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May 2 Huntsville
Leaf & Flower Pounding Workshop
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Make a one of a kind gift just in time for Mother’s Day!  Give her flowers that will last a lifetime.  Flower pounding is a fun and easy way to create botanical prints on fabric or paper. Plants are pounded which releases their natural dyes onto cloth or paper.  Decorate napkins, stationary, or any piece of fabric using leaf and flower pounding. Use your new art in sewing projects, quilting, embroidery or frame as a wall hanging. Discover the best leaves and flowers to use in pounding. Learn about fabric selection, preparation, and preservation. Learn how plants change colors once pounded. 4-6 p.m. This is an interactive class with a demonstration and hands-on-project.  The workshop fee is $5 and seating is limited so register today at www.mginfo.org/workshops.

May 2 Huntsville
Annual Spring Luncheon
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Don your most magnificent millinery and join us for the 7th annual Spring Luncheon! This year’s luncheon will feature guest speaker Gigi Butler, founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes, and an elegant lunch provided by Grille 29. Visit hsvbg.org for more information.

May 8, 9, and 10 Clanton
Alabama State Master Gardener State Conference
Clanton Performing Arts Center

Hosted by Chiton, Autauga and Shelby County Master Gardeners. The public is invited. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit, www.alabamamg.org

May 9 Theodore
Evening Garden Stroll to celebrate National Public Gardens Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

National Public Gardens Day is celebrated nationwide to promote public gardens’ important role in leading environmental stewardship and awareness. Join us for an Evening Garden Stroll from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to celebrate this special day. Enjoy a demonstration on spring floral arrangements and container gardening from our Display Coordinator, Barbara Smith. We’ll have complimentary wine and cheese in our Gift Shop, along with samplings of the tasty treats on our shelves. The Gift Shop will be fully stocked with perfect presents for Mother’s Day! For details, visit bellingrath.org, email bellingrath@bellingrath.org, or call 251-459-8727.

May 11 Huntsville
Herb Fair
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The Huntsville Herb Society invites you to tour the Herb Garden, sample delicious herb cookies and herb-flavored waters, and take home beautiful fresh tussie-mussies and cookbooks (just in time for Mother’s Day). There will also be free plants available! Visit hsvbg.org for more information.

May 11-12 Birmingham
67th Annual Birmingham Rose Show
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The judging is Saturday morning, but the festivities are all weekend! There are all sorts of categories ranging from "novice" to "experienced exhibitor" and also "artistic arrangements" and, a photography division. FREE Seminar 

May 11 Birmingham
Bio-Blitz
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The challenge is to find and document the MOST species as possible in the given time.  Alabama native and Harvard University scientist E.O. Wilson described a Bio-Blitz as a “The engagement of citizen scientists in biodiversity exploration often starts with bioblitzes, which are treasure hunts designed to find and identify the largest number of species possible in one place.”  You and your students could become actual citizen scientists!  9:00 AM to 4:00 p.m. for more information, contact David Matson Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education, 334-270-5921, david@legacyenved.org 

May 12 Theodore
Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra and Bellingrath Gardens and Home will present their Annual Mother’s Day Evening Concert at 5:30 p.m. on Live Oak Plaza. Enjoy a late afternoon of music surrounded by the beauty of the gardens. Limited seating will be provided, but visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. Guests are also invited to bring a picnic supper. Beverages and snacks will be available to purchase on Live Oak Plaza. The concert is included in your admission to Bellingrath Gardens. Gardens admission is $14 for adults, $8 for ages 5-12 and free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. For details, visit bellingrath.org, email bellingrath@bellingrath.org, or call 251-459-8727.

May 15 Birmingham
Annual Fern Lecture: A Geologic History of Ferns from Past to Present
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

A Talk by Jerald Pinson Reception: 5:30 p.m. Talk: 6 p.m. Jerald Pinson, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, received his master's from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. All are welcome—please join us!

May 16 Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: For Goodness Snakes
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Throughout recorded history, venomous and non-venomous snakes alike have often been misinterpreted. Alabama is home to 49 species of snakes and includes six of which are venomous. Please join Stephen Faughn, Extension Wildlife Educator, for this exciting educational experience. During this program, we will view, touch, and learn about the benefits of the snakes Alabama has to offer. 5-6 p.m. in the classroom. This program is $5 for non-members and free for Anniston Museums and Gardens members. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information, visit ExploreAMAG.org or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.

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

May 25 Hoover
Hydrangea Propagation Workshop
Aldridge Gardens

Learn the ins and outs of propagating hydrangeas from seed as well as from cuttings. Space is limited. 8:30-10:30 a.m. For the most up-to-date information and to register, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

May 30-June 2 Birmingham
Native Plant Conference: Our Landscapes, History, Culture
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Launched in 1989, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens' Native Plant Conference seeks to celebrate the study of southeastern native flora and to further the preservation of their natural habitats across the region. Recognized as one of the premier native plant events in the Southeast, the conference is hosted every other year at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Join us for one of the Southeast's premier native plant events featuring expert talks, workshops, field trips, plant vendors, art, and more! Members: $185 Non-Members: $205

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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May 1 Clemson, South Carolina
Putting out the fire! Fire ant biology and management
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Vicky Bertagnolli will discuss these increasingly common and potentially dangerous ants originally from South America. Part of the Garden's monthly Lunch and Learn series, so participants can bring lunch. 12 – 1p.m. $7 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.   

May 2 Spartanburg, South Carolina
Twilight in the Garden
Hatcher Garden Public Botanical Garden & Woodland Preserve
This annual benefit for Hatcher features cocktails, gourmet buffet dinner, music, and silent and live auctions for valuable items. $80/person (note on PayPal if you want a table for eight); partially tax deductible. Registration is required, by April 26th. For more information, call 864-574-7724 or visit hatchergarden.org/2019_Twilight_Garden.shtml.

May 3 – 4 Clemmons, North Carolina
Forsyth Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale
Arboretum at Tanglewood Park
A variety of plants will be for sale, including annuals, herbs, trees, and wildflowers such as milkweeds. Proceeds support the gardens at Tanglewood and adult garden education classes. 8a.m. – 1p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 336-703-2850 or visit forsyth.cc/parks/tanglewood/arboretum.aspx.

May 3 – 5 Norfolk Virginia
Spring Plant Sale 2019
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Buy rare and unusual to classic plants that do well in the Tidewater region plus the Garden's full horticulture staff will be available for questions. The 2019 crop is said to be especially good-looking. See website for a list of plants. Members-only 9 – 10a.m., general public 10a.m. – 5p.m. General admission. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/spring-plant-sale-2019/.

May 3-5 and 10-12, Raleigh
Open Nursery and Garden Days
Plant Delights Nursery
Times of the event:
Friday, May 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit https://www.plantdelights.com/pages/open-nursery-and-garden-dates.

May 3 Hendersonville, North Carolina
Native Azalea Walk
Bullington Gardens
Join Wes Burlingame to see the many native azalea species and consider growing some of these under-utilized beauties. 3 – 4p.m. Free. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/events-workships/. 

May 4 Salem, South Carolina
Plant Communities of the Jocassee Gorges
Lake Jocassee
Learn about the factors influencing the biogeography of plant communities in Appalachia and identify species. This is a South Carolina Botanical Garden class in the Certificate in Native Plant Studies program and requires Basic Botany. 9a.m. – 5p.m. $95 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.   

May 4 Hillsborough, North Carolina
Beyond the Garden Gate: Hillsborough Spring Garden Tour
In and around the Town of Hillsborough
Every two years private gardens of all kinds open for self-guided tours in this historic former state capital. Profits support scholarships and beautification projects by the Hillsborough Garden Club. 10a.m. – 6p.m. (rain or shine). Tickets $20 ($25 after April 20th); available online or at the Hillsborough Visitor Center (150 East King Street). For more information, visit hillsboroughgardenclubnc.com/gardentour.

May 4 Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
World Labyrinth Day Walk for Peace
Brookgreen Gardens
“Walk as 1 at 1” to mark the 11th annual World Labyrinth Day Walk for Peace. 12:30 – 2p.m. (weather dependent). Free. Registration is not required. For more information, visit brookgreen.org/events/world-labyrinth-day-walk-peace and labyrinthsociety.org/world-labyrinth-day.

May 4 Manteo, North Carolina
Derby Party 2019
The Elizabethan Gardens
This annual charity event features live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, music, food, mint juleps, derby pie, bourbon, auctions, hat contests, games, and more. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty, and benefiting the Gardens and the Dare Education Foundation. 3 – 8p.m. $125/person ($1000 for a table of eight). Tickets are required. For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit lizabethangardens.org/events/derby-party-2019/.

May 4 Wilmington, North Carolina
Brews, Bourbon, & BBQ Derby
Poplar Grove Plantation
There will be a variety of food trucks, a Beer & Wind Garden, music by the Folkstone Stringband, lawn games, Big Hat Contest, and more. Proceeds provide food and medical care for Poplar Grove's rescue horses. 3 – 8p.m. Free, but donations welcome. For more information, call 910-686-9518 or visit poplargrove.org/festivals/brews-bourbon-bbq/. 

May 4 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival
North Carolina Botanical Garden
The NCBG, Niche Gardens, Cure Nursery, Mellow Marsh Farm, and Growing Wild Nursery will sell many native species, and there will be food trucks, live music, educational exhibits, a raffle, and more. 2 – 7p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/2019-events/. 

May 4 Fayetteville, North Carolina
Derby Day in the Garden
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
See the 145th Kentucky Derby livestreamed with Southern cuisine, mint juleps, beer, wine, and sweet tea, live entertainment and music, lawn games, and raffles. There will be Derby hat and Dapper Dan contests. Proceeds will help support the Garden. 5 – 9p.m. $100/person. Tickets are required. For more information, call 910-486-0221 or visit capefearbg.org/event/derby-day-2/?instance_id=3016.

May 4 Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
A Huntington Affaire
Brookgreen Gardens
Help fund the Leonard Pavilion project at this evening with live music, dancing, gin, a cigar bar, Roaring 20's costume contest, and more. 6 – 10p.m. $175 – 300/person. Tickets are required. For more information, visit brookgreen.org/events/friends-brookgreen-gardens-spring-benefit.

May 7 Hendersonville, North Carolina
Hydrangea Happiness
Bullington Gardens
Landscape designer Nancy Duffy will discuss new and old hydrangea species and cultivars, how to grow hydrangeas, and when to prune. 3 – 4:30p.m. $14. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/events-workships/. 

May 8 Okatie, South Carolina
Vascular Plants of the Low Country
Spring Island Nature Center
Learn how to identify the mosses, ferns, woody plants, and wildflowers of the South Carolina Lowcountry in this class led by Dr Chris Marsh and Kristen Marshall Mattson. This is a South Carolina Botanical Garden class in the Certificate in Native Plant Studies program and requires Basic Botany. 9a.m. – 3p.m. $80 (Garden and South Carolina Native Plant Society members 10 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.   

May 8 Orangeburg, South Carolina
Annual Spring Home & Garden Symposium
Orangeburg – Calhoun Technical College
This year's guest speakers will be Tony Avent, author and owner of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Ali Rosen, author and host of the Emmy-nominated “Potluck with Ali Rosen.” There will also be a community flower show, silent auction, and brunch catered by Buck Ridge Plantation. Proceeds support student scholarships and special projects at the College. $50. Registration is required. For more information, call 903-535-1246 or visit octech.edu/about/foundation/home-garden-symposium-2019/.

May 9 Awendaw, South Carolina
Longleaf Pine Savanna
Francis Marion National Forest
Lisa Lord and Carol Denhof of the Longleaf Alliance will introduce the longleaf pine ecosystem, focusing on longleaf savannas, in this indoor/outdoor class. Part of the South Carolina Botanical Gardens' Native Plant Studies program; Basic Botany is a prerequisite. 9a.m. - 3p.m. $80 (Garden and South Carolina Native Plany Society members 10 percent off). For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.

May 9 Kernersville, North Carolina
May's Lunch and Learn – North Carolina Wildflower Program
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden
Derek Smith, an NC DOT environmental engineer will talk about wildflowers planted along the state's highways, how the program started, the species, challenges, and how to grow wildflowers at home. This is part of the monthly Lunch and Learn lecture series; feel free to bring a lunch and the Garden will offer drinks. 12 – 1p.m. $2 (members free). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/events-1/mays-lunch-and-learn-north-carolina-wildflower-program.

May 9 Durham, North Carolina
Meet the Gardens Keepers: Bees
Sarah P Duke Duke Gardens
Learn about Duke Gardens' honeybee hives, with curator Jason Holmes, horticulturalist Lindsey Fleetwood, and assistant horticulturist Nick Schwab. Part of the Meet the Gardens Keepers (of the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden) series. 2 – 3p.m. Free and without registration. For more information, call 919-668-1707, or visit gardens.duke.edu/learn/adult-programs.  

May 9 or 10 Clemson, South Carolina
Budding Artists: Ikebana for Mother's Day
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Learn about the Japanese flower arranging aesthetic and create vases (which can be picked up after curing for a day). Young children will require an adult. The class is offered twice, May 9th and 10th. 3:30 – 5:30p.m. $10 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required, at least five days beforehand. For more information, call Allison Jones at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

May 9 Norfolk, Virginia
Garden Stars
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Stargaze with the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers. 8:30 – 10p.m. (weather dependent). $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/garden-stars/. 

May 10 Asheville, North Carolina
What Goes HOP in the Night!
North Carolina Arboretum
Marking the last weekend of the In the Dark exhibit, this is a family-friendly event with food and local brews looking at nocturnal amphibians. Learn to identify species like summer-calling gray treefrogs by ear. There will be live specimens and a guided night hike. Children will need an adult and ID is required for alcohol. Participants can get five bonus points in the ecoEXPLORE program. 8 – 10p.m. Free, besides parking, but a $5 donation to the NC Arboretum Society is welcome. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org/event/in-the-dark/2019-02-27/.

May 10 Clemson, South Carolina
Ferns
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Naturalist Tim Lee will discuss the biology, ecology, and identification of these ancient nonflowering plants, ranging from tiny aquatic mosquito ferns to tall royal ferns. Class will be both indoors and along the Natural Heritage Trail. An elective in the Native Plant Studies program; Basic Botany is a prerequisite. 9a.m. - 5p.m. $80 (Garden and South Carolina Native Plant Society members 10 percent off). For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.

May 10 – 11 Greensboro, North Carolina
18h annual Passalong Plant Sale
NC Cooperative Extension – Guilford County Center
Plants of all types will be offered and master gardeners will field questions. The site address is 3309 Burlington Road. May 10: 9a.m. – 3p.m. May 11: 9a.m. – 1p.m. For more information, call 336-641-2400.  

May 11 Asheville, North Carolina
World Bonsai Day
North Carolina Arboretum
World Bonsai Day (the second Saturday in May) was created by the World Bonsai Friendship Federation in honor of founder Saburo Kato and promotes the appreciation of this art. In celebration, the Arboretum's outdoor bonsai exhibits will open for the season May 11th.  9a.m. – 5p.m. General admission. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/event/world-bonsai-day/.

May 11 Asheville, North Carolina
Dahlia Tuber Sale
North Carolina Arboretum
Consider buying a dahlia at the Carolina Dahlia Society's annual tuber sale. 9a.m. – 2p.m. General admission. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/event/dahlia-tuber-sale/.

May 11 Clemson, South Carolina
Clemson Experimental Forest Tours
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Naturalist James Wilkins and special guests will introduce the natural and cultural resources of this 17,500 acre forest, a different section each month. 9 – 11a.m. $7 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call James Wilkins at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

May 11 Raleigh, North Carolina
Recreational Tree Climbing at the JCRA
JC Raulston Arboretum
Climb up to 50' high in the Arboretum's newly leafed oaks with butterflies, caterpillars, and songbirds, guided by Patrick Brandt of Piedmont Tree Climbing. Eight 6-person sessions (climbers must be at least 6 years old), 50 minutes long, 10a.m. – 5:30p.m. $25 (members $20). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1991.  

May 11 Wilmington, North Carolina
16th annual Wilmington Cape Fear Rose Society Rose Tour
In and around Wilmington
Members will open their gardens and answer visitor questions about rose culture; there will also be coffee or snacks. Organized by the Cape Fear Rose Society and this year is in memoriam of former president Lorraine Carter. 9a.m. – 5p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 910-297-5538 or visit wcfrs.blogspot.com/.

May 11 Columbia, South Carolina
Melody Garden Mother's Day Family Sing-a-long
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Rebecca Smith, children's songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, will sing traditional and original songs to celebrate Mother's Day and spring. Children can get on stage with the percussion instruments. Afterward kids will be able to examine Smith's guitar, banjo, and ukele. Participants are welcome to bring blankets and food. 3:30 – 4:30p.m. Free, but donations welcomed. For more information, call Rebecca Smith at 919-389-9021 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html. 

May 12 Columbia, South Carolina
Mother's Day Brunch in the Garden
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Take your mother out for brunch with live music in the spring Garden. Either 10:30a.m. Or 1:30p.m. Adults $46.95 and children $35.95 (free for children two and younger); members $ 36.95 and $29.95 respectively. Registration is required. For more information, call 803-779-8717 or visit riverbanks.org/botanical-garden/.

May 13 Lake City, South Carolina
Great Gardens of the US: What We Can See, Learn, and Apply in Our Own Gardens
Moore Farms Botanical Garden
Find out what the great gardens have to teach, especially in selecting plants, design, and maintenance issues, in four lectures spread out through 2019. 10:30a.m. – 12p.m. $15 ($50 for all four lectures). Tickets are required. For more information, call  843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/garden-lecture-series-2/.  

May 14 Norfolk, Virginia
Hummingbird Container Workshop
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Participants will build a container garden to attract ruby-throated hummingbirds with horticulturist Danette Blevins. Offers continuing education credits. 9:30 – 11:30a.m. $55 (members $40). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/hummingbird-container-workshop/. 

May 14 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mother's Day Walk at Mason Farm
Mason Farm Biological Reserve
NC Botanical Garden director of conservation Johnny Randall will lead a tour of the fields and old forests at the storied 367-acre Mason Farm Biological Reserve and discuss the last 20 years of ecological restoration work. Part of annual National Public Gardens Week (May 13 – 19). 11a.m. – 12:30p.m. Free. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/. 

May 16 Durham, North Carolina
Meet the Gardens Keepers: Chickens
Sarah P Duke Duke Gardens
Learn about Duke Gardens' chickens, with curator Jason Holmes, horticulturalist Lindsey Fleetwood, and assistant horticulturist Nick Schwab. Part of the Meet the Gardens Keepers (of the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden) series. 2 – 3p.m. Free and without registration. For more information, call 919-668-1707, or visit gardens.duke.edu/learn/adult-programs.  

May 16 Norfolk, Virginia
Natural Soapmaking Workshop
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Learn how to make customized soaps with essential oils and botanicals. 6:30 – 8:30p.m. $65 (members $50). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/natural-soapmaking-workshop-2/

May 16 Landrum, South Carolina
Speaker Series: Our Awesome Opossum
Landrum Library
Learn about North America's last marsupial, the opossum, and meet some of these ancient and beneficial mammals, with environmental educator Beth Button. 6 – 7:30p.m. Free and registration is not required. For more information, call 828-697-5777 or visit conservingcarolina.org/event/our-awesome-opussum/.

May 17 – 18 Lake City, South Carolina
May Days Plant Sale and BBQ
Moore Farms Botanical Garden
During this annual event the Garden is open to the public for exploration and there will be a plant sale, lecture, and lunch by the Schoolhouse BBQ. Ask the horticulturists questions. ($8 pre-registered or $10 the day of). May Days benefits the Lake City Boys and Girls Club. 8a.m. – 3:30p.m. Garden admission free. For more information, call  843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/may-days-plant-sale-bbq/.   

May 17 – 18 Bolivia, North Carolina
Native Plant Seminar and Plant Sale
Brunswick County Government Center
Their will be a morning seminar with guest speakers Dr Paul Hosier (author Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas) and Rebecca Skiba, an educational specialist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission; attendees will also get early admission to the sale. This is one of the biggest native and pollinator plant sales in the region, with woody and herbaceous plants, including milkweeds, coneflowers, coastal Joe-Pye weed, viburnums, and coral honeysuckle. Organized by the Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association. May 17: seminar starts at 8:30a.m., sale 1 – 4p.m.; May 18: 9a.m. – 12p.m. Free. Registration is required for the seminar. For more information, call 910-253-2610 or visit bcmgva.org/. 

May 17, 18 June 1 High Point, North Carolina
Wildflower Sale
Piedmont Environmental Center
The Center has started more than 24 species of wildflowers (such as Asclepias and purple coneflower) and herbs in its greenhouse and will sell them for just 75 cents each in this fundraiser for environmental education. May 17 (members only): 1 – 5p.m.; May 18: 8a.m. - 5p.m.; and remaining plants will be offered on National Trails Day (June 1st). Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call Carrie Council at 336-883-8531 or visit highpointnc.gov/Activities/Activity/Detail/618

May 18 – 19 Aiken, South Carolina
Aiken Garden Show
Aiken County Historical Museum - Banksia
Nine private gardens will open for tours, and there will be talks by Brie Arthur (an authority on foodscaping) and Betty Montgomery (an authority on hydrangeas), a vendor market, displays by several gardening societies and the South Carolina Bluebird Society, an All-Arrangement Rose Show organized by the Augusta Rose Society, catered lunch, and more. Funds projects and the Aiken Garden Club Council's historic Dollhouse building and will next be held in 2021.  8:30a.m. – 5p.m. (rain or shine) both days, gardens open 10a.m. – 3p.m. $25 in advance through May 16th, $30 on site. Tickets are required. For more information, call 803-641-6777 or visit aikengardenshow.org/

May 18 Clemson, South Carolina
How to Make an Insect Collection
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Entomologist Mike Ferro will demonstrate how to make a collection that is beautiful, scientifically valuable, and long-lasting. This class is for participants 10 to adult and will also be of interest to people who only want to take photos. There will be snacks, but participants should being lunch. 9a.m. – 4p.m. $25 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

May 18 Wentworth, North Carolina
Foraging Series: Eat the Weeds
Rockingham Community College – Bishopric Lifelong Learning Center
This is the last in a series of monthly classes, each focusing on at least five edible wild plants in season,  identification, how to collect and applicable laws, and preparation. Taught by Stesha Warren of Eliana's Garden. Offers environmental education credits. Includes indoor and outdoor segments. 9a.m. – 1p.m. $30.  Register online or pay on site. For more information call 336-342-4261 or visit rockinghamcc.edu/programs/spring-foraging-series-eat-the-weeds2

May 18 – 19 Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
17th annual Coastal Gardening Festival
Thomas A Baum Senior Center
This year's theme is “Let's Grow Native,” focusing on native plants that do well close to the ocean. There will be educational, gardening, children's activities, and more than 70 vendors offering art, crafts, plants, and food. Benefits the Dare County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. 9a.m. – 2:30p.m. Free. For more information, call Dare County Extension 252-473-4290.

May 18 New Hill, North Carolina
Longleaf Festival
Harris Lake County Park
Celebrate the longleaf pine ecosystem, much reduced in range in recent centuries, at this 10th annual Festival and the Park's 20th anniversary. There will be displays and activities organized by more than 40 organizations, tours through 60 acres of longleaf pine forest onboard the Longleaf Express, live native wildlife, live music by the Kudzu Ramblers, food, games, and a scavenger hunt. 9a.m. – 2p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-387-4342 or visit wakegov.com/parks/harrislake/Pages/Longleaf-Festival.aspx.     

May 18 Greenville, North Carolina
Annual Plant Sale
Pitt County Arboretum
Plants of all sorts will be sold at the annual Master Gardeners of Pitt County plant sale. There will be a preview sale for Friends of the Pitt County Arboretum 9a.m. – 10a.m. (people can join the day of) and  a plant swap (bring one, take one) at 11a.m. Plants grown by the Master Gardeners and the Arboretum. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum. 9a.m. - 12p.m. Free. For more information, call 252-902-1709 or visit pittcountyarboretum.blogspot.com/.

May 18 Manteo, North Carolina
WOOFstock 2019
The Elizabethan Gardens
Bring your dog to this 4th annual festival with dog contests, dog photography, pet-related retailers, music, concessions for dogs and people, and more. 10a.m. – 4p.m. General admission prices $9 - $2, dogs $3 one dog and one child free with adult admission, children under 14 free, (add tax). Tickets are required. Only 1000 tickets will be sold.  For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/events/woofstock-2019/

May 18 Columbia, South Carolina
Container Class
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Learn about container gardening, including plant selection and design and maintenance. Participants will receive plants to start a container garden for sun or shade. 10a.m. – 12p.m. $40/person. Registration is required. For more information, call 803-779-8717 or visit riverbanks.org/botanical-garden/.

May 18 Norfolk, Virginia
Botanical Business: Managing Contractors
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Join the Garden's curator of woody plants, Renee Frith, to learn ways to find and negotiate with garden contractors. Offers continuing education credits. 10a.m. – 12p.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/botanical-business-managing-contractors/.

May 18 – 19 Norfolk, Virginia
Virginia Bonsai Society Show & Sale
Norfolk Botanical Garden
View and possibly buy bonsai at this annual event. 10a.m. – 4p.m. Garden admission. Registration is not required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/virginia-bonsai-society-show-sale-2019/.

May 21 Norfolk, Virginia
Intro to Edible Weeds
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Horticulturist Mary Toth will talk about how to identify and prepare wild foods in this indoor/outdoor class. Offers education credits. 1 – 3p.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/intro-to-edible-weeds/.

May 21 Durham, North Carolina
Composting
Sarah P Duke Gardens  
Learn about composting with Extension specialist Rhonda Sherman, an expert on vermicomposting, as well as conventional composting, recycling, and general waste reduction. This is a monthly educational meeting of the Durham Garden Forum, cosponsored by NC Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center, and meeting in the Doris Duke Center. 6:30 – 8p.m. $10/meeting (free for members; membership is $25/year). Registration is not required. For more information, email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com.  

May 23 Norfolk Virginia
Owl Prowl
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher will talk about the three owl species usually found in Norfolk and lead a walk on paved trails to see who is around. Participants should bring flashlights. Counts for continuing education credit. 7 – 9p.m. $25 (members $15). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/owl-prowl-5/.

May 23 - 26 Sumter, South Carolina
79th annual Sumter Iris Festival
Swan Lake Iris Gardens
This festival includes the Sumter Master Gardeners' sale, crowning of a king and queen, concerts, contests, classic cars, antiques, crafts, food, and more. Acclaimed as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and one of the top 100 events nationally. May 23: 6 – 9p.m.; May 24 – 25: 10a.m. – 6p.m.; May 26: 10a.m. – 5p.m. Free. For more information, call 803-436-2500 or visit sumtersc.gov/irisfestival.  

May 25 – 26 Asheville, North Carolina    
Annual Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition
North Carolina Arboretum
Get inspired by the award-winning roses displayed and consult experts on rose history, selection, and cultivation. There will be rose-related programs all weekend. May 25: 9a.m. - 5p.m.; May 26: 9a.m. – 4p.m. General admission. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/events/2019-05/.

May 25 Greensboro, North Carolina
Community Plant and Seed Swap
Glenwood Library
This is an annual swap meet to trade seeds, plants, and cuttings. 10a.m. - 5p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 336-297-5000 or visit library.greensboro-nc.gov/about-us/calendar-of-library-events. 

May 25 Clemson, South Carolina
Nature Learning Center Open House: Insect Discovery
South Carolina Botanical Garden
For all ages, learn about the lifecycles of bees, butterflies, beetles, and other insects you probably see in your garden. 11a.m. – 4p.m. Free, but donations for educational outreach welcome. Registration is not required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

May 25 – 26 Hendersonville, North Carolina
26th annual Garden Jubilee
Historic Downtown Hendersonville
Many retailers will be on hand, selling plants, homemade garden furniture, bird houses, tools, pottery, art, jewelry, soap, food, and more along Main Street from Sixth Avenue to Caswell Street. This year there will be guest speakers on garden and lawn topics. 10a.m. – 2p.m. Organized by the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority. 9a.m. – 5p.m. For more information, call or 800-828-4244 or 828-693-9708 or visit visithendersonvillenc.org/event/garden-jubilee-3/2019-05-25. 

May 28 Hendersonville, North Carolina
Fairy Garden Workshop 2019
Bullington Gardens
Learn how to make a tabletop fairy garden in a dish, complete with a tiny house and paths. Children will need an adult. 1 – 5p.m. $50. Registration is required (limited to 12 participants). For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/events-workships/. 

May 29 – June 2 Cherokee, North Carolina  
The Gourd Gathering at Cherokee
Cherokee Fairgrounds
There will be classes, networking, a Gourd Exchange, the Just Jacks scholarship fundraiser and silent auction, and more. Registration TBA. For more information, visit gourdgathering.org. 

May 30 Kernersville, North Carolina
Concert on the Lawn: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden
Kaira Ba bandleader Diali Cissokho plays the stringed kora and comes from a family with a tradition of of Griot musicianship in his native Senegal. He plays with four Tar Heel natives. Also featured is Tony Williamson, a North Carolina Heritage Award recipient and seventh generation musician focusing on string instruments for 60 years, especially the mandolin. There will be food trucks and local beers and wines. This is part of the Garden's John and Bobbie Wolfe Concert Series, hosted with Sonic Pie Productions. 6:30p.m. (gates will open at 5p.m.; rain or shine, but cover is limited). $2 (members free). $15 ($18 at the gate). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/events-1/concert-on-the-lawn-featuring-diali-cissokho-kaira-ba.

May 31 – June 2 Townsend, Tennessee
Naturalist Skills class
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
This class develops skills for deeply observing and relating to the natural world, nature journaling, and looks at the practices of some acclaimed naturalists. This is a core class of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's non-credit Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program, considering the ecology of the region and methods of interpretation. $356. Registration is required. For more information, call 865-448-6709 or visit gsmit.org/event/sancp-naturalist-skills-2/

May 31 Norfolk, Virginia
Tiny terrariums
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Construct a terrarium to take home. For children four and up with an adult. 6 – 7p.m. $15 (members $10/child and free for adults). Registration is required for those three years or older. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/tiny-terrariums/.

June 1 – 2 Lexington, North Carolina
15h annual Davidson County Garden Tour
Various locations in Davidson County
See gardens east of Lexington and south of NC 64 in Davidson County in this year's tour; Master Gardener docents will be at each site to answer questions about the garden or gardening in general. Organized by the Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Association to finance community projects and to promote horticultural knowledge. June 1: 10a.m. – 4p.m., June 2: 1 – 5p.m. $15 ticket for 2 days, sale locations TBA. Tickets are required. For more information, call 336-250-3014 or 336-210-5365, or visit davidson.ces.ncsu.edu/ or facebook.com/DavidsonCountyMasterGardeners/.   

June 1 – 2 Salisbury, North Carolina
Rowan Arts & Ag
Farms in Rowan County
Take a self-guided tour of 15 Rowan County farms, showcasing a range of arts and produce, including blacksmithing, woodwork, music, watercolors, wine, cattle, sheep, blueberries, strawberries, vegetables, and vintage machinery. June 1: 10a.m. – 4p.m., June 2: 1 – 5p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 800-332-2343 or visit rowanartsandag.com.

June 1 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Carolina Moonlight Garden Party
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Celebrate a North Carolina region's food, drinks, and local culture and dance at this annual fundraiser, the Garden's biggest fundraising event of the year. 6 – 9p.m. $250/couple, $125 solo. Tickets are required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/2019-events/.

June 7 – 8 Raleigh, North Carolina
Southeastern Plant Symposium
JC Raulston Arboretum
Learn about the newest of new plants and varieties in this first annual symposium, organized by the Arboretum and the Juniper Level Botanic Garden. There will be numerous presenters from nurseries, gardens, universities, and agencies and a silent auction of plants. June 7: 9a.m. – 4:30p.m., 6 – 8:30p.m.; June 8: 9a.m. – 4:45p.m. $250 (late registration $300), for June 7th optional dinner and presentation add $60. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-515-3132 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1700.

June 11 Clemson, South Carolina
Hands-on Gardening: Gardening for Small Spaces
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Extension agents Layla Burgess and Adair Hoover will talk about straw bale gardening, raised beds, and square foot gardening for gardens limited for space. 10a.m. – 12p.m. $25 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

July 16 – 20 Cullowhee, North Carolina
2019 (36th) Cullowhee Native Plants Conference
Western Carolina University
This annual conference (the 36th) works to increase interest in preserving and landscaping with native plants, and propagates horticultural techniques for growing natives. Programs July 16: 5 – 9p.m.; July 17: 7 – 9p.m.; July 18: 7 – 10p.m.; July 19: 7p.m. - 12a.m.; July 19: 7a.m. - 1p.m. $140 before July 1st, there are additional fees for optional activities. Educational scholarships offered. 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/.


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May 5 Pinellas Park
Hibiscus Show & Plant Sale
Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center
4951 78th Avenue North

Important!  The plant sale starts at the same time the show opens – 1:00 p.m. Admission is FREE! For more information visit sunsetchapter.org or call (727) 251-0316

May 7 Pinellas Park
Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society Annual Bromeliad Auction
Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Boulevard

Events runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Items for auction items will include bromeliads – typically terrific specimens and often unusual or hard to find – and bromeliad-related items, such as artwork, posters, ceramics, and books. The auction will be in two parts: a Live Auction and a Silent Auction. Come, bid early, and bid often!

May 11 West Palm Beach
15th Annual Connoisseurs Garden Tour

Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden today announced that it would be hosting the tour the day before Mother’s Day. This year’s tour is presented by Art By Nature Garden Center in Palm Beach Gardens. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., participants can visit seven extraordinary gardens: two in Palm Beach and one each in Atlantis, Delray Beach, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Worth, and West Palm Beach. “What is unique about our annual Connoisseurs Garden Tour is that guests can visit the gardens at their own pace and sequence on that Saturday,” says Rochelle Wolberg, Curator-Director at Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden. For more information, please call561.233.1757 or visit www.mounts.org.

May 14-19 Vero Beach
National Public Gardens Week
McKee Botanical Garden
McKee Botanical Garden will offer one free admission to the Garden with any paid admission (with a coupon*) in celebration of ‘National Public Gardens. Presented by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), National Public Gardens Week is an annual celebration to raise awareness about the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide. McKee Botanical Garden, located on an 18-acre tropical hammock in Vero Beach, is where native plants and exotic botanicals combine with Old Florida charm. The Garden features 10,000 native and tropical plants as well as one of the largest waterlily collections in the state of Florida comprised of nearly 500 plants. Thousands of visitors come to the Garden each year to learn about McKee’s rich history and enjoy the natural landscape of majestic palms, exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, tranquil streams, and historic structures. For more information, visit www.mckeegarden.org or call 772-794-0601.

May 19 Palmetto
Manatee Rare Fruit Council Tree Sale
Bradenton Area Convention Center

1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221
• Free Admission
• Free Parking
• 22 Vendors/Over 5000 plants
• Air-conditioned
• Expert Advice
• Loading Assistance Thanks to the Myakka Allstock 4H Club
We will have a wide variety of citrus, unusual tropical fruit trees, bushes & vines as well as herbs, spices, fertilizer, and more!

June 2 Fort Myers
68th Annual Hibiscus Show & Plant Sale
Araba Shriners
Come and enjoy hundreds of hibiscus blooms from all over Florida … some the size of dinner plates. This is the largest hibiscus show in Florida and is being presented by the James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society. This non-profit group promotes the development & improvement of Hibiscus and makes information available about the plants. Meetings are 2nd Sunday of each month from Oct thru May. FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING. Free raffle tickets at the door to win valuable door prizes....drawings every 30 minutes. Over 600 hybrid hibiscus plants will be for sale and experts will be on hand for any questions. Look for the members in orange chapter shirts for any questions. Discounts are given to all members and any joining that day....dues is $40. The show and plant sale will be held at Araba Shriners, 2010 Hanson Street, Fort Myers from 1-4 pm on Sunday, June 2. Visit www.hendrychapterhibiscus.com or call 239-848-7090 for more details.

June 22 Stuart
Taste of the Tropics

Join the Martin County Master Gardeners at the Extension Office, located next to the Fair Grounds (2611 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart) for a ‘Taste of the Tropics’. Come sample a wide variety of tropical fruit as well as hear Experts talk about how to grow various fruit trees. There will be an opportunity to purchase tropical fruit trees. This fun event is free and goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Parking is free.  For more information call 772-288-5654.

June 22 & 23 Tampa
Summer Plant Festival
USF Botanical Gardens

The USF Botanical Gardens is having the Summer Plant Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (June 22) and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (June 23). Admission is $5. Garden members and children under twelve years old are admitted free. Parking is free. Workshops are free. Vendors will be selling rare and popular fruit trees, and advice on how to grow them. There will be vendors with hundreds of blooming butterfly plants, tropical and exotic plants, such as orchids, gingers, plumeria and bromeliads. Native plants, butterfly plants and herbs will be available from growers who can share growing secrets and hints, all in a festive atmosphere. Too hot to plant? Come for the talks: Saturday; 11:00 is Native Plant Talk, Noon is the Butterfly talk and tour.1:00. Sunday at noon is a Beekeeping Basics and Apiary tour.   Check our website for list of all speakers. Children under 12 get in free with free Children’s Activity Area. June 23 offers a Pepper Beauty Contest, the tasteful beauty contest.  Any one who brings a decorated pepper to enter into the Pepper Beauty Contest gets in free on Sunday. Prizes and glory for participants. 

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May 3, Plains
Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail Spring Symposium
Plains Community Center

Learn how to create a four-season garden and a haven for pollinators. Includes a native plant sale, seed swap, silent auction, and book signing with speaker Erica Glasener , Senior Producer for A Greener World a PBS/CREATE TV series and A Gardener’s Diary a HGTV series. A limited number of Rosalynn Carter native azaleas will also be available for purchase. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., $30 ($35 after April 15) - snacks and brunch included, space is limited.

May 4, Cleveland
Spring Garden Extravaganza
White County Agri-Science Center

The Soque Garden Club is hosting the Fourth Annual Spring Garden Extravaganza from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is FREE! The event is a plant and garden sale, featuring regional nurseries and garden vendors. For more information: 404-512-6857 or amoflowers@gmail.com. Proceeds from the event help support scholarships, Habitat for Humanity and other community projects. 

May 4-5, Decatur
Wylde Garden Tour

Tour some of the Decatur area’s most beautiful private gardens. 10 am - 5 pm Saturday; 12 - 5 pm Sunday, $20 advance, $25 the day of the tour. For tickets and more information, visit wyldecenter.org/wylde-garden-tour or phone: (404) 371-1920

May 4, Douglasville
Douglas County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale
DCMG Greenhouse (8750 Dorris Road)

8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, please call (770) 949-1003 or visit www.dcdirt.org or www.facebook.com/dcdirt.org

May 4, Augusta
22nd Annual Pendleton King Park Plant Sale
Franke Pavilion (1600 Troupe St.)

Family activities, vendors, live music. Plants and garden items for sale provided by Augusta Area Master Gardeners and Friends of the Park. Master Gardeners on hand for help with garden questions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Free. For more information go to www.PendletonKingPark.com or call 706-284-3991.

May 4, Watkinsville
Oconee Garden Tour

Five gardens include the home of Michael and Bonnie Dirr. For more information: www.visitoconee.com/annual-oconee-garden-tour. The Annual Watkinsville Garden Glub Plant Sale is the same day: www.watkinsvillegardenclub.org.

May 4, Blue Ridge
The Unprotected Wildlands of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

Program presented by Sue Harmon, Board President, Georgia ForestWatch. 10-11 a.m., free. Sponsored by North Georgia Master Gardeners of Fannin County. gmgavpcomm@gmail.com

May 9, Acworth
Edible and Medicinal Mosey
Red Top Mountain State Park

Come learn about local plants, and how they have traditionally been used for food or medicine! This Ranger-led walk will be along the gently-hilled Iron Hill Trail. Program may be cancelled for inclement weather. 1-3 p.m., $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

May 10, Athens
Friends First Friday: Let’s Ramble!
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

From March through November the Nature Ramblers walk through the garden to learn about and photograph flora and fauna in the natural areas of the garden. Don Hunter, photographer and naturalist, describes these informal walks:  a great way to make new friends while learning more about the State Botanical Garden. Includes a full breakfast. 9-10:30 a.m., $12. Please make your reservation by noon, Friday, May 3, at www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706-542-6138. Sponsored by the Friends of the Garden.

May 11, St. Marys
Habitat for Bats, Crooked River State Park

Take the morning to learn more about Georgia bats and their habitats with Habitat for Bats. Guests will enjoy an educational program about bats and build their very own bat box to take home. 10 a.m. – noon, $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

May 11, Blue Ridge
North Georgia Master Gardener Plant Sale
United Community Bank Pavilion

Native and non-native plants at great prices. Master Gardeners available for assistance with plant selection. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Checks or cash accepted. 

May 11, Cobb County
17th Annual Garden Tour "Gardening is for the Birds"

This tour will feature six gardens, including four private gardens, a working daylily farm, and a Master Gardener project. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 the day of the tour. For more information and to purchase tickets: www.cobbmastergardeners.com/calendar/garden-fair

May 11, Tucker
Hosta Show and Plant Sale
First Baptist Church of Tucker

Join the Georgia Hosta Society for a juried hosta show accredited by the American Hosta Society and visit our plant sale featuring hostas and companion plants.  Free, plant sale 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; show 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.gahosta.org.

May 11, Atlanta
Atlanta Rose Show
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Hosted by the Greater Atlanta Rose Society, the 62nd Atlanta Rose Show in Day Hall will feature cut-flower roses of every variety and color. This year’s Rose Show will take place May 11 – 12, 12-6 p.m.; consulting rosarians will be on hand to answer rose-related questions during the event. Free with Garden Admission

May 11, Athens
Insect Pollinators in Our Gardens
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Participants evaluate plant-insect interactions in gardens from an ecological perspective, focusing on the importance of maintaining plant and insect pollinator diversity and on the ecological factors that may influence this outcome. Among the factors that will be discussed in this course are the role of disease and pesticides on pollinator’s survival and how these factor could interact with plant species and produce certain outcomes. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., $50. Register and info at botgarden.uga.edu or 706–542–6156. 

May 14, Athens
Botanic Musicale and Afternoon Tea, Part of Chamber Music Athens
Cecil B. Day Chapel

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is pleased to be a part of ‘Chamber Music Athens’, a new ten day festival celebrating chamber music. Fine teas will be brewed, and baked goods and delicate finger sandwiches served at an afternoon tea in the tropical conservatory of our Visitor Center before guests stroll through display gardens to the intimate concert. You will enjoy the woodland setting, architectural details and exquisite acoustics of the beautiful Cecil B. Day Chapel. Shuttle service will be available between buildings. 4:30 p.m. tea, Visitor Center Great Room, 6-8 p.m. concert, Cecil B. Day Chapel, $35. Limited tickets available; please purchase your tickets at www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706-542-1244. 

May 18, Athens
Plant Taxonomy
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Taxonomy is the branch of science that names and classifies plants, animals, fungi, microbes, etc. A plant taxonomist analyses information to reveal groupings, relationships, and ultimately names. Simple dissection and observation of plant parts can quickly reveal the identity of most species. We shall turn to the world of plant morphology during this course. Learn the basic characteristics that botanists look at when investigating an unknown plant. Bring your hand lens! 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., $105. Register and info at botgarden.uga.edu or 706–542–6156.

May 11, Ball Ground
Plant Sale
Gibbs Gardens

Learn about pollination and the art of harvesting honey from expert beekeepers Nancy and Sean Cook. Honey harvested from Gibbs Gardens’ hives will be for sale. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit gibbsgardens.com. 

May 18, Juliette
Farm Heritage Festival
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

Middle Georgia's farm heritage comes to life at Jarrell Plantation with a tractor show, antique engine display, and volunteers demonstrating old-fashioned skills and work, like blacksmithing, woodstove cooking, weaving, and much more. 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., $4 - $6.50, 478-986-5172.

May 18, Atlanta area
2019 Atlanta Pond & Garden Tour

The Atlanta Koi Club welcomes you to a one day, self-guided pond tour of uniquely beautiful ponds and gardens. The tour will display the many varieties of koi…living jewels of the pond and the ecosystem they exist in. No two ponds are alike and you will be able to learn what makes a great and unique pond. Take your time to enjoy, observe and ask questions you may have about koi, plants, equipment and pond design so that one day, you too can create your own water paradise. 9:30 a.m – 5:30 p.m., $15. atlantakoiclub.org/2019-pond-tour

May 20, Lawrenceville
The Fascinating World of Fungi
Gwinnett Master Gardeners, Bethesda Senior Center

When mushroom expert Sam Landes was 5 years old, his mother began teaching him to forage for morel mushrooms, sparking a lifelong interest in the wonders of wild fungi. Now retired and an active member of the Mushroom Club of GA, Landes will open the door to the amazing world of fungi including tips on foraging, cooking, and “fun facts’ that make mushrooms an exciting topic to explore. Bring a covered dish to share for a potluck dinner at 6:30pm, presentation begins at 7pm. Free. 

May 18, Kennesaw
Make-and-Take Hypertufa Planter Class
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Hypertufa is a versatile, human-made, lightweight, stone-like material that is useful for innumerable garden projects, like planters, birdbaths, sculptures and more. Master Gardener and hypertufa craftsman Lee Culver will teach you the recipe and techniques you can use to mix and form your own creations. Make your first hypertufa creation with us! Class materials and handouts are included. 9 a.m. – noon. $45.

May 18,  
All Saints 2019 Garden Tour
Hilton Head, SC

Mark your calendars now for the 32nd All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The 2019 tour will feature private gardens on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC and will provide inspiration for gardeners at all levels. Tickets are $35. Includes lunch served in the All Saints Church social hall from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Also at the church you will find a boutique, local artisans, master gardeners available to answer questions and a display of landscape items offered by Taylors Quality Landscape Supply & Nursery. All net proceeds from the Tour are donated to local charities. Tickets are available on line at allsaintsgardentour.com For further information look at our website allsaintsgardentour.com or call 843-681-8333

May 25, Warm Springs
Snake ID and Safety in the Southeast
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site

As summer approaches, snakes become more active. Ranger and former biologist Cindy Newman will show you how to identify snakes, both venomous and non-venomous, and how to be safe around them. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., suitable for ages 10 and up. Programs at 11 am, 1 pm, & 2 pm. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.

June 3 - July 22, Helen
Georgia Master Naturalist Training
Smithgall Woods State Park

In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through July 22. $250 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

June 5, Athens
Open House
The Gardens at UGA

We are proud to be once again on the Southern Garden Tour along with Young's Plant Farm in Alabama and Metrolina in North Carolina. We will be hosting our Open House Wednesday June 5th from 8:00am to 3:00pm.  Our address is 1030 West Green St.  Athens, GA. 30602. Limited parking is available around the garden but we recommend parking in the South Campus Deck, it's a short walk across the street due east from the deck to the garden. 100 Green Street  Athens, GA. 30602. This event is for any breeder, greenhouse operators, landscape professionals, horticulture students, and other horticulture professionals.  It's a great opportunity to network and put names to faces you may have already been in contact with.  We will be having attendees flagging their favorites and will post data online on which plants take the cake. RSVP is appreciated but not required to attend. For further questions please email them to trial-gardens@uga.edu or bcoker20@uga.edu.

June 8, Athens
Public Open House
The Trial Gardens at UGA
Mark your calendars for a morning of adventure in our garden, a great event for kids, adults, gardeners and plant-lovers alike! You'll be able to explore fun, new, beautiful varieties  that will be on the market in 2020! We'll love answering all your gardening and plant related questions and enjoying the scenery with you! 8 a.m. – noon. We ask a $5 cash/check donation for each party attending. http://ugatrial.hort.uga.edu/


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May 1 - Ames
First Day of Summer Hours
Reiman Gardens

Today marks Reiman Gardens' first day of its extended summer hours. Summer hours, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. are from May 1 until September 30. 

May 1 – October 18 - Urbandale
Bee-lieve it or Not! The Secret Lives of Honey Bees
Living History Farms

Developed by the Purdue University Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, this family interactive traveling exhibit will open your eyes to the special role honey bees play in all our lives! Play a video game and learn who is a pollinator. Uncover the differences between bees and wasps and learn about honey and beeswax. This exhibit is included with regular admission and is located at the Wallace Exhibit Center.

May 3 - Madrid
Arboretum Garden Social & Auction
Iowa Arboretum

It is time to attend the gardening social event of the year from 5:00 – 9:00 pm (plant Sale starts at 4 pm).  Whether it is to connect with friends, enjoy delicious food or sip wine, the Arboretum’s Garden Social has it all!  Event ticket holders have the first chance at purchasing the best plants at the spring plant sale (Saturday for the general public) were there will be a wonderful selection new and unique plants. You will be treated to an evening featuring live music along with a delicious dinner. The silent and live auction follows with hundreds of unique plants, garden-related items, and gifts to bid on. 

Beginning May 4 – Iowa City
Plant Sale Stall at Iowa City Farmers Market
Project GREEN

Iowa City’s Project GREEN volunteers will be manning a stall near the entrance at the Iowa City Farmers Market on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings during the months of May and June. Plant offerings will vary and all are raised by local gardeners and well suited to local growing conditions. Check Project GREEN's Facebook page for hints as to what might be showing up at the market each week! Or, check the website http://www.projectgreen.org/ for more information.

May 4 - Ames
Botanical Inks and Paints
Reiman Gardens

Add a new dimension to writing, drawing, or painting by exploring handmade botanical inks from 9:30 to 11:30. We will use a variety of botanicals to create plant-based inks and fresh plant-made paints. 

May 4 – Decorah
Heirloom Plant Sale
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Discover rare family heirloom seeds and historic commercial varieties at this kickoff event for spring transplant sales at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center. For more information check website: www.seedsavers.org, call 563-382-5990 or email: sfriedlputnam@seedsavers.org

May 4 - Madrid
Spring Plant Sale
Iowa Arboretum

The plant sale of the year! Come from 9 to 4 and find the newest and most unique plants for your garden. 

May 4 - Urbandale
Kid’s Trail Run,
Living History Farms

Join us for the 2nd Annual Living History Farms Kids Trail Run from 9 to 11! Our 5k race or 1-mile Fun Run are perfect for both competitive and non-competitive runners, ages 12 and under of all ability levels. Top finishers will receive awards (and prizes such as a Family Membership!) and we'll have food and fun activities for all guests. After the race, take a tour of our historic farms and town sites with your family.

Beginning May 6 - Ames
Photo Recipes (ALL NEW)
Reiman Gardens

Join professional photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg for a special photography class covering a collection of "how to" recipes. The 4-week course on Mondays runs from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. The wide range of topics covered will include student driven topics, anything from travel to fireworks to waterfalls, how to shoot reflections, infrared, eclipses, architecture and more, as selected by the class participants.

May 7 & June 4 - Ames
Home Gardening Series
Reiman Gardens

May 7 topic is Stretching and Strengthening for Gardeners. After winter it’s easy to spring right into action outside, but it’s important to take care and stretch before crouching, bending, and pulling weeds. From 11 to noon, Tim Vander Wilt, Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, and Clinic Manager at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy will lead you through some simple exercises to warm up and help prevent injury before and after gardening. Basic Garden Maintenance is the topic for June 4, again 11 to noon. Assistant Director Aaron Steil will dig into gardening basics from watering and fertilizing to composting and plant selection. Hear about handling insects, diseases, animals, weeds, and garden journaling to track the health and growth of your planted spaces. 

Beginning May 7 - Ames
Photographing Your Children
Reiman Gardens

Join Mark for some great instruction and tips for photographing your children or grandchildren during this 4-week course from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Learn everything from what gear you need, how to capture your kids in motion, to what camera settings will give you the best image quality, and how to pay attention to the backgrounds.

Beginning May 8 – Ames
Beginner Photography
Reiman Gardens

Join professional photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg from 6 to 8:30 as he helps you go beyond the “Green” button, take control of your DSLR, and make better photographs in this 4-week course. And it doesn’t even matter what brand of camera you use, as these lessons apply to all DSLR cameras. 

May 9 & June 13 - Ames
Nature at Noon – Designing Living Landscapes and Play Spaces for a Women’s Prison
Reiman Gardens

From noon to 1 on May 9 hear from Julie Stevens, Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at ISU, about the variety of projects she and her students have created for the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women, from outdoor classrooms to an arbor and a children’s garden. On June 13, join staff from Mayhem Collectibles to learn more about the local gaming scene. Bring your lunch to the Gardens each month and enjoy a nature-based education program relating to the 2019 theme, Toys & Games. 

May 9-12 – Des Moines
Spring Garden Festival
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

The Spring Garden Festival is the Botanical Garden’s signature opportunity to celebrate gardening in Iowa. This four-day, pop-up retail festival includes nearly 500 limited edition varieties of plants, garden art and merchandise, plus educational sessions and family-friendly garden activities. Details at dmbotanicalgarden.com/sgf

May 10 – Ames
Plant Sale Extravaganza
Reiman Gardens

Members only sale on Friday, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Opens to the public on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Plant Sale Extravaganza will be held in Reiman Gardens’ parking lot rain or shine. A large variety of plants will be available and also prefinished mixed containers

May 11 - Urbandale
Tractor Day (& 4-H, FFA, Scout Appreciation Day)
Living History Farms

Living History Farms says “thank you” to all of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups, 4-H, and FFA members who have participated in events and programs over the years. FFA and 4-H members, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts age 18 and under (along with FFA teachers, 4-H leaders, and troop or pack leaders) who arrive in uniforms, organization jackets, or group t-shirts will receive half-price admission from 9 to 4. Ride and drive an impressive array of Van Wall’s new and antique John Deere tractors on Living History Farms’ front lawn from 9 to 2! Living History Farms’ antique tractors will be displayed along main street.

May 12 - Ames
Mother’s Day
Reiman Gardens

In honor of Mother’s Day, all moms are admitted free of charge from 9 to 6.

May 12 - Waterloo
Mother’s Day- Free Admission Day
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

On Mother’s Day, all mothers will receive free admission to the Arboretum. Free Admission Days are offered to community members so that they can enjoy access to the Arboretum throughout the season. Additional dates may be offered with sponsorship.  

May 13 – 19 - Waterloo
National Public Gardens Week
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Stop by the Arboretum during National Public Gardens Week and share why public gardens such as ours are important to you! Follow us on social media and use the hashtags #MyGarden, #CVABGnationalpublicgardensweek, and #Nationalpublicgardensweek to show us the fun activities you do at the Arboretum.

May 15 & June 19 - Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

The May 15 theme is Nature of the Game Exhibit and runs from 11 to noon hear how this year’s outdoor exhibit is the result of a lengthy, collaborative process between Reiman Gardens and ISU College of Design faculty and students. On June 19 visit with Entomology staff at our Monarch Zone™ – a BioTent behind the outdoor greenhouses – to gain some insight into how Reiman Gardens is helping restore pollinator habitat and re-establish monarchs here in Ames. 

May 16 & June 20 - Ames
Plant Walk
Reiman Gardens

What IS that plant? Get to know the works of art in our living museum from the expert herself – join Lindsey Smith, Reiman Gardens’ Plant Collections Curator from 11 to 11:45 a.m., for in-depth walking tours of the plants and flowers that make this place so special. May 16 topic is Butterfly Host and Nectar Plants. June 20 is ISU Introductions.

May 17 - Ames
Free Admission Today During National Public Gardens Week
Reiman Gardens

We will celebrate National Public Gardens' Week with a FREE ADMISSION day on this Friday.

May 17 - Ames
Meet-A-Scientist
Reiman Gardens

Current science gets up close and personal at this informal drop-in program from 10 to 2. Meet local scientists who will share their research and knowledge with you through fun hands-on activities, games, and conversation. 

May 18 & 19 - Ames
American Peony Society National Convention
Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens is pleased to host the American Peony Society National Convention. Visitors are invited to view the peony flowers on display as well as attend educational sessions based on the 2019 theme “Back to Our Roots.” Hours: 1 to 6 and Saturday and 9 to 4 on Sunday.

May 18 – Clear Lake
Plant Sale and Gardening Fair
Central Gardens of North Iowa

Central Gardens of North Iowa will be hosting their Annual Plant Sale and Gardening Fair at the gardens from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information check the website: centralgardensnorthiowa.com, phone: 641-357-0700 or email: director@centralgardensnorthiowa.com

May 21 & June 18 - Ames
Floral Design
Reiman Gardens

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. May 21 theme: May Baskets. Gather lovely florals in a festive spring basket with some extra goodies to give away or keep for yourself! June 18, Stars & Stripes: Vase Arrangements. Work with star-shaped flowers and striped greens for a vase arrangement that’s’ sure to pop. 

May 21 - Waterloo
Class: Hops in the House
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

For ornamental use or for brewing beer, hops are one of the most intriguing edible plants you can grow in your garden today. Learn how to grow your own plants, growing techniques, harvesting and unique crafts from 7-8 p.m. $15 for non-members, $13.50 for members. Registration available on our website.

May 25 through May 27 - Ames
Memorial Day Weekend
Reiman Gardens

In honor of their service all active duty military and veterans are admitted free of charge over Memorial Day Weekend from 9 to 6.

May 25 - Urbandale
Decoration Day
Living History Farms

Be a part of America’s early Memorial Day traditions from 9 to 4! At 1:00 pm, March in a procession to the town cemetery for a moving pageant of Victorian ceremony and speeches, honoring the Union’s fallen heroes. After the ceremony, watch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game at 1:30pm.

May 30 - June 1 - Ames
Michigan Garden & Nursery Trip Led by Director Ed Lyon
Reiman Gardens

With a unique climate and rich growing soil, southwest Michigan is an ideal region for a horticultural tour. The Lake Effect often results in favorable growing conditions and moderate temperatures. This great Lakes state is second only to California in its diversity of agriculture. Join us as we explore this region’s notable gardens, nurseries, and more.

May 31 - Ames
Homeschool Day: Insects
Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens’ collection of insects includes hundreds of species of moths, butterflies, and more. Investigate lifecycle stages, examine insect body parts up close, interact with live specimens, and learn about the critical role insects play in the lives of human across the globe – and the wider role they may play in the future. 9:30 to noon.

Beginning June 3 - Ames
Photography: The Art of Seeing
Reiman Gardens

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see! This 4-week class, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. will help you explore your photographic potential. Photography is an exercise in the art of observation. Learn to pay attention to the details and capture the moments that tell stories.

Beginning June 4 - Ames
Photography: Off Camera Flash
Reiman Gardens

Join instructor Mark Stoltenberg as he starts you at the beginning of off camera flash with the basics and one flash, and then takes you through everything you need to know; from technique to gear, to mastering the Speedlight and taking better pictures almost immediately. The 4-week course runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

June 4, 11, 18 & 25 - Ames
Plant Pals
Reiman Gardens

Join us weekly on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 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.

June 4 - Urbandale
Summer Homeschool Day – Stewardship of the Land
Living History Farms

Living History Farms' Homeschool Days are the perfect opportunity for families to learn together. You and your children will have the opportunity to tour the museum's many historic areas, participate in hands-on activities, and have fun from 9 to 4! 

June 5 - Ames
Landscape Photography
Reiman Gardens

Join professional photographer Mark Stoltenberg to learn the basics of landscape photography in this 4-week course from 6 to 8:30 p.m. What gear do you need, what camera settings do you want, how should you compose for maximum impact and what tips and tricks will help you get sharp photos? 

June 6, 13, 20, & 27 – Ames
Kids’ Story Time
Reiman Gardens

Join us for this summertime favorite! Every week, from 10 to 11 to hear books read aloud and join in an activity or craft. Best for children up to eight accompanied by an adult.

June 6 & June 27 – Ames
Youth Summer Camp #1 & #2
Reiman Gardens

Join us for a full afternoon fun and educational activities from 1 to 5. June 6 will focus on the science of plants, investigating seed dispersal to specialized parts to phenomena like phototropism. June 27 will be celebrating International Mud Day (June 29)! Explore the properties of mud and the living things found in it, spend time the Greenhouse, Conservatory, and outdoor gardens, and enjoy a few mud-based activities, crafts, games, and more.

June 8 – Ames
Flower Pounding
Reiman Gardens

Join expert Maggie Howe from 9:30 to 11:30 to snip botanicals and pound them onto fabric to make a customized canvas tote and scarf or handkerchief. All materials included. Perfect for all ages with adult supervision.

June 8 – Ames
Rose Fest
Reiman Gardens

Stop and smell the roses during Reiman Gardens’ annual Rose Fest from 9 to 4. Along with scheduled activities, visitors will enjoy a stroll through the extensive rose collections. The Iowa Rose Society Annual Rose Show will be located in the Garden Room. This is a juried show featuring the best roses in the state. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a huge variety of award-winning cut roses differing in form, color and scent. It will open to the public immediately following judging (approximately 1:00 p.m.) and will remain open until 4:00 p.m.

June 9 – Madrid
Classic Car Day
Iowa Arboretum

Car Registration (free): 11 a.m. to 12 noon. 12 noon to 2 p.m. – Bring your car or your camera and enjoy an afternoon admiring some of Iowa’s best-loved cars. Classic tunes will help set the mood and lunch will be available for purchase. Free to the public. 

June 10 & 24 - Ames
Junior Master Gardener Program with 4-H
Reiman Gardens

New this year, join 4-H staff at Reiman Gardens from 10 to noon for hands-on lessons created through this international youth gardening program. Activities will connect to the JMG mission to “provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind.” Perfect for youth K-3rd grades.

June 12 - Waterloo
Storytime with the Waterloo Fire Department
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Join us for Storytime with the Waterloo Fire Department from 10:30 to 11 as they read stories in the children's garden. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. This event is free with regular admission 

June 13 - Urbandale
History Happy Hour
Living History Farms

Explore historic sites in our 1875 era Town, meet a farm animal or two, and challenge your friends to some classic 19th century lawn games - all with a drink in your hand from 5:30 to 8:30. Enjoy live music, local food trucks and a cash bar, in additional to samplings from some of Iowa’s favorite breweries and wineries. Dogs are welcome too!

June 14 - Ames
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens

Enjoy a catered buffet dinner, live music from the Bill Martin Group, good company, and a special opportunity to see Reiman Gardens at dusk from 5 to 8. The buffet dinner is catered by Tasteful Dinners. Lemonade and iced tea will be provided. If you would like wine, beer or a favorite nonalcoholic drink, please bring your own. 

June 15 – Urbandale
History Through the Lens & Pioneer Wedding
Living History Farms

Bring your camera to capture 500 acres worth of beautiful scenery and see history through your lens at Living History Farms! Take one or two workshops with local photography experts and have ample time to practice your skills as you tour our historic farms, Victorian town, and wooded nature trails. Visit with our museum guides dressed in period clothing, who will give you a glimpse into life in the past. After the event, enter your photos from the day into a contest to win prizes. Visit the 1850 Pioneer Farm for a recreated pioneer wedding! Travel out to the farm to meet Living History Farms’ June bride as you join the 1850 Farm staff for a wedding celebration, including a wedding ceremony and cake for the guests! Weddings brought the pioneer community together for traditional foods and fun. Discover the most popular gifts for a pioneer bride, help in the “shivaree,” and play a good-natured, very noisy prank on the wedding couple. Visitors will become part of the day’s fun, with ceremonies at 11:00am and 1:30pm.

June 16 - Ames
Father’s Day
Reiman Gardens

In honor of Father’s Day, all dads are admitted free of charge from 9 to 6.

June 16 - Waterloo
Father’s Day – Free Admission Day
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

On Father’s Day, all fathers will receive free admission to the Arboretum. Free Admission Days are offered to community members so that they can enjoy access to the Arboretum throughout the season. Additional dates may be offered with sponsorship.  

June 17 - Waterloo
Guided Garden Tours
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Join us for a large group, walking tour of the Arboretum from 5 to 7 p.m. This tour will be led by knowledgeable staff and volunteers of the Arboretum and take you on a trip through time and nature as you learn about the beginnings of the Arboretum and the work that was put into making us the location we are today. This event is free with regular admission.

June 19 - Waterloo
Storytime with Mayor Brown, Cedar Falls
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Join us for Storytime with Mayor Brown of Cedar Falls as he reads stories in the children's garden from 10:30 to 11. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. This event is free with regular admission: $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free.

June 21 - Urbandale
Teacher Appreciation Day
Living History Farms

Living History Farms says thank you to all teachers from 9 to 4. Education staff will be on hand to lead short informational sessions on incorporating an educational visit or program into your classroom. Teachers admitted free; family members pay regular admission fee. Teachers must present school ID to receive free admission.

June 22 – Ames
Pollinator Fest
Reiman Gardens

Visit Reiman Gardens and celebrate National Pollinator Week from 10 till 2. There will be many collaborators and fun activities to make sure this day is educational and plenty of fun!

June 24 - Waterloo
Cultivate Wellness Series-Colorful Coleus
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Flowering plants beware! Coleus provides a stunning array of vibrant colors to brighten the garden. From 2-3 instructor, Tracy Grandy, will share information about this popular plant, and guide participants in planting a spot of color for their own outdoor or windowsill garden. This event is free with regular admission. Pre-registration is suggested so there will be enough materials for everyone.

June 26 – Waterloo
Storytime with Mayor Hart
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Join us for Storytime with Mayor Hart of Waterloo as he reads stories in the children's garden from 10:30 to 11. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. 

June 29 - Ames
Iowa Regional Lily Society’s (IRLS) Annual Lily Show
Reiman Gardens

Come see the  exotic colors, shapes and fragrance of Lillium you can grow too. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit iowaregionallilysociety.com.

 

 

 

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Website: www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org
Phone: 319-226-4966

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Website: dmbotanicalgarden.com.
Phone: 515.323.6299

Iowa Arboretum
Website: www.iowaarboretum.org
Phone: 515-795-3216

Living History Farms
Website: lhf.org
Phone: 515-645-9817

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

 


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May 4, Franklin
Hummingbirds: Jewels of the Garden
Learn how to grow plants that attract hummingbirds during the annual Garden Celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, Franklin, IN. The 15th annual Johnson County Garden Club public event will include more than 50 flower, plant and garden art vendors along with guest speakers Sharon Sorenson, Carol Michel, and staff from Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators. For more information, contact Gary Kiesel at 317-346-7316. 

June 29, Linton
Garden Walk  

Presented by Green County Master Gardeners. The theme is Gardens to Remember with eight homes showcasing their gardens.  
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Adults; Children under 12 free.  Advance tickets available in June from Purdue Extension Office, 4H fairgrounds in Bloomfield.  Tickets available on day of event from Carnegie Heritage and Art Center 110 E Vincennes, Linton. Tours will be rain or shine.

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Ongoing through October 19 Crestwood
Saturday Tours
Yew Dell Gardens

11 am – Noon. Regular Admission/Free for members. Ever wonder how Yew Dell got its name? When the castle was built? Or have you just always been curious about our story? Join us for a Saturday Tour! Visitors will learn about the gardens, history and lore of Yew Dell. These drop-in tours are every Saturday from 11 am-12 pm now until October 19th. Free with Regular Admission!
*Due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, these tours are subject to change without prior notice.

May 1 Clermont
Lunch & Learn: Gardening for Butterflies
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Butterfly-friendly gardens include more than colorful flowers full of Nectar. That is only part of the story! Learn about planting appropriate host plants for caterpillars and adding other landscape features that will help butterflies flourish. Bernheim Lunch & Learn programs are designed for adults who enjoy spending time outdoors with others and celebrating the natural world. Hosted by Volunteer Naturalist Corinne Mastey, programs are from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include group introductions, a short hike, and lunch at Isaac’s Cafe. For information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.

May 2 Covington
Pawpaw Trees
Kenton County Extension Service

Meet from 1-3 p.m. to learn how to grow pawpaw trees as well as harvest and use the fruit. The class fee is $5 (due by April 18), and you will take home a tree of your own. For information/registration, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu;, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu. 

May 2 Lexington
Growing Great Tomatoes
Fayette County Extension Service

We will discuss techniques for growing great tomatoes and how to avoid common pitfalls. There will be an emphasis on disease prevention. Each class member will take home two great varieties for your own mini trial. the 6 p.m. class is free, but pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl¬_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

May 2 Highland Heights
All about Alliums
Campbell County Extension Service

Meet at 6:30 p.m. to learn about this useful and often durable ornamental bulb. From very small to tall and softball-sized floral heads, Alliums contain an extensive assortment to choose from when desiring more color in the summer garden. For information/registration For information/registration, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu;, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu. 

May 3 Shepherdsville
Rain Barrels
Bullitt County Extension Service

Make your own rain barrel to take home. The cost is $20, and meeting time is 6-7:30 p.m. Call 502-543-2257 to register. 

May 4 Lexington
Salad Container Workshop
Arboretum

Meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to make your own container of salad plants. The cost is $25 per person. For information or registration, call 859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/arboretum.

May 6 Shepherdsville
Pruning & Thinning Fruit Trees
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn to use pruning to improve fruit size and quality. Meeting time is 6-7:30 p.m. Please call 502-543-2257 to register for this class.

May 7 Burlington
Annuals:  Long Lasting Color
Boone County Extension Service Enrichment Center

We will discuss the best annuals to plant in the landscape & how to properly care the plants to get the most for your money. Meeting time is 1-3 p.m. For information or registration call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

May 7 Warsaw
Spectacular Sunflowers
Gallatin County Extension Service

Sunflowers are among the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow. We will cover how and when to plant and grow sunflowers, and each participant will take home a collection of different types of seeds to grow in your own garden! Call the Office at (859) 567-5481 to pre-register for this free class, meeting at 1 p.m.

May 7 Brownsville
Rain Barrel Workshop
Edmonson County Extension Service

You will need to purchase your barrel and bring the receipt to the Edmonson County Extension Office on May 7 between 2 and 5 p.m. for reimbursement up to $15.00. You will receive a kit to convert your barrel into a rain barrel. You may complete your rain barrel at the Extension Office or at home. Register early by calling the Edmonson County Extension Office at 270-597-3628.

May 7 Lexington
Jamie’s Farm and Garden—A Virtual Tour
Fayette County Extension Service

Our partner and beneficiary for this event is Hope Spay and Neuter Clinic in Versailles. They will receive all registration monies from this class and start our program with a brief discussion of their mission and their work to diminish feral cat populations. I will follow with a fairly fast paced, image-heavy slide show of gardens and animals with accompanying narrative. The cost is $25.00, and the program begins at 6 p.m. at the Fayette County Extension Office. Pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

May 9 through July 25 (Thursday evenings) Crestwood
Bourbon & Botanicals - Music Series and Plant Walks
Yew Dell Gardens

What’s better than music in the garden? How about music, food, bourbon, wine, beer... and some cool plants too? Join us Thursday evenings for weekly concerts, refreshing libations and simple snacks. And for a dose of garden up close and personal, come out at 5:30 pm for a pre-concert plant walk led by our top-notch horticulture staff! Plant Walk: 5:30 p.m., Music: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Regular Admission/FREE for Members!

May 9th    - Joan Shelley
May 16th – Mama Said String Band  
May 23rd – Corey Brumback Band
May 30th – Flamenco Louisville
June 6th – Two for the Show
June 13th - Charity Radcliffe
June 20th – Billy Goat Strut Revue
June 27th – Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
July 4th – We’re closed for Independence Day – no late night Thursday
July 11th – The Local Honeys
July 18th – Hot Brown Smackdown
July 25th –  Hot Coffee Breakdown featuring  Contra Dance calling by Chet Gray

May 9 Lexington
Unusual Large Annual Flowers that Wow
Fayette County Extension Service
These flowers are not for the timid nor the space-limited gardeners. There are some fascinating and beautiful annuals that reach large proportions and are barely known. Many are easy to start from seed. If you love to thrill garden visitors and invite queries, this is the program for you. The cost for this 6 p.m. program is $10, and pre-registration is required. You will receive a late-flowering monster for your garden. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl¬_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

May 11 Lexington
Friends of the Arboretum Plant Exchange
Arboretum

The exchange will begin promptly at 10 a.m. with plants and other garden items to be brought to the grass overflow lot and loaded starting at 9 a.m. There is no cost; meet at the Visitor Center Overflow Parking Lot. For information or registration, call 859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/arboretum.

May 11 Shelbyville
Master Gardener Plant Sale
Shelby County Cooperative Extension

Shelby County Master Gardeners will have their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Extension Office. For information/registration, call 502-633-4593; email dl_ces_shelby@email.uky.edu; or visit shelby.ca.uky.edu. 

May 14 Burlington
Insect Control for Trees & Shrubs in the Landscape
Boone County Extension Service Enrichment Center

Meet from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. to learn effective management of the more common insects that we frequently encounter in Northern Kentucky landscapes. For information or registration call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

May 14 The Arboretum
Walk Across Kentucky Tour
State Botanical Garden of Kentucky

Join Emily Ellingson, Arboretum Curator and Native Plants Manager, on a tour of the Walk Across Kentucky
Time: 6 - 7:00 pm
Location: Visitor Center    
Ages: Recommended for ages 13+  
Cost: Suggested donations $3 per person or $5 per family

May 14 Louisville
Garden Disease Control (And Conditions That Look Like Disease)
Bon Air Branch Library

Meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to learn about methods of identifying and treating garden diseases and similar conditions. You may contact the library at 502-574-1795 for additional information.

May 15 Shepherdsville
Container Gardening
Bullitt County Extension Service

Is your gardening space limited? Learn helpful information about growing your plants in containers. Meeting time is 6-7:30 p.m., and pre-registration is required.

May 16 Lexington
Herb Container Garden Class
Arboretum

Grow fresh kitchen herbs and learn the basics of container gardening. The cost os $25d per person; meet from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center. For information or registration, call 859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/arboretum.

May 16 Lexington
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Part II, Maintenance and Summer Crops
Southern States of Lexington

This class will cover some of the most basic questions for any first-time gardener when it comes to maintaining the new plot. Topics will include things like watering, pest/weed management, and fertilizing. We will also cover some of the warm season crops like tomatoes, peppers, beans, and squash. Participants will receive a copy of our vegetable growing guide, a packet of seeds, and there will also be drawings for a few door prizes. Class will be held at 6 p.m. at Southern States Cooperative, 2570 Palumbo Drive. There is no cost, but please call the Fayette County Extension office, (859) 257-5582, for required pre-registration. 

May 22 Crestwood
Garden Sculpture Tour
Yew Dell Gardens
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., $95/Members, $110 /Non-member. Starting on Yew Dell’s grounds, we’ll hop on a mini coach and head out to see some of the best examples of sculpture incorporated into garden settings. From large pastoral landscapes to intimate, in town gardens, we’ll talk sculpture, garden design and the all-important logistics required to pull it all together. Each of the 3 private garden sites is stunning in a different way and all will send you home ready to tackle your own project. Includes coach transportation, snacks/drinks and a garden lunch. Limited to 20 participants so sign up early!

June 8 Frankfort
13th Annual Living in History Home and Garden Tour
The Garden Club of Frankfort and Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission present this tour on Saturday, June 8th from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Tickets are $15.00 and lunch is available at Wilson's Nurseries. Contact 1-800-960-7200 or inquire@visitfrankfort.com

June 8 through August 17 (Saturdays) Crestwood
Children in the Dell – Reboot!
Yew Dell Gardens

For ages 5-10. 10:30 a.m. – Noon. Regular Admission/FREE for members. No Pre-registration necessary! We are taking a new approach to this popular children’s program. In addition to eliminating pre-registration, Children in the Dell is adopting a new informal format. Just bring the kiddos any time during the designated hours and our talented educators will enlighten you and your children with the wonders of nature. Each session will offer some new nuggets of knowledge that kiddos can expand upon in a self-guided way in the garden. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

June 12 Crestwood
Summer Pruning Workshop
Yew Dell Gardens

Instructor: Nursery/Greenhouse Manager, Jacob Stidham. 6 – 7:30 p.m. $15/Members, $25/Non-members. Pruning is one of the best combinations of art and science in the garden. Join Jacob on this informal and hands-on workshop to explore and refine your summer pruning technique. From Yew hedges to specimen trees and even some cut back perennials, you’ll go home with a newfound appreciation of the craft of pruning. Bring hand pruners if you have ‘em. Limited to 20 slots.


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VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS AND CLASSES 
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville

This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information, call 888-677-2838 or 225-635-3739.

3rd Saturday of the Month
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte

Nature for Kids – Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. 10 a.m. For more information, call 888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289.  

 

GUIDED GARDEN AND BIRD TOURS 
First Saturday of the Month
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte

Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information, call 888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289.

First Saturday of the month through 6/30/2019
Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville

Bird Watching Basics, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Join the interpretive ranger on a walk to learn about bird watching and to find some of the birds that visit Fontainebleau´s diverse range of habitats. Bring binoculars, water, and good shoes for the trail. For more information, call 888-677-3668 or 985-624-4443.

Fourth Saturday of the month through 6/30/2019
Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles

Bird Walk, 8:00 a.m. New and experienced bird lovers can enjoy an hour of birding with experienced birder and master naturalist David Booth. Participants meet at deck overlooking swamp across from the pavilion. For more information, call 888-677-7264 or 337-855-2665.

First Saturday of the month through October
Longue Vue House & Gardens, New Orleans

Sprouts – 9:30-10:30 a.m. With activities like seed planting, arts & crafts, microscope observation, and story time, Sprouts is for kids of all ages to explore the wonderful world of the garden at their own pace. With seasonal themes and changing activities, there are always new things to discover. Kids of all ages welcome, though ideal for ages 18 months-10 years. Be sure to check Facebook for updates and to learn about special themes. Free for LV family members, $5 per person for non-members. Rain or shine. Cash is encouraged for ease at check-in. There is a small processing fee for credit card transactions. For more information, visit longuevue.com or call 504-488-5488.

 

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May 1 Mackinac Island
Opening Day
Colonial Michilimackinac

Colonial Michilimackinac opens May 1. Plan your visit to see 5,000+ square feet of gardens that depict history (late 1700s). Interpreters can explain the various things growing to guests. Purchase tickets and get information about scheduled special events at www.mackinacparks.com/parks-and-attractions/colonial-michilimackinac.

May 1 Royal Oak
Monthly Meeting
Royal Oak Nature Society

"Monarch Biology and Conservation" beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington). Debbie Jackson, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, will look at biology, migration, natural enemies, manmade threats to its survival and easy methods to help them survive. There is no pre-registration or cost for this program. www.romi.gov/nature.

May 5 Royal Oak
Nature Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

“Spring Wildflower Walk” beginning 2:00 pm at Tenhave Woods. Park at Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance. We will be looking for Red & White Trillium, blue & yellow violets, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, and more. There is no preregistration or cost for this program. www.romi.gov/nature.

May 11, Berkley
3rd Annual Berkley Perennial Exchange
Berkley First west lawn (right next door to Berkley Post Office)
2820 Twelve Mile Road

9am - 12noon. Bring some, take some! Open to all lovers of gardening who can't wait to get planting, seek a great price (free!) and enjoy new plants. Plants should be labeled and in suitable individual containers. We'll bring the coffee. www.berkleyfirst.org

May 11 Royal Oak
Nature Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

“Pond Life” beginning at 2:00 pm at Tenhave Woods. Park at Lexington/Marais lot, go to the Lexington entrance & follow the Pond Life signs. We will be sampling the vernal pond for what is living in it. There is no pre-registration or cost for this program. www.romi.gov/nature.

May 11-12 Grand Rapids,
Michigan All-State Bonsai Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Admire the stunning bonsai on display. Visit the sales area. Watch free demonstrations. Guest artist Todd Schlafer will demonstrate techniques at two “Bring Your Own Tree” workshops. Register early as workshops fill quickly. Saturday: Sales 10 am-5 pm, Displays 12 pm-5pm. Sunday: Sales and Displays 11 am-5 pm, www.meijergardens.org/calendar/michigan-all-state-bonsai-show-2-1.

May 16 Rochester
Perennial Plant Sale
Meadow Brook Garden Club

A large variety of Michigan grown plants, including many from the Meadow Brook Hall gardens, 350 Estate Drive, will be available. Shop from 8 am to 2 pm. Credit cards accepted. For further information, please call 248-364-6210, email MBGCmembers@gmail.com, visit www.meadowbrookhall.org or find us on Facebook.

May 16-17 Rochester
Meadow Brook Greenhouse Plant Sale

The Meadow Brook Greenhouse yearly plant sale of annuals will be held Thursday from 8 am – 6 pm and Friday from 9 am – 3 pm. The greenhouse address is 527 Golfview Dr. Follow the signs on campus. Please call (248) 364-6171 for more information.

May 25 Pentwater
Plant Sale
Bell Park

Join the Garden Club of Pentwater for their plant sale at Bell Park, 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

May 25 Royal Oak
Nature Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

“Mushroom Walk” at Tenhave Woods beginning at 10:00 am. Park at the Marais/Lexington lot & meet at the park entrance. Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk. There is no pre registration or cost for this program. www.romi.gov/nature.

May 29 Battle Creek
Grow Up with Vertical Gardening
Southern Exposure

If you’ve got a blank wall or bare fence that needs beautifying, you can tend edibles, annuals, even perennials with vertical gardening. Before we begin our discussion, Chef Elsie will prepare a summer feast to “whet your appetite.” Afterwards, you will plant a 12” by 18” vertical garden in a homemade structure to take home to be displayed indoors or outdoors, in full sun or shade, depending on the plants selected. Begins at 6:30 pm, $85/person, registration required. Many more workshops are available via the website, www.southernmoon.com/register_home.html.

June 1-2 Grand Rapids
Iris Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Enjoy a variety of bearded and Siberian iris blossoms locally grown for this judged show. Saturday: 1 pm – 5 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, www.meijergardens.org/calendar/iris-show-1-1.

June 5 Saginaw
Art & Garden Festival
Andersen Enrichment Center

The day's festivities are from 10 am to 3 pm and include an art fair, garden vendors, gardening demonstrations, silent auction, picnic lunch and our famous homemade strawberry shortcake! Free Demonstrations every hour, speakers, plant sales, Art Fair, Lunch(11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.). More information at andersencenter.org/publicevents.php. 

June 8 Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Garden Walk

Every garden tells a story, and the six private gardens featured on the2019 Ann Arbor Garden Walk speak of history, hard work, and lessons learned. Ranging in size from four acres to city lots, these landscapes have been shaped over decades by their owners and boast beautiful perennial and native plantings, mature trees, and fruits and vegetables. The gardens illustrate sustainability, recycling and upcycling, and methods to reduce maintenance. Ponds, waterfalls, and fountains add to the ambience of several gardens, and a ‘chasm’ at one serves as a rain garden to capture and filter water. Natural stone hardscaping, creative outbuildings, and unique, personal art make each garden a delight at every turn. In three of this year’s gardens, local artists and vendors will offer a tempting variety of perennial plants, unique garden art, and handcrafted merchandise. A portion of Marketplace sales are donated to the event proceeds. Proceeds from the annual Garden Walk benefit local nonprofit horticultural and environmental organizations and projects, such as school and community gardens, natural area restoration initiatives, and beautification projects.

Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at these local retailers from May 6 through June 7:
• Ace Barnes Hardware* (Stadium Blvd.)
• Dixboro General Store
• Downtown Home & Garden*
• Matthaei Botanical Gardens
• Washtenaw Ace Hardware*
*credit cards accepted

On Garden Walk day, Saturday, June 8, tickets are $20 and can be purchased only at the garden locations. K-12 student tickets are $3 and available only at the gardens on Garden Walk day.

June 12 Franklin
34th Annual Garden Walk
Franklin Branch of the Women’s National Farm & Garden Association

The annual garden walk will be from 10 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm. Tickets are $12 presale/$15 day of sale, available at The Village Boutique, online via eventbrite.com, or by mail PO Box 250194, Franklin, MI 480255. More information via email at franklingardenclub@gmail.com.

June 15-16 Grand Rapids
Rose Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Enjoy a variety of rose blossoms locally grown and prepped for this judged show. Saturday: 1 pm – 5 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, www.meijergardens.org/calendar/iris-show-1-1.

June 20, Rochester
20th Annual Rochester Garden Walk

The walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy tours of private and public gardens, an open-air garden market place, a program on creating porch pots, and special discounts at nurseries and restaurants. Advance tickets are $12, tickets purchased the day of the walk are $16. For more information go to RochesterGardenClub.org.

June 22, Grand Haven
June Garden Walk
Tri-Cities Garden Club
"Celebrating 25 years of Grand Gardens" will take place rain-or-shine 10 am to 4 pm with tours of eight beautiful gardens in the Grand Haven area. The tour will include refreshments, and a plant sale. Tickets will be available prior to the event at the Tri-cities Museum downtown Grand Haven, or at any of the gardens on the day of the event. More information is available at Tricitiesgardenclub.org.

June 22 Harbor County
Lakeside Garden Walk
The walk will again feature eight unique gardens that represent Harbor Country. Within short driving distances of each other (1 to 6 miles), participants will experience a range of delightful setting from lake front to urban settings, from rustic to minimalist contemporary styles, from masterful homeowner to professional designs and installations. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time. Early bird tickets $35. $45 after June 17. Visit www.thelakesideassociation.com  for information about ticket sales online or from local vendors. Other inquiries 773-343-1680.

June 23 Flint
Garden Tour
Master Gardener Association Genesee County 

Please join us in touring eight gardens demonstrating a passion for gardening on Genesee County’s Northeast side from Davison to Otisville from 10 am to 5 pm. Each garden has an educational component: one garden is a certified Monarch Waystation, another gardener taps sugar maple trees. Tickets will serve as guides with detailed directions. $10.00, $2.00 for children under 12. Tickets at many local nurseries. Visit GCgardentour.weebly.com for locations and more information.

 

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May 7 Minneapolis
Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Minneapolis Plant Sale
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church

Purchase plants from members’ gardens. 12-6:30 p.m. Information: www.minneapolismensgardenclub.org/MGCM/Events.html.

May 8 Andover
Vegetable Gardening 101
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Attend this Walk in the Garden Class for hands-on demos for beginning vegetable gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free; must pre-register. 

May 10-12 St. Paul
Friends School Plant Sale
State Fair Grandstand

Shop from the more than 24,500 plant varieties at what may be the largest plant sale in the U.S. Friday -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: 651-621-8930, info@friendsschoolplantsale.com, or www.friendsschoolplantsale.com/.

May 11 and 12 Chaska
Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale
Red Barn, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Choose from a selection of sun and shade plants, curated grasses, heirloom vegetables, plentiful herbs, native Minnesota plant species, and University of Minnesota introductions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. No Arboretum admission charge if using the West 82nd Street entrance.

May 14 and 15 Anoka
Anoka County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Anoka Armory

Shop for great values on thousands of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, houseplants, and more. Come early as some selections run out quickly. 3-7 p.m. (May 14); 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (May 15).

May 15, 16 Rochester
Rochester Garden & Flower Club
Graham Park, Olmsted County Fairgrounds

Purchase plants from members’ gardens to support the club’s work in the Rochester area. Wednesday – 4-7 p.m.; Thursday – 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Information: www.rgfc.org/plantsale.html or rgfc@rgfc.org. 

May 18, Farmington
Spring Plant Sale
Dakota County Fair Grounds

This sale is put on by the Master Gardeners in Dakota County. 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

May 18 Hopkins
Hennepin County Plant Sale
Hopkins Pavilion

Shop indoors for sun and shade perennials, natives and pollinator friendly selections, and annual flower and vegetable seedlings of exclusive MN Winners® that have won the statewide Master Gardener seed trials. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: 612-596-2130, hcmg@umn.edu, or https://hennepinmastergardeners.org/events/.

May 18 St. Cloud
Stearns County Extension Master Gardener’s Plant Sale
St. Augustine Church

Buy perennials, annuals flowers, houseplants, herbs, vegetables, natives, and more. Plants are priced to move. 8-11 a.m. Information: 320-255-6169, wins0115@umn.edu, or www3.extension.umn.edu/local/stearns.

May 18 Maplewood
Ramsey County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
The Barn

Find hundreds of plants, including natives and perennials for sun and shade, tomatoes, herbs, hostas, and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: 651-704-2053, auss0004@umn.edu, www3.extension.umn.edu/local/ramsey.

May 18 Mankato
Minnesota River Valley Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale
Mankato Curling Club

Purchase indoor plants, vegetables, and ornamentals. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Information: 507-304-4325 or mnext-blueearth@umn.edu.

May 19 Minneapolis
Daylily Society of Minnesota Daylily Sale
Bachman’s on Lyndale

Buy daylilies for your garden and get answers to questions you may have from local daylily experts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: www.daylilysocietyofminnesota.org/.

May 21 Chaska
Ornamental Grasses for Your Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturalist, and learn more about adding ornamental grasses to your garden and growing them successfully. You'll leave with a few grasses to start at home. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $25 member/$40 non-member. 

May 25 Mora
Kanabec County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Mora Farmer’s Market

Shop for perennials, especially hosta and Hemerocallis, from Master Gardeners’ gardens. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 320-679-7440.

June 1 Chaska
Special Access: Minnesota Native Orchids
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about ongoing native orchid conservation efforts and get a first-hand view of some of the new beds and orchids introduced in 2018 and 2019. 9-11 a.m. Cost: $15 member/$30 non-member.

June 1 Chaska
Create-Your-Own Kokedama Mini Workshop
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Choose from an assortment of small decorative plants specially selected for ideal kokedama conditions and follow along step-by-step as you create your own kokedama to take home. 1-1:30 or 1:45-2:15 p.m. Cost: $20 per project, plus Arboretum admission. 

June 1 Sauk Rapids
Benton County Extension Master Gardener’s Plant Sale
Coborn’s parking lot

Buy perennials, annuals flowers, houseplants, herbs, vegetables, natives, and more. 8-11 a.m. Information: 320-968-5077, wins0115@umn.edu, or https://www3.extension.umn.edu/local/benton.

June 1 Mora
Town & Country Garden Club Plant Sale
Mora Farmer’s Market

Shop for hosta, daylilies, succulents, and garden treasures. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 320-679-1995

June 1 Minneapolis
Minnesota Iris Society Iris Show
Bachman’s on Lyndale

See over 100 different iris blooms at this annual show and learn about iris flowers from local experts. 12-4 p.m. Information: www.irismn.net/public.html.

June 1 Roseville
Minnesota Rock Garden Society Plant Sale
Central Park

Find rare selections of rock garden plants as well as other garden plants. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: https://mn-nargs.org/plant-sale/.

June 5, 12, 19, 26 Andover
Plant & Diagnostic Clinic
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Let Master Gardeners help you find out what's eating your plants, what weeds are growing in your lawn, or why your tree look sick. Bring up to 3 samples for identification or diagnoses of plant and insect issues. 6-8 p.m. This is a free service for Anoka County residents.

June 8 Eden Prairie
Minnesota Hosta Society Hosta Sale
Smith Coffee & Café

Purchase hosta selected specifically for the sale and donated by members and hosta collectors. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: www.mnhosta.org/events-calendar.html.

June 8 Rochester
Olmsted County Master Gardeners at the Rochester Farmers Market
4th Street & 4th Avenue SE

Make a colorful wind sock and learn why the wind/air movement is so important in growing strong and healthy plants. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. No cost. Information: www3.extension.umn.edu/local/Olmsted or 507-328-6214.

June 11 Chaska
Conscientious Gardening
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to assess the environmental impact of your garden and how to conserve water and reduce runoff from your property, when and how to use fertilizer and pesticides, about the benefits of planting a diversity of native plants and available options for composting green material. Instructor: Mary Meyer. 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15 member/$30 non-member.

June 11 Jordan
Summer Garden Festival
Scott County Fairgrounds

Learn about harvesting food from the wild, unusual plants for containers, and gardening with an emphasis on creating natural products for relaxation and beauty. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Information: 952-492-5410 or 

June 17 (registration deadline)
Online Module: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Your Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Extension Educator Christy Marsden for this hybrid class that includes online instruction and optional in-person activities. Cost: $35 online registration; $50 online registration plus optional in-person July 13th session.

June 19 Andover
Herbs for Everyone
Bunker Hills Activities Center

How to grow and use herbs in this Walk in the Garden class. 7-8 p.m. Cost: Free; must pre-register.

June 22 Chaska
Born in the Wild: Building Rock Gardens with Alpine Plants
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Betty Ann Addison, owner of Gardens of Rice Creek Nursery and Landscape, and learn about alpine plants and how a rock garden is built and planted. Tour the Arboretum Rock Garden and receive three alpine plants to grow at home. 9-11 a.m. Cost: $25 member/$40 non-member.

June 22 Chaska
Create-Your-Own Air Plants in Corks Mini Workshop
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Discover air plants and build your own display of 3 Tillandsia mounted on corks for display on an indoor magnetic surface or tabletop. 1-1:30 p.m. and 1:45-2:15 p.m. Cost: $20 per project.

June 22 Rochester
Olmsted County Master Gardeners at the Farmers Market
4th Street & 4th Avenue SE

Join in a fun-filled project to learn how and why good soil is so important in growing strong and healthy plants. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. No cost. Information: www3.extension.umn.edu/local/Olmsted or 507-328-6214.

June 22, 23 Minneapolis
Twin Cities Rose Club’s Rose Show
Bachman’s on Lyndale

See 100 different varieties of roses grown in Minnesota. Enjoy the floral arrangements and get answers to any rose questions you have from local experts. Saturday – 1-6 p.m.; Sunday – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: www.twincitiesrose.org.

June 24-27, St. Paul
"Once Upon A Summer's Day" Flower Show
The Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Boulevard

FREE ADMISSION to the public: June 25 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. June 26 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  “Once Upon A Summer’s Day” Flower Show is a Garden Club of America Flower Show where all exhibitors are required to adhere to its national standards of excellence in gardening to broaden the knowledge of and share the beauty of floral design, horticulture, conservation, photography and botanical arts. This flower show is being judged by Garden Club of America nationally approved judges. For more informarion contact Beth Jackson bethpetejackson@gmail.com or Colleen FitzPatrick fitzcolleen@gmail.com

June 25 Jordan
Art from the Garden
Scott County Fairgrounds

Explore and try your hands at making some of the creations that come from the inspiration of the garden. 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free. Information: 952-492-5410, info@carverscottmastergardeners.org, or http://carverscottmastergardeners.org.

June 26 Andover
What Plants Are Toxic to My Pets?
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Find out what plants may be toxic to your pet in this Walk in the Gardens class. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free; must pre-register.

June 27 Chaska
The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Ken Druse, award-winning photographer and garden writer, and explore new ways of looking at all aspects of the gardening process: designing your garden, choosing and planting trees, preparing soil, and selecting from a vast array of flowers and foliage. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $10 member/$25 non-member.

June 29 Chaska
Special Access Tour Behind-the-Scenes: Rare Plant Conservation at the Arb
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how a botanic garden can work to save rare plants during this tour led by David Remucal, curator of endangered plants at the Arboretum. 9-11 a.m. Cost: $20 member/ $35 non-member.

July 20, Lake Elmo Area 
Learn and Grow With Us Garden Tour! 
Presented by the U of MN Extension Master Gardeners. Experience seven exquisite master gardener gardens in the Lake Elmo area!  Learn about:  growing vegetables, composting, lawn care, tree pruning, prairie restoration, planting for pollinators, container gardening, etc.!  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ticket Reservations begin March 15th. $15 pre-tour price.  $20 day-of price.  For more information, visit our website:  www.mastergardenersinwashingtonco.org.

July 21, Edina
Edina Garden Council 2019 Garden Tour

The Tour is a selection of unique gardens in the southeastern quadrant of Edina. The Edina Garden Council is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the Garden Tour, this year, will be directed to the Tranquility Garden project EGC is sponsoring at Arneson Acres Park in Edina. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The tour is in the southeast quadrant of Edina, map of locations of the gardens will be given out with the ticket  Info: www.edinagardencouncil.org. Tickets will be at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event $12 in advance, $15 on day of the event.

July 24, Rochester
10thAnnual Tour With the Masters – Olmsted County Extension Master Gardener Garden Tour

The tour will be Wednesday, July 24, from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m., and features six unique gardens in southwest Rochester, in addition to the Extension Master Gardener project gardens located at the History Center of Olmsted County.  Educational displays will be featured at each of the gardens plus samples of recipes prepared from garden produce will be available for tasting at one of the gardens.  Extension Master Gardeners will be available in each of the gardens to answer questions. Cost:  For adults (age 18 and over) $8 when purchased in advance (starting July 14th at both Rochester Sargents locations) and $10 on tour day (tickets on sale at the History Center of Olmsted County and at the tour gardens). Or contact Rochester Trolley and Tour Company to tour the gardens with them! For more information on Extension's Master Gardener program, including how to become a Master Gardener volunteer, visit www.extension.umn.edu/master-gardener.

Through September 29 St. Paul
Summer Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Enjoy warm season blooming plants in shades of lavender, purple, and peach. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: voluntary donation of $3 adults/$2 children. Information: www.comozooconservatory.org/attractions/gardens/sunken-gardens/#/garden-species or 651-487-8201.

 

Contacts for Venues with Multiple Events

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Email: comomarketing@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Phone: 651-487-8200

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

Minnesota Master Naturalist
University of Minnesota Extension
Website: minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Phone: 888-241-4532

Master Gardeners in Anoka County
University of Minnesota Extension
Website: /www.anokamastergardeners.org/
Phone: 763-324-3498


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May 2 St. Louis
Herb Days Plant Sale
Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis Herb Society sponsored herb sale featuring more than 9,000 potted fresh herbs including new and hard-to-find varieties. The St. Louis Herb Society’s popular cookbook, periodicals, and herb-related products will also be available. Herb Society members will share tips on selecting, planting, growing, and using herbs. Pick up information on upcoming classes, herb-based recipes, and more. Included with Garden admission. Members only sale 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sale open to the public May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and possibly May 4 9 .m. to noon provided plants still available. Call ((314) 577-5100 for more details and visit mobot.org.

May 4, Kingsville

Fungi and Fermentation
Powell Gardens


Celebrate mushrooms and all things fermented with a daylong event featuring tastings, demonstrations and classes with topics such as growing mushrooms, composting, and making mead. Live music, food vendors, and a ticketed beer garden showcasing regional microbrewers are also part of the fun. A free make-a-mushroom hat activity is available for families during the day. Cost Adults $10, Senior $8, Children (5-12) $4, Children 4 years old & under are free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit powellgardens.org or call (816) 697-2600 for more information.

May 4 Springfield
Succulent Centerpiece Workshop

Create a living arrangement with a candle using succulent plants, moss and pods for Mother’s Day. For ages 12 years and up. Registration required. 10 a.m. to noon. Cost $30 per arrangement. Call (417) 89-1515 for further details and visit www.parkboard.org/281/News-Events.


May 4 Kingsville

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks
Powell Gardens


Explore the beauty of nature through the larger-than-life LEGO® brick sculptures designed by artist Sean Kenney through July 21. Encounter a variety of variety of creatures including a gigantic garden spider, a proud peacock and a huge hummingbird sipping nectar from a flower. Cost $10 adult, $4 children 5-12 and free for children 4 years old and under.  Seniors $8. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Visit powellgardens.org or call (816) 697-2600 for further details.

May 6 St. Louis
Designing for Biodiversity
Missouri Botanical Garden

Create a habitat for wonderful song birds and nectar-loving butterflies to share with your children or grandchildren. Learn how to grow plants both native and non-native that are beneficial for wildlife in both shady and sunny locations. Designed for adults only. Pre-registration ends at 3 p.m. May 6. Cost $28 members; $34 non-members. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Further details can be found at mobot.org and by calling (314) 577-5100.

May 7 St. Louis
Container Gardening for Beginners
Missouri Botanical Garden

Grab your mom, friend, or just yourself and spend a relaxing evening exploring how to create a container garden just in time for Mother’s Day. Pre-registration ends at 4 p.m. April 26. Cost $58 members; $69 non-members. Visit mobot.org for more information and call (314) 577-5100.

May 7 Kansas City
Insects in the Garden
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Ginger Miller, Conservation Education Consultant, Missouri Department of Conservation will use the Discovery Center’s grounds to help you learn some of the common and uncommon insects found in gardens in Kansas City. Pre-registration by 5 p.m. May 5. Free. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call (816)  759-7300 and visit mdc.mo.gov/events for further details.

May 9 St. Louis
Gardening for Hummingbirds
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn how to create the ideal hummingbird habitat in your own yard. Walk to the Missouri Botanical Garden bird garden and take home a hummingbird-attracting plant to get you started. Designed for adults only. Cost $33 members; $39 non-members. Pre-registration ends at noon May 9. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call (314) 577-5100 and visit mobot.org for further details.

May 11 Gray Summit
Shaw Wildflower Market
Shaw Nature Preserve

Choose from the widest selection of native plants available in the metro St. Louis area. Browse hundreds of varieties of annual and perennial wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs to use in home landscaping and to attract wildlife, along with both showy and hardy plants for sun or shade. Beer, wine, cheese, meats and more will also be available for purchase. Free for garden members: nonmembers $5 adults and $3 seniors. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (314) 577-9555 and visit mobot.org for further information.

May 11, Kingsville

Backyard Bugging
Powell Gardens

Dig in dirt, sift through pond sludge, and chase down aerial insects in search of some of the most unique invertebrates found in Missouri. Meet with Missouri Master Naturalists enjoy Free hands-on activities for kids and watch a LEGO® Master Builder construct a larger-than-life insect. Don’t miss Stone Lion Puppet Theatre perform their “backyard buggin” show. Adults $10, Senior $8, Children (5-12) $4, Children 4 years old and under are free. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit powellgardens.org or call 816.697.2600 for more information.

May 11 Ferguson
Introduction to Permaculture
EarthDance Organic Farm School

Basic information about a wide range of techniques, including composting, vermiculture, rainwater catchment, berms and swales, sheet mulching, permanent raised beds for perennials, fruits and veggies, annuals, medicinal and culinary herbs, food forests, pollinator gardens, backyard chickens, and seed saving. Designed for adults only. Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. May 2. Cost $21 members; $25 for non-members. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit mobot.org and call (314) 577-5100.

May 12, Kingsville

Get to Know Local Caterpillars
Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House

This class will help you learn to recognize some of the most common caterpillars found in home gardens. We will focus on butterfly caterpillars but will also mention some moths that are commonly seen. You will learn host plants that can be added to your garden to specifically attract these caterpillars, and we will cover references that can be used to continue learning. We will conclude with a short walk to look at host plants in our garden. Designed for adults only. Cost $21 garden members; $25 adults. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Further details at mobot.org and by calling (314) 577-0888.

May 18 St. Louis
West County Daylily Plant Sale
Missouri Botanical Garden

New cultivars and old favorites are shown and sold by the area’s top growers, who are on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. Cost garden admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (314) 577-5100 for more details and visit mobot.org.

May 18 St. Louis
Stump-tastic
Missouri Botanical Garden

Nathan Urben will give a brief history of stumpery gardens and then walk through the design process for the Garden's Stumpery. Plant selection, stumpery design, and other important details will be discussed to help students start their own. The class will conclude with a short walking tour of the Garden's Stumpery. Designed for adults only. Pre-registration ends at 3 p.m. May 17. Cost $28 members; $34 non-members. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Further details by calling (314) 577-5100 and visiting mobot.org.

May 19, Blue Springs
Ask Why Before you Buy
Powell Gardens


Horticulture specialists from Powell Gardens and Colonial Gardens will be available to help you consider the right plant for the right space in your garden. Cost Adults $10, Senior $8, Children (5-12) $4, Children 4 years old and under are free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit powellgardens.org and call (816) 697-2600 for more information.

May 25 St. Louis
Webster Groves Herb Society Display
Missouri Botanical Garden

Webster Groves Herb Society presents an educational display on herbs. Cost included with garden admission. 10 a.m. to noon. Visit mobot.org for more information and call (314) 577-5100.

May 25 Kingsville 

Dog’s Day Out
Powell Gardens

Grab your furry friend and head out to the Gardens for a romp through shaded paths or a hike through the Byron Shutz Nature Trail. Current vaccinations and leashes are required. Cost Adults $10, Senior $8, Children (5-12) $4; Children 4 years old and under are free. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Visit powellgardens.org and call (816) 697-2600 for further details.

May 25 St. Louis
Rose Show and Sale
Missouri Botanical Garden

Meet members of Rose Society of Greater St. Louis, see new cultivars and see old favorites on display and for sale. Cost garden admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 25 and May 26. Visit mobot.org for more information and call (314) 577-5100.

May 31 Kingsville
Watercolor Works
Powell Gardens

Peruse the beautiful works of artists Barbara Neth and Elli Behrman in the Visitor Center. Cost Adults $10, Senior $8, Children (5-12) $4, Children 4 years old and under are free. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit powellgardens.org and call (816) 697-2600 for more details.

June 8 St. Louis
Carniverous Plant Society Show and Sale
Missouri Botanical Garden

Visit with Carniverous Plant Society members and see a variety of plants on display and for sale. Cost included with garden admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mobot.org will have more information and call (314) 577-5100.

June 13 Gray Summit
Gardening with Native Ground Covers
Shaw Nature Preserve

Many non-native evergreen groundcovers have become invasive species including English ivy, winter creeper, and periwinkle. Many alternative native groundcovers exist and are useful for reducing maintenance. Come explore the Whitmire Wildflower Garden in search of the ideal groundcover for your garden. Designed for adults only. Pre-registration ends at 9 a.m. June 10. Cost $14 for members; $17 for non-members. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call (314) 577-9555 and visit mobot.org for further details.

June 20 St. Louis
Fall in Love with Roses Again
Missouri Botanical Garden

Join Marissa Sedmak, the Garden's rosarian, as she shares her plans for the rose gardens and how she cares for them as sustainably and with as little work as possible. This class will start inside, then venture outdoors to the rose gardens. Designed for adults only. Pre-registration ends at 3 p.m. June 20. Cost $28 members; $34 for non-members. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For further details, visit mobot.org and call (314)577-5100.

June 21 St. Louis
Metropolitan St. Louis African Violet Council Show and Sale
Missouri Botanical Garden

New cultivars and old favorites are shown by the area’s top growers who are on hand to answer your questions and give plant advice. Cost with garden admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m June 21 through June 23. Find further details at mobot.org and by calling (314) 577-5100.

June 22 St. Louis
Webster Groves Herb Society
Missouri Botanical Garden

Meet members of the Webster Groves Herb Society at Missouri Botanical Garden for a complementary exhibit including recipes, tasty treats, tips and tricks for summer cooking with herbs. Cost included with garden admission. 10 a.m. to noon. Check mobot.org for more information and call (314) 577-5100 with your questions.

June 22 St. Louis
19th Annual St Louis Water Garden Society Pond-O-Rama Tour

The 2019 tour will feature 20 private gardens owned and maintained by Society members. Tickets covering both days of the tour are $15 each and are available early May at retail shops and garden centers throughout the metropolitan area. Everyone on the tour over age 18 requires a separate ticket. The gardens are located throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, including in Illinois. This self-guided tour is arranged each day by geographic location. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. This event provides funds for the St Louis Water Garden Society to continue their civic project to plant and maintain the reflecting pools at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. The tour ticket booklet gives location addresses, descriptions and driving directions. For more information, call (314) 995-2988. Tickets are available by mail order from the Society’s website in early May, www.slwgs.org.

June 29 St. Louis
Seeds to Stems – Making More Plants
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn the science and skill behind seed and vegetative propagation. Using the techniques covered in the lecture, practice vegetative propagation with a variety of plants from the Garden's own greenhouses. Designed for adults only. Pre-registration ends at 3 p.m. June 28. Cost $33 members; $40 for non-members. 10 a.m. to noon. Visit mobot.org and call (314) 577-5100 for more information.

June 30, Jefferson City
Bittersweet Garden Club 20th Annual Garden Tour
Tour FIVE beautifully landscaped gardens in the Jefferson City area. Discover fresh ideas to enhance your own garden Help fund scholarships for local students. Cost is $10 in Advance, $12 at the Garden, 12 and Under Free. 12:30 p.m.- 4:00p.m. Rain or Shine. For more details, call (573)694-0660 or visit BittersweetGardenClub.com.

 


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May 6, Meridian
Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Farmer's Market on Front Street
From 7:00a.m. - Sold out. All plants grown by members of the EMMG club and sold at affordable prices. Income promotes horticulture student school costs. Free Parking. Phone MSU Extension Service 601-482-9764 for information.

May 18, Madison
Cut Flower Growers Training
Old Trace Park Lodge, 164 Trace Cove Drive

Come for a full day of professional speakers, including GardenMama Nellie Neal. Workshop fee $75, includes picnic lunch and flowering plants to take home! Contact Donna Yowell to register by credit card or check: 601-672-0755, or email dyowell@aol.com.

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May 4-5, Westerville
Inniswood Spring Plant Sale 2019
Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road
Saturday, 9a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. -3p.m. Purchase plants for your garden. A broad selection of perennials, select annuals, and herbs for sale. Sponsored by the Inniswood Volunteers, Inc. and the Herb Society of America, Central Ohio Unit. For more information, visit www.metroparks.net or www.Inniswood.org.

May 17-19, Kent
Garden Tours

The Wolcott Lilac Gardens will be open this year for garden tours. Hours are: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Dogs are allowed on leaches and parking is at Christ Episcopal Church 118 S. Mantua Rd. Garden entrance is at back of parking lot. $3 donation for admission.

May 30, Medina
Northeast Ohio Pond School
Medina County Park District's Wolf Creek Environmental Center
The 5th annual Pond School will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $25.00 per household and includes take home resources for guests. Deadline to register is MAY 27, 2019. For the first time, registrants can register online with a credit card or send in a form and payment by mail. Visit go.osu.edu/pond for more information. New this year are expanded aquatic talks, which will include “Wet and Extreme! Weather and Climate Impacts on Water, Wetlands and Ohio” from OSU Climatologist Aaron Wilson, and “Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels”, a talk on strategies for slowing water runoff into ponds and waterways from the Soil and Water Conservation District. Sessions to choose from include a mix of lecture, hands-on, and outdoor talks covering fish management, algae and weeds, nuisance wildlife issues, and more. If you don't see the session that sounds just right, experts will be available to answer questions and discuss your pond situation. Thinking about constructing a new pond on your property? We'll have advice on that also, from zoning rules to using the right soil for the job. Contact Ashley Kulhanek, OSU Extension, Medina County at 330-725-4911, Ext. 106 for more information. Register at go.osu.edu/pond.

 

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May 4, Owasso
15th Annual Spring Garden Festival
Tyann Plaza, 9541 N. Owasso Expressway

May is for gardening! With the weather warming up our thoughts turn to the outside of our homes. So  join us to celebrate the gardening season at the Owasso Bouquet of Gardeners’ 2019 Spring Festival. You will love all the beautiful and practical gardening items you will find at our Spring Festival. In addition to plants and garden art, you will find jewelry and other gift items. Come hungry and try some of the Amish baked goods.  While you shop:
• Enjoy entertainment from local organizations.
• Enter to win prize giveaways; or buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win larger prizes, like a grill or gift baskets from local merchants.
• Talk with a Master Gardener about your gardening questions.
Proceeds from the Festival provide a $1,000 college scholarship to an Owasso senior. The proceeds also enable the club to provide many beautification projects throughout the city. We maintain the gardens at the Owasso Public Library and the following are pictures of some of our other projects. 

 

RECURRING EVENTS

Myriad Botanical Gardens
oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com
405-445-7080

Reading Wednesdays
The Garden Classroom
Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.

Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We will begin with an interactive song and children will enjoy creating a small craft after the story. Join us the last Wednesday of the month for reading and craft time with the Downtown Library. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at 405-835-6789.

Gardens Guided Walking Tour
Garden Grounds

Expand your knowledge of Oklahoma plants and find inspiration for your own garden with our educational walking tours from 10-11 a.m. Each month will feature different plants from our outdoor collection that make great choices for our region – from year-round color to drought-tolerant choices and more. Self-guided plant tour handouts are available in our north lobby. 

 

 

Tulsa Botanic Garden
tulsabotanic.org
918-289-0330

Tulip Tours
The Garden
Every Thursday

Join us for a walk in the garden to see what spring bulbs are blooming and learn more about what goes into one of the largest bulb displays in our region. We will have a cash bar so you can sip and stroll. 6-7 p.m. Admission is free for garden members, $8 for ages 13+, $4 for ages 3-12, and children under 2 are no charge.

Bands & Blooms
The Garden
Every Thursday!

Experience the vibrant colors and intoxicating fragrances as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses bloom. Each week will feature different local artists playing music among the flowers and food trucks will have tasty dinner options. Food and cash bar with beer and wine available at 5 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m. 

 

 

Oklahoma Gardeners Association Monthly Meetings
Will Rogers Gardeners auditorium
3400 NW 36th Street, Oklahoma City

Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month (exception May 8 and no meeting in July) which is open to the public. These meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. Nationally known speakers and other speakers of interest give presentations at these meetings.

May 8, 9:30a.m. - Adam Sarmiento will speak on Water-saving Landscapes, Will Rogers Gardens auditorium, 3400 NW 36th Street, OKC

June 5, 9:30a.m. - Andrine Suffran, OSU entomologist, will bring her BUG show to the Oklahoma Gardeners Association meeting, Will Rogers Gardens auditorium, 3400 NW 36th Street, OKC

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May 2 Montrose
What Kind of Butterfly is that?
Montrose Area Adult School

Learn how to identify our most common types of butterflies and how to attract them to your garden using ornamental plants, herbs, trees, and shrubs. 6 p.m. Cost is $5. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

May 3 Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This reading session with a local librarian is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 3 and 4 Greensburg
Annual May Mart
Greensburg Garden Center

This sale offers annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs, as well as more than 20 vendors featuring handcrafted items. From 12 noon to 7 p.m. on May 3, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4. Free parking and admission. Call 724-837-0245 or visit greensburggardencenter.net.

May 3, 4, and 5 Devon
Annual Plant Sale
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

The Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society (ARS) offers plants ideally suited for gardens in our growing zones, including rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants not readily available elsewhere. Thousands of native perennials, wildflowers, ferns, and slow-growing conifers, as well as donated plants from ARS members’ gardens are for sale. Experts are on hand to answer gardening questions. Jenkins members may pick up their complimentary thank-you plants during the sale. Tickets are required for the opening night party and preview sale on May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. and may be purchased at valleyforgears.org. The sale on May 4 and 5 is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 5.  Visit jenkinsarboretum.org.

May 4 Lancaster
Lancaster County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Farm and Home Center

Features native plants, plants for shade and pollinators, perennials, and annuals chosen especially for the Susquehanna Valley climate. From 8 a.m. until sold out. Visit extension.psu.edu/master-gardener-plant-sale.

May 4 Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join an experienced guide on a tour highlighting the dogwood species in its many shapes and forms, and the artistry of tree barks. 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 4 Wayne
Friday and Saturday Extended Hours
Chanticleer

Chanticleer remains open on Friday nights until 8 p.m. through Labor Day. Also, the garden opens at 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month (May 4 and June 1), providing a good opportunity for photographers. Regular admission applies ($10 per person, children under 13 free). Call 610-687-4163 or visit chanticleergarden.org.

May 4 and 5 Franklin
19th May Garden Mart
West Park

Offering plants, garden décor, and garden-related handmade crafts. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 5. Free. Visit franklingardeners.org or call 814-432-2054.

May 5 Philadelphia
Irish Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Enjoy performances of traditional Irish music at various locations throughout the garden. Meet historians and brothers William E. and J. Francis Watson and learn about the infamous Duffy’s Cut tragedy. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 9 through September 29 Kennett Square
Festival of Fountains
Longwood Gardens

The main fountain gardens offer daily performances and extended hours for illuminated performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. In addition, a fireworks show is held on May 26. A number of new shows highlight various musical genres. Guests can also enjoy the open air theatre fountains, which perform daily, as well as the Italian water garden. Prices, hours, and other details are available by calling 610-388-1000 or visiting longwoodgardens.org.

May 10 Hershey
National Public Gardens Day
Hershey Gardens

Guests receive half-off admission when they present a voucher that they may download at HersheyGardens.org beginning May 6. The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit hersheygardens.org.

May 10 and 11 Lancaster
Herb & Garden Faire
Landis Valley Museum

More than 80 vendors of plants, herbal skin care products, garden art, and jewelry are spread out over the historic village area of the site. Grab a bite from food vendors or tour gardens run by the museum’s heirloom seed project. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for ages 6 to 11, and free for children age 5 and under. Visit landisvalleymuseum.org.

May 10 and 11 Montrose
Susquehanna County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale & Festival
Penn State Extension Office

Over 80 varieties of perennials and a huge selection of vegetables, herbs, and annuals are offered. Also includes vendors, food, and garden tours. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 10, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11. Call 570-666-9003 or email susquehannamg@psu.edu.

May 10 and 11 Philadelphia
Plant Sale
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Bring your membership card, wallet, and wagon for the best selection of unusual and hard-to-find plants as well as countless gardening staples. All members save 10% on their entire purchase. The Friday members-only sale is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Saturday public sale is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 11 Devon
Pizza in a Pot
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

Presented by Helen Standen, greenhouse & nursery manager, this class is for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Participants create a vegetable container garden featuring tomatoes, peppers, and herbs that can be used to make a nutritious and delicious pizza by August. Anyone wishing to make a salsa container instead may plant cilantro and hot peppers. An adult must accompany each participant. From 2 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5 per child for members, $10 per child for non-members. No charge for accompanying adults. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by visiting jenkinsarboretum.org.

May 11 Erie
14th Annual Plant Sale, Penn State Master Gardeners of Erie County
Penn State Behrend Campus, Wilson Picnic Grove

Offers herbs and vegetable seedlings, including dozens of heirloom varieties, plus perennials, native plants, shrubs, small trees, grasses, and annual bedding plants. Master Gardeners are available to answer questions and help you make plant selections. From 9 a.m. to 12 noon, rain or shine. Free and open to the public. Contact Maureen Beck 814-825-0900, extension 3.

May 11 Greensburg
Westmoreland County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Donohoe Center

Features sun and shade perennials, perennial plants of the year, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and milkweeds, as well as hanging baskets and some trees and shrubs. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 724-837-1402.

May 11 York
MAEscapes Native Plant Sale: Watch Your Garden Come Alive
York County Extension Office

Shop a variety of vendors for hard-to-find native plants to make your yard more wildlife friendly. Attend seminars, take a garden tour, and talk to experts to get ideas and answers to your gardening questions. Children’s activities included. From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 717-840-7408 or visit facebook.com/yorkcountymastergardeners.

May 11 and 25 Philadelphia
More Hidden Gems Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join knowledgeable guides for a new walking tour highlighting garden features not often discovered on an average visit. 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 16, 23, and 30 Montrose
Fantastic Flora and Fauna
Various public natural areas in Susquehanna County

Classes focus on recognizing by sight, song, and habitat the most common bird species and studying the forest floor to learn about wildflowers. From 9 a.m. to 12 noon. $15. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

May 18 Chambersburg
Franklin County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Ag Heritage Center

Features more than 2,000 locally grown perennials, as well as vegetable, herb, and annual flower transplants. Master Gardeners are available to help you make selections. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lines form early; bring wagons, carts, or boxes to transport your purchases. Download a catalog at mgfranklincopa.weebly.com. Call 717-263-9226 or visit facebook.com/Franklin-County-PA-Master-Gardeners-120626837989513.

May 18 Montrose
Build Your Own Native Bee Hotel
Susquehanna County Conservation District

Invite some backyard buddies to pollinate your garden by making a native bee hotel that can house a variety of native bees. 10 a.m. Cost is $5. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

May 19 Devon
Delaware Valley Iris Society Flower Show
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

This show features both stalks of colorful irises and flower arrangements containing irises. All types of irises are present, but the majority are tall bearded irises. Anyone may exhibit irises at the show; you need not be a member of the Delaware Valley Iris Society or Jenkins, there is no entry fee, and pre-registration is not required. Exhibitors must arrive at 8 a.m. with their irises. The show is open to the public from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Photography is encouraged, and knowledgeable members are on hand to answer iris questions. Free of charge. All are welcome. Visit jenkinsarboretum.org.

May 19 Philadelphia
Springfield Mills Opening Day
Bloomfield Farm

Come explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Bring a picnic and relax on the lawn while enjoying live music. From 1 to 4 p.m. Included with garden admission. Mill-only admission is $5 for ages 3 and up. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 21 Berwick
Raised Bed and Container Gardening
McBride Memorial Library

Presented by Penn State Extension Master Gardener Paula Ream from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Email ColumbiaMG@psu.edu or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.

May 22 Pittsburgh
Cool Tools and Accessories for the Gardener
North Park Demonstration Garden

This hands-on demonstration provided by Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County shows what to look for when evaluating the quality and design of a selection of garden tools and accessories. From 6 to 7 p.m. In case of rain, the class will be held across the street from the demonstration garden in the Sesqui shelter. Free of charge. Call Ellen at 412-482-3469.

May 25 Philadelphia
Garden Rail Season Opening
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The garden railway display is a miniature world with a quarter-mile track running through it featuring loops and tunnels, bridges, and trestles. All of the small-scale buildings are created entirely of natural materials. The trains are open daily through Labor Day and then on weekends only through October 14. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

June 1 Catawissa
Kids Garden Workshop: How to Plant a Salsa Garden
Rohrbach’s Farm and Gift Shop

Memie Christie, nutritional advisor from Penn State Extension leads this this hands-on workshop where kids plant a vegetable to take home. Learn about keeping soil healthy plus planting and caring for a diversified garden. From 1 to 3 p.m. Free, all ages welcome. Call 570-356-7654.

June 1 Kennett Square
Wine & Jazz Festival
Longwood Gardens

Features live jazz music and wines from around the region and world. Tickets required. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org.

June 1 Philadelphia
Small Trees for Small Spaces
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Learn about some of the arboretum’s smaller specimen trees that make a big impact. Ranging in height from 15 to 30 feet, these trees have many special features such as spectacular bark, interesting forms, and great flower and leaf color. 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

June 1 Springfield
Home Gardeners’ School
Smedley Park

This all-day program features lectures, hands-on workshops, a marketplace, and a plant sale. 9 a.m. Call 610-690-2655, email lrb16@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.

June 4 Greensburg
Opening of Lefevre Butterfly Garden
Greensburg Garden Center

Come visit the butterfly garden throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call the office to arrange group visits, 724-837-0245.

June 7 Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This reading session with a local librarian is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

June 8 Montrose
Growing Blueberries at Home
Susquehanna County Extension Office

Get tips and pointers on how to successfully grow your own blueberries at home. 10 a.m. Cost is $5. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

June 8 Montrose
Living on the Land: A Self-Sufficient Lifestyle
Forest Lake Fire Hall

Provides an introductory overview of what you need (space, equipment, tools, and skills) to help lead a more independent life and live gently on the land. 2 p.m. Cost is $10. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

June 8 Springfield
Bluebirds and Build a Bluebird House
Smedley Park

Ken Leister shares information about bluebirds—courtship, nest building, egg laying, hatching, and feeding—then participants build their own bluebird house to take home. Bring a portable drill with a Phillips head screwdriver. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $20. From 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Call 610-690-2655, email lrb16@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.

June 15 Montrose
Hand-Crafted Herbal Oils and Artisanal Butters
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Learn to make oils and butters in your own kitchen using fresh or dried herbs. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $7 for each sample plus a $5 material fee. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

June 18 Berwick
Pruning Conifers
McBride Memorial Library

Presented by Penn State Extension Master Gardener Joe Mullen from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Email ColumbiaMG@psu.edu or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.

June 25 Pittsburgh
Developing and Maintaining a Pittsburgh Garden
South Park Brightstar Shelter

Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County present a talk that is based on their experiences at the South Park demonstration garden. Formerly a field of weeds, the garden now comprises over a dozen beds that reflect the mission of Penn State Master Gardeners. 6 p.m. Free of charge. Visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/Allegheny.

June 26 Pittsburgh
Culinary Herb Gardening: Growing and Using
North Park Demonstration Garden

This hands-on demonstration provided by Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County highlights useful plants for cooking, fragrance, and more. Herbs are low maintenance, relatively disease free, and the deer don’t like them. From 6 to 7 p.m. In case of rain, the class will be held across the street from the demonstration garden in the Sesqui Shelter. Free of charge. Call Ellen at 412-482-3469.

June 29 Dallas
Back Mountain Garden Tour
Back Mountain of Luzerne County

Hosted by The Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club, this tour includes six private gardens and the new Mile Seven of the Back Mountain Trail. All proceeds benefit the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, which develops and maintains the Back Mountain Trail. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 if purchased on or before June 22 and $25 after June 22. Contact Angela Vitkoski at avitkoski@pecpa.org or 570-718-6507, or vsit backmountainbloomers.org.


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May 18, Oak Ridge
Third Saturday Hike
UT Arboretum

After a long winter, the weather is now warmer so this is a great time to spend outdoors. Learn about the UT Arboretum’s trails on this short trail hike (1 to 1.5 hours). Our May hike is one of the official hikes of the 2019 Covenant Health Dogwood Arts Patch Program www.covenanthealth.com/dogwoodpatch . On the May hike, a route will be chosen going south into the forest looking for wildflowers such as mayapples that are beginning to bloom. This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. No registration is required. To learn more about this hike or the UT Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org. For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277.

June 28, Murfreesboro
Rachel Jackson Garden Club members present "A Summer Dance"
St. Clair Senior Center, 325 Saint Clair Street
This is an NGC Design Specialty Flower Show free and open to the public. Show viewing hours are 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

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May 3 Richmond
Annual Beer & Wine Classic
Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn

Beer and wine lovers are invited to Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn for the annual Beer & Wine Classic, presented by the Dooley Noted Society. From 6-10 p.m., guests will sip beverages from Virginia’s finest local breweries, cideries and wineries while enjoying delicious food, live music, lawn games and a prop-filled photo booth. Tickets are $40 ($30 members; $15 for designated drivers). Proceeds benefit Maymont. Participants must be 21 years or older. For information and tickets, call 804-358-7166, ext. 330, or purchase online at maymont.org/beer-wine.

May 3-4 Richmond
Spring PlantFest
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The Garden’s plant sale is among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by garden volunteers. All proceeds benefit the Garden’s educational mission. Thursday/Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular garden admission. For more information, visit lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.

May 4 Alexandria
Ribbon Roses Workshop
Green Spring Gardens

10am-noon. (Adults) Roses made of ribbons make beautiful and enduring gifts. Hear snippets of ribbon history while crafting your own ribbon rose. Then incorporate it into a gift for Mother’s Day, or just for yourself! Supplies included and refreshments served. Class meets at the Historic House. $28/person. Register online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code AC9.3578 or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

May 4 Duffield
8th Annual Plant Sale
Natural Tunnel State Park

Kick off your gardening season at the plant sale. The Scott County Master Gardeners will help you with gardening tips and selecting plants. Choose from a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Plants have been grown in a greenhouse all winter long by the Master Gardeners. Find your Mother's Day gift right here. Time is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Visitors Center location. For more information, call 276-940-2674, email naturaltunnel@dcr.virginia.gov or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.

May 4 Charlottesville
Spring Plant Sale with Gardeners Help Desk
Tent at Stonefield

The Piedmont Master Gardeners and the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will host their annual plant sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine and includes annuals, perennials, pollinators, herbs, veggies, shrubs, native plant selections, houseplants and trees. There will be a help desk for your gardening questions, a tool and knife sharpener and a green elephant sale. Save the date for this great gardening event. For additional information, visit piedmontmastergardeners.org/ or call 434-242-3497.

May 4 Lynchburg
19th Annual Festival of Gardening
Riverside Park

Hill City Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free seminars and demonstrations will be available. Festival features great plants for sale from annuals, vegetables (including heirlooms), herbs and tropical plants to an array of unusual cultivars. Visit hcmga.com or call 434-455-3740 for additional information.  

May 10 Alexanria
Garden Talk-Purple Plants to Punch up the Garden
Green Spring Gardens

1:30-2:30pm. (Adults) Punch up your garden with purple.  Whether you have a warm or cool color garden, purple makes a great accent.  Extension Master Gardeners show you how to incorporate this color into your garden all year ‘round with flowers, foliage, and fruits. $10/person. Register online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code 9E2.831B or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

May 11 Alexandria
Paint-A-Pot Workshop
Green Spring Gardens

10-11:30am. (16-Adult) Bring your mom or a friend and get crafty! We will put out some fun, flavored teas for you to sip while you decorate a clay flower pot with paint and decoupage. Green Spring staff will provide the supplies and know-how, you provide the creativity. Take your creation home to enjoy inside, on the patio, or gift it to your mom for Mother's Day. $38/person. Register online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code 624.F509 or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

May 11 Charlottesville
Piedmont Master Gardeners Through the Garden Gate
Through the Garden Gate, the 18th annual series of visits to local gardens in and around the Charlottesville area continues with a visit to Waterperry Farm, 4284 Ballard’s Mill Road in Free Union hosted by the Piedmont Master Gardeners and the Thomas Jefferson Garden Club. The garden which has been developed over 28 years features a rose garden, a meandering shade walk, crabapples and yews and a recently installed fountain. In addition, there is a reflecting pool a formal cutting garden and a greenhouse, as well as a stream-fed bog, a large pond and a waterfall. Admission is $5.00 For more details, visit piemdontmastergardenrs.org/events or call 434-472-4581.

May 11 Williamsburg
"PLANTS with a PURPOSE" Plant Sale
Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Located within Freedom Park at 5537 Centerville Road
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plant sale will focus on gardening for the benefit of pollinators with native plants and more. Get answers to your gardening questions at VCE Master Gardeners Mobile Help Desk at the sale. Proceeds benefit the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Request our eNews at www.bit.ly/wbgnews or by texting WBGARDEN to 22828.

May 11 Virginia Beach
Master Gardener Rain Barrel Workshops
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market

Join the VBMG Water Stewards to construct a 55-gallon sealed rain barrel.  Each barrel is $50, and includes a free diverter kit for installation on an existing down spout.  Family friendly!  Registration Required.  Our 2019 workshops will be held on March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, Sept. 14, and Oct. 12 (Second Saturdays, March - October), 9-10:00 am. Register at www.vbmg.org.  

May 11 Virginia Beach
Night Eyes-Owl Prowl
False Cape State Park

Experience the night. Journey through scenic Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to the heart of False Cape State Park to learn about Virginia owl species, their habits and characteristics. Become familiar with the different calls and practice hooting with the owls. Then take a night hike with a park ranger to get an up close look at the owls of False Cape. Reservations are required. Cost is $10 per person. Event time is 8-10 p.m. Meet at Back Bay Wildlife Refuge for transport into False Cape. For more information call the park at 757-426-7128 or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/false-cape.

May 11-12 Boyce
30th Annual Garden Fair
Blandy Experimental Farm

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the State Aboretum of Virginia. This event, sponsored by the Foundation, features native plants, small trees, garden art and fine items for the home and garden for sale. Free kid activities are offered. Time is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. All proceeds benefit the Foundation. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758.

May 11-12 Richmond
Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration (including National Public Gardens Day on 10 May) is a three-day event with many opportunities to honor and spend time with Mom and loved ones. Enjoy the popular butterflies LIVE! exhibit, live music, Children’s Garden activities, shopping, dining and more. Regular garden admission applies. For event times, visit lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.

May 12 Mouth of Wilson
Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk
Grayson Highlands State Park

Share the forest's first flowers with your mother or grandmother. Celebrate this Mother's Day with a walk on Twin Pinnacles Trail featuring an Alpine forest and 360 degree views and many beautiful spring wildflowers. The trail is a 1.6 mile loop and is moderately difficult with a short flight of steep rock stairs at two locations. We will be taking our time and stopping frequently to identify flowers along the way. Check the weather forecast before preparing for this event. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Event time is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information call the park at 276-579-7092 or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/grayson-highlands.

May 13-19 Alexandria
National Public Gardens Week
Green Spring Gardens

Stop in as we celebrate National Public Gardens Week with tours, displays, programs and our annual Spring Garden Day plant sale (Saturday) highlighting some of the interesting and exciting plant and history projects that we have for you to enjoy. For additional information, go to fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring/events or call 703-642-5173.

May 18 Front Royal
33rd Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival
Main and Chester Streets

Enjoy wine tastings from over 20 of Virginia’s best wineries. Over 100 artisans and crafters from the East Coast display fine handmade jewelry, candles, pottery, art, wood and iron works. There will be regional foods available, including the best BBQ in the Shenandoah Valley, or step inside one of the many restaurants located at the event site. Children enjoy rides, games and face painting. Live entertainment will please everyone. Time is 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the gate for those who wish to sample the wine. Free parking. Visit wineandcraftfestival.com for additional information.

May 18 Alexandria
Spring Garden Day – THE BIG PLANT SALE
Green Spring Gardens

9am-3pm. Don’t miss this exciting annual tradition. More than 40 local garden vendors descend on Green Spring Gardens with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs. Growers and Master Gardeners are on hand to help with plant selections and gardening advice. Proceeds help to support the gardens. FROGS members receive 10% off plants in the Garden Gate Plant Shop.

May 18 Bentonville
National Kids to Park Day
Shenandoah River State Park

Join us for a day of fun outdoor activities geared toward helping kids enjoy the natural world. Self-guided programs like Nature Packs and Adventure Guides are offered all day. Event time is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Stop by Shelter 1 at 1 p.m. for fun kid activities including games and crafts. For more information, call the park at 540-622-6840 or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/shenandoah-river.

May 26 Lynchburg
Decoration Day
Old City Cemetery

Bring cut flowers from home to lay on veterans graves in commemoration of Memorial Day, a local tradition since 1866. This event, sponsored by the Southern Memorial Association, will be held from 3-4 p.m. The peak rose season is the last two weeks of May. Antique roses are the soul of the Grave Garden. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit gravegarden.org.

June 1 Middletown
Gardenfest
Belle Grove Plantation

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners will host Gardenfest, an extensive plant sale of MG home grown plants as well as a full array of gardening vendors. Native plants, pollinator plants, shrubs, trees, herbs and vegetables will be featured as well as delightful children’s activities and free garden workshops and bird house decorating contest. The 4-H will have food for sale; other wonderful treats will be available. The event opens at 8 a.m. Visit nsvmga.org for more information.


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May 11, West Bend
33rd Annual Wildflower and Perennial Sale
Lac Lawrann Conservancy
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Huge selection of Wisconsin native plants for wetland, woodland and prairie gardens as well as garden perennials and herbs. Handmade trellis’ and garden art. Volunteers take all precautions to avoid spreading Asian Jumping worms. For more information visit www.laclawrann.org.

May 17, Sturgeon Bay
Join the Door County Master Gardeners  Friday evening, May 17, 5:00 - 7:00 Pm, at The UW Peninsular Research Station 4312 HWY 42, Sturgeon Bay, for 1st Pick!, an exclusive early access event for the Door County Master Gardener’s annual Spring Plant sale and fundraiser. At 1st Pick, shop cool plants, avoid the crowds, win free stuff and help benefit a local not-for-profit. Tickets $10.00 each or 2 for $15.00. Visit dcmga.org or email karengardens@yahoo.com for additional information.

May 18, West Allis
SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardener Perennial Plant Sale
Wisconsin State Fair Exploratory Park, 640 S. 84th Street

Rain or shine. 12,000+ Wisconsin grown perennials, trees, shrubs, natives, bulbs. Plant Health Advisors and education tables available for questions. Cash or checks only

May 26, Madison
Madison Area Iris Society Show
Olbrich Gardens
This will be a judged, cut stalk show. Open for public viewing from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.

July 19-21, Madison
Madison Area Iris Society Sale
West Madison Agricultural Research Station

Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. All classifications of bearded iris plus some Siberian, Japanese and species iris grown locally by our cub members. Bare root or potted and ready to plant.

June 22, Milwaukee
South Milwaukee Historical Society Garden Tour
Visit 6 beautiful South Milwaukee gardens and peruse the Art Fair located at the South Milwaukee Historical Society (717 Milwaukee Avenue) where hand-crafted garden items created by local artisans will be for sale along with live music and foot. Also attend one of our many demonstrations throughout the day including painting, gardening, and what plants attract bees to your gardens. The first 50 people to visit the South Milwaukee Historical Society the day of the tour will receive a free goody bag. Please contact Patti Bergeson at 414-768-9549 for any questions or to purchase tickets.

August 3, Hancock
Garden Open House
Hancock Agicultural Research Station

Bring your family to the garden open house! There will be door prizes, kids activities, and gardeners available to answer questions. This event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 715-249-5961 for more information.


 

 

Contacts for Venues with Multiple Events

Boerner Botanical Gardens
boernerbotanicalgardens.org.
414-525-5653

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

Green Bay Botanical Garden
gbbg.org
920-490-9457

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
olbrich.org
608-246-4550

Monk Botanical Gardens
monkgardens.org
715-261-6309

Rotary Botanical Gardens
rotarybotanicalgardens.org
608-752-3885

 

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.