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Alabama
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July 23 Jemison Fig and Bunch Grape Walking Tour Petals from the Past 10:30 a.m. Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care and maintnance of figs and bunch frapes. He will give you a walking tour of our fruit gardens to taste the varieties that we have growing at Petals. 16034 County Road 29 205-646-0069
July 30 Jemison Preserving the Harvest Petals from the Past 10:30 a.m. Preserving the Harvest What can you do with all your fruits and vegetables? You will learn how to make jams and jellies, make your own jar of signature herbal vinegar and learn much more. Fee: $30.00 Please call the retail shop, 205-646-0069 to make your reservations. Space is limited.
August 6 Jemison Butterflies of Alabama Petals from the Past 10:30am Butterflies of Alabama - Glimpses into Their Lives - Paulette Ogard, writer, and Sara Bright, photographer, authors of "Butterflies of Alabama." In late summer and early fall, butterflies abound in Alabama's gardens! We will look at basic butterfly biology and end with glances at a few of Alabaman's most common as well as some of its rarest species. We will also take a walk through the gardens where we will focus on butterfly garden-worthy plants. 16034 County Road 29 205-646-0069
September 24 Mobile Herb Day Mobile Botanical Gardens "It's thyme to get some sage advice about how to dill with herbs!" Sponsored by the Mobile Botanical Gardens and the Gulf Coast Herb Society. Includes seminar, light lunch and door prizes. Hard to find herbs and gifts will be for sale. $25/person, advanced registration required. 251-342-0555 www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org
October 19 Mobile The Fall Floral Showcase Bellingrath Gardens and Home 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Benny Campbell, floral designer extraordinaire, will share secrets for creating arrangements in his signature style that is both airy and lush. Using an eclectic array of material and containers, Benny will instruct, inspire, and entertain you with his imaginative ideas for enhancing your fall and holiday tables and home. Benny was a featured seminar speaker on floral design at the 1999 Festival of Flowers and thrilled the capacity audience with his phenomenal talent and ebullient personality. He calls his arrangements "free-flow style with a Southern influence." There will be two special presentations by Benny. Visit www.bellingrath.org for more information about the presentations and ticket purchases. Space is limited for the morning and afternoon presentations. Reservations are required and will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Contact: Leslie Schraeder, lschraeder@bellingrath.org 251-973-2217
October 20-23 Mobile Fall Plant Sale Mobile Botanical Gardens A great SPRING garden begins in the FALL! Thousands of plants, thousands of colors for your Gulf Coast garden. Rare plants, camellias, azaleas, roses, herbs, trees, hydrangeas, natives and more. Opening Night Preview Party & Sale: Thursday, Oct. 20, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., $25 admission. Plant Sale: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. 251-342-0555 www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org
Arkansas
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July 23 Pine Bluff Plant Swap/Show Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center 10 a.m. The Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff invites you to participate in our Plant Swap. Bring plants, cuttings, seeds or bulbs to trade with other plant lovers. Be sure to label them. You never know what you might go home with. The Plant Swap is held in the small classroom in front of the center. Bring a fellow plant lover or your family, enjoy the swap and then visit the center and the trails. There is no fee for this program thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales Tax. For more information, please contact the Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center at 870-534-0011.
July 27-29 Paris Jr. Mountaineer Day Camp Mount Magazine State Park Lodge This is a great opportunity for children ages 8-12 interested in learning about mountain life and the natural world. This 3-day experience includes educational programs, crafts, games, hiking and other activities. Fee includes three lunches, snacks, instructions, materials and use of equipment. Space is limited; register by June 30th at the lodge. Admission: $40 Phone 479-963-8502. Email mountmagazine@arkansas.com
July 28 Hot Springs Gardening 101 Workshop Garvan Gardens Magnolia Room Topic: "Bromeliads and Other Great Indoor Plants" -- 9:30 a.m.-Noon Topic: "Cold Hardy & Indoor Tropicals" -- 1:00-3:00 p.m. Nancy Peters, owner of Two Friends Living Creations & Special Gifts, will share her expertise on growing, maintaining, and propgating bromeliads and other indoor plants. She will also provide tips for creating creative home displays. In the afternoon session, advanced master gardener Charles Harper will share his love of palms and other cold- hardy tropicals. His presentation will include tropicals great for atriums and green rooms, and indoor palms to enhance the beauty of your home. Gardening 101 sessions are free to Garden members and previously registered volunteers; regular Garden admission applies to non-members. Advance reservations are recommended. Call the Gardens at 501-262-9300 / 800-366-4664.
August 7 Hot Springs Late Summer in the Garden Garvan Gardens 4:00-7:00 p.m. Magnolia Room Think summer in the Gardens is too hot? Stroll under the canopy of trees with naturalist Roxana Rose and learn the historical folklore associated with the beautiful plants blooming there. Advance reservations and pre-payment is required. Cost is $10 for GWG members; $19 for non-members. Space is limited. Call the Gardens at 501-262-9300 / 800-366-4664.
August 16 Hot Springs Gardening 201 Workshop Garvan Gardens 1:00-3:00 p.m. Magnolia Room Topics: "Arkansas Butterflies" & "Host Plants for Arkansas Butterflies" National Geographic writer Mel White will share a presentation that will help participants identify butterflies found in Arkansas. Master Gardener Lin Johnson will talk about various plants that help draw butterflies to the garden. Gardening 201 sessions are free to Garden members and previously registered volunteers; regular Garden admission applies to non-members. Advance reservations are recommended. Call 501-262-9300 / 800-366-4664.
August 16 Little Rock Central Arkansas Iris Society Annual Iris Rhizome and Plant Sale Saturday August 27, 2011 8:a.m.-until sold out or 2:p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH FAMILY LIFE CENTER ON HILLCREST, OFF KAVANAUGH NORTH OF ST. MARY'S GIRL SCHOOL Little Rock, Ar www.Centralarkansasiris.org Rain or Shine 501/455/1478
September 30 -- October 1 Mountain View Herb Harvest Festival The Ozark Folk Center National Herb Day is celebrated with a seminar held in the Heritage Herb Gardens at the Ozark Folk Center. Nationally known and regional herbalists, local herbal merchants and growers share their knowledge. The full program will be announced by July 30. Fees: One day only: $45 prior to September 25; $55 after September 24th. Both days: $85 prior to September 24th; $95 after September 24th. ozarkfolkcenter@arkansas.com www.ozarkfolkcenter.com
Georgia
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July 30 Canton Wet Gardening 10:00 a.m. Senior Center, 1001 Univeter Road Learn techniques on how to enhance areas that stay wet. Make & take a bog garden. (McFather) Class limit (20). Free. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register call the Extension office, 770-479-0418, email: uge1057@uga.edu, fax information to 770-479-0565 or visit our website www.ugaextension.com/cherokee.
August 5 Athens Friends First Friday: Planting to Support Winter Migrants The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 9:00 a.m. Jeannette Coplin, Director of Horticulture and Grounds Visitor Center, lower level Members $10; non-members $12 Gather at a made-from-scratch breakfast to meet other folks who enjoy the Garden. Each month a staff member speaks about a different subject during the breakfast get-together. Call 706-542-6156
August 11 Athens Concrete Leaf-casting The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. SBG Greenhouse, Maintenance Center Members $24; nonmembers $27 Pre-registration required Lauren Zeichner, UGA Landscape Architecture Professor, Local Athens Artist Garden decor with a large effect! We will use large leaves such as elephant ears to cast concrete forms. These forms can be used for bird baths or creative garden accents. Please wear something you do not mind getting wet. Call 706-542-6156 or register online at www.uga.edu/botgarden ?
August 18 Athens Planning and Planting the Fall Vegetable Garden The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Visitor Center, Classroom 2 Members $18; non-member $22 Jeremy Friedman, Sunrise Farm, Athens, Georgia The fall garden is an opportunity to have vegetables on your table, not only in the fall but throughout the winter and spring. Topics will include but are not limited to: plant selection, crop rotation, cover crops, planting beneficial natives, composting, and drip irrigation set-up. Learn some tricks to get more out of your garden during the cooler months. Call 706-542-6156 or register online at www.uga.edu/botgarden
August 13 Woodstock Tickle Your Senses: How To Create A Night Time Garden 10:00 a.m. Rose Creek Library, 4476 Towne Lake Parkway Come learn to create an enchanting nocturnal paradise for relaxing or entertaining after the sun goes down. (Garland) Free Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register call the Extension office, 770-479-0418, email: uge1057@uga.edu, fax information to 770-479-0565 or visit our website www.ugaextension.com/cherokee.
August 27 Woodstock Insects: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly 10:00 a.m. Rose Creek Library, 4476 Towne Lake Parkway Learn the basics to identify beneficial and harmful insects.(VanBrink/Walton) Free Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register call the Extension office, 770-479-0418, email: uge1057@uga.edu, fax information to 770-479-0565 or visit our website www.ugaextension.com/cherokee.
August 27 Athens Plant Conservation: Protecting Plant Diversity in the Garden and in the Wild The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A Certificate in Native Plants Core Course Visitor Center, Classroom 2 Members $90; non-members $100 Jennifer Ceska, Conservation Coordinator, and Jim Affolter, Dir. of Research, SBG Plant conservation is an applied science that draws upon many fields of knowledge from ecology to horticulture, to ethics and politics. This course surveys threats to biodiversity in Georgia and worldwide, examples of rare plant research, techniques for restoration and reintroduction, and ways individuals and organizations are making a difference in protecting the rare plants of Georgia. Class will include demonstrations, hands-on activities, group discussions, tours of threatened species collections, and visits to the conservation research lab and the Outdoor Propagation Area for Rare Plants at the State Botanical Garden. Call 706-542-6156 or register online at www.uga.edu/botgarden
August 27 Athens Advanced Beekeeping The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Meet at Shade Garden Arbor Members $14; non-members $16, pre-registration required Dan Harris, Beekeeper, UGA Bee Lab, and Owner, Booger Hill Bee Farm, Danielsville, GA Advance your beekeeping knowledge and skills with Dan as you perform a 24 hour Varroa mite count and apply a variety of fall treatments for Varroa and other pests. He will also discuss fall and over-wintering preparations for your hive. Completion of the Beekeeping for Beginners Series required. Call 706-542-6156 or register online at www.uga.edu/botgarden
September 10 Canton Fall & Winter Vegetable Gardening 10:00 a.m. Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Dr. What to plant, when to plant it and how to care for a bountiful tasty harvest! (Prakash/Peterson) Free. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register call the Extension office, 770-479-0418, email: uge1057@uga.edu, fax information to 770-479-0565 or visit our website www.ugaextension.com/cherokee.
September 17 Ball Ground Gardening For All Seasons: Fall 10:00 a.m. Ball Ground Community Center, 250 Civic Drive Seasoned and novice gardeners get tips on planning, planting and maintaining an interesting fall landscape. (D. Smith) Free. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register call the Extension office, 770-479-0418, email: uge1057@uga.edu, fax information to 770-479-0565 or visit our website www.ugaextension.com/cherokee.
September 24 Canton Native Plants In Your Landscape 10:00 a.m. Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Dr. Learn the benefits of natives for both ornamental characteristics and environmental values. (Winchester) Free. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register call the Extension office, 770-479-0418, email: uge1057@uga.edu, fax information to 770-479-0565 or visit our website www.ugaextension.com/cherokee.
October 1 Woodstock Ponds & Water Features 10:00 a.m. Rose Creek Library, 4476 Towne Lake Parkway Learn the basic techniques for creating a relaxing garden with a pond, fountain, waterfall or more. (Morales/Peterson) Free. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register call the Extension office, 770-479-0418, email: uge1057@uga.edu, fax information to 770-479-0565 or visit our website www.ugaextension.com/cherokee.
Kentucky
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June 28 - October 25 Union Dig in the Dirt Session Boone County Arboretum 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Come out to the arboretum for our Dig in the Dirt volunteer sessions every Tuesday through October. All experience levels are welcome. Each session we tackle a different project that can include planting, weeding, pruning or working in our children's garden. Each session is supervised by a staff member to give instruction and guidance to volunteers. Lunch is served at the conclusion of the work session. Call Laura Potter with questions at 859-586-6101.
July 21 Burlington Summer Tree & Shrub I.D. Boone County Extension Office 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Learn how to identify trees during the summer season. Lecture at the Extension Office, followed by a walk; dress accordingly. Location: 6028 Camp Ernst Rd Call 859-586-6101 to register.
August 4 Burlington Family Gardening Series: Preparing Veggies For County Fair Exhibits Boone County Extension Service 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. Learn how to harvest and present entries for the County Fair (Vegetable entry day at the fair is August 9). Children are welcome to attend! Location: 6028 Camp Ernst Rd 859-586-6101
August 18 Burlington Tomato & Pepper Tasting Party Boone County Extension Service 6:30 p.m. Enjoy fun and games, sample delicious tomato and pepper dishes, and help determine which types will be top varieties of 2011! Bring your tomatoes and peppers from home and know their variety name. Also, bring your favorite dishes featuring tomatoes and peppers! Bring a friend and your family for a good time. Recipes welcome! Location: 6028 Camp Ernst Rd 859-586-6101
August 22-25 Lexington Academy of Botanical Art Workshop, Beautiful Flowers The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Draw and paint in the style of the golden era of botanical art. Beginners to advanced are welcome Instructors: Olivia Marie Braida-Chiusano and Leslie Ramsey. The Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center Pre-registration required Call 859-257-6955
August 23 Burlington Plants For Groundcovers: Shrubs & Flowers Boone County Extension Service 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Learn about some interesting groundcovers to hold slopes and add color and interest to your landscape. Location: 6028 Camp Ernst Rd 859-586-6101
September 15 Burlington Preparing Gardens, Orchards, Lawns & Landscapes For Winter Boone County Extension Service 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Find out when, how, and why you need to prepare your landscape for winter to ensure survival. Learn common mistakes of gardeners in the fall. This is the last class for this year in our "Family Gardening Series." Location: 6028 Camp Ernst Rd 859-586-6101
September 17 Clermont BugFest Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest Bring the kids on an INSECT SAFARI in Bernheim's big backyard! Dance the Buggy Boogie, taste the tempting Cricket Crunch, count the Pickled Ticks plus a whole host of other horrible delights. The whole family will enjoy the creepies, the crawlies, the music, games and fun! Call 502-955-8512 for more information www.bernheim.org
September 27 Burlington Planting for Winter Beauty Boone County Extension Service 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Landscape beauty doesn't have to end after the summer. Learn why fall is an ideal planting time and which plants can add winter interest in your home landscape. Location: 6028 Camp Ernst Rd 859-586-6101
October 15-16 Clermont ColorFest at Bernheim Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m. Enjoy fun for the whole family. Plenty of great food, music, pumpkin painting, hay rides, crafts, Kentucky craft artists, discovery stations and much more! Call 502-955-8512 for more information www.bernheim.org
Louisiana
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August 1 Baton Rouge Gardening Green - Low Input/High Output Burden Center Noon -- 1 p.m. Reflections in the Garden series Speaker: Dan Gill Bring your lunch; drinks provided. $5 (Free for members) 4560 Essen Lane 225-763-3990
August 6 New Orleans Plant Sale New Orleans Botanical Garden 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Pelican Greenhouse Bring a wagon and arrive early for best selection. All quantities are limited. Checks or cash accepted. Sorry, no credit cards. Pelican Greenhouse is located just off Henry Thomas (Golf) Drive just south of the I-610 underpass. 504-483-9464 plantsales@nocp.org
August 6 Baton Rouge East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners Day Red Stick Farmers Market East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners Day is the first Saturday of the month at the Red Stick Farmers Market, corner of Fifth and Main St. in Baton Rouge. Master gardeners offer expert advice on seasonal gardening. For more information, contact Copper Alvarez at 225-267-5060 or visit www.breada.org.
September 3 New Orleans Plant Sale New Orleans Botanical Garden 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Pelican Greenhouse Bring a wagon and arrive early for best selection. All quantities are limited. Checks or cash accepted. Sorry, no credit cards. Pelican Greenhouse is located just off Henry Thomas (Golf) Drive just south of the I-610 underpass. 504-483-9464 plantsales@nocp.org
September 12 Baton Rouge Shady Gardening in Louisiana's Capital City Burden Center Noon -- 1 p.m. Reflections in the Garden series Speaker: Marion Drummond Bring your lunch; drinks provided. $5 (Free for members) 4560 Essen Lane 225-763-3990
September 24-25 Baton Rouge Corn Maze, Hayrides, and More at the Fun Family Weekend Burden Center 8:30 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. Get lost in the corn maze, take a hayride through Trees and Trails, pose for a photo op with Scarecrows, choose and paint your holiday pumpkins; then take a tour of the Rural Life Museum. A day for all to remember. 4560 Essen Lane 225-763-3990
October 1 Nacogdoches, Texas Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale Stephen F. Austin State University's Mast Arboretum 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stephen F. Austin State University's Mast Arboretum, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. The event features the annual fall plant sale fundraiser benefiting the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden, and educational programs hosted at the gardens. A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including new introductions, Texas natives, heirlooms, perennials and exclusive SFA introductions. Most plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public. This plant sale fundraiser benefits the SFA Gardens and its educational programs, which reach over 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call 936-468-4404, or visit arboretum.sfasu.edu and click on "upcoming events."
October 8 Florien Old-fashioned Roses Hodges Gardens State Park 9:30 a.m. Join staff horticulturist Tommy Adams in a discussion and tour of our Old Fashion Garden. Come see our beautiful antique roses. Learn which roses are best suited for your landscape. The cool weather has our roses looking great so come and enjoy! 318-586-4020 or 800-354-3523 hodgesgardens@crt.la.gov
Mississippi
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July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jackson It's Not Easy Being Green Mississippi Museum of Natural Science 10:00 a.m. - Noon Fun Fridays are interactive, hands-on programs offered in June and July. An adult must accompany children. Please call the Museum at 601.354.7303 to confirm an event.
August 14 Picayune Home Landscape Design/Renovation Crosby Arboretum 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Learn the steps for analyzing your property and valuable tips for creating a low-maintenance and attractive landscape design with Pat Drackett, Crosby Arboretum's Senior Curator. Pat will discuss the basics of the landscape design process, and teach how to give your property a quick and inexpensive facelift. An overview of some outstanding plants for the landscape will also be included. Program is free to members and $5 for non-members. Register by August 13. For more information: 601.799.2311 (Wed through Sun)
September 9 - 11 Holly Springs 2011 Hummingbird Migration Celebration Strawberry Plains Audubon Center 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily (last program begins at 4 p.m.) Hummingbird Viewing and Banding with the Hummer/Bird Study Group - You may get a chance to release one back into the wild! Guided Wagon Rides and Nature Walks through Strawberry Plains Audubon Center's 2600-acre Nature Sanctuary Kids' Nature Tent Live Animal Shows Special Guest Speakers Resources for Creating a Wildlife-Friendly backyard Native Plant Sale Experts on Conservation, Ecology and Bird Migration Local Artists and Vendors Selling Crafts, Art, Bird Feeders, Gifts, Souvenirs, etc. $15 for adults (13-64 years old) $10 for seniors $10 for people traveling in 12-passenger van or greater (to cut down on parking). Driver admitted free. $5 for children 5-12 years old Children under 5 years old admitted free. 662.252.1155 kboyle@audubon.org
October 21 & 22 Crystal Springs 2011 Fall Flower & Garden Fest Growing for Life Truck Crops Experiment Station The 2011 Fall Flower & Garden Fest will be held Friday and Saturday at the Truck Crops Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. Crystal Springs is about 25 miles south of Jackson. Hours are from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days, and food vendors will have food and drinks available. This is the largest home gardening show in the Southeast. Average attendance is 6,000 people over the two-day event. Admission and parking are free. The garden, grounds, seminars and one of the tour wagons are handicapped accessible. For more information contact your local Mississippi County Extension office, or call 601.892-3731.
November 14 - 16 Vicksburg Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow Vicksburg Convention Center The Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association will host the Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference in conjunction with the Mississippi Agritourism Association and the Gulf South Blueberry Growers Association. The date has been moved up to November in order to better accommodate growers and exhibitors. This event will feature educational programs based on a variety of topics that are important to fruit and vegetable growers along with a trade show. All of which will be held at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Some topics for the Fall 2011 Conference include but are subject to change: * General and Production Sessions: Soil Building, Cover Crops, Marketing, Deer Control, Figs, Blackberries, Peaches, Apples, Mushrooms, Muscadines, Advanced Melon Production, Tomatoes, Diverse Greens, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Niche Veggies, Post Harvest, Pest and Disease Updates, etc. * Organic Sessions: Companion Planting, Biofumigation, Farmscaping for Bug Control, Challenges of Mixed Farms, Organic Animal Feed Production, Composting, etc. * Blueberry Sessions * Agritourism Sessions Workshops include: Insurance, Strawberries, and Plastic Mulch Laying Additional information about the conference and registration can be found at www.msfruitandveg.com.
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Oklahoma
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July 2 &16, August 6 & 20 Stillwater The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University Open House Botanic Garden at OSU 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 3425 W. Virginia Rd., corner of Virginia and Sangre Roads The Open Houses will be ongoing each 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month through October 15. The Botanic Garden at OSU Open House offers to the public a wonderful opportunity to come and visit the Garden in a relaxed atmosphere. Come and wander through the various gardens on your own or tour with the assistance of a Botanic Garden Ambassador. Not only is it a chance to spend time either on your own or with the family in the great outdoors - the Open Houses are free! There are a number of themed gardens which will appeal to all ages, from children to adults and to gardeners of all levels of experience. All will enjoy the variety of gardens, different plant species and the various wildlife that are attracted to the garden's colorful sights. The Garden is also home to many different garden plots that reflect ongoing research projects by OSU professors. For more information about the Open Houses, contact Laura Payne at 405-744-4531 or e-mail at laura.payne@okstate.edu.
August 5 Oklahoma City Community Beautification * Green How-To Series Will Rogers Gardens 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Want to spruce up the neighborhood or other public space? Learn the concepts for easy public landscape design and maintenance. Includes budget and easy-care tips. Great for neighborhood, church and other community volunteer groups. Registration required by calling 405-943-0827. Free.
September 9 Oklahoma City Landscape Detox * Green How-To Series Will Rogers Gardens 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Learn how to effectively reduce the use of chemicals to save time, money and the environment. Prevention ideas and easy landscape management techniques will be discussed. Registration required by calling 943-0827. Free.
September 17 Tulsa Fall Iris Sale Tulsa Garden Center 8:00 a.m. till sell out Includes iris rhizomes and other plants. Sponsored by the Tulsa Area Iris Society www.tulsairis.org 918-251-4598
October 1 Oklahoma City Fall Fantastics * WOW! Series Will Rogers Gardens 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Fall is a great time of year for planting in Oklahoma. Come see which plants produce gorgeous reds, oranges and yellows. Registration required. Call 943-0827. Free.
October 1 Nacogdoches, Texas Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale Stephen F. Austin State University's Mast Arboretum 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stephen F. Austin State University's Mast Arboretum, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. The event features the annual fall plant sale fundraiser benefiting the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden, and educational programs hosted at the gardens. A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including new introductions, Texas natives, heirlooms, perennials and exclusive SFA introductions. Most plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public. This plant sale fundraiser benefits the SFA Gardens and its educational programs, which reach over 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call 936-468-4404, or visit arboretum.sfasu.edu and click on "upcoming events."
October 22 & 23 Tulsa Fall Bonsai Show Tulsa Garden Center Saturday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Green County Bonsai and held at the Tulsa Garden Center 2435 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa www.greencountrybonsai.org
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Tennessee
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June - August Knoxville Summer Garden Discovery Camps UT Gardens The UT Gardens is excited to present a fun-filled summer of day camps for children 4 to 12! Each camp will explore a different garden topic and includes fun activities and take home projects. A link to the 2011 camp schedule is here: utgardens.tennessee.edu/news_events.html To register, please call Emily Smith at 865-974-7151 or email esmith27@utk.edu.
July 7, 14, 21, 28 Nashville Family Night Out at Cheekwood Cheekwood Botanical Garden 6:30 p.m. It's time to break out your blankets and picnic baskets because Cheekwood is welcoming back Family Night Out! Every Thursday evening in July come gather in Middle Tennessee's most magnificent botanical gardens and take in dance performances from the Nashville Ballet, puppet shows by the Nashville Public Library Foundation & Wishing Chair Productions, and fantastic musical acts like Coal Train Railroad. Family Night Out also offers another opportunity to view our exciting outdoor exhibition "Trains! Tennessee in G." Thousands of visitors have already experienced the magic of our garden railroad, and Thursday nights will offer an excellent opportunity to see it in a new light. Family Night Out is presented by Publix Supermarket Charities and sponsored by Nashville Parent Magazine. July 7 - Coal Train Railroad July 14 - The Nashville Ballet presents The Singing Tortoise July 21 - The Nashville Public Library Foundation & Wishing Chair Productions present Tall Tales Circus July 28 - The Zinghoppers For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.
July 11 - 22 Memphis Paint it! Plant it! Summer Camp Dixon Gallery & Gardens Ages 6 - 10 Campers will have an all encompassing journey through Paris' arts and culture scene, with a focus on French painting, food, theater, and music. In the gardens your child will learn all about native plants, and will have plenty of chances to get good and dirty by potting their own. This year the Dixon's Paint it! Plant it! Summer Camp will offer this camp for two weeks, so if you are out of town for one week, you can still catch us the next week! Reservations required Week 1: July 11 - 15 Week2: July 18 - 22 Full day: $175 members, $200 non-members 1/2 day: $125 Members, $150 non-members Lunch not included, one snack included for 1/2 day and two snacks included for full day. For more information call 901-761-5250.
August 27 Clarksville Clarksville-Montgomery County Water Garden Society Pond Tour 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket price $10.00 Children 12 & under free Ticket price includes picnic meal at Dunlop Park and Koi Ponds Ticket sales location of day of tour: parking lot of Dave's Small Engines, 2480 Hwy 41-S Bypass 931-249-2355 or 931-368-1583
September 10 & 11 Chattanooga Marie Humphreys Fall Open House & Native Plant Sale Reflection Riding Arboretum & Botanical Garden Hours: Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 1 to 5pm. Fall is the best time to plant, so be certain to come out and find something special for your garden from our hundreds of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. The Fall Native Plant Sale features hearty native plants, guided wildflower walks, a variety of talks on gardening/wildlife/conservation topics and a few longer hikes exploring the Riding property, demonstration and activities for children, and live bluegrass music. Free Admission. 423-821-9582
Virginia
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July 14 & August 18 Alexandria Garden Stroll & Tea Green Springs Garden 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Take a docent-led stroll through the demonstration gardens and enjoy afternoon tea at the Historic House. Hear about the mission and history of Green Spring Gardens, one of the preeminent places for horticulture in the Washington, D.C. area. Individuals and groups welcome. $27. Call the Green Spring Historic House at 703-941-7987 to register.
July 23 Alexandria Bold Native Plants and Their Hybrids Green Springs Garden 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Curator Brenda Skarphol guides you through the garden and provides an in-depth look at bold summer natives and hybrids derived from natives. Learn from Green Spring's successes and failures to create habitats and design attractive gardens using these natives and their hybrids. $15. Register on-line at fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.
August 6 Alexandria Flowering Shrub ID for Summer and Fall Green Springs Garden 9:30 a.m. - noon If you've asked, "What shrub is that?" this class will help you learn shrub identification. Mary Olien uses both botany and horticulture to guide you through the process. $30. Register on-line at fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.
August 27 & 28 Alexandria 29th Annual Begonia Show and Sale Green Spring Gardens Saturday, August 27, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 12 - 3:30 p.m. Feast your eyes at this show sponsored by the Potomac Branch of the American Begonia Society. Expand your plant palette! Be tempted with splashes of color and shape for homes and greenhouses that last long after frosts have put our outdoor gardens to bed! The sale offers a wide variety of begonias, including subtropical species. FREE. For more information, call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.
September 17 Alexandria Fall Garden Festival Green Springs Gardens 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Support one of Virginia's most innovative and exciting public gardens. The Fall Festival is a FROGS (Friends of Green Spring) sponsored fundraiser filled with activities, music, silent auction and an expanded plant and craft sale. Proceeds help acquire plants for the garden and add to Green Spring's educational efforts. Call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173 for more information.

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