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Through September 30, Huntsville
Purdy Butterfly House
Huntsville Botanical Garden

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

 


June

 

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

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



Through October 31, Huntsville
Gardens of Myth Exhibit
Huntsville Botanical Garden

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



Through July 27, Birmingham
Children’s Summer Camps
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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



June 4-29, Hoover
Summer Camps
Aldridge Gardens

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

 

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

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

 

July



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

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



July 10 & 24, Huntsville
Firefly Night Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Bring your flashlight and let us guide you through an evening of exploration as you feel the changes in the garden when night approaches. During this two-hour event, we’ll stop along the way to roast s’mores for a fun nighttime snack and venture through the Dogwood Trail to see the mythological Gardens of Myth creatures lighted for nighttime viewing! Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure! For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



July 11, 18, & 25, Huntsville
Wacky Wednesdays
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Wacky Wednesdays will include fluttering fairies, trolls, and gnomes, and a different wacky adventure each week in the Enchanted Forest! Wear your fairy wings and bring your imagination! Picnic tables are available in the Enchanted Forest so plan on enjoying a relaxing lunch in the shade and remember you’ll be close to the Gardens of Myth trail, the Garden Railway, the Outdoor Build area, and the Hammocks too! For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



July 12, Mobile
Second Thursday Walk with the Curator
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join Amanda every second Thursday for a walk through the gardens that will focus on what is currently of interest. 10 a.m.-noon. Members, free; non-members, $10. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.



July 18, Birmingham
Flicks Among the Flowers
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



July 26, Hoover
Whiskey Workshop
Aldridge Gardens

Get ready to learn a lot about whiskey from bartender and author Clair McLafferty in the Pavilion at Aldridge Gardens. Must be 21 or older to participate. 6-7:30 p.m. Members, $20; non-members, $25. Includes two adult beverages and light refreshments. Register at aldridgegardens.com. For the most
up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



July 28, Birmingham
Container Gardens – Containing a World of Possibilities!
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The class will be taught by Mickey Lollar and will focus on the history of container gardening, container and plant selection, and ideal specimens. 2-3:30 p.m. Members, $12; non-members, $15. For more information, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbggardends.org.

 

August



August, Theodore
August Admissions Discount
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Discounted admission to combination Gardens-and-Home tickets during the month of August. Also 50 percent off garden photography sessions. Through August 31, an adult Gardens-and-Home ticket is $16.50 (regular: $21), and a child Gardens-and-Home ticket (ages 5-12) is $11.50 (regular: $13). For more information, call 251-973-2217, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



August 3, Hoover
Enchanting Ethiopian Eating
Aldridge Gardens

Taste and learn how to make Injera (Ethiopian flatbread), as well as an appetizer, an entree, a side, and a dessert. Even tea! This will be led by Gini Mohammad from Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean Restaurant in the Aldridge Gardens house from 6-8 p.m. Members, $30; non-members, $35. Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



August 4, Jemison
Butterflies of Alabama: Up-close and Personal
Petals from the Past

The program is presented by Paulette Ogard and Sara Bright, authors of Butterflies of Alabama. Learn how to identify some of the most common species and gain insights into their fascinating life histories. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.



August 6, Theodore
Founder’s Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

In honor of Mr. Bellingrath’s birthday, admission to the gardens is free to all Mobile and Baldwin County residents! (Please be prepared to show your ID to prove place of residence.) Guests are invited to tour the gardens and the beautiful Bellingrath museum home. There is an additional charge of $9 to tour the home. For more information, call 251-973-2217, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



August 9, Mobile
Second Thursday Walk with the Curator
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join Amanda every second Thursday for a walk through the gardens that will focus on what is currently of interest. 10 a.m.-noon. Members, free; non-members, $10. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.


 
August 16, Anniston
A History of Alligators in Alabama
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Stephen Faughn, extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will be the speaker for the August Third Thursday program. Recent local sightings of American alligators in Calhoun County has piqued interest in these amazing creatures that inhabit Alabama swamps, rivers, and lakes. 5-6 p.m. This program is free for members, $5 for non-members. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



August 18, Hoover
Members-Only Guided Bird Walk
Aldridge Gardens

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



August 18, Jemison
Apple, Pear, and Muscadine Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety, care, and maintenance of apples, pears, muscadines, and bunch grapes. Taste all the varieties of these fruits and decide which ones you want to add to your home garden. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.



August 29-October 3, Mobile
Book Club/Class: The Invention of Nature
Mobile Botanical Gardens

In October, MBG will be fortunate enough to welcome Andrea Wulf to the gardens for a presentation on her latest award-winning book, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World. Explore the book before her visit in this 6-week class taught by Gail Gehlken and Poet Laureate of Alabama Emerita, Sue B. Walker. Class fee includes a paperback copy of the book. This class is part of our WIN Series: Writers In Nature. Look for more details about the Andrea Wulf event in the coming months. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Members, $135; non-members, $160. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.


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Through August 4, Wye

Berry Picking
Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries

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

 

June



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

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



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

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



June 30, Rogers
Wildflower Shoot
Hobbs State Park Visitor Center

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

 

July



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

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



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

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



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

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



July 7, Bentonville
Forest Concert Series – Dom Flemons, Featuring the Annual Lightning Bug Hunt
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Catch fireflies and enjoy the magic of nature with Grammy Award-winning musician Dom Flemons, co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. $10 (free for members and youth ages 18 and under). For more information or to register, visit crystalbridges.org or call Guest Services at 479-657-2335.



July 14, Hot Springs National Park
Landscape Drawing
Garvan Woodland Gardens, Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center

Local artist Ginger Ladehoff teaches a drawing workshop to students interested in nature still life drawing, landscapes, and trees. While all materials are provided, participants are encouraged to bring their own pencils if they have them. Using the gardens as inspiration, each student will produce original artwork. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.$25 members, $40 non-members; limited seating, advance reservations required. For more information or to register, visit garvangardens.org or call 800-366-4664.

 

July 16, Mountain View
Gathering and Preserving the Herbal Harvest
Ozark Folk Center State Park

This hands-on class will be an herbal adventure in the height of the herb-gathering season. We will spend time outside (bring a hat and sunblock, dress accordingly) learning how to prune and harvest herbs in the mornings. We will bring our herbal bounty indoors and proceed to preserve them in different ways. We will comminute herbs and tie them into bundles for drying. Using seasonal herbs, fruits and veggies, we will create herbal vinegar and syrup; and make herbal mustard and an herb jelly or jam. We will also make and eat a few seasonal herbal favorites like pesto, salsa verde, herb butter, herb cheese, herbal soda, and an herbal iced tea. Bring a basket or box to carry your goodies home in, pruners or garden scissors, a kitchen knife, and apron if you wear one, and a go-mug for beverages. $40 registration fee. Class fee is $200 for the class plus $50 materials fee payable to instructor on day of class – cash or check. For more information, call 870-269-3851, email ozarkfolkcenter@arkansas.com, or visit ozarkfolkcenter.com.



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

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

 

July 31, Fayetteville
BGO’s Free Summer Concert Series
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

There’s nothing better than summer nights in the garden, enjoying these unique open-air performances. All concerts are family-friendly and open to the public. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome or enjoy food and drink from local food trucks! Consider riding your bike with b-parking on the Tyson Terrace.
Please leave pets at home. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit bgozarks.org.

 

August



August 2-4, Wye
Berry Picking
Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries

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



August 4, Washington
Gardening Basics For The Fall
Historic Washington State Park Visitor Center

Just because winter is almost here, doesn’t mean you must put your gardening tools away. Some of your favorite plants come from a healthy fall/winter garden. Join our historic gardener in a hands-on workshop geared toward fall and winter gardens and learn how to properly care for your plant beds over the winter. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $25. For more information, visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com or call 870-983-2684.



Aug 7-9, Hot Springs National Park
Natural State Ecology Day Camp Session 3
Garvan Woodland Gardens

A conservation-themed day camp for children ages 8-12. Each day will feature hiking, interactive science lessons, art and design projects, and more! Students will enjoy activities that explore the amazing ecology of the Natural State, while emphasizing the importance of respectful behavior and stewardship of natural resources. Participants should pack bug spray, sunscreen, a lunch, and a water bottle. Please call about early drop off and extended care for your child. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $55 per day, reservations required. Online registrants must purchase a separate ticket for each day desired. For more information or to register, visit
garvangardens.org or call 800-366-4664.



August 9-11, Hope
42nd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival
Fair Park

The Hope Watermelon festival features numerous activities including arts & crafts, food, entertainment and other family-oriented activities. You can participate in a 5k race, take in a dog show, or enter the “Watermelon Idol” talent contest. The last day of the festival will be a night to remember closing with a concert. Headliner to be announced soon! For more information, visit hopewatermelonfest.com.



August 10, Mountainburg
National S’Mores Day
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Visitor Center Fireplace

What better way to celebrate National S’mores Day than to make s’mores? Join us as we make our own delicious s’mores and learn a bit about the tasty treat while we’re at it. This event is free and everyone is welcome to join. S’mores are available on a first come, first served basis as supplies are limited. 6-6:30 p.m. To give us an idea of how many people to expect, please contact the park at 479-369-1010.



August 11, Prairie Grove
Salve Workshop
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park – Latta Barn

Ozarkers have long believed in the wisdom of herbal remedies. Join master gardener Jane-Ellen Ross for hands-on tips, tricks, and techniques for making a “cure-all” yarrow and comfrey salve. You’ll get to take a jar of salve home, and leave with some herbal recipes, as well! 9:30-11:30 a.m. This workshop is limited to 15 participants; registration fee $15. This class fills quickly, so be sure to sign up early. For more information or to register, call 479-846-2990.



August 17, Bentonville
Moon Gardens and Nighttime Pollinators with Cody George
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Discover the enchanting creatures who pollinate after dark, and the flora and fauna that sustain them in this program with Crystal Bridges’ horticulturist Cody George. Beginning just before dusk, George will feature a variety of plants perfect for a moon garden, discussing the nighttime pollinators that might visit them, then lead a tour on our trails and grounds where we might just spot a few. 7-9 p.m. Free. For more information or to register, visit crystalbridges.org or call Guest Services at 479-657-2335.


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Through August 31, Fayetteville, N.C.
Garden Railway!
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

There will be about 450 feet of model railway in the Friendship Garden and a tabletop railway in the Entry Pavilion, illustrating the role of railroads in U.S. history. Features will change over the summer. On certain days visitors will be able to ride handcars and there will be train merchandise. General admission. For more information, call 910-486-0221 or visit www.capefearbg.org/upcoming-events.

 

June

 

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

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



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

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



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

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

 

July


     
July 1, Fayetteville, N.C.
A Star-Spangled Kind of Day
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

A Fourth of July party with food trucks, cash bar, bounce houses, games, crafts, and classic rock songs covered by Open Road. Noon-5 p.m. Free. For more information, call 910-486-0221 or visit capefearbg.org/upcoming-events.



July 3, Belmont, N.C.
Native NC Plants lecture
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Dr. Dave Hamilton will discuss gardening with North Carolina natives and their medicinal uses. This is part of the First Tuesday lecture series and will be in the Visitor Pavilion. Noon-1 p.m. General admission, registration not required. For more information, call 704-825-4490 or visit dsbg.org/events/garden-events/public-garden-events/first-tuesday.



July 6-8, Raleigh, N.C.
Open Nursery and Garden
Plant Delights Nursery

Tour the nursery, which sells over 1,700 perennial varieties, and Juniper Level Botanic Garden, home to more than 23,000 varieties. Both sites are usually closed to the public. There will also be 15-minute Gardening Unplugged talks on seasonal plants and garden design along with food trucks. July 6 and 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 8, 1-5 p.m. Free, registration not required, but advanced notice is requested for large buses. For more information, call 919-772-4794 or visit plantdelights.com/pages/open-nursery-and-garden-dates.



July 7-October 27, Wilmington, N.C.
Airlie Gardens Gnome Invasion
Airlie Gardens

In this sixth annual summer art event, individual artists or teams decorate the garden’s 15 person-sized garden gnomes. For more information, call 910-798-7700 or visit airliegardens.org/events-news/imagine/2018-summer-art-exhibit.



July 7, Manteo, N.C.
Summer Bed Maintenance Workshop
The Elizabethan Gardens

Learn how to cut bed lines, identify summer pests, mulch, and apply fertilizer. 10 a.m.-noon. $15 (members free). Registration is required, limited to 12 participants. For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/events/summer-bed-maintenance.



July 7-8, Durham, N.C.
Bonsai Expo
Sarah P Duke Gardens

View over 40 bonsai representing many styles and species, from azaleas to bald cypress, created by the Triangle Bonsai Society and Duke Gardens. There will be basic demonstrations each day. July 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 8, noon-4 p.m. Free, registration not required, but an adult must accompany children. Free parking until 1p.m. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/bonsai-expo-0.   



July 8, Columbia, S.C.
Sewing for the Gardener – A Sew-Along At The Garden!
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn to make large pocket aprons for the season’s harvest. Participants should bring a sewing machine and beginners are welcome. Led by Rebecca Smith, who has taught sewing for 12 years. 2-5 p.m. $15. Registration is required. For more information, call Rebecca Smith at 919-389-9021 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



July 12, Kernersville, N.C.
The Pollinator’s Buffet
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden

The garden’s director of curation and mission delivery, Adrienne Roethling, will discuss planting for pollinators at the beginning and end of the growing season, when pollinators are still active, but flowers are few. There will be refreshments. This is part of the monthly Summer Thursday lecture series. 6-7 p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/continuing-education-master-gardener-series.php.



July 14, Norfolk, Virginia
Butterfly Festival 2018
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Presented by the garden and the Butterfly Society of Virginia, there will be demonstrations, crafts, face painting, a plant sale and boutique, food, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/butterfly-festival-2018.



July 15, Norfolk, Virginia
Summer Plants for Your Home Apothecary
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Learn about the herbal pharmacopeia with herbalist Mary K Scott. Participants will prepare a salve. Note that there will be a lot of walking and bring lunch. Noon-3 p.m. $75 (members $55). For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/summer-plants-for-your-home-apothecary.


     
July 17, Fayetteville, N.C.
Hummingbirds in the Garden
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Hummingbird researcher Susan Campbell will demonstrate leg banding these tiny birds and talk about her research and how to attract hummers. She will also answer questions. For a $20 research donation, participants can adopt a hummingbird and release it after banding. Come by any time between 9-11 a.m. Registration is not required. For more information, call 910-486-0221 or visit capefearbg.org/upcoming-events.  



July 18-21, Cullowhee, N.C.
35th Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Western Carolina University

This yearly conference is dedicated to increasing interest in preserving and landscaping with native plants, and propagating techniques for growing natives. $140. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-227-7397 or visit wcu.edu/engage/professional-enrichment/conferences-and-community-classes/the-cullowhee-native-plant-conference.

 

July 19, Norfolk, Virginia
Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Horticulturist Joelle Miller will demonstrate how to construct these tiny gardens that can be hung in your home or office. 1-3 p.m. $55 (members $40). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/kokedama-japanese-string-gardens.



July 15, Norfolk, Virginia
Guided Kayak Tour – Sunset Paddle
Norfolk Botanical Garden

View the waterside flora and fauna of Lake Whitehurst by sit-on-top kayak, provided by Kayak Nature Tours. This activity is good for beginners, but getting wet is highly probable. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $65 (members $50). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/guided-kayak-tour-sunset-paddle-21.



July 21, Raleigh, N.C.
Japanese Maple Grafting Workshop
JC Raulston Arboretum

Join Tim and Matt Nichols to learn how to graft. Participants will graft at least five Japanese maples. Participants can bring their own grafting knives, or order one from the arboretum by July 14. 9 a.m.-noon. $120 (members $100) plus $20 for knife orders. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1708.



July 21, Raleigh, N.C.
13th Annual Eastern North Carolina Iris Society Iris Sale
JC Raulston Arboretum

Freshly separated, locally grown irises will be sold (cash or check accepted) and there will be an expert Q&A. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. For more information, call 919-870-8345 or 919-971-4012 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1726.



July 21, Raleigh, N.C.
Gingko Grafting Workshop
JC Raulston Arboretum

Tim and Matt Nichols will demonstrate how to graft these living fossils. Participants will graft at least five gingkos. Participants can bring their own grafting knives, or order one by July 14. 9 a.m.-noon. $120 (members $100) plus $20 for knife orders. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1708.



July 21, Lake City, S.C.
Hypertufa Pots
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Made by mixing Portland cement, perlite, peat moss, and water, hypertufa resembles concrete, but is lightweight and porous. Learn how to make your own planters. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $30/participant. Registration is required. For more information, visit moorefarmsbg.org.



July 28, Lake City, S.C.
Sexy Plants
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Consider the sexiness of plants you can use in your landscape with Dawn Strover of Stephen F Austin State University.10 a.m.-noon. $20. Registration is required. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/sexy-plants.



July 28, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Moth Magic – FOR FAMILIES!
North Carolina Botanical Garden

There are thousands of moths in the Carolinas, ranging from minute to gigantic, and marked with beautiful patterns in gray scale or bright colors rivaling their day-flying relatives. For National Moth Week (July 21-29), the garden is hosting this learning and observation event for children 8 and up accompanied by an adult. Learn identification and how to garden for moths. 8-9:30 p.m. $8 (members $7). For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



August 4, 11, 18, 25, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Botany Class
North Carolina Botanical Garden

This is an introduction to botany, through lectures, looking at samples, and outdoor observation. Participants should bring lunch. This course offers credit in the Native Plant Studies and Botanical Art programs. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $195 (members $175). For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



August 4, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Drawing for People Who Think They Can’t Draw
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Everyone can draw and we’ll show you how. $42 (members $38). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



August 8, Durham, N.C.
Walk on the Wild Side
Sarah P Duke Gardens

Tour the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants with either curator Stefan Bloodworth or horticulturist Annabel Renwick. These are monthly tours, limited to 15 participants, every first Thursday. 11 a.m.-noon. $10 plus parking fee (members $7). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/walk-wild-side-11.



August 9, Kernersville, N.C.
Fascinating Carnivorous Plants of the Southeastern U.S.
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden

David McAdoo will talk about the many carnivorous plants found only in the South. Participants will also be able to buy plants from S and J Greens and learn about bog gardening. There will be refreshments. This is part of the Summer Thursday Lecture Series. 6-7 p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/continuing-education-master-gardener-series.php.



August 14, Norfolk, Virginia
History and Horticulture of Beer
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Horticulturist Alexandra Cantwell will talk about the botany and history of beer making and participants will be able to sample beers from the O’Connor Brewing Company. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45 (members $35). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/history-and-horticulture-of-beer.



August 17, Columbia, S.C.
Honeybee Hootenanny
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Children will learn about the daily lives of honeybees, watch them in the garden, and taste their sweet produce. Taught by Allison Jones and Kendra Vincent. 1-3 p.m. $7/participant. Registration is required at least three days beforehand. For more information, call Allison Jones at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



August 18, Hendersonville, N.C.
Celebrating the Pawpaw
Bullington Gardens

Learn about these tropical-looking native trees and their large fruit that taste somewhat like bananas with extension agent and pawpaw farmer Craig Mauney. 9 a.m.-noon. $25 (members $18.75). Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org.

 

Seeptember



September 15, Raleigh, N.C.
Bugfest
In and Around the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Learn about backyard insects and other arthropods at Bugfest, featuring exhibits, crafts, games, a street fair, Café Insecta, Q&A with entomologists, and more. This year’s theme is crayfish and other crustaceans. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free, registration not required. For more information, call 919-707-9800 or visit naturalsciences.org/calendar/bugfest.



September 21, Greensboro, N.C.
17th Annual Guilford County Master Gardener Gardening Gala and Seminar
Guilford County Cooperative Extension Office

Steve Bender, Brie Arthur, and Charlotte Glen will speak at this conference and there will be breakouts with Bender, Arthur, and Mike Romano, vendors, door prizes, food, and more. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $45. Registration open July 1 through September 1 and only 200 seats are available. For more information, call 336-641-2400, visit guilfordextension.com/events, or pick up a paper form locally.


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July 7, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the gardens on the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10 a.m. Please allow two hours for the tour. Regular admission price for nonmembers and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



July 9, New Port Richey
Summer Festival Begonia Sale
6329 Alaska Avenue

The annual summer festival sale of the Florida West Coast Begonia Society will take 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 tropical plants. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 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 14 & 15, Miami
26th Annual International Mango Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Join us as we celebrate our tropical summers with 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.



July 21 & 22, St. Petersburg
23rd Annual Tropical Fruit Tasting – Around the World in 80 Fruits
Jene’s Tropicals

Come out and enjoy an educational fun weekend completely free of charge. Hundreds of tropical fruit trees for sale, expert growing tips/advice, raffle for a 6-foot-mango tree, and more. Dazzle your taste buds as you have an opportunity to sample numerous fresh tropical fruits from around the world! Try jakfruit, canistel, mamey sapote, longan and lychee nut, durian, wax jambu, red Jamacian bananas, dragon fruit, and much more. Try our delicious homemade tropical fruit desserts, chutneys, and local raw unfiltered honey. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit tropicalfruit.com or call 727-344-1668.



July 27-29, Lake Placid
Caladium Festival
Stuart Park

Buy bulbs and plants, meet the growers, caladium field bus tours, arts and crafts, food, entertainment, and much more. There will be an antique, classic, and special vehicles car show on Saturday in conjunction with the Caladium Festival. For more information, visit www.lpfla.com.

 

August



Aug 3, Orlando
Movie Night in the Gardens
Leu Gardens

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



Aug 4, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the gardens on the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10 a.m. Please allow two hours for the tour. Regular admission price for nonmembers and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



Aug 6, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Orange County Library System’s amazing storytelling program comes to Leu Gardens on the first Monday of every month (except January, July and September) at 10 a.m. Share stories and songs with your little one from birth to 5 years old. This is a free indoor event. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



August 8, Pensacola
Master Gardener Volunteer Program Open House and Information Session
Escambia County Extension Service Office

If you are interested in the University of Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Escambia County, plan to attend this special Volunteer Open House. Learn about training sessions, volunteer activities, and the role of Master Gardeners in the community. Applications will be available for interested participants for the 2018‐19 Fall/Winter Master Gardener training program. For more information, call 850-475-5230.



Aug 16, Port Saint Lucie
Treasure Coast Rare Fruit Club Meeting – Mangoes!
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

Each month features a knowledgeable speaker, tasting table, plant auction, plant raffle, and seed exchange. Plus, time for sharing information, techniques and experiences. This month’s speaker is Alex Salazar, Tropical Acres Farm. Check the home page for updates and meeting specifics. Our members are seriously generous, with not only their fruits and dishes for our tasting table but with their expertise and experience. Bring your extra fruit harvest, a friend or neighbor and join the fun. 7 p.m. For more information, visit treasurecoastrarefruitclub.com.



Aug 20, Tampa
Pinellas Master Naturalists Visit to Florida Aquarium
Florida Aquarium

A guided tour of the exhibits, plus venture behind the scenes to learn about the aquarium’s research and conservation initiatives (sea turtles and coral)! The Florida Aquarium is an indoor attraction, but portions of the tour will take place outdoors. Plan for about 30 minutes outside in shaded areas. 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $14. Lunch is not included, but there is a cafeteria and a bar onsite for those who wish to stay after the tour and enjoy lunch. Parking will be free for the day to participants of this tour in The Florida Aquarium’s official parking lot only. This event is for Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalist Members plus an invited guest. Not a member? No problem! Become a member today as you check out. For more information, visit pinellasmasternaturalists.org.



Farm Markets
(Note: Markets may be sparse during the summer months. We advise checking before heading out.)



Mondays, Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
Winter Park Rd.

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



Wednesdays and Saturdays, Rockledge
Farmers’ Market
Rockledge Gardens

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



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.



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

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



Saturdays, Webster
Sumter County Farmers’ Market
Webster

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



Saturdays, St. Cloud
The Farm Market and CSA

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



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

Join the community in support of the future Evans Center at 1361 Florida Ave in Palm Bay by attending the monthly Farmers’ and Flea Market. This market runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EBT is accepted and vendors are welcome. For more information, call 321-408-9587.


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Through July 23, Helen
Master Naturalist Course
Smithgall Woods State Park

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

 

July

 

Select Thursdays, Atlanta
Science Café
Atlanta Botanical Garden

This series features expert speakers and discussions on exciting conservation topics. Free with garden admission. 7 p.m. While you are at the garden, enjoy Cocktails in the Garden 5:30-9:30 p.m. (cash bar). Both free with garden admission. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or 404-876-5859.
    July 12 - Stingless Bees, Genoveva Ocampo, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    July 26 - Molecular Chemistry, Huw Davies, Emory University
    August 30 - Reptile Conservation, David Steen, Georgia Sea Turtle Center



July 13, Athens
Friends First Friday: Learning about Gardening
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Staff member Connie Cottingham not only publicizes events at the botanical garden, she maintains the garden calendar for Georgia Gardening magazine and her own website (www.conniecottingham.com) and has attended many courses and events. She will share some exciting don’t-miss events coming up in several locations, the best ways to discover events happening within a short drive, and apps, local organizations, and online resources for learning about gardening and garden history. If gardening is one of your passions, you will leave with plenty of fuel to feed it. Includes a full breakfast. In order to give the caterer a correct number, registrations must be received no later than July 6 at www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706-542-6138. 9-10:30 a.m. $12/person. Sponsored by Friends of the Garden. For more information call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



July 13-15, Atlanta
2018 GMGA Conference: Gardening through Time
The Galloway School

Choose to attend the full day Georgia Master Gardeners Association conference with a keynote speaker and three breakout sessions (four choices each) on July 14, or add tours and a reception the days before and after. Open to all, costs vary. For more information, visit georgiamastergardeners.org.



July 14, Ball Ground
Beekeepers Nancy & Sean Cook
Gibbs Gardens

Did you know that Gibbs Gardens has beehives on the property to help pollenate our flowers? Learn more about this and the art of harvesting honey from expert beekeepers Nancy and Sean Cook. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit www.gibbsgardens.com or call 770-893-1881.



July 15, Athens
Oncidium Alliance Orchid Care (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society Meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Dennis O’Connell will lead a discussion on Oncidium alliance plants and how to grow them. Please bring any plants you would like to show or that you have questions about. For more information, email northeastgaorchidsociety@gmail.com. 2 p.m. Free.



July 16, Lawrenceville
Life through the Lens
The Bethesda Senior Center

Whether you savor life through the lens of an iPhone or a Leica, learning how to take better photos can capture a moment in ways that make it even more meaningful. Many of the association’s members are not only master gardeners but also avid nature photographers and each year, judges report stiff competition among contest entries. The GNPA judge will announce winners in ten categories – birds, close-ups, digital art, first-time submitters, gardens, harvest, landscapes, plants, still life and wildlife. GCMGA meets on the third Monday of each month. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to bring a covered dish to share for a potluck dinner at 6:30, or just arrive in time for the program which begins promptly at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gwinnettmastergardeners.com.



July 17, Athens
Book Signing: Seeking Eden
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In Seeking Eden, authors Staci L. Catron, Cherokee Garden Library Director for the Atlanta History Center, and historic preservationist Mary Ann Eaddy promote an awareness of, and appreciation for, Georgia’s rich garden heritage. Join the Friends of the Garden and Athens Area Master Gardener Association for this special event, starting with a reception before Staci and Mary Ann tell us about this important new book about Georgia’s gardening history and sign books. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Talk starts at 7 p.m. $15/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



July 18-21, Cullowhee, N.C.
The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Western Carolina University

The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native Southeastern plant species in the landscape. Past participants of the conference have included landscape architects, commercial nursery operators, garden club members, botanists, and horticulturists from state highway departments, universities, native plant societies, botanical gardens, and arboretums. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu, call 828-227-7397, or email learn@wcu.edu.



July 21, Athens
They Are Back – The 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 hummingbirds’ 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. Instructor Judy Royal Glenn will be available to answer questions during this time. 9-11 a.m. Free. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



July 22, Athens
Herbal Sweets: Enhancing Desserts with Fresh Herbs
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn to make a variety of sweet treats featuring herbs grown at the State Botanical Garden! Sarah Lockman, former pastry chef at The National and 5&10, will guide you in exploring how to use fresh herbs to enhance your baking and cooking. Participants will make peach-basil compote and thyme shortbread and take home a recipe (and chamomile flowers) to make chamomile panna cotta. All recipes and supplies are included, along with suggestions for additional sweet, herb-infused treats. 2-4 p.m. $30/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



July 30-August 3, Raleigh, N.C.
The Perennial Plant Symposium
Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown

Join us for days filled with tours, talks, and compelling conversations. The roster of 20+ speakers includes Patrick McMillan, naturalist, author, educator, and creative force behind Emmy award-winning Expeditions with Patrick McMillan; Fergus Garrett, head gardener, Great Dixter; Richard Olsen, director, United States National Arboretum; Christian Kress, founder, Sarastro-Stauden Nursery; and Ron Gagliardo, manager, Horticultural Services, Amazon.com LLC.

 

August



August 10-11, Asheville, NC
2018 Speaking of Gardening
DoubleTree by Hilton, Asheville-Biltmore

Celebrating their 20th year, the Speaking of Gardening Symposium consists of inspiring lectures by renowned plantsmen on creative design, innovative horticulture, and great plants. This two-day symposium includes book signings, plant auctions, sponsor displays, and lunch. Network with professionals & enthusiasts, earn CEU’s, and purchase plants and products from sponsors. $155. For more information, visit www.ashevillegreenworks.org, sabra106@charter.net or call 828-275-1751.



August 18, Dunwoody
Butterfly Festival
Dunwoody Nature Center

Mark your calendars, rain or shine, for a day of great activities, including a Birds of Prey show, games, crafts, music, food, drinks, and, of course, three magical butterfly tents filled with hundreds of nature’s most beautiful and delicate species. Adults $10, children (4-12) $5. Early member preview begins at 9 a.m. with general admission at 10 a.m. For more information, call 770-394-3322.



August 18, Athens
They Are Back – The 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 hummingbirds’ 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. Instructor Judy Royal Glenn will be available to answer questions during this time. 9-11 a.m. Free. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



August 19, Athens
Companion Plants for Orchids (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Many non-orchid cultivated plants have tropical origins, similar to orchids, and require similar growing conditions.  Growing these plants as companions to orchids can benefit both the orchids and the companion plants. Northeast Georgia Orchid Society member Nat Scheckler will discuss companion plants that can be readily grown with orchids. Please bring any plants you would like to show or that you have questions about. For more information, email northeastgaorchidsociety@gmail.com. 2 p.m. Free.



August 21, Carrollton
Mason Bees and Bumblebees
Carrollton Ag Center

Becky Griffin, community and school garden coordinator, Georgia Certified Beekeeper, Center for Urban Ag and UGA Extension, NW District, will be speaking. We gather at the Ag Ed Center at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. West GA Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit wgawildflowers.org or email Info@WGaWildflowers.org.



August 25, Athens
Plant Conservation: Protecting Plant Diversity in the Garden and in the Wild
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Plant conservation is an applied science that draws upon many fields of knowledge – from ecology to horticulture, to ethics and politics. 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/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



August 29, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 1: Line and Line-Mass Design
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

First of five units to earn 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. Additional units of study include Mass Design and Foliage Design, Design for Dining Table, Fruit and Vegetable Design, and Petite Design. Limited to 20 participants. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $45. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


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June



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

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



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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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



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

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

 

June 14 & 28, Ames
Plant Walk
Reiman Gardens

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

 

June 28, Ames

Youth Summer Camp #2: International Mud Day!
Reiman Gardens

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



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

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

 

July

 

Tuesday mornings through October, Omaha, Nebraska
Walking Club
Lauritzen Gardens 

Join us for a scenic walk through the garden. With miles of trails, you can reduce stress and strengthen your body while enjoying the friendship of other members. Free for garden members or included with paid garden admission. 


 
Through July 15, Omaha, Nebraska
Patriotic Perches
Lauritzen Gardens

A collection of 51 handcrafted birdhouses that combine art, geography, horticulture, and birding to educate visitors about state birds and flowers and how to attract wildlife to their garden space. Free for garden members or included with paid garden admission. 


 
Through July 24, Omaha, Nebraska  
Art Exhibit: Another Bloomin’ Exhibit by Omaha Artists, Inc.
Lauritzen Gardens

An exhibition of art depicting flowers, landscapes, and botanical themes in a variety of media by local artists. Free for garden members or included with paid garden admission.


 
Thursdays - September 27, Des Moines
Social Irrigation Summer Music Series
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

The garden will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays for an evening full of live music, food, and botanical atmosphere. Trellis Café will be open with small plates and your favorite beverage. From classical, jazz, and blues music as well as craft beers and lawn games. For more information, visit dmbotanicalgarden.com/social.


 
July 2 & August 6, Omaha, Nebraska
Leashes at Lauritzen
Lauritzen Gardens

Bring your canine friends to walk the grounds and enjoy the great outdoors together, 5-8 p.m. Admission is $10, free for garden members. Dog admission is $5, free for garden members.



July 3, 10, 17, 24, Ames
Plant Pals
Reiman Gardens

Join us weekly on Tuesdays in July as our kids’ horticulture program covers more diverse topics and expands to other areas of the gardens. Classes involve hands-on gardening activities, crafts, and tastings, and are great for kids of all ages to participate in with an adult. 10-11 a.m.



July 3, 10, 17, 24, Omaha, Nebraska
Tempo of Twilight
Lauritzen Gardens

These family-friendly outdoor concerts provide a unique atmosphere to enjoy wonderful musical entertainment. Weather permitting, concerts are held outdoors. Concerts are free for garden members or are included with paid garden admission. 


 
July 4, Urbandale
Independence Day
Living History Farms

Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth of July with an iconic historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. Families can take part in pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, the town parade, watermelon seed spitting contests, and more! To fit everything in, be sure to arrive early to tour our historic farms, enjoy the town activities, and still have time to catch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball game at 2:30 p.m.



July 5 & 19, Ames
Kids’ Story Time
Reiman Gardens

Hear books read aloud and join in an activity or craft. Best for children up to 8 accompanied by an adult. 10-11 a.m.

 

Beginning July 5, Ames
Haiga: Poetry & Painting
Reiman Gardens

This four-week program explores the art of haiga, a style of Japanese painting that often accompanies a haiku poem. This crash combo course will offer two sessions of haiku, and two sessions of brush painting. 6-8 p.m.



July 5 & August 2, Waterloo
Free Admission Day
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Visit the gardens for free the first Thursday of each month this season. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

Beginning July 7, Ames
Watercolor: Butterflies in Flight
Reiman Gardens

Join creative department artist Yvonne Brune for a four-week watercolor course examining butterfly wing patterns, floral interaction, and movement. Sketch from hundreds of live butterflies in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, then add wet media in the classroom, and even take home some wings to study in more detail. 9:30-11:30 a.m.



July 8, Ames
Garden Art Fair
Reiman Gardens

Come enjoy the work of new and returning artists who will be displaying and selling their garden and nature inspired art. These high-quality products include jewelry, painting, pottery, fabric, woodwork, glass, home décor, and much more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



July 11, Waterloo
Gnome Party
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Join us for an extended and fun-filled story time lead by volunteer Penny! Penny will be sharing a special story about the gnomes at the arboretum and lead gnome-themed activities. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

 

July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23 Ames
Plant Walk
Reiman Gardens

Get to know the works of art in our living museum from the expert herself. Join Lindsey Smith, Reiman Gardens’ plant collections curator, for in-depth walking tours of the plants and flowers that make this place so special. 11-11:45 a.m. Preregistration with prepayment two days in advance is required. Walks occur rain or shine!



July 13, Ames
Water Day
Reiman Gardens

A special kid-focused event about things water! Join us for water games, activities from Water Rocks! Music, crafts, and more. Come prepared to get wet! Shoes required. Children should wear or bring their swimsuits. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.   



July 14, Urbandale
Ioway Culture Day
Living History Farms

The farm staff will present hands-on activities to showcase how the Ioway built their homes, prepared food, and farmed. Guest presenters will share their own personal expertise in Ioway culture and technology. Be sure to allow time to ride the tractor cart out to the 1700 Ioway Farm! The last tractor cart out to the Ioway Farm will leave at 2 p.m.



July 14, Waterloo
Daylilies & Delights
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Zora Ronan of the Central Iowa Daylily society will share information about daylilies and visitors will be encouraged to explore those located in the Stout Daylily Collection at the arboretum. 5:30-8:30 p.m.



July 17 & August 21, Ames
Floral Design
Reiman Gardens

Learn to arrange fresh garden florals & other materials each session from 6:30-7:30 p.m.



July 18 & August 15, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

Join different staff members each month for a different interactive behind-the-scenes look at Reiman Gardens. This program is perfect for volunteers! 11 a.m.-noon.



July 20-21, Decorah
38th Annual Conference and Campout: Back to Our Roots
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Celebrate our farm and garden heritage with a Friday-night potluck, seed swap, bonfire, and camping. Saturday features free lectures, workshops, garden tours, hayrides, vegetable tastings, and an old-fashioned barn dance. Free for all ages, but Saturday meals and Friday and Saturday night camping are not included; registration required. Visit seedsavers.org/events for more details.



July 21, Ames
Indigo Dyeing
Reiman Gardens

Explore the plant and science magic of dyeing with indigo. Indigo is a plant-based dye that’s used to create beautiful blue colors. Instructor and fiber artist extraordinaire Maggie Howe of Prairieland Herbs will provide two items to dye, but feel free to bring an extra T-shirt, scarf, fabric, yarn, or any natural fiber item to dye. We will fold, scrunch, or twist the item to make cool designs, and then dye it with indigo – nature’s tie-dye! 9:30-11 a.m.



July 25, August 1 & 8, Waterloo
Storytime at the Arboretum
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Join us for stories on a different topic each session read by friends from area non-profits, groups, and prominent figures in the community. This event is free to attend with admission to the gardens. Free trolley rides are available after the event and families are encouraged to explore the gardens after storytime is over. Admission is $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17). Children 4 and under and members are free. 10:30-11 a.m.



July 29, Omaha, Nebraska
Hosta Collection Guided Tour
Lauritzen Gardens

Take a break from the heat and let the Omaha Shady Choice Hosta Society guide you on a tour of our extensive hosta collection, 11 a.m. Cost is free for members, and $10 for non-members.

 

August



August 2, Ames
Serendipity Dyeing: Making Magic with Flowers, Leaves, and Berries
Reiman Gardens

Join expert Maggie Howe from 6-8 p.m. to explore a dye experience like no other. Create a one-of-a-kind silk scarf as well as beautiful cotton fabric using a huge variety of easy-to-obtain dyestuffs: fresh garden flowers, herbs, leaves, and a variety of everyday items, such as copper pennies, spent teabags, berries, kitchen spices, and much more. The results are always varied and completely unique!



August 3, Ames
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens

Kick back and relax at Reiman Gardens After Hours! This quarterly event is an opportunity to enjoy good company and live music in a beautiful garden setting. 5-8 p.m.



August 4, Urbandale
Grain Harvest
Living History Farms

Living History Farms “original” community event! Get your hands dirty and help our interpreters bring in this year’s grain harvest using methods from 1850 to the present. From hand power to horsepower, witness it all as you hear the smash of the flail and the roar of the steam-powered thresher. Demonstrations will be weather dependent.



Beginning August 7, Ames
Pastel Painting: Motion Studies
Reiman Gardens

Examine the gardens in pastel as they change from week to week in this four-week course with creative department artist Yvonne Brune from 6-8 p.m. Work outside like Monet, Pissarro, and Renoir, to capture the subtleties of color and movement in an area of your choice.  Each student will complete a triptych showcasing a scene with these variations.  



August 18, Waterloo
Sunflower Sip & Paint
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Attendees will learn about growing sunflowers and be led by volunteer Mary Meier in a simple painting while enjoying the beauty of the arboretum. Attendees will receive door prizes and goodie bags. A variety of wines will be served. All materials provided by the arboretum. 5-8:30 p.m.  Cost $35 for non-members, $30 for members.



August 21, Mason City
Business Meeting & Program
Gardeners of North Iowa

Business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7:30 at The Manor, 4 3rd Street NW. Please use street parking. Speaker: Derek Carwood, curatorial horticulturist from Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Topic: Gravel Gardening and information on the Corpse Flower.



August 17-19, Decorah
Sixth Annual Seed School
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Learn how to grow, harvest, store, and save seed from experts while discussing the importance of preserving crop diversity in your own backyard. Discover how to engage your community in seed stewardship through seed libraries, seed swaps, and community gardens. Cost: $200, includes vegetarian lunches on Friday and Saturday as well as light snacks throughout the weekend; registration required. Visit seedsavers.org/events for more details.

 

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Website: www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org
Email: office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org
Phone: 319-226-4966

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

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

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


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

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



Through July 27, Fort Wayne
City Safari Day Camp
Botanical Conservatory

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



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

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

 

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July 1-8, Fort Wayne
“Bug!” Live Butterfly Exhibit
Botanical Conservatory

Come and enjoy our 16th year of live butterflies! Thrill to the experience of entering our butterfly tent filled with over a hundred exotic butterflies as they feed, fly, and rest. You will also discover a diversity of invertebrates in our live hallway display of such arthropods as beetles, spiders, mantids, and millipedes. Activity sheets encourage visitor inquiry. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday noon-4 p.m. Closed Mondays. Admission: adults, $5; children (3-17), $3; free admission ages 2 and under. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.



July 1-August 31, Fort Wayne
Gardens of Europe: Photography
Botanical Conservatory

Ramon Miller of Gera, Germany, is a landscape architect with a photographer’s eye. Ramon’s vibrant color works will be displayed throughout the summer, coinciding with German Fest in early June and extending through our Botanical Roots concert season to the end of August. Exhibit admission included in regular admission. For more information, call 260-427-6440.



July 3-Aug 28, (Every Tuesday) Avon
Avon Farmers’ Market
South Parking Lot of Hendricks Regional Health Building

The Avon Farmers’ Market offers fresh produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items. Hosted by the Town of Avon Parks and Recreations. Hendricks County Master Gardeners will host an information booth. For more information, visit avongov.org, email planadminassist@avongov, or call 317-272-0948.



July 4-August 30, Lafayette
Farmers’ Markets
Downtown, Purdue, & West

The Farmers’ Market Downtown is held on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on 5th Street between Main & Columbia. The Purdue Market is held on Thursdays during July, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and in August, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., located on the northwestern corner of Memorial Mall. The West Lafayette market is held on Wednesdays 3:30-7:00 p.m. in Cumberland Park. For more information, visit lafayettechamber.org or call 765-742-4044.



July 4-Aug. 29 (Every Wednesday), Plainfield
Plainfield Chamber Farmers’ Market
Friends Meeting (US 40/SR 267)

The market will run every Wednesday, rain or shine, canceled only in the event of severe weather. Shop for healthy, locally produced foods, including fresh-baked bread, produce, and meats. Hendricks County Master Gardeners will host an educational booth. 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit plainfield-in.com/farmers-market or contact Jamie at 317-754-5373.



July 5 & Aug. 2, Fort Wayne
$1 Nights
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. You can also drop into our program room for a fun and educational lecture or activity. July 5: Edible Insects, a Yummy Treat!; August 2, All about the Arts. 5-8 p.m. No reservations required. We validate parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage for free parking. For more information, call 260-427-6440.



July 7-Aug 25 (Every Saturday), Danville
Danville Farmers’ Market
West Side Courthouse Square

This marker is “producer-only” market. All goods sold are grown, made, or baked by the vendor. No resale items are allowed. The Hendricks County Master Gardeners will be hosting an information booth. 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit danvillechamber.org, email shelby@danvillechamber.org, or call 317-745-0670.



July 10, Zionsville
Indianapolis Rose Society meeting
Sullivan Munce

The Indianapolis Rose Society will host a propagation workshop: Starting roses from cuttings. Humberto DeLuca and Masiel Milligan will demonstrate techniques for starting a new rose plant from rose cuttings. The meeting will also include a round table discussion about caring for roses in extreme heat. Panel: Mark Nolen, Teresa Downham, and John Hefner. 6:30-9:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit indianapolisrosesociety.com, email teresabyington@gmail.com, or call 317-514-8999.



July 14-November 11, Fort Wayne
Art of the Garden: Daniel Dienelt
Botanical Conservatory

While some gardens feature art, this garden is its own work of art. “Art of the Garden” blurs the line between landscape and fine art, using features found in nature. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Closed Mondays. Admission: adults, $5; children (3-17), $3; free admission ages 2 and under. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.



July 14, Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne Daylily Society Daylily Show
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy the cut flower display and speak with experienced gardeners about growing them in your own yard. Plants available for purchase. The show is held on the first Saturday of Three Rivers Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Special discounted admission to the conservatory gardens and daylily show: $3 adult, $2 child. Children age 2 and under admitted free. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.



July 14, Fort Wayne
Plant & Go: Marigold
Botanical Conservatory

This month we’re giving out marigolds, along with tips on how to grow them. Pot up a seedling, plantlet, or seed, learn care instructions and fun plant facts, and take your new plant home to nurture while supplies last. Included in your regular conservatory admission. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: adults, $5; children (3-17), $3; free admission ages 2 and under. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.

 

July 14, Goshen Area
Michiana Master Gardeners Annual Garden Tour
Ten Home Gardens

The hospitality center (plant/craft sale) will be open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Gardens open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Presale tickets are available after May 26 at select centers for $10. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at the Hospitality Center for $12. Free parking available at the hospitality center. For more information, visit us on Facebook at michianamastergardeners, email nborkhol@purdue.edu, or call 574-533-0554.


 
July 15-21, Danville 
HCMG Education Booth
Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds

Hamilton County Master Gardeners will host an educational booth at the Hendricks County 4H Fair and will be open each day. Bring your gardening problems and questions to get an answer. For more information, visit hendricksgardeners.com or contact Steve at 317-839-6361.



July 17, Elkhart
Lil Sprouts
Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Children ages 3-8 learn about the natural world around them through stories, music, games, and activities. 10-11 a.m. Registration required, so we can plan for supplies! Register online at wellfieldgardens.org/education/youth-family or call 574-266-2006.



July 17 & Aug. 21, Fort Wayne
Garden Preschool
Botanical Conservatory

July 17 topic: Pollinators; August 21 topic: Garden Veggies. Parents or guardians will assist children side by side in this monthly class that encourages the basics of exploring in the gardens at an early age. Each month we will explore a different theme through a story, hands-on activity, craft and a snack. At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required for an adult). Please indicate at registration if a participant has food allergies. $6 child (member discounts apply). Registration required by July 10 and August 14, respectively. To register, visit www.fortwayneparks.org or call 260-427-6000.

 

July 28, Fort Wayne
Gardening for Wildlife
Botanical Conservatory

Join us this month to learn different ways to attract your favorite wild animals to your garden. Learn about different plants that attract wildlife species as well as what you need to provide for your favorite critters. You can even make a craft version of a critter to take home with you! 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: adults, $5; children (3-17), $3; free admission ages 2 and under. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.



July 28 & Aug. 24, Fort Wayne
Garden Close-Ups
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday to get a closer look at our plants and gardens with an exploratory walk, hands-on activity or demonstration. We highlight a different garden each month, so you can make new discoveries through fun, educational activities. Included in conservatory admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: adults, $5; children (3-17), $3; free admission ages 2 and under. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.



July 29, Fort Wayne
Iris Sale
Botanical Conservatory

Local iris hobbyists and growers team up once a year to offer the public the chance to purchase starts of their favorite iris varieties. Sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Iris Society. Noon-3 p.m. Special discounted garden admission includes the iris sale: $3 adult, $2 child, children ages 2 and under admitted free. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.

 

August



August 3-19, Indianapolis
Indiana State Fair
State Fairgrounds

Events and exhibits change daily, so come often and have fun. Charges for admission and parking. For more information, visit indianastatefair.com/state-fair or call 317-927-7500.

 

August 11, Indianapolis
Help! I Grew Too Many Herbs
Garfield Park Conservatory

Learn about how to harvest, dry, and preserve your herbal garden’s bounty. You’ll snip fresh herbs from the gardens to make a soup wreath to take home. You’ll also go home with lots of information, recipes, and inspiration. 10 -11:30 a.m.  Space is limited, so reserve a spot by calling Garfield Park Conservatory at 317-327-7066 or visiting garfieldgardensconservatory.org.



August 11 & 12, 18 &19, Indianapolis
Daffodil Bulb Sale
Indiana State Fair Ag/Hort Building

The bulb sale supports our scholarship program. August 11 & 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; August 12 & 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For large pre-orders, contact sara8899kinne@gmail.com. For more information, visit indianadaffodilsociety.org, email Ruth at pelouch@sbcglobal.net, or call 317-475-9482.



August 13, Indianapolis
The Indianapolis Hosta Society meeting
Holliday Park Nature Center

Chris Wilhoite, a long time IHS member, will try to demystify some unusual and underused garden perennials. Chris, along with his wife Cynthia, are owners of Soules Gardens, a nursery on the Southside of Indianapolis specializing in hosta, daylilies and rare and unusual perennials. Free and open to the public. 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit indianapolishostasociety.org or call Pat at 317-251-6465.



August 18, Indianapolis
Daylily & Iris Sale
Sullivan Hardware & Garden

Members will offer their daylilies and iris for sale at reduced prices, including outstanding varieties and unusual colors. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit indianadaylilyirissociety.org or call 317-346-0005.



August 18, Wabash
Wabash Garden Fest
Paradise Spring Historical Park

Vendors will be selling herbs, crafts, plants, unique garden items, décor, and more. There is a WEE garden for the kids (2:30 p.m.), the Chair Affair Auction and free adult and kid interactive programs. Enjoy a free trolley ride to historic sites. No admission. Plenty of free parking. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit visitwabashcounty.com/event/wabash-garden-fest or call Julie at 260-571-9774.



August 21, Elkhart
Lil Sprouts-Honey Bees & Pollinators
Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Children ages 3-8 will learn and play to increase understanding the properties of objects and change in the physical world. Registration required, so we can plan for supplies. 10-11 a.m. Register online at wellfieldgardens.org/education/youth-family or call 574-266-2006.


 
August 25, Fort Wayne
Art in the Garden
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the conservatory this month for “Art of the Garden:  Daniel Dienelt at the Conservatory,” where you’ll experience a beautiful serene setting featuring amazing artwork by this local artist. Enjoy his artwork and then make a collage of your own inspiration! Admission: adults, $5; children (3-17), $3; free admission ages 2 and under. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.



August 25 & September 1, Bloomington
Indiana Daffodil Society Bulb Sale
Bloomington Farmers’ Market

8 a.m-1 p.m. For more information, call 317-475-9482, visit indianadaffodilsociety.org/bulbs.htm, or email Ruth at pelouch@sbcglobal.net.


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

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



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

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



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

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

 

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

 

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July 3, Lancaster
Daylilies Tour
Fayette County Extension Service

Join us at Grahams’ Daylilies for a tour of hundreds of daylily cultivars. Willie Graham will host us and share the background of this Kentucky Proud business. Everyone will receive a daylily to take home. Additional plants can be purchased onsite. We will provide directions to those who register. The cost is $10, and the tour starts at 10 a.m. 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 9, Highland Heights
Gardening for Pollinators
Campbell County Extension Service

Pollinating insects need our help. Learn about the plants that attract the most pollinators. The class is offered twice, at 10 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. Register for only one. For registration, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.



July 10, Highland Heights
Carnivorous Plants
Campbell County Extension Service

Come learn about fascinating carnivorous plants and how to care for them. Each participant will receive a small plant. The class meets at 10 a.m. and again at 6:30; register for one only. In lieu of registration, bring donations of non-perishable food items for the Brighton Center. To register, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.



July 12, Covington
Hort-Vegetable Garden Troubleshooting
Kenton County Extension Service

Bring your garden questions and concerns. We will have specialists here to address them. Meets from 3-4:30 p.m. For information/registration, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.



July 12, Lexington
Hydrangeas
Fayette County Extension Service

Those giant pink and blue varieties tend to perform poorly in our climate. We will discuss other wonderful hydrangeas that you might not know as well. And we will offer some tips to improve the odds of your success with the big ones. Take home small plants of more durable varieties for your garden. The cost is $20 and the time is 6:30 p.m. 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 17, La Grange
Late Summer/Early Fall Secrets
Oldham County Extension Service

This free program is presented by Fayette County Master Gardener Karen Angelucci, author of Secrets of a Kentucky Gardener, and is sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association. The meeting time is 6:30 p.m. Pre-register at via 502-222-9453 or lauren.state@uky.edu.



July 18, Lexington
Teacher Workshop
The Arboretum

Learn how to use The Arboretum to meet Next Generation Science Standards. During this workshop you will be certified in Project Learning Tree and Project Wild curricula. Please contact Jackie Gallimore for more information. For information or registration, call 859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/arboretum.



July 19, Lexington
Clematis
Fayette County Extension Service

We will discuss their needs and culture and provide a couple of plants for everyone that should be easier to grow than some of the more delicate varieties. The cost is $20; meeting time is 6:30 p.m.; 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 24, Louisville
Planting Terrariums & Dish Gardens
Middletown Branch Library

This is part of the Middletown Library Series and will feature Carol Wilder, horticulture technician. She will help you create terrariums and/or a dish garden. Call 502-569-2344 for more information. Meets at 6:30 p.m.



July 26, Crestwood
Build Your Own Fairy Garden
Yew Dell Gardens

This hands-on class will walk participants through the construction of their very own take-home container fairy garden. The class will feature natural materials and will give you an opportunity to let your creative inner-fairy flow. Meets from 6-7:30 p.m. For information/registration, call 502-241-4788 or visit
yewdellgardens.org.



July 27, Shepherdsville
Tomato Class
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn how to grow different varieties of tomatoes and taste-test them. 6-7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required; no fee for this class. Call 502-543-2257 to register.

 

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August 2, Lexington
Summer-Flowering Shrubs
Fayette County Extension Service

We will discuss flowering shrubs for the dog days of summer. Take home small shrubs to brighten your summer landscape. The cost is $10; class meets at 6:30, 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.



August 9, Lexington
Lawn Renovation
Fayette County Extension Service

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. There is no cost for this 6:30 p.m. class, 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 7, La Grange
Identifying Pests & Beneficial Insects
Oldham County Extension Service

Traci Missun, extension agriculture & natural resources agent, will present this free program, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association. 6:30 p.m. Pre-register by calling 502-222-9453 or emailing lauren.state@uky.edu.



August 9, Union
All-American Selection Tour
Boone County Arboretum

Tour our All-America Selection gardens to learn about the best annuals, perennials, and vegetables. Meet in Shelter #1 at 10 a.m. To register, call 859-586-6101 and ask for Lacey.



August 15, Union
Cut Flower Series: How to Grow Cut Flowers
Boone County Extension Service Environmental & Nature Center

Learn how to grow your own cut flower garden and learn about cut flower varieties that perform well. 10 a.m.-noon. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 24, Shepherdsville
Home Lawn Care
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn ways to grow a greener, less weedy turf. 6-7:30 p.m. Pre-register by calling 502-543-2257.



August 28, Burlington
Fall Lawn Renovation
Boone County Extension Service

Fall is the best season for lawn renovation. Learn about seed selection, seeding techniques, and weed management for the home lawn. 1:30-3:30 p.m. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



August 28, Louisville
Fall Gardening
Middletown Branch Library

Carol Wilder, horticulture technician, shares everything you need to know about fall gardening in this Middletown Library Series event. 6:30 p.m. Call 502-569-2344 for more information.



August 28, Lexington
Exotic Ferns
Fayette County Extension Service

We will cover many of the diverse houseplant-type ferns that you may want to try. There will be an assortment of lesser-known ferns for folks to take home. The class meets at 6:30 p.m., costs $15, 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.


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Ongoing, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society Meeting
Burden Center

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

 

June



June 28, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Herb Society Monthly Meeting
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

Recipes from the Fonville Winans Cookbook, with authors Melinda Winans and Cynthia LeJeune Nobles. 6:30-8 p.m. Guests and visitors are welcome to attend our programs; $5 admission for non-HSABR members. For more information, visit hsabr.org.

 

July



July 2, Baton Rouge
Reflections in the Garden – Mules & Tobacco: Hybrid Vigor & Genetic Strategies
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden

Cindy Moran, garden designer and former owner, Moran’s Nursery. Join the Burden Horticulture Society for horticulture-focused lectures. Noon-1 p.m. Call 225-763-3990 for more information.



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

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

 

July 14, New Orleans
Plant Sale
New Orleans Botanical Gardens – Pelican Greenhouse

Come shop a wide variety of plants from 9 a.m. until noon, including annuals, perennials, roses, gingers, edibles, succulents, and native plants for sale to the public. Admission to the plant sale is free.



July 24, Baton Rouge
Discover Nature Program
LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Featuring Bob Dillemuth, learn how composting as part of a “Yard Smart” program is easy to do. Composting benefits both your yard and the environment. We will discuss what composting is and how to do it. $5/members of Hilltop, CANPS and LMNGBR $10/non-members. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit sites01.lsu.edu/wp/hilltop.

 

August



August 6, Baton Rouge
Reflections in the Garden – Ornamental Edibles for Fall  
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

Join the Burden Horticulture Society for horticulture-focused lectures. Noon-1 p.m. Call 225-763-3990 for more information.



August 11, New Orleans
Plant Sale
New Orleans Botanical Gardens – Pelican Greenhouse

Come shop a wide variety of plants from 9 a.m. until noon, including annuals, perennials, roses, gingers, edibles, succulents, and native plants. Admission to the plant sale is free. For more information, call 504-483-9464 or e-mail plants@nocp.org.

 

September



September 8, New Orleans
Plant Sale
New Orleans Botanical Gardens – Pelican Greenhouse

Come shop a wide variety of plants from 9 a.m. until noon, including annuals, perennials, roses, gingers, edibles, succulents, and native plants. Admission to the plant sale is free. For more information, call 504-483-9464 or e-mail plants@nocp.org.

 

September 8, Baton Rouge
Children’s Gardening Activity Series – Plants Need Friends Too
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

Plants do not get lonely but they can benefit from friends planted close by! Come learn about plants and their best friends. This program is held for ages 6-12 years old. All children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event. 9-11 a.m. Register in advance with Angie Wall by emailing angwall@cox.net. A $15 fee is required for each child. Participants will receive a snack and a take home craft. Attendance is limited to 30.



September 29, Folsom
Folsom Fall Garden Festival

Meet local plant growers and shop for plants, gardening equipment and accessories.

 

October


October 1, Baton Rouge
Reflections in the Garden – The Courtyards and Gardens of A. Hays Town
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

Leslie Gladney and Blanche Town Gladney. Join the Burden Horticulture Society for horticulture-focused lectures. Noon-1 p.m. Call 225-763-3990 for more information.



October 6, Baton Rouge
Children’s Gardening Activity Series – Berry-rific Plants
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

All kinds of plants produce berries. Which are edible which are not? Let’s garden and decorate with berries! This program is held for ages 6-12 years old. All children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event. 9-11 a.m. Register in advance with Angie Wall by emailing angwall@cox.net. A $15 fee is required for each child. Participants will receive a snack and a take home craft. Attendance is limited to 30.



October 17, Baton Rouge
Wine and Roses
Ione E. Burden Visitor Information and Conference Center

Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to dine among the roses for the most beautiful al fresco event of the year. Enjoy an evening of delicious food and live music from 6-9 p.m. with the John Gray Jazz Trio. Guests are asked to wear cocktail attire. Tickets are $125 for nonmembers and $100 for members. Seating is limited and tickets sell out every year so please reserve your seat in advance. Call 225-763-3990 ext. 6 for more information.



October 19-20, St. Francisville
Southern Garden Symposium
Various sites in St. Francisville

With featured speakers including Rick Darke, Doug Tallamy, Andrea Wulf, and more, no other gardening program brings together top quality speakers and historic plantation settings as well as the Southern Garden Symposium. Known as much for its engaging social events and historic venues as for its outstanding gardening lectures and workshops, the Southern Garden Symposium – now in its 30th year – has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts from across the South. Often described as a town “two miles long and two yards wide,” the quaint community offers Southern hospitality, fantastic shopping, and breathtaking scenery. Symposium events are held at several historic and picturesque locations, both public and private, including The Oaks Plantation, Hillcroft, Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown State Historic Site, Grace Episcopal Church, and more. For more information, visit southerngardensymposium.org.


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Through August 19, Grand Rapids
Masayuki Koorida: Beyond Existence
Frederik Meijer Gardens

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

 

July and August, Rochester
New Garden Volunteers Welcome
Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club

Our gardening days are Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Anyone interested in joining is invited to help maintain this designated Proven Winners Signature Garden. Master gardeners and candidates earn volunteer hours. Bring hand tools (pruners, trowel, cultivator) and any items that you normally use. Experience is not required.



July and August, Rochester
New Meadow Brook Naturalists Welcome
Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club

Meadow Brook Naturalists is a volunteer group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the woodland areas around Meadow Brook Hall. Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants and plant native trees, shrubs, and perennials on the third Thursday of every month – 9 a.m.- noon. Meet by the garage in the courtyard. Dress appropriately, including closed-toe shoes or boots. Expect thorns and poison ivy. Tools provided.



July 10, Royal Oak
Royal Oak Nature Society
Royal Oak Arboretum

Meet at the north end of the parking lot of the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center located at 3500 Marais at 7:30 p.m. There is no pre-registration or cost. All are welcome.




July 11, Troy
2018 Garden Walk, Invitation to the Gardens
Troy Garden Club

Troy Garden Club presents their 44th annual garden walk featuring seven private gardens at six locations. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $10/person in advance and $15/person on day of tour. There will also be an art and crafts boutique, plant sale, and Fabulous Finds boutique at Troy Historic Village. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit troygardenclubMI.com.

 

July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, Saginaw
Jazz in the Garden
Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Garden

The Andersen Enrichment Center will host its 16th annual summer concert series. Monique Ella Rose Band (July 11), Brush Street featuring Julie Mulady (July 18), The New Reformation Jazz Band (July 25), and Cool Lemon Jazz (August 1). Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. Bring your own chair. There will be one food vendor or bring your own snacks. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at Pit and Balcony Theatre located at 805 North Hamilton. For more information, visit artsaginaw.org.



July 12, Grand Rapids
Garden Tour Invitation to New Members
Grand Valley Daylily Society

New members are invited to a society meeting and garden tour at 1452 Blossom SE, starting 6:30 p.m. Meet like-minded daylily lovers and enjoy the camaraderie in a garden setting. A membership form is available at grandvalleydaylily.org/membership_form. Visit grandvalleydaylily.org for more information.



July 14, Caro
Flower Show: Poppies and Petunias and Pollinators, Oh My!
St. Christopher Parish Center

The Caro Garden Club, Inc. invites you to click your ruby slippers and attend its flower show. A beautiful array of floral designs and horticultural exhibits will reflect the Wizard of Oz theme and will be open to the public noon-4 p.m. Just follow the yellow brick road to 910 West Frank Street (at the corner of Hooper). For more information, email timeflies1213@gmail.com or bookwoman72@yahoo.com.

 

July 14, Grand Rapids
Grand Valley Daylily Society 18th Annual Daylily Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Daylily flowers last for just one day and so does this show. See an amazing variety of daylily flowers varying in size from less than 1 inch across to almost 10 inches. The show is open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee included with paid admission. Visit grandvalleydaylily.org for more information.



July 14, Hastings
Garden Tour and Garden Thyme Market
Thornapple Garden Club

Tour five beautiful gardens in and around Hastings and enjoy the Garden Thyme Market on the Barry County courthouse lawn with vendors selling garden-related items. Tour tickets are $8/person in advance and $10/person on the day of the tour. Advance tickets are available at local merchants (including AlFresco, The General Store, Chamber of Commerce, and Creekside Growers in Middleville). Tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No admission fee for children under 10 accompanied by an adult. The Garden Thyme Market is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Held rain or shine.



July 15, Owosso
Potluck/Garden Tour
Central Michigan Daylily Society

Central Michigan Daylily Society’s potluck/garden tour will be held at Tom and Kathy Runyan’s home and gardens. Tom and Kathy have fields of daylilies, lined and ready to sell. For more information, contact CMDS President Jerry Brown at 517-230-3532 or email brown_841@hotmail.com.



July 17, Royal Oak
Cummingston Meadow Nature Walk
Cummingston Park

Meet at Leafdale and Torquay at 7:30 p.m. There is no pre-registration or cost. All are welcome.



July 19, Traverse City
36th Annual Garden Walk
Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City

Tour five private gardens and The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park where there will also be refreshments, educational displays, docents, and the SEEDS community garden. Noon-7 p.m. The Botanic Garden is located at 1490 Red Drive. For more information, visit thefriendlygardenclub.org.



July 20, Niles
Fernwood Friday
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Part of the WVPE Summer Concert Series. Food by Chef Tim Carrigan, beer and wine will be available for purchase. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. For more information, visit fernwoodbotanical.org.



July 28, Royal Oak
Mushroom Walk
Cummingston Park

Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society will lead this walk beginning at 10 a.m. Park and meet at Leafdale and Torquay. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. There is no pre-registration or cost. For more information, visit romi.gov/411/Nature-Walks.



July 28, Goodrich
Goodrich/Ortonville Garden Walk

Garden walk and market featuring salvaged garden items, plants. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tickets $10. For more information, call 248-909-1642.

 

August



August 2, Belmont
Annual Picnic
Grand Valley Daylily Society

Members are invited to the annual picnic to be held at the Schmuker home, 4671 7 Mile Road. 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit grandvalleydaylily.org.



August 4, East Lansing
Garden Day
Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens

Celebrate 25 years with one of America’s most knowledgeable and entertaining garden writers, speakers, and designers, Tracy Disabato-Aust. There is special anniversary event pricing. For information, visit hrt.msu.edu/garden-day.



August 7, Royal Oak
Meadow of the Arboretum
Royal Oak Arboretum

Meet at the north end of the parking lot of the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center at 7:30 p.m. There is no pre-registration or cost. All are welcome.



August 11 & 12, Mackinaw City
Gardens and Good Things to Eat
Colonial Michilimackinac

Join historic interpreters to tour and help maintain the fort’s gardens, assist with running the outdoor bread over (and taste the results), watch meals cooked over an open fire. For more information, visit www.mackinacparks.com/parks-and-attractions/colonial-michilimackinac.



August 19, Owosso
Potluck/Picnic
Nash Nursery

Central Michigan Daylily Society is hosting a potluck/picnic. The beautiful Nash Centennial Farm has a house and barns on the property that are over 150 years old. For more information, contact CMDS President Jerry Brown at (-517-230-3532 or email brown_841@hotmail.com.



August 25, Royal Oak
Mushroom Walk
Tenhave Woods

Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk starting at 10 a.m. Park at the Marais/Lexington lot and meet at the park entrance. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. There is no pre-registration or cost. For more information, visit romi.gov/411/Nature-Walks.



August 25 & 26, Grand Rapids
Dahlia Show
Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Marvel at the variety of colors, shapes, and sizes of dahlia flowers and view creative floral arrangements. Fee included with paid admission. For more information, visit meijergardens.org. m
 

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

Central Michigan Daylily Society
www.daylilies.me
Contact: Jerry Brown, 517-230-3532 or brown_841@hotmail.com

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

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
www.meijergardens.org

Grand Valley Daylily Society
grandvalleydaylily.org

Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club
350 Estate Drive
248-364-6210
www.meadowbrookhall.org

Royal Oak Nature Society
248-246-3380
naturesociety@romi.gov
romi.gov/nature


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

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

 

Wednesdays through August 30, Andover
Plant Diagnostics Clinic
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Take advantage of free plant & insect diagnostic clinics to identify plants and diagnose common insect and disease problems. Offered by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 763-324-3495 or visit anokamastergardeners.org.

 

June



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

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



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

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

 

July



July 10, Jordan
Evenings in the Garden – Fairy and Gnome Gardens
Scott County Fairgrounds

Enjoy a demonstration by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners on how to create your own miniature garden and make some fun items to add to your own fairy or gnome garden. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: free



July 14, Chaska
Create-Your-Own Kokedama: A Drop-in Mini Workshop
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join arboretum staff to learn more about this Japanese variation of bonsai, in which live moss becomes a container for another plant. Follow along step-by-step in creating your own kokedama to take home. 2-4 p.m. Cost: $15 per kokedama; does not include arboretum entrance fee.



July 14, Hennepin County
Learning Garden Tour
Minneapolis and Richfield

Tour nine unique home gardens designed and tended by master gardener volunteers who live in Hennepin County, and a community garden that began as a Victory Garden in 1943. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of the tour. For more information, visit hennepinmastergardeners.org, email hcmg@umn.edu, or call 612-596-2130.



July 15, Plymouth
“Gorgeous Gardens of Plymouth”

Tour Plymouth gardens as a fundraiser for the Plymouth Library. It’s our 4th year of garden tours showing off beautiful local gardens. Tour is self-guided, 11:00-3:00. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of tour;  available at Bachman’s Plymouth, 10050 6th Av. N. Plymouth. Information: pelagriffin@comcast.net



July 15, 17, and 18, Chaska
Arboretum Auxiliary Garden Tours
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Visit four gardens, including a Japanese-influenced garden; a mature garden with native trees, bulbs, annuals, and herbs; a lakeside garden that has evolved after storm damage; and a prairie-style home surrounded by sprawling gardens with outdoor viewing areas, vibrant color, and a native garden with beehives. Cost: July 15 - $65, includes brunch; July 17 and 18 - $55, includes lunch. For more information, call 612-625-9865 or visit arboretum.umn.edu/auxgardentours.aspx.



July 16-20, Watson
Prairies and Potholes
Lac qui Parle State Park

Take this master naturalist certification course in Minnesota’s tall grass prairie biome. Discover the physical and natural features of the park and the history of the Dakota people for whom this part of the river basin is part of their ancestral homelands. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $275.



July 18, Andover
Maintaining Your Garden Hands-on Workshop
Veteran’s Memorial Garden

Learn about basic garden maintenance, including deadheading or pruning plants, detecting insect and disease disorders and how to manage them, plant propagation, and identifying and removing weeds. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.



July 19, Benton County
Garden and Landscape Bus Tour

Tour notable gardens between Benton County and the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris as well as Morning Sky Greenery. Sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardeners.  For more information, visit http://z.umn.edu/MGTour, call 320-255-6169, 800-450-6171, or email adam0062@umn.edu.



July 21, Chaska
Floral Foraging: Creating Arrangements from Local Sources
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join other floral aficionados and Robin Trott, owner and grower at Prairie Garden Farm. Leave with new ideas to enjoy your garden’s blooms, a comprehensive handout, and a summer table arrangement. 1:30-4 p.m. Cost: $89/member; $105/non-member.



July 22, Chaska
Growing Mushrooms Indoors with Buckets
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to grow mushrooms indoors year round. Leave with an inoculated bucket and comprehensive handout. 1-4 p.m. Cost: $65/member, $80/non-member.



July 24, Jordan
Evenings in the Garden – Thai Chi
Scott County Fairgrounds

Experience the garden in a new way with healthy exercise that can be adapted to any fitness level. Presented by the Carver-Scott Master Gardeners. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: free.

 

July 25, Andover
Gardening for Bees and Butterflies
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Learn about the pollination process, why pollinators are important, and the threats they face, as well as how to choose plants to create a pollinator-friendly landscape. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.



July 26, Morris
Horticulture Night
University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center

Take advantage of this opportunity to view annual flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees grown under regional conditions. Topics of demonstrations and presentations include The Edible Landscape, Ornamental Grasses, and Designing with Succulents. 5-9 p.m. Cost: free. For more information, call 320-589-1711 visit wcroc.cfans.umn.edu/events-education/horticulture-night.



July 28, Chaska
Planting for Pollinators
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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



July 28 and 29, Twin Cities Area
Minnesota Water Garden Society Water Garden Tour

Be inspired as you visit urban and suburban gardens. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of the tours; $5 single site. For more information, visit mwgs.org or email mwgs@comcast.net.

 

August



August 1, Andover
Soil: The Web of Life
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Discover how soil is home to countless animals, microorganisms, bacteria, and fungi living together to form a web of life. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.



August 7, Jordan
Evenings in the Garden – Garden Tea Party
Scott County Fairgrounds

Join Carver-Scott Master Gardeners and learn how to use garden herbs in flavorful ways and taste teas and infusions. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: free.

 

August 8, Andover
Monarch Butterflies – History & Habitat
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Learn about monarch butterflies’ migration, diet, and life cycles and what you can do to help their survival. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.



August 8-10, Bird Island
Plant Sale
Renville County Fairgrounds

Stop by the Master Gardener booth at the Renville County Fair for their sale of perennials, herbs, and houseplants. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, visit www3.extension.umn.edu/local/renville, email mnext-renville@umn.edu, or call 320-523-3713 or 800-450-2522.



August 11, Hutchinson
Minnesota Garlic Festival
McLeod County Fairground

Buy fresh, locally grown garlic, enjoy garlic-inspired gourmet foods, and join in all the family-friendly festivities celebrating garlic growing in Minnesota. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $5/adults and children 12+; $1/parking. For more information, visit mngarlicfest.com, call 763-244-6659, or email jerry@sfa-mn.org.



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

Hundreds of gladiolus spikes and over 100 arrangements, so be sure to bring your camera. Gladiolus spikes available for purchase. Saturday noon-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: free admission and parking. For more information, call 507-276-6698.

 

August 18-19, Chaska
Annual Iris Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Purchase rarely seen iris rhizomes divided from the arboretum’s collection. Members-only silent auction will feature new introductions. August 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; August 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: free with arboretum admission. For more information, visit irismn.net.



August 19, St. Paul
Japanese Obon Festival
Como Park

Discover bonsai, martial arts, ikebana, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food, and other aspects of Japanese culture at this family-friendly event reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. The lantern lighting at dusk culminates the celebration. 3-9 p.m. Cost: $5/person; $3/children ages 3-12 and seniors 65 and over; free/children age 2 and under.



August 19, Chaska
Wine Cap Cultivation and Bed Inoculation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to grow wine cap mushrooms in your own backyard. Leave with wine cap inoculant to try at home and a comprehensive handout. 1-4 p.m. Cost: $65/member, $80/non-member.



August 20-24, Palisade
Camp Big Woods
Big Rivers, Long Lake Conservation Center

Explore the Big Woods, Big River Biome in Aitkin County in this Minnesota Master Naturalist Certification course. Discover the natural history through geology treks, observe wildlife, and take a daylong paddle on the Mississippi River. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $275.



August 22, Andover
Herbs: How to Grow, Harvest, and Preserve Them
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Learn all about herbs – how and where to grow them and how to extend the fresh herb season. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.

 

August 23-24, Falcon Heights
Iris Society at the State Fair
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Visit the Iris Society of Minnesota’s booth in the horticulture building. Watch demonstrations of dividing iris rhizomes, ask questions, and leave with a free rhizome for your own garden (while supplies last). 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free with State Fair admission. For more information, visit irismn.net.



August 25, Chaska
Plant Sale
Chaska Cub Foods Parking Lot

Purchase plants from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners’ own perennial gardens, houseplants, garden art, and fresh produce. 9 a.m.-noon.



August 25, Chaska
Planting for Pollinators
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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



August 25-26, Falcon Heights
State Fair Gladiolus Show
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

View two rooms full of gladiolus spikes and arrangements. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: free with State Fair admission. For more information, call 651-780-1681.

 

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September 1-2, Middle River
State Gladiolus Show
Honker Flats Gladiolus Festival

View and photograph hundreds of gladiolus spikes and many arrangements. September 1, 1-7 p.m.; September 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Cost: free. For information on entering spike and arrangement competition, call 218-222-3484.

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

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

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

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

University of Minnesota Master Gardeners – Anoka County
Website: anokamastergardeners.org
Email: daven033@umn.edu or lynne.hagen@co.anoka.mn.us
Phone: 763-324-3498 or 763-324-3495

University of Minnesota Master Gardeners – Carver-Scott County
Website: carverscottmastergardeners.org
Email: info@carverscottmastergardeners.org
Phone: 952-492-5410


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July 12, Gray Summit
Native Plant Flower Arranging
Shaw Nature Preserve

Learn how expert flower arranger Terri Brandt creates beautiful floral arrangements using a wide array of plant materials and flowers. Bring a small to medium vase and something to carry it in (like a box) to class and bring it home full of beautiful native flowers. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 8 a.m. July 9. Admission: $14 Missouri Botanical Garden Members and Shaw Nature Reserve Passholders, $17 general public. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 636-451-3512.


 
July 14, Chesterfield
20th Birthday Bash
Butterfly House

A variety of activities for families with kids of all ages. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free to members; included with regular Butterfly House admission. For more information, call 636-530-0076 or 314-577-0888 or visit mobot.org.



July 14, Gray Summit
Wildflower ID
Shaw Nature Preserve

This course focuses on the identification, relationships, and habitats of wildflowers and native grasses of the season. Come prepared for moderate hiking with notebook in hand. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 8 a.m. July 9. Cost $15 members; $18 nonmembers. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 636-451-3512.



July 18, St. Louis
Blooms for 4 Seasons
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn how to plant a diversity of annuals, perennials, and shrubs that will provide yearlong color and interest. Take a walk in the garden to see some of the beautiful plants. Adults only. Cost $28 members; $34 non-members. Pre-registration ends 4 p.m. Class 5-7 p.m. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.

 

July 19, Chesterfield
Gardening for Hummingbirds
Faust Park

Learn how to create the ideal hummingbird habitat in your own yard. We will take a walk to the Butterfly House native garden and take home a hummingbird-attracting plant. Adults only. 6-8 p.m. Cost $33 members’ $39 non-members. Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. July 18. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.



July 21, St. Louis
Perfect Pollinators
Missouri Botanical Garden

For ages 6 to 12, participants will search for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators in a special area of the garden. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Pre-registration ends at 8:30 a.m. July 21. Walk-ins welcome. Free for members; $3 nonmembers with garden admission. Up to 3 children per adult. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.



July 22, Chesterfield
Water Bugs
Butterfly House

Explore the world of bugs and butterflies and learn about plant and animal relationships. Each class includes a take-home craft. For ages 6-12. Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. July 21. Cost $12 per member; $15 nonmembers. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 636-530-0076.



July 28, St. Louis
Exploring Flowers
Missouri Botanical Garden

Discover the amazing world of plants with your preschooler (ages 4 to 6) in Garden Buds! Price includes one child and one adult. 10-11: 30 a.m. Pre-registration ends 11:59 p.m. July 21. Cost $16 members: $19 nonmembers. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.

 

August



August 5, St. Louis
World of Worms
Missouri Botanical Garden

Discover the world of worms and how worms can be used to help reduce waste and grow greener gardens. For families with kids of all ages. 10-11:30 a.m. Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. August 1. Cost $20 members; $25 nonmembers. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.



August 9, Gray Summit
Native Plant Pondscaping
Shaw Nature Preserve

Learn which native plants grow in water and which grow just beyond the water’s edge. Also learn how to manage for problems associated with duckweed, algae, invasive species, pond leaks, and erosion. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 8 a.m. August 6. Cost $14 members, $17 nonmembers. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 636-451-3512.


 
August 9, St. Louis
Advanced Composting
Commerce Bank Center

In this workshop, you’ll meet fellow compost enthusiasts and experimenters, discuss new ideas for composting, and troubleshoot problems you’ve been having with your own system. Participants are encouraged to bring photos or videos of their current compost system. Adults only. Cost $7 members, $10 non-members. Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. August 5. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.



August 11, Gray Summit
Wildflower ID
Shaw Nature Preserve

This course focuses on the identification, relationships, and habitats of wildflowers and native grasses of the season. Come prepared for moderate hiking with notebook in hand. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 8 a.m. August 6. Cost $15 members, $18 nonmembers. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 636-451-3512.



August 14, St. Louis
Behind the Scenes Water Lilies
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about Missouri Botanical Garden’s water lilies and the process of creating the displays from start to finish. Adults only. Pre-registration ends 3 p.m. August 14. Cost $28 members, $34 nonmembers. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.

 

August 18, St. Louis
Plant Sale
West County Daylily Club

Plant sale starts at 7 a.m. For more details, call 636-274-1759 or email mhook536@aol.com.



August 18, St. Louis
Annual Orchid Auction
Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis

Annual orchid auction at the Beaumont room noon-5 p.m. For more details, visit osogsl.org/contact.



August 19, St. Louis
Rose Rosette
Missouri Botanical Garden

This monthly meeting of the Rose Society of Greater St. Louis will focus on the mite that causes rose rosette. 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For further details, visit stlrosesociety.org.


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July 6, 13 20, 27, Jackson
Farm Bureau Spotlight
Mississippi Children’s Museum

This weekly program is designed to educate visitors about the broad industry of agriculture, the many careers that deal with it, and how important it is in the day-to-day operations in our lives through inquiry-based learning. Each week we emphasize a different aspect of agriculture, such as beekeeping, growing produce, the chemistry of food, veterinary medicine, farming, irrigation, the water cycle, forestry, fishing, and much more. 3:30 p.m. Free admission for members and children under 1, non-members $10. For more information, visit mschildrensmuseum.org.



July 7, 14, 21, 28, Jackson
Know to Grow
Mississippi Children’s Museum

Children can join us in the Literary Garden for a cross-disciplinary program incorporating MCM’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Literacy and Health initiatives. Children will gather to hear a garden related story and to participate in a hands-on gardening activity. Know to Grow will provide a fun forum for children to make connections between reading, science and aspects of the natural world. Sponsored by Field Co-op Cooperative Association, Inc. 11 a.m. Free admission for members and children under 1, non-members $10. For more information, visit mschildrensmuseum.org.



July 9-13, Memphis
Mythbusters Camp
Memphis Botanic Garden

Does a porcupine shoot its quills? Are bats blind? Is there a dark side of the moon? Use scientific investigation, exploration, crafts, and games to determine if they are verified or busted. For children ages 8-10. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $150 per week for members; $200 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



July 13, Holly Springs
Second Saturday Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

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



July 16-20, Memphis
Mythbusters Camp
Memphis Botanic Garden

Does a porcupine shoot its quills? Are bats blind? Is there a dark side of the moon? Use scientific investigation, exploration, crafts, and games to determine if they are verified or busted. For children ages 11-12. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $150 per week for members; $200 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



July 19-20, Mize
40th Annual Mississippi Watermelon Festival
Downtown Mize

This festival is a family event, offering fun activities for young and old alike. From the amazing car show to the entertaining watermelon contests, you are sure to have a great time. Enjoy the entertainment or indulge in some of the best food around. Remember, there is always all the free watermelon you can eat! This event is an annual fundraiser for the Mize Volunteer Fire Department. Gates open to the public at 3:30 p.m. on July 19 and at 8:30 a.m. on July 20. Admission on July 19 is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 6, on July 20 $10 for adults and $5 for children under 6. For more information, visit mswatermelonfestival.com or call
877-790-9722.



July 23-27, Memphis
Caterpillar Club Camp
Memphis Botanic Garden

How does your garden grow? Answer this question and more as campers explore the garden. For children ages 4-5. 9 a.m.-noon $125 per week/$30 per day for members; $150 per week/$35 per day for non-members. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



July 30-August 3, Memphis
Garden Explorers Camp
Memphis Botanic Garden

Spend the week exploring the garden. Explore plants and creatures through games, crafts, and investigation. For children ages 5-7. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $150 per week for members; $200 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

 

August



August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Jackson
Farm Bureau Spotlight
Mississippi Children’s Museum

This weekly program is designed to educate visitors about the broad industry of agriculture, the many associated careers, and how important it is in the day-to-day operations in our lives through inquiry-based learning. Each week we emphasize a different aspect of agriculture, such as beekeeping, growing produce, the chemistry of food, veterinary medicine, farming, irrigation, the water cycle, forestry, fishing, and much more. 3:30 p.m. Free admission for members and children under 1, non-members $10. For more information, visit mschildrensmuseum.org.



August 4, 11, 18, 25, Jackson
Know to Grow
Mississippi Children’s Museum

Children can join us in the Literary Garden for a cross-disciplinary program incorporating MCM’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Literacy and Health initiatives. Children will gather to hear a garden-related story and participate in a hands-on gardening activity. Know to Grow will provide a fun forum for children to make connections between reading, science, and aspects of the natural world. Sponsored by Field Co-op Cooperative Association, Inc. 11 a.m. Free admission for members and children under 1, non-members $10. For more information, visit mschildrensmuseum.org.



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

Enjoy a guided hike at scenic Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, led by a Strawberry Plains Audubon Naturalist. Experience first-hand the natural and cultural history that makes Strawberry Plains so unique. Hikers have the opportunity to experience the many wonders of nature. 9 a.m. Hiker fees are $3 per person, the cost of grounds admission, or the maximum of $10 per family. For more information or to reserve a spot call 662-252-1155 or email mrrobinson@audubon.org.



August 21, Starkville
Turfgrass Research Field Day
MS R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center

An interactive day of learning for professional turf and landscape managers. This event features ongoing research presented in a manner that addresses current needs of turf and landscape managers. Vendors are welcome. Contact Dr. Jay McCurdy for information about sponsorship opportunities. The event qualifies for continuing education points for municipal and public school employees. GCSAA CEU’s will be offered. Pesticide applicator re-certification is offered for Mississippi and usually surrounding states as well. For more information, contact Dr. McCurdy at 662-325-2311.


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June



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

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

 

July

 

July 7 and 8, Wooster
Intro to Macro Photography
Secrest Arboretum Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion

Join Danae Wolfe, OSU extension educational technology specialist, for a hands-on introduction to macrophotography, including field sessions and photo critiques. Requirements: digital camera with interchangeable lenses. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Additional information about this exciting two-day workshop can be found at secrest.osu.edu/events/intro-macro-photography.



July 7 and 8, Cleveland
GardenWalk Cleveland

Free, self-guided tour of private gardens, community gardens, and home orchards in several Cleveland neighborhoods. Tours on Saturday will be in the neighborhoods of Detroit Shoreway and West Park. Sunday tours will be held in the neighborhoods of North Collinwood, Little Italy, and Slavic Village. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Gardens on the tour will be listed in the GardenWalk Guide, available in the gardens, and online at gardenwalkcleveland.com.



July 14, Akron
Gardening Gurus: Bees and Butterflies –Pollinators of Stan Hywet
Stan Hywet Hall

Discover everything there is to know about pollinators and why they are important to the environment. The class includes a tour of Stan Hywet’s pollinator garden and butterfly habitat where you’ll gain a better understanding of how to choose plants that provide an abundance of food for our pollinator friends. Then visit Stan Hywet’s beehives on the estate, maintained by Urban Honey Bee, to see the inside of a working honey beehive. Grounds admission is included. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10 members, $13 non-member (includes self-guided grounds admission). Registration deadline July 7. For more information or to register, visit stanhywet.org or call 330-315-3287.



July 13-15, Rockbridge
Lilyfest
Bishop Educational Gardens

Lilyfest is a celebration of arts, crafts, music, and gardens in the Hocking Hills held annually and features multiple flower gardens cared by local gardeners. Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free but donations are greatly appreciated, visit lilyfest.com or call 740-969-2873 for more information.



July 14-17, Columbus
Cultivate ’18, An AmericanHort Experience
Greater Columbus Convention Center

This annual tradeshow, formerly known as OFA Short Course, will offer premier educational and networking experiences. Among those who attend are garden retailers, greenhouse growers, nursery growers, florists, interior plantscapers, landscapers, industry professionals, etc. For more information and to register, visit cultivate16.org or call 614-487-1117.



July 21, Delaware
12th Annual Gardening and Arts Festival
Scioto Gardens

This is a juried fine art show in a beautiful outdoor setting. Join in the 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 our many fine artists. Great music, local food, and free gardening workshops offered throughout the day. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., free. For more information, call 740-363-8264 or visit www.sciotogardens.com.



July 22, Columbus
27th Annual WesterFlora Garden Tour “Garden Surprises”
Westerville residential gardens

Talented musicians, singers, and a cappella groups will perform at selected properties. 1-7 p.m., public welcome, free of charge. For more information, visit westerflora.com or call Linda at 614-891-5599.



July 25, Wooster
Summer Grafting Workshop
Secrest Arboretum

Participants will have the opportunity to practice and make grafts and take home their plants. Rootstock and scion will be provided. 8 a.m.-noon. Registration fee $35 member, $45 non-member. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit secrest.osu.edu/events or call Paul Snyder at 330-263-3761.

 

August



August 19, Columbus
Girasole
Jorgensen Farms

Girasole, Italian for “sunflower dinner,” will include a farm tour, appetizers, dinner, and dessert at one of Jorgensen’s stunning venues. For adults only and is BYOB. 5-8 p.m. $95, seats are limited. For more information, visit www.jorgensen-farms.com to or call 614-855-2697.



August 30, Cincinnati
Plant Trials Day Symposium
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The zoo’s Plant Trials Day has become the premier horticultural symposium in the Midwest, bringing the nation’s top plant experts to regional audiences to enjoy. This year will be one of our best. Perhaps America’s most in-demand speaker, Tony Avent will be joining us for two talks. Andrew Bunting, whose sterling career includes curator at Scott Arboretum in Swarthmore, Penn., and who now serves as director of horticulture at Chicago Botanic Garden, will also be speaking. There will be other exciting speakers we cannot yet announce. Buy your ticket early. This is sure to sell out! 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $99. For more information, visit cincinnatizoo.org.


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

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


June 25 to August 10, Oklahoma City
Weekly Walkups
Children’s Garden, Myriad Botanic Garden

Meet at the Children’s Garden Porch and then explore the Children’s Garden and the wonderful world of plants with fun activities. These drop-in activities are offered weekdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Each weekday has a different theme: Make-It Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Reading Wednesdays, “Think Green” Thursdays, and Find-It Fridays. The activities have a $2 suggested donation per child to offset costs. For more information, call
405-445-7094.

 

July



July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, Stillwater
Open House and Train Garden
The Botanic Garden

The Model Train Garden will be running from 10 a.m.-noon (weather permitting). Ambassadors will be on hand to answer any questions or chat about gardening in general from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to the usual parking off 6th you can also use the parking off West Virginia for this free event (there may be a small charge for supplies for children’s activities). For more information, call Laura Payne at 405-744-4531.

 

July 9 & August 13, Oklahoma City
Howl at the Moon
Myriad Botanical Gardens

Meet in the Myriad Gardens Dog Park for beers, corn hole, and fun for both the owners and the dogs. Blue Jay’s Happy Wagon and Rollin Grill will be onsite each month for guests to purchase food and beverages. Each month we will offer a special activity for you and your pooch whether it is making dog treats with A-1 Pet Emporium, rescue dogs onsite for fostering/adoption or maybe a friendly competition among the pooches. You won’t want to miss this fun evening from 8-10 p.m.! For more information, call 405-445-7079.



July 10, Stillwater
Tuesday Gardening Series, Growing Tomatoes and Tomato Tasting
Educational Building at the Botanic Garden

Can’t decide which tomato variety to grow? Come and decide which tastes best to you. Attendees are welcome to bring their homegrown tomatoes to compare! The class is free, but please call or email the Payne County Extension office if you plan to attend. 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or keith.reed@okstate.edu.

 

July 19-21, Porter
Porter Peach Festival
Main Street

The peach orchards have been in Porter for over 100 years and in 1960, the town began an annual celebration with the Peach Festival. The art exhibit and sale has prizes and proceeds benefit the Lions Club. 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!



July 18, Tulsa
Plant Propagation
Tulsa Garden Center

This TGC class about plant propagation is timed just as we start to see plants that we truly enjoy and would like to create more of for our flowerbeds or to share with friends. 6:30-8 p.m.; $5 for members, $10 for non-members. For more information, call 918-576-5155.



July 26 & 17, Broken Arrow
Oklahoma Grows
Stoney Creek Conference Center

The ONLA will partner with allied professionals and groups to offer a broad range of educational sessions as well as enhanced opportunities for networking. Thursday at 7 p.m. there will be a panel discussion focusing the use of Native Plants versus Introduced Plants. Some of Oklahoma’s experts will share their views and experiences on this topic, including Mark Bays, Oklahoma Forestry Services and Dr. Carl Whitcomb, Lacebark, Inc. For more information, call 405-945-6737 (ONLA office) or 405-323-3164 (cell/text), or email info@oknla.org.

 

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August 9, Stillwater
Shackelford Lecture Series
Wes Watkins Center, OSU

This year’s event will focus on ornamental plant materials for the greenhouse, nursery, and landscape professional as well as the end consumer. The event is designed for both commercial and non-commercial plantspeople. Speakers, including but not limited to, are:
Bill Farris, Steve George co-presenting with Joshua Campbell, Todd Lasseigne, Ben Miller, Eloise Smith and Doug Smith, For more information, contact Mike Schnelle, extension specialist, at mike.schnelle@okstate.edu or visit calendar.ou.edu/view/event/event_id/66523.



August 11, Rush Springs
74th Annual Watermelon Festival
Jeff Davis Park

This free annual event celebrates the heritage of Rush Springs of being one of the largest producers of watermelons in the U.S. The festival is a one day event that includes a large arts & crafts show, antique car show, carnival, live music, watermelon exhibit, free watermelon feed and a variety of food vendors. It’s a great event for all ages. From 9 a.m. to 8p.m. For more information, email rushspringswatermelonfestival@gmail.com.



August 14, Stillwater
Tuesday Gardening Series – Growing Microgreens and Hummingbird Gardens
Educational Building at the Botanic Garden

Easily grow and enjoy edible immature greens from a variety of seeds. And don’t forget to consider hummingbirds when planning your garden. They will thank you with hours of entertainment.
The class is free, but please call or email the Payne County Extension office if you plan to attend. 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or keith.reed@okstate.edu.

 

August 17-19, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Renovation & Landscaping Show
Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens

The Oklahoma City Renovation & Landscaping Show brings together OKC area homeowners and the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling, building and landscaping experts. There are top quality exhibits, informative seminars, insightful demonstrations and more. Free admission. Friday, 2-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit homeshowcenter.com/overview/oklahoma3.



August 19, Tulsa
Rain Barrel class
Tulsa Garden Center

This TGC class is about building and installing rain barrels to collect rainwater for use in our landscapes. Now that garden activities have slowed and we have a bit of time to devote to projects, this project will actually help reduce your water bill. The class is from 1:30-3 p.m. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. For more information, call 918-576-5155.


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Through June 29, Pittsburgh
Dr. Charles Dorat, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University

This exhibition includes watercolors by European physician and naturalist Charles Dorat (1806-1870) of medicinal plants that he found in Cedros, Honduras. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m. (except May 28). Free admission. Call 412-268-2434, or visit huntbotanical.org.



Through September 30, Kennett Square
Festival of Fountains
Longwood Gardens

The celebration of the return of the main fountain gardens continues with daily performances and extended hours for illuminated performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. In addition, a fireworks show is held on May 26. Pricing, hours, and details are available by calling 610-388-1000, or visiting longwoodgardens.org.



June



June 30 through July 8, Philadelphia
Circus Week
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the garden railway and see colorful circus railcars. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July 6, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join us for fun and engaging 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 side tent or classroom at the visitor center.  10:30-11:15 a.m. Included with admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



July 7, Philadelphia
Nature Play
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Play with the sounds of nature using sticks, rocks, hollow logs, and bamboo. Children enjoy unstructured fun using what’s available. Takes place below the oak allée, past the three tubes sculpture, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Included with admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



July 7, Philadelphia
Great Trees Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join an experienced guide for this featured tour of the month at 11 a.m. Included with admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July 9, 16, 23, and 29, Hershey
Marvelous Mondays
Hershey Gardens

Explore the children’s garden and discover nature, create crafts, and enjoy entertainment. Each week brings a new program and take-home activity. 10 a.m.-noon. Included with admission, which is free for members. For more information, call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



July 13 and 14, Greensburg
Flower Show
Redstone Highlands

Sponsored by the Greensburg Garden Center. For more information, call 724-837-0245 or visit
greensburggardencenter.net.



July 14, Annville
Annual Garden Tour
Historic Preservation Trust of Lebanon County

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $15. For more information, call 717-304-2093 or visit lebanonhpt.org.



July 14, Springfield
Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden
Smedley Park

Learn about the multitude of insects, birds, and butterflies that visit our gardens from master gardener Kathy Hornberger. She discusses how to attract them by planting the plants they love and helping our environment at the same time. 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $10. For more information, call Linda Barry at 610-690-7669 or email lrb16@psu.edu.



July 14 & 15, Philadelphia
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

You’ll spot many of your favorite Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends characters chugging along the quarter-mile track. Look for Emily, the only female in the steam team; ‘Arry and Bert, twin diesel shunters who like to play tricks on steam engines; Toby, the friendly wooden steam tram; and of course, Thomas. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July 15, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm at Morris Arboretum

Historic Springfield Mill at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone grinding corn for meal and flour. Come explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours. Free, donations accepted. 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



July 17, Berwick
Vermicomposting – Composting with Earthworms
McBride Memorial Library

Columbia County Master Gardener Carol Burke presents this program from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 570-316-6519 or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.



July 18, Greensburg
Tea in the Butterfly Garden
Greensburg Garden Center

Come enjoy tea in the Levefre butterfly garden at 11 a.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call 724-837-0245.



July 18, Philadelphia
The Complete History of America (Abridged)
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor, the same comic team that staged “The Compleat Works of Shakespeare (abridged)” return with this new production from Commonwealth Classic Theatre. 6:30 p.m. Cost is pay what you will. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



July 26-30, Wayne
Garden Design Master Class
Chanticleer

Learn about designing gardens with acclaimed British designer Annie Guilfoyle. Focus on essential techniques to initiate the design process, find inspiration, and develop a creative concept for a stunning garden. The workshop includes studio sessions, lectures, demonstrations, and garden walks. Tuition is $625 and class size is limited. For more information, call 610-687-4163 or visit chanticleergarden.org.

 

August

 

August 3, Hershey
Ugandan Kid’s Choir Performance
Hershey Gardens

Tubasanyukidde! That’s “welcome” from the children of the Ugandan Kids Choir, who bring Africa to you through their jubilant song and dance. 2 p.m. Included with admission, which is free for members. For more information, call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

August 3, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join us for fun and engaging 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 side tent or classroom at the visitor center. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Included with admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



August 4, Philadelphia
Nature Play
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Nature play is unstructured fun using what’s available. This session focuses on hidden gems and takes place at the lower entrance to the woodland trail, above the wetlands. Park in the meadow parking by the kiosk, or walk down from the café. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call
215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



August 4, Philadelphia
Water Features Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join an experienced guide for this featured tour of the month. 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



August 6 and 13, Hershey
Marvelous Mondays
Hershey Gardens

Explore the children’s garden and discover nature, create crafts, and enjoy entertainment. Each week brings a new program and take-home activity. 10 a.m.-noon. Included with admission, which is free for members. For more information, call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



August 11, Latrobe
Butterfly Release
Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve

This popular event is sponsored by the Greensburg Garden Center. Purchase butterflies by calling 724-837-0245.

 

August 11, Springfield
The History of Kitchen Gardening
Smedley Park

Local garden historian Clarissa Dillon explains the background of colonial kitchen gardening, how it developed over the years, and why it is still pertinent today. Clarissa relays the fact-filled, hands-on procedures she maintains at the Thomas Massey House Garden in Broomall. 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $10. For more information, call Linda Barry at 610-690-7669 or email lrb16@psu.edu.



August 11, York
Open House at the Gardens
John Rudy County Park

Bring the family for fun and learning in the garden. York County Master Gardeners offer talks, tours, displays, children’s activities, and a plant clinic where you can bring plant questions and problems. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 717-840-7408 or visit facebook.com/yorkcountymastergardeners.



August 11 & 12, Philadelphia
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Listen for the train whistle as you look for your favorite steam engine characters chugging along the quarter-mile track. The whole gang from Sodor will be in the garden, including Emily, James, and of course, Thomas. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



August 16, Greensburg
Tea in the Butterfly Garden
Greensburg Garden Center

Come enjoy tea in the Levefre butterfly garden at 11 a.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call 724-837-0245.



August 18, York
13th Annual Gardening with Natives Tour and Seminar
County Annex

York County Master Gardeners offer this daylong event where you can attend morning seminars on how to attract birds and butterflies to your yard, and then tour two properties in the afternoon. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee of $40 includes continental breakfast, lunch, seminars, resources, and tour. For more information, call 717-840-7408 or visit facebook.com/MAEscapes.



August 19, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm at Morris Arboretum

Come explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours. Free, donations accepted. 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



August 21, Berwick
Spotted Lantern Fly – A New Invasive Pest
McBride Memorial Library

Columbia County Master Gardener Mary Jo R. Gibson presents this program from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 570-316-6519 or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.


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Saturdays, Memphis
At the Garden on KWAM 990
Memphis Botanic Garden

One-hour weekly radio program every Saturday hosted by MBG Executive Director Mike Allen and Lauren Squires Ready. The show will focus on programs and activities that are happening at our garden and feature behind the scenes looks at events, educational activities, staff, and outside experts and more. It will be available as a weekly podcast and feature updates via Facebook Live. For information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



June

 

Now to September, KnoxvilleJoyful Flight: A Hummingbird Exhibit
UT Gardens

The University of Tennessee Gardens has installed their inaugural Art in the Gardens exhibit for the summer for gardens visitors to enjoy. Twenty-eight local artists have interpreted this year’s theme by painting or embellishing plywood hummingbird silhouettes. The hummingbirds will be sold at a live auction on September 9 with all proceeds benefiting the UT Gardens. Other aspects of the exhibit include information on hummingbirds and identification of plants attractive to them. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.



June 30, Chattanooga
June in the Garden Workshop
Grow Hope Urban Farm

Join Grow Hope Urban Farm and Crabtree Farms for a hands-on afternoon of planting, picking and eating. A fresh-from-the-garden food demo will be held at the beginning of the workshop. Noon-2 p.m. For more information, visit crabtreefarms.org.



June 30, Colombia
Deadline to sign up for Master Gardener Certification Classes
Maury County Extension Office

Volunteers must attend 40 hours of training offered by the UT Extension. Classes meet twice a week for six weeks. The sessions cover a wide variety of topics including wildlife, landscaping, flowers, trees, lawns, insects, plant diseases, and more. Classes begin July 12. For more information, contact Jarrod Reeson at 931-375-5301 or jreeson@tennessee.edu.

 

July



July 1, Nashville
Thoroughbred Roses
Cheekwood Botanic Hall

David Clemons, a past president of Huntsville Twickenham Rose Society, will share how he hybridizes award-winning roses, 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit nashvillerosesociety.org.



July 5, Murfreesboro
Gardening Series: Propagation and Gardening with Kids
Limbaugh Library

Expand your garden without buying new plants by taking cuttings, dividing plants by root division, and dividing bulbs. We will also talk about getting children interested in gardening with Nancy Nelson and Joyce Stiles. 7 p.m. Call the library at 615-893-4131 to register. For more information, visit mastergardeners-rc.org.



July 7, Knoxville
Tomatoes 9-1-1!
Halls Branch Library

What should you do when tomato leaves turn yellow, weird spots and cracks appear on the fruit, or pests are dining on your tomato plants? Join master gardener Joe Pardue to learn about these problems and grow brag-worthy tomatoes. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 865-922-2552.



July 8, Crossville
Fall Vegetable Gardening
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Now is the time to prepare for a cool-season vegetable garden, so join Fred Mullen for discussion of best varieties and tips for successful growing. 9-11:30 a.m. Free, but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.



July 8-September 30, Memphis
In The Garden
Dixon Gallery

George Eastman House of Rochester, NY, presents In the Garden, an exhibition that discusses the relationships between photography, botanic images, and the cultivated landscape. For more information, visit dixon.org.



July 9, Chattanooga
The Guardians film
Greenspaces

WildOnes Tennessee Valley Chapter presents this documentary film about the Mexican monarch butterfly habitat. 6 p.m. For more information, visit tennesseevalleywildones.org.



July 11, Memphis
Growing, Cooking, and Grilling Summer Vegetables
Dixon Winegardner Auditorium

In the Munch and Learn Series, Amy Lawrence and Justin Fox Burks, authors of The Chubby Vegetarian and Southern Vegetarian cookbooks share photos of their family’s north Mississippi vegetable and flower garden, discuss their favorite ways to prepare vegetables, and lead a summer grilling demo. Bring your lunch, noon-1 p.m., free for members and students with ID. For more information, visit dixon.org.



July 12, Jackson
Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show
West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center

One of the largest gardening shows in the Mid-South, this includes garden talks/tours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and a plant sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be more than 40 lawn, garden, and food vendors; pest, plant, and soil diagnostic clinic, and more. Admission $5 (17 and under free). For more information, visit west.tennessee.edu/events/SummerCeleb.asp.



July 14, Harriman
Lunch ‘n Learn: Fall Gardening
UT Extension Office

Informative one-hour program on getting your garden started for fall. Noon-1 p.m. Sponsored by Roane County Master Gardeners. For more information, visit mgroanecounty.org.



July 14, Knoxville
Tomatoes 911!
Cedar Bluff Library

What should you do when tomato leaves turn yellow, weird spots and cracks appear on the fruit, or pests are dining on your tomato plants? Join master gardener Joe Pardue to learn about these problems and grow brag-worthy tomatoes. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.



July 14, Memphis
Herbal Work Study: Preserving Your Herbal Harvest: Shrubs, Vinegars, Pastes, and More
Memphis Botanic Garden

Work-study morning – the first two hours spent weeding, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the herb garden. The next hour will be spent learning about the different methods to preserve herbs. Bring your favorite hand tools for weeding and grooming (soil knives, trowels, pruners, gloves, etc. – no hoes or rakes needed). Everyone will take home a handout that includes tips and recipes. If you would like to make a vinegar shrub to take home, please bring an 8 oz. glass jar and 8 ounces of apple cider vinegar. Arrive at the Horticulture Building at the south end of the parking lot between 8-8:15 a.m. This learning opportunity is “purchased” via a barter system: You must work the first two hours (8:15-10:30 a.m.) to attend the class (10:30-11:30), making this a free event. For more information, call Sherri McCalla at 901-636-4134.



July 15, Kingsport
Farm Fest 2018
Exchange Place Living History Farm

Hamlett-Dobson Farm Fest provides old-fashioned family fun, no entry fee or registration. Step back into the 19th century for traditional music, sack races, hayrides, cakewalks, watermelon and corn on the cob, old-time crafts, and more. 2-5 p.m. For more information, visit exchangeplace.info.



July 17, Crossville
Riparian Plants
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Bill Morgan will discuss appropriate landscaping for property at water edges – lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and wetlands, 9-11 a.m. Free, but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.



July 18, Memphis
The Wonder of Migration – How and Why
Dixon Winegardner Auditorium

Dick Preston, co-chair conservation and past president of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, discusses why birds migrate and how they accomplish the amazing feat. This is part of Munch and Learn series, noon-1 p.m., free for members and students with ID. For more information, visit dixon.org.



July 19, Knoxville
Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Planted My First Rose
UT Gardens South Greenhouse

This Lunch and Learn Series talk will feature Carolyn Noey as she shares her rose gardening experiences. Pack your lunch. No reservations required; be sure to get parking slip from Beth Willis when you arrive. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit utgardens.tennessee.edu.



July 21, Chattanooga
Protecting the Garden From Predators
AG Center

Do you have a deer problem or other creatures invading your garden? Richard and Sally Ford have the perfect answer: invisible fencing. You will not want to miss this class if you have any problems with nature’s creatures that get your food before you can. 10 a.m. No charge, but register at mghc.org/education-committee-classes.

 

July 23, Memphis
Summer Lecture Series: Bats of Tennessee
Memphis Botanic Garden

Bat expert Chris Grow will discuss the important insect-eating bats that live in our area, how to attract them, and why they need our help. 6:30-8 p.m. Sponsored by the Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden. $5 admission benefits environmental education programming of both organizations, free to WRC & MBG members. For more information, visit wolfriver.org.



July 24, Knoxville
Water and Fertilizer Needs of Your Summer Garden
Karns Senior Citizen Center

Join master gardeners JD Burnette and Jan Gangwer to discuss strategies, methods, and tips to keep your garden healthy and productive during the dog days of summer. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 865-951-2653.



July 26, Memphis
Lunch and Learn: Summer Diseases & Insect Control on Plants
Shelby County Extension Office, Agricenter International

Wayne Battle, UT County Director of Haywood County, presents this Lunch and Learn session, noon-1 p.m. For more information, contact Booker Leigh at 901-752-1207.



July 27, Crossville
Nature Explore Workshop
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Nature Explore is a national non-profit program to help nature become an integral joyful part of children’s daily learning. Two sessions “Using Your Outdoor Classroom” and “Choosing Effective Indoor and Outdoor Materials” will be presented, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Register online (deadline July 20) or download registration form at natureexplore.org/event/180727.



July 27, Hixson
Tri-State Rose Society Program
Trinity Lutheran Church

Gary Rankin and Monica Valentovic from Marshall University will share their passion for roses. Meeting at 7 p.m. after refreshments at 6:30. For more information, visit chattanoogarose.org or their Facebook page.



July 27-29, Rutledge
26th Annual Grainger County Tomato Festival
7480 Rutledge Pike

This festival began in 1992 to promote the world-famous tomatoes and other agricultural products, local artists, authors, and craftsmen. For more information, visit graingercountytomatofestival.com.

 

August



August 2, Murfreesboro
Gardening Series: Tennessee Lawns
Limbaugh Library

Rocky and Gaye Bernard tell the story of moving to Tennessee and turning a weed-infested yard into a lawn with soil preparation, seed selection, timing for planting, watering, early growth, and mowing and maintenance of a new lawn. 7 p.m. Call the library 615-893-4131 to register. For more information, visit mastergardeners-rc.org.



August 9, Crossville
Saving Seeds
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Jewell Wilhoite will demonstrate the best practices for harvesting and storing seeds. 10 a.m.-noon. Free, but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.

 

August 9, Memphis
Lunch and Learn: Beneficial Insects
Shelby County Extension Office, Agricenter International

Garden expert Tonya Ashworth will present this program. For more information, call the extension office, 901-752-1207.



August 10-11, East Nashville
Tomato Art Fest
Historic Five Points

This two-day free celebration invites everyone to enjoy fun days of art, live music, wacky contests, food, costumes, shopping, children’s activities, and more. For more information, visit tomatoartfest.com.



August 11, Memphis
Herbal Work Study: Herbal Beverages
Memphis Botanic Garden

Work-study morning – the first two hours spent weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the herb garden. The next hour will be spent learning about using herbs to create drinks. Bring your favorite hand tools for weeding and grooming (soil knives, trowels, pruners, gloves, etc.). Everyone will get to go home with a handout that includes tips and recipes. Arrive at the Horticulture Building in the south end of the parking lot by 8:15 a.m. This learning opportunity is “purchased” via a barter system: You must work the first two hours (8:15-10:30 a.m.) to attend the last hour of class (10:30-11:30), making this a free event! If you have questions, call Sherri McCalla at 901-636-4134.



August 13, Chattanooga
Native Upgrades for Common Imported Landscape Plants
Greenspaces

WildOnes Tennessee Valley Chapter presents the program on better choices from the native plant lists to plant in your landscape. 6 p.m. For more information, visit tennesseevalleywildones.org.



August 16, Memphis
30 Thursdays: Nature at Night
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join a horticulture staff member for a guided stroll through gardens. 6 pm, free with garden admission. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays.



August 18, Chattanooga
Propagation
AG Center

Carol Mathews shares ways to propagate your existing plants – bulbs, rhizomes, cuttings, runners, and seeds. 10 a.m. No charge, but register at mghc.org/education-committee-classes.



August 23, Hixson
Tri-State Rose Society Program
Trinity Lutheran Church

Kathy Brennan, a past president of the Tennessee Rose Society of Knoxville, will talk about redesigning her rose garden to make it easier for her to maintain. Meeting at 7 p.m. after refreshments at 6:30. For more information, visit chattanoogarose.org or their Facebook page.



August 23, Memphis
30 Thursdays: It’s a Plant Party
Memphis Botanic Garden

Design a tiny landscape in a terrarium with your friends while getting expert advice on plant care. These indoor alt-gardens feature forgiving plants and soil mixed on-site. Head home with a fabulous horticultural haul. Order small plates from Fratelli’s and BYO drinks. 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale July 1, limited quantities. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays.



August 25, Knoxville
Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival
Ijams Nature Center

Banding demonstrations in the morning, weather permitting, includes speakers on nature topics, wildlife demonstrations, children’s activities, vendors selling food and drinks, local arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, and garden items. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For the complete schedule and ticket prices, visit ijams.org/hummingbird-festival.

 

August 27, Memphis
Summer Lecture Series: Dr. Shannon McGee on Reptiles and Amphibians
Memphis Botanic Garden

Veterinarian and herpetologist Shannon McGee will discuss reptiles and amphibians, especially those found in the Wolf River watershed. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit wolfriver.org.



August 28, Crossville
10th Annual Fall Gardeners Festival
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Free admission for this series of presentations under the tents, along with wagon tours, garden vendors, educational exhibits, and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit ccmga.org after August 1.



August 29, Memphis
Beneficial Insects and Pollinators
Dixon Winegardner Auditorium

Bring your own lunch or purchase on-site at Park & Cherry for the Munch and Lunch Series presentation by Tonya Ashworth, former UT extension agent. Noon-1 p.m. Free for members and students with ID. For more information, visit dixon.org.



August 30, Greeneville
Fall Clean-up Guide: Season Extension, Cover Crops, and Harvest/Storage Ideas
UT Extension Office

One of GROWing Great Gardens Series presented by Big Spring Master Gardener Association. Get fall cleaning tips, to be ready for a cleaner spring as well as how to plant cover crops and care for winter perennial veggies. Take home resources and maybe a door prize. 5:30-7 p.m., $10. Register online at bsmga.com. For more information, call 423-798-1710.

 

September



September 5, 12, 19, 26, and October 3, Memphis
Urban Forestry Advisor’s Class
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join the West Tennessee Chapter of the Urban Forestry Council (WTUFC) and the Memphis Botanic Garden on Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., for this opportunity to learn about trees and issues facing the urban tree canopy. The class fee ($85) includes a digital handbook and dues for WTUFC. This course is designed for the general public, municipal employees, members of neighborhood associations, and garden clubs. Lectures and fieldwork will cover tree biology, ID and selection, risk management, diagnostics, site analysis, tree inventory, construction protection, and the role of federal, state, and local agencies. Instructors include Eric Bridges, Overton Park Conservancy; Wes Hopper and Jim Volgas, certified arborists; Joellen Dimond, UT-TSU Extension; and Dr. David Mercker, extension forester. Participants who want to be certified as an Urban Forestry Advisor are required to complete 20 volunteer hours in the field of Urban Forestry. Class size limited, please register early. For additional information, call 901-636-4128 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.


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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



June, Glen Allen
Lavender in Bloom
Lavender Fields Herb Farm

The replanted lavender field with 200+ lavender plants is best enjoyed in early to mid-June when it’s a peak bloom. The field is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Entrance fee to the Lavender Field is $6 per person, including 20 freshly cut lavender stems and sample lavender ice cream. Family entrance is $24 per family, including 80 fresh cut lavender stems and four sample lavender ice creams. Children 3 and under admitted free. Join a guided tour at 11 a.m. to learn about the lavender plant and the oil and flowers it produces. For more information, call 804-262-7167 or visit lavenderfieldsfarm.com.

 

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 when private events are scheduled. Contact 804-971-8329 or visit tuckahoeplantationva@gmail.com to schedule guided garden or plantation home tours. Admission required.



June-August, Lynchburg
Summer Saturdays in the Graveyard
Old City Cemetery

Free guided walking tours held every Saturday of the summer highlight points of interest and seasonal beauty on the grounds from 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit gravegarden.org.



July

 

July Daily, Lexington
Self-Guided Garden Tours
Boxerwood Gardens

Features hundreds of trees and flowering shrubs on 15 acres, Boxerwood has a mature collection of rare and native trees and shrubs. The PlayTrail, a nature playground designed especially for youngsters, gives children the chance to learn about nature in a very unique way. Open daily dawn-dusk. For more information, visit boxerwood.org or call 540-463-2697.



July Saturdays, Lynchburg
Summer Saturdays in the Graveyard
Old City Cemetery

Free guided walking tours held every Saturday of the summer highlight points of interest and seasonal beauty on the grounds. 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit gravegarden.org.



July, Alexandria
Visiting River Farm
American Horticultural Society Headquarters

The natural beauty of this 25-acre historic site overlooking the Potomac River is enhanced by a blend of formal and naturalistic gardens, including woodlands, a meadow, and award-winning children’s gardens. River Farm is the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society and an idyllic escape within the D.C. area. The gardens are open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free (except special events). Donations are appreciated. The Garden Shop is open Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit ahsgardening.org/riverfarm for additional information.



July 4, Fredericksburg
Fourth of July at George Washington’s Boyhood Home
Ferry Farm

Visit Washington’s boyhood home along the Rappahannock River. These 113+ acres of trees and meadows are home to numerous species of birds, insects, and mammals. The Discovery Garden contains many herbs, vegetables, and fruits that were grown in the 18th century. For more information, visit kenmore.org or call 540-370-0732.



July 4, Charlottesville
56th Annual 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 Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. Celebration time is 9 a.m.-noon. Following the ceremony, join the Jeffersonian Open House with free walk-through tours from 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 5, 12, 19, 26, Richmond
Flowers after 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens and enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining, and shopping. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Admission: $13 adults, $11 seniors 55+, $8 children 3-12. Children under 3 free. Free for members. Food available for purchase. Find event activities posted on lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.

 

July 7, Gloucester
Deer-Resistant Gardening Walk
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Learn what types of plants are deer resistant and how best to utilize them in the garden. Discuss tricks of the trade for dealing with deer and other garden critters. Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. For details on this walk and other events, visit brentandbeckysbulbs.com or call 804-693-3966.



July 14, Williamsburg
The Magic Metamorphosis of Butterflies
Freedom Park Interpretive Center

Learn how butterflies start as tiny eggs and the stages they go through before becoming beautiful flying creatures. MG Judith Alberts will describe the life cycle and metamorphosis of butterflies through pictures and living examples from her own butterfly nursery. She will also explain how even the smallest garden can bring butterflies into your backyard. Children of all ages are invited to this free program ($5 WBG donation is appreciated). 10-11 a.m. Register by emailing wbgkids@gmail.com. Visit williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org for details.



July 14, Richmond
Behind the Scenes
Maymont Nature Center

Walk through the employees-only door for a special peek at the inner workings of the Maymont Nature Center. Thirteen aquariums and more than 200 animals require more care than meets the eye. For ages 5 and older and adult must accompany child. Register at the visitor center desk on the day of the program. Groups of 5 or more must register in advance. Price is $3 for members, $6 for non-members. 1:30-2 p.m. For additional activity information, call 804-358-7168 or visit Maymont.org.

 

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August-November, Richmond
Historic Walking Tours
Hollywood Cemetery on the James

These educational tours focus on the history of the cemetery, the many famous personalities that are buried here, and the landscape. Highlight tours are held on a daily basis and specialty tours are scheduled throughout each month. For more information, call 804-649-0711, ext. 301 or visit hollywoodcemetery.org.

 

August 1-September 30, Blacksburg
Simply Elemental 2018
Hahn Horticulture Garden

Simply Elemental is an outdoor multi-artist installation held annually at Virginia Tech’s beautiful Hahn Horticulture Garden. This year will include both visual and performing arts throughout the 6-acre garden. For more information about the event, call 540-231-5970 or visit hort.vt.edu/hhg.



August 18, Gloucester
National Honeybee Day
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Join the Colonial Beekeepers Association to celebrate National Honeybee Day. Beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about beekeeping. Bee products will be available for purchase. There will be honey tastings, children’s activities, and hive demonstrations. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For details about this event and more, visit brentandbeckysbulbs.com or call 804-693-3966.



August 20, Virginia Beach
Is Your Landscape Plant Sick?
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library

Join VCE Master Gardener Sherry Kern to learn how to determine what’s wrong with your plant, what you can or cannot do about it, and realistic expectations. This free gardening talk will be held at 7 p.m. For more information, call the help desk at 757-385-8156 or visit vbmg.org.



August 25, Virginia Beach
Beneficial Insects in the Home Garden
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market

Join Karen Green, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener, to discover beneficial insects, their identities and role in pollination and ecological balance. 9-10:30 a.m. For more information, call the help desk at 757-385-8156 or visit vbmg.org.


Upcoming events for wi

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Through August 19, Green Bay
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks Exhibit
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Open daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. For more info, call 920-491-3691 or visit gbbg.org.


 

Through October 28, Oshkosh
Formal Garden Showcase
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

Throughout 2018, the Paine’s new formal garden will feature tulip bulbs in spring, colorful annuals in summer, and frost-hardy plants in fall.

 

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Through September 9, Milwaukee
To Bee or Not to Bee Summer Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

To Bee or Not to Bee is a continuation of the Shakespeare theme, but with a honeybee twist to the garden’s flowers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



Through September 23, Oshkosh
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Paine will present more than 60 extraordinary objects by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including lamps, jewelry, and decorative objects.

 

July



July 7-9, Madison
Iris Sale
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

The Madison Area Iris Society organizes this sale of iris rhizomes. For more information, call 608-271-3607. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



July 8, Oshkosh
Faire on the Green
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

Experience the largest art and craft fair of the summer. From photography and jewelry to watercolors and pottery, the creations of more than 100 artists and craftspeople are showcased. In addition, the Corner Market features unique antiques, imported and retail items. This free event also includes a variety of food for sale as well as live entertainment. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



July 8, Racine
Summer Magic Garden Tour
Area Gardens

The Racine Garden Club is hosting a tour of seven private gardens. Themes include formal European, native wildflower prairie, All-American mixed, and Japanese zen. This year’s tour features a wide ravine filled with hostas, several extraordinary koi ponds, specimen trees, owner-made metal garden art, fantastic succulents in containers, roses, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8/advance, $10/day of tour. For more information, visit racinegardenclub.org or email Lynn Felle, tolys2@wi.rr.com.



July 9, Madison
Dazzling Daylily Show
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

The Wisconsin Daylily Society organizes this show of colorful, easy to grow plants. For more information, call 608-221-1933. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

July 10, Green Bay
DIY Hypertufa Planter
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Have you heard about hypertufa for your garden? It’s a lightweight alternative to real stone troughs and planters. In this workshop, you’ll create your own planter. 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 920-490-9457 or visit gbbg.org.



July 14-15, Madison
Home Garden Tour
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tour exceptional home gardens, talk with homeowners, see how other home gardeners use innovative landscape designs, and get great ideas for your own garden. $12/members and $14/general. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.



July 14, Janesville
Wild Edible & Poisonous Plants Hike
Rotary Botanical Gardens

In this outdoor program, naturalist Dave Bendlin will lead participants in a hike around the gardens and the woodland trails across the street to observe and identify a variety of common wild edible plants. He will also point out some common poisonous plants that should be avoided and offer some guidelines for collecting and preparing wild edible plants. 1-3 p.m. Cost: $20 General Admission, $15 RBG Members.

 

July 17, Spooner
Meet Me in the Garden
MG Teaching & Display Gardens

This year’s theme is “Get Social in the Garden.” Meet in the Teaching & Display Garden. Please bring your own chair for the program in the garden. In case of inclement weather, the program will relocate to the Station Building at W6646 Highway 70, Spooner. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. For more information, visit northcountrymgv.org, call Sue Reinardy at 715 -462-3361, or email sreinardy@centurytel.net.

 

July 17, Janesville
Rhythm & Blooms
Rotary Botanical Gardens

This month’s concert will feature Gary The Band in the Gazebo Garden, weather permitting. Bring your chairs or blankets. $10 per person, ages 6+, which includes concert, garden admission, and one drink ticket (good for beer, wine, or soda). 5:30-7:30 p.m.



July 18, Green Bay
Cook with Me: Garden Spreads & Dips
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Venture into the garden to pick herbs and then make delicious herb-infused spread and dips. 6-7:30 p.m.



July 19, Janesville
The Monarch Kingdom
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Learn about The Monarch Kingdom with Shelly Culea as she speaks about her experiences in the monarch butterfly sanctuaries of Mexico. 6:30-8 p.m. $7 general admission, $5 RBG Members.



July 20-21, Madison
American Conifer Society Central Region Conference
Radisson Hotel

Conference details and registration form are atconifersociety.org/events/event/2018-central-region-conference. $185 by June 1; $195 until July 9. For more information, contact David Speth at sspeth@excel.net.



July 20-August 13, Madison
Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Experience the wonder of searching for fleeting butterflies. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Bolz Conservatory. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.



July 21, Sheboygan
Fairyfolk Festival
Bookworm Gardens

Every child and adult will love the stories, art-making, and woodland magic at the 8th Annual Fairyfolk Festival. Bring along a planted fairy garden to enter the fairy house contest. $6 per person, members free.


 
July 21, Fond du Lac
Prairie Fest
The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

A day of classes and activities celebrating the prairie for children and adults. Free. 8 a.m-12:30 p.m. For more information, visit gottfriedprairiearboretum.org/prairie-fest.



July 29, Hales Corners
Enchanted Evening
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Discover fairies in the flowerbeds and magic around every corner in this very special family event in the gardens. Children and parents will enjoy whimsical crafts, treats, and entertainment all evening. 6:30-8:45 p.m.

 

August



August 2, Hales Corner
Botanical Gardens Yoga
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Breathe, stretch, and relax as you transition from your busy day to a state of being that is calm and serene. These all-level yoga classes are for new and experienced yoga enthusiasts alike. 6-7 p.m.



August 8, Janesville
Horticultural Therapy Symposium
Rotary Botanical Gardens

A summer symposium featuring topics for home gardeners, occupational therapists, activities professionals, special educators, social workers, and master gardeners. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance tickets/registration required and must be purchased online, enrollment limited. Early bird fee: $65 RBG members, $75 non-members. Price valid Jan. 1- July 20. For more information, visit rotarybotanicalgardens.org.



August 14, Spooner
Twilight Garden Tour
MG Display Garden

This event will be held at the display garden on Orchard Lane from 4 p.m. until dusk (rain or shine). UW faculty will be speaking and available for questions in the garden. Our gardens feature a Monarch and Pollinator Sanctuary and a certified Monarch Way Station. All-America Selection Gardens is planted annually with a theme – this year it is “Get Social in the Garden.” Free. For more information, contact Sue Reinardy at 715-462-3361 or sreinardy@centurytel.net.



August 22, Janesville
Gardening for Pollinators
Rotary Botanical Gardens

How important are pollinators to life around us? Over 80 percent of plants require an animal pollinator to reproduce. Learn about all the different pollinators that are at work in your garden. 6:30-8 p.m. $7 non-members, $5 RBG Members.



August 26, Madison
Opening – Gleam: Art In A New Light
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Be the first to see Olbrich’s cutting edge exhibition, GLEAM, Art in a New Light, featuring site-specific art and light installations in the outdoor gardens. Live music, cash bar, meet-n-greet with the artists, lighting designers and artistic director. 7:30-10:30 p.m. (rain or shine).



August 26, Green Bay
Grass Roots Festival
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Enjoy a variety of bluegrass, roots, Americana, and folk music from area artists presented in partnership with Mile of Music. Tickets go on sale June 1. Noon-7 p.m.

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

The Paine Art Center and Gardens
Website: thepaine.org
920-235-6903

The Domes, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
Website: milwaukeedomes.org
Phone: 414-257-5611

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Website: olbrich.org
Phone: 608-246-4550

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Website: boernerbotanicalgardens.org.
Phone: 414-525-5653

The Paine Art Center and Gardens
Website: thepaine.org
Phone: 920-235-6903

Green Bay Botanical Gardens
Website: gbbg.org
Phone: 920-491-3691

Monk Botanical Gardens
Website: monkgardens.org
Phone: 715-261-6309

Bookworm Gardens
Website: bookwormgardens.org
Phone: 920-287-7895

 

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