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Upcoming Events for Mississippi

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Through October 31, Memphis
Farmers’ Market
Agricenter International

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information, visit or call 901-355-1977.


July 24-28, Memphis
Summer Skills Mini-Camps
Memphis Botanic Garden

These mini-camps focus on exploring outdoor or nature-related skills with expert instructors. Activities will vary, so choose individual dates or attend all five. Monday – citizen science journaling; Tuesday – photography in nature; Wednesday – hula hoop skills; Thursday – enchanted architecture for fairies and gnomes; Friday – organic gardening. Members $35 per day; non-members $40 per day. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information or to register, call 901-636-4126.




August 12, Holly Springs
Second Saturday Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Enjoy a guided hike led by a Strawberry Plains Audubon naturalist. 8:30-9:30 a.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 662-252-1155 or email


August 22, Starkville
Turfgrass Research Field Day
R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Center

Professional turf and landscape managers, please join us for this interactive day of learning. This event features ongoing research presented in a manner that addresses current needs of turf and landscape managers. 8 a.m. For more information, contact James D. McCurdy at 662-325-2331.




September 5, Jackson
Prothonotary Warbler Lecture
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The featured speaker for this lecture is Erik Johnson, director of bird conservation, Audubon Louisiana. Learn about this remarkable migratory bird and how you can get involved to help. Noon-1 p.m. Museum members, free; non-members: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit


September 8-10, Holly Springs
Hummingbird Migration Celebration
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

One of the Southeast’s biggest nature festivals. Highlights include renowned guest speakers, live animal shows, kids activity zone, wagon rides, nature-themed arts and crafts vendors, native plant sale, and up-close views of ruby-throated hummingbirds being banded and released. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. $15 for adults; $10 for adults age 65 and over; $5 for children ages 5-12; children 4 and under free; $10 for adults in vehicles of 12 passengers or more. For more information, visit or contact Mitch Robinson at


September 9, Holly Springs
Second Saturday Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Enjoy a guided hike led by a Strawberry Plains Audubon naturalist. 8:30-9:30 a.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 662-252-1155 or email


September 11, Memphis
Wild Mushrooms by Dr. Jason Hoeksema
Memphis Botanic Garden

This is a great chance to explore an entirely new kingdom – the fungi! Dr. Hoeksema’s research centers on plant fungi interactions. 6:30-8 p.m. $4 admission benefits environmental education programming of the Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden. Free to WRC and MBG members. For more information, visit or call 901-636-4116.


September 15-16, Raleigh
8th Annual Mississippi Gourd Festival
Smith County Ag Complex

This two-day festival features gourd crafting classes and free demonstrations. Shop for crafted and raw gourds, tools, and supplies. For more information, visit or contact Sarah Kemp at 225-222-6575 or


Sep 29-30 and Oct 1, Richton
30th Annual Mississippi Pecan Festival
6 miles outside of Richton on Wingate Road

Enjoy some of the South’s finest foods. Shop at over 250 booths from all over the region. Sit and enjoy the most exciting stage in Mississippi. Listen to bluegrass and gospel music in the shade of huge pecan trees. a.m.-5 p.m. September 29; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. September 30; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. October 1. $10 for adults; children 4 and under are free. For more information, visit or call Fulmers General Store at 601-964-8222.


September 30, Folsom, LA
5th Annual Folsom Fall Garden Festival
Midway Church Park

Join the Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association at this fun event. Meet and talk to local plant growers. Plants, gardening equipment, and accessories will be for sale, plus fun children’s activities and concessions. Free admission, ample parking, and a plant holding area. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Will Afton at 985-875-2635 or




October 5, Poplarville
44th Annual Ornamental Horticulture Field Day
South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station

Tours of the trial gardens and research updates from scientists at Mississippi State University and the USDA/ARS Southern Horticultural Laboratory will be featured in the morning and conclude in the early afternoon. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. A $10 fee includes lunch, refreshments, and a proceedings book; $6.50 for students. For more information contact Dr. Blythe at 601-795-4525 or


October 7, Memphis
Growers’ Choice Fall Plant Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

The fall plant sale is a one-day opportunity for you to shop for a variety of plants, trees, shrubs, and edibles propagated in the nursery and greenhouse at Memphis Botanic Garden. A limited selection of colorful annuals and container plantings will also be available. Expert staff will answer questions and offer care and growing tips. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 901-636-4116.


October 13-14, Crystal Springs
2017 Fall Flower & Garden Fest
Truck Crops Experiment Station

This is the largest home gardening show in the Southeast. Featured in the 3-acre garden are winners of the prestigious All-America Selections Award. The event includes many lectures and garden vendors.  A large variety of food items will be available. The garden, grounds, seminars and one of the tour wagons are handicapped accessible. Free admission and parking. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. For more information, visit or call 602-892-3731.


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.