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January

 

January 4, 11, 18, 25, Theodore
Winter Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Join us on Wednesdays in January and February for special programs. Topics include gardening, history, and the collections in the beautiful Bellingrath Home. Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. each week in the Magnolia Café. For details, visit bellingrath.org, call 251-973-2217, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org. 


January 13-February 17, Mobile
Botanical Art III – Watercolor
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This class is designed as an introduction to the botanical art of painting in watercolor using the six-color-palette. Here is an opportunity to develop and further refine your understanding of basic color, color mixing, and sound color selection through a step-by-step approach. Learn to paint wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and how to apply a “glaze,” a “wash,” and classic English “dry-brush.” Students will progress to working with botanical specimens as they build confidence and proficiency. Members, $125; non-members, $150. Fridays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org for more information.


January 14-February 28, Huntsville
Beaks and Barks
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch in the 5-acre “no leash” zone at the back of the garden Included with garden admission or membership. For more information visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.


January 14, Jemison
Small Fruits in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care and maintenance of fruit plants such as blackberries, blueberries, and muscadines. Whether you are a beginner or experienced gardener, you will gain valuable knowledge for the upcoming season. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Lunch, noon, $12 (optional) advanced registration and lunch payment required. Walking tour of Petals small fruit gardens and overview of pruning and training techniques, 12:30 p.m. The programs are free. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


January 19, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Support Longleaf Botanical Gardens and get some great plants for your garden at the same time! Shop our plant sale, held the third Thursday of every month. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleatbotanicalgardens.org.


January 28, Jemison
Garden Design
Petals from the Past

Join us as Tracy Britnell teaches you valuable information to design or improve your home landscape. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.



February

 

February 1, 8, 15, 22, Theodore
Winter Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Even during the cold season, Bellingrath Gardens is filled with blooms and beauty! Gulf Coast residents and visitors are invited to join us at our Winter Wednesdays series in February for sessions on gardening, history, and the collections in the beautiful Bellingrath Home. Sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For details, visit bellingrath.org, call 251-973-2217, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.
 


February 11, Jemison
Tree Fruit in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care, and maintenance of tree fruits such as apples, pears, figs, oriental persimmons, peaches, and nectarines. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


February 15, Wetumpka
Designing Ecological Landscapes
Wetumpka Civic Center

Do you want bountiful harvests without the use of tons of chemicals? Are you concerned about how your practices affect our pollinators and water supply? Then come hear Toby Hemenway talk about permaculture basics. Also, Jason Powell, owner of Petals from the Past, will share his advice on choosing plants from our area, suitable for putting Toby’s knowledge to work. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. Must pre-register and pre-pay $25 fee (includes lunch). For more information and to obtain a registration form, visit camga.net.  


February 17-20, Huntsville
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Each year, tens of thousands of people throughout the U.S. and Canada take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) by counting birds in their community and reporting the numbers and species to GBBC. People of all ages and all levels of bird-watching experience are welcome to participate. It’s an ideal way for more experienced birders to introduce children, grandchildren, and others to the wonderful world of birds or for fledgling birders to learn new species! Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.


February 17-19, Theodore
Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 40th Orchid Show and Sale
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. Vendors will also be selling orchids, supplies and accessories. There is no charge for admission to the show, held in the Magnolia Café at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Guests are encouraged to tour the gardens and home and enjoy lunch in the café (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) during their visit! Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For details, visit bellingrath.org, call 251-973-2217, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.
 


February 24 and March 3, Mobile
Botany for Botanical Artists
Mobile Botanical Gardens

A class consisting of two sessions/lectures each of two hours. Instructor: Fred Nation. Designed for botanical art students who would appreciate a better understanding of the principles of basic botany from which they draw. While touching on the subjects of morphology and taxonomy, the essential focus will be on the botany of flowers and leaves. 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


February 25, Jemison
Antique Roses in the Garden
Petals from the Past

Join Jason Powell as he discusses all classes of antique and old garden roses and their care and maintenance. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


February 25, Mobile
TOMATOPALOOZA!
Mobile Botanical Gardens

The end of February is the time for folks to get their tomato plants for Gulf Coast gardens! We bring in several thousand of the best-performing tomato plants (recommended by Bill Finch). Order online during February, then pick-up on Saturday morning between 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

March

 

March 4, Hoover
City of Hoover’s 19th Annual Arbor Day Celebration
Aldridge Gardens

Hosted by the Hoover Beautification Board, this event will feature a ceremonial tree planting, along with a tree giveaway and an Arbor Day ceremony featuring area fourth-grade Arbor Day essay contest winners. 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.
 


March 4-31, Theodore
Spring Azaleas
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Enjoy the blooms of more than 250,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65 acres of Bellingrath Gardens. Our spring colors will also include hydrangeas, Easter lilies, fuchsia, geraniums, Wave petunias, cape daisies, and delphiniums. Visit the Azalea Watch page on bellingrath.org for peak bloom times. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For details, call 251-973-2217 or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.
 


March 10-June 30, Huntsville
Anita Hoodless Art Exhibit
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Watercolor artist Anita Hoodless paints a variety of subjects in an interpretive realistic style. Her paintings are in many collections throughout the United States and abroad. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.


March 13-17, Huntsville
Spring Break at the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Children can enjoy daily activities, Monday to Friday each week, from 11 p.m.-2 p.m. such as craft time, story time, and refreshments. Children will participate in high-quality learning activities. Programming connects nature to a range of themes including art, cuisine, and conservation. Also available is the Spring Break Camp for first through fifth graders, which provides full day activities for one day or all five of both weeks. Early drop-off is available. Check website for camp pricing. Often included with garden admission or membership; some days may have an extra fee for the activity. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 


March 15-April 30, Huntsville
Huntsville Blooms
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville Blooms is a celebration of all things spring. Dazzling daffodils, amazing azaleas, and more will be bright and beautiful all over Huntsville, but especially at the garden. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.


March 16-19, Mobile
PLANTASIA! Spring Plant Sale
Mobile Botanical Gardens

The biggest and best plant sale ever! Thousands of plants selected for growing on the Gulf Coast. Thursday, Preview Party 4-7 p.m. $25 per person; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. free admission; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. free admission. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


March 18, Hoover
PAWS in the Gardens
Aldridge Gardens

Bring your leashed pets and enjoy a walk through the gardens. There will be food, dog-centered displays, demonstrations, and vendors. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit Shelby County Humane Society and Aldridge Gardens. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.


March 18, Jemison
Backyard Vegetable Production
Petals from the Past

Chip East, Regional Extension Agent with ACES, will teach the basics of backyard vegetable production. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


March 23-26, Mobile
24th Annual Festival of Flowers
Providence Hospital Campus

Join us at Providence Hospital’s Festival of Flowers, the largest outdoor flower show in the Southeast, featuring a central display from Bellingrath Gardens and Home. The festival includes lavish garden displays, art exhibits, seminars, and vendors. Visitors are encouraged to visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home during the festival; special group packages are available. Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit festivalofflowers.com, email info@festivalofflowers.com, or call 251-639-2050 or 877-777-0529.


March 25, Jemison
Citrus in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care, and maintenance of citrus plants such as satsuma oranges, Meyer lemons, limes, and kumquats. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


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February

 

February 4, Fayetteville
Asexual Propagation: Make More Plants From the Ones You Already Have!
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

A demonstration class featuring two types of asexual propagation: division and cuttings. We will explore how to divide a few different types of plants commonly found in the garden. We will also give a demonstration on how to make cuttings from herbaceous and woody plants.10-10:45 a.m. Free admission. To reserve your spot, call 479-750-2620


February 3-4, Pine Bluff
29th Annual Home and Garden Show
Pine Bluff Convention Center

More than 125 exhibitors offering plants, herbs, beekeeping supplies, honey, home, lawn and gardening exhibits, and more. Featured speakers, how-to sessions, quilt show, and children’s activities.
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. For more info call 870-247-1177.


February 10, Washington
Sweetheart’s Valentine Dinner
Historic Washington State Park

Enjoy a romantic evening with someone special at our historic William’s Tavern Restaurant. A surrey ride, live entertainment, and a delicious dinner are all part of the evening. Make reservations for yourself and bring some friends! Reservations are required. 6-9 p.m. Admission: $70 per couple. For more information, call 870-983-2684


February 10-12, Little Rock
LANTERNS! Winter Festival
Wildwood Park for the Arts

Held over three magical evenings, guests are transported to far away lands and times as they stroll through the beautifully lit pathways of Wildwood’s gardens. Live entertainment, food, drink, games, and more throughout the Park’s Butler Arboretum and inside the Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre. 6 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and under free. For more information, call 501-821-7275 or visit
wildwoodpark.org.


February 11, Hot Springs
Shiitake Mushroom Farming
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Presented by Dennis and Becky Denison, this workshop will focus on the habitat preparation, growing, and harvesting of shiitake mushrooms. Participants will inoculate logs of oak and sweet gum with mushroom spawn to create a habitat that will produce mushrooms for several years. All materials are provided. Reservations required. 10 a.m.-noon. Admission: $30/members $45/non-members. Register online at garvangardens.org or call
800-366-4664.


February 22, Fayetteville
Healthy Yard, Healthy Planet: Gardening for Sustainability
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Lissa Morrison, garden designer and manager at BGO, encourages and teaches how to landscape for biodiversity and sustainability. Learning how to incorporate native plants in a manicured setting is an important part of this picture. 6-7 p.m. Free admission. To reserve your spot, call 479-750-2620


February 24-26, Little Rock
Arkansas Flower and Garden Show
Statehouse Convention Center

The Arkansas Flower & Garden Show is the largest three-day celebration of gardening in the state. The goal of the show is to cultivate interest in the Natural State through what is grown for beauty and sustenance. Visitors come to learn about gardening and shop for their homes and gardens. Hours: Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $10-$15, children 12 and under free.

 

March

 

March 1-31, Wye
39th Annual Wye Mountain
Daffodil Festival

Wye Mountain UMC Daffodil Field
Enjoy 7 acres of over 20 different varieties of daffodils, jonquils, and narcissus. Weekend activities include face painting, artisan crafts, church tours, and more. Admission: free. For more information, visit wyemountain.org or call
501-330-2403.


March 3, Fort Smith
5th Annual Grape Escapes
Doubletree by Hilton   

This premiere fundraising event features over 350 types of wine, food from local restaurants and caterers, live and silent auctions, and live music. Also returning this year is the popular Wine Pull and our photo booth! Funds raised by Grape Escapes are used LOCALLY to provide much needed services and support to individuals with disabilities.  6-9 p.m. Admission: $100, must be 21 to attend. Visit grapeescapes.org or call
479-652-4553 for more information.
       


March 11, Washington
Gardening Basics for Spring
Historic Washington State Park

There are many reasons to garden. Some garden for self-sufficiency, some for health reasons, and others simply want to beautify their yard. Join our gardener for a hands-on workshop about the basics of all types of gardening as we prepare for the warmer days of spring. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $25. Call 870-983-2684 for more information.


March 11, Mountain Home
23rd Annual Spring Gardening Seminar: Developing an Ozark’s Green Thumb
Master Gardeners of Baxter County

This seminar features gardening experts Janet Carson, Tina Wilcox, and others. Registration required. Admission: $25. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 870-580-0276.


March 15, Fayetteville
Vegetable Gardening Throughout the Year
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Explore a full year in the vegetable garden, namely how to extend and smoothly transition between each of the seasons. Topics include preparing for spring, selecting vegetable varieties, succession planting, organic methods, and winter gardening. 6-7 p.m. Free. To reserve your spot, call 4790-750-2620.


March 17-19, Fort Smith
Arkansas River Valley Lawn and Garden Show: Go Wild Gardening
Fort Smith Convention Center

Hosted by the Arkansas River Valley Master Gardeners and the UofA Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, the 24th annual ARV Lawn and Garden Show will feature outstanding seminars on gardening, landscaping, and other horticulture topics in a family friendly environment. Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: 12 & older $5/ 11 & under admitted free. For more information, visit fslawngardenshow.com or call 479-629-0250.


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Feb. 17, 18, 24 & 25 and
Mar 3, 4 10 & 11 Clarksville, Virginia
22th Annual Hellebore Festival
Pine Knot Farms

Discover the beauty of these winter blooming plants. For more information, call 434-252-1990 or visit pineknotfarms.com.


February 23 Chapel Hill, N.C.
FloraQuest, The Southeastern Flora App, and The Future of Apps as Plant ID Tools
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Join Herbarium Director Alan Weakley as he explores the changing world of plant identification tools. Noon-1 p.m. Free, preregistration required. Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.


February 26, Charlotte, N.C.
Winter Walk Guided Tours
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Join us for an informative stroll through the delights of the Susie Harwood Garden. Meet at the McMillan Greenhouse. Guided tours begin at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online or at the door, $5 per person (free for members; you may join at the door). For more information, visit gardens.uncc.edu or call
704-687-0721.

 

March

 

March 4, Greensboro, N.C.
Guilford Horticultural Society’s 32nd Annual Symposium
Guilford Ag Center

The day includes exceptional speakers, choice vendors and exhibits, exciting plants and products, lunch, door prizes, and great gardeners. Join us for talks this year by Robert McDuffie, Preston Montague, and Jeff Gillman. $40 for members, $45 for non-members. Check our website for topics, speaker bios, and registration – guilfordhorticulturalsociety.org.


March 7, Davidson, N.C.
What’s In Your Garden?
Davidson College Knobloch Campus Center

This year’s Davidson Horticultural Symposium explores the garden and how it exists on so many levels, from the plants and flowers that we see, to the undulating and hard-working life that abounds in the soil. For more information or registration, visit davidsonsymposium.org.


Winter 2017, Raleigh, N.C.
Open Nursery and Garden Dates
Plant Delights Nursery

The garden and nursery will be open to the public, free admission. February 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; February 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; February 26, 1-5 p.m.


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Ongoing

 

Thursdays, Melbourne
Brevard County Farmers’ Market, Wickham Park Equestrian Center
Rain or shine, this market is open from 3-6 p.m. and features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits and craft items. Look for free-range eggs, pickles, cheeses, and much more. SNAP EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information visit brevardcountyfarmersmarket.com or call 321-633-1702 ext. 238. 

 

Most Sundays, Mount Dora
Mount Dora Village Market, Elizabeth Evans Park
Shop for fresh produce, herbs, crafts and a growing range of products. Ample parking. For more information, visit mountdoramarket.com. 

 

Saturdays, Fernandina Beach
Market Place Farmers’ Market, North Seventh Street Historic Downtown
This market takes place rain or shine! Join family and friends at this market where farmers, growers, and producers sell locally grown and homemade goods. Runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com. 

 

Saturdays, Ft. Pierce
Downtown Ft. Pierce Farmers’ Market, Marina Square
This Saturday morning tradition started in 1997 and takes place from 8 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. Live music serenades shoppers and pets are welcome. Fresh foods, organics, ready to eat munchies and drinks, plants and related items are in one part of the market while a second area showcases crafters and artists. For more information visit www.fortpiercefarmersmarket.com.

 

Through January 2, Orlando

Christmas at Leu House
Leu Gardens

Local interior designers will spruce and illuminate the grand rooms of the Leu House Museum, Mr. & Mrs. Leu’s private home, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Each room will reflect a designer’s interpretation of an enchanting Christmas from traditional to whimsical. Special classes in November and the beginning of December will be offered with step-by-step instructions, from wreath making to holiday gifts. Christmas at the Leu House is open every day at 10 a.m. with docent-led tours every 30 minutes with the last tour at 3:30 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission to Christmas at the Leu House is included with garden admission: $10 for adults, $3 for children K-12. Free admission on December 5 and January 2. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. Visit leugardens.org for a complete listing of holiday class or call 407-246-2620 for more information.


Through December 31, Largo
Holiday Lights in the Garden
Florida Botanical Gardens

This traditional array of lights line the garden paths with nightly free entertainment and visits from Santa Claus. It is the largest fundraiser for the gardens and depends on volunteers, sponsors, and donations to reduce the cost of offering this holiday tradition in Pinellas County. More than 450 volunteers and generous sponsor donations make Holiday Lights a success. Suggested donation is $4 with those 12 and under admitted free. Hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m. Parking is free at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road. For more information call 727-582-2100 or visit sss.flbg.org.

 

December

 

December 2, Tallahassee
27th Annual Camellia Christmas
Maclay Gardens State Park

Maclay Gardens State Park and Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc., would like to invite the public to take a stroll along the candle-lit walk and enjoy holiday music provided by local musicians. Enjoy some hot cider and cookies while waiting for Santa to arrive. The historic Maclay House will be open and filled with lovely fresh arrangements created by local garden club flower show judges. You’ll also want to take advantage of the opportunity to bid on festive holiday wreaths and decorations for your home donated by local merchants to benefit your state park. This event is free; however donations will be gladly accepted. For more information call 850-245-2200 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Maclay-Gardens.


December 2, Orlando
Date Night Movie
Leu Gardens

To celebrate the holidays, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will be shown. Movies at Leu Gardens offer a unique and beautiful setting to see a classic or current feature film outdoors in the gardens. Come early and stroll the gardens before the movie. Movies are shown on the first Friday of every month from February through December with no movie in July. Leu Gardens opens at 6 p.m. and movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket or chairs; alcohol is permitted. Grilled items and drinks are available for purchase. Garden admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children K-12 and free admission for Leu Garden Members. Weather permitting. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. Visit leugardens.org or call 407-246-2620 for more information.


December 2 & 3, Tampa
Holiday Garden Fest
Tampa Garden Club

The public is invited to attend this FREE event sponsored by the Tampa Garden Club. Shoppers will find special holiday gifts to purchase from a wide array of vendors. Plants, garden supplies, handmade and creative gift items, and gourmet delicacies will be offered. The Fest runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at 2629 Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. Come hungry because food trucks will offer delicious meals and snacks on site. For more information visit www.tampagardenclub.com.


December 2 & 3, Punta Gorda
Holly Days Home Tour
Punta Gorda Historic District

This year’s theme is A Natural, Tropical Christmas. The tour will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. Tour four houses in the Punta Gorda Historic District and the First United Methodist Church, all decorated for Christmas. Refreshments will be served and there will be a poinsettia sale in the fellowship hall. There is a $15 donation requested for this event. Proceeds go to the PGGC Scholarship fund and community projects. Advance tickets are available. For more information visit pggc.org or call 941-575-4653.


December 3, Lake Placid
Holiday Home and Garden Tour
Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Garden Club’s 6th Annual Holiday Home & Garden Tour is a fundraiser to provide scholarships, camper-ships, and counselor training for local youths to the only camp in the county operated by garden clubs. The event is 1-4 p.m. Each ticket has pictures of the three homes and three gardens, as well as maps to the locations on this driving tour. Refreshments are available at the Placid Lakes Community Building on Placid Lakes Boulevard, where poinsettias and garden art will be on sale. The café will be open from 12:30-4 p.m., and ticket holders may drop in at any time either before or after the tour. Tickets may be purchased by calling Peggy at 863-465-1269 or purchased the day of the event at the café.


December 3, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the gardens on the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10 a.m. The docent is Master Gardener Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge. For more information visit kanapaha.org.


December 3 & 4, Fort Lauderdale
10th Annual Orchid & Exotic Plant Sale
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Orchids, exotics, tropicals, herbs, fruit trees, garden art, gourmet food, libations, gardening lectures, orchid displays, green market, and so much more mark this annual event that attracts more than 3,000 attendees. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and children 12 and under admitted free. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. participants will enjoy not only plants but also gourmet food trucks, cooking demonstrations, live music, and a farmers’ market. Parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online at BonnetHouse.org. Call 954-703-2614 for more information.


December 3 & 4, Stuart
Plant Sale & Open Garden
Tropical Ranch Botanical Gardens

The gardens will be open to the public at this annual pre-Christmas plant sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. On Sunday Dr. Rich Oswald will give a guided tour, and all plants in the sale will be 10 percent off. On non-sale days the gardens are open by appointment only. For more information, call 722-2883-5565 or visit www.trbg.us.


December 4, St. Augustine
48th Annual Tour of Homes
Historic Downtown

The Christmas Tour of Homes is an annual tradition hosted by The Garden Club of St. Augustine since 1968. Tickets are $25 and are limited so advance purchase is necessary since the tour has sold out well in advance since 2010. Tickets are non-refundable. This is a walking tour. The homes are located within the historic downtown area for people who enjoy a leisurely walk through the old streets. For those who have difficulty walking and need assistance, we provide complimentary transportation on the Old Town Trolley. Noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.gardenclubofstaugustine.org/tourofhomes.html. To purchase tickets, call 904-819-6864 or visit www.christmastourofhomes.com.


December 9, West Palm Beach
Stories in the Garden
Mounts Botanical Garden

Come out and celebrate the 13th year of Stories in the Gardens by bringing your young ones ages 2-6 to these FREE programs cosponsored by the Palm Beach County Library System. They will love the interactive stories, songs and learning activities in the garden. Scheduled learning activities are held on the second Friday of the month through April. Programs are held rain or shine in the sheltered pavilion. No reservations required except for parties of six or more. A craft activity to culminate each day will be reserved for the first 30 registrants. Call either Mounts’ Program Coordinator or Stacey Burford directly at 561-649-5439.


December 10, Gotha
Holiday Celebration & Amaryllis Festival
Nehrling Gardens

Join us at this free community event at Henry Nehrling’s Palm Cottage Gardens. This will be the 4th Annual Celebration featuring beautiful amaryllis bulbs and blooms for the holidays, Santa Claus, music, nature-themed vendors, food, and activities for children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 407-445-9977 or visit nehrlinggardens.org.


December 11, Largo
Holiday Gift and Plant Sale
Florida Botanical Gardens

This plant and gift sale includes an assortment of tropical plants, orchids, herbs, bromeliads, citrus, bamboo, begonias, and fruit trees. Specialty vendors will be selling unique clothing, jewelry, garden art, honey, ceramics, dog treats, candles, body lotions, and more. Suggested donation of $4 per person, 12 and under and members of the FBGF admitted free. For more information call 727-582-2100 or visit www.flbg.org.


Dec 16-30, Sarasota
13th Annual Lights in Bloom
Selby Gardens

Featuring more than half a million lights, this holiday extravaganza surrounds visitors with a spectacle of unique installations amid some of the garden’s most iconic locations. Back by popular demand is the massive Tunnel of Lights, which transports guests from the tropics into the North Pole. Favorites such as the Radiant Rainforest continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Enjoy interactive photo opportunities, traditional holiday music and festivities, delicious food and drinks, and more as the gardens are transformed into an electric wonderland. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays visitors may take part in the Selby Experience featuring reserved parking, early admission, open bar, cocktail buffet, and holiday desserts. Cost is $100 for adults and $30 for children 5-12. General admission is $25 for adults, $20 for members, and $10 for children 4-16. Special pricing of $20 per person for groups of 25 or more, reservations required. 6-9 p.m., closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For more information call 941-366-5731 or visit selby.org.


December 21-23, Vero Beach
Holidays at McKee
McKee Botanical Garden

Lights, decorations, music, Santa Claus, and model train display. For more information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.


December 28-30, Vero Beach
Nights of Lights
McKee Botanical Garden

Stroll candlelit pathways through a sea of sparkling lights. For information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.

 

January

 

January 7, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha offers guided tours of the gardens on the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10 a.m. The docent is Master Gardener Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for nonmembers, and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.


January 11, Coral Gables
6th Annual Splendor in the Garden Luncheon
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Neiman Marcus Coral Gables proudly present an afternoon of fashion and philanthropy. This event attracts guests from Pinecrest to Palm Beach and is one of the signature fashion events of the season. There will be a champagne reception, luncheon, fashion show, and an awards ceremony. All proceeds benefit Fairchild’s numerous programs in conservation, science, children’s education, and horticulture. Tickets start at $300. For more information, contact Susannah Shubin at sshubin@fairchildgarden.org.


January 13, West Palm Beach
Stories in the Garden
Mounts Botanical Garden

Come out and celebrate the 13th year of Stories in the Gardens by bringing your young ones ages 2-6 to these FREE programs cosponsored by the Palm Beach County Library System. They will love the interactive stories, songs, and learning activities in the garden. Scheduled learning activities are held on the second Friday of the month through April. Programs are held rain or shine in the sheltered pavilion. No reservations required except for parties of six or more. A craft activity to culminate each day will be reserved for the first 30 registrants. Call either Mounts’ Program Coordinator or Stacey Burford directly at 561-649-5439.


January 13-April 30, Orlando
Dinosaur Invasion
Leu Gardens

This one-of-a-kind outdoor exhibit features lifelike prehistoric creatures throughout the 5-acre botanic garden. Creator Guy Darrough, an accomplished fossil expert and collector, crafted these authentic-looking animals, which range in size from 14 inches to 33 feet. For more information, visit www.leugardens.org or call 407-246-2620.


January 14 & 15, Homestead
Redland Heritage Festival
Fruit & Spice Park

This festival has been a tradition since 1976 and features local arts and crafts, historical exhibits, a large selection of tropical plants, and great food. Children’s activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, magic shows, and an interactive Everglades wildlife show. Admission is $8 with children 11 and under admitted free. For more information, visit www.fruitandspicepark.org.


January 20-22, Coral Gables
11th Annual International Chocolate Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making, and demonstrations from Miami’s master chefs and chocolatiers. Take our ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our rainforest and more. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors age 65 and up, $12 for children ages 6-17. This event is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and younger.For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.


January 20-22, Fort Lauderdale
A Galaxy of Orchids
War Memorial Auditorium

Beautiful vendor exhibits, local society display tables, international merchants, and American Orchid Society accredited judging help to make this event one of the largest in the state. For more information, visit www.flos.org or call Joan at954-336-4948.


January 21, Winter Park
Camellia Show
Mead Botanical Gardens

This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Camellia Society of Central Florida’s annual Camellia Show at the gardens. For more information, visit camelliacfl.com or call 407-440-8384.


January 21, Marathon
Marathon Garden Club Jamboree
The Clubhouse

The Marathon Garden Club will hold their annual January Jamboree from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Local plant experts will be on hand to answer questions. There will be plants and orchids for sale, local vendors, jewelry, pottery, rummage sale, hot dogs, and fun! Here is your chance to buy plants grown in the Keys that are specifically geared to our climate and soil conditions. For more information visit www.marathongardenclub.org or call 305.743-4971.


January 21 & 22
Flamingo Fest
Flamingo Gardens

This annual event celebrates the familiar pink bird and all other things representing Florida kitsch. A variety of vendors, fun foods, flamingo fashion, and live entertainment will be featured.For more information, visit www.flamingogardens.org or call 954-473-2955.


January 25-30, Titusville
20th Annual Space Coast
Birding & Wildlife Festival

Eastern Florida State CollegeTitusville CampusThis year the theme is “Indian River Lagoon” and features special programs about the lagoon as well as a variety of birding and wildlife field trips, world-class photographers and speakers, exhibitors and keynote presentations. Targets for offshore birding and wildlife adventures include jellyfish, dolphin, possibly sea turtles, and North Atlantic right whales, along with regional sea bird species. For the second year, $5 of the registration fee will be donated to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. For more information, visit www.SCBWF.org.


January 28, Dade City
Annual Kumquat Festival
Downtown Dade City

Come and enjoy the unique, quaint and family fun of “old Florida” during eastern Pasco County’s biggest and most distinctive event in historic downtown Dade City. Visitors may enjoy all kinds of tasty kumquat treats, from kumquat pie to kumquat cookies, smoothies, ice cream, marmalade, and even kumquat salsa. More than 425 vendors will display and sell at this event, which runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include arts and crafts, a cart and truck show, health and wellness area, live local entertainment, farmers’ market, kumquat kids corral, and much more. Admission is free and transportation will be provided from two satellite parking areas. For more information, visitwww.dadecitychamber.org or call 352-567-3769.


January 28, Ocala
Camellia Show
Silver Springs State Park Ballroom

Ocala Camellia Society will host their annual show from 1-5 p.m., and the Pioneer Garden Club will have a small standard flower show in conjunction, using camellias in the floral designs. Thousands of colorful blooms will be on display. There also will be plants for sale, many varieties not usually available locally, and with great prices. For more information, visitwww.pioneergardenclub.org.


January 28, Orlando
Dino Day
Leu Gardens

Explore the world of dinosaurs with your family with hands-on activities, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. See the dinosaur exhibit up close, discovering what makes each dinosaur unique. For more information, visit www.leugardens.org or call407-246-2620.

 

February

 

February 4, Coral Gables
Gala in the Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Now in its 24th year, guests will enjoy an evening of unmatched beauty while celebrating and supporting our programs in science education, conservation, horticulture, and research. This black-tie formal event begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a seated dinner and dancing under the stars. This magical evening in the gardens is the most beautiful and fun-filled event of the social season. Tickets start at $1,000 with tables for 10 starting at $10,000. For reservations and sponsorship opportunities, contact Susannah Shubin at sshubin@fairchildgarden.org.


February 4 & 5, Vero Beach
Gardenfest!
Riverside Park

For the 16th year, Gardenfest!, a free admission event, is returning to beautiful Riverside Park, Vero Beach. This popular annual festival is hosted by the Garden Club of Indian River County and includes 85 vendors who have been invited to bring together an incredible selection of quality items for your garden. There will be a wide variety of planters, pottery, fountains, furniture, lighting, statuary, and other garden accessories. Plants for sale include palms, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, Florida natives, herbs, succulents, bamboo, and roses. Bring garden questions to the “Ask the Experts” booth. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.For more information, visitwww.gardenclubofirc.org/Gardenfest.html.


February 5, Coral Gables
Sunday Sounds
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Enjoy live music at 1 p.m. performed by student ensembles from the Frost School of Music. Location is the Glasshouse Café. These tuneful sounds range from classic to contemporary to jazz favorites. Concerts are free with garden admissions. For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.


February 11 & 12, Port St. Lucie
Botanica Garden Festival
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

We will be featuring the best of the best in rare and exotic flora as well as garden craft works. Live music and food will be available. Free admission.9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information,visit pslbotanicalgardens.org or call772-337-1959.


February 11 & 12, Ft. Myers
Edison Garden Festival
Edison and Ford Winter Estates

The Edison Ford garden festival is bigger than ever this year, with dozens of vendors, live music, food, and activities for children. February 11 is Thomas Edison’s 170th birthday, so there will be distinguished guests and special entertainment. Free admission to the garden festival and free parking. For more information, visitwww.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 238-334-7419.


February 12, Davie
Gala in the Gardens
Flamingo Gardens

Join the Friends of Flamingo Gardens for the 90th anniversary celebration of Gala in the Gardens, benefiting the botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary. This annual culinary fundraiser offers guests delicious food samplings from the area’s finest restaurants and caterers paired with a variety of premium wines and craft beers amid the beautiful botanical gardens. Bid on the many great prizes in our silent auction items or draw a rubber flamingo from our new Flamingo Pond for an array of guaranteed prizes. VIP reception starts at 5 p.m., general admission at 6 p.m. general admission is $60/50 for members; VIP tickets are $85/75 for members. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth or by phone at 954-473-2955. For more information, visit www.flamingogardens.org.


February 18, Bokeelia
Garden Gala
Pine Island Garden Club Park

The Pine Island Garden Club presents gardening demonstrations and more from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be plants and art for sale along with a bake sale, white elephant, children’s learning area, and much more. Children will be able to start and take home a plant. Wholesale vendors from across the state will have remarkable and unusual horticultural items for sale. Music, food, and local artists and authors will be present at this family-friendly event. For more information, visit www.pineislandgardenclub.org.


February 19, Anastasia Island
Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants
Anastasia Island Branch Library

Inspired by and in celebration of our 2017 St. Johns Reads selection, True Grit by Charles Portis, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants takes you back to the late 19th century West through flower arranging and table settings using cactus, cowboy boots as containers, and more! Join us as Cathy and Marilyn show you how to incorporate Western flavor in creating everyday arrangements. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library, who make this event possible. You may buy raffle tickets for chances to win the arrangements that the Sisterhood makes, and which help sponsor this event. Reading True Grit is not required but is encouraged. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., the talk and demonstration begins at 1 p.m.


February 25, Ponte Vedra Beach
Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants
Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library

Inspired by and in celebration of our 2017 St. Johns Reads selection, True Grit by Charles Portis, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants takes you back to the late 19th century West through flower arranging and table settings using cactus, cowboy boots as containers, and more! Join us as Cathy and Marilyn show you how to incorporate Western flavor in creating everyday arrangements. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, who make this event possible. You may buy raffle tickets for chances to win the arrangements that the Sisterhood makes, and which help sponsor this event. Reading True Grit is not required but is encouraged. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., the talk and demonstration begins at 1 p.m.

 

March

 

March 4, Orlando
UF/IFAS Orange County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Festival
UF/IFAS Extension, Orange County

Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Orange County Master Gardener Plant Festival has been rescheduled. There will be seminars, plant vendors, garden artisans, exploration gardens, food trucks, and much more. Bring your gardening problems – master gardeners will be present to answer your questions. This event is free and is held rain or shine at 6021 South Conway Road in Orlando. For more information, visit the UF/IFAS Orange County Master Gardener Facebook Page: @OCMGs.


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January

 

January 26, Jonesboro
Herbs for Culinary Use
Clayton County Extension

Herbs are among the easiest plants to grow. In this class, learn how to plant, grow, and harvest the most popular herbs. Simple recipes will be shared. Noon. For more information 770-473-5434.


January 29, Athens
Orchard Fruit Production/Pruning
State Botanical Gardens of Georgia

Gareth Crosby will teach you the best ways to expand your fruit production. Hands-on pruning demonstration. There will be a heritage tour and a talk about the history of Berkman’s Orchard. Session 1 will cover the basics of pruning and various pruning techniques and Session 2 (2/19) will focus on pest and disease management along with seasonal maintenance. 1-5 p.m. $25/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


January 31, Athens
Swing Dance Night in the Garden
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers from a table beside the dance floor. Choose beginner or advanced dance lessons from 8-9 p.m., and then everyone is welcome for an open dance from 9-11 p.m. Athens Swing Night would like you to know that you don’t need to have any previous dance experience, or a partner to attend. Free. For more information, visit www.athensswingnight.com or botgarden.uga.edu, or call 706-542-1244.

 

February

 

February 3, Athens
FRIENDS First Friday: Bringing Rare Plants into Home Landscapes
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Jennifer Ceska, conservation coordinator, and Heather Alley, conservation horticulturist, will perform a skit enacting strong opinions regarding the problems and benefits of selling rare plants for use in home landscapes, and why they feel this is so important. They will engage in a mock argument starring Captain Conservation played by Alley and the Cavalier Plant Buccaneer played by Ceska. This monthly event includes a full breakfast and an opportunity to meet new people while learning about the garden, gardening, or garden history. Please make your reservation by the Friday before by calling 706-542-6138. 9-10:30 a.m. $12/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 4, 11, 18 and 25, Athens
Nature Therapy
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This series of classes focuses on various activities in therapeutic horticulture. At each class you will learn a craft and take your creation home with you, along the way learning about the materials you will be using, techniques, history, and their meaning. Limited to 12 participants. Taught by Katrina Fairchild, HTR, registered horticultural therapist. 10 a.m.-noon. $240/person for the series. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 4, Athens
Orchid Madness: Opening Reception
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Celebrate Orchid Madness throughout February, starting with this reception that includes hors d’oeuvres, live music, and very special orchids on display for this fundraiser. 6-8 p.m. $50/person or $80 for Orchid Madness package. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 4, Savannah
Fish Fry & Wild Game Supper
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

This fundraiser boasts unique Southern fare such as alligator, wild game stew, venison, quail, deep-fried fish and hushpuppies, collards, butter beans, hot biscuits, and homemade desserts. 6 p.m. Reservations required. Call 912-921-5460 for pricing and to make reservations.


February 5, Athens
Art Sketching Playdate for Adults
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Laurel Genteman, local artist and owner of the Painted Voice Studio in Athens, will be spending the afternoon with you, teaching a fun way to sketch using doodles and color. No experience is needed. Open to ages 15+. 1:20-4:30 p.m. $35/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

February 11, Athens
Orchid Madness: Orchid Repotting Workshop
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

The Northeast Georgia Orchid Society is leading this hands-on workshop, where attendees can bring up to two plants and containers and work with an expert to repot their plants. 10 a.m. $15/person. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 14, Savannah
Valentine Wine & Chocolate Tasting
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Enjoy classical music and delights of chocolates by Savannah Chocolatiers paired with fine California wines. Reservations required. 7-9 p.m. $25/person or $45/couple. All proceeds from this event benefit the construction of our new Children’s Garden. Call 912-921-5460 to make reservations.


February 17, Athens
Arbor Day Celebration: Tree Trail Ramble
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join Berkeley Boone to learn about and celebrate the trees at the garden. 2-3 p.m. Free. For more information, call 706-542-1244 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 18, Athens
Natural History of Georgia Plants
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This course introduces Georgia’s diverse natural vegetation, emphasizing basic ecological principles of plant distribution, prehistoric and contemporary influences on Georgia vegetation, major vegetation types in Georgia, and the plant species that characterize each vegetation type. We will also discuss invasive species and their impact on natural plant communities, and potential climate change influences on Georgia’s vegetation. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $105/person. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 18, Athens
Orchid Madness: Orchid Class
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn about orchids and their care from the Northeast Georgia Orchid Society. 10 a.m. $10/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 18, Kennesaw
Great Backyard Bird Count
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Participate in the worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count and learn a couple of things about birding! Follow a bird walk with Pat Pepper. Children are welcome and will learn using binoculars, learn about what makes a bird, their different nesting habits and what to learn from their beaks. Children can also do a birdhouse scavenger hunt, bird bingo, or make a birdfeeder to take home. 9 a.m.-noon, with general garden admission. For more information, call 770-919-0248.


February 19, Athens
Orchard Fruit Production/Pruning Session 2
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Gareth Crosby will teach you the best ways to expand your fruit production. Session 2 will focus on pest and disease management along with seasonal maintenance. 1-5 p.m. $25. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 22, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 3: Design for Dining Table
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This is the third in a series of five hands-on units taught by a National Garden Club Master Flower Show Judge and will focus on dining table arrangements. Participants will be provided with a list of materials to bring to class. Limited to 20. Priority will be given to those participants that have completed Units 1-2. Bring a bag lunch. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $50/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 23, Acworth
Northwest Georgia Green Industry & Gardening Symposium
Chattahoochee Tech College North Metro Campus

This program is intended for horticulture industry professionals as well as advanced home gardeners. Fee includes networking lunch with local vendors on display.
•    3 Hours Pesticide Recertification Credit for Category 24 Ornamental & Turf
•    2 Hours Pesticide Recertification Credit for Category 31, Public Health
•    1 Hour Pesticide Recertification Credit for Private Applicators and Category 23, Forestry.
•    5 CEUs for ISA Arborist (A) and Municipal (M)
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. To register, call 770-528-4550 or email Cheryl.Payton@chattahoocheetech.edu. $35 fee includes networking lunch with vendors and door prizes.


February 23, Jonesboro
Sweetpotato, A World Superfood
Clayton County Extension

Learn how to grow your own sweetpotatoes. Noon. For more information, call 770-473-5434.


February 24, Athens
Native Plant Propagation
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn the basics of propagating native wildflowers and shrubs by seeds, cuttings, and division. Models for inexpensive grow-light systems and a propagation timeline will be provided to ensure that your seedlings are ready to be transplanted outdoors in early spring. Participants will leave with several types of seeds to propagate at home. Time and weather permitting, we may walk along the White Trail to collect woody cuttings for propagation, so please dress for the outdoors. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 25, Athens
Conservation Landscaping
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This course will offer suggestions on plants, management, and design techniques that you could use in your own gardens. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.
 


February 26, Athens
Orchid Madness: Vanilla Sunday
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Celebrate the vanilla bean orchid with treats – including vanilla sundaes from Freddy’s Frozen Custard. 5 p.m. $20/person. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 28, Athens
Garden Travels: Semester at Sea: 102 Days, 11 Countries,15 Cities, 4 Continents
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Jim Affolter and his wife Cathy Pringle, both UGA professors, spent this spring as part of the faculty at Semester at Sea, teaching college students on both a floating classroom and excursions throughout the world. Hawaii, United States, Japan, China, Viet Nam, Burma, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, and Morocco. Come hear Jim talk about this journey, starting in California, traveling east around Africa, and ending up in England. Light reception before the talk provided by Friends of the Garden. 6:30 p.m. reception. 7 p.m. talk. Free. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


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Now through March, Urbandale
Historic Dinners
Living History Farms

Historic dinners at both the Tangen Home and 1900 Farm. Contact Living History Farms for details.

 

January

 

January 5 and every Thursday in January and February, Ames
Youth Program – Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

Read aloud two books and wrap up with related cooperative activities, 10 to 11 a.m.


January 5, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night
Reiman Gardens

Hand-Braided Rag Coasters BYOB adult beverage while creating a recycled craft, 6 to 8 p.m.


January 7, 14, 21, 28, Ames
Family Movies in the Gardens
Reiman Gardens

Movies for children, two showings, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.


January 7 through March 25, Des Moines
Learn on Saturdays
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Join fellow gardeners 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays to learn about timely horticultural topics each week. For more information: dmbotanicalgarden.com; ebaer@dmbotanicalgarden.com; or 515-402-4274.


January 8 through March 26, Des Moines
Botanical Blues
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Concert 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday afternoons. For more information: dmbotanicalgarden.com; ebaer@dmbotanicalgarden.com; or 515-402-4274.


Beginning January 11, Ames
Free Admission Day
Reiman Gardens

On the second Wednesday of every month, guests may visit Reiman Gardens free, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


January 12 and February 9, Ames
Brown Bag Lecture
Reiman Gardens

Bring your lunch from noon to 1 p.m. and enjoy an education program.


January 14 through May 15, Omaha, Nebraska
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks
Lauritzen Gardens

Sean Kenney’s third exhibit at Lauritzen Gardens features new pieces, as well as a couple of old favorites. This indoor exhibit is inspired by nature and built from more than 450,000 LEGO pieces. For more information: lauritzengrardens.org; or 402-346-4002


January 17 and February 21, Ames
Floral Design Series Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Learn the basics of floral design, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. while creating take-home arrangement.


January 18 and February 15, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

Join staff for a behind the scenes look at the Gardens from 11 to noon.


January 19, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night: B.Y.O. Tee Shirt
Reiman Gardens

BYOB an adult beverage and create a tie-dye tee shirt, 6 to 8 p.m.


January 21 through mid-April, Bettendorf
Gardening Seminars
Wallace’s Garden Center

Free seminars, wide range of topics, 10:30 a.m. in the Ginkgo Room. Information: wallacesgardencenter.com; or 563-332-4711.


January 27 and February 27, Madrid
Soup Supper
Iowa Arboretum

Soup, bread, fixings, then cake or pie, 4 to 7 p.m. Guest speakers, to be announced. Information: iowaarboretum.org; info@iowaarboretum.org; or 515-759-3216.


February 2, Ames
Cocktail Night
Reiman Gardens

BYOB adult beverage and make all-natural body scrubs, 6 to 8 p.m.


February 11 and 12, Ames
Orchid Fest
Reiman Gardens

Exotic orchids on display and available for purchase, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Central Iowa Orchid Society will also staff a Q&A booth.February 14 through April DavenportAzaleas and Spring Flowers ShowVander Veer Botanical ParkSee hundreds of azaleas and spring flowers. Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory, 214 W. Central Park Ave. For more information friendsofvanderveer.com; or 563-323-3298.February 16 AmesCocktail NightReiman GardensBYOB adult beverage and create paper plants, 6-8 p.m.


February 25, Indianola
Think Spring Garden Seminar

For details: indianolaiowa.gov; or 515-961-9420.

 

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

The Brenton Arboretum
Website: thebrentonarboretum.org 
Email: beth@thebrentonarboretum.org 
Phone: 515-992-4211 

Living History Farms
Website: lhf.org
Email: pr@lhf.org, 
Phone: 515-278-5286  

Reiman Gardens
Website: reimangardens.com
Email: reimangardens@iastate.edu
Phone: 515-294-2710 


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Please check our Chicagoland calendar of events and the State-by-State Gardening calender of events for the most up-to-date listings.


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February

 

February, Terre Haute
Community Garden
Center for Community Engagement

Since 2008, Indiana State University has provided land for expert and novice gardeners to plant 10-foot-by-10-foot, 10-foot-by-15-foot or 20-foot-by-20-foot plots free of charge. In return, gardeners promise to tend to their plots, plant only annuals, and refrain from using pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Participants are encouraged to donate a portion of the produce raised to the food pantry of their choice. Reservations for garden spots begin in February. The growing season is April to October. For more info visit unboundedpossibilities.com/institute-for-community-sustainability/community/community-garden.aspx or call 812-232-8502.


February 11, 25, Indianapolis
Guided Tour
Garfield Conservatory

Join Garfield Park Master Gardeners as they guide you on a tour of the conservatory, highlighting interesting plants and history, every second and fourth Saturday of the month. At 2:30 p.m. Tours are free with paid conservatory admission. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7184.


February 18, Muncie
Farmers’ Market
Minnetrista

The Minnetrista Farmers’ Market has moved indoors for the winter season. Experience good company and remarkable finds, every third Saturday of the month. Don’t miss out on Super Saturday programming, including Family Fun Days and special offers in The Orchard Shop. From 9 a.m. to noon. Visit minnetrista.net or
call 765-282-4848.


February 24-26, Evansville
Mardi Gras and Grand Parade
West Fourth Street

The weekend before Fat Tuesday, West Franklin Street becomes the best Mardi Gras party north of New Orleans. Pub Crawl on Friday and Saturday night with bars and restaurants decked out for the occasion with beads, music, food, and specialty drinks. A map of the street with the details of each location along with information on the shuttle and taxi information will be available. Grand Parade begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Free admission. Visit visitevansville.com or
call 800-433-3025.


February 25-26 and March 4-5, Rockville
Maple Syrup Festival
Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds

Did you know that it takes 60 gallons of sugar water just to make 1 gallon of maple syrup? To find out more about the way maple syrup is made, come to Parke County for the Maple Syrup Festival. At the fairgrounds you can enjoy a pancake breakfast, shop for pure maple syrup, various maple syrup products, handmade crafts, and more. You can take tours of five maple syrup camps located around scenic Parke County where you can watch the process in action, from the tap to the boiler to the bottling and everything in between. Also visit the area and see the 31 covered bridges dispersed throughout the county. Visit parkecountyfairgrounds.com or coveredbridges.com or call 765-569-3176.

 

March

 

March 3-5, Indianapolis
Indiana Home and Garden Show
Indiana Convention Center

The Indiana Home and Garden Show brings homeowners together with top remodeling and building experts. Every aspect of the home can be explored, from the smallest design detail to the largest house addition, as well as the newest ideas pertaining to landscape installations. Professionals will be on hand to share their knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones.Friday noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission $5, children under 18 free. Visit homeshowcenter.com or call 952-881-5030.

 

March 3-10, Indianapolis
Bulb Show
Garfield Park Conservatory

It is springtime at the Garfield Conservatory. Come see a stunning display of tulips and other spring blooms against the backdrop of the permanent tropical collection. Bulb sale on March 11 at 10 a.m. Show is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 each, $10 per family (two adults max.), children under 2 free. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7220.

 

March 6, Indianapolis
Herb of the Year 2017
Clay Township Center

Come celebrate the Herb of the Year 2017, cilantro/coriander. Perfect for an early spring night, you’ll go home with lots of information to start your cilantro/coriander garden. Why are we putting cilantro and coriander together? You’ll have to come to the presentations to learn. Members will present information on the propagation, cultivation, culinary and medicinal uses of the herb as well as its history. Public is welcome. Refreshments provided prior to meeting. Presentations begin at 6:45 p.m. Visit herbsocietyofcentralindiana.org or call 317-253-9381.

 

 

March 11-19, Indianapolis
Indiana Flower and Patio Show
Indiana State Fairgrounds

“Making Magic Happen,” the Indiana Flower and Patio show, is a magical experience for show goers. The show will feature 40-plus showcase exhibitor gardens crafted by many of Indiana’s premier landscapers, hundreds of finer outdoor living experts, and thousands of ideas to take home.There is truly something for everyone, indoors and out. Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the show box office admission is $14, children 12 and under free. March 13, Monday, senior day is $10. A $3-discount printable coupon is available online. Visit hsishows.com/wp/indianaflowerandpatioshow. Email questions to heathern@mpeshows.com or call 317-705-8719.

 

March 11, Indianapolis
Herb Workshop 2017
Garfield Park Conservatory

Members of the Herb Society of Central Indiana will present an adult workshop about blending and making herbal teas. We will also speak about the herb of the year coriander/cilantro and the April Herb Symposium. Reservations required. Seating is limited. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7184.

 

March 13, Fort Wayne
Garden Volunteer Orientation
Learning Center Salomon Farm Park

Salomon Farm Park has two gardens and an orchard that are planned, grown and harvested completely through a group of dedicated volunteers. The produce is shared among the volunteers, sold at the farmers’ market to benefit the gardens, and serves as a focal point for teaching children and adults about composting, gardening and enjoying a variety of locally grown produce. The gardeners meet every Monday and Thursday morning from April through October. You do not have to commit to the whole season or all the days to participate. No need to be a Master Gardener either, as this is a great opportunity to learn gardening knowledge and advanced skills. All experience levels are welcome. If you are interested in volunteering in Salomon Farm Park’s gardens, please attend this volunteer orientation; you will meet some current volunteers, get a tour of the gardens, and learn what we need help with. Contact Kellie Adkins at kellie.adkins@cityoffortwayne.org or 260-427-6005.

 

March 14, Zionsville
Spring Fling
Sullivan Munce Center

Back by popular demand, the entertaining Dr. Mark Windham, a professor and distinguished chair in ornamental pathology at the University of Tennessee, returns to the Indianapolis Rose Society. Mark has been conducting research on roses for more than 25 years. He will present an educational and entertaining program on soil, rose planting, and the latest breakthroughs on rose rosette disease. Free and open to the public. Arrive early, the program starts at 7 p.m. Visit indianapolisrosesociety.com or call 317-902-6016.

 

March 15, Brownsburg
Warm-Weather Vegetables, Insects and Diseases 101
Brownsburg Library

In this second food raising series; warm-weather vegetable gardening is covered. Learn what cultivars to select, when to harvest, and about insect pests and disease prevention. Plus, get great hints to make the whole process easy. Master Gardener Colletta Kosiba shares 30 years of experience. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Call 317-852-3167.

 

March 18-26, Chicago
Chicago Flower and Garden Show
Navy Pier

The Chicago Flower and Garden show is all about inspiring, educating and motivating the next generation of gardeners. Whether in a backyard, kitchen or rooftop, this is where green lovers and families go to discover ideas while having fun. The show features more than 20 gardens, dozens of inspirational and educational speakers and daily hands-on activities for gardeners of all ages and experience levels. Tickets online are $16 adult anytime, $14 adult weekday, $5 children ages 4 to 12. Online discounts are available for groups and scouts. Visit chicagoflower.com or call 312-241-1250.

 

March 18-April 2, Indianapolis
Gnomes Sweet Gnome
Garfield Conservatory

“Gnome Away from Home: Gnomes Sweet Gnome” is the name of this whimsical display. Garden gnomes from far and wide have gathered at the conservatory. This year, visitors can enjoy a glimpse of everyday gnome life. Contact the conservatory for information about loaning your gnome to be part of the display. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Costs $4 each, $10 per family (two adults max.), children under 2 free. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7220.

 

March 25, Martinsville
Master Gardeners Gardenfest and Pansy Sale
Hoosier Harvest Church

The Morgan County Master Gardeners Gardenfest is a one-day public free event featuring a pansy sale and more than 30 garden-related vendors. Speakers include Brambleberry Farm on “Permaculture, Tools and Approaches,” and Joni James on “Ideas for Creating a Backyard or Land that Attracts Wildlife.” There are free seed and native tree give-a-ways. Pansy sale proceeds benefit MCMG projects including community demonstration garden, Boys and Girls Club of Mooresville, and a Purdue scholarship. Location: 4085 Leonard Road. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Visit mcmastergardeners.org or contact Ruth Pelouch at pelouch@sbcglobal.net or call 765-342-9151.

 

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April 1, Indianapolis
Kids’ Workshop
Garfield Park Conservatory

The Herb Society of Indiana will host a kids’ workshop, for children ages 6 to 12. Have some fun learning about herbs and how to grow them. Handouts and recipes on making different kinds of herb gardens (such as salsa, pizza, and more). Each child will take home a small container garden to watch it grow. Goodies provided. Reservations required. Seating is limited. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7184.

 

April 8, Noblesville
Annual Spring Symposium
Hamilton County Fairgrounds

The Herb Society of Central Indiana hosts their Annual Spring Symposium featuring “Herbal Duet in C: Coriander and Cilantro, the Herb of the Year.” The symposium includes informative and entertaining speakers, herbal snacks and luncheon, plant and herb vendors and silent auction. From 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Visit herbsocietyofcentralindiana.orgor call 317-253-9381.

 

April 8, Lebanon
Gardenfest
Fairgrounds Community Building

Gardenfest is a yard, garden, and horticulture show sponsored by the Boone County Master Gardeners. There will be a multitude of exhibitors, speakers and door prizes awarded throughout the day. Free native trees will be given away, while supplies last. Healthy food and snacks will be available for purchase. Master Gardener experts will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs $2. Visit bccn.boone.in.us/mg or call 765-482-0750.

 

April 22-23, Indianapolis
Orchid Show
Garfield Park Conservatory

The Garfield Park Conservatory will be filled with many displays of blooming orchids from across the Midwest, all competing for awards. Come check out this annual event presented by the Central Indiana Orchid Society. Vendors will be available with orchids for sale. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost $4 each, $10 family (two adults max), children under 2 free. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7220.

 

April 29, Alexandria
Indiana Garden School V
Madison County 4-H Fairground Building

The Madison County Master Gardener’s Indiana Garden School V will offer a day of education and entertainment. Speakers include Colleta Kosiba on “101 Landscaping Ideas,” Jen Rankin discussing “Palette Pleasing Pallets,” Ronda Hamm on “Pest or Beneficial,” Megan Dillon talking about “10 Ways to Manage Wildlife and Native Plants,” and Indiana Gardening’s “Ask the Expert” columnist Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp on “Edible Landscaping.” Make-and-take workshops include vermi-composting, tissue paper roll wall art, and old fence wood signs. The seminar costs $35 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments); workshops are a separate cost of $5 per class. Sign in starts at 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and the event lasts until late in the day. Held at the Madison County 4-H Fairground Building, 512 East 4th Street, Alexandria, IN 46001. Contact Sylvia Finney, 5215 N. Nebo Road, Muncie, IN 47304, or email sfinney5215@hotmail.com, or call 765-282-0100.

 

April 29-30, Indianapolis
Bi-Annual Flower Show
Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Garden Club will hold its bi-annual flower show in coordination with the Indianapolis Museum of Art at the Deer Zink Pavilion. There will be many beautiful displays of floral design and horticulture. This year’s theme is “Through the Looking Glass,” and the displays will be inspired by the story of “Alice in Wonderland.” Open to the public. On April 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m; on April 30, noon to 5 p.m. Contact Mary Grein at mpgrein@aol.com or 317-847-5867.

 


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January 20, Lexington
Glories of the Garden juried art submission deadline
The Arboretum

“Glories of the Garden” is the arboretum’s annual juried art exhibit celebrating the world of nature. Watercolors, charcoal, photographs, oils, quilts, sculptures, woodworking, or any other media used to represent the inspiration of nature are welcomed for submission. The deadline for submission is January 20; selected artwork will be shown at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center at The Arboretum from February 12 to March 3, 2017. Additional information and a registration form can be found at arboretum.ca.uky.edu.


January 23, Campbellsville
Greenhouse Class
Taylor County Extension Service

This class will cover some of the basic information for greenhouse production. Meeting time is 6:30-8:30 p.m. For additional information, call 270-789-4511, email dl-ces-taylor@emil.uky.edu, or visit taylor.ca.uky.edu.


January 23, Bowling Green
Private Pesticide Applicator Training
Warren County Extension Office

If you are interested in obtaining or renewing certification for the private application of controlled pesticides, you must attend a training session. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m. For additional information or to register, call 270-842-1681, email warrences@gmail.com, or visit warren.ca.uky.edu.


January 26, Somerset
Private Pesticide Applicator Training    
Pulaski County Extension Service

To renew or to get a new private pesticide applicators license, you must attend one of these trainings. Having the card allows you to purchase restricted use pesticides. If you receive money in exchange for spraying services, you need a commercial pesticide applicator license. 9-11 a.m. For additional information, call 606-679-0720, email dl_ces_pulaski@email.uky.edu, or visit pulaski.ca.uky.edu.


January 26, Campbellsville
Vegetable Gardening Series
Taylor County Extension Service

Obtain basic information on vegetable gardening. 6-8 p.m. For additional information, call 270-789-4511, email dl-ces-taylor@emil.uky.edu, or visit taylor.ca.uky.edu.

 

February

 

February 5, Clermont
First Sunday Nature Hike
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join volunteer naturalist Joe Rogers the first Sunday of each month for an engaging 45-60-minute nature walk. Registration is not required; just show up with your curiosity and comfortable walking shoes. All ages are welcome. The event is free, 2-3 p.m. For additional information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.
    


February 7, Paducah
Toolbox Garden Series    
McCracken County Extension Service

The Toolbox Garden Series meets monthly, 5-6 p.m. This is a free class, with different gardening topics at each session. For further information, call 270-554-9520, email dl_ces_mccracken@email.uky.edu, or visit mccracken.ca.uky.edu.


February 9, Covington
Planning a Vegetable Garden    
Kenton County Extension Service

This event provides the most up-to-date information from the University of Kentucky horticultural research. You will receive help in selecting the best varieties, avoiding pest problems, and timing crop planting for optimal success. For meeting times and other information, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.


February 9, Somerset and Stanford
Beginner Bee School    
Pulaski & Lincoln Co. Extension Service Offices

This school is a 6-session program designed to get you started in beekeeping. This year, it is a joint school between Pulaski and Lincoln Counties. Sessions will be held every other week on Thursday nights starting at 6 p.m. The total cost is $25 per person, $35 per couple. Pre-registration is required; the class will be limited to the first 40 registrants. One additional session will be at the hive as weather permits. For registration or additional information, for Pulaski Co., call 606-679-0720, email dl_ces_pulaski@email.uky.edu, or visit pulaski.ca.uky.edu. For Lincoln Co., call 606-365-2447; email dl_ces_lincoln@email.uky.edu, or visit lincoln.ca.uky.edu.


February 11, 19, Alexandria
Nature Hike     
Campbell County Environmental Education Center

Join Aubree Forrer, Campbell County Environmental Education Assistant, for an interpretive hike of the trail to find out more about the plants and wildlife in this area. 2:30-4 p.m. For additional information, call 859-694-1666 or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.


February 15, Erlanger
Growing Great Tomatoes: Lunch & Learn    
Kenton County Extension Service

Learn which varieties perform better here, how to manage pests and diseases, and get the best harvest ever. Make sure to bring a packed lunch & drink. The class is noon-1 p.m. For additional information, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.


February 21, Somerset
Private Pesticide Applicator Training    
Pulaski County Extension Service

To renew or to get a new private pesticide applicators license, you must attend one of these trainings. Having the card allows you to purchase restricted use pesticides. If you receive money in exchange for spraying services, you need a commercial pesticide applicator license. 9-11 a.m. For additional information, call 606-679-0720, email dl_ces_pulaski@email.uky.edu, or visit pulaski.ca.uky.edu.

 

March

 

March 5, Clermont
First Sunday Nature Hike
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join volunteer naturalist Joe Rogers the first Sunday of each month for an engaging 45-60-minute nature walk. Registration is not required; just show up with your curiosity and comfortable walking shoes. All ages are welcome. The event is free, 2-3 p.m. For additional information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.


March 15, Union
Plants for Wet Areas
Boone County Arboretum

Join us to learn which plants will thrive in wet areas of the landscape and how to use wet soils to enhance your garden. Registration is required for this 1-2:30 p.m. class. To register, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.


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Ongoing New Iberia
Teche Area Farmers’ Market
West Main Street

The market is open year round on Saturday mornings from 7-11 a.m. and on Tuesday afternoons 2:30-6 p.m. Experience our harvest of delicious homegrown produce and homemade products by area farmers, artists, and crafters. If you are interested in participating or would like additional information, contact Trent Broussard at 337-352-0691 or Jane Braud at 337-369-2330.


Ongoing Lafayette
Lafayette Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market at the Horse Farm
2913 Johnston St.

This market serves as the premier venue for seasonal, farm-based products and artisanal creations offered by local producers, artists, and vendors. Every Saturday, rain or shine, 8 a.m.-noon; Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. For more information visit www.MarketAtTheHorseFarm.com.

 

Feb 18, Baton Rouge

Attracting Southern Songbirds to Your Garden
LSU AgCenter at Burden

Children will learn about songbirds that live in our area and will have tools to attract them to their backyards with bird houses that they get to paint themselves and native plants that they will plant from seed. Each event will require a small fee of $15 per child, and an adult must accompany each child. Children will receive snacks and neat garden take-home crafts! Attendance is limited to 15 children for each session. Reservations may be made by email to Angie Wall atangwall@cox.net or call 225-763-3990. Future programs will include Composting on February 18. Visit www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.

 

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February 11-12, Baton Rouge
Camellia Sale
Rural Life Museum

The annual Camellia Show and Sale features camellia flowers from around the state along with the current award winners. Various camellia varieties grown by the Camellia Society will be available to purchase. Visit www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.


February 18, Minden
Buds & Blooms
903 Broadway

Buds & Blooms is a morning filled with educational seminars for the gardening public. Festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until noon at the First United Methodist Church. Admission is $10 per person. All proceeds will be used for the PHLMG 4-H Youth Gardening Contest. For more information, call 318-371-1371 or visit www.phlmg.com.


February 18, New Orleans
Flowering Press Class
New Orleans Botanical Garden

This workshop will cover instructions on how to press flowers and will also have discussion about the many uses of pressed flowers. Each participant will make a bookmark and a greeting card using pressed flowers to take home. Supplies will be provided. The class is $15/person and will run from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Garden Study Center building in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. There is a class limit and registration ahead of time is required. (Pre-registration is required for all classes to ensure that a class is not canceled due to low enrollment.) To register call 483-9473 or email scapley@nocp.org.


February 17 & March 17, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Garden Club Meeting
7950 Independence Blvd.

Program “Tablescapes by the Book” will be given by nationally accredited judge Linda Ryan followed by short programs on horticulture and design given by members during the monthly meeting. The session begins at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments and 10 a.m. starts the program. For more information, call Cindy Moran 225-806-5377.


February 18-19, Baton Rouge  
Tablescapes Show
Baton Rouge Garden Center

The Baton Rouge Garden Club presents its annual scholarship fundraiser featuring photographs from the Louisiana Photographic Society interpreted with table floral designs by club members. Donation $5 at the door and the show will be open from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Cindy Moran, 225-806-5377.

 

March
 


March 4, Baton Rouge
Herb Day
LSU AgCenter at Burden

Hundreds of herb plants for sale, refreshments, classes, activities, culinary demonstrations, and vendors. Free admission. Visit www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.


March 11-12, Garyville
Friscoe Fest
San Francisco Plantation

Join San Francisco Plantation for a day of family fun, crafters, artists, food, music, and spring garden show. The Frisco Spring Crafters & Artists Garden Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. daily at beautiful San Francisco Plantation. The festival will feature over 100 crafters, artist, and chefs. The admission will be $5 for festival (12 & under free) and tour tickets for home $10 (6 & under free). More information is available by calling 985-535-2341 or by visiting www.sanfranciscoplantation.org.


March 17 & 18, Covington
Northshore Garden & Plant Sale
St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds

Kick off the spring season at the St. Tammany Master Gardeners' garden and plant sale. Under Pavilion, rain or shine, 60+ plant, garden accessories, and educational booths, seminars, cooking demos, children’s activities, food trucks and more, 9a.m.- 4 p.m. Adults $5. Free for 18 and under, police, fire, and EMTs. Free parking. Gate proceeds benefit the St. Tammany Master Gardeners scholarships. For more information call 985-875-2635.


March 17-19, St. Francisville
The 46th Annual Audubon Pilgrimage

Festivities will include tours of historic homes and gardens, antique show and sale, living history demonstrations, night festivities, and cemetery tales. The numerous activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and continue until Sunday at 5 p.m. For tickets and tour information, contact West Feliciana Historical Society, Box 338, St. Francisville, LA 70775; phone 225-635-6330 or 225-635-4224; or email wfhistsociety@gmail.com.


March 24-25, Lake Charles
18th Annual Garden Conference & EXPO 2017
Burton Coliseum

From 9 a.m. -5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, SWLA Master Gardeners will host Southwest Louisiana’s Premier Garden Show and Plant Sale. Labeled as an educational experience in horticulture for the gardener and plant enthusiast, the Garden Festival will offer speakers, plant clinics, and plant sales. Proceeds benefit the SWL Master Garden programs. For more information visit www.gardenfest.org.


March 25, Baton Rouge
EBR Master Gardener Plant Sale
LSU AgCenter at Burden

From 8 a.m.-2 p.m., the EBR Master Gardeners hosts their annual spring plant sale to raise money to support both the education and benevolent activities of Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. The sale includes thousands of plants in hundreds of varieties of landscape ornamentals. Funds raised during this plant sale support plant health clinics, school gardens, educational classes for the community, and various other children’s programs. Visit www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.


March 26-28, New Orleans
Deep South Region 56th Annual Convention
Harrah’s Casino

Join in for the 56th Annual Deep South Regional Convention of the Deep South Region Garden Club for networking and informational sessions. More information can be found by visiting www.dsregion.org/conventions.html.


March 29-31, New Orleans
LGCF Convention
Harrah’s Casino

LGCF Convention will feature numerous speakers and other LGCF members from all around the state. Registration information can be found by visiting www.lgcfinc.org/2017-district-i---new-orleans.html.

 

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April 1, Lafayette
Festival des Fleurs
Blackham Coliseum
 
Come join us for the 26th annual premier garden show and sale in Acadiana. Plants and garden items will be available for sale, horticulture demonstrations, displays, children’s activities, and more. Hours 8am - 4pm. $5.00 adults/12 and under free. For vendor or visitor information contact Billy Welsh at 337-482-5339 or welsh@louisiana.edu or visit festivaldesfleurs.org.


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Through Jan. 8, Grand Rapids

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World
Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Display of holiday traditions including the Germany tree, adorned with handmade glass ornaments and homemade springerle cookies, the England tree with antique Christmas cards and mistletoe, and the beautiful Eid ul-Fitr display, which celebrates the end of Ramadan. Information: http://bit.ly/2bTDXb4.

 

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Through December 31, Grand Rapids
Almost Home: Grand Rapids in Focus
Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Artists with a connection to Grand Rapids exhibit work that reflects “cultural, social, environmental and aesthetic expressions in a variety of materials, installations and forms.” Fee included with admission. For more information: meijergardens.org.



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January 11, Grand Rapids
Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Steve Smith will talk about Conifers for Connoisseurs, 12:30 p.m., lower level Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. More information: kentgardenclub.org/KGC.


January 12, Grand Rapids
Growing Crocuses
Kent Garden Club

Visit Ken-O-Sha Elementary School, and work with students to plant crocus bulbs. Students can chart their growth as part of their classroom study. More information: kentgardenclub.org/KGC.


January 13, Royal Oak
Owl Hoot
Royal Oak Nature Society

Walk into Tenhave Woods and attempt to lure in or have screech and great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls, 7:30 p.m. Meet at the Lexington/Marais lot at the Lexington entrance. Free, no registration, romi.gov/nature, 248-246-3380.


January 14, Royal Oak
Winter Birds
Royal Oak Nature Society

Winter walk through Tenhave Woods in search of birds that spend the winter, 2 p.m.; meet at Lexington/Marais lot at the Lexington entrance. Free, no registration, romi.gov/nature, 248-246-3380.


Jan. 27 through Aug. 20, Grand Rapids
Ai Weiwei
Maijer Garens & Sculpture Park

Ai Weiwei in his first show in the upper Midwest, as well as the first of its kind for the Chinese artist and activist at a botanic garden. Iconic among recent work is his colossal Iron Tree, acquired and installed in 2015 in honor of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s 20th anniversary. Hours vary, there is an entry fee, meijergardens.org


January 27, Rochester
Meeting
The Meadow Brook Garden Club

Janet Macunovich will present “Weeds: To Know Them is to Beat Them,” Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road. Coffee at 9:15 a.m. and program at 10 a.m. Guests are welcome. $5/nonmember donation, reservations are not necessary, meadowbrookhall.org or 248-364-6210.


January 28, East Lansing
8th Annual Winter Symposium
Capital Area Master Gardeners

“It’s All About Seasons” intended for all gardeners, in the MSU Plant and Soil Science Building, 1066 Bogue St., MSU, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration required. There is a fee. For more information: visit mgacac.wordpress.com.

 

February


February 8, Grand Rapids
Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Mary Jane Dockeray will present slideshow of springtime wild flowers, 12:30 p.m. in the lower level at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. More information: kentgardenclub.org/KGC.


February 9, Milford
Monthly Meeting
Milford Garden Club

Holly Vaughn, Wildlife Outreach Technician, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will talk about four-legged garden pests and some strategies you can use to keep them out of your garden, Milford Senior Center, 1050 Atlantic St., 6:30 p.m. for social; 7 p.m. for business; 7:40 p.m. for program. Guests are welcome, no fee, reservations are not required. For more information themilfordgardenclub.org.


February 10, Royal Oak
Owl Hoot
Royal Oak Nature Society

Cummingston Park, 7:30 p.m. Park and meet at Leafdale and Torquay. Attempt to lure in or have screech and great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls. Free, no registration, romi.gov/nature, 248-246-3380.


February 11, Royal Oak
Winter Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

“The Forest in Winter,” Tenhave Woods, 2 p.m. Park at the Lexington and Marais lot and meet at the Lexington entrance. Free, no registration, romi.gov/nature, 248-246-3380.


February 24, Rochester
Meeting
The Meadow Brook Garden Club

Sue Gubba, president and owner of Creative Scapes, will discuss how color plays a major role in the garden, Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road. Coffee at 9:15 a.m.; program 10 a.m. Guests are welcome. $5/nonmember donation, reservations are not necessary, meadowbrookhall.org or 248-364-6210.


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Through-January 2, 2017, St. Paul

Holiday Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

A tradition since 1925 is the Holiday Show, featuring new Poinsettia Gold Rush. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Free, suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children. Information: comozooconservatory.org or 651-487-8200.

 

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Through April 9, Chaska
Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum Exhibit
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Whisk away your “winter blahs” by visiting this phenomenal outdoor light installation by acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro. The installations feature thousands of radiant lights illuminating optical fiber, acrylic pegs, and prismatic rods; some also incorporate pulsating animations in a range of colors and sound. Open to the public Thursday through Sunday weekly, beginning at dusk. Information: munrowinterlightmn.org or 952-443-1400.


January 7-March 12, St. Paul
Winter Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Display of Cyclamen, Pansies, Viola, Cineraria, Amaryllis, Primula, Azaleas, Camellias, Digitalis, Primula, and Velthemia. Oriental lilies and Papewhite Narcissus provide fragrance. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free, suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children. Information: comozooconservatory.org or 651-487-8200.


January 7,21; February 4,18, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Design your home landscape in this four-part series with horticulturalist Jim Calkins. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $139 member/$155 non-member or $189/$219 for couples working on the same project. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


January 21, 28; February 4, 11, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to propagate plants through a combination of hands-on lab and classroom presentations. Instructor Jim Calkins will cover: Seeds (Jan. 21), Cuttings (Jan. 28), Grafting (Feb. 4), and Soil (Feb. 11). Appropriate for all gardening skill and knowledge levels. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41/member, $55/nonmember, per class or bundle the series at $139/members, $189/nonmembers. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


January 10-12, Minneapolis
Northern Green
Minneapolis Convention Center

Visit one of the most widely anticipated interactive, innovative, and inspiring green industry events of the year. There will be many keynote speakers, vendors, and educational sessions for landscaping professionals, Master Gardeners, students, and others. Information and registration: northerngreen.org or 651-633-4987.


January 14, February 4, Chaska
The Edible Garden Year
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Plan your edible garden, beginning with the basics, a plan, selecting and ordering seeds. Series continues in May, June, and August. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $200 for five classes. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


January 21, Chaska
Insect Pollinators – Beyond the Honeybee
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Expand your knowledge of pollinators in this presentation by Bill Johnson, award-winning plant and insect photographer and writer (including Minnesota Gardener). Held in the new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Center. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost: TBA. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


January 28; February 18,25;March 11,18, Chaska
Your Sustainable Yard Series
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Be prepared to plan and implement sustainable practices and plants in the landscape. Instructors: Julie Weisenhorn, Karl Foord, and Julia Bohnen. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $206 for all five classes, or $55 per class. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


January 28-29, St. Paul
Winter Carnival Orchid Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Annual orchid show sponsored by the Orchid Society of Minnesota. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12. Information: comozooconservatory.org or 651-487-8200.

 

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February 4, Chaska
Trees: Pruning Essentials
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn theory and practical application for pruning and training woody plants, including deciduous and coniferous cultivars. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $55. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


February 11, Chaska
Shrubs: Pruning Essentials
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn theory and practical application for pruning and training woody plants, including deciduous and coniferous cultivars. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $55. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


February 18, Chaska
Terrariums: An Ecosystem in Miniature
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Build your own little ecosystem that will sustain itself with a minimum of care year-round. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $90. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


February 18, St. Paul
Wild Ones Design with Nature Conference
St. Thomas University

Annual conference, theme is Planting Matters and Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, will be the keynote speaker. Cost: $20-$70. Information: info@designwithnatureconference.org or 612-293-3833.


February 20, Prior Lake
Seed Starting Class
Prior Lake Library

Learn how to start seeds for this year’s garden from Carver-Scott MasterGardeners, 6:30 p.m. No cost. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309 or 952-492-5390.


February 21, Shakopee
Seed Starting Class
Shakopee Library

Learn how to start seeds for this year’s garden from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, 6:30 p.m. No cost. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309 or 952-492-5390.


February 23, Chanhassen
Seed Starting Class
Chanhassen Library

Learn how to start seeds for this year’s garden from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, 6:30 p.m. No cost. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309, or 952-492-5390.


February 25, Chaska
Plant Selection for the Winter
Garden Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Jim Calkins will show you some of the very best cold weather beauties, learn what to do to help these plants look their best in winter and leave with inspiration, plant lists, and a renewed motivation. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $55. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


February 27, Prior Lake
Vegetables to Plant in Spring and Summer
Prior Lake Library

Let Carver-Scott Master Gardeners help you decide what vegetables to plant in your garden, 6:30 p.m. No cost. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309 or 952-492-5390.


February 27, Minneapolis
Minnesota Peony Society Annual Educational Event
Bachman’s Heritage RoomF

ind out about growing, enjoying peonies, floral design seminar in the morning, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No cost; open to the public. Information: http://mnpeony.org/events.


February 28, Shakopee
Vegetables to Plant in Spring and Summer
Shakopee Library

Let Carver-Scott Master Gardeners help you decide what vegetables to plant in your garden, 6:30 p.m. No cost. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309 or 952-492-5390.


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February 9, Gray Summit

Propagating Native Plants
Shaw Nature Reserve

This class will introduce basic propagation methods that involve stratification, scarification, timing, soils, containers, fertilization, and basic insect management. Adults only. Costs $14 members, $17 nonmembers. Pre-registration ends at noon Feb. 6. From 1 to 4 p.m. Visit mobot.org and call 314-577-5100.


February 10-12, Kansas City, Mo.
KC Remodel and Garden Show
American Royal Center

This home and garden show offers outdoor living exhibitors and more. Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs adults (at the door) $10, (online only) $8, children ages 12 and under free. Held at the American Royal Center, 1701 American Royal Court (18th and Genessee). Call 816-513-4327 or visit kcremodelandgarden.com.


February 11, Gray Summit
Valentine’s Night Hike
Shaw Nature Reserve

Dress warmly for a hike, star gazing (weather permitting) and hot beverages and desserts. Adults 21 years and up. Costs $24 members, $29 nonmembers. Pre-register by 8 a.m. Jan. 23. From 7 to 10 p.m. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


February 11, St. Louis
Climatron Tour
Missouri Botanical Garden

Tour the Climatron, which focuses on the Climatron’s sustainable operation and on the importance of maintaining the biodiversity of the rainforests of the world. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at noon Feb. 9. Costs $20 members, $25 nonmembers. From noon to 1:30 pm. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


February 11, St. Louis
Magic of Witch Hazels
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about the history and medicinal uses of this unique shrub. Includes a tour of the plants in the garden. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. For adults. Registration ends 4 p.m. Feb. 19. Costs $21 members, $24 nonmembers. Call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.


February 18, Chesterfield
Monarch Butterflies
Butterfly House

This class will cover the return of the monarch butterflies from their overwintering homes in Mexico and introduce two citizen science projects. Adults only. Pre-register by 5 p.m. Feb. 17. Costs $17 members, $20 nonmembers. From 11 a.m. to noon. Call 636- 530‐0076 extension 13 and visit mobot.org.


February 18, St. Louis
Sweet Smells of Indoor Gardens
Missouri Botanical Garden

For ages 6 to 12. Priced per child; three children per adult. Younger siblings may attend. Explore the Linnean House, the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi, and enjoy the peak blooming time of the camellias. Online registration ends Feb. 18 at 8:30 a.m. Walk-ins welcome. Free for members, $3 for nonmembers. Two sessions: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


February 24, Gray Summit
Winter Tree Identification
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn to identify trees without their leaves. For adults. Costs $7 members, $9 nonmembers. Pre-register by 8 a.m. Feb. 20. From 10 a.m. to noon. Visit mobot.org and call 314-577-5100.


February 25, St. Louis
Small Space Gardening
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn which types of trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials grow well in small spaces as well as growing techniques such as vertical and container gardening. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 24. From 10 a.m. to noon. Call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.


February 25, St. Louis
Organic Heirloom Vegetables
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn how to select, grow using organic methods, and harvest heirloom vegetables. Adults only. Costs $33 members, $40 nonmembers. Pre-registration ends 4 p.m. Feb. 24. From 10 a.m. to noon. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


February 27, Gray Summit
Ice Cave Hike
Shaw Nature Preserve

Explore 4 miles of less traveled trails to view ice formations, small frozen waterfalls, temporary ice stalactites, needle ice and frost flowers. For adults. Costs $7 members, $9 nonmembers. Pre-registration ends 8 a.m. Feb. 20. From 10 a.m. to noon. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.

 

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March 1 through 26, St. Louis
Orchid Show
Missouri Botanical Garden

The annual Orchid Show offers visitors a once-a-year opportunity to see a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the garden’s expansive permanent living collection through March 26. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $5 plus garden admission. Free to members. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.

 

March 6, Springfield
Composting Made Simple
Springfield Botanical Center

This University of Missouri Extension class will be designed to help you become a better gardener. Ages 18 years and up. Costs $5 payable at the door. At 5:30 p.m. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

March 9, St. Louis
Orchid Nights
Missouri Botanical Garden

Experience the Orchid Show in a whole new light. Enjoy an exclusive lighted viewing of the orchid displays with live music, tastings from local wineries, and a full cash bar with small bites for purchase. Your ticket includes one complimentary vanilla-inspired cocktail. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Costs $20 adults (ages 21 and up), $15 garden members.Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.


March 10, Edwardsville, IL
Native by Design
Lewis and Clark Community College

“Native by Design: Purposeful Landscapes for Monarchs, Pollinators, and Water Management,” will be presented by Chip Taylor, founder and director of Monarch Watch, along with other speakers. From 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Costs $35. Call 888-843-6739, and visit grownative.org.

 

March 11, Kansas City
16th Annual Spring Gardening Seminar
Rockhurst University

This full-day seminar offers a choice of classes as well as keynote address by Alan Branhagen, Powell Gardens’ director of horticulture. He will discuss “Midwest Native Plants,” and their importance in our landscape. Costs $49, which includes lunch. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full description at mggkc.org/public-education/spring-seminar, and call 816-833-8733.

 

March 18-19, Springfield
Orchid Show and Sale
Springfield Botanical Center

The Springfield Orchid Society brings a juried display of beautiful, rare and exotic orchids. Free admission. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 18 and 19. Prices vary per plant. Visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.
 

March 20, Springfield
Native Butterflies and Moths
Springfield Botanical Center

This University of Missouri Extension class is designed to help you become a better gardener. Ages 18 years and up. Costs $5 payable at the door. At 5:30 p.m. Visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.

 

March 25, Springfield
Volunteer Orientation
Springfield Botanical Center

Learn about the requirements to become a Springfield Botanical Centerpark volunteer. Ages 18 years and up. Free. To pre-register, call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

March 25, Rolla
Growing Green Fair
Missouri S&T Havener Center

Phelps County Master Gardeners and University of Missouri Extension host a day of gardening-related seminars from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $20. Ages 18 years and up. To register, call 573-458-6260 and visit extension.missouri.edu/phelps.


March 25, Springfield
Friends of the Farmstead
Springfield Botanical Center

Gray-Campbell Farmstead Annual Membership Meeting includes a review of 2016’s accomplishments and future plans. Brunch is provided. Free. All ages. From 10 a.m. to noon. Visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-851-1515.

 

March 27, Springfield
Garlic
Springfield Botanical Center

This University of Missouri Extension class is designed to help you become a better gardener. Ages 18 years and up. Costs $5 payable at the door. At 5:30 p.m. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

March 28, Springfield
Bloomin’ Weeds Walk
Springfield Botanical Center

Join Katie Steinhoff Keith, center coordinator, at noon for this “Bloomin’ Weeds Walk.” Costs $5. All ages. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

April

 

April 1, Kirksville
Grow Native! Workshop and Plant Sale
Mo. Conservation Dept. NE Office

This workshop includes a variety of talks that will feature gardening for monarchs and other pollinators. Costs $30 for members of Grow Native! or the Missouri Prairie Foundation, $40 for non-members. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 888-843-6739, and visit grownative.org.

 

April 1-2, St. Louis
Meet Me (Outdoors) in St. Louis Garden Weekend
Missouri Botanical Garden

Help re-open the garden’s popular perennial experiences for 2017 — the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, the Tower Grove House, and tram rides. Costs $5 for children (ages 3 to 12). From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.

 

April 3, Springfield
Fairy Gardens
Springfield Botanical Garden

This University of Missouri Extension class is designed to help you become a better gardener. Ages 18 years and up. Costs $5, payable at the door. At 5:30 p.m. Visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.

 

April 6, Springfield
Missouri Arbor Day Walk
Springfield Botanical Center

Join Katie Steinhoff Keith, center coordinator, at noon for this Arbor Day walk. Costs $5. For all ages. Visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.

 

April 10, Springfield
Herbs
Springfield Botanical Garden

This University of Missouri Extension class is designed to help you become a better gardener. Ages 18 years and up. Costs $5, payable at the door. At 5:30 p.m. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

April 17, Springfield
Shade Gardening
Springfield Botanical Center

This University of Missouri Extension class is designed to help you become a better gardener. Ages 18 years and up. Costs $5, payable at the door. At 5:30 p.m. Visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.

 

April 22, Webster Groves
Annual Herb Sale
First Congregational Church

There will be an extensive selection of herbs at this sale in the St. Louis metro area. Free, except for cost of plant purchases. From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit wgherbs.org or emailherbs@wgherbs.org.

 

April 22-23, St. Louis
Chinese Culture Days
Missouri Botanical Garden

Annual celebration features a Grand Parade with 70-foot dancing dragon, authentic regional cuisine, t’ai chi and acrobatics. Special tours in the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden (the Chinese Garden) focus on the symbolism of many plant species and architectural details. Please note: No trams, free hours or early morning walking hours on signature event weekends. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.

 

April 24, Springfield
Container Gardening
Springfield Botanical Center

This University of Missouri Extension class is designed to help you become a better gardener. Ages 18 years and up. Costs $5, payable at the door. At 5:30 p.m. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

April 29, Independence
Plant Sale
Bass Pro Shop

Thousands of annuals and perennials will be for sale from Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City. From 8 a.m. until plants are sold out. Call 816-833-8733 and visit mggkc.org/our-projects/plant-sale.


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February 9-10, Verona
North Mississippi Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference
Lee County Agri-Center, Magnolia Building

The 8th annual commercial fruit and vegetable growers conference will be a two-day event with numerous presentations and hands-on teaching with topics covering all aspects of commercial horticulture production. Hear specialists, agents, and growers discuss methods to improve your farm production capabilities. Begins and 8 a.m. on February 9 and runs through noon on February 10. For more information contact Dr. Jeff Wilson at jeff.wilson@msstate.edu or 662-566-8019.


February 10-12, Memphis
Home Show of the Mid-South
Memphis Agricenter

See Good Bones HGTV show stars, mother and daughter duo Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak free with admission on February 11 and February 12. Noon-8 p.m. February 10; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. February 11; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. February 12. $8 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $5 for children age 5-14; children 4 and under are free. For more information all 901-867-7007 or visit memphishomeshow.com.


February 18, Picayune
Arbor Day Native Plant Sale
Crosby Arboretum

Winter is the perfect time to plant trees and woody shrubs to allow for a long establishment period. Choose from a wide variety of trees and shrubs at this plant sale and come early for the best selection of hard-to-find native plants. We’ll help you select the right plant for the right place. Free admission. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information call 601-799-2311 (Wednesday through Sunday) or visit crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu.  

 

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March 7-8, Raymond
27th Annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course
Eagle Ridge Conference Center

Expert speakers will present seminars on a variety of fields relevant to the production of greenhouse tomatoes. There will also be a pest management workshop which will include physiological disorders, diagnosing plant problems, plant disease identification and control, and pest management. Exhibitors from across the U.S. and Canada will be available to show their products and discuss how to use them. Advance registration is $200 or you may register at the door for $225. The registration fee includes coffee, refreshments, lunch both days, all Mississippi State University Extension Service publications, and promotional items. For further information contact Dr. Rick Snyder at Rick.Snyder@msstate.edu or call 601-892-3731.


March 10-11 Jackson
Biloxi Garden & Patio Show
Joppa Shrine Center

This two-day event is sponsored by the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. Mississippi State University Extension Service will be on hand to answer questions and test your soil. Food concessions are available. This is a stroller friendly show but no wagons please. A customer holding area will be available to check in the products you buy. Once finished shopping, you can have your purchases loaded into your vehicle. Admission fees to be announced. Admission price is per day. Seminars are free with paid admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. For more information visit msnla.org.


March 13-17 Jackson
Project WILD, Growing up WILD, and Project WET Workshops
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

These environmental education programs are held at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The workshops include activities designed to stimulate children in new and exciting ways while connecting them to nature and many of its wonders. Participants an earn CEUs from Mississippi College. For more information or to register call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.


March 17-19 Jackson
Jackson Garden & Patio Show
Mississippi Trade Mart, State Fairgrounds

This three-day event is sponsored by the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. Mississippi State University Extension Service will be on hand to answer questions and test your soil. Food concessions are available. This is a stroller-friendly show but no wagons please. A customer holding area will be available to check in the products you buy. Once finished shopping, you can have your purchases loaded into your vehicle. $6 for adults; children 15 & under free; free parking. Admission price is per day. Seminars are free with paid admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 17; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19. For more information visit msnla.org.

 

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April 29, Brandon
Annual Plant Sale
Rankin County Extension Office
 
The Rankin County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m at 601 Marquette Road. A large selection of plants so come early for the best selection. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with selections and to answer any questions you might have. Free admission.


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February 3-12, Cleveland
The Great Big Home and Garden Show
Cleveland’s IX Center

This event features numerous speakers and celebrities, home improvement experts, and landscape design professionals. Costs adults $15 (online tickets for $12), seniors (65 and up) $11, children 6 to 12 $5, children 5 and under are free. Visit greatbighomeandgarden.com or call 440-248-5729.


February 9-11, Dayton
38th Annual OEFFA Conference, Growing Today Transforming Tomorrow
Dayton Convention Center

Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference will be held for the first time at the Dayton Convention Center and will feature keynote speakers, educational workshops, from-scratch meals, a kids’ conference, a tradeshow, and childcare. Visit oeffa.org/conference2017 for more information and to register or call 614-421-2022.


February 18-26, Columbus
Central Ohio Home and Garden Show
Ohio Expo Center (Ohio StateFairgrounds)

This show is packed with special events and attractions for all ages. HGTV comes to life with internationally known celebrities and daily cooking, gardening, home décor, and home improvement presentations. Landscape companies from all over central Ohio create temporary garden displays that are a must see. For admission information visit dispatchhomeandgardenshow.com.


February 23, Cincinnati
Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

This symposium will feature expert speakers, and is designed to take on the challenge and answer the questions of how we can design, build, and maintain the most sustainable landscapes possible. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $49; registration fee covers parking and includes lunch. Call 513-281-4700 and visit cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/horticulture_events for an updated list of speakers.


February 24-26, Akron
Annual HBA Akron Home and Flower Show
John S. Knight Center

Feature attractions of this show include great gardens, home improvement vendors, celebrity guests, and more. There will be more than 7,000 square feet of feature gardens and flowers showcasing the latest trends plus onsite garden seminars packed full of great garden advice. Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs adults $10, children 12 and under free. Call 800-783-9589 or visit akronhomeandflowershow.com.

 

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March 2, Springfield
18th Annual Central Ohio Perennial School
Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center

Amanda Thompson, a Chicago suburban gardener and author of Kiss My Aster, will present “150 Ways to Create a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You,” and “My 50 Favorite Plants.” The second speaker will be Charles T. Cleaves, director of Kingwood Center Gardens. His first presentation will be “Plants with a Presence,” followed by “Memorable Plant Presentation,” a collection of plants that will excite. Sponsored by the Ohio State University Extension, Clark County, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Costs $75. Call 937-521-3860 or email brown.1541@osu.edu.

 

March 10, Cleveland
Herbs for Health and Well-Being
Cleveland Botanical Garden

A symposium presented by the Western Reserve Herb Society will feature speaker and writer Kirk Brown, who will personify “John Bartram: American Medical Herbalist.” Other speakers include: Clem Hamilton, “Herbals in History,” Cynthia Druckenbrod, “Historical Medicinal Gardens,” Karen Kennedy, “Designing an Enabling Herb Garden,” and Beth Schreibman Gehring, “Creating a Personal Herbal Retreat.” The evening portion of the program will again feature Kirk Brown and Will Hollingsworth, owner of the Spotted Owl. A cocktail party will conclude the day. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. At Cleveland Botanical Garden. Full seminar costs: Cleveland Botanical Gardens and Holden Arboretum members $80, nonmembers $105. Day program only costs members $50, nonmembers $75. Includes an herbal box lunch. Register at cbgarden.org or call 216-721-1600, ext. 100. For information, Kathleen Gips, public_relations@westernreserveherbsociety.org or 440-247-5039.

 

March 18, Springfield
Backyard Vegetable Workshop
Springfield High School

This year’s program includes two topics: “Alternative Growing Methods,” such as lasagna, strawbale, and container gardening, and “Small Fruit Gardening,” which discusses small trees and berries and the problems that go with them. This program will instruct backyard gardeners and patio gardeners about growing food. Sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension, Clark County, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $30. Call 937-521-3860 or email brown.1541@osu.edu.

 

March 18, Columbus
18th Annual Spring Symposium, A Kickoff to Springthyme
The Garden at Gantz Farm

Four speakers will be featured, and they will present a variety of horticultural topics. There will also be an herbal luncheon, and vendors. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $45. Information and registration forms will be available on the Grove City website, GroveCityOhio.gov under Parks and Recreation Department. Call the Gardens at Gantz Farm at 614-871-6323.

 

March 18, Reynoldsburg
Waterless Terrarium
Fisher’s Gardens

Create a unique and easy- care terrarium using natural materials without the need for plants. At 10 a.m. Costs $25; class fee includes instruction and all supplies. Please call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of this class.

 

March 18-19, Cleveland
Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale
Cleveland Botanical Garden

This popular annual show showcases the many forms, varieties, textures, and colors of cacti and succulents. In addition to the show and sale, Bill Hendricks of Klyn Nurseries will present a daily educational program. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; show, sale, and program free with Big Spring admission. Call 216-721-1600 or visit cbgarden.org and view the calendar of events.

 

March 19, Reynoldsburg
Miniature Zen Garden
Fisher’s Gardens

Zen gardens are dry landscaped gardens. Adding one of these in miniature forms to your home or office can provide you with a senseof calm and create an outlet for stress. Class fee includes colorful dish, plant, sand, rake, and instruction fee. At 1 p.m. Costs $35 Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of the class.

 

March 19, Reynoldsburg
Desert or Woodland Terrarium
Fisher’s Gardens

Create a terrarium using miniature plants and natural materials. At 2:30 p.m. Costs $10. Instructional fee — does not include plants, containers, or embellishments but Fisher’s Gardens’ instructor will have an array of these items to choose from. You may bring your own open or closed glass container. Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of the class.

 

March 25, Reynoldsburg
Kokodama Class
Fisher’s Gardens

Create your own indoor Kokodama ball using this Japanese bonsai technique that is all the rage on Pinterest. At 10 a.m.(same class offering March 26 at 1 p.m.). Costs $25, includes all supplies and instruction fee. Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of this class.

 

March 29, Burton
Landscape Screening with Trees and Shrubs
Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds)

Learn creative ways to add color, texture, and diversity to make your landscape plantings stand out — with emphasis on mixed borders, screens, and deer-resistant designs. From 7 to 9 p.m. Costs $15; advance registration appreciated, walk-ins usually welcome. Call 440-834-4656 to register, to view upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored classes visit Geauga.osu.edu.

 

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April 1-30, Cincinnati
Zoo Blooms
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Every spring the zoo and gardens transform into a magnificent explosion of color. As one of the only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, the Cincinnati Zoo offers one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest, 100,000 tulips in bloom. Dubbed “Tulip Mania,” Zoo Blooms also features more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs. Thursday nights in April from 6 to 8:30 p.m. the zoo presents “Tunes and Bloom” with live music, food, drink, and free admission. Parking is $10. Visit cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-blooms.

 

April 1, Burton
Creating Your Own Zen Garden
Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds)

Join guest speaker Cynthia Druckenbrod of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, who will discuss healing gardens and therapeutic sanctuaries. Cynthia will explore the elements of garden design that can be restorative, calming, and curative. From 9 a.m. to noon. Costs $15; advance registration appreciated, walk-ins usually welcome. Call 440-834-4656 to register, to view upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored classes visit Geauga.osu.edu.

 

April 1, Springfield
Garden Fling
Kenton Ridge High School

This full day of educational programs will include a variety of speakers. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Laura Deeter, professor at Ohio State ATI in Wooster. Laura will educate and entertain you as she presents her program “Perennial Gardening Maintenance.” Other programs include “Designing Containers,” “Growing Dahlias,” “Wildlife Maintenance,” “Succulents,” “Garden Design,” and “Laying Out the Vegetable Garden Plot.” From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $10. Call 937-521-3860 or email brown.1541@osu.edu.

 

April 2, Reynoldsburg
Make-and-Take Fairy Garden Workshop
Fisher’s Gardens

Miniature gardens, sometimes called fairy gardens, are fun to create. Learn how to craft your own miniature garden with pathways, water features, homes, and outdoor living spaces. At 1 p.m. (This class is also offered April 8, 15, and 29 at 10 a.m. and April 23 at 1 p.m.) Costs $10, which goes toward instruction and free soil. All containers, plants, fairies, and embellishments cost extra. Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of this class.

 

 

April 9, Reynoldsburg
Micro Mini Garden in a Teacup
Fisher’s Gardens

Learn how to create a garden in a teacupwith our new micro mini garden accessories and succulents. Pick from one of our unique teacup and saucer sets. Class fee includes teacup, saucer, soil, plant, and class instruction. Embellishments cost extra. At 1 p.m. Costs $28. Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of this class.

 

April 9, Reynoldsburg
Tabletop Succulent Planter
Fisher’s Gardens

Using a vintage wooden box, create a live planter for your table centerpiece or kitchen counter. Class fee includes instruction and all supplies. At 2:30 p.m. Costs $35. Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of this class.

 

April 29, Burton
Aquaponics, Hydroponics, and Vermiculture
Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds)

Learn about aquaponics, hydroponics, and vermiculture. Become familiar with their advantages and challenges. Matthew Ray, a middle school Montessori educator from the Milwaukee Public School system will talk about his students’ success with the science, planning, implementation, productivity, and financial outcome with the middle school Montessori micro-economy program. From 9 a.m. to noon. Costs $15; advance registration appreciated, walk-ins usually welcome. Call 440-834-4656 to register, to view upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored classes visit Geauga.osu.edu.


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Ongoing

 

Tuesdays, Tulsa
Tuesday Morning Birders
5501 S Yale Ave
The Tuesday Morning Birders welcome anyone who would like to bird with Audubon members (whatever your skill level!). Meet at LaFortune Park parking lot near the entrance at the traffic light on Yale at 8 a.m. Wear comfortable walking shoes. For more information contact Jo Loyd, 918-835-2946 or Jana Singletary, 918-296-9629.

 

Saturdays, Tulsa
Saturday Mornings at Oxley
Oxley Nature Center, (Mohawk Park)

Each Saturday Oxley Nature Center staff offers walks, activities, and learning experiences. These are the general themes:
1st Saturday: Saturday Morning Birding – 8 a.m.
3rd Saturday: Butterfly Walk – 10:30 a.m., may be at Oxley or at Redbud Nature Preserve
4th Saturday: Botany Walk – 10:30 a.m.

A visit to Oxley or to Redbud Valley is a wonderful way to see our native plants and how they are part of an ecosystem. For these regularly scheduled events, there is no fee or registration but you should call to confirm the time and location. For more information call 918-669-6644, or visit www.oxleynaturecenter.org.

 

January

 

January 13 & 14, Enid
KNID Agrifest
Chisholm Trail Expo Center

Northwest Oklahoma’s largest farm show – informative seminars and demonstrations as well as vendor booths, activities and more. Browse craft vendor booths for quaint and unique items, and check out the latest in agricultural technology and products at over 250 booths. For more information call 580-237-1390.

January 20-22, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show
State Fair Park

Three-day event that allows consumers to experience what’s new in home, gardening, remodeling, home decor and more. Nearly 500 exhibitors and 1,000 experts will be on site to provide professional advice, the latest products and inspiration for the home and garden. For more information, visit oklahomacityhomeshow.com.


Jan 20 to 22, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show
State Fair Park of Oklahoma

The 35th annual Oklahoma City Home and Garden Show will showcase ideas, expert advice, products, and services for home improvement projects. Join Jason Cameron from DIY Network’s Man Caves, Desperate Landscapes and Sledgehammer and Joel Karsten, pioneer of straw bale gardening. Attendees will also enjoy full-sized landscapes, demonstrations and presentations by local home and garden professionals. The show ends with the annual plant sale Sunday at 5 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door, children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the customer service desk at Buy for Less stores. As a part of Hero Day on Sunday, all active and retired military, police, and firefighters receive free admission by presenting a valid service ID at the east entrance of the Cox Pavilion. Friday noon-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information visit oklahomacityhomeshow.com or call 405-301-5525 or 800-395-1350.


January 28 & 29, Tulsa
Annual Eagle Days
Helmerich Park

Learn about bald eagles and other raptors. Food, t-shirts, and vendors. Hosted by the Jenks High School Freshmen Academy. Time of event TBD. For more information visit tulsaaudubon.org or email t.humphrey@cox.net.


Jan 28 & Feb 25, Oklahoma City
Gardens Walking Tour
Myriad Botanical Gardens

The tours, “Plants for Color” or “Plants for Water Conservation,” highlight plants in each season around the gardens. Enjoy guided tours at 10 a.m. the last Saturday of each month or pick up a self-guided tour handout in our south lobby. Free to the public, walkups welcome. 10 a.m. For more information visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com or call 405-445-7079.


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Through March 5, Pittsburgh
Garden Railroad
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

In honor of the Pittsburgh bicentennial, the display features miniature replicas of some favorite spots in Pittsburgh. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

February

 

February 5, 12, 19, and 26, Pittsburgh
Tropical Sundays
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Escape the chill of winter in this glasshouse paradise and receive 50 percent off admission when you sport a tropical shirt on any given Sunday in February. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.


February 10-12, Tarentum
Alle Kiski Strong Home Expo
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Call 412-310-7781 or visitallekiskistrong.com.February 10-12 YorkHome and Garden ShowYork Expo CenterCall 717-767-2444 or visit yorkbuilders.com.


February 17-19, Mars
Cranberry Home Show
DoubleTree Cranberry Hotel

Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Call 724-776-6900 or visit ohiohomeshows.net.


February 18, Pittsburgh
Tropical Forest Congo Festival
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Bring your family to Phipps for a fun-filled afternoon celebrating the food, culture, and plants of Africa. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.


February 18 and 25, Philadelphia
Winter Witch Hazel Walk
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Knowledgeable guides will lead visitors on tours throughout the garden, searching for witch hazels. At 2 p.m. Free with admission and no registration required. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


February 19, Philadelphia
The Critical Role of Plants in the Urban Landscape
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

In this second presentation of the “Connections Beyond the Garden Lecture Series,” Dr. Ari Novy, executive director, U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC, will explore how ecology and agriculture can be used to teach people about the importance of plants. Learn about what Dr. Novy and the staff at the U.S. Botanic Garden have done to teach the public about the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humankind. At 2 p.m. in the upper gallery of the Widener Visitor Center. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


February 25, Philadelphia
“Witch Hazel” Is Your Favorite?
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

These captivating winter bloomers can be found throughout the arboretum. Pick up a map at the visitor center that showcases specially selected specimens. Children can create a witch-hazel-related craft in the upper gallery of the visitor center. An arboretum expert will be available in the upper gallery from 1 to 3 p.m. to answer questions on the variety and cultivation of witch hazels. The 2 p.m. guided tour will focus on the arboretum’s witch hazel collection. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


February 24-26, Bloomsburg
30th Annual CSBA Home and Outdoor Living Show
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Costs $5. Call 570-966-0625 or visit csbapa.org/home-show.

 

MARCH

 

Through March 31, Kennett Square
Orchid Extravaganza
Longwood Gardens

Enter a dazzling world of orchids as the conservatory is transformed into an orchid oasis. Orchid blooms cascade down walls, spill from containers and adorn planting beds throughout Longwood’s 4 acres of indoor gardens. The award-winning orchid curtain returns, featuring more orchids than ever with 625 Phaleanopsis and Cattleya orchids in bloom. Outdoors, early spring bulbs begin to carpet the landscape. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $20 for adults, $17 for those 62 and up, $10 for ages 5 to 18, and free for children 4 and under. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/orchid-extravaganza.

 

March 3, Pittsburgh
Party in the Tropics
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Take a journey to the steamy paradise of Phipps’ tropical forest conservatory. This fun-filled 21-and-up evening from 7 to 11 p.m. features cocktails and appetizers available for purchase, plus party tunes played by a live DJ. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

March 4, 11, 18, and 25, Philadelphia
Winter Wellness Walks
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Led by an experienced volunteer guide, these brisk walks stick to the paved paths and get your heart rate up. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet in front of the Widener Visitor Center. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

Through March 5, Pittsburgh
Next Stop—Memory Lane
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

In celebration of Pittsburgh’s bicentennial, the miniature train in the garden railroad display chugs through 200 years of Pittsburgh inventions, firsts, and claims to fame. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

March 7, 14, 21, and 28, Youngwood
Weekend Gardener Series
Westmoreland County Community College

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County hosts a series of guest speakers who present information on various horticulture topics from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Call 724-837-1402 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/westmoreland.

 

March 11, Stroudsburg
Herbs and Container Gardening Mini Workshop
724 Phillips St., Suite 201

Sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Monroe County, this mini workshop is held at the Extension office in Stroudsburg from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 717-394-6851 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/monroe.

 

March 11, York
GardenWise
Central York Middle School

This one-day school for all gardeners is held by Penn State Master Gardeners of York County. It features sessions on organic vegetable gardening, establishing a meadow, pollination strategies, and plant ecology. Speakers include Thomas Rainer, Neil Hendrickson, and Miriam Goldberger. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is March 4; registration is $65 and includes all sessions, a continental breakfast, and lunch. Register online at extension.psu.edu/gardenwise or call 717-840-7408.

 

March 11 through 19, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center

“Holland: Flowering the World” celebrates the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture, from vivid flower fields to innovative eco-design. Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Tickets purchased online are $28 for adults, $20 for students aged 17 to 24, and $15 for children aged 2 to 16. Box office prices are $35 for adults, $22 for students aged 17 to 24, and $17 for children aged 2 to 16. Times vary. Visit theflowershow.com or call the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society at 215-988-8800.

 

March 18 through April 16, Pittsburgh
Spring Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

See the world from the point of view of your favorite furry and feathered creatures. Exhibits celebrate the whimsical wildlife that surrounds us, from ducklings in the Victoria Room pond to butterflies in the lush Palm Court. One exhibit features enormous mushrooms ensconced in abundant ferns, giving the illusion that you are a small animal scurrying across the forest floor. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

March 25, Stroudsburg
Integrated Pest Management Mini Workshop
724 Phillips St., Suite 201

Sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Monroe County, this mini workshop is held at the Extension office in Stroudsburg from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 717-394-6851 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/monroe.

 

March 29, Wayne
Opening Day
Chanticleer

Enjoy opening day for the 2017 season beginning at 10 a.m. Call 610-687-4163 or visit chanticleergarden.org.

 

April

 

Through April, Kennett Square
Spring Blooms
Longwood Gardens

Longwood’s 1,077 acres herald the arrival of spring. Enjoy theoutdoor spring bulb display, culminating in a rainbow of more than 250,000 blooming tulips in Longwood’s flower garden walk and idea garden. Flowering trees and other spring blooms will delight guests. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $20 for adults, $17 for those 62 and up, $10 for ages 5 to 18, and free for children 4 and under. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

April 4 and 11, Youngwood
Weekend Gardener Series
Westmoreland County Community College

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County are hosting a series of guest speakers who will present information on various horticulture topics from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Call 724-837-1402 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/westmoreland.

 

April 7, Pittsburgh
Party in the Tropics
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Take a journey to the steamy paradise of Phipps’ tropical forest conservatory. This fun-filled 21-and-up evening from 7 to 11 p.m. features cocktails and appetizers available for purchase, plus party tunes played by a live DJ. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

April 8, Lancaster
Lancaster County Gardening Symposium
Farm and Home Center

The 25th Annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium for home gardeners is presented by Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County. It features speakers on right-sizing your garden, plants that inspire, and incorporating edibles and native plants in your landscape. Vendors and door prizes for plant lovers round out the day. Costs $65 and includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Call 717-394-6851 or email lim2@psu.edu.

 

April 8, Waynesburg
Spring Gardening Seminar
Greene County Fairgrounds 4-H Building

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Greene County host a slate of speakers who present a series of educational gardening talks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 724-627-3745 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/greene.

 

April 16, Pittsburgh
Easter Sunday Brunch
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Have an Easter brunch surrounded by all the joys of spring. Enjoy your favorite brunch foods crafted by Café Phipps and revel in the conservatory in full bloom around you. Seatings are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

April 24, Pittsburgh
Butterfly Forest Opening
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Step into an enchanting butterfly forest among the blooms of Phipps’ stove room. Butterflies flutter about so you can marvel at their colors and patterns. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

April 29, Fox Chapel
Garden and Landscape Symposium and Marketplace
Shady Side Academy

Hosted by Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County, this day-long event features speakers Larry Weaner, Andrew Keys, Jules Bruck, and Jim Chatfield. Early bird registration is $105, and $120 thereafter. Scholarships are available. The marketplace, which is free and open to the public, features many local vendors and is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit extension.psu.edu/garden-landscape-symposium, and call 412-482-3451.


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January

 

January-April, Chattanooga
Master Gardener Classes
UT Extension Office, Adamson Circle

Classes bring the newest and most practical information on home gardening and landscapes including wildlife, soil, lawns, flowers, trees, plant diseases, insects, and basic landscaping. Classes are three hours on Monday nights or Tuesday mornings for 15 weeks. Contact the extension office immediately to see if vacancies still exist, $170 and registration form required. For more information call 423-855-6113 or visit mghc.org.


January 12, Knoxville
Butterflies and Pollinators
Cherokee Country Club

Dixie Highway Garden Club hosts program to be given by Master Gardeners Amy Haun and Kay Fenstermaker, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Free admission. If you would like to attend, contact Donna Brown at dbrown08@aol.com.


January 14, Chattanooga
Native Plant Propagation: Seeds
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

John Evans presents this elective class in the Certificate in Native Plants series. Class is open to the public and registrants do not have to be working toward the certificate to attend. There will be several full-day “core” classes offered, as well as a wider variety of half-day “electives” later through the year. See tennesseevalley.wildones.org for registration and schedule details.


January 18-April 5, Maryville
Master Gardener Classes
Blount County Public Library

Master gardener training class for 12 consecutive weeks, Wednesday nights 5:30-9 p.m. $175 for textbook, all materials, and speaker handouts. Submit application immediately if spaces available. Contact John Wilson, Extension Office, 219 Court Street. For more information, visit bcmgtn.org.


January 21, February 25, Memphis
Woodland Garden Tours
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Saturday morning tours featuring a different tree, shrub, and flowering plant each month. For more information, visit dixon.org.


January 28, Knoxville
Conifer Symposium
Hollingsworth Auditorium, UT

Program 9 a.m.-3 p.m. See ag.tennessee.edu/utg for details and registration.


January 28, Memphis
The Birds and The Seeds: Winter Workshops and Seed Swap
Lichterman Nature Center

Lichterman’s popular seed swap has been upscaled with fun new workshops, seminars and demonstrations. Learn bird watching and seed starting basics. Free seeds to swap, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit memphismuseums.org/lichterman-nature-center.

 

February
 


February 3-5, Knoxville
Dogwood Arts House and Garden Show
Knoxville Convention Center

Come to the 39th annual show to shop hundreds of retailers for home and garden products and services, tour landscaped gardens, and talk with the designers and more to make your garden dreams a reality. For more information, visit dogwoodarts.com.


February 3-5, Nashville
Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville
Music City Center

For the 27th year, this largest and longest running show of its kind in the country breathes life, style, and warmth into winter with magnificent gardens, 150 antique, art, and horticultural dealers and renowned speakers. See antiquesandgardenshow.com for details, lecturers, special events, and tickets.


February 11, Chattanooga
Native Plant Propagation: Cuttings and Divisions
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

John Evans presents this elective class in the Certificate in Native Plants series. Class open to the public and registrants do not have to be working toward the certificate to attend. There will be several full-day “core” classes offered, as well as a wider variety of half-day “electives” later through the year. See tennesseevalley.wildones.org for registration and schedule details.


February 11, Chattanooga
Wildlife Photography Workshop
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

Popular workshop presented by Tom and Pat Cory combines lectures and digital shows with hands-on photography for art and techniques. Workshop for everyone from beginners to advanced photographers. Call 423-821-1160, ext. 101 to register. For more information, visit reflectionriding.org.


February 25, Knoxville
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
UT Gardens

Dr. David Lockwood will lead this session on pruning all types of fruit trees with an indoor session followed by a grafting demonstration in the gardens. See ag.tennessee.edu/utg for details and registration.
 

February 26, Knoxville
Children’s Garden Grand Opening and Celebration
UT Gardens

Come see the gardens 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.


February 26, Knoxville
Fairy Garden Plant Sale
UT Gardens

Shop for plants specially selected for your fairy gardens. 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

March
 


March 11, Chattanooga
Ferns and Mosses
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

Joey Shaw presents this elective class in the Certificate in Native Plants series. Class open to the public and registrants do not have to be working toward the certificate to attend. There will be several full-day “core” classes offered, as well as a wider variety of half-day “electives” later through the year. See tennesseevalley.wildones.org for registration and schedule details.


March 11, April 12, Knoxville
Hikes & Blooms
Knoxville Parks and Paths, Legacy Parks Foundation

Interpretive hikes on these two dates done by Dogwood Arts and Legacy Parks Foundation will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora in unique locations. See dogwoodarts.com for updates to be announced.


March 18, Chattanooga
Native Plant Symposium and Marketplace
Location TBD

Annual all-day symposium presented by Tennessee Chapter of Wild Ones. See tennesseevalley.wildones.org for registration and schedule details to be announced.


March 31- May 1, Knoxville
Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens, and Camera Sites

More than 60 miles of trails, open gardens, and photo ops await as you enjoy the natural beauty of the region in springtime. Tour the iconic Dogwood Trails – Fountain City is the 2017 featured trail. For more information, visit dogwoodarts.com.

 

April


April 1, Knoxville
Racheff Spring Plant Sale
Ivan Racheff House and Gardens

This annual event kicks off spring in Knoxville with all your favorite native plant vendors, birdhouses, hypertufa, garden tools, and more. See the garden’s Facebook page for details.


April 8-9, Knoxville
UT Gardens Spring Plant Sale
UT Gardens

Annual two-day plant sale. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.


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January 27, Norfolk
Floral Design Workshop – Winter Blues
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Make impressive high-style floral designs to celebrate the changing of the seasons with floral designer Betty Ann Galway. Flowers chosen for each arrangement will highlight what should and could grow in your garden seasonally. All supplies are included. The time is 10-11:30 a.m. Cost of the program is $40 and $55 for nonmembers. Register by visiting norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or calling 757-441-5830.


January 27-29, Virginia Beach
Virginia Flower & Garden Expo
Virginia Beach Convention Center

“What Color is Your Garden?” Explore garden color themes with presenter Belgard Hardscapes in this three-day event produced by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation and Pilot Media. Get involved as a volunteer! The expo features flower-arranging challenges, an artist alley for artwork displays/sales and children’s miniature landscapes for budding gardeners. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door with children age 12 and under free. For more information, including discounts, visit vafgs.org.

 

February

 

February, Williamsburg
Explore Our Gardens
Colonial Williamsburg

Tour vibrant 18th-century gardens at your leisure or enhance your understanding of heirloom gardening techniques with a guided garden tour. Stroll through more than 100 gardens and green spaces, ranging from sculptured and formal to utilitarian. Meet professional gardeners for a first-hand perspective, or learn about the connection between status and wealth and colonial gardens from a tour guide. Three guided tours are available: Gardens of Gentility, Meet the Gardener, and Through the Garden Gate. Colonial Williamsburg admission required for self-guided garden tours. Find a printable map of the gardens by visiting colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/tours/garden-tours. Call 888-965-7254 for more information.


February 7, Norfolk
Worm Composting
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Turn your kitchen waste into a dark, rich soil conditioner with the help of red wiggler worms and Master Gardener Kandy Keith. Each participant will make a worm compost bin – complete with starter worms! All supplies are included. Pre-registration required. Cost of the program is $40 and $55 for nonmembers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register by visiting norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or call 757-441-5830.


February 8, Richmond
Toddler Time: Winter Wiggles
Maymont Nature Center

Get out of the cold and head over to the Children’s Farm Classroom for some indoor fun! Read stories and make crafts while learning about what animals do to survive during the winter. You and your toddler might even make a few new friends! The time is 10-11 a.m. For ages 1-4, adult must accompany child. Space is limited. Register by January 31. The cost is $36 per parent and child pair or $29 for members. Call 804-358-7168 for more information or visit maymont.org/visit.


February 8, Norfolk
Winter Rose Pruning
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Learn proper pruning techniques for maintenance and maximum bloom with Curator of Woody Plants Renee Frith. Walking during the session is required. The program cost is $10 and $15 for non-members. The time is from 1-3 p.m. Registration includes the daily admission for registrant. Register by visiting norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or calling 757-441-5830.


February 11, Boyce
All the Presidents’ Gardens
State Arboretum of Virginia

Join author and garden historian Marta McDowell as she shares photos and stories of White House gardens through the years, from Washington’s trees and Lincoln’s goats to Victory gardens, roses, and vegetable plots. Time is 1-3 p.m. Book sales, signing, and refreshments to follow. Cost is $25 for FOSA members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations required: call 540-837-1758, ext. 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu.


February 14, Surry
Valentine’s Day Romance Tour
Preservation Virginia-Bacon’s Castle

This Valentine’s Day take your loved one on a tour of a castle! Begin your evening with wine tastings from the Hampton Roads Winery paired with historic food recipes inspired by 18th-century cookbooks. Preview Bacon’s Castle’s most recently restored artifact, an 1834 love poem etched for eternity in a windowpane. Then take a special, one night only “romance” tour of the 1665 castle where 350 years of romantic tales echo in the very chambers in which they originated. Look out on the oldest English formal garden in North America. To reserve tickets, call 757-357-5976. Cost is $25 each for members or $30 per person for non-members.


February 15-17, Richmond
In Pursuit of High-Performing Landscapes, Winter Symposium and CVNLA Short Course
Massey Conference Center, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Learn about site assessments, design renderings, green infrastructure components, and appropriate plant palettes that create high-performing landscapes. Wednesday and Thursday of this annual symposium will explore ideas about how to bring people and plants together to create more satisfying, ecologically sensitive, and sublimely beautiful environments. Friday is devoted to Pesticide Applicator Recertification in categories 3A, 3B, 8, 10, and 60. Continuing education hours are offered. The cost is $70 per day on February 15 or 16. A two-day combo ticket is available for $125 on February 15 & 16, and $55 for February 17. A three-day ticket for $180 is also available. Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all sessions. For more information and to register, visit lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.


February 24-26, Chantilly
Capital Remodel & Garden Show
Dulles Expo Center

Welcome the first sign of spring! Homeowners are offered a valuable one-stop shopping experience for the latest remodeling, decorating, and landscaping products and services. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. To purchase tickets online, visit capitalremodelandgarden.com.

 

March
 


March 4, Boyce
The Genius of Birds
State Arboretum of Virginia

Join acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman in exploring the newly discovered brilliance of birds, an illustrated talk on her new book. 2-4 p.m. Book signing follows. Cost is $20 for FOSA members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations required by calling 540-837-1758, ext. 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu.


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Through-April 2017, Milwaukee

Fondy Winter Farmers’ Market
Mitchell Park Domes

A weekly Saturday morning Farmers Market showcasing 50-plus local farmers and vendors providing locally grown and sourced food and products, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit milwaukeedomes.org.


Through January 1, Milwaukee
Not a Creature was Stirring-Holiday Floral Show
Mitchell Park Domes

Show will feature a natural woodland setting with a forest of decorated trees filled with miniature rustic houses, burrows and dens showing how our smallest woodland creatures celebrate the holidays. Hundreds of holiday plants and colorful poinsettias. Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., http://bit.ly/152PvwK.


Sunday afternoons in December, Madison
Holiday Concert Series
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

A variety of music is highlighted including festive holiday music. From 2-3 p.m., olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.


Through December 31, Madison
Holiday Express
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Large-scale model trains wind through an enchanted land of colorful poinsettias and holiday trees. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free. Admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory is included, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.


December 31, Milwaukee
New Year’s Eve Family Festival
Mitchell Park Domes

A Domes traditional celebration for families, a night of entertainment, music, and food, 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit milwaukeedomes.org/, 414-257-5611.

 

January

 

Saturdays, starting in February, Madison
Winter Concert Series
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Relax and enjoy concert performances at Olbrich’s Winter Concerts or get up and move to the music. Select Sunday afternoons 2 to 3 p.m., in February and March Olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.


January 1, Kettle Moraine State Forest
First Day Hike
Lapham Peak Unit

Hikes offer visitors an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connected with nature. The Ice Age Trail Alliance will host a 3-4 mile First Day Hike at Lapham Peak, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Park fees will be waived for the day. Warm up with hot beverages and snacks. Meet at the Hausman Nature Center parking lot, 920-533-8322.


January 21, 22, Wausau
Garden Visions Conference
Northcentral Technical College

Presented by North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners. Slow Food Dinner, January 20 with speaker, Jane Hawley Stevens of Four Elements Organic Herbals. Main conference, January 21, with keynote speaker Susan Martin. For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/2ejDkcx, or 715.693.6446.


January 21 & February 21, Madison
Children of the Rainforest
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Series celebrates cultural differences in rainforest regions around the world with authentic performances of music and dance,10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., $5 ages 13 and up; $3 children 12 and under; free for ages 2 and under. Admission includes entry to Bolz Conservatory. Olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.


January 27, Madison
Cocktails in the Conservatory
Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory

Stroll through Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs, 7 to 11 p.m. Olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.
 

January 27 & February 24, Wausau
Snowshoe Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Experience an evening candlelit snowshoe walk through the new Monk Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. First Ave., 6 to 8 p.m. A limited number of snowshoes will be available ($2 donation) at the Gardens or BYO. Watch Facebook page for weather conditions. If temps/wind chills fall too low walk may be cancelled or rescheduled. rwmonkgardens.org, 715-261-6309.


January 28, Fond du Lac
Snowshoe the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum
UW Fond du Lac

Look for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife in winter. Learn about some of the plants of the prairie and dormant trees in the arboretum, 1 to 3 p.m. Snowshoes will be provided. No dogs, please. Meet at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Shelter. Pre-registration required, gottfriedprairiearboretum.org, 920-940-8869.FebruaryFebruary 4 Green BayWinter Family FestivalGreen Bay Botanical GardensFeatures free games, crafts and activities of the winter season. Free, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. gbbg.org/WinterFamilyFestival, 920-490-9457.

 

February

 

February 4-5, Madison
Orchid Quest 2017
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Orchid Quest 2017 is a free event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI sponsored by the Orchid Growers Guild of Madison. This event will let you visit the beautiful tropics in the middle of Wisconsin’s winter. Enjoy over 2,000 orchids in displays and over 3,000 orchid plants for sale. Enjoy seminars, raffles, silent auctions, vendors of orchids and orchid related material. You can spend the day surrounded by the beautiful orchids. Bring your camera. Admission and parking is free. For more information contact Terri Jozwiak (608) 592-7906.


February 10, 24, Green Bay
Soup with Substance
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Hike, snowshoe, or blaze your own skiing trail. Indoors, enjoy homemade soup, bread, dessert, and a garden-related presentation. Finish out the evening with live musical entertainment. Includes free admission to the Garden and snowshoe rental. Advanced tickets, $10, members; $15, nonmembers. At door, $12, members; $17, nonmembers. Limited seats, advance purchase recommended. gbbg.org/SoupwithSubstance, 920-490-9457.


February 10-12, Madison
WPTV Garden Expo
Alliant Energy Center

Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Featured presenters include Melinda Myers, Inga Witscher, Helen Yoest, Jerry Apps, Joel Karsten. Details and ticket info: wigardenexpo.com,608-262-5256.


February 11 - 12, Milwaukee
All Scale Train Lobby Exhibit
The Mitchell Park Domes

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To confirm events, visit countyparks.com, milwaukeedomes.org, or 414-257-5600.


February 14, Kettle Moraine State Forest
Who’s Been Here? Tracking on Snowshoes
Ice Age Visitor Center

Master some of the tricks of tracking animals in winter and snowshoeing. If there is not enough snow for snowshoeing, hike the trail, 10 to 11:45 a.m. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair of on hand. To register, call 920-533-8322 by January 13. This program is for best for ages 8 and older. Ice Age Visitor Center is located off Hwy 67, a half mile west of Dundee.


February 14, Milwaukee
Hearts Under Glass Valentines Night Out
The Mitchell Park Domes

6 to 9 p.m. To confirm events or visit countyparks.com, milwaukeedomes.org, or 414-257-5600.


February 15, Fond du Lac
The Messenger
UW Fond du Lac

Documentary film explores deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Sponsored by the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum and the Fond du Lac Audubon Society, 7 p.m., Room UC 114, gottfriedprairiearboretum.org.


February 17-18, Green Bay
The Art of Growing Food
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Presenter Ellen Ecker Ogden, author of the Complete Kitchen Garden, 6 to 9 p.m. Kitchen Garden Design workshops follow lecture, 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m., February 18. Lecture attendance required. For cost and details: gbbg.org, 920-490-9457.

 

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.