, and muscadines. Taste all the varieties. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.


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June 1-July 30, Roland
U-Pick Berries
Wye Mountain Flowers & Berries

Pick your own healthy and delicious blueberries and blackberries. When you have picked your gallon of berries, reward yourself with a beautiful bunch of fresh cut flowers. Before you leave be sure to visit our barn animals and reward your kids with a ride on the barrel train! Buckets with bag liners are provided and berries are sold by the container. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-noon during the picking season. For more information, visit WyeMountain.net or call 501-330-1906.

 

June 3, Washington
Ornamental Gardening
Historic Washington State Park

Join our park gardener for a discussion and hands-on workshop with plants that may be grown for their flowers, foliage, scent, fruit, bark, or anything else that beautifies your landscape and brings a smile to you and your neighbors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $25. Call 870-983-2684 or visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com for more information.

 

June 3, McNeil
Annual Children’s Fishing Derby
Logoly State Park

The derby is open to children ages 5 to 15. Small children will be allowed to have an adult cast for them and/or bait their hooks. The fish must be landed by the child. Be sure to bring your own bait and equipment. Prizes will be awarded in three age divisions for the biggest, the smallest, and the most fish caught. Registration required and begins May 1. 7:30 a.m.-noon. Free admission. For more information, call 870-695-3561.

 

June 9-10, Newport
Portfest
Jacksonport State Park

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

 

June 10, Morrilton
Mountain Fishin’ Derby
Petit Jean State Park

This derby is open to children ages 15 and under. Parents may help, but the kids must do the fishing. Bring your own bait and tackle. Fish are stocked and door prizes provided by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 501-727-5441 or visit petitjean@arkansas.com.

 

June 14-16, Rogers
Nature Exploration Day Camp for 9-12 Year Olds
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Join park interpreter Rebekah for three fun-filled days of exploring and celebrating nature! We will be hiking, exploring creeks, swimming in Beaver Lake, crafting, and playing games. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $50, which includes activities, crafts, snacks, and t-shirt. Reservation required. For more information, call 479-789-5000.

 

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

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

 

June 22, Mountain View
Farmstead Cheesemaking
Ozark Folk Center

Learn to make cheese like your grandmother did on the farm, but in a modern convenient kitchen of today. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $30. Pre-registration required. Call 870-269-3851 or visit ozarkfolkcenter@arkansas.com.

 

July

 

July 3, Mountain Home
32nd Annual Lake Norfork Independence Eve Fireworks Show
Lake Norfork

This is our 32nd year of friends and families celebrating 4th of July Holiday at Lake Norfork with our Independence Eve Fireworks Show. Shot from the twin bridges area of the lake, this spectacular display is easily enjoyed from your car, campsite, or boat. Accompanying show music is broadcasted on THE BOOT 99.7 FM. Begins at dark. Free admission. For more information, contact 101 Boat Dock at 870-467-5252.

 

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

Bring the whole family and make great memories. Park interpreters will have a host of games and activities to help you enjoy your time at DeGray. Expect a number of crowd favorites back this year, from kayak races and water relays, to the watermelon-eating contest and the third 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! Free admission. For more information, call the park at 501-865-5810 or email degraylakeresort@arkansas.com.

 

July 4, Morrilton
July 4th Fun and Games Day
Petit Jean State Park

Join the park staff for an “old-fashioned” celebration of our nation’s birthday! Fun, family-oriented games, contests, and other activities. Contact the park for a schedule. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 501-727-5441 or email petitjean@arkansas.com.

 

July 11, Hot Springs
Fairy & Wizards Tea for Children
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Children are the honored guests at this summertime tea. The food and beverage event is served in the traditional English tea style with patrons enjoying assorted scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts, all accompanied by a variety of flavorful hot teas. Children are encouraged to dress as fairies or wizards for this fantasy-filled afternoon while the garden’s own “Tea Fairy” entertains with a short lesson in tea etiquette, followed by stories to delight the young fairies in attendance. Begins at 3 p.m. Admission: $28 members, $33 non-members; children 12 & under $12. Reservations required. Reserve online at GarvanGardens.org or call 800-366-4664.

 

July 15, Fayetteville
Firefly Fling
Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks

Before dark, community groups will offer engaging and fun activities like fairy house building, face painting, photo booth, obstacle course, giant bubbles, nature stations, crafts, maze, and more! Throughout the evening, the gardens will be filled with musicians and storytellers. After dark, families may participate in glowing games and then gather on the lawn for glow-in-the-dark performances and fire dancing. Guests may bring blankets and picnics but food trucks will be selling food as well. The Firefly Shoppe will have more fairy wings, wands, glow sticks, and other festival items for sale than ever before! Bring a little cash so that you build a fairy costume and even decorate your own fairy wings! 6-10 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at bgozarks.org.

 

July 15, Greenbrier
Summer Star Party
Woolly Hollow State Park

Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have telescopes available for you to view the different celestial bodies and will be there to answer your questions. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and make special Arkansas State Park memories with your family. 8-11 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 501-679-2098.

 

July 15, Jonesboro
Beginner’s Guide to Home Food Preservation
The Truck Patch, Stem & Spoon Cafe dining area

Join Tender Hearts Homestead owner and garden writer Kristi Cook as she discusses the joys and simplicity of home food preservation. You’ll learn about canning, dehydration, freezing, and even fermentation. Tools of the trade for each method, along with general information, will be discussed to aide participants in determining which of the many methods will work for their present needs. 1-5 p.m. Free admission. Contact The Truck Patch at 870-333-2977 or Kristi at kristi@tenderheartshomestead.com for more information.

 

July 19-21, Rogers
Nature Exploration Day Camp for 6-8 Year Olds
Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area

Join park interpreter Rebekah for three fun-filled days of exploring and celebrating nature! We will be hiking, exploring creeks, swimming in Beaver Lake, crafting, and playing games. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $50, which includes activities, crafts, snacks, and t-shirt. Reservation required by calling 479-789-5000.

 

August


August 7-12, Mammoth Spring
124th Old Soldier’s Reunion
Mammoth Spring State Park

A week of fun with family and friends including carnival rides, games, prizes, food, bingo, and more. Activities begin each evening at 6 p.m. Free access and parking. Sponsored by VFW Post 7831.

 

August 10-12, Hope
41st Annual Hope Watermelon Festival
Fair Park

Festival features arts & crafts, watermelon-eating contest, seed spitting, 5K, giant melon auction, kids’ activities, and ice-cold Hope watermelon by the slice. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free admission. Parking, $5. For more information, call 877-777-3640 or visit hopemelonfest.com.

 

August 12, Parkin
American Indian Paints And Dyes Workshop
Parkin Archeological State Park Visitor Center

Colors have always been of human interest and even though the Prehistoric Arkansans didn’t have as many textiles as we do today, color was still important. Most colors came from plants and minerals, and at this workshop you will learn how to find dyes from nature. Come learn about this skill and make some colors of your own. 1-4 p.m. $15 admission covers materials. Preregistration is required. Call 870-755-2500.

 

August 12, Pocahontas
Black River Ramble
Davidsonville Historic State Park – Black River Boat Launch

Join park staff and explore the importance of rivers with a float on the Black River from Davidsonville to Powhatan. We will stop along the way for lunch and a tour of an old button factory site. Once at Powhatan there will be refreshments and a program given by Powhatan Historic State Park staff. Lunch and canoes will be provided. Must be 13 years or older. Space is limited and early registration is required. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $25. Contact the park to register at 870-892-4708.

 

August 29, Fayetteville
International Celebration
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Join us for an International Celebration! Circle around our garden’s paved trail and visit booths to learn about Earth’s diverse countries and cultures. Interactive booths will have samples, activities, and displays. Traditional dance performances from all over the world will entertain guests throughout the evening on the Great Lawn. 5 p.m.-dark. Admission: Free.


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June

 

June 2, 9, 16, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Flowering Plant Families
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Olivia Lenahan, horticultural scientist, will be building on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy, this course focuses on 20 major and fairly stable plant families found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with field studies in the garden and close-up examination of representative examples. Prerequisites: Botany, Plant Taxonomy. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and the cost is $130 ($117 members). For more information and to register go toncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

June 3, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Native Plant Propagation
North Carolina Botanical Garden, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Learn the fundamentals of vegetative propagation through hands-on practice and a tour of the garden’s vegetative propagation facilities. This program will be led by Matt Gocke, NCBG nursery/greenhouse manager. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. No prerequisites required. $32 ($30 members). For more information or to register, go to ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

June 3, Raleigh, N.C.
Propagation Workshop
Plant Delights Nursery

This day-long, hands-on interactive workshop will cover an amazing array of propagation techniques including seed, cuttings, divisions, plant breeding, and darn near everything but grafting. $170. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit plantdelights.com or call 919-772-4794.

 

June 3, Lake City, S.C.
The Art and Science of Plant and Garden Photography
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Join Bryce Lane as he teaches the principles of photography as they apply to plants, gardens, garden wildlife, landscapes, and more. Learn how to better operate your camera by learning about exposure, focus, and shutter speed. You’ll also discuss framing and composition. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration fee is $65 per person. Lunch will be provided so please let us know of any special dietary restrictions. You are required to bring your own camera equipment (see below) to make this workshop hands-on. Email Rebecca Turk (rturk@moorefarmsbg.org) to reserve your spot and to find out what equipment you need to bring.

 

June 4, 11, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Plant Taxonomy
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Milo Pyne, plant ecologist, will present this program that runs for three weeks from 1-5 p.m. This course builds on the fundamentals of the botany course and prepares students for supplementary material covered in flowering plant families. Students learn the basic concepts of taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families and use taxonomic keys. Prerequisite: Botany. Cost is $130 ($117 members). For more information and to register go to ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

June 5, Durham, N.C.
Cooking from the Garden: Cold Soups and Salads from the Summer Garden
Duke Gardens

Join us for one class or the entire series with instructor Katie Coleman, chef and owner of Durham Spirits Company. Each class includes in-class tastings. In this one, you’ll expand your repertoire of summer season salads, along with refreshing cold soups. You will work in small groups to make recipes and then enjoy tasting all the salads and soups. 6-8 p.m. Fee: gardens members $28; general public $35. Fee for all three cooking classes: $22/$30. Per session participant limit: 12. For more information or to register, call
919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

June 6, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Pen and Ink Media Exploration
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Join artist Kathy Schermer-Gramm for an in-depth exploration of drawing with ink, including exercises in creating texture, using techniques like ink wash, and trying out new surfaces, such as drafting film and Yupo. Prerequisite: Pen & Ink. 1-4 p.m., cost is $150 ($135 members). For more information and to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

June 7-28, Durham, N.C.
Landscape Plants for N.C. Gardens: Summer
Duke Garden

Expand your plant palette with information from this class with instructor Jan Little, Duke Gardens’ director of education and public programs. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 75 plants that thrive in North Carolina gardens, plus a few to avoid. You will learn identification skills and design use, and understand the culture of each plant. Class is primarily outdoors and each student receives a portfolio of photos showing the plants studied that season. 4-6 p.m. Class limit: 15. Program fee per section: garden members $90, general public $110. Qualifies for Home Horticulture Certificate required course. For more information or to register, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

June 8, Durham, N.C.
Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk
Duke Gardens

Take a walk in the forest and join a growing tradition that began in Japan called Shinrin Yoku. The idea is simple: if you visit natural areas, sitting or walking in a mindful way, you will feel rejuvenated and calm. Instructor Dana Galinsky-Malaguti, a certified forest therapy guide, will facilitate these gentle, guided walks that support wellbeing through sensory immersion in forests and other naturally healing environments. In the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that document the healing effects of wild and natural areas. Shinrin Yoku builds upon traditions from many cultures that recognize the benefits of a mindful immersion in natural environments. Each walk will end with a refreshment and discussion. Dana brings a wealth of experience in medicine, yoga, coaching, and personal training to her role as a certified forest therapy guide. 3-hour session 5:30-8:30 p.m. Gardens members $55; general public $68. Participant limit: 12. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

June 10, Clemson, S.C.
SCNP Certificate Core Course: Tree Identification
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Enter the forest to explore the giants of the plant world with Dan Whitten, president of the Upstate Chapter of the SCNPS. Become familiar with our native trees, shrubs and woody vines by learning to recognize their bark, leaves, twigs, fruit, and form. Deepen your knowledge through the use of a dichotomous key and by learning to recognize plant communities. Participants will also learn how woody plants are useful as tools, medicines, shelter, and as forage for humans and other animals. Prerequisite: Basic Botany. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the cost is $80. For more information contact Sue Watts – 864-656-2836 or watts9@clemson.edu.

 

June 10, Columbia, S.C.
Pollinator Power
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Discover the common pollinators in this area, and learn how you can attract them to your garden and potentially increase their numbers. Participants will make a bug motel during the workshop as well. The cost of the program is $15 per person per class. 10 a.m.-noon. Registration is required for all classes. For more information on Garden Programs or other educational opportunities in the garden, contact our garden staff at 803-602-0813.

 

June 10, Asheville, N.C.
Box Turtle Day
The North Carolina Arboretum

The fourth annual Box Turtle Day celebrates North Carolina’s state reptile, the eastern box turtle. Participants can sign up for guided box turtle telemetry hunts, watch live reptile demonstrations, make turtle crafts and follow Shelly, the arboretum’s resident turtle, along the arboretum’s self-guided TRACK Trail. Join us from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Baker Exhibit Hall. For more information call 828-665-2492.

 

June 10, Lake City, S.C.
Propagation 101
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Come learn the ins and outs of propagation by MFBG Production Coordinator, Leanne Kenealy. She’ll show you the basics, from correct cutting procedures to saving seeds to division. A brief presentation, demonstration, and hands on learning will provide you the foundation to become a pro in no time. You’ll be propagating some fantastic plants from the garden to take home including annuals, perennials, and even deciduous shrubs. Please bring a pair of pruners with you if possible. Program runs from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and the fee is $25 per person. Class registration is limited to the first 20 participants, so register quickly! Lunch is included so if you have any special needs or dietary restrictions, please let us know in the comment box below. Email Rebecca Turk (rturk@moorefarmsbg.org) to reserve your spot.

 

June 10, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
Fairy Garden Class
The Garden Hut

Create your own tiny oasis! Fun for all ages. Bring your own creative container and we’ll help you plant it after class. Free, registration required. 11 a.m. 1004 Old Honeycutt Road. For information, call 919-552-0590 or visit NelsaGardenHut.com.

 

June 10, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Entomology
North Carolina Botanical Garden, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Learn insect family recognition, common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, sampling techniques, and how to improve insect habitats and conservation in the urban environment. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and cost is $97 ($87 members). For more information and to register go to ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

June 12-16, Durham, N.C.
Nature Adventures Camp: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It
Duke Gardens

Each day will include hands-on work time and play time in the garden. For rising K-2 children. Arrival and pickup at Doris Duke Center. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with an optional extended day from 1-4 p.m. Fee: $200 per week, $170 for additional siblings or weeks. Extended care available at $100 per week. Scholarship application available upon request. Non-refundable deposit of $100 per child per week is required to reserve a spot. Full payment due two weeks before the start date of each camp. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

June 15, Greensboro, N.C.
Propagation Workshop
Cooperative Extension

Join extension master gardener volunteers in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants. Participants go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation and with many freshly propagated plants. Participants choose which plants they want to propagate from the garden’s collection of over 1,000 taxa (few exceptions apply, though). Techniques discussed can be done at home. This free workshop is open to all knowledge and experience levels. Instructor is Christina Larson, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. Register with Lauren Taubert by calling 336-641-2400 or email Lauren_Taubert@ncsu.edu, or visit go.ncsu.edu/2017_demo_garden_seminars.

 

June 15, Raleigh, N.C.
Photography Walk – Composition
JC Raulston Arboretum

Join photographer Susan Bailey as she helps you learn to expand on the traditional ideas of composition as you really work with each subject beyond the standard snapshot. Class will be 10-11 a.m. There is a registration fee of $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, call
919-513-7005.

 

June 16, South Carolina
Carolina Yard of the Year Contest
Statewide South Carolina

The Carolina Yard of the Year Contest is designed to recognize excellence in Environmentally Friendly Landscaping and is open to anyone in South Carolina that meets Carolina Yards Certification. More information is available at: clemson.edu/extension/carolinayards/events.html, or terasa@clemson.edu.

 

June 17, Raleigh, N.C.
Perennials Propagation Class and Demonstration
JC Raulston Arboretum

Propagating plants is rewarding, often easily done, and is a great way to add more plants to your landscape. Join Doug Ruhren in this propagation class and demonstration focused solely on propagating herbaceous perennials. 9 a.m.-noon. The registration fee is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Contact Chris Glenn at chris_glenn@ncsu.edu or 919-513-7005 for more information.

 

June 17, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Entomology
North Carolina Botanical Garden, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Learn insect family recognition, common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, sampling techniques, and how to improve insect habitats and conservation in the urban environment. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $97 ($87 members). For more information and to register go to ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

June 17, Clemson, S.C.
SCNP Certificate Elective: FERNS
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Spend the day delving into the rich world of ferns, ranging from the small mosquito fern to the large royal fern. Discover which species to expect where. Join naturalist Tim Lee to learn about the basic ecology, natural history, and identification of ferns through classroom lecture and time exploring the state’s diverse habitats as illustrated on the Garden’s Natural Heritage Trail. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the cost is $80. For more information, contact Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or watts9@clemson.edu.

 

June 20, Durham, N.C.
Durham Garden Forum: Sustainable Turf Strategies
Duke Gardens

Instructor Grady Miller, professor of crop and soil sciences at North Carolina State University, will give us an update on a variety of sustainable practices. An informal group independent of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, this forum meets once a month from 6:30-8 p.m. to enrich its members’ gardening knowledge and skill. Walk-ins welcome with no preregistration at $10 per lecture. Memberships may be purchased at any lecture. Sponsored in partnership with N.C. Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center. Lecture fee: $10 per meeting for non-members; forum members free with $25 annual membership. For membership information, please email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com. No registration required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

June 24, Clemson, S.C.
SCNP Certificate Core Course: Natural Plant Communities
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Join experienced naturalist Tim Lee to build your knowledge base of major conceptual issues and areas of current research in plant ecology. Explore the biotic and abiotic factors that affect the distribution and abundance of plant species in South Carolina. Explore the SCBG’s Natural Heritage Trail to discover the basic ecology of diverse South Carolina habitats. Prerequisite: Basic Botany. Event will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and cost is $80. Contact Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or watts9@clemson.edu.

 

June 24, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Entomology
North Carolina Botanical Garden, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Learn insect family recognition, common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, sampling techniques, and how to improve insect habitats and conservation in the urban environment. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $97 ($87 members). For more information and to register go to
ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

June 24, Asheville, N.C.
WNC Daylily Society Annual Flower Show
The North Carolina Arboretum

Hundreds of daylilies will be on display and daylily plants will also be for sale at this annual event hosted by the WNC Daylily Society. Society members will be onsite to provide information on care and cultivation of daylilies. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Education Center. For more information, call 828-665-2492.

 

June 24, Charlotte, N.C.
Carnivorous Plant Carnival – Family Event
UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden

Step right up! Get your ticket to discover the wonders of nature up-close and personal. Feed a Venus flytrap, see the inside of a pitcher plant, make crafts, play games, and more. Venus-flytraps, pitcher plants, and sundews available for purchase, so you can take the sideshow home. This is a two-hour family event with activities suitable for ages 4-12, limited to 100 children. All children must have adult present. Events will take place from 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $8/child (accompanying adults, free). Purchase tickets online at gardens.uncc.edu. Tickets can also be purchased at the door (cash or check only).

 

June 24, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Moth Night
North Carolina Botanical Garden, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Observe these diverse, colorful, and ecologically important organisms in their natural habitat. Black lights and baiting are used to sample moth populations. Bring your cameras! 9-10:30 p.m. Cost is $12 ($11 members). For more information and to register go to ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

June 25, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Summer Flora
North Carolina Botanical Garden, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Learn to recognize plants and gain experience using identification keys in a natural setting through field trips and exercises. No prerequisites. Cost is $130 ($117 members). 1:15-4:15 p.m. For more information and to register go to ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

June 26, Raleigh, N.C.
Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
JC Raulston Arboretum

From ants to sowbugs, what are these critters up to? What’s their place in the balance of nature? Enjoy some interesting stories of various arthropods and enjoy the pics!  Class will run from 10-11:30 a.m. This event is free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, Wake County Extension Master Gardeners, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5. Please call 919-513-7005 for more information about this lecture.

 

June 28, Raleigh, N.C.
Landscape Color and Professional Field Day
JC Raulston Arboretum

Join us at the JC Raulston Arboretum for a new twist to the annual color and landscape professional field days. This event is presented by NC State’s Department of Horticultural Science, the North Carolina Commercial Flower Growers Association, and the JC Raulston Arboretum. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This educational program is open to green industry professionals only and will include continuing education credit through various licensing boards. Early registration (ends June 20): $35, late registration (begins June 21): $50. Contact Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu for more information.

 

July

 

July-October, Asheville, N.C.
Winged Wonders: Step into the World of Butterflies
The North Carolina Arboretum

Winged Wonders is an indoor butterfly exhibit featuring a chrysalis-rearing chamber and a walk-through butterfly house where visitors can meet a whole host of local butterfly species, including monarchs, swallowtails and more.

 

July 1, Belmont, S.C.
Horticulture Highlight Walk
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Our Horticulture Highlight walk will feature what’s in bloom and seasonally relevant gardening tips while you take a walk through our garden with members of our professional horticulture staff. 1-2 p.m. Free for garden members. For more information, call 704-825-4490 or visit dsbg.org.

 

July 1-9, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Ribbit the Exhibit
Brookgreen Garden

A remarkable traveling collection of larger-than-life copper frogs, by artist J.A. Cobb, taking part in a variety of activities.

 

July 5-7, Durham, N.C.
Plant Products Workshop
Sarah P. Duke Garden

Learn to make first-aid supplies, natural self-care products, edible delights, and useful tools using parts of plants in this 3-day workshop. Rising 9-12 grade. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. $200 per week. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

July 7, Rock Hill, S.C.
10 Worst Weeds & How to Manage Them
Glencairn Garden Learning Center

Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will talk about the 10 worst weeds that plague the home landscape and address best management practices. 11 a.m. Free and open to public. For more information, call 803-684-9919 or visit clemson.edu/extension/york.

 

July 8, Lake City, S.C.
Let’s Make Herbal Oils and Vinegar
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Join Pat Harpell as she teaches how to properly make, store, and decant oils and vinegar. Each attendee will take home at least one custom vinegar from herbs gathered at Moore Farms Botanical Gardens and an aromatic infused-oil. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $40 per person. Class size is limited, so register quickly! If you have any special needs or dietary restrictions for the class, please contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582.

 

July 8-9, Durham, N.C.
Bonsai Expo
Sarah P. Duke Garden

This 2-day exhibit will include more than 40 bonsai created in multiple styles from a wide range of plant species. You will also have the opportunity to learn the basic steps of creating a bonsai at daily demonstrations. Fees apply on weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday after 1 p.m. For more information or to register, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

July 9, 16, 23, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Summer Flora
North Carolina Botanical Gardens

Learn to recognize plants and gain experience using identification keys in a natural setting through field trips and exercises with Milo Pyne, plant ecologist. This course is intended for a broad audience, as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. No prerequisites. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $130 ($117 members). For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

July 10-14, Durham, N.C.
Animals In The Gardens
Sarah P. Duke Garden

Prowl the Gardens looking for a variety of animals in our flowers, fields, ponds, and streams. Rising K-2. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information or to register, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

July 11, Belmont, N.C.
Birding Walk
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for a stroll through the gardens to scout for seasonal birds, observe nesting patterns, and establish basis for bird counts. Bring binoculars if you have a pair. 9-10 a.m. For more information, call 704-825-4490 or visit dsbg.org. Free for garden members or with paid admission.

 

July 13, Kernersville, N.C.
Growing Miniature Hostas in North Carolina
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

The lecture by Bob Solberg, owner of Green Hill Farm, is free to members of PJCBG or a $5 donation for non-members. 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

 

July 14, Columbia, S.C.
Twilight in the Garden: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
Riverbank Zoo

The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction then enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. $3 Riverbanks members/$5 general public. For more information, call 803-779-8717.

 

July 17-21, Clemson, S.C.
Great Green Adventure Camp
South Carolina Botanical Garden

In this camp we’ll focus on hands-on exploration of the outdoors and ways to connect to and protect the natural world. Suggested ages: 6-12. 8 a.m.-noon. $90 per half-day session. For more information, contact Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or watts9@clemson.edu.

 

July 17-21, Durham, N.C.
Inventions From Nature
Sarah P. Duke Garden

From high tech fabrics to airplanes and zippers, humans have borrowed clever ideas from nature to solve problems. Find examples of inventions from nature from plants and animals in the gardens, and then tinker with contraptions to devise your own innovations. Rising 3-5 grades. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. $200 per week. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

July 20, Lake City, S.C.
A Walk in the Tropics
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Learn how to create a lush paradise using plants that will provide unique texture, color, and showstopping appearances in your landscape. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $15 per person. Class registration is limited. Each attendee will also get a tropical plant to take home. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582.

 

July 20, Raleigh, N.C.
Photography Walk
JC Raulston Arboretum

Susan Bailey will help participants explore several apps that are great for garden photography. Please bring your smartphone (iPhone or Android). 10-11 a.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. Register by contacting Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005. Registration is limited to 10 people. For more information, visit jcra.ncsu.edu.

 

July 20, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Citizen Science: Learn, Observe, Preserve
North Carolina Botanical Gardens   

An overview of citizen science and how to get started turning your curiosity about the natural world into a record of observations that not only supports science and conservation but also connects you to a thriving natural history community. Noon-1 p.m. This program is free but preregistration is required. For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

July 22, Belmont, N.C.
Bonsai 101
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Perfect for beginners and anyone curious about exploring a new hobby. This class will increase your confidence with bonsai and provide the opportunity for hands-on learning with a tree of your own to take home. Learn basic care including winter protection, fungus, and pest prevention. 10 a.m.-noon. $80 (members receive a 15% discount).  For more information or to register, call 704-825-4490 or visit dsbg.org.

 

July 24, Raleigh, N.C.
Summer Vegetable Garden Woes
JC Raulston Arboretum

A brief overview of the insects and diseases that attack your summer veggie garden and how to fight back organically. 10-11:30 a.m. Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum, Wake County Extension Master Gardeners, NC State University students (with ID), and department of horticultural science faculty and staff; all others $5. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu.

 

July 24-28, Durham, N.C.
Plant It, Grow It, Eat It
Sarah P. Duke Garden

Plant, tend, harvest, and taste fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Each day will include hands-on work time and play time in the garden. Rising K-2nd grades. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. $200 per week. For more information or to register, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

July 29, Lake City, S.C.
Gardening in the South
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

From red clay to sandy soils, deer to slugs we’ll cover a range of garden problems and how to deal with them as well as discuss design, maintenance, and of course plants in this fun and fast-paced talk. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $25 per person. Email Rebecca Turk at rturk@moorefarmsbg.org to reserve your spot or call 843-210-7582.

 

July 29, Raleigh, N.C.
Japanese Maple Grafting Workshop
JC Raulston Arboretum

Tim and Matt Nichols will discuss and demonstrate grafting techniques and assist each participant as they graft their own plants. 8:30 a.m.-noon. This workshop is limited to 15 participants. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu.

 

July 31-August 4, Durham, N.C.
Art And Science
Sarah P. Duke Garden

We will observe nature closely, record our observations in words and pictures, and experience beauty in the place where art and science meet. Have fun with hands-on experiments and learn the science of color and form to make expressive artworks. Rising K-2. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. $200 per week. For
more information or to register, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

July 31-Aug 4, Clemson, S.C.
Time Travelers Camp
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Join us at the Hunt Cabin and learn survival skills needed in the19th century. Learn how to build a cabin, cook on an open hearth, track animals, make period clothes, and more! For children 6-12 years old. 8 a.m.-noon. $90 per half-day session. For more information, contact Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or watts9@clemson.edu.

 

August

 

August 4, Rock Hill, S.C.
All Round Ups Not Created Equal
Glencairn Garden Learning Center

Round-up is a widely used product by many homeowners but there are many variations at garden centers – which one do you choose? Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will be discussing how these products work. 11 a.m. Free and open to public. For more information, call 803-684-9919 or visit clemson.edu/extension/york.

 

Aug 5-Oct 29, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
National Sculpture Society 84th Annual Awards Exhibition
Brookgreen Garden

The annual juried exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. This exhibit is on display in both galleries and is free with garden admission.

 

August 7-11, Durham, N.C.
Artists In The Gardens
Sarah P. Duke Garden

Use the garden for inspiration and as a source of unusual materials as we explore habitats, uncover wildlife, and identify plants. Experiment with various mediums, learn new techniques, and collaborate to express yourself. Rising 3-5 grades. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. $200. For more information, call
919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.

 

August 10, Kernersville, N.C.
A Curated Tour of our Tropical Garden
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Join us at 6:00 pm for the Summer Thursday Lecture at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street in Kernersville.  The lecture, given by Adrienne Roethling, PJCBG Garden Curator, is FREE to Members of PJCBG or a $5 donation for non-members.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, visit our News and Events page at www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

 

August 11, Columbia, S.C.
Twilight in the Garden: A Bug’s Life
Riverbanks Zoo

Explore Waterfall Junction then enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk (Waterfall Junction will open at 6 p.m. and close just prior to the start of the movie). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Cost: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

 

August 11-12, Raleigh, N.C.
Juried Print Competition
JC Raulston Arboretum

Adults and youth can submit original photographic prints of garden or plant related subjects. Distinguished judges will determine the winning images and cash awards will be presented. The winning prints along with the judges’ favorites will be displayed at the arboretum during the month of September. Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. – entries accepted; Saturday 7-8:30 p.m. – opening reception. $20 for adults, $10 for youths. Each entrant may submit a limit of two entries per registration. Each participant is limited to one registration. $5 additional fee if not pre-registered by July 31. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit www.jcra.ncsu.edu.

 

August 12, Raleigh, N.C.
Propagation Workshop
Plant Delights Nursery            

The day-long hands-on workshop will cover an amazing array of propagation techniques including seed, cuttings, divisions, plant breeding, and darn near everything but grafting. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $170. For more information, visit plantdelights.com or call 919-772-4794.

 

August 12, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Using Citizen Science Tools to Identify Plants and Butterflies
North Carolina Botanical Gardens

Learn the basics of photographing flora and fauna for identification, identifying butterflies and host plants in our area and using the free iNaturalist website and app for recording, sharing and organizing your natural history observations. Includes a field trip to nearby Mason Farm, where we’ll break into small groups to practice making butterfly and host plant observations for the Mason Farm Butterfly Project. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee is $32 ($30 Members) and preregistration is required. For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

August 17, Lake City, S.C.
Creating and Canning Chutney
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

In this class you’ll travel through canning process hands-on from start to finish, learning many tricks along the way. Everyone will leave with a homemade jar of delicious peach chutney, along with recipes to try at home. Sallie Dent Porth, Founder & Canner-in-Chief of Sallie’s Greatest, will lead the class using her canning expertise. After the class, she’ll offer some of her award winning jams to sample and sell, so get your taste buds ready. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and there is a fee of $35 per person. This class registration is limited to the first 18 people, so register quickly. If you have any special needs for the class, please contact Rebecca Turk at  843-210-7582. Classes are for beginners, but folks with canning skills are welcome to join and learn some new tricks too. Email Rebecca Turk (rturk@moorefarmsbg.org) to reserve your spot.

 

August 17, Raleigh, N.C.
Photography Walk
JC Raulston Arboretum

Susan Bailey will discuss and explore ways to make your images unusual. 10-11 a.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required by contacting Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005. For more information visit jcra.ncsu.edu.

 

August 19, Greensboro, N.C.
Bee Friendly to Bees Day
Cooperative Extension

Learn about pollination and beekeeping with a live beehive display, build a bee hotel, and tour the pollinator garden. This family-oriented event is free, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, contact the N. C. Cooperative Extension at 336-641-2400 or visit guilford.ces.ncsu.edu.

 

August 26, Lake City, S.C.
Home Composting Made Easy
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

From making traditional compost bins to vermicomposting, Brendan Huggins will show you all you need to know. Brendan will teach you the importance of compost, soils, materials, and steps to create beautiful compost and many tips of the trade. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $15 per person. Class size is limited to 25 people so register quickly! Email Rebecca Turk at rturk@moorefarmsbg.org to reserve your spot or call 843-210-7582.

 

August 26, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Veni, Vidi, Vici! Latin for Botanists
North Carolina Botanical Gardens

We will explore scientific names that are mischievous, historic, honorific, wrong, descriptive, and just plain fun! And no verbs will be conjugated. 10 a.m.-noon. Preregistration is required and the fee is $24 ($22 members). For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

August 27, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Saving Our Seeds Exhibit Reception
North Carolina Botanical Gardens

Join the staff of the NC Botanical Garden for the exhibit and reception for their four-month series of programs and exhibits about the importance of seeds with a kick-off presentation by Amanda Faucette, NCBG conservation botanist. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free, preregistration required. For more information and to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

August 28, Raleigh, N.C.
Therapeutic Horticulture
JC Raulston Arboretum

Rieppe Hendrick, Wake County Extension Master Gardener, will describe horticultural therapy techniques. 10-11:30 a.m.  Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum, Wake County Extension Master Gardeners, NC State University students (with ID), and department of horticultural science faculty and staff; all others $5. For more information, visit jcra.ncsu.edu.


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Ongoing

 

Wednesdays & Saturdays, Rockledge
Farmer’s Market
Rockledge Gardens

Rockledge Gardens, 2153 US-1, is pleased to offer locally grown and created produce and baked goods from 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 from 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.

 

Thursdays, Fort Myers
River District Farmers’ Market
Centennial Park

Join us every Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. year round in Centennial Park west of the Caloosahatchee Bridge for this green market, which offers a variety of local produce, seafood, baked goods, honey, nuts, cheese, flowers, plants and more for the discerning shopper. For more information, visit cityftmyers.com or call market manager Jean Baer at 239-691-9249.

 

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. Runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com.

 

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

This Saturday morning tradition started in 1997 and takes place from 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

 

Most Sundays, Mount Dora
Mount Dora Village Market
Elizabeth Evans Park

Shop for fresh produce, herbs, crafts and a growing range of products. Ample parking. For more information, visit mountdoramarket.com.

 

June

June 2, Orlando
Movies at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Experience movies outdoors in Orlando’s most beautiful garden! Leu Gardens offers an amazing and unique setting to see a classic or current feature film. Each month from February to December, no movie in July, Leu Gardens hosts a movie night at the floral clock on a 32 ft. screen, weather permitting. Moviegoers may bring dinner picnics including alcohol and seating (chairs or blanket, then sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie. Best of all, Leu Gardens opens early at 6 pm on all movie nights so moviegoers may stroll the 50-acre gardens before the movie. Movie time is 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children K–12th grade, and free for Leu Garden members. The Gardens are located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue. Call 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org for more information and movie selections.

 

June 3, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Garden

A guided tour of the gardens is offered the first Saturday of every month starting at 10 a.m. Regular admission price for non-members while members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.

 

June 4, Fort Myers
Hibiscus Show & Plant Sale
Araba Shrine Temple

This event takes place from 1-4 p.m. at 2010 Hanson Street. The James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society sponsors the event. Over 550 plants will be for sale in many different colors and varieties. Free raffle prizes will be given away every half hour. For more information call 239-848-7090 or visit hendrychapterahs.com.

 

June 5, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Story Time at Leu Gardens is a fun approach illustrating to young children the benefits of reading through songs, rhymes, and books. Storytellers from Orange County Library System share a variety of ways to engage your child into playful reading. Story Time is for families with infants to 5 years of age. It is held the first Monday of each month, excluding city holidays (July and September) and is free. Hundreds of families participate each month in this amazing and imaginative story time event. The event runs from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with three age appropriate sessions: 10-10:15 a.m., infants to 18 months; 10:20-10:35 a.m., toddlers; 10:40-11 a.m., preschoolers. Thank you to Kids Urgent Care for sponsoring this free event to our community. Harry P. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803.  For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.

 

June 10, Titusville
Sea Rocket Chapter – Native Plant Sale
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Sea Rocket Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will have trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals available for purchase. Plants native to Florida are not the same as plants introduced from other places. Native plants provide conservation benefits that others rarely measure up to. They also are the plants that will literally bring life to your landscape. Native plants form the only real foundation for Florida’s butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, hummingbirds, songbirds, and other interesting wildlife. Located at Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd. (SR450) Titusville, FL. in the Butterfly Gardens 10 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 17, Vero Beach
13th Annual Waterlily Celebration
McKee Botanical Garden

Visitors will have a chance to see a magnificent collection of water lilies at this annual event, which runs from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 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. Call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org for more information.

 

June 18, Gainesville
Father’s Day Special
Kanapaha Botanical Garden

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

 

June 24, Fort Myers
Taste of Lee Tropical Fruit Fair
City Gate Ministries

This event is the brainchild of Lee County Extension Agent Stephen Brown. Admission is $2; children under 12 are admitted free to this event that takes place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 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. Call 239-533-7504 for more information.

 

July

 

July 8, New Port Richey
Summer Festival Begonia Sale
6329 Alaska Avenue

The annual summer festival sale of the Florida West Coast Begonia Society will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. rain or shine. This sale features one of the largest selections of begonias offers anywhere in the Tampa Bay area. Held at the home of Greg Sytch, president of the group, the sale includes rexes, angelwings and canes, rhizomatous and other neat tropicals. Mature plants will be displayed along with bromeliads galore, both of which also are available in the sale. For more information, call or text Greg at 727-237-3106 or email him at gsytch@cs.com. Early bird visits that week are available by appointment.

 

July 8-9, Miami
25th Annual International Mango Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Join us as we celebrate our tropical summers with the juiciest event: the International Mango Festival. Enjoy two days of the King of Tropical Fruit. There will be lectures, cooking demonstrations and tips to keep your mango trees thriving. Pick up a trick from local chefs, shop artisan vendors and pick up delicious foods from local vendors while sampling refreshing brews perfect for summertime. For more information, call 305-667-1651 or visit fairchildgarden.org.


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June 2, Athens
Friends First Friday: The Durham Horticulture Farm
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Ryan McNeil, superintendent of the 90-acre University of Georgia Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, will share just exactly what happens there. He will explain how the land is used, what crops are grown, and the research carried out to produce the best fruits, vegetables, pecans, and other plants to help make Georgia farmers an important part of the food chain. He will also include a bit about bee research carried out in the midst of the crops. 9-10:30 a.m., $12, includes breakfast. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6138.

 

June 3-4, Douglasville
Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival
Various locations throughout Douglas County

Festival activities will include a flower show, garden market, garden tours, Master Gardeners’ Vegetable Garden Scarecrows, and the Courthouse Gallery Art Exhibit. For more information, visit hydrangeafest.org or call 678-449-3939.

 

June 2, 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 or call
706-542-6156.

 

June 3, Athens
Learn to Identify, Grow, and Conserve Carnivorous Plants
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

We will cover the importance of their habitats and what conservation steps are being taken to preserve this species-rich habitat, plus identification, propagation, and different native carnivorous habitats.  Each participant will pot up their own carnivorous plants to take home. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.

 

June 3, Columbus
The Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival
Columbus Botanical Garden

An AHS accredited daylily show that also includes arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and several daylily vendors. Free daylily classes and demos in the afternoon. Free admission to the garden and festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This event is presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Society, Columbus Botanical Garden, and UGA Extension. For more information, visit columbusbotanicalgarden.com or call 706-327-8400.

 

June 4, Woodstock
Summer in the Miniature Garden
Autumn Hill Nursery

Create a summer-themed miniature garden for your home. $20 materials cost includes container, soil, moss, and three plants. 11 a.m. For more information, call 770-442-3901.

 

June 10, Carrollton
Southern Winegrape Symposium
Carroll County Ag Center

The Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia in conjunction with UGA Extension Carroll County invite all current and aspiring individuals interested in learning more about growing grapes and making wine. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., $50 per person by May 30. $65 after May 30 and at the door. For more information, visit vinewinewga.com or call 770-836-8546.

 

June 10, Kennesaw
Bonsai Study Group
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Included with garden admission. 9 a.m.-4: p.m. For more information, call 770-919-0248 or visit smithgilbertgardens.com.

 

June 10, Greater Atlanta Area
American Hydrangea
Society Garden Tour

The 23rd Annual AHS Garden Tour of a number of beautiful gardens in the Atlanta Metro area. $30 for one ticket or $40 for two garden tour tickets. For more information, visit americanhydrangeasociety.org/Annual-Garden-Tour.

 

June 14, Atlanta
Atlanta’s Amphibians: Identifying Our Urban Frogs and Salamanders
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Learn more about these amphibians – their habitats and the best time of year to see them. Anyone interested in local amphibians, and learning how to identify frogs by call is encouraged to attend. Make sure to bring a flashlight for frog spotting in the Conservatory! 6:30-8:30 p.m., $29. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.

 

June 17, Athens
Where Do Hummingbirds Hide?
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Class time will be spent discussing the mapped hummingbird trail while discovering tips for spotting these tiny creatures in Georgia habitats. A tour of the trail will be given after the class so bring a camera or binoculars if you’d like! 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.

 

June 22, Jonesboro
Easy Dishes Using Fresh Veggies
Clayton County International Park

Identify the benefits of cooking with fresh veggies and herbs grown in your garden. Learn how to pair garden veggies with commonly used foods found in the local grocery store. Free, noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 770-473-5434 or register online at eventbrite.com/e/easy-dishes-using-fresh-veggies-tickets-32743650139.

 

June 23-24, Ellijay
Flower Show – Architecture: The Art of Expression
Gilmer County Library

Presented by The Garden Club of Ellijay. Friday 2-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Laura C. Martin, well-known horticulturist and author will present the program, “Taming the Natives: Gardening with Southern Wildflowers” Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Free. For more information, call 404-290-6422.

 

June 24–25, Atlanta
Refugee Recipe Celebration
Atlanta Botanical Garden

In honor of World Refugee Day, refugee cooks from Sudan, Burma, Nepal, and Syria will visit the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen to create tastes from freshly grown food highlighting authentic recipes. Families will enjoy seed planting and other discovery activities. Free with garden admission. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.

 

July

 

July 7, Athens
Friends First Friday: Summer Blooming Bulbs
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Clifford Brock, botanical garden curator of the chapel and assistant curator in the flower garden would like to introduce First Friday guests to some easy-to-grow, yet infrequently planted summer perennial bulbs. Includes a full breakfast. 9-10:30 a.m., $12. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call
706-542-6138.

 

July 8, Mableton
Georgia Native Plant Society Workday  
Heritage Park

Come and help remove invasive exotic species and allow natives to retake their rightful place along the trail. 9-11 a.m. Contact connieg6474@gmail.com by July 6 to indicate you will be attending and/or to get further information.  Bring work gloves and any hand landscape/gardening tools you are comfortable using.

 

July 13, Atlanta
Shade Gardening
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Learn about fantastic understory trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plant choices. The class focuses on plants that work well in combination for a shade garden that looks like a healthy plant community. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $29, registration deadline July 10. For information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.

 

July 15, Atlanta
Orchids for Beginners I: Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilum
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Examine how to grow these plants and their relatives in the typical home environment. Each class participant will go home with an orchid plant. 10 a.m.-noon. $34, registration deadline July 12. For information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.

 

July 22, Ball Ground
The Misunderstood World of Reptiles and Amphibians
Gibbs Gardens

Leave your fear at home and join Lee and Pam Cheever to explore the interesting world of snakes, turtles, lizards, and more. The instructors will talk about the role of these creatures in the animal kingdom and enlighten us about the difference between venomous and non-venomous. Attendees will have the opportunity to see these animals up close and touch or even hold, them, if desired. Only hand tamed, non-venomous animals will be part of the demonstration. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit gibbsgardens.com or call 770-893-1881.

 

August

 

August 4, Athens
Friends First Friday
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Jane Bath, noted landscape designer, has been practicing horticulture and landscape design in the Athens area for many years. She wrote the excellent The Landscape Design Answer Book, owned Land Arts Nursery, and discovered Bath’s Pink dianthus and Bath’s aster. She will discuss tips for working with your particular landscaping needs and take questions about specific issues the audience may have about home landscapes. 9-10:30 a.m., $12. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6138.

 

August 12, Mableton
Georgia Native Plant Society Workday
Heritage Park

Come and help remove invasive exotic species and allow natives to retake their rightful place along the trail. 9-11 a.m. Contact connieg6474@gmail.com by August 10 to indicate you will be attending and/or to get further information. Bring work gloves and any hand landscape/gardening tools you are comfortable using.

 

August 13, Athens
Beekeeping for Beginners: Varroa Mites and Overwintering Hives
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This is the seventh and final class for the Beekeeping for Beginners series. Advance your beekeeping knowledge and skills as you perform a 24-hour varroa mite count and apply a variety of fall treatments for varroa and other pests. Protective veil and gloves are required for this course. 9-11 a.m., $35. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.

 

August 22, Atlanta
Alston Lecture
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Annie Martin (a.k.a. Mossin’ Annie) of Mountain Moss Enterprises and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening provides valuable insight on how to transform a garden or lawn into a serene, green retreat showcasing the world’s oldest living land plants: eco-friendly mosses. A book signing will follow. This is a free event. The Philip and Elkin Alston Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Loridans Foundation. 7-8 p.m. For information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.

 

August 24, Atlanta
Autumn Veggie Garden: Planning Ahead
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Find out about vegetables and herbs that perform well throughout the autumn months and learn important techniques for improving results for a delicious harvest up to and beyond the first frost. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $29, registration deadline August 21. For information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.

 

August 26, Athens
They are Back: Hummingbirds and the Hummingbird Trail
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join us for a ramble as we walk through the Hummingbird Trail to find the hummingbird’s secret hiding places.  Bring a camera or binoculars if you’d like and join the adventure! The last hour of the ramble is intended for participants to have time to independently photograph or observe the hummingbirds. 9-11 a.m. Free. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.

 

August 26, Athens
Plant Conservation: Protecting Plant Diversity in the Garden and in the Wild
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This course surveys threats to biodiversity in Georgia and worldwide, examples of rare plant research, techniques for restoration and reintroduction, and ways individuals and organizations are making a difference in protecting the rare plants of Georgia. Class will include group discussions and tours of the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $105. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.

 

August 27, Atlanta
Practical Beekeeping: A Hands-On Approach
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Students will learn the basics of honeybee biology, beehive maintenance, and beekeeping equipment. Learn by working hands-on with the garden beehives. Taught by Curtis Gentry, garden beekeeper. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $34, registration deadline Aug. 23. For information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.

 

August 30, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 1: Line/Line Mass Design
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Our popular five-part flower arranging series starts again. Upon completion of all five units, students will be awarded the Basic Design Certificate from The Garden Club of Georgia. Courses do not need to be completed in order. Participants will be provided a list of materials to bring to class. Limited to 20 participants. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $45. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.


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June

 

Beginning June 2 – Des Moines

The Summer Exhibition: HortEcology
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Four-month exhibition features a wildflower and grains meadow, interpretation and programming that explore connections between horticulture and ecology.

 

Beginning June 5 - Ames

Intermediate Photography: Take Control of Your Camera
Reiman Gardens

Four-week program, Mondays, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Beginning June 6 - Ames
Photography Master Study
Reiman Gardens

Four-week program, Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

June 7 - Ames
Landscape Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week program Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

June 8 – Des Moines
Spring Luncheon
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Annual luncheon tradition featuring headline speaker and lunch.

 

June 17 - Ames
Rose Fest
Reiman Gardens

Iowa Rose Society Rose Show, a juried show open to the public immediately following judging (about 1 p.m.) until 4:00 p.m., in the Garden Room.

 

June 17 – Urbandale
Pioneer Wedding
Living History Farms                                                  

Pioneer Farm recreates 1850’s wedding, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with ceremonies at 11a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

June 18 - Ames
Father’s Day
Reiman Gardens

Dads admitted free, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

June 23 - Urbandale
Teacher Appreciation Day
Living History Farms

Teachers admitted free; family members pay regular admission fee, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

June 24 - Ames
Iowa Regional Lily Show
Reiman Gardens

Iowa Regional Lily Society’s  Annual Lily Show,  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

June 24 - Ames
Pollinator Fest
Reiman Gardens

Celebrate National Pollinator Week,10 a.m. to 2 p.m., education and fun events.

 

July

 

July 2, Dubuque
Sundaes in the Gardens
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Free event at the Porch & Garden Room, 2 to 4 pm. The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens are open 365 days, dawn until dusk.

 

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27, Dubuque
Music in the Gardens
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Free concert series, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Packard Pavilion. Guests sit on lawn chairs, enjoy food, the company of friends and a delightful variety of entertainment, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the gardens.

 

July 3, Ames
Independence Day Fireworks
Reiman Gardens

Opens 9 a.m. to the conclusion of the fireworks display, at 6 p.m.

 

July 4, Urbandale
Independence Day
Living History Farms

Historic Independence Day celebration in the 1875 town of Walnut Hill. Fun for the entire family including pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, watermelon seed spitting contests and more! Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; activities begin 11 a.m.

 

July 6, 13, 20 & 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, Ames
Kids Story Time
Reiman Gardens

Each session runs from 10 to 11 a.m. and features a theme with two books read aloud, followed by a related activity.

 

July 8, Decorah
Mason Jennings Benefit Concert
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Feature singer-songwriter Mason Jennings, folk rock artists The Pines, and indie-Americana songstress Pieta Brown, 7 p.m.

 

July 9, Ames
Garden Art Fair
Reiman Gardens

Enjoy the work of more than 50 artists displaying and selling their high quality, garden- and nature-inspired jewelry, watercolor, pottery, woodwork, glass, and more, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

July 12 and August 9, Ames
Free Admission Day
Reiman Gardens

Second Wednesday of the month, visit Reiman Gardens free, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

July 13 & August 10, Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon
Reiman Gardens

Bring your lunch and enjoy a nature-based education program, noon to 1 p.m. Topic relates to 2017 theme, Water. August 10 topic is “The Reiman Gardens Intern Experience.”

 

July 14, 15, 16, Decorah
Conference and Campout
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Cultivate community, knowledge, and an appreciation of seeds during the 37th annual Conference and Campout. Gardeners, educators, and agricultural leaders converge on Heritage Farm for a weekend of unforgettable classes, tours, and food.

 

July 15, Urbandale
Ioway Culture Day  
Living History Farms       
                                                        
The people of the Ioway nation were among Iowa’s first farmers. Explore this Native American culture  that gave Iowa its name. Experience how the Ioway built their homes, prepared food, and farmed,. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; activities 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

July 18 & August 15, Ames
Floral Design Series: Wet & Wild - Tropical Arrangements
Reiman Gardens

Tropical flowers arranged in a contemporary design, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. August 15 class features fan-shaped arrangements.

 

July 19 & August 16, Ames
Behind the Scenes: Hillside Garden Project
Reiman Gardens

Each month 11 a.m. to noon, staff presents an interactive, behind the scenes look at Reiman Gardens. Each month’s topic features a mini-tour, interesting facts, and the chance to see many things not typically open to the public. July’s topic is Hillside Garden Project. August is Outdoor Butterfly Walk.

 

July 29, Urbandale
Circuit Court Day
Living History Farms

Join the citizens of Walnut Hill for an afternoon of law and order. Lawyers, witnesses, judge and court clerks, re-created by costumed interpreters, present real court cases from 1870s Iowa courts. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., activities 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

August

 

August 4, Ames
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens

Quarterly event presents live music in a beautiful garden setting, 5 to 8 p.m. Buffet dinner and dessert and cash bar available.

 

August 5, Urbandale
Grain Harvest     
Living History Farms   
                                          
Experience the many methods to harvest oats and wheat, from 1850 to the present. Help bring in the harvest that will feed the animals throughout the winter. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., activities 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

August 12, Urbandale
Victorian Birthday       
Living History Farms         
                                                        
Visit the Flynn Mansion for a glimpse of childhood’s pleasures from times past. Victorian mansion decorated for a little girl’s party, complete with historic streamers and examples of birthday gifts. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., activities 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

August 18, 19, & 20, Decorah
Seed School
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Learn how to grow, harvest, store, and save seeds; discuss the importance of preserving crop diversity in your backyard. Registration required.

 

August 26, Decorah
Cooking with Heirlooms
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Indulge your senses sampling new fruit and vegetable varieties and re-create classic recipes during hour-long culinary workshop, featuring heirloom plants, 11 a.m. Registration required.

 

 

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

The Brenton Arboretum
Website: thebrentonarboretum.org 
Email: beth@thebrentonarboretum.org 
Phone: 515-992-4211 

Living History Farms
Website: lhf.org
Email: pr@lhf.org, 
Phone: 515-278-5286  

Reiman Gardens
Website: reimangardens.com
Email: reimangardens@iastate.edu
Phone: 515-294-2710 


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Through June 25, Fort Wayne
Perspectives Live Butterfly Display
Botanical Conservatory

At the conservatory’s newest exhibit of live butterflies, learn which plants are essential for the caterpillars, and get a close look at the awesome wing scales, proboscis, and compound eyes of the butterflies. Costs regular admission price. (First Thursday of the month is $1 admission.) Free parking. At 1100 S. Calhoun St. Visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.


Through June 30, Valparaiso
Fairy Gardens Exhibit
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Visit this trail of whimsical miniature gardens surrounding Heron Pond. Made from natural and recycled materials, each fairy home is unique with a natural landscape to match its personality. Free with admission. Call 219-462-0025, email info@taltree.org, or visit taltree.org/events.

 

June

 

June 3 and 17, Valparaiso
Fairy Garden Class
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Participants will learn how to plan out a fairy garden and take care of its plants. Students should bring a 12-inch-by-12- inch-by-4-inch container. Soil, two small plants, pathway material, and a fairy is covered by the program fee. A variety of other accessories will be available for purchase. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $40 members; $50 nonmembers. Call 219-462-0025, email info@taltree.org, or visit taltree.org/events.
 

June 7, Indianapolis
22nd Annual Garden Walk
Northeast Quadrant

The Indianapolis Garden Club will host its Garden Walk. Gardens may be visited in any order and are located within 10 to 15 minutes of one another. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour tickets cost $35. Luncheon at Woodstock Club costs $25. Ticket and maps will be sent upon receipt of payment. Information and online tickets at igcgardenwalk.com. Contact Julie at j.shortridge2@gmail.com, or call 317-925-5848.
 

June 7-10, Indianapolis
Hosta Hysteria
Wyndham Indianapolis West

The Indianapolis Hosta Society presents “Hosta Hysteria,” the 2017 American Hosta Society National Convention. The event offers four days of garden tours, socializing, and education. Hop on coach buses to tour 10 gardens, and learn about “The Layered Garden”, “Hellebores” and more from speakers. Registration is required. However, June 9, Friday, noon to 6 p.m., the public is invited to attend to the hosta leaf show and shop at the 20-plus vendors’ display, free of charge. Visit indyhosta2017.com, or call Pat Brummer at 317-251-6465.
 

June 10, Noblesville
Tea in the Rose Garden
Hamilton County Fairgrounds

The Hamilton County Master Gardeners’ Association is hosting a tea in the Educational Rose Garden. In addition to the array of roses, Master Gardeners will answer questions and offer advice. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Visit hcmga.org, or call 317-679-5893.
 

June 10, Noblesville
Back to the Basics Rosefest
Hamilton County Fairgrounds

Come see a display of locally grown roses and arrangements, sponsored by the Indianapolis Rose Society. Guest speaker Pat Shanley, president of the American Rose Society and author of Sustainable Rose Gardening, will discuss sustainable rose gardening. Roundtable workshops will include rose pruning, soil preparation, flower arranging, cooking and flavoring with roses, and rose classifications. Potted roses and gardening supplies will be for sale. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Visit indianapolisrosesociety.com, or call Teresa at 317-514-8999.
 

June 17, Greensburg
Garden Tour
Decatur County Historical Society

The Give-Un-Take Garden Club will host its garden tour of six to seven personal gardens. Tickets will be available day of the tour at the Decatur County Historical Society. Look for associated specials with area eateries and retailers. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Contact Sarah at nahmiasmud@gmail.com, or call 812-663-2825.

 

June 17-18, Bloomington
27th Annual Summer Garden Walk

Visit four very special private gardens, Indiana University’s Hilltop Gardens and this year’s Flower Show at the Monroe County History Center. The garden walk will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the Garden Walk cost $10. For more information, please visit http://www.bloomingtongardenclub.com.
 

June 24, Valparaiso
Porter County Garden Walk
Garden of Heroes, Hayes Leonard Elementary School

See Northwest Indiana’s premier garden tour, sponsored by Porter County Master Gardeners Association and Purdue Extension. There will be several gardens in and around Valparaiso. Master Gardeners will answer questions at each garden. There will be door prize drawings at every garden. Tour is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you purchase tickets on the day of the walk, begin your tour prior to 2 p.m. at the Garden of Heroes, Hayes Leonard Elementary School. Visit pcgarden.info, or call 219-465-3555.
 

June 24, Richmond
Petal and Stem Garden Club Flower Show
MCL Cafeteria

The Petal and Stem Garden Club of Richmond will host their annual flower show on June 24 at MCL Cafeteria, 3801 East Main St. From 1 to 4 p.m. Open to the public. Call Ruth Bane at 765-855-5450, or email rhbane39@aol.com.

 

June 24 & 25, Evansville
Tour de Fleur Garden Walk
Master Gardener Display Garden

Heavenly hydrangeas, delightful daylilies, and a woodland wonderland are just a few of the spectacular sights to experience at 14 private gardens in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. CT. Sponsored by Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association (SWIMGA) and Tucker Publishing Group, this event funds horticulture scholarships and educational programs. Tickets $15 in advance / $20 day of tour. Garden info booklet distributed with ticket. Visit swimga.org or call 812.853.6672 or 812.853.0251.

 

June 24-25 Plainfield
Plainfield Garden Tour
Plainfield Area

The annual Plainfield Garden Tour will feature seven private gardens. Field experts will be available for questions at several gardens again this year. This self-guided tour is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 25 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $12, and will be available beginning May 29 at the Plainfield Library, Plainfield Marsh Supermarket, and Do It Best “The” Hardware Store. The event is presented by the Friends of the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library and sponsored by Cumberland Trace. Visit plainfieldgardentour.com.

 

July

 

July 1-Nov 12, Fort Wayne
Blumengarten
Botanical Conservatory

Immerse yourself in a landscape painted with colorful flowers. From summer through fall the Botanical Conservatory celebrates their German twin, the City of Gera, with a special garden of European flavor. Discover more about Gera, this German sister city since 1992. For hours and admission rates visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6640.

 

July 1, Kokomo
Grand Funk Railroad
Foster Park Amphitheater

Kokomo summer concert series features Grand Funk Railroad, including their founding members Don Brewer and Mel Schacher joined by veterans Max Carl (.38 Special), Bruce Kulick (KISS) and Tim Cashion (Bob Seger). Grand Funk Railroad is known for stadium rock hits of the 1970s. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. From 7 to 11 p.m. Free admission. Visit kokomosummerseries.com or contact Andy Wilson at awilson@bohlsengroup.com or 317-602-7137.

 

July 1-Aug 26, (Every Saturday) Muncie
Farmers’ Market
Minnetrista

Discover various fresh, local, and remarkable finds during the Farmers’ Market at Minnetrista. Don’t forget to visit the Orchard Shop when you visit the outdoor market every Saturday. From 8 a.m. to noon. Visit minnetrista.net or call 765-282-4848.

 

July 8-9, Centerville
Historic Garden and Home Tour
Mansion House

Tour the historic Mansion House, located along the National Road (214 East Main St.). Built in 1840, the building once served as a tavern to travelers. The event also features an ice cream social and homemade pies. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $10 each. Tickets are available in advance at the Centerville Library or at the door the days of the tour. Proceeds support the Mansion House and the Salisbury Log Courthouse. Contact Ruth Bane at rhbane39@aol.com, or call 765-855-5100.

 

July 8, Crown Point and Dyer/Schererville
Garden Walk
Lake County

The Lake County Indiana Master Gardeners are hosting their garden tour called “A Day in the Gardens.” Each garden is unique, featuring waterfalls, lakes, ponds, statues, and unusual plants, and flowers. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 each. For information, including where to purchase tickets, visit lakecountymastergardeners.com, call 219-755-3240, or email lakecountymastergardeners@gmail.com.

 

July 9, Indianapolis
Annual Daylily Show
Sullivan Hardware

The Indiana Daylily-Iris Society invites you to attend their annual Daylily Show at Sullivan Hardware and Garden Center. Members will display their most prized daylilies. Many of these daylilies are not seen at local garden centers. From 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. Visit indianadaylilyirissociety.org, Facebook page Indiana Daylily-Iris Society (IDIS), or call Shirley Toney at 317-346-0005.

 

July 9, Middlebury
Annual Garden Tour
Nine Home Gardens

The Michiana Master Gardeners present their annual garden tour. The nine gardens are diverse and lovely, each in their own way. The hospitality center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have plants and crafts for sale. Gardens are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presale tickets cost $10; tickets on the day of the tour cost $12. Free parking available at the hospitality center. Visit Facebook at michianamastergardeners, email nborkhol@purdue.edu, or call 574-533-0554.

 

July 13, Indianapolis
Stepping Stone Workshop
Garfield Conservatory

Create a decorative stepping stone to brighten up your garden. Supplies will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own decorations. Stones must be left to dry and can be picked up later. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Costs $7 per stone. Ages 3 and up. Registration required by July 10. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-7275.

 

July 14, Muncie
Glass Workshop
Minnetrista

Create your own fused glass pendant at Minnetrista. You will learn how to grind and cut beautiful glass that you can wear with pride. All crafted artwork will be available for pick up the following week in the Orchard Shop at Minnetrista. From 6 to 8 p.m. Costs $35; member discounts apply. Register by July 10, registration is available online at minnetrista.net, or call 765-282-4848.

 

July 15, Valparaiso
Nature Photography Workshop
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Do you like photographing nature? Join the photo fun where attendees will view nature photographs, take a photo excursion on the 330-acre Taltree grounds, and make prints of their favorite images. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $15 members; $20 non-members. Visit taltree.org, email info@taltree.org, or call 219-462-0025.

 

July 16, Valparaiso
Twelfth Night
Taltree’s Outdoor Stage

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s Touring Company will perform a family-friendly version of Shakespeare’s comedy, “Twelfth Night.” Free admission to the arboretum begins at 5 p.m. Performance is from 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Visit taltree.org, email info@taltree.org, or call 219-462-0025.

 

July 22, Kokomo
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
Foster Park Amphitheater

The Kokomo summer concert series features the Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels (Indiana State Harley Owners). They are known for their hits “Devil with a Blue Dress” and “Jenny Take a Ride.” Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. From 7 to 11 p.m. Free admission. Visit kokomosummerseries.com, or contact Andy Wilson at awilson@bohlsengroup.com, or 317-602-7137.

 

July 26, Valparaiso
Night Hike
Taltree Arboretum

Explore the arboretum after hours. What creatures will you hear or see in the night? Join a Taltree naturalist for this hike from 8 to 9 p.m. Costs $5 per adult, $3 per child. Pre-registration is required. Visit taltree.org, email info@taltree.org, or call 219-462-0025.

 

July 29, Kokomo
Rhumfest
Foster Park Amphitheater

The Kokomo summer concert series will feature local Kokomo area favorites including the Summer Sonic Class, artist and bands from Rhum Academy, as well as Visual Signals. From 7 to 11 p.m. Free admission. Visit kokomosummerseries.com, or contact Andy Wilson via awilson@bohlsengroup.com, or 317-602-7137.

 

July 30, Indianapolis
Garden Folklore
Garfield Conservatory

Learn fun folklore surrounding popular plants, and try your skills at making herbal tea. From 2 to 3 p.m. Costs $5 per person. Registration required. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-7275.

 

August

 

August 4, Valparaiso
Cinderella Ball
Taltree Arboretum

This princess-themed dance features photos with a horse-drawn carriage, hors d’oeuvres and dances sure to make your daughter feels like royalty. From 6 to 8 p.m. Costs $10 for member adults, and $15 for non-member adults; $5 for a member child, or $10 for a non-member child. Visit taltree.org, email info@taltree.org, or call 219-462-0025.

 

August 6, Indianapolis
Beekeeping Basics
Garfield Conservatory

Learn about bee biology, experience first-hand how honey is harvested, and taste a sample. From 1 to 3 p.m. Registration encouraged. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-7275.

 

August 7, Indianapolis
Magnolias
Holliday Park Nature Center

The Indianapolis Hosta Society (IHS) hosts “Magnolias,” a presentation by Andrew Bunting, director of plant collections at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Bunting will discuss how to use magnolias in small gardens and tight spaces, and which companion plants to choose. He details the USDA Zones in which they’ll grow and flower, and the type of soil, sunlight, and care they need. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit indianapolishostasociety.org, or contact Pat Brummer at 317-251-6465.

 

August 8, Zionsville
Classification of Roses
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center

The Indianapolis Rose Society will host Diane and Roger Brueckman, Baldwin, Ill., who will discuss “Classification of Roses.” Diane is the former curator of the Missouri Botanical Rose Garden. Roger is the current Illinois-Indiana District director of the American Rose Society. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit indianapolisrosesociety.com, or call Linda Kimmel at 317-902-6016.

 

August 10, Muncie
Bead Making
Minnestrista

Discover the joy of creating your own unique, glass beads in an open flame class. In this guided step-by-step how-to class, you will have access to a wide variety of glass colors and textures, tools, kilns, torches, and safety gear. All artwork made will be available for pick up the following week in the Orchard Shop at Minnetrista. From 6 to 9 p.m. Costs $55; member discounts apply. Register by Aug. 7; registration is available online at minnetrista.net, or call 765-282-4848.

 

August 12, Indianapolis
Saving Your Bounty of Herbs
Garfield Park Conservatory

Surprised by how many herbs you grew? You’d hate to see them all go to waste once the cold weather arrives. Learn how to harvest and preserve that garden-fresh taste for the cold months. You’ll go home with handouts and recipes. Herbal refreshments provided. Space is limited, so reserve a spot quickly. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Costs $5 per seat. Call 317-327-7066, or visit herbsocietyofcentralindiana.org.

 

August 12, Kokomo
Son Volt
Foster Park Amphitheater

The Kokomo summer concert series will feature Son Volt, an American alternative country group. Presented by Weber Speakers, the show will also feature Song Syndrome and Black Radio. From 7 to 11 p.m. Free admission. Visit kokomosummerseries.com, or contact Andy Wilson at awilson@bohlsengroup.com, or
317-602-7137.

 

August 12, Muncie
Bead Making
Minnestrista

Discover the joy of creating unique glass beads in an open flame class. This guided step-by-step class will provide access to a wide variety of glass colors and textures, tools, kilns, torches, and safety gear. All artwork made will be available for pick up the following week in the Orchard Shop at Minnetrista. From 1 to 4 p.m. Costs $55; member discounts apply. Register by Aug. 9; registration is available online at minnetrista.net, or call 765-282-4848.

 

August 19, Indianapolis
Annual Daylily and Iris Sale
Sullivan Hardware and Garden

The Indiana Daylily-Iris Society invites you to attend their Annual Daylily and Iris Sale at Sullivan Hardware and Garden. Members will offer their daylilies and irises at reduced prices, including outstanding varieties and colors not offered at local garden centers. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit indianadaylilyirissociety.org, Facebook page at Indiana Daylily-Iris Society (IDIS), or contact Shirley Toney at 317-346-0005.

 

August 19, Wabash
Wabash Garden Fest
Paradise Spring Historical Park

Come to the Wabash Garden Fest, which features programs on gardening, upcycling, herbs, crafts, and more. Vendors will sell garden-related services, herbs, crafts, unique garden items, and food. There will be free adult interactive programs, and free trolley rides to historic sites and events. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Paradise Spring Historical Park, 351 E. Market Street. Contact Julie Deniston at julie@1059thebash.com, or call 260-568-1299.

 

August 20, Indianapolis
Beautiful Butterflies
Garfield Conservatory

Kids will discover butterflies and caterpillars and make a cool craft. Registration required. Program will take place in the Children’s Garden. From 2 to 3 p.m. Costs $5 per child. For ages 6 to 14. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-7275.


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June

 

June 2 & 16, Lexington
Docent-Guided Garden Tour    
The Arboretum

The tour is open to 25 attendees. Groups of 5 and over must preregister. The cost is $3 per person, payable at the event by cash or check only. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information or registration, call
859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit orwww.ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.

 

June 3-4, Lexington
2017 Garden Tour
Eight Lexington Gardens

Visit eight Lexington gardens from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at King’s Garden Center, Michler’s, Best of Flowers, Springhouse Gardens, and at the gardens on the day of the tour. Proceeds from the tour fund grants for beautification projects across the city. For more information, visit lexgardenclubs.org.

 

June 4, Clermont
First Sunday Nature Hike    
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join a volunteer naturalist for an engaging nature hike on the first Sunday of each month. Registration is not required; just show up with your curiosity and comfortable walking shoes. Hikes begin at 2 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The hike is free, but the $5 environmental impact fee applies to non-members at entrance. For more information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.

June 6, Paducah
Garden Rooms    
McCracken County Extension Service  
 
This presentation on creating garden rooms is part of the Toolbox Garden Series and will be presented by Raylene Gages as a free class. 5-6 p.m. For additional information, call 270-554-9520, email dl_ces_mccracken@email.uky.edu, or visit mccracken.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 7, Clermont
Lunch & Learn: Green Heritage    
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Bernheim Lunch & Learn programs are designed for those who enjoy spending time outdoors in the company of other adults who love learning about nature. Hosted by Corinne Mastey, Volunteer Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide, each program includes group introductions, a short themed hike, and a fabulous lunch from Isaac’s Cafe. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and the cost is $15/$20 for members/non-members. Registration and payment are due by 4 p.m. on the day prior to the program. For information/registration, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.

 

June 8, Highland Heights
Carnivorous Plants        
Campbell County Extension Service

Although many gardeners may be familiar with the Venus flytrap, they may not be aware of the diversity of carnivorous plants that can add enjoyment to the home garden. Join us at 10 a.m. to learn about several carnivorous plants and how to care for them. Each participant will receive a small plant. Registration is required. For additional information, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit
campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 8, Lexington
Elephant Ears    
Fayette County Extension Service

These impressive tropical giants are easy to grow, and our class, meeting at 6:30 p.m., will expose you to unusual varieties focusing primarily on the upright Alocasia. These are sure to amaze visitors to your garden, and can be overwintered easily. The cost is $20. For more information or required registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.   

 

June 10, La Grange
Ask a Master Gardener    
Oldham County Public Library

The kickoff for the Oldham County Master Gardeners volunteer activity will be at the Oldham County Public Library and will provide an opportunity for the public to receive expert advice on many areas of gardening activity. For additional information, contact Trace at 502-222-9453 or traci.missun@uky.edu.

 

June 10, Versailles
Spring Garden Tour        
Woodford County Woman’s Club

The tour will include seven diverse gardens, both rural and urban. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. For additional information, email Joy McKenzie at jklmckenzie@yahoo.com or call 859-338-3464.

 

June 12-16, Lexington
Junior Master Gardener
The Arboretum

A weeklong camp for kids aged 8-12 years will last daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration is required by May 24 and openings are limited. For information or registration, call 
859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit arboretum.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 15, Lexington
Perennials for Shade Gardens    
Fayette County Extension Service

Beginning at 3 p.m. we will cover some of the more reliable ones. Dry shade among tree roots is near impossible, but we will have a suggestion or two for those difficult spots. There is tremendous diversity beyond hosta and ferns. Take home small plants for your own shady retreat. The cost is $14, and preregistration is required. For additional information or registration, call 859-257-5582, email
dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 15, Highland Heights
Perennials for the Shade Garden    
Campbell County Extension Service

There are many great perennials for shady gardens. From 6:30-7:30 p.m. we will cover some of the more reliable ones; there is tremendous diversity beyond hosta and ferns. For information/registration, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 15, Union
Hypertufa Make-and-Take    
Boone County Arboretum

Learn how to utilize these unique garden ornaments and to create them at home through hands-on learning and demonstrations. Meet at Shelter #2. 9 a.m-noon. The cost is $15/$20 for members/non-members. Registration is required through June 6. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

June 19-25, Owensboro
Dazzling Daylily Festival    
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

The 8th annual Dazzling Daylily Festival will feature daily viewing of the exquisite daylily gardens, hot-air balloons, and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Check with garden staff for a complete schedule of events. For more information, call 270-852-8925, email wkbg@bellsouth.net, or visit wkbg.org.

 

June 20, Lexington
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners, Part II
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 things like watering, pest/weed management, and fertilizing. Participants will receive a copy of our vegetable growing guide, and there will also be drawings for a few door prizes that any first-time gardener will love. Class will be held at the Fayette County Extension Office at 6:30 p.m. Cost is free, but pre-registration is required. For additional information or registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 20, Louisville
Super Worms! Vermiculture & Composting    
Bon Air Branch Library

Learn how worms can aid your composting. For additional information or registration, call 502-569-2344, email dl_ces_jefferson@email.uky.edu, or visit jefferson.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 24, Highland Heights
Garden Open House        
Campbell County Extension Service

Enjoy a morning in the garden by touring our gardens, attending demonstrations, and meeting people in the garden community. Children’s activities and more will be included. The time is to be announced. For additional information, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 24, La Grange
Rain Garden Cleanup    
Oldham County Extension Service

Beginning at 8 a.m., Oldham County Master Gardeners will prune, weed, and thin the extension rain garden. For additional information, call 502-222-9453, email dl_ces_oldham@email.uky.edu, or visit oldham.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 24, Louisville
Super Worms! Vermiculture & Composting    
Bon Air Branch Library

Learn how worms can aid your composting. For additional information or registration, call 502-569-2344, email dl_ces_jefferson@email.uky.edu, or visit jefferson.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 24, Clermont
Four Seasons of Wild Edibles    
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join Wren Smith, interpretive programs manager, for this workshop that will include an indoor presentation, a foraging expedition, recipes, and a few samples from each season. 9 a.m.-noon. Registration and payment ($20/$30 for members/non-members) are due by 4 p.m. on the day prior to the program. For information/registration, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.

 

June 27-30, Union
Get to Know Nature Day Camp    
Boone County Extension Service Environmental & Nature Center

Participants (ages 9-15) will spend each day focused on learning and experiences in natural resource ecology and biology. Areas of focus will include woodland and aquatic sciences, human impact and interactions with nature, and health and well-being. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; lunch will be provided. For additional information call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

June 29, Shepherdsville
Edible Plants    
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn what you can safely harvest and eat from nature. 6-7:30 p.m. Preregistration is required. Register by calling 502-543-2257.

 

June 29, Lexington
Oyster Mushrooms     
Fayette County Extension Service

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., we will demonstrate how to grow oyster mushrooms in straw. This is one the easier types of the many varieties of mushrooms that can be grown at home. Participants will receive live spawn to take home and begin their own cultures. The cost is $20 and preregistration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582 or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

July

 

July 1, Alexandria
Tree I.D.
Campbell County Environmental Education Center

Come for a walk around the main walking trail to identify some common trees of northern Kentucky. We will provide a guide to help correctly identify the trees. 6-7 p.m. For more information, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 6, Union
Native Grass and Pollinator Habitat
Boone County Extension Service Environmental & Nature Center

Extension and conservation district professionals will discuss the benefits and how to create and maintain a native pollinator habitat. We will walk through a new and a matured pollinator habitat installed at the nature center so you can see how they look and function. For additional information, call 859-586-6101, email
dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 6, Lexington
Making Perennials Work
Fayette County Extension Service

We will meet to discuss the importance of foliage and successive bloom seasons, pruning and management techniques, and some exceptional perennial plants for our area. 3 p.m. The cost is $10, and pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 6, La Grange
Making Roses Work
Oldham County Extension Service

Janet Miller, Louisville Rose Society, will discuss growing her favorite flowers. Sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association. 6:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 6, Union
Flowers for Kids
Boone County Arboretum

Children in grades 2-5 can learn about monocots and dicots, flower parts, and why flowers are important. Kids will dissect a flower to learn its parts, learn how to press flowers for collection, and take home a flower press. Meet at Shelter #2. 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. Register through July 5. For information/registration, call
859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

July 7 & 21, Lexington
Docent-Guided Garden Tour
The Arboretum

There will be 25 spots available for the tour. Groups of five or more must pre-register. The cost is $3 – cash or check only. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For information or registration, call
859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.

 

July 10, Highland Heights
Flower Arranging
Campbell County Extension Service

Use flowers from our gardens to make beautiful arrangements. 9:30 a.m. Registration is required. For information/registration, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 11 & 13, Burlington
Horticulture Kids Camp
Boone County Extension Service

The camp is open to children ages 7 to 12. We will spend three days learning about gardening, trees, insects, and so much more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $7. For additional information call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 13, Shepherdsville
Succulents
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn how to grown easy-care succulents. 6-7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 502-543-2257, email dl_ces_bullitt@email.uky.edu, or visit bullitt.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 13, Lexington
The Fall Vegetable Garden: Plan Now for Late Fall-Winter Harvest
Fayette County Extension Service

With some planning, season extending techniques, and proper storage it is possible to eat from your garden well into winter. We will discuss best varieties for storage, which crops can be mulched in ground and which things are hardy enough to make it with no care. We will furnish seeds and\or transplants for your home garden. 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 13, Highland Heights
Weed Management for the Landscape and Vegetable Garden
Campbell County Extension Service

Registration is required for this program. 6:30–7:30 p.m. For information/registration, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 14, Lexington
Sizzling Summer
The Arboretum

Celebrate summer in The Children’s Garden. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For information or registration, call
859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.

 

July 14, Union
Pollinators for Kids
Boone County Arboretum

Kids in grades 2-5 will explore the world of pollination by catching insects from the butterfly garden, identifying butterflies, and learning how pollination works and why it is important. Kids will make their own small hummingbird feeder to take home. Meet at Shelter #1. 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. Registration is required through July 13. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

July 17, Goshen
How Flowers Flirt & Flourish
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

Meet at 6:30 p.m. for a talk on the tricks and trials of floral reproduction. Sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association. For additional information, call 502-222-9453, email dl_ces_oldham@email.uky.edu, or visit oldham.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 18, Louisville
What’s Bugging Your Garden?
Bon Air Branch Library

Learn which insects are beneficial and which ones (and how) to control. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at 502-569-2344 or visit jefferson.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 18, Lexington
Weed Management
Fayette County Extension Service

Many gardeners are experiencing problems with highly invasive woody plants such as bush honeysuckle, winter creeper euonymus, escaped ornamental pears, and more. Join Joe Omelian, UK weed science specialist, at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of managing woody invasive weeds. He will discuss herbicides and special tools to make the job easier. The cost is $5, and pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

July 26, Union
Common Problems in the Garden
Boone County Arboretum

Learn how to identify vegetable plant problems and the best way to treat them. Meet at the vegetable garden, 10-11 a.m. Registration is required through July 25. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

August

 

August 3, La Grange
Late Summer/Early Fall Gardening
Oldham County Extension Service

Jeff Wallitsch of Wallitsch Nursery and Garden Center will provide tips for gardening between seasons. 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardeners. For additional information, call 502-222-9453, email dl_ces_oldham@email.uky.edu, or visit oldham.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 3, Lexington
Renovating Lawns
Fayette County Extension Service

Late summer is the best time to re-seed lawns in Kentucky. Starting at 6:30 p.m. we will cover basic lawn care with an emphasis on how to best seed or renovate your existing lawn. We will present several greener, lower input approaches to traditional lawn care. Cost is free, 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.

 

August 4 & 16, Lexington
Docent-Guided Garden Tour
The Arboretum

There will be 25 spots available for the tour. Groups of five or more must pre-register. The cost is $3 – cash or check only. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For information or registration, call
859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.

 

August 8, London
Seed Saving
Laurel County Extension Service

This class will cover cross-pollination hazards, hybrid versus open pollination, and how to dry and store seeds. 6 p.m. For additional information, call 606-864-4167, email dl_ces_laurel@email.uky.edu, or visit laurel.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 8, Owensboro
Nellie Rarick Memorial Lecture – Hybridized Daylilies
The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

Join nationally recognized daylily hybridizer Jamie Gossard for this exciting walk & talk presentation. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Reservations are $10/$12 for members/non-members. For information/reservations, call 270-852-8925, email wkbg@bellsouth.net, or visit wkbg.org.

 

August 10, Lexington
Crapemyrtles
Fayette County Extension Service

Although we are too far north to grow these as trees, crapemyrtles can be grown as shrubs or giant perennials. Newer varieties have been selected for foliage color, compact size, longer bloom, disease resistance, and fall color. We will feature some varieties that have performed well in Kentucky and will raffle several plants as door prizes. 3 p.m. Cost: $10. Pre-registration is required. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 10, Highland Heights
Water Garden Management
Campbell County Extension Service

Class meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and registration is required. For information/registration, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 11, Shepherdsville
Weed I.D.
Bullitt County Extension Service

This class teaches how to identify common weeds and how to control them. 6-7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for this free class. For information/registration, call 502-543-2257, email dl_ces_bullitt@email.uky.edu, or visit bullitt.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 15, Louisville
Fall Gardening
Bon Air Branch Library

Learn about gardening in the fall. 6:30-8 p.m. For information, contact the Jefferson County Extension Service at 502-569-2344 or visit jefferson.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 18, Union
Summer Tree I.D.
Boone County Arboretum

Take advantage of this guided tour through the arboretum and learn how to identify native and landscape trees. Meet at Shelter #1 at 6:30 p.m. Tour lasts approximately hour and a half. Registration is required through August 16. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

August 22, Shepherdsville
Herbs
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn about growing and using herbs. 6-7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for this free class. For information/registration, call 502-543-2257, email dl_ces_bullitt@email.uky.edu, or visit bullitt.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 22, Lexington
Hydrangeas
Fayette County Extension Service

Information about all of the wonderful hydrangeas suited to this area. Plant examples will be raffled as door prizes. The cost is $10; pre-registration is required. 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.

 

August 24, Highland Heights
Toxic Plants
Campbell County Extension Service

Class meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. and registration is required. For information/registration, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 25, Shepherdsville
Turf Care
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn best practices of caring for your lawn. 6-7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for this free class. For information/registration, call 502-543-2257, email dl_ces_bullitt@email.uky.edu, or visit bullitt.ca.uky.edu.


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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, contact Trent Broussard at 337-352-0691 or Jane Braud at 337-369-2330.


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

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


Ongoing, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society
Burden Center

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

 

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

Come shop for fresh, locally grown produce, plants, flowers, and value-added goods. 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. For more information, visit rustonfarmersmarket.org.

 

Ongoing, Minden
Minden Farmers’ Market
417 E. Union St.

Every Saturday until September meet local farmers, backyard gardeners, artisans, craftsmen, and cooks invited to show and sell. 8 a.m.-noon Visit ArtsinMinden.com for more detailed information.

 

June

 

June 2-4, New Orleans
New Orleans Orchid Society Annual Show
Lakeside Shopping Center

10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; noon-4 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibit area will be closed for AOS judging on Saturday until “approximately” noon, but sales will remain open. NOOS raffles several lovely plants, donated by our vendors, at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit neworleansorchidsociety.org.

 

June 3, New Orleans
Plant Sale
New Orleans Botanical Gardens

Bring a wagon and arrive early for best selection. Admission is free. 9 a.m.-noon. For additional information, call 504-483-9464 or email plants@nocp.org.

 

June 5, Baton Rouge
Reflections in the Garden
Ione Burden Conference Center

Join the Burden Horticulture Society for horticulture-focused lectures. The event is free for Burden Horticulture Society Members and $10 at the door for non-members. Noon-1 p.m. You may bring
a lunch; drinks are provided. Call 225-763-3990 for more information.

 

June 5, DeRidder
Beekeeping
Sheriff’s Training Center

Dr. Steven Payne, a retired business professor and Secretary of the Louisiana Beekeepers Association, wants to share his experiences with a sideline beekeeping business. Dr. Steve will answer your questions how to be profitable. Learn more about having bees by asking experienced beekeepers for advice. 7-9 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, county agent, 337-463-7006. To receive regular “beemail” updates,
send your request by email to khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

 

June 8, Baton Rouge
EBRMG Gardening Talks – Planning for Fall Vegetables
Baton Rouge Regional Libraries – Fairwood Branch

We will discuss a step-by-step approach to preparing and planting in the fall to ensure a bountiful harvest. Learn about soil preparation, the types and varieties of vegetables suited to this climate, and when to plant them. Cultural practices for maintaining a fall garden will also be discussed. Free and open to the public. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration is not required. For more information, visit ebrmg.com.

 

June 10-11, Lafayette
Acadian Orchid Show – “An Orchid Circus”
Ira Nelson Horticulture Center

Visitors welcome 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, contact Dennis at 337-654-7987 or email janet.gianelloni@gmail.com.

 

June 14, Baton Rouge
Green Growers
TBD

This meeting emphasizes the basics of orchid culture and is geared toward the novice grower. Held at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at a BROS member’s home. For more information, visit batonrougeorchidsociety.org.

 

June 17-18, Baton Rouge
Garden Fest
LSU AgCenter at Burden

Garden Fest focuses on locally grown and produced foods and beverages. Garden and trial plot tours and food sampling, along with fun, family activities, such as hayrides to the trial gardens, and testing new vegetable varieties. Many of our partnering organizations will have booths with products for sale and demonstrations. Fun summer activities will be available for the children. Learn more at lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events.

 

June 23-24, Ruston
Louisiana Peach Festival
Downtown Ruston

Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Parade, Rodeo, Kids’ Activities including Dinosaurs, Sporting Tournaments, Antique Car Show, Fine Arts Exhibit. Friday 12 noon - 5 PM is Free; Friday 5 PM - 11 PM is $10; Saturday 8 AM - 11 PM is $10; Weekend Pass is $15; Kids 8 & under are Free. Friday night entertainment headliner is “The Chee-Weez” and Saturday night is “Uncle Kracker.” For more information, visit www.louisianapeachfestival.org or call (800) 392-0932.

 

June 26, Baton Rouge
Orchids for Seniors
Independence Park

Seniors meet at Independence Park at 10 a.m. on the 4th Monday of the month as part of the BREC Adult Leisure Program. This meeting will focus on potting. BREC provides a meeting space and a van and driver for field trips to orchid greenhouses. Each group member is asked to contribute $10 per year to help with the expenses. Group does not meet in July, November, and December. For more information, visit BatonRougeOrchidSociety.com.

 

June 24, Baton Rouge
Children’s Garden Series
LSU AgCenter at Burden

This meeting will be about native trees. Trees are an important part of our environment. Take a nature hike with us as we discover which trees are native to Louisiana and the United States and which have travelled many miles to live here. Attendance is limited to 15 children for each session. Each event will require a small fee of $15 per child, and an adult must accompany each child. Children will receive snacks and neat garden take-home crafts! Reservations may be made by email to Angie Wall at atangwall@cox.net or by calling 225-763-3990. Visit lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.

 

June 29, Baton Rouge
Plant Super Heroes in Your Own Back Yard!
Baton Rouge Regional Libraries – Jones Creek Branch

Learn about the 2017 Louisiana Super Plants. The overall collection will also be reviewed with an emphasis on Super Plants that grow well in the fall. Free and open to the public. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration is not required. For more information, visit ebrmg.com.

 

July

 

July 1 & August 5, New Orleans
Plant Sale
New Orleans Botanical Gardens

Bring a wagon and arrive early for best selection. 9 a.m.-noon, free admission. For more information, call 504-483-9464 or e-mail plants@nocp.org.

 

July 3, DeRidder
Basic Beekeepers’ School
Sheriff’s Training Center

The SW LA Beekeepers Association and the LSU AgCenter are proud to present the first ever Beginning Beekeepers Class. The cost is $25, and the school will meet on Mondays in July and August, 6-9 p.m. Topics include: bee biology, equipment, bee acquisition, hive management, hive pests and diseases, hive products, and preferred honey plants. A self-study option is available for beekeepers that have a year or two of experience. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, county agent, at 337-463-7006. To receive regular “beemail” updates, send your request by email to khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

 

July 7-9, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show and Sale
Burden Museum and Gardens

The theme this year is “Orchid Jewels” and will showcase the unique beauty of orchids. For more information, visit batonrougeorchidsociety.com.

 

July 10, Baton Rouge
Reflections in the Garden
Ione Burden Conference Center

Join the Burden Horticulture Society for horticulture-focused lectures. The event is free for Burden Horticulture Society Members and $10 at the door for non-members. Noon-1 p.m. You may bring a lunch; drinks are provided. Call 225-763-3990 for more information.

 

July 12, Baton Rouge
Green Growers
TBD

This meeting emphasizes the basics of orchid culture and is geared toward the novice grower. 7 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at a local BROS member’s home. For more information, visit batonrougeorchidsociety.org.

 

August

 

August 28, Baton Rouge
Orchids for Seniors
Independence Park

Part of the BREC Adult Leisure Program. BREC provides a meeting space and a van and driver for field trips to orchid greenhouses. 10 a.m. on the 4th Monday of the month at Independence Park. This meeting will focus on potting. Each group member is asked to contribute $10 per year to help with the expenses. Group does not meet in July, November, and December. Visit BatonRougeOrchidSociety.com for more information.


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June

 

June 6, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

Sandy Wilkins will talk about shade gardens, especially growing hosta, 6:30 p.m., Room A149, Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg, 1066 Bogue on the MSU, $3 for non-members, mgacac.wordpress.com.

 

June 7, Saginaw
Annual Art & Garden Festival
Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission

Art fair, gardening demonstrations, family activities, vendors, silent auction, luncheon, and homemade strawberry shortcake, 120 Ezra Rust. Free, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., http://bit.ly/2kZ1sBb, 989-759-1362.

 

June 8, Clio
Garden Tour
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society

Pace Gardens, 6 p.m. For more information, call Glen Pace, 989-244-4029 or email PaceGardens@charter.net, ow.ly/fIb6U.

 

June 14, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Connie Hanson, owner of Grand Shire Farm in Sand Lake, will present a program on heirloom tomatoes, noon at Meijer Gardens, kentgardenclub.org/KGC.

 

June 15, Rochester
Garden Walk
Rochester Garden Club and The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Tour private gardens, Rochester Hills Library gardens, Rochester Rotary Gateway Park, Rochester Hills Museum grounds, including an open air market,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $12 per person in advance, $16 per person the day of the walk, RochesterGardenClub.org, 248-656- 4663.

 

June 16, 17, Milford
Garden Walk and Plant Sale
Milford Garden Club

5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, $10 per person. For more information and tickets: themilfordgardenclub.org.

 

June 17, Niles
Garden Party
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Annual Garden Party, 13988 Range Line Road, fernwoodbotanical.org, 269-695-6491.

 

June 24, Kalamazoo
Pollinator Party
Wedel's Nursery

Learn about planting and growing plants to benefit pollinators, Wedel's Nursery, 5020 Texas Drive. For details, wedels.com.

 

June 28, Traverse City
Monthly Class
Botanic Garden

Robert Schutzki, associate professor of horticulture at MSU, will talk about fire- resistant landscaping. Meet in the Visitors Center, 1490 Red Drive, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., donations accepted, thebotanicgarden.org.

 

July

 

July - August, Bloomfield Hills
Open Gardens
Cranbrook House and Gardens

Admission is free for the 2017 tour season, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

July 8, Grand Rapids
Annual Daylily Show
Grand Valley Daylily Society

Look for blooms that range from 1 to 10 inch diameter. Club members will answer questions, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Frederik Meijer Gardens. Public is invited, cost included with paid admission to the Gardens, grandvalleydaylily.org/.

 

July 11 and 20, Grosse Pointe Shores
Garden and Grounds Tours
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

An expert will lead an evening guided tour, of the grounds and gardens of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 6 to 8 p.m. More information: ow.ly/gRKJ309yepb.

 

July 12, Royal Oak
July Program
Royal Oak Nature Society

“Forest Ferns” walk is scheduled at Tenhave Woods, 7:30 p.m. Park at the Marais/Lexington lot and meet at the park entrance. Free, no registration.

 

July 13, Otisville
Monthly Meeting
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society

Meet at Mark and Becky Hanner’s house to work on a clay project. For more information, PaceGardens@charter.net, 989-244-4029, ow.ly/fIb6U.

 

July 13, Traverse City
Rose Exhibit
Botanic Garden

The presentation will be in the Visitors Center, 1490 Red Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., donations accepted.

 

July 15, Pentwater
Annual Blooming Arts Garden Tour
Garden Club of Pentwater

Six diverse gardens, several with artists or musicians demonstrating their talents, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets available at Pentwater Chamber of Commerce two weeks before and at the Village Green day of event. For more information: pdegreg51@gmail.com.

 

July 15 and July 16, Grand Rapids
The Music of the Flowers
Kent Garden Club

Judged “Standard Flower Show” at Frederik Meijer Gardens, features floral designs, table settings, and a horticulture division, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Included with the price of the admission to the gardens, kentgardenclub.org.

 

July 19, Traverse City
Herb Series Class
Botanic Garden

Sonja Richards of Harbor View Lavender Farm and Nursery will share tips on growing and using lavender in the Visitor’s Center. Products will be available for purchase, 7 to 9 p.m., donations accepted.

 

July 22, Royal Oak
July Program
Royal Oak Nature Society

Mary Fredricks, botanist/mycologist, will lead the “Mushroom Walk,” Cummingston Park, 10 a.m. Park and meet at Leafdale and Torquay. Free, no registration.

 

July 25, Midland
Art Class Series
Dow Gardens

Focus on collage, classes are outdoors when possible, or indoors if the weather is inclement, 10 a.m. to noon or 4 p.m. . to 6 p.m., $20/person. To register: 989-631-2677, dowgardens.org.

 

July 27, Lansing
Tri-County Iris Soceity Rhizome Sale
Downtown Lansing

Tri-County Iris Society rhizome sale on Thursday at the Market outside the Capitol Building in downtown Lansing, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

July 26, Okemos
Tri-County Iris Soceity Rhizome Sale
Meridian Township

Tri-County Iris Society rhizome sale at Meridian Township Farmers Market, 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos.
 

 

August

 

August 1, East Lansing
MDOT Sunflower Project
Capital Area Master Gardeners

Amanda Novak, Bay Region Resource Analyst for the Michigan Department of Transportation, will describe how state transportation officials are trying an innovative way to fight invasive species and support pollinator species, such as bees alongside a Saginaw County Highway. Free/members, $3/nonmembers. Information: mgacac.wordpress.com.

 

August 2, Bloomfield Hills
Cranbrook & Friends Garden Walk
Cranbrook House and Gardens

Discover residential gardens in the Bloomfield Hills area and the beloved Cranbrook Gardens. The walk hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/2qmiah4 for details, locations, and cost.

 

August 2, Royal Oak
August Program
Royal Oak Nature Society

“Meadow of the Arboretum,” 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Oak Nature Society Arboretum. Begin at Royal Oak Senior/Community Center, parking lot, north end. Free, no registration.

 

August 3, Grand Rapids
Club Picnic
Grand Valley Daylily Society

Club members will enjoy a picnic at the Grand Rapids Veterans Facility, 3000 Monroe Ave NE. Bring a dish to pass, grandvalleydaylily.org/.

 

August 5, East Lansing
MSU Garden Day
Michigan State University Extension Service

Add a little spice to your life with talks by Helen Yoest, noted author and gardener; two workshops; garden tours; and shopping the Green Garden Marketplace for plants, garden accessories and other great buys. Included are morning coffee, lunch, materials, and parking. MSU Horticulture Garden Members, $76; nonmembers, $86.. After 5 p.m., July 28, all registrations are $96. For additional information and to register, visit http://bit.ly/2qmgowm.

 

August 6, Traverse City
Monarch Butterflies and Waystations
Botanic Garden

Duke Elsner, MSU Faculty at the Leelanau Extension Office, will share his knowledge about the monarch butterfly, in the Visitors Center, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., donations accepted.

 

August 8 and 17, Grosse Pointe Shores
Garden and Grounds Tours
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

An expert horticulturist or Master Gardener will lead an evening guided tour , around the Grounds and Gardens of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House located at 1100 Lake Shore Road. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. More information at ow.ly/gRKJ309yepb.

 

August 9, Grand Rapids
Picnic Potluck
Kent Garden Club

Kent Garden Club will have their picnic potluck at 11:30 a.m. Join in for fun, friendship, and great food. Bring a dish to pass. For details and location, visit www.kentgardenclub.org

 

August 16, Traverse City
Herb Series Class
Botanic Garden

The guest speaker, Julie Krist, former president of the State Herb Society, will speak on using herbs in cooking. The presentation will be in the Visitors Center located at 1490 Red Drive. 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., donations accepted, www.thebotanicgarden.org.

 

August 26, Royal Oak
August Program
Royal Oak Nature Society

Mary Fredricks, botanist/mycologist, will lead the “Mushroom Walk,” Cummingston Park,10 a.m. Park and meet at Leafdale and Torquay. Free, no registration.

 

August 26 and 27, Grand Rapids
Dahlia Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Be delighted by the variety of colors, shapes, and sizes of dahlia flowers. Marvel at the creative floral arrangements. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Details at www.meijergardens.org.


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Through October 1, St. Paul
Summer Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Visit the Sunken Garden’s summer exhibit featuring blue and orange flowers, accented with yellow and chartreuse. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.

 

May 17, 24, 31, June 7, & June 21, Anoka

Landscapes for Life Workshop
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Participate in this five-part series based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ program (SITES™), the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. 6-8 p.m. Information: anokamastergardeners.org or 763-767-2878.

 

June

 

June 5-9, West St. Paul

Minnesota Master Naturalist Course
Dodge Nature Center

Explore the geologic and cultural history of the Mississippi River as it passes through the metropolitan area in this Big Woods, Big River Master Naturalist course. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Cost: $275; scholarships available. Information: minnesotamasternaturalist.org or 8882414532.

 

June 10, Chaska
Orchids of the Arboretum
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Spend an exclusive morning with David Remucal, the Arboretum's Curator of Endangered Plants. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $30 member/$42 nonmember.

 

June 10, Luverne
Trees
Tilstra Farm

Learn about trees for southwest Minnesota from John Ball, a professor at South Dakota State University. Co-sponsored by Rock County Master Gardeners and Luverne Community Education. 10 a.m. Pre-registration required. Call 507-283-4724 for information.

 

June 10 & 11, Minneapolis
Annual Peony Show
Bachman’s Heritage Room

Don’t miss the region’s largest peony show sponsored by the Minnesota Peony Society. Members on hand to answer questions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 11. No cost. Information: mnpeony.org.

 

June 17, Chaska
Edible Landscaping: Blending Beauty with Bounty
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to create a yard that is pleasing to the eye and the palate. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

June 17 & 18, Apple Valley
Father’s Day Tractor Show
Pahl’s Market

Check out classic tractors dating from 1939 to the present, as well as Pahl’s sweet-corn picker, grain combine, and sprayer with a 120-foot wingspan. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No cost. Information: pahls.com or 952-431-4345.

 

June 21, Morris
Bringing New Life to Old Shrubs
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Learn how to prune your old shrubs and give them new life with Randee Hokanson, instructor, in this Stevens County Master Gardener-sponsored class. 5:15 p.m. No cost.  Information:http://bit.ly/1XJFtwq or 320-589-1711.

 

July

 

Through August 30, Andover
Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Let Anoka County Master Gardeners help identify plants and diagnose common insect, disease problems. Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Free for Anoka County residents. Information: http://anokamastergardeners.org or 763-767-2878.

 

July 8, Minneapolis
Learning Garden Tour

Hennepin County Master Gardeners’ annual self-guided tour of eight outstanding gardens in Southwest Minneapolis. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $15/advance; $20/day of tour. Information: http://bit.ly/1Pju5S6, hcmg@umn.edu, or 612-596-2130.

 

July 8, Chaska
Plant Selection for a Changing Climate
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to maximize the health and steadiness of your garden, from soil to plant selection, in an increasingly unpredictable climate. Instructor: Julie Weisenhorn. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $41/Arboretum member, $50/nonmember.

 

July 8, Chaska
Growing Oyster Mushrooms Indoors with Buckets
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the biology of mushrooms and the theory of indoor mushroom cultivation. Make and inoculate your own 5-gallon bucket, learn about ongoing maintenance, troubleshooting, and harvest. Instructor: Cody Mastel. 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $65/Arboretum member, $77/nonmember.

 

July 8 and 9, Minneapolis
North Star Lily Show
Bachman’s Heritage Room

Spectacular Asiatic, martagon, oriental, trumpet, species, and interdivisional lilies exhibited by Minnesota lily growers. View new hybrid seedlings, never-before-seen lilies, and floral designs created by North Star Lily Society members. 1 to 5 p.m., July 8; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 9. Free. Details: northstarlilysociety.com/show.shtml

 

July 8 and 15, Chaska
Introduction to Home Winemaking
University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center

Two-part beginner-level course covering equipment and supplies, where to source grapes or other fruit, steps of the winemaking process. Instructor: Drew Horton, UofM wine specialist. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $80/Arboretum member, $95/nonmember.

 

July 15, Duluth
Rose Fest
Leif Erikson Rose Garden

Guided tour of Leif Erikson Rose Garden. Learn best roses, selected by Lake Superior Rose Society members. Secret to planting a rosebush, how to prune, summer care, protect your roses with the Minnesota Tip method, and grow roses in containers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Information: lsrsduluth.org/july-15-2017-rosefest, or 218 254-2179.

 

July 16, 18, and 19, Chaska
Auxiliary Summer Garden Tours
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Tour four lovely gardens via air-conditioned coach. Sunday brunch or weekday luncheon at the Arboretum concludes the tour. Departures at 9, 9:45, and 10:30 a.m. Cost: $55/weekdays, $65/Sunday.

 

July 17-21, St. Paul
Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Course
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Learn about plants and animals on this beautiful campus and behind the scenes places. Topics include water quality and chemistry, geology, ecology, human impacts, and more. Instructors: Amy Rager and John Loegering. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $275.

 

July 20, St. Cloud
Art Fair in the Gardens
Munsinger Clemens Garden

Artwork from 45-plus artists, music provided in different areas among the flowers, along with food and beverages. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2qrPLH1, eventinquiries@munsingerclemens.com, or 320-257-5959.

 

July 20, Rochester
Rochester Garden and Flower Club
Annual Garden Tour

Self-guided, rain or shine, $15, rgfc.org

 

July 22, Chaska
Wine Cap Cultivation and Bed Inoculation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to properly grow a small bed of wine cap mushrooms in your own backyard. Instructor: Cody Mastel. 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $65 Arboretum member/$77 nonmember.

 

July 27 Rochester
Tour with the Master Garden Tour
Heintz Center

Ride the trolley or tour six Rochester-area gardens on your own. Sponsored by Olmsted County Master Gardeners. /4 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $5. Information: http://bit.ly/2pA0YFK, or 507-328-6214.

 

July 27, Minneapolis
Pollinator Party: A Celebration of Bees
Lyndale Park Gardens

Bees, scientists, beekeepers, food, and live music come together to celebrate the life and work of honeybees and native bees. 5to 8 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2oRGjjr, or 612-230-6400.

 

July 27, Morris
Horticulture Night
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Tour the Horticulture Display Garden, including the All-America Selections flowering annuals trial. Presentations on cold hardy grapes for winemaking, growing strawberries and raspberries, pollinator friendly gardening, designing containers, integrated pest management, tomatoes, trees, and shrubs for West Central Minnesota. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2oRZfyt, or 320-589-1711.

 

July 29, Chaska
Walks With Matt: Wood Ducks and Wrens of Spring Peeper Meadow
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Tour summer wetland meadow, guided by naturalist Matt Schuth. 8 to 10 a.m. Cost: $12/Arboretum member,
$24/nonmember.

 

July 29, Chaska
The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Practice simple techniques using shape, weight, and friction to create seemingly impossible balanced stone sculptures. Instructor: Peter Juhl. 9:30 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $42/Arboretum member,
$55 nonmember.

 

July 29-30, Twin Cities
Minnesota Water Garden Society
Annual Water Garden Tour

Self-guided tour of ponds and gardens at 12 locations in the Twin Cities. Cost: $15/advance purchase online at mwgs.org; $20 at sites during tour. Information: www.mgws.org, or 651-653-3958.

 

August

 

August 5, Chaska
Bee Squad Apiary Class: Colony Wintering Preparation Clinic
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to evaluate whether your bee colony has enough winter stores and the importance of seasonal preparation. 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $70/Arboretum member, $80/nonmember.

 

August 10, Chaska
How to Save Tomato Seeds
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Guided by Tim Johnson of the Seed Savers Exchange, learn the theory and importance of seed saving, as well as isolation, population size, seed cleaning, and seed storage. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $50/Arboretum member, $65/nonmember.

 

August 11-12, New Ulm
Minnesota Gladiolus Society’s State Gladiolus Show
New Ulm Civic Center

View this competition for spikes and arrangements. Any age welcome to do arrangements with the spikes provided. 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Free. Information: Joy at 507-426-6011.

 

August 14-18, Duluth
North Woods Great Lakes Master Naturalist Course
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Complete a 40-hour hands-on course studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Instructors: Larry Weber and John Geissler. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $275.

 

August 19, Minneapolis
Garden to Dye For
Textile Center

Explore the natural dyeing process from the ground up. Tour the dyer’s garden to learn about plants used for dyeing, dyeing process, and dye your own t-shirt or scarf. Instructor: Leslie Hall, Olmsted County Master Gardener. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Check website: textilecentermn.org/classes/, info@textilecenter.org, or 612-436-0464.

 

August 19, Chaska
Walks With Matt: Sights, Sounds and Songs of the Prairie
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Explore the prairie in its late summer glory and listen for insect songs with naturalist Matt Schuth. 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: $12/Arboretum member, $24/nonmember.

 

August 20, St. Paul
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival
Como Park and Conservatory

Japanese culture, including bonsai, martial arts, Ikebana, singing, dancing, drumming, and delicious food at this family friendly event reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. 3 p.m. to dusk. Cost: $5/adults, $3/adults 65 and over and children ages 3-12, free/children 2 and under.

 

August 24, Grand Rapids
Visitors Day
North Central Research and Outreach Center

Learn about the research departments and the University of Minnesota Extension on tours or at horticulture and other informational booths. 3 to 7 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2oRVrNG, or 218-327-4490.

 

August 24-September 4, St. Paul
Minnesota State Fair
State Fair Grounds

Join nearly 2 million people who are expected to attend the 2017 State Fair. Horticulture Building features flower and plant competitions and exhibits, lots of information exhibits, and Dirt Stage educational presentations. Gates open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: varied. Information: mnstatefair.org, or 651-288-440.

 

August 26, Chaska
Carver-Scott Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale
Chaska Commons (Cub Food) Parking Lot

Buy perennial divisions from Master Gardeners’ own yards, plus fresh produce, garden art, and more. 9 a.m. to noon. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309, or 952-492-5390.

 

September

 

September 2-3, Middle River
State Gladiolus Show and Honker Flats Gladiolus Festival
Honker Flats

Do an arrangement or enter gladiolus spikes. Anyone of any age welcome to do arrangements with the spikes provided. 5 p.m., Friday 5 p.m. (spikes available for arranging); 11 a.m. Saturday, (judging). Free. Information: Lew and Tammy Wallace, 218-222-3484.


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Through August 13, St. Louis
Craig Mitchel Smith Exhibit
Missouri Botanical Garden

From May 13 to August 13, Missouri Botanical Garden will feature an exhibit of Floral Glass Artist Craig Mitchel Smith. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For tickets, visit mobot.org/glass and call 314-577-5100.



June


June 10, Vernon County
8th Annual Prairie Bioblitz
Stilwell Prairie

Volunteers will help map the prairie. Free. Visit grownative.org and call 888-843-6739.


June 15, Gladstone
Atkins-Johnson Farm Tour
6607 NE Antioch Road

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will guide tours starting at 6:30 p.m. through this small historic family farm. The grounds include an heirloom garden, apple orchard, and Big Shoal Cemetery. Free. Visit mggkc.org and call 816-665-4456.


June 17, Dixon
Glade Walk
Clifty Creek Natural Area

Mike Leahy, Missouri Department of Conservation Natural Areas coordinator, leads this informative nature walk. Free. Call 888-843-6739 and visit grownative.org.


June 24-25, St. Louis
17th Annual Pond-O-Rama
Various sites

This self-directed tour includes private gardens, each owned and maintained by St. Louis Water Gardening Society members. Costs $15 for June 24 and 25. For ticket locations, call 314-995-2988 and visit slwgs.org.


June 24, St. Louis
Tree Walk
Bellefontaine Center

Kyle Cheesborough, horticulture supervisor, leads this tree walk starting at 10 a.m. Limited to 45 participants. Free. To register, call 888-843-6739 and visit grownative.org.


June 24, Springfield

Butterfly Festival
Springfield Botanical Garden

This is a full day of kids’ crafts, educational classes, performances, and a caterpillar petting zoo. Presented by Friends of the Garden and Master Gardeners of Greene County. Free. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 417-891-1515 ext. 8 and visit friendsofthegarden.org.


June 25, Jefferson City
18th Annual Garden Tour
Five different sites

Sponsored by the Bittersweet Garden Club. Visit five beautifully landscaped gardens. Costs $10. From 12:30 to 5 p.m. Call 573-295-6435 and visit bittersweetgardenclub.com.

 

July

 

July 1, Kingsville
Booms and Blooms
Powell Gardens

Celebrate our nation’s independence with explosions of color and texture on the land and in the air at this popular annual event. From 2 to 10 p.m. Admission costs $12. Visit powellgardens.org and call 816-697-2600.

 

July 8, Springfield
Lilium Show
Springfield Botanical Garden

Learn more about the true lilies from the genus Lilium. Exhibits and artistic designs presented by the Ozark Regional Lily Society. Free. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

July 8, Kingsville
Cooking Demo
Powell Gardens

Join Barb the Gardener in the Missouri Barn for a demo discussing “Herbs to Know and Grow.” From 2 to 2:30 p.m. Free with garden admission. Visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600.

 

July 10, Springfield
Lilies
Springfield Botanical Garden

Learn about lilies at this Master-Gardener-taught, outdoor learning session. Costs $5. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417- 891-1515.

 

July 10, St. Louis
Infinite Iris
Missouri Botanical Garden

Horticulturist and Greater St. Louis Iris Society member Sara Neil will teach you the best techniques to care for irises and how best to combat iris pests and diseases. You’ll even walk away with your own iris from the garden. All materials provided. Please wear walking shoes. Adults only. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration ends July 10 at 3 p.m. Costs $33 members; $39 for non-members. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.

 

July 10, Springfield
Teddy Bear Picnic
Springfield Botanical Garden

Join in with your teddy bear in the shade of the walnut trees near Lake Drummond. Singing, dancing, and kids’ activities will be offered on National Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

July 11, St. Louis
Combining Native Plants
St. Louis

Learn how to incorporate the top 10 native plants, shrubs, and trees for the St. Louis area into your landscape. Come prepared for a short walk. From 6 to 8 p.m. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 4 p.m. July 11. Costs $28 for members; $34 for non-members. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.

 

July 13, Kingsville
Midsummer’s Night Cocktail Party
Powell Gardens

Discover the myths behind legendary creatures of this summer exhibit. The guided portion of the evening, exploring a portion of the nature trail, ends in the vineyard with a cash bar, snacks, and mingling with costumed guests in the garden displays. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. Costs $30; members get 10 percent off. Visit powellgarden.org, and call 816-697-2600.

 

July 15, Kingsville
Tropical Oasis Terrarium
Powell Gardens

Learn about tropical plants you can grow easily at home, take inspiration from the imaginative display in the Powell Gardens conservatory, and then create your own tropical terrarium to take home. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $47; members get 10 percent off. Visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600.

 

July 17, St. Louis
Delightful Daylilies
Missouri Botanical Garden

Horticulturist Sara Neil will discuss flower characteristics, including forms, colors, color patterns, as well as information on planting. Come prepared for a short walk. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Adults only. Registration ends at 3 p.m. July 17. Costs $33 for members; $39 for non-members. Call 314-577-5100, or visit mobot.org.

 

July 18, Chesterfield
BUGJar Club
Butterfly House

Learn about a bug with an interactive storybook reading, and then create a habitat for your new BUGJar friend. For families with children ages 3 to 8 years old. Included with Butterfly House admission. Call 636-530-0076, and visit mobot.org.

 

July 22, Kingsville
The Edible Landscape
Powell Gardens

Learn about unique and commonplace native edibles and how to integrate them into the landscape. Native fruit plants and their cultivars (including gooseberries, pawpaws, persimmons and more) will be highlighted as well as the native understory of roots and shoots. Tastes of select native edibles and ideas for using them in food preparation will be shared. The day ends with a tour of the eastern part of the Heartland Harvest Garden. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $85 and includes a boxed lunch; members get 10 percent off. Visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600.

 

July 22, St. Louis
Webster Groves Herb Society Display Missouri Botanical Garden
The Webster Groves Herb Society display will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with garden admission. Call 314-577-5100, or visit mobot.org.

 

July 23, Kingsville
Missouri Barn Dinner
Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens’ Missouri Barn Dinner series features exclusive evenings with unique menus created by talented chefs from Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Chef Alex Pope of The Local Pig is the featured chef in July. From 5 to 8 p.m. Costs $125; members get 10 percent off. Visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600.

 

July 25, Chesterfield
BUGJar Club
Butterfly House

Learn about a bug with an interactive storybook reading, and then create a habitat for your new BUGJar friend. For families with children ages 3 to 8. Included with Butterfly House admission. Call 636-530-0076, and visit mobot.org.

 

July 25, St. Louis
Become Great Gardener
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn how to plant a diversity of annuals, perennials, and shrubs that will provide year-long color and interest. From 6 to 8 p.m. Adults only. Pre-registration ends 4 p.m. July 25. Costs $28 for members; $34 for non-members. Visit mobot.org, and call 636-530-0076.

 

July 29, Kingsville
15th Annual Native Butterfly Count
Powell Gardens

Join the 15th Annual North American Butterfly Association butterfly count. This count helps track butterfly populations across the country and makes a significant contribution to the understanding and conservation of wild butterflies. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 816-697-2600 ext. 304, or email lburton@powellgardens.org to make reservations. Gate admission plus $3 fee will be collected at the event. Visit powellgardens.org.

 

July 30, Kingsville
Dragonfly Day
Powell Gardens

Join Betsy Betros, author of a Photographic Field Guide to Butterflies in the Kansas City Region, in the Education Building to learn about dragonfly species, habitat, and behavior. You will also receive special training to capture wild dragonflies around the pond near the education building. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $10 per person. Visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600.

 

August

 

August 1, Columbia
Grow Native! Workshop
MU South Farm

This is an outdoor educational event for landscape professionals, landowners, and landscape enthusiasts. From 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 888-843-6739, or visit grownative.org.

 

August 4-6, Kingsville
Festival of Butterflies
Powell Gardens

Celebrate butterflies at this event. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 4, 5, and 6. Costs $12 admission. Visit powellgardens.org, or call 816-697-2600.

 

August 5-6, St. Louis
Iris Society Plant Sale
Missouri Botanical Garden

Shop iris plants from the garden’s displays on Aug. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members of the Greater St. Louis Iris Society will be on hand to give plant care advice and share information. Free with garden admission. Call 314-577-5100, or visit mobot.org.

 

August 5, Gray Summit
Wildflower ID
Shaw Nature Preserve

Learn to identify wildflowers and native grasses, and learn about their habitats. Includes moderate hiking; wear walking shoes. Bring a notebook and something to write with. From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at noon July 31. Costs $18 members: $22 non-members. Visit mobot.org, and call 636-451-3512.

 

August 5, Kingsville
Butterfly University
Powell Gardens

Spend the day discovering the many species of local butterflies and their host plants, explore the tropical butterfly exhibit with Powell Gardens staff, learn to design a home butterfly garden, and pick up tricks on caterpillar rearing. From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $75 per person. Call 816-697-2600, and visit powellgardens.org.

 

August 11-13, Kingsville
Festival of Butterflies
Powell Gardens

Celebrate butterflies at Powell Gardens on Aug. 11, 12 and 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $12 admission. Call 816-697-2600, and visit powellgardens.org.

 

August 12, Kingsville
Learn About Lepidoptera
Powell Gardens

Enjoy hands-on activities, special performances, and a butterfly parade. Children and adults alike can make their own butterfly wings to wear ($5 per person), or build an insect hotel to take home ($5 per person). From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festival admission and parking fees apply. Visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600.

 

August 12, Kingsville
Cooking Demo
Powell Gardens

Join Barb the Gardener in the Missouri Barn for “The Wonderful World of Tomatoes.” From 2 to 2:30 p.m. Free with Powell Gardens admission. Visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600.

 

August 14, Springfield
Dwarf Conifers
Springfield Botanical Garden

Learn about dwarf conifers at this Master-Gardener-taught, outdoor learning session. Costs $5. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.

 

August 19, Springfield
Dig and Divide Hosta Seminar
Springfield Botanical Garden

Meet with the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society to learn how you can multiply your plant count by plant division and learn the proper techniques for a successful hosta garden. From 10 a.m. to noon. Cost varies per plant. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

August 19, Springfield
Master Gardeners’ Advanced Topics Symposium
Springfield Botanical Garden

Come to this Master-Gardener-hosted symposium for morning educational sessions, and botanical garden tours in the afternoon. Call 417-881-8009, and visit extension.missouri.edu.

 

August 20, St. Louis
Orchid Auction
Missouri Botanical Garden

New cultivars and old favorites are sold by the area’s top orchid growers, who are on hand to give plant care advice and share information. From noon to 5 p.m. Free with garden admission. Call 314-577-5100, or visit mobot.org.

 

August 26, St. Louis
Herb Society Display
Missouri Botanical Garden

The Webster Groves Herb Society welcomes all garden visitors to stop by their display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with garden admission. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.

 

August 26, Chesterfield
Basic Composting
Butterfly House

This class covers composting basics, bin design, how to construct a home composting system, cold-weather composting, and more. Participants will take away a kitchen compost waste collector to store scraps until they are ready to transfer them to their new compost systems. All materials provided. Wear walking shoes. Adults only. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration ends 5 p.m. Aug. 25. Costs $35 for members; $45 non-members. Call 636-530-0076, and visit mobot.org.

 

August 27, Kingsville
Missouri Barn Dinner
Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens’ Missouri Barn Dinner series features exclusive evenings with unique menus created by talented chefs from Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Chef Calvin Davis of Freshwater is the featured chef in August. From 5 to 8 p.m. Costs $125; members get 10 percent off. Visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600. m


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June

 

June 6, Biloxi
Rose Arrangement Workshop
Coastal Research and Extension Center

Everyone should have the chance to learn and practice the creation of a dozen roses arranged in a vase. An American standard, there is more to this design than just good looks. Learn how to design it for a longer lasting display. 2-4 p.m. $40 registration fee. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Jim DelPrince at 228-546-1011 or j.delprince@msstate.edu.

 

June 10, Holly Springs
Second Saturday Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Enjoy a guided hike at scenic Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. For more information or to reserve a spot call 662-252-1155 or email mrrobinson@audubon.org.

 

June 11-14 Starkville
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Summer Camp
Mississippi State University Campus

The camp will provide high school students exposure to the many different fields of horticulture and landscape architecture and will include hands-on learning opportunities in landscape architecture, floriculture, floral design, nursery management, turf, vegetable production, and fruit production. The camp is an overnight camp open to high school students 15 and 17 years old. Cost is $175 and covers a three night stay in the campus residence halls; a meal card good at the Perry Cafeteria & union food court; fun programs and activities; field trips to a local orchard and a vegetable farm; evening entertainment and an awards luncheon. For more information, contact Kathy Johnson or Dr. Richard Harkess at 662-325-2311 or kathy.johnson@msstate.edu.

 

June 11-15 Starkville
MSU Bug & Plant Camp
Mississippi State University Campus

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 up. Teachers receive CEUs. In the fall young entomologists are invited to join departmental faculty and staff for BugFest at the MSU Crosby Arboretum and teach what they have learned. The camp experience is reinforced with an emailed entomology newsletter, The Gloworm. This is an overnight camp. Cost is $450. Additional information and a reservation form is available at biochemistry.msstate.edu or contact Dr. John Guyton, j.guyton@msstate.edu or 662-325-3482.

 

June 18-22 Starkville
MSU Beekeeping Camp
Mississippi State University Campus

This residential academic camp covers all the topics a new beekeeper needs to know. We accept campers age 10 through adults for this 5-day intergenerational camp. Parents are encouraged to attend with their young beekeepers. Camp is held on campus at the Clay Lyle Entomology Building. This is an overnight camp. Cost is $450. Additional information and a reservation form is available at biochemistry.msstate.edu or contact Dr. John Guyton, j.guyton@msstate.edu or 662-325-3482.

 

July

 

July 1-October 31, Memphis
Farmers’ Market
Agricenter International

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information, visit agricenter.org or call 901-355-1977.

 

July 8, Holly Springs
Second Saturday Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Enjoy a guided hike led by a Strawberry Plains Audubon naturalist. 8:30-9:30 a.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 662-252-1155 or email mrrobinson@audubon.org.

 

July 15, Memphis
Sprinkler Day
Memphis Botanic Garden

Summer is hot, grass is cool! Join us on the Great Lawn for a morning of slipping, sliding, and splashing through a variety of fun sprinklers. Bring your swimsuit, towel, and picnic lunch. Concessions available. Free to members or with paid garden admission. 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 901-636-4122.

 

July 17-21 Memphis
Nature Scene Investigators Camp
Memphis Botanic Garden

Do vampire bats really drink blood? Are some plants carnivores? Use your nature detective skills to solve the mysteries of nature. Members $150 for the week; non-members $200 for the week. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4119.

 

July 17-21, Jackson
Teacher Workshops
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Project WILD workshops with CEU credits available. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.

 

July 24-28, Memphis
Summer Skills Mini-Camps
Memphis Botanic Garden

These mini-camps focus on exploring outdoor or nature-related skills with expert instructors. Activities will vary, so choose individual dates or attend all five. Monday – citizen science journaling; Tuesday – photography in nature; Wednesday – hula hoop skills; Thursday – enchanted architecture for fairies and gnomes; Friday – organic gardening. Members $35 per day; non-members $40 per day. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4126.

 

August 12, Holly Springs
Second Saturday Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Enjoy a guided hike led by a Strawberry Plains Audubon naturalist. 8:30-9:30 a.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 662-252-1155 or email mrrobinson@audubon.org.

 

August 22, Starkville
Turfgrass Research Field Day
R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Center

Professional turf and landscape managers, please join us for this interactive day of learning. This event features ongoing research presented in a manner that addresses current needs of turf and landscape managers. 8 a.m. For more information, contact James D. McCurdy at 662-325-2331.

 

September

 

September 5, Jackson
Prothonotary Warbler Lecture
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The featured speaker for this lecture is Erik Johnson, director of bird conservation, Audubon Louisiana. Learn about this remarkable migratory bird and how you can get involved to help. Noon-1 p.m. Museum members, free; non-members: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.


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June

 

June 17, Mansfield
Wine Walk
Kingwood Center Gardens

What could be better than strolling through Kingwood Center Gardens’ estate while tasting top Ohio wines and gourmet food prepared by local chefs? Sample wines from 1285, Blue Barn, Cypress Cellars, Humble Bee, Troutman, and Wishmaker House. Participating chefs will be from Altered Eats, Fast Eddies, Ooh La La, and Wishmaker House. From 5 to 9 p.m. Early-bird price is $30 by June 1; $35 after June 1. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.

 

June 21, Burton
Gardens Galore, Art and More
Historical Society’s Century Village

Geauga County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will hold their plant sale offering annuals, perennials, herbs, native plants, shrubs, and exotics. Many of the plants come from Master Gardeners’ personal flowerbeds. Art, container arrangements, and whimsical garden chairs will also be offered. Bring your garden tools and get them sharpened for a small fee. Complimentary refreshments and free parking. Call 440-834-4656, or visit geauga.osu.edu.

 

June 21, Geauga County
Geauga County Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale
Burton Century Village

The Geauga County Master Gardeners will hold their plant sale on Wednesday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burton Century Village. The sale will feature various plants for sale, Master Gardener created garden art, desserts, and tool sharpening for a small fee. Gift cards available for purchase at Burton Floral and Garden, 13020 Kinsman Rd. or The OSU Extension Patterson Center. Free admission and free parking. Contact 440-834-4656 or lwirth@windstream.net, visit geauga.osu.edu.

 

June 24-25, Columbus
German Village Haus und Garten Tour
German Village Society Meeting Haus

The 58th tour will welcome visitors to the village for a day-long celebration of renowned designs, enchanting gardens, and award-winning restorations. Your ticket gives you access to homes and gardens selected to showcase both German Village’s ongoing historic preservation efforts and the innovative and inspirational interior design and landscaping efforts of its residents. On Saturday from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit germanvillage.com, or call 614-221-8888.

 

June 24, Akron
Summit County Master Gardeners’ Tour of Gardens
Various locations

The Summit County Master Gardeners host their Tour of Gardens, which will highlight six gardens. Online registration begins May 1 at SummitMasterGardeners.org. Costs $20 for the tour. The Patron Event, “Toast to the Tour,” features a secret garden reception on Friday evening June 23. Visit SummitMasterGardeners.org, or contact katharine.blair@gmail.com, or 330-592-4412.

 

July

 

July 7-9, Findlay
Flagcity Daylily Tour
Findlay area

This second annual tour features six (two new) daylily gardens in and around Findlay. Each garden has its own special personality. Tour at your leisure and see at least 3,000 different daylilies. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Free event. Visit Flag City Daylily Tour on Facebook, pplantpeddler.com, or contact Mike at anders@findlay.edu, or call 419-889-8827.

 

July 8-9, Mansfield
Ohio Lily Society Show
Kingwood Center

The Ohio Lily Society will host its 2017 Lily Show in the Carriage House. OLS members will be present to answer questions about the show, the entries, or to provide advice about growing lilies. Visitors to the show are frequently impressed with the large amount of lily cultivars available. From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Entry to the show is free with Kingwood Center admission. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.

 

July 8, Mansfield
Ohio Daylily Society Show
Kingwood Center

The Ohio Daylily Society (ohiodaylilysociety.org) will host their annual daylily show from noon to 4 p.m. This is a great time to add some unusual form and color to your summer garden. Entry to the show is free with Kingwood Center admission. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.

 

July 14-16, Rockbridge
Lilyfest
Bishop Educational Gardens

This is the ultimate festival for flower and art lovers. Lilyfest is held annually and features multiple flower gardens cared for by local gardeners. On Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free, but donations are appreciated. Visit lilyfest.com, or call 740-969-2873.

 

July 15, Delaware
Gardening and Arts Festival
Scioto Gardens

Join this celebration of art in the garden. Dozens of local artists, craftsmen, and musicians welcome guests throughout this uniquely natural nursery setting. Native and unusual plants are available for sale along with the work of many fine artists. Great music and local food are available; free gardening workshops to give you guidance in the art of gardening are offered throughout the day. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Call 740-363-8264, or visit sciotogardens.com.

 

July 13-August 31, Toledo
Jazz in the Garden
Toledo Botanical Garden

Schedule to be determined, and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Held every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Costs $10 general admission, $5 TBG members, kids under 12 are free, season passes available. Call 419-536-5566, or visit toledogarden.org.

 

July 16, Columbus
Annual WesterFlora Garden Tour
Westerville area

This is a great opportunity to tour some of Westerville’s most beautiful residential gardens. Talented musicians, singers, and a cappella groups will perform at selected properties. From 1 to 7 p.m. Free of charge, open to the public, and family friendly. Visit westerflora.com, or call 614-891-5599.

 

August

 

August 2, Mansfield
Hampstead Stage Company Presents Pinocchio
Kingwood Center

This traveling theatre company, which has been performing around the country for 30 years, will bring life to the beloved story of “Pinocchio.” This live performance will begin at 6 p.m. in the courtyard. Children of all ages will enjoy this adaptation of the classic tale. Tickets cost $5 per person, which includes admission. Tickets may be purchased at kingwoodcenter.org, in advance by calling 419-522-0211, or at the door if available.

 

August 5, Springfield
Snyder Park Garden and Arboretum Jubilee
Snyder Park Garden and Arboretum

Are you looking for a “must-see” family event and want to learn about gardening? Adults and youth will enjoy the jubilee and the beauty of the Snyder Park Garden and Arboretum. Events include demonstrations by Master Gardener Volunteers, children’s activities, research plots, various garden displays, vendors, and more. From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. This is the first “jubilee” at the new location 1900 Snyder Park Road, Springfield. Sponsored by the Ohio State University Extension, Clark County. Contact Janet Wasko Myers at 937-521-3873, or email myers.31@osu.edu.

 

August 5-October 1, Mansfield
Ribbit the Exhibit
Kingwood Center

A remarkable exhibit of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures by J.A. Cobb will be on display in the gardens. For all ages – these whimsical sculptures are like nothing else you have ever seen. Along with this display there will be many educational opportunities and activities for children Admission costs $5. For details visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.

 

August 18-19, Reynoldsburg
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival
Huber Park

Annually for more than 45 years now, the citizens of Reynoldsburg have organized the Tomato Festival in celebration and remembrance of a 1965 proclamation from the Franklin County Historical Society naming Reynoldsburg as the birthplace of the commercial tomato. Each year the festival draws thousands of people from all over the state who want to enjoy homegrown family fun through tomato displays, contests, concessions, arts and crafts exhibits, live musical entertainment, children’s activities, and the opportunity to meet the friendly people of Reynoldsburg. On Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit reynoldsburgtomatofestival.org, or call 614-866-4888.

 

August 20, Columbus
Girasole
Jorgensen Farms

Jorgensen Farms offers a special dinner crafted by local luminaries featuring food grown on the farm and by select central Ohio producers. Held from 5 to 8 p.m. Costs adults $95. Seats are limited. Visit jorgensen-farms.com to register, or call 614-855-2697.

 

August 26-27, Mansfield
Mansfield Men’s Garden Club Fall Harvest Show
Kingwood Center

Area gardeners are invited to show their best vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, houseplants, and floral arrangements and compete for prizes in many categories. Entry to the show is free with garden admission. Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.


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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, 918-835-2946 or Jana Singletary, 918-296-9629, or visit tulsaaudubon.org.

 

June

 

Thursdays June - September, Tulsa
Story time in the Garden
Tulsa Garden Center

Each Thursday morning the Linnaeus Gardens hosts story time for pre-school children, 10-11 a.m. Each day will have a different theme:
June 1: Weather and Rain
June 8: Ladybugs
June 15: Pollinators
June 22: Ponds, Fish & Frogs
June 29: Worms & Compost
For more information, call 918-576-5155 or visit www.tulsagardencenter.com.

 

June 3-10, Oklahoma City
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Comes to Life
Myriad Botanic Garden Children’s Garden

Inch your way through imaginative displays that will capture the essence of this beautiful story of the tiny caterpillar that eats too much before becoming an amazing and colorful butterfly. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Note: The Children’s Garden and Thunder Fountain will be closed May 30 through June 2 to set up for this event.
For more information, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com or call 405-445-7080.

 

June 10, Tulsa
26th Annual Pond Tour

Presented by the Green Country Water Garden Society. Join us from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for a self-guided tour and complete $800 pond kit giveaway. The cost is $8 per person. For more information visit gcwgs.com or call 918-746-5125.

 

June 13, Stillwater
Trellises, Plant Supports & Composting
Educational Building at The Botanic Garden

Discuss the basics of options for plant support and of building a compost pile. 6-7:30 p.m. Free admission, but please call or email the Payne County Extension office if you plan to attend. For more information, call Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or email keith.reed@okstate.edu.

 

June 13, Tulsa
Creating Curb Appeal
Tulsa Garden Center

This TGC class will give you inspiration and ideas to improve your home landscape. 9:30-11:30 a.m. or
6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit tulsagardencenter.com or call 918-576-5155.

 

June 15, Tulsa
Urban Chickens
Tulsa Garden Center

Many of us would love to have fresh eggs from chickens we raise. This TGC class will give you information about the positive and negative aspects of raising your own chickens. For more information, visit tulsagardencenter.com or call 918-576-5155.

 

June 17, 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. Show begins at 9 a.m. for members only and opens to the public at 1 p.m. For more information, visit tulsagardencenter.com or call 918-576-5155.

 

June 17, Tulsa
Butterfly Garden Grand Opening
Tulsa Garden Center, Linnaeus Teaching Garden

This garden will provide ideas and inspiration for people to create places for butterflies in their own landscapes. For more information, visit tulsagardencenter.com or call 918-576-5155.

 

June 20, Spiro
Summer Solstice Walks
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center

Start your summer with a special guided tour on the summer solstice. There will be three walks led by archaeologist Dennis Peterson starting at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Each tour will be 1 mile of easy walking and last about two hours. $5 per adult and $3 per child. This is in addition to the normal admission cost of $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children. For more information, call 918-962-2062.

 

June 24, Oklahoma City
Faerie Gardening
Will Rogers Garden

We will teach you everything and provide a pot, starter soil, and plants so you can go home with your own sprite-sized faerie home. Bring personal trinkets to customize your home. The lesson is for all ages but an adult must accompany children under 10. The cost is $25 per garden. Please register in advance using EVENT ID 5439. Noon-2 p.m. Prior to the Faerie Gardening lesson there will be a Faerie Discovery Tour at 11 a.m. The tour is free but advanced registration is required. Please use EVENT ID 5437 to register. For more information, call 405-297-1392.

 

June 24, Oklahoma City
Walking Tour
Myriad Botanic Garden

Join us to expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get great ideas for your yard as we discuss plants for color. 10-11 a.m. Can’t make it for the guided tour? Pick up a self-guided handout in our South Lobby. For more information, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com or call 405-445-7080.

 

June 24-25 Bartlesville
Kidsfest 2017
Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve

This traditional event features crafts, games, entertainment, food, and re-enactors. No extra charge! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit woolaroc.org or call 918-336-0307.

 

July

 

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.
Third Saturday: Butterfly walk – 10:30 a.m., may be at Oxley or at Redbud Nature Preserve
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.

 

July 8, Tulsa
4th of July North American Butterfly Count
Oxley Nature Center, Mohawk Park

Join other butterfly enthusiasts to spot, count, and identify butterflies. Information gathered will supplement the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) 4th of July Butterfly Count, where citizen scientists participate in local counts, increase personal knowledge, and raise public awareness. Meet at 8:30 a.m. and count until dusk, weather permitting. You are welcome to participate in all or part of the count but must call to register in advance. Bring a lunch, water, hat, and binoculars if you have them. You will work in teams with experiences naturalists so no experience is necessary. Call 918-596-9054 with questions or to register.

 

July 1, 15, Stillwater
Open House
The Botanic Garden

Ambassadors are available on the first and third Saturday from May through October 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit botanicgarden.okstate.edu.

 

July 10, Tulsa
Ann McCormick, the Herb’n Cowgirl
Tulsa Garden Center

Ann McCormick, the Herb’n Cowgirl, will present a special herbal program sponsored by The Tulsa Herb Society. Ann will be talking about her new book Homegrown Herb Garden, co-authored with Lisa Baker Morgan. She will also give the audience advice for growing in small spaces, how to clip your herbs, and suggestions for their use in the kitchen. Copies of her book will be available for sale at the conclusion of the presentation. This event is free to the public. 7 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

July 11, 25, Tulsa
Let’s Talk Gardening
Tulsa Garden Center

Bring your Bag Lunch to the Tulsa Garden Center and join a group of people that share an interest in gardening. The subjects are chosen by attendees the previous week. Gardeners can ask questions, share information, have an occasional “hands on” demonstration, visit the gardens, and have an interesting and lovely place to eat lunch. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

July 11 Stillwater
Tuesday Gardening Series – Backyard Chickens and Rabbits
Educational Building at The Botanic Garden

Learn the basics of feeding, care, and protection (from predators and the elements) before you decide to start this hobby. The free class is from 6-7:30 p.m. Please call or email the Payne County Extension office if you plan to attend. For more information, contact: Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or email keith.reed@okstate.edu.

 

July 13-15, Porter
Porter Peach Festival
Main Street

There will be a Senior PBR bull-riding contest, arts & crafts, outdoor concerts, small town parade, 5k run, car show, and of course, free peaches and ice cream! The art exhibit and sale has prizes and proceeds benefit the Lions Club.

 

July 22, Tulsa
Creating Garden Stepping-Stones
Tulsa Garden Center

Learn how to make stepping-stones, which allow you to maneuver through your garden beds knowing you are not crushing a plant. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Reservations required. For more information or to make a reservation,
call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

July 29, Tulsa
Hypertufa Pot Making
Tulsa Garden Center

Learn how to make these durable yet lightweight pots; you can stain, paint, or embellish them for a personal touch. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Reservations required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

August

 

August 1, 8, 22, 29. Tulsa
Let’s Talk Gardening
Tulsa Garden Center

Bring your Bag Lunch to the Tulsa Garden Center and join a group of people that share an interest in gardening. The subjects are chosen by attendees the previous week. Gardeners can ask questions, share information, have an occasional “hands on” demonstration, visit the gardens, and have an interesting and lovely place to eat lunch. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

August 5 & 19. Stillwater
Open House
The Botanic Garden

Ambassadors are available on the first and third Saturday from May through October during the Open House. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit botanicgarden.okstate.edu.

 

August 8, Stillwater
Tuesday Gardening Series – Tomato Tasting & Maintaining Fescue and Bermuda
Educational Building at The Botanic Garden

Learn the basics of tomato growing, harvesting, and tasting plus tips for maintaining cool-season and warm-season lawns. The free class is from 6-7:30 p.m. Please call or email the Payne County Extension office if you plan to attend. For more information, contact Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or keith.reed@okstate.edu.

 

August 27, Tulsa
Rain Barrels
Tulsa Garden Center

Rain barrels collect rain and allow you to use it during dry spells. They are a great project during the hot days when we have few gardening chores. 6:30-8 p.m. Reservations required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.


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Through June 30, Pittsburgh
Exquisite Patterns in Nature
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University

This exhibition includes selections of artwork and books from the Hunt Institute's permanent collections that are representative of, or inspired by, the fascinating configurations in the architecture of all organisms. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. (except May 7, 21, 28, and 29). Free admission. Call 412-268-2434 or visit huntbotanical.org.

 

June

 

June 7, Pittsburgh
Bee Wise: Plant Natives
Allegheny County Courthouse Garden

Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County invite you to visit the county courtyard garden to learn about rain gardens, native plantings, honey bees, and pollinators. Pick up a free native plant. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/allegheny or call 412-482-3469.
 

June 7 through October 25, Pittsburgh
Farmers at Phipps
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Visit Phipps’ front lawn each Wednesday to browse organic and certified naturally grown fruits and vegetables. From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

June 8, Wayne
Dry Gardening
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Lisa Roper. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org, or phsonline.org, or call 610-687-4163.

 

June 9 and 23, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join these reading sessions with local librarians. Each session is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors in nice weather at the outdoor children's classroom, next to the Widener Visitor Center. In case of inclement weather, Storytime is held in the upper gallery at the visitor center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 10, Springfield
Foraging
Red Hill Farm Co-Op Farmer

Learn to identify edible and tasty wild plants in this workshop sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655 or email lrb16@psu.edu.

 

June 11, Philadelphia
STEAMpunk Expo 2017
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Home of the only remaining freestanding Victorian fernery in North America, Morris Arboretum’s 92-acre garden is the ideal location to explore the genre of science fiction, fashion, and lifestyle inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery to create an alternative history. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 11, Pittsburgh
BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and community members gather to conduct a biological survey of all of the living species in Schenley Park. Witness the biodiversity in local parks, participate in real-time science, create unique art, browse local vendors’ products, and engage with interactive exhibits. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

June 16, Pittsburgh
Environmental Film Series
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This series features environmental films and documentaries followed by a discussion with film producers, scientists, and environmental advocates. From 7 to 9 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org/exhibits-and-events/calendar/environmental-film-series.

 

June 17, Hershey
A Whimsical Day of Fairies and Flowers
Hershey Gardens

Youngsters can frolic through the gardens and enjoy a variety of activities. Children are encouraged to come dressed in a fairy costume. From 9:30 a.m. to noon. Costs $15 for juniors ($8 for members). Accompanying adults pay regular admission (members are free). Tickets are limited and must be purchased online at hersheygardens.org.

 

June 18, Hershey
Father’s Day,
Hershey Gardens

Dads enjoy free admission to Hershey Gardens on their special day. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

June 18, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Historic Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Free mill admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 22, Wayne
Embracing Shade
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Przemyslaw Walczak. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org or phsonline.org or call 610-687-4163.

 

June 24, East Stroudsburg
Identifying Weeds and How to Manage Them
Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens

Presented by Annette Atkinson, Penn State Master Gardener. From 11 a.m. to noon. Visit mstcommunitygardenspark.com, call 570-223-8920 ext. 119, or email crain@mstownship.com.

 

June 24, Luzerne County
Tour of Back Mountain Gardens
Borough of Dallas area

The Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club will host the “Tour of Back Mountain Gardens” featuring seven private gardens, all located within a 5-mile radius of the Borough of Dallas in Luzerne County. A full slate of garden, nature, container, and landscaping presentations is planned. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $20, if purchased on or before June 17, and $25 after June 17. Visit backmountainbloomers.org or contact Angela Vitkoski at avitkoski@pecpa.org, or 570-718-6507.

 

June 25, Pittsburgh
Town and Country Garden Tour
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Features 15 private residential gardens and one community memorial garden in the neighboring areas of Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, Edgewood, and Churchill. Self-guided tour costs $45 for members, $55 for non-members. Bus patrons: $120 for members, $135 for non-members. Call 412-444-4464 or visit pittsburghbotanicgarden.org.
 

June 29, Wayne
Moss Gardening
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Przemyslaw Walczak. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org or phsonline.org, or call 610-687-4163.

 

July

 

July and August, Hershey
The BugZone
Hershey Gardens

The BugZone provides an up-close look at walking sticks, tropical praying mantises, beetles, grasshoppers, and tarantulas. Learn how insects and plants have co-evolved. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

July - September 4, Philadelphia
Garden Railway in Motion
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Celebrating 20 years at Morris Arboretum, the garden railway delights visitors with its natural plantings and miniature buildings surrounded by a quarter-mile track and model trains. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July - September 30, Kennett Square
Summer of Spectacle
Longwood Gardens

Features daily fountain performances and special events throughout the season. The gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for illuminated fountain shows. Admission is by timed admission ticket only. Members may visit anytime, but require free timed reservations if visiting after 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday evenings. To purchase tickets or make member reservations call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

Through October 9, Philadelphia
The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

50-plus kinetic sculptures ranging from 5 to 25 feet high are displayed throughout the garden. Placed in groupings that artist Lyman Whitaker calls wind farms, the sculptures’ movement is propelled entirely by wind. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

Through November 5, Pittsburgh
Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

More than 100 pieces of supersized glass art orchids and other plants are featured in eight rooms in the conservatory. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

July 1, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Fireflies in July
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Learn why fireflies light up our summer nights and create your own artistic firefly masterpiece. Free with admission. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July 1 - September 4, Pittsburgh
Butterfly Forest
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Watch as butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to flutter among tropical blooms. Free with admission. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

July 1-2, 8-9,15-16,22-23,29-30, Hershey
Touch a Bug Insect Cart
Hershey Gardens

Kids meet giant bugs, learn where they come from, and what makes them unique. Children will be able to touch the insect. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free with admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

July 1-9, Philadelphia
Circus Week at the Garden Railway
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

See the big top and circus trains, and learn the history of the circus. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July 2 and 22, Kennett Square
Fireworks and Fountain Shows
Longwood Gardens

These shows combine fountains and fireworks choreographed to music. Advance tickets are required. Call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

Wednesdays, July 5 - Oct. 25, Pittsburgh
Farmers at Phipps
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This weekly event brings community members and local food producers together for a fresh food shopping experience. Admission is free. From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

July 6 Pittsburgh
Biophilia
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This meeting group is dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion, and action. At each meeting, a discipline or behavior is identified, often by an expert guest speaker, and discussed. At 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance RSVP is required. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

July 7 and 21, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement the natural setting of the arboretum. Held at the outdoor children’s classroom, 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.

 

July 8, Greensburg
Demonstration Garden Open House
Donohoe Gardens

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County answer questions about the gardens, plants, and general gardening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Composting demonstrations are held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Rain or shine, free of charge. Call 724-837-1402, or email lch8@psu.edu.

 

July 8, Greensburg
Our Members’ Gardens Tour
Greensburg Garden Center

Featuring tours of some of the best gardens of the Greensburg Garden Center’s members. Call 724-837-0245, or visit greensburggardencenter.net for reservations.

 

July 8, Mt. Gretna
25th Garden Tour
Historic Preservation Trust of Lebanon County

Several gardens in the Mt. Gretna will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. Costs $15. Call 717-304-2093, or visit lebanonhpt.org.

 

July 8, Pittsburgh
Tropical Forest Congo Festival
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Celebrate the food and culture of the African Congo with family-friendly activities, entertainment, and food. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with admission. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

July 8, Springfield
Second Saturday at Smedley Program – Cacti and Succulents
Smedley Park

Master Gardener Ray Murphy provides the fundamentals of growing, cultivating, and propagating succulents and cacti, plus you may take some home. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655, or visit extension.psu.edu/delaware.

 

July 10, 17, 24, and 31, Hershey
Marvelous Mondays in the Children’s Garden
Hershey Gardens

Children and their families enjoy activities and crafts each week. From 10 a.m. to noon. Free with admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

July 11, Kennett Square
Dianne Reeves Concert
Longwood Gardens

Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves appears at Longwood’s open air theatre with Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully. Her repertoire includes jazz, R&B, and soul. 7:30 p.m. Tickets include garden admission and are $33 to $53 for non-member reserved seating; tickets for Longwood members (Gardens Preferred, Gardens Premium, and Legacy Members) are $28 to $48. Call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

July 12, Philadelphia
Romeo and Juliet
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s classic love story, “Romeo and Juliet” in the azalea meadow. Rain location is under the café tent. 6:30 p.m. Free for members. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July 13, Pittsburgh
5-2-1-0 Speaker Series
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This bi-monthly event features guest speakers who share recommendations for how to build healthy environments for children. July’s program explores the importance of play to children’s well-being. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance RSVP is required. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

July 13-15, Kennett Square
Founder’s Weekend
Longwood Gardens

Pierre S. du Pont purchased the original Longwood property on July 20, 1906, which today is celebrated with Founder’s Weekend. See the premiere of the main fountain garden documentary, “Flowing Water.” The viewing is outdoors at 7 p.m. Free with timed admission ticket. Call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

July 13-17, Wayne
Garden Design Master Class
Chanticleer

Learn about designing gardens with British designer, Annie Guilfoyle. This course includes practical studio sessions, lectures and demonstrations, garden walks, and critical analysis. An opening reception and talk will is held on July 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Workshop hours on July 14 and 15 are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price for all three days is $590, and includes breakfast and lunch each day. Register at chanticleergarden.org/workshops.html, or call Fran DiMarco at 610-687-4163.

 

July 15, East Stroudsburg
How to Use What You Have Planted
Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens

This talk is held from 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Call 570-223-8920, or email crain@mstownship.com.

 

July 15-16, Philadelphia
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the garden railway and see Thomas and friends. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July 16, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Historic Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone grinding corn for meal and flour. Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours. From 1 to 4 p.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July 19, Greensburg
Tea in the Lefevre Butterfly Garden
Greensburg Garden Center


Relax in the butterfly garden as you sip tea. Make reservations early by calling 724-837-0245.

 

July 20, Pittsburgh
Summer Short Course with Tovah Martin
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Avid gardener and freelance writer Tovah Martin discusses sustainable horticulture, landscape and garden design, and native plants. From 8 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. Call 412-441-4442, ext. 3925, or visit phipps.conservatory.org/shortcourse.

 

July 21, Pittsburgh
Environmental Film Series
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

View environmental documentaries during this monthly event. Each viewing is followed by a discussion with film producers, scientists, and environmental advocates. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

July 22, Manheim
Summer Garden Experience
Penn State University Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center

This open house features keynote speaker Doug Tallamay, author of Bringing Nature Home, along with short talks on horticulture and gardening topics and tours of the flower gardens and other areas of the center. Learn about gardening, rain gardens, backyard fruits and herbs, pollinators, and bluebirds. Call 717-653-4728, or visit agsci.psu.edu/research/ag-experiment-station/landisville.

 

August

 

August 3, Pittsburgh
Biophilia
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This meeting group is dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion, and action. At each meeting, a discipline or behavior is identified, often by an expert guest speaker, and discussed. At 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance RSVP is required. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

August 4 and 18, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors at the outdoor children’s classroom, 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.

 

August 5, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Sink or Float
Science Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

What makes an object sink or float? Test buoyancy predictions at the discovery table. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

August 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26- 27, Hershey
Touch a Bug Insect Cart
Hershey Gardens

Kids meet giant bugs, learn where they come from, and what makes them unique. Children will be able to touch the insects. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free with admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

August 7 and 14, Hershey
Marvelous Mondays in the Children’s Garden
Hershey Gardens

Children and their families enjoy activities and crafts each week. From 10 a.m. to noon. Free with admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

August 12, Kennett Square
Fireworks and Fountain Shows
Longwood Gardens

These shows combine fountains and fireworks choreographed to music. Advance tickets are required. Call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

August 12, Latrobe
Annual Butterfly Release
Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve

Rick Mikula shares his knowledge of butterflies, sponsored by the Greensburg Garden Center and Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at St. Vincent’s College. Explore the gardens and buy a butterfly to release. Call 724-837-0245 for reservations.

 

August 12, Springfield
Second Saturday at Smedley Program–Bonsai Gardening
Smedley Park

Learn the history of bonsai gardening from Steve Ittel, a member and past president of the Bonsai Society of Chester County, who has cared for the bonsai collection at Longwood Gardens. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655, or visit extension.psu.edu/delaware.

 

August 12, York
Open House
Gardens at John Rudy County Park

York County Master Gardeners invite the public to attend seminars, tour the gardens, and bring gardening questions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 717-840-7408, or visit extension.psu.edu/york.

 

August 12-13, Hershey
Blooming Art Exhibit
Hershey Gardens

See works of art by members of the Hershey Area Art Association in the education center, located in the children’s garden. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

August 12-13, Philadelphia
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at the Garden Railway
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the garden railway and see Thomas and friends. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

August 15, Kennett Square
Del and Dawg Concert
Longwood Gardens

Del McCoury and David “Dawg” Grisman celebrate bluegrass music. At 7:30 p.m. Tickets include garden admission, and are $35 to $55 for non-member reserved seating; tickets for Longwood members (Gardens Preferred, Gardens Premium, and Legacy Members) are $30 to $50. Call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

August 18, Pittsburgh
Environmental Film Series
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

View environmental documentaries during this monthly event. Each viewing is followed by a discussion with film producers, scientists, and environmental advocates. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

August 19, East Stroudsburg
Canning Beans
Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens

This class is taught by Nicole McGeehan, Penn State Food Safety associate educator. Held from 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Call 570-223-8920, or email crain@mstownship.com.

 

August 19, Gibsonia and South Park
Garden in the Parks Field Day
North and South Park Demonstration Gardens

Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County host this free event that includes tours of the annual flower trial beds and herb and pollinator gardens, local beekeepers, children’s activities, speakers, canning demonstrations, tomato and garlic tasting, Penn State Creamery ice cream, and composting information. Volunteers answer your gardening questions, too. Free. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 412-263-1000, or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/allegheny.

 

August 20, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Historic Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours. From 1 to 4 p.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

August 22, Greensburg
Tea in the Lefevre Butterfly Garden
Greensburg Garden Center

Relax in a butterfly garden as you sip tea. Make reservations by calling 724-837-0245.

 

August 26, Hershey
Hershey Horticulture Society Flower Show
Hershey Gardens

The Hershey Horticulture Society presents “All a Flutter” in the horticultural wing of the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory. From 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is free with the purchase of tickets to Hershey Gardens and the butterfly atrium. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

August 26-27, Shrewsbury
66th Annual Shrewsbury Flower Show
Shrewsbury Assembly of God

This year’s theme is “Let’s Party.” From 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Contact Gail Sechrist at 717-683-5257, gsech@comcast.net org.

 

August 26 - September 4, Philadelphia
Circus Week at the Garden Railway
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

See the big top and circus trains and learn the history of the circus. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

August 27, Pittsburgh
Red, Ripe and Roasted
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This festival includes cooking demonstrations, a tomato contest, fresh food for sale, and kids’ activities. By donating a bag of fresh produce to help community members in need, guests are admitted for free to the summer flower show during event hours. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.


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June

 

June 8, Crossville
Eastern Region TEMG Meeting
Plateau Research and Education Center

Master gardener meeting and workshops for eastern part of the state includes tours of Plateau Discovery Gardens with sessions on garden photography and managing home ponds. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact your local UT extension office or master gardener group or visit extension.tennessee.edu/mastergardener.

 

June 9-11, Beersheba Springs
Tennessee Native Plant Society Annual Meeting
Beersheba Springs Assembly

Speakers include Dr. Ken McFarland, “Mosses are Plants Too” and David Lincicome, “Capacity Building for Plant Conservation: Establishment of a Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA).” Programs on Friday and Saturday evenings after the meals. Field trip details TBA. For more information, visit tnps.org.

 

June 10, Couchville
Cedar Glade Tour—Couchville, John and Hester, Vesta Cedar Glades
Couchville State Natural Area

Brian Bowen will lead this tour of the cedar glades and barrens near Nashville to see globally rare ecosystems and the plants found there. 9:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit tnstateparks.com/events.

 

June 10, Johnson City
2017 Garden Tour

Tour seven of Johnson City’s most enchanting gardens on this biennial tour sponsored by Shady Oaks Garden Club. There will also be a reception and plant sale. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For ticket purchase details, visit shadyoaksgardenclub.org.

 

June 10, Knoxville
Hardy Succulents for East Tennessee
South Greenhouse Room 124, UT Gardens

UT Garden horticulturist Alexandria Smith will lead interactive workshop with growing instructions, design ideas, and starter pack of four succulent varieties to take home. 10 a.m.-noon. Preregistration required. For more information or to register, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

June 10, Knoxville
Summer Pruning
Cedar Bluff Library

Which shrubs and plants need a haircut during the summer? Master gardener John Payne will discuss which to cut and which ones not to touch. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.

 

June 10, Memphis
Mid-South Hydrangea Society Conference & Plant Sale
Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Natalie Hamill, Mal Condon, Vanessa Gardner Nagel, and Michael Dirr on topics of selection, care, and design. 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Garden tours on June 11. Register early. For more information, visit dixon.org or midsouthhydrangea.com.

 

June 12, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Bugs of Tennessee
Williamson County Public Library, Columbia Avenue

Learn symptoms and signs of common insect damage and also about beneficial insects that help to control the bad ones. 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit lib.williamson-tn.org or call 615-595-1243.

 

June 15, Memphis
Monthly Botanic Talks: Rhododendron Hybrids
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Dale Skaggs, director of horticulture, leads this group discussion of Rhododendron. Suggested book: Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel. Supplemental pages and refreshments provided. 5-6 p.m. For more information or to register, visit dixon.org.

 

June 17, Chattanooga
Daylilies for a Day
Hamilton County Agriculture Center

Hamilton County Master Gardeners present George Gannaway to discuss daylilies in their multitude of colors and how they welcome hummingbirds. 10 a.m. Advanced registration is preferred. For more information or to register, visit mghc.org.

 

June 17, Memphis
Build a Bamboo Trellis for a Fragrant Moon Vine
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Create a trellis to support vines in your garden beds or containers and take home moon vine with your trellis. 10:30 a.m.-noon. For more information or to register, call 901-761-5250 or visit dixon.org.

 

June 17-18, Roan Mountain
Rhododendron Festival
Roan Mountain State Park

Festival features crafters, musicians, and tasty food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit roanmountain.com.

 

June 19, Knoxville
Summer Pruning
Davis Family YMCA, Northshore

Which shrubs and plants need a haircut during the summer? Master gardener John Payne will discuss which to cut and which ones not to touch. 1-2 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.

 

June 20, Murfreesboro
Summer Evening Walk in the Prairie
Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens State Natural Area

Wildflowers of the prairies and glades provide a great early summer show on this 3-mile hike through the three community types. Some walking will be off-trail. 5 p.m. For more information or to register, visit tnstateparks.com/events.

 

June 22, Nashville
Central Region TEMG Meeting
Ellington Ag Center

Master Gardener meeting and workshops for central part of the state includes tours of Ellington, Cedars of Lebanon State Park Butterfly Garden, and the arboretum and garden in Fiddlers Grove at James Ward Ag Center. Two afternoon sessions – Help with Your Helpline and Working With Youth And Horticulture. Contact your local UT extension office or Master Gardener group for details.

 

June 22, Knoxville
Flying Flowers – The Lives of Local Butterflies and Native Bees
Humana, Western Avenue

Join Master Gardeners Amy Haun and Kat Fenstermaker to learn about local butterflies and native bees. 2:45-3:45 p.m. For more information, call 865-329-8892.

 

June 24, Crossville
New Ways to Build Gardens Using Nature’s Principles
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Carol Burdett discusses how to garden if you have a shallow or non-existent soil depth. What to do to give you the landscape you desire. Free, 9-10:30 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

June 24, Knoxville
Flying Flowers – The Lives of Local Butterflies and Native Bees
Bearden Branch Library

Join Master Gardeners Amy Haun and Kat Fenstermaker to learn about our local butterflies and native bees. 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 865-588-8813.

 

June 26, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Gardening to Attract Pollinators
Williamson County Public Library

Amy Dismukes discusses which plants will attract bees and butterflies to your garden and about pollination of your fruits and veggies. 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit lib.williamson-tn.org or call 615-595-1243.

 

June 27, Knoxville
Flying Flowers – The Lives of Local Butterflies and Native Bees
Karns Senior Citizen Center

Join Master Gardeners Amy Haun and Kat Fenstermaker to learn about the lives of our local butterflies and native bees. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 865-951-2653.



June 29, Memphis
Summer Diseases and Insect Control on Plants
Shelby County Extension Office

Walter Battle, UT extension director of Haywood County, gives this lunchtime talk. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 901-752-1207.

 

June 30-July 1, Memphis
Mid-South Great Tomato Contest
Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center

Educational programs on heirlooms, growing tomatoes in straw bales, best tomatoes for the Mid-South, tomato pests and diseases, salsa making with kids, and more. Also judging of best overall tomato, best slicing, best cherry, best heirloom, heaviest tomato, and best salsa. Star-spangled music festival and laser show on Hyde Lake on July 1. Sponsored by Memphis Area Master Gardeners. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, email
greattomatocontest@gmail.com.

 

July

 

Through August 1, Clarksville
Registration for Montgomery County Master Gardener Course – Fall of 2017
Montgomery County Extension Office

All classes on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. August 22-November 14.The fee for the class is $125 or $150 for couples. For more information, see Facebook page or contact Karla Kean at kkean@utk.edu or 931-648-5725.

 

July 2, Kodak
Hummingbird Banding
Bluebird Barn, Seven Islands State Birding Park

Master bander Mark Armstrong leads this one-of-a-kind experience to get up close and personal with wild birds. Take an easy 1-mile hike to the banding site. 7 a.m. Must preregister at tnstateparks.com/events.

 

July 8, Crossville
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Fred Mullen discusses the best varieties and tips for successful growing for a cool-season vegetable garden. Free, 9-11:30 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

July 8, Knoxville
Are You Water Wise or Water Wasteful?
Cedar Bluff Library

Join master gardener Jan Gangwer to learn the various ways to give your plants the water they need without running up a giant water bill. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.

 

July 10, Chattanooga
Plant This, Not That
Greenspaces

Free public meeting of the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones with speaker Lisa Huff. 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit tennesseevalley.wildones.org.

 

July 10, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Native Plants for Tennessee
Williamson County Public Library

Amy Dismukes asks “Why use native plants in your yard?” Find out which plants work best in your Middle Tennessee landscape. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

July 13, Jackson
Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show
West TN AgResearch and Education Center

Garden talks 10 a.m.-5 p.m., plant sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit westtennessee.tennessee.edu/ornamentals/Garden Events.

 

July 13, Kodak
Native Trees and Shrubs in the Sevierville Arboretum
Citizens National Bank

Jim Rouhan of the City of Sevierville is speaker at open meeting of the Smoky Mountains Chapter of Wild Ones. 6:30-8:30 p.m. For updates, visit their Facebook page (Smoky Mountains Wild Ones).

 

July 14-15, Ripley
Lauderdale County Tomato Festival
Downtown Ripley

Come to 34th annual festival for two fun days. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will honor the Tomato Farmer of the Year in opening ceremonies. See the world’s longest “mater” sandwich. For more information, visit lauderdalecountytn.org/living_tomato.

 

July 17, Kingsport
Hamlett-Dobson FarmFest
Exchange Place

Celebrate the pleasures of country life with fresh summer food, sack races, hayrides, cakewalks, and traditional music from the 19th century. Try your hand at tin punch, stenciling, and carding wool and children will enjoy petting the animals and jumping in the haystack. 2-5 p.m. Free event, no ticket required. For more information, call 423-288-6071 or visit exchangeplace.info.

 

July 17, Knoxville
Are You Water Wise or Water Wasteful?
Davis Family YMCA

Join master gardener Jan Gangwer to learn the various ways to give your plants the water they need without running up a giant water bill. 1-2 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.

 

July 18, Crossville
Benefits of Using Native Plants in the Home Landscape
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Bill Morgan will discuss how gardening with plants native to our region protects biodiversity and creates an authentic sense of place. Free, 9-11 a.m. Registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

July 22, Knoxville
Win the War with Weeds!
Bearden Branch Library

Join master gardeners Barbara Bunting and Tracy Polite-Johnson to learn various ways to deal with weeds without exhausting yourself or resorting to lots of chemicals. 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 865-588-8813.

 

July 24, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: The Dirt on Composting
Williamson County Public Library

Learn about composting with Amy Dismukes. Use recycled kitchen scraps and garden debris to make humus. Learn what can and cannot be safely composted. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

July 25, Knoxville
Win the War with Weeds!
Karns Senior Citizen Center

Join master gardeners Barbara Bunting and Tracy Polite-Johnson to learn various ways to deal with weeds without exhausting yourself or resorting to lots of chemicals. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 865-951-2653.

 

July 28-30, Rutledge
Grainger County Tomato Festival
Festival grounds and sites in Rutledge

Named one of Parade Magazine’s Top Ten Festivals in the USA, the free festival returns for its 25th year to promote the Grainger County tomato and local products, craftsmen, and authors. Special guest this year is Charles The Pig who survived the Great Smoky Mountain wildfire last November and will feature his books and artwork to help raise money for his family to rebuild. The annual famous Tomato Wars will benefit God’s Planet for Haiti, a nonprofit that helps educate children in Haiti. Special music will feature The McCameys Saturday afternoon and Charlie Daniels Band Saturday night, all free. For more information, visit graingercountytomatofestival.com.

 

August

 

August 6, Kodak
Hummingbird Banding
Bluebird Barn, Seven Islands State Birding Park

Master bander Mark Armstrong leads this one-of-a-kind experience to get up close and personal with wild birds. Take an easy 1-mile hike to the banding site. Wear good walking shoes or boots and bring water and a snack. 7 a.m. Must preregister at tnstateparks.com/events.

 

August 7, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Fall Gardening
Williamson County Public Library

Get tips on cool-season vegetable gardening and maintenance as well as hints on preserving and protecting your plants and harvest with Sadira Ebert. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

August 11-12, East Nashville
Tomato Art Fest
Five Points area of East Nashville

The free, costume-encouraged event provides a wildly entertaining, fun-filled day for all types and all-ages. For more information, visit tomatoartfest.com. 

 

August 12, Knoxville
Moss: More Than a Four-Letter Word
Cedar Bluff Library

If you are wrestling with what to grow in those shady spots, join master gardeners Jean Hess and Rosanne Smith to learn how to use mosses. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.

 

August 12, Knoxville
Hypertufa
UT Gardens

Learn how to make unique garden containers out of hypertufa and explore the origins of stone troughs with Derrick Stowell. Pre-registration required, $25 garden members, $35 nonmembers. 1-3 p.m. For additional information, email dstowell@utk.edu, call 865-974-7151, or visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

August 17 & 24, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park, Park Office

Join ranger Tim Wheatley for banding of ruby-throated hummingbirds to help sample the population and understand communities where they may thrive. Number and consistency of birds for banding is unknown. 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com or email timothy.wheatley@ tn.gov.

 

August 20 & 27, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park, Park Inn

Hummingbird banding with ranger Tim Wheatley and environmental education specialist Heather Gallagher at the busy feeders at the Park Inn. Number of birds is variable, but hummers feed heavily in the morning after a night of fasting so populations should be present. 7:30-9:30 a.m. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com or email timothy.wheatley@ tn.gov.

 

August 21, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Urban Trees and Best Management Practices
Williamson County Public Library

Learn about the best trees for an urban environment with Amy Dismukes. Learn what to do and how to do it and about the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

August 26, Knoxville
Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival
Ijams Nature Center

See ruby-throated hummingbirds up close and personal, wildlife demonstrations, speaker programs, guided walks, food vendors, birdfeeders, plants, and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit ijams.org.

 

August 26, Knoxville
Natural Flower Dyes and Silk Scarves
UT Gardens

Beth Willis will explore how natural dyes are made from plants and you will get opportunity to practice dying natural fibers and learn about growing plants and dying at home. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pre-registration required, $25 garden members, $35 nonmembers. For more information, email dstowell@utk.edu, call 865-974-7151, or visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

August 26, Knoxville
Moss: More Than a Four-Letter Word
Bearden Branch Library

If you are wrestling with what to grow in those shady spots, join master gardeners Jean Hess and Rosanne Smith to learn how to use mosses. 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 865-588-8813.

 

August 29, Crossville
9th Annual Fall Gardeners Festival
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Topics chosen for the home gardener will be presented under tents throughout the gardens, along with wagon tours of the facility, opportunities to shop from garden vendors, educational exhibits, and more. For more information, visit ccmga.org or plateau.tennessee.edu.

 

September

 

September 2, Bath Springs
Exploring the Western Tennessee Valley Limestone Barrens
Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area

Join Allan Trently to recognize plants found in the Limestone Barrens, naturally treeless ecosystems found primarily in Decatur County. Learn basic tips for identifying the hard to identify asters and goldenrods. The approximately 1-mile trail contains gentle slopes, is considered easy to moderate in difficulty and there will be off-trail walking so wear boots. 10 a.m. Advance registration required, $10 for adults and teenagers. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com/events.

 

September 2, Hohenwald
Rare Plant Fall Hike and Creek Walk
Dry Branch State Natural Area, Brushy Creek Road

Perfect time for a walk with Andrea Bishop along picturesque Dry Branch and surrounding woodlands of the rare plant community known as Highland Rim Calcareous Seeps. Hike will take three to four hours and is moderate but could include slick rocks in the creek.10 a.m. Bring water, lunch and snacks, bug spray, and get your feet wet or wear rubber boots. Advance registration required, $10 for adults and teenagers. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com/events.
 


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Through October, Surry
Pick-Your-Own Schedule
College Run Farms

Come pick fresh strawberries in late May, blueberries June-July, sweet corn July-early August, and pumpkins and gourds in late September-October. No fee to visit the farm; simply pay for the produce you pick. You can also purchase homemade ice cream, have a snack or lunch in the picnic area, and visit the gift shop. Contact the family farm with specific questions at 757-294-3970 or visit collegerunfarms.com for the crop calendar.


June, Richmond
Discover Gardens of Jefferson’s Boyhood
Tuckahoe Plantation

Take a self-guided tour of Tuckahoe Plantation’s pleasure and vegetable gardens where heirloom varieties, native plants, and plants similar to those originally brought from England are showcased. Tuckahoe Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, is the childhood home of Thomas Jefferson so many Jeffersonian plants are featured in the gardens. The site is open daily (except for private events). Call 804-971-8329 or visit tuckahoeplantationva@gmail.com to schedule a guided tour of the grounds or plantation home.    

 

June 10, Virginia Beach
Walk and Talk Amongst the Weeds
Hampton Roads AREC

Join VCE Master Gardener Sherry Kern for this outdoor walk to identify and discuss life cycles and management of common weeds found in Tidewater landscapes. This free workshop will be held at the Agriculture Research & Extension Center 9-11 a.m. It will be held in Room 125 with live samples during inclement weather. Register at weedswalkandtalk.eventbrite.com. For more information, call the help desk at 757-385-8156 or visit vbmg.org.

 

June 13, Boyce
Macro-Photography: A Bug’s Eye View
Blandy Experimental Farm – State Arboretum of Virginia

If you’ve ever considered getting into macro-photography, this workshop with Doug Graham and Tim Farmer is for you. Lens choices, tripods, and other gear will be covered and then spend time shooting the arboretum grounds. 2-5 p.m. $30 for members; $35 nonmembers. Reservations are required; space is limited. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758.

 

June 17, Richmond
Bumblebee Jamboree
Maymont Farm Lawn

Celebrate National Pollinator Week with family-friendly activities including a live butterfly safari tent, puppet shows, crafts and games. See inside a beehive, enjoy butterfly garden tours, view the VCU display of live insects, and learn pollinator plant selections. Enjoy food and beverage samples. This free event is sponsored by Chesterfield County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For information and ticket sales, call 804-751-4401 or visit Maymont.org.

 

June 17, Stratford
Creating Living Wreaths: Unique Home Decorations Workshop
Stratford Hall

Create a living wreath in this workshop led by horticulturist and floral designer Dee King. Each guest will receive a kit containing a 9-inch wreath form with sphagnum, a working tray, a tool used to install the plants, Sempervivum and an assortment of Sedum. Maintenance instructions will be provided at the end of the workshop. 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $55. Register early by calling 804-493-1972 or emailing jbachman@stratfordhall.org.

 

June 17-18, Richmond
Father’s Day Weekend Celebration
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Enjoy a weekend of opportunities to honor and spend time with dad. Visit the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, plus Saturday crafts and activities in the Children’s Garden from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a free concert on Sunday. Regular garden admission applies both days. Food available for purchase. Find event activities posted on lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.

 

June 21, Newport News
Every Animal has a Story
Virginia Living Museum

Walk the outdoor trail at the end of the day with senior animal care staff to learn how our animals ended up with a new life at the living museum. Injured, orphaned, born in captivity, or rescued as an illegal pet, every animal has a special story to share with the public. The 45 minute-tour begins at 3 p.m. For ages 4 and older. VLM member cost is $12; $14 non-members (museum admission is not included). For tickets, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.

 

July

 

July, Williamsburg
Explore Our Gardens
Colonial Williamsburg

Tour vibrant 18th-century gardens at your leisure or enhance your understanding of heirloom gardening techniques with a guided garden tour. Three guided tours are available: Gardens of Gentility Meet the Gardener, and Through the Garden Gate. Colonial Williamsburg admission required for self-guided garden tours. Find a printable map of the gardens by visiting colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/tours/garden-tours/. Call 888-965-7254 for information.

 

July 1, Montpelier Station
Historic Landscape Tour
James and Dolly Madison’s Montpelier

Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier evolved through generations of owners from a working plantation to a treasure trove of champion trees and unique plantings. Free tour begins at 1 p.m. Mansion grounds, visitor center, and walking trails are open daily and free. House tours are $20 for adults. For details, call 540-672-2728 or visit montpelier.org.

 

July 4, Charlottesville
Independence Day Celebration
Monticello’s West Lawn

Join this special celebration on July 4 to celebrate “the great birthday of our republic” and experience the 55th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. 9 a.m.-noon. Following the ceremony, join the Jeffersonian Open House with free walk-through tours 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit monticello.org or call 434-984-9800.

 

July 4, Surry
Ferry Capt. John Smith Deckhouse Independence Day Celebration
Surry Historical Society Museum and Native Plant Habitat

Celebrate the 4th of July by touring the historic ferry Capt. John Smith deckhouse as restored to its 1925 appearance. The CJS was the first modern car ferry to service the James River from Jamestown to Scotland Landing. On your way for a deckhouse tour, stroll through the certified native plant habitat to learn improved landscape tactics that use native plants for increased wildlife and pollinator diversity. Free tours 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For additional information, visit surrycountytourism.com/Historical_Society.htm or call
757-294-0404 for group tours.

 

July 6, Duffield
Wild Cave Tour: Bolling Cave
Natural Tunnel State Park

Get down and dirty with this two-hour cave tour. Crawl through crevasses and waddle through tunnels. View the archeology room, soda straws, and columns. Guests will be given a helmet with a LED light on it along with gloves and kneepads. Expect to get dirty during exploration. This program is for ages 8 and up. For your comfort and safety, appropriate pants and closed toe shoes are required. Guests must use park gear. Cost is $15 per person or for a group of 10 or more $12 per person. Event begins at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center. 2-4:15 p.m. No pets allowed. For more information or registration (pre-registration required), call 276-940-2674 or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.

 

July 15, Williamsburg
Old and New Garden Favorites
Freedom Park Interpretive Center

Join John McFarlane, assistant director of gardens and grounds of the College of William and Mary, as he discusses his favorite plants and local garden treasures. This event is part of the Learn and Grow Educational Series sponsored by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. 10-11 a.m. The program is free; a $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated. For more information, contact John at jdmcfa@wm.edu.

 

July 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, Richmond
Life on the Wild Side
Maymont Nature Center

Practice survival skills while learning about maps and compasses, first aid, extreme weather, and dangers in nature. Compare your survival skills to some of the world’s wildest animals and investigate how much is learned and how much is instinct. Price is $139 for member child; $165 for non-member child. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 804- 358-7166 or visit Maymont.org.

 

July 23, Boyce
Amazing Moths: An Illustrated Talk & Art Show
Blandy Experimental Farm Library

Join artist and lover of nature Deborah Davis as she reveals the intricate and diverse patterns and beauty of moths through her paintings. She will discuss the life cycle and importance of moths in nature, describe steps we can all take to help conserve these little-known insects, and share her enthusiasm for “mothing” as a hobby. 2-3:30 p.m. $10 for members; $12 non-members. Reservations are required; space is limited. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758.

 

August

 

August 1-September 30, Blacksburg
Simply Elemental 2017: Garden Variety
Hahn Horticulture Garden

This year’s theme, “Garden Variety,” focuses on the diverse and the eclectic, the variety that grows in the common soil of southwestern Virginia. 35 jury-selected fanciful, whimsical and thought-provoking works will be displayed throughout the 6-acre garden. For more information, call 540-231-5970 or visit hort.vt.edu/hhg.

 

August 12, Montpelier Station
Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour
James and Dolly Madison’s Montpelier

Visit sites that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier and learn how citizenship evolved through the Civil Rights era. Free tour at 2:30 p.m. Mansion grounds, visitor center, and walking trails are open daily and free. House tours are $20 for adults. For more information, call 540-672-2728 or visit montpelier.org.

 

August 17, Newport News
All About Otters Tour
Virginia Living Museum Otter Habitat

Learn what they eat, how they eat, and how the museum trains them to cooperate during veterinarian visits and enrichment. Visitors will assist with an actual training session and gain admittance into restricted areas where only staff dares to venture! 3-3:45 p.m. For ages 4 and above. No wheelchair access. VLM member cost is $12, $14 non-members (museum admission is not included). For tickets, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.


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Through July 16, Madison

Light Gaps
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Learn how plants develop and change in the forest as light fluctuates, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Olbrich.org; 608-246-4550.

 

June

 

June 9, 10, & 11, Almond
Midwest Women's Herbal Conference

Herbal education and personal growth workshops, dance and body movement, singing, nature walks, mostly organic meals, swimming in and enjoying the view of Pickerel Lake. midwestwomensherbal.com.

 

June 10, Milwaukee
Ultra Violet Summer Floral Show
Mitchell Park Conservatory

through September 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily.

 

June 10, Wausau
Raptors in the Garden
Robert W. Monk Gardens

Visit with the Raptor Education Group and see several raptors up close. Also photo ops, children’s activities, and food for sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. rwmonkgardens.org, 715-261-6309.

 

June 12, Northville
Country Garden Club of Northville Annual Garden Walk
Six Private Gardens

The annual garden walk will feature six new private gardens in and around the quaint Victorian town and township of Northville. There will be a garden oriented vendor market and lively music on the green as well as complimentary homemade refreshments inside Cady inn for all ticket holders. All of this is included in your ticket price. Tickets are $12, if purchased in advance either direct from Gardenviews Garden Gallery, 127 E. Main Street, 248-380-8881, or through our website: cgcnv.org.

 

June 16, Hales Corners
Friends Annual Fundraiser
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Proceeds directly support our Children’s Plant Science & Environmental Education Programs. Music by Terry Smirl Jazz Trio, cocktails (cash bar), garden tours, and hors d’oeuvres. Food stations inside and out in the gardens, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

 

June 17, Wausau area
Monk Gardens Bus Trips
area gardens

One-day bus trip to garden wonders in other cities. Lunch included. Opportunities to both sightsee and shop. rwmonkgardens.org, 715-261-6309.

 

June 17, Madison
Rhapsody In Bloom
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Dine and dance under the sunset at premier gala fundraiser, Rhapsody in Bloom. 5 to 10 p.m.

 

June 19, Milwaukee
Pollinator Week at The Domes
Mitchell Park Conservatory

Celebrate pollinators with activities, hikes, stories, animal visits, tips, and food samples, 9 a.m. to noon, through the week.

 

June 21 and 28; July 5 and 12, Fond du Lac
Art in the Prairie
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Nature-inspired art camp for youths 8-12 years old. Kids explore different parts of the Gottfried while using nature to inspire art, crafts, and fun. Guest artists offer a variety of techniques and vision, 9 to11 a.m.. Sessions are weather permitting. Pre-registration required. Fee: $20 for supplies. Contact gottfriedprairie.org or 920-940-8869.

 

June 23, Sheboygan
Solstice Celebration
Bookworm Gardens

When the days are at their longest and adults get to take over the Gardens, light up the night with luminaries, live music, and local beer, 6 to 9 p.m. Adults only (21+) event. Bookwormgardens.com, 920-287-7895.

 

June 24, Sheboygan
Pollinator Picnic
Bookworm Gardens

Annual ladybug release, and learn more about the pollinators in your own garden. Birds, bats, bees, beetles, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., bookwormgardens.com, 920-287-7895.

 

June 24, Menomonee Falls
2017 Garden Mosaics Garden Tour

Six delightful private gardens, plus the Community Memorial Hospital Healing and Vegetable gardens, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Admission: $8 advance, $10 event day. Community League annual fund raiser, communityleague.com; email: cleague@communityleague.com, or 414-581-0352.

 

June 28, Janesville
The Ups and Downs of Wisconsin Weather
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Steve Ackerman and Jon Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison atmospheric scientists, will speak about climate trends in Wisconsin, explain forecasting models and unveil the latest long-range forecast, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Steve and Jon are regular guests on WPR’s The Larry Meiller Show. Fee: $3, members; $5, nonmembers. Registration not required.

 

July

 

Through September 10, Milwaukee
Ultra Violet Summer Floral Show
The Domes, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

From the iridescent purple leaves of Persian shield to the indigo blooms of petunia ‘Dreams Midnight’, all of the plants will sport some form of ultra violet color.

 

Through July 25, Madison
Summer Concert Series
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the summer evening with a concert on the Great Lawn each Tuesday through July 25, 7 to 8 p.m.

 

July 7 and August 11, Sheboygan
Sprouts and Seedlings Preschool Play Time
Bookworm Gardens

Monthly program for children ages 2-6 and a parent. $10 per parent and child pair.

 

July 8, Wisconsin Rapids
18th Annual Garden Walk

Six area gardens, chef demonstrations, art in the gardens. Admission $10. Tickets available from Wood County Extension Office, Master Gardener Volunteers and other area businesses, or at the gardens day of the walk. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Barb Herreid, 715-325-2075, or bherreid@wctc.net.

 

July 11-13, Algoma
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
Ebert Enterprises

Largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in nation. Three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings, and technological developments. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6 daily; $14 entire show, aerica.bjurstrom@ces.uwex.edu, wifarmtechnologydays.com.

 

July 12, Green Bay
Nature Sleuths
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Someone has destroyed Mr. McGregor’s prize tomato plant! Learn about the lives of garden animals and why they may be suspects, then go on a scavenger hunt in search for clues. For ages 6-8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. gbbg.org, 920-490-9457.

 

July 14 - 15, Madison
Home Garden Tour
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tour exquisite private gardens created and maintained by talented home gardeners. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

July 15, Wausau
Bus Trip
Area gardens

Daylily shopping trip to Pondside Gardens in Kiel and Solaris Farms in Reedsville, includes lunch. Sponsored by the Monk Botanical Gardens. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. rwmonkgardens.org.

 

July 18, Janesville
Rhythm and Blooms
Rotary Botanical Gardens

“Gary the Band” will perform in this outdoor concert in the Gazebo Garden, rain or shine (indoors in inclement weather). South Padre Seafood truck available for food purchases. Tickets may be purchased day-of. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

July 20 - August 13, Madison
Blooming Butterflies
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily.

 

July 20, Janesville
Favorite Perennials for the Late Summer and Fall Garden
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Nancy Nedveck, co-owner of the Flower Factory nursery in Stoughton, gives the inside scoop on the best plants for our hottest weather and for the fall. 6:30 p.m.to  8 p.m. $5 for nonmembers, $3 for RBG Friends. No registration required.

 

July 24, Janesville
Garden Photography for Beginners
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Taught by Marsha Mood, a RBG volunteer photographer. Camera basics, composition, editing, photography in the Gardens. 6 - 8 p.m.

 

July 29, Fond du Lac
Prairie Fest
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Pollinator Palooza is the theme. Prairie Fest is a free family outdoor celebration of prairie, wildlife, and nature with seminars, activities, fun for all ages. 8 a.m., on E the grounds of UW Fond du Lac. gottfriedprairiearboretum.org.

 

July 30, Hales Corners
Enchanted Evening
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Discover fairies in the flower beds and magic around every corner in this special free event in the gardens. Firefly catch-and-release, 8 p.m. 414-525-5653, boernerbotanicalgardens.org.

 

August

 

August 5, Hancock
Open House and Tour
Hancock Research Station

The gardens open for tours with Master Gardener Volunteers. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food, vendors, tours. For more information: Peggy Morgan, 715-335-6641, peggym6152@yahoo.com.

 

August 15, Spooner
Annual Twilight Tour and Speaker Symposium
MG Teaching and Display Garden

Tour the award-winning Teaching and Display Garden. Includes speakers, displays, demonstrations, sampling. Master Gardener Volunteers, others available to answer gardening questions and identify plant, insect, and disease samples. northcountrymgv.org, 715-635-3735.

 

August 19 & 20, Madison
Wisconsin Daylily Sale
Olbrich Gardens

27th annual event, all plants donated by members of the Wisconsin Daylily Society. Come early for the best selection. Portion of proceeds benefit a Wisconsin non-profit with a horticultural mission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

 

August 24 & 26, Wausau
Garden Adventure: Wild Wild West
Monk Botanical Gardens

Adults-only chuck wagon buffet, beverages, western music, and dancing on Thursday. Western-themed family fun day, Saturday. Top off the Old West experience at the Sundown Bar on Saturday night. monkgardens.org info@monkgardens.org.

 

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