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Through September 30, Huntsville
Purdy Butterfly House
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This beautiful, soaring 9,000 square feet natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles, and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation, and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. For more information, visithsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Through October 31, Huntsville
Gardens of Myth Exhibit
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The exhibition is a collection of incredibly realistic sculptures depicting creatures of myth from around the world. They range in size from tiny fairies to an incredible 25-foot dragon! Each sculpture is handmade and painted by artist Kendall R. Hart and his team. This exhibit is included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



Through August 10, Mobile
Botanical Art IV: Drawing the Garden Collections in Pen & Ink
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This class will focus on depicting interesting plants in the garden’s collections. Under the instruction of botanical artist Derek Norman this six-week studio class will be devoted to the practice of classic pen and ink technique as it relates to botanical drawing and composition. Learn the fundamentals of sound linear and tonal concepts of plant perspective, value, depth, dimension, and design. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.



August



August, Theodore
August Admissions Discount
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Discounted admission to combination Gardens-and-Home tickets during the month of August. Also 50 percent off garden photography sessions. Through August 31, an adult Gardens-and-Home ticket is $16.50 (regular: $21), and a child Gardens-and-Home ticket (ages 5-12) is $11.50 (regular: $13). For more information, call 251-973-2217, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



August 6, Theodore
Founder’s Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

In honor of Mr. Bellingrath’s birthday, admission to the gardens is free to all Mobile and Baldwin County residents! (Please be prepared to show your ID to prove place of residence.) Guests are invited to tour the gardens and the beautiful Bellingrath museum home. There is an additional charge of $9 to tour the home. For more information, call 251-973-2217, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



August 9, Mobile
Second Thursday Walk with the Curator
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join Amanda every second Thursday for a walk through the gardens that will focus on what is currently of interest. 10 a.m.-noon. Members, free; non-members, $10. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.


 
August 16, Anniston
A History of Alligators in Alabama
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Stephen Faughn, extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will be the speaker for the August Third Thursday program. Recent local sightings of American alligators in Calhoun County has piqued interest in these amazing creatures that inhabit Alabama swamps, rivers, and lakes. 5-6 p.m. This program is free for members, $5 for non-members. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



August 18, 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.



August 18, Jemison
Apple, Pear, and Muscadine Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety, care, and maintenance of apples, pears, muscadines, and bunch grapes. Taste all the varieties of these fruits and decide which ones you want to add to your home garden. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.



August 29-October 3, Mobile
Book Club/Class: The Invention of Nature
Mobile Botanical Gardens

In October, MBG will be fortunate enough to welcome Andrea Wulf to the gardens for a presentation on her latest award-winning book, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World. Explore the book before her visit in this 6-week class taught by Gail Gehlken and Poet Laureate of Alabama Emerita, Sue B. Walker. Class fee includes a paperback copy of the book. This class is part of our WIN Series: Writers In Nature. Look for more details about the Andrea Wulf event in the coming months. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Members, $135; non-members, $160. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.

 

September



September 1, Cullman
County Fair Crafts
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Make and take workshop of crafts that can be entered into the Cullman County Fair. 9-10:30 a.m. $5 per child at the door. Adults are free, and there is a max cost of $10 per family. Registration required – visit agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
September 1-October 31, Huntsville
Scarecrow Trail
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This year, in honor of its 30th birthday and to coincide with the Gardens of Myth exhibit (through October 31), the garden will display 30 “Mythical & Magical Scarecrows of Legend” along the Dogwood Trail and Mathews Nature Trail. The Children’s Garden will be decorated during October with its own display of mythical and magical scarecrows (created by schoolkids), pumpkins galore, and a fun exhibit in the BOOterfly House the last weekend of the month. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

September 9, Birmingham
4th Annual Graze
Avondale Brewing Company

This farm-to-fork picnic fundraiser celebrates the best in Birmingham local food. More than 15 farmer-chef pairs collaborate on a single dish, which they serve in sample sizes to picnickers as they graze from booth to booth in the grassy backyard at Avondale Brewing Company. Add a little live music, local beverages, good company, and Sunday afternoon vibes, and it’s a serious celebration. Presented by EBSCO, and benefiting the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN). 5-8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit asanonline.org/graze.



September 9, Jemison
Kiwi Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss growing kiwi in Alabama. 2 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com or call 205-646-0069.



September 13, Cullman
Grain Milling
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

From corn to meal and from wheat to flour, observe the process of milling grains to use in cooking and baking. 6 p.m. $5 per person. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
September 14, Cullman
Leaves
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Green, red, yellow, and gold, the story of leaves will be told! For preschool-aged children. 10-11 a.m. $5 per child. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
September 15, 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.



September 20, Anniston
Sensational Salvias
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

There are native salvias, salvias for shade, and salvias for pollinators and hummingbirds. We will offer numerous species for sale before the program. If you love easy to grow plants, an abundance of seasonal color, and butterflies and hummingbirds, then you will love salvia! 5-6 p.m. This program is $5 for non-members, and free for Anniston Museums and Gardens members. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information, visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



September 22, Mobile
Inaugural Event for the Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This educational series will launch in true Marion style! Sponsored by the Spring Hill Garden Club, this day will be filled with wonderful speakers and fabulous food by Georgia Roussos Catering. Dr. Brian Axsmith will speak in the morning and Dr. Dave Creech will round out the afternoon. Lunch and a special mid-afternoon dessert reception will provide time to visit with Marion’s friends and family. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Members, $30; non-members, $35. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.


 
September 27, Cullman
Cotton
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Homeschooled children are invited to learn the history of cotton’s role in Alabama agriculture as we study the boll and its uses. 9-11 a.m. $8 per child. Adults are free, and there is a max program cost of $16 per family. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
September 27, Cullman
Apples: Cooking/Cider
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Rotate through stations making apple cider vinegar, applesauce, apple butter, apple chips, apple cider, and more. $10 per person. Begins at 6 p.m. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
September 28, Huntsville
Fresh from the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Enjoy live music, cocktails, strolling through the garden, and a family-style meal prepared by Grille 29. Don your best “garden casual” attire and leave the heels at home for this relaxed, yet refined, evening. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



Sep 28-Oct 8, Montgomery
65th Annual NGC Flower Show, The Land of Oz
Alabama National Fair at the Garrett Coliseum

Sponsored by the Montgomery Federation of Garden Clubs, The Fall Flower Show is open to the public after judging and throughout the duration of the fair. There is no charge after admission into the fair. If you have questions or need materials, email Rose Winkler, Flower Show Chairman, rmwinkler45@yahoo.com. Look for the flower show schedule, sample entry tag for horticulture entries and photography entry form on Fair Competitions website, alnationalfair.org/competitions/flower-show.

 

October



October 5-7, Birmingham
Antiques at The Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Antiques at The Gardens will feature tastemakers who are regionally and nationally known architects, interior designers, and landscape designers. Each designer will curate themed areas with goods selected from the best of Birmingham and other sources around the country. Dealers from across the United States will have antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, garden accessories, and jewelry. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Members, free with some restrictions; non-members, $15. For more information, visit bbgardens.org or call 205-414-3950.



October 5-November 14, 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.


 
October 6, Cullman
Pumpkins
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Learn the history of pumpkins, try different pumpkin recipes, and pick a pumpkin to take home. 9-10:30 a.m. $5 per child. Adults are free, and there is a max program cost of $10 per family. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
October 6 & 7, Huntsville
Fall Plant Sale
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The HBG Fall Plant Sale is open to the public and features unique plants, trees, and shrubs native to Alabama. It also offers plants that attract birds, bees, and butterflies. Activities include garden talks, children’s activities, refreshments, and soil testing by Master Gardeners of North Alabama. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



October 7, Hoover
Whispers from the Past – A Native American Experience
Aldridge Gardens

Take a trip back in time to rediscover the culture and contributions of Native Alabamians at Whispers from the Past. Native American life will take shape through demonstrations like pow wow dancing, flintknapping, and hunting weapons, activities like leaf pounding, beading, corn grinding, gourd painting, pottery, and children’s games and activities. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

October 7, Jemison
Fall Gardening – Why? What? When?
Petals from the Past

Jason Powell will discuss his favorite perennials for fall bloom. Learn why fall is a great season to plant. 2 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com or call 205-646-0069.


 
October 11, Hoover
Taste of Hoover
Aldridge Gardens

Enjoy an autumn evening strolling through the gardens, listening to live entertainment, and sampling delicious dishes from some of Hoover’s best restaurants. 5-8 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.


 
October 11-13, Theodore
“Once on this Island”
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Enjoy an outdoor performance on the Great Lawn of “Once on This Island,” a one-act fairy tale musical about a peasant girl on a tropical island who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes. The show will take place at sunset. Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 14. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12. For more information or to register, call 251-459-8864 or visit bellingrath.org.



October 12, Cullman
Pumpkins
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Preschool aged children will explore the pumpkin patch from seed to pumpkin. 10-11 a.m. $5 per child. Adults are free. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


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August



Aug 7-9, Hot Springs National Park
Natural State Ecology Day Camp Session 3
Garvan Woodland Gardens

A conservation-themed day camp for children ages 8-12. Each day will feature hiking, interactive science lessons, art and design projects, and more! Students will enjoy activities that explore the amazing ecology of the Natural State, while emphasizing the importance of respectful behavior and stewardship of natural resources. Participants should pack bug spray, sunscreen, a lunch, and a water bottle. Please call about early drop off and extended care for your child. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $55 per day, reservations required. Online registrants must purchase a separate ticket for each day desired. For more information or to register, visit
garvangardens.org or call 800-366-4664.



August 9-11, Hope
42nd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival
Fair Park

The Hope Watermelon festival features numerous activities including arts & crafts, food, entertainment and other family-oriented activities. You can participate in a 5k race, take in a dog show, or enter the “Watermelon Idol” talent contest. The last day of the festival will be a night to remember closing with a concert. Headliner to be announced soon! For more information, visit hopewatermelonfest.com.



August 10, Mountainburg
National S’Mores Day
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Visitor Center Fireplace

What better way to celebrate National S’mores Day than to make s’mores? Join us as we make our own delicious s’mores and learn a bit about the tasty treat while we’re at it. This event is free and everyone is welcome to join. S’mores are available on a first come, first served basis as supplies are limited. 6-6:30 p.m. To give us an idea of how many people to expect, please contact the park at 479-369-1010.



August 11, Prairie Grove
Salve Workshop
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park – Latta Barn

Ozarkers have long believed in the wisdom of herbal remedies. Join master gardener Jane-Ellen Ross for hands-on tips, tricks, and techniques for making a “cure-all” yarrow and comfrey salve. You’ll get to take a jar of salve home, and leave with some herbal recipes, as well! 9:30-11:30 a.m. This workshop is limited to 15 participants; registration fee $15. This class fills quickly, so be sure to sign up early. For more information or to register, call 479-846-2990.



August 17, Bentonville
Moon Gardens and Nighttime Pollinators with Cody George
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Discover the enchanting creatures who pollinate after dark, and the flora and fauna that sustain them in this program with Crystal Bridges’ horticulturist Cody George. Beginning just before dusk, George will feature a variety of plants perfect for a moon garden, discussing the nighttime pollinators that might visit them, then lead a tour on our trails and grounds where we might just spot a few. 7-9 p.m. Free. For more information or to register, visit crystalbridges.org or call Guest Services at 479-657-2335.

 

September

 

September 1, Washington
Annual Watermelon Weigh-Off
Historic Washington State Park

Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park and other county residents to see who has the largest watermelon in the region. The event is a sanctioned event of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth and is sponsored by the park, the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, and the Old Washington Farmers’ Market. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission.



September 8, Little Rock
Great Arkansas Cleanup
Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitor Center

During the 2017 Great Arkansas Cleanup, volunteers collected 210,582 pounds of litter from our state’s roadways, waterways, and parks. We invite you to join our staff to continue this community effort. Stop by, sign in, and help keep Arkansas clean and green. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

September 11, Fayetteville
Chefs in the Garden
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Everyone’s favorite foodie event returns to the garden for its 11th year! Chefs in the Garden captures the excitement of the harvest season by bringing the area’s finest chefs to one location. Guests can stroll through the garden watching cooking demonstrations and indulging in sweet and savory culinary creations. 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit bgozarks.com.



September 11, Mountain View
Chandling 101 – Soaps
Ozark Folk Center State Park Administration Building

Taught by Traci Glover, this informative one day “behind the scenes” class focuses on the use of waxes, fats, and oils used in soap making. You will learn Traci’s recipes with variations on how to modify the recipes to suit your own needs. Also, you will receive sample bars of Traci’s beautifully handcrafted soaps and the knowledge to pursue this useful craft for your home or business. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration $20, class materials, $130. To register, call the Ozark Folk Center at 870-269-3851 or visit ozarkfolkcenter@arkansas.com.



September 12, Mountain View
Chandling 101 – Candles
Ozark Folk Center State Park

Taught by Traci Glover, this informative one-day “hands on” class focuses on the use of waxes, fats and oils used in candle making. Under the direction of master chandler Traci Glover, students will produce their own candles using traditional materials. Also, you will learn Traci’s recipes with variations on how to modify them to suit your own needs. You will come away with your own beautifully handcrafted candles, as well as the knowledge to pursue this fun and useful craft at home. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration, $20, materials, $130. To register, call the Ozark Folk Center at 870-269-3851 or visit ozarkfolkcenter@arkansas.com.

 

September 16, Fayetteville
International Festival
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Join us at the garden on a beautiful fall evening for our third annual International Festival! Visit interactive booths with displays and activities from all corners of this diverse planet. Traditional dance performances from different countries will take place on the Great Lawn throughout the evening. Picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets are welcome. We ask that you please leave pets at home. 2 p.m.-dark. Free admission and open to the public. For more information, visit bgozarks.com.

 

October

 

October 6, Gillett
Old-Fashioned Fall Fair
Arkansas Post Museum

Activities include face painting, games with prizes, bingo, treat walk, paint your own pumpkin, caramel apple making, kettle corn, and lots of candy. Most activities will require tickets that can be purchased at the entrance for 25¢ each. 1-5 p.m. Free admission.



October 6, Little Rock
Trail of Tears
Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Join a park interpreter to hear about this infamous trail as it wound through the Pinnacle Mountain area nearly 200 years ago. Tour the exhibits and learn some of the history behind the events leading up to this mass emigration. Free admission. For more information, call 501-868-5806.



October 11, Parkin
Homeschool Sawmill Day
Parkin Archeological State Park

Homeschoolers will learn about the daily lives of children and adults who worked at the mill and lived in the community. Participants are encouraged to reserve a spot early as slots fill quickly. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Admission: $2 students, $3.25 adults. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 870-755-2500.



October 13, Wickes
Nature Journal Workshop
Cossatot River State Park Natural Area

Experience your world in a whole new way during this fun, hands-on workshop. Learn to capture what you see in sketches and words that inspire you today and preserve precious memories for years to come! Park interpreters will be your guide as you create and take home your very own nature journal. All materials are included. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $25. For more information, call 870-385-2201.



October 20-22, Hot Springs
Pysanky Retreat at the Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Pysanky, or the Ukrainian Easter egg, is a folk art that decorates the ancient symbol of spring and rebirth through a batik process using beeswax and dyes. Watch artisans work and view displays of hundreds of finished eggs in a variety of styles. Many are for sale so you can take one home! The workshop cost is $175 per person, which includes workshop fee, dinner party on October 21, pizza party on October 22, three breakfasts and three lunches. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Please note: online ticket sales are no longer available. Limited spots left. Call Susan Harper at 501-262-9603 to book tickets for the workshop or for spouses.


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Through August 31, Fayetteville, N.C.
Garden Railway!
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

There will be about 450 feet of model railway in the Friendship Garden and a tabletop railway in the Entry Pavilion, illustrating the role of railroads in U.S. history. Features will change over the summer. On certain days visitors will be able to ride handcars and there will be train merchandise. General admission. For more information, call 910-486-0221 or visit www.capefearbg.org/upcoming-events.

 

Through October 27, Wilmington, N.C.

Airlie Gardens Gnome Invasion
Airlie Gardens

In this sixth annual summer art event, individual artists or teams decorate the garden’s 15 person-sized garden gnomes. For more information, call 910-798-7700 or visit airliegardens.org/events-news/imagine/2018-summer-art-exhibit.



August 4, 11, 18, 25, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Botany Class
North Carolina Botanical Garden

This is an introduction to botany, through lectures, looking at samples, and outdoor observation. Participants should bring lunch. This course offers credit in the Native Plant Studies and Botanical Art programs. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $195 (members $175). For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



August 8, Durham, N.C.
Walk on the Wild Side
Sarah P Duke Gardens

Tour the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants with either curator Stefan Bloodworth or horticulturist Annabel Renwick. These are monthly tours, limited to 15 participants, every first Thursday. 11 a.m.-noon. $10 plus parking fee (members $7). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/walk-wild-side-11.



August 9, Kernersville, N.C.
Fascinating Carnivorous Plants of the Southeastern U.S.
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden

David McAdoo will talk about the many carnivorous plants found only in the South. Participants will also be able to buy plants from S and J Greens and learn about bog gardening. There will be refreshments. This is part of the Summer Thursday Lecture Series. 6-7 p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/continuing-education-master-gardener-series.php.



August 14, Norfolk, Virginia
History and Horticulture of Beer
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Horticulturist Alexandra Cantwell will talk about the botany and history of beer making and participants will be able to sample beers from the O’Connor Brewing Company. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45 (members $35). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/history-and-horticulture-of-beer.



August 17, Columbia, S.C.
Honeybee Hootenanny
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Children will learn about the daily lives of honeybees, watch them in the garden, and taste their sweet produce. Taught by Allison Jones and Kendra Vincent. 1-3 p.m. $7/participant. Registration is required at least three days beforehand. For more information, call Allison Jones at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



August 18, Hendersonville, N.C.
Celebrating the Pawpaw
Bullington Gardens

Learn about these tropical-looking native trees and their large fruit that taste somewhat like bananas with extension agent and pawpaw farmer Craig Mauney. 9 a.m.-noon. $25 (members $18.75). Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org.

 

Seeptember



September 4, Raleigh, N.C.
Monocot Madness
JC Raulston Arboretum

Arboretum director Mark Weathington will lead tours showcasing monocots, plants that have only one seed leaf, including many common garden plants, such as corn, lilies, and irises. Meet at the visitor center. 9-10:30 a.m.; repeats at 6-7:30 p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1681.



September 4, 11, 18, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Pollination class
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Director of Conservation Johnny Randall and conservation ecologist Michael Kunz will teach this intermediate class covering topics such as the reproductive biology of angiosperms, how they attract pollinators, major pollinating insects, the ecology and economics of pollination, and conservation. Offers credit in the Native Plant Studies program. Botany is prerequisite. 7-9 p.m. $65 (members $58). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar. 



September 7-8, Hendersonville, N.C.
Fall Plant Sale
Bullington Gardens

Trees, shrubs, and smaller plants will be available. 4 – 9 p.m. Registration is not required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org.



Sept 7-9 and 14-16, Raleigh, N.C.
Open Nursery and Garden
Plant Delight Nursery

Tour the nursery, which sells more than 1700 perennial varieties, and Juniper Level Botanic Garden, home to more than 23,000 varieties. Both sites are usually closed to the public. There will also be 15-minute Gardening Unplugged talks on seasonal plants and garden design along with food trucks. September 7-9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; September 9 and 16, 1-5 p.m. Free. Registration not required, but advanced notice is requested for large buses. For more information, call 919-772-4794 or visit plantdelights.com.

 

September 8, Clemson, S.C.
SC Native Plant Certificate Core Class: Basic Botany
South Carolina Botanical Garden – Hayden Conference Center

In this introductory botany course develop a foundation of knowledge and a working vocabulary for all other courses in the Certificate of Native Plants. Through classroom lectures and fun hands-on activities explore the basics of plants – their classification, structure, functions, lifecycles, and reproductive strategies. Basic botany is required for all other courses. $80 (10% discount SCBG & SCNP Society members). For more information, call 864-656-2836 or visit scnps.org/education/certificate-in-native-plant-studies or clemson.edu/public/scbg/education/certificate-program.html.



September 8, Lake City, S.C.
5th Annual Beer Fest
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Try beers from more than 35 local and regional breweries, along with local food trucks and live music by Tastes Like Chicken! Benefits the Florence County Disabilities Foundation. All ticketholders eligible for a $99 rate at The Inn at the Crossroads and there will be a commuter service. 1-5 p.m. (begins at noon for VIP ticketholders). $10 – 40. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org.



September 15, Wilmington, N.C.
Native Plant Festival
New Hanover County Arboretum

Local companies will be selling plants native to the region and there will be food trucks, music, games, crafts, and story times. No charge and registration is not required. For more information, visit arboretum.nhcgov.com/events.



September 15, Raleigh, N.C.
Bugfest
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Learn more about backyard insects – exhibits, crafts, games, a street fair, Café Insecta, Q&A with entomologists, and more. This year’s theme is crayfish and other crustaceans. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. No charge and registration is not required. For more information, call 919-707-9800 or visit naturalsciences.org/calendar/bugfest.

 

September 15, Raleigh, N.C.
Wild Edible Plants: Delicious and Nutritious Native and Invasive Plants
JC Raulston Arboretum

Horticulturalist and Paleo magazine foraging expert Frank Hyman will talk about the many culinary possibilities growing wild in the landscape, from pawpaws to garlic mustard. 9-11 a.m. $30 (members $25). Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1766.   



September 15, Lake City, S.C.
Small Trees for the Home Landscape
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

NCSU professor and UNC-TV host Bryce Lane will discuss container gardening with trees, both old and new varieties. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $30. Registration is required. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/small-trees-for-the-home-landscape.



September 15, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Nature Journaling in the Garden
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Professional artist Jane Eckenrode will lead this class covering issues such as preparing and organizing a journal and working with portable media in the field. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $36 (members $32). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



September 15, Raleigh, N.C.
Not Tonight Deer: No More Long-legged Rats in Your Garden
JC Raulston Arboretum

Frank Hyman will discuss plants deer don’t like, cost-effective fences keep deer out, and how repellents can keep your plants free from deer damage. Frank will guide attendees using slides, stories, and Q&A on how to plant gardens that the deer will pass by. 1-2:30 p.m. $30 (members $25). Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1767.



September 15, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Preview juried art that will be displayed in the garden this fall and winter. Time TBA. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.   

 

September 21, Columbia, S.C.
SC Native Plant Certificate Core Class: Basic Botany
Clemson University Diagnostic Center Livestock Poultry Health

In this introductory botany course develop a foundation of knowledge and a working vocabulary for all other courses in the Certificate of Native Plants. Through classroom lectures and fun hands-on activities explore the basics of plants – their classification, structure, functions, lifecycles, and reproductive strategies. Basic botany is required for all other courses. $80 (10% discount SCBG & SCNP Society members). For more information, call 864-656-2836 or visit scnps.org/education/certificate-in-native-plant-studies or clemson.edu/public/scbg/education/certificate-program.html.



September 21, Hendersonville, N.C.
Wine & Dahlias
Bullington Gardens

Bullington’s most popular fundraiser, with silent auction for fabulous trips, cabin stays, artwork, jewelry, and more. Wine and hors-d’oeuvres will be served and there will be sunset tours of the dahlia garden. 5:30-7:30p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org.



September 21, Greensboro, N.C.
17th Annual Guilford County Master Gardener Gardening Gala and Seminar
Guilford County Cooperative Extension Office

Steve Bender, Brie Arthur, and Charlotte Glen will speak at this conference and there will be breakouts with Bender, Arthur, and Mike Romano, vendors, door prizes, food, and more. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $45. Registration open July 1 through September 1 and only 200 seats are available. For more information, call 336-641-2400, visit guilfordextension.com/events, or pick up a paper form locally.

 

September 22, Lake City, S.C.
Garden Open: Stroll in September
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Come stroll the garden’s 65 acres and experience the botanical garden as the plants grow and change throughout the year. Registration is not required, but encouraged. Viewing of the garden is by walking only, so please dress accordingly. Water is the only beverage that will be available for purchase with cash along with some select plants. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Registration is encouraged. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org.



September 22, Clemson, S.C.
SC Native Plant Certificate Elective: Opening Your World Through Nature Journaling with Gale McKinley South
North Carolina Botanical Garden Hayden Conference Center

Gale McKinley is an artist by profession. She draws on her time in the natural world to inspire not only her paintings and drawings, but also her longtime hobbies as an herbalist, naturalist, split oak basket maker, and nature journal writer. Bring your favorite color pencils or watercolor supplies. Basic Botany is a pre-requisite for this class. If you are interested in this class, but not the certificate, please contact Sue Watts, watts9@clemson.edu. 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (10% Friends or SCNP Society). Registration is required. For more information, call 864-656-2836 or visit scnps.org/education/certificate-in-native-plant-studies or clemson.edu/public/scbg/education/certificate-program.html.


    
September 22, Raleigh, N.C.
Crape Myrtle Pruning Class and Demonstration: A Tale of Love, Murder, and Proper Pruning
JC Raulston Arboretum

Learn the hows and whys of pruning with Leaf & Limb treecologist Basil Camu, including basic thinning, selective heading, and non-selective heading cuts. Avoid crapemurder! 9-11 a.m. $25 (members $20). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1725.  



September 22, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Brookgreen Plant Sale
Brookgreen Gardens

Choose from a variety of plants. Time TBA. For more information, call 843-235-6000 or visit brookgreen.org/events/brookgreen-plant-sale.



September 22, Raleigh, N.C.
Eastern North Carolina Iris Society Beardless Iris Sale
JC Raulston Arboretum

Shop cultivars of Japanese, Siberian, Louisiana, and other beardless irises. Pay with cash or check. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-870-8345 or 919-971-4012 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1727.



September 22, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Autumnal Equinox Labyrinth Walk
Brookgreen Gardens

Mark the fall equinox by following the Brookgreen Gardens Labyrinth. Meet at the Wall Lowcountry Center picnic area for an orientation, followed by silent labyrinth walks beginning at 1:30. 1-3p.m. General admission (members free). Reservations are not required. For more information, call 843-235-6000 or visit brookgreen.org/events/autumnal-equinox-labyrinth-walk.



September 23, Belmont, N.C.
Farm to Fork Picnic
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Try offerings from local food artisans, brewers, distillers, and wineries, with live music and speakers. Organized by the Piedmont Culinary Guild and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. 4-7 p.m. $50 to $85 (children up to 12 free with an adult ticket). Registration is required. For more information, call 704-825-4490 or visit dsbg.org/events/garden-events/calendar.



September 25, Clemson, S.C.
SC Native Plant Certificate Elective: Grasses
South Carolina Botanical Garden Hayden Conference Center

Join professor emeritus Bill Stringer from Clemson University’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences to learn more about South Carolina’s 326 species of native grasses. Discover how grass plants develop and reproduce, and the differences between the vegetative and reproductive stages of grasses. Explore the diversity of grasses: annual vs. perennial grasses and warm-season vs. cool-season grasses. Basic Botany is a prerequisite. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (10% discount SCBG & SCNP Society members.) Registration is required. For more information, call 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



September 29, Anderson, S.C.
SC Native Plant Certificate Elective: Identifying and Using Medicinal Plants with Robin McGee
Earthwise Learning Center

In this class, we will take a walkabout where you will learn to identify some of these native or naturalized green allies, and discover some of their traditional and current uses. Participants will learn proper harvesting methods then harvest plants and create a fresh plant tincture, create a tincture from dried plant material, a healing salve, and a moisturizing cream to take home. Bring your lunch, water, snacks, pen & notebook, camera, sunscreen and a natural bug repellent (optional). Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes. Pre-requisite: Basic Botany. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (10% discount SCBG & SCNP Society members.) Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts, 864-656-2836 or visit scnps.org/education/certificate-in-native-plant-studies or clemson.edu/public/scbg/education/certificate-program.html.



September 29, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
Fundraiser BBQ
The Garden Hut

Join us for this fun and worthwhile event from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. to support the Garden Club of Fuquay-Varina scholarships. For details, call 919-552-0590 or visit nelsasgardenhut.com.
 


Upcoming events for florida

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August



Aug 16, Port Saint Lucie
Treasure Coast Rare Fruit Club Meeting – Mangoes!
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

Each month features a knowledgeable speaker, tasting table, plant auction, plant raffle, and seed exchange. Plus, time for sharing information, techniques and experiences. This month’s speaker is Alex Salazar, Tropical Acres Farm. Check the home page for updates and meeting specifics. Our members are seriously generous, with not only their fruits and dishes for our tasting table but with their expertise and experience. Bring your extra fruit harvest, a friend or neighbor and join the fun. 7 p.m. For more information, visit treasurecoastrarefruitclub.com.



Aug 20, Tampa
Pinellas Master Naturalists Visit to Florida Aquarium
Florida Aquarium

A guided tour of the exhibits, plus venture behind the scenes to learn about the aquarium’s research and conservation initiatives (sea turtles and coral)! The Florida Aquarium is an indoor attraction, but portions of the tour will take place outdoors. Plan for about 30 minutes outside in shaded areas. 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $14. Lunch is not included, but there is a cafeteria and a bar onsite for those who wish to stay after the tour and enjoy lunch. Parking will be free for the day to participants of this tour in The Florida Aquarium’s official parking lot only. This event is for Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalist Members plus an invited guest. Not a member? No problem! Become a member today as you check out. For more information, visit pinellasmasternaturalists.org.

 

September

 

September 1, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the gardens on the first Saturday of every month starting at 10 a.m. Please allow two hours for the tour. Regular admission price for nonmembers and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



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



Through Sept 23, Orlando
Enchanted Fairy Doors
Leu Gardens

This whimsical exhibit features 15 one-of-a-kind fairy doors, which will inspire the imaginative world of mythical forests and secret gardens. Admission to the exhibit is included in regular daytime garden admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-17. Garden members and children 3 years and younger are admitted free. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



September 30 & October 1, Tampa
Orchid Expo Show and Sale
USF Botanical Gardens

Gorgeous blooming orchids and potting supplies will be available and AOS judged orchids will be on display. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A culture lecture will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 with free parking. For more information, visit tampaorchidclub.shutterfly.com.

 

October



October 1, 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 event. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



October 5, 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 picnic dinner. The gardens open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. 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. This event takes place weather permitting. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



October 6, DeLand
Annual Fall Plant Sale
865 South Alabama Avenue

Many diverse and unique plants propagated and grown by members of the club will be available. Knowledgeable gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and assist with plant selection. Vendors will also be selling garden treasures. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, call 386-624-6960, visit www.gardenclubordeland.org, or check their Facebook page, The Garden Club of DeLand.



October 6, Palmetto
Manatee County Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant Fair
Manatee County Extension Service

Master gardener propagated and grown plants will be available, including Florida friendlies, natives, plants for butterfly gardens, shrubs, vines, ground covers, trees, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, and bromeliads. While at the sale, tour our award-winning educational gardens. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 941-722-4524.



October 6, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the gardens on the first Saturday of every month starting at 10 a.m. Please allow two hours for the tour. Regular admission price for nonmembers and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



October 13, Fort Pierce
St. Lucie County Master Gardeners’ Fall Plant Sale
U.S. Agricultural Department, 8400 Picos Road

For more information, call 772-462-1660 or visit their Facebook page.



October 13, Orlando
Jazz’n Blues Concert
Leu Gardens

This annual concert will feature the Betty Ford Band, Robert Harris Group, and the Daniel Heitz Band. Each band will be performing at a different location. Pack a picnic dinner – drinks and alcohol are permitted. Bring either a blanket or chairs, since this in an outdoor concert. 7-10 p.m. Advance tickets are available: $15 plus tax for general admission, $10 plus tax for garden members. Tickets on the day of the event are $20. Sugarbuzz Dezert Company will be selling desserts and locally roasted coffee. Parking offsite is free and shuttles are available. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



October 13 & 14, Tampa
28th Annual USF Fall Plant Sale
USF Botanical Gardens

More than 40 vendors will be selling and displaying plants and plant-related items, including many local plant clubs and societies as well as commercial growers. The festival also features the annual scarecrow display throughout the gardens. Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Several workshops will be offered on Saturday including Fall Vegetable Gardening at 11 a.m. and Native Plants at noon. Sunday will feature Beekeeping Basics at noon. There will be a children’s activity area and free parking. Admission for the event and the gardens is $5 for general public and no charge for garden members and children under 12. For more information, including a complete list of workshops, call 813-974-2329 or visit http://gardens.usf.edu.



Oct 13 & 14, Gainesville
Fall Plant Sale & Orchid Show
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

The gardens formally opened to the public in October 1986 and the open house and fall plant sale, held in conjunction with the Gainesville Orchid Society, celebrate its birthday. Approximately 50 booths will be set up selling a wide variety of plants. The American Orchid Society will have their annual America Orchid Society’s judged show that will coincide with the fall plant sale. Bring cash because most vendors do not accept credit cards. Sorry, but no pets allowed. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days, free admission. For more information, visit www.kanapaha.org or call 352-372-4981.



Oct 20, Callahan
Fall Plant Sale
UF/IFAS Agriculture Center

Nassau County is pleased to host their annual fall plant sale 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 904-530-6351 or visit http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu.



Oct 20 & 21, Naples
Naples Yard & Garden Show
Collier Extension

There will be plant vendors, horticulture merchants, educational lectures, and much more. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under admitted free. Domestic Animals Services (DAS) will be bringing dogs available for adoption. For more information, call 239-352-4800 or visit Facebook/Naples Yard and Garden Show.



Oct 26, St. Petersburg
District VIII Flower Show
Garden Club of St. Petersburg

An NGC Standard Flower Show with the theme “The Happiest Place on Earth.” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit www.manateerivergardenclub.com.



October 27, Ft. Pierce
Mega Indoor Yard and Outdoor Plant Sale

to benefit Garden Club of Ft. Pierce community projects.  A great selection of household treasures and locally grown plants! Doors will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Garden Club of Ft. Pierce 911 Parkway Drive (Georgia and 10th St.) For more information call (305) 281-3335.



Farmers’ Markets



Mondays, Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
Winter Park Road

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

 

October 5, North Port
North Port Farmers’ Market
City Hall Boulevard

Fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, plants, jewelry, art, and many other specialty items offered as well as live music to enjoy while you shop!  9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday, October through April. For more information, visit northportfarmersmarket.com or call 941-391-4856.



Saturdays, Fernandina Beach
Market Place Farmers’ Market
North Seventh Street, Historic Downtown

Join family and friends at this market where farmers, growers, and producers sell locally grown and homemade goods. Rain or shine, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com.



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

Live music serenades shoppers and pets are welcome. Fresh foods, organics, ready-to-eat munchies and drinks, plants and related items are in one part of the market while a second area showcases crafters and artists. 8 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. For more information, visit www.fortpiercefarmersmarket.com.



Saturdays, Winter Park
Winter Park Farmers’ Market
The Old Train Depot, 200 West New England Avenue

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



Saturdays, Webster
Sumter County Farmers’ Market
Webster

Chartered in 1937, this is one of the oldest and largest markets in central Florida. Fresh produce is sold on Saturdays, 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, Punta Gorda
Farmers’ Market Downtown
Punta Gorda

Voted the Best Small Market in Florida; vendors offering fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, Italian bakery, fresh homemade pasta, kitchenware, cupcakes, beef and fresh seafood, candles and soaps, arts and crafts, cheese, baguettes and olives, homemade pies, native and exotic plants. Live music 9 a.m.-noon. Proudly sponsored by the Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Association in collaboration with the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. 8 a.m.-noon through the end of September; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. October through April. For more information, visit puntagordafarmersmarket.com or call 941-391-4856.



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

Join the community in support of the future Evans Center at 1361 Florida Avenue by attending the monthly Farmers’ and Flea Market. 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

This exhibition is presented in combination with the publication of a new University of Press book by the same title co-authored by Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy with photographs by James R. Lockhart. Through photographs, postcards, landscape plans, and manuscripts, Seeking Eden highlights the importance of historic gardens in Georgia’s past as well as their value and meaning within the state’s 21st-century communities. For more information, visit atlantahistorycenter.com.

 

Select Thursdays, Atlanta
Science Café
Atlanta Botanical Garden

This series features expert speakers and discussions on exciting conservation topics. Free with garden admission. 7 p.m. While you are at the garden, enjoy Cocktails in the Garden 5:30-9:30 p.m. (cash bar). Both free with garden admission. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or 404-876-5859.
    July 12 - Stingless Bees, Genoveva Ocampo, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    July 26 - Molecular Chemistry, Huw Davies, Emory University
    August 30 - Reptile Conservation, David Steen, Georgia Sea Turtle Center



August



August 10-11, Asheville, NC
2018 Speaking of Gardening
DoubleTree by Hilton, Asheville-Biltmore

Celebrating their 20th year, the Speaking of Gardening Symposium consists of inspiring lectures by renowned plantsmen on creative design, innovative horticulture, and great plants. This two-day symposium includes book signings, plant auctions, sponsor displays, and lunch. Network with professionals & enthusiasts, earn CEU’s, and purchase plants and products from sponsors. $155. For more information, visit www.ashevillegreenworks.org, sabra106@charter.net or call 828-275-1751.



August 18, Dunwoody
Butterfly Festival
Dunwoody Nature Center

Mark your calendars, rain or shine, for a day of great activities, including a Birds of Prey show, games, crafts, music, food, drinks, and, of course, three magical butterfly tents filled with hundreds of nature’s most beautiful and delicate species. Adults $10, children (4-12) $5. Early member preview begins at 9 a.m. with general admission at 10 a.m. For more information, call 770-394-3322.



August 18, Athens
They Are Back – The Hummingbirds and the Hummingbird Trail
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join us for a ramble as we walk through the Hummingbird Trail to find the hummingbirds’ secret hiding places. Bring a camera or binoculars if you’d like and join the adventure! The last hour of the ramble is intended for participants to have time to independently photograph or observe the hummingbirds. Instructor Judy Royal Glenn will be available to answer questions during this time. 9-11 a.m. Free. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



August 19, Athens
Companion Plants for Orchids (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Many non-orchid cultivated plants have tropical origins, similar to orchids, and require similar growing conditions.  Growing these plants as companions to orchids can benefit both the orchids and the companion plants. Northeast Georgia Orchid Society member Nat Scheckler will discuss companion plants that can be readily grown with orchids. Please bring any plants you would like to show or that you have questions about. For more information, email northeastgaorchidsociety@gmail.com. 2 p.m. Free.



August 21, Carrollton
Mason Bees and Bumblebees
Carrollton Ag Center

Becky Griffin, community and school garden coordinator, Georgia Certified Beekeeper, Center for Urban Ag and UGA Extension, NW District, will be speaking. We gather at the Ag Ed Center at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. West GA Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit wgawildflowers.org or email Info@WGaWildflowers.org.



August 25, Athens
Plant Conservation: Protecting Plant Diversity in the Garden and in the Wild
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Plant conservation is an applied science that draws upon many fields of knowledge – from ecology to horticulture, to ethics and politics. This course surveys threats to biodiversity in Georgia and worldwide, examples of rare plant research, techniques for restoration and reintroduction, and ways individuals and organizations are making a difference in protecting the rare plants of Georgia. Class will include group discussions and tours of the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $105/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



August 29, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 1: Line and Line-Mass Design
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

First of five units to earn the Basic Design Certificate from The Garden Club of Georgia. Courses do not need to be completed in order. Participants will be provided a list of materials to bring to class. Additional units of study include Mass Design and Foliage Design, Design for Dining Table, Fruit and Vegetable Design, and Petite Design. Limited to 20 participants. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $45. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

September



September 5, Athens
All in the Family: Important Plant Families of Georgia
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class we will learn about some important plant families, recognizing their characteristics in the classroom or garden and giving you the skills to quickly identify the unknown plants that you might run across. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



September 6 Newnan
Making and Using Compost & Compost Tea
Country Gardens Farm

6:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit countrygardensfarm.com or call 770-251-2673.



September 8, Gainesville
Snake Day 2018
Elachee Nature Science Center

Get up close and personal with creatures that slither and crawl at the 26th Annual Snake Day. This seasonal nature education festival is a family-friendly favorite. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $10 per person (ages 2 and older). For more information 770-535-1976, www.elachee.org or elachee@elachee.org.



September 11, Athens    
Volunteer Fair
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Interested in volunteering at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia? Our volunteers work beside garden curators, create flower arrangements, help decorate for events, help with concerts and family festivals, lead garden tours, proofread, propagate plants for sales and displays, greet guests at the front desk, and work in the gift shop. A garden tour will be available for those curious about the garden or interested in becoming a tour guide. Come have a cup of coffee and speak with garden staff about your talents and desires, and we will discuss what is needed at the garden. 10 a.m.-noon. Discussion starts at 10:30 a.m., garden tour at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 706-542-1244 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



September 12, Atlanta
Louise Agee Wrinkle: Listen to the Land: Creating a Southern Woodland Garden
Atlanta History Center

Louise Wrinkle discusses her book, Listen to the Land: Creating a Southern Woodland Garden, in a conversation with her friend Jim Landon. Her story is an engaging, informative, and poignant memoir of a life spent tending a woodland oasis in Alabama. $10, 4 p.m. Presented in partnership with The Garden Conservancy. Book signing and light refreshments will follow the conversation. Reservations are required. For more information, call 404-814-4150 or visit atlantahistorycenter.com.



September 13, Eatonton
Trees for Bees and Other Pollinators
UGA Extension, Putnam County, Meeting Room

Fall is time for selecting and planting trees and woody ornamentals. Come spend the evening with us and learn about pollinator positive tree and shrub varieties and where to purchase them. 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Fielder at 706-485-4151 or email kfielder@uga.edu.



September 15, Athens
27th Annual Insect-ival!
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join garden staff and volunteers for this creepy, crawly, and definitely fun family festival. Discovery stations, roach and beetle races, an insect café, puppet shows and, of course, lots of live insects will also highlight this event! At 11 a.m. we will host our annual butterfly release on the lawn of the International Garden. Insect-ival is sponsored by the Garden, the UGA Lund Club, the UGA Department of Entomology, and the Georgia Museum of Natural History. Pre-registration is not required. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $5/person or $20/family (children under 2 are free). For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



September 16, Athens
Dendrobiums: A Learning Journey (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society Meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

NGOS member Steve Moorman will take us on a “learning journey” sharing lessons he learned about Dendrobiums. Please bring any plants you would like to show or that you have questions about 2-4 p.m. Free.
For more information, email northeastgaorchidsociety@gmail.com.



September 15, Columbus
Bird-Feeding Wreath Workshop
Columbus Botanical Garden

Using natural materials, participants will create a wreath certain to attract a variety of birds and make an attractive addition to your garden! All materials provided. Please bring garden gloves and hand pruners. Seating is limited so register early! $45, 10 a.m.-noon. Pre-registration deadline September 10. To register or for more information, call 706-327-8400 or email education@columbusbotanicalgarden.org.



September 18, Athens
2018 Johnstone Lecture: Familiar Creatures Communicate Big Messages in North American Schools
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Estela Romero has coordinated the Symbolic Migration program in her hometown of Angangueo, Michoacán, for 15 years. This program mimics the migration of monarchs, carrying thousands of paper butterflies from Canadian and USA students to Mexico to overwinter at schools near the real monarchs and then returning them the following spring. Estela not only brings these “ambassador butterflies” to the children, but environmental and cultural lessons. After Estela’s talk, SBG Director of Education Cora Keber will give a short summary of similar programs and collaborations at the garden. 7 p.m., reception following. Free but reservations required by September 11. To register or for more information visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6138.



September 15, LaGrange
Decorative Gourd Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

Join Tom Westmoreland for an exciting morning learning about how to create decorative gourds. With over 20 years’ experience, Tom will bring some of his favorites and share methods for his craft. $25 per person. Call 706-882-3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org to register.



September 19, Athens
Fall Wildflowers of the Georgia Piedmont
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class, students will learn to recognize the most common fall-blooming wildflowers in the Georgia Piedmont and learn the basic botanical terminology used in identifying and describing fall-flowering plants, with an emphasis on plants in the aster (composite) family. We will then apply that knowledge in the field, learning to recognize families, genera, and species based on characteristics readily observable. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



September 22, Stone Mountain
Fall Native Plant Sale
Stone Mountain Park

Join us for our fall plant sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Stay tuned for more details at gnps.org/plant-sale.



September 21-22, Charlottesville, VA
12th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival
Monticello

Celebrate the revolutionary legacy of Thomas Jefferson; workshops, lectures, tomato tastings, and family-friendly activities. Featured speakers include Peter Hatch, Michael Twitty, Ira Wallace, David Shields, Craig LeHoullier, and many more. For more information, visit heritageharvestfestival.com.



September 22, Conyers
Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Symposium
Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Topics will include Roadsides & Pollinators, Urban Honey Bee Project, and more. $50 for members of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia; $75 non-members. Presented by Monarchs Across Georgia. For more information, email mag@eealliance.org.



September 22, LaGrange
Planting Trees and Shrubs Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

Join Paul Chapel for a talk on properly planting trees and shrubs. 10 a.m.-noon. $15 per person. For more information or to register, call 706-882-3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org.



September 23, Athens
Insect Pollinators in Our Gardens
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This course is designed to allow participants to evaluate plant-insect interactions in gardens from an ecological perspective. Among the factors that will be discussed are the role of disease and pesticides on pollinators’ survival and how these factors could interact with plant species and produce certain outcomes. By the end of this 4-hour course, participants will be able to provide a rationale as to why species richness and diversity are important to gardens, evaluate the effects of human interventions on pollinators, communicate scientific ideas regarding some of the challenges insect pollinators face in the gardens, and design a garden using an ecological perspective to maximize pollinator species richness and diversity. 2-6 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



September 24, Athens   
Full Moon Hike: Harvest Moon
State Botanical Garden of Georgia  

Come see the garden come alive at night! Each walk will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. Bring family and friends 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. $5/person or $15/family. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



September 29, Cave Spring
Georgia Mushroom Festival
Rolater Park

Mushroom experts from Georgia and surrounding states will provide information, speak on their subject of mycological study, and lead mushroom and wild plant ID hikes in the vicinity. Some of our vendors will offer workshops such as How to Grow Mushrooms on Logs, How to Make Medicinal Tinctures, or How to Grow Mushrooms at Home. Our goal is to educate the public about the wonderful world of fungi. Some of our vendors charge for workshops. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. For more information, visit georgiamushroomfestival.com.



September 29, Athens
Natural History of Georgia’s Insects
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Many plants depend on insect pollinators to reproduce – so it is important to know what types of insects are commonly found across Georgia and are pollinators for some of our favorite plants. This class will go over the history and ecology of some of Georgia’s most important insect pollinators. Students in this course will not only learn about different types of common pollinators found across the state, but also about their preferred habitats. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


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Tuesday mornings through October, Omaha, Nebraska
Walking Club
Lauritzen Gardens 

Join us for a scenic walk through the garden. With miles of trails, you can reduce stress and strengthen your body while enjoying the friendship of other members. Free for garden members or included with paid garden admission. 


 
Thursdays - September 27, Des Moines
Social Irrigation Summer Music Series
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

The garden will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays for an evening full of live music, food, and botanical atmosphere. Trellis Café will be open with small plates and your favorite beverage. From classical, jazz, and blues music as well as craft beers and lawn games. For more information, visit dmbotanicalgarden.com/social.


 
July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23 Ames
Plant Walk
Reiman Gardens

Get to know the works of art in our living museum from the expert herself. Join Lindsey Smith, Reiman Gardens’ plant collections curator, for in-depth walking tours of the plants and flowers that make this place so special. 11-11:45 a.m. Preregistration with prepayment two days in advance is required. Walks occur rain or shine!



July 17 & August 21, Ames
Floral Design
Reiman Gardens

Learn to arrange fresh garden florals & other materials each session from 6:30-7:30 p.m.



July 18 & August 15, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

Join different staff members each month for a different interactive behind-the-scenes look at Reiman Gardens. This program is perfect for volunteers! 11 a.m.-noon.



July 25, August 1 & 8, Waterloo
Storytime at the Arboretum
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Join us for stories on a different topic each session read by friends from area non-profits, groups, and prominent figures in the community. This event is free to attend with admission to the gardens. Free trolley rides are available after the event and families are encouraged to explore the gardens after storytime is over. Admission is $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17). Children 4 and under and members are free. 10:30-11 a.m.



August



Beginning August 7, Ames
Pastel Painting: Motion Studies
Reiman Gardens

Examine the gardens in pastel as they change from week to week in this four-week course with creative department artist Yvonne Brune from 6-8 p.m. Work outside like Monet, Pissarro, and Renoir, to capture the subtleties of color and movement in an area of your choice.  Each student will complete a triptych showcasing a scene with these variations.  



August 18, Waterloo
Sunflower Sip & Paint
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Attendees will learn about growing sunflowers and be led by volunteer Mary Meier in a simple painting while enjoying the beauty of the arboretum. Attendees will receive door prizes and goodie bags. A variety of wines will be served. All materials provided by the arboretum. 5-8:30 p.m.  Cost $35 for non-members, $30 for members.



August 21, Mason City
Business Meeting & Program
Gardeners of North Iowa

Business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7:30 at The Manor, 4 3rd Street NW. Please use street parking. Speaker: Derek Carwood, curatorial horticulturist from Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Topic: Gravel Gardening and information on the Corpse Flower.



August 17-19, Decorah
Sixth Annual Seed School
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Learn how to grow, harvest, store, and save seed from experts while discussing the importance of preserving crop diversity in your own backyard. Discover how to engage your community in seed stewardship through seed libraries, seed swaps, and community gardens. Cost: $200, includes vegetarian lunches on Friday and Saturday as well as light snacks throughout the weekend; registration required. Visit seedsavers.org/events for more details.

 

September

 

September 1, Decorah
Tomato Tasting
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Sample an incredible range of heirloom and open-pollinated tomatoes – including rare varieties from Seed Savers Exchange’s seed bank – while also learning tips for growing your best tomatoes and preserving tomatoes for the winter. Noon for hayrides; 1 p.m. for tomato and salsa tasting. Visit seedsavers.org/tomato-tasting for more details.


 
Beginning September 3, Ames
Fall Color Photography
Reiman Gardens

Come learn how to take stunning fall images in this 4-week course from 6-8:30 p.m. Join photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg for a class exploring the “how-to” of capturing phenomenal autumn colors.



Sept. 3, 10 & Oct. 1, Omaha, Nebraska
Leashes at Lauritzen
Lauritzen Gardens

Bring your canine friends to walk the grounds from 5-8 p.m. and enjoy the great outdoors together. This is an informal, fun way to enjoy and explore our 100 acres and miles of trails with the family and the family dog.


  
Beginning September 4, Ames
Light Painting
Reiman Gardens

Learn how to “paint” at night with various light sources and capture the images in your camera. Join Mark Stoltenberg for a 4-week class from 6-8:30 p.m. exploring this unique photographic technique that dates to 1889.



Beginning September 5, Ames
Photography: All Things Water
Reiman Gardens

Learn the proper tips and techniques from Mark Stoltenberg to improve your images of “all things water” in this 4-week course from 6-8:30 p.m.



Sept. 6 & 20 & Oct. 4 & 18, Ames
Plant Walk: Different Topic each session
Reiman Gardens

Join Lindsey Smith, Reiman Gardens’ plant collections curator, for in-depth walking tours of the plants and flowers in the following categories, in order: edible flowers, endangered plants, underused plants, and fall color. 11-11:45 a.m. Sign up for the series or select individual classes. Preregistration with prepayment two days in advance is required. Walks occur rain or shine!



September 6, 13, 20, & 27, Des Moines
Social Irrigation
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Social Irrigation is a program of Thursday night concerts in the garden, featuring a new band, food, craft beer, and lawn games each week. Garden and Trellis Cafe open 5-9 p.m., music 6-8:30 p.m.



September 7-9, Ames
Garden Quilt Show
Reiman Gardens

Enjoy the art of quilting through beautiful displays of garden-themed quilts created by talented Midwesterners as part of a juried show w/prizes awarded by central Iowa sponsors. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.



September 7, Urbandale
Homeschool Day
Living History Farms

You and your children will have the opportunity to tour the museum’s many historic areas, participate in hands-on activities, and have fun! Plan at least 3-4 hours for your experience. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Homeschool groups and families who pre-register receive discounted admission.


 
September 9, Omaha Nebraska
All-European Show and Shine
Lauritzen Gardens

See fine European cars and motorcycles on display from noon-3 p.m. Enjoy vintage and modern Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Ducati, BMW, Ferrari, Pantera, Alfa Romeo, Austin Healey, and others surrounded by the beauty of the fall garden.


 
Sept. 10, 17 & 24 & Oct.1, Ames
Great Plants for Iowa
Reiman Gardens

Join in from 6-8:30 p.m. for the topics that most interest you. They include, in order: Perennials for Sun – Beyond the Basics; Tropicals, Inside & Out; Medium & Large Shrubs; and Ornamental Grasses.

 

Sept.10 & Oct. 15, Omaha, Nebraska
Bee Smart Class
Lauritzen Gardens

Tony Sandoval of Bee Smart Education will teach you all about bees. Each class covers basic identification, specific habitat information, and fun “trivia” about particular bees. 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required by September 3 and October 8.



September 12, Omaha, Nebraska
Integrated Pest Management and Organic Gardening
Lauritzen Gardens

Scott Evans, MS in agriculture from UNL and horticulture program coordinator for the Douglas/Sarpy County UNL Extension, will discuss integrated pest management programs and organic gardening beginning at 1:30 p.m.



September 13, Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon
Reiman Gardens

Meet Reiman Gardens’ plant collections curator Lindsey Smith and hear from her and other horticulture staff about the goals, processes, and importance of our major living collections. Noon-1 p.m.



September 14, Ames
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens

This quarterly event is an opportunity to enjoy good company and live music in a beautiful garden setting. A crowd favorite, The Bill Martin Group, will return to perform playing a mix of jazz and more. 5-8 p.m.



Mid-Sept.–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.


 
September 15, Urbandale
Photography Day
Living History Farms

Enjoy a day of photography workshops in Iowa’s largest outdoor classroom! Attend classes with local photography experts and test out the newest camera equipment from photography vendors. Amateurs as well as professionals are encouraged to attend. Also catch the action at a historic baseball game at 1:30 p.m. All workshops are included with admission price to Living History Farms. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



September 18 & October 16, Ames
Floral Design: Balanced Botanicals: Contemporary Arrangements
Reiman Gardens

Each month learn a different style of floral design. 6:30-7:30 p.m.



September 19, Ames
Behind the Scenes: Interactive Outdoor Features
Reiman Gardens

Join education manager Sara Merritt for a fun and informative journey through Reiman Gardens’ moving parts – from the Children’s Garden splash pad to the Dancing Chimes (even learn the patterns to play real songs!). 11 a.m.-noon. This program is perfect for volunteers!



September 21-23, Omaha, Nebraska
Antiques Show
Lauritzen Gardens

The show’s four days bring together high-quality antiques exhibitors, renowned designers, and educational opportunities for our patrons to enhance their homes and lives. This year’s 15th anniversary celebration will showcase all things stylish to benefit the beauty that is Lauritzen Gardens.


 
September 22, Cedar Rapids
Art in the Garden: Leaf Bowl Workshop
Brucemore

Join Iowa Ceramics Center and creating ceramic leaf bowls. Use the fallen leave from the trees at Brucemore to decorate your own, hand-made bowl. All materials and supplies will be provided. 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, visit brucemore.org or call 319-362-7375.



September 22, Urbandale
Applefest
Living History Farms

Celebrate the arrival of fall during our annual Applefest! Try your hand at stirring the copper kettle of apple butter, take your turn cranking the cider press, and try some tasty apple fritters. Family fun also includes apple bowling, cooking demonstrations, bobbing for apples, and assisting our historic interpreters as they plan for the winter ahead. 9-4 p.m.



September 22 & 23, Waterloo
Fall Harvest Fest
Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Celebrate our 20th Annual Fall Harvest Festival. There will be a variety of children’s activities, live entertainment, craft and market vendors, and most importantly scarecrows! 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.



September 28, Waterloo
Stories under the Stars
Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Join us for a special star party in the garden. The Grout Museum District will be telling stories using the constellations in the stars. Attendees are encouraged to bring sleeping bags, blankets, and wear warm clothing. This event will be held after hours in the gardens and is free with regular admission. 7:30-8:30 p.m.



September 29, Ames
Fall Wedding Bouquet Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Incorporate beautiful fall flowers and foliage cut right out of Reiman Gardens as floral manager Marical Greenwood guides you through the process of creating your own take-home arrangement 1-3 p.m. All materials provided.



September 30, Waterloo
Gardening with Native Pollinator-Supporting Perennials: Why and How
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

This class will equip you with the knowledge to help restore healthy habitat for native pollinators at home and in the community. Please bring a pen or pencil. The arboretum will provide copies of the slide and text presentation. 2-3 p.m. Pre-registration required.

 

October



October 2, Urbandale
Event Venue Showcase
Living History Farms

Looking for a timeless venue to host your special event? Come to Living History Farms’ Event Venue Showcase from to explore our unique venue options, including the history Flynn Barn, Church of the Land, and the Great Hall of our Visitor Center. Special pricing will be available for those who reserve one or more locations. Enjoy food and drinks from our preferred caterers, music, and the opportunity to mingle with wedding and event professionals. 3:30-7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to ensure enough food!


 
Beginning October 3, Ames
Night Photography
Reiman Gardens

Learn how to capture images of the moon, star trails, and city lights as instructor Mark Stoltenberg helps you practice taking night images with existing light in this 4-week course. 6-8:30 p.m. The class will meet one night on Main Street to shoot the city lights (date to be determined).



October 6 & 7, Ames
Bonsai Show
Reiman Gardens

Annual bonsai exhibit in conjunction with the Iowa Bonsai Association. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.



October 6 and 7, Omaha, Nebraska
Japanese Ambience Festival
Lauritzen Gardens

Festival features include origami, calligraphy, koinobori, ikebana and bonsai demonstrations, and food tastings. Special performances include taiko drumming, koto music, and martial arts demonstrations. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 



Oct. 6–Nov. 16, Omaha, Nebraska
Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Lauritzen Gardens

The visitor and education center’s indoor floral display hall will be festooned in autumn colors during the Japanese-inspired fall chrysanthemum show. The show articulates the beauty of the storied Japanese culture with brightly colored chrysanthemums, unique design components, and tranquil water features. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.



October 13, Decorah
Harvest Festival
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Celebrate the bounty of the harvest with pumpkin carving, a garlic workshop, cider pressing, hayrides, food-storage workshops, a soup cook-off, and plenty of activities for kids (including making corn-husk dolls!). Visit seedsavers.org/harvest-festival for more details.


 
October 17, Omaha, Nebraska
Growing Great Roses
Lauritzen Gardens

Don Swanson, president of the Omaha Rose Society and Gabrielle Domenge-Geiger, vice president, will speak about propagating roses from cuttings and hips at 1:30 p.m.



October 20 & 21, Ames
Spirits in the Gardens
Reiman Gardens

All are welcome to join in the spooky fun by attending in costume. As part of an astounding display, see carved pumpkins lit against the evening sky while here. Trick or treat at Reiman Gardens and do activities. Join us for storytelling and more. 4-10 p.m. on Saturday and 4-9 p.m. on Sunday.

 

October 20, Des Moines
Annual Symposium: The Gardening Adventure
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Each fall, four internationally acclaimed lecturers visit Des Moines to speak about current topics that impact home horticulture, plant sciences, and/or ecology. Keynote speaker is internationally known garden designer Jimi Blake, founder of Hunting Brook Gardens in Dublin. He will discuss creative planting through the seasons.



October 27, Ames
Willow Star Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Crisscross willow branches to make a star-shaped base for a decorative garden, wall, or door hanging, with the expert guidance of local artists Pam Dennis & Ryk Weiss. Add lotus pods, pinecones, repurposed metals, and other materials to create a creepy welcome for Halloween or keep it simple for pleasant autumn décor. A “winter kit” will be available for purchase from the instructors to transform your autumn star into a festive holiday “wreath.” All materials included. 9:30 a.m.-noon.



Beginning October 30, Ames
Macro Photography 101
Reiman Gardens

This four-part workshop (NO CLASS 11/20) will cover the basics of macro-photography including equipment and how to use it, depth of field, aperture, light, composition, finding your subject, and tips and tricks. Each class is broken into 3 parts: classroom discussion, hands-on practice taking pictures by the students, and review of the images taken. 6-8:30 p.m.

 

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Website: www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org
Email: office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org
Phone: 319-226-4966

Lauritzen Gardens
Website: lauritzengardens.org
Phone: 402-346-4002
The gardens are at 100 Bancroft Street, just across the river in Omaha, Nebraska.

Living History Farms
Website: lhf.org
Email: jdeerr@LHF.org
Phone: 515-645-9817

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


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4th Saturday of the Month, Fort Wayne
Garden Close-Up
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday for an exploratory walk, hands-on activity, or demonstration. They highlight a different garden each month, so you can make new discoveries through fun, educational activities. From 11 a.m. to1 p.m. Included in regular conservatory admission. Visit fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-427-6445.

 

Through August 31, Fort Wayne
Gardens of Europe: Photography
Botanical Conservatory

Ramon Miller of Gera, Germany, is a landscape architect with a photographer’s eye. Ramon’s vibrant color works will be displayed throughout the summer, coinciding with German Fest in early June and extending through our Botanical Roots concert season to the end of August. Exhibit admission included in regular admission. For more information, call 260-427-6440.



Through Aug 28, (Every Tuesday) Avon
Avon Farmers’ Market
South Parking Lot of Hendricks Regional Health Building

The Avon Farmers’ Market offers fresh produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items. Hosted by the Town of Avon Parks and Recreations. Hendricks County Master Gardeners will host an information booth. For more information, visit avongov.org, email planadminassist@avongov, or call 317-272-0948.



Through August 30, Lafayette
Farmers’ Markets
Downtown, Purdue, & West

The Farmers’ Market Downtown is held on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on 5th Street between Main & Columbia. The Purdue Market is held on Thursdays during July, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and in August, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., located on the northwestern corner of Memorial Mall. The West Lafayette market is held on Wednesdays 3:30-7:00 p.m. in Cumberland Park. For more information, visit lafayettechamber.org or call 765-742-4044.



Through Aug. 29 (Every Wednesday), Plainfield
Plainfield Chamber Farmers’ Market
Friends Meeting (US 40/SR 267)

The market will run every Wednesday, rain or shine, canceled only in the event of severe weather. Shop for healthy, locally produced foods, including fresh-baked bread, produce, and meats. Hendricks County Master Gardeners will host an educational booth. 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit plainfield-in.com/farmers-market or contact Jamie at 317-754-5373.



Through Aug 25 (Every Saturday), Danville
Danville Farmers’ Market
West Side Courthouse Square

This marker is “producer-only” market. All goods sold are grown, made, or baked by the vendor. No resale items are allowed. The Hendricks County Master Gardeners will be hosting an information booth. 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit danvillechamber.org, email shelby@danvillechamber.org, or call 317-745-0670.



Through November 11, Fort Wayne
Art of the Garden: Daniel Dienelt
Botanical Conservatory

While some gardens feature art, this garden is its own work of art. “Art of the Garden” blurs the line between landscape and fine art, using features found in nature. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Closed Mondays. Admission: adults, $5; children (3-17), $3; free admission ages 2 and under. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.



July 17 & Aug. 21, Fort Wayne
Garden Preschool
Botanical Conservatory

July 17 topic: Pollinators; August 21 topic: Garden Veggies. Parents or guardians will assist children side by side in this monthly class that encourages the basics of exploring in the gardens at an early age. Each month we will explore a different theme through a story, hands-on activity, craft and a snack. At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required for an adult). Please indicate at registration if a participant has food allergies. $6 child (member discounts apply). Registration required by July 10 and August 14, respectively. To register, visit www.fortwayneparks.org or call 260-427-6000.

 

July 28 & Aug. 24, Fort Wayne
Garden Close-Ups
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday to get a closer look at our plants and gardens with an exploratory walk, hands-on activity or demonstration. We highlight a different garden each month, so you can make new discoveries through fun, educational activities. Included in conservatory admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: adults, $5; children (3-17), $3; free admission ages 2 and under. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.



August



August 3-19, Indianapolis
Indiana State Fair
State Fairgrounds

Events and exhibits change daily, so come often and have fun. Charges for admission and parking. For more information, visit indianastatefair.com/state-fair or call 317-927-7500.

 

August 11, Indianapolis
Help! I Grew Too Many Herbs
Garfield Park Conservatory

Learn about how to harvest, dry, and preserve your herbal garden’s bounty. You’ll snip fresh herbs from the gardens to make a soup wreath to take home. You’ll also go home with lots of information, recipes, and inspiration. 10 -11:30 a.m.  Space is limited, so reserve a spot by calling Garfield Park Conservatory at 317-327-7066 or visiting garfieldgardensconservatory.org.



August 11 & 12, 18 &19, Indianapolis
Daffodil Bulb Sale
Indiana State Fair Ag/Hort Building

The bulb sale supports our scholarship program. August 11 & 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; August 12 & 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For large pre-orders, contact sara8899kinne@gmail.com. For more information, visit indianadaffodilsociety.org, email Ruth at pelouch@sbcglobal.net, or call 317-475-9482.



August 13, Indianapolis
The Indianapolis Hosta Society meeting
Holliday Park Nature Center

Chris Wilhoite, a long time IHS member, will try to demystify some unusual and underused garden perennials. Chris, along with his wife Cynthia, are owners of Soules Gardens, a nursery on the Southside of Indianapolis specializing in hosta, daylilies and rare and unusual perennials. Free and open to the public. 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit indianapolishostasociety.org or call Pat at 317-251-6465.



August 18, Indianapolis
Daylily & Iris Sale
Sullivan Hardware & Garden

Members will offer their daylilies and iris for sale at reduced prices, including outstanding varieties and unusual colors. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit indianadaylilyirissociety.org or call 317-346-0005.



August 18, Wabash
Wabash Garden Fest
Paradise Spring Historical Park

Vendors will be selling herbs, crafts, plants, unique garden items, décor, and more. There is a WEE garden for the kids (2:30 p.m.), the Chair Affair Auction and free adult and kid interactive programs. Enjoy a free trolley ride to historic sites. No admission. Plenty of free parking. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit visitwabashcounty.com/event/wabash-garden-fest or call Julie at 260-571-9774.



August 21, Elkhart
Lil Sprouts-Honey Bees & Pollinators
Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Children ages 3-8 will learn and play to increase understanding the properties of objects and change in the physical world. Registration required, so we can plan for supplies. 10-11 a.m. Register online at wellfieldgardens.org/education/youth-family or call 574-266-2006.


 
August 25, Fort Wayne
Art in the Garden
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the conservatory this month for “Art of the Garden:  Daniel Dienelt at the Conservatory,” where you’ll experience a beautiful serene setting featuring amazing artwork by this local artist. Enjoy his artwork and then make a collage of your own inspiration! Admission: adults, $5; children (3-17), $3; free admission ages 2 and under. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.



August 25-26, Elkhart
Dahlia Show
Concord Mall

Learn how to grow and care for dahlias from our experts. For more information, contact Cammi at ckuiper474@aol.com or Rusty, president, at ritchie8961@aol.com.



August 25 & September 1, Bloomington
Indiana Daffodil Society Bulb Sale
Bloomington Farmers’ Market

8 a.m-1 p.m. For more information, call 317-475-9482, visit indianadaffodilsociety.org/bulbs.htm, or email Ruth at pelouch@sbcglobal.net.

 

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September 1, Bloomington
Daffodil Bulb Sale
Bloomington Farmers’ Market

Nothing adds more to your spring garden than daffodils! Many of the bulbs available at the Bloomington Market were grown by Helen Link and Libby Fry as well as current Indiana Daffodil Society members. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit indianadaffodilsociety.org, email Ruth at pelouch@sbcglobal.net, or call 765-342-9151.



September 1-November 1, Fort Wayne
Art of the Garden: Daniel Dienelt
Botanical Conservatory

Art of the Garden blurs the line between landscape and fine art, interpreting natural features – forest, mountain, and lake – in a human-made aesthetic experience.  Experience this collaborative art and garden installation created by local artist Daniel Dienelt and landscape designer Chad Shaw. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.



Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25 & Oct. 2, Elkhart
Landscape for Life
Wellfield Botanic Gardens

The Landscape for Life Educational Series shows you how to work with nature to create a beautiful garden that’s healthier for you, your family and the environment, as well as saves money and time. Homeowners are invited to attend this 5-class series hosted by Wellfield Botanic Gardens and instructed by horticulture manager Josh Steffen, landscape designer Lucie Martin, and soil and water specialist, Nancy Brown. 5:30-8 p.m. One additional session will be scheduled with individual participants/couples and includes a design consultation with a landscape designer. The class size is limited; registration is required. Class includes a student manual and handouts. Members: $100 per person / $140 for household (2 adults); public: $120 per person / $165 for household (2 adults) To register, visit 35522.blackbaudhosting.com/35522/Landscape-for-Life-2018. Please note upon registration you’ll receive an automatic confirmation letter that includes additional details about the series and a link to a pre-course survey that will help us customize our series to individual students’ needs. For more information, visit landscapeforlife.org or call 574-266-2006.



September 8, Lebanon
IL-IN District Rose Show & Meeting
Boone County Fairgrounds

The Indianapolis Rose Society invites you to attend “School Days,” the Illinois-Indiana District Rose Show, programs, and meetings. The keynote speaker is Bob Martin (California), American Rose Society president. Other speakers include Ron Daniels (Tennessee), Jeff Sommers (Ohio), and Andy Plasz (Illinois). Open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended. Lunch may be pre-ordered. Programs are eligible for master gardener education credits and consulting rosarian credits. Register online at indianapolisrosesociety.com, email Teresa at teresabyington@gmail.com, or call 317-514-8999.



September 8 and October 18, Elkhart
Bird Walk
Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Join Audubon Society member and Indiana Master Naturalist Mary Kauffmann-Kennel for this family-friendly bird walk along Wellfield trails to see and hear the numerous bird species that live and frequent our wonderful habitat. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guidebooks you have, and binoculars (not required). Beginning and experienced birders are welcome. 8-9 a.m. The walk generally lasts about an hour but could go longer depending on the group. Admission $8 adults/$4 children ages 3-12. You may register at the time of the walk or make your reservation online in advance at wellfieldgardens.org/plan-your-visit/saturday-bird-walks or call 574-266-2006.



September 18, Elkhart
Little Sprouts – Observing our Natural World
Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Children ages 3-8 learn about the natural world around them through stories, music, games, and activities. Understanding the natural world through exploration of earth, sky, weather, and seasons. 10-11 a.m. Registration required. Register online at wellfieldgardens.org/education/youth-family or call 574-266-2006.



September 20-23, Westfield
Suburban Indy Home & Outdoor Living Fall Show
Grand Park Event Center

Fall is the perfect time of year for planting, transplanting, landscape, remodeling, and design/build projects! You will be able to sample and purchase local food and wine, shop with local artists, purchase your autumn decor from local garden centers, find out what’s “on trend” for fall and the upcoming holiday season, plus learn the best ways to extend your outdoor living season. Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission: $10, online: $8 + fees ($9.43 total), children 12 & under are free. For more information, visit SuburbanIndyShows.com or call Donell at 317-908-3815.



September 22-29, Mitchell
72nd Annual Persimmon Festival
Downtown & Spring Mill Park

The merits of persimmons are heralded each fall at the Mitchell Persimmon Festival that celebrates everything persimmon with crafts, arts, food, a community-wide yard sale, motorcycle exhibit, car exhibit, a carnival, and live entertainment, culminating with the grand parade on the closing Saturday. See a historic Pioneer village brought to life as it was in the 1800’s by Tri-Kappa Sorority members and their families at Spring Mill State Park on Saturday, 4-9 p.m. Sponsored by the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit persimmonfestival.org, email MitchellPersimmonFestival@gmail.com, or call 812-329-0511.



September 29, Nashville
Wildflower Meadow Workday
Brown County State Park

Come help us spread seeds in the wildflower meadow in hopes making this meadow more beautiful every year! Meet in the wildflower meadow on top of Weedpatch Hill, Across from the fire tower. Hope to see you there! 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, email Patrick Haulter at phaulter@dnr.in.gov or call 812-988-5240.



Sept-Oct. Every Saturday, Muncie
Farmers’ Market
Minnetrista

Connect with vendors to discover fresh produce and plants. Don’t forget to stop in The Orchard Shop during your next visit. 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit minnetrista.net or call 765-282-4848 or 800-428-5887.

 

October



October 9, Indianapolis
Tidbits and Treasures from Old Garden Books: Carol Michel
Holliday Park Nature Center

Carol Michel is a gardener, garden writer (Indiana Gardening), and award-winning blogger (maydreamsgardens.com).  Carol published her first book Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life in 2017. She has a degree in horticulture from Purdue University, and she mixes humor and horticulture in her presentations. Free and open to the public. 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit indianapolishostasociety.org or contact Pat B. at pwbrummer@sbcglobal.net or call 317-251-6465.



October 16, Elkhart
Little Sprouts Preschool Program – Invasive Species
Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Children ages 3-8 learn about the natural world around them through stories, music, games, and activities. Understanding the presence and characteristics of living creatures and plants and much more. 10-11 a.m. Registration required. Register online at wellfieldgardens.org/education/youth-family or call 574-266-2006. m


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August 9, Lexington
Lawn Renovation
Fayette County Extension Service

We will cover basic lawn care with an emphasis on how to best seed or renovate your existing lawn. We will present several greener, lower input approaches to traditional lawn care. There is no cost for this 6:30 p.m. class, but pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 7, La Grange
Identifying Pests & Beneficial Insects
Oldham County Extension Service

Traci Missun, extension agriculture & natural resources agent, will present this free program, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association. 6:30 p.m. Pre-register by calling 502-222-9453 or emailing lauren.state@uky.edu.



August 9, Union
All-American Selection Tour
Boone County Arboretum

Tour our All-America Selection gardens to learn about the best annuals, perennials, and vegetables. Meet in Shelter #1 at 10 a.m. To register, call 859-586-6101 and ask for Lacey.



August 15, Union
Cut Flower Series: How to Grow Cut Flowers
Boone County Extension Service Environmental & Nature Center

Learn how to grow your own cut flower garden and learn about cut flower varieties that perform well. 10 a.m.-noon. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

August 24, Shepherdsville
Home Lawn Care
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn ways to grow a greener, less weedy turf. 6-7:30 p.m. Pre-register by calling 502-543-2257.



August 28, Burlington
Fall Lawn Renovation
Boone County Extension Service

Fall is the best season for lawn renovation. Learn about seed selection, seeding techniques, and weed management for the home lawn. 1:30-3:30 p.m. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



August 28, Louisville
Fall Gardening
Middletown Branch Library

Carol Wilder, horticulture technician, shares everything you need to know about fall gardening in this Middletown Library Series event. 6:30 p.m. Call 502-569-2344 for more information.



August 28, Lexington
Exotic Ferns
Fayette County Extension Service

We will cover many of the diverse houseplant-type ferns that you may want to try. There will be an assortment of lesser-known ferns for folks to take home. The class meets at 6:30 p.m., costs $15, and pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

September

 

September 1, Alexandria
Nature Hike
Campbell County Environmental Education Center

If you are curious about what those trees are along the trail, or you see animal tracks and wonder what made them, you can join us for an interpretive hike of the trail to find out more about the plants and wildlife in this area. 1-2 p.m. For required registration, please call 859-572-2600 or register online at ces.ca.uky.edu/Campbell. Repeats on September 9, 16, 22, and 29 at varying times.



September 4, Paducah
Toolbox Garden Series
McCracken County Extension Service

This free garden class meets monthly from 5-6 p.m. with changing topics. For information about upcoming topics or to register, call 270-554-9520, email dl_ces_mccracken@email.uky.edu, or visit mccracken.ca.uky.edu.



September 15, Clermont
Bugfest and Fall Plant Sale
Bernheim

Join in the Parade of Bugs, have fun on an insect safari, dare to Eat-A-Bug! and much more! You can also pick out the perfect plants for your home garden at the fall plant sale.  Closer to the event, there will be a list of available plants on the website. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A $5 per car fee applies for non-members. For information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.



September 17, Shepherdsville
Early Apple Tasting
Bullitt County Extension Service

A free tasting of early-ripening apples. 6-8 p.m. Call 502-543-2257 to register.



September 18, Lexington
Dealing with Backyard Wildlife
Fayette County Extension Service

If you are dealing with nuisance wildlife tearing up your lawn and eating your garden, then you will want to attend this class. Although there are limited options, we will discuss methods and techniques to TRY to keep those animals at bay. The cost is $5 for this 6:30 p.m. class, 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.

 

September 18, Louisville
Bon Air Library Series – All about Bulbs
Jefferson County Extension Service

Carol Wilder, horticulture technician, will teach you all about selecting, planting, and enjoying bulbs in your ornamental garden. Call 502-569-2344 for more information.



September 21, Owensboro
Backwoods Ball
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

The Backwoods Ball fundraising event will feature an auction, music, dancing, and dinner. Help support the activities of WKBG and have a wonderful night of fun. For more information, call 270-993-1234, email wkbg@bellsouth.net, or visit wkbg.org.



September 21, Shepherdsville
Tree & Shrub Care
Bullitt County Extension Service

Although sometimes neglected in the landscape and seemingly capable of existing with only minimal or no care at all, woody shrubs and trees have cultural needs just as important as less rugged annual and perennial plants. Learn how to select, plant, and care for them properly. Preregistration is required for this 6-7:30 p.m. class. Call 502-543-2257 to register.

 

October



October 2, Paducah
Toolbox Garden Series
McCracken County Extension Service

This free garden class meets monthly from 5-6 p.m. with changing topics. For information about upcoming topics or for registration, call 270-554-9520, email dl_ces_mccracken@email.uky.edu, or visit mccracken.ca.uky.edu.



October 4, Franklin
Composting with Worms
The Franklin Garden Club

Worms make beautiful compost; come learn how to have them in your garden and compost pile. Master gardener Lisa Deavers will be the speaker at this 6-7 p.m. free presentation to the public at the Gallery on the Square. For more information, call 270-813-0276 or email franklinKYgardenclub@gmail.com.



October 4, Lexington
Growing Garlic
Fayette County Extension Service

We will discuss how to grow this easy fall-planted crop including how to harvest and store. Attendees will take home a sampler of varieties to plant in their own gardens. The cost is $10, 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.



October 5, Shepherdsville
Fall Favorites
Bullitt County Extension Service

If your garden lacks appeal in the fall and winter, it’s time to take stock of what could be added to increase its visual interest during these months. This class will offer suggestions for selecting plants that will afford fall and winter interest. 6-7:30 p.m. Call 502-543-2257 to pre-register (required). For more information, email dl_ces_bullitt@email.uky.edu or visit bullitt.ca.uky.edu.


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Ongoing, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society Meeting
Burden Center

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



Ongoing, 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, 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 www.MarketAtTheHorseFarm.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.

 

August



August 6, Baton Rouge
Reflections in the Garden – Ornamental Edibles for Fall  
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

Join the Burden Horticulture Society for horticulture-focused lectures. Noon-1 p.m. Call 225-763-3990 for more information.



August 11, New Orleans
Plant Sale
New Orleans Botanical Gardens – Pelican Greenhouse

Come shop a wide variety of plants from 9 a.m. until noon, including annuals, perennials, roses, gingers, edibles, succulents, and native plants. Admission to the plant sale is free. For more information, call 504-483-9464 or e-mail plants@nocp.org.

 

September



September 8, New Orleans
Plant Sale
New Orleans Botanical Gardens – Pelican Greenhouse

Come shop a wide variety of plants from 9 a.m. until noon, including annuals, perennials, roses, gingers, edibles, succulents, and native plants. Admission to the plant sale is free. For more information, call 504-483-9464 or e-mail plants@nocp.org.

 

September 8, Baton Rouge
Children’s Gardening Activity Series – Plants Need Friends Too
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

Plants do not get lonely but they can benefit from friends planted close by! Come learn about plants and their best friends. This program is held for ages 6-12 years old. All children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event. 9-11 a.m. Register in advance with Angie Wall by emailing angwall@cox.net. A $15 fee is required for each child. Participants will receive a snack and a take home craft. Attendance is limited to 30.

 

September 10, Baton Rouge
Reflections in the Garden – Stunning, Show-stopping Tropicals
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

Tyler Carr, landscape manager, LSU Ag Center, Burden Botanic Gardens. Bring your lunch; drinks provided. Noon-1 p.m. $10 (free for members). Call 225-763-3990 for more information.



September 12, Baton Rouge
LSU Hilltop Arboretum’s Fall Garden Trip – Cajun Prairie

We will begin the journey to Pitkin for a morning visit with Dr. Charles Allen and his lovely wife Susan at Allen Acres Natural Area. Our second stop of the morning will be for lunch and dessert at Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen in DeRidder and then back on the bus for a short drive to Almost Eden Nursery in Merryville. Owner Jeff McMillan will welcome us with open arms and lead a tour of the nursery test gardens and greenhouses. Plants will be available for sale. Our last stop of the day before heading back to Baton Rouge will be Eunice, Louisiana, to visit the ten-acre restored Cajun Prairie on the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and East Magnolia Street. A paved walking trail around the perimeter of the prairie will provide breathtaking views of the fall display of flowers and butterflies. Tour will depart at 7 a.m. with an estimated return at 8 p.m. All-inclusive trip pricing – members $145, non-members $180. Non-member rate includes annual membership. For more information or to register, call 225-767-6916, visit lsu.edu/hilltop, or email hilltop@lsu.edu.



September 12, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society Green Growers Meeting
Home of Gene & Thelma Berg, 425 Nelson Drive

Come for good fellowship, refreshments, learning – and door prizes! 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.batonrougeorchidsociety.org.

 

September 15, Hammond
Pollination Celebration
Hammond Research Station

The Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association will be having their Pollination Celebration on September 15th, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Hammond Research Station. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jason Stagg at jstagg@agcenter.lsu.edu or 985-543-4125.



September 19, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society Meeting
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

Monthly meeting with speakers, growing tips, plant clinics, and raffles. 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.batonrougeorchidsociety.org.



September 29, Folsom
6th Annual Folsom Fall Garden Festival
Midway Church Park

Plants, gardening equipment, and accessories will be for sale, plus fun children’s activities and concessions. There will be tree planting demonstrations. Free admission and ample parking. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information contact Will Afton at 985-875-2635 or wafton@agcenter.lsu.edu.

 

September 30, Baton Rouge
Pre-sale PlantFest Teaser
LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Neil Odenwald will talk about his Top 25 Garden Plants. After the program, Dr. Odenwald will lead a walkabout through the more than 5,000 plants that will already be set up for PLANTFEST! the following weekend (Oct 6 & 7). 1-4 p.m. at the arboretum’s new education facility; registration 12:30 p.m., program 1-4 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more information or to register for the teaser event, contact LSU Hilltop Arboretum at 225-767-6916, visit lsu.edu/hilltop, or email hilltop@lsu.edu.

 

October


October 1, Baton Rouge
Reflections in the Garden – The Courtyards and Gardens of A. Hays Town
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

Leslie Gladney and Blanche Town Gladney. Join the Burden Horticulture Society for horticulture-focused lectures. Noon-1 p.m. Call 225-763-3990 for more information.



October 6, Baton Rouge
Children’s Gardening Activity Series – Berry-rific Plants
Ione E. Burden Conference Center

All kinds of plants produce berries. Which are edible which are not? Let’s garden and decorate with berries! This program is held for ages 6-12 years old. All children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event. 9-11 a.m. Register in advance with Angie Wall by emailing angwall@cox.net. A $15 fee is required for each child. Participants will receive a snack and a take home craft. Attendance is limited to 30.

 

October 6 & 7, Baton Rouge
35th Annual PLANTFEST!
LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Brace yourself for a botanical plant feast: trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, fruits, gingers, camellias, edibles, ornamental grasses, and more from native and traditional to eclectic and electric newcomers. Plants are from a diversity of nurseries in Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas. More than 5,000 plants will be assembled representing 600 different species. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. For more information, contact LSU Hilltop Arboretum at 225-767-6916, visit lsu.edu/hilltop, or email hilltop@lsu.edu.



October 17, Baton Rouge
Wine and Roses
Ione E. Burden Visitor Information and Conference Center

Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to dine among the roses for the most beautiful al fresco event of the year. Enjoy an evening of delicious food and live music from 6-9 p.m. with the John Gray Jazz Trio. Guests are asked to wear cocktail attire. Tickets are $125 for nonmembers and $100 for members. Seating is limited and tickets sell out every year so please reserve your seat in advance. Call 225-763-3990 ext. 6 for more information.



October 19-20, St. Francisville
Southern Garden Symposium
Various sites in St. Francisville

With featured speakers including Rick Darke, Doug Tallamy, Andrea Wulf, and more, no other gardening program brings together top quality speakers and historic plantation settings as well as the Southern Garden Symposium. Known as much for its engaging social events and historic venues as for its outstanding gardening lectures and workshops, the Southern Garden Symposium – now in its 30th year – has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts from across the South. Often described as a town “two miles long and two yards wide,” the quaint community offers Southern hospitality, fantastic shopping, and breathtaking scenery. Symposium events are held at several historic and picturesque locations, both public and private, including The Oaks Plantation, Hillcroft, Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown State Historic Site, Grace Episcopal Church, and more. For more information, visit southerngardensymposium.org.

 

October 20, West Monroe
Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners 2018 Fall Bulb and Plant Sale
Pavillion at Seventh Square, 1700 N. 7th Street

Spring blooming bulbs especially chosen for our Southern climate, as well as hard-to-find native and heirloom bulbs and plants that add beauty and interest to your garden and lanscape. Master gardeners will be on hand to help with your selections and answer questions. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 318-323-2251.


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Through August 19, Grand Rapids
Masayuki Koorida: Beyond Existence
Frederik Meijer Gardens

This exhibition is among the artist’s first in the United States. Both works of sculpture and works on paper will be included collectively, capturing the main stylistic currents of his aesthetic. This exhibition was developed in partnership with the artist and is unique to Meijer Gardens.

 

July and August, Rochester
New Garden Volunteers Welcome
Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club

Our gardening days are Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Anyone interested in joining is invited to help maintain this designated Proven Winners Signature Garden. Master gardeners and candidates earn volunteer hours. Bring hand tools (pruners, trowel, cultivator) and any items that you normally use. Experience is not required.



July and August, Rochester
New Meadow Brook Naturalists Welcome
Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club

Meadow Brook Naturalists is a volunteer group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the woodland areas around Meadow Brook Hall. Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants and plant native trees, shrubs, and perennials on the third Thursday of every month – 9 a.m.- noon. Meet by the garage in the courtyard. Dress appropriately, including closed-toe shoes or boots. Expect thorns and poison ivy. Tools provided.



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August 11 & 12, Mackinaw City
Gardens and Good Things to Eat
Colonial Michilimackinac

Join historic interpreters to tour and help maintain the fort’s gardens, assist with running the outdoor bread over (and taste the results), watch meals cooked over an open fire. For more information, visit www.mackinacparks.com/parks-and-attractions/colonial-michilimackinac.



August 19, Owosso
Potluck/Picnic
Nash Nursery

Central Michigan Daylily Society is hosting a potluck/picnic. The beautiful Nash Centennial Farm has a house and barns on the property that are over 150 years old. For more information, contact CMDS President Jerry Brown at (-517-230-3532 or email brown_841@hotmail.com.



August 25, Royal Oak
Mushroom Walk
Tenhave Woods

Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk starting at 10 a.m. Park at the Marais/Lexington lot and meet at the park entrance. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. There is no pre-registration or cost. For more information, visit romi.gov/411/Nature-Walks.



August 25 & 26, Grand Rapids
Dahlia Show
Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Marvel at the variety of colors, shapes, and sizes of dahlia flowers and view creative floral arrangements. Fee included with paid admission. For more information, visit meijergardens.org.

 

September

 

September 4, Hillsdale
Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers – Oh My, A Butterfly
Slayton Arboretum

Children ages 3-6 and an accompanying adult are invited to Butterflies and Other Insects, a program that includes a story, songs, nature activities, a craft, and a snack. 10-11:30 a.m. Meet at the Barber House on Hillsdale Street. $1 per child for each program, space is limited, registration required one week prior. Call the arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or visit hillsdale.edu/about/facilities/slayton-aboretum.



September 4, East Lansing
Capital Area Master Gardeners Monthly Meeting
MSU Plant and Soil Science Building, Room A286

The guest speaker will be Duke Elsner who will talk about Michigan caterpillars. The meeting is open to anyone interested in gardening. Admission for CAMG members is free, all others $3. 6-8 p.m. For more information, email mgacac@wordpress.com.



September 5, Royal Oak
Meadow of the Arboretum
Royal Oak Nature Society

Meet at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (parking lot, north end at 7: p.m. No preregistration or cost for this walk. For more information, email naturesociety@romi.gov, visit www.romi.gov/nature, or call 248-246-3380.



September 6, Grand Rapids
Grand Valley Daylily Society Daylily Auction
Cascade Christian Church

Join us for our fall auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, visit grandvalleydaylily.org.



September 8, Grand Rapids
Grand Valley Daylily Society Daylily Sale
Rockford Farmers’ Market

Stop by to shop our great selection at great prices. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit grandvalleydaylily.org.

 

September 8, Royal Oak
Royal Oak Nature Society Nature Walk
Cummingston Park

Park and meet at Leafdale & Torquay. There is no preregistration or cost for this walk. 2 p.m. For more information, email naturesociety@romi.gov, visit romi.gov/nature, or call 248-246-3380.



September 9, Hillsdale
Children’s Garden Open House and Lawn Party
Slayton Arboretum

Join us from for a celebration of the Barber House Children’s Garden, which will be a riot of color, motion, sounds, and scents. For adults and children accompanied by an adult, this will be a great time to visit if you have always wanted to know more about the garden and would like to meet and socialize with the folks who make it happen. We’ll sample herbal teas and garden treats and try our hands at some lawn games. Don’t forget to wear your best outdoor party hat! Meet at the Barber House on Hillsdale Street. 2:30-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit hillsdale.edu/about/facilities/slayton-aboretum.



September 12, Traverse City
Extending the Growing Season
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

Patti Travioli, owner of Heartwood Forest Farm will discuss the use of greenhouses, hoop houses, and cold frames to maximize the harvest from your vegetable garden. She will also demonstrate techniques for growing microgreens through the winter. 7-9 p.m. There is no fee; donations are appreciated. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



September 13, Milford
Monarch Butterfly Garden Dedication
Central Park Pavilion


Join us for the dedication of our five-year effort to create this garden. 6 p.m. For more information, visit themilfordgardenclub.org.



September 16, Traverse City
Building a Sustainable Seed Community
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

Ben Cohen, owner of Small House Farm, will present an entertaining talk about seed saving and the work being done to maintain many heirloom seeds. 1-3 p.m. No admission fee; donations are appreciated. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



September 16, Midland
Autumn Equinox Celebration
Dahlia Hill Garden

Our celebration includes an open house with music, refreshments, and tours of the garden and studios. Everyone is welcome, rain or shine. 2-4 p.m. No admission fee. For more information, visit dahliahill.org or call 989-631-0100.



Sept. 21 – Oct. 28, Grand Rapids
Chrysanthemums and More! Exhibition
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

This annual celebration of the autumn season features an extensive chrysanthemum display with hundreds of flowering plants in both interior and exterior areas. Indoor highlights include varieties on display along the winding BISSEL Corridor and in the Seasonal Display Greenhouse, while outdoor plantings are featured in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden, Michigan’s Farm Garden and Volunteer Tribute Garden. Color tours, tram rides and seasonal children’s activities are available. For more information, visit meijergardens.org.



September 23, Traverse City
What’s Up with the Bees?
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

Beekeeper Alta Walters will discuss the many threats to bees. There is no fee; donations are appreciated. 1-2:30 p.m.  For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



September 28, Rochester
Creative Vegetable Gardening
Meadow Brook Hall

Art Cameron, PhD., of MSU Department of Horticulture, will talk about how to make vegetable gardening more fun and productive. He will cover bed preparation, watering systems, pest management, and weed control, among other topics. Tips for harvesting, storing, and cooking vegetables will also be covered. Coffee and refreshment will be served at 9:15 a.m., with the program starting at 10 a.m. Guests are welcome and reservations are not required. There is a $5 non-member fee. For more information, call 248-364-6210 or visit meadowbrookhall.org.

 

September 30, Traverse City
Old Time Harvest Fest Celebrating Colantha
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

This family fun day will include games, crafts, story time, SEED’s apple pressing demonstrations, educational exhibits, arts & crafts booths, wagon rides, tours of the garden, local food trucks, and more. This is a free community event. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.

 

October



October 2, Hillsdale
Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers featuring A Seed Is Sleepy
Slayton Arboretum

Children ages 3-6 and an accompanying adult are invited for a story, songs, nature activities, a craft, and a snack. 10-11:30 a.m. $1 per child for each program, space is limited, registration required one week prior. For more information, call the arboretum at 517-607-2241 or visit www.hillsdale.edu/about/facilities/slayton-aboretum.



October 2, East Lansing
Capital Area Master Gardeners Monthly Meeting
MSU Plant and Soil Science Building, Room A286

Guest speaker is Mike Risk, owner of Risk Apiary, who will speak on honeybees 6-8 p.m. The meeting is open to anyone interested in gardening. Admission for CAMG members is free, all others $3. For more information, email mgacac@wordpress.com.



October 3, Traverse City
Integrating a Plant-Based Lifestyle
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

Devin Moore, with Oryana Natural Foods Market, will share ways to use more produce in everyday meals using stress-free, fun, delicious recipes. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



October 6, Hillsdale
Autumn in Arb
Slayton Arboretum

Visit the arboretum while it is decked out in its colorful foliage finery! Hike the trails and look for fall treasures, plant bulbs, and make a fall craft to take home. Meet at the entrance on Barber Drive. This event is appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult. 1-3 p.m. This event is free, donations are appreciated. For more information, visit hillsdale.edu/about/facilities/slayton-aboretum.



October 10, Traverse City
What’s Happening to our Trees?
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

Forester Kama Ross will share her wealth of knowledge regarding the plight of trees, focusing on oak and beech trees. Learn what can be done to preserve our forests and gain tips on ideal trees to plant. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



October 17, Traverse City
Creating Breathtaking Bouquets
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

During this demonstration, participants will learn the steps, tips, and tricks to creating breathtaking floral bouquets. Information on conditioning flowers so they last longer will also be shared. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



October 20, Grand Rapids
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Graceful Japanese tea masters in elegant kimono will perform the ceremonial cleansing of the utensils, thoughtful preparation and quiet presentation of a bowl of matcha (finely ground green tea), with commentary by a representative from the Japanese Consulate. After the presentation, savor the sweets and matcha green tea. Guests will be asked to remove their shoes before entering the teahouse. Available start times are 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required. $50/member, $60/non-member. For more information, visit meijergardens.org/calendar/japanese-tea-ceremony-in-the-teahouse-1-3-5 or call 616-975-3147.
 

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

Central Michigan Daylily Society
www.daylilies.me
Contact: Jerry Brown, 517-230-3532 or brown_841@hotmail.com

Fernwood Botanical Garden
13988 Range Line Road, Niles
269-695-6491
fernwoodbotanical.org

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
www.meijergardens.org

Grand Valley Daylily Society
grandvalleydaylily.org

Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club
350 Estate Drive
248-364-6210
www.meadowbrookhall.org

Royal Oak Nature Society
248-246-3380
naturesociety@romi.gov
romi.gov/nature


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Through September 30, St. Paul
Summer Flower Show, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Como Park

Visit the Sunken Garden for a beautiful a warm-season blooming plants. Pink will be the main color with hints of white, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

 

Wednesdays through August 30, Andover
Plant Diagnostics Clinic
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Take advantage of free plant & insect diagnostic clinics to identify plants and diagnose common insect and disease problems. Offered by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 763-324-3495 or visit anokamastergardeners.org.

 

August



August 8-10, Bird Island
Plant Sale
Renville County Fairgrounds

Stop by the Master Gardener booth at the Renville County Fair for their sale of perennials, herbs, and houseplants. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, visit www3.extension.umn.edu/local/renville, email mnext-renville@umn.edu, or call 320-523-3713 or 800-450-2522.



August 11, Hutchinson
Minnesota Garlic Festival
McLeod County Fairground

Buy fresh, locally grown garlic, enjoy garlic-inspired gourmet foods, and join in all the family-friendly festivities celebrating garlic growing in Minnesota. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $5/adults and children 12+; $1/parking. For more information, visit mngarlicfest.com, call 763-244-6659, or email jerry@sfa-mn.org.



August 11-12, New Ulm
Minnesota Gladiolus Society State Gladiolus Show
New Ulm Civic Center

Hundreds of gladiolus spikes and over 100 arrangements, so be sure to bring your camera. Gladiolus spikes available for purchase. Saturday noon-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: free admission and parking. For more information, call 507-276-6698.

 

August 18-19, Chaska
Annual Iris Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Purchase rarely seen iris rhizomes divided from the arboretum’s collection. Members-only silent auction will feature new introductions. August 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; August 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: free with arboretum admission. For more information, visit irismn.net.



August 19, St. Paul
Japanese Obon Festival
Como Park

Discover bonsai, martial arts, ikebana, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food, and other aspects of Japanese culture at this family-friendly event reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. The lantern lighting at dusk culminates the celebration. 3-9 p.m. Cost: $5/person; $3/children ages 3-12 and seniors 65 and over; free/children age 2 and under.



August 19, Chaska
Wine Cap Cultivation and Bed Inoculation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to grow wine cap mushrooms in your own backyard. Leave with wine cap inoculant to try at home and a comprehensive handout. 1-4 p.m. Cost: $65/member, $80/non-member.



August 20-24, Palisade
Camp Big Woods
Big Rivers, Long Lake Conservation Center

Explore the Big Woods, Big River Biome in Aitkin County in this Minnesota Master Naturalist Certification course. Discover the natural history through geology treks, observe wildlife, and take a daylong paddle on the Mississippi River. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $275.



August 22, Andover
Herbs: How to Grow, Harvest, and Preserve Them
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Learn all about herbs – how and where to grow them and how to extend the fresh herb season. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.

 

August 23-24, Falcon Heights
Iris Society at the State Fair
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Visit the Iris Society of Minnesota’s booth in the horticulture building. Watch demonstrations of dividing iris rhizomes, ask questions, and leave with a free rhizome for your own garden (while supplies last). 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free with State Fair admission. For more information, visit irismn.net.



August 25, Chaska
Plant Sale
Chaska Cub Foods Parking Lot

Purchase plants from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners’ own perennial gardens, houseplants, garden art, and fresh produce. 9 a.m.-noon.



August 25, Chaska
Planting for Pollinators
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Visit the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center and attend a free class. Master gardener volunteers will present information on the types of flowers, plants, and habitat that will bring pollinators to the garden and help you identify pollinators you may see in your neighborhood. 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Cost: arboretum admission only; class is free.



August 25-26, Falcon Heights
State Fair Gladiolus Show
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

View two rooms full of gladiolus spikes and arrangements. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: free with State Fair admission. For more information, call 651-780-1681.

 

September



Through September 30, St. Paul
Summer Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Como Park

Visit the Sunken Garden for a beautiful array of warm season blooming plants. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free, suggested donation of $3/ adult and $2/child.



September 1-2, Middle River
State Gladiolus Show
Honker Flats Gladiolus Festival

View hundreds of gladiolus spikes and many arrangements. September 1, 1-7 p.m.; September 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Cost: free. For information on entering spike and arrangement competition, call 218-222-3484.



Sept. 6-Nov. 15, Brooklyn Park
Minnesota Master Naturalist Big Woods/Big Rivers
West Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

We are pleased to offer this class right on the banks of the Mississippi River! Come learn about the plants, animals, history, geology, and ecology of Minnesota’s forests and waterways. You will gain valuable skills for exploring the natural world, and we will spend significant portions of each class outside practicing and honing those skills. This class will include 11 evening classes and 2 daylong field trips (on Saturdays) that are required for graduation. Thursdays, 4:30-7 p.m. Cost: $275. For more information, visit minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses or call 320-589-1711.



September 8, Minneapolis
Minnesota Orchid Society Plant Sale and Repotting Event
Bachman’s

Start or expand your orchid collection choosing from hundreds of orchids of many different types and sizes offered for sale by more than 20 different growers. Prices will be low! A repotting service is offered for a small fee. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit minnesotaorchidsociety.com.



September 8, Chaska
Create Your Own Fall Container
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Heidi Heiland to learn the latest trends for fall planting and tips and tricks of container gardening and pot up your own container with a creative selection of cool-season plants. 2-4 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member for one container; $110 member/$140 non-member for two containers.



September 15, Chaska
Create-Your-Own Kokedama: A Drop-in Mini Workshop
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about kokedama, a Japanese variant of bonsai, and then learn step-by-step how to create your own kokedama to take home. 2-4 p.m. Cost: $15 per kokedama.



September 17-October 25, Northfield
Minnesota Master Naturalist Big Woods/Big Rivers
Carleton Arboretum

Learn about the plants, animals, history, geology, and ecology of the Big Woods/Big Rivers biome at the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum. You will explore this 800-acre site including the Cannon River and natural and restored forests and grasslands. You will practice skills in exploring and interpreting the natural world. We will have some excellent guest speakers who will deepen your interest and knowledge. The class will meet at the Carleton College Arboretum Office in Northfield 6-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The Saturday field trips will be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on 9/29 and 10/13. Students must also complete a group capstone service project of at least eight hours before the final day of class. The course cost is $275 and includes course manuals and supplies. For more information, visit minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses or call 320-589-1711.



September 19, Morris
Come Grow with Us: Summer Bulbs
West Central Research and Outreach Garden

Join Bernie Angus, Stevens County Master Gardener, and explore the world of summer bulbs. 5:15-6 p.m. No cost. For more information, visit wcroc.cfans.umn.edu/events-education or call 320-208-6575.



September 20, Chaska
The Vineyard at Harvest Time
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join John and Jenny Thull to learn more about Minnesota wine grapes at the Horticultural Research Center. Venture into the vineyards to discuss their fascinating work and share samples of freshly harvested wine grapes. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Cost: $49 member/$64 non-member.



September 22, Chaska
Seed Saving: Understanding, Collecting, Cleaning & Storing Seeds
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn from Jim Calkins what seeds are worth collecting and the proper techniques to collect quality seed and ensure you have healthy, viable. 9-11 a.m. Cost: $41 member/$56 non-member.



September 22, Chaska
Planting for Pollinators
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Visit the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center and take a class from master gardeners to discover what types of flowers, plants, and habitat bring pollinators to the garden. 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Cost: free with arboretum admission. Registration required.

 

October



October 6-November 25, St. Paul
Fall Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Visit the Sunken Garden, which will be in full bloom with a variety of chrysanthemums. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: donation of $3/adults, $2/children.



Oct.6, 13, & 27 & Nov. 10, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

In this four-session workshop led by Jim Calkins, learn the theory and principle of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection, and more. 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $139 member/$155 non-member.



October 11, Proctor
Northeast Regional Educational Gathering for Master Gardeners
Black Woods Event Center

Connect with other master gardeners in the region and receive specialized training, including the new community-engagement toolkit – Vegetables for Everyone. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $15. For more information, contact Jackie Froemming at froem022@umn.edu or Dianne Dorland at dorland@rowan.edu or call 218-343-4399.



October 11, Chaska
It’s For the Birds: Inviting Migratory Birds into our Landscapes
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Doug Tallamy, renowned author, speaker, and researcher, to learn what migratory birds need from the land for food, shelter, and breeding. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $10 member/$25 non-member.



October 11, Chaska
Growing Garlic: From Field to Fork
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the basics of garlic culinary uses and taxonomy, soil preparation, choosing healthy seed stock, popping cloves, planting, and more from instructor Frank Meuschke, arboretum staff/photographer. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $79 member/$95 non-member.



October 13, Chaska
Why Did My Bees Die?
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join other beekeepers and Jessica Helgen, University of Minnesota Bee Squad, to find out why you might have lost a hive, how to prevent it in the future, and what to do with leftover honey and bee equipment after colony loss. 1-2:30 p.m. Cost: $35 member/$50 non-member.


 
October 13, Location TBD
Minnesota Hosta Society Fall
General Meeting

All your hosta questions answered by Josh Spech, associate editor of the American Hosta Journal. 2 p.m. No charge, open to the public. For more information, visit mnhosta.org.



October 17, Morris
Come Grow with Us: Maintaining Your Evergreens
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Join Sharon Quale to learn how to maintain your evergreens in the fall. 5:30-6:30 p.m. No cost. For more information, visit wcroc.cfans.umn.edu/events-education or call 320-208-6575.

 

October 20, Chaska
Celebrating the Squash Harvest
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about more than 200 varieties of squash with Jenny and John Thull and leave with cultivar information, recipes, and a motivation to buy and cook squash. 2-4 p.m. Cost: $49 member/$64 non-member. m

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory (Marjorie McNeely Conservatory)
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Email: comomarketing@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Phone: 651-487-8200

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

Minnesota Master Naturalist, University of Minnesota Extension
Website: minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Email: info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Phone: 320-589-1711 or 888-241-4532

University of Minnesota Master Gardeners – Anoka County
Website: anokamastergardeners.org
Email: daven033@umn.edu or lynne.hagen@co.anoka.mn.us
Phone: 763-324-3498 or 763-324-3495

University of Minnesota Master Gardeners – Carver-Scott County
Website: carverscottmastergardeners.org
Email: info@carverscottmastergardeners.org
Phone: 952-492-5410


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August



August 9, Gray Summit
Native Plant Pondscaping
Shaw Nature Preserve

Learn which native plants grow in water and which grow just beyond the water’s edge. Also learn how to manage for problems associated with duckweed, algae, invasive species, pond leaks, and erosion. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 8 a.m. August 6. Cost $14 members, $17 nonmembers. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 636-451-3512.


 
August 9, St. Louis
Advanced Composting
Commerce Bank Center

In this workshop, you’ll meet fellow compost enthusiasts and experimenters, discuss new ideas for composting, and troubleshoot problems you’ve been having with your own system. Participants are encouraged to bring photos or videos of their current compost system. Adults only. Cost $7 members, $10 non-members. Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. August 5. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.



August 11, Gray Summit
Wildflower ID
Shaw Nature Preserve

This course focuses on the identification, relationships, and habitats of wildflowers and native grasses of the season. Come prepared for moderate hiking with notebook in hand. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 8 a.m. August 6. Cost $15 members, $18 nonmembers. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 636-451-3512.



August 14, St. Louis
Behind the Scenes Water Lilies
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about Missouri Botanical Garden’s water lilies and the process of creating the displays from start to finish. Adults only. Pre-registration ends 3 p.m. August 14. Cost $28 members, $34 nonmembers. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.

 

August 18, St. Louis
Plant Sale
West County Daylily Club

Plant sale starts at 7 a.m. For more details, call 636-274-1759 or email mhook536@aol.com.



August 18, St. Louis
Annual Orchid Auction
Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis

Annual orchid auction at the Beaumont room noon-5 p.m. For more details, visit osogsl.org/contact.



August 19, St. Louis
Rose Rosette
Missouri Botanical Garden

This monthly meeting of the Rose Society of Greater St. Louis will focus on the mite that causes rose rosette. 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For further details, visit stlrosesociety.org.

 

September

 

September 1-3, St. Louis
Japanese Festival
Missouri Botanical Garden

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Trams do not operate during the Japanese Festival. $15 admission (ages 13 & older), $7 children ages 3–12, $7 garden members (free for member children 3–12). For more information, call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.



September 2, St. Louis
Café Flora Brunch
Missouri Botanical Garden

Enjoy an a la carte menu and dining at the Spink Pavilion, overlooking the garden’s central reflecting pools. Seating available inside and outside 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.



September 8-9, St. Louis
Daylily Show and Sale

New cultivars and old favorites shown by the area’s top growers, who will be on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.



September 15-16, St. Louis
Gesneriad Show and Sale
Missouri Botanical Garden

Show and sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with garden admission. For more information, call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.



September 15-16, St. Louis
Dahlia Show
Missouri Botanical Garden

Greater St. Louis Dahlia Society show features new cultivars and professionals available to answer questions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.

 

September 15, Kansas City
Poison Garden
Powell Gardens

Through November 11, enter if you dare. Encounter a display of carnivorous plants and spooky jack-o-lanterns along with mums and other fall favorites. For more details, visit powellgardens.org or call 816-697-2600.



September 23, Kansas City
Party Under the Moon
Powell Gardens

A special evening to celebrate garden’s 30th anniversary. For more information, call 816-697-2600 or visit powellgardens.org.



September 28-30, Branson
Master Gardener Conference
Chateau on the Lake Spa

The 2018 Missouri Master Gardener State Conference will be hosted by Master Gardeners of the Ozarks. The conference is open to the public. For more details, visit momg18.org or call 417-357-6812.



September 29, St. Louis
Herb Show
Missouri Botanical Garden

The Webster Groves Herb Society will feature a display “Putting Your Herb Garden to Bed for the Winter,” and “Harvesting Herbs to Use Indoors.”
9 a.m.-noon. Price included with garden admission. For more information, call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.

 

October



October 5-7, St. Louis
Best of Missouri Market
Missouri Botanical Garden

More than 120 food producers and crafters offer baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, wooden toys, custom jewelry, and more. Enjoy live music and a kids’ corner with crafts and fall activities, too! Outdoors under tents, rain or shine. 6-9 p.m. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.



October 19, Kansas City
Jack-O-Lantern Festival
Powell Gardens

Fall festival celebration that includes hundreds of carved pumpkins and a variety of family-friendly activities. Free for garden members. Non-members admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 youth 5-12 years old, children 4 years old and under no charge. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 816-697-2600 or visit powellgardens.org.

 

October 20, St. Louis
Cacti and Succulents
Missouri Botanical Garden

Marcia Tatroe presents Rockin’ with Cacti and Succulents & Going Beyond Alpines – Expanding Your Plant Palette hosted by the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society and the Gateway Rock Garden Society. 10 a.m.-noon. Included with garden admission. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-0238.



October 20, Jefferson City
River City Fall Festival
River City Gardens

5th annual River City Fall Festival with gardening booths, food booths, wagon rides, live entertainment, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit centralmissourimastergardener.org or call 573-295-6263.



October 27, St. Louis
All Hallows Eve
Missouri Botanical Garden

Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with the spirit of Henry Shaw, garden founder, while sampling tastings from local distilleries, wineries, and breweries. Strut your costume, solve a murder mystery scavenger hunt, take the haunted tram tour, and dance the night away. Adults only. 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit mobot.org or call 314-577-0238.


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August



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

 

September

 

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

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



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

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



September 7-9, Holly Springs
Hummingbird Migration Celebration
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

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



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

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



September 11, Liberty
FARMtastic
Ethel Stratton Vance Park

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



September 20, Memphis
Walk After Work
Memphis Botanic Garden

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



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

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



September 25, Starkville
FARMtastic
Mississippi Horse Park

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

 

October

 

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

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



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

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



October 6, Picayune
Fall Floral Design Workshop
Crosby Arboretum

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



October 12-13, Crystal Springs
2018 Fall Flower & Garden Fest
Truck Crops Experiment Station

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



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

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



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

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


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August

 

August 19, Alliance
Garden Tea Party
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Spend the afternoon relaxing with your friends and family at this annual garden tea party. Enjoy flavorful teas, tasty treats, and good company. Following tea time, have fun creating your own nature-inspired art project to take home. Space is limited, so reserve your seats early. The cost to attend is $25 per person, and $20 per person for Beech Creek members. August 19, 2018 from 2-4 pm at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Alliance. For more information or to register, visit beechcreekgardens.org or call (330) 829-7050.



August 19, Columbus
Girasole
Jorgensen Farms

Girasole, Italian for “sunflower dinner,” will include a farm tour, appetizers, dinner, and dessert at one of Jorgensen’s stunning venues. For adults only and is BYOB. 5-8 p.m. $95, seats are limited. For more information, visit www.jorgensen-farms.com to or call 614-855-2697.



August 30, Cincinnati
Plant Trials Day Symposium
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The zoo’s Plant Trials Day has become the premier horticultural symposium in the Midwest, bringing the nation’s top plant experts to regional audiences to enjoy. This year will be one of our best. Perhaps America’s most in-demand speaker, Tony Avent will be joining us for two talks. Andrew Bunting, whose sterling career includes curator at Scott Arboretum in Swarthmore, Penn., and who now serves as director of horticulture at Chicago Botanic Garden, will also be speaking. There will be other exciting speakers we cannot yet announce. Buy your ticket early. This is sure to sell out! 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $99. For more information, visit cincinnatizoo.org.

 

September

 

September 7-8, Mansfield
Ohio State African Violet Society Sale
Kingwood Center

Visit kingwoodcenter.org or call 419-522.-211 for more details and information.



September 14-16, Albany
20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival
Lake Snowden

This fun-filled, educational event celebrates one of North America’s native fruit trees, pawpaw. Often compared to banana, the pawpaw is considered the state fruit of Ohio. Enjoy learning about the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through delectable foods, quality entertainment, and unique arts and crafts. Friday 4 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight, Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekend pass $30, day pass $15, seniors/military $10/day pass $20/weekend pass, kids 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.ohiopawpawfest.com or call 740-698-6060.



September 14, Mansfield
Bulb Sale
Kingwood Center

Visit kingwoodcenter.org or call 419-522-0211 for more details and information.



September 18-20, London
Farm Science Review
Molly Karen Farm

This is one of Ohio’s premier outdoor agricultural and industry trade shows and this year’s exhibit is 20 acres larger than last year. Tickets $7 online or at OSU Extension offices, $10 at the gate, children ages 5 and under are free. For more information, visit www.frs.osu.edu or call OSU Extension Clark County at 937-521-3860.



September 22, Burton
Terrariums: A Make and Take Class
Geauga County OSU Extension Office

Terrariums are fun and easy to create and can be made in a variety of sizes. We will provide history, fundamental guidelines, supplies (planting medium, terrarium plants, and containers), and step-by-step instructions so you can create your own miniature garden and take it home, 10 a.m.-noon, $35, walk-ins welcome but please register in advance by calling 440-834-4656.



September 29, Warren County
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Native Plant Sale
EcOhio Farm

The sale will include a great selection of healthy, reasonably priced native plants. Proceeds benefit the zoo’s native plant program. Event includes guided tours of the wetland by zoo staff (come prepared with sturdy shoes, sunscreen, long pants, bug spray, and binoculars). 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit cincinnatizoo.org/events.

 

October



October 4, Dayton
Montgomery County OSU Master Gardeners Program
Wegerzyn Gardens Metro Park

Brent Heath is a third-generation bulb grower and co-owner with his wife Becky, of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. Brent will be sharing his love of gardening in two sessions: Bulbs as Companion Plants and Living Flower Arrangements with Layers of Bulbs). Master gardeners will earn 3.0 CEUs for attending both sessions. 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., $10 for public and free to master gardeners. Registration opens August 1 and goes through September 26. For additional information, contact Kim Hupman, OSU Extension, at hupman.5@osu.edu.



October 19-21, Coshocton
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival
Historic Roscoe Village

Host to a wide variety of artisans and crafters, this invitational festival celebrates the sights, sounds, and scents of autumn. Contests, educational and entertaining outdoor demonstrations, and strolling characters throughout the weekend. Special feature includes a Spirit of Roscoe tour and lots of children’s activities. $5/ticket 12 years and older. For more information, call 800-877-1830 or visit www.roscoevillage.com.



October 20, Burton
All About Indoor and Tropical Plants
Geauga County OSU Extension Office

Jeff Giff, owner of Lowe’s Greenhouse, Florist & Gift Shop in Bainbridge, will discuss everything you need to know to be successful at growing indoor plants. He will cover the details of general houseplant care, show a few examples of plants that are easy to maintain and talk about the resurgence of popularity of indoor gardening, 9 a.m.-noon, $15 (20% discount for Geauga County Master Gardeners), walk-ins welcome but please register in advance by calling 440-834-4656.



October 20-21, Mansfield
The Great Pumpkin Glow
Kingwood Center

Visit kingwoodcenter.org or call 419-522-0211 for more details and information. m


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Through August 10, Oklahoma City
Weekly Walkups
Children’s Garden, Myriad Botanic Garden

Meet at the Children’s Garden Porch and then explore the Children’s Garden and the wonderful world of plants with fun activities. These drop-in activities are offered weekdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Each weekday has a different theme: Make-It Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Reading Wednesdays, “Think Green” Thursdays, and Find-It Fridays. The activities have a $2 suggested donation per child to offset costs. For more information, call
405-445-7094.

 

July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, Stillwater
Open House and Train Garden
The Botanic Garden

The Model Train Garden will be running from 10 a.m.-noon (weather permitting). Ambassadors will be on hand to answer any questions or chat about gardening in general from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to the usual parking off 6th you can also use the parking off West Virginia for this free event (there may be a small charge for supplies for children’s activities). For more information, call Laura Payne at 405-744-4531.

 

July 9 & August 13, Oklahoma City
Howl at the Moon
Myriad Botanical Gardens

Meet in the Myriad Gardens Dog Park for beers, corn hole, and fun for both the owners and the dogs. Blue Jay’s Happy Wagon and Rollin Grill will be onsite each month for guests to purchase food and beverages. Each month we will offer a special activity for you and your pooch whether it is making dog treats with A-1 Pet Emporium, rescue dogs onsite for fostering/adoption or maybe a friendly competition among the pooches. You won’t want to miss this fun evening from 8-10 p.m.! For more information, call 405-445-7079.

 

Tuesdays, Oklahoma City
Yoga in the Gardens
Myriad Botanical Gardens

This is a great, all-levels class led by Lisa Woodward of This Land Yoga. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Members $5, non-members $10. Meet in the north lobby before 5:45 to check-in and receive your wristband (late arrivals not accepted after 5:50). Drop in for a session or two or enjoy the entire series! For ages 16 and older. For more information, call 405-445-7079.

 

August

 

August 9, Stillwater
Shackelford Lecture Series
Wes Watkins Center, OSU

This year’s event will focus on ornamental plant materials for the greenhouse, nursery, and landscape professional as well as the end consumer. The event is designed for both commercial and non-commercial plantspeople. Speakers, including but not limited to, are:
Bill Farris, Steve George co-presenting with Joshua Campbell, Todd Lasseigne, Ben Miller, Eloise Smith and Doug Smith, For more information, contact Mike Schnelle, extension specialist, at mike.schnelle@okstate.edu or visit calendar.ou.edu/view/event/event_id/66523.



August 11, Rush Springs
74th Annual Watermelon Festival
Jeff Davis Park

This free annual event celebrates the heritage of Rush Springs of being one of the largest producers of watermelons in the U.S. The festival is a one day event that includes a large arts & crafts show, antique car show, carnival, live music, watermelon exhibit, free watermelon feed and a variety of food vendors. It’s a great event for all ages. From 9 a.m. to 8p.m. For more information, email rushspringswatermelonfestival@gmail.com.



August 14, Stillwater
Tuesday Gardening Series – Growing Microgreens and Hummingbird Gardens
Educational Building at the Botanic Garden

Easily grow and enjoy edible immature greens from a variety of seeds. And don’t forget to consider hummingbirds when planning your garden. They will thank you with hours of entertainment.
The class is free, but please call or email the Payne County Extension office if you plan to attend. 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or keith.reed@okstate.edu.

 

August 17-19, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Renovation & Landscaping Show
Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens

The Oklahoma City Renovation & Landscaping Show brings together OKC area homeowners and the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling, building and landscaping experts. There are top quality exhibits, informative seminars, insightful demonstrations and more. Free admission. Friday, 2-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit homeshowcenter.com/overview/oklahoma3.



August 19, Tulsa
Rain Barrel class
Tulsa Garden Center

This TGC class is about building and installing rain barrels to collect rainwater for use in our landscapes. Now that garden activities have slowed and we have a bit of time to devote to projects, this project will actually help reduce your water bill. The class is from 1:30-3 p.m. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. For more information, call 918-576-5155.

 

August 29, September 5, 12, 19, Tulsa
Residential Landscape Design
Tulsa Garden Center

This series of four classes covers why you need to place beds in certain areas and how to select an overall theme to create a cohesive look so your landscape brings out the best features of your home. The tuition for this class is $55 for Tulsa Garden Center members, and $65 for non-members. Register online at tulsagardencenter.com or call 918-576-5155 for more information.

 

September

 

September 1, 8, 15, 22, Stillwater
Game Day Open House
The Botanic Garden

Come out to see the new additions to the garden this year especially the model train garden that will be running from 10 a.m.-noon (weather permitting). Ambassadors will be on hand to answer any questions or chat about gardening in general from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Laura Payne with any questions at 405-744-4531.

 

Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, Oklahoma City
Reading Wednesdays
Myriad Botanic Garden Children’s Garden

Kids ages 2 to 5 will enjoy a nature-related book plus activities, songs, and a craft. This free activity is every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. For more information, contact Kodi Clifford at 405-835-6789 or visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com/events/calendar.



September 8 & 9, Tulsa
Cacti Show and Sale
Tulsa Garden Center

The sale is open to the public and includes live plants as well as cacti and succulent-related crafts. Club members will be on hand to discuss these plants and will always welcome new members. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit cactus-mall.com/clubs/tulsa.html.



September 10, Oklahoma City
Howl at the Moon
Myriad Botanical Gardens

Meet in the Myriad Gardens Dog Park for beers, corn hole and fun for both the owners and the dogs. Blue Jay’s Happy Wagon and Rollin Grill will be onsite each month for guests to purchase food and beverages. 8-10 p.m. This is suggested for persons 21 years and older. For more information, call 405-445-7079.



September 11, Stillwater
Tuesday Gardening Series
The Botanic Garden Educational Building

“Plants for Fall Color” and “Starting a Wildflower Garden” are the topics for the evening. Our gardens are usually bedraggled after July and August, this class will give you suggestions for annuals, perennials, and woody plants that will perk you your landscape as the weather cools. Also, wildflower gardens are often full of native annuals and perennials, which are completing their lifecycle right now as the seed from the flowers matures, drops to the ground and starts new plants. This class will help you get started on this interesting garden style, which is pretty for humans and loved by birds, bees, and butterflies. The class is free but please call or email the Payne County Extension office if you plan to attend. 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or email keith.reed@okstate.edu.



September 9, Stillwater
Fall Concert in the Garden
The Botanic Garden

The gardens are a relaxing place to spend an evening at the end of your day and enjoy the gardens with live music. Beacon Drive is a cover band providing a variety of music from mostly the 60s, 70s, and 80s. This event is free and open to the public. 5:45-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by OSU Office of the President, Hideaway Pizza, Kicker, Arts and Humanities Council of Stillwater, Daddy O’s Music Company, and Flourishes Flowers Décor and More. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will assist with future activities at The Botanic Garden. Updates for inclement weather will be on The Botanic Gardens’ Facebook page. For more information, contact Laura Payne at 405-744-4531 or laura.payne@okstate.edu.



September 15, Tulsa
Hosta and Oklahoma Sustainable Garden Plant Sale
Daylily and Iris Combined Sale Tulsa Garden Center

Many clubs are teaming up this weekend to offer plant sales to the public. This is your chance to obtain new or unusual plants as well as to talk to people that love hostas, daylilies, irises, or want to talk about sustainability. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.



September 16, Tulsa
Houseplant Maintenance
Tulsa Garden Center

September is the time when we gear up and get the houseplants ready to move back indoors. This class will give you hints about a how to succeed and keep your houseplants healthy and maybe get some ideas for new houseplants to try. 1:30-3 pm. Free for Tulsa Garden Center members, $5 for non-members.



September 20 & 22, Tulsa
Fall Plant Sale
Tulsa Botanic Garden

Just as with the spring sale, members will have the first chance to shop the plants (September 20). The general public will be able to shop on September 22. A list of available plants will be listed on the website about one week before the sale. For more information, visit tulsabotanic.org or call 918-289-0330.



September 26, Tulsa
Seed Collecting
Tulsa Garden Center

There are various methods for collecting, and storing seed so you can propagate your own plants. 6:30-8 p.m. Free for Tulsa Garden Center members, $5 for non-members.



September 26, Tulsa
Writers with Dirty Hands: The Garden Passions of Vita Sackville-West and Eudora Welty
Tulsa Botanic Garden

The discussion will center on Vita Sackville-West (Sissinghurst Castle garden designer) and Eudora Welty. Visit www.tulsabotanic.org or call 918-289-0330 for details and to purchase tickets.



September 29, Stillwater
Gardenfest and Mum Sale
The Botanic Garden at OSU

GardenFest brings together people from across the state with a common interest in gardening and sustainable living for a day of educational workshops, tours, and activities for the whole family. It is a wonderful opportunity to view the beautiful landscapes and innovative demonstrations throughout garden while experts are on hand to answer questions. Artwork, music, and vendors will be present throughout the gardens. This year the Botanic Garden is selling premium quality mums to help support the gardens. The event is free and open to the public. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Laura Payne at 405-744-4531 or laura.payne@okstate.edu.



September 29, 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.


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Through September 30, Kennett Square
Festival of Fountains
Longwood Gardens

The celebration of the return of the main fountain gardens continues with daily performances and extended hours for illuminated performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. In addition, a fireworks show is held on May 26. Pricing, hours, and details are available by calling 610-388-1000, or visiting longwoodgardens.org.



August

 

August 6 and 13, Hershey
Marvelous Mondays
Hershey Gardens

Explore the children’s garden and discover nature, create crafts, and enjoy entertainment. Each week brings a new program and take-home activity. 10 a.m.-noon. Included with admission, which is free for members. For more information, call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



August 11, Latrobe
Butterfly Release
Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve

This popular event is sponsored by the Greensburg Garden Center. Purchase butterflies by calling 724-837-0245.

 

August 11, Springfield
The History of Kitchen Gardening
Smedley Park

Local garden historian Clarissa Dillon explains the background of colonial kitchen gardening, how it developed over the years, and why it is still pertinent today. Clarissa relays the fact-filled, hands-on procedures she maintains at the Thomas Massey House Garden in Broomall. 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $10. For more information, call Linda Barry at 610-690-7669 or email lrb16@psu.edu.



August 11, York
Open House at the Gardens
John Rudy County Park

Bring the family for fun and learning in the garden. York County Master Gardeners offer talks, tours, displays, children’s activities, and a plant clinic where you can bring plant questions and problems. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 717-840-7408 or visit facebook.com/yorkcountymastergardeners.



August 11 & 12, Philadelphia
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Listen for the train whistle as you look for your favorite steam engine characters chugging along the quarter-mile track. The whole gang from Sodor will be in the garden, including Emily, James, and of course, Thomas. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



August 16, Greensburg
Tea in the Butterfly Garden
Greensburg Garden Center

Come enjoy tea in the Levefre butterfly garden at 11 a.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call 724-837-0245.



August 18, York
13th Annual Gardening with Natives Tour and Seminar
County Annex

York County Master Gardeners offer this daylong event where you can attend morning seminars on how to attract birds and butterflies to your yard, and then tour two properties in the afternoon. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee of $40 includes continental breakfast, lunch, seminars, resources, and tour. For more information, call 717-840-7408 or visit facebook.com/MAEscapes.



August 19, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm at Morris Arboretum

Come explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours. Free, donations accepted. 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



August 21, Berwick
Spotted Lantern Fly – A New Invasive Pest
McBride Memorial Library

Columbia County Master Gardener Mary Jo R. Gibson presents this program from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 570-316-6519 or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.

 

September

 

Through September 30, Kennett Square
Festival of Fountains
Longwood Gardens

The celebration of the return of the main fountain gardens continues with daily performances and extended hours for illuminated performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Pricing, hours, and other details are available by calling 610-388-1000 or visiting longwoodgardens.org.



September 1, Philadelphia
Nature Play
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Splash in water and see what floats. Look for seeds and pods of all kinds. Nature play is unstructured fun using what’s available. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



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

Join an experienced guide for a featured tour of the month. 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



September 8, Hershey
Bug-O-Rama
Hershey Gardens

Explore the world of bugs during this family-friendly, interactive day. Includes live bugs and bug displays, as well as bug-themed games and crafts. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Included with admission. For more information, call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



September 8, Springfield
Fall Foraging
Smedley Park Environmental Center

Dylan DeViliger of Red Hill Farm Co-op presents a workshop on how to forage for local wild plants in the fall forest. Includes a stroll in the woods to find plants you can snack on. Come hungry! Cost is $10. For more information, call 610-690-2655, email lrb16@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/delaware.

 

September 8 and 9, Philadelphia
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at the Garden Railway
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Look for your favorite train characters among the whole steam engine gang from Sodor as they take over the railway for the weekend. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



September 8 and 22, Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This tour showcases the dogwood tree and tree bark, (not dogs with four legs). 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



September 9, Kennett Square
NPR’s From the Top Hosted by Christopher O’Riley
Longwood Gardens

Young musicians perform and share their stories during a live recording of this engaging classical music program. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are limited and include admission to the gardens. Purchase tickets and check additional details at longwoodgardens.org.



September 15, Bloomsburg
Fall into Gardening
Penn State Ag Services Building

Hosted by Penn State Master Gardeners of Columbia County, this event features five presentations, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. The cost for the daylong series is $15. For more information, call 570-316-6519, email columbiamg@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.



September 16, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm

At Morris Arboretum’s Springfield Mills, come and explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours. Free, donations accepted. 104 p.m. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

September 29, Montrose
Upside-Down Suet Feeder
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Make a suet feeder that only woodpeckers, chickadees, and other clingers can access; no more feeding starlings! While you are making your feeder, learn several bird feeder tips and facts. 10 a.m. Cost is $5 for the class plus $24 for each feeder you make. For more information, call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseadultschool.org.



September 29, Springfield
Fall Fest
Smedley Park

Features a plant sale, master gardener marketplace, lectures, and workshops.  9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 610-690-2655, email lrb16@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/delaware.

 

October



October 5 and 6, Erie
Pumpkin Walk
Waldameer Park

Come see hundreds of illuminated carved pumpkins and enjoy youth activities and educational presentations by Master Gardeners of Erie County. Bring a flashlight and dress for an outdoor walk on a path that is mostly handicapped-accessible. 6-9 p.m. Rain or shine. Parking available in a well-lit lot. No pets allowed except for service animals. Admission is $3 for ages 3 and up, cash only. For more information, visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/erie.



October 6, Philadelphia
Nature Play
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Jump in leaf piles. Dig in the dirt. Discover what’s just out of sight. Nature play is unstructured fun using what’s available. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



October 6, Philadelphia
Saturday Morning Live Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join an experienced guide for a featured tour of the month. 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



October 6 and 7, Philadelphia
Fall Festival
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Make your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, and sample different varieties of apples. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Included with garden admission, but some activities have an additional fee. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



October 6 through 31, Philadelphia
Scarecrow Walk
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Vote for your favorite scarecrow from more than 30 on display. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



October 13 and 27, Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This tour showcases the dogwood tree and tree bark, (not dogs with four legs). 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 19, 20, 26, and 27, Hershey
Pumpkin Glow
Hershey Gardens

More than 150 carved, illuminated, and themed pumpkins are on display. Kids can trick-or-treat and explore the creepy-crawly gallery featuring live bugs and spiders. You can also enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations. Please note: the butterfly atrium is closed during this event.  6-8:30 p.m. Admission is $9 for ages 3-12; $12.50 for ages 13-61; $11.50 for ages 62 and up; and free for children age 2 and under. For more information, call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.



October 21, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm

Morris Arboretum celebrates farming life with demonstrations, vendors, tours, and music. Noon-4 p.m. Included with garden admission. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 27, Montrose
3rd Annual Fall Clinic
Montrose Bible Conference

Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County present talks on how to grow orchids, how to create a rain garden, companion planting: fact or myth, and Pennsylvania plants – mountain laurel and eastern hemlock. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $20. For more information, call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseadultschool.org. m


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

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

 

Now to September, Knoxville
Joyful Flight: A Hummingbird Exhibit
UT Gardens

The University of Tennessee Gardens has installed their inaugural Art in the Gardens exhibit for the summer for gardens visitors to enjoy. Twenty-eight local artists have interpreted this year’s theme by painting or embellishing plywood hummingbird silhouettes. The hummingbirds will be sold at a live auction on September 9 with all proceeds benefiting the UT Gardens. Other aspects of the exhibit include information on hummingbirds and identification of plants attractive to them. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.



Through September 30, Memphis
In The Garden
Dixon Gallery

George Eastman House of Rochester, NY, presents In the Garden, an exhibition that discusses the relationships between photography, botanic images, and the cultivated landscape. For more information, visit dixon.org.



August



August 9, Crossville
Saving Seeds
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Jewell Wilhoite will demonstrate the best practices for harvesting and storing seeds. 10 a.m.-noon. Free, but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.

 

August 9, Memphis
Lunch and Learn: Beneficial Insects
Shelby County Extension Office, Agricenter International

Garden expert Tonya Ashworth will present this program. For more information, call the extension office, 901-752-1207.



August 10-11, East Nashville
Tomato Art Fest
Historic Five Points

This two-day free celebration invites everyone to enjoy fun days of art, live music, wacky contests, food, costumes, shopping, children’s activities, and more. For more information, visit tomatoartfest.com.



August 11, Memphis
Herbal Work Study: Herbal Beverages
Memphis Botanic Garden

Work-study morning – the first two hours spent weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the herb garden. The next hour will be spent learning about using herbs to create drinks. Bring your favorite hand tools for weeding and grooming (soil knives, trowels, pruners, gloves, etc.). Everyone will get to go home with a handout that includes tips and recipes. Arrive at the Horticulture Building in the south end of the parking lot by 8:15 a.m. This learning opportunity is “purchased” via a barter system: You must work the first two hours (8:15-10:30 a.m.) to attend the last hour of class (10:30-11:30), making this a free event! If you have questions, call Sherri McCalla at 901-636-4134.



August 13, Chattanooga
Native Upgrades for Common Imported Landscape Plants
Greenspaces

WildOnes Tennessee Valley Chapter presents the program on better choices from the native plant lists to plant in your landscape. 6 p.m. For more information, visit tennesseevalleywildones.org.



August 16, Memphis
30 Thursdays: Nature at Night
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join a horticulture staff member for a guided stroll through gardens. 6 pm, free with garden admission. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays.



August 18, Chattanooga
Propagation
AG Center

Carol Mathews shares ways to propagate your existing plants – bulbs, rhizomes, cuttings, runners, and seeds. 10 a.m. No charge, but register at mghc.org/education-committee-classes.

 

August 23, 30, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park

Watch ruby-throated hummingbirds zipping around the feeders at the park office, sample the population, and learn about the communities where hummingbirds thrive, 4:30-6:30 pm. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com/events.



August 23, Hixson
Tri-State Rose Society Program
Trinity Lutheran Church

Kathy Brennan, a past president of the Tennessee Rose Society of Knoxville, will talk about redesigning her rose garden to make it easier for her to maintain. Meeting at 7 p.m. after refreshments at 6:30. For more information, visit chattanoogarose.org or their Facebook page.



August 23, Memphis
30 Thursdays: It’s a Plant Party
Memphis Botanic Garden

Design a tiny landscape in a terrarium with your friends while getting expert advice on plant care. These indoor alt-gardens feature forgiving plants and soil mixed on-site. Head home with a fabulous horticultural haul. Order small plates from Fratelli’s and BYO drinks. 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale July 1, limited quantities. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays.



August 25, Knoxville
Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival
Ijams Nature Center

Banding demonstrations in the morning, weather permitting, includes speakers on nature topics, wildlife demonstrations, children’s activities, vendors selling food and drinks, local arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, and garden items. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For the complete schedule and ticket prices, visit ijams.org/hummingbird-festival.



August 26, September 2, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park

Watch ruby-throated hummingbirds zipping around the feeders at the Montgomery Bell Inn and sample the population and learn about the communities where hummingbirds may thrive, 7:30-9:30 am. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com/events.

 

August 27, Memphis
Summer Lecture Series: Dr. Shannon McGee on Reptiles and Amphibians
Memphis Botanic Garden

Veterinarian and herpetologist Shannon McGee will discuss reptiles and amphibians, especially those found in the Wolf River watershed. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit wolfriver.org.



August 28, Crossville
10th Annual Fall Gardeners Festival
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Free admission for this series of presentations under the tents, along with wagon tours, garden vendors, educational exhibits, and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit ccmga.org after August 1.



August 29, Memphis
Beneficial Insects and Pollinators
Dixon Winegardner Auditorium

Bring your own lunch or purchase on-site at Park & Cherry for the Munch and Lunch Series presentation by Tonya Ashworth, former UT extension agent. Noon-1 p.m. Free for members and students with ID. For more information, visit dixon.org.



August 30, Greeneville
Fall Clean-up Guide: Season Extension, Cover Crops, and Harvest/Storage Ideas
UT Extension Office

One of GROWing Great Gardens Series presented by Big Spring Master Gardener Association. Get fall cleaning tips, to be ready for a cleaner spring as well as how to plant cover crops and care for winter perennial veggies. Take home resources and maybe a door prize. 5:30-7 p.m., $10. Register online at bsmga.com. For more information, call 423-798-1710.

 

September



September 4, Memphis
Slow Flowers: The Local Cut Flower Trade
Memphis Botanic Garden Goldsmith Center Auditorium

Join Brandon Pugh of Delta Sol Growers for this program at Memphis Horticultural Society Meeting – 7 p.m.
For more information, visit memphishorticulture.org.



Sept 5,12,19,26 and Oct 3, Memphis
Urban Forestry Advisor’s Class
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join the West Tennessee Chapter of the Urban Forestry Council (WTUFC) and the Memphis Botanic Garden to learn about trees and issues facing the urban tree canopy. The class fee ($85) includes a digital handbook and dues for WTUFC. This course is designed for the general public, municipal employees, members of neighborhood associations, and garden clubs. Lectures and fieldwork will cover tree biology, ID and selection, risk management, diagnostics, site analysis, tree inventory, construction protection, and the role of federal, state, and local agencies. Instructors include Eric Bridges, Overton Park Conservancy; Wes Hopper and Jim Volgas, certified arborists; Joellen Dimond, UT-TSU Extension; and Dr. David Mercker, extension forester. Participants who want to be certified as an Urban Forestry Advisor are required to complete 20 volunteer hours in the field of Urban Forestry. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Class size limited, please register early. For additional information, call 901-636-4128 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



September 6, Murfreesboro
Gardening Series: Fall Gardening/Seed Saving
Limbaugh Library

Fall gardening is both an end and a beginning, so preserve and save the warm-season veggies and plan the cool-season veggie garden now. Learn how to save seeds from flowers and vegetables with Jack Smith and Effie Scott at 7 p.m. Call the library at 615-893-4131 to register. For additional information, visit mastergardeners-rc.org.



September 7, Chattanooga
Creating Living Landscapes with Doug Tallamy
UT Chattanooga University Center Auditorium

A presentation by Doug Tallamy. Hear his program as well as the Habitat Hero Awards for the Tennessee Valley. For additional information, visit tennesseevalley.wildones.org/upcoming-events.

 

September 8, Charleston
International Cowpea Festival
Charleston City Park

Events include professional chef cook-off, family fun activities, live music, food and craft vendors, heritage area, and agri-heritage photo contest. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. For additional information, visit cowpeafestival.com.



September 8, Chattanooga
Bringing Nature Home – A Home Garden Tour
Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain and Chattanooga locations

Join a great tour sponsored by Wild Ones -Tennessee Valley to see native gardens and learn about havens for birds, butterflies, and other native pollinators. Proceeds will go to Seeds for Education grants for pollinator gardens at local schools. For more information or to register, visit tennesseevalley.wildones.org/upcoming-events.



September 8, Harriman
Lunch ‘n Learn – Sprouts and Microgreens
UT Extension Office

Join master gardeners for one-hour program beginning at noon. Bring a brown bag lunch and call the extension office at 376-5558 to ensure a spot. For more information, visit mgroanecounty.org.



September 8, Hermitage
Fall Wildflower Identification
Long Hunter State Park

Come enjoy fall wildflowers with David Lincicome, Natural Heritage Program Manager, as he offers an introduction to wildflower identification for beginners. Learn the use of basic wildflower keys, plant family characteristics, and basic botanic terms. Wear sturdy boots, as will be walking off trail and dress for weather. 9 a.m. $10 fee; register at tnstateparks.com/events.



September 8, Knoxville
Native Plants in the Suburbs
Bearden Branch Library

Grow wild but not woolly in choosing native plants for a suburban setting with plant combinations that will work in an orderly space for a typical city lot. 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 865-588-8813.



September 8, Roan Mountain
Heritage Apple Hike
Hampton Creek Cove Natural Area

Join east Tennessee regional ecologist Lisa Huff on a hike up the cove to sample heritage apples and to collect data, tag, and geo-locate the trees. Make pictures of the apples and tasting notes. Bring a pocketknife and dress for weather with good footgear. 10 a.m.; $12 fee for 13 and up. Register at tnstateparks.com/events.



September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, Memphis
Garden Tour: Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden
Dixon Catmur Foyer and Gardens

Dixon docents will focus on the cutting garden each Saturday morning with a different aspect of the garden, such as planting pots, perennial border, sculpture, greenery, etc. Meet in Catmur Foyer to see the large urn design and then tour of the cutting gardens, free admission. For more information, visit dixon.org.



September 9, Knoxville
Ijam’s Symphony in the Park
Ijams Visitor Center Lawn

Join the 33rd annual event for a party with a purpose and a casual, relaxed evening including a silent auction of handcrafted jewelry, art, and photography and a delicious dinner accompanied by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. For tickets or more information, visit ijams.org.


 
September 10, Knoxville
Seed Saving
Halls Branch Library

Master gardeners Kat Fenstermaker and Alicia Silfies will present what seeds can be saved and how best to save them. 11 a.m. For more information, call 865-922-2552.



September 11, Crossville
Turf: Now’s The Time to Plant!
Plateau Research and Education Center

Free seminar by Gregg Upchurch on timing seeding and why fall is the best time to plant cool-season grass. 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, visit ccmga.org.

 

September 12, Memphis
Munch and Learn: Favorite Garden Tools
Dixon Winegardner Auditorium

Dale Skaggs, director of horticulture, will share his expertise. Bring your own lunch. For more information, visit dixon.org.



September 15, Gladeville
Cedar Glade Hike
Vesta Cedar Glade State Natural Area

Come see one of the coolest flowers in Tennessee, the Tennessee coneflower. Meet at 8 a.m. to hike through the cedar glade and barrens ecosystem to see the coneflower and other glade plants with Sam King, park ecologist. Wear long pants and closed toe shoes for this 1.5-mile hike and bring plenty of water. $10 fee, register at tnstateparks.com/events.



September 15, Memphis
Garden Workshop Series: Fall Wreath with Natural Elements
Dixon Catmur Horticulture Building

Kim Jameson, current owner of Kim Jameson Design and floriculturist at Dixon, will lead the third workshop sharing her experience and knowledge of floral design with hands-on designs of participants. Learn “tricks of the trade” and create a wreath to take home. 10:30 a.m.-noon. For more information or to register, visit dixon.org or call 901-761-5250.



September 20, Knoxville
Lunch and Learn Series: Hostas 101
UT Gardens

Lecture will take place at noon in the South Greenhouse with mini excursions into the UT Gardens after the discussion and lunch. (Pack your lunch, UT will provide drinks and dessert). You do not necessarily need to work in the gardens before, but are more than welcome to assist the Thursday volunteers under Beth Willis’ direction. For more information, visit knoxcountymastergardener.org.



September 20, Memphis
Lunch and Learn: The Currant Way to Plant Trees and Shrubs
Shelby County Agricenter International

Booker T. Leigh, UT Extension Agent, will discuss tree planting. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 901-752-1207.

 

September 22-23, Memphis
2018 Nashville Rose Society Annual Rose Show
Belmont University

Rose show begins 10 a.m. Saturday and closes 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit nashvillerosesociety.org.



September 24, Memphis
Summer Lecture Series: Wild Turkeys
Memphis Botanic Garden

Dr. Richard Buchholz will discuss wild turkeys in the Midsouth, around the world and his research over the years. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit wolfriver.org.



September 25, Crossville
Seminar: Soils and Mulch
Plateau Research and Education Center

Free seminar by Gregg Upchurch to discuss many materials used as mulch to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, visit ccmga.org or plateau.tennessee.edu.

 

September 25, Knoxville
Native Plants in the Suburbs
Karns Senior Citizen Center

Grow wild but not woolly in choosing native plants for a suburban setting with plant combinations that will work in an orderly space for a typical city lot. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit knoxcounty.org/seniors/karns.php or call 865-951-2653.



September 26, Knoxville
Seed Saving
Pellissippi State Community College – Harden Valley Cafeteria Annex

Master gardeners Kat Fenstermaker and Alicia Silfies present what seeds can be saved and how best to save them. Free and open to public, park in any OPEN lot. For more information, contact Jennifer Mesick, Library Services, 865-694-6520.



September 27, Memphis
Senior Day
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Free admission for anyone 65 and over; art and garden activities, live music, and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit Dixon.org.


September 28-29, Kingsport
Fall Folk Arts Festival
Exchange Place

The historic valley farmstead bustles with activity with demonstrators, vendors, bakers, and kettle corn makers as well as Brunswick stew and apple butter kettles. Music, dulcimers, and bluegrass bands, craftspeople of the necessities of the 1850s, vegetable dyeing, quilting, soap making, carving, blacksmithing, and so much more to entertain and educate you for a fun-filled weekend. For more information, visit exchangeplace.info.



September 29, Memphis
Garden Workshop: Lawn Care for Fall with Chris Emanus
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, South Lawn

Chris Emanus, Dixon grounds and landscape manager, will discuss fall care of your fescue lawn – how and when to overseed, how to water, and the specifics of care and maintenance along with a worksheet to take home. 10-11 a.m. For more information, visit dixon.org.

 

October



October 2, Memphis
Mushrooms
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join Margie Hunter, author of Gardening with Native Plants of Tennessee for the program of Memphis Horticultural Society meeting. 7 p.m. For more information, visit memphishorticulture.org.



October 4, Jackson
Fall Plant Sale
West Tennessee Research and Education Center

Join us for a three-hour sale, 3-6 p.m. for plants for the fall landscape. For more information, visit west.tennessee.edu.


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Through October, Surry
Pick-Your-Own Schedule
College Run Farms

Come pick fresh strawberries in late May, blueberries June-July, sweet corn July-early August, and pumpkins and gourds in late September-October. No fee to visit the farm, simply pay for the produce you pick. You can also purchase homemade ice cream, have a snack or lunch in the picnic area, and visit the gift shop. Contact the family farm with specific questions at 757-294-3970 or visit collegerunfarms.com for the crop calendar.

 

June-August, Lynchburg
Summer Saturdays in the Graveyard
Old City Cemetery

Free guided walking tours held every Saturday of the summer highlight points of interest and seasonal beauty on the grounds from 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit gravegarden.org.



August



August-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.

 

August 1-September 30, Blacksburg
Simply Elemental 2018
Hahn Horticulture Garden

Simply Elemental is an outdoor multi-artist installation held annually at Virginia Tech’s beautiful Hahn Horticulture Garden. This year will include both visual and performing arts throughout the 6-acre garden. For more information about the event, call 540-231-5970 or visit hort.vt.edu/hhg.



August 18, Gloucester
National Honeybee Day
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Join the Colonial Beekeepers Association to celebrate National Honeybee Day. Beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about beekeeping. Bee products will be available for purchase. There will be honey tastings, children’s activities, and hive demonstrations. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For details about this event and more, visit brentandbeckysbulbs.com or call 804-693-3966.



August 20, Virginia Beach
Is Your Landscape Plant Sick?
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library

Join VCE Master Gardener Sherry Kern to learn how to determine what’s wrong with your plant, what you can or cannot do about it, and realistic expectations. This free gardening talk will be held at 7 p.m. For more information, call the help desk at 757-385-8156 or visit vbmg.org.

 

August 25, Richmond
Family Scavenger Hunt
Maymont Grounds

Explore Maymont’s 100-acre estate in a whole new way! Crack secret codes for clues and use maps and riddles to find your way around the estate in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels are available. Ages 4 and older. Adult must accompany child. Limited space for walk-ups. Register online. Price is $15 per family and $12 members (up to four people). 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 804-358-7168 or visit Maymont.org.

 

August 25, Virginia Beach
Beneficial Insects in the Home Garden
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market

Join Karen Green, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener, to discover beneficial insects, their identities and role in pollination and ecological balance. 9-10:30 a.m. For more information, call the help desk at 757-385-8156 or visit vbmg.org.

 

September

 

September 1, Montpelier Station
Historic Landscape Tour
James and Dolly Madison’s Montpelier

Peel back 250 years of landscaping one layer at a time to learn how the grounds of Montpelier evolved through generations of owners from a working plantation to a treasure trove of champion trees and unique plantings. Free tour begins at 1 p.m. Mansion grounds, visitor’s center, and walking trails are open daily. House tours are $20 for adults. For details, call 540-672-2728 or visit montpelier.org.



September 1-30, Suffolk
Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Vehicle access to Lake Drummond via the Railroad Ditch Entrance is open every day in September, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The gate will close one hour earlier to allow all vehicles to leave the area on time. The required self-serve permit and fee envelope can be found at the Permit Station on Railroad Ditch Road, ½ mile from the entry gate. All vehicles must pay a $5 daily fee for entry to the Wildlife Drive for touring or for boating. Other payment options can be found at the Permit Station. For more information, call 757-986-3705 or visit fws.gov/refuge/Great_Dismal_Swamp.



September 1, Glen Allen
Farm Tour
Lavender Fields Herb Farm

Join us for an inside peek of our retail and commercial operations. This walking farm tour includes our farm history, a stop by the beehives, and seeing our greenhouses that produce over 300,000 USDA-certified organic herb and vegetable plants each year. Each adult enjoys a free ice cream upon completion. This is an outside walking tour, so dress accordingly. Children 3 and under free. The tour begins at 10 a.m. with a $7 registration fee. Call 804-262-7167 or visit lavenderfieldsfarm.com for details.



September 8, Alexandria
Celebrate Honeybee Day
Green Spring Gardens

Where would we be without the honeybee? Celebrate this wondrous insect with the Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association from 10 a.m.-noon. Meet a beekeeper, see inside a beehive, learn a bee dance, do a bee scavenger hunt, learn how bees are important to our food supply, and get tips on how you can help honeybees. This is a free event; registration not required. Call 703-941-7987 or visit fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring/events for highlights.

 

September 8, Charlottesville
Through the Garden Gate
2000 Hessian Road

9am-Noon $5.00 admission. Tour these enchanting private gardens featuring over 25 varieties of Japanese Maple trees. Hosted by Piedmont Master Gardeners. PiedmontMasterGardeners.org VCE 804-872-4580

 

September 8, Gloucester
Fall Blooming Bulbs Garden Walk
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

As summer fades to autumn, see how our fall blooming bulbs and grasses begin to take over the garden show during the Garden Walk beginning at 10:30 a.m.. Learn how you can plant now for color this fall and in many years to come. These are as close as you can get to “instant gratification” in the bulb world. Call Denise Hutchins on 804-693-3966, ext. 109, for more information or visit brentandbeckysbulbs.com for event listings.



September 16, Middletown
Fall into Spring
Belle Grove Plantation

Get a head start on your spring garden with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association. Learn how to save and store your vegetable and flower seeds, plan next year’s garden to attract birds and pollinators, take steps to certify your own garden as a wildlife habitat, create fall decor with natural materials, and make your own garden objects. Enjoy programs, workshops, and talks for all ages. Watch for upcoming announcements at facebook.com/NSVMGA/ or email nsvmga.info@gmail.com for more information.

 

September 24, Duffield
Full Moon Hike
Natural Tunnel State Park

Enjoy a guided hike to the gazebo and be a part of a unique experience at Natural Tunnel. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the moon rise over the mountains and hear stories about the thrilling nightlife. This 1.2-mile hike will take place along a semi-moderate trail. Sturdy hiking shoes and a flashlight are recommended. Dress for the weather. Event begins at the Blockhouse Parking Lot. 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or registration, call 276-940-2674 or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.



September 22-23, Newport News
Fall Native Plant Sale
Virginia Living Museum

Choose from an array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. The sale will be held in the Conservation Garden. The museum’s knowledgeable horticulture staff will be on hand to answer questions, discuss the benefits of native plants, and help with any particular gardening situations. All plants are nursery propagated; many are not available in the commercial nursery trade. Sale held rain or shine, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.



September 22, Gloucester
Gloucester Wine Festival
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Join us from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to taste top Virginia wines and fine foods. Learn more about the art of wine and tastings, shop with local artisans and vendors, and listen to live music while strolling the grounds of the internationally acclaimed Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. General parking is located at the Ware Academy with shuttles to the festival site. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door). For more information, visit gloucesterwinefestival.com.

 

September 29, Appomattox
Bats and Bugs: Gardening on the Wilder Side
Holiday Lake 4-H Center

The 2018 theme of VMGA’s annual education day is “Bats and Bugs: Gardening on the Wilder Side,” featuring speakers on wildflowers, insects, bats in the garden, and a humorous talk on what really goes on behind your back out in the yard. Preregistration is required. Cost is $45 with onsite buffet lunch included. Non-VMGA attendees will be charged an extra $5 to help with expenses. For more information, contact Erica Jones at 540-544-7359 or email emjones@vt.edu.


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Through August 19, Green Bay
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks Exhibit
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Open daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. For more info, call 920-491-3691 or visit gbbg.org.

 

Through October 28, Oshkosh
Formal Garden Showcase
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

Throughout 2018, the Paine’s new formal garden will feature tulip bulbs in spring, colorful annuals in summer, and frost-hardy plants in fall.

 

Through September 9, Milwaukee
To Bee or Not to Bee Summer Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

To Bee or Not to Bee is a continuation of the Shakespeare theme, but with a honeybee twist to the garden’s flowers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



Through September 23, Oshkosh
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Paine will present more than 60 extraordinary objects by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including lamps, jewelry, and decorative objects.

 

Through August 13, Madison
Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Experience the wonder of searching for fleeting butterflies. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Bolz Conservatory. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.



August



August 8, Janesville
Horticultural Therapy Symposium
Rotary Botanical Gardens

A summer symposium featuring topics for home gardeners, occupational therapists, activities professionals, special educators, social workers, and master gardeners. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance tickets/registration required and must be purchased online, enrollment limited. Early bird fee: $65 RBG members, $75 non-members. Price valid Jan. 1- July 20. For more information, visit rotarybotanicalgardens.org.



August 14, Spooner
Twilight Garden Tour
MG Display Garden

This event will be held at the display garden on Orchard Lane from 4 p.m. until dusk (rain or shine). UW faculty will be speaking and available for questions in the garden. Our gardens feature a Monarch and Pollinator Sanctuary and a certified Monarch Way Station. All-America Selection Gardens is planted annually with a theme – this year it is “Get Social in the Garden.” Free. For more information, contact Sue Reinardy at 715-462-3361 or sreinardy@centurytel.net.



August 22, Janesville
Gardening for Pollinators
Rotary Botanical Gardens

How important are pollinators to life around us? Over 80 percent of plants require an animal pollinator to reproduce. Learn about all the different pollinators that are at work in your garden. 6:30-8 p.m. $7 non-members, $5 RBG Members.



August 26, Madison
Opening – Gleam: Art In A New Light
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Be the first to see Olbrich’s cutting edge exhibition, GLEAM, Art in a New Light, featuring site-specific art and light installations in the outdoor gardens. Live music, cash bar, meet-n-greet with the artists, lighting designers and artistic director. 7:30-10:30 p.m. (rain or shine).



August 26, Green Bay
Grass Roots Festival
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Enjoy a variety of bluegrass, roots, Americana, and folk music from area artists presented in partnership with Mile of Music. Tickets go on sale June 1. Noon-7 p.m.

 

September

 

September 5, Hales Corners
Wednesday Night Garden Walk: Herb Garden
Boerner Botanical Gardens

All walks are expert-led and a fun new topic is covered each week. Walks depart from the gift shop – rain or shine – and last approximately 90 minutes. $5 suggested donation. 6-7:30 p.m.



September 6, Wausau
SalsaFest
Monk Botanical Gardens

This event invites community members to participate in a salsa contest, and learn about different ways to make salsa from local experts and taste.



September 7-9, Janesville
Fall Plant Sale
Rotary Botanical Gardens Horticulture Center

The sale includes compost, a wide range of perennials, grasses, mums, kale, and shrubs. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.



September 8, Spooner
Meet Me in the Garden
Spooner Agriculture Research Station

Session will focus on harvesting and seed saving. Please bring your own chair. 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, contact Sue Reinardy, 715-462-3361, sreinardy@centurytel.net.



September 11, Madison
Landscape For a Dry Basement
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Preventing a wet basement begins by managing the water outside. Learn creative and functional landscape solutions that are key to keeping your basement dry. 6:30-8 p.m. Registration deadline: September 4, $15/$12 member.



September 11, Madison
The Bubbling Crock: Fermented Vegetables
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Make several types of sauerkraut and pickles as you learn how to properly salt the vegetables, make salt brine, and add an inoculant to begin the fermentation process. Samples will be provided, and you will leave with a jar of carrot/ginger kraut and a jar of pickled peppers, as well as recipes. 6-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline: September 4. $50/$40 member.



September 12, Madison
Overwintering Tropicals At Home
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Learn multiple strategies for overwintering various tropical plants indoors, both dormant and actively growing. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline: September 5, $15/$12 member.



September 14, Hales Corners
Boerner by Moonlight Walk
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Families will be guided around Boerner for this special nighttime walk. Refreshments provided. Walk departs from the FBBG Gift Shop and lasts approximately 90 minutes. $5 suggested donation. 6:30-8 p.m.



September 15-16, Wausau
Ginseng Festival
Monk Botanical Gardens

Join local chefs for cooking demonstrations incorporating ginseng in each menu item.



September 15-16, Milwaukee
Orchid Show and Sale
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Orchid displays, exhibits, and programs showcasing this amazing exotic plant. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



September 18, Madison
Herbs and Fermentation for Digestive Health
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

A healthy microbiome promotes overall health of the digestive and immune systems. Learn about the beneficial herbs and fermented foods that are easy to incorporate into everyday life and to make at home. 6-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline: September 11. $50/$40 member.



September 19, Madison
ACG Book Club: Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education
Allen Centennial Garden

Gather with fellow garden and book lovers and discuss the captivating books that talk about everything plants. Please have the book completed (or as much as you can) by the meeting. 5:30-7p.m. Free but registration required. Register at eventbrite.com/e/acg-book-club-acg-book-club-second-nature-a-gardeners-education-tickets-44383724916. For more information, call 608-576-2501 or visit allencentennialgarden.org.



September 21-22, Eau Claire
Wisconsin Master Gardener Conference “Autumn at the River”
Lismore Hotel

Join master gardeners and interested gardeners from around Wisconsin for two days of education and fun. Choose from a delightful array of speakers on various garden-related topics. For more information, visit wimgaconferences.com or call Andy Heren at 715-839-4712.



September 22, Sheboygan
Harvest Happenings
Bookworm Gardens

Farm, food, and festivities. Join us and celebrate autumnal abundance. Embrace your local food culture with apple tastings, and hands-on activities. $5 per person. Members free.



September 25, Madison
Fermented Beverages and Homemade Vinegar
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

We will craft a kefir “soda,” a switchel, and a shrub (a unique syrup that contains fruit and/or herbs). Starting with herbs and starter cultures, you will learn to make the base for the switchel and shrub from scratch. Samples provided, and you will take home a culture, a bottled beverage crafted in class, and recipes. 6-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline: September 18. $50/$40 member.



September 27, Madison
Fall Bulb Planting
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

We’ll discuss a wide range of spring-blooming bulb options along with their proper placement, planting, and care. Tips for how to incorporate these beauties in the landscape will also be discussed. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline: September 20. $15/$12 member.

 

October


October 3, Madison
Green Lore and Legend
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Hear the lore and legends associated with the uses and properties of plants such as yarrow, rosemary, and wood betony. Discover which common herbs are known as maidenwort, motherwort, and cronewort and why. 6:30-8 p.m. Registration deadline: September 26, $20/$16 member.



October 18, Sheboygan
Boos and Brews
Bookworm Gardens

Be one of the first to check out Bookworm all lit up and in the Halloween spirit. Light up the night with thousands of twinkly lights, live music, craft beer and wine. Costumes optional, adults only.



October 19-20 and 25-27, Sheboygan
Happily Haunted Gardens
Bookworm Gardens

The gardens will be filled with thousands of twinkly lights, live book characters, entertainments, and autumn delights during this spine-tingling event. $5 per person, members free.

 

October 23, Madison
Native Shrubs for Your Landscape
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Learn easy-to-follow tips about native shrub selection, placement, and maintenance. Discover the environmental and economic benefits of native shrubs and how these beautiful, low-maintenance plants can be used in your landscape. 6:30-8 p.m. Registration deadline: October 16. $15/$12 member.



October 23, Janesville
The Other Witches’ Brooms – Gems of the Conifer World
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Learn about dwarf and unique conifers and their origins. Joe Braeu, internationally known “broom collector,” will share his adventures of searching the forests for the mutations, propagating his finds, and the wonderful conifer delights as they mature. 6:30-8 p.m. $7 non-member, $5 RBG members. Tickets to this event may be purchased at the door or online.



October 26, Milwaukee
Ghosts Under Glass and Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

During Ghosts Under Glass, the Desert Dome will be filled with cheerful candlelight, orange marigolds, a Mariachi Band, and colorful decorations for Dia de los Muertos. 6-9 p.m.

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

The Paine Art Center and Gardens
Website: thepaine.org
920-235-6903

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

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

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

The Paine Art Center and Gardens
Website: thepaine.org
Phone: 920-235-6903

Green Bay Botanical Gardens
Website: gbbg.org
Phone: 920-491-3691

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

Bookworm Gardens
Website: bookwormgardens.org
Phone: 920-287-7895

 

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.