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Upcoming Events for Georgia

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May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, Decatur
Spring Plant Sales
GSU Perimeter College Botanical Garden

Our inventory consists mainly of plants native to Georgia. We want our plants to be useful for pollinator gardens as well as serve as food for native insects. All plant sales 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We are only able to accept cash or check at this time. For more information, visit


May 19, Lexington
Forest Photography with Kathryn Kolb
Beech Hollow Farm

Enjoy a casual walk and talk with Kathryn Kolb about the intersection of art and science in the beautiful forest at Beech Hollow. Kolb will discuss the forms, patterns and symmetry of nature’s forms as the same symmetry we find in fine art and photography. Bring your camera; you will be taking pictures. Noon-4 p.m., $75, workshop, lunch included. Limit 10. For more information visit or email


May 26, Newnan
Growing and Cooking with Herbs
Country Gardens Farm

May 26 from 10-12 at Country Gardens Farm, Newnan. Mike & Judy will tag team this class, spending the first hour with Mike as he shows you how to grown herbs from seeds. Judy will spend the second hour demonstrating how to use herbs in your everyday cooking. Lots of herb dishes to sample. The cost of the class is $25.00. Everyone takes home a seeded herb. You must register online at




June 2, Athens
Learn to Identify, Grow, and Conserve Carnivorous Plants
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Since many carnivorous plants are native to the southeast, you can grow them right in your backyard! Kevin “the Plant Man” Tarner, professional horticulturist, will present a crash course to help carnivorous plants “capture” your attention. Participants will examine live specimens and learn all about their feeding strategies, habitats, cultivation, and conservation efforts. You’ll also get your hands dirty potting up your own plants to take home. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. For more information, visit


June 2, Cleveland
Lavender in the Mountains Festival
Lavender Lamb Farm

Sample culinary lavender treats. Discover unique lavender products. View lavender demonstrations, and create lavender-inspired crafts including lavender halos and wands. Enjoy fresh cut lavender bundles from the farm. Capture unlimited photo opportunities with beautiful blooming lavender & scenic mountain views. Activities to suit all ages. $5. Some activities will have a small fee. For more information, call 706-865-0510, visit, or email

June 2, Columbus
The Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival
Columbus Botanical Garden

The festival will feature an accredited daylily show, a marketplace with daylilies, arts and crafts for sale, and the opportunity to learn growing tips and see demonstrations. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The daylily show is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. Free. Info at or contact Larry Miller, chairman of the Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival at 706-327-2067.


June 2-3, Douglasville
11th Annual Penny McHenry
Hydrangea Festival

See the full listing of all events, including a pre-event wine tasting, garden tours, plus many that are free. For more information, visit, or call 678-449-3939.

June 2-3, Roswell
19th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival
Chattahoochee Nature Center

The air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies for this very important fundraising event for the Chattahoochee Nature Center! See live butterfly releases and Butterfly Encounter exhibit. Host and nectar plants will be available for purchase. Featuring crafts, face painting, fairy houses, sidewalk art, vendors, food trucks, and entertainment. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, noon-5 p.m. $12. For more information, visit or call 770-992-2055.

June 4-July 23, Helen
Master Naturalist Course
Smithgall Woods State Park

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

June 9, Greater Atlanta Area
American Hydrangea Society
Garden Tour

The 24th Annual AHS Garden Tour has seven beautiful gardens in the East Cobb and Roswell areas of Metro Atlanta. The tour will feature hydrangeas in several different types of settings in gardens large and small. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine). Cost: $30/one ticket or $40/two garden tour tickets. For more information, visit

June 9, Athens
Summer Tree Identification
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class, students learn to identify some of the most common of these by their leaves, bark, branching patterns, and tree form. Students will learn to use a hand lens and a simple dichotomous key for woody plants to identify species. Class time will be divided between classroom exercises and a field trip to the woods at the State Botanical Garden. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. For more information, visit

June 14, Athens
Summer Perennials
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This class focuses on the plants that thrive during the longest and hottest days of the year. Topics of discussion will include both woody and herbaceous plants that are at their most ornamental near the summer solstice, such as clematis, daylilies, iris, and rose. Cliff will also talk about perennials that bloom in late summer, including tall phlox, coneflowers, and rudbeckias. 4:30-7 p.m., $20. For more information, visit

June 16, Athens
Ferns of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

We will learn the basics of fern biology, ecology, and identification features; we will then explore the Dunson Native Flora Garden and learn to identify the most common ferns of Georgia’s Piedmont and Blue Ridge ecoregions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. For more information, visit


June 22, Ellijay
The Gardens of Europe
Gilmer County Library

The Garden Club of Ellijay will hold a Flower Show, titled The Gardens of Europe, on Friday, June 22 from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The show will be held at the Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, in Ellijay and is free and open to the public.

June 23, Athens
Where Do Hummingbirds “Hide” at the Botanical Garden?
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn where hummingbirds perch and “hide” throughout the garden. Class time will be spent discussing the mapped hummingbird trail while discovering tips for spotting these tiny creatures in Georgia habitats. We’ll discuss a few photography tips too. A tour of the trail will be given after the class, so bring a camera or binoculars if you’d like! The last portion of the class is intended for participants to have time to independently photograph or observe the hummingbirds. Instructor Judy Royal Glenn will be available to answer questions during this time. 9 a.m.-noon, $15. For more information, visit

June 24, Athens
Introduction to Orchids (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

What makes an orchid an orchid? For the types that are cultivated, what are the basics of orchid care, including getting them to flower again? NGOS member Dennis O’Connell will present an introduction to orchids. Please bring any plants you would like to show, or that you have questions about. For more information, email 2-3 p.m.


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