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Upcoming Events for Georgia

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@statebystategardening.com.

 

 

Through May 2, Athens    
Building Connection
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This eight-week class will take an intensified look at what Deep Nature Connection means and how to enrich your life with simple tools for connecting to the earth. Time will be allotted for a stillness in nature practice in the gardens. Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $145. Register online at wildintelligence.org/event/building-connections.


April

 

April 1-30, Roswell
Roswell Azalea Festival

Activities include festivals, tours, plant fairs, sales, galas, exhibits, performances, and lectures. For a complete list of events visit www.roswellazaleafestival.com. For more information, call 770-640-3253.

 

April 4, Fayetteville
The Sights & Sounds of Fayette County's Beautiful Birds
Fayette County Extension Office

Join master naturalists and master birders Frank and Patty Hiller for two fast-paced classes on attracting more birds to your yard and garden and getting to know and appreciate the most common birds of Fayette County by sight and sound. 10 a.m.-noon, free. RSVP by calling 770-305-5412 ext. 7.

 

April 6, Fayetteville
Herpetology – Snakes Native to Our Area
Fayette County Extension Office

Join Jessica Simoneaux, Fortson 4-H Center program specialist, to learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes. There will be various non-venomous, non-poisonous snakes native to Georgia at the class. 10-11:30 a.m., free. RSVP by calling 770-305-5412 ext. 7.

 

April 7, Athens
Friends First Friday: Spring Plant Sale
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Shelly Prescott, director of horticulture, will share information about special plants that will be at the garden’s April 8 plant sale. 9-10:30 a.m. $12, includes breakfast. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

April 7, Athens
Spring Wildflowers of Upland Deciduous Forests of Georgia
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Students will learn the botanical terminology to identify and describe plants and will learn a variety of tools to identify spring-blooming plants and visit the Dunson Native Flora Garden.9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

April 7-8, Gainesville
Hall County Master Gardener Association Spring Expo
Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center

Dozens of vendors will be on hand selling everything from native plants, garden art, and gardening tools and gadgets. April 7 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 8 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Door prizes are given out throughout the Expo and there will be an educational forum. $2 admission per adult, free parking, food available. Rain or shine. Please NO PETS. For more information, visit hallmastergardeners.com or call 770-535-8293.

 

April 7-8, Columbus
Plant Sale & Easter Egg Hunt
Columbus Botanical Garden

For more information, call 706-327-8400 or email contactus@columbusbotanicalgarden.org.

 

April 8, Athens
Plantapalooza!
State Botanical Garden of Georgia, The Trial Gardens at UGA, College Station Rd. at Riverbend Rd.

Plantapalooza! is three simultaneous plant sales. Alarge variety of traditional and unique plants that may be difficult to find anywhere else, plus access to horticulture professors, garden curators, and master gardeners that are happy to answer questions and help with your selections.8 a.m.-2 p.m.For more information, call 706-542-6014 or visit plantapalooza.uga.edu.

 

April 15, Athens
Spring Wildflowers of the Granite Outcrops of Georgia
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Students will be introduced to the ecology and plants of granite outcrops during classroom time. We will then visit Rock and Shoals Natural Area to learn to identify the species in the field and to observe the ecological processes that create and maintain granite outcrops. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

April 11, Peachtree Corners
Organic Gardening Class
Peachtree Corners Library

Gwinnett County Extension Agent Timothy Daly will cover the basics of organic gardening. 6:30-7:30 p.m. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required by April 7. To register, contact the Gwinnett Public Libraries at events@gwinnettpl.org.

 

April 11, Athens
Full Moon Hike (Pink Moon)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Each walk will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. 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. Pre-registration is required. 8-9:30 p.m. $5/person or $15/family. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

April 11, Mableton
Grow it Better – Improve Your Soil through Composting
South Cobb Regional Library

Lifetime Master Gardener Eddie Rhoades will show you how recycling yard waste through composting is a great way to help your garden and the planet. 7-8 p.m., free admission. For more information, call 770-528-4070.

 

April 14, Marietta
Lunch and Learn – Hostas and Companion Planting
Cobb Water Lab

Presented by hosta expert Jack Driskell. Free admission, noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 770-528-4070 or visit www.cobbmastergardeners.com/lunch-learn.

 

April 14-15, Savannah
Spring Plant Sale
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Unique or hard-to-find annuals, perennials, Georgia natives, shrubs, and trees. Free parking. For more information, call 912-921-5460 or visit coastalgeorgiabg.org.

 

April 19, Athens
Georgia Review Earth Day Event
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This event will include a talk by John Lane, professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College and director of the college’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center. A reception with live music will follow the talk. 7 p.m., free admission. For more information, visit garev.uga.edu.

 

April 20, Athens
Spring Bulbs and Ephemerals
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

A guide to the identification, propagation, and ecology of native and exotic spring ephemerals. 2-4 p.m. $25. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

April 20, Atlanta
GCA Flower Show
Piedmont Driving Club

The show celebrates nature’s influence on our path with classes of floral design, horticulture, and photography along with conservation and garden design exhibits. Author India Hicks will lecture at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Cherokee Garden Club. Tickets available online at scadshow.com.

 

April 21, Cartersville
Workshop for Beginning Farmers
Bartow County Library

Topics include vegetable and small fruit production, backyard poultry, livestock for small farms, agritourism, organic produce, marketing and social media, and more. 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. $49 registration fee includes lunch. For more information, call706-622-2006 or visit georgiasbdc.org/rome.

 

April 21-22, Marietta
Garden Fair & Plant Sale
Equestrian Center at Jim Miller Park

Featured items include ferns, hostas, fruit trees, native plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, compost, sod, rain barrels, yard art, trellises, planters, birdhouses, botanical apparel, jewelry, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, free admission. For more information, visit www.cobbmastergardeners.comor call 770-528-4070.

 

April 22, Conyers
East Metro Atlanta Home & Garden Expo
Georgia International Horse Park

A family- and pet-friendly environment where you can view exhibits/products from our vendors. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 parking/free admission. For more information, visitwww.emetrohg.com.

 

April 22, LaGrange
Magnificent Mushrooms: Learn, Grow and Eat!
Hills & Dales Estate

Cornelia Cho and Sam Landes of the Mushroom Club of Georgia will share the fascinating world of edible fungi and provide an opportunity to taste different varieties. After a presentation about culinary and medicinal uses of mushrooms each participant will create a shitake mushroom log to take home. All supplies will be provided. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $35 per person. Call 706-882-3243 or email info@hillsanddales.org to register.

 

April 22, LaGrange
Troup County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale
Troup County Agriculture Center

Select from master-gardener-grown annuals, perennials, shrubs, fruits, and vegetables. Browse our rare and unusual plants, 2017 introductions, and unique gifts. Master gardeners will be available to offer expert advice and suggestions. Free admission and parking. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 706-883-1675.

 

April 22, Gainesville
Earth Day Plant Sale
Elachee Nature Science Center

A diverse selection of perennials, broadleaf evergreens, wildflowers, and ferns. Many native to Georgia or native hybrids not available in your local garden center. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 770-535-1976 or visit http://www.elachee.org.

 

April 22, Kennesaw
Rare Plants Lecture
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Join us on Earth Day and hear from garden manager Lisa Bartlett about the rare plants at the gardens. Attend the lecture and have a chance to win a unique rare plant from the gardens. 10 a.m. $15. Preregister at smithgilbertgardens.com. For more information, call 770-919-0248.

 

April 23, Athens
Oconee Rivers Audubon Society Spring Bird Ramble
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society for a morning bird walk. All birding levels welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. 8 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.oconeeriversaudubon.org.

 

April 28-30, Savannah
Savannah Orchid Show
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Judging Friday morning, show noon-7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Garden admission required. For more information, call 912-921-5460 or visit coastalgeorgiabg.org.

 

April 29, Roswell
Walter Reeves, Landscaping for Spring Color
Roswell Visitors Center

Bring in your plants, weeds, photos, and questions to this free event sponsored by the Roswell Garden Club and the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau. 11 a.m. For more information, visit visitroswellga.com or call 770-640-3253.

 

April 29, Roswell
Garden Faire
Historic Bulloch Hall

The North Fulton Master Gardeners in partnership with Historic Bulloch Hall will present their annual Garden Faire 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine, there will be something for everyone. For more information, call 678-467-4202.

 

April 29, LaGrange
Window Box Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

You will get ideas for different planting themes, learn about what soil to use and get suggestions for compatible companion plants. After a presentation each participant will create their own box to take home. All supplies and plants provided. $35. 10 a.m.-noon. Call 706-882-3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org to register.

 

April 30, Savannah
Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

The Friends of the Coastal Gardens' Strawberry Supper features a catered meal by Savannah Belle Catered Affairs by Miss Sophie. Guided gardens tours begin at 4 p.m., welcome presentation by Norman Winter at 4:30 followed by the meal at 5 p.m. Reservations required by April 21. Cost is $35/person, $15/child (ages 6 to 12). There is no charge for children age 5 and under. For more information or to make reservations, contact Liz at 912-652-7981.

 

May

 

May 2, Fayetteville
Tree Selection, Planting & Maintenance in GA Landscapes
Fayette County Extension Office

Join Joe Burgess, Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), as he addresses trees from A to Z. Joe is a GFC senior forester, certified arborist, and a registered forester. Free class. 10 a.m.-noon. For more information or to register, call 770-305- 5412 ext. 7.

 

May 5, Gainesville
Watercolors Workshop: Georgia O’Keeffe Style
Atlanta Botanical Garden

This workshop will focus on composition and how to create beautiful images while learning about the life and work of American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe. 9 a.m.-noon. $39, registration deadline May 3. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.

 

May 5, Plains
2017 Spring Garden Symposium
Plains Community Center

Purchase plants, including native plants such as milkweed for the monarchs, and see demonstrations and take part in hands-on activities. Plant sale begins at 9 a.m., speakers at 10 a.m. Lunch and supplies included in $25 registration fee. For more information, visit www.rosalynncarterbutterflytrail.org, call 229-824-4567, or email plainsed@gmail.com. Sponsored by Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail, Plains Chautauqua, Plains Historical Preservation Trust, and the Magnolia District of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.

 

May 6, Gainesville
Propagation Methods and Techniques
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Learn how to propagate woody plant species from seeds and cuttings. 10 a.m.-noon. $29, registration deadline May 3. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.

 

May 6, Kennesaw
Rose Care 101
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Join rosarian Bruce Gillett for an in-depth session on how to grow beautiful roses in the South. 10:30 a.m., $15. For more information, call 770-919-0248.

 

May 6, Lawrenceville to Atlanta
Atlanta Koi Club Pond Tour – Sounds for the Soul

The Atlanta Koi Club welcomes you to a one-day, self-guided tour of uniquely beautiful ponds and gardens. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., rain or shine. $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlantakoiclub.orgor call 770-315-5200.

 

May 6-7, Decatur and Atlanta
Into the Wylde: A Tour of Gardens and Greenspaces

The Wylde Center will present beautiful and intriguing private and public gardens and greenspaces, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets may be purchased at wyldecenter.org/into-the-wylde-a-tour-of-gardens or at Oakhurst Garden. $25 the day of the tour, children under 12 free. For more information, call 404-371-1920.

 

May 10, Athens
Composting
Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium

This informative class will include information on the methods and techniques, materials, upkeep, and troubleshooting tips. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. 6-7:30 p.m., free. Register by May 9 by emailing atedrow@uga.edu or calling 706-613-3640.

 

May 12
National Public Gardens Day

Many of the nation’s public gardens mark the day with special events and activities for schools, families, and thousands of visitors to explore and support their local public garden. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NationalPublicGardensDay.

 

May 12, Athens
Friends First Friday: Horticulturist Mike Dirr
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Dr. Michael Dirr, noted horticulturist, former director of the State Botanical Garden and UGA professor, will be presenting "Reflections on the 2016 Summer of Plant Discontent – What I would tell my friends and neighbors to plant to survive another tough year.” He will share his hints and suggestions for selecting plants based on his experience with varieties that prospered, languished, and perished in his personal garden, and offer encouragement to all for a successful 2017. 9-10:30 a.m. $12, includes breakfast. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

May 13, Atlanta
Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour

Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour is a self-guided walking tour that may include uneven or steep terrain. The Tour occurs rain or shine and there is no re-entry to gardens. Tickets available online or $35 day of at featured gardens. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.

 

May 13, Marietta
Through the Garden Gate Tour
West Cobb County

This tour is designed to demonstrate to the public how the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County maintain their own landscapes. These are “teaching gardens,” providing real-life lessons and inspiration. Includes admission to Smith Gilbert Garden. Gardens are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Rain or shine. $25 day of tour, children 10 and under free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit cobbmastergardeners.com or call 770-528-4070.

 

May 13, Lilburn
“Behind the Garden Gate” A Tour of Lilburn Area Gardens

This year’s tour includes seven gardens, ranging from a charming Charleston-style garden to a backyard “staycation.” Popular home and garden items will be available for purchase at the ticket sale booth/will call. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $20 day of tour tickets will be available. For more information, visit lwcgardentour.org or call 678-480-6279.

 

May 13, LaGrange
10th Annual Picnic in the Garden
Hills & Dales Estate

This enjoyable family-friendly tradition is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. This year activities include an old-fashioned cakewalk, flower potting, face painting, pony rides, and a hula-hoop competition. Enjoy live music from local artists, and prizes will be awarded to those with the best picnic spreads. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission to the garden is free to anyone who brings a picnic basket and blanket. Call 706-882-3243 or email info@hillsanddales.org for information.

 

May 13, Mableton
Georgia Native Plant Society Heritage Park Workday
Heritage Park  

Bring work gloves and whatever gardening tools you are comfortable using. 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, email connieg6474@gmail.com by Thursday May 4.

 

May 15, Lawrenceville
A Garden to Remember
Bethesda Senior Center

Martha Tate will tell the fascinating story of a treasured local gardener Margaret Mosley. Tate is a lifelong Southerner, garden blogger, AJC columnist, creator/producer of A Gardener's Diary on HGTV, and author of Margaret Mosely's A Garden to Remember. 7 p.m. For more information, visitwww.gwinnettmastergardeners.com.

 

May 16, Fayetteville
Medicinal Herbs
Fayette County Extension Office

Join Professor Bodie Pennisi, University of Georgia Extension floriculture specialist, as she shares her wealth of knowledge regarding medicinal herbs, their benefits, and those that grow in Georgia. 6-7:30 p.m., free. For more information or to register, call 770-305- 5412 ext. 7.

 

May 20, Gainesville
Colored Pencil Workshop: Study of Henri Rosseau
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville

Learn about Rosseau’s humble beginnings and his quest to become an artist through the teachings of nature at the age of 49. Supply list provided. 9 a.m.-noon, $39. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.

 

May 20, Smyrna
Keep Smyrna Beautiful 9th Annual Garden Tour

Tickets can be purchased prior to the event at the Smyrna Community Center, Love Street, Vickery Ace Hardware, Smyrna Feed and Seed, or on the day of the event at the Taylor Brawner House. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15. For more information, call 678-631-5519.

 

May 20, Ellijay
The Garden Club of Ellijay Plant Sale
Lions Club Pavilion

Choose from a wide assortment of native plants, perennials, shrubs, and container plants. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, visitwww.gardenclubofellijay.orgor call 561-339-3288.

 

May 20, Columbus
Hypertufa Workshop
Columbus Botanical Garden

Guest artisan June Bird will show you how to create your own custom-made hypertufa container. This workshop will be fun and messy so wear old clothes! Participants are required to bring rubber gloves, a large garbage bag, dust mask, and a mold or form such as a plastic container or mixing bowl. The plastic container should be no larger than 1 cubic foot. All other materials will be provided. $40 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Advanced registration is required by May 17. For more information email contactus@columbusbotanicalgarden.org or call 706-327-8400.

 

May 25, Jonesboro
Garden in Containers
Clayton County International Park VIP Building

This class will show you how to mix annuals, perennials, and tropical plants to create a theme garden. Free, noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 770-473-5434.

 

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.