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Through December 7, Mobile
Nature and Landscape Photography
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This six-week course led by Julie Andel will cover topics such as camera settings, exposure, composition, photography tools, photographing gardens, a special module describing using smartphones or similar devices for photographing the garden, and critiques of photos. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

Through December 31, Huntsville

Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Don’t miss the holiday magic and tradition of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens Galaxy of Lights - a magnificent 2 and a half-mile long light extravaganza featuring over 170 larger-than-life animated light features. Exhibits include nursery rhymes, a holiday village, Jack Frost, a magical twinkling icicle forest, animated snowmen, a garden scene and much more! Nightly 5:30-9 p.m. Carload, $25 with a 10 person max. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



Through December 31, Theodore
Magic Christmas in Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Magic Christmas in Lights includes more than three million lights in 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre gardens estate. Guests may also enjoy hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza and nightly entertainment from local choral groups. Santa will be available nightly through December 23 for formal and informal photos. The Bellingrath Home is fully decorated for the holidays and open for nightly tours. Extended hours for Magic Christmas in Lights are 5-9 p.m. Fees: $15 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 251-459-8864, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



December



December 1-2, Mobile
Holiday Market in the Gardens
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This is a great event sponsored by the Mobile Botanical Gardens in association with the Mobile County Master Gardeners and the Coastal Alabama Botanical Artists Circle. Come shop for unique poinsettias and other seasonal plants as well as Local Products with a Tale to Tell. Local botanical artists will be selling their works ranging from original art to printed notecard sets. Master gardeners will be offering the freshest greenery and stunning centerpieces to help make your holiday decor beautiful! Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


 
December 2, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Grapevine wreaths
North Alabama Agriplex

Grapevines and greenery await to be creatively entwined into beautiful wreaths for the holidays. Make one to take home and hang on your own door! We’ll have some greenery and ribbon, but feel free to bring additional supplies. The program begins at 6 p.m. Cost $10. Registration is required – you can register at Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.



December 2, Hoover
Holiday Greenery Sale
Aldridge Gardens

Bundled greenery for all your holiday trimmings! Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.


 
December 3, Mobile
The Grumpy Gardener
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Steve Bender, editor of Southern Living, will give a presentation on his wickedly funny gardening book, The Grumpy Gardener. Copies will be for sale at our Holiday Market as well as at the event. Following his presentation, Steve will sign copies and perhaps offer more sage advice! For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.



December 7, Hoover
Gifts of Art
Aldridge Gardens

The best place in Hoover to find original, affordable, handcrafted works of art by select Alabama artists just in time for the holidays. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



December 8-January 12, Mobile
Botanical Art II – Working with Colored Pencil
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Under the direction of Derek Norman, students in this six-week course will progress through accurate observation and the fundamentals of proportional drawing technique to an understanding of working with color and colored pencil. As the class progresses, each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to apply color to hot press paper and understand the importance of structure, surface texture, and color perspective. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.



December 13, Auburn
Pruning and Tool Sharpening Workshop
The Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

Bring your favorite yard tools with you and learn when, where, why, and how you should be pruning your trees and shrubs. 9 a.m.-noon. Members, $45; non-members, $60. Spaces are limited. For more information, call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

January



January 1-February 28, Huntsville
Beaks and Barks
Huntsville Botanical Garden

For the birding enthusiasts, you’ll be able to explore the Lewis Birding Trail, included on the North Alabama Birding Trail. For the “Barks” part of Beaks & Barks, bring your favorite four-legged friend to the garden each day to stretch your legs and theirs and play some fetch in our “No Leash Zone.” For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

January 13-February 28, Huntsville
Beaks and Barks
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch in the 5-acre “no-leash” zone at the back of the garden. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the garden, a birding trail map, and photos of birds photographed in the garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

February



February, Mobile
Tomatopalooza!
Mobile Botanical Gardens

We grow thousands of heirloom and hybrid plants that have been selected for growing on the Gulf Coast. Pickup of the plants is Saturday, February 24.  For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


 
February 2-March 9, Mobile
Botanical Art III, Working with Water Colors
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Derek Norman leads this six-week course that builds on skills developed in Botanical Art I and II. This class is designed as an introduction to the botanical art of painting in watercolor using the six-color-palette. Members, $125; non-members, $150. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


 
Wednesdays, February 7-28, Theodore
Winter Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Topics include gardening, history, and the collections in the Bellingrath Home. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 251-459-8864, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



February 15, Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: Native Azalea
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Join Hayes Jackson and delve into all the native Rhododendron species of the southeastern USA and the numerous hybrids available from area nurseries. We will cover the basics and offer some methods to ensure a glorious show of blooms and healthy plants. To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766. This program is free for museums and gardens members and $5 for non-members. For additional information, email rlyons@annistonal.gov.


 
February 16-19, Huntsville
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Each year, tens of thousands of people throughout the U.S. and Canada take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) by counting birds in their community and reporting the numbers and species to GBBC. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



February 16-18, Theodore
Mobile Area Orchid Society’s
41st Orchid Show and Sale
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. Vendors will also sell orchids, supplies, and accessories. There is no admission fee to view the show, but guests are encouraged to tour the gardens and home during their visit! The Magnolia Café will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and our gift shop will feature new spring merchandise. For more information, call 251-459-8864 or visit bellingrath.org.



February 17, Jemison
Tree Fruit in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care, and maintenance of tree fruits such as apples, pears, figs, oriental persimmons, peaches, and nectarines. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Optional lunch, $12. Advanced registration and payment required. Walking tour of Petals tree fruit gardens and pruning clinic starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.



February 22, Auburn
Dead of Winter Event
Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

Break the winter blues by getting out and coming to the first ever, Dead of Winter Event, hosted by the Davis Arboretum; Auburn University Museum of Natural History; and the Vet School’s Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology.  Come tour the grounds of the Davis Arboretum, which will be adorned with varying skeletons of animals from all over the world. There will be free tours throughout the day beginning at 2 p.m. with experts on hand to answer any of your questions. Stay for an elegant fundraiser dinner with fantastic food, great music, a silent auction, and door prizes. 6:30 p.m. Tickets to this dinner are $100. Proceeds will help expand collections in each of the participating departments. For more information,
call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.


 
February 24, Jemison
Antique Roses in the Garden
Petals from the Past

Jason Powell will discuss all classes of antique and old garden roses and their care and maintenance. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Optional lunch, $12. Advanced registration and payment required. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

March



March 1, Birmingham
The 19th Annual Spencer Lecture
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Author Peter Hatch will speak about his book, A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. Reception, 6-6:30 p.m.; lecture, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.



March 3, Hoover
City of Hoover’s 20th Annual Arbor Day Celebration
Aldridge Gardens

Hosted by the Hoover Beautification Board, this event will feature a ceremonial tree planting, along with a tree giveaway, and an Arbor Day ceremony featuring area fourth-grade Arbor Day essay contest winners. 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



March 3-31, Theodore
Spring Azaleas
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Enjoy the blooms of more than 250,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65 acres of Bellingrath Gardens. For precise times of the azalea blooms, please check Azalea Watch at bellingrath.org, beginning March 1. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12, free to Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 251-459-8864 or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



March 9-May 20, Huntsville
Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Visit Huntsville Botanical Garden to see 14 new amazing sculptures made from nearly 370,000 LEGO bricks by New York artist Sean Kenney. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.



March 12-16 and March 26-30, Huntsville
Spring Break at the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Children can enjoy daily activities, such as craft time, story time, and refreshments. Programming connects nature to a range of themes including art, cuisine, and conservation. Also available is the Spring Break Camp for first to fifth graders, which provides full day activities for one day or all five. Monday through Friday each week, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Early drop-off available. Check website for camp pricing. Included with garden admission or membership. Some days may have an extra ticket fee for the activity.  For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



March 15, Anniston
Spring Garden Symposium: Mind, Body, and Garden
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Come join us for a day filled with speakers that will be addressing the home garden from a slightly different perspective. We will look at the garden as a place of healing, relaxation, and reflection. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for schedule times, speakers, and programs.  



March 15-April 30, Huntsville
Huntsville Blooms
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Dazzling daffodils, amazing azaleas, and more will be bright and beautiful all over Huntsville, but especially at the garden. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



March 15-18, Mobile
PLANTASIA! Spring Plant Sale
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Sponsored by Regions Bank, this annual plant sale features over 10,000 plants including trees, shrubs, natives, perennials, annuals, and more! Ticketed Preview Party on Thursday. The sale is open to the public with free admission Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.



March 22-25, Mobile
25th Annual Festival of Flowers
Providence Hospital Campus

For more information about the Festival of Flowers, call 251-639-2050, email info@festivalofflowers.com, or visit festivalofflowers.com.


 
March 25, Theodore
Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

There will be special hunts for different age groups, as well as plenty of prizes, candy, activities, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Join us for the fifth annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Café (reservations required in advance). To purchase tickets or for more information, call 251-459-8864 or visit bellingrath.org.



March 24, Jemison
Citrus in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care, and maintenance of citrus plants such as satsuma oranges, Meyer lemons, limes, and kumquats. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Optional lunch, $12. Advanced registration and payment required. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.



March 31, Auburn
Second Annual Azalea Festival and Spring Plant Sale
Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

Come out and enjoy all of the beauty our native azalea collection has to offer as you stroll through the grounds. The native plant sale will begin at 8 a.m. and will be the only time during the spring that we will have Auburn Series Azaleas for sale. Come check out the array of local artists and makers in the pavilion, and stay for the live music and food trucks. For more information, call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu. 

 

March 31, Jemison
Perennials for Every Spot in the Garden
Petals from the Past

Presented by Jason Powell. 10:30 a.m. Free. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


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Through Dec 31, Fayetteville

Lights of the Ozarks
Fayetteville Downtown Square

Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square with the Lighting Night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate, and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.



Through Dec 31, Hot Springs
Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

See 4.5 million brilliant bulbs transform approximately 17 acres into a memorable animated holiday display in one of Arkansas’ most anticipated events. Complimentary hot chocolate. The Chipmunk Café will be open from 3-9 p.m. each day during Holiday Lights. Note: Dogs will only be allowed in the gardens during Holiday Lights on Monday, December 4 for the Jingle Dogs Pup Parade. Only one dog per person allowed. $5 per dog. 3-5 p.m. Lights on at 5 p.m. Admission: 0-3 free; 4-12 $5; 13 and up $15; Golf cart ride $15 additional with no reservation required. For more information, visit garvangardens.org.



Through Dec 31, Pine Bluff
21st Annual Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park

The Pine Bluff Festival Association proudly announces their 21st season of the award-winning Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends. This holiday event has been recognized as the state’s largest drive-through display of holiday lights. Admission to the 1.2-mile display is free, however, donations are accepted by community volunteers at the end of the display to ensure future lighting displays are bigger and brighter. Donate $10 and you will receive an ornament (while supplies last). Just beyond the collection station is a photography stage where visitors can park and take their own pictures under a festive arch. 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit pinebluffcvb.org.



Through Dec 17, Mountain View
Caroling in the Caverns
Blanchard Springs Caverns

Marvel at the beauty of astonishing formations coupled with the sounds of caroling resounding through the caverns as musicians perform your favorite Christmas songs. Shows are every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Each show seats 100 people and they fill up quick. 6-8 p.m. Admission: $25. For more information, visit
yourplaceinthmountains.com.



Through Dec 24, Little Rock
The Gift of the Magi
Arkansas Repertory Theatre

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of a new chamber musical based upon O. Henry’s beloved holiday story. As December 25 approaches, they each lament their modest means and search for the perfect gift for their beloved spouse. For more information, visit therep.org.

 

December



December 1, Eureka Springs
Greater Eureka Springs
Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights

This unique and beautiful parade begins along Spring Street in the Historic Loop of Eureka Springs. You don’t want to miss this magical light parade! 6-8 p.m. Admission: Free. For more information, visit eurekaspringschamber.com.



December 2, Washington
31st Annual Christmas and Candlelight
Historic Washington State Park

Decorations, music, and more set the mood for your historic holiday experience. The homes of yesterday are adorned with historic period decorations of pinecones, grapevines, magnolia, and evergreens. Daylight tours are from 1-5 p.m. Candlelight tours begin at 5 p.m. when thousands of luminaries will be lit, and will continue until 8 p.m. Plan time in your schedule to visit Williams’ Tavern, offering a Christmas buffet from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. You may also choose to enjoy a horse-drawn surrey ride or shop the gift shops for that special holiday gift. Admission: $10 adults; $6 6-12. For more information, visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com.



December 16, Little Rock
Caroling in the Forest
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Kingfisher Trailhead

Meet at the Kingfisher Trail to stroll into the forest and sing your favorite Christmas carols along a paved trail. Bring a flashlight and your best singing voice. Visit with everybody afterwards as we serve hot chocolate around a campfire at the Pinnacle Pavilion. This fun family activity has quickly become a tradition! 7-9 p.m. Admission: Free. For more information, call 501-868-5806.


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Through January 7, Ashville, N.C.
Wicked Plants
The North Carolina Arboretum

Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book, Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this fun-filled, family-friendly exhibit gives visitors a safe, hands-on experience with some of the world’s most harmful plants and diabolical botanicals. Featuring more than 100 plants and thrilling two- and three-dimensional interactive activities, Wicked Plants is set inside a Victorian-era ramshackle home where visitors go room to room and learn about various poisonous plants. By incorporating history, storytelling, and science, Wicked Plants provides visitors with a treasure trove of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten. For more information, go to ncarboretum.org/event/wicked-plants-exhibit.

 

Through Dec 31, Asheville, N.C.

Winter Lights Holiday Lights Exhibit
The North Carolina Arboretum

Winter Lights is an outdoor holiday light exhibit in the arboretum’s nationally known gardens. Listen to the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider, or beer. Open nightly, 6-10 p.m. Price is $18 for adults and $12 for children 5-11 (discount for members). Tickets are not available at the door. For more information, visit ncarboretum.org/exhibits-events/winter-lights.



Through December 9, Famer, N.C.
Wreath Workshops
Toms Creek Nursery

Learn to create beautiful holiday wreaths. Pre-register before November 11 and save $5. For more information, visit tomscreeknursery.com or call 336-857-2131.



December



Dec 1-2, 7-9 & 14-17, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Nights of a Thousand Candles
Brookgreen Gardens

See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3-10 p.m. The 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every night. An outdoor glass sculpture exhibit will be on display in Anne’s Garden. Created by Conway Glass, guests will see the garden beautifully decorated with new hand-blown glass flowers and trees. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 843-235-6000 or visit brookgreen.org.



December 2, Durham, N.C.
Holiday Greenery
Duke Gardens

Make your own fragrant holiday display and bring nature indoors. Plant records manager Beth Hall and horticulturist Michelle Rawlins will create several evergreen wreaths to demonstrate techniques for turning greenery, colorful stems, berries, and pods into scented holiday displays. All plant materials and ribbon will be supplied. Please bring a pair of hand pruners and any embellishments you would like to include. Time options: Section A, 10 a.m.-noon; Section B, 2-4 p.m. Fee for gardens members is $55 per section; general public $65. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.



December 2, Lake City, S.C.
Grafting Made Easy
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Unearth the mystery of grafting with Leanne Kenealy from Hoffman’s Nursery. She will teach you her tips and tricks to successful grafting. Each attendee will get hands-on experience grafting a cypress and ginkgo that you get to take home. 9:30 a.m.-noon and fee is $20 a person. To register, contact Rebecca Turk at rturk@moorefarmsbg.org.



December 5, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
Ladies Night Out
The Garden Hut

Refreshments, fun, and door prizes. Free, registration required; 6-8 p.m. Please bring canned items to donate to the Fuquay-Varina Food Pantry. For more information, call 919-552-0590 or visit NelsaGardenHut.com.



December 8, Raleigh, N.C.
Family Art Works – Holiday Creations
JC Raulston Arboretum

Participants will take home their creations to decorate their homes. Parents are free of charge, but we ask that you stay with your child while they are creating. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and noon. All ages, cost is $10 per child for members, $15 per child for nonmembers. For more information, contact Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu or call 919-513-7011.



December 9, Lake City, S.C.
Fall Series: Terrarium Ornaments
Moore Farm Botanical Garden

Decorate for the holidays by creating small terrarium ornaments. We’ll learn about the science behind terrariums and each child will make their own terrarium ornament using natural materials to take home. 9-11:30 a.m. Fee is $5 per child. To register, email Kelli Meeker at kmeeker@moorefarmsbg.org or call 843.210.7582.



December 9, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Natural Ornaments – Family Workshop
The North Carolina Botanical Garden

Use your imagination to craft your own unique ornament with materials that nature supplies. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate to celebrate your creative work. All materials included. This program is designed for ages 5 & up with accompanying adult.  2:30-4 p.m. Adult chaperone required. Fee: $10 ($8 members); no fee for accompanying adult. For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.



December 10, Cary, N.C.
Holiday Terrarium Workshop
Garden Supply Company

Bring a container from home or purchase one at the store. We will have all the soil and building materials and our gardeners will help you make sure that you are picking the right plants for your spot. This workshop costs $25 and includes soil, building material (rocks, charcoal, etc.), and instruction. Plants and accessories are an additional cost. Be sure to register, as space is limited! For more information or to register, call 919-460-7747 or visit gardensupplyco.com.

 

2018

 

March 3rd & 4th, Fayetteville, N.C.
72nd Annual Fayetteville Camellia Show
Bordeaux Convention Center - Expo Room

The Fayetteville Camellia Club invites the public to join in the festivities at their 72nd Annual Fayetteville Camellia Show March 3rd & 4th, 2018, from 1 – 4 p.m. each day. The Show is FREE to all and everyone is invited to enter their blooms between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. March 3rd with judging to start at 10:00 a.m. There are over 30 prizes to be awarded, including novice & local categories. Assistance will be provided in identifying blooms. There will also be: Wine Tasting for the over 21 crowd with Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery, and exhibits including Ikebana design, student artwork, Camellia floral arrangements, a History of Tea section, a Japanese tea tasting station, Camellia air layering demonstrations and a Q & A educational table with speakers. For more information visit fayettevillecamelliaclub.org/Camellia-Show.html


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From the Editor: The staff at Florida Gardening would like to send our thoughts and well wishes to all residents impacted by hurricane Irma.
We insist that our readers verify all events before making arrangements to attend, but it is especially important to verify calendar listings at this time. Some of these events may have been cancelled or rescheduled due to businesses suffering property damage and/or financial hardships.

 

Mondays Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
Winter Park Rd.

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



Wednesdays and Saturdays Rockledge
Farmer’s Market
Rockledge Gardens

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



Thursdays Melbourne
Brevard County Farmers Market
Wickham Park Equestrian Center

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



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

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



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

This Saturday morning tradition started in 1997 and takes place from 8 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. Live music serenades shoppers and pets are welcome. Fresh foods, organics, ready to eat munchies and drinks, plants and related items are in one part of the market while a second area showcases crafters and artists. For more information, visit fortpiercefarmersmarket.com.



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

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



Saturdays Webster
Sumter County Farmers Market
Webster

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



Saturdays Osceola County
The Farm Market and CSA
St. Cloud

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



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

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

 

Through Jan 3, Orlando
Christmas at the Leu House
Leu Gardens

This year local interior designers will wrap and twist the historic Leu House Museum into a beautiful, vintage reflection of Christmas past. The 11-room estate will reflect each designer’s signature touch of an old fashion Christmas in keeping with the time period of the home. See classic holiday ornaments adorning the many Christmas trees throughout the house and beautiful displays for all to enjoy. Designers include Magnolias & Vine, Pottery Barn, Craft Shack, Bloomingdale’s and Pier 1 Imports. Admission to Christmas at the Leu House is included with regular garden admission: $10 adult, $5 children ages 4-17. Admission will be free on Dec. 4. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Through Dec 31, Largo
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Florida Botanical Gardens

You are invited to a wonderful, family-friendly holiday tradition. The gardens are festooned with over a million LED lights in an array of colors highlighting our plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. Included this year for the first time: a synchronized light display where lights dance to the sound of holiday music. Nightly entertainment includes visits with Santa. Refreshments available. Open nightly from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Suggested admission donation is $4 with those 12 and under admitted free. Parking is free at either 12520 Ulmerton Rd. or 12211 Walsingham Rd. Donations and sponsorships are used to fund improvements and special projects in the Gardens. For more information, call 727-582-2100 or visit www.flbg.org.



December



Dec 1, Rockledge
Card Party
Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club

The Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club is having a card party from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1493 Fiske Blvd. Lunch will be provided. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Cost is $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Cathy Thirlwell at 321-795-0635.



Dec 1, Orlando
Movies at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Experience movies outdoors in Orlando’s most beautiful garden! Leu Gardens offers an amazing and unique setting, at the floral clock on a 32-foot screen, to see a classic or current feature film, weather permitting. Moviegoers may bring dinner picnics including alcohol and seating (chairs or blanket), then sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie. Best of all, Leu Gardens opens early at 6 p.m. on all movie nights so moviegoers can stroll through the 50-acre gardens before the movie. Movie time is 7:30 p.m. Grilled items, popcorn, and drinks are available for purchase. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children K-12th grade, and free for Leu Garden members. The Gardens are located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue. Call 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org for more information and movie selections.



Dec 1, Tallahassee
28th Annual Camellia Christmas
Maclay Gardens State Park

Maclay Gardens State Park and Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc., would like to invite the public to take a stroll along the candle-lit walk and enjoy holiday music provided by local musicians. Enjoy some hot cider and cookies while waiting for Santa to arrive. This event is the perfect introduction to the season and a fun way to share the holiday spirit with friends and family. The historic Maclay House will be open and filled with lovely fresh arrangements created by local Garden Club Flower Show judges. You’ll also want to take advantage of the opportunity to bid on festive holiday wreaths and decorations for your home donated by local merchants to benefit your State Park. This event is free; however donations will be gladly accepted. For more information call 850-487-4556 or visit floridastateparks.org/park-events/Maclay-Gardens.



Dec 1-2 Tampa
Holiday Garden Fest
Tampa Garden Club

The public is invited to attend this FREE event sponsored by the Tampa Garden Club. Shoppers will find special holiday gifts to purchase from a wide array of vendors. Plants, garden supplies, handmade and creative gift items, and gourmet delicacies will be offered. The fest runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at 2629 Bayshore Blvd. Come to the event hungry because food trucks will offer delicious meals and snacks on site. For more information, visit tampagardenclub.com.



Dec 1-2, Punta Gorda
Holly Days Home Tour
Punta Gorda Historic District

The tour will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. Tour houses in the Punta Gorda Historic District and the First United Methodist Church, all decorated for Christmas. Refreshments will be served and there will be a poinsettia sale in the Fellowship Hall. There is a $15 donation requested for this event. Proceeds go to the PGGC Scholarship fund and community projects. Advance tickets are available. This holiday tradition began in 1992 when the club was asked to create wreaths for Punta Gorda’s 100-year anniversary. The home tour was added in 1993 and has continued since that time when weather permitted. For more information, visit pggc.org or call 941-575-4653.



Dec 2, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens on the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10 a.m. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



Dec 2-3, Ft. Myers
Bromeliad Show and Sale
Araba Shrine Center

The Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society presents a spectacular show of prize-winning bromeliads and artistic plant arrangements. Thousands more bromeliads from local growers along with driftwood and plant supplies will be for sale. There is free admission and plenty of parking at the new location, 2010 Hanson Street, for this annual event. The hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact Betsy Burdette at 239-694-4738.



Dec 2-3 Fort Lauderdale
11th Annual Orchid & Exotic Plant Sale
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Orchids, exotics, tropicals, herbs, fruit trees, garden art, gourmet food, libations, gardening lectures, orchid displays, green market, and so much more mark this annual event that attract over 3,000 attendees. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for non-members with children 12 and under admitted free. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days, participants will enjoy plants and gourmet food trucks, cooking demonstrations, live music, and a farmer’s market. Parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online at BonnetHouse.org. Call 954-703-2614 for more information.



Dec 3 St. Augustine
49th Annual Tour of Homes
Historic Downtown area

The Christmas Tour of Homes is an annual tradition hosted by The Garden Club of St. Augustine since 1968. This year’s theme is “Christmas During the Flagler Era.” Tickets are $30 and are limited so advance purchase is necessary since the tour has sold out well in advance since 2010. Tickets are non-refundable. This is a walking tour that runs from noon-5 p.m. The homes are located within the historic downtown area for people who enjoy a leisurely walk through the old streets. For those who have difficulty walking and need assistance, we provide complimentary transportation on the Old Town Trolley. For more information, visit gardenclubofstaugustine.org/tourofhomes.html. To purchase tickets, call 904-819-6864 or visit christmastourofhomes.com.



Dec 4, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

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



Dec 6, Rockledge
Floral Design Study Unit
Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club

The Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club, District VI, will host a series of floral design study units on the first Wednesday of the month through March 2018. Demonstration and lecture: 10 a.m.-noon; Lunch break: noon-1 p.m.; Floral design and judging: 1-3 p.m. Located at 1493 South Fiske Blvd. For more information, contact Gloria Blake at 321-537-8060 or email seaclus@yahoo.com.



Dec 9, Lake Placid
Holiday Home and Garden Tour
Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Garden Club’s 7th Annual Holiday Home & Garden Tour is a fundraiser to provide scholarships, camper-ships, and counselor training for local youths to the only camp in the county operated by garden clubs. The event is from noon-4 p.m. Each ticket has pictures of lovely homes and gardens, as well as maps to the locations on this driving tour. Refreshments are available at the Placid Lakes Community Building on Placid Lakes Blvd, where poinsettias and garden art will be on sale. The café will be open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and ticket holders may drop in at any time before, after, or during the tour. Tickets may be purchased in advance with a donation of $15 by calling Peggy at 863-465-1269 or on the day of the event at the café.



Dec 9, Gotha
Holiday Celebration & Amaryllis Festival
Nehrling Gardens

Join us at this free community event at Henry Nehrling’s Palm Cottage Gardens. This will be the 5th Annual Celebration featuring beautiful amaryllis bulbs and blooms for the holidays, Santa Claus, music, nature-themed vendors, food, and activities for children. The time is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 407-445-9977 or visit nehrlinggardens.org.



Dec 10, Largo
Gift and Plant Sale
Florida Botanical Gardens

The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundations is supporting a Gift and Plant Sale at the Gardens from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This sale includes an assortment of tropical plants, orchids, herbs, bromeliads, citrus, begonias, and fruit trees. Specialty vendors will be selling unique clothing, jewelry, garden art, honey, ceramics, dog treats, candles, body lotions, and much more. There is a suggested donation of $4 per person with 12 and under and BGF members admitted free. For more information, call 727-582-2117 or visit flbgfoundation.org.



Dec 21-23, Vero Beach
Holidays at McKee
McKee Botanical Garden

The spirit of the holidays comes alive at McKee with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday decorations, a triumphant vintage band organ playing holiday music, a large-scale model train display and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 3-12, and children under 3 are admitted free. Hours are 6-8 p.m. For information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.



Dec 21-30, Sarasota
14th Annual Lights in Bloom
Selby Gardens

Featuring more than a million lights, this holiday extravaganza surrounds visitors with a spectacle of unique installations amid some of the garden’s most iconic locations. Back by popular demand is the massive Tunnel of Lights, which transports guests from the tropics into the North Pole. Favorites such as the Radiant Rainforest continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Enjoy interactive photo opportunities, traditional holiday music and festivities, delicious food and drinks, and more as the Gardens are transformed into an electric wonderland. On Dec. 23 visitors may take part in the Selby Experience featuring reserved parking, early admission, open bar, cocktail buffet and holiday desserts. Cost is $100 for adults. General admission is $25 for adults, $20 for members, and $7.50 for children 5-12. Special pricing of $20 per person for groups of 25 or more, reservations required. Lights in Bloom will be open from 6-9 p.m., closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For more information call 941-366-5731 or visit selby.org.



Dec 28-30, Vero Beach
Nights of Lights
McKee Botanical Garden

Brighten up your holidays at McKee with this celebration that features thousands of glimmering lights, luminaire-lined pathways, spectacular lighting displays in the ponds and waterways, and another opportunity to see the model train display and listen to the vintage band organ. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 3-12, and children under 3 admitted free. Hours are 6-7:30 p.m. For information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.


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Through January 7, Atlanta

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Through January 7, explore the Walk of Flames and a newly expanded Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and model trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.



Through December 24, Savannah
December Nights & Holiday Lights
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Savannah’s jewel of a Christmas returns with 1,000,000 sparkling lights across the gardens. Visit with Santa Claus and the Coastal Rail Buff’s miniature train display. Stop at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen for a hot beverage or baked goodies (purchase these items a la carte to support local non-profit groups running the kitchen). The display is weather-dependent, as rain causes the lights to trip breakers. 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 912-921-5460 or visit coastalgeorgiabg.org.

 

December



December 1, LaGrange    
Boxwood Christmas Wreath Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

Come be a part of a day’s cheer and fun as the Hills & Dales staff guides you in creating a wreath using a variety of elegant, fresh evergreens and berries gathered from the estate. All participants will leave with a beautiful custom design to grace their door, complete with a hand-tied bow if desired. Bring clippers if you have them. All other supplies provided. 10 a.m.-noon. $40 per person. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or visit www.hillsanddales.org.



December 2, LaGrange    
Mixed Greens Christmas Wreath Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

Come be a part of a day’s cheer and fun as the Hills & Dales staff guides you in creating a wreath using a variety of elegant, fresh evergreens and berries gathered from the estate. All participants will leave with a beautiful custom design to grace their door, complete with a hand-tied bow if desired. Bring clippers if you have them. All other supplies provided. Two sessions to choose from: 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m., $40 per person. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or visit www.hillsanddales.org.



December 2-30, LaGrange
Holidays at Hills & Dales Estate
Hills & Dales Estate

The Callaway home will be adorned with fresh plants, flowers, and evergreens. The Christmas tree will be styled circa 1940s and a special display will adorn the Palm Room. Regular tour prices apply. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or visit www.hillsanddales.org.



December 5 & 9, Atlanta
Floral Design
Atlanta Botanical Garden

This class will begin with a demonstration of several concepts using flowers and materials in unconventional ways. Everyone will then create their own arrangement to take home using reed that is bent into a structural, supporting form. 10 a.m.-noon, $44. Deadline: December 2. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.



December 16, LaGrange    
Children’s Christmas Celebration
Hills & Dales Estate

Children can create their own gingerbread house. There will also be a Christmas sing-a-long, story time, and visits with Santa. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or visit www.hillsanddales.org.


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Every Thursday through winter, Ames
Youth Program – Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

Features a different theme each Thursday as two books are read aloud, wraps up with related activities for two to seven years old, 10 to 11 a.m.

 

Through January 14, Des Moines
Holiday Exhibition
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Exhibition features more than 1,000 amaryllis throughout the conservatory, in addition to hundreds of tropical and temperate ferns, begonias, orchids, and more. The exhibition kicks off the Friday before Thanksgiving with the Botanical Garden’s holiday party, Champagne and Chocolate. For more information: visit dmbotanicalgarden.com, email kreilly@dmbotanicalgarden.com or call 515-402-4274.



December



December 2 OR December 16, Ames
Butterfly Blizzard
Reiman Gardens

Experience a different kind of blizzard – a butterfly blizzard in Reiman Gardens’ Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing. Opportunity to release your very own butterfly in this tropical, indoor garden, 8 to 9:30 a.m.



December 2, Madrid
Dad’s Belgium Waffles
Iowa Arboretum

Dad’s Belgian Waffles returns to the Arboretum, 8 a.m. to noon, to serve mammoth waffles that fill your plate and satisfy your appetite. Santa will fly in from the North Pole for this family event, $9.



December 2 – 17, Madrid
WinterFest
Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Grown Christmas trees decorated by local clubs, schools, and organizations. Free and open to the public, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., Sundays.



December 9, Ames
Breakfast with Santa
Reiman Gardens

Families can enjoy a hearty and delicious breakfast buffet, visit with Santa, create their own holiday-themed crafts, and see the train exhibit in the Hughes Conservatory. Two seating options, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.



December 14, Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon – Sea Ice in the Arctic: Where We Are, Where We’re Going, and Where We’ve Been
Reiman Gardens

Enjoy a nature-based education program relating to the 2017 theme of water. Topics range from gardening interests to current local science research, to holiday decorating, and more, noon to 1 p.m.



December 16, Decorah
Winter on the Farm
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Hot chocolate, cookies, horse-drawn rides through the valley, and even an heirloom potato tasting,11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free, no registration required. Visit seedsavers.org/events for more details.



December 19, Ames
Floral Design Series: Submersible Centerpieces
Reiman Gardens

Incorporate water into a wintergreen centerpiece, featuring cranberries and cloves, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

January

 

Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Ames
Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

Popular early child development program features stories as well as nature-based activities and crafts.



January 6, 13, 20, 27, Ames
Family Movies in the Gardens
Reiman Gardens

A warm, cozy place to entertain the kids for a few hours, every Saturday in January, the Gardens will offer movies.



January 6 - March 24, Des Moines
Learn on Saturday
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Two lectures each Saturday morning on a wide variety of topics related to horticulture, gardening, and plants. For more information: kreilly@dmbotanicalgarden.com, dmbotanicalgarden.com, 515-402-4274.



Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, Ames
Movement for Older Adults
Reiman Gardens

Board certified therapist Camilla Kottman will guide you through low-impact, gentle movements intended to increase joint fluidity and mental tranquility.



January 11, February 8, Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon
Reiman Gardens

Bring your lunch and hear from a special speaker on a different topic each session.



January 11, 25, February 8, 15, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night
Reiman Gardens

A different topic each session. B.Y.O.B. for ages 21+.



January 16, Ames
Floral Design: From Earth to Sky - Ikebana
Reiman Gardens

Create a floral arrangement inspired by the Japanese art ikebana, based on awareness of nature’s rhythm and order.



January 17, Ames
Behind the Scenes: ‘Green Space’ Partnership
Reiman Gardens

Hear the history of this public project, from initial and revised designs, to if and how Reiman Gardens will be involved. Includes walking tour, weather permitting.



January 20 - April 28, Bettendorf
Saturday Gardening Seminar
Wallace’s Garden Center

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



January 21, Ames
Orchids 101 Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Staffers teach orchid basics, from types and characteristics, to growing them successfully at home. Practice hands-on, and take home an orchid.



January 26, Madrid
Spud Night
Iowa Arboretum

Build your own spud at the potato bar with all the fixings, and enjoy a speaker’s talk about a topical subject, 5:30 pm.

 

February



February 10 and 11, Ames
Orchid Fest
Reiman Gardens

Orchids in a variety of species and colors will be on display and available for purchase. The Central Iowa Orchid Society will also staff a Q&A booth.



February 10, Ames
Valentine Floral Tabletop Display Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Join HyVee florist Marical Greenwood in intensive workshop to create your own floral table display in reds, pinks, and whites to take home.



February 20, Ames
Floral Design: Hanging Air Plant Terrariums
Reiman Gardens

Plant your own Tillandsia, along with moss and other materials, in an open glass terrarium you can suspend in the air.



February 21, Ames
Behind the Scenes: Inside the Butterfly Wing
Reiman Gardens

In the Butterfly Wing, get a detailed tour of the hottest place in Ames by entomologist Nathan Brockman. Sign up early. This one fills fast.



February 22, Ames
Sinister Plants
Reiman Gardens

Director Ed Lyon will talk about some of the interesting, often toxic, botanical deviants that may be lurking in your home and garden.



February 23, Madrid
Soup Supper
Iowa Arboretum

Warm up with a hot bowl of soup, bread and fixings, 4 to 7 p.m. Finish with a delicious piece of cake or pie, while listing to a speaker.



February 24, Indianola
Think Spring Garden Seminar
Buxton Park

Inspiring speakers, garden marketplace, delicious catered lunch, door prizes, Master Gardeners earn 4 CEU credits. For more information: parkrec@indianolaiowa.gov, indianolaiowa.gov, 515-961-9420.



Dates to be announced, Johnston
Regular Meetings
The Bigfoot Garden Club

A new garden club forming in Johnston. It is open to men, women, and children and would like to draw members from all surrounding areas. This club will be an educational, scientific, and charitable organization and will include speakers, trips, and business and social gatherings with gardening and horticultural information as the main theme. For more information, call Steve or Sheryl at (515) 278-0295, or email tgoasecy@qwestoffice.net.

 

 

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

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

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

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


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Through January 7, Fort Wayne

Snow Days Holiday Garden Exhibit
Botanical Conservatory Garden

Do you remember when school was canceled because of unexpected winter weather? In the conservatory’s holiday exhibit, snow-day-kids go out for snowball fights, while snow-day-moms bake cookies and prepare hot chocolate. Snowmen and snow angels mark the spot where families spent time together. Call 260-427-6440, or visit botanicalconservatory.org/events-exhibits.



Through January 7, Fort Wayne
Garden in Lights
Botanical Conservatory

The Botanical Conservatory decorated all through the gardens, indoors and out. Enjoy poinsettias along with the “Snow Days” theme in the showcase, as well as seasonal decorations in the Tropical and Desert Gardens. Don’t miss the outdoor terrace display of lights and synchronized holiday music. It is especially nice during evening hours on Thursday and Friday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The gift shop will also be open during public hours for holiday shopping. Call 260-427-6440, or visit botanicalconservatory.org/events-exhibits.



Through Dec. 31, Indianapolis
Conservatory Crossing
Garfield Park Conservatory

Come see the conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias, model trains and villages, and thousands of twinkling lights. Special evening hours until 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23. Display created and supported by the Indiana Rail Road Company. Costs $4 per person, or $10 per family (two adults max). Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-7183.

 

December



Dec. 1-3, 6-10, 13-23, 26-30, Indianapolis
Christmas at the Zoo
Indianapolis Zoo

Surround yourself with the magic and beauty of the holiday season during Christmas at the Zoo. The Zoo opens at noon with special activities from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday (closed Christmas Eve and Day). See the animals and watch as the lights come on to transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. Christmas at the Zoo is included with regular admission and free for members. Discounted tickets are available at participating Teachers Credit Union and Donatos locations. Save on admission by purchasing advance tickets online. Receive $1 off admission for up to four people when you bring a new hat, scarf, or gloves donation for the Mitten Donation Tree that supports the local St. Mary’s Child Center. Visit indianapoliszoo.com, or call 317-360-2001.



December 1-2, Muncie
Enchanted Luminaria Walk
Minnetrista

Kick off the holidays – enjoy sweet treats, winter games and crafts, carriage rides, and holiday music. Attendees can take photos under light structures. The gardens are beautiful and relaxing at night. From 6 to 9 p.m. This is a free community event. Visit minnetrista.net, or call 765-282-4848.



December 1-3, Jasper
O Tannenbaum Days
Downtown Jasper

Let downtown Jasper’s colossal Christmas tree welcome you to the Jasper O Tannenbaum Days celebration. Visit each store to see artists and artisans demonstrate their skills of wood-carving, pottery, quilting, and butter-churning. Enjoy shopping, carollers, visits with Santa, carriage rides, special performances and tours of historic sites, including the St. Joseph Church, an 1880 Romanesque, Old World-style church listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. to Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. Visit jasperin.org or call 812-482-6866.



December 2, Fort Wayne
Breakfast with Santa
Botanical Conservatory

Sign up for a special VIP breakfast with Santa; breakfast will include pancakes, sausages, and eggs, milk or juice for the kids and coffee for adults. There will be children’s activities and time allotted to take pictures of your little ones in the exhibit “Snow Days” before the conservatory opens to the public. From 9 to 10 a.m. Your admission to this event will also allow you to return and visit Santa’s reindeer from noon to 4 p.m (see entry below). Registration deadline: Nov. 21. Limited booster or high chairs available; please indicate at registration if one is required. Costs $13 per person. Children under 2 are free, but they and their paying adult must be registered. Call 260-427-6000, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



December 2, 9, and 16, Fort Wayne
Santa and the Reindeer
Botanical Conservatory

Santa and two of his reindeer will greet the children while Mom and Dad take pictures. Explore the conservatory in its holiday glory; this year’s theme is “Snow Days.” From noon to 4 p.m. Regular admission fees apply: costs $5 per adult, $3 per child ages 3 to 17. Conservatory members, volunteers, and children ages 2 and under are free. Call 260- 427-6440, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



December 7 or 9, Fort Wayne
Holiday Swag Workshop
Botanical Conservatory

Create a festive evergreen swag that can be enjoyed by all through the holidays. Amy Oliver, landscape designer at Arbor Farms Nursery, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into a swag with holiday flair. The swag will also incorporate your choice of accents such as pine cones, berries, a decorative bow, and more. Fee includes the items listed above, as well as a stroll through the holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners, and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Thursday, Dec. 7, 6 to 7 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 to 11 a.m. Ages 16 and up. Register by Nov. 22. Costs $30 per person. Call 260-427-6000, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



December 10, Muncie
Gingerbread Family Workshop: Session 1 or 2
Minnetrista

Create a gingerbread masterpiece with the whole family. Decorate a personal gingerbread home with colorful candies, enjoy cookies and holiday music, meet Gingy the gingerbread man, and explore a magical castle. Session 1 is from 10 a.m. to noon, or Session 2 is from 2 to 4 p.m. Costs $25 per house; member discounts apply. Register by Dec. 6. Visit minnetrista.net, or call 765-282-4848.

 

January

 

January 1-February 25, Fort Wayne
Art Display: Carolyn Stachera – Oil and Pastel
Botanical Conservatory

Carolyn Stachera’s plein aire paintings will be on display until Feb. 25. Meet the artist during an informal reception Sunday, Jan. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Exhibit is included in regular admission. Costs $5 adults, $3 children ages 3 to 17, free for children 2 and under. Call 260-427-6440.



January 4, Fort Wayne
$1 Night – Snowflake Trivia
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During Snowflake Trivia, you will learn about snowflakes, make a snowflake craft, and enjoy a treat. No reservations required. Free parking. From 5 to 8 p.m. Snowflake Trivia is from 6 to 7 p.m. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



January 5 to February 24, Fort Wayne
Snow Days
Botanical Conservatory

See the conservatory’s winter exhibition about nostalgic snow days. Regular admission applies: $5 adults, children 3 to 17 $3, and children 2 and under free. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



Jan. 9-Feb. 27 (Tuesdays), Fort Wayne
Tai Chi in the Garden I and II
Botanical Conservatory

Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi. Weekly sessions include a meditative walk in the garden. Beginners meet from 5 to 6 p.m., continuing students meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Registration deadline is Jan. 2. Costs $69 person for eight sessions. To register, call 260-427-6000.



January 13-April 8, Fort Wayne
“Fairy Tales” Winter Garden Exhibit
Botanical Conservatory

This participatory garden exhibit combines play structures and visual prompts to encourage play and exploration. Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Costs $5 adults $3, children age 3 to 17, free for ages 2 and under. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



January 18 or February 8, Fort Wayne
Winter Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing
Botanical Conservatory

A forest bathing walk is not your regular walk in the park; Shinrin-yoku helps you immerse yourself in the sensory gifts of nature. Registration deadlines: Jan. 11 and Feb. 1 respectively. All ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Costs $15 per person. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. To register, call 260-427-6000, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



January 15-17, Indianapolis
Indiana Green Expo 2018
Indiana Convention Center

The Indiana Green Expo offers educational workshops, seminars, and the largest green industry trade show in the state. The Indiana Green Expo is produced by the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association (inla1.org) and the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (mrtf.org) and various green industry partners. Preregister online for savings. Visit inlal.org, or call 317-889-2382, or toll-free 1800-443-7336.



January 19-20, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Home Show
Indiana State Fairgrounds

Visitors can see nearly 600 exhibitors and experts – get gardening and landscaping advice, and enjoy educational programs. At the door admission: $14 adults, $3 children (6 to 12), ages 5 and under free. Purchase tickets online for discounts. Visit indianapolishomeshow.com, or call 317-705-8719.



January 20, Indianapolis
Indiana Organic Gardener’s Association Meeting
Franklin Branch Public Library

The January meeting of the Indiana Organic Gardener’s Association features a pitch-in luncheon (all are welcome), followed by a short meeting and program. The speaker is Kris Medic, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Development educator at Purdue Extension. She will discuss successful small farms and local food systems. At 11 a.m. Free admission. Visit gardeningnaturally.org, or contact Margaret Smith at 317-698-0526.



January 27, Fort Wayne
Winterval at the Conservatory
Botanical Conservatory

Celebrate the season of ice and snow. You can make a winter bird feeder, learn how cold-blooded animals survive the winter, watch an ice sculpture take shape, and explore the “Fairy Tales” garden exhibit. Other activities will be held around town at the Community Center, the Old Fort, Science Central, the Art Museum, and other locations. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



January 27, Valparaiso
15th Annual Gardening Show
Porter County Expo Center

Sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension and its Porter County Master Gardeners, this award-winning event will feature Melinda Myers, a gardening expert, TV and radio host, author, and columnist. Her topic will be “Garden Renovations for Any Size Landscape.” Several other experts will speak on gardening subjects. Also included is a seed and bulb exchange, a garden photography contest, a children’s activity corner, and 125 garden-related exhibitors. Food is available, as are special lodging and dinner packages. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CST). Costs $10, children under 12 free. Free parking. Visit pcgarden.info, call 219-644-6720, or email roysnellgrove9845@comcast.net.

 

February



February, Terre Haute
Community Garden
219 N. 11th Street

For the past 10 years, Indiana State University has provided land for expert and novice gardeners to plant garden plots free of charge. In return, gardeners promise to tend to their plots, plant only annuals, and refrain from using pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Participants are encouraged to donate a portion of the produce raised to the food pantry of their choice. Registration begins in late February. Growing season is April to October. Available plot sizes: 10 by 10 feet, 10 by 15 feet, or 20 by 20 feet. Expert consultation will be available through volunteers. Visit indstate.edu/university-engagement/community-engagement/events-and-programs/garden, or call 812-232-8502.



February 1, Fort Wayne
$1 Night Insight: Bean Magic
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. In February, explore the possibilities of beans – assemble a custom soup blend or enjoy a bean-art craft. Recipes to go. No reservations required. Free parking. From 5 to 8 p.m., Bean Magic from 6 to 7 p.m. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



February 6-25, Fort Wayne
Sweetheart Orchid Display
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy the indoor gardens and experience the variety of orchid types on display. Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Costs $5 adults $3, children ages 3 to 17, free for ages 2 and under. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



February 6 and 13, Fort Wayne
Garden Preschool: Winter Fun
Botanical Conservatory

At this two-session class, children will discover winter through hands-on, garden-related activities with their parent or another adult. Ages 3 to 5. An adult must participate (no registration required) with their child. From 10 to 11 a.m. Child’s registration deadline: Jan. 30. Costs $12 per child. To register call 260-427-6000.



February 9-11, Indianapolis
Indiana Home and Garden Show
Indiana Convention Center

The Indiana Home and Garden Show is instrumental in helping attendees interact with contractors. Friday from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs adults $5, children under 18 free. Visit homeshowcenter.com/overview/Indianapolis, or call 952-881-5030.



February 13-15, Indianapolis
Indiana Horticultural Congress and Trade Show
Marriott East

The Indiana Horticultural Congress, sponsored by Purdue Agriculture, is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, and specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. All are invited to attend. Group-rate lodging is available at Indianapolis Marriott East and Delta Indianapolis East (call the hotels directly). Registration, program schedule, and exhibitors list is available at inhortcongress.org, or contact Lori Jolly-Brown at ljollybr@purdue.edu, or 765-494-1296.



February 17, Fort Wayne
“Once Upon a Tale” Family Event
Botanical Conservatory

Celebrate the magical world of fairy tales – activities, games, and crafts inspired by fairy tales. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular admission applies. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



February 21, Fort Wayne
New Volunteer Orientation
Botanical Conservatory

The Botanical Conservatory is inviting new volunteers to join the support team. Training is provided, and benefits include free garden admission, discounts, and annual recognition. From 4 to 6 p.m. Contact Liz at 260-427-6446, or liz.firestine@cityoffortwayne.org.



February 24, Fort Wayne
Garden Close-Up: Winter Blooming Plants
Botanical Conservatory

Discover colorful winter blooming plants: shooting stars, cineraria, and kalanchoe. Included in regular admission – drop in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



February 24, Fort Wayne
Plant Propagation Basics
Botanical Conservatory

Advanced Master Gardener Pam Snyder will guide you in a variety of vegetative propagation methods. Learn about leaf and stem cuttings, division, and layering. From 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 15 and up. Registration deadline Feb. 17. Costs $15 per person. To register call 260-427-6000.



Feb. 24-25 and March 3-4, Rockville
Maple Syrup Festival
Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds

Find out how maple syrup is made at Parke County’s Maple Syrup Festival located at the Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, shop for pure maple syrup, maple syrup products, handmade crafts, and more. Take tours of the maple syrup camps and watch the process, from the tap to the boiler to the bottling. Also see the Covered Bridge Art Association art display – local artists will demonstrate their talents and sell their works. Visit parkecountyfairground.com, or call 765-569-3176.



February 28, Washington
Garden Expo 2018
East Side Park Community Building

Garden Expo 2018 will feature the theme “Through the Garden Gate.” More than 30 vendors will showcase gardening items. There will be several educational booths. Breakfast and lunch available at the Garden Gate Cafe. Door prizes will be given, and a silent auction will take place. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Contact Cheryl Thomas, Arts and Flower Garden Club, at 478-396-0122, or ginger31064@yahoo.com. m
 


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December



Dec 1-3, Crestwood
Yuletide at Yew Dell
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Those of you who have enjoyed our past Winter Snow Village and Train Display, don’t despair. We’ll have all that and more. This new event will include spectacular lighting displays, holiday music, crafts, and holiday snacks for the kids, grown-up libations, and more. 4-7:30 p.m. The following charges apply for members: adults/seniors, $5; children 3-12, $2. For non-members, the charges are adults/seniors $8 and children 3-12-$3. For more information, call 502-241-4788, email Jackieg@yewdellgardens.org, or visit yewdellgardens.org.

 

December 2, Owensboro
Experience the English Cottage @ Christmas
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

Stop by between 10 a.m.-noon for a special focus on Christmas in our English Cottage. For additional information, call 270-852-8925, email wkbg@bellsouth.net, or visit wkbg.org.

 

December 5, Lexington
Holiday Greens    
Fayette County Extension Service

You can create beautiful holiday wreaths, garlands, swags and centerpieces using materials from your own yard. Jamie Dockery will demonstrate several items and share many tips and tricks. Our demonstrations will be raffled as door prizes. The cost is $10; the class meets at 3 p.m., pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



December 7, Covington
Evergreen Holiday Swag: Make & Take    
Kenton County Extension Service

This program is being held at Jackson Florist (3124 Madison Avenue) and payment of $25 must be received in advance to complete reservations. Checks can be made payable to Kenton County District Board. Space is limited to the first 20 paid registrants, and walk-ins or payments on the day of the program will not be accepted. 7-9 p.m. For additional information or registration, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.


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

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


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

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


Ongoing, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society
Burden Center

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

December



December 1, Baton Rouge
Poinsettia Sale
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Get ready for the holidays and browse through the greenhouse and choose your fresh poinsettias from a wide selection. 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 225-763-3990.



December 2, Lafayette
Acadian Orchid Society 57th Annual Short Course
Wyndham Garden Hotel

Contact Dennis Wollard at wollard@louisiana.edu for further information.



December 3, Baton Rouge
A Rural Life Christmas
LSU Rural Life Museum

Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration. Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers, and costumed re-enactors will promise to set the holiday spirit. This event will conclude with a bonfire and a visit from Papa Noel. 11:30 a.m.-6 p. m. Admission is $9 for seniors 62 years and older, $9 for adults, children 10 and younger no charge. For more information, visit lsu.edu/rurallife.


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Nov. 30, Dec. 1- 2, Rochester Hills

Annual Greens Market
Rochester Garden Club

The 71st annual Green Market, Rochester Schools Administration Building, 501 West University. Opening Gala, 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, $5, beverages and snacks, and opportunity to purchase l fresh and permanent holiday arrangements, fresh greens, baked goods, and crafts; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; admission, $2. For more details, visit rochestergardenclub.org.

 

December



December 2, Tipton
Holiday Festival
Hidden Lake Gardens

Celebrate the season with musical entertainment, crafts for children, Santa Claus, 2,000 candle-lit luminaries, lighted and decorated. Conservatory and Visitors Center and Gift Shop open, 4 to 8 p.m.



December 5, Hillsdale
Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

In The Snow, Who’s Been Here? for children ages 3-6, and an accompanying adult. Program includes story, songs, nature activities, craft and snack. Meet at the Barber House, 10 to 11:30 a.m., $1/child, registration required.



December 5, Battle Creek
Starlight So Bright: Wish Upon a Star Tonight
Southern Exposure

Celebrate the honored tradition of Amish barn stars by creating an oversized wooden star, handmade, and perfect for any interior or exterior décor for the upcoming holidays and beyond. Chef Elsie will prepare an Amish-inspired farm dinner for your enjoyment. Afterwards, you will create a modern holiday twist by making a 36-inch tall barn star, complete with lights. 6:30 p.m., $75/person, registration required.



December 6, Grand Rapids
Holiday Lunch
Kent Garden Club

Members will enjoy a Holiday Luncheon at the Egypt Valley Country Club. There will be a short meeting, an awards ceremony, and entertainment. Members will decorate each table with a beautiful holiday arrangement. Members may bring guests.



December 7, Grand Rapids
Annual Christmas Party
Grand Valley Daylily Society

For society members, 7 p.m., Pietro’s Restaurant. Please visit website for further details: grandvalleydaylily.org.



December 9, Hillsdale
Winter Lights Fest
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Thousands of lights illuminate the Barber House Children’s Garden, creating a winter wonderland where visitors can stroll and kids can explore in a scavenger hunt. Hot chocolate for warming up inside, and make an ornament to take home. Poinsettia $10, with profits benefitting the Arboretum, 6 to 8 p.m., suitable for adults and children of all ages, free, donations welcome.



December 9, Royal Oak
Monthly Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

“Mammals of Tenhave,” park at the Lexington and Marais lot, meet at the Lexington entrance, 2 p.m. There is no pre-registration or cost for this program. Everyone is welcome.



December 9, Battle Creek

Decorate your own alpine sled using an assortment of fresh greens, twigs, and ribbon; sled measuring 31 inches long by18 inches wide by 5 inches tall is yours to keep. Chef Elsie will create a special holiday breakfast using recipes from past generations. 9 a.m., $80/person, registration required.



December 3, 9, and 10, Tipton
Evening of Lights
Hidden Lake Gardens

Hidden Lake decorated with 2,000 candle-lit luminaries; Conservatory and Visitors Center and Gift Shop open, 5 to 8 p.m.



December 14, Mayfield Township
Christmas Party
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society

The Annual Holiday Party/Potluck will be held at the Mayfield Twp. Hall. The party starts at 5 p.m. with decorating and networking. The potluck is at 6 p.m. and the gift exchange at 7p.m. A business meeting will begin at 8 p.m. For more information, see the website at easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com/.

 

January

 

January 20, Mt Pleasant
Monthly Meeting
Central Michigan Daylily Society

Bob Guiliani, owner of Guys and Dolls Photography, will present “Iceland: Land of Ice & Fire,” at the Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Road, 10 a.m. to noon, daylilies.me/.



January 26, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
Meadow Brook Garden Club

Ron Rademacher, a traveler and explorer in search of natural wonders and historic sites and author of the Michigan Back Roads books, will talk about little-known nature areas and trails that a garden lover will enjoy. Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive. Coffee and refreshments, 9:15 a.m., program 10 a.m. Guests are welcome and reservations are not required. There is a $5 non-member fee.



January 27, East Lansing
8th Annual Winter Symposium
Capital Area Master Gardeners

All day event, It’s All About Ins and Outs of Gardening, features Janet Macunovich; John Bierbaum, MSU Professor of Horticulture; and Scott Stokes, co-owner of Southern Exposures. The symposium will in the MSU Plant and Soil Sciences Building, 1066 Bogue Street. Master Gardeners will earn five educational hours. Advance registration is required. Details: mgacac.wordpress.com.



January 27-28, Grand Rapids
Orchid Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Escape the cold and surround to the Grand Room and surround yourself with beautiful tropical orchids. Grand Valley Orchid Society members will present talks. Plant sales and growing supplies available. Displays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, sales 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Displays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, sales 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., meijergardens.org.

 

February



February 6, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

This will be Smart Gardening training for Master Gardeners, conducted by Diane Brown-Rytleswki, MSUE Extension. The meeting is open to all Master Gardeners and Master Gardener Trainee’s. Details at mgacac.wordpress.com.



February 17, Mt Pleasant
Monthly Meeting
Central Michigan Daylily Society

Julie Finucane, photographer and horticulturist at John Henry Company in Lansing, presents “Life in the Garden – Passing Through the Seasons,” Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Road, 10 a.m. to noon, daylilies.me/.

 

February 23, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
Meadow Brook Garden Club

Peter Carrington, curator of W. J. Beal Botanical Garden at MSU and an edible and toxic plant specialist, presents an exploration of poison plants in our environment and the creatures who depend on them for food and defense, Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive. Coffee and refreshments, 9:15 a.m., program 10 a.m. Guests are welcome and reservations are not required. There is a $5 non-member fee. m


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Through January 1, St. Paul
Holiday Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Be part of a tradition begun in 1925 with a visit to the Holiday Flower Show, featuring mostly pink poinsettias with traces of white throughout the garden, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.

 

December

 

December 1, 2, 3, Chaska
Arboretum Auxiliary Holiday Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Kick off the holiday season with gifts handmade by Auxiliary volunteers. Natural materials featured in arrangements, wreaths, fresh greens, and botanicals. Unique gift items including textiles, ornaments, and pressed flower specialties. All proceeds go to support the Arboretum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 1 and 2; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 3.


 
December 2-January 1, St. Paul
Holiday Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Be part of a tradition begun in 1925 with a visit to the Holiday Flower Show featuring mostly pink Poinsettias with traces of white throughout the garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.



December 7, Chaska
Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Holiday Wreath Making
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Create a holiday wreath using fir, cotton bolls, lunaria, and snow berries, while sampling local wines. Instructors: Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $89 members/$99 nonmember.



December 9, Chaska
Williamsburg Pineapple Centerpiece
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the history of pineapples as a symbol of hospitality and create your 18th-century centerpiece using fresh evergreens, boxwood, ivy, crabapples, small cones, ribbon, and a fresh pineapple. Instructor: Theresa Mieseler, Arboretum horticulture and botanical workshop specialist, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $65 members/$75 nonmember.

 

January

 

January 2-4, Minneapolis
Northern Green
Minneapolis Convention Center

Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association’s horticulture trade show and educational conference. Information: northerngreen.org or 651-633-4987.



January 6, 20, February 3, 17, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the theory and principles of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection, and more. Develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your home setting, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $139 member/$155 nonmember.



January 11 and February 8, Chaska
Edible Garden Year
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Christy Marsden and Laura Vogel for an introduction to vegetable gardening, from tools and location to the growing season and finding good resources. Put together a realistic plan for your life and landscape and leave with a strategy to tackle your vegetable garden plan for the year. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $35 member/$47 nonmember.



January 13, St. Paul
Winter Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Get out of the cold Minnesota winter and explore the Winter Flower Show in the Sunken Garden.



Through January 22, St. Paul
Insect Pollinators – Beyond the Honeybee – Volume 2
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Visit photographer Bill Johnson’s exhibit of 40 new 12x18 prints of various insect pollinators, some common, some not so common. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.



January 20, Chaska
Lawn of the Future: Converting Kentucky Bluegrass to Low Maintenance Options
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum


Design, convert, and care for a “No Mow” lawn in your own yard. Leave with comprehensive information and the knowledge you need to get started this spring. Instructor: Douglas Owens-Pike, author of Beautifully Sustainable, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $38 member/$50 nonmember.



January 20, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Seeds
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn tried-and-true techniques to grow a wide variety of plants from seeds and take home several seed-based projects. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



January 27-28, St. Paul
Winter Carnival Orchid Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Exhibit of gorgeous orchids grown by members of the Orchid Society of Minnesota. Talk with orchid growers and purchase orchids, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.



January 27, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Cuttings
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn correct preparation of cuttings and layers, as well as the role of specialized structures in propagating specific plants. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

February



February 3, Chaska
Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Discover what plants will best fit your location, species they attract, and what simple non-plant additions are needed. Instructor, Julie Boden, gardener and nature enthusiast, 9:30 a.m. to noon Cost: $30 member/$42 nonmember.



February 3, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Grafting
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the different methods of grafting and practice the techniques to make several grafts. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



February 10, Chaska
Perennial Possibilities: Looking at New Perennials and Exciting Combinations for Minnesota Gardens
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Be inspired as Michael Heger, owner of Ambergate Horticultural Consulting, walks you through his selection process, including flower shape, foliage color texture and plant form, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $38 member/$50 nonmember.



February 10, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Soil

Know and understand the soil in which you grow your plants. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



February 10, Chaska
Pruning Essentials: Deciduous & Coniferous Trees
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the basic principles of pruning that are essential for the long-term health, vigor, and productivity of your trees.  Spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques (weather permitting). Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



February 17, Chaska
Pruning Essentials: Shrubs, Woody Vines, and Herbaceous Species
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn when and how to prune and train these landscape plants for long-term health, vigor, and beauty and how to avoid common mistakes that can cause physiological and aesthetic damage. Spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques (weather permitting). Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

February 17, Chaska
Early Spring Beauties: Woodland Wildflowers and How to Grow Them in Minnesota
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Steve of Kelley of Kelley Nursery for a refresher on wildflowers, both native and nonnative. Discuss their culture and propagation and best practices for including them in your own garden, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $35 member/$47 nonmember.



February 24, Chaska
Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Comprehensive information you need to establish your own prairie community in spring. Bring an internet-accessible device, such as a laptop or a smart pad, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $35 member/$47 nonmember.



February 24, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 1
University of Minnesota

Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab help you get started in beekeeping for a successful first year, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $135. Information: beelab.umn.edu/bee-squad/education/ or 612- 624-6740.



February 25, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 2
University of Minnesota

Learn how to maintain healthy bee colonies long term. Instructors, Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $110. Information: beelab.umn.edu/bee-squad/education/ or 612- 624-6740.

 

March



March 2, Chaska
6th annual Schoolyard Garden Conference
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Whether you are a beginner or schoolyard garden veteran, this one-day conference teaches innovative strategies for building, sustaining, and engaging everyone in a thriving schoolyard garden, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $65 Arboretum Members and Conference Affiliates/$75 General Admission. m


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Through January 1, St. Louis

Garden Glow
Missouri Botanical Garden

Stroll through the garden at night surrounded by lighting installations throughout the grounds. Open Wednesday through Sunday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. – last entry 9 p.m. Costs $16 for adults (ages 13 and older), $12 for members, $10 children ages 3 to 12, $6 members’ children. Exhibit is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Exhibit ends Jan. 1, 2018. For more information, visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.



December



December 1, Gray Summit
Missouri’s Native Grape
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn about Missouri’s native wine grape, the ‘Norton’, from its origins to its use in the wine industry today. Adults only. Pre-registration ends 8 a.m. Nov. 27. Costs $10 for members; $12 for non-members. From 6 to 8 p.m. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org for more information.



December 2, Springfield
Christmas at the Farmstead
Springfield Botanical Garden

Join volunteers at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas with carols and sweets. All ages. Free. From 1 to 3 p.m. For more details, call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.



December 6, St. Louis
Winter Container Gardening
Missouri Botanical Garden
Learn creative ways to jazz up your containers for the holidays using natural materials like evergreens, pine cones, and seedpods. Registration ends at 4 p.m. Dec. 1. For adults only. Costs $55 for members; $69 for non-members. From 10 a.m. to noon. More information is available at 314-577-5100, and mobot.org.



December 10, Springfield
Wreaths and Centerpieces
Springfield Botanical Garden

Create your own wreath or centerpiece with fresh greenery and dried natural ornaments from the garden. Registration required. For ages 12 years and up. Costs $25. From noon to 2 p.m. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical for more information.



December 14, Gray Summit
Native Landscaping
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn how to select, arrange, install, and maintain native plants for optimal owner, neighbor, and wildlife satisfaction. Adults only. Pre-registration ends 8 a.m. Dec. 11. Costs $14 for members; $17 for non-members. From 1 to 4 p.m. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100 for details.



December 22, Springfield
Christmas Gift and Decoration Making
Springfield Botanical Garden

Come in anytime to see what you can create from dried materials from the garden. Choose from dried flowers, cones, and pods to make ornaments, table decorations, wall hangings and more. Paints, ribbons, and accessories included. All ages. Costs $5 per participant. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information at parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.

 

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January 1, St. Louis
Garden Glow
Missouri Botanical Garden

This evening event features more than a million holiday lights. For all ages. Includes admission to Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train show. Costs $18 adults; $10 kids; discounts for members. From 5 to 10 p.m. Visit mobot.org/glow, and call 314-577-5100.



January 4, Kansas City
Festival of Lights
Powell Gardens

See more than 10 miles of botanically-themed lit displays through five of the seven themed gardens. Includes a variety of holiday activities. From 3 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 7. Costs $12 adults; $5 children ages 5 to 12 years old; children ages 4 and under free. Seniors aged 60 and more $10. Visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600 ext. 209.



January 8, St. Louis
Composting 201
Missouri Botanical Garden

Review composting basics, demonstrate unique ways to build DIY composting systems for your home, and troubleshoot your composting problems. Participants are encouraged to bring photos or videos of their current compost system to the class. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Costs $30 members; $35 non-members. Adults only. Preregister by 12 a.m. Jan. 1. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.



January 11, Gray Summit
Gardening with Native Plants
Shaw Nature Reserve

Topics include techniques for planting, transplanting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, deadheading, and eco-friendly turf maintenance. Adults only. From 1 to 4 p.m. Costs $14 members; $17 non-members. Preregister by 8 a.m. Jan. 8. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org.



January 13 St. Louis
Garden Book Club
Missouri Botanical Garden

January’s book is The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell. From 10:30 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $21 members; $28 non-members. Preregister by 3 p.m. Jan. 12. Details at 314-577-5100, and mobot.org.



January 20, St. Louis
Growing Annuals from Seeds
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn which annuals are the easiest to grow and the proper techniques to be successful, including soilless media, containers, watering, lighting, and transplanting. Take home annual seeds to get started. From 10 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $28 members; $34 non-members. Preregister by 4 p.m. Jan. 19. Details at mobot.org, and 314-557-5100.



January 20, St. Louis
Organic Vegetable Gardening
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about site selection, soil preparation, vegetable suggestions, and general organic gardening techniques. You will have a chance to plant some early seeds to take home. From 10 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $33 members; $40 non-members. Preregister by 3 p.m. Jan. 19. Details at 314-557-5100, and mobot.org.



January 20, St. Louis
Tropical Trek
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about tropical plants, the rainforest ecosystem, and ways to help with conservation. For ages 6 to 12 years old. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free for members; $3 for non-members with cost of admission. Walk-ins welcome. Preregister by 11:59 a.m. Jan. 20. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-557-5100.

 

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February 2, Gray Summit
Natural Valentines
Shaw Nature Preserve

Start with a story, take a short hike in the wildflower garden to find hidden redbud “hearts,” warm up with hot chocolate, and make Valentines. For families with kids aged 3 to 10 years old. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Costs $7 members; $9 non-members. Preregister by noon Jan. 29. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org.



February 2, St. Louis
A Plant’s Life
Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden is starting an ambitious plan of tracking the life of plants to show how they change over time. Learn how you can help. From 9 to 11 a.m. Adults only. Costs $28 members; $34 non-members. Preregistration ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 1. Details at mobot.org, and 314-577-5100.



February 3-28, St. Louis
Orchid Show
Missouri Botanical Garden

This is a once-a-year opportunity to see hundreds of fragrant winter-blooming orchids displayed among tropical plants. Costs $5. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.



February 10, Gray Summit
Valentine’s Night Hike
Shaw Nature Reserve

You will have the opportunity to see the constellations and planets using our telescope – weather permitting. After the hike, there will be hot beverages and desserts to share. From 7 to 10 p.m. Adults only. Costs $24 members; $29 non-members. Preregister by 8 a.m. Jan. 26. Visit mobot.org, and call 314- 577-5100.



February 16, Gray Summit
Winter Tree Identification
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn to identify a tree without its leaves. By the end of the program, you’ll be able to easily identify a minimum of 10 native trees. From 10 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $7 members; $9 non-members. Preregister by 8 a.m. Feb. 9. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org.



February 24, St. Louis
Small Space Gardening
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about the types of trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials that grow well in a small environment, as well as growing techniques, including vertical and container gardening. From 10 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $28 members; $34 non-members. Preregister by 4 p.m. Feb. 23. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org.



February 24, St. Louis
Organic Heirloom Vegetables
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn how to select heirloom vegetables, grow them using organic methods, and harvest them properly. Seed saving tips are also included. From 10 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $33 members; $40 non-members. Preregister by 3 p.m. Feb. 23. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.


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December 8, Jackson
Cajun Christmas
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Enjoy an interactive storytelling of The Cajun Night Before Christmas, encounter swamp animals and meet the Christmas Gator, make Cajun Christmas crafts, write letters to Santa and take your photo with him, listen to beautiful holiday music, and see Santa dive in the aquariums! 5:30-9 p.m. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors age 60 and over, $4 for children ages 3-18, children under 3 admitted free. Museum members are free. For more information call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.

 

December 15, Jackson
STEM with Snowflakes
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Experiment with instant snow, make your own paper snowflakes to learn about snowflake symmetry, explore the fascinating properties of dry ice, and hear the wonderful story of “Snowflake Bentley” - the naturalist and photographer who first captured snowflakes on film. 10 a.m.-noon. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors age 60 and over, $4 for children ages 3-18, children under 3 admitted free. Museum members are free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.


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Through December 30, Akron

Deck the Hall, Postcards from the Past
Stan Hywet Hall

Bring the whole family and enjoy one of Ohio’s largest and most spectacular holiday traditions. The estate is illuminated inside and out with more than 850,000 lights; the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of “A Storybook Christmas.” “DAZZLE” is a musically-animated lightshow extravaganza; this is an event not to be missed. From 5 to 8 p.m. on select evenings; last admission is at 8 p.m., and the estate is open until 9 p.m. For pricing information call 888-836-5533, or visit stanhywet.org.



Through January 1, Cincinnati
PNC Festival of Lights
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Enjoy the Tri-State’s longest running display of holiday tradition. The Cincinnati Zoo will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 35th annual PNC Festival of Lights. In addition to admiring the beauty of 2.5 million LED lights, visitors can watch a black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, marvel at the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. Open Sunday-Thursday 5 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 to 10 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving (open during the day), Christmas Eve (open during the day) and Christmas Day (closed all day). Visit cincinnatizoo.org/events/festival-of-lights, or call 513-281-4700.



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December 1-2, Toledo
Heralding the Holidays
Toledo Botanical Garden

Enjoy a family fun event with live entertainment, including Santa Claus, and horse-drawn wagon rides on Friday night. Food and unique holiday gifts will be for sale as well. Friday 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit toledogarden.org for information, or call 419-536-5566.



December 2-3 and 9-10, Chillicothe
Holidays at Adena
Adena Mansion and Gardens

Adena Mansion and Gardens will re-open for a special event to celebrate the winter holidays. The mansion is decorated for Christmas in 19th century yuletide splendor and will surely put you in the holiday spirit. Family friendly activities will take place throughout the site. In addition, special holiday themed mansion tours will take place every ½ hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the last tour departing at 3 p.m. Open Saturdays and Sundays only, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $9 per member, $10 per non-member. Visit adenamansion.com, or call 800-319-7248 for more information.



December 3, Chillicothe
Holiday Wreath Workshop
Adena Mansion and Gardens

Participants will decorate a traditional wreath with a live evergreen base. Decorations such as dried flowers, dried fruits, and other natural materials gathered from the grounds at Adena Mansion and Gardens, will be provided along with instructions. Participants are welcome to bring their own items to use as decorations. From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $35, space is limited, reservations and advance payment required and can be made online at adenamansion.com, or at the Adena Mansion and Gardens Visitor Center Gift shop. For more information call 740-772-1500, or visit adenamansion.com.



December 7-9, Newark
Holiday Greenery Workshops
Dawes Arboretum

Bring your friends and family and enjoy the views of the great outdoors while creating a holiday centerpiece or wreath. Everything you need to create a holiday masterpiece will be provided in a kit; choose from rustic or glittery. Check the website or call for times. Costs $40; members $30. Visit dawesarb.org for event registration, or call 740-323-2355.



December 14, Columbus
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
The Chadwick Arboretum Lane Avenue Gardens

Join in on the fun of roasting chestnuts and sipping Fair Trade hot chocolate while participating in lighting the arboretum’s Chartres-style labyrinth with candles. All are welcome to this free event. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Lane Avenue gardens (parking adjacent to the Agricultural Administration building 2120 Fyffe Rd., Columbus OH 43210). Visit chadwickarboretum.osu.edu for more information, or call 614-688-3479.

 

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January and February, Troy Township
Ma and Pa’s Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
Ma and Pa’s

“Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh” excursion begins at Ma and Pa’s 1820s log cabin where you will find various rustic items such as chainsaw-carved bears, log furniture, hunting, fishing, and everything for the rustic home. Then one of their draft horses will pull an old-fashioned sleigh through the woods and fields; during the evening rides, the horses stop so guests can gaze up at the star-filled sky. When the ride has ended, visitors are welcomed back into the cabin for hot chocolate, maple coffee, and cookies. Reservations are required. Family rates start at $20 per adult and $5 to 10 per child, couples’ rate ranges from $50 to 65. Call 440-548-5521, or visit maandpas.com.



Through January 6, Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Choo Choo Holiday Show
Krohn Conservatory

Discover the Cincinnati Choo Choo. The Krohn Conservatory showroom will be filled with poinsettias, evergreens, cyclamen, amaryllis, and other favorite holiday plants. The delightful botanical show will be surrounded by miles of train tracks created by the Applied Imagination team. The train display and historical buildings created by Applied Imagination will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of chugging trains and splashing water, with trains overhead and trolleys at your feet. Bring the family to Krohn Conservatory, located at 1501 Eden Park Drive in Eden Park. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 513-421-5707.



January 1-7, Columbus
Merry and Bright Lights
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy an array of family activities. Costs adults $14, seniors and students $11, children $7, children under 3 are free. Visit fpconservatory.org, and call 614-715-8000.



January 5-7 Columbus
Columbus Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Halls C and D

Come see the latest innovations and designs showcased by experts. Bring all your home and garden remodeling questions and be ready to get some expert advice. In addition, feature gardens will be displayed with the newest ideas pertaining to landscape installation, a sure way to catch a glimpse of spring. Friday noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $6 adults, free for children under 18. Call 952-881-5030, or visit homeshowcenter.com/overview/columbus.



January 13, Dayton
Winter Tree ID Workshop
Cox Arboretum MetroPark: Mead Westvaco Theatre

Learn how to identify more than 20 native trees by their twig, bark, and other winter characteristics. Discover pioneer, wildlife, and commercial uses for each tree while sharing stories of folklore. Each participant will receive a winter tree identification notebook with everything needed to get started identifying trees. Weather dependent. For ages 14 and up. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Costs $10. Register at metroparks.org/programs-events-finder, or call 937-275-7275.



January 20, Logan
Annual Winter Hike at Hocking Hills State Park
Old Man’s Cave Hocking Hills

Enjoy winter’s splendor on this 6-mile trek from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave. Layered clothing and good footwear recommended. Refreshments are available at Cedar Falls for a donation. Transportation is provided back to the parking area at Old Man’s Cave. From 9 to 11 a.m. Call 740-385-6842.



January 20, Fairlawn
Design and Beyond: A Garden Symposium
Our Lady of the Cedars

The Summit County Master Gardeners present “Design and Beyond: A Garden Symposium,” on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Our Lady of the Cedars, 507 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road in Fairlawn. The keynote speaker will be Paul Zammit, the Nancy Eaton director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, who will discuss, “The Heart and Soul of the Garden.” From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $50. Visit summitmastergardeners.org, email mtj4jrj@yahoo.com, or call 330-928-GROW (4769).



January 23, Dayton
Adult Nature Walk
Eastwood MetroPark: First Parking Lot

Come and explore nature with MetroPark volunteers and other curious adults on this weekly, relaxed adventure. For ages 18 and up. From 9 to 11 a.m. Free. Call 937-275-7275.



January 26-28, Cincinnati
Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo
Sharonville Convention Center

This three-day comprehensive event is full of innovative displays of the latest trends in design and product offerings. Bring all your gardening and home improvement questions and have them answered by the experts. Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $5 adults, free for children under 18. Free parking. Call 952-881-5030, or visit homeshowcenter.com/overview/cincinnati.



January 27- March 4, Cleveland
Orchid Mania
Cleveland Botanical Garden

Thousands of orchids of practically every shape, color, size, and smell will bring your senses to life during one of the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s most treasured traditions. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9.p.m.; Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays. Costs adults $11, children 3 to 12 $6, children 2 and under are free. Free for CBG and Holden Arboretum members. Visit cbgarden.org, or call 216-721-1600.



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February 7-March 14, Cincinnati
Landscaping for the Homeowner Series
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Learn everything to get up to speed regarding bed preparation, plant selection, maintenance, and more. Dates, details, costs and registration at cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/horticulture_events, or call 513-281-4700.



February 2-11, Cleveland
The Great Big Home and Garden Show
Cleveland’s IX Center

At The Great Big Home and Garden Show you can explore more than 600 exhibits and engage with hundreds of home and garden experts. You can also view unique themed gardens. Celebrities such as Matt Fox from the PBS show “Around the House with Matt and Shari,” celebrity chefs, home improvement experts, and landscape design professionals will also be on hand. Costs adults $15, seniors (65 and up) $11, children 6 to 12 $5, children 5 and under are free. Visit greatbighomeandgarden.com, or call 440-248-5729.



February 24, Medina
Medina County Master Gardener Volunteers’ Spring Workshop
A.I. Root Candle Company, Community Room

The Medina County Master Gardener Volunteers present their spring workshop “The Resilient Garden: Successfully Integrating Native Plants into Your Landscape.” From 9 a.m. to noon at the A.I. Root Candle Company Community Room, at 640 West Liberty Street, Medina. Visit go.osu.edu/mgvwksp or call Extension coordinator Ashley Kulhanek at 330-722-4911 ext. 106, Sheryl Henslee at 330-722-7492, or Barbara Brodie at 330-887-3042.


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Through Jan 1, Muskogee
Honor Heights Park Lights
North Honor Heights Drive

Visitors can enjoy a stunning drive through a holiday delight. The drive-through display includes over 1.2 million shimmering lights, enhancing the natural beauty of the park’s gardens, waterfalls, and ponds with holiday displays the whole family will love. Sunday to Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5:30-11 p.m. For more information call 918-684-6302 or visit www.muskogeeparks.com.

 

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December 3, Tulsa
Carols and Crumpets
Tulsa Garden Center

Tulsa Herb Society and artisan vendors will present their offerings of herbal jams, vinegars and chutneys, live greenery and wreaths, mosaic garden items, and much more. This is an excellent place to find unique Christmas gifts. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Don’t miss having lunch at the Snowflake Cafe’ between the hours of 11a.m.-2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from this sale benefit Tulsa Garden Center and the Linnaeus Teaching Garden.

 

December 7, Oklahoma City
Pruning Trees
Myriad Botanic Gardens

Gardens and grounds manager Matthew Janda will give an overview of the best time for pruning both flowering and evergreen trees. He’ll then demonstrate proper tree pruning techniques and give each participant a chance to try their hand at pruning. 11 a.m-noon. For more information, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.



December 9, Oklahoma City
Herbal Holiday Gifts
Myriad Botanic Gardens

Join herbalist Monica Arndt as she guides you through the steps of creating your own Herbs De Provence mix, a rose petal jam and an 8-inch living rosemary wreath. She’ll also discuss the benefits of each of these herbs. 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.



December 15, Oklahoma City
Pruning Shrubs and Vines
Myriad Botanic Gardens

Join our gardens and grounds manager Matthew Janda, for hands on instruction on how to properly maintain your shrubs and vines. Matthew will discuss the best time for pruning and will demonstrate proper pruning techniques as well as tool maintenance. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.



December 17, Stillwater
Bird Feeders
The Botanic Garden

Learn to identify bird species as well as specific feeding for various birds you make see in your landscape. Finally, you will build your own bird feeder for your home. This family day activity is $10 per family and preregistration is recommended. Please Contact: Laura Payne, laura.payne@okstate.edu or call 405-744-4531.

 

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January 5 & 6, Tulsa
2018 Horticulture Industries Show Conference
Tulsa Community College, NE Campus

Urban Agriculture is the theme for this years’ annual Horticultural Industries Show. This is an annual meeting for anyone interested in horticulture including extension educators, master gardeners, people working in various horticulture businesses, or gardeners interested in more knowledge. There are more than 60 speakers to choose from as well as many vendors. Registration is required and begins in November with the early bird deadline by December 22. For more information, email donna.dollins@okstate.edu or visit www.hortindustriesshow.org.

 

January 27, February 3 & 10, Oklahoma City
3rd Annual Garden Bootcamp
Will Rogers Park Exhibition Center

3rd Annual Garden Boot Camp presented by Oklahoma Gardeners Association will be held Saturdays, January 27, February 3 and February 10, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, at Will Rogers Park Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 39th Street, Oklahoma City, OK. Three Saturdays filled with a wide range of gardening information presented by horticultural specialist from around the state. Great to give as a gift to family or friends. Gift Certificates are available now. $45 for all 3 Saturdays. For more information or to register, visit our website, www.okgardeners.org or call 694-8456. Seating is limited so register early. Deadline for registration is January 12, 2018.


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Through December 30, Devon

Sculpted Earth: Exhibition and Sale of Ceramic Sculpture
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Local artists inspired by nature and organic forms exhibit their clay sculptures that feature lines and curves reminiscent of flowers, seedpods, shells, leaves, and trees. The exhibit is in the John J. Willaman Education Center. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. An opening reception is held on Nov. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



Through December 31, Philadelphia
Holiday Garden Railway
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Come see the holiday garden railway dressed in its wintry finest. Included in garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

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Through December 15, Pittsburgh
Worlds Within
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

In collaboration with the Miller Gallery, at the other end of the Carnegie Mellon University campus, this exhibit features botanical micrographs by British artist Rob Kesseler and botanical wall charts from Carl Ignax Leopold Kny’s series, Botanische Wandtafeln. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday (except for Nov. 23 through 26). Free admission. Call 412-268-2434 or visit huntbotanical.org.



December 1 & 2, Greensburg
Christmas Sale
Greensburg Garden Center

This sale features fresh live wreaths, boughs, table arrangements, kissing balls, hanging baskets, garland, and curly willow and red-twig dogwood branches. Also offered are artificial arrangements and decorated 2-foot by 3-foot Christmas trees. From 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2. Call 724-837-0245 or visit greensburggardencenter.net.



December 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, Philadelphia
Friday Night Lights
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Enjoy the holiday garden railroad lit up and decorated for the season. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticket Leap beginning Nov. 1. Costs member adults $9, member children $3, non-member adults $16, non-member children $8. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



December 8, Philadelphia
Free Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Engaging reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors in nice weather at the outdoor children’s classroom next to the Widener Visitor Center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



December 9, Mercersburg
Christmas Open House
Conococheague Settlement

Featuring tours of historic houses decorated for the holidays using natural objects grown and harvested at Rock Hill Farm. Visitors will enjoy music, colonial games, wooden toys, books by local authors, and unique gift items. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 717-328-3467 or visit cimlg.org.



December 9, Springfield
Deck Your Halls with Fresh
Fragrant Greens, Smedley Park

Delaware County Master Gardeners offer handcrafted, fresh-cut evergreen wreaths and holiday floral creations. Choose from a selection of wreaths with assorted evergreens, berries, and natural accents, as well as hanging baskets of greens, and bouquets of freshly-cut greens to use in your own floral designs. Also available are table arrangements, bundles of mixed greens, and other holiday creations. Browse the array of crafts and gifts made by Master Gardeners. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.

 

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Saturdays and Sundays through March, Philadelphia
Winter Wellness Walks
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Led by an experienced volunteer guide, these brisk walks stick to the paved paths and get your heart rate up. Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. Meet in front of the Widener Visitor Center. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



January 5-7, King of Prussia
Greater Philadelphia Spring Home Show
Valley Forge Casino Resort

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking and admission. Call 610-563-2628 or visit greaterphillyhomeshows.com.



January 11-12, Blue Bell
29th Annual Landscape Design Symposium
Montgomery County Community College

This event provides an in-depth examination of the state of the art of naturalistic landscape design. Speakers represent a diverse and accomplished group of designers, horticulturists, ecologists, and artists in an interactive and informal setting. Continuing education units for landscape architects and designers is available. From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To request a brochure, call 215-247-5777, ext. 125 or email jlm@upenn.edu.



January 12-15, Hershey
Nature’s Art
Hershey Gardens

See works of art by members of the Hershey Area Art Association on display in the educational and horticultural wing of the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included in admission. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



January 12-15 & 19-21, Philadelphia
Philly Home and Garden Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center

Times vary. Costs $13 for adults at the door, $10 online, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for children age 5 and under. Call 215-418-2003 or visit phillyhomeshow.com.



January 13, Springfield
Build an Edible Birdhouse
Smedley Park

Turn a wooden birdhouse into an edible feast for your winter birds. Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Delaware County show how to mix a bird-safe glue to apply to the house, and then you decorate the house with bird seed and dried fruits. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $20, and there is a limit of 15 people. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.



January 20-March 25, Kennett Square
Orchid Extravaganza
Longwood Gardens

As one of the first plant collections at Longwood, orchids have held a place of distinction since 1922. Longwood’s horticulturists celebrate the beauty and variety of orchids with an artful display that includes a towering 12-foot-tall archway of pink Phalaenopsis sp. orchids, giant orchid orbs, a purple-and-white orchid curtain, and hundreds of Vanda sp. orchids adorning the silver garden. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free with admission. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/orchid-extravaganza.

 

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February 2-4, Hershey
Orchid Show and Sale
Hershey Gardens

Returning to Hershey Gardens for the second year, the Susquehanna Orchid Society presents its annual show and sale in the educational and horticultural wing of the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory. More than 1,000 orchids representing dozens of orchid varieties are on display, including rare species and unique hybrids. Vendors offer orchids for sale. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in admission. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



February 9-11, Lancaster
Suburban Penn. Spring Home Show
Lancaster County Convention Center

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission. Call 866-503-3786 or visit lancasterhomeshow.com.



February 9-11, York
Home and Garden Show
York Expo Center

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this year’s show includes four garden displays on the show floor. Hours are 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking. Call 717-767-2444 or visit yorkbuilders.com.



February 10, Springfield
Build a Mason Bee House
Smedley Park

Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County give participants an overview of the habits of mason bees and the value of building a house to attract them to your property; then you have a chance to build your own bee house. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $25, and there is a limit of 15 people. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.



February 17, Philadelphia
“Witch Hazel” Is Your Favorite?
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

These captivating winter bloomers can be found throughout the arboretum. Pick up a map at the visitor center that showcases specially selected specimens. Children can create a witch-hazel-related craft in the upper gallery of the visitor center. An arboretum expert is available in the upper gallery from 1 to 3 p.m. to answer questions on the variety and cultivation of witch hazels. The 2 p.m. guided tour focuses on the arboretum’s witch hazel collection. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org. m


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

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



Now-January 2018, Blount County
Master Gardener Training Application
Blount County Public Library

Applications now being accepted for 2018 training class that will begin in January. Course fee is $175 and space is limited. For details, contact John Wilson, Blount County Extension Office or download application from bcmgtn.wildapricot.org/Become-a-Master-Gardener.



Now-January 7, Union City
BUGS! Traveling Exhibit
Discovery Park of America

Guests can experience what it would be like if a grasshopper were as big as a school bus, and even see a giant lady bug! There are hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy in the traveling exhibit all about BUGS! 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission cost beyond general admission for this special event. For details, phone 731-885-5455 or see discoveryparkofamerica.com/event/bugs-traveling-exhibit.



Now-January 2018, Hamilton County
Master Gardener Training
Hamilton County Master Gardeners

See mghc.org for details and registration form of the 2018 Master Gardener Training Course, which starts January 8. Two sessions of the course given Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings for 15 weeks to graduate in April. For more information, visit mghc.org/mg-training/master-gardener-training-course.

 

Each Saturday through December 30, Memphis
David Rogers’ Big Bugs at the Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden

The garden is crawling with Big Bugs with a self-guided walking map, tram tours every Friday, and special Big Bug events for all ages.  For more information, call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/bigbugs.



December



December 2, Kingsport
Christmas In The Country 2017
Exchange Place, free admission

Step into the 1850s for Christmas at the farm. 10 a.m.- 4p.m., with the traditional Yule Log Ceremony at 4 p.m. For more information, visit exchangeplace.info.



December 2, Knoxville
Fresh Seasonal Wreaths
UT Gardens

This workshop will teach you how to create a wreath from natural materials to decorate your home. 1-3 p.m. Cost $25 for members, $35 non-members. See registration at calendar of events at ag.tennessee.edu/utg/pages.



December 2, Vonore
18th Century Christmas
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Step back to 1756 for an 18th century celebration with wassail, carols, greenery, and skill demonstrations for the day. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Light refreshments at 5 p.m. and a candlelight tour at 6 p.m. For more information, call 423-884-6217.

 

January



January & February, Tiptonville
Eagle Tour
Reelfoot Lake State Park

Eagles from the Great Lakes and Canada spend the winter in northwest Tennessee. Interpretive eagle tours are two hours and depart from the Visitor Center, $10 per person, reservations recommended, buses are heated. Special evening programs every Saturday night at 7 p.m. 10 a.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 731-253-9652 or email vanessa.henson@tn.gov or jerry.hall@tn.gov.


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December 2, Alexandria
Winter Wreath Workshop
Green Spring Gardens

Create a beautiful winter wreath to take home for your front door. Greens, forms, ribbon, and cones are included in the supply fee. 9:30-11 a.m. for ages 14-adult. The program is $38, supply fee is $25. Call Green Spring Gardens to register at 703-642-5173 or register online at fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring using code 290 484 6901 for the program and code 290 484 6902 for the supply fee.



December 3, Richmond
Old-Fashioned Christmas
Maymont Mansion and Carriage House Lawn

Marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, see the gifts and games of 1893, and stop by the Belowstairs area, where holiday preparations are underway. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring fire, and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit. Free admission; fees for activities. Guided mansion tours: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. Carriage rides: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. For more information, visit maymont.org or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.



December 9-10, Beaverdam
Colonial Christmas
Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown is decorated for the holidays courtesy of the Ashland Garden Club. Join us for festive tours, dancing, and delicious treats including Martha Washington cake, gingerbread cookies, and hot cider. Open house is 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (opening noon December 10). For more information, visit preservationvirginia.org or call 804-227-3500.  



December 16, Stratford
Plant Medicine
Stratford Hall

Learn about medicines found in many common plants found locally in the Northern Neck! From 10 a.m.-12 p.m., herbalist Heather Bedford will give a lecture on how to use and find a number of plants to help ease a variety of ailments. As an added bonus, a plant walk will take place after the lecture to provide hands on experience. This program is $20 per person. Registration is required by December 10; contact Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972 or email jbachman@stratfordhall.org.



December 18, Alexandria
Garden Buds
Green Spring Gardens

Meet in the Children’s Discovery Garden one Monday a month! Your child will enjoy different sensory materials out in the garden, rain, or shine. Dress for the weather and explore at your leisure. $5/child. 10-11 a.m. (2-3 years old). Register online at fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring using code 290 402 8604 or call 703-642-5173. 


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Through Jan. 7, Milwaukee

Naughty or Nice Holiday Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Celebrate the season by viewing an incredible holiday display at the Domes, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Through Dec. 30, Green Bay
WPS Garden of Lights
Green Bay Botanical Garden

At least 250,000 twinkling lights create extraordinary holiday memories with your family and friends at the Garden this winter. Discover a spectacular array of botanical-themed light displays, featuring an enchanted icicle forest, glistening flowers, and a dazzling 60-foot walk-through caterpillar. 5 to 8:30 p.m. daily.



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December 2-31, Madison
Holiday Express
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias and fresh evergreens. Members of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society from all over the state show off their model trains, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; $5, adults, $3, children, ages 3 to 12.



December 5, Madison
Evergreen Swag Making Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Evergreen swags smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Bud LeFevre, owner of Distinctive Gardens in Illinois, to decorate your own door swag with natural and other materials. Fresh evergreen swag, plant materials, and other supplies provided to make one 24-30 inch long swag, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Limited space; registration deadline, November 28. Cost: $54 nonmember; $43 member.



December 9, Madison
Herbal Gift Making
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Make approximately 10 herbal gift items that you can give to your friends, family, or keep for yourself, including lip balm, body spray, felted soap, herbal condiments, herbal salts for foot and bath, lotion bar, dream pillow, herbal tea blend, under the direction of Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs, 1 to 5 p.m. All supplies and decorative packaging provided. For adults and youth (ages 8 and up, with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space, register by November 30, $75 nonmembers, $60 members.



December 9, Sheboygan
Floral Design: Winter Wreaths
Bookworm Gardens

Special holiday workshop at the Gardens with Garden and Facilities Manager Allissa. Sip on cider while you learn wreath-making techniques that will carry you through the winter season. Dress warmly, this is an indoor/outdoor workshop. Adults only (21+) event. Choose Session 1, 10 a.m. to noon; or Session 2, 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets online, $30 members; $35 nonmembers.



December 29, Wausau
Luminary Snowshoe Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Family, friends (and dogs) welcomed to the gardens for a luminary-lit snowshoe walk (or hike) ending at the Kitchen Garden, where you can warm up with a bonfire, hot chocolate, apple cider, and roasted marshmallows. Walks are with or without snow. Check monkgardens.org for severe weather advisories, 715-261-6309.



December 31, Milwaukee
New Year’s Eve Family Festival
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

A celebration for families at the Domes, a night of entertainment, music, food, and more.

 

January

 

Through January 7, Milwaukee
Naughty or Nice Holiday Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Celebrate the season by viewing an incredible holiday display at the Domes. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



January 11, Hales Corners
BREWtanicals: Bavarian Bierhaus
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Back by popular demand: Discover area breweries, their history, process and taste their beers. Each session: $15 general public; $10 members. Registration recommended at least three days before each session. 21-plus only, 6:30 to 8 p.m.



January 18, Green Bay
Adult Snowshoe Hike
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Learn the basics of snowshoeing, explore the winter adaptations of the plants and search for tracks and signs of animals. Program will be a regular hike, if there isn’t enough snow for snowshoes, 3 to 4 p.m. Free for member; $5/nonmember.



January 19, Green Bay
Garden Sprouts: Pajama Party
Green Bay Botanical Gardens   

Shhh! Everyone is sleeping. Put on your favorite pair of pajamas and learn all about the winter sleepers. For children, ages 3-5, and one accompanying adult. Price includes one child and adult. Additional children are half price, $8/member; $13/nonmember, 10 to 11:30 a.m.



January 19-20, Wausau
Garden Visions Conference
North Central Technical College

North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners’ annual event: Friday, Slow Food Dinner with speaker Inga Witscher from Wisconsin Public Television’s Around The FarmTable; Saturday keynote is Ellen Esker Ogden, Vermont-based food writer. Break out sessions. For information, gardenvisions.org, or call Carol, 715-693-6446.



January 20, Fond du Lac
Snowshoe the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum
UW Fond du Lac

Snowshoe through the prairie and arboretum while looking for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife in winter, noon to 2 p.m. Snowshoes provided. Pre-registration required. No dogs. Family nature movie after the hike, free popcorns and hot cocoa, Room UC 114, 2:30 p.m. 



January 20-March 18, Milwaukee
Railroad to Wonderland
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

G-scale trains working their way through 600 feet amid garden wonders that even Alice would have found amazing, $7 adults, $5 kids.



January 21, Hales Corners
Winterfest
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Conquer your cabin fever with winter nature walks, indoor and outdoor activities, hot drinks and family fun. Free admission; $5 suggested donation for winter nature walks, 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m. Sunday brunch available from Zilli Hospitality at regular price. For reservations, 414-409-3959.



January 23, Green Bay
Raising Backyard Chickens
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Join Val Dantoin, sustainable ag educator at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, to explore the ins and outs, local ordinances and everything you need to know to get started raising your own chickens and collecting your own farm-fresh eggs, $5/member; $7/nonmember, 6 to 7:30 p.m.



January 24, Green Bay
Writing for your Health
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Learn to write expressively and reflectively inspired by the beautiful Green Bay Botanical Garden. Spend two hours of gently guided practice to learn techniques to organize thoughts, emotions and strengthen memory, 9:30 a.m. to noon, $12/member; $14/nonmember.



January 26, Wausau
Luminary Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Bring your family and friends (dogs welcome) to the gardens for a luminary-lit snowshoe walk (or hike) ending at the Kitchen Garden, where you can warm up with a bonfire, hot chocolate, apple cider and roasted marshmallows, 6 to 8 p.m.  Free. Limited number of snowshoes for $2. Check rwmonkgardens.org for severe weather advisories.



January 27, Janesville
Botanic Talk
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Educational monthly seminar, topics change each month. Visit website for details. Discounts available for RBG Members, 10 to 11:30 a.m. 



January 27, Green Bay
Winter in the Garden
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Free admission, snowshoe hikes, scavenger hunts and kids activities, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

February



February 2-3, Madison
Orchid Quest 2018
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Presented by Orchid Growers’ Guild of Madison, featuring orchid displays, speakers, vendors and an opportunity to talk to growers. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission and parking.



February 4, Milwaukee
Bonsai Silhouette Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

A winter display of unique and award winning bonsai trees with cultivators on hand to answer questions and share information about this popular horticultural field, $7 adults, $5 kids.



February 6, Green Bay
Beginner Beekeeping
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Taught by Ken Sikora, Brown County Beekeepers Association, 6 to 7:30 p.m., $7.



February 23, Green Bay
Winter Day Camp
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Campers must bring a bag lunch, snack will be provided. Ages 6–10, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $30/member; $40/nonmember.



February 14, Milwaukee
Hearts Under Glass
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Make this special evening and experience the ambiance of the Conservatory after hours with that special someone., $7 adults, $5 kids.



February 16, Wausau
Luminary Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Bring your family and friends (dogs welcome) to the gardens for a luminary-lit snowshoe walk (or hike) ending at the Kitchen Garden, where you can warm up with a bonfire, hot chocolate, apple cider and roasted marshmallows, 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Limited number of snowshoes for $2. Check rwmonkgardens.org for severe weather advisories.



February 21, Fond du Lac
Supple Marsh and Lakeside Master Plan
UW Fond du Lac

Park Superintendent John Redmond will touch on the evolution of the city parks, maintenance, future improvements and how the city is being environmentally friendly.



February 22, Hales Corners
BREWtanicals: Bavarian Bierhaus
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Back by popular demand: Discover area breweries, their history, process and taste their beers. Each session: $15 general public; $10 members. Registration recommended at least three days before each session. 21-plus only, 6:30 to 8 p.m.



Thursdays, February 22 - April, Madison
Green Thumb Gardening Classes
Dane County UW Extension Office

Series will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving. UW Extension educators and local horticulture experts will provide in depth and accessible information for everyone from the novice to the experienced gardener, 6:30 to 9 p.m. For details: http://bit.ly/2yPnZIs.



February 24, Janesville
Botanic Talk
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Educational monthly seminar, topics will change each month. Visit website for registration, fees, and event details. Discounts available for members, 1 to 2:30 p.m.



February 27, Green Bay
Straw Bale Gardening
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Whether you are renting and don’t want to install a raised bed, struggle cultivating ground-level gardens, have poor soil or just want to try out a new technique, straw bale gardening could be for you, 6 to 7 p.m., $5/member; $7/nonmember.

 

March



March 3, Sheboygan
Books on Tap
3 Sheeps Brewing Company Taproom

An adult-only evening of beer, wine, food and music to benefit Bookworm Gardens, a botanic garden inspired by children’s literature. Tasty treats from Bomallies, tour the new brewery, bid on items donated by community supporters, sip on specialty drinks, and dance the night away with This Big Life. Visit website for more information and tickets.



March 3, Milwaukee
Steampunk Wonderland Event
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Enjoy and reminisce the lost age of steam trains with an eclectic mix of costumed steam punk characters and vendors at this gadget-filled garden party.



March 8, Hales Corners
BREWtanicals: Bavarian Bierhaus
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Back by popular demand: Discover area breweries, their history, process and taste their beers. Each session: $15 general public; $10 members. Registration recommended at least three days before each session. 21-plus only, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
 

 

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