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Upcoming Events for Indiana

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

 

 

March-April, Fort Wayne
Justine Hettler Art Display
Botanical Conservatory

With watercolor, printmaking, and various other media, Justine Hettler creates art that represents adventure and intimate aspects of nature. Her hope is that the viewer’s experience will mirror her own intimate study of nature, and inspire their own adventures. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The exhibit is included in regular conservatory admission, which costs $5 adults, $3 children ages 3 to 17, free for children 2 and under. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



April



Through July 8, Fort Wayne
“Bugs” Live Butterfly Exhibit
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the Botanical Conservatory for their 16th year of live butterflies and explore the larger world of insects. Experience the butterfly tent filled with more than a hundred exotic butterflies as they feed, fly, and rest. Discover a diversity of invertebrates in the live hallway display of arthropods including beetles, spiders, scorpions, and millipedes. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Regular conservatory admission costs $5 adults, $3 children ages 3 to 17, free for children 2 and under. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



April 28, Danville
Gardening for All Ages
Hendricks County Fairgrounds

The Hendricks County Master Gardeners will host their annual “Gardening for All Ages” garden and flower show. Vendors are available with unique garden arts, gifts, flowers, herbs, succulents, and other garden items. Educational programs and door prizes will take place throughout the day. A food truck will be available to buy snacks. Native tree seedlings will be given away while supplies last. Free admission and parking. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Complex, Expo Hall, 1900 E. Main Street, Danville, IN 46122. Visit hendricksgardeners.com, or call 317-839-6361, or email Ejfandtsf@gmail.com.



April 28, Lafayette
Garden Expo and Plant Sale
Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds

The Master Gardeners’ Garden Expo and Plant Sale features a plant sale, vendors, garden-related lectures, and more. Free and open to the public. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit tippecanoemastergardener.org/garden-expo-2018, or call 765-474-0793.

 

May

 

May 2, Plainfield
Plant Exchange
Plainfield Library, 1120 Stafford Rd.

Bring four to six plants from your garden, label with the common name and the botanical name and whether the plant prefers sun or shade. Master Gardener Colletta Kosiba will give advice on the planting, watering, and growth habits of the plants. Then everyone has a chance to pick new plants to take home. At 6:30 p.m. Call 317-839-6602, or email kcolletta@sbcglobal.net.



May 3, Fort Wayne
$1 Nights-First Thursday
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During each $1 Night, you can also drop into the program room for an educational lecture or activity. No reservations required. Parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage validated for free parking. From 5 to 8 p.m. Visit BotanicalConservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



May 3, Fort Wayne
DNI: Hissing Cockroaches
Botanical Conservatory

What is a hissing cockroach? Meet these gentle bugs face to face. Make a cockroach craft and enjoy a “buggy” treat, too. From 6 to 7 p.m. Visit BotanicalConservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



May 4, Elkhart
Annual Tuber Sale
High Drive Pavilion

The Elkhart Dahlia Society is hosting their annual root and tuber sale. Tubers range from $2 to $3 each. Free admission. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Facebook at Elkhart Dahlia Society, or contact Cammi at ckuiper474@aol.com, or 574-535-8883.



May 5, Evansville
Plant Sale
Vanderburgh 4-H Auditorium

Come to the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener annual plant sale. Thousands of great plants at fantastic prices. Mother’s Day gifts as well. At the Vanderburgh 4-H Auditorium. Free admission. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit swimga.org/gardens, call 812-480-8875, or email barbgert@att.net.

 

May 5, Fort Wayne
Bonsai for Beginners workshop
Botanical Conservatory

Under the guidance of Darlene Kittle and Ed Hake from the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club, you will pot, trim, and begin forming your very own small Ficus sp. tree into a beautiful bonsai. Learn about the proper pots and soils to use, how to prune and wire your plant, and the techniques for giving it a long life. Bring your own pruners or scissors; all other supplies will be provided. From 10:30 a.m. to noon. Ages 10 and up. Registration deadline: April 27. Costs $29 public; $25 members or volunteers. Register online at fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6000.  



May 5, Franklin
Garden Celebration
Johnson County Fairgrounds

The Johnson County Garden Club’s 14th annual Garden Celebration will include more than 50 flower, plant, and garden art vendors along with guest speakers. A Mobile Garden Classroom will feature environmental educator Greg Marlett with the Morgan County Soil and Water Conservation District. Seed packets and tree saplings will be given away free while supplies last. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. Call Lynne at 317-736-5609, Carolyn at 317-736-8080, or email jcgardenclub@gmail.com.



May 7, Brownsburg
Plant Exchange
450 S. Jefferson

Bring four to six plants from your garden, label with the common name and the botanical name and whether the plant prefers sun or shade. Master Gardener Colletta Kosiba will give advice on the planting, watering, and growth habits of the plants. Then everyone has a chance to pick new plants to take home. At 6 p.m. Call 317 852-3167, or email kcolletta@sbcglobal.net.



May 8, Zionsville
Rose Society Meeting
Sullivan Munce

Learn about Earth-Kind Roses from speaker Carol Tumbas, rose expert and former president of the Indianapolis Rose Society. The Earth-Kind testing program is responsible for many sustainable plants – learn how it has impacted the rose world. At 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit indianapolisrosesociety.com, or contact teresabyington@gmail.com, or call 317-514-8999.



May 11-13, Fort Wayne
Mother’s Day Plant Sale
McMillen Community Center

You’ll find herbs, vegetable starts, and flowering perennials along with annuals, houseplants, mixed containers, hanging baskets, bonsai, and natives. Volunteers are available to assist with plant selection and loading. Free parking. Conservatory members can enjoy the preview sale on Thursday, May 10, 4 to 7 p.m. Open to the public on Friday 4 to7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Visit BotanicalConservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



May 12, Alexandria
Annual Plant Sale
Madison County Fairgrounds

Madison County Master Gardeners offer hundreds of plants for sale – perennials, annuals, and vegetables grown by local Master Gardeners. Prices are below retail. Bring your tools to the tool sharpening clinic. There will be garden decor, gloves, and treasures for sale, too. The day will also include free educational materials and lectures. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit madisoncountymastergardener.org, email Beth at bvansickle@purdue.edu, or call 765-641-9514.



May 12, Indianapolis
INPAWS Plant and Auction
Park Tudor School Gymnasium

A pre-sale presentation starts at 9:30 a.m. A $10 fee entitles ticket holders to hear a talk, begin shopping 15 minutes before the general public, and receive a $10 discount on any auction purchase. Plant sale and book sale open from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The live auction begins at 11:15 a.m. and continues until every general sale plant is sold. Visit inpaws.org, or call 317-286-8198.



May 12, Indianapolis
Workshop Herbal Gifts for Mother’s Day Garfield Park

Herbs aren’t just for foods and beverages. Make fresh tussie-mussies, sachets, and a spritzer with herbs to give as gifts. There will be handouts with instructions and herbal goodies to sample. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Space is limited, so reserve a spot by contacting garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-PARK (7275).



May 13, Fort Wayne
Mother’s Day in the Garden
Botanical Conservatory

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day outing. Your mom (or grandma, aunt, and anyone else who is “mom”) will enjoy the displays of flowers and a turn in the live butterfly exhibit. Each mom will receive a Mother’s Day plant while supplies last. Regular conservatory admission applies. From noon to 4 p.m. Visit BotanicalConservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



May 15, Fort Wayne
Garden Preschool: Spring Flowers
Botanical Conservatory

The Botanical Conservatory will offer Garden Preschool class every third Tuesday of the month. Parents or guardians will assist children side by side in each of these monthly classes that encourage exploring in the gardens via stories, hands-on activities, crafts, and snacks. An adult must stay for the duration of the class (no fee). From 10 to 11 a.m. Ages 3 to 5. Registration deadline: May 8. Costs $6 public, $4 members or volunteers. Register online at fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6000.



May 17, Fort Wayne
Spring Forest Bathing Walk
Botanical Conservatory

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is the experience of immersing oneself in the sensory gifts of nature. Instructor Christy Thomson is the only certified forest therapy guide. From 6 to 7 p.m. Call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Registration deadline: May 10. All ages welcome, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Costs $14 public, $11 members or volunteers. Register online at fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6000.



May 19, Indianapolis
Annual Iris Show
Sullivan Hardware and Garden

The Indiana Daylily-Iris Society invites the public to attend its annual iris show. Members’ displays are judged on their most prized iris. From 1 to 4 p.m. Visit indianadaylilyirissociety.org, visit the Facebook page Indiana Daylily-Iris Society (IDIS), or contact shirleyanntoney@aol.com, or call 317-346-0005.



May 19, Noblesville
Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale
Hamilton County Fairground

The 20th annual Master Gardeners plant sale will offer more than 12,000 plants for sale. In addition to perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees, and natives, bearded irises are available. Plants were grown by Master Gardeners, are acclimated to Indiana’s climate, and are priced well below retail. The day will also include educational materials covering aspects of gardening. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer expert advice. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit hcmga.org, email Alice at amoverton@sbcglobal.net, or call 317-224-5788.



May 26, Fort Wayne
Spring Bonsai Show and Discount Day Botanical Conservatory  

Explore miniature trees trained and pruned by members of the local bonsai club. Learn about this fascinating hobby. Bonsai pots and young plants will be available to purchase. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All guests will get a special discount for admission to the Bonsai Show and Conservatory gardens: $3 adults, $2 children, free for ages 2 and under. Call 260-427-6440.



May 26, Fort Wayne
Birds, Bats, Bees and Butterflies
Botanical Conservatory

What do birds, bats, bees, and butterflies all have in common? There are actually several things. Get up close and personal with some of these creatures, and then, make a “creature” to take home. From 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. Regular conservatory admission applies. Call 260-427-6440.



May 26, Noblesville
Rosefest
Hamilton County Fairgrounds

The 2018 Rosefest will focus on the early bloomers: old garden roses, rugosas, and more. Speaker is Mike Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium. In addition, there will be a Hamilton County Master Gardeners’ rose garden tour, rose show, educational displays, and workshops. Roses and rose products will be for sale. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit indianapolisrosesociety.com, or email teresabyington@gmail.com, or call 317-514-8999.



May 27, Fort Wayne
Iris Flower Show and Discount Day
Botanical Conservatory

Local gardeners will bring the best of their iris blooms to be displayed and judged. A range of colors, fragrances, and forms will be found in irises displayed as individual cut flowers and in floral arrangements. Entries are judged for perfection. From noon to 3 p.m. Special discounted admission price includes the iris show and conservatory gardens: $3 adults, $2 children, free for ages 2 and under. Call 260-427-6440.

 

June



June 2, Fort Wayne
Spring Plant Swap
Botanical Conservatory

Bring at least one plant of any kind to share, and then take home an armful of starts from other gardeners in the area. Information on plants is available for reference. From 10 to 11 a.m. Seating is limited to 50, so call to say you’re coming. No admission fee. Register by phone, call 260-427-6442.



June 7, Fort Wayne
$1 Night- First Thursday: Chocolate Challenge
Botanical Garden

Learn where chocolate comes from and observe a chocolate tree in the tropical garden. There will be different types of chocolate for you to test, and free ice cream in celebration of National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. From 6 to 7 p.m. Visit BotanicalConservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



June 7-9, Danville
Master Gardener State Conference
Hendricks County Fairgrounds

“Gardening Outside and In: Beauty, Relaxation, Tomatoes and Shorts” is the theme for the 2018 State Master Gardeners’ conference. Keynote speaker is C. L. Fornari. Advance registration is required and available online. Visit indianamastergardeners.com, or henricksgardeners.com. For information, email hendrces@purdue.edu, or call 317-745-9260.



June 9, Evansville
Open House and Demonstration Day Master Garden Display Garden

Various gardening demonstrations begin on the hour, starting at 9 a.m., and continue throughout the day. Free admission. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit swimga.org/gardens, call 812-480-8875, or email barbgert@att.net.



June 10, Evansville
30th Birthday Party
Master Garden Display Garden

The Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener 30th birthday party features cake and ice cream and the music of Minnie Black’s Gourd Band. Bring a lawn chair. Free admission. From 2 to 4 p.m. Visit swimga.org/gardens, call 812-480-8875, or email barbgert@att.net.

 

June 11-July 27, Fort Wayne
City Safari Day Camp
Botanical Conservatory

Each week of camp incorporates field trips, guest speakers, activities, games, and arts and crafts, and gardening. Join them for one week or all six. Call 260- 427-6445, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



June 16, Attica

Join us for A Day of Gardens & Art in beautiful Attica, Indiana! Saturday, June 16th 9am-4pm Rain or shine! Headquarters: The Old Library 101 South Brady Street, Attica, IN. FountainCountyLandmarks.org



June 23, Fort Wayne
Bug Day
Botanical Conservatory

Learn about butterflies and other arthropods at “Bug Day.” Visitors take part in activities, games and crafts, all with a “buggy theme.” Several local organizations will be on hand to help you learn more and to answer your questions about honey bees, butterflies, mosquitoes and more. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $3 children age 3 to 17, free for children 2 and under. Visit fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6445.



4th Saturday of the Month, Fort Wayne
Garden Close-Up
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday for an exploratory walk, hands-on activity, or demonstration. They highlight a different garden each month, so you can make new discoveries through fun, educational activities. From 11 a.m. to1 p.m. Included in regular conservatory admission. Visit fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6445.

 

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.