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Through January 12, Mobile

Botanical Art II – Working with Colored Pencil
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Under the direction of Derek Norman, students in this six-week course will progress through accurate observation and the fundamentals of proportional drawing technique to an understanding of working with color and colored pencil. As the class progresses, each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to apply color to hot press paper and understand the importance of structure, surface texture, and color perspective. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

January



January 1-February 28, Huntsville
Beaks and Barks
Huntsville Botanical Garden

For the birding enthusiasts, you’ll be able to explore the Lewis Birding Trail, included on the North Alabama Birding Trail. For the “Barks” part of Beaks & Barks, bring your favorite four-legged friend to the garden each day to stretch your legs and theirs and play some fetch in our “No Leash Zone.” For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

January 13-February 28, Huntsville
Beaks and Barks
Huntsville Botanical 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. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the garden, a birding trail map, and photos of birds photographed in the garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

February



February, Mobile
Tomatopalooza!
Mobile Botanical Gardens

We grow thousands of heirloom and hybrid plants that have been selected for growing on the Gulf Coast. Pickup of the plants is Saturday, February 24.  For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


 
February 2-March 9, Mobile
Botanical Art III, Working with Water Colors
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Derek Norman leads this six-week course that builds on skills developed in Botanical Art I and II. This class is designed as an introduction to the botanical art of painting in watercolor using the six-color-palette. Members, $125; non-members, $150. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


 
Wednesdays, February 7-28, Theodore
Winter Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Topics include gardening, history, and the collections in the Bellingrath Home. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 251-459-8864, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



February 15, Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: Native Azalea
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Join Hayes Jackson and delve into all the native Rhododendron species of the southeastern USA and the numerous hybrids available from area nurseries. We will cover the basics and offer some methods to ensure a glorious show of blooms and healthy plants. To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766. This program is free for museums and gardens members and $5 for non-members. For additional information, email rlyons@annistonal.gov.


 
February 16-19, 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. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



February 16-18, Theodore
Mobile Area Orchid Society’s
41st Orchid Show and Sale
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

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 sell orchids, supplies, and accessories. There is no admission fee to view the show, but guests are encouraged to tour the gardens and home during their visit! The Magnolia Café will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and our gift shop will feature new spring merchandise. For more information, call 251-459-8864 or visit bellingrath.org.



February 17, 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. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Optional lunch, $12. Advanced registration and payment required. Walking tour of Petals tree fruit gardens and pruning clinic starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.



February 22, Auburn
Dead of Winter Event
Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

Break the winter blues by getting out and coming to the first ever, Dead of Winter Event, hosted by the Davis Arboretum; Auburn University Museum of Natural History; and the Vet School’s Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology.  Come tour the grounds of the Davis Arboretum, which will be adorned with varying skeletons of animals from all over the world. There will be free tours throughout the day beginning at 2 p.m. with experts on hand to answer any of your questions. Stay for an elegant fundraiser dinner with fantastic food, great music, a silent auction, and door prizes. 6:30 p.m. Tickets to this dinner are $100. Proceeds will help expand collections in each of the participating departments. For more information,
call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.


 
February 24, Jemison
Antique Roses in the Garden
Petals from the Past

Jason Powell will discuss all classes of antique and old garden roses and their care and maintenance. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Optional lunch, $12. Advanced registration and payment required. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

March



March 1, Birmingham
The 19th Annual Spencer Lecture
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Author Peter Hatch will speak about his book, A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. Reception, 6-6:30 p.m.; lecture, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.



March 3, Hoover
City of Hoover’s 20th 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 3-31, 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. For precise times of the azalea blooms, please check Azalea Watch at bellingrath.org, beginning March 1. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12, free to Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 251-459-8864 or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



March 9-May 20, Huntsville
Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Visit Huntsville Botanical Garden to see 14 new amazing sculptures made from nearly 370,000 LEGO bricks by New York artist Sean Kenney. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.



March 12-16 and March 26-30, Huntsville
Spring Break at the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

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



March 15, Anniston
Spring Garden Symposium: Mind, Body, and Garden
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Come join us for a day filled with speakers that will be addressing the home garden from a slightly different perspective. We will look at the garden as a place of healing, relaxation, and reflection. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for schedule times, speakers, and programs.  



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

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 15-18, Mobile
PLANTASIA! Spring Plant Sale
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Sponsored by Regions Bank, this annual plant sale features over 10,000 plants including trees, shrubs, natives, perennials, annuals, and more! Ticketed Preview Party on Thursday. The sale is open to the public with free admission Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.



March 22-25, Mobile
25th Annual Festival of Flowers
Providence Hospital Campus

For more information about the Festival of Flowers, call 251-639-2050, email info@festivalofflowers.com, or visit festivalofflowers.com.


 
March 25, Theodore
Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

There will be special hunts for different age groups, as well as plenty of prizes, candy, activities, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Join us for the fifth annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Café (reservations required in advance). To purchase tickets or for more information, call 251-459-8864 or visit bellingrath.org.



March 24, 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. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Optional lunch, $12. Advanced registration and payment required. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.



March 31, Auburn
Second Annual Azalea Festival and Spring Plant Sale
Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

Come out and enjoy all of the beauty our native azalea collection has to offer as you stroll through the grounds. The native plant sale will begin at 8 a.m. and will be the only time during the spring that we will have Auburn Series Azaleas for sale. Come check out the array of local artists and makers in the pavilion, and stay for the live music and food trucks. For more information, call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu. 

 

March 31, Jemison
Perennials for Every Spot in the Garden
Petals from the Past

Presented by Jason Powell. 10:30 a.m. Free. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


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February 10, Morrilton
Hikes, Hearts, and Hugs Weekend 2018
Petit Jean State Park, Mather Lodge

A romantic weekend with activities such as guided trail hikes geared toward couples. Contact the park for schedule. Admission free unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 501-727-5441 or email petitjean@arkansas.com.

 

February 22, Hot Springs
Bonsai for Beginners
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan horticulturist Bryan Carlan will discuss plant selection, container and materials sources, and techniques for producing a bonsai specimen that will endure the years. Each participant will leave with a potted bonsai-style tree. Reservations required. 10 a.m.-noon. Admission: $35/members $50/non-members. For more information or to register, visit garvangardens.org or call 800-366-4664.

 

February 24, Hot Springs
Japanese Maple Grafting Workshop
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Arkansas native Larry Morphew presents an informative session on Japanese maples and grafting techniques. Following the presentation, Larry will assist participants with producing their very own grafted specimens. Rootstock, scion (plant with the desired characteristics), and grafting tools are provided. Reservations required. 10 a.m.-noon. Admission: $35/members $50/non-members. For more information or to register, visit garvangardens.org or call 800-366-4664.

 

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March 2-4, Fayetteville
BGO Orchid Show & Sale 2018
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

This sale is open to the public and will feature a variety of orchid displays for guests to browse and purchase. Show and sale hours are March 2, 5-7:30 p.m.; March 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 4, noon-4 p.m. For more information, call 479-750-2620.

 

March 10, Mammoth Spring
Bluebird Day
Mammoth Spring State Park Pavilion

Learn about bluebirds and become a “bluebird landlord” by building a bluebird box. Spring River Sportsman’s Club sponsors the event and assists in putting the bluebird house kits together. Reservations required. Contact park at 870-625-7364 by March 4th to reserve your bluebird box kit. Bring a hammer and meet at the pavilion. 10 a.m.-noon. Free admission.

 

March 10, Parkin
Artifact and Fossil ID Day
Parkin Archeological State Park Visitor Center

Celebrate Arkansas Archeology Month by learning about artifacts that are in your own collection! Dr. Jeff Mitchem, Parkin State archeologist and other experts will be present to visit with. Bring your artifact collection, fossils, and minerals for identification. We will tell you about your items and answer questions such as what is it, how old is it, and is it rare or common. Identification is free (no appraisals). 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 870-755-2500.

 

March 12, Mountain Vie
Beginning Spinning
Ozark Folk Center State Park

Take home your own skein of handspun yarn as you spend a couple of days acquiring the peaceful and rewarding art of crafting your own yarn. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration required. Registration fee: $40. Class cost: $170, includes materials. For more information, call 870-269-3851 or email ozarkfolkcenter@arkansas.com.

 

March 16-18, Washington
50th Annual Jonquil Festival
Washington State Park

Create memories and celebrate a tradition at Historic Washington State Park. This three-day festival heralds the arrival of spring in Southwest Arkansas! Thousands of jonquils welcome craftspeople, entertainers, and visitors to the town of Historic Washington. Unique crafts and delicious foods are just part of the attractions. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours of the park, historic homes, and museums are available at regular price. For more information, call 870-983-2684.

 

April

 

April 14, Prescott
Spring… A Time to Till, 10th Annual Garden Show Seminar and Plant Sale
Central Baptist Church, Stokes Center

Registration: 7:30am - 1st session: 8:45am. Central Baptist Church, Stokes Center, 605 East 2nd Street, Prescott, AR 71857. $15.00 (includes brunch). Featuring speaker: Chris H. Olsen. For more information, contact Betty Jones at 870-887-5312 or email bjones@yahoo.com

 

April 27-28, Fayetteville
Botanical Garden of the Ozark’s Annual Plant Sale    
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Sale will be open to BGO members only 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 27. The sale is open to the public 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase merchandise from local vendors as well as BGO-grown plants and merchandise. For more information, call 479-750-2620.


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Through January 7, Ashville, N.C.
Wicked Plants
The North Carolina Arboretum

Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book, Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this fun-filled, family-friendly exhibit gives visitors a safe, hands-on experience with some of the world’s most harmful plants and diabolical botanicals. Featuring more than 100 plants and thrilling two- and three-dimensional interactive activities, Wicked Plants is set inside a Victorian-era ramshackle home where visitors go room to room and learn about various poisonous plants. By incorporating history, storytelling, and science, Wicked Plants provides visitors with a treasure trove of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten. For more information, go to ncarboretum.org/event/wicked-plants-exhibit.

 

January 20, Greensboro, N.C.
Winter Gardening
Guilford Garden Center

Adrienne Roethling, director of curation and mission delivery at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, provides a wealth of information on winter gardening.10-11 a.m. Free admission. For more information, call 336-299-1535 or visit guilfordgardencenter.com.



January 27, Greensboro, N.C.
Pruning Techniques for Optimal Plant Growth
Guilford Garden Center

Join Tom Gale, extension master gardener volunteer, and discover how, when, and what to prune; mistakes to avoid; and tool care. 10-11 a.m. Bring your hand pruners for a complimentary sharpening service. Free admission. For more information, call 336-299-1535 or visit guilfordgardencenter.com.



February 3, Raleigh, N.C.
If You Build It, They Will Come: Understanding and Improving Garden Soils
JC Raulston Arboretum

Bryce Lane, alumni distinguished undergraduate professor emeritus and lecturer emeritus in NCSU’s Department of Horticultural Science and host of UNCTV’s In the Garden with Bryce Lane, will discuss the basics of soil science and how this knowledge can be used to have healthy plants with fewer inputs. The class might be moved to January 27 and lengthened. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost TBA. Registration is required. For more information, call Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/calendar/index.php.



Feb 3, 10, 17, and 24, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Geology for Botanists and Ecologists class
NC Botanical Garden

Learn various aspects of geology, especially how geology impacts the distributions of plants and communities. Optional field trip March 3. The class will be taught by NC Natural Heritage Program lead natural communities ecologist, Mike Schafale, and retired NCSU geology professor and NC Geological Survey geologist Edward (Skip) Stoddard. This class assumes some knowledge of ecology and chemistry. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $130 ($117 for NCBG members). Registration is required by February 3. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.  


 
February 10, Clemson, S.C.
Basic Botany
SC Botanical Garden

This is an introductory botany class featuring lectures and hands-on learning, and is a core course for the Certificate of Native Plant Studies. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (80 percent off for members). For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



February 10-13, Charlotte, N.C.
Valentine’s Orchid Sale
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

These unusual and showy flowers are on sale for a special someone. There is a separate Growing Orchids at Home class on February 13 to take the intimidation out of growing these plants. For more information, visit gardens.uncc.edu/events-calendar.



Feb 16-17, 23-24, Mar 2-3, and 9-10, Clarksville, Virginia
23rd Annual Hellebore Festival
Pine Knot Farms

See the selection of hellebores at Pine Knot Farms, along with other perennials from Superior Plants and a variety of items from Edgewood Gardens (John Lonsdale). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 434-252-1990 or visit pineknotfarms.com/hellebore-days.



February 17, Raleigh, N.C.
Creating a Successful Home Landscape: Where Ecology and Aesthetics Meet
JC Raulston Arboretum

This is the Arboretum’s seventh annual Winter Symposium, and the topic is combining functionality, beauty, and ecological responsibility. $65 ($50 for members) before February 5, increases during late registration. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/calendar/index.php.   



February 24-25, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Open Houses
Camellia Forest Nursery

See what is blooming and take advantage of sales. Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 919-968-0504 or visit camforest.com/default.asp.   



Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Asheville, N.C.
Meteorology of the Blue Ridge
North Carolina Arboretum

Learn about meteorology, including folklore, reading the clouds, surface pressure charts, extreme weather, computer forecasting, and climate. The course is taught by Tom Ross, a former senior forecaster for AccuWeather Inc and retired from the National Climate Data Center. This counts as a core requirement of the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $108 ($98 for members). For more information, call 862-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/events/2018-02.

 

March



March-April, Durham and Hillsborough, N.C.
Spring Wildflower Hikes
Eno and Flat rivers

Join any of several annual Eno River Association hikes with local experts to see the rich assembly of spring wildflowers along the Eno and Flat rivers. Free, but registration may be required. For more information, call 919-620-9099 or visit www.enoriver.org/events-and-activities/hikes-and-outings/wildflower.    



March 1, Durham, N.C.
Shinrin Yoku Walk
Duke Gardens

Certified forest therapist Dana Galinsky-Malaguti will lead a walk in the Japanese tradition of forest bathing, mindful sensory immersion in nature, promoting health and emotional well-being. 4:30-7:30 p.m. $68 ($55 for members). Registration is required. For registration or more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events.  

 

March 1, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Orthoptera of North Carolina
NC Botanical Garden

Ed Corey, a biologist with the NC Division of Parks and Recreation, will discuss native orthopterans (crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids). This is a monthly meeting of the New Hope Audubon Society, but is free and open to all. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit newhopeaudubon.org.   



March 2, Clemson, S.C.
First Friday Walk
SC Botanical Garden

The first Friday of most months Dr. David Bradshaw, a naturalist and former director of the botanical garden, leads a different garden tour. Free and without registration. For more information, call Susan Watts at 864-650-1811 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  



March 3-4, Fayetteville, N.C.
72nd Annual Fayetteville Camellia Show
Ramada Plaza, Bordeaux Convention Center Expo Room

The Fayetteville Camellia Club’s annual celebration of the camellia features a flower contest March 3 with more than 30 categories, including local and novice. Anyone can enter, 7:30-10 a.m. Identification help available. There will also be a Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery tasting and Japanese tea tasting; exhibits on the history of tea and Ikebana, and expert Q&A. Free. 1-4 p.m. For more information, call Diane Libecki-Long at 910-308-7478 or visit fayettevillecamelliaclub.org/Camellia-Show.html.    



March 3, Greensboro, N.C.
33rd Annual Guilford Horticultural Society Symposium
Guilford County Agriculture Center

This year’s theme is Diversity Gardening and includes seminars on meadow gardening, turning designs into thriving gardens, natives, and more. $50 ($45 for members). Registration is required. For more information, visit guilfordhorticulturalsociety.org.



March 4, Manteo, N.C.
Succulent Container Gardens
The Elizabethan Gardens

This class will explain how to work with these interesting plants. $35 ($20 for members). For registration or more information, call 252-4473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org.



March 6, Davidson, N.C.
Davidson Horticultural Symposium
Davidson College, Knobloch Campus Center

This annual gathering brings prominent speakers from across the country and internationally to Davidson. Participants can receive 4 hours of NC Board of Landscape Architects credit. $98 (inquire about student scholarships). For registration or more information, visit davidsonsymposium.org/index.html.

 

March 10, Spindale, N.C.
Spring Garden School
Rutherford County Extension Center

The Rutherford County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Spring Garden School on Saturday, March 10, 2018. This year’s theme is “Gardening Smarter, Not Harder”. The Spring Garden School will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rutherford County Extension Center located at 193 Callahan-Koon Road, Spindale, North Carolina 2816. The Spring Garden School Early Bird cost is $20.00 and registration must be post marked before January 31, 2018. After January 31st the cost is $30.00. Please call the Rutherford County Cooperative Extension Center at 828-287-6010 for a registration packet to attend this event. The deadline for registration is February 26, 2018.

 

March 11, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
NC Botanical Garden

NCBG land manager Neville Handel will teach participants how to identify and combat invasive plants in their landscapes. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $32 ($29 for members). Registration is required, through March 11. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.    



March 17, Scotland Neck, N.C.
Birds, Brews, & BBQ
Sylvan Heights Bird Park

The park, which conserves rare waterfowl, hosts an eastern NC-style BBQ competition with local craft beers, live music, games, and other activities. 5-8 p.m. Tickets are required, cost TBA. For more information and tickets, call 252-826-3186 or visit shwpark.com/index.php/plan-a-visit/events/event-calendar.   

 

March 17, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ephemerals: Drawing Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil
NC Botanical Garden

Join award-winning professional artist Linda Koffenberger to learn how to draw these wildflowers that appear only in early spring. 1-4:30 p.m. $41 ($37 for garden members). Registration is required through March 15. For more information and registration, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.  

     

March 22. Kernersville, N.C.
Slow Gardening, North Carolina Style
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden Ballroom

Learn about slow gardening, how to be more productive, saving time by being aware of the season and location.  $10 for non-members (free for members of the NC chapter of the American Herb Society).  For more information and registration, call 336-587-5727 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/kernersville-garden-horticulture-events-full.php.  



March 23, Raleigh, N.C.
Magnolia Breeding and Propagation Seminar
JC Raulston Arboretum

Learn about crossing, grafting, cloning, and growing magnolias. $50 ($25 for members). For more information and registration, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/calendar/index.php.


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Mondays, Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
Winter Park Rd.

This market offers locally grown and produced items. 5-9 p.m. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit audubonmarket.com.



Wednesdays and Saturdays, Rockledge
Farmers’ Market
Rockledge Gardens

Rockledge Gardens, 2153 US-1, is pleased to offer locally-grown and created produce and baked goods, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Local growers are on site to answer questions and offer preparation suggestions. Call 321-636-7662 for more information.



Thursdays, Melbourne
Brevard County Farmers’ Market
Wickham Park Equestrian Center

Rain or shine, this market is open 3-6 p.m. and features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, baked goods, and craft items. Look for free-range eggs, pickles, cheeses and much more. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. This is a pet-friendly market. For more information, visit brevardcountyfarmersmarket.com or call 321-633-1702 ext. 238.



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. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com.



Saturdays, Ft. Pierce
Downtown Ft. Pierce Farmers’ Market
Marina Square

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.



Saturdays, Winter Park
Winter Park Farmers’ Market
Outside the old train depot

A variety of fine produce, plants, baked goods, and more await customers. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. 7 a.m.-1 p.m., closed on the third Saturday in March for the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.  For more information, visit cityofwinterpark.org/departments/parks-recreation/farmers-market.



Saturdays, Webster
Sumter County Farmers’ Market
Webster

Chartered in 1937, this is one of the oldest and largest markets in central Florida. Fresh produce is sold on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 524 N. Market Blvd. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit www.sumtercountyfarmersmarket.com.



Saturdays, Osceola County
The Farm Market and CSA
St. Cloud

Located at 5700 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in St. Cloud, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., November through June. Community Supported Agriculture shares are available. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit www.localharvest.org/st-cloud-farmers-market-M20854.



Second Saturdays, Palm Bay
Evans Center Farmers’ and Flea Market
Evans Center Site

This market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EBT is accepted and vendors are welcome. For more information, call 321-408-9587.

 

January

 

Jan 3, Rockledge
Floral Design Study Unit
Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club

The Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club, District VI, will host a series of floral design study units on the first Wednesday of the month through March 2018. Demonstration and lecture: 10 a.m.-noon; lunch break: noon-1 p.m.; floral design and judging: 1-3 p.m. Located at 1493 South Fiske Blvd. in Rockledge. For more information, contact Gloria Blake at 321-537-8060 or email seaclus@yahoo.com.



Jan 6, 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. Please allow two hours for the tour. Regular admission price for nonmembers and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



Jan 6-April 22, Orlando
Nature Connects
Leu Gardens

Harry P. Leu Gardens presents an amazing, award-winning outdoor exhibit that will delight all ages: Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney. Over 450,000 bricks are used in this exhibit to bring nature to life. This exhibit features 16 sculptures in 13 displays throughout the 50-acre garden, creating a very visual and fun experience for all visitors. Thanks to the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs grant and the Friends of Leu Gardens for their generous support of this project. Admission to the exhibit is included with regular garden admission: $10 adult, $5 children ages 4-17. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Jan 13 & 14, 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. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 with children 11 and under admitted free. For more information, visit fruitandspicepark.org.

 

Jan 19-21, Coral Gables
12th 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. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts. 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.



Jan 19-21, Fort Lauderdale
Diamond Jubilee Orchid Show
War Memorial Auditorium

Beautiful vendor exhibits, local society display tables, international merchants, and American Orchid Society accredited judging help make this event one of the largest in the state. This year the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society celebrates its 60th anniversary with a Diamond Jubilee theme. A preview party on January 18 will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a full buffet with champagne and more while getting a first shot at purchasing amazing plants. For more information, visit www.flos.org or call Joan at 954-336-4948.



Jan 20, Winter Park
Camellia Show
Mead Botanical Gardens

This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Camellia Society of Central Florida’s annual Camellia Show at the gardens. Judging starts at 10 a.m., but from 1-4 p.m. the public is invited to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of thousands of camellia blooms. There is free admission and parking for this special event, and camellias will be for sale. In addition, there will be a camellia plant raffle and a class from 10-11 a.m. This show is a partnership of the Camellia Society of Central Florida, Mead Botanical Garden, and the Winter Park Garden Club also with several fine sponsors. For more information or to register for the class, visit camelliacfl.com or call 407-702-3116.



Jan 20 & 21, Davie
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.



Jan 23, Englewood
The Importance of Native Plants
Cedar Point Environmental Park

The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center is pleased to welcome Craig Huegel, Ph. D., as he presents an informative lecture. This event starts at 5 p.m. with complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music along with a silent auction. Dr. Huegel will speak at 6 p.m. Cost is $8 per person for members, $12 for non-members. Call 941-475-0769 or email Bobbi@CHECflorida.org for more information. Reservations are advised.



Jan 24-29, Titusville
21st Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival
Eastern Florida State College Titusville Campus

Discover why Florida’s Space Coast is your launch pad to incredible nature-based experiences. World-class photographers, field workshops, presentations, and classes will be offered. This is one of the largest birding and wildlife festivals in the United States. For more information, visit www.SCBWF.org.



Jan 27, Marathon
Marathon Garden Club Jamboree
The Clubhouse

The Marathon Garden Club will hold their annual January Jamboree 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! For more information, visit www.marathongardenclub.org or call 305.743-4971.



Jan 27, Dade City
Annual Kumquat Festival
Downtown Dade City

Come and enjoy the 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. Over 425 vendors will display and sell at this event, 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, visit www.dadecitychamber.org or call 352-567-3769.



Jan 27, Ocala
Camellia Show
Silver Springs State Park Ballroom

Ocala Camellia Society will host their annual show, 1-5 p.m. Pioneer Garden Club members will present a display of floral arrangements using camellias in their 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, visit www.pioneergardenclub.org.



Jan 27, Orlando
Connect to Nature Day
Leu Gardens

Join us for a special family day featuring hand-on activities, crafts, and a scavenger hunt associated with our special exhibit, Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thanks to the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs grant and the Friends of Leu Gardens for their generous support of this project. Admission to the exhibit is included with regular garden admission: $10 adult, $5 children ages 4-17. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



Jan 28, Melrose
Camellia Private Garden
Melrose Public Library

A top national camellia exhibitor for many years grows almost 1,500 camellias. Camellia plant sale includes many hard-to-find varieties. Besides touring the garden, there will be talks and demonstrations, silent auction, and cookie sale. Noon-4 p.m. $5 per person. Golf carts will be available for those needing assistance. Proceeds will support programs, activities, and future expansion at the library. Follow the signs from the junction of SR 26 and SR 21 to the garden. For more information, contact Melrose Public Library at 352-475-1237.

 

February

 

Feb 2, Orlando
Movie Night in the Gardens
Leu Gardens

Enjoy an outdoor movie in a beautiful garden setting. Patrons may bring a blanket or chairs and dinner picnic basket. Garden admission is $6 plus tax for adults and $3 plus tax for children ages 4-17. Garden members receive free admission on all Date Nights. Admission is collected at the door. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



Feb 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. Please allow two hours for the tour. Regular admission price for nonmembers and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



Feb 3 & 4, Vero Beach
Gardenfest!
Riverside Park

This popular annual festival is hosted by the Garden Club of Indian River County and includes 85 vendors offering 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, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit gardenclubofirc.org/Gardenfest.html.



Feb 5, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Orange County Library System’s amazing storytelling program comes to Leu Gardens. Share stories and songs with your little one, from birth to 5 years old. This is a free indoor event. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



Feb 10 & 11, Port St. Lucie
Botanica Garden Festival
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

This festival will feature the best of the best in rare and exotic flora. Live music and food will be available. Free admission, free parking, and a plant carry-out service also available. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A $1 donation or more will help the garden grow and is always appreciated. For more information, visit pslbotanicalgardens.org or call
772-337-1959.



Feb 10 & 11, Ft. Myers
Edison Garden Festival
Edison and Ford Winter Estates

The Edison Ford garden festival is bigger than ever as we celebrate Thomas Edison’s 171st birthday with dozens of vendors, live music, food, and activities for children. Free admission and free parking are offered on these special days. Over 35 vendors will be selling plants, garden-related items, arts and crafts, music, food, and craft beer. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit
www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 238-334-7419.



Feb 11, Davie
Gala in the Gardens
Flamingo Gardens

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. Dine under the stars while enjoying live music. 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. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth or by calling 954-473-2955. For more information, visit www.flamingogardens.org.



Feb 14, Coral Gables
Valentine’s Day Concert
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Bring a picnic basket and blanket and let the music and beauty of Fairchild make your Valentine’s Day a night to remember. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; concert begins at 7 p.m., rain or shine. Cost is $65 for members, $80 for general public, $30 for students (valid ID required), and $25 for children ages 6-17. VIP romance packages are available featuring a private table, candlelit dinner, and wine. For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

 

Feb 14, Orlando
Valentine’s Concert
Leu Gardens

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special evening concert in the gardens with Ricky and Buzzcatz from 7-10 p.m. Pack a picnic basket full of your favorite foods and drinks, and bring chairs or blankets for this outdoor event. Sugarbuzz Dezert Company will be selling delicious desserts and locally roasted coffee. Advance ticket sales start January 26. Tickets are $20 plus tax for general admission, $15 plus tax for garden members (members may purchase up to 4 tickets). Tickets are $25 plus tax on the day of the concert for everyone. These tickets are limited, nonrefundable and non-transferable to other garden activities. Purchase advance tickets online or in person at the Leu Gardens’ gift shop. No rain date. Free offsite parking and shuttles will be available. The gardens will close at 3 p.m. and reopen at 6:30 p.m. for this special event. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



Feb 17, Bokeelia
Garden Gala
Pine Island Garden Club Park

The Pine Island Garden Club presents gardening demonstrations and more. There will be plants and art for sale along with a bake sale, white elephant, children’s learning area, and much more. 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 held one block north of the center. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit www.pineislandgardenclub.org.



February 22, Englewood
A History of Englewood & Surrounding Areas
Cedar Point Environmental Park

Nancy Scot Willie is a fifth generation Englewood resident who enjoys creating and sharing historical videos. Esther Ainger Horton is a native of Englewood and a member of one of the area’s original families. Nancy and Esther’s presentation will include photographs of historical Englewood and surrounding areas while sharing original stories of early life in this area. For more info and/or reservations, call 941-475-0769. Space is limited.


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Through January 7, Atlanta
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Through January 7, explore the Walk of Flames and a newly expanded Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and model trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.



January 12, Athens
FRIENDS First Friday: Orchids
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn about orchids from an expert in the field and get a sneak peek into this year’s Orchid Madness events. $12, Includes a full breakfast. Make reservations by Jan.5 at botgarden.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-1244.



January 16, Athens
Garden Travels: From Georgia to Ireland and Back Again
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Conservationist Linda Chafin knows the bogs and granite outcrops of Georgia intimately, having spent many hours researching native plants in these environments. Last summer she traveled to Ireland to visit similar habitats. She will share travel stories as she compares the bogs and outcrops of Georgia and Ireland. Join us for the talk at 7 p.m. or come at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a light reception provided by Friends of the Garden and Athens Area Master Gardeners. Free. For more information, call 706-542-6014 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



January 17, Athens
Native Plant Symposium
State Botanical Garden of Georgia     

Native plants are tough, beautiful plants for your home landscape. Join us for a day of presentations on gardening with native flowers and trees and related conservation issues. You can see the complete agenda online at www.uga.edu/botgarden/educationalevents.html. Pre-registration is required. Lunch is included. 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $65/person. For more information, call 706-542-6014 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



January 18, Athens
Winter Tree Identification
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class, students will learn the basics of identifying trees in the winter by learning about twigs, bark, leaf scars, fruits, and tree form. Students will learn to use a hand lens and a simple key for woody plants to identify species. Class time will be divided between classroom exercises and a field trip to the deciduous woods at the botanical garden. 9 a.m-1 p.m. $50/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



January 18, Athens
Orchard Fruit Production: Pruning
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Gareth Crosby, curator of the Heritage Garden, will teach you the best ways to expand your fruit production in your home orchard or vineyard, as well as discuss the challenges of keeping fruiting plants healthy and productive. She will demonstrate proper pruning techniques and participants will have hands–on experience. This session will cover the basics of pruning and various pruning techniques. Session 2 (Feb. 18, $30) will focus on pest and disease management along with seasonal maintenance. 1-5 p.m. $30/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



January 27, Atlanta
The Inspired Gardener Symposium & Silent Auction
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Shake off the winter blues and get in gear for springtime with this full day of garden inspiration. Topics include New Trees for the Southeast, Sizzling Succulents, The Biodiverse Garden, Contained Joy, and Plant Exploration with a Purpose. $89; deadline January 22. 8 a.m-3:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-876-5859 ext. 2558 or email registrar@atlantabotanicalgarden.org. Presented in partnership with the Georgia Perennial Plant Association.



January 27, Athens
Orchid Madness: Opening Reception
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Orchid Madness is back and this third annual fundraiser for the horticulture program will be bigger and better than last year. We will celebrate Orchid Madness throughout February, starting with this reception that includes hors d’oeuvres, live music, and very special orchids on display. For more information, call 706-542-1244 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



January 30, Athens
Swing Dance Night – with Big Band Athens
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Swing Dance night has been so successful that we are bringing it to the garden monthly in 2018, and starting the year with a very special evening. Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers and musicians. Choose between an East Coast Swing or Lindy Hop lesson from 7-8 p.m. After the lesson, everyone is welcome to an open dance from 8-10 p.m.to the sounds of Big Band Athens, part of the Classic City Band. Athens Swing Night would like you to know that you don’t need to have any previous dance experience, or a partner to attend. $6 general admission, $4 students – pay at the door. For more information, visit www.athensswingnight.com.



January 31, Athens
Full Moon Hike
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Each hike focuses on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. Register online and bring family and friends of all ages along to enjoy the mysterious world of nature at night! 7-8:30 p.m. $5 per person or $15 per family. Pre–registration required. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.

 

February



February 2, Athens
Friends First Friday: UGA’s Bee Lab
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Honeybees have been the official state insect of Georgia since 1975 and the subject of research and teaching at UGA for decades. Learn from Keith Delaplane, director of the UGA Bee Lab, as he discusses the health of our honeybees, their impact on our environment, and what we can do to protect them as pollinators. Sample some of their wonderful honey too. 9-10:30 a.m., $12 includes a full breakfast. Make reservations by Jan. 26 by visiting botgarden.uga.edu or calling 706-542-6138.



February 3, Athens
Into a Hidden World: Defense Systems of Native Plants
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Did you know that plants can warn each other about threats? Kill other plants? Trap and poison herbivores? After this class, you might never see a plant the same way again. Kevin “The Plant Man” Tarner, professional horticulturist, will help participants examine the physical, cellular, and chemical strategies native plants use to resist the stresses of their environment. This class will feature a hands–on activity where participants will extract essential oils – an important type of plant defense – from leaves. 9-1 p.m., $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



February 3, Athens
Orchid Repotting Workshop
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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



February 10, Macon
Georgia Native Plant Society
Annual Symposium

Conference Center of the West Campus of the Middle Georgia State University
The 2018 Native Plant Symposium provides a full day of learning. For more information on the topics and speakers visit gnps.org.



February 10, Athens
Orchid Class & Greenhouse Tour
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn about orchids and their care from the Northeast Georgia Orchid Society. After the presentation, attendees are invited to the horticulture complex for a behind-the-scenes tour of the botanical garden’s orchid collection. 1-3 p.m., $10. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



February 16, Athens
Arbor Day Celebration – Tree Trail Ramble
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In 1941, Georgia chose the third Friday in February to observe Arbor Day. Join Berkeley Boone to learn about and celebrate the trees at the garden. 2-3 p.m., shade garden arbor. Free. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



February 16-17, Augusta
21st Annual Georgia Organics Conference and Expo
Augusta Convention Center

Conference attendees will connect with like-minded peers, tour farms, cultivate new skills, and visit 70 exhibit booths with innovative food and agriculture-related information. The Georgia Organics Conference is about building stronger farms, school gardens, and communities. It is one of the largest of its kind in the Southeast.
Through this experience, we will advance our shared vision: That one day all Georgians will be able to eat organic food from local farms, transforming our health, environment, and economy. This year, the slate of workshops, speakers, and memorable culinary experiences are not to be missed. Rates vary. For more information or to register, visit georgiaorganics.org.



February 17, Gainesville
Great Backyard Bird Count Hike
Elachee Nature Science Center

Help collect data on local wild birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count: an annual, weekend-long online citizen-science project of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Join us for the Elachee Birding Hike, 8-11 a.m. For more information, call 770-535-1976 or visit elachee.org.



February 18 Athens
Orchard Fruit Production: Pest and Disease Management
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Gareth Crosby, curator of the Heritage Garden, will teach you the best ways to expand your fruit production. This session will focus on pest and disease management. 1-5 p.m., $30. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



February 23, Athens
Native Plant Propagation
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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



February 23-25, Atlanta
Flower Show: Ingénue: A Toast to Georgia’s Film Industry
Atlanta Botanical Garden

This show will be a feast for the senses, highlighting the beauty and fragrance of thousands of plants featured throughout the juried competition in the divisions of floral design, horticulture, and photography. In addition, a landscape design division will showcase small garden displays. The 2018 Flower Show benefits the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s International Plant Exploration Program. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.



February 24, Athens
Natural Communities of Georgia
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This course covers Georgia’s diverse natural communities and their plants, including our iconic oak–pine forests, precious mountain coves, prairies, high mountain summits, pitcherplant bogs, granite outcrops, and fire-dependent longleaf pine woodlands. We will discuss the environmental factors that influence the vegetation of natural communities, their ecology, and how climate change affects their composition and distribution over time. Natural communities of the Georgia Piedmont – what makes them special and how to identify them – will be emphasized. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $105. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



February 25, Athens
Vanilla Sunday, featuring author James Farmer
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Celebrate the vanilla bean orchid with treats, including vanilla sundaes from Freddy’s Frozen Custard. This year we are pleased to include a special presentation by James Farmer, professional garden, floral and interior designer, cook, lifestyle expert, and author of eight books. 5-7 p.m., $20. For more information, call
706-542-1244 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

February 27, Athens
Volunteer Fair
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Interested in volunteering at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia? Our volunteers work beside garden curators, create flower arrangements, help decorate for events, help with concerts and family festivals, lead garden tours, proofread, propagate plants for sales and displays, greet guests at the front desk, and work in the gift shop. A garden tour will be available for those curious about the garden or interested in becoming a tour guide. Come have a cup of coffee and speak with garden staff about your talents and desires, and we will discuss what is needed at the garden. 10 a.m.-noon. Discussion starts at 10:30 a.m., garden tour at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 706-542-6195 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



February 28, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 3: Design for Dining Table
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This is the third in a series of five units taught by a National Garden Club Master Flower Show Judge and will focus on dining table arrangements. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



March 2-3, Bishop
26th Annual Hellebore Days
Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Hellebore garden tours Friday and Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. For more information, call 706-765-4444 or visit piccadillyfarm.com. Free and open to the public.



April 14 & 15, Savannah
Spring Plant Sale
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Come and browse tables next to the Lakeside Pavilion to find new plants for your garden. Enter CGBG from our Canebrake Road entrance and turn left to park in the grassy event field. No charge. Stop by the gift shop in the visitor center for additional gardening items, including decorative solar-power suncatchers, books, garden art, and t-shirts.


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Every Thursday through winter, Ames
Youth Program – Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

Features a different theme each Thursday as two books are read aloud, wraps up with related activities for two to seven years old, 10 to 11 a.m.

 

Through January 14, Des Moines
Holiday Exhibition
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Exhibition features more than 1,000 amaryllis throughout the conservatory, in addition to hundreds of tropical and temperate ferns, begonias, orchids, and more. The exhibition kicks off the Friday before Thanksgiving with the Botanical Garden’s holiday party, Champagne and Chocolate. For more information: visit dmbotanicalgarden.com, email kreilly@dmbotanicalgarden.com or call 515-402-4274.



January

 

Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Ames
Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

Popular early child development program features stories as well as nature-based activities and crafts.



January 6, 13, 20, 27, Ames
Family Movies in the Gardens
Reiman Gardens

A warm, cozy place to entertain the kids for a few hours, every Saturday in January, the Gardens will offer movies.



January 6 - March 24, Des Moines
Learn on Saturday
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Two lectures each Saturday morning on a wide variety of topics related to horticulture, gardening, and plants. For more information: kreilly@dmbotanicalgarden.com, dmbotanicalgarden.com, 515-402-4274.



Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, Ames
Movement for Older Adults
Reiman Gardens

Board certified therapist Camilla Kottman will guide you through low-impact, gentle movements intended to increase joint fluidity and mental tranquility.



January 11, February 8, Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon
Reiman Gardens

Bring your lunch and hear from a special speaker on a different topic each session.



January 11, 25, February 8, 15, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night
Reiman Gardens

A different topic each session. B.Y.O.B. for ages 21+.



January 16, Ames
Floral Design: From Earth to Sky - Ikebana
Reiman Gardens

Create a floral arrangement inspired by the Japanese art ikebana, based on awareness of nature’s rhythm and order.



January 17, Ames
Behind the Scenes: ‘Green Space’ Partnership
Reiman Gardens

Hear the history of this public project, from initial and revised designs, to if and how Reiman Gardens will be involved. Includes walking tour, weather permitting.



January 20 - April 28, Bettendorf
Saturday Gardening Seminar
Wallace’s Garden Center

Seminar 10:30 a.m., Saturdays. Various weekly topics. Check wallacesgardencenter.com for details.



January 21, Ames
Orchids 101 Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Staffers teach orchid basics, from types and characteristics, to growing them successfully at home. Practice hands-on, and take home an orchid.



January 26, Madrid
Spud Night
Iowa Arboretum

Build your own spud at the potato bar with all the fixings, and enjoy a speaker’s talk about a topical subject, 5:30 pm.

 

February



February 10 and 11, Ames
Orchid Fest
Reiman Gardens

Orchids in a variety of species and colors will be on display and available for purchase. The Central Iowa Orchid Society will also staff a Q&A booth.



February 10, Ames
Valentine Floral Tabletop Display Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Join HyVee florist Marical Greenwood in intensive workshop to create your own floral table display in reds, pinks, and whites to take home.



February 20, Ames
Floral Design: Hanging Air Plant Terrariums
Reiman Gardens

Plant your own Tillandsia, along with moss and other materials, in an open glass terrarium you can suspend in the air.



February 21, Ames
Behind the Scenes: Inside the Butterfly Wing
Reiman Gardens

In the Butterfly Wing, get a detailed tour of the hottest place in Ames by entomologist Nathan Brockman. Sign up early. This one fills fast.



February 22, Ames
Sinister Plants
Reiman Gardens

Director Ed Lyon will talk about some of the interesting, often toxic, botanical deviants that may be lurking in your home and garden.



February 23, Madrid
Soup Supper
Iowa Arboretum

Warm up with a hot bowl of soup, bread and fixings, 4 to 7 p.m. Finish with a delicious piece of cake or pie, while listing to a speaker.



February 24, Indianola
Think Spring Garden Seminar
Buxton Park

Inspiring speakers, garden marketplace, delicious catered lunch, door prizes, Master Gardeners earn 4 CEU credits. For more information: parkrec@indianolaiowa.gov, indianolaiowa.gov, 515-961-9420.



Dates to be announced, Johnston
Regular Meetings
The Bigfoot Garden Club

A new garden club forming in Johnston. It is open to men, women, and children and would like to draw members from all surrounding areas. This club will be an educational, scientific, and charitable organization and will include speakers, trips, and business and social gatherings with gardening and horticultural information as the main theme. For more information, call Steve or Sheryl at (515) 278-0295, or email tgoasecy@qwestoffice.net.

 

 

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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Through January 7, Fort Wayne

Snow Days Holiday Garden Exhibit
Botanical Conservatory Garden

Do you remember when school was canceled because of unexpected winter weather? In the conservatory’s holiday exhibit, snow-day-kids go out for snowball fights, while snow-day-moms bake cookies and prepare hot chocolate. Snowmen and snow angels mark the spot where families spent time together. Call 260-427-6440, or visit botanicalconservatory.org/events-exhibits.



Through January 7, Fort Wayne
Garden in Lights
Botanical Conservatory

The Botanical Conservatory decorated all through the gardens, indoors and out. Enjoy poinsettias along with the “Snow Days” theme in the showcase, as well as seasonal decorations in the Tropical and Desert Gardens. Don’t miss the outdoor terrace display of lights and synchronized holiday music. It is especially nice during evening hours on Thursday and Friday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The gift shop will also be open during public hours for holiday shopping. Call 260-427-6440, or visit botanicalconservatory.org/events-exhibits.



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January 1-February 25, Fort Wayne
Art Display: Carolyn Stachera – Oil and Pastel
Botanical Conservatory

Carolyn Stachera’s plein aire paintings will be on display until Feb. 25. Meet the artist during an informal reception Sunday, Jan. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Exhibit is included in regular admission. Costs $5 adults, $3 children ages 3 to 17, free for children 2 and under. Call 260-427-6440.



January 4, Fort Wayne
$1 Night – Snowflake Trivia
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During Snowflake Trivia, you will learn about snowflakes, make a snowflake craft, and enjoy a treat. No reservations required. Free parking. From 5 to 8 p.m. Snowflake Trivia is from 6 to 7 p.m. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



January 5 to February 24, Fort Wayne
Snow Days
Botanical Conservatory

See the conservatory’s winter exhibition about nostalgic snow days. Regular admission applies: $5 adults, children 3 to 17 $3, and children 2 and under free. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



Jan. 9-Feb. 27 (Tuesdays), Fort Wayne
Tai Chi in the Garden I and II
Botanical Conservatory

Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi. Weekly sessions include a meditative walk in the garden. Beginners meet from 5 to 6 p.m., continuing students meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Registration deadline is Jan. 2. Costs $69 person for eight sessions. To register, call 260-427-6000.



January 13-April 8, Fort Wayne
“Fairy Tales” Winter Garden Exhibit
Botanical Conservatory

This participatory garden exhibit combines play structures and visual prompts to encourage play and exploration. Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Costs $5 adults $3, children age 3 to 17, free for ages 2 and under. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.

 

January 17, Brownsburg
Great Plants for the Shady Areas
Brownsburg Library 450 S. Jefferson

In this presentation, Colletta Kosiba, a Gold 3000 Master Gardener, will explore the plants that do well in low light areas. This includes many annuals and perennials such as bleeding heart, corydalis, heuchera, lungwort, astilbe, hardy geranium, Solomon’s seal and various ferns. Free. Call 317-852-3167 or email kcolletta@sbcglobal.net.



January 18 or February 8, Fort Wayne
Winter Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing
Botanical Conservatory

A forest bathing walk is not your regular walk in the park; Shinrin-yoku helps you immerse yourself in the sensory gifts of nature. Registration deadlines: Jan. 11 and Feb. 1 respectively. All ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Costs $15 per person. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. To register, call 260-427-6000, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



January 15-17, Indianapolis
Indiana Green Expo 2018
Indiana Convention Center

The Indiana Green Expo offers educational workshops, seminars, and the largest green industry trade show in the state. The Indiana Green Expo is produced by the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association (inla1.org) and the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (mrtf.org) and various green industry partners. Preregister online for savings. Visit inlal.org, or call 317-889-2382, or toll-free 1800-443-7336.



January 19-20, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Home Show
Indiana State Fairgrounds

Visitors can see nearly 600 exhibitors and experts – get gardening and landscaping advice, and enjoy educational programs. At the door admission: $14 adults, $3 children (6 to 12), ages 5 and under free. Purchase tickets online for discounts. Visit indianapolishomeshow.com, or call 317-705-8719.



January 20, Indianapolis
Indiana Organic Gardener’s Association Meeting
Franklin Branch Public Library

The January meeting of the Indiana Organic Gardener’s Association features a pitch-in luncheon (all are welcome), followed by a short meeting and program. The speaker is Kris Medic, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Development educator at Purdue Extension. She will discuss successful small farms and local food systems. At 11 a.m. Free admission. Visit gardeningnaturally.org, or contact Margaret Smith at 317-698-0526.



January 27, Fort Wayne
Winterval at the Conservatory
Botanical Conservatory

Celebrate the season of ice and snow. You can make a winter bird feeder, learn how cold-blooded animals survive the winter, watch an ice sculpture take shape, and explore the “Fairy Tales” garden exhibit. Other activities will be held around town at the Community Center, the Old Fort, Science Central, the Art Museum, and other locations. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



January 27, Valparaiso
15th Annual Gardening Show
Porter County Expo Center

Sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension and its Porter County Master Gardeners, this award-winning event will feature Melinda Myers, a gardening expert, TV and radio host, author, and columnist. Her topic will be “Garden Renovations for Any Size Landscape.” Several other experts will speak on gardening subjects. Also included is a seed and bulb exchange, a garden photography contest, a children’s activity corner, and 125 garden-related exhibitors. Food is available, as are special lodging and dinner packages. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CST). Costs $10, children under 12 free. Free parking. Visit pcgarden.info, call 219-644-6720, or email roysnellgrove9845@comcast.net.

 

February



February, Terre Haute
Community Garden
219 N. 11th Street

For the past 10 years, Indiana State University has provided land for expert and novice gardeners to plant garden 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. Registration begins in late February. Growing season is April to October. Available plot sizes: 10 by 10 feet, 10 by 15 feet, or 20 by 20 feet. Expert consultation will be available through volunteers. Visit indstate.edu/university-engagement/community-engagement/events-and-programs/garden, or call 812-232-8502.



February 1, Fort Wayne
$1 Night Insight: Bean Magic
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. In February, explore the possibilities of beans – assemble a custom soup blend or enjoy a bean-art craft. Recipes to go. No reservations required. Free parking. From 5 to 8 p.m., Bean Magic from 6 to 7 p.m. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



February 6-25, Fort Wayne
Sweetheart Orchid Display
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy the indoor gardens and experience the variety of orchid types on display. Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Costs $5 adults $3, children ages 3 to 17, free for ages 2 and under. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



February 6 and 13, Fort Wayne
Garden Preschool: Winter Fun
Botanical Conservatory

At this two-session class, children will discover winter through hands-on, garden-related activities with their parent or another adult. Ages 3 to 5. An adult must participate (no registration required) with their child. From 10 to 11 a.m. Child’s registration deadline: Jan. 30. Costs $12 per child. To register call 260-427-6000.



February 9-11, Indianapolis
Indiana Home and Garden Show
Indiana Convention Center

The Indiana Home and Garden Show is instrumental in helping attendees interact with contractors. Friday from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs adults $5, children under 18 free. Visit homeshowcenter.com/overview/Indianapolis, or call 952-881-5030.



February 13-15, Indianapolis
Indiana Horticultural Congress and Trade Show
Marriott East

The Indiana Horticultural Congress, sponsored by Purdue Agriculture, is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, and specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. All are invited to attend. Group-rate lodging is available at Indianapolis Marriott East and Delta Indianapolis East (call the hotels directly). Registration, program schedule, and exhibitors list is available at inhortcongress.org, or contact Lori Jolly-Brown at ljollybr@purdue.edu, or 765-494-1296.



February 17, Fort Wayne
“Once Upon a Tale” Family Event
Botanical Conservatory

Celebrate the magical world of fairy tales – activities, games, and crafts inspired by fairy tales. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular admission applies. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



February 21, Fort Wayne
New Volunteer Orientation
Botanical Conservatory

The Botanical Conservatory is inviting new volunteers to join the support team. Training is provided, and benefits include free garden admission, discounts, and annual recognition. From 4 to 6 p.m. Contact Liz at 260-427-6446, or liz.firestine@cityoffortwayne.org.



February 24, Fort Wayne
Garden Close-Up: Winter Blooming Plants
Botanical Conservatory

Discover colorful winter blooming plants: shooting stars, cineraria, and kalanchoe. Included in regular admission – drop in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.



February 24, Fort Wayne
Plant Propagation Basics
Botanical Conservatory

Advanced Master Gardener Pam Snyder will guide you in a variety of vegetative propagation methods. Learn about leaf and stem cuttings, division, and layering. From 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 15 and up. Registration deadline Feb. 17. Costs $15 per person. To register call 260-427-6000.



Feb. 24-25 and March 3-4, Rockville
Maple Syrup Festival
Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds

Find out how maple syrup is made at Parke County’s Maple Syrup Festival located at the Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, shop for pure maple syrup, maple syrup products, handmade crafts, and more. Take tours of the maple syrup camps and watch the process, from the tap to the boiler to the bottling. Also see the Covered Bridge Art Association art display – local artists will demonstrate their talents and sell their works. Visit parkecountyfairground.com, or call 765-569-3176.

 

February 28, Brownsburg
Using Native Plants in the Home Garden
Brownsburg Library 450 S. Jefferson

Add hardy Indiana native plants to your landscape for a low-maintenance, beautiful garden that will attract birds and butterflies. Indiana Advanced Master Naturalist and Gold 3000 Master Gardener Colletta Kosiba will discuss the wide variety of easy-care native plants. Free. Call 317-852-3167 or email kcolletta@sbcglobal.net.



February 28, Washington
Garden Expo 2018
East Side Park Community Building

Garden Expo 2018 will feature the theme “Through the Garden Gate.” More than 30 vendors will showcase gardening items. There will be several educational booths. Breakfast and lunch available at the Garden Gate Cafe. Door prizes will be given, and a silent auction will take place. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Contact Cheryl Thomas, Arts and Flower Garden Club, at 478-396-0122, or ginger31064@yahoo.com. m
 


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In lieu of specific event information, the February issue of Kentucky Gardener's Calendar of Events focuses on horticultural treasures that are available to the public almost every day of the year. Name, location, contact information, and a brief description will help you visit as many as possible this year.

 

The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky
500 Alumni Drive, Lexington
859-257-6955
arboretum.ca.uky.edu

The Arboretum is open daily from sunrise until sunset and admission to the grounds is free. In addition to the main grounds, there is also The Kentucky Children’s Garden, a 2-acre outdoor learning area designed for children ages 2 to 10 years.

 

Bernheim Arboretum
and Research Forest
2075 Clermont Road, Clermont
502-955-8512    
bernheim.org

With more 15,000 acres, it has a lot of nature just waiting for your enjoyment. Annual events include BugFest, the fall plant sale, ColorFest, CONNECT at Bernheim, BloomFest, and the spring plant sale. In addition, ECO Kids Discovery Days are the first and third Saturday monthly and are for older children. For infants to 5 year olds, Pollywog Play Parties combine art, music, outdoor play, and language. Art in nature is also an important aspect of Bernheim, and a paid residency is available to encourage artists to participate in the arboretum experience and create an artistic project during their stay. Bernheim also conducts Smart Gardens & Landscapes workshops to further the enjoyment and knowledge of nature.

 

Boone County Arboretum
9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union
859-384-4999    
boonecountyky.org

Located in the northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati area, Boone County Arboretum (BCA) encompasses 121 acres and a collection of more than 3,600 trees and shrubs. BCA enjoys a partnership with Boone County Cooperative Extension Service and often hosts educational events provided by the extension service in addition to those produced in-house. Classes and programs for all age groups are scheduled throughout the year. Open daily from dawn until dusk, BCA collects no fee for admission or parking.

 

The Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum
616 Pleasant Street, Paris
859-987-6158    

The Wallis Arboretum and house offer one of the largest collections of old trees in central Kentucky. It is owned and operated by the Garden Club of Kentucky and the grounds are open to the public for strolling and viewing from sunrise to sunset at no charge. The house is used for garden club meetings and is also available for events. More information is available on the Garden Club of Kentucky website, gardenclubky.org.

 

The Western Kentucky
Botanical Garden
25 Carter Road, Owensboro
270-852-8925
wkbg.org

This nearly 10-acre botanical garden is rich with horticultural diversity, including 10 themed gardens. The rose garden features over 250 roses from miniatures to climbers. The Japanese garden is designed for viewing, not entry according to traditional symbolism and Japanese culture. The Moonlite Children’s Garden includes child-friendly small gardens such as butterfly, zoo, pizza-themed areas, a gourd teepee, raised elevated vegetable gardens, a fishpond, a playhouse with operational kitchen, and a maze of hollies. In the daylily garden, visitors can view nearly 500 different cultivars, many available for purchase the annual daylily sale. The herb garden contains themed areas, such as medicinal, tea, culinary, fragrant, dye, a peony walk, and a knot garden. Other gardens include a perimeter border, the Kentucky symbol and quilt garden, and memorial gardens. An educational classroom and the conservatory provide space for classes, workshops, and meetings.

 

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
6220 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood
502-241-4788    
yewdellgardens.org

Occupying the homesite of the late Theodore Klein and his family, Yew Dell is internationally recognized for its historical significance, the quality of its educational programs and display gardens, and for their ongoing investment in plant research. An extensive plant collection (over 12,000 plants) offers something in bloom 12 months of the year. Staff members evaluate plants to determine the best for the region, and then assist area garden centers and nurseries by making the most desirable available for purchase. Landscape ideas and horticultural methods comprise the subject matter of educational activities, such as plant walks and classes.


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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, please 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 Street

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



Ongoing, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society Meeting
Burden Center

Every third Wednesday at 7 p.m., the BROS will hold their monthly meeting with speakers, growing tips, plant clinics, and raffles. For more information, visit www.batonrougeorchidsociety.org.



Ongoing, Lake Charles
Cash and Carry Farmers’ Market
801 Enterprise Boulevard

In the former Cash and Carry – fresh vegetables, flowers, handmade goods, and artisanal breads. Featuring locally produced items from local vendors. Every Tuesday 4-6 p.m.



January 4, Deridder
Master Gardener Class
412 Bolivar Bishop Drive

The Master Gardeners of Beauregard Parish will start new classes and this event is the last opportunity to enroll. Master gardeners are AgCenter volunteers who receive horticultural training in weeds, insects, plant diseases, turf, vegetables, ornamentals, and other related topics. The cost is $160 and classes end in May. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, county agent, at khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu. This address can also be used to receive regular “green thumbs” updates from LSU Horticulture Department.



January 20, New Orleans
Winter Garden Symposium and Plant Sale
New Orleans Museum of Art Auditorium

Let it Rain, Living With Water in our Louisiana Landscapes will be the featured topic. Speakers Dana Brown and Dan Johnson will speak on managing storm water. Catchment systems, rain gardens, as well as local experts on urban conservancy SOUL and Water Wise will have presentations on how to maximize your landscape potential while using our bountiful rainfall. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit mggno.com/symposium.



January 20, West Monroe
Spring Gardening Seminar
West Monroe Convention Center

The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardener’s 8th Annual Spring Gardening Seminar will feature speakers Dan Gill on “Popular Plants for Louisiana Landscapes”, Kenneth Kelley on “Roses for Louisiana Landscapes”, Alan Futch on “Flowers of the Civil War-era South”, and Bill Fontenot on “Concepts and Considerations in Wildlife Garden Design”. This event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration fee is $20 (Pre-registration or at the door). There is available seating for 200 people. For more information contact the LSU AgCenter at 318-323-2251.

 

February



February 10-11, Baton Rouge
Camellia Society Sale
Burden Center

The annual show and sale will features camellia flowers from around the state as well as current award winners. Various camellia varieties grown by the Camellia Society will be available for purchase. Visit lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.



February 16, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Garden Club Meeting
7950 Independence Boulevard

The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. There will be temporary changes in location in the near future. For more information, call Cindy Moran at 225-806-5377.



February 17-18, Baton Rouge  
Tablescapes Show
Baton Rouge Garden Center

The Baton Rouge Garden Club presents its annual scholarship fundraiser show featuring art students from Runnels School. Artwork will be used as inspiration for table designs done by garden club members – a flower show with dining in mind. $5 Donation goes to scholarship fund. 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 at 225-806-5377.



February 17, Minden
Buds & Blooms
First United Methodist Church

Buds & Blooms is a morning filled with educational seminars for the gardening public, hosted by Piney Hills LA Master Gardeners. Festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until noon. 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 24, Baton Rouge
Herb Day
Burden Center

The Baton Rouge unit of the Herb Society of America will host an herb day and sale, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This outdoor sale features informational resources and proceeds benefit the Botanic Gardens at Burden.  

 

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March 3-4, Garyville
Frisco Fest
San Francisco Plantation

Join San Francisco Plantation for a day of family fun, crafters, artists, food, music, and spring garden show. Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The festival will feature over 100 crafters, artists, and chefs. There is also an open car show, two distance bike tours, and a fun run. The admission will be $5 for festival (12 & under free) and tour tickets for home $10 (6 & under free). For more information and applications to participate, visit sanfranciscoplantation.org.

 

March 10, New Orleans
Rose Sale
New Orleans Botanical Garden Pelican Greenhouse

The sale features old garden roses and a great selection of annuals, perennials, natives, succulents, herbs, veggies, and more – bring a wagon. 9 a.m.-noon. Arrive early for best selection. Cash, check, and credit accepted. A plant list will be available a few days before the sale at neworleanscitypark.com/events/pelican-greenhouse-plant-sales. For more information, call 504-483-9464 or email plants@nocp.org.



March 16-18, St. Francisville
The Annual Audubon Pilgrimage
West Feliciana Parish

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 8 a.m. on Friday and continue until Sunday at 5 p.m. For tickets and tour information, contact West Feliciana Historical Society by calling 225-635-6330 or 225-635-4224, visit stfrancisville.us, or email wfhistsociety@gmail.com.



March 14-22, Baton Rouge
Brush with Burden
Burden Center

Come and enjoy an art show inspired by Louisiana’s natural flora and fauna featuring work by Louisiana artists. Visit lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.

 

March 16-17, Covington
Northshore Garden & Plant Sale
St. Tammany Fairgrounds

St. Tammany Master Gardeners present our annual Garden & Plant Sale, with 60+ Plant and Garden booths, food trucks, LSU Plant Doctor, Ask the Experts, Table Seminars and Cooking Demos, Gardening related Educational Exhibits, and Children’s Activities. St. Tammany Fairgrounds, 1301 N. Florida St, Covington, La Open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Admission $5 (under 18 free, Police, Fire & EMT free).

 

March 24, Baton Rouge
EBR Master Gardener Plant Sale
Burden Center

More than 5,000 homegrown perennials and a few annuals specifically selected by the EBR Master Gardeners available for sale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The proceeds support the ongoing activities and contributions of the master gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Activities supported by these funds include school gardens, educational classes for the community, and various other children’s programs.



March 23-24, Lake Charles
Annual Garden Conference & EXPO 2018
Burton Coliseum

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 festival will offer speakers, plant clinics, and plant sales. Proceeds benefit the SWLA Master Garden programs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.gardenfest.org.


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January 20, Mt Pleasant
Monthly Meeting
Central Michigan Daylily Society

Bob Guiliani, owner of Guys and Dolls Photography, will present “Iceland: Land of Ice & Fire,” at the Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Road, 10 a.m. to noon, daylilies.me/.



January 26, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
Meadow Brook Garden Club

Ron Rademacher, a traveler and explorer in search of natural wonders and historic sites and author of the Michigan Back Roads books, will talk about little-known nature areas and trails that a garden lover will enjoy. Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive. Coffee and refreshments, 9:15 a.m., program 10 a.m. Guests are welcome and reservations are not required. There is a $5 non-member fee.



January 27, East Lansing
8th Annual Winter Symposium
Capital Area Master Gardeners

All day event, It’s All About Ins and Outs of Gardening, features Janet Macunovich; John Bierbaum, MSU Professor of Horticulture; and Scott Stokes, co-owner of Southern Exposures. The symposium will in the MSU Plant and Soil Sciences Building, 1066 Bogue Street. Master Gardeners will earn five educational hours. Advance registration is required. Details: mgacac.wordpress.com.



January 27-28, Grand Rapids
Orchid Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Escape the cold and surround to the Grand Room and surround yourself with beautiful tropical orchids. Grand Valley Orchid Society members will present talks. Plant sales and growing supplies available. Displays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, sales 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Displays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, sales 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., meijergardens.org.

 

February



February 6, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

This will be Smart Gardening training for Master Gardeners, conducted by Diane Brown-Rytleswki, MSUE Extension. The meeting is open to all Master Gardeners and Master Gardener Trainee’s. Details at mgacac.wordpress.com.



February 17, Mt Pleasant
Monthly Meeting
Central Michigan Daylily Society

Julie Finucane, photographer and horticulturist at John Henry Company in Lansing, presents “Life in the Garden – Passing Through the Seasons,” Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Road, 10 a.m. to noon, daylilies.me/.

 

February 23, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
Meadow Brook Garden Club

Peter Carrington, curator of W. J. Beal Botanical Garden at MSU and an edible and toxic plant specialist, presents an exploration of poison plants in our environment and the creatures who depend on them for food and defense, Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive. Coffee and refreshments, 9:15 a.m., program 10 a.m. Guests are welcome and reservations are not required. There is a $5 non-member fee. m


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January

 

January 2-4, Minneapolis
Northern Green
Minneapolis Convention Center

Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association’s horticulture trade show and educational conference. Information: northerngreen.org or 651-633-4987.



January 6, 20, February 3, 17, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the theory and principles of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection, and more. Develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your home setting, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $139 member/$155 nonmember.



January 11 and February 8, Chaska
Edible Garden Year
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Christy Marsden and Laura Vogel for an introduction to vegetable gardening, from tools and location to the growing season and finding good resources. Put together a realistic plan for your life and landscape and leave with a strategy to tackle your vegetable garden plan for the year. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $35 member/$47 nonmember.



January 13, St. Paul
Winter Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Get out of the cold Minnesota winter and explore the Winter Flower Show in the Sunken Garden.



Through January 22, St. Paul
Insect Pollinators – Beyond the Honeybee – Volume 2
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Visit photographer Bill Johnson’s exhibit of 40 new 12x18 prints of various insect pollinators, some common, some not so common. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.



January 20, Chaska
Lawn of the Future: Converting Kentucky Bluegrass to Low Maintenance Options
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum


Design, convert, and care for a “No Mow” lawn in your own yard. Leave with comprehensive information and the knowledge you need to get started this spring. Instructor: Douglas Owens-Pike, author of Beautifully Sustainable, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $38 member/$50 nonmember.



January 20, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Seeds
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn tried-and-true techniques to grow a wide variety of plants from seeds and take home several seed-based projects. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



January 27-28, St. Paul
Winter Carnival Orchid Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Exhibit of gorgeous orchids grown by members of the Orchid Society of Minnesota. Talk with orchid growers and purchase orchids, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.



January 27, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Cuttings
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn correct preparation of cuttings and layers, as well as the role of specialized structures in propagating specific plants. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

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February 3, Chaska
Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Discover what plants will best fit your location, species they attract, and what simple non-plant additions are needed. Instructor, Julie Boden, gardener and nature enthusiast, 9:30 a.m. to noon Cost: $30 member/$42 nonmember.



February 3, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Grafting
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the different methods of grafting and practice the techniques to make several grafts. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



February 10, Chaska
Perennial Possibilities: Looking at New Perennials and Exciting Combinations for Minnesota Gardens
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Be inspired as Michael Heger, owner of Ambergate Horticultural Consulting, walks you through his selection process, including flower shape, foliage color texture and plant form, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $38 member/$50 nonmember.



February 10, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Soil

Know and understand the soil in which you grow your plants. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



February 10, Chaska
Pruning Essentials: Deciduous & Coniferous Trees
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the basic principles of pruning that are essential for the long-term health, vigor, and productivity of your trees.  Spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques (weather permitting). Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



February 17, Chaska
Pruning Essentials: Shrubs, Woody Vines, and Herbaceous Species
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn when and how to prune and train these landscape plants for long-term health, vigor, and beauty and how to avoid common mistakes that can cause physiological and aesthetic damage. Spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques (weather permitting). Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

February 17, Chaska
Early Spring Beauties: Woodland Wildflowers and How to Grow Them in Minnesota
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Steve of Kelley of Kelley Nursery for a refresher on wildflowers, both native and nonnative. Discuss their culture and propagation and best practices for including them in your own garden, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $35 member/$47 nonmember.



February 24, Chaska
Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Comprehensive information you need to establish your own prairie community in spring. Bring an internet-accessible device, such as a laptop or a smart pad, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $35 member/$47 nonmember.



February 24, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 1
University of Minnesota

Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab help you get started in beekeeping for a successful first year, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $135. Information: beelab.umn.edu/bee-squad/education/ or 612- 624-6740.



February 25, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 2
University of Minnesota

Learn how to maintain healthy bee colonies long term. Instructors, Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $110. Information: beelab.umn.edu/bee-squad/education/ or 612- 624-6740.

 

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March 2, Chaska
6th annual Schoolyard Garden Conference
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Whether you are a beginner or schoolyard garden veteran, this one-day conference teaches innovative strategies for building, sustaining, and engaging everyone in a thriving schoolyard garden, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $65 Arboretum Members and Conference Affiliates/$75 General Admission. m


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January 4, Kansas City
Festival of Lights
Powell Gardens

See more than 10 miles of botanically-themed lit displays through five of the seven themed gardens. Includes a variety of holiday activities. From 3 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 7. Costs $12 adults; $5 children ages 5 to 12 years old; children ages 4 and under free. Seniors aged 60 and more $10. Visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600 ext. 209.



January 8, St. Louis
Composting 201
Missouri Botanical Garden

Review composting basics, demonstrate unique ways to build DIY composting systems for your home, and troubleshoot your composting problems. Participants are encouraged to bring photos or videos of their current compost system to the class. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Costs $30 members; $35 non-members. Adults only. Preregister by 12 a.m. Jan. 1. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.



January 11, Gray Summit
Gardening with Native Plants
Shaw Nature Reserve

Topics include techniques for planting, transplanting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, deadheading, and eco-friendly turf maintenance. Adults only. From 1 to 4 p.m. Costs $14 members; $17 non-members. Preregister by 8 a.m. Jan. 8. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org.



January 13 St. Louis
Garden Book Club
Missouri Botanical Garden

January’s book is The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell. From 10:30 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $21 members; $28 non-members. Preregister by 3 p.m. Jan. 12. Details at 314-577-5100, and mobot.org.



January 20, St. Louis
Growing Annuals from Seeds
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn which annuals are the easiest to grow and the proper techniques to be successful, including soilless media, containers, watering, lighting, and transplanting. Take home annual seeds to get started. From 10 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $28 members; $34 non-members. Preregister by 4 p.m. Jan. 19. Details at mobot.org, and 314-557-5100.



January 20, St. Louis
Organic Vegetable Gardening
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about site selection, soil preparation, vegetable suggestions, and general organic gardening techniques. You will have a chance to plant some early seeds to take home. From 10 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $33 members; $40 non-members. Preregister by 3 p.m. Jan. 19. Details at 314-557-5100, and mobot.org.



January 20, St. Louis
Tropical Trek
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about tropical plants, the rainforest ecosystem, and ways to help with conservation. For ages 6 to 12 years old. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free for members; $3 for non-members with cost of admission. Walk-ins welcome. Preregister by 11:59 a.m. Jan. 20. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-557-5100.

 

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February 2, Gray Summit
Natural Valentines
Shaw Nature Preserve

Start with a story, take a short hike in the wildflower garden to find hidden redbud “hearts,” warm up with hot chocolate, and make Valentines. For families with kids aged 3 to 10 years old. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Costs $7 members; $9 non-members. Preregister by noon Jan. 29. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org.



February 2, St. Louis
A Plant’s Life
Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden is starting an ambitious plan of tracking the life of plants to show how they change over time. Learn how you can help. From 9 to 11 a.m. Adults only. Costs $28 members; $34 non-members. Preregistration ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 1. Details at mobot.org, and 314-577-5100.



February 3-28, St. Louis
Orchid Show
Missouri Botanical Garden

This is a once-a-year opportunity to see hundreds of fragrant winter-blooming orchids displayed among tropical plants. Costs $5. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.



February 10, Gray Summit
Valentine’s Night Hike
Shaw Nature Reserve

You will have the opportunity to see the constellations and planets using our telescope – weather permitting. After the hike, there will be hot beverages and desserts to share. From 7 to 10 p.m. Adults only. Costs $24 members; $29 non-members. Preregister by 8 a.m. Jan. 26. Visit mobot.org, and call 314- 577-5100.



February 16, Gray Summit
Winter Tree Identification
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn to identify a tree without its leaves. By the end of the program, you’ll be able to easily identify a minimum of 10 native trees. From 10 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $7 members; $9 non-members. Preregister by 8 a.m. Feb. 9. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org.



February 24, St. Louis
Small Space Gardening
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about the types of trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials that grow well in a small environment, as well as growing techniques, including vertical and container gardening. From 10 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $28 members; $34 non-members. Preregister by 4 p.m. Feb. 23. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org.



February 24, St. Louis
Organic Heirloom Vegetables
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn how to select heirloom vegetables, grow them using organic methods, and harvest them properly. Seed saving tips are also included. From 10 a.m. to noon. Adults only. Costs $33 members; $40 non-members. Preregister by 3 p.m. Feb. 23. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.


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January 26-28, Gautier
38th Annual Gulf Coast Orchid Show & Plant Sale
Gautier Convention Center

View beautiful exhibits constructed by commercial dealers and orchid societies from Mississippi and across the country. Many plants will be available for sale. Noon-6 p.m. January 26; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. January 27; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. January 28. Free admission.



January 27, Jackson
Conservation Quest Exhibit Opens
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it, and why it’s important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest delivers important energy conservation messages, inspiring you to make thoughtful choices about energy use to help protect the planet and promote healthy living. Museum admission fees apply; $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. Museum members admitted free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.

 

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February 3, Jackson
So You Think You Can Fish
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Join us for a morning of fishing seminars and fish education for anglers and families in the museum’s Rotwein Theater with additional activities throughout the museum. “Spend the morning with this group of successful anglers and biologists and get answers to your questions concerning fish and fishing techniques. We have activities planned for scouts and families, too!” explains museum director Charles Knight. This annual program provides useful information for seasoned as well as novice fishermen. 9 a.m.-noon. Museum admission fees apply; $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. Museum members admitted free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.

 

February 3-4, Brookhaven
Brookhaven Camellia Show
Brookhaven Recreation Department

This show is open to the public from 2-5 p.m. on February 3 and from noon-4 p.m. on February 4. For additional information, contact Homer Richardson at 601-833-4126 or homerrichardson@att.net.



February 3, 10, 17 and 24
Memphis Botanic Garden on Air
KWAM 990

Memphis Botanic Garden will air a one hour weekly radio program, At the Garden, every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. hosted by Memphis Botanic Garden Executive Director Mike Allen and co-hosted by Lauren Squires Ready, former reporter for WMC Action News 5 and owner of Forever Ready Productions, LLC. The show will focus on the programs and activities happening at the garden. Each week will feature different guests who will share behind-the-scenes looks at garden horticulture, events, education activities, and other areas of interest unique to the garden.



February 8-9, Verona
North Mississippi Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference
Lee County Agri-Center, Magnolia Building

The 9th 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. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. February 8; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. February 9. For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Wilson at jeff.wilson@msstate.edu or 662-566-8019.



February 9, Jackson
Mississippi Arbor Day
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Crafts and displays will be focused on Mississippi trees and their past and present roles in our environment. A live tree giveaway is also scheduled (while supplies last). 10 a.m.-noon. Museum admission fees apply; $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. Museum members admitted free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.



February 9-11, Memphis
Home Show of the Mid-South
Memphis Agricenter

Home decor, landscaping, pools, patios, furniture, lighting, bath, flooring, windows, paint, siding, awnings and much more. Noon-7 p.m. February 9; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. February 10; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. February 11. $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, call 901-867-7007 or visit memphishomeshow.com.



February 16, Hernando
Floral Design
DeSoto County Extension Office

Turn a supermarket bouquet into a work of art. This class is for beginners who want to learn more about floral design. Space is limited and payment is required to reserve your space. 10 a.m.-noon. $40 registration fee. Register and pay fee at the DeSoto County Extension Office or mail to 3260 Highway 51 S, Hernando, MS 38632. For more information, contact Lara Angel or Joy Anderson at 662-469-8480 or lara.angel@msstate.edu or joy.f.anderson@msstate.edu.

 

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March 6-7, Raymond
Annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course
Eagle Ridge Conference Center

Expert speakers will present seminars on a variety of topics relevant to the production of greenhouse tomatoes. Special topics this year will be components of the greenhouse system, greenhouse design and engineering, alternative heating options, marketing, budget for greenhouse growers, updates on the latest research, plant nutrition, alternative crops, and water sanitation. There will also be a pest management workshop, which will cover physiological disorders, diagnosing plant problems, plant disease identification and control, and pest management. Vendors from across the U.S. and Canada will be exhibiting their products and discussing how to use them. Advance registration is $200 or you can 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 16-18, Jackson
Jackson Garden & Patio Show
Mississippi Trade Mart, State Fairgrounds

The Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association sponsor this three-day event. 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 holding area will be available to check in the products you buy. Once finished shopping, you can have your purchases loaded into your vehicle. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 16; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 17; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 18.s $6 for adults; children 15 & under free; free parking. Admission price is per day. Seminars are free with paid admission. For more information, visit msnla.org.



March 24-25, Starkville
Everything Garden Expo
Mississippi Horse Park

Everything Garden Expo will feature noted speakers, a wide variety of garden-related vendors, children’s programs, and more. 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. March 24; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 25. $5 for adults, children 6 and under free. For more information, call 662-320-9574 or 662-312-6563 or email everythinggardenexpoocmg@gmail.com.


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January and February, Troy Township
Ma and Pa’s Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
Ma and Pa’s

“Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh” excursion begins at Ma and Pa’s 1820s log cabin where you will find various rustic items such as chainsaw-carved bears, log furniture, hunting, fishing, and everything for the rustic home. Then one of their draft horses will pull an old-fashioned sleigh through the woods and fields; during the evening rides, the horses stop so guests can gaze up at the star-filled sky. When the ride has ended, visitors are welcomed back into the cabin for hot chocolate, maple coffee, and cookies. Reservations are required. Family rates start at $20 per adult and $5 to 10 per child, couples’ rate ranges from $50 to 65. Call 440-548-5521, or visit maandpas.com.



Through January 6, Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Choo Choo Holiday Show
Krohn Conservatory

Discover the Cincinnati Choo Choo. The Krohn Conservatory showroom will be filled with poinsettias, evergreens, cyclamen, amaryllis, and other favorite holiday plants. The delightful botanical show will be surrounded by miles of train tracks created by the Applied Imagination team. The train display and historical buildings created by Applied Imagination will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of chugging trains and splashing water, with trains overhead and trolleys at your feet. Bring the family to Krohn Conservatory, located at 1501 Eden Park Drive in Eden Park. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 513-421-5707.



January 1-7, Columbus
Merry and Bright Lights
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy an array of family activities. Costs adults $14, seniors and students $11, children $7, children under 3 are free. Visit fpconservatory.org, and call 614-715-8000.



January 5-7 Columbus
Columbus Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Halls C and D

Come see the latest innovations and designs showcased by experts. Bring all your home and garden remodeling questions and be ready to get some expert advice. In addition, feature gardens will be displayed with the newest ideas pertaining to landscape installation, a sure way to catch a glimpse of spring. Friday noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $6 adults, free for children under 18. Call 952-881-5030, or visit homeshowcenter.com/overview/columbus.

 

January 6-February 25, Alliance
Bird in Hand
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Experience the thrill of hand-feeding wild chickadees at Beech Creek Gardens! Enjoy the fresh winter air as you explore the outdoors and connect with nature. Visitors will also enjoy a warm outdoor fire, hot cocoa, and marshmallows for roasting. Bring the whole family to this unique experience! January 6, 2018 through February 25, 2018, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-3 pm at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Alliance. General admission is $3 per person. Beech Creek members and children ages 2 and younger receive free admission. For more information, visit beechcreekgardens.org.



January 13, Dayton
Winter Tree ID Workshop
Cox Arboretum MetroPark: Mead Westvaco Theatre

Learn how to identify more than 20 native trees by their twig, bark, and other winter characteristics. Discover pioneer, wildlife, and commercial uses for each tree while sharing stories of folklore. Each participant will receive a winter tree identification notebook with everything needed to get started identifying trees. Weather dependent. For ages 14 and up. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Costs $10. Register at metroparks.org/programs-events-finder, or call 937-275-7275.



January 20, Logan
Annual Winter Hike at Hocking Hills State Park
Old Man’s Cave Hocking Hills

Enjoy winter’s splendor on this 6-mile trek from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave. Layered clothing and good footwear recommended. Refreshments are available at Cedar Falls for a donation. Transportation is provided back to the parking area at Old Man’s Cave. From 9 to 11 a.m. Call 740-385-6842.



January 20, Fairlawn
Design and Beyond: A Garden Symposium
Our Lady of the Cedars

The Summit County Master Gardeners present “Design and Beyond: A Garden Symposium,” on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Our Lady of the Cedars, 507 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road in Fairlawn. The keynote speaker will be Paul Zammit, the Nancy Eaton director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, who will discuss, “The Heart and Soul of the Garden.” From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $50. Visit summitmastergardeners.org, email mtj4jrj@yahoo.com, or call 330-928-GROW (4769).



January 23, Dayton
Adult Nature Walk
Eastwood MetroPark: First Parking Lot

Come and explore nature with MetroPark volunteers and other curious adults on this weekly, relaxed adventure. For ages 18 and up. From 9 to 11 a.m. Free. Call 937-275-7275.



January 26-28, Cincinnati
Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo
Sharonville Convention Center

This three-day comprehensive event is full of innovative displays of the latest trends in design and product offerings. Bring all your gardening and home improvement questions and have them answered by the experts. Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $5 adults, free for children under 18. Free parking. Call 952-881-5030, or visit homeshowcenter.com/overview/cincinnati.



January 27- March 4, Cleveland
Orchid Mania
Cleveland Botanical Garden

Thousands of orchids of practically every shape, color, size, and smell will bring your senses to life during one of the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s most treasured traditions. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9.p.m.; Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays. Costs adults $11, children 3 to 12 $6, children 2 and under are free. Free for CBG and Holden Arboretum members. Visit cbgarden.org, or call 216-721-1600.



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February 7-March 14, Cincinnati
Landscaping for the Homeowner Series
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Learn everything to get up to speed regarding bed preparation, plant selection, maintenance, and more. Dates, details, costs and registration at cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/horticulture_events, or call 513-281-4700.



February 2-11, Cleveland
The Great Big Home and Garden Show
Cleveland’s IX Center

At The Great Big Home and Garden Show you can explore more than 600 exhibits and engage with hundreds of home and garden experts. You can also view unique themed gardens. Celebrities such as Matt Fox from the PBS show “Around the House with Matt and Shari,” celebrity chefs, home improvement experts, and landscape design professionals will also be on hand. Costs adults $15, 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 10, Massillon
Garden Symposium
R.G. Drage Career Technical Center

Learn gardening tips, watch cooking demonstrations, and participate in hands-on workshops as you become inspired at this annual symposium! Expert speakers from all over the state are brought together to offer their experience and knowledge on numerous gardening topics. Other activities include Q & A panels, book sale, garden vendors, raffle baskets, and networking opportunities. Registration is required. The cost to attend is $48 per person and $38 for Beech Creek members and horticulture students. Additional costs may apply. February 10, 2018 from 8 am to 4 pm at R.G. Drage Career Center in Massillon. For more information or to register, visit beechcreekgardens.org or call (330) 829-7050.



February 24, Medina
Medina County Master Gardener Volunteers’ Spring Workshop
A.I. Root Candle Company, Community Room

The Medina County Master Gardener Volunteers present their spring workshop “The Resilient Garden: Successfully Integrating Native Plants into Your Landscape.” From 9 a.m. to noon at the A.I. Root Candle Company Community Room, at 640 West Liberty Street, Medina. Visit go.osu.edu/mgvwksp or call Extension coordinator Ashley Kulhanek at 330-722-4911 ext. 106, Sheryl Henslee at 330-722-7492, or Barbara Brodie at 330-887-3042.


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Open House
Tulsa Botanic Garden

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors can stroll around the Lakeside Promenade and the Tandy Floral Terraces to view flowerbeds filled with ideas of plants for your own landscape. Also, check on the Children’s Discovery Garden or the new J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange. The Mabee Grange is a new multi-purpose activity building that will expand educational offerings for school programs, informal family experiences, camps, workshops, and seminars. Visitors can always choose to hike the Crosstimber Trails to enjoy northeast Oklahoma’s native beauty. There is a small admission fee for the public but admission is free for garden members. The gardens are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit tulsabotanic.org or call 918-289-0330.



Tuesdays, Tulsa
Tuesday Morning Birders
LaFortune Park

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. The walk meets at 7:30 a.m. Wear comfortable walking shoes. For more information, contact Jo Loyd at 918-835-2946 or Jana Singletary 918-296-9629 or visit tulsaaudubon.org.



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Saturday Mornings at Oxley
Oxley Nature Center, Mohawk Park

Each Saturday Oxley Nature Center staff offers walks, activities, and learning experiences. First Saturday: Saturday Morning Birding, 8 a.m. Fourth Saturday: Botany Walk, 10:30 a.m. A visit to Oxley or 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 oxleynaturecenter.org.
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January 5 & 6, Tulsa
2018 Horticulture Industries Show Conference
Tulsa Community College, NE Campus

Urban Agriculture is the theme for this years’ annual Horticultural Industries Show. This is an annual meeting for anyone interested in horticulture including extension educators, master gardeners, people working in various horticulture businesses, or gardeners interested in more knowledge. There are more than 60 speakers to choose from as well as many vendors. Registration is required and begins in November with the early bird deadline by December 22. For more information, email donna.dollins@okstate.edu or visit www.hortindustriesshow.org.

 

January 27, February 3 & 10, Oklahoma City
3rd Annual Garden Bootcamp
Will Rogers Park Exhibition Center

3rd Annual Garden Boot Camp presented by Oklahoma Gardeners Association will be held Saturdays, January 27, February 3 and February 10, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, at Will Rogers Park Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 39th Street, Oklahoma City, OK. Three Saturdays filled with a wide range of gardening information presented by horticultural specialist from around the state. Great to give as a gift to family or friends. Gift Certificates are available now. $45 for all 3 Saturdays. For more information or to register, visit our website, www.okgardeners.org or call 694-8456. Seating is limited so register early. Deadline for registration is January 12, 2018.

 

Jan 27, Feb 24, Oklahoma City
Gardens Walking Tour
Myriad Botanical 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 are welcome. For more information, call 918405-445-7079.

 

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February 16-19
The Great Backyard Bird Count

For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish! You create a free online account to enter your checklists. You can then follow what birds other participants are seeing in your area or anywhere else in the world. You do not have to be an expert at bird recognition but taking part in this count will be a fun way to learn to better ID birds. This is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. For more information and to create an account, visit gbbc.birdcount.org.


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Saturdays and Sundays through March, 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. Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. Meet in front of the Widener Visitor Center. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



January 5-7, King of Prussia
Greater Philadelphia Spring Home Show
Valley Forge Casino Resort

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking and admission. Call 610-563-2628 or visit greaterphillyhomeshows.com.



January 11-12, Blue Bell
29th Annual Landscape Design Symposium
Montgomery County Community College

This event provides an in-depth examination of the state of the art of naturalistic landscape design. Speakers represent a diverse and accomplished group of designers, horticulturists, ecologists, and artists in an interactive and informal setting. Continuing education units for landscape architects and designers is available. From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To request a brochure, call 215-247-5777, ext. 125 or email jlm@upenn.edu.



January 12-15, Hershey
Nature’s Art
Hershey Gardens

See works of art by members of the Hershey Area Art Association on display in the educational and horticultural wing of the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included in admission. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



January 12-15 & 19-21, Philadelphia
Philly Home and Garden Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center

Times vary. Costs $13 for adults at the door, $10 online, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for children age 5 and under. Call 215-418-2003 or visit phillyhomeshow.com.



January 13, Springfield
Build an Edible Birdhouse
Smedley Park

Turn a wooden birdhouse into an edible feast for your winter birds. Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Delaware County show how to mix a bird-safe glue to apply to the house, and then you decorate the house with bird seed and dried fruits. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $20, and there is a limit of 15 people. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.



January 20-March 25, Kennett Square
Orchid Extravaganza
Longwood Gardens

As one of the first plant collections at Longwood, orchids have held a place of distinction since 1922. Longwood’s horticulturists celebrate the beauty and variety of orchids with an artful display that includes a towering 12-foot-tall archway of pink Phalaenopsis sp. orchids, giant orchid orbs, a purple-and-white orchid curtain, and hundreds of Vanda sp. orchids adorning the silver garden. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free with admission. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/orchid-extravaganza.

 

February



February 2-4, Hershey
Orchid Show and Sale
Hershey Gardens

Returning to Hershey Gardens for the second year, the Susquehanna Orchid Society presents its annual show and sale in the educational and horticultural wing of the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory. More than 1,000 orchids representing dozens of orchid varieties are on display, including rare species and unique hybrids. Vendors offer orchids for sale. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in admission. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



February 9-11, Lancaster
Suburban Penn. Spring Home Show
Lancaster County Convention Center

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission. Call 866-503-3786 or visit lancasterhomeshow.com.



February 9-11, York
Home and Garden Show
York Expo Center

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this year’s show includes four garden displays on the show floor. Hours are 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking. Call 717-767-2444 or visit yorkbuilders.com.



February 10, Springfield
Build a Mason Bee House
Smedley Park

Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County give participants an overview of the habits of mason bees and the value of building a house to attract them to your property; then you have a chance to build your own bee house. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $25, and there is a limit of 15 people. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.



February 17, 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 is 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 focuses on the arboretum’s witch hazel collection. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org. m


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Saturdays, Memphis
At the Garden on KWAM 990
Memphis Botanic Garden

One-hour weekly radio program every Saturday hosted by MBG Executive Director Mike Allen and Lauren Squires Ready. The show will focus on programs and activities that are happening at our garden and feature behind the scenes looks at events, educational activities, staff, and outside experts and more. It will be available as a weekly podcast and feature updates via Facebook Live. For information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



Now-January 2018, Blount County
Master Gardener Training Application
Blount County Public Library

Applications now being accepted for 2018 training class that will begin in January. Course fee is $175 and space is limited. For details, contact John Wilson, Blount County Extension Office or download application from bcmgtn.wildapricot.org/Become-a-Master-Gardener.



Now-January 7, Union City
BUGS! Traveling Exhibit
Discovery Park of America

Guests can experience what it would be like if a grasshopper were as big as a school bus, and even see a giant lady bug! There are hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy in the traveling exhibit all about BUGS! 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission cost beyond general admission for this special event. For details, phone 731-885-5455 or see discoveryparkofamerica.com/event/bugs-traveling-exhibit.



Now-January 2018, Hamilton County
Master Gardener Training
Hamilton County Master Gardeners

See mghc.org for details and registration form of the 2018 Master Gardener Training Course, which starts January 8. Two sessions of the course given Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings for 15 weeks to graduate in April. For more information, visit mghc.org/mg-training/master-gardener-training-course.

 

January



January & February, Tiptonville
Eagle Tour
Reelfoot Lake State Park

Eagles from the Great Lakes and Canada spend the winter in northwest Tennessee. Interpretive eagle tours are two hours and depart from the Visitor Center, $10 per person, reservations recommended, buses are heated. Special evening programs every Saturday night at 7 p.m. 10 a.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 731-253-9652 or email vanessa.henson@tn.gov or jerry.hall@tn.gov.

 

January 27, Memphis
The Birds and the Seeds – Seminars, Seed Swap, Seed Giveaways and more
Lichterman Nature Center

Photography seminar, cooking demonstrations, bird watching, and more. For fun for all ages. Free admission, fees for tool sharpening, plant purchases and Bird on a Wire string art workshop. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit memphishorticulture.org/event.



January 28, Memphis
Cattleya Program
Memphis Botanic Garden

Author and orchid enthusiast Patricia Harding will speak on the orchid species and rupicolous (rock dwelling) cattleya. She will share her experiences hunting for orchids in Brazil. 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit memphisorchids.org/calendar.

 

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February 2-4, Nashville
Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville
Music City Center

Show celebrates its 28th year with an entertaining lineup of speakers including British aristocracy, authors, designers, media personalities, a master floral design expert, and perhaps even a Nashville celebrity or two. In addition to the informative lectures, the show floor features over 150 antiques, art and horticulture dealers, and magnificent gardens. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit antiquesandgardenshow.com.



February 15, Memphis
Notable Plants that Brighten Winter’s Gloom
Memphis Botanic Garden

Jason Reeves of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson will be the speaker. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m., program at 7 p.m. $5 non-members. For more information, visit memphishorticulture.org/event.



February 15-17, Chattanooga
Pick TN Conference
Chattanooga Marriott

Statewide participants from Pick TN will present programs on topics as Vegetable Disease Identification and Control Options, Agritourism, Planting and Growing a Maze Crop, Starting a Christmas Tree Farm, Vertical Gardening, Caneberries, Mushroom Production, Grafting Fruit and Nut Trees, Fruit Wine, Growing Container Vegetables and Small Fruit, Blueberry Production, New Woody Ornamentals, and more. For more information, visit picktnconference.com/index.



February 17, Buchanan
Kentucky Lake Eagle Viewing Breakfast Cruise
Paris Landing Marina, Paris Landing State Park

Step aboard the CQ Princess, a 96-foot yacht for a guided eagle viewing experience from the comforts of the heated cabin. Wraparound windows give good views as we scan the shores for bald eagles and pass some Civil War battle sites and enjoy a hot brunch. 8-11:30 a.m. $55 per adult, $50 for children 10 and under. Register in advance at tnstateparks.com/events. For more information, call Paris Landing State Park, 731-641-4465.



Feb 18, Mar 11, Apr 8, Memphis
Signs of Spring Walk
Memphis Botanic Garden Visitor’s Center

Walk the grounds of MBG at 1:30 p.m. with master gardener Judith Hammond. Free with garden admission, no reservations necessary, cancelled in case of rain. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



February 20, Maryville
Landscaping with Annuals and Perennials
Blount County Library, Sharon Lawson Room

Free program on using annuals and perennials in your landscape presented by the Blount County Extension Office. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit bcmgtn.wildapricot.org/calendar.



February 20, Nashville
Program: Tried and True, Fresh and New
Cheekwood Botanic Hall

For this monthly meeting of the Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee, Beth Jacobs of Mary’s Greenhouse in McMinnville will discuss perennials, both reliable ones as well as new ones. Get a preview of some possible plant sale offerings from one of our favorite growers. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. For more information, visit ppsmtn.org.



February 24, Statewide
250K Tree Day
Local TDEC Field Offices and community locations

We will plant 250,000 native tree seedlings across Tennessee in the largest community-tree-planting event in Tennessee history. The Tennessee Environmental Council is handling the logistics of this event. Trees will be available February 21 or 22 to be planted on the 24th. Preregistration will be open until February 1. See TECTN.org/250KTreeDay for details to order your trees in bundles of 5 for local pick-up in your county. Watch local newspapers and media for details in your area of community-wide and school plantings, etc.



February 25, Memphis
Program, Memphis Orchid Society
Memphis Botanic Garden,

Brenda Oviatt from Botanica Ltd. will speak on angraecoids, the so-called “jewels of Africa” with their sparkling flowers, distinctive growth habit, and floriferous nature. She will have plants to sell. 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit memphisorchids.org/calendar.

 

March



March 1-4, Nashville
Nashville Lawn and Garden Show
Fairgrounds Nashville

This year’s theme is “Guerrilla Gardening and the Urban Jungle” and will highlight small space gardens, urban horticulture, aquaponics, community gardens, and more. Enjoy gardens by some of Middle Tennessee’s top landscaping companies and the Floral Design Gallery by more than 20 of the region’s top designers. Free lectures will include topics such as beekeeping and edible gardens and more than 175 vendors will exhibit plants, seeds, home décor, books, and gardening equipment with a Tennessee Wine Festival on Saturday afternoon. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.



March 19, Maryville
Vegetable Gardens & Organics
Blount County Public Library

Free program on basics of vegetable gardening presented by the Blount County Extension Office. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit bcmgtn.wildapricot.org/calendar.



March 19-21, Spencer
Wildflower & Waterfall Tour
Fall Creek Falls State Park

Join state naturalists Randy Hedgepath and Ranger Cara Alexander for this hiking tour of spring ephemeral wildflowers and the waterfalls of FCFSP with a two-night stay in the park. $299 per person double occupancy, $399 single occupancy; meals, transportation included. Reserve your spot with Connie or Renee by calling 800-250-8610.



March 23, Nashville
Botanical Watercolors Teacher Workshop: Tulips
Cheekwood

Explore the techniques used for centuries to portray in accurate detail the flora and fauna of our world. Learn dry brush watercolor, color theory and other methods for the depiction of nature with teaching artist Mary Gwyn Bowen. Cost of workshop is free and lunch is included, pre-registration is required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit cheekwood.org/calendar/botanical-watercolors-workshop-tulips.



March 23-24, Memphis
Spring Fling
Farmers Market Red Barn, Agricenter

Think spring for the 14th annual event – details next month from the Memphis Area Master Gardeners. Add to your gardening knowledge and get great plants and garden goodies too. For more information, visit memphisareamastergardeners.org/sfling.



March 24, Lebanon
Spring Hike
Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Meet at the park office at 9 a.m. for a 1-hour free stroll through the Cedar Glades focusing on the unique wildflowers that may be sprouting up in this unique ecosystem of Middle Tennessee. Bring the kids who will be doing an ABC hike to see what they can find. Park phone number is 615-443-2769, Park Ranger Shauna Bridgers’ email is shauna.bridgers@tn.gov.


 
March 24-25, Memphis
Daffodil Show
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Daffodil Show sponsored by the Mid-South Daffodil Society and the American Daffodil Society. For more information, visit dixon.org.

 

April


April 5-8, Nashville area
American Daffodil Society National Convention
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

The Middle Tennessee Daffodil Society will celebrate its 60th anniversary by hosting the ADS National Convention! View a beautiful daffodil show including horticultural exhibits, photography, and floral designs. Participate in educational sessions and enjoy spectacular outings to local attractions, historic houses, and gardens. Thursday afternoon, Brent Heath of Brent and Becky Bulbs will provide an introduction to the wide variety of shapes and colors of daffodils. Michael Berrigan, President of ADS, will demonstrate the basics of choosing and preparing blooms to enter a daffodil show. For more information, visit daffodilusa.org/events-show-calendar/national-convention/2018-national-convention/#hotel.


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January-February, Norfolk
Winter Garden
Norfolk Botanical Garden

One of the secret gems of Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Winter Garden is situated between the Colonial Herb Garden and the Annette Kagan Healing Garden. Look for plants with interesting branches, foliage, fragrance, or fruit, as well as those that flower. For winter garden hours, visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or call 757-441-5830.



January 26-28, Virginia Beach
Virginia Flower & Garden Expo
Virginia Beach Convention Center

This year’s theme is Garden Mysteries and Illusions. This is the one time each year when Hampton Roads residents can get information on virtually every aspect related to flowers and gardening at a single climate-controlled location. Experts and knowledgeable professionals will be there to discuss plants, plans, products, and practices. More than a hundred vendors, exhibitors and displayers provide guests countless ideas and products they can use. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door, children age 12 and under free. For more information, including discounts, visit vafgs.org.

 

February



February Daily, Williamsburg
Explore Our Gardens
Colonial Williamsburg

Tour vibrant 18th-century winter gardens at your leisure. Stroll through more than 100 gardens and green spaces, ranging from sculptured and formal to utilitarian. 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 Daily, Richmond
Japanese and Italian Gardens
Maymont

Plan your winter stroll through Maymont Gardens. A first visit is best started at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center, but a history lover will soon find a path to the 1893 mansion while a plant lover will find the elaborate Japanese and Italian gardens. And animal lovers will delight in the Nature Center, Wildlife Exhibits and Farm. Free admission to grounds and gardens. Donations suggested for mansion. For more information, call 804-358-7168 or visit maymont.org.



February Daily, Boyce
Native Plant Trail
State Arboretum of Virginia

A gravel path leads visitors through a ½-acre woodland area that features plants native to Virginia forests and forest edges. Then a path provides a loop trail around the 34-acre meadow that features Virginia-native warm-season grasses. Water from Rattlesnake Spring seeps from a nearby rock outcrop to form a ½-acre pond. For more information about the arboretum and winter events, call 540-837-1758 or visit blandy.virginia.edu.



February 2, 9, 16, 23, Williamsburg
Friday Morning Gardeners
Williamsburg Botanical Garden

Join garden experts working in the herb, heirloom, butterfly, native plant, bulb and therapy gardens, and the perennial border, old pine woods, wetlands, or meadow. 8-11 a.m. For more event information, visit williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org.



February 14, Surry
Valentine’s Day Romance Tour
Preservation Virginia-Bacon’s 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 and where you can look out on the oldest English formal garden in North America. To reserve tickets, call 757-357-5976.



February 15, Roanoke
Night Howls
Mill Mountain Zoo and Park

Bundle up and bring your friends to the zoo to hear the wolves howl, the owls hoot, and the big cats call! Participants will begin the night indoors enjoying hot cider and cookies while learning about nocturnal animals and the noises they make. Guests will then proceed outdoors for a guided tour of the zoo in the dark to observe the creatures and enjoy spectacular views of the city at night. Member children $9; member adults $12. Non-member children $12; non-member adults $15. Reservations are recommended by calling 540-343-3241 or visiting mmzoo.org.



February 16, 17, 23, 24, Clarksville
23rd Hellebore Festival
Pine Knot Farms

Discover the beauty of these low-maintenance, winter-blooming plants and learn how to care for hellebores from experts Judith and Dick Tyler at Pine Knot Farms. Many cultivars of hellebores and companion plants are available for purchase. For more information, call 434-252-1990 or visit pineknotfarms.com.



February 23-25, 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.



February 24, Mount Vernon
Tea with Lady Washington
George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Step back in time and join Martha Washington for a cozy tea as she shares memories of her and the General’s life as a young married couple, during the Revolutionary War, and at their beloved Mount Vernon. Hear Martha Washington explain the art and social history of enjoying this refined beverage while being served fine tea and an elegant light fare prepared by the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Following the program, guests are invited to a self-guided exploration of the estate grounds and Mount Vernon’s beautiful decorative arts collection. 2 p.m. Cost is $35 per person. To purchase tickets online, visit mountvernon.org.

 

March



March 8, Norfolk
LanternAsia Opening Party
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Join us for a lavish premiere party as we kick off LanternAsia – Art by day, Magic by Night. Enjoy wine, signature cocktails, and food from the finest Asian restaurants in the area, listen to live musical entertainment, and get an exclusive first look and exploration of the LanternAsia exhibition, opening March 10. Attire is chic with comfortable footwear. 6-9 p.m. Register and get tickets by visiting norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or calling 757-441-5830.


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Through Jan. 7, Milwaukee

Naughty or Nice Holiday Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Celebrate the season by viewing an incredible holiday display at the Domes, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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Through January 7, Milwaukee
Naughty or Nice Holiday Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Celebrate the season by viewing an incredible holiday display at the Domes. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



January 11, Hales Corners
BREWtanicals: Bavarian Bierhaus
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Back by popular demand: Discover area breweries, their history, process and taste their beers. Each session: $15 general public; $10 members. Registration recommended at least three days before each session. 21-plus only, 6:30 to 8 p.m.



January 18, Green Bay
Adult Snowshoe Hike
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Learn the basics of snowshoeing, explore the winter adaptations of the plants and search for tracks and signs of animals. Program will be a regular hike, if there isn’t enough snow for snowshoes, 3 to 4 p.m. Free for member; $5/nonmember.



January 19, Green Bay
Garden Sprouts: Pajama Party
Green Bay Botanical Gardens   

Shhh! Everyone is sleeping. Put on your favorite pair of pajamas and learn all about the winter sleepers. For children, ages 3-5, and one accompanying adult. Price includes one child and adult. Additional children are half price, $8/member; $13/nonmember, 10 to 11:30 a.m.



January 19-20, Wausau
Garden Visions Conference
North Central Technical College

North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners’ annual event: Friday, Slow Food Dinner with speaker Inga Witscher from Wisconsin Public Television’s Around The FarmTable; Saturday keynote is Ellen Esker Ogden, Vermont-based food writer. Break out sessions. For information, gardenvisions.org, or call Carol, 715-693-6446.



January 20, Fond du Lac
Snowshoe the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum
UW Fond du Lac

Snowshoe through the prairie and arboretum while looking for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife in winter, noon to 2 p.m. Snowshoes provided. Pre-registration required. No dogs. Family nature movie after the hike, free popcorns and hot cocoa, Room UC 114, 2:30 p.m. 



January 20-March 18, Milwaukee
Railroad to Wonderland
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

G-scale trains working their way through 600 feet amid garden wonders that even Alice would have found amazing, $7 adults, $5 kids.



January 21, Hales Corners
Winterfest
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Conquer your cabin fever with winter nature walks, indoor and outdoor activities, hot drinks and family fun. Free admission; $5 suggested donation for winter nature walks, 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m. Sunday brunch available from Zilli Hospitality at regular price. For reservations, 414-409-3959.



January 23, Green Bay
Raising Backyard Chickens
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Join Val Dantoin, sustainable ag educator at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, to explore the ins and outs, local ordinances and everything you need to know to get started raising your own chickens and collecting your own farm-fresh eggs, $5/member; $7/nonmember, 6 to 7:30 p.m.



January 24, Green Bay
Writing for your Health
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Learn to write expressively and reflectively inspired by the beautiful Green Bay Botanical Garden. Spend two hours of gently guided practice to learn techniques to organize thoughts, emotions and strengthen memory, 9:30 a.m. to noon, $12/member; $14/nonmember.



January 26, Wausau
Luminary Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Bring your family and friends (dogs welcome) to the gardens for a luminary-lit snowshoe walk (or hike) ending at the Kitchen Garden, where you can warm up with a bonfire, hot chocolate, apple cider and roasted marshmallows, 6 to 8 p.m.  Free. Limited number of snowshoes for $2. Check rwmonkgardens.org for severe weather advisories.



January 27, Janesville
Botanic Talk
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Educational monthly seminar, topics change each month. Visit website for details. Discounts available for RBG Members, 10 to 11:30 a.m. 



January 27, Green Bay
Winter in the Garden
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Free admission, snowshoe hikes, scavenger hunts and kids activities, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

February



February 2-3, Madison
Orchid Quest 2018
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Presented by Orchid Growers’ Guild of Madison, featuring orchid displays, speakers, vendors and an opportunity to talk to growers. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission and parking.



February 4, Milwaukee
Bonsai Silhouette Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

A winter display of unique and award winning bonsai trees with cultivators on hand to answer questions and share information about this popular horticultural field, $7 adults, $5 kids.



February 6, Green Bay
Beginner Beekeeping
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Taught by Ken Sikora, Brown County Beekeepers Association, 6 to 7:30 p.m., $7.



February 23, Green Bay
Winter Day Camp
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Campers must bring a bag lunch, snack will be provided. Ages 6–10, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $30/member; $40/nonmember.



February 14, Milwaukee
Hearts Under Glass
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Make this special evening and experience the ambiance of the Conservatory after hours with that special someone., $7 adults, $5 kids.



February 16, Wausau
Luminary Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Bring your family and friends (dogs welcome) to the gardens for a luminary-lit snowshoe walk (or hike) ending at the Kitchen Garden, where you can warm up with a bonfire, hot chocolate, apple cider and roasted marshmallows, 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Limited number of snowshoes for $2. Check rwmonkgardens.org for severe weather advisories.



February 21, Fond du Lac
Supple Marsh and Lakeside Master Plan
UW Fond du Lac

Park Superintendent John Redmond will touch on the evolution of the city parks, maintenance, future improvements and how the city is being environmentally friendly.



February 22, Hales Corners
BREWtanicals: Bavarian Bierhaus
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Back by popular demand: Discover area breweries, their history, process and taste their beers. Each session: $15 general public; $10 members. Registration recommended at least three days before each session. 21-plus only, 6:30 to 8 p.m.



Thursdays, February 22 - April, Madison
Green Thumb Gardening Classes
Dane County UW Extension Office

Series will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving. UW Extension educators and local horticulture experts will provide in depth and accessible information for everyone from the novice to the experienced gardener, 6:30 to 9 p.m. For details: http://bit.ly/2yPnZIs.



February 24, Janesville
Botanic Talk
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Educational monthly seminar, topics will change each month. Visit website for registration, fees, and event details. Discounts available for members, 1 to 2:30 p.m.



February 27, Green Bay
Straw Bale Gardening
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Whether you are renting and don’t want to install a raised bed, struggle cultivating ground-level gardens, have poor soil or just want to try out a new technique, straw bale gardening could be for you, 6 to 7 p.m., $5/member; $7/nonmember.

 

March



March 3, Sheboygan
Books on Tap
3 Sheeps Brewing Company Taproom

An adult-only evening of beer, wine, food and music to benefit Bookworm Gardens, a botanic garden inspired by children’s literature. Tasty treats from Bomallies, tour the new brewery, bid on items donated by community supporters, sip on specialty drinks, and dance the night away with This Big Life. Visit website for more information and tickets.



March 3, Milwaukee
Steampunk Wonderland Event
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Enjoy and reminisce the lost age of steam trains with an eclectic mix of costumed steam punk characters and vendors at this gadget-filled garden party.



March 8, Hales Corners
BREWtanicals: Bavarian Bierhaus
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Back by popular demand: Discover area breweries, their history, process and taste their beers. Each session: $15 general public; $10 members. Registration recommended at least three days before each session. 21-plus only, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
 

 

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