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Through November 16, Mobile
A Romance of Art and Nature
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Draw inspiration from those around you during this six-week combined art and poetry class that will focus on the collections of the gardens. Taught by botanical artist Derek Norman and writers Gail Gehlken and Poet Laureate of Alabama Emerita, Sue B. Walker. Members, $125; non-members, $150. Wednesdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.

 

November 9-12 & 15-20, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Walking through Galaxy of Lights offers a unique way to experience our popular holiday exhibit. It’s a shorter – but just as beautiful – trail, with opportunities to visit Santa and have a cup of hot cocoa and a cookie (or a cup of “spirited” coffee, if that’s your pleasure). For more information, visit hsvbg.org.



November 10-21, Theodore
Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Enjoy the nation’s largest outdoor chrysanthemum show at Bellingrath Gardens. Hundreds of colorful cascades of chrysanthemums are displayed on bridges and balconies and in baskets and containers throughout the gardens. All the cascades are grown at Bellingrath by our horticultural staff. Fees: $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. For more information, call 251-459-8864, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



November 15, Anniston
The Sweet Smell of the Gardens
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Bring a lunch and join us for a lunchtime special, Third Thursday in the gardens. Sherry Blanton, “The Southern Gardener” of the Anniston Star and master gardener, will share a few of her favorite things. Come learn about the many fragrant plants for your garden. Noon-1 p.m. Anniston Museums and Gardens members, free; non-members, $5. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



November 15, Hoover
Introduction to Vietnamese Cooking
Aldridge Gardens

Learn about Vietnamese cooking from Alan Song. This class is a part of Aldridge Gardens’ Around the World with Food series. Members, $30; non-members, $35. 6-8 p.m. Space is limited. For more information and to register, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



November 17, Hoover
Members-Only Guided Bird Walk
Aldridge Gardens

Join Dr. Richard and Patricia Ryel for a walk through the gardens to catch a glimpse of the beautiful birds that are migrating through the area. 8-10 a.m. This monthly members-only event is free, but please RSVP. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



November 17-18, Jemison
Christmas Open House
Petals from the Past

Join us as we begin the celebration of the holiday season. There will be food, music by JQ’s One Man Band, and special sale prices. It is our way of saying Thanks for shopping with us this past year. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.



November 23- November 31, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village, nursery rhyme characters dancing among traditional scenes of the season and experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.



November 23-December 31, Theodore
Magic Christmas in Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The dazzling nighttime display features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights, and 15 scenes set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre estate. Nightly, 5-9 p.m. The Bellingrath Home will be open for tours and decorated in full holiday finery. The Gift Shop will be fully stocked for the season and guests may also have their photos taken with Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café each night through Dec. 23. The Magnolia Café will have extended hours, 4-8 p.m., during the season. (The gardens will be closed on Christmas and January 1.) Military Mondays are back! Military personnel and their immediate relatives will receive a 15 percent discount off regular gardens admission on each Monday of the Magic Christmas in Lights season. The dates are Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Online ticket sales begin Nov. 1. For more information or to order tickets, visit bellingrath.org.


 
November 26, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights 5k
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The 5k (3.1 miles) begins at 6:30 p.m. with the course winding through the paved Galaxy of Lights trail. Snacks and beverage will be served to all participants. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.



November 27, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights 3k Holiday Dash
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Walk, skip, stroll, or run – this 3k is just for fun! The 3K Holiday Dash (1.8 miles) begins at 6:30 p.m. with the course winding through the paved Galaxy of Lights trail. The run will not be timed, but will be full of great light displays, festive holiday music, and prizes from our many generous sponsors. Strollers are welcome. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.



November 30, Hoover
Holiday Decorating Class
Aldridge Gardens

Learn how to decorate your doors and windows with floral creative dynamo Beth White. 9-11 a.m. Members, $15; non-members, $25. For more information and to register, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



November 30-December 1, Hoover
Holiday Greenery Sale
Aldridge Gardens

Bundled greenery for all your holiday trimmings! Members’ only sale, Friday
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; public sale, Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



November 30-December 1, Mobile
Holiday Market
Mobile Botanical Gardens

A collaboration of Mobile Botanical Gardens and the Mobile County Master Gardeners. Buy local products and gifts with a tale to tell! Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.

 

December



December 1, Cullman
Wreath Making
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Make a grapevine wreath to reuse and decorate with our beautiful native evergreens. $10 per person. Begins at 2 p.m. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
December 1, Cullman
Winter Crafts Farm Kids Club
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Celebrate winter with a make-and-take nature crafts workshop. $5 per child, adults no charge. Max program cost is $10 per family. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
December 7, Mobile
The Pursuit of Flora: A Florilegium of the Plant Collections at the Mobile Botanical Gardens
Mobile Arts Council Gallery

Members of the Mobile Botanical Gardens Sketch Club, Botanical Art Classes, and Coastal Alabama Botanical Artists Circle will be exhibiting their work at the Mobile Arts Council in December. The exhibit showcases the plant collections at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.



December 7-8, Nauvoo
Food & Farm Forum, and Youth Food & Farm Forum
Camp McDowell

The 2018 Food & Farm Forum is the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network’s (ASAN’s) primary annual gathering of farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and food advocates from across the state to swap stories, ideas, and wisdom in order to together build a more robust local food system in Alabama. The program consists of peer-to-peer, hands-on, and experiential learning, in the form of workshops, panel discussions, and breakout conversations. Topics covered range from seed saving and permaculture to herbal medicine and raising grass-fed beef. Child care is provided for free throughout the weekend. This year a Youth Food & Farm Forum will run concurrently, offered to youth ages 14-21. The Youth Forum program will feature sessions on topics ranging from agricultural production, land stewardship, food sovereignty, community/grassroots organizing, and more. For more information, visit asanonline.org/forum18.

 

December 7-9, Birmingham
Christmas at Arlington
Arlington House and Gardens

Christmas at Arlington is Arlington’s gift to the City of Birmingham! Held the first full weekend in December, this Birmingham Christmas tradition is a great way to kick off the holiday season each year. Visitors are invited to “step back in time” as local decorators adorn rooms of the museum in seasonal period décor. Some of Birmingham’s finest decorators will make the past come alive in the rooms of Arlington with creative holiday decorations of Christmas Past. Address: 331 Cotton Avenue SW, Birmingham, AL 35211. Phone:  205-780-5656. www.arlingtonantebellumhomeandgardens.com

Friday, December 7, 2018 – Hanging of the Green, Candlelight Program and Reception, 6:00 pm. $20 admission.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – Arlington Open House, 10 am – 4 pm, free admission
Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Arlington Open House, 1 pm – 4 pm, free admission



December 13, Mobile
The Botany of Christmas
Mobile Botanical Gardens

MBG Presents Naturalist Programs at the Botanical Gardens: Botany for the Fun of it With Fred Nation. The Botany of Christmas will take a look at the plants used in Christmas and other seasonal midwinter celebrations. We will describe the interesting traditions that have arisen around these treasured plants. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.
 


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November 16, Smackover
Holiday Light Extravaganza
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources’ Oil Field Park comes to life with a variety of sparkling vignettes to delight the young and young at heart. Enjoy over 300,000 lights as they twinkle and delight the youngster in all of us. After viewing the lights come into the museum to warm up with hot chocolate and do that last-minute shopping in our gift shop. Admission: $10 per car. 5:30-8 p.m. Call 870-725-2877 for more information.



November 17, Pocahontas
Davidsonville Thanksgiving Feast
Davidsonville Historic State Park

Come celebrate the holiday just a little early at Davidsonville Historic State Park. Join park staff and help cook up a Thanksgiving Feast using historic cookware. We’ll prepare a traditional holiday spread and make new friends with fellow community members as we do. This workshop has limited space and early sign-ups are required. 1-5 p.m. Call 870-892-4708 to register and bring your appetite! Admission: $20.

 

Nov 17-Dec 31, Hot Springs
Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

The most celebrated outdoor light display in Arkansas for the holiday season opens the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Eve (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). The gardens will be aglow with nearly 5 million lights in a myriad of natural settings. Features include the luminescent Garden of the Pine Wind, the 50-foot tall Holiday Tree that plays holiday tunes animated to a light show, the Parterre garden on the Great Lawn, and traditional holiday scenes in the woodlands. Conclude your walking tour with free hot chocolate. The Chipmunk Cafe is open nightly until 9 p.m. serving soups, sandwiches, and snacks. 5-9 p.m. nightly. Admission: members free/$15 adults/$5 ages 4-12/free ages 0-3. Purchase tickets online or pay at the door. For more information, visit garvangardens.org.



November 20-December 31, Pine Bluff
22nd Annual Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park

Long recognized as the state’s largest drive-through display of holiday lights, the 1.2-mile display will continue nightly 6-9 p.m. until December 31. Admission to the drive-through is free but donations are accepted by community volunteers at the end of the tour, to be invested in making future exhibits bigger and brighter. Donate $10 and you will receive an ornament (while supplies last.) Just beyond the collection station is a new photography stage where visitors can park and take their own pictures under a festive arch. For more information, call Kerry Battle at 870.536.7600 or visit pinebluffcvb.org.

 

December

 

December 1, Fayetteville
BGO’s 7th Annual Jingle Bell Jog 5k & Reindeer Fun Run
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Come take part in BGO’s 7th Annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Reindeer Fun Run. Ugly Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, elf ears – anything that sparkles and jingles is highly encouraged! Come run, walk, and be merry! The run takes place at the botanical garden and the nearby Lake Fayetteville trail. Proceeds support the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks’ mission to provide education, entertainment and recreation for the thousands of visitors and students who visit the garden each year. For more information or to register, visit bgoozarks.com.

 

December 1, Newport
Victorian Style Christmas Ornament Workshop
Jacksonport State Park

Nineteenth-century Christmas ornaments were handmade from natural items, cards, doilies, ribbons, and lace. Make three different historically authentic Victorian style Christmas ornaments to help make your tree beautiful. This workshop is great for children, and especially nice for parents, grandparents, and children to do together. 9 a.m.-noon. Admission: $7.40 per person. Advance reservations required by 3 p.m. Thursday, November 29. Call 870-523-2143 for more information.

 

December 1, Washington
31st Annual Christmas and Candlelight
Historic Washington State Park

You and your family will be in awe of the natural beauty that candlelit streets provide as you stroll through our historic village. Decorations, music, and more set the mood for your historic holiday experience. The homes of yesterday are adorned with historic period decorations of pine cones, grapevines, magnolia, and evergreens. Daylight tours are 1-5 p.m. Candlelight tours begin at 5 p.m. when thousands of luminaries will be lit and will continue until 8 p.m. Admission: $10 adults/$6 children 6-12. Plan time in your schedule to visit Williams’ Tavern, offering a Christmas buffet from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. You may also choose to enjoy a horse-drawn surrey ride or shop the gift shops for that special holiday gift. For more information, call 870-983-2684.


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Through Dec 15, Norfolk, VA
Million Bulb Walk
Norfolk Botanical Garden

There are 2 miles of holiday light displays along the garden’s paths during this annual spectacle. Food and beverages will be available from the food truck Merrygold & Honey. 4-9 p.m. Cost varies from $17 (discounted for military personnel, members, and children 3-17 years) to free (children two and younger). Tickets are required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/mbw.



Through Dec 31, Asheville, N.C
Winter Lights
North Carolina Arboretum

Walk through the arboretum under the stars and see holiday displays made with almost 500,000 energy efficient LEDs. There will also be holiday music and cider, cocoa, and beer. 6-10 p.m. Cost varies; individuals $18 to free for children 4 and under (member and child discounts).  Registration is required. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/exhibits-events/winter-lights.


 
November 17, Lake City, S.C.
Botanical Infused Candles
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

The garden’s events and marketing coordinator Roberta Burns will lead this class on handmade candles, using various waxes and adding scents with garden products. Participants will make two candles. 10 a.m.-noon. $30. Registration is required. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/botanical-infused-candles.



Nov 23-Jan 6, Belmont, N.C
Holidays at the Garden 2018
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

View various light displays in the garden, a million lights in all, Metrolina Model Railroader displays, and the traditional orchid tree, listen to live music, get photos with Santa Claus, meet Mrs. Claus, and visit the Garden Store. Holiday food and beverages available, and fires for roasting marshmallows. Events vary daily, and the festival will be closed Christmas Day. 5-9 p.m. Cost varies, $14.95 to free for children 2 and younger (discounts online and for members, seniors, and children). Tickets are required, available at the door. For more information, call 704-825-4490 or visit dsbg.org/events/garden-events.



Nov 23 -Dec 8, Farmer, N.C.
Wreath Workshops
Toms Creek Nursery

Learn to create beautiful holiday wreaths. Pre-register before November 10 and save $5. For more information, visit tomscreeknursery.com or call 336-857-2131.


Nov 24-Jan 19, Manteo, N.C
Winterlights by Southern Bank
The Elizabethan Garden

The garden will be filled with holiday lights, displays, and music, presented by Southern Bank, and co-sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Note that Winterlights will not be open every day and requires dry conditions. 6-9 p.m. $11 – 6, depending on age. Tickets are required, sold until 8:15 p.m. daily. For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/winterlights-obx.   



November 28, 30, Clemson, S.C.
Wintry Wreaths
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn how to make beautiful and fragrant evergreen wreaths in this family event. Separate classes, 1-3 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Cost varies by wreath, $25-15 (10% member discount). Registration at least five days beforehand is required. For more information, call 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



Nov 29-Dec 30, Fayetteville, N.C
8th annual Holiday Lights in the Garden
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

View the holiday light displays, listen to music, get a selfie with Mr. Claus, roast s’mores, and visit the Garden Gift Shop. Free crafting for kids. November 29 is for members. 5:30-9 p.m. Details TBA. For more information, call 910-486-0221 or visit capefearbg.org/upcoming-events.

 

December

 

December 1, Lake City, S.C.
Creating All-Natural Skin Products
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Create toxin-free and inexpensive skin care products with natural materials in this class led by Pat Harpell. Participants will make a lotion and learn other recipes. 10a.m. - 2p.m. $40. Registration is required. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/creating-all-natural-skin-products-2/.



December 1, Clemson, S.C.
Hunt Cabin Open House: Christmas in the Upstate
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn how to make homemade ornaments from yesteryear while sipping hot chocolate by the fire. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free, but donations welcome. Registration is not required. For more information, call 864-650-1811 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.


 
December 1, Raleigh, N.C
Holiday Wreaths
JC Raulston Arboretum

Research technician Tim Alderton and programs and education coordinator Christopher Todd Glenn will show you how to make a great wreath, and Raulston will offer all sorts of plant materials. Bring your own garden shears. Separate classes, 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Cost varies and covers groups, $55 – 40. Registration is required. For more information call Glenn at 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/event/details.php?ID=1788.


 
December 1, Chapel Hill, N.C
Holly Walk
UNC-Chapel Hill campus

Join the garden’s assistant director Ken Moore, in a new version of famous horticulturist William L Hunt’s UNC Winter Campus Tree Walk, highlighting UNC’s venerable specimen trees, including many hollies. Hear re-tellings of select “tree stories,” and compare the landscape today to photos from a hundred years ago. 2-4 p.m. $10 (members $9). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

 

December 1, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Christmas Holiday Shoppe Craft Show
St. Thomas More Catholic School

St. Thomas More Catholic School proudly presents its 15th annual Christmas Holiday Shoppe Craft Show on Saturday, December 1, 2018 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) in the elegant Friends and Family Hall of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill. Enjoy one-stop shopping with 65 talented artisans and crafters from throughout North Carolina and find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list! A host of gifts for the gardener includes garden art, aprons to hold garden tools and more. Holiday music, a raffle, bake sale and the Reindeer Cafe add festive flair. Free admission. All proceeds from Christmas Holiday Shoppe benefit St. Thomas More Catholic School and the enrichment of its educational programs.



December 3, Manteo, N.C
Poinsettias Workshop
The Elizabethan Garden

Learn about these Christmas favorites from Mexico, their surprising features, and how to keep them glowing (don’t put them out in the cold!). Participants receive a plant. 10 a.m.-noon. $30 (members $15). Registration is required (class limit 12). For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/workshops-classes.   



December 7-8, Chapel Hill, N.C
Winter in the Garden Holiday Festival
North Carolina Botanical Garden

There will be luminary displays as well as holiday music and food. Details TBA. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/2018-events.


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Through Jan 31, Orlando
Ribbit the Exhibit II
Leu Gardens

A.J. Cobb’s Ribbit the Exhibit II will be displayed throughout the 50-acre gardens, featuring 26 whimsical copper frog sculptures located in 18 displays. Leu Gardens will offer special classes, programs, and workshops on our favorite amphibians and lots of green gardening classes during the exhibit, including a children’s scavenger hunt. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.

 

November 17 & 18, Ft. Myers
Fall Garden Market
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Dozens of vendors from all over the state will have exotic, tropical, and Florida native plants and trees for sale as well as garden art and supplies. The Edison Garden Shoppe will be open and stocked with unusual, native, and heritage plants. Ceramic flowerpots, vegetable and flower seeds, garden art, and more will also be available. Refreshments will be available and there will be live music. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Parking and admission to the market is free. Tours of the homes, museum, and lab are available at additional cost. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.



November 23-Dec 30, Largo
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Florida Botanical Gardens

The gardens will be festooned with over a million LED lights in an array of colors highlighting our plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. Nightly entertainment includes visits with Santa. Refreshments are available. This year there will be a gift and plant sale featuring nature-focused gift and craft items in addition to plant vendors. 5:30-9:30 p.m.  Suggested admission donation is $4; those 12 and under admitted free. Parking is free at either 12520 Ulmerton Rd. or 12211 Walsingham Rd. For more information, call 727-582-2100 or visit www.flbg.org.

 

Nov 24-Dec 30, West Palm Beach
Garden of Lights: A Winter Holiday Event
Mounts Botanical Garden

For the first time in its 40-year history, Mounts will be all a-twinkle for 36 evenings during the holiday season. Visitors of all ages will enjoy thousands of holiday lights, including creative installations of all sizes and illuminated landmarks and walkways, all along an easy to follow route through 15 different garden areas. Tickets are available online at mounts.org or may be purchased at the gate. Cost is $15 for nonmembers, $5 for children ages 5-12, and $10 for Mounts members. For more information, visit mounts.org or call 561-233-1732.



November 27, Sarasota
Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota Meeting – Crime in the Fruit Tree Grove
Sarasota Garden Club

Biologist Dr. Rhonda Douthett of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will speak on control of those pesky critters that rob us of our harvests – squirrels, opossums, and raccoons. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 at the Sarasota Garden Club, Sixth Street and US 41. Non-member admission is $5, but dues are only $10 for the calendar year. For more information, visit tropicalfruitsociety.org.



Nov 30 & Dec 1, Punta Gorda
Holly Days Home Tour
Punta Gorda Historic District

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

 

December



December 1, Lake Placid
Holiday Home and Garden Tour
Lake Placid

Each ticket has pictures of lovely homes and gardens, as well as maps to the locations on this driving tour. This year the tour features four lovely homes and a garden. Noon-4 p.m. Refreshments will be available at the Placid Lakes Community Building on Placid Lakes Blvd, where poinsettias and garden art will be for sale. The café will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and ticket holders may drop in at any time before, after, or during the tour. Tickets may be purchased in advance with a donation of $15 by calling Peggy at 863-465-1269 or 863-221-5715, or on the day of the event at the café.



December 1 & 2, Ft. Myers
Bromeliad Show and Sale
Araba Shrine Center

The Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society presents a spectacular show of prize-winning bromeliads and artistic plant arrangements. Thousands of bromeliads along with driftwood and plant supplies will be for sale. Admission is free and there will be plenty of parking at the new location, 2010 Hanson Street. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact Betsy Burdette at 239-694-4738.



December 1-8, Ft. Lauderdale
Holiday Magic Evening Experience
Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

All the trees and wreaths throughout the house will be lit and designed to delight. Decide on your favorites as you enjoy a self-guided tour. 5:30-8:30 p.m. with something exciting every night, such as Santa and his elves, Christmas story telling, strolling carolers, and much more. Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6. For more information, call 954-563-5393 or visit www.bonnethouse.org.



December 2, St. Augustine
50th Annual Tour of Homes
Historic Downtown

Tickets are $30 and are limited, so advance purchase is recommended since the tour has sold out well in advance since 2010. Tickets are non-refundable. This is a walking tour from noon-5 p.m. The homes are located within the historic downtown area for people who enjoy a leisurely walk through the old streets. For those who have difficulty walking and need assistance, we provide complimentary transportation on the Old Town Trolley. For more information, visit gardenclubofstaugustine.org/tourofhomes.html. To purchase tickets, call 904-819-6864 or visit www.christmastourofhomes.com.

 

December 3, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Orange County Library System’s amazing storytelling program comes to Leu Gardens on the first Monday of every month (except January, July, and September) at 10 a.m. 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.



December 7, 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. The gardens open at 6 p.m. and the movie is at 8. 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. This event takes place weather permitting. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.

 

December 7, Tallahassee
30th Annual Camellia Christmas
Maclay Gardens

The evening is filled with music, hot cider, cookies, and candlelight. Visitors are greeted at the garden entrance and they may stroll down the candlelit garden walk, enjoying music along the way. A silent auction offers holiday wreaths and other items suitable as gifts. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the garden from 6:30-7:30. This family friendly free event serves as an old-fashioned introduction to the holiday season. 6 to 9 p.m. Donations to are gratefully accepted. For more information, call 850-487-4556 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Maclay-Gardens.



December 8, Gotha
Holiday Celebration & Amaryllis Festival
Nehrling Gardens

This sixth annual celebration will feature beautiful amaryllis bulbs and blooms and other plants for the holidays, Santa Claus, music, nature-themed vendors, food, and activities for children. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in their red Corvette at 10 a.m. and stay for pictures on the porch until 2 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free admission. For more information, call 407-445-9977 or visit nehrlinggardens.org.



December 20, Coral Gables
Moonlight Tours
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

See the garden in a whole new light – after dark! Nighttime tram tours and more are offered for this special evening event. 6-9 p.m. Visit www.fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651 or more information.



December 20-January 6, Sarasota
15th Annual Lights in Bloom
Selby Gardens

Featuring more than a million lights, this holiday extravaganza surrounds visitors with a spectacle of unique installations amid some of the garden’s most iconic locations. Back by popular demand is the massive Tunnel of Lights, which transports guests from the tropics into the North Pole. Favorites such as the Radiant Rainforest continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Enjoy interactive photo opportunities, traditional holiday music and festivities, delicious food and drinks, and more. On Dec. 22 visitors may take part in the Selby Experience featuring reserved parking, early admission, open bar, cocktail buffet, and holiday desserts. Cost is $125 for adults. General admission to Lights in Bloom is $25 for adults, $20 for members, and $7.50 for children 5-12. Special pricing of $20 per person for groups of 25 or more, reservations required. 6-9 p.m. Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and New Year’s Eve. For more information, call 941-366-5731 or visit selby.org.



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

The spirit of the holidays comes alive at McKee with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday decorations, a triumphant vintage band organ playing holiday music, a large-scale model train display, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 3-12, children under 3 admitted free. 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.



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

Create delightful memories at McKee with this celebration that features thousands of glimmering lights, luminaria-lined pathways, spectacular lighting displays in the ponds and waterways, and another opportunity to see the model train display and listen to the vintage band organ. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 3-12, and children under 3 admitted free. 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.

 

January



January 5 & 6, Gainesville
Camellia Show
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

This event features prize-winning camellias of all sizes, shapes, and colors. There will be judged exhibits of japonicas, reticulates, hybrids, and species. In addition to their outstanding winter beauty, some of the varieties are fragrant. This show is geared toward educating the public about the care, culture and appreciation of camellias both in the green house and landscape. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free. Camellias will be available for purchase during the show. For more information, visit the Gainesville Camellia Society’s website, www.americancamellias.org.

 

Farmers Markets

 

Mondays, Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
Winter Park Road

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 is pleased to offer locally grown produce, baked goods, and other handmade gift items, 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 from 3-6 p.m. and features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, baked goods, and craft items. 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.



Fridays, North Port
North Port Farmers’ Market
City Hall Boulevard

9 a.m.-1 p.m. October through April. For more information, call 941-391-4856.



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

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. Live music serenades shoppers and pets are welcome. 8 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. 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
524 N. Market Blvd.

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.-3 p.m. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit www.sumtercountyfarmersmarket.com.

 

Saturdays, St. Cloud
The Farm Market and CSA
5700 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

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.



Saturdays, Punta Gorda
Farmers’ Market Downtown
On Taylor Street, in front of the Historic Charlotte County Courthouse

Proudly sponsored by the Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Association in collaboration with the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. 8 a.m.-noon May through September and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. October through April. For more information, contact Jerry Presseller at 941-391-4856 or jerry@puntagordafarmersmarket.com.



Second Saturdays, Palm Bay
Evans Center Farmers’ and Flea Market
Evans Center Site, 1361 Florida Ave.

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

For more information about Florida farmers’ markets, visit
www.freshfromflorida.com.


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Through December 31, Atlanta
Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens
Atlanta History Center

 

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November 15-16, Gainesville
Drawing Trees: Two-day Workshop
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville

Capture the wonderful shapes of the winter trees and all the whimsy and texture of the curves and edges of bark. Supply list provide upon registration. $79, 10 a.m.-noon. Registration deadline November 12. For more information or to register call 404-888-4760 or visit atlantabg.org.



November 17, Kennesaw
Gardencraft Series: Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Create a beautiful custom centerpiece using natural materials that reflect the colors of the season. 10 a.m.-noon. Registration fee: $45. For more information or to register, visit smithgilbertgardens.com or call 770-919-0248.



November 18, Athens
Plant Nutrition (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Northeast Georgia Orchid Society member Kevin Tarner will present a discussion of plant nutrients, their function in plants, and how to provide these nutrients.  Please bring any plants you would like to show, or that you have questions about. 2-4 p.m., Gardenside Room, free. For more information, email northeastgaorchidsociety@gmail.com.



November 24, Athens
Full Moon Hike: Beaver Moon
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Bring family and friends of all ages along to enjoy the mysterious world of nature at night! Be prepared to hike up to 2 miles on our wooded trails and in the garden. If you have young children or infants, a backpack carrier is suggested. 7 p.m., Meet at the fountain in front of the Visitor Center. $5/person or $15/family. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706–542–6156.



November 30, LaGrange
Boxwood Christmas Wreath Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

Come be a part of a day’s cheer and fun as you create a wreath using boxwood from the estate. All participants will leave with a beautiful wreath to grace their door, complete with a hand-tied bow if desired. Bring clippers if you have them. All other supplies will be provided. $40 per person, 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Call 706-882-3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org to register.

 

December



December 1, Juliette
Living Wreaths
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

Assemble your very own live wreath using greenery that will last through the holiday season. Pre-registration required by Saturday, November 24. Program fee includes materials and site admission for the day. 10 a.m.-noon, $10. For more information, call 478-986-5172.



December 1, Gainesville
Holiday Children’s Workshop – Botanical Ornaments
Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville

Adorn your home and holiday trees with pinecone owls, colorful poinsettias and whimsical birds. All supplies provided. Ages: PreK-1st grade. Fee: $29 (members $24). Registration deadline, November 2. For more information, visit atlantabg.org/learn/kids-programs.

 

December 1, LaGrange
Mixed Greens Christmas Wreath Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

Come be a part of a day’s cheer and fun as you create a wreath using a variety of elegant fresh evergreens and berries gathered from the estate. All participants will leave with a beautiful wreath to grace their door, complete with a hand-tied bow if desired. Bring clippers if you have them. All other supplies will be provided. 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. $40. Call 706-882-3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org to register.



December 1, Columbus
Christmas Wreath Workshop
Columbus Botanical Garden

After demonstrations, participants will create their own evergreen Christmas wreath using an eclectic mix of fresh greenery, berries, and garden highlights. All supplies (straw wreath forms, pins, wire, etc.) will be provided, including an abundance of fresh greenery and natural materials. $45, 10 a.m.-noon. Pre-registration deadline: November 26. For more information, email contactus@columbusbotanicalgarden.org or call 706-327-8400.



December 9, Lithia Springs
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sweetwater Creek State Park

Geologist and “Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park” president John Johnston will lead a moderately strenuous 3-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack’s Branch area and the seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester mill. Meet in the Visitor’s Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes required. 1-4 p.m., $6 plus $5 parking fee. For more information, call 770-732-5871.



December 14, Fargo
Geminids Meteor Shower Paddle
Stephen C. Foster State Park

Join us for a late night paddle under the Geminids meteor shower. One of our rangers will lead you out to Billy’s Lake for a wide view of the stars and meteors far from man-made light. Take advantage of our dark skies and see the meteor shower from one of the best vantage points in the Southeast. $15-$20, $5 parking. For more information, call 912-637-5274.



January 11, Marietta
Thyme to Read Book Club: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive

Cris Force will be the facilitator. All these books are available from the Cobb County Library System. Meetings are open to the public and are held at 10:15 a.m. For more information, contact Crystal Force at crystalaforce@gmail.com.



Student artists may win up to $1,000!!
2018 Student Art Competition

Students grade 9 through college enrolled in Georgia schools are invited to participate in the 2018 State Botanical Garden art competition funded by the J.A. and H.G. Woodruff Jr. Charitable Trust and sponsored by the Friends of the Garden. Winning artwork will be used to create signature items, such as note cards, scarves, mugs, and mouse pads that will be for sale at the State Botanical Garden gift shop. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners, with first place receiving $1,000. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call Connie at 706-542-6014. All artwork must be turned in to the State Botanical Garden by Friday, November 30, 2018.


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Through Nov. 21, Davenport
Fall Colors and Mum Show
Vander Veer Park Conservatory

By September 14 the Conservatory will have switched to fall colors. Plants include coleus, cannas, caladium, copper plants, ornamental peppers, bush mums, and ornamental grass. October 12 the spectacular Mum Show will be added, featuring over 40 varieties of 3-6-foot tall standard mums, trained one flower per plant to create giant flowers. For more information, visit friendsofvanderveer.com, call 563-326-7818, or email nsotos@friendsofvanderveer.com.


 
Through Nov. 16, Omaha, Nebraska
Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Lauritzen Gardens

 

November 17 & 18, Ames
Opening Weekend of the RG Express Holiday Railroad
Reiman Gardens

Join us 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for the opening weekend of the RG Express holiday railroad.



November 17 & 18, Bettendorf
Christmas Open House
Wallace’s Garden Center

Refreshments, family photo-ops, train rides through our greenhouse, and 14,000 poinsettias on display and for sale. Open both days 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Located at 2605 Devils Glen Road in Bettendorf. For more information, visit wallacesgardencenter.com.



November 20, Ames
Floral Design: Cascading Cornucopias
Reiman Gardens

Fill a willow cornucopia for a fanciful centerpiece flowing with fall florals. 6:30-7:30 p.m.



November 21, Ames
Behind the Scenes: Butterfly Lab
Reiman Gardens

See the entomology laboratory, view frozen specimens and our collection of wings, along with other nuggets most people (including staff) never see. This program is perfect for volunteers! Join different staff members each month for an interactive, behind the scenes look. 11 a.m.-noon.



November 23, Ames
Black Friday Family Tour
Reiman Gardens

Looking for something fun and educational for your family to do the day after Thanksgiving? Follow trained guides as they show you caterpillars, chrysalides and cocoons, and hundreds of native and tropical butterflies. Do all of this while learning about plant and insect interactions and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Reiman Railroad in the tropical conservatory. If it’s nice, we may even go outside! 10-11 a.m.



Nov. 29 & Dec. 6, 13, & 20, Ames
Visit Free During Extended Holiday Hours
Reiman Gardens

This holiday season Reiman Gardens will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas for visitors to shop at the gift shop and see the indoor holiday train display. Free admission begins at 4:30 p.m. This is also your chance to see the outdoor lights and decorations illuminated against the night sky.



November 29, Ames
Revise, Rewrite & Rework
Reiman Gardens

Move through a piece of your own writing with a group of other writers in an intensive short course taught by award-winning poet and author Dennis Maulsby from 6-8 p.m. Bring a work in progress to the first session to clarify the structure, plot, and details. Revise with input from the class and enrich the writing with tension, specifics, action, sensory description, and more editing.

 

December



December 8, Ames
Breakfast with Santa
Reiman Gardens

Kids, bring your parents to Reiman Gardens to enjoy a hearty and delicious breakfast buffet. Two seatings – 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Visit Santa, create your own holiday-themed crafts, write a letter to Santa, and see the train exhibit in the Hughes Conservatory. Then head to the Reiman Gardens’ gift shop for stocking stuffers and unique gift ideas.

 

December 15, Decorah
Winter on the Farm
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Hot chocolate, cookies, horse-drawn sleigh rides through the valley – come join us for winter on the farm, no matter the weather, and check out our visitor center’s special holiday sales. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In the event there is no snow, we will have horse-drawn wagon rides. Cost: Free. Visit seedsavers.org/events for more details.
 
December 18, Ames
Floral Design: Table Runners with Holiday Greens
Reiman Gardens

Create a long and low running arrangement for your holiday table with fresh winter greens and berries. 6:30-7:30 p.m.



Contacts for facilities with multiple events

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


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November 17, Fort Wayne
Plant & Go: Fall
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Participate in a hands-on learning experience. This month we’re giving out Swedish ivy. Learn care instructions and fun plant facts and take your new plant baby home to nurture. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. while supplies last. Included in regular conservatory admission. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.


 
November 17, Muncie
Farmers’ Market
Minnetrista

This year-round market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, meat, eggs, and baked goods. 9 a.m.-noon. Free parking. For more information, visit minnetrista.net or call 765-282-4848.

 

November 19-January 7, Indianapolis
Winterlights
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Stroll with family and friends through memorable holiday light displays – from “whimsy trees” to the Snowflake Bridge to the Grand Allée. Enjoy the experience with Kris Kringle himself when he joins us for special appearances on Tuesdays. Pause for wintertime s’mores-making at wood-fired warming stations, try mugs of warm “spiked” cider or cocoa (both of which can be served “unspiked” for the younger amblers). There’s even Newfields Beer, brewed by Taxman Brewery, as well as canned red or white wines and a variety of warm nuts and other holiday treats. Food and beverages are also available inside at The Cafe. Tours at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free parking. Save 20 percent by purchasing tickets online at discovernewfields.org or call 317-923-1331.

 

November 20, Fort Wayne
Garden Preschool: Cold Weather
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

On the third Tuesday of each month we will explore a different theme through a story, hands-on activity, craft and a snack. Children and adults alike will learn through hands-on activities in the garden that are sure to get everyone thinking. At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class. 10-11 a.m. $6/child; $4/conservatory member’s child. Register online at forwayneparks.org or call 260-27-6000 and refer to class code #427102-T3.


 
November 21, Fort Wayne
Holiday Kick-Off Party
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, meet Mrs. Claus, and get a free professional-quality photo with Santa. You can also meet two live reindeer that know all about the North Pole. Catch the carolers from Fort Wayne Youtheatre’s “Charlie Brown Christmas” carolers early in the evening. The gardens will be decorated for the holidays, and you won’t want to miss the animated light show outdoors. 5-9 p.m. $5/adult $3/child age 3-17. Children 2 and under admitted free. No reservations required. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.


 
November 21-January 6, Fort Wayne
Garden in Lights
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy beautiful poinsettias against the backdrop of our Victorian Christmas theme, explore the Tropical and Desert gardens dressed for the holidays, and stroll the outdoor terrace for a cheerful synchronized display of lights and holiday music. Special Thursday and Friday evening hours – open until 8 p.m. – the five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Regular Conservatory admission applies. Open Thanksgiving Day 4-8 p.m., closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Mondays. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.


 
Nov 23-Dec 30, Indianapolis
Christmas at the Zoo
Indianapolis Zoo

Enjoy the warm glow of twinkling lights and the magical nighttime experience that is Christmas at the Zoo! Several animals stay up late to enjoy cooler nights, including brown bears, tigers, and more! The Hilbert Conservatory in the White River Gardens will be open noon-5 p.m. Free visits with Santa through December 23, photo packages available. Receive $1 off admission for up to four guests when you donate a new hat, scarf, or gloves for the Mitten Tree that supports local St. Mary’s Child Center. For more information, visit indianapoliszoo.com or call 317-630-2001.


 
Nov 23-Dec 31, Indianapolis
Conservatory Crossing
Garfield Park Conservatory

See the conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias, model trains and villages, and thousands of twinkling lights. Special evening hours until 8 p.m. December 14-15 and 20-22. $4 per person or $10 per family (2 adults max.) For more information, visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7580.

 

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December 1, Indianapolis
Holiday Herbal Workshop
Garfield Park Conservatory

Make holiday herbal gifts for family, friends, or yourself. There will be handouts, recipes, and holiday goodies to sample. Limited seating. $5/person. Reserve a spot online at garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7184.


 
December 13 or 15, Fort Wayne
Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Bring a friend or make it a family affair as you create a festive evergreen centerpiece. Dennis Bowman, Fresh Design Manager with Gassafy Wholesale Florist, will help you fashion fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into an arrangement with holiday flair. Your fee includes a stroll through our Victorian-themed holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners, and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Thursday December 13, 6-7:30 p.m. OR Saturday December 15, 9-10:30 a.m. $34/public; $29/conservatory member or volunteer. Register online by November 23 at fortwayneparks.org or call 260-427-6000 and refer to class code # 127009-R1 or 127009-S1.


 
December 15, Muncie
Farmers’ Market
Minnetrista

This year-round market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, meat, eggs, and baked goods. 9 a.m.-noon. Free parking. For more information, visit minnetrista.net or call 765-282-4848.


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November 2 & 15, Covington
Ag & Hort – Forestry Program (2-part series)
Kenton County Extension Service

The Forestry Program Series will begin on information needed to reforest your land. The topic of Part 2 will be recognizing and dealing with invasive plants. Each session meets at 6:30 p.m. and will meet the educational requirements for participating in the CAIP program. For information/registration, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.



November 14, Union
Evergreen Selection
Boone County Arboretum

Bundle up and enjoy this guided tour of the arboretum’s evergreens. Learn how to utilize and select evergreens for your landscape. Registration is required through Nov. 13. 1-2:30 p.m. For information/registration call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.



November 15, Covington
Part 2: Ag & Hort – Forestry Program
Kenton County Extension Service

The Forestry Program Series will begin on information needed to reforest your land. The topic of Part 2 will be recognizing and dealing with invasive plants. Each session meets at 6:30 p.m. and will meet the educational requirements for participating in the CAIP program. For information/registration, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.



November 15, Lexington
Stump the Hort Agent
Fayette County Extension Service

This program is back by popular demand and is a question and answer session. Audience members will have the opportunity to steer the conversation to whatever topics you desire. Meet at 6:30 p.m. and put the agent in the hot seat! Admission is free, and pre-registration is required. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



November 19, London
Gardener’s Toolbox: Flowers & Bulbs    
Laurel County Extension Service

This class will be filled with information on planting bulbs for beautiful spring flowers. Each participant will take home bulbs for their garden. Space is limited to 25 persons for this 6 p.m. class with a material fee of $5. For additional information/registration, call 606-864-4167, email dl_ces_laurel@email.uky.edu, or visit laurel.ca.uky.edu.



November 26, Covington
Renovating Sacrifice Areas and Cover Crops
Kenton County Extension Service

The class will cover renovating sacrifice areas and planting cover crops to renew soil quality. 6:30-8 p.m. For information/registration, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.



November 27, La Grange
Winter Greenery
Oldham County Extension Service

Horticulture assistant Michael Boice will demonstrate how to use fresh greenery to make holiday decorations. The 1 p.m. program is sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association. Admission is free, and presentation is open to the public. Please register by calling 502-222-9453 or email lauren.state@uky.edu.

 

November 27, Louisville
Growing Microgreens
Middletown Branch Library

Jefferson County extension horticulture technician Carol Wilder will present this class on growing microgreens. 6:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 501-569-2344.

 

December



December 4, Covington
Holiday Evergreen Wreath
Kenton County Extension Service

Make a holiday wreath with live sedum, ornaments, and a mix of greens including magnolia, eucalyptus, and ivy. The class meets from 6-8 p.m. and requires pre-registration and payment by November 15 to allow for purchase of materials. Make checks for $15 payable to Kenton County District Board. Class will be limited to the first 25 paid registrants. For information/registration, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.



December 4, Lexington
Caring for Holiday Plants
Fayette County Extension Service

We will cover the care and culture of popular holiday plants and provide a plant or bulb(s) for you to grow. The cost is $10, and meeting time is 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



December 6, Union
Plant Exploration with the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum
Boone County Arboretum

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear about the exciting world of plant exploration with Chicago Botanic Garden and The Morton Arboretum. Matt Lobdell, curator of The Morton Arboretum and Phil Douglas, curator of woody plants at Chicago Botanic Garden will lead an exciting overview of recent plant collecting trips at their gardens and highlight the important global plant conservation work of their institutions. We’ll have a silent auction of botanical gems from each garden as an added bonus during the program. The presentation is 6-8 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Registration is $20/$25 for members/non-members and is required by December 6 at 5 p.m. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.



December 7, Burlington
Decorating with Greens
Boone County Extension Service Enrichment Center

Learn how to use the winter greens from your landscape for winter decorating. We will be arranging centerpieces. Please bring a centerpiece container that does not exceed 8 inches in diameter. Registration required for this 10 a.m.-noon class. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-6101, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.


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Ongoing, Gretna
Gretna Farmers’ Market & Art Walk
739 Third St.

Enjoy fresh local produce and crafts every Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., rain or shine, under the covered Gretna Market Building. For more information, visit gretnafarmersmarket.com or call 504-363-1500.



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 marketatmoncuspark.com.



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.



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, Ruston
Ruston Farmers’ Market
220 E. Mississippi Ave.

More than 25 vendors from north Louisiana offering products including lettuce, kale, chard, strawberries, vegetable starts, fresh-cut flowers, herbs, beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. There will also be prepared foods such as bagels, pies, casseroles, and gluten-free desserts, jams, jellies, salsas, honey, and wood crafts, baby clothing, and skin-care products. North Louisiana Farm Fresh Corporation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, manages Ruston Farmers’ Market. The market is sponsored in part by First National Bank, Origin Bank, and Ensure Agency. For more information, visit www.rustonfarmersmarket.org. Ruston Farmers’ Market is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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November 17, Monroe
Super Saturday
Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana Family Garden

Super Saturdays include garden-based activities for children and adults, early childhood activities in the outdoor learning center, community health fair in the parking lot, seminars for parents of children 0-18 in main hall, and volunteer opportunities in the garden and in the community. Super Saturday is part of the revitalization effort in downtown Monroe and will coordinate with compatible third Saturday events as well be a meet up for United Way 211 volunteer opportunities both in the garden and in the community. 117 Hall Street, Monroe. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at noon. No charge. For more information, call 318-323-8775.

 

November 20, New Orleans
Weed Identification and Prevention
New Orleans Museum of Art – Super Plants/Enabling Garden

Members of the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Iris Society will meet to discuss weed identification and prevention. Volunteers are needed to weed the La Iris Display Garden. Experts will be available to answer your LA Iris and LA Super Plant questions. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit mggno.com/calendar.



November 24, Ville Platte
Getting Kids Back to Nature 
Louisiana State Arboretum

Have fun and learn about five different subjects in a very short time. Kids will be dip-netting, learning other languages, using math skills, writing poetry, and learning about the history of the park. This will all be done in an outdoor setting on the trail. For more information call 888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289.



December 15, Ville Platte
Chicot Trail Guided Hike
Louisiana State Arboretum

The hike will focus on the history of the lake, the vegetation of the site, and the many animals that live in the park. Hikes typically last two hours but can be less if needed. The hike will start at the North Trailhead which is located just south of the North Landing Campground. For more information, call 888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289.

 

January



January 19, West Monroe
Seed Swap & Seminar – Seeds of the Past for the Future
West Monroe Convention Center

Presented by the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners. Keynote speaker will be John Coykendall, an artist and legendary seed saver. He is the focus of the LPB program Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall’s Journey to Save our Seeds and Stories. Much of his collection comes from the southern parishes of Louisiana. Come meet John and hear about his journeys and seed collections! Also bring seeds to swap! Other speakers include Larry Stephenson and Dr. Allen Owings. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration fee $20. For more information, call 318-323-2251 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/237994280340142.

 

February



February 23, Minden
Buds & Blooms
First United Methodist Church

Seminars for the public to help enhance their education in all things horticulture. This educational seminar began as a fundraiser to sponsor the 4-H Garden Contest and continues to be the sole source of monetary incentives and prizes for each contestant. Hence, the name: We are preparing young “buds” to grow and learn to be beautiful garden “blooms.” Please come join us for wonderful food, fun, and door prizes. 9 a.m.-noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost to attend is $15. For more information, visit http://www.phlmg.com/buds--blooms--2019.html.


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November 14, Troy
Troy Garden Club Monthly Meeting
Big Beaver United Methodist Church

The guest speaker will be Matthew Bertrand, NPS Program Coordinator, Friends of the Rouge. The topic will be “Rain Gardens: How to Make your Gardens look Great, Solve Problems, and Save Rivers.” Check in starts at 11:45 a.m., a light lunch at noon, and speaker begins at 1 p.m. There is a $7/person cost for guests. For more information, visit troygardenclubmi.com.



Nov 14 through Dec 21, Niles
Wine and Wreaths
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Back by popular demand, Fernwood is offering an exclusive holiday experience to share with your family, friends, and coworkers. You and your guests will create a custom 20-inch round wreath with the help of Fernwood instructors. Wine and appetizers are included. Reservations can be made for block parties of six or more participants. Sessions are Tuesday through Sunday, 3-5 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. For groups of five or less, ask about our mix-and-mingle sessions. Call 269-695-6491 to schedule your reservation today. $45 per person. For more information, visit fernwoodbotanical.org or call 269-695-6491.



November 15, Battle Creek
Autumn is Hanging Around
Southern Exposure

Using a beautiful, white-washed, board of reclaimed wood with projected rod and six hooks, we will complete a stunning wall arrangement! This project will include a hanging pumpkin with succulents, gourd with flowers, bottle with fall berries, and bunches of our own herbs and flowers to dry at home. Chef Elsie will be making her famous pumpkin crème brûlée. 6:30 p.m. $75/person. Register at southernmoon.com/register_home.html.



November 17, Battle Creek
Metal Pineapple Wall & Door Decoration with Breakfast
Southern Exposure

Add a seasonal touch to your home with a beautiful pineapple wall or door decoration. We will add an autumn trimming around the neck of the pineapple complete with a finishing bow. Change out the décor to use all year in your home or garden to say welcome in a truly historical way. Chef Elsie will prepare a scrumptious breakfast. 9 a.m.$65/person. Register at southernmoon.com/register_home.html.



November 17, Niles
Contemplative Program: Autumn Retreat
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Meditation teacher and University of Notre Dame research professor Deirdre Guthrie guides us through our own inner landscapes of well being as we engage with sacred symbols of art, nature, and our own deeply interwoven selves. Dress for a short outdoor walk and gentle movement drawn from yoga and qigong. 1-4 p.m. $40 (members $35). For more information, visit fernwoodbotanical.org or call 269-695-6491.



November 17, Battle Creek
Gnarled Branch Wreath and Eucalyptus
Southern Exposure

Join us at 1 p.m. for lunch and a delightful project. In New Zealand’s Southern Islands, the jetstream winds are unobstructed and blow relentlessly into the land. The winds are so persistent, and sometimes violent, that the trees become gnarled and perpetually twisted. We have found a 12-inch wreath that captures the aesthetic of this wondrous landscape, which we will enhance with generous amount of seeded eucalyptus. Chef Elsie will prepare a lunch to represent the countryside of this beautiful coastal region. $70/person. Register at southernmoon.com/register_home.html.



November 17, Traverse City
Gift Shop Sale
The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Discover handcrafted art tiles and ceramics, metal garden sculptures and fountains, handmade wooden bowls, watercolor notecards, local photography, and more from local artists, all on sale for the holidays. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org/events.



November 17, Traverse City
Creating a Festive Winter Wreath with Terry Hooper
The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Floral designer Terry Hooper, owner of Hooper’s Farm Gardens and Floral Studio, will provide materials for participants to create a beautiful winter wreath. Class is limited to 20 participants. There is a $35/person fee which includes greens, participants are asked to bring their own frame. For more information or to register, call 231-935-4077 or visit thebotanicgarden.org/events.



November 18, Battle Creek
My Birdcage Has Pumpkins
Southern Exposure

We enjoy repurposing birdcages here at the farm. We use them year-round with houseplants, outside succulents, and seasonal décor. You will fill an English birdcage with generous amounts of fall botanicals. Take it home to hang indoors or outdoors in your garden. But first, a mouth-watering lunch prepared by Chef Elsie awaits you. 1 p.m. $75/person. Register at southernmoon.com/register_home.html.

 

November 20-January 6, Grand Rapids
Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Discover the artistry of 27 adorned Christmas trees, 15 fascinating cultural displays, and our beloved Railway Garden. Inside and out, Meijer Gardens shines – especially in the ambiance of more than 300,000 lights! For more information, visit meijergardens.org.



November 24, Battle Creek
Alpine Sled
Southern Exposure

Join us at for breakfast and a delightful project. You will decorate your own Alpine sled using an assortment of fresh greens, twigs, and ribbon. This treasured sled is yours to take home to place on your porch or accent your front door. Chef Elsie will create a special Swiss breakfast using recipes from generations passed. 9 a.m. $80/person. Register at southernmoon.com/register_home.html.



November 24, Battle Creek
Holiday Decorating with Skis
Southern Exposure

On a recent “Scott’s Junque Bus Tour,” Scott found an antique pair of snow skis that needed a new home. Using old barn wood, Scott has reproduced those skis, so you can include this idea in your upcoming holiday decoration. In this workshop, we will demonstrate the many ways to incorporate them into your holiday decorations. After enjoying a nourishing lunch by Chef Elsie, you will decorate a pair of skis to take home. 1 p.m. $75/person. Register at southernmoon.com/register_home.html.



November 28, Waterford
Holiday Market
Oakland County Farmers’ Market

Find unique items for everyone on your list while supporting local small businesses. Event includes gift items, food, and more. 3-7 p.m. For more information, visit oakgov.com/parks/Pages/events.aspx.



November 29-December 1, Rochester
Rochester Garden Club Holiday Gifts & Greens Market
Rochester Schools Administration Building

Customers can get a head start on the holiday season and purchase beautiful fresh and permanent holiday arrangements, fresh greens, baked goods, and crafts. Opening gala on Thursday 6-8 p.m. For a $5 entrance fee, guests will be welcomed with beverages and snacks. Market days: Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with a $2 admission. Visit rochestergardenclub.org for more details.

 

December



December 1, Traverse City
Gift Shop Sale
The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Discover handcrafted art tiles and ceramics, metal garden sculptures and fountains, handmade wooden bowls, watercolor notecards, local photography, and more from local artists, all on sale for the holidays. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org/events.



December 1, Traverse City
Creating a Winter Porch Pot with Terry Hooper
The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Floral designer Terry Hooper, owner of Hooper’s Farm Gardens and Floral Studio, will provide materials to plant a beautiful winter porch pot that will bring color and texture to the front of your home. Class is limited to 20 participants. There is a $35/person fee, which includes make-and-take materials. For more information or to register, call 231-935-4077 or visit thebotanicgarden.org/events.



December 1, 8 & 15, Niles
Breakfast with Santa at Fernwood
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Visit Santa while you enjoy a yummy breakfast prepared by Chef Tim, make a craft with one of Santa’s helpers, and play along with an interactive holiday band. The breakfasts fill quickly, so call today to make your reservation. Held on three different dates, 9:30-11 a.m. Adults $15.95, children $9.95, children 5 and under admitted free. For more information, visit fernwoodbotanical.org or call 269-695-6491.

 

December 1, Niles
Holiday Greens Workshop
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Continuing a tradition started by Fernwood founder, Kay Boydston, we gather to create natural holiday decorations – wreaths, door swags, centerpieces, etc. Fernwood provides fresh greens and basic construction materials, but feel free to bring your own special touches. 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. $70 (members $56). For more information, visit fernwoodbotanical.org or call 269-695-6491.



December 2, Niles
Holiday Greens Workshop
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Continuing a tradition started by Fernwood founder Kay Boydston, we gather to create natural holiday decorations – wreaths, door swags, centerpieces, etc. Fernwood provides fresh greens and basic construction materials, but feel free to bring your own special touches. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $70 (members $56). For more information, visit fernwoodbotanical.org or call 269-695-6491.



December 2, Niles
Fernwood Photography Club
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Open to all ages and levels of experience, this meeting lasts about 90 minutes, starting with a sharing and discussion of recent images shot by club members, followed by a monthly topical program. 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact Bob Denny at bobdenny.fernwood@gmail.com.

 

December 6, East Lansing
Holiday Open House
MSU Horticulture Gardens Plant & Soil Sciences Building

There will be decorated trees and refreshments and MSU-grown poinsettias, house plants, centerpieces, and wreaths will be available for sale. Noon until 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for this event. The sale will continue weekdays December 7-22, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. There is now parking available in our Garden Lot off Bogue St, $1.80/hour and free after 6 p.m. (coin or credit). For more information, visit hrt.msu.edu/our-gardens.



December 8, Niles
Mini-Greens Workshop
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Create a 24-inch wreath, door swag, centerpiece, or other single item in this short session. $35 (members $28). 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit fernwoodbotanical.org or call 269-695-6491.



December 13, Lapeer
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society Holiday Celebration
Mayfield Township Hall

This celebration is an annual meeting with a huge potluck and optional gift exchange. For more information, email pacegardens@charter.net or call Glen Pace at 989-244-4029.


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Through November 25 St. Paul
Fall Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Visit the Sunken Garden to see black and pink chrysanthemums in full bloom, along with blue and orange flowers accented with yellow and chartreuse. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation, $2 adults, $1 children.

 

November 17, Chaska
Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Natural Winter Container
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to make your own spruce-top pot and stretch your creativity while adding unique botanical touches such as dogwood, willow, cones, and berries. Instructor: Laura Vogel, adult education programs manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 9-11 a.m. Cost: $89 member/$99 non-member for one container.



November 17, Chaska
Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Winter Wonders Wreath
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the unique properties that make evergreens so well-suited for winter outdoor display and then create your own full, botanically diverse wreath on a wire frame. Instructor: Laura Vogel, adult education programs manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Noon-2 p.m. Cost: $89 member/$99 non-member.



November 17, Chaska
Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: 6-Foot Decorative Garland
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Make a 6-foot evergreen garland following step-by-step instructions. Instructor: Laura Vogel, adult education programs manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $89 member/$99 non-member.



December



December 1, Chaska
Gifts From the Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Spend a day at the arboretum exploring a multitude of artistic endeavor and come away with three completed projects made by you for seasonal gifting. View projects at arboretum.umn.edu/giftsfromgarden.aspx. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $99 member/$119 non-member.



December 1-January 6, St. Paul
Holiday Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Visit the Sunken Garden’s elaborate Victorian-themed display with all red poinsettias, plus purple salvia, lavender, and scented geraniums.10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.



December 8, Bemidji
Wreath Making 101
Lake Bemidji State Park

If you’ve never made your own evergreen wreath, here’s an opportunity to learn how – and take yours home! Balsam, pine, and cedar boughs, wreath forms, and wire will be supplied, along with a demonstration, easy instructions, and decorating ideas. Bring your own decorations if you’d like to customize your wreath. Two sessions will be held: December 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and again 1-3 p.m. Materials fee: $10; maximum 20 people per session. Registration required. To register, call the park at 218-308-2300 by November 26.



December 16, St. Paul
Leafless Trees
Fort Snelling State Park

It is easy to associate trees with their leaves during the summer season. Now after all the leaves have fallen, it gets trickier to identify these bare plants. Join the naturalist for a hike on the park’s trails and learn how to identify the few species of trees native to the area. Dress for the weather and meet at the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center (2 miles from park entrance. Plan for an additional 10-minute drive through the park). 1-2 p.m. No registration required. Free. A state park permit is required on each vehicle ($7/day pass or $35 annual pass. Available at park office upon entry to park.) For more information, call 612-279-3550.

 

Contacts for Venues with Multiple Events

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
comozooconservatory.org
651-487-8200
comomarketing@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
arboretum.umn.edu/eventsprograms.aspx
952-443-1400 or 612-301-1210


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November 13, St. Louis
Garden Curb Appeal
Missouri Botanical Garden

Designed for beginning gardeners, learn how to transform your boring yard into a beautiful, beneficial, and diverse oasis that humans and wildlife can enjoy together. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 4 p.m. November 12. Cost is $28 members, $34 for non-members. 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.



November 17, St. Louis
Introduction to Permaculture
Missouri Botanical Garden

From building to transportation to growing food and interacting with the environment and other humans, permaculture examines the interconnections among human beings and ecosystems. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. November 16. Cost is $14 for members, $17 for non-members. 1-2 p.m. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.



November 18, St. Louis
Garden Glow
Missouri Botanical Garden

Stroll through the garden at night surrounded by unique lighting installations throughout the grounds. Open Wednesday-Sunday evenings 5-10 p.m., last entry 9 p.m. Cost $16 adults (ages 13 and older), $12 members, $10 children (ages 3 to 12), $6 member children. Exhibit closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Exhibit ends January 1, 2019. For more information, visit mobot.org or call
314-577-5100.



November 18, St Louis
Gardenland Express
Missouri Botanical Garden

Annual holiday flower and train show features G-scale model trains traveling through a miniature landscape of living plants surrounded by more than 500 colorful poinsettias and other flowers. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; closes early at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve; closed Christmas Day. Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Garden admission plus $5, daytime admission free for members. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.

 

December



December 1, St. Louis
Evergreen Holiday Front Porch Pot
Missouri Botanical Garden

Designed for beginning gardeners, learn creative ways to jazz up containers for the holidays using natural materials from your garden. Adults only. Participants will be making a container to take home. Pre-registration ends at noon November 23. Cost is $48 for members, $58 for non-members. 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.



December 1 Kingsville
Holiday Décor Workshop
Powell Gardens

Decorate your home for the holidays with natural adornments created during this workshop. Cost is $45 per person. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 816-697-2600 ext. 209 or visit powellgardens.org.

 

December 1, Kingsville
Gifts of Nature
Powell Gardens

Drop-in all afternoon with activities for kids of all ages. Cost free with festival admission. Non-members $10 per adult, $9 seniors over 60 years old, $4 children ages 4-12 years old, children under 4 years old free. For more information, call 816-697-2600 ext. 209 or visit powellgardens.org.



December 7, Gray Summit
Old Time Christmas Music
Shaw Nature Preserve

Enjoy Adlyne Freund Center decorated with natural greenery as an instrumental bluegrass and plays old time holiday music. Includes holiday refreshments including cookies and a sing-a-long. Adults only. Pre-registration ends 8 a.m. December 3. Cost is $26 members, $31 non-members. 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.



December 7, Gray Summit
Natural Materials Wreath
Shaw Nature Preserve

Designed for children ages 3-5, this session includes making a wreath out of natural garden materials. Bring gloves, an apron or wear work clothes. Cost is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Price is per child. Pre-registration ends at 8 a.m. December 3. 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 314-577-5100.



December 9, St. Louis
Fall Plants as Presents
Missouri Botanical Garden

For children ages 4-6; please bring a reusable cup or water bottle per child. Cost is $16 for members, $19 for non-members. Pre-registration ends at 11:59 p.m. December 3. Price is per child. - 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.


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November 3, 10, 17, 24, Jackson
Know to Grow
Mississippi Children’s Museum

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

 

November 15, Memphis
Botanic Garden Stewards
Memphis Botanic Garden

Volunteers will work with Carson Ellis, curator of the Butterfly Garden, as stewards of the Botanic Garden’s native plant collections and wildlife habitats. Efforts will be focused on the restoration of our wildflower woodland, and on maintenance in the butterfly garden. Volunteers should be prepared for physically rigorous work, including tasks such as weeding, pruning, mulching, and planting. Afterward, volunteers are invited to celebrate a good day’s work with potluck fare and local brews in the garden (for ages 21 and up only). 4-7:30 p.m. This volunteer work group is limited to 15. To register visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/volunteer. For more information, contact Carson Ellis at 901-636-4134 or carson.ellis@memphisbotanicgarden.com.



November 20, Jackson
WILD About Gobblers
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Big feathery fun and special activities for all ages! Examine turkey feathers under a microscope, make your own turkey headband, investigate “egg-cellent” egg anatomy. 10 a.m.-noon. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. Museum members are free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.



November 20, Memphis
Project WET Teacher Workshop
Memphis Botanic Garden

All educators are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind Water Education curriculum training. Participate in fun, engaging activities and receive the Project WET curriculum guide that is correlated to current state and national standards. Sponsored by Buckman and the Wolf River Conservancy. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Cathy Justis at the Wolf River Conservancy to register by November 14 or visit wolfriver.org/Project-WET-Workshop.



November 27-29, Biloxi
Deep South Turf Expo
Mississippi Coast Convention Center

This event will be full of educational sessions for all segments of the turfgrass industry, a tradeshow full of turf products and services, and great networking opportunities. Many optional activities will be offered. For more information or to register online, visit deepsouthturfexpo.org.



November 30-December 1, Jackson
Country Christmas
Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

Enjoy a sampler breakfast for supper, story time with Mrs. Claus, and get your picture made with Santa and Rudolph! We will have carousel and wagon rides available, hands-on historic crafts that visitors can participate in, and live music throughout the grounds. Write a letter to Santa on one of our limited edition postcards printed in the Small Town Print Shop. Stop by the General Store for an old-fashioned glass-bottle drink and browse the wares and unique Mississippi-made products that make great gifts and stocking stuffers. Country Christmas is sponsored in part by the Mississippi Egg Marketing Board, the Mississippi Beef Council, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., and Visit Jackson. 5-8 p.m. $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-18. For more information call 601-432-4500 or email at msagmuseum@mdac.ms.gov.

 

December



December 1, 8, 15, Jackson
Know to Grow
Mississippi Children’s Museum

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



December 14, Jackson
STEM with Snowflakes
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Experiment with instant snow, make your own paper snowflakes, explore the fascinating properties of dry ice, and hear the wonderful story of “Snowflake Bentley,” the naturalist and photographer who first captured snowflakes on film. 10 a.m.-noon. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. Museum members are free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.


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November 24-December 22, Cleveland
Gingerbread House Workshops
Cleveland Botanical Garden

Learn the secret to making a magical gingerbread house and make your own to take home to enjoy for the holidays.  This is a fun workshop for all ages and fun for the whole family! Saturdays 2-3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m. $35 per gingerbread house. Register by visiting www.cbgarden.org or calling 216-721-1600 ext. 100.



November 16-December 30, Cleveland
Annual Gifts from the Heart Nature Show/Sale
Holden Arboretum

Enjoy live holiday music and refreshments at the preview party for the 34th annual holiday gift show. All their unique works of art, ranging from jewelry to handcrafted wood items, are inspired by nature and made from environmentally responsible materials. Show/sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m., regular gate admission (members free, non-members $12, youth ages 3-12 $8, 2 years and under free). For more information, visit www.holdenarb.org.



November 17, Newark
Give Thanks Centerpiece Workshop
Dawes Arboretum

Create a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece using elements of nature (many collected at the arboretum). All materials will be provided as a kit. You will also receive easy care instructions on keeping your centerpiece looking beautiful through the holiday season. Noon-2 p.m., non-members $45, members $35. For more information or to register, visit www.dawesarb.org.



November 17, Cleveland
Seasonal Wreath Workshop
Cleveland Botanical Garden

Design a seasonal woodland wonderland wreath to take home. We will be incorporating rustic items such as bird’s nests, pinecones, branches, dried vines, and other interesting dried materials. Materials included, but bring a handheld pruner or clipper, as well as gloves if desired. 10 a.m.-noon. $65 per member, $80 per non-member. Register by visiting cbgarden.org or calling 216-721-1600 ext. 100.

 

November 23-January 5, Cleveland
Glow at the Garden
Cleveland Botanical Garden

Northeast Ohio’s magical holiday experience is filled with unforgettable gingerbread displays, thousands of twinkling lights, hundreds of holiday plantings, the garden express train ride, spectacularly decorated trees, live music, and so much more. Free for members, non-members $16, non-member children $12, children 2 and under free. For more information, visit www.cbgarden.org.



November 23-December 30, Akron
Deck the Hall featuring Dazzle and Gingerbread Land
Stan Hywet Hall

The estate will be illuminated inside and out with more than 900,000 lights and the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of Winter Wonderland. DAZZLE is an extraordinary musically animated lightshow extravaganza. 5-8 p.m. select evenings, last admission 8 p.m.; estate is open until 9 p.m. For more information, call 888-836-5533 or visit stanhywet.org.

 

December



December 6-8, Newark
Holiday Greenery Workshops
Dawes Arboretum

Dawes Arboretum will supply all the greens, decorations, and candles to make your own festive holiday arrangement for the hearth or table. The sight and smell of pine, holly branches, cedar berries, and other greens collected all from the arboretum is sure to put you in the holiday mood! Multiple days and times: Dec. 6, noon- 2 p.m.; Dec. 7, 3-5 p.m. or 6-8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m. or noon-2 p.m. Non-members $45, members $35. For more information or to register, visit www.dawesarb.org.



December 13, Columbus
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
The Chadwick Arboretum Lane Avenue Gardens

Walking the candlelit labyrinth in Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens is a peaceful way to welcome winter. Director Mary Maloney will give a brief overview of the labyrinth as a meditative tool at 6 p.m. All are welcome to this free event! 5:30-7 p.m. in the Lane Avenue gardens (northeast corner of the Agricultural Administration building 2120 Fyffe Rd. 43210, please use parking kiosks in the surrounding parking lots). For more information, visit www.chadwickarborteum.osu.edu.


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Through Jan 27, Oklahoma City
Devon Ice Rink
Myriad Botanic Gardens Seasonal Plaza

Skate across 5,500 square feet of real ice and indulge in seasonal food and beverage offerings. 13 per person includes skate rental, with discounts for bringing your own skates, being an MBG member, or being part of a group (advance reservations required for groups) Contact 405-445-7079. The rink is also available for birthday parties and corporate outings. For more information, email rentals@myriadgardens.org.



November 17, Stillwater
Wreath Making
The Botanic Garden at OSU

Spend a few hours learning tips and tricks for making autumn wreaths and then stroll around the gardens. The cost per family is $10 and preregistration is recommended so there are enough materials on hand. For more information contact Laura Payne at 405-744-453 or laura.payne@okstate.edu.



Thanksgiving - January 1, Muskogee
Garden of Lights
Honor Heights Park

Visitors can enjoy a stunning drive through a holiday delight. The drive-through display includes over 1.2 million shimmering lights, enhancing the natural beauty of the park’s gardens, waterfalls and ponds with holiday displays the whole family will love. The park’s shrubs, trees, rocks, and waterfalls sparkle with lights. And keep a sharp eye out for the birds, squirrels, deer, and other animals; many of which are animated. Sunday to Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5:30-11 p.m. For more information, call 918-684-6302 or visit www.muskogeeparks.com. The drive is free, however donations are always appreciated.



November 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 the south lobby. Free to the public, walkups are welcome. For more information, call 405-445-7079.

 

November 26, Tulsa
Holiday Tea
Tulsa Garden Center

Sandy Farris, Green with Envy chair, announced Tulsa Garden Club’s annual Holiday Tea will raise scholarship funds for horticulture and landscape architecture programs of Oklahoma State University and Tulsa Community College. Reservations available for 200 members and guests: $30. 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2018. Tulsa Garden Center 2435 South Peoria Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74114-1350. Tea Luncheon by Ludgers. Live Music featuring The Johnny Williams Show. Silent Auction and Raffle, Poinsettia sales, Launch of exclusive Emerald Anniversary items. ‭918-625-1161‬

 

December


December 1, Tulsa
Carols and Crumpets
Tulsa Garden Center

Tulsa Herb Society and artisan vendors will present their offerings of herbal jams, vinegars and chutneys, live greenery and wreaths, mosaic garden items, and much more. This is an excellent place to find unique Christmas gifts. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Also, don’t miss having lunch at the Snowflake Cafe 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from this sale benefit Tulsa Garden Center and the Linnaeus Teaching Garden.



December 7 & 8, Tulsa
Wild At Art
Tulsa Garden Center

Wild at Art is a fund-raising event for the Tulsa Audubon Society and their wildlife rehabilitation group WING IT. It’s a great time to shop local, support local art, and help wildlife. All proceeds go directly to the care of injured and orphaned wildlife. Wild at Art is also a great way to get a jump on your holiday gift shopping with one of a kind gifts. Friday, December 7 noon-7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission.



December 8, Stillwater
Wreath Making
The Botanic Garden at OSU

Spend a few hours learning tips and tricks for making autumn wreaths and then stroll around the gardens. The cost per family is $10 and preregistration is recommended so there are enough materials on hand. For more information contact Laura Payne at 405-744-453 or laura.payne@okstate.edu.

 

January



January 3, 4 & 5, Fayetteville, AR
HIS – Horticulture Industries Conference

This year’s HIS conference is titled “People, Plants, and Pollinators” and includes a talk from Ray Moranz from the Xerces Society. Plus a pre-meeting activity touring the High Tunnel Exhibit on the University of Arkansas campus farm. This annual event alternates hosts between Oklahoma and Arkansas. It is a much-anticipated event by many horticulturists. Pre-registration starts November 1 and the discount for booking the hotel reservation ends December 30. To register, call 479-442-5555 or visit hortindustriesshow.org.

 

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

Each Saturday Oxley Nature Center staff offers walks, activities, and learning experiences. These are the general themes:
First Saturday: Saturday Morning Birding – 8 a.m.
Second Saturday: Second Saturday Sketchers – pre-register, $5 for non-members, free for members
Third Saturday: Wildlife Walk – 10:30 a.m., may be at Oxley or at Redbud Nature Preserve
Fourth Saturday: Botany Walk – 10:30 a.m.

For these regularly scheduled events, there is no fee or registration, but you should call to confirm the time and location. Call 918-669-6644 or visit www.oxleynaturecenter.org.


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Through November 18, Kennett Square
Chrysanthemum Festival
Longwood Gardens

This event spotlights Longwood’s horticulture expertise as chrysanthemums are crafted and grown into extraordinary shapes, some taking as long as 18 months to complete. The highlight of the display is the thousand bloom chrysanthemum, a single chrysanthemum that boasts more than 1,400 uniform blooms on a single plant. For more information, call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

November 10 and 24, Philadelphia
Holly Highlights and Winter Greenery Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join an experienced guide to explore the arboretum’s collection of hollies and other broadleaf evergreens that enliven the winter landscape with their lush greenery and provide year-round appeal and an everlasting framework for seasonal plantings. Tours begin at Widener Visitor Center at 2 p.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



November 17 through January 1, 2019, Hershey
Holiday Tree Display
Hershey Gardens

Features a festive display of holiday trees in the educational wing in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. A 14-foot poinsettia tree takes center stage. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included with admission. For more information, call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



November 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25, Hershey
Kids’ Holiday Crafts
Hershey Gardens

Families can stop at the education center where kids can create ornaments using items from nature, such as pinecones and wood cookies, while enjoying a display of holiday trees decorated with ornaments made by local grade school students. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Included with admission. For more information, call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



November 22 through January 6, 2019, Kennett Square
A Longwood Christmas
Longwood Gardens

Thousands of poinsettias, towering Christmas trees, and fragrant flowers transform the conservatory into a warm holiday wonderland. Outdoors, more than 500,000 decorative lights glitter in the trees and colorful fountain displays set to music enchant visitors. Evening choral concerts, strolling carolers, and organ sing-alongs fill the gardens with the festive sounds of the holidays. For more information, call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org.



November 23, Philadelphia
Holiday Garden Rail Seasonal Opening
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Buildings and trains are meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



November 29, Montrose
Create Your Own Winter Outdoor Arrangements
Susquehanna County Extension Office

Design your own winter outdoor arrangements using evergreens and other gifts from nature. Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County provide evergreens and a limited number of large pots. 10 a.m.-noon. $5. For more information, call 570-666-9003.



Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Greensburg
Annual Christmas Greens Sale
Greensburg Garden Center

Stop in for a wide assortment of fresh greens, original designs, bows of all sizes and colors, beautifully decorated artificial trees, and other hand-crafted creations. 3-7 p.m. on November 30 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on December 1. Free. For more information, call 724-837-0245.



December



Through December 14, Pittsburgh
Alphabetum Botanicum
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

This exhibition features Kandis Vermeer Phillips’ illuminated letters, which are intertwined with plants, mammals, and insects. Each letter is paired with a botanical artwork from the institute’s collection to create a literal or amusing relationship between the two, such as the connection of ants with an aardvark and a peony bud, the sunflower as a food source for a cardinal, or the similar shapes of a fox’s tail and foxtail grass. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. (except November 22-23). Free admission. For more information, call 412-268-2434 or visit huntbotanical.org.



Early December, Montrose
Poinsettia & Christmas Wreath Sale
Susquehanna County Extension Office

Penn State Master Gardeners Susquehanna County offer poinsettias in several colors – red glitter, pink, white, and classic red, and in two sizes: 6½-inch pot for $15, and 8½-inch pot for $30 (classic red only). Wreaths are available in 18 inches for $25 and 24 inches for $30. Place your order in early November by calling 570-666-9003.



December 1, Philadelphia
Saturday Morning Live Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join an experienced guide for a featured tour of the month. This month tour a selection of impressive conifers that provide multi-season interest with an array of forms, foliage, bark, and of course, cones. Tour begins at Widener Visitor Center at 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26-31, Hershey
Kids’ Holiday Crafts
Hershey Gardens

Families can stop at the education center where kids can create ornaments using items from nature, such as pinecones and wood cookies, while enjoying a display of holiday trees decorated with ornaments made by local grade school students. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Included with admission. For more information, call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

December 1, 2, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22, Philadelphia
Garden Railway Holiday Nights
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Enjoy the holiday garden rail all lit up and decorated for the season. White lights sparkle along the rails and miniature greens adorn the buildings. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Member adult $15, member child $8, non-member adult $19, non-member child $10. Visit morrisarboretum.org to purchase tickets.



December 7, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join us for fun and engaging reading sessions with local librarians. Each session is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held in the side tent or classroom at the visitor center. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



December 8, McConnellsburg
Fresh Holiday Centerpiece Workshop
Fulton County Extension Office

Learn about fresh greens and make a centerpiece for your holiday table with Penn State Master Gardeners of Fulton County. 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. $20. Call 717-325-4874 to register.



December 8, Springfield
Deck Your Halls with Fresh, Fragrant Greens
Smedley Park

Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County Master Gardeners offer an artful selection of wreaths with assorted evergreens and berries, hanging baskets of greens, and bouquets of freshly cut greens to use in your own floral designs and centerpieces. Also available are table arrangements, outdoor planters, and other unique holiday creations. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call Linda Barry at 610-690-7669 or email lrb16@psu.edu.



December 8 and 22, Philadelphia
Holly Highlights and Winter Greenery Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join an experienced guide to explore the arboretum’s collection of hollies and other broadleaf evergreens that enliven the winter landscape with their lush greenery and provide year-round appeal and an everlasting framework for seasonal plantings. Tours begin at Widener Visitor Center at 2 p.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



December 9, Mercersburg
Christmas Open House
Conococheague Settlement

Visit this historic farmstead while dressed in its Christmas finery. Music, refreshments, and a unique gift shop. 1-4 p.m. Free. For more information, call 717-328-3467 or visit CIMLG.org.


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November 11-17, Statewide
Agriculture Literacy Week in Tennessee

Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week allows everyone involved in agriculture to focus attention through literacy promotions in local school systems. Volunteers are encouraged to contact local school systems and schedule a visit to read agriculturally themed books to school students. A Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week guide including appropriate books, useful support material and useful steps for success has been created. These resources are available at www.TennesseeAg.org.



November 14, Memphis
Munch & Learn – Trees for Fall and Winter Interest in the Landscape
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Tonya Ashworth of  the garden’s education leads this program, noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit dixon.org or call 901-761-5250.



November 16, Knoxville
Creative Fall Centerpieces
UT Gardens

Decorate your holiday table with the beautiful bounty of nature. Knox County Master Gardener and passionate decorator Vickie Smith and UT Gardens kitchen garden manager Holly Jones will lead this interactive workshop on the art of nature-inspired table displays using colorful foliage, interesting succulents, seedpods, grasses, moss, and other found objects. Participants will take home an ornamental pumpkin centerpiece. Register at the education workshops part of utgardens website, ag.tennessee.edu/utg.



November 17, Chattanooga
Live Wreath Making Class
Ag Center, Bonny Oaks Drive

Each year master gardeners teach how to create your own wreath using natural materials from your gardens. All you need to bring is a 12-16-inch wreath form stores. We will provide evergreen materials, pinecones, berries, bows, etc. Feel free to bring items from home that you would like to include in your wreath. Class size is limited to 30 people so advanced registration is required. To register for this class, visit mghc.org/education-committee-classes.



November 13- December 30, Nashville
Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood
Cheekwood

Delight in the joy of the holiday season with Nashville’s tradition of one million lights illuminating the gardens in a mile-long walking path. This is a time-ticket event with two evening time slots available for all seven nights of the week at 5-7 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. Online ticket sales end at 4 p.m. each day. Tickets purchased at gate are subject to a $5 per ticket processing fee. Late Night Lights 8:30-10 p.m., discount tickets can be purchased at the gate. See reindeer and holiday carolers and meet Santa. Saturday daytime will have breakfast with Santa, visit with Santa, reindeer, gingerbread workshops, and more. See cheekwood.org for all the details, ticket prices, reservations, etc.



November 30- December 1, Spencer
Christmas on the Mountain
Fall Creek Falls State Park

What could be better than enjoying live music, Christmas decorations, and a handmade crafts fair with a visit from Santa Claus, Christmas tree lighting, hayrides, and marshmallow roasting? For more information, tnstateparks.com.

 

December



December 1, Goodlettsville
Yulefest
Goodlettsville Visitor’s Center & Historic Mansker’s Station

Kick off the holiday season at the free annual event with musicians, storytellers, and demonstrators in the cabins of the fort and the historic Bowen house. Take in beauty of simple natural decorations, carriage rides through Moss-Wright Park, refreshments, and shopping, 5-8 p.m. For details, visit cityofgoodlettsville.org/956/Yulefest.



December 1, Kingsport
Christmas in the Country
Exchange Place, Orebank Road

Free admission for this special day on the 1850s farm (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) with the traditional Yule Log Ceremony at 4 p.m. See exchangeplace.info/festival-details for information or call 423-288-6071.



December 1, Knoxville Area
Bazillion Blooms
Participating Garden Centers

Through the Bazillion Blooms community-wide tree-planting program, Dogwood Arts along with corporate and community support has planted more than 9,600 new dogwoods in nine years. Join in to purchase trees for your yard or an “In Memory or Honor” tree for public lands in Knoxville and surrounding counties. Provide flowers in spring for pollinators and berries in fall and winter for the birds. See details and order form at dogwoodarts.com/bazillion-blooms.



December 1, Vonore
18th Century Christmas Garrison
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Cooking, laundering, blacksmithing demonstrations and artillery drills all day (10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.) with a church service and wassail tasting included. Tour the barracks and Cherokee encampment. Candlelight tour at 6 p.m. and a rare firing of the cannon at the Visitor’s Center between 5-6 p.m. See tnstateparks.com for contact information and details or call 423-420-2331.



December 3, Jackson
Decorating with Live Greenery Workshop
West TN Research & Education Center

Join this master gardeners’ workshop 2-5 p.m. Visit madisoncountymg.org for details.



December 4, Memphis
Epimediums: Jewels of the Shade
Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Horticultural Society presents Karen Perkins, owner of Garden Visions Epimediums, a Massachusetts-based mail order nursery. Karen will illustrate the many  types of epimediums and discuss characteristics, growth habit, growing, and propagation of these tough shade-loving perennials, 7-8:30 p.m. Visit memphishorticulture.org for event details.



December 5, Memphis
Munch & Learn – Easy and Creative Holiday Designs
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Horticulturist Kim Jameson will lead this lunch program, noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit dixon.org or call 901-761-5250.



December 7, Knoxville
Racheff Greens Tea
Ivan Racheff House and Garden

Join us for the annual greens of Christmas as the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. welcome visitors to the historic house in the tradition of Ivan Racheff’s decorating and celebrating in the community of Lonsdale, where his steel mill was located. Volunteers will have magnolia and other green wreaths, table decorations, kissing balls, fresh greenery, baked goods, gift shop items, pecans, Racheff cookbooks, amaryllis, and paperwhites for sale to help you celebrate the holidays. Proceeds support the maintenance of the 116-year-old house and nearly 50-year-old gardens.  For more information, call 522-6210 or see their Facebook page.



December 8, Knoxville
Holiday Wreath Making
UT Gardens

Kick off your winter festivities by making your own gorgeous wreath using freshly harvested greenery from the gardens. All levels of experience welcome. We will provide a mixture of seasonal greens and decor for your take-home wreath that will last throughout the holiday season. Participants are welcome to bring personalized decorations as well. This is our most popular class so don’t delay in registering. Register at ag.tennessee.edu/utg.


 
December 8, Memphis
Planting Bulbs in the Mid-South
Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Catmur Horticulture Building

Dixon comes alive in spring with more than 100,000 bulbs, so go behind the scenes in this workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon, to find out what it takes to make it happen. Dale Skaggs and Tonya Ashworth will take you from selection and designs to planting techniques so you can create spring magic in your yard; free admission. For more information, visit dixon.org.



December 8, Memphis
Pruning Azaleas and Other Plants
Urban Earth Garden Center

Pruning is often confusing, but we will sort it out. Learn about azalea and general pruning of several other plant species. Also gift ideas for the holidays, 1-2 p.m. For more information, visit urbanearthmemphis.com or call 901-323-0031.

 

January



January-April, Chattanooga
2019 Master Gardener Training Course
Agricultural Center, Bonny Oaks Drive

University of Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Training Course offers extensive training in gardening. Classes are taught by the highest-quality trained instructors using research-based information from the University of Tennessee. The classes bring you the newest and most practical information available on topics related to home gardens and landscapes. Choice of evening or morning classes. The evening classes meet 6-9 p.m. Monday nights, starting January 7 and morning classes meet 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday mornings, starting January 8. The classes meet for 15 weeks, with graduation in April. Registration for the 2019 classes is now open. The cost of the class is $170, which includes course materials and first year membership dues. The price for couples who share materials is $270. A limited number of scholarships are available to persons who have a financial hardship. A deposit of $50 is required to hold your space in the program. Find details and registration form at mghc.org/mg-training/master-gardener-training-course.



January-April, Knoxville
Master Gardener Training 2019
UT Campus

Residents of Knox and surrounding counties are invited to participate in the UT/ TSU Knox County Master Gardener Volunteer Training in 2019. The training dates will be held at the UT campus on the following Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30: January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16. The cost of the course is $125 if paid on or before the early registration deadline of November 1st or $150 if paid by November 15. The registration fee includes all training materials and is due after your application has been approved.  For more information and application form, see knoxcountymastergardener.org/a/index.php/how-to-become-a-master-gardener.


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Through November, Richmond
Historic Walking Tours
Hollywood Cemetery on the James

These educational tours focus on the history of the cemetery, the many famous personalities that are buried here, and the landscape. Highlight tours are held on a daily basis and specialty tours are scheduled throughout each month. For more information, call 804-649-0711, ext. 301 or visit hollywoodcemetery.org.

 

November 8, 15, 29, Williamsburg
Thursday Morning Gardeners
Freedom Park Interpretive Center

Join master gardener volunteers working in the herb, heirloom, butterfly, native plant, bulb, and therapy gardens or in the perennial border, old pine woods, wetlands, or meadow areas. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org.



Nov 16 - Jan 6, 2019, Richmond
Mansion Holiday Tours
Maymont

Beautiful trimmings on the 12-foot Christmas tree, the opulent dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations and lavish gifts welcome the season in grand Victorian style. Guided tours of the upstairs available every half-hour Tuesdays-Sundays, noon-5 p.m.; last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. Closed holidays. Tour capacities are limited. $5 admission. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329 or visit Maymont.org.



November 23, Duffield
Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel
Natural Tunnel State Park

Hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, Christmas carols, and Santa are just a few things you can expect to enjoy. The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will also be on hand with period dressed historians telling stories of Christmas from 1775 in the Carter Cabin. 6-10 p.m. Parking is $5 per vehicle, $4 per person for a round trip and $3 one-way ticket on the lift. Visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel for details.



November 24, Portsmouth
The “After Turkey” Strut
Paradise Creek Nature Park

Join Urban Ranger Kat Fish from 11 a.m.-noon or 2-3 p.m. for a brisk walk around the park’s 2 miles of trails through forest and wetlands. Learn about our local fall flora and fauna along the way. All ages welcome. Wear walking shoes and bring your water bottle. For more information, call 757-392-7132 or visit paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

 

December



December 1, Alexandria
Winter Wreath Workshop
Green Spring Gardens

Create a beautiful winter wreath to take home for your front door after Green Spring staff demonstrate the dazzling possibilities. Greens, forms, ribbon, and cones are included in the supply fee. Workshop is 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 14-adult. The program is $39; supply fee is $25. To register, call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173 or register online at fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring using code 290 484 6901 for both program and supply fee.



December 1-31, Norfolk
Garden of Lights
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Drive through more than a million twinkling lights this winter. No pre-sold tickets here, just simply pay at our holiday ticket hut. 5:30-10 p.m. Sponsored by Dominion Energy. For details, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org.



December 2, Richmond
Old-Fashioned Christmas
Maymont Mansion and Carriage House Lawn

Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome you to the estate and invite you to visit the Dooleys’ Gilded Age mansion. Marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, see the gifts and games of 1893 and stop by the belowstairs area, where holiday preparations are underway. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, good food and drink, festive music, and a roaring fire. Free admission; fees for activities. Noon-4:30 p.m. Guided mansion tours: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. Carriage rides: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. For more information, visit maymont.org or call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.



December 2-30, Fredericksburg
Festive Holiday Creations
George Washington’s Ferry Farm

Adults and children alike will enjoy the sights and smells of the festive creations displayed at George Washington’s Ferry Farm. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sundays noon-4 p.m. General admission to Ferry Farm and the exhibit is $9 adults, $4.50 students, under 6 free. Exhibit only: $4.50 adults, $2.25 students, under 6 free. Download the contest rules and registration form. For more information or to register, call 540-370-0732 x24, email hayes@gwffoundation.org, or visit kenmore.org.



Dec 6 & Jan 3, 2019, Richmond
GardenFest for Fidos
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Leashed dogs are allowed on these special Dominion GardenFest of Lights nights. 5-10 p.m. Purchase tickets online. There is a $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA. For more information, call 804-262-9887 or visit lewisginter.org.

 

December 8, Stratford
Christmastide
Stratford Hall

Celebrate the Christmas season through the traditions, songs, dances, conversations, and stories passed down through the generations. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday decorations throughout the house. Admission: adult $15 and children (6-13) $9. Children under 6 free. No pre-registration required. Contact Jon Bachman by email jbachman@stratfordhall.org or phone 804-493-1972 for more information.



December 15, Lynchburg
Wreaths Across America
Old City Cemetery

The Blue Ridge and James River Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in cooperation with the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, are proud to sponsor the 11th Wreaths Across America ceremony. Noon-1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early as parking in the cemetery is limited; cemetery gates close at 11:45 a.m. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit gravegarden.org.


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November 16, Madison
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Cocktails in the Conservatory
Stroll through Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs. 7-11 p.m.



November 16-January 7, Oshkosh
Nutcracker in the Castle
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

Enjoy a mesmerizing display of sights, sounds, and surprises and more than 70 magical Christmas trees.



November 20, Hales Corners
Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Boerner Botanical Garden

Bring something a little different to the table this Thanksgiving. We’ll guide you through creating your own beautiful centerpiece with seasonal flowers and holiday accents. Early registration recommended. All supplies provided. 6:30-8 p.m. $45 FBBG members/$50 general public.

 

Nov 23–Dec 23 Green Bay
WPS Garden of Lights
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Experience the magic of WPS Garden of Lights with more than 250,000 twinkling lights and create extraordinary holiday memories with your family and friends. Enjoy this stunning winter landscape by foot or take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 5-9 p.m. Closed December 24 & 25, open December 26–30.



November 24-25, Milwaukee
Urban Garage Sale
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Support local businesses, entrepreneurs, and makers by purchasing special items on your holiday shopping list. Over 50 vendors in the Green House Annex. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



November 29, Janesville
Bites & Lights
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Join us from 5-8 p.m. for a night of delectable eats, decadent treats, and the magic of the holiday lights. Tickets limited. 21+ event. Cash bar and bucket raffles.

 

December



December 1-3, Madison
Holiday Express
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Large-scale model trains wind through an enchanted land of colorful poinsettias and holiday trees. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Closes at 2 p.m. on December 24, closed all day on December 25.

 

Sundays in December, Madison
Holiday Concert Series
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

A variety of music is highlighted, including festive holiday music. 2-3 p.m.



December 2, Hales Corners
Holiday Gift Fair with Santa
Boerner Botanical Gardens

This December the Friends of Boerner offer you a chance to skip the holiday shopping mall madness and enjoy a relaxed morning with Santa and a holiday market filled with gift ideas for your loved ones, ranging from the quirky to the sublime, seasonal entertainment, children’s crafts. Holiday brunch available. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



December 11, Hales Corners
Holiday Wreath Making
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Annie Oklobdzija from The Wild Pansy will teach you how to make and bind your own holiday wreath. Early registration recommended. All supplies provided. $45 FBBG members/$50 general public. 6:30-8 p.m.

 

December 12, Hales Corners
Holiday Gnome
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Build a Scandinavian nisse-inspired winter gnome using fresh-smelling evergreens. This cute craft makes an excellent holiday decoration or gift. Early registration recommended. All supplies provided. 6-7:30 p.m. $20 FBBG members/$25 general public



December 28, Wausau
Luminary Snowshoe Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Bring your family and friends (dogs are also welcome) to the gardens for a luminary-lit snowshoe walk ending at the Kitchen Garden, where you can warm up with a bonfire, hot chocolate, apple cider, and roasted marshmallows. Walks are held with or without snow. Check monkgardens.org for severe weather advisories. 6-8 p.m. $2 a person; FREE for Monk Botanical Garden Members. Snowshoes available on a rotation use basis for $2 donation.



December 31, Milwaukee
New Year’s Eve Family Celebration
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Milwaukee’s best family-friendly, indoor New Year’s celebration featuring entertainment, dance party, music, balloon drop, and food. 6-9 p.m.

 

January



January 19, Madison
Children of the Rainforest
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Come out of the cold and into the tropics. Watch, listen, and dance along to a lively music and dance performance, then and explore the tropical plants in the Bolz Conservatory. Performances at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

The Domes, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
Website: milwaukeedomes.org
Phone: 414-257-5611

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Website: olbrich.org
Phone: 608-246-4550

Rotary Botanical Gardens
rotarybotanicalgardens.org
608-752-3885

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Website: boernerbotanicalgardens.org.
Phone: 414-525-5653

Monk Botanical Gardens
Website: monkgardens.org
Phone: 715-261-6309

 

State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.