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Mississippi Gardener Cover

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for Mississippi

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

 

 

August



August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Jackson
Farm Bureau Spotlight
Mississippi Children’s Museum

This weekly program is designed to educate visitors about the broad industry of agriculture, the many associated careers, and how important it is in the day-to-day operations in our lives through inquiry-based learning. Each week we emphasize a different aspect of agriculture, such as beekeeping, growing produce, the chemistry of food, veterinary medicine, farming, irrigation, the water cycle, forestry, fishing, and much more. 3:30 p.m. Free admission for members and children under 1, non-members $10. For more information, visit mschildrensmuseum.org.



August 4, 11, 18, 25, Jackson
Know to Grow
Mississippi Children’s Museum

Children can join us in the Literary Garden for a cross-disciplinary program incorporating MCM’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Literacy and Health initiatives. Children will gather to hear a garden-related story and participate in a hands-on gardening activity. Know to Grow will provide a fun forum for children to make connections between reading, science, and aspects of the natural world. Sponsored by Field Co-op Cooperative Association, Inc. 11 a.m. Free admission for members and children under 1, non-members $10. For more information, visit mschildrensmuseum.org.



August 10, Holly Springs
Second Saturday Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Enjoy a guided hike at scenic Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, led by a Strawberry Plains Audubon Naturalist. Experience first-hand the natural and cultural history that makes Strawberry Plains so unique. Hikers have the opportunity to experience the many wonders of nature. 9 a.m. Hiker fees are $3 per person, the cost of grounds admission, or the maximum of $10 per family. For more information or to reserve a spot call 662-252-1155 or email mrrobinson@audubon.org.



August 21, Starkville
Turfgrass Research Field Day
MS R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center

An interactive day of learning for professional turf and landscape managers. This event features ongoing research presented in a manner that addresses current needs of turf and landscape managers. Vendors are welcome. Contact Dr. Jay McCurdy for information about sponsorship opportunities. The event qualifies for continuing education points for municipal and public school employees. GCSAA CEU’s will be offered. Pesticide applicator re-certification is offered for Mississippi and usually surrounding states as well. For more information, contact Dr. McCurdy at 662-325-2311.

 

September

 

September 4, Piney Woods
Expanding Market Opportunities – Selling Directly to Consumers and Social Media
NCAT Demonstration Farm

The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture Production will conduct this presentation. The session is funded by Southern SARE and is part of a program sponsored by Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Alcorn State University Extension Program, University of Mississippi Transactional Law Clinic, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and the Mississippi Department of Education and Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. To register, email allianceofsustainablefarms@gmail.com.



September 5, Choctaw
Expanding Market Opportunities – Selling Directly to Consumers and Social Media
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture Production will conduct this presentation. The session is funded by Southern SARE and is part of a program sponsored by Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Alcorn State University Extension Program, University of Mississippi Transactional Law Clinic, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and the Mississippi Department of Education and Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. To register, email allianceofsustainablefarms@gmail.com.



September 7-9, 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 strawberryplains.audubon.org or contact Mitch Robinson at mrrobinson@audubon.org.



September 8, Memphis
Herbal Work Study: Herbal Feasting
Memphis Botanic Garden

The first two hours will be spent weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the Herb Garden. The last hour will be spent learning about using herbs to accent food, herbed popcorn, salads, goat cheese, appetizers, and more. Cold water and bug spray will be available. Bring your favorite hand tools for weeding and grooming. Everyone will get to go home with a handout that includes tips and recipes. Arrive at the Horticulture Building in the south end of the parking lot by 8:15 a.m. The group will leave the building promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please dress appropriately; sun hats and closed toe shoes are suggested. This learning opportunity is “purchased” via a barter system – you must work the first two hours (8:15-10:30 a.m.) to attend the last hour of class (10:30-11:30 a.m.), making this a free event. For more information, call Sherri McCalla at 901-636-4134.



September 11, Liberty
FARMtastic
Ethel Stratton Vance Park

FARMtastic is an agriculture experiential learning activity hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service. This unique educational program is designed to involve second, third, and fourth grade students in hands-on learning about the agricultural industry in Mississippi. FARMtastic will consist of a walk-through exhibit featuring agricultural commodities. It will take 1.5 hours for each class. For more information on the FARMtastic experience, contact Julie White at 662-325-8195 or at j.white@msstate.edu.



September 20, Memphis
Walk After Work
Memphis Botanic Garden

The night is yours to explore 96 acres as you wish. Free with garden admission. 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays.



September 22, Jackson
Discovery Night: Around the Campfire
Mississippi Children’s Museum

Discovery Night is the Mississippi Children’s Museum’s signature family fundraising event hosted by MCM Partners. Held to coincide with the Mississippi Science Festival, this special evening celebrates children’s literature and delves into the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Children love to have adventures outdoors – storytelling around a campfire, exploring scientific concepts in nature, and being physically active. This year’s Discovery Night committee selected this theme to encourage children to expand their horizons through reading and science. We will have fantastic food and drinks, along with fun musical entertainment, special activities and a raffle. 6-9 p.m. Members free; non-members $10, children under 1 are free. For more information, visit mschildrensmuseum.org.



September 25, Starkville
FARMtastic
Mississippi Horse Park

FARMtastic is an agriculture experiential learning activity hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service. This unique educational program is designed to involve second, third, and fourth grade students in hands-on learning about the agricultural industry in Mississippi. FARMtastic will consist of a walk-through exhibit featuring agricultural commodities. It will take 1.5 hours for each class. For more information on the FARMtastic experience, contact Julie White at 662-325-8195 or at j.white@msstate.edu.

 

October

 

October 2, Jackson
Paddlefish in Mississippi: Living Fossil, Natural Resource, and Engineering Marvel
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The guest speaker for this event is Jan Hoover, research fisheries biologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Environmental Lab, Vicksburg. Paddlefish have been known to science since the 1500s, but many aspects of their biology, their value to humans, and their utility to military engineers are newly emerging. Noon-1 p.m. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. Museum members are free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.



October 5-6, Picayune
Fall Native Plant Sale
Crosby Arboretum

Grab your cart and choose from an outstanding selection of native trees, shrubs, and perennials. Knowledgeable staff, volunteers, and Mississippi Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer plant questions and offer advice on plant selections for your property. Plant sale will be held in greenhouse area; use Service Road entrance. Online pre-orders will be taken for popular species. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Free site admission. Visit crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu for details and directions or call 601-799-2311.



October 6, Picayune
Fall Floral Design Workshop
Crosby Arboretum

Jim DelPrince, Mississippi State University Extension Floral Specialist, will present a demonstration of contemporary designs using south Mississippi native, coastal floral, and foliage materials. The designs will celebrate the beauty of the fall season. 10-11:30 a.m. Class is limited to 10. Registration required. $20 for members; $25 for non-members. For more information, visit crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu or call 601-799-2311.



October 12-13, Crystal Springs
2018 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 msucares.com/fallfest or call 602-892-3731.



October 13, Holly Springs
Second Saturday Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Enjoy a guided hike at scenic Strawberry Plains Audubon Center led by a Strawberry Plains Audubon Naturalist. Experience first-hand the natural and cultural history that makes Strawberry Plains so unique. 8:15-9:45 a.m. $5 per person. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 662-252-1155 or email mrrobinson@audubon.org.



October 19-20, St. Francisville
Southern Garden Symposium, The Changing Nature of Gardening

With featured speakers including Rick Darke, Doug Tallamy, Andrea Wulk, and more, no other gardening program brings together top-quality speakers and historic plantation settings as well as the Southern Garden Symposium. Known as much for its engaging social events and historic venues as for its outstanding gardening lectures and workshops, the Southern Garden Symposium, now in its 30th year, has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts across the South. Symposium events are held at several historic and picturesque locations, both public and private, including The Oaks Plantation, Hillcroft, Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown State Historic Site, Grace Episcopal Church, and more. For a detailed schedule and registration form, visit southerngardensymposium.org.

 

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.