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Upcoming Events for Georgia

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Through December 31, Atlanta
Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens
Atlanta History Center

This exhibition is presented in combination with the publication of a new University of Press book by the same title co-authored by Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy with photographs by James R. Lockhart. Through photographs, postcards, landscape plans, and manuscripts, Seeking Eden highlights the importance of historic gardens in Georgia’s past as well as their value and meaning within the state’s 21st-century communities. For more information, visit


Select Thursdays, Atlanta
Science Café
Atlanta Botanical Garden

This series features expert speakers and discussions on exciting conservation topics. Free with garden admission. 7 p.m. While you are at the garden, enjoy Cocktails in the Garden 5:30-9:30 p.m. (cash bar). Both free with garden admission. For more information, visit or 404-876-5859.
    July 12 - Stingless Bees, Genoveva Ocampo, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    July 26 - Molecular Chemistry, Huw Davies, Emory University
    August 30 - Reptile Conservation, David Steen, Georgia Sea Turtle Center


August 10-11, Asheville, NC
2018 Speaking of Gardening
DoubleTree by Hilton, Asheville-Biltmore

Celebrating their 20th year, the Speaking of Gardening Symposium consists of inspiring lectures by renowned plantsmen on creative design, innovative horticulture, and great plants. This two-day symposium includes book signings, plant auctions, sponsor displays, and lunch. Network with professionals & enthusiasts, earn CEU’s, and purchase plants and products from sponsors. $155. For more information, visit, or call 828-275-1751.

August 18, Dunwoody
Butterfly Festival
Dunwoody Nature Center

Mark your calendars, rain or shine, for a day of great activities, including a Birds of Prey show, games, crafts, music, food, drinks, and, of course, three magical butterfly tents filled with hundreds of nature’s most beautiful and delicate species. Adults $10, children (4-12) $5. Early member preview begins at 9 a.m. with general admission at 10 a.m. For more information, call 770-394-3322.

August 18, Athens
They Are Back – The Hummingbirds and the Hummingbird Trail
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join us for a ramble as we walk through the Hummingbird Trail to find the hummingbirds’ secret hiding places. Bring a camera or binoculars if you’d like and join the adventure! The last hour of the ramble 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. 9-11 a.m. Free. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit

August 19, Athens
Companion Plants for Orchids (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Many non-orchid cultivated plants have tropical origins, similar to orchids, and require similar growing conditions.  Growing these plants as companions to orchids can benefit both the orchids and the companion plants. Northeast Georgia Orchid Society member Nat Scheckler will discuss companion plants that can be readily grown with orchids. Please bring any plants you would like to show or that you have questions about. For more information, email 2 p.m. Free.

August 21, Carrollton
Mason Bees and Bumblebees
Carrollton Ag Center

Becky Griffin, community and school garden coordinator, Georgia Certified Beekeeper, Center for Urban Ag and UGA Extension, NW District, will be speaking. We gather at the Ag Ed Center at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. West GA Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or email

August 25, Athens
Plant Conservation: Protecting Plant Diversity in the Garden and in the Wild
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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 group discussions and tours of the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $105/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit

August 29, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 1: Line and Line-Mass Design
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

First of five units to earn the Basic Design Certificate from The Garden Club of Georgia. Courses do not need to be completed in order. Participants will be provided a list of materials to bring to class. Additional units of study include Mass Design and Foliage Design, Design for Dining Table, Fruit and Vegetable Design, and Petite Design. Limited to 20 participants. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $45. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit



September 5, Athens
All in the Family: Important Plant Families of Georgia
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class we will learn about some important plant families, recognizing their characteristics in the classroom or garden and giving you the skills to quickly identify the unknown plants that you might run across. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit

September 6 Newnan
Making and Using Compost & Compost Tea
Country Gardens Farm

6:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit or call 770-251-2673.

September 8, Gainesville
Snake Day 2018
Elachee Nature Science Center

Get up close and personal with creatures that slither and crawl at the 26th Annual Snake Day. This seasonal nature education festival is a family-friendly favorite. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $10 per person (ages 2 and older). For more information 770-535-1976, or

September 11, Athens    
Volunteer Fair
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Interested in volunteering at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia? Our volunteers work beside garden curators, create flower arrangements, help decorate for events, help with concerts and family festivals, lead garden tours, proofread, propagate plants for sales and displays, greet guests at the front desk, and work in the gift shop. A garden tour will be available for those curious about the garden or interested in becoming a tour guide. Come have a cup of coffee and speak with garden staff about your talents and desires, and we will discuss what is needed at the garden. 10 a.m.-noon. Discussion starts at 10:30 a.m., garden tour at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 706-542-1244 or visit

September 12, Atlanta
Louise Agee Wrinkle: Listen to the Land: Creating a Southern Woodland Garden
Atlanta History Center

Louise Wrinkle discusses her book, Listen to the Land: Creating a Southern Woodland Garden, in a conversation with her friend Jim Landon. Her story is an engaging, informative, and poignant memoir of a life spent tending a woodland oasis in Alabama. $10, 4 p.m. Presented in partnership with The Garden Conservancy. Book signing and light refreshments will follow the conversation. Reservations are required. For more information, call 404-814-4150 or visit

September 13, Eatonton
Trees for Bees and Other Pollinators
UGA Extension, Putnam County, Meeting Room

Fall is time for selecting and planting trees and woody ornamentals. Come spend the evening with us and learn about pollinator positive tree and shrub varieties and where to purchase them. 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Fielder at 706-485-4151 or email

September 15, Athens
27th Annual Insect-ival!
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join garden staff and volunteers for this creepy, crawly, and definitely fun family festival. Discovery stations, roach and beetle races, an insect café, puppet shows and, of course, lots of live insects will also highlight this event! At 11 a.m. we will host our annual butterfly release on the lawn of the International Garden. Insect-ival is sponsored by the Garden, the UGA Lund Club, the UGA Department of Entomology, and the Georgia Museum of Natural History. Pre-registration is not required. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $5/person or $20/family (children under 2 are free). For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit

September 16, Athens
Dendrobiums: A Learning Journey (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society Meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

NGOS member Steve Moorman will take us on a “learning journey” sharing lessons he learned about Dendrobiums. Please bring any plants you would like to show or that you have questions about 2-4 p.m. Free.
For more information, email

September 15, Columbus
Bird-Feeding Wreath Workshop
Columbus Botanical Garden

Using natural materials, participants will create a wreath certain to attract a variety of birds and make an attractive addition to your garden! All materials provided. Please bring garden gloves and hand pruners. Seating is limited so register early! $45, 10 a.m.-noon. Pre-registration deadline September 10. To register or for more information, call 706-327-8400 or email

September 18, Athens
2018 Johnstone Lecture: Familiar Creatures Communicate Big Messages in North American Schools
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Estela Romero has coordinated the Symbolic Migration program in her hometown of Angangueo, Michoacán, for 15 years. This program mimics the migration of monarchs, carrying thousands of paper butterflies from Canadian and USA students to Mexico to overwinter at schools near the real monarchs and then returning them the following spring. Estela not only brings these “ambassador butterflies” to the children, but environmental and cultural lessons. After Estela’s talk, SBG Director of Education Cora Keber will give a short summary of similar programs and collaborations at the garden. 7 p.m., reception following. Free but reservations required by September 11. To register or for more information visit or call 706-542-6138.

September 15, LaGrange
Decorative Gourd Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

Join Tom Westmoreland for an exciting morning learning about how to create decorative gourds. With over 20 years’ experience, Tom will bring some of his favorites and share methods for his craft. $25 per person. Call 706-882-3242 or email to register.

September 19, Athens
Fall Wildflowers of the Georgia Piedmont
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class, students will learn to recognize the most common fall-blooming wildflowers in the Georgia Piedmont and learn the basic botanical terminology used in identifying and describing fall-flowering plants, with an emphasis on plants in the aster (composite) family. We will then apply that knowledge in the field, learning to recognize families, genera, and species based on characteristics readily observable. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit

September 22, Stone Mountain
Fall Native Plant Sale
Stone Mountain Park

Join us for our fall plant sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Stay tuned for more details at

September 21-22, Charlottesville, VA
12th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival

Celebrate the revolutionary legacy of Thomas Jefferson; workshops, lectures, tomato tastings, and family-friendly activities. Featured speakers include Peter Hatch, Michael Twitty, Ira Wallace, David Shields, Craig LeHoullier, and many more. For more information, visit

September 22, Conyers
Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Symposium
Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Topics will include Roadsides & Pollinators, Urban Honey Bee Project, and more. $50 for members of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia; $75 non-members. Presented by Monarchs Across Georgia. For more information, email

September 22, LaGrange
Planting Trees and Shrubs Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

Join Paul Chapel for a talk on properly planting trees and shrubs. 10 a.m.-noon. $15 per person. For more information or to register, call 706-882-3242 or email

September 23, Athens
Insect Pollinators in Our Gardens
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This course is designed to allow participants to evaluate plant-insect interactions in gardens from an ecological perspective. Among the factors that will be discussed are the role of disease and pesticides on pollinators’ survival and how these factors could interact with plant species and produce certain outcomes. By the end of this 4-hour course, participants will be able to provide a rationale as to why species richness and diversity are important to gardens, evaluate the effects of human interventions on pollinators, communicate scientific ideas regarding some of the challenges insect pollinators face in the gardens, and design a garden using an ecological perspective to maximize pollinator species richness and diversity. 2-6 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit

September 24, Athens   
Full Moon Hike: Harvest Moon
State Botanical Garden of Georgia  

Come see the garden come alive at night! Each walk will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. Bring family and friends along to enjoy the mysterious world of nature at night! Be prepared to hike up to 2 miles on our wooded trails and in the garden. If you have young children or infants, a backpack carrier is suggested. 7 p.m. $5/person or $15/family. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit

September 29, Cave Spring
Georgia Mushroom Festival
Rolater Park

Mushroom experts from Georgia and surrounding states will provide information, speak on their subject of mycological study, and lead mushroom and wild plant ID hikes in the vicinity. Some of our vendors will offer workshops such as How to Grow Mushrooms on Logs, How to Make Medicinal Tinctures, or How to Grow Mushrooms at Home. Our goal is to educate the public about the wonderful world of fungi. Some of our vendors charge for workshops. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. For more information, visit

September 29, Athens
Natural History of Georgia’s Insects
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Many plants depend on insect pollinators to reproduce – so it is important to know what types of insects are commonly found across Georgia and are pollinators for some of our favorite plants. This class will go over the history and ecology of some of Georgia’s most important insect pollinators. Students in this course will not only learn about different types of common pollinators found across the state, but also about their preferred habitats. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.