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Upcoming Events for Georgia

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August 4, Athens
Friends First Friday
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Jane Bath, noted landscape designer, has been practicing horticulture and landscape design in the Athens area for many years. She wrote the excellent The Landscape Design Answer Book, owned Land Arts Nursery, and discovered Bath’s Pink dianthus and Bath’s aster. She will discuss tips for working with your particular landscaping needs and take questions about specific issues the audience may have about home landscapes. 9-10:30 a.m., $12. For more information, visit or call 706-542-6138.


August 12, Mableton
Georgia Native Plant Society Workday
Heritage Park

Come and help remove invasive exotic species and allow natives to retake their rightful place along the trail. 9-11 a.m. Contact by August 10 to indicate you will be attending and/or to get further information. Bring work gloves and any hand landscape/gardening tools you are comfortable using.


August 13, Athens
Beekeeping for Beginners: Varroa Mites and Overwintering Hives
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This is the seventh and final class for the Beekeeping for Beginners series. Advance your beekeeping knowledge and skills as you perform a 24-hour varroa mite count and apply a variety of fall treatments for varroa and other pests. Protective veil and gloves are required for this course. 9-11 a.m., $35. For more information, visit or call 706-542-6156.


August 22, Atlanta
Alston Lecture
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Annie Martin (a.k.a. Mossin’ Annie) of Mountain Moss Enterprises and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening provides valuable insight on how to transform a garden or lawn into a serene, green retreat showcasing the world’s oldest living land plants: eco-friendly mosses. A book signing will follow. This is a free event. The Philip and Elkin Alston Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Loridans Foundation. 7-8 p.m. For information, visit or call 404-876-5859.


August 24, Atlanta
Autumn Veggie Garden: Planning Ahead
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Find out about vegetables and herbs that perform well throughout the autumn months and learn important techniques for improving results for a delicious harvest up to and beyond the first frost. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $29, registration deadline August 21. For information, visit or call 404-876-5859.


August 26, Athens
They are Back: 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 hummingbird’s 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. 9-11 a.m. Free. For more information, visit or call 706-542-6156.


August 26, Athens
Plant Conservation: Protecting Plant Diversity in the Garden and in the Wild
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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. For more information, visit or call 706-542-6156.


August 27, Atlanta
Practical Beekeeping: A Hands-On Approach
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Students will learn the basics of honeybee biology, beehive maintenance, and beekeeping equipment. Learn by working hands-on with the garden beehives. Taught by Curtis Gentry, garden beekeeper. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $34, registration deadline Aug. 23. For information, visit or call 404-876-5859.


August 30, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 1: Line/Line Mass Design
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Our popular five-part flower arranging series starts again. Upon completion of all five units, students will be awarded 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. Limited to 20 participants. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $45. For more information, visit or call 706-542-6156.




September 1, Washington
Cooperative Extension Wildlife Field Day
1387 Lundberg Road

Learn steps to wildlife management, forest management for wildlife, food plots – knowing what to plant and the difference between attraction and supplementation, and controlling wild pigs. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $10. Register by Friday August 25. For more information, contact Wilkes County Extension Office at 706-678-2332 or


September 5, LaGrange
All You Need to Know about Houseplants
LaGrange Memorial Library

First Tuesday of every month, bring your own lunch and enjoy free classes offered on a variety of gardening topics at this Lunch and Learn Series by Troup County Master Gardeners. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 706-883-1675.


September 8, Marietta
Thyme to Read Book Club: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Cobb County Water Lab

Our meetings are open to the public and are held at 10:15 a.m. For more information, contact Crystal Force at


September 9, Kennesaw
7th Annual Hummingbird Banding Event
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

A truly one-of-a-kind experience, Julia Elliott (AKA The Hummingbird Whisperer) from Kennesaw’s own Bird Watcher Supply Company will be banding hummingbirds to gain vital information about bird history, especially migratory details and the relative abundance of a given bird species from year to year. When a bird is banded, the bander collects important data about the bird’s age, sex, condition, and plumage characteristics as well. Guests will enjoy live demonstrations, crafts, games, and a truly memorable experience with these amazing creatures! 8-11 a.m. rain or shine. Tickets on sale in August. For more information, call 770-919-0248 or visit Cannot guarantee encounter with hummingbirds.


September 13, Athens
Invasive Plants
Athens-Clarke County Public Library Auditorium

Free monthly gardening class by ACC Extension. This informative class will include information on identifying invasive plants, native vs. non-native species, techniques for managing and eradicating invasives, as well as preventing invasive spread. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. 6-7:30 p.m. Please register by Tuesday, September 12 by emailing or calling 706-613- 3640.


September 19-20, Athens
Georgia Grazing School
UGA Livestock Instructional Arena

An A-Z course on grazing management principles. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 706-310-3545 or email


September 23, Gainesville
Stars Over Elachee
Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Road

Learn to set up and use a telescope and then embark on a guided tour of the night sky to see the first quarter moon and bright seasonal stars. Most meaningful for adults and children aged 8 and older. Program begins at dusk. Bring a flashlight and pencil. $10/adult, $5/child (12 and under). Pre-registration required; call 770-535-1976 to reserve your spot. For more information, visit


September 23, Stone Mountain
Georgia Native Plant Society Fall Native Plant Sale
Stone Mountain Park, Walking Trails Parking Area

A wide variety of perennials, ferns, vines, grasses, shrubs, azaleas, and trees will be available and knowledgeable GNPS volunteers will also be there to answer your questions. The native plants we sell have been rescued with special permission from different sites within the state of Georgia, propagated by our members, donated, or purchased from local nurseries. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit


September 23, Kennesaw
Fall Plant Sale
Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Focusing on trees, this plant sale is sure to contribute excellent specimens to your own yard! 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit or call 770-919-0248.

September, Athens
25th Annual Insect-ival!
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Discovery stations, roach and beetle races, an insect café, puppet shows and, of course, lots of live insects will also highlight this year’s event! At 11 a.m. we will host our annual butterfly release on the lawn of the International Garden. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to view dozens of native butterflies flap their wings above your head!  Insect-ival is sponsored by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 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 per person; $20 max/family; children under 2 years old admitted free. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit


September 25-29, Atlanta
Fall Design Week

This event features seminars and education, exciting networking opportunities and access to hundreds of showrooms and thousands of lines all at your fingertips, connecting you with the leading trends in gardening, cooking and gifts from around the world. For more info visit


September 28, Jonesboro
Miniature Gardening
Clayton County International Park VIP building, 2nd floor

You’ll learn how to garden on a very small scale all year long. Find out about mini-trees and tiny plants, containers, accessories, and hardscapes. Noon-1 p.m. This event is free; however, registration is required. To register, please call 770-473-5437, provide your name, the name of the class you plan to attend, and your phone number.


September 29-30, Gainesville
2017 Fall Expo
Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center

Our Fall Expo will have 45+ vendors of seasonal and native plants, as well as exotics like Japanese maples. This expo will feature free expert speakers, annuals, perennials, door prizes, garden goods, native plants, and more! Covered venue, free parking. For more information, visit or call 770-535-8293.


September 30, Conyers
Rockdale County Master Gardener Association Fall Plant Sale and Festival
Rockdale Extension

There will exhibitors from many local groups with information to share, vendors selling their crafts, a cooking demo from a professional chef, and lessons taught by master gardeners. Buy your perennials, shrubs, trees, and mums for planting this fall. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 770-278-7373 or email


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.