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Through October 31, Huntsville
Scarecrow Trail
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This year lots of creativity has poured in from the community, crows of every shape and design! This festival is surrounded by lots of themed events, weekend hayrides, pumpkin patch and our new gilded gourd exhibit. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

Through November 30, Huntsville
George Sherwood – Art at the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

American sculptor George Sherwood explores aesthetic systems of space, time, and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion. The garden is thrilled to have several of his pieces on display and invite you to visit the garden to see these magnificent works of art and space. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

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October 1-31, Huntsville
Pumpkin Patch
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes will be on display in the pumpkin patch. Also a great time to see scarecrows, take a hayride, and have fun in the sorghum maze. Great photo opportunities! For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



October 2-6 and 9-13, Huntsville
Fall Break Festival
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Spend your days of fall break enjoying the festivities at the garden. Crafts, games, and special activities each day. See the scarecrow trail and enjoy daily hayrides through the garden. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

October 4, Mobile
Poetry by Moonlight
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy a delightful evening filled with readings of poetry. The event is scheduled for the night of the Full Moon, the Harvest Moon, the Traveling Moon, and the Moon Over Mobile. Dr. Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama, will serve as the MC. Light refreshments will be served at intermission. Books by presenting authors will be for sale. Free admission, but reservations required. For more information, visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 6, 13, 20, & 27, Auburn 
Friday Night Fright Nights
Davis Arboretum

The Davis Arboretum, in conjunction with the City of Auburn, will be showing classic horror movies every Friday night in October on a big outdoor screen by the pond. This is an outdoor event and will be subject to change depending on the weather. Movies will consist of the classic Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Friends of the Arboretum will be given access to a VIP seating area. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs and come enjoy the classics outside with us! Concessions will be available to purchase during this event. The screenings are free to the public. 7:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, call at 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

October 6-8, Birmingham
Antiques at The Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Antiques at The Gardens will feature tastemakers who are regionally and nationally known architects, interior designers, and landscape designers. Each designer will curate themed areas with goods selected from the best of Birmingham and other sources around the country. The show will continue to include antique dealers from across the United States presenting antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, garden accessories, and jewelry. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Members, free with some restrictions; non-members, $15. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

October 7-8, Huntsville
Fall Plant Sale
Huntsville Botanical Garden

All plants offered for sale are native varieties or plants well suited for Zone 7. Local landscape designers, master gardeners, and our own garden experts are on site to answer any of your toughest garden questions. Bring a sample of your soil and have your pH levels tested while you shop, and vendors will offer unique yard art for purchase. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

October 8, Hoover
Whispers from the Past – A Native American Experience
Aldridge Gardens

Native American life will take shape through demonstrations of flintknapping, cooking, and hunting weapons; activities like leaf pounding, beading, corn grinding, gourd painting, and pottery, plus children’s games and activities. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

October 11, Birmingham
Lunch & Learn: Fall Plant Sale Preview
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Get a sneak peek at what to buy at the fall plant sale! Free. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

October 12, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Compost
North Alabama Agriplex

Turn food and yard scraps into nutrient rich soil through composting. Featuring guest lecturer William Cureton, aka Captain Compost We will have finished compost for sale. The program begins at 6 p.m. Cost $5. Registration is required; you can register at Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

October 12, Hoover
Taste of Hoover
Aldridge Gardens

Enjoy an autumn evening with us strolling through the gardens, listening to live entertainment, and sampling delicious dishes from some of Hoover’s best restaurants. 5-8 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

October 13-November 17, Mobile
Botanical Art I – Learning How to Draw
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join botanical artist Derek Norman for this six-week course teaching the basics of botanical art. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 14, Birmingham
Rose Medicine Making
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Join Cameron Strouss on a rose journey as we explore the history, energetic properties, and medicinal uses- internally and in topical applications. Class will showcase rose recipes as well as a class-made rose goodie! If you are a rose enthusiast this class will enable your addiction. 10-11 a.m. Members, $30; non-members, $35. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

October 14, Huntsville
To Herb or Not to Herb – That is the Question
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Wear comfy clothes and join us in Murray Hall for 4 hours of herbal cooking demo/tips/tasting, 2 educational speakers from Madison Master Gardeners, lunch, and 2 hands-on, make-and-take items you can make in less than 30 minutes. We have door prizes and raffle items and herbal items for sale. Herb Society members available to answer questions, herbal tips announced throughout the day, handouts at each event. Space is limited. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $25, includes box lunch. Mail check to: Dorothy Thomas, 230 Pineridge Road, Madison, AL 35758. Payment must be received by September 30; cancellations can be made NLT October 7.

 

October 15, Jemison
Oriental Persimmons Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Powell will take you through the Oriental persimmon orchard and show you how to successfully grow these fruits. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

October 18, Auburn 
Tree ID Walk and Talk
Davis Arboretum

This workshop will teach you the ins and outs of basic tree identification for you to impress your friends and neighbors with. Spaces are limited. The cost will be $20 for Azalea level members of the arboretum and $30 for non-members. 4-6 p.m. For more information, call at 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

October 19, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Held the third Thursday of every month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 19, Anniston
Creepy Critters
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Come see some of the creepy critters that inhabit many gardens in Alabama. While many are frightening, most are beneficial to your garden. Come learn with Hayes Jackson about some of the nice (and maybe not so nice) varmints that are lurking in the landscape. 5-6 p.m. Free for members, non-members, $5. Reservations are required; payment is to be made at the time of registration; space is limited to the first 35 people. Pre-register by calling 256-237-6766. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens’ Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 19-22, Mobile
Fall Plant Sale
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Find the best plants for Gulf Coast gardens! Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a special MBG members-only preview event on Thursday the 19. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 20, 21, 24, 26, Huntsville
Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Enjoy a family night hike through the scarecrow trail and BOO-terfly House. Experience sounds of the evening from bullfrogs, crickets, and maybe even an owl. The Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes may bring some fun surprises. Warm cider and snacks served mid-way. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

 

October 21-22 Birmingham
Fall Plant Sale
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Purchase herbs, sustainable trees, fall annuals, shrubs, natives, perennials, and more, while benefiting the gardens’ mission to promote public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens, and the environment. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

October 21-22, Cullman
Alabama Gourd Show
Cullman Civic Center

The show features an exhibition with 88 categories of gourd art and crafts, booths of crafted gourds, classes, and raw gourds from growers. Cost: $3. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 256-355-4634 or visit alabamagourdsociety.org.

 

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

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

 

October 26-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.

 

October 26-29, Birmingham
Native Plant Conference
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Celebrating the astounding biodiversity of the Southeast, the Native Plant Conference includes pre-conference workshops, sales of books authored by presenters, plant sales, student poster session, field trips, and a special evening dinner with entertainment. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

October 28, Huntsville
Bootanica
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This fun-filled spooktacular day is appropriate for all ages. Put on frightening costumes and come on out to the garden for a goulish good time. We’ll have games and activities, hayrides through the scarecrow trail to visit the sorghum maze, face painting, and pumpkins for the kids. Steve the DJ will add to the festivities. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All activities are included with admission or membership to the garden. Supplies are limited. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

October 28 Mobile
Splinter Hill Bog Trip
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Hop on the luxury bus and travel to Splinter Hill Bog for a guided tour with Fred Nation. Participants will see and learn about unique and fascinating pitcher plants and other bog plants. Depart from MBG at 9 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. Box lunch included. Members, $50; non-members, $65. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 28, Theodore
Boo at Bellingrath
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The gardens will be filled with spooky and fun inflatables, and there will be plenty of treats and trinkets to collect from local organizations and businesses. Guests are invited to enjoy live music on the Great Lawn and culinary delights from local food trucks. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free for Bellingrath members and children 4 and younger. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-459-8864.

 

October 29, Jemison
Edible Forest Garden
Petals from the Past

Tracy Britnell will discuss basic principles for developing an edible forest garden with a focus on creating plant guilds. A guild consists of many different species that serve different functions and purposes. These species work together to create a mutually beneficial environment. We will look at a large selection of plant materials and discuss their beneficial uses. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

November

 

November 2, Birmingham
Plant Diseases and Pests
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

What is bugging your garden? Come find the pest and the cure with Dr. Jacob Jacobi. He will guide you through the world of common garden pest and plant diseases and their cures. Refreshments will be provided. Free and for members only. 6-7 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

November 3-23, Theodore
Fall Cascading Chrysanthemums
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Don’t miss the nation’s largest outdoor chrysanthemum display that represents the culmination of 10 months of work by our horticultural staff. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and children 4 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-459-8864.

 

November 5, Jemison
Repotting Orchids
Petals from the Past

Bring your orchid that needs new life to Shelley Powell and she will help you repot them so they will perk up and provide long-lasting beauty. 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

November 6, Hoover
Veterans Day Celebration
Aldridge Gardens

Join us at 9:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arbor and Pentagon Plaza on the edge of the Aldridge Gardens lake. We’ll be honoring our veterans and celebrating the freedom that their service and sacrifices provide. For more information and official start time, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

November 14, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Indoor Gardening
North Alabama Agriplex

We’ll show you how to make an indoor garden to keep your green thumb happy year round. The program begins at 6 p.m. Cost $5. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

November 16, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Shop our plant sale, held the third Thursday of every month. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens’ Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.


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Through October 31, Piggott

Friendly Forest at Pumpkin Hollow
Pumpkin Hollow

The Friendly Forest is designed by the folks at Pumpkin Hollow just for children, wimpy adults, and the faint-of-heart! Open now every day with new scenes and interactive displays. Spend some time playing in the “Pirate Ship” play set and in the covered wagon. You will want to explore a little further to see what new fun has been added in 2017. New in 2017 will be markers identifying trees and plants along the Friendly Forest trail. For hours and admissions call 870-598-3568 or visit pumpkinhollow.com.

 

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October 7, Washington
Gardening Basics for the Fall
Historic Washington State Park – 1874 Courthouse

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

 

October 13-14, North Little Rock
Central Arkansas African Violet Society Show and Sale
North Little Rock Community Center

The Central Arkansas African Violet Society will be presenting “Violets Vacation in the Natural State.” We will have a wide variety of African violets (and their cousins) available for viewing, photographing, and for sale. There will also be potting supplies and just about everything you need to grow your own beautiful African violets. Club members will be available to answer questions and share their knowledge. Free admission. Saturday noon-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Danny Tidwell at dantwell@yahoo.com.

 

October 21, Hot Springs
Celebrate Fall in the Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

The Gardens will open at 9 a.m. with candy for trick or treaters ages 12 and under (costumes encouraged), a pumpkin patch with free pie-sized pumpkins for the first 200 children who visit the gardens, a spooking “James the Train” for climbing fun, and a special treasure map for kids to hunt for “Garvan Rocks” to keep (one rock per child). The Chipmunk Cafe will be serving up fall treats 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Members free/non-member adults $15 and $5 ages 4-12. For more information, visit garvangardens.org.



October 21, Mammoth Spring
Beekeeping 101
Mammoth Spring State Park

Learn the basics of bees and beekeeping and decide if this is the hobby or business for you. Time and location TBS. For more information, contact Mammoth Spring State Park at 870-625-7364.



October 19-21, Bella Vista
Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival
1991 Forest Hills Boulevard

The festival features 300 juried exhibitor booths with hand-made original arts and crafts, five circus-sized tents plus hundreds of individual tents on our beautiful spacious grounds. Shuttle service from the parking area, free admission, and a wide variety of great foods. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit bellavistafestival.org.

 

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November 3, Russellville
Eagle Tour
Lake Dardanelle State Park

Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the American bald eagle. Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing, including American white pelicans, ducks, and snow geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible for our tours we will take reservations this year. Call 479-967-5516 to reserve your seat.

 

November 4, Little Rock
Fall Foliage Lake Cruise
Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Experience the beauty of a tree rainbow along the shores of nearby Lake Maumelle. Join a park interpreter for a guided tour of these amazing colors. Don’t forget your camera – you won’t want to miss the amazing foliage of the Ouachita Mountains. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Admission: $15 adults, $8 ages 6-12. Advance payment and registration required. Call 501-868-5806 for more information.



November 4, Wickes
Cast Iron Round Mini-Servers Workshop
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Visitor Center Amphitheater

Join park interpreters for a fun day of cooking with cast iron. Learn the history and techniques and receive a cast iron round mini-server. We will make entrees and desserts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $25 per person/$10 per person for meal. Call 870-385-2201 to make your reservation.



November 11, Washington
Cast Iron Cooking: Holiday Sweets & Treats
Historic Washington State Park

Sugar cookies, gingerbread, and other holiday favorites can all be made with ease in a cast-iron Dutch oven. This half-day workshop will be devoted to advanced recipes, so beginners are encouraged to take the basic skills class first. Call 870-983-2684 for more information. Reservations required.

 

November 18, Parkin
Casqui Foods
Parkin Archeological State Park Visitor Center

Bring your family and friends to experience the tastes of the past. Most of the dishes will be created from food grown in our on-site garden and other ingredients gathered from the surrounding area.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: Free. Call
870-755-2500 for more information.


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

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

 

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

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

 

Through Oct 29, Belmont, N.C.

Chinese Lantern Festival
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden  

Explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival Hundreds of large lanterns from Zigong, China will illuminate the garden and guests can enjoy Kung Fu shows, Asian cuisine, authentic Chinese folk arts and more! Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit DSBG.org.

 

October-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.

 

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October 3, Raleigh, N.C.
Plantsmen’s Tour – “For the Birds”
JC Raulston Arboretum

Attract birds to your garden by incorporating plants they need for food, shelter, and nesting into your landscape. This is free for members, $5 for nonmembers. Tour begins at the Visitor Center at 4415 Beryl Road. 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 919-513-7005.



October 5, Lake City, S.C.
Native Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Nothing beats the texture, sound, and color ornamental grasses bring to a landscape. This class will cover plant selection, design techniques, planting styles, and maintenance of our exquisite native grasses and sedges. Each attendee will get some unique ornamental grasses and make a grass broom in the class to take home. There is a fee of $20 per person. 9:30 a.m.-noon. This class will take place outside so wear appropriate shoes. To reserve your spot, contact Rebecca Turk at rturk@moorefarmsbg.org.



October 6, Rock Hill, S.C.
Hellebores
Glencairn Garden Learning Center

The World of Hellebores will be the topic for the First Friday Garden Series. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will lead the program, which is free of charge and starts at 11 a.m. It is a public service of Clemson Extension Service; the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department; and the Master Gardeners of York County. For more information, contact Terry Plumb at 803-324-8296.



October 6-7, Murells Inlet, S.C.
Harevest Home Weekend Festival
Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen’s annual fall festival, Harvest Home Weekend is from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., and is filled with outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy. There will be favorite activities such as scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides, live entertainment, and more. For more information, visit http://www.brookgreen.org/calendar or call (843) 235-6016.


 
October 7, Clemson, S.C.
Certified Native Plant Studies – Sandhills Exploration
South Carolina Botanical garden

Join botanist Bruce Sorrie for a field trip to the Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge. Bruce spent many years inventorying and surveying habitats in North Carolina, predominantly within the longleaf pine ecosystem. He is the author of A Field Guide To The Wildflowers Of The Sandhills Region: North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The fee is $80 per person (10% discount members). For more information or to register, contact Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or watts9@clemson.edu.



October 7, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Introduction to Mushrooms
NC Botanical Garden

This course is intended for a broad audience as an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology, and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. Bring your lunch. No prerequisite. Fee: $70 ($65 NCBG members) 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.



October 7, Lake City, S.C.
Sarracenia – Native Bog Plants
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Join us in the garden for a special event in support of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association Foundation. Moore Farms Botanical Garden has created the largest manmade bog in the Southeast, including over 2,000 Sarracenia plants. The Inn at the Crossroads will create a memorable meal with each course showcasing products from local farms. A mimosa and Bloody Mary bar will kick off the event followed by tours of the garden, an inspired menu, and silent auction. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cash, check, and credit cards accepted. Tickets are $45. For further information, contact Roberta Burns at rburns@moorefarmsbg.org.



October 7, Kernersville, N.C.
Fall Plant Sale
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Come and find something perfect for your garden at the Fall Plant Sale from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Plants for sun and shade, selected trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and more! For a list of plants, visit www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org. Proceeds benefit the future development of the Garden.  



October 10, Belmont, N.C.
Birding Walk
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for a stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds. Observe nesting patterns and establish basis for bird counts. Bring binoculars if you have a pair. Walk led by garden volunteers. 9-10 a.m. Cost is free for garden members or free with garden admission. For more information, call 704-825-4490.



October 11, Greensboro, N.C.
Spring Flowering Bulbs
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library

For beautiful flowers in spring, plan ahead and plant some bulbs after the first autumn frost. Bulbs can be planted in flowerbeds, in lawns, under and around trees, or in containers. Many will come back and even multiply for years of beauty with minimal care. Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Check out http://go.ncsu.edu/growing_green_way for locations and times where classes are offered. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.

 

October 12, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Lunchbox Talk: Saving our Rarest Seeds: Using conservation, Science and Partnerships
NC Botanical garden

From Svalbard Global Seed Vault to NCBG, seeds are protected in seed banks throughout the world. These seed banks hold much of the world’s plant diversity and conduct research on improving the science of seed storage. In this presentation, we will explore the role of seed banks in conservation, learn the science behind the conservation and look at global and regional efforts to seed bank rare taxa, including how NCBG is contributing to saving imperiled plant species in the Southeast. Noon-1 p.m. Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required. For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.



October 13-14, Charlotte, N.C.
Fall Plant Sale
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

You will find an outstanding selection of native and non-native hard shrubs, trees, perennials, wildflowers, ferns, and cool-weather annuals. This is a great opportunity to ask lots of questions of our knowledgeable staff. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a preview sale Thursday, October 12, from noon-3 p.m. for the Campus Community and Garden Stewards. Please visit our website at gardens.uncc.edu or call 704-687-8622 for more information.



October 13-14, New Bern N.C.
Heritage Plant Sale
Tryon Palace

Fall is a great time to plant and discover a great selection of annuals, perennials, herbs and fall vegetables. Tryon Palace’s Fall Heritage Plant Sale offers only plants grown locally and in our nursery yard. Supplies are limited so come early. For more information visit www.tryonpalace.org or call 800-767-1560.



October 13-15, New Bern N.C.
Fall Garden Lover’s Weekend
Tryon Palace

Visit Tryon Palace Grounds for free during Mumfest weekend. Hundreds of mums will be on display in our gardens along with a variety of fall blooming plants. For more information visit www.tryonpalace.org or call 800-767-1560.

 

October 14 & 15, Ashville, N.C.
Bonsai
The North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual Carolina Bonsai Expo will be held in the arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center buildings 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase live bonsai plants and supplies at the expo’s bonsai marketplace, participate in bonsai workshops, and watch free demonstrations. For more information, visit ncarboretum.org/event/carolina-bonsai-expo-2017.



October 14, Fuquay Varina, N.C.
Fairy Garden Class
The Garden Hut

Create your own tiny oasis! Fun & interactive. Bring your own creative container or buy one onsite and we’ll help you plant it after class. 11 a.m. Free, but registration required. For more information, visit nelsasgardenhut.com or call 919-552-0590.



October 14, Lake City, S.C.
Fall Series – Pollination Station
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

We can thank bees for every third bite of food that we take. Their pollination powers not only keep tasty fruits and veggies on our plates, but also keep the natural world beautiful and in balance. We’ll check out the hives on site (from a safe distance) and look at live bees up close like you have never seen before using an observation hive. Each child will make a wildflower seed bomb to take home and plant to support the bees. The fee is just $3 per child and activities will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. To register, email or call Kelli Meeker at kmeeker@moorefarmsbg.org or 843-210-7582.



October 19, Raleigh, N.C.
Photography Walk – Textures
JC Raulston Arboretum

During this program, Susan Bailey of Susan Bailey Photography will teach you how to search out various textures in the garden and notice how the light accents or diffuses the texture of different plants. You will need to bring a camera with any lens, ideally a 50mm–100mm lens or a macro-lens (a smartphone is okay). 2-3 p.m. The charge for this program is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events or call 919-513-7005.



October 20, Columbia, S.C.
Wild Survival 101
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Join the fun as we teach you the skills of how to purify water, identify edible plants, and much more. *Each family will be provided with a 4-person tent and foam camping mats. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack, and breakfast are also included. Ages 5 to adult. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. the next day. There is a cost of $45 per person. Registration is required. For more information or to register, riverbanks.org/education/family-programs.shtml or call 803-779-8717.



October 21, Lake City, S.C.
Divide and Conquer
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Learning what plants you can divide will save you money and allow you to have more of the plants you love. Leanne and Rebecca will teach you all of the basics to properly and successfully dividing bulbs, grasses, perennials, and more. This class will take place outdoors so please wear appropriate shoes. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $15 per person. If you have any special needs for this class, please contact us in advance. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at rturk@moorefarmsbg.org.



October 21, Seagrove, N.C.
Fall Kiln Opening
Caldwell-Hohl Artworks

Discover art for your garden—pottery planters, vases, birdbaths and more abound at this kiln opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.caldwellhohl.com or call 336-879-9090.



October 21 & 22, Clemson, S.C.
SCNP Certificate Elective Class: Coastal Ecology
South Carolina Botanical Garden

See carnivorous plants, orchids, and a myriad of wildflowers in their native habitats on this exciting new elective course for the native plant certification. In this two-day class we will explore the ecosystem processes, composition and management of major coastal habitats including salt marshes, maritime forest, marl forests, longleaf pine, wetland savannas, flatwoods, blackwater swamp forests, pond cypress savannas, and pocosins. Our class will focus on natural areas in Georgetown, Charleston, and Berkeley counties. (Some basic accommodations available at Baruch Institute for extra cost – contact Sue Watts for details). Prerequisite: Basic Botany. This counts as 2 electives. Program begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and ends 5 p.m. Sunday. There is a fee of $180 (10% member discount). For more information or to register, contact Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or watts9@clemson.edu.



October 21 & 22, Banner Elk, N.C.
40th Annual Woolly Worm Festival
Avery County

There is an admission cost to get into the festival of $5 for adults and $3 for children (6-12). All proceeds are given back to our community to enhance our schools, children’s programs, and to promote businesses and tourism in Avery County. Please no pets inside festival gates, except Woolly Worms, of course. There is a $5 charge to race your worm. If you didn’t find one along one of the many back roads before you get here, don’t worry. The PTO will have them for sale inside the gate by the main gate information booth. There will also be local venders selling handcrafted wares. There are inflatables rides, live music, and dance teams. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.woollyworm.com or call the Avery County Chamber at 828-898-5605.



October 22, Greensboro, N.C.
Composting and Vermicomposting
Greensboro Arboretum

Composting is a great way to recycle, and it also produces a fantastic organic amendment that improves the texture and fertility of your soil. We will discuss easy ways to start composting in your own backyard, and what should and shouldn’t be composted. We’ll also go over the easy steps for having a successful “worm bin” at home. This 1-hour lecture begins at 4 p.m. Registration is required. Visit go.ncsu.edu/growing_green_way for locations and times where classes are offered. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.



October 23, Raleigh, N.C.
“Made Beautiful in the Shade” – Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
JC Raulston Arboretum

Sally Newman, Wake County Extension Master Gardener, will present this program, which will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. The talk will cover considerations, planning, and possibilities for planting a shade garden. This event is cohosted by the extension master gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum, Wake County Extension Master Gardeners, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff; all others $5. For more information, call 919-513-7005.



October 26, Kernersville, N.C.
Kernersville Chamber of Commerce’s Music at Twilight featuring Cup of Blues
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
Enjoy the sound of blues presented by Cup of Blues. J. Peppers and Sheetz will have food for purchase. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.  6-8 p.m. Please no coolers, pets, or smoking. Music at Twilight is FREE and open to the public. The concert will be held in the garden’s ballroom. For more information, visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org.



October 28, Raleigh, N.C.
North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
JC Raulston Arboretum, Ruby C. McSwain Education Center

Anne Spiegel will be speaking on “Gardening on Rock” at this months Rock Garden Society meeting, Cohosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. The event will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, all others $5. For more information, call 919-513-7005.



October 28, Lake City, S.C.
BOOtanical Garden
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Get the whole family together and put on your best costumes for an enchanted Halloween afternoon. Trick-or-treating through the garden, pumpkin bowling, spooky punch, mini pumpkin decorating, carnivorous plants…there’s something fun for everyone! Experience the bewitchingly beautiful garden like never before while the little ones enjoy a BOOtastic time. This family event is fun for all ages and open to the public from 3-6 p.m. Registration is free, but reservations are encouraged. For more information, contact Kelli Meeker, Youth and Outreach Coordinator, at 843-210-7582 or kmeeker@moorefarmsbg.org.


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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.

 

October

 

Oct 7, Palmetto
Manatee County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Fair
Manatee County Extension Service

This fair is located at 1303 17th Street West in Palmetto and runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Master Gardener propagated and grown plants will be available including Florida Friendlies, natives, butterfly attractants, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, trees, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, and bromeliads. While at the sale, wander through our award-winning Educational Gardens. For more information, call 941-722-4524.

 

Oct 7, Gainesville
Guided walk
Kanapaha Botanical Garden

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

 

Oct 7, Tavares
Fall Plant Sale
Lake County Extension Office

There will be a large selection of Master Gardener-greenhouse-grown plants. Florida, Natives, perennials, butterfly plants, and succulents. Bring your own wago/cart or use one of ours (we will have a limited number). Line forms early, gate opens at 8 a.m. and will remain open until noon. Cash or check only. Please call 352-343-4101 or visit lake.ifas.ufl.edu for more information.

 

Oct 7-8 Tampa
Fall Plant Sale
Kessler's Cacti & Things

Kessler's Cacti & Things is holding its huge Fall Plant Sale with hundreds of varieties of cacti and succulents from around the world, including rare collectors specimens. Large stock of beautiful Desert Roses! We will also have botanists on site to answer any questions. Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Bearss Groves, 14316 Lake Magdalene Blvd., Tampa. For more information, contact us at Kesslerscacti@gmail.com or 813-751-9409.

 

Oct 12, Deland
90th Birthday Celebration and Standard Petite Flower Show
865 South Alabama Avenue

The Garden Club of Deland will be celebrating its 90th Birthday with a Standard Petite Flower Show. The evening event will also include wine and appetizers, live music, opportunity drawings, and a chance to stroll their lovely gardens. No admission fee, parking is free. For more information, visit www.gardenclubofdeland.org or call 386-624-6960.

 

October 13-15, Coral Gables
71st Miami International Orchid Show
Wasco Center University of Miami

America’s favorite orchid show presented and judged by the South Florida Orchid Society. Featuring internationally acclaimed orchid growers from around the world and the U.S. Orchid lectures will be held Friday and Saturday. The show is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and admission is $10. Children 10 and under admitted FREE! The address is 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables and there will be ample parking. For more information, please visit www.sforchid.com.

 

Oct 14, Fort Pierce
St. Lucie County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
St. Lucie County Extension

The St. Lucie County Master Gardeners invite all to their annual fall plant sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a lot of great plants for sale that they have propagated, and monies raised furnish scholarships in the community. This sale takes place at 8400 Picos Road and admission is free. For more information, visit stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu or call 772-462-1660.

 

Oct 21, Wildwood
“Plantoberfest” Fall Plant Sale
Wildwood Community Center

The event will include sale of plants and garden related items, including books. Food and drink will be available. Educational tent talks and demonstrations will be held. It will be held at Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Road (CR 139) from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  

 

Oct 21 & 22, Gainesville
Fall Plant Sale & Orchid Show
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Each October, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens holds an Open House and Fall Plant Sale, in conjunction with the Gainesville Orchid Society and invites visitors to see the facility admission-free. The Gardens formally opened to the public in October of 1986 and the Open House is a means of celebrating its birthday. This year the event runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days. In addition to viewing the botanical gardens, approximately 50 booths will be set up selling a wide variety of plants. The American Orchid Society will have their annual America Orchid Society’s judged-show that will coincide with the Fall Plant Sale, and will take place inside Kanapaha’s entrance building. Bring cash because most vendors do not accept credit cards. Sorry, but pets are not allowed at this festival. For more information, please visit www.kanapaha.org or call 352-372-4981.

 

Oct 21 & 22, Naples
Naples Yard & Garden Show
Collier Extension

Come join us at the annual Naples Yard & Garden Show on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be plant vendors, horticulture merchants, educational lectures, and much more. Located at 14700 Immokalee Road, admission is $5 per person (children 12 and under admitted free). Domestic Animals Services (DAS) will be bringing dogs available for adoption too. For more information, call 239-352-4800 or visit Facebook/Naples Yard and Garden Show.

 

Oct 24, Sarasota
Herbs!
1131 Blvd. of the Arts
What’s a bowl of mango salsa without cilantro but a sad state of affairs? Join us for a lively talk about growing herbs in the hot Florida weather, and how different herbs compliment tropical fruits. The speaker for this talk will be Dennis Gretton, a local farmer who over the years has developed expert knowledge about growing herbs in Florida. All are welcome. For more information visit TropicalFruitSociety.org.

 

Oct 28, Lakeland
33rd Annual Fall Garden Extravaganza
Munn Park

The 33rd Annual Fall Extravaganza, presented by The Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc. will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 50 vendors, large variety of plants, garden art and more. Master Gardeners and other experts to answer your questions. Great food and fun! The event will be held in downtown Lakeland in Munn Park at 201 E. Main St. For more information, call 863-370-4065.

 

November

 

Nov 1, 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.



Nov 3, 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 picnic dinners 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 at 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 a list of movie selections.



Nov 3-4, Bradenton
Design Specialty Show “EIEIO: Down on the Farm”
Manatee River Garden Club

This Design Specialty Show will be held on Friday from 1-4 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the clubhouse located at 3120 First Avenue West. A farm theme will be woven into floral designs, educational exhibits, and expanded photography sections. Live farm animals will add a unique feature to this show on Saturday. Also enjoy the vendors on Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit manateerivergardenclub.com or contact Chairwoman Chris O’Grady at 941-776-5788 or email cnogrady@aol.com.



Nov 4, Winter Park
GROWvember
Mead Botanical Garden

Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park invites you to join us at the 4th Annual Fall Plant Sale, GROWvember. The time is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. A number of nurseries and plant vendors will have all kinds of Florida-grown plants to offer, especially focusing on fall plantings. Gardening accessories will also be featured. There will be classes throughout the day and food trucks in case you get hungry. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit meadgarden.org.



Nov 4-5, West Palm Beach
Plant-A-Palooza Fall Plant Sale
Mounts Botanical Garden

This two-day annual event running from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. features more than 90 vendors with an amazing assortment of quality plants and accessories. Rare and hard-to-find palms, orchids, bamboo, begonias, bromeliads, fruit trees, and more will be available for purchase. Be sure to visit the Mounts Nursery and Garden Shop, which will be open during all hours of the event.



Nov 4, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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



Nov 5, Tallahassee
Moon Over Maclay!
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

All are invited to the 8th annual Moon Over Mackay jazz concert. Enjoy the music of two outstanding jazz groups under a full moon on the front lawn of the historic Maclay House overlooking Lake Hall. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs, picnic, favorite beverage, and friends. Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for students, and may be purchased online at friendsofmaclaygardens.org or at the Ranger Station in the park. For additional information, call 850-487-4556.



Nov 6, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Story Time at Leu Gardens is a fun approach for illustrating to young children about 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 to attend. 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.



Nov 8, Naples
Hats in the Garden
Naples Botanical Garden

This is the 14th anniversary of Hats in the Garden – The Faces of Naples. The annual fundraiser is the introduction of Naples’s social season, and tickets are still available (as of July). Fashionable guests display their stunning millinery over a delicious luncheon and enjoy the runway show of red carpet designs. To find out more, call 239-643-7275 or visit naplesgarden.org.



Nov 10-12, Coral Gables
Fall Garden Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Our Fall Garden Festival features The Ramble, south Florida’s most beloved event. Experience all that fall in South Florida has to offer with seasonal cooking classes, home gardening demonstrations, our fall beer garden, and seasonal vignettes, all mixed with Ramble traditions like art, antiques, rare books, garden vendors, a furniture design show, the largest plant sale in South Florida, and much more. Plants include edibles for the fall garden, ornamentals, orchids, succulents, exotics, and more. The Fall Garden Festival at Fairchild admission is included with Garden admission: $25 for non-members and free for Fairchild members. Tickets may be purchased the day of the festival or pre-purchased at fairchildgarden.org. Call 305-667-1651 for more information.



Nov 11, Brandon
Open Garden Days
1508 Burning Tree Lane

From 10 a.m.-noon Monica Brandies will host her annual Open Garden. Autographed books, plants, especially blue ginger, pinecone, and butterfly ginger bulbs, white cat whiskers, perennial edibles, and more for sale. Wander through the garden. Admission is free. For a list of plants and costs or to reserve plants before they disappear, email Monica at monicabrandies@yahoo.com.



Nov 11, Clearwater
45th Herb Faire Celebration
Moccasin Lake Nature Park

The Florida Herb Society presents this free event to the public and will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be demonstrations and speakers, herbs and plants for sale, silent auctions, herbal vendors, a children’s fairy treat tent and more! Located at 2750 Park Trail Lane. For more information or to be a vendor, contact Linda Nash Stevenson at lifeforceherbals@yahoo.com.



Nov 11, Gainesville
Veteran’s Day Special
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Active or retired military get into the Gardens FREE on Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your services to this country! For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



Nov 11, Ft. Myers
Veteran’s Day Special
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

The Edison Ford is offering free admission to United States Armed Services Veterans and immediate family members. For more information, visit edisonfordwinterestates.org.



Nov 11, Orlando
Veteran’s Day Special
Leu Gardens

Active and retired military will be admitted free to the Gardens on this special day. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Nov 11, Plant City
Annual Flower Show
High School Community Center

Our Annual Flower Show is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Plant City 1914 High School Community Center, 605 N. Collins Street. The theme this year is “Victory of the Grand Alliance.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit plantcitygardenclub.org.



Nov 11-12, Fort Pierce
Fall Festival of Orchids
St. Lucie Shrine Club

The Orchid Show and Sale is presented by the Fort Pierce Orchid Society at 4600 Oleander Ave. The times will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Come see hundreds of beautiful and unique orchids on display. There will be orchid vendors, beautiful orchid displays, art exhibits, and raffles! Workshops will be held on Sunday. Be sure to bring your camera and a friend! Experts will be onsite offering growing and maintenance tips. For more information, email rita2zfpos@gmail.com.

 

Nov 12 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.



Nov 13, Vero Beach
9th Annual Bromeliad Auction
Indian River Bromeliad Society

This highly anticipated event offers top quality, hard-to-find specialty bromeliads for auction to the general public. Preview begins at 6:30 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m. Admission is FREE and there will be refreshments. This event is held at the Garden Club of Indian River County, 2526 17th Ave. For more information call 772-713-6007 or visit irbromeliadsociaty.org.



Nov 18-19, Fort Pierce
30h Annual Garden Festival
Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Plants, supplies, food, and more, this year admission is free to all! Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 772-464-4672 or visit heathcotebotanicalgardens.org.



Nov 18-19, Ft. Myers
Edison Garden Festival
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

The annual Edison Garden Festival will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dozens of vendors from all over the state will have exotic and tropical plants and trees, along with garden art and supplies for sale. The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe will be open and stocked with unusual, native and heritage plants proven to thrive in Southwest Florida. Plant vendors will be selling palms, vegetables, bromeliads, hibiscus, butterfly plants, and much more as well as garden supplies and gift items. There will be live music and refreshments available. Parking and admission to the festival are free. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit edisonfordwinterestates.org.

 

Nov 24-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.



Nov 28, Sarasota
Dragon Fruit!
Sarasota Garden Club

Join us for a fascinating look at a cactus that bears a wonderful fruit – pitaya, better known in the U.S. as dragon fruit. Speaker Gene McAvoy, director of the Hendry County IFAS Extension Service, will discuss the many cultivars of this peculiar fruit, its growing requirements, and differences in taste between the cultivars. Many club members grow this fruit and will be on hand to share knowledge, and there may be dragon fruit tasting as well. Non-members are asked for a $5 donation. Location is 1131 Boulevard of the Arts. For more information, visit TropicalFruitSociety.org, find them on Facebook at Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, or email TropicalFruitSocietySRQ@gmail.com.

 

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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October 4, Athens
Warm-Season Grasses of the Georgia Piedmont
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class, we will learn to recognize common grass species of the Georgia Piedmont and will dissect grass plants to learn the basic structures that are useful for identification in the field. The last two hours of the class will be spent in the field examining a variety of native and exotic grasses. Bring a hand lens. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. To register, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.



October 5, LaGrange
One Writer’s Garden
Hills and Dales Estate

Susan Haltom, garden designer and preservation coordinator of the Eudora Welty garden, will speak on her book about famed writer, Eudora Welty. The event will include a reception and book signing. 6:30 p.m. reception followed by presentation at 7 p.m. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org.



October 5-14, Athens
Connect to Protect Native Plant Sale
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Six days of shopping among 100 species of Georgia native plants that can be incorporated into every urban garden and patio. Experts can help guide your selections and inspire you to try new species. Collections are grown at the garden, majority from locally collected seeds, and all without harmful chemicals. All sales benefit the center’s operating budget and conservation actions.
• Oct. 5, 6, 7: 4-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday
• Oct. 12, 13, 14: 4-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
See details and a plant list before the sale at botgarden.uga.edu. Directional signs in the garden will help you find the center.



October 6, Athens
Friends First Friday: Exotica in your Own Garden
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Chuck Murphy, Athens-based award-winning nature photographer, will share his experiences in finding and photographing the unique and beautiful native flora and fauna in his own garden, yard, and ponds. This presentation ties into the “Meet Your Neighbors exhibit that Chuck and his colleague Jena Johnson have on display in the Visitor Center gallery from August 27 through October 8. 9-10:30 a.m., $12, includes breakfast. Make reservations by Sep. 29 at 706-542-6138 or botgarden.uga.edu.



Oct 6-7, Buford
Georgia Master Gardener
2017 State Conference

This two-day conference is open to all. Talks include: Carnivores in the Garden? Yes!, Creating Fairy Gardens, Invasives in Georgia, What’s in a “Post-Wild” Garden?, Creating a Low(er) Maintenance Garden, Using Expected and Unexpected Native Plants and Concepts, Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast, Growing Medicinal Herbs and their Historical Journey and Container Gardening. Registrations costs vary. Register online at georgiamastergardeners.org.



October 7, Athens
Plants We Love to Hate: Identifying and Controlling Exotic Pest Plants
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This class is an introduction to invasive, non-native pest plants in the Georgia Piedmont. Students will learn to identify the major offenders, their current ranges and habitats, and how these plants impact natural plant communities. Basic management and control strategies will be discussed and demonstrated. A portion of the class will be indoors, followed by field identification exercises and control demonstrations in a nearby park where control efforts are underway. Please bring snacks and water for the field portion of the class. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. To register, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.



October 14, Athens
Salamander and Stream Ecology Ramble
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join husband and wife herpetology team Matt Elliott and Stacy Smith for a ramble along and in the streams and wet areas of the botanical garden. You’ll learn about what salamanders are found around Athens and about the habitat conditions they need to survive and thrive. Come ready to get wet and dirty. Families are welcome. Insect repellents are discouraged when handling these fragile creatures. 10-11 a.m. Free. To register, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.



October 15, LaGrange
6th Annual Stories in the Garden
Hills & Dales Estate

This storytelling event will feature Dolores Hydock performing “In Her Own Fashion,” based on Ninette Griffith, a Southern department store manager. Refreshments will be served. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs to sit in the pecan grove. The event is free but reservations are requested. 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org.



October 21, Athens
Bird Speak: An Introduction to Bird Language
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class we will explore bird language, bird behaviors, our most common local birds and how to attract birds to your yard. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $35. For more information, visit, wildintelligence.org/event/bird-speak.



October 21, Gainesville
Elachee Tree Sale & Festival
Elachee Nature Science Center

Join Elachee naturalists on guided tree identification hikes that will explore the unique eco-diversity of the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, one of Georgia’s largest protected green spaces. North Georgia resident, author, and environmental and survival training educator Mark Warren will be on site for a book signing of Volume 1 of his new nature book series, Secrets of the Forest. Elachee offers a fabulous selection of deciduous and evergreen trees, and shrubs (including native azaleas) in 10- and 20-gallon containers. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  For more information, call 770-535-1976 or visit elachee.org.



October 21, Athens
Basic Botany: Lives of the Plants
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Explore the biology of flowering plants in this introduction to general plant anatomy, morphology, physiology, and genetics, with an emphasis on relating form to function. Students will be introduced to plant cells, tissues, and vegetative organs (roots, stems, and leaves), as well as reproductive organs (flowers, fruits, and seeds). Basic life processes of plants, including photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration will be discussed, as well as Mendelian genetics. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $105. To register, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.



October 25, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 2: Mass Design and Foliage Design
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Unit 2 in this National Garden Club series focuses on mass and foliage design. Additional units of study include designs for dining table, fruit and vegetable design, and creative miniature design. Participants will be provided with a list of materials to bring to class. The class is limited to 20 participants. Priority will be given to those participants who have completed Unit 1. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring sack lunch), $45. Pre-registration is required at botgarden.uga.edu or 706-542-6156.



October 26, Jonesboro
Growing Fall Bulbs and Making Grapevine Wreaths
Clayton County International Park

Learn which fall-planted bulbs will pay off with eye-catching displays of color and form. Olivia Stephens, Clayton County master gardener extension volunteer, will include tips on planting and feeding bulbs as part of the class. In addition, attendees will learn to make grapevine wreaths for the holidays and beyond from Carolyne Outlaw, master gardener extension volunteer for Clayton County. Noon-1 p.m. Please RSVP by calling 770-473-5437.  



October 27-28, Savannah
Autumn Gardenfest
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Choose to attend on either of two days and attend free gardening seminars in the Visitor Center (see schedule online). Browse vendors for garden-related items, including plants (fall is the best time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs in our region!). We encourage and appreciate carpooling to alleviate parking issues! Plus, you save by filling the car with friends and family. Friday noon-4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 912-921-5460 or visit coastalgeorgiabg.org.



October 28, Columbus
Fall Festival
Columbus Botanical Garden

9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 706-327-8400 or visit columbusbotanicalgarden.org.



October 31, LaGrange
Halloween at the Callaway Family Home
Hills & Dales Estate

The long-standing tradition of celebrating Halloween at the estate continues. Trick or treat for little goblins will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will last until 8 p.m. To participate, enter the Hills & Dales Drive entrance gate and our staff will direct visitors to the north side of the house where we will continue the custom of giving candy bars to all costumed children. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or visit 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.

 

October

 

October 2, 9, 16, & 23, Ames
Family Yoga – Stories with a Twist
Reiman Gardens
Come to the Gardens, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for this four-week program and warm up in these light-hearted parent/child yoga classes incorporating autumn stories.

 

October 2, 9, 16, & 23, Ames      
Introspective Writing
Reiman Gardens

This four-week program, 6 to 7:30 p.m., helps participants discover the connections between their inner life and experiences with the external environment through the five senses.  

 

October 4, 11, 18 & 24, Ames     
Parent/Child Dance & Movement
Reiman Gardens

This four-week program, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will lead you and your young ones through a series of motions emphasizing external movement and a variety of dance techniques.   

 

October 4, 11, 18 & 25, Ames
Made in the Shade
Reiman Gardens

The first presentation covers building a basic shade gardening from scratch or improving an existing space. The second features foundation plants, the third exotic plants and the fourth ferns, 6 to 8 p.m.

 

October 7, Cedar Rapids
Seasonal Garden and Landscape Walk
Brucemore Historic Site

Explore 26-acres of historic gardens and grounds, 9:30 a.m., with head gardener. Details at Brucemore.org or 319-362-7375.

 

October 8, Waterloo
Fall Tree Hike
Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Hike through the Arboretum, enjoy fall colors and learn more about Iowa’s trees, 2 p.m. Details 319-226-4966 or cedarvalleyarboretum.org

 

October 9, Ames      
Public Film Showing: Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea
Reiman Gardens

The free film, 6 to 8 p.m., is about a non-profit community art project, which involves collecting, washing, and sorting plastic that has washed up on Oregon beaches, repurposing it into art.

 

October 10, Ames         
Herbal Preparations for Cold/Flu Season
Reiman Gardens
Learn how to make herbal teas and tinctures to combat cold and flu season, 6 to 8 p.m.

 

October 12, Ames
Brown Bag Lecture
Reiman Gardens

Bring your lunch, noon to 1 p.m., and enjoy an education program.

 

October 14, Decorah
Harvest Festival
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Celebrate the harvest with cider pressing, hayrides, food-storage workshops, a soup cook-off, and plenty of activities for kids, starting at noon. Details at seedsavers.org/harvest-festival.

 

October 17, Ames
Floral Design Series Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Learn the basics of floral design with a different theme each session and take your work home, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

 

October 18, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

Join staff 11 to noon each month for an interactive, behind the scenes look at Reiman Gardens.

 

October 19, Madrid
Pumpkin Carving
Iowa Arboretum

Test your carving skills and enjoy a bowl of hot chili, a warm piece of cornbread and a cool dessert, 5 to 8 p.m.

 

October 21, Ames
Serendipity Dyeing
Reiman Gardens

Learn dyeing techniques using flowers, herbs, leaves, and a variety of everyday items. Different theme each session, 10 a.m. to noon.

 

October 21-22, Ames
Spirits in the Gardens
Reiman Gardens

Join in the spooky fun, 4 to 9 p.m. See 500 carved pumpkins lit against the evening sky. Trick or treat and other activities, including storytelling and more. Come in costume and bring a bag for candy.

 

October 21, Des Moines
Annual Symposium
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

James Hitchmough from University of Sheffield will be the keynote on growing meadows from seed. Details at
http://bit.ly/2svnBQb.

 

October 21 and 28, Dubuque
Fall Clean Up Days
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Volunteer groups, families and individuals are welcome 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A light lunch provided volunteers at noon. Details 563-556-2100 or dubuquearboretum.net.

 

October 21, Madrid
Ar “Boo” Ween
Iowa Arboretum

Wear your favorite costume and join the parade of activities and treats, 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy hayrides, the hay maze and games at this fun family event.

 

October 21, Madrid
Ar “Boo” Scare
Iowa Arboretum

Walk the “No Return Hidden Trail” and ride the “Hayride to the Valley of Darkness.” Bring a flashlight, wear a costume and enjoy the cool night air, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

November

 

November 2, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night: Upcycled T-shirts - Bags, Bracelets, Blankets, & Poms
Reiman Gardens

Bring in a handful of old t-shirts and learn how to repurpose them into a variety of useful and sporty items, while you sip on adult beverages in a beautiful setting 6 to 8 p.m.



November 4, Ames
Pom-Pom Party! - Wreaths
Reiman Gardens

Make your own pom-poms and combine them to create colorful, festive wreaths, 10 a.m. to noon.



November 5, Ames
Silk Painting Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Create beautiful images on a square silk scarf, 1 to 3:30 p.m.



November 7, Ames
Fall Pruning Workshop
Reiman Gardens

An informative and hands-on workshop designed to familiarize you with all the Ws – what, when, where, how, and why – of autumn pruning, 1 to 3 p.m.



November 9, Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon - Holiday Decorating
Reiman Gardens

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



November 11, Madrid
Wrappin’ at the Arboretum
Iowa Arboretum

Enjoy a breakfast burrito wrap, 8 a.m. to noon, then go shopping at the Iowa Arboretum Holiday Sale. Fee: $8



November 11, Madrid
Iowa Arboretum Holiday Sale
Iowa Arboretum

Holiday treats and sounds as the festive season begins at the arboretum’s Holiday Sale. All gift shop items purchased will get complimentary gift wrapping 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


November 14, Ames
Floral Design: Harvest Vase Arrangements
Reiman Gardens

Decorate for Thanksgiving with a spin on the classic arrangement highlighting autumn color and floating gourds, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.



November 15, Ames
Behind the Scenes: Reiman Railroad
Reiman Gardens

Preview this spectacular holiday conservatory display and get inspired by the creativity and effort that make it all happen. Join different staff members, 11 to noon each month, for an interactive, behind the scenes look at Reiman Gardens.



November 16, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night: Lightbulb Terrarium
Reiman Gardens

Learn how to turn burned out light bulbs into miniature terrariums, while you sip on adult beverages in a beautiful setting, 6 to 8 p.m.



November 17 - 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.



November 18 and 19, Bettendorf
Wallace’s Christmas Open House
Wallace’s Garden Center

Refreshments, holiday music, holiday items, train rides through the greenhouse, with 12,000 poinsettias, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Indoor play area for the kids. Also, many holiday photo-ops for families, and 12,000 poinsettias in our greenhouse. For more information, visit wallacesgardencenter.com or call 563-332-4711.



November 24, Ames
Black Friday Family Tour
Reiman Gardens

Follow trained guides as they show you caterpillars, chrysalides and cocoons, and hundreds of native and tropical butterflies, 10 to 11 a.m. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Reiman Railroad in the tropical Conservatory.



November 27, Ames
Winter Nature Meditation
Reiman Gardens

Get the most out of your nature experience with Camilla Kottman, expressive therapies instructor, as she leads you through progressive relaxation, guided imagery, and movement techniques to help promote wellness, warmth, and relaxation, 6 to 7 p.m.



November 29, Ames
Black Light Butterfly Roosting
Reiman Gardens

Learn the science behind the way many butterfly patterns fluoresce when exposed to ultraviolet light, and view them in a new way, as they clump together and begin roosting for the night, 4:35 to 5:45 p.m.


 
November 29 OR November 30, Ames
Wreath-Making Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Steps to use evergreens, specialty greens, and other materials to create your own seasonal decoration for your home, 6 – 9 p.m.



November 30, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night: Holiday Garlands
Reiman Gardens

Create a festive holiday garland, while you sip on adult beverages in a beautiful setting!, 6 to 8 p.m.

 

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. m

 

 

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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Please check our Chicagoland calendar of events and the State-by-State Gardening calender of events for the most up-to-date listings.


Upcoming events for in

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Through Nov 12, Fort Wayne
Blumengarten
Botanical Conservatory

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

 

Oct. 14, 28, Indianapolis

Master Gardener Guided Tours
Garfield Park Conservatory

Join Master Gardeners as they guide you through the conservatory with a tour focusing on interesting plants and history. At 2:30 p.m. Tours are free with paid admission. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-7184.

 

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October 7, Indianapolis
Herbal Crafts for Kids
Garfield Park Conservatory

Bring the kids and join the Herb Society of Central Indiana to learn about herbs and how to grow them. You will receive handouts and recipes. Refreshments provided. Make reservations in advance, seating is limited. Costs $5 each. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Payment is taken on the day of the program. Call 317-327-7184, or visit herbsocietyofcentralindiana.org.

 

October 10, Zionsville
Halloween Party and Chili Cookoff
Sullivan Munce

The Indianapolis Rose Society is hosting a dress as a rose contest; you may catch a glimpse of ‘Dolly Parton’ or the ‘The Fairy’, you never know. Prizes for winners. Chili and the fixins’ will be available. The program will be “2018 New Rose Releases” by Teresa Byington. Teresa is a Master Gardener, consulting rosarian, and vice-president of the Indianapolis Rose Society. The meeting is free and open to the public. Visit Teresa’s popular blog at thegardendiary.com, indianapolisrosesociety.com, or call 317-902-6016.

 

October 10-29, Fort Wayne
Punkin’ Path Display
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the conservatory’s outdoor Punkin’ Path where you can enjoy the fall surroundings and take pictures with your little ones. The path will be decorated with pumpkins, gourds, bales of straw, and gnomes to provide fun photo memories. Gnomes are caretakers of land and animals; they are industrious, enjoy all kinds of games, and, surprisingly, they love to travel. Watch for them along the Punkin’ Path. This exhibit is included in conservatory admission, and is open during public hours. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.

 

October 21, Fort Wayne
The Pumpkin’ Zone
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy an autumn celebration – children and adults can explore the garden for fall crafts, activities, and games. You can test your observation skills with the “Gnome Search,” discover whether pumpkins float or sink, nibble on pumpkin seeds, and decorate your own mini pumpkin. Friends from the Allen County Farm Bureau will teach visitors about pumpkins and how they grow. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 3 to 17; and free for children 2 and under. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.

 

October 21, Gary
Miller Garden Club Meeting
Marquette Park Aquatorium

The Miller Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting at 10 a.m., followed by the annual fall “Brats and Bulbs” sale. There will be more than 30 varieties of spring bulbs ready for planting. The event will include live music and the traditional fall grilled bratwurst sandwich, sauerkraut, chips, and a beverage. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Costs $5. Contact Joanne at jmstratt@sbcglobal.net, call 219-939-2790, or visit millergardenclub.org.

 

October 28, Bloomington
Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society Conference
Monroe Convention Center

The Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) will host its 24rd annual conference, “Aldo and Friends: Phenology, Biology, and Saving the World.” The conference is open to the public — anyone with an interest in native plants, conservation, botany, landscaping, and wildlife habitat is welcome. Keynote speakers are Dr. Stanley Temple, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin and a senior fellow of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Douglas Ladd, conservation biologist for The Nature Conservancy of Missouri. Takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Monroe Convention Center, 302 South College Avenue, Bloomington. Costs INPAWS members $75; non-members $90; students $40. Discounts apply if registering by Oct. 6. Visit inpaws.org or call 317-413-5918.

 

November



November 2, Fort Wayne
$1 Night –Mum Meeting
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. From 5 to 8 p.m. Educational activities at 6 to 7 p.m. Lynda Heavrin, manager of landscape and horticulture for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, will discuss overwintering mums, share growing tips, and touch on techniques for flower displays. Free parking (validated parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage). No reservations required. Call 260-427-6440, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



November 4, Indianapolis
Natural Wreaths
Garfield Park Conservatory

Make a fall or holiday wreath using natural materials, ribbons, and other assorted items. You can also bring your own natural materials or charms to put on your wreath. Register for each wreath being made – you can make one as a family or do several individually. All ages. From 11 a.m. to noon. Costs $12 per person. All ages. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-7183.



November 4-5, Indianapolis
Power Recycling Weekend
Indianapolis Zoo Parking Lot

Come to the Indianapolis Zoo Power Recycling Weekend, a mass recycling effort. Just drop off your old electronics, phone books, paper products, household items, and more in the zoo parking lot and their recycling partners will take it from there. In addition to doing good for the planet, you’ll receive a discount coupon for $2 off zoo admission. Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana will be on site collecting new and gently used clothes, household items, furniture, books, toys, and more. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paper recycling will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. compliments of Ray’s Trash Service. Limit of three boxes of paper per car. Visit indianapoliszoo.com, or call 317-360-2001.



November 6, Indianapolis
Herbs, Not Just For Food Anymore
Clay Township Center

The Herb Society of Central Indiana hosts Michelle Plummer with the American Dairy Association of Indiana. Plummer is a chef and registered dietitian who will provide recipes for interesting herb additions to ordinary foods. She will show you some herb gift ideas and table decorating tips. Refreshments provided. From 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Visit herbsocietyofcentralindiana.org, or call 317-251-6986.



November 11, Indianapolis
Holiday Herbal Crafts
Garfield Park Conservatory

Join the Herb Society of Central Indiana for their popular holiday workshop. Learn about herbal gift ideas including sachets, swags, and arrangements. Enjoy herbal goodies and teas while you work. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. All ages. Seating is limited. Registration required. Costs $5, paid to the instructors. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or herbsocietyofcentralindiana.org, or call 317-327-7184.



November 11, Muncie
Glass Workshop: Stained Glass Night Light
Minnetrista

Cut, solder, and create a stained glass night light with your family and friends at Minnetrista. With this guided step-by-step, you will gain access to a wide variety of translucent colors, tools, textures, and safety gear. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Costs $45; member discounts apply. Register by Nov. 6. Visit minnetrista.net or call 765-282-4848.



November 18, Fort Wayne
Make and Take: Essential Oils
Botanical Conservatory

Want to become more familiar with essential oils? Come to this workshop where you will learn what essential oils are, where they come from, how to use them, and why they are amazing. Instructor Samantha Reitman, an independent distributor of Young Living, will teach you to make a holiday-scented room spray and an immune-support roller bottle. From 1 to 3 p.m. Costs $18 per person. All supplies are included in the registration fee. Ages 15 and up. Register by Nov. 8. Call 260-427-6000, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



November 18-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.



November 22, Fort Wayne
Holiday Kick-Off Party
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy a free cookie and hot chocolate, meet Mrs. Claus and get a free professional-quality photo with Santa. You can also meet two live reindeer. The gardens are decorated for the holidays, indoors and out. Be sure to participate in the Fort Wayne Downtown Lighting Ceremony either before or after your visit the holiday garden and displays. From 5 to 9 p.m. Regular conservatory admission fees apply: Costs $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 17. Conservatory members, volunteers, and children ages 2 and under are admitted free. No reservations required. Call 260-427-6440, or visit fortwayneparks.org/events-exhibits.



November 22-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.



Nov. 24 - 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.



Nov. 24-26, 29-30; 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.



November 25, Fort Wayne
Snowflake
Botanical Conservatory

Stop by this special learning station to learn about nature’s beautiful winter decoration: the snowflake. Enjoy a holiday treat and make your own unique snowflake to display at home. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included in regular conservatory admission. Call 260-427-6440, or visit botanicalconservatory.org/classes-programs/family-garden-close-up.



November 30, Fort Wayne
Fall Forest Bathing Walk (Shinrin-Yoku)
Botanical Conservatory

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is the experience of immersing yourself in the sensory gifts of nature. This can be done in a forest setting, but also in gardens and parks. This is not your regular walk in the park, but a series of invitations using the senses to rediscover your inner child and your connection with the natural world. Instructor Christy Thomson is the only certified forest therapy guide in Indiana. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register by Nov. 22. Ages 18 and up. Costs $15 per person. Call 260-427-6000, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



December



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. m


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October 5, Lexington
Storing Winter Bulbs
Fayette County Extension Service

Our discussion will focus primarily on tender flowering plants but many of the same curing and storage techniques work for root vegetables. The cost is $5 and meeting time is 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.

 

October 6, Lexington
Celebrating the Seasons: Amazing Autumn
The Arboretum

Celebrate the best of autumn, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tour our garden with a docent providing guidance, 11 a.m.-noon. For information or registration, call
859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.

 

October 6, Lexington
Docent-Guided Garden Tour
The Arboretum

Join us for a tour of our garden with a docent providing guidance to the plants in bloom. Groups of more than 5 must pre-register, 25 spots are available. 11 a.m.-noon. The cost is $3 per person payable at the event by cash or check only. For information or registration, call
 859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.



October 6, Shepherdsville
Fall Garden Tasks
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn how to get your garden ready for fall and winter. Pre-registration is required. Please call 502-543-2257 to pre-register for this free class.



October 10, Somerset
Taking Care of Your Turf
Pulaski County Extension Service

Join us to learn about the best management practices for turf in Kentucky. There will be a fee, to be announced later. Meets from 6-7:30 p.m. For registration/information call 606-679-0720, email dl_ces_pulaski@email.uky.edu, or visit pulaski.ca.uky.edu.



October 12, Lexington
Minor Bulbs
Fayette County Extension Service

We will provide an introduction to some wonderful bulbs that are far less common than the typical Crocus and Narcissus. Participants will take home a sampler of several unique bulb varieties. The class meets at 6:30 p.m., costs $20, and requires pre-registration. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



October 17, Louisville
The Great Houseplant Roundup
Bon Air Branch Library

Meet with extension specialists to learn how to care for a variety of houseplants. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, call the Jefferson County Extension Office at 502-569-2344.



October 17, Lexington
Daffodils
Fayette County Extension Service

We will explore the genus with tips for planting and naturalizing. Each class member will take home a sampler of lesser known daffodils and some other special spring flowering companion bulbs for their own garden. We will include a generous assortment. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $20 for the 6:30 p.m. class. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



October 20, Union
Autumn Affair
St. Timothy’s Catholic Church

Enjoy live music, food by the bite, fine wine, and craft beer. Take part in the largest rare and unusual plant auction in the region. A “garden gift shop” will have items ready for immediate purchase. Proceeds benefit the building fund for a future Education and Visitor Center. Registration is required. The event fee is $8 for FBCA members and $10 for nonmembers. 6:30-10 p.m. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.



October 20, Shepherdsville
Microgreens
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn how to grow microgreens to improve your fresh food intake. The class meets from 6-7:30 p.m. and is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 502-543-2257 to register.



October 23, Shepherdsville
Late Apple Tasting
Bullitt County Extension Service

Please join us from 6-8 p.m. to sample a variety of late-ripening apples. This may help you determine which you would like to grow. The class is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 502-543-2257 to register.



October 23, Goshen
Monarchs in Mexico
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

The Oldham County Master Gardener Association will present photos, videos, and information about a visit to the overwintering grounds of these butterflies and the storms that skilled millions of monarch at the Reserves. Also presented will be monarch butterfly migration, challenges to their well being, and ways to help them survive. Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, call 502-222-9453 or email dl_ces_oldham@email.uky.edu.



October 24, Union
Autumn Stroll
Boone County Arboretum

Enjoy a casual walk around the arboretum while it is painted with the colors of fall and learn which trees and perennials will give you the best fall color for your landscape. The 1-2:30 p.m. walk begins at the concession building. Registration is required and open through October 23 at 9 p.m.
For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email
arboretum@boonecountyky.org,
or visit bcarboretum.org.



October 28, Crestwood
Boo Dell
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Mark your calendars and get your creative costume thinking caps on. Kids of all ages can enjoy trick-or-treating along the Trail-o-Treats (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). Dozens of local businesses will entertain with their creatively creepy booths and costumes. Hayrides, a straw-maze, scavenger hunts, and the popular Mr. Magic (2-3 p.m.) round out a day of fun for all. This event draws a large crowd, so come early for easy parking and to get in on all the goodies. For more information, call 502-241-4788, email Jackieg@yewdellgardens.org, or visit yewdellgardens.org.



November 14, Burlington
Attracting and Identifying Songbirds
Boone County Cooperative Extension

Spend an hour (1-3 p.m.) at the extension office learning how to attract birds to your landscape during the four seasons. The lesson will be followed by a 30-minute guided tour at the Boone County Arboretum’s grassland area and bird blind. Registration is required and open now through November 13 at 9 p.m. The day’s events are free with regular admission. For additional information call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.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.

 

October

 

October 7 & 8, New Orleans
Fall Garden Festival
New Orleans Botanical Garden

The annual Fall Garden Festival is an educational experience for home gardeners and professionals. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children under 5 and Friends of City Park enter free. There will be plant and garden product exhibits and sales throughout the garden, a Children’s Fun Fest area, educational programs, music, arts & crafts, and more. Programs take place in the Garden Study Center and are free with entrance to the show. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sponsored by the New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans City Park, New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation and Friends of City Park. The October Plant Sale will take place inside this event (not at the Pelican Greenhouse). For more information, call 504-658-2900 or visit neworleanscitypark.com.

 

October 8, Baton Rouge
Plantfest
LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Brace yourself for a botanical “all you can tweet” plant feast – trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, fruits, gingers, camellias, incredible edibles, ornamental grasses, and more that run the gamut from native and traditional to eclectic and electric newcomers. To spice up the mix, plants are imported from a diversity of nurseries located in Alabama and, Texas, as well as Louisiana.  Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, noon-4 p.m. One week prior to the sale, visit lsu.edu/hilltop for a list of plants that will be offered.

 

October 19, Baton Rouge
EBRMG Gardening Talks
Baton Rouge Regional Libraries

The series concludes at the Bluebonnet branch with a talk on growing citrus and blueberries and another on pest management. 6:30-8:30 p.m., free, and open to the public. Registration is not required. For additional information, visit ebrmg.com.

 

October 20 & 21, St. Francisville
The Southern Garden Symposium

With featured speakers Monticello’s Peggy Cornett, popular Mississippi author Margaret Gratz, and Jenny Wegley, director of horticulture for The Dallas Arboretum, no other gardening program brings together top-quality speakers and historic plantation settings as well as the Southern Garden Symposium in St. Francisville.  Known as much for its engaging social events and historic venues as for its outstanding gardening lectures and workshops, the Southern Garden Symposium – now in its 29th year – has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts from across the South. For complete program information and registration forms, visit SouthernGardenSymposium.org, call 225-635-3738, or email luciecassity@bellsouth.net.

 

October 23, Baton Rouge
Orchids for Seniors
Independence Park

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

 

October 28, Shreveport
Northwest Louisiana Fall Bulb Sale
Randle T. Moore Center

This is the bulb sale that you don’t want to miss. Featured are hard to find heirloom bulbs, many come from master gardener’s gardens and old home sites. There will be more than 5,000 heirloom bulbs (over 50 varieties) that thrive in the South for sale. 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, call the master gardener hotline, 318-698-0010.

 


 


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October 7, Hillsdale
Autumn in the Arb
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Saturday, October 7 1 to 3 p.m., Arb Entrance. Hike the trails and look for fall treasures, plant bulbs, make a fall craft to take home, and discover which plants are ready for harvest in the fall. Meet at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive. No cost, but donations are welcome; open to adults and children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

October 11, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Michelle Gills, director of Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, will pursuit of common goals beneficial to the earth and life on earth. Lower level at Frederik Meijer Gardens, 12:30 p.m. There is no cost and guests are welcome. kentgardenclub.org/KGC.

 

October 19, Hillsdale
Aldo Leopold and Conservation on Privately Owned Lands
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Stanley Temple, Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin, and Senior Fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will speak on the evolution of Leopold’s thinking and why it remains relevant today. 7 to 8:15 p.m., no cost or reservations. An informal reception will follow presentation.

 

October 21, Niles
HOWL-O-Ween
Fernwood Botanical Garden

Celebrate Halloween with your favorite canine for four very special hours only. Shop from local vendors and talk with representatives from specialty organizations, participate in the costume contest, and join us for guided hikes. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular admission fees apply, plus $5 per dog, which includes a Fernwood bandana.

 

October 28, Niles
Halloween Happening
Fernwood Botanical Garden

Dress in your best costume and celebrate Halloween with activities and treats for the entire family. 6 to 8 p.m.

 

November

 

November 2, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Grand Valley Daylily Society

Rebecca Finnerian from Michigan State University Extension, will speak on Smart Gardening for the Pollinator, 7 p.m, at the Frederik Meijer Gardens. There is no charge, grandvalleydaylily.org.



November 7, Hillsdale
Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Plants that Never Bloom, for children ages 3-6 and an accompanying adult. Program includes story, songs, nature activities, craft, and snack. Meet at tBarber House on Hillsdale Street, 10 to 11:30 a.m., $1/child, registration required.



November 8, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Penny Diephouse, floral designer at Eastern Floral, will present new ideas for Christmas decorating. Please contact the membership committee at info@kentgardenclub.org for information.



November 8, Royal Oak
Monthly Meeting
Royal Oak Nature Society

The Friends of Fungi Mycology Club will meet at the Royal Oak Senior Center,  3500 Marais, 7 p.m. Chris Wright, research mycologist at MSU and a director of Midwest American Mycological Information, will talk about the medicinal uses of mushrooms. There is no pre-registration or cost for this program. Everyone is welcome.



November 16, Grosse Point Farms
Back to Eden
Berry Memorial Lecture

At the Grosse Point War Memorial, presented by Frank Porter, author of Back to Eden, Landscaping with Native Plants, 7 p.m., $15 general admission;  $10, student with identification; gpgardencenter.org, 313-499-0743.



November 17, Grosse Point Farms
Native Plant Design Workshop
Grosse Point War Memorial

Presented by Frank Porter, author and professor of landscape at the University of Maryland, 10 a.m., $35. Reservations gpgardencenter.org, 313-575-9932



November 18, Hillsdale
Hand-made Luminara Workshop
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Make nature-adorned luminara out of recycled glass, metal, and plastic to add to your holiday decorations. Suitable for adults and children, 8 and up. Meet at the Barber House, 10 a.m. to noon, $5/person materials fee, registration required.



November 19, Royal Oak
Monthly Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

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



November 26, Battle Creek
Fresh Holiday Wreath Making with Holiday Feast
Southern Exposure

At the beginning of this workshop, you will enjoy a hearty holiday breakfast or luncheon before creating a wreath from scratch, which you will be proud to share with family and friends as you prepare for the holiday season.



November 29, Battle Creek
Oh Christmas Tree: Reclaimed Wood Tree and Holiday Dinner
Southern Exposure

Recreate an old barn wood tree. Chef Elsie will prepare holiday meal for you to enjoy before creating this unique and beautiful wooden tree, 6:30 p.m., $75/person, registration required.



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/.


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Through November 16, Brooklyn Park
Minnesota Master Naturalist Big Woods/Big Rivers Course
West Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Learn about the big woods/big rivers biome and gain valuable skills for exploring the natural world. Thursdays and Saturdays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $275. Scholarships available.

 

October

 

October 7
Made in the Shade: More Confessions of a Hostaholic
location to be determined

Discover what it means to be a “Hostaholic” with Larry Tucker, author of Made in the Shade: More Confessions of a Hostaholic. 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information: www.mnhosta.org, info@mnhosta.org.

 

October 7, Chaska
Seed Saving: Understanding, Collecting, Cleaning, & Storing Seeds
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn what seeds are worth collecting and proper techniques to ensure that you have healthy, vital seeds that will sprout. 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.

 

October 7-November 26, St. Paul
Fall Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Sunken Garden’s fall exhibit, featuring variety of chrysanthemums. Colors for the show will be black and orange in October and black and pink in November. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation, $2, adults; $1, children.

 

Oct.14, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Register for this four-session workshop with your own yard as your class project. Learn the theory and principles of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection, and more. Instructor: Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, research information director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $139 member/$155 nonmember; $189/$219 couples working on the same project.

 

October 18, Morris
Butterfly Gardens
Ag Country Conference Room, West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC)

Join Margaret Kuchenreuther for this class in the Come Grow With Us Series. 12:15 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2sKMZNe; 320-589-1711.

 

October 26, Chaska
Indoor Herbs: Pot up Your Own to Grow Over the Winter
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn everything you need to know to grow herbs over the winter, from varieties and plant selection to soil, light, fertilizer and containers. Instructor: Theresa Mieseler, Retired owner of Shady Acres Herb Farm. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $45 member/$57 nonmember.

 

October 28, Chaska
Using Native Grasses in your Landscape
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Consider using native grasses in your garden. Find out what species are best for your property, including those that support native butterflies. Instructor, Mary Hockenberry Meyer, professor and Extension horticulturist, University of Minnesota. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $38 member/$50 nonmember.

 

October 28, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 1
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Get started in beekeeping with instruction from Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. 8:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $135. Information: beelab.umn.edu/, 612-624-3275.

 

October 29, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 2
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Keep your bees alive and healthy year after year with skills learned from Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $110. Information:
beelab.umn.edu/, 612-624-3275.

 

November

 

November 4, Chaska
Walks with Matt: Ready for Winter?
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join naturalist Matt Schuth to learn how plants, animals, and insects adjust and prepare for winter. 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $14 member/$26 nonmember.



November 4, Bayport
Garden Market
Bayport Public Library

Come shop for garden-themed gifts for the holidays. All crafts are handmade by Washington County Master Gardeners, their family, and friends. There will be craft-time for kids, Ask a Master Gardener, and treats. All funds go to support the Washington County Master Gardener program. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: Marge Sagstetter, sagstettermom@gmail.com or 651-770-8767.



November 16, Chaska
Ice Globe Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Jennifer Shea Hedberg, founder of Wintercraft, will help you create a centerpiece, including an ice globe and seasonal botanicals, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $59 member/$82 nonmember.



November 18, St. Cloud
Photography in the Gardens
St. Cloud Public Library

Attend the award ceremony and public gallery opening of garden photography specific to the Munsinger Clemens Gardens. Information: http://bit.ly/GLMjyL



November 18, Minneapolis
Green Gifts Fair
Midtown Global Market

Shop among 80-plus local, eco-friendly artists, and businesses; enjoy holiday food samples, educational passport and prizes, and many green living demos, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2xKstiK



Through November 26, St. Paul
Fall Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Visit the Sunken Garden to see black and pink chrysanthemums in full bloom, along with blue and orange flowers accented with yellow and chartreuse. 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.


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October

 

October 6, Gray Summit

Grow Native Workshop
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn how to restore oak-hickory woodlands and manage invasive bush honeysuckle. Sponsored by Missouri Prairie Foundation. Free. At 9 a.m. For more details, call 888-843-6739, and visit grownative.org.

 

October 6-8, St. Louis
Best of Missouri
Missouri Botanical Garden

At the “Best of Missouri” more than 120 food producers and crafters will offer baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, wooden toys, custom jewelry and more. Enjoy live music and a kids’ corner with crafts and fall activities, too. Events are held outdoors under tents, rain or shine. Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-0238 for more information.

 

October 9, Springfield
Garden Journaling
Springfield Botanical Garden

This Master Gardeners’ outdoor learning session will focus on lilies. Costs $5. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.

 

October 14, Cole Camp
Evening on the Prairie
Cole Camp

This event will follow the Missouri Master Naturalist’s Prairie Day. Includes activities for all ages. Free. At noon. For more details, visit moprairie.org, and call 888-843-6739.

 

October 21, Jefferson City
River City Fall Festival
River City Gardens

The 4th Annual River City Fall Festival will feature gardening booths, food booths, wagon rides, live entertainment and more. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. For more details visit centralmissourimastergardener.org, and call 573-295-6263.

 

October 22, Springfield
Live Concert
Springfield Botanical Garden

Patrick Mureithi performs at the new Peace Through People Pavilion in Springfield. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. At 3 p.m. Free admission; $10 donation suggested per person. For further details, visit parkboard.org, and call 417-864-1049.

 

November



November 1, Chesterfield
Winter Jewels
Butterfly House

Visit a fierce dragon and noble knights at the Castle, discover tropical jewel-toned butterflies and fairies in the Fairy Garden, and make new friends in the Gnome Forest. There is a daily story time and other activities. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with Butterfly House admission. Call 636-530-0076 for details, and visit mobot.org.



November 4-5, St. Louis
Seasonal Closing
Missouri Botanical Garden

Celebrate the turning of the seasons with fun activities as the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden is put to bed for the season. Nov. 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs garden members $3 per child; non-members $5 per child Adults included with general garden admission. Visit mobot.org to learn more, and call 314-577-5100.



November 4, St. Louis
Best Trees for Your Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn great tips on planting techniques, tree selection, species profiles, and common pests and diseases. Pre-registration ends Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Costs $28 members; $34 non-members. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. More details at mobot.org, and at 314-577-5100.



November 9, Gray Summit
The Next Invasive
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn to identify and control a variety of invasive plants including species that are likely to become the next disaster like bush honeysuckle. A few of the plants of concern include Oriental bittersweet, burning bush, privet, Callery pear, Amur corktree, golden raintree, and Chinese beautyberry. Registration ends at 8 a.m. Nov. 6. Adults only. Costs $14 members; $17 non-members. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org for more information.



November 11, Kingsville
Forever Evergreens
Powell Gardens

This workshop highlights evergreen varieties that are easiest to find and grow in the Kansas City region. Costs $40; Powell Gardens members receive 10 percent off. From 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 816-697-2600 extension 209, or visit powellgardens.org.



November 11, Chesterfield
Tantalizing Terrariums
Butterfly House

Sharon Lloyd demonstrates how to create a terrarium – make your own to take home. Soil, plants, and the container are included. Costs $48 for garden members; $58 non-members. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. More details at mobot.org, and by calling 636-530-0076.



November 18-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.



November 18, Chesterfield
Nature Wreaths
Butterfly House

Make a 12-inch wreath inspired by the season. Costs $40 for members, $48 non-members. From noon to 1:30 p.m. Call 636-530-0076 for further details, and visit mobot.org.



November 19, St Louis
Gardenland Express
Missouri Botanical Garden

This annual holiday flower and train show features G-scale model trains traveling through a miniature landscape of living plants, surrounded by more than 500 colorful poinsettias and other flowers. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closes early at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; closed Christmas Day. At the Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Costs garden admission plus $5; daytime admission is free for members. Call 314-577-5100, or visit mobot.org for more details.



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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Through October 31, Memphis
Farmers’ Market
Agricenter International

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

 

October

 

October 5, Poplarville
44th Annual Ornamental Horticulture Field Day
South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station

Tours of the trial gardens and research updates from scientists at Mississippi State University and the USDA/ARS Southern Horticultural Laboratory will be featured in the morning and conclude in the early afternoon. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. A $10 fee includes lunch, refreshments, and a proceedings book; $6.50 for students. For more information contact Dr. Blythe at 601-795-4525 or blythe@pss.msstate.edu.

 

October 7, Memphis
Growers’ Choice Fall Plant Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

The fall plant sale is a one-day opportunity for you to shop for a variety of plants, trees, shrubs, and edibles propagated in the nursery and greenhouse at Memphis Botanic Garden. A limited selection of colorful annuals and container plantings will also be available. Expert staff will answer questions and offer care and growing tips. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4116.



October 7-8, Collins
Mississippi Peanut Festival
Mitchell Farms

Take a step back in time and tour a working farm with turn of the century antiques while enjoying over 75 vendors from all over the South. The festival includes arts and crafts exhibitors, yard art, a wide variety of food, and much more. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. October 7 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. October 8. $12 admission includes festival access and pumpkin patch festivities; children ages 2 and under are free. For more information, visit mitchellfarms-ms.com.



October 11-14, 18-21, 25-27, Jackson
Pumpkin Adventure 2017
Mississippi Ag Museum

Your adventure will include a hayride around the grounds of the Ag Museum, which will drop you off for a yummy milk and cookie snack. Feel free to explore Small Town, Mississippi, visit the General Store and tour the Heritage Center Gallery. On your way out, stop by the pumpkin patch and choose your very own pie pumpkin to take home with you. 9 a.m.-noon. Adjusted hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on October 14 and 21. Admission is $7 (ages 2 & up). For more information, call 601-432-4500 or visit msagmuseum.org.



October 13-14, Crystal Springs
2017 Fall Flower & Garden Fest
Truck Crops Experiment Station

This is the largest home gardening show in the Southeast. Featured in the 3-acre garden are winners of the prestigious All-America Selections Award. The event includes many lectures and garden vendors. A large variety of food items will be available. The garden, grounds, seminars, and one of the tour wagons are handicapped accessible. Free admission and parking. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. For more information, visit msucares.com/fallfest or call 602-892-3731.



October 14, Holly Springs
Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Experience first-hand the natural and cultural history that makes Strawberry Plains so unique. Hikers have the opportunity to experience the many wonders of nature. $3 per person or a maximum of $10 per family. 9 a.m. Reservations are required. To register or obtain more information, contact Mitch Robinson at mrrobinson@audubon.org.



October 20-21 St. Francisville, La
29th Annual Southern Garden Symposium & Workshops

With featured speakers like Monticello’s Peggy Cornett, popular Mississippi author Margaret Gratz, and Jenny Wegley, director of horticulture for the Dallas Arboretum, no other gardening program brings together top quality speakers and historic plantation settings as well as the Southern Garden Symposium. While the symposium’s workshops and lectures provide ideas and inspiration for the gardener, social activities surrounding the event are classic southern elegance at its best. For more information, visit southerngardensymposium.org.



October 21-22, Picayune
Fall Native Plant Sale
Crosby Arboretum

Grab a cart and choose from a great selection of hard-to-find native trees, shrubs, and perennials for your fall planting projects. Knowledgeable staff and Mississippi Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer plant questions and offer advice on plant selection. Free site admission. Use service road entrance. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. For more information, call 601-799-2311 or visit crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu.
 


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Through October 31, Mansfield

Ribbit the Exhibit
Kingwood Center Gardens

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

 

Through October 15, Columbus
Blooming Roses and Fall Color
Whetstone Park of Roses

Many visitors to the Columbus Park of Roses know that June is a peak-bloom time in the garden. Fewer visitors mark their calendars to return in the fall for the second big flush of flowers; from early to mid-September the roses are blooming and the fall tree foliage is beginning to turn colors, peaking in October. Free, open to the public. Visit parkofroses.org, or call 614-261-1762.

 

October

 

October 7-8, Kirkland
Goblins in the Garden
The Holden Arboretum

“Goblins in the Garden” is a family friendly, non-scary Halloween event. Kids can traverse the trick-or-treat trail and enjoy wagon rides. Start at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center first. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 440-946-4400, or visit holdenarb.org for more information.

 

October 13, 14, 20, 21, Alliance
Spooky Science
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Mix up your own science experiments including glow-in-the-dark slime, create an owl mask, take a hay ride, dig up bones, watch the mad scientist, and get up-close with reptiles and woodland animals. Spooky Science is all about teaching people about things in nature that can "spook or creep" you out, like spiders, snakes, and bats. Bring the whole family. At Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St NE from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. Costs $8 per person, $6 for members, and ages 2 and under are free. Visit beechcreekgardens.org, email info@beechcreekgardens.org, or call 330-829-7050.

 

October 14, Cleveland
Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair
Cleveland Botanical Garden

At the 72nd Annual Herb Fair you can explore an amazing array of herb-based creations, from soaps and salves to décor. The fair offers educational opportunities, shopping, and tours. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit westernreserveherbsociety.org for more information.

 

October 14-15, Mansfield
The Great Pumpkin Glow
Kingwood Center Gardens

This award-winning family event returns with hundreds of carved and lit pumpkins, glowing balloons, friendly scarecrows, festive gourds, towering corn stalks, and beautiful chrysanthemums. Explore on foot, feel the brisk autumn air, and then warm up and enjoy snacks before you continue along the jack-o-lantern trail. Tickets cost $6 in advance, $8 at the gate, children 6 and under are free. The public is welcome to help carve pumpkins in advance, for details on pumpkin carving, or to purchase tickets, visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211 ext. 107.

 

October 18-21, Circleville
Circleville Pumpkin Show
Downtown Circleville

The Circleville Pumpkin Show is the largest pumpkin show in the area. More than 100,000 pumpkin donuts and 23,000 pumpkin pies are sold during the four-day event. In addition, more than 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds are on the street display. More than 40 floats and 50 bands will participate in seven different parades, and the streets are filled with 25 to 30 amusement park rides plus 300-plus game, food, and craft booths. Free admission. Visit pumpkinshow.com for schedule of events and times of operation.

 

October 20-22, Coshocton
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival
Roscoe Village

Enjoy live music, food, arts, and crafts while celebrating the fall season at the historic Roscoe Village. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events throughout the weekend include living history tours, Spirit of Roscoe lantern tours, canal boat rides, and a children’s activity area. Visit roscoevillage.com, or call 740-622-7644.

 

October 21, Newark
Fall Festival and Plant Sale
Dawes Arboretum

Where better to honor the start of autumn than the Dawes Arboretum? Celebrate the harvest season with an enjoyable family event that explores homesteading techniques and seasonally appropriate gardening tips. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Call 740-323-2355, or go to dawesarb.org.

 

October 21-22 Columbus
Ikebana International Columbus Chapter 84 Exhibit
Franklin Park Conservatory

The three schools of Ikebana represented at the 43rd annual exhibit will be Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu. This exhibit is a perfect opportunity for members to share their love of Japanese flower arranging and the related arts with the public. If you are interested in seeing members arranging and staging, please come the day before (Oct. 20) the exhibit officially opens. Call 614-715-8000, or visit fpconservatory.org.

 

October 25, Springfield
Trees for Ohio Workshop
Snyder Park Gardens and Arboretum

If you’re wondering what to plant in place of your ash trees, or if your property lacks luster, these experts will help by introducing you to some underused as well as familiar trees suited to our local landscapes. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Costs $40, lunch included. Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, Clark County. Contact Janet Wasko Myers at 937-521-3860 or email myers.31@osu.edu.

 

October 27, Springfield
Tool Sharpening Workshop
Snyder Park Clubhouse

Bring in your hand tools, which might include pruners, hoes, shovels, and such. The workshop will take place at Snyder Park Clubhouse, 1900 Park Street, Springfield, OH 45504, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Costs $35, lunch included. Pam Bennett, Ohio State University Extension horticulture educator and state Master Gardener volunteer program director, will discuss the “Dos and Don’ts of Sharpening.” Sponsored by OSU Extension, Clark County. Contact Janet Wasko Myers at 937-521-3860 or e-mail myers.31@osu.edu.

 

November



November 4, Newark
Thanksgiving Wreath Workshop
Dawes Arboretum

Create a beautiful wreath to decorate your entrance for the Thanksgiving season. Let natural materials spark your creativity to create your own unique look. All materials will be provided; choose between a rustic or glittery look for your creation. From 9 to 11 a.m. Costs $35, members $30. Visit dawesarb.org for event registration, or call 740-323-2355.



November 5, Columbus
Live Fire Sunday
Franklin Park Conservatory

Check out the Live Fire Cooking Theater and sample food hot off the flames in these casual cooking demonstrations. First Sundays of the month. In November, try Moroccan ancient grain stew with root vegetables and fruit cobbler in the Rumford cooking fireplace, samples available, donations accepted. From 1 to 4 p.m. Visit fpconservatory.org, or call 614-715-8000 for more information.



November 11, Cleveland
Seasonal Wreath Workshop
Cleveland Botanical Garden

Design a creative and long-lasting evergreen centerpiece to take home. The workshop will be incorporating a birch-bark-covered planter, candles, berries, pine cones, and other interesting dried materials from nature to beautify your home or give as a handmade gift. All levels of experience welcome; materials included. Bring handheld pruners or clippers, as well as gloves if desired. For all ages. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Costs members $50, non-members $7. Register by visiting cbgarden.org, or calling 216-721-1600 ext. 274.



November 11, Newark
Speaker Series: Lighten Up for the Holidays
Dawes Arboretum

Shari Gallup for the OSU Extension will share practical ways to lighten up your favorite recipes for a healthier holiday season. From 10 to 11 a.m. Recommended donation is $2 per person. Visit dawesarb.org for event registration, or call 740-323-2355.



November 24-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.



November 18-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.



December



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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Tuesdays, Tulsa
Tuesday Morning Birders
LaFortune Park

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

 

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

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


October

 

October 3, 10, 24, 31 Tulsa
Let’s Talk Gardening
Tulsa Garden Center

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



October 5, 12, 19, 26 Stillwater
Yoga in The Garden
The Botanic Garden

Unwind at the end of a long day with yoga practice and guided relaxation. Bring your mat and join yoga therapist Carol Bender to shed the worries of the day. The class meets on the lower (east) lawn of the display gardens near the vegetable garden. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Wellness and The Botanic Garden at OSU. Check the garden’s Facebook page for cancellations or venue change due to weather. 5:45-6:30 pm. For more information, visit botanicgarden.okstate.edu.

 

October 7, Tulsa
African Violet Plant Sale
Tulsa Garden Center

This is an opportunity to obtain beautiful and unique African violet plants as well as help support a non-profit club. You also have the opportunity to ask questions of the members for hints at the best ways to grow these plants. Keep in mind the first people at the sale get the best selection, 9 a.m-3 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit their Facebook page.



October 7 & 8 Tulsa
Bonsai Plant Show and Sale
Tulsa Garden Center

You can see interesting bonsai specimens, have the opportunity to purchase bonsai plants and/or supplies, and visit with fellow bonsai enthusiasts to learn more about this interesting hobby. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit their Facebook page.



October 7, 14, 21, Stillwater
Open House
The Botanic Garden

Ambassadors are available on select Saturdays during the open house. It’s an excellent place to stop by on game days before heading to your favorite tailgate party. Note: The West Virginia Avenue entrance will be open for additional parking and handicap access 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit botanicgarden.okstate.edu.



October 7, Stillwater
Pumpkin Palooza
The Botanic Garden

The pumpkin carving demonstration is the first of several activities scheduled for families. There will be a carving contest and a painted pumpkin contest along with a sale of mums and pumpkins. $10 per family and preregistration is recommended. Email laura.payne@okstate.edu to reserve a spot for your family. 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit botanicgarden.okstate.edu.



October 8, Stillwater
2nd Payne County Fall Garden Tour

Proceeds will be donated to OSU’s Botanic Garden. The event will be $5 for advance purchase and $7 the day of. For more information, please contact Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or keith.reed@okstate.edu.



October 12, Tulsa
Storytime Under the Stars
Linnaeus Teaching Garden

Bring a child to enjoy the wonders of the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens and enjoy a book about pumpkins, bats, owls, and nighttime. 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

October 13, Stillwater
Fall Concert in the Garden
The Botanic Garden

Come enjoy an evening in the gardens with live music. Updates for inclement weather will be on the garden’s Facebook page. 5:45-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Laura Payne at 405-744-4531 or email laura.payne@okstate.edu.



October 21, Oklahoma City
Fall Bulb Workshop and Bulb Sale
Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center

Presented by Oklahoma Gardeners Association. Schroeder Wilson will be the keynote speaker. This workshop is free to the public, 9:30 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 405-297-1392.


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Through October, Philadelphia
Early Bird Saturdays and Sundays
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

If you’re up with the sun, start your day with an early morning visit to Morris Arboretum. Members, non-members, walkers, amateur photographers and everyone in between are invited to find the shining dew on more than 12,000 labeled plants in the arboretum’s living collection. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

Through October 9, Philadelphia
The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

50-plus kinetic sculptures ranging from 5 to 25 feet high are displayed throughout the garden. Placed in groupings that artist Lyman Whitaker calls wind farms, the sculptures’ movement is propelled entirely by wind. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

Through Oct. 25, Pittsburgh
Farmers at Phipps
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This weekly event brings community members and local food producers together for a fresh food shopping experience. Admission is free. From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

Through November 5, Pittsburgh
Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

More than 100 pieces of supersized glass art orchids and other plants are featured in eight rooms in the conservatory. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

October

 

October 6-7, Erie

Sixth Annual Pumpkin D’Light Night Walking Tour
Headwaters Park at the Erie County Conservation District

Penn State Master Gardeners of Erie County host this nighttime event featuring hundreds of carved and lighted pumpkins along a 1-mile wooded trail. Educational exhibits and prize drawings are also offered. From 6 to 9 p.m. Costs $3 for ages 12 and up, $2 for ages 3 to 11, and children under 2 are free. Cash only. No reservations needed. Bring flashlights and dress for a walk through the woods. Held rain or shine. Call 814-825-0900.

 

October 6 through November 4, Hershey
Bonsai: Living Art of the Susquehanna Bonsai Club
Hershey Gardens

This annual exhibit features dozens of bonsai trees and provides cultivation information.The exhibit is displayed in the hoop house and is open during regular garden hours. Included in admission. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

October 7, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Feathers, Flight, & Fun
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the discovery table and learn about feathers. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 7 - 8, Philadelphia
Fall Festival
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This weekend of autumn fun has become an annual tradition for many families. Make a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, and sample different varieties of apples. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Some activities have an additional fee. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 7 through 31 Philadelphia
Scarecrow Walk
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

More than 30 scarecrows are on display along the oak allée. Vote for your favorite in the “Halloween favorites, spooky and not-so-spooky” theme to determine which will be the top five prize winners. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 13 and 27, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Fun reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held at the outdoor children’s classroom, next to the visitor center. In case of inclement weather, storytime is held in the visitor center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free with admission. Registration required. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 14, Springfield
The Great Horned Owl
Smedley Park

Pam Dimelar, a local photographer, naturalist, and videographer, followed a pair of local great horned owls for five years. She will share a video of them, as well as facts about owls and their lifestyle. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/delaware.

 

October 14, Harrisburg
Audubon Native Plant Swap
Wildwood Park

Bring your extra native plants, pots, books, and gardening tools to exchange with fellow gardeners. The event will also include a native plant walk, bird walk, and native plant gardening displays. A speaker from Audubon Pennsylvania will discuss the benefits of native plants for birds and how you can get your backyard certified as bird habitat. On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg. Register by Oct. 12 by contacting Kim Schubert at kschubert@audubon.org, or call 717-612-2179.

 

October 15, Philadelphia
Bloomfield Farm Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Come celebrate Bloomfield Farm’s agricultural history. This event provides visitors with the opportunity to tour the restored Springfield Mill, originally constructed in 1760. From noon to 4 p.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 15, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm

Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and the setting along the Wissahickon Creek. From 1 to 4 p.m. Guided tours available. Free admission, donations appreciated. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 19, Devon
Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society Lecture: Contrast In The Garden
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Presented by Bob Stamper, past president of VFARS, and retired professor of biology, this lecture will explore the use of texture, form, and color in the garden. It examines plant attributes and what should be considered when adding a new plant. Included are discussions of blooming times, flower forms, plant growth habits, garden balance, symmetry, scale, and proportion, background plantings, repetition, variety, and basics of color and its use. On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Free of charge — all are welcome. Visit jenkinsarboretum.org.

 

October 20, 21, 27, and 28, Hershey
Pumpkin Glow
Hershey Gardens

More than 150 carved illuminated pumpkins light up the night, and a collection of live insects is on display in the educational and horticultural wing of the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory. It also features live pumpkin-carving demonstrations and story time with a scarecrow. Kids aged 12 and younger are invited to bring a flashlight, come in costume, and trick-or-treat throughout the gardens. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

November



November 4 - 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.



November 4, Stroudsburg
Fall Garden Workshops
Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center

Monroe County Master Gardeners offer a morning education series for the public. The agenda includes two workshops, Growing Mushrooms Indoors and Outside from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and Tool Maintenance from 10:45 to 11 a.m. A third talk, Build a Water Garden, runs from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost for both workshops is $5. Visit the Monroe County Master Gardeners Facebook page, facebook.com/mastergardenerspa.



November 9, Devon
A Taste of Tree Tenders
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Presented by Barley van Clief, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Tree Tenders’ program manager. Tree Tenders is PHS’s citizen training program for planting and caring for trees. Whether your interest is in helping the tree in your backyard, preserving the trees in your neighborhood or community park, or advocating for the regional tree canopy, the information presented will be useful in deciding whether the full nine-hour training is right for you. At 7 p.m. Free, all are welcome. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 10 and 12, 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.



November 11, Springfield
Hydroponic Towers
Smedley Park

Whitney Witkowski demonstrates how easy it is to grow fresh greens and vegetables year-round in your home with hydroponic towers. Your $5 donation goes to the Boys and Girls Club of Chester. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.



November 16, Devon
Fall and Winter Containers
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Join Michael Bowell, horticulturist and garden designer, for a lecture and demonstration on how to design containers for the fall and winter seasons using live woody and herbaceous perennials, branches, and found objects. Jointly sponsored by Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens and Woodlea Garden Club. Starts at 1 p.m. Free, all are welcome. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 18, Devon
Perennial Garden Design for Beginners
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

This workshop, presented by Pete Moscufo, garden designer and landscape architect, covers the aesthetic arrangement and composition of plants for the perennial garden. He discusses high-performing plants around which a design can be built, as well as common mistakes made when designing with plants. After the lecture, students collaborate on designs for various scenarios. This beginner-level workshop is suitable for the novice gardener or plant enthusiast. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Free for students. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 19, Devon
Attracting and Conserving the Five Bs
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

The environmental importance of bees, birds, butterflies, bugs, and bats is immeasurable, and a diversity of plant and animal species is key to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Steve Wright, director of horticulture and curator of plant collections, describes techniques to attract the “five Bs” to your garden, specifically highlighting food, water, and nesting needs. At 2 p.m. Free, all are welcome. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 19, Devon
Pumpkin Flower Arranging Workshop for Kids
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Young artists from ages 5 to 10 will create a floral arrangement inside a carved-out pumpkin that will be a worthy centerpiece at Thanksgiving. Hollowed out pumpkins, flowers, and items from nature will be provided and instruction will be given by Helen Standen, greenhouse and nursery manager, and Janet Bauman, director of development. At 2 p.m. An adult must accompany each child. Costs $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 24 - 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.

 

December



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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October

 

October 6-7, Knoxville
Fall Bulb and Plant Sale
Ivan Racheff House and Gardens

Two-day bulb sale offering all kinds of spring bulbs held for over 40 years at the historic Racheff House. New this year is a vendor plant sale on Saturday with perennials, native plants, shrubs, and small trees. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit the Ivan Racheff House and Gardens Facebook page.

 

October 7, Crossville
Composting
UT Gardens-Crossville: Plateau Discovery Gardens

Compost is one of nature’s best mulches and soil amendments and it is cheap! Bev Beers provides the details. 9-10:30 a.m. Free program. Register at UT PREC office, by phone or email to Jennifer Burns,
931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.



October 7, Memphis
Growers’ Choice Fall Plant Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

Shop a variety of plants, trees, shrubs, and edibles propagated in our nursery and greenhouse. Also offer a limited selection of annuals to brighten your containers or fall landscape. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



October 11, Memphis
Brown Bag: An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles
Memphis Botanic Garden

Professor Duane McKenna presents beetles such as ladybugs, fireflies, weevils, and more from the diversity of beetles and their role in the earth’s ecosystem. Noon-1 p.m. Registration not necessary; bring a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Fratelli’s Café in the garden. For more information, call 901-636-4100.



October 12, Kodak
The American Chestnut
Citizens National Bank

Smoky Mountains Chapter of Wild Ones presents Gail and Dick Olson on the present and future recovery of the American chestnut to return to the eastern hardwood forest. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Check their Facebook for up-to-date information.



October 12, Memphis
TEMG Western Regional Meeting
Memphis Area

Workshop highlights include tours of the Memphis Botanic Garden and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact your local extension office or master gardener office for details.



October 12, Memphis
Correct Way to Plant Trees and Shrubs
Shelby County Extension Office

Booker T. Leigh, UT Extension Agent, presents the program. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 901-752-1207.



October 13-14, Knoxville
Fall Bulb and Plant Sale
Ivan Racheff House and Gardens

Two-day sale of all kinds of spring bulbs. New addition this year is a vendor plant sale on Saturday for perennials, native plants, shrubs, and small trees to add to your landscape. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit Ivan Racheff House and Gardens Facebook page.



October 14, Knoxville
Composting: Turn Those Falling Leaves into Gold
Cedar Bluff Library

Join master gardeners Marsha Lehman and Stephanie Sayres to learn how to have finished compost by spring. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.



October 16, Knoxville
Composting: Turn Those Falling Leaves into Gold
Davis Family YMCA

Join master gardeners Marsha Lehman and Stephanie Sayres to learn how to have finished compost by spring. 1-2 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.



October 21, Chattanooga
Children In The Garden
AG Center, Bonny Oaks Drive

Children have a natural curiosity toward gardening and nature. Join Bertha Livingston to learn more. Sponsored by the Education Committee of the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County. 10 a.m. Register in advance. For more information, visit mghc.org.



October 21, Knoxville
Bewitching Bats
UT Gardens

Children and their guardians are invited to dress up in costumes and enjoy food-free trick or treating and bat education. Noon-2 p.m. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.



October 21, Sequatchie
The Science of Fall Colors
Foster Falls Picnic Area, US 41 (Tracy), South Cumberland State Park

Hike and workshop to reveal fall leaf color, leaf architecture, and physiology on a 3-mile roundtrip. Bring sturdy footwear, water, and snacks. 10 a.m. For questions, email todd.crabtree@tn.gov and register at tnstateparks.com/events.



October 22, Knoxville
8th Annual Fall Festival
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Fall into fun on the LeConte Meadow with the brilliant backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains in fall color. Festival features tasty food, kids’ crafts, hayrides, marshmallow roasting, regional vendors and more. Celebrate the season with us. 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit knoxgarden.org.



October 22, Knoxville
Howloween
UT Gardens

Pooch Parade and Pet Expo is free to attend. Parade pre-registration is $10 per costume entry (can include multiple dogs in one costume). 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.



October 22, Knoxville
Family Wildlife Series: Bug-ology 104 (Spiders)
Ijams Nature Center

Join Ijams Naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales for a lighthearted look at crawly critters that live in East Tennessee. We start with a snack and short class and then head outdoors in search of awesome arachnids. 2-4 p.m. Fee $8 for everyone over the age of 2. For more information, visit ijams.org/events.

 

November



November 7, Memphis
The Garden and The Workshop – Working Together for a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table
Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Horticulture Society present Julie and Ted Wilson, Suzy Askew and Larry Rains to show garden inspired designs for the table and the men who make it happen. 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Martha Garner at 901-619-8939.



November 9, Knoxville
Tool & Container Maintenance
West Hills Garden Club

Master gardener Joe Pardue will present program. 10-11 a.m. Call Barbara Isenberg, 406-5199 to RSVP and get directions to meeting.



November 11, Knoxville
Terrarium Workshop
UT Gardens

Whether you call it a vivarium, a terrarium, or a dish garden, most find growing your own miniature jungle fun and creative. Derrick Stowell will be the instructor. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35 for garden members, $45 for non-members. Visit ag.tennesee.edu/utg for location and registration updates.


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Through October, Surry
Pick-Your-Own Schedule
College Run Farms

Come pick fresh strawberries in late May, blueberries June-July, sweet corn July-early August, and pumpkins and gourds in late September-October. No fee to visit the farm; simply pay for the produce you pick. You can also purchase homemade ice cream, have a snack or lunch in the picnic area, and visit the gift shop. Contact the family farm with specific questions at 757-294-3970 or visit collegerunfarms.com for the crop calendar.

 

October

 

October 7, Duffield
Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece Workshop
Natural Tunnel State Park

Pumpkins can be used as planters and are ideal for succulents since they can take root right in the pumpkin. Participants will make their own succulent centerpiece. You must register no later than the Wednesday prior to the workshop by calling the Cove Ridge Center at 276-940-2696 or email Gretchen.Cope@dcr.virginia.gov. This workshop is a series offered by the park, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Scott County Master Gardeners, and the Education Council of the Cove Ridge Foundation and Advisory Board. The cost is $5 per person; a minimum of 10 participants is required. Time is 10-11 a.m. For more information, visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.



October 8, Richmond
RoseFest
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

This is your chance to “stop and smell the roses” and enjoy outstanding live entertainment in the Cochrane Rose Garden. Walk through winding paths of 1,800 roses for a sensual feast of color, fragrance, and beauty. Noon-3 p.m. Regular garden admission required; free admission for garden members. In the event of rain, activities will move inside. For more information, call 804-262-9887 or visit lewisginter.org.



October 14, Smithfield
WTMG Plant Clinic
Smithfield Farmers’ Market

Stop by the Plant Clinic to ask your horticultural questions to the Western Tidewater Master Gardeners. Learn tips for fall plantings and how to prepare your garden for the coming winter. 8:45 a.m.-noon. Contact the Isle of Wight Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at 757-365-6261 for additional information.



October 14-15, Boyce
Arborfest
Blandy Experimental Farm Arboretum

In addition to a selection of plants divided or propagated from the arboretum grounds, ArborFest includes a variety of plants for sale by carefully selected vendors. Activities include scarecrow-making, pumpkin games and crafts, nature walks for kids and guided arboretum walks, live music, and hayrides. 9-4:30 Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758.



October 25, Newport News
Every Animal Has a Story
Virginia Living Museum

Experience a special chance to walk the outdoor trail at the end of the day with our senior animal care staff and learn why and how our animals ended up with a new life at the living museum. Injured, orphaned, born in captivity, or rescued as an illegal pet, every animal has a special story. Tours last 45 minutes. The cost is $12 VLM members; $14 non-members (museum admission is not included). Event is for ages 4 and older. Maximum of 12 guests. 3-3:45 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.

 

November



November 4, Charlottesville
Botanical Painting and Sketching
Monticello’s David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

This exclusive, one-day workshop features watercolor instruction by renowned botanical artist Lara Call Gastinger, illustrator of the Flora of Virginia. Enjoy painting leaves, nuts, and pods and learning color mixing, applying layers, and detailed brushwork. All artistic levels welcomed! Materials are provided or bring your own. Register by October 31. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $100 per person. For more information, including list of supplies, call 434-984-9800, visit monticello.org, or email laragastinger@gmail.com.



November 4, Norfolk
Virginia Camellia Society Show & Sale
Norfolk Botanical Garden

This event will be held in the Baker Hall Visitors Center and is included with garden admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org.


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Through November 5, Milwaukee
Flower Power Fall Floral Show
The Domes

A unique garden show that captures the essence of 60s. An eclectic mix of tie- dyed, brightly colored flowers, including array of specialty mums, multi-colored daisies and topiaries. Peace signs, lava lamps, smiley faces, and all that reflect an era and philosophy of living freely and connecting to Mother Nature. Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and weekends, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

October

 

October 6 and 7, Wisconsin Dells
Digging in the Dells: A Gathering for Gardeners

Wisconsin Garden Club Federation’s new signature event. Programs range from two-day package, plus extra tours to Aldo Leopold Foundation, the International Crane Foundation, or a Wisconsin River Boat Tour. Dine with Melinda Myers as she presents “Creating a Pollinator Garden.” Details and registration information, http://bit.ly/2tJRv2y; or call Susan, 715-248-7870. Deadline, September 1.

 

October 14, Fond du lac
Seed Collection Workshop
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Workshop with a discussion on seeds, including when and how to collect favorite native plants. Learn how to identify wildflowers and grasses in the seed stage. Collecting, cleaning, propagation info. Meet at the Arboretum Shelter. 9 a.m. to noon.

 

October 17, Janesville
Unique Conifers Make a Garden Special
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Learn how to site and select conifers for every garden location. Conifers can improve your garden with tremendous form, phenomenal texture, unusual shapes, seasonal color, 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5 for nonmembers; $3 for members; no registration required.

 

October 19, Sheboygan
Boos and Brews
Bookworm Gardens

Celebrate autumn when the night air is crisp and adults get to take over the gardens. Light up the night with thousands of twinkle lights, live music, craft beer, and wine. Adults only (21+) event. Tickets available online.

 

October 20-21; 26-28, Sheboygan
Happily Haunted Gardens
Bookworm Gardens

The Gardens will be filled with thousands of twinkle lights, live book characters, entertainment, and autumn delights during this spine-tingling event. $5 per person; free for members.

 

October 21, Fond du lac
Halloween Hike
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

This luminary Halloween hike will introduce five friendly characters talking about how they help the environment. Registration, 7 p.m.; first hike, 7:15 p.m., and every 15 minutes after that. Trail is accessible for strollers and wheel chairs. All ages. Meet at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Shelter, 7 to 9 p.m.

 

October 27, Milwaukee
Ghosts Under Glass
The Domes

A not-too-spooky night for the family with treats and ghostly fun. Advanced tickets recommended. Available online or in the Domes Gift Shop, 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit: milwaukeedomes.org.

 

November

 

November 2, Madison
The Other Annuals
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Paul Drobot, owner of Perennial Landscapes in Muskego, will discuss tender perennials, not-so-often-used annuals, and heirloom annuals for your gardens, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Limited space, register deadline: October 26. Cost: $15 nonmembers, $12 members.



November 4, Janesville
Fall Symposium
Rotary Botanical Gardens

This daylong event will be devoted to landscape design, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

November 9 and 15, Fond du Lac
Create a Winter Wreath and Swag
Ice Age Visitor Center and Lakeside Pavilion

Using a variety of natural materials, create a beautiful wreath and swag that will enhance your home’s winter décor. Please bring along a pruning shears and gloves. Registration required, 920-940-8869, $20. Please note that this class will be offered four separate times, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. The first two will be held at the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest Ice Age Center near Dundee, and the other two at Lakeside Park Pavilion in Fond du Lac. For more info: gottfriedprairiearboretum.org.

 

November 15, Janesville
Evergreen Arrangement Make-and-Take
Rotary Botanical Gardens

With Patty Bailey’s instruction, design and take home a beautiful arrangement for either indoor or outdoor use, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Materials, including greenery, ribbon, and colorful fillers, will be provided to create a swag; bring your own container or fillers if desired, $25, members, $30, nonmembers. Limit 20 participants. Pre-registration required by November 13.



November 17, Madison
Cocktails in the Conservatory
Olbrich Botanical Gardens  
                                                     
Stroll through Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs. 7 to 11 p.m.

 

Nov. 17 – Jan. 8, Oshkosh
Nutcracker in the Castle
The Paine Museum and Gardens

The Nutcracker story unfolds in the Paine “castle,” with the historic rooms elaborately decorated as the fantastic scenes of the beloved holiday fairy tale. There are three different ways to visit and enjoy the fantasy experience of Nutcracker in the Castle. Guests may take Self-Guided Tours, Candlelight Tours, and Guided Tours, with each offered at separate times. Guests are invited to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Café. Visit thepaine.org, or call 920-235-6903 for specific hours and admission.



November 18, Sheboygan
Floral Design: Fall Front Doors
Bookworm Gardens

Join Garden and Facilities Manager Allissa for a celebration of the changing seasons. Prepare your porch for the transition from fall into winter with natural materials that will withstand the chilly temps and add a pop of color to your home. Adults only (21+) event. Session 1 from 10 a.m.  12 p.m. or Session 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets available online, $30 members/$35 non-members.

 

Nov. 18 – 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.



Nov. 24 – 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.



November 24-25, Janesville
Holiday Light Show Preview Weekend
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the Holiday Light Show over the Thanksgiving holiday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.



November 29, Janesville
Plant Selection for Four-Season Garden Interest
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Horticulture Director Mark Dwyer will share photos of his favorite plants that contribute all four seasons in the garden., 6:30 to 8 p.m., $5, nonmembers; $3,  RBG Friends members, no registration required.

 

December



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. m

 

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