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Upcoming Events for Missouri

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October 6, Gray Summit

Grow Native Workshop
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn how to restore oak-hickory woodlands and manage invasive bush honeysuckle. Sponsored by Missouri Prairie Foundation. Free. At 9 a.m. For more details, call 888-843-6739, and visit


October 6-8, St. Louis
Best of Missouri
Missouri Botanical Garden

At the “Best of Missouri” more than 120 food producers and crafters will offer baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, wooden toys, custom jewelry and more. Enjoy live music and a kids’ corner with crafts and fall activities, too. Events are held outdoors under tents, rain or shine. Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit, and call 314-577-0238 for more information.


October 9, Springfield
Garden Journaling
Springfield Botanical Garden

This Master Gardeners’ outdoor learning session will focus on lilies. Costs $5. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit, and call 417-891-1515.


October 14, Cole Camp
Evening on the Prairie
Cole Camp

This event will follow the Missouri Master Naturalist’s Prairie Day. Includes activities for all ages. Free. At noon. For more details, visit, and call 888-843-6739.


October 21, Jefferson City
River City Fall Festival
River City Gardens

The 4th Annual River City Fall Festival will feature gardening booths, food booths, wagon rides, live entertainment and more. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. For more details visit, and call 573-295-6263.


October 22, Springfield
Live Concert
Springfield Botanical Garden

Patrick Mureithi performs at the new Peace Through People Pavilion in Springfield. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. At 3 p.m. Free admission; $10 donation suggested per person. For further details, visit, and call 417-864-1049.



November 1, Chesterfield
Winter Jewels
Butterfly House

Visit a fierce dragon and noble knights at the Castle, discover tropical jewel-toned butterflies and fairies in the Fairy Garden, and make new friends in the Gnome Forest. There is a daily story time and other activities. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with Butterfly House admission. Call 636-530-0076 for details, and visit

November 4-5, St. Louis
Seasonal Closing
Missouri Botanical Garden

Celebrate the turning of the seasons with fun activities as the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden is put to bed for the season. Nov. 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs garden members $3 per child; non-members $5 per child Adults included with general garden admission. Visit to learn more, and call 314-577-5100.

November 4, St. Louis
Best Trees for Your Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn great tips on planting techniques, tree selection, species profiles, and common pests and diseases. Pre-registration ends Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Costs $28 members; $34 non-members. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. More details at, and at 314-577-5100.

November 9, Gray Summit
The Next Invasive
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn to identify and control a variety of invasive plants including species that are likely to become the next disaster like bush honeysuckle. A few of the plants of concern include Oriental bittersweet, burning bush, privet, Callery pear, Amur corktree, golden raintree, and Chinese beautyberry. Registration ends at 8 a.m. Nov. 6. Adults only. Costs $14 members; $17 non-members. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 314-577-5100, and visit for more information.

November 11, Kingsville
Forever Evergreens
Powell Gardens

This workshop highlights evergreen varieties that are easiest to find and grow in the Kansas City region. Costs $40; Powell Gardens members receive 10 percent off. From 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 816-697-2600 extension 209, or visit

November 11, Chesterfield
Tantalizing Terrariums
Butterfly House

Sharon Lloyd demonstrates how to create a terrarium – make your own to take home. Soil, plants, and the container are included. Costs $48 for garden members; $58 non-members. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. More details at, and by calling 636-530-0076.

November 18-January 1, St. Louis
Garden Glow
Missouri Botanical Garden

Stroll through the garden at night surrounded by lighting installations throughout the grounds. Open Wednesday through Sunday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. – last entry 9 p.m. Costs $16 for adults (ages 13 and older), $12 for members, $10 children ages 3 to 12, $6 members’ children. Exhibit is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Exhibit ends Jan. 1, 2018. For more information, visit, and call 314-577-5100.

November 18, Chesterfield
Nature Wreaths
Butterfly House

Make a 12-inch wreath inspired by the season. Costs $40 for members, $48 non-members. From noon to 1:30 p.m. Call 636-530-0076 for further details, and visit

November 19, St Louis
Gardenland Express
Missouri Botanical Garden

This annual holiday flower and train show features G-scale model trains traveling through a miniature landscape of living plants, surrounded by more than 500 colorful poinsettias and other flowers. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closes early at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; closed Christmas Day. At the Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Costs garden admission plus $5; daytime admission is free for members. Call 314-577-5100, or visit for more details.


December 1, Gray Summit
Missouri’s Native Grape
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn about Missouri’s native wine grape, the ‘Norton’, from its origins to its use in the wine industry today. Adults only. Pre-registration ends 8 a.m. Nov. 27. Costs $10 for members; $12 for non-members. From 6 to 8 p.m. Call 314-577-5100, and visit for more information.

December 2, Springfield
Christmas at the Farmstead
Springfield Botanical Garden

Join volunteers at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas with carols and sweets. All ages. Free. From 1 to 3 p.m. For more details, call 417-891-1515, and visit

December 6, St. Louis
Winter Container Gardening
Missouri Botanical Garden
Learn creative ways to jazz up your containers for the holidays using natural materials like evergreens, pine cones, and seedpods. Registration ends at 4 p.m. Dec. 1. For adults only. Costs $55 for members; $69 for non-members. From 10 a.m. to noon. More information is available at 314-577-5100, and

December 10, Springfield
Wreaths and Centerpieces
Springfield Botanical Garden

Create your own wreath or centerpiece with fresh greenery and dried natural ornaments from the garden. Registration required. For ages 12 years and up. Costs $25. From noon to 2 p.m. Call 417-891-1515, and visit for more information.

December 14, Gray Summit
Native Landscaping
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn how to select, arrange, install, and maintain native plants for optimal owner, neighbor, and wildlife satisfaction. Adults only. Pre-registration ends 8 a.m. Dec. 11. Costs $14 for members; $17 for non-members. From 1 to 4 p.m. Visit, and call 314-577-5100 for details.

December 22, Springfield
Christmas Gift and Decoration Making
Springfield Botanical Garden

Come in anytime to see what you can create from dried materials from the garden. Choose from dried flowers, cones, and pods to make ornaments, table decorations, wall hangings and more. Paints, ribbons, and accessories included. All ages. Costs $5 per participant. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information at, and call 417-891-1515.


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