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Through June 30, Huntsville
Anita Hoodless Art Exhibit
Huntsville Botanical Garden

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


Through April 30, Huntsville
Huntsville Blooms
Huntsville Botanical Garden

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

 

 

April

 

April 7, Theodore
85th Anniversary of Bellingrath Gardens and Member Appreciation Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

On this date, we celebrate our 85th anniversary and honor members of the Friends of Bellingrath with extra discounts in the gift shop! For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.
 

April 6-9, Birmingham
Spring Plant Sale
Brookwood Village

With more than 100,000 plants, the spring plant sale is Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ largest annual sale. Proceeds benefit education programs at the gardens. Members-only sale Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Public sale, free admission Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.


April 6-9, Huntsville
Spring Plant Sale and Festival
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Spring Plant Sale opens with special-members only day on Thursday. Master Gardeners will be available to provide guidance in your selections and answering questions. Raffle tickets for fabulous prizes will be available in the Shoppe at the Garden beginning mid-March and continuing during the plant sale. You do not have to be present to win. Free. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.


April 8, Jemison
Perennials for Every Spot in the Garden
Petals from the Past

Jason Powell will discuss his old and some new favorite perennials and why they are a perfect addition to your garden. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.
 

April 8, Theodore
Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The day will include tons of Easter fun, with crafts, candy, activities, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Reservations are required and seats are limited for breakfast with the Easter Bunny. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.


April 15, Auburn
Auburn Series Azalea and Native Plants Sale
Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

This is the ONLY place to purchase Auburn series azaleas! We will have ‘Aubie’, ‘Tiger’, ‘Samford Sorbet’, ‘Baker Dean’, and ‘Pat’s Pink’ Auburn azaleas on site and available for purchase. Supplies are limited! There will also be an assortment of other native plants available. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Davis Arboretum. For more information, visit auburn.edu/cosam/arboretum, email arbinfo@auburn.edu,
or call 334-844-5770.


April 15-30, Theodore
Rose Bloom Out
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Tour the award-winning Bellingrath Rose Garden during its first bloom, which features more than 2,000 plants representing 75 varieties. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

 

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Now June 30, Huntsville
Anita Hoodless Watercolors
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Watercolor artist Anita Hoodless paints a variety of subjects in an interpretive realistic style. Her large still lifes and florals reflect her love of bold color and strong value contrasts. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-June 30, Huntsville
Spring Showers
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Come experience the Purdy Butterfly House in a brand-new way! Hundreds of vibrant umbrellas will float above the greenery, trails, and turtles of the Purdy Butterfly House. The installation uses colorful umbrellas to provide an amazing sight that evokes a careful, child-like energy. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-June 30, Huntsville
Robert Taylor Copper Exhibit
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Coppersmith Robert Taylor is a Roycroft Master Artisan. He is one of only five Roycroft Master Coppersmiths in the country. Robert will have 15 pieces located throughout the garden. Come see this beautiful craft in such a beautiful place. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

May 12, Mobile
Paleobotanical Discoveries in Alabama
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Dr. Brian Axsmith, head of botany at the University of South Alabama, presents this fascinating lecture that delves into the early history of Alabama. For more information, visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org or call 251-342-0555.

 

May 12, Theodore
National Public Gardens Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

National Public Gardens Day is a day to raise awareness of the important role that public gardens play in enhancing environmental stewardship. Bellingrath Gardens invites the public to take a special behind-the-scenes tour of our Production Greenhouses, led by Bellingrath’s horticultural management team. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and lasts about an hour. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

 

May 12, Huntsville
Herb Fest
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Visit the Herb Garden to sample herb treats and drinks. Herbs will be given away while supplies last. Tussie mussies and herbal items will be available for purchase. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Free with garden admission. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

May 13, Jemison
Mother's Day Brunch and Program
Petals from the Past

Bring your mother or grandmother for brunch and then Lacey will help you fill her container with color that will last all summer. 9:30 a.m. Advanced registration and $15 payment required for brunch. The program, Colorful Container Combinations presented by Lacey Neely, begins at 10:30 a.m. No registration or fee required for program. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

May 14, Theodore
Mother’s Day Concert
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra and Bellingrath Gardens and Home will present their annual Mother’s Day Concert at 1 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and a picnic lunch. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

 

May 18, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Support Longleaf Botanical Gardens and get some great plants for your garden at the same time. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleatbotanicalgardens.org. 

 

May 19-20, Mobile
Gallery of Gardens 2017

Nine private gardens will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. These beautiful urban gardens are situated in the historic districts of downtown Mobile, and many are within walking distance of each other. For tickets and more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

May 20, 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. This monthly members-only event is free, but we do ask that you kindly RSVP. 8-10 a.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

May 20, Jemison
Herbs
Petals from the Past

The morning program, The Wonder of Herbs: Growing and Using Herbs in Everyday Life presented by Debbie Boutelier, begins at 10:30 a.m., and it is free. An optional $12 lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. The afternoon workshop is From Plant to Medicine, Starting an Herbal Medicine Chest. The afternoon workshop costs $20 and begins at 1 p.m. Advanced registration and payment are required for lunch and/or the afternoon workshop. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

May 20, Theodore
“Miss Bessie’s” Birthday
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The gift shop will feature a special “Shop Like Miss Bessie” sale, and guests are invited to join museum director Tom McGehee as he conducts a special tour of the home. The tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last about 30 minutes. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

 

May 24, Birmingham
Flicks Among the Flowers
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged, which benefits educational programming at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. A preferred seating area will be available to members, with each membership allowing two patrons seating until 8 p.m. Members must check in to receive a wristband in Blount Plaza. Refreshments sold by The Gardens Café. No pets allowed or outside alcoholic beverages. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

June

 

June 5-30 Hoover
Summer Camps
Aldridge Gardens

Plenty of camps to choose from for boys and girls entering Kindergarten through 5th grades. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

June 7-July 26, Theodore
Wonderful Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Every Wednesday enjoy a special program about gardening, history, or the collections in the Bellingrath Home. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

 

June 10, Hoover
Hydrangeas Under the Stars
Aldridge Gardens
Enjoy a special evening of great food, entertainment, and live auction – all to benefit Aldridge Gardens. 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

June 10, Jemison
Black and Blue Berry Festival
Petals from the Past

A celebration of blackberries and blueberries. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

June 15, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

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

 

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

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


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April 6-7, Mountain View

Soap Making: Clean and Natural
Ozark Folk Center Administration Building

In this two-day class you’ll learn to make wholesome soaps using old-fashioned ingredients and modern methods. You’ll also create your own unique scent blends with essential oils while learning about different oils for different soaps. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $240, which includes materials. Pre-registration required. Call 870-269-3851 or visit ozarkfolkcenter.com for more information.


April 11, Fayetteville
Butterfly Gardening Class
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Butterfly gardening is more than just planting pretty flowers! By gardening for butterflies, we help improve the environment in a variety of ways. In this class, our butterfly house mentor Kitty Sanders will discuss the basics of developing a butterfly garden. The class will include what host and nectar plants you need, tips on designing, as well as the native butterfly species that may be drawn to your garden. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. To register, call 479-750-2620.


April 18, Mountain View
Apothecary 101
Ozark Folk Center

In this one-day class, students will learn the basics of beginning a personal herbal apothecary using herbs to produce tinctures and salves. Making liniment will also be included in the class. There will be a discussion of some plants, perhaps growing in your own backyard, that can be used to produce herbal remedies. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $75. Registration required. Call 870-269-3851 or visit ozarkfolkcenter.com for more information.


April 29, Washington
Candle Making Workshop
Historic Washington State Park

Join us at Historic Washington State Park’s Candle Shop and be part of a hands-on experience making candles and learning the history of candle making. Not only will you make your own creations, but you will take them home so everyone can enjoy the colors and fragrances of the candle that you create. The candle shop is one of the favorite tour sites within the park, for children and adults alike. Must be 12 years and older. 9 a.m.-noon. $25. Registration required. Call 870-983-2684 or visit HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com for more information.


April 29, Jonesboro
Master Gardener Plant Sale
Regional Farmers’ Market

This year’s Master Gardener Plant Sale is sure to offer you plenty of delightful options for your landscape and garden, ranging from fruit and vegetable transplants to ornamentals, trees, and shrubs. All proceeds are used to underwrite the master gardener scholarships at Arkansas State and the county program. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Free.

 

May

 

May 6, Russellville
Pope County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Pope County Fairgrounds

Don't miss the PCMG Plant Sale featuring a huge selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, native plants, vines, grasses, shrubs, and trees. Master gardeners will be on hand to help with plant selection and to answer your gardening questions. 8 a.m.-noon. For more information,contact Meg Fox at mmfox@aristotle.net.

 

May 6, Salem
A Walk on the Wild Side: Edible Trees & Plantswith Dr. Tamara Walkingstick
Fulton County Fairgrounds, Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building

In this workshop, you will not only learn to identify a few edible species of Arkansas native & non-native vegetation,you’ll also have the opportunity to sample a few tasty dishes,including acorn scones. The workshop covers concepts of conservation, history, culture, and plant identification.10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $10. Pre-registration required. To register or for more information,call 870-895-3301.

 

May 10, Hot Springs
101 Workshop "No-Till Gardening"
Garvan Gardens

Local master gardener Diane Daniel loves vegetable gardening and has been a strong supporter and educator of organic gardening practices and limited use of environmentally harmful chemicals. Her presentation is geared toward gardeners who want to grow without the backbreaking toil of digging in the dirt. 1 p.m.Free for members; $15 non-members. Reservations required. Call 1-800-366-4664.

 

May 13, Fairfield Bay
Van Buren County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale
Ed Leamon Park

We will have locally grown plants, including perennials, annuals, bushes, grasses, shrubs, herbs, and trees. Best of all, master gardeners will be available to answer questions and help you select just the right plant for your garden. We will also have planters and hanging baskets to help celebrate Mother’s Day. There will be crafts and specialty vendors and the famous Kirk Men grilled cuisine. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. rain or shine. Admission: Free. For more information, call847-894-4712 or email slacken@aol.com.

 

May 20-21, Wynne
Creepy, Crawly, Slimy, Scaly Weekend
Village Creek State Park Visitor Center

Discover the members of the park that crawl, creep, and slither. We will have guided hikes, presentations, crafts, and games to introduce the most misunderstood animals in the park, the amphibians and reptiles. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. For a complete schedule call 870-238-9406.

 

May 20, Washington
Hope/Hempstead County Bluegrass Festival
Historic Washington State Park

Some of the best bluegrass groups in the state and in the nation will perform throughout the day. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free. Call 870-983-2684 or visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com for more information.

 

May 20, Parkin
Historic Women's Skills Workshop
Parkin Archeological State Park

Come learn skills practiced by the past females of Parkin in this workshop tailored specifically for women. Activities will include fiber arts, fire starting, Dutch oven cooking (which will result in lunch), and more. Get your girlfriends and mothers together and celebrate women’s labor! 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $15 per person; $25 for a pair. Preregistration required. For more information, call 870-755-2500.

 

May 27, Wickes
Cast-Iron Pizza Pan Workshop
Cossatot River State Park Visitor Center Amphitheater

Join park interpreters for a fun day of cooking with cast iron. Learn the history and techniques and receive a cast-iron pizza pan. We will make entrees and desserts. This is a great way for families to make outdoor memories together! 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $40 per person; $15 per person for meal. Reservations required. For more information, call 870-385-2201.

 

June

 

June 9-10, Newport
Portfest
Jacksonport State Park

Start your summer with a bang at Portfest with the excitement of concerts and fireworks. Friday and Saturday nights will be musical concerts with a fireworks display Saturday night. During the day, Saturday's entertainment includes carnival rides, children's activities, craft and food booths, and many more activities.Noon-11 p.m. Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate after 4 p.m. Kids 6 and under free. Call 870-523-2143 for more information.

 

June 17, Mammoth Spring
Fly Fishing Basics
Mammoth Spring State Park

Learn the basics of fly-fishing from a professional river guide! The class covers everything you need to get out and start your fishing adventures. Space is limited and reservations are required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: $25. For more information, call 870-625-7364.


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Mar 3, 4 10 & 11 Clarksville, Virginia
22th Annual Hellebore Festival
Pine Knot Farms

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

 

 

March

 

March 1-April 3, Charlotte, N.C.
Birdhouse Building Contest
Winghaven Garden

Houses built by registered participants will be on display beginning April 5 during our annual spring plant sale through April 23. Visitors will vote on their favorite houses and winners announced April 24. Contest entry registration is $10. For more information, call 704-331-0664 or email admin@winghavengardens.org.


March 2, Durham, N.C.
Extension Gardener Series: Buy Healthy Plants and Plant Them Well
Sarah P Duke Gardens

This presentation will review what you should look for when purchasing and planting plants. Topics include plant sources, how to evaluate a plant, how to correctly plant a tree, shrub, ground cover or perennial, and what is necessary to establish a plant. This event is sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Event is free but registration is required by calling 919-668-1707.


March 3 & 4, Bishop, GA
25th Annual Hellebore Days
Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens

See an incredible selection of hellebores (Helleboris x hybridus), also known as lenten roses, at this annual festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.“Common Sense of Gardening” talk by Dr. Allan Armitage, University of Georgia Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, on Saturday at 9 am. For more information, visit piccadillyfarm.com or call 706-765-4444.


March 3, 4, 5 Raleigh, N.C.
Open House
Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanical Garden

Tour the gardens at your leisure and check out some of Tony Avent’s favorites. March 3 and 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 5, 1-5pm. For more information, email visit@plantdelights.com.
 

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

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


March 4, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Vernal Pool Wonders
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Peek into the ponds with dip nets, meet live critters, and learn about the wonders and mysteries of life in a vernal pool. Ages 5-12 with accompanying adult. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 ($8 members); no fee for accompanying adult. For more information or to register visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.
 
March 5, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Soil Is Everything: A Vegetable Garden Workshop
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Greta Lee, permaculture designer and organic gardener, and Claire Lorch, Carolina Campus Community Garden educator, will present a hands-on outdoor experience for anyone who wants to learn more about soil testing and sampling, different soil types, building your soil, pros and cons of raised beds with and without edges, effects of tillage on soils, soil amendments, and more. Plan on staying to volunteer with the CCCG volunteer corps! 1:30-3 p.m. Registration is required and the fee is $15 ($10 members). For more information or to register, call 919-962-0522.


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

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


March 7, 14, 21, 28, Fayetteville, N.C.
Tai Chi for Health
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Practice this flowing exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the garden. Held every Tuesday 10-11:30 a.m. The fee for single class is $15 member /$17 non–member. Monthly $50 member/ $60 non-member. Please call 910-486-0221 to pre-register.


March 11, Columbia, S.C.
Urban Gardening
RiverBanks Zoo and Garden

Learn techniques and tricks for gardening in small spaces, including vertical growing, hay bale gardening, and more. 10 a.m.-noon. Pre-registration is required for all activities. For more information, call 803-602-0803 or email education@riverbanks.org.


March 12, Manteo, N.C.
Cheese It Up
The Elizabethan Gardens

Enjoy wine and cheese as you create a one-of-a-kind take home summer container garden with Carl Curnutte and friends. Noon-2 p.m. Members/friends: $45. Non-members $55. For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit www.elizabethangardens.org.

March 14, Greensboro, N.C.
Grow Your Best Vegetable Garden
Cooperative Extension

Learn about best practices for best results in your vegetable garden including how to prepare soil, the selection and timing of vegetable varieties, and using integrated pest management techniques to control insects and diseases organically. This one-hour lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.
For locations and times, visit go.ncsu.edu/growing_green_way or call Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.


March 18, Raleigh, N.C.
Creating a New Ecosystem: The Development of a Piedmont Prairie
JC Raulston Arboretum

The presentation will focus on constructing a depiction of a Piedmont Prairie at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and consider the history of the lost ecosystem. 10-11:30 a.m. Cost is free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum, otherwise $5. For more information, call 919-513-7005.


March 18-22, Durham, N.C.
Art and Nature: Artwork Inspired by the Doris Duke Center Gardens
Sarah P. Duke Garden

Enjoy artwork that celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Page-Rollins White Garden, the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, the Angle Amphitheater, and all the gardens around the Doris Duke Center. These garden areas will be the feature of two- and three-dimensional work by local artists demonstrating how the gardens inspire them. Free drop-in exhibit for all ages. Adult chaperone required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 18 and March 20-22; 1-4 p.m. March 19. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardenseducation@duke.edu.


March 20, Greensboro, N.C.
Perennials With Pizzazz
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library

With a little information and good selection, gardeners can enjoy a wide variety of blooming perennial plants. This one-hour lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Visit go.ncsu.edu/growing_green_way for locations and times. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.


March 22, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ephemerals
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Students will learn about native plants that flower in early spring and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small drawing of an ephemeral plant species native to North Carolina. This course is a non-credit course. No prerequisites and supply fee included. 1-4:30 p.m. Registration is required and the fee is $41 ($37 NCBG members). For more information, call 919-962-0522.


March 23, Spartanburg, S.C.
Farm-to-Table Fundraiser
Tracy Gaines Auditorium

Featured speaker will be Great Dixter’s Aaron Bertelsen, author of The Great Dixter Cookbook. 6 p.m. with a lecture and then dinner. A copy of the cookbook is included in the ticket price. For more information, call Kim Fogle at 864-592-4624 or Linda Cobb at 864-574-8493.
 

March 25, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Therapeutic Horticulture: An Introductory Workshop
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Participants will learn how to use plants, gardens, and nature as a therapeutic tool for health and well being, including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health. 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration is required and the fee is $125 ($100 NCBG members). For more information, call 919-962-0522.

 
March 25, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
Vegetable Gardening 101
The Garden Hut

Join Nelsa and learn how to grow your own seasonal vegetables. Registration required. $10 registration fee includes some items to get you started. Pre-registration is required. Starts at 11a.m. 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd. 919-552-0590. NelsasGardenHut.com.

 

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April 9, Manteo, N.C.
Salad Container Gardening
The Elizabethan Gardens

“Lettuce” show you how to plant and enjoy a fresh salad in a space-saving container! The gardens will supply the containers, soil, and plants. And to taste what is yet to come from your own garden, a fresh salad will be served for lunch to all participants. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $25 per person for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, visit elizabethangardens.org or call 252-473-3234.


April 22, Greensboro, N.C.
Family Gardening Day
Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden

Learn about preparing soil for spring planting, composting, attracting birds and butterflies, proper pruning and tool sharpening, and planting container gardens. Door prizes for the first 50 families. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit guilford.ces.ncsu.edu.


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Mondays, Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
1842 East Winter Park Road

5-9 p.m. in the heart of the Audubon Park Garden District. SNAP EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. Locally and sustainably grown, raised, farmed and fished foods are available along with handmade prepared meals, grocery items, and crafts. For more information, visit audubonmarket.com.



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

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



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

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



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

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



Saturdays, New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach Farmers’ Market
210 Sams Ave between City Hall and Old Fort Park

A mainstay of the city since 1991, the goal of this market is to create a place where, whenever possible, visitors may buy food from the person who grew, caught, made, collected, or otherwise fostered its creation. Open at 7:30 a.m. and running until 12:30 p.m., this dog-friendly market loves supporting local jobs, increasing local spending, and promoting the region’s strong farming tradition. For more information, visit nsbfarmersmarket.com.



Most Sundays, Mount Dora
Mount Dora Village Market
Elizabeth Evans Park

Shop for fresh produce, herbs, crafts, and a growing range of products. Ample parking. For more information, visit mountdoramarket.com.

 

April



April 8, Cocoa
Annual Spring Garden Jubilee
Brevard Botanical Garden

This annual event features succulents, natives, edibles, and expert advice from UF/IFAS Brevard Master Gardeners. Numerous vendors will have plant material, garden art, garden accessories, food and other items for sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission and parking. For more information, visit brevardbotanicalgarden.org or call 321-633-1702 ext. 0.



April 8 & 9, Winter Garden
16th Annual Spring Fever in the Garden
Downtown Winter Garden

The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is pleased to present this annual pet-friendly free event. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be plants, food, entertainment, a kid’s zone, workshops, auctions, raffles, a farm market, and garden experts to visit with. For more information, visit springfeveringarden.com.



April 14, West Palm Beach
Stories in the Garden
Mounts Botanical Garden

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



April 15, East Palatka
Putnam County Master Gardener Plant Festival
Putnam County Fairgrounds

There will be plants for sale, gardening demonstrations, honey, books, and master gardeners to assist with questions. Admission is free. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 386-329-0318 or contact pfletch@ufl.edu.



April 15 & 16, Tavares
Sixth Annual Landscape and Garden Fair
Lake County Extension Center

This event takes place at the Discovery Gardens and includes speaker presentations by garden experts, a butterfly release, a children’s Garden Passport program with maze scavenger hunt, and master gardener docents in select garden venue areas. Local plant and garden vendors will be set up in the courtyard area. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 352-343-4101.



April 22, Titusville
Earth Day Festival
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Celebrate Native Plant Month with Sea Rocket Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society plant sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be children’s activities, environmental exhibitors, live animals, guided hikes, music, food vendors, and more. Free admission and parking. For more information, call 321-264-5185.



April 22, Stuart
Spring Plant Sale
Martin County Fairgrounds

UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardeners will host their annual spring plant sale 9 a.m.-noon. Affordable plants offered for sale have all been propagated by master gardeners and will include orchids, ornamentals, and natives.



April 22 & 23, St. Petersburg
Green Thumb Festival
Walter Fuller Recreation Center

This annual event celebrates Arbor Day. There will be environmental and horticulture exhibits and vendors. The Garden Club of St. Petersburg will sponsor and judge a flower show. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 727-893-7441 for more information.



April 29, Ft. Pierce
Plants in the Park
Glidden Park

This multi-club event 9 a.m.-2 p.m. includes plant sales by several non-profit clubs and societies to benefit a variety of community projects. Information booths will be staffed by horticultural and environmental groups. Experts will be available to answer questions about many plant varieties. For more information, call 772-559-2602.

 

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May 5-7, Merritt Island
Celebration of Orchids 54th Annual Show
Kiwanis Island Park

This is one of the larger orchid shows held each year in Florida. It features informative lectures and spectacular orchid exhibits by commercial growers and amateur exhibitors. Thousands of orchid plants will be for sale. A wide variety of supplies will be available and there will be frequent drawings through all days of the event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Candlelighters of Brevard County, Inc., which provides support to children with cancer and
their families. For information, call
321-626-0686 or visit platnumcoastorchidsociety.org.



May 6, Sarasota
Mother’s Day Sale
1310 38th Street

This is one of four big annual sales presented by the Sarasota Succulent Society. There will be bargain prices on many varieties of succulent plants. For more information, visit sarasotasucculentsociety.org.


 


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Through May 2, Athens    
Building Connection
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This eight-week class will take an intensified look at what Deep Nature Connection means and how to enrich your life with simple tools for connecting to the earth. Time will be allotted for a stillness in nature practice in the gardens. Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $145. Register online at wildintelligence.org/event/building-connections.


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April 1-30, Roswell
Roswell Azalea Festival

Activities include festivals, tours, plant fairs, sales, galas, exhibits, performances, and lectures. For a complete list of events visit www.roswellazaleafestival.com. For more information, call 770-640-3253.

 

April 4, Fayetteville
The Sights & Sounds of Fayette County's Beautiful Birds
Fayette County Extension Office

Join master naturalists and master birders Frank and Patty Hiller for two fast-paced classes on attracting more birds to your yard and garden and getting to know and appreciate the most common birds of Fayette County by sight and sound. 10 a.m.-noon, free. RSVP by calling 770-305-5412 ext. 7.

 

April 6, Fayetteville
Herpetology – Snakes Native to Our Area
Fayette County Extension Office

Join Jessica Simoneaux, Fortson 4-H Center program specialist, to learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes. There will be various non-venomous, non-poisonous snakes native to Georgia at the class. 10-11:30 a.m., free. RSVP by calling 770-305-5412 ext. 7.

 

April 7, Athens
Friends First Friday: Spring Plant Sale
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Shelly Prescott, director of horticulture, will share information about special plants that will be at the garden’s April 8 plant sale. 9-10:30 a.m. $12, includes breakfast. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

April 7, Athens
Spring Wildflowers of Upland Deciduous Forests of Georgia
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Students will learn the botanical terminology to identify and describe plants and will learn a variety of tools to identify spring-blooming plants and visit the Dunson Native Flora Garden.9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

April 7-8, Gainesville
Hall County Master Gardener Association Spring Expo
Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center

Dozens of vendors will be on hand selling everything from native plants, garden art, and gardening tools and gadgets. April 7 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 8 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Door prizes are given out throughout the Expo and there will be an educational forum. $2 admission per adult, free parking, food available. Rain or shine. Please NO PETS. For more information, visit hallmastergardeners.com or call 770-535-8293.

 

April 7-8, Columbus
Plant Sale & Easter Egg Hunt
Columbus Botanical Garden

For more information, call 706-327-8400 or email contactus@columbusbotanicalgarden.org.

 

April 8, Athens
Plantapalooza!
State Botanical Garden of Georgia, The Trial Gardens at UGA, College Station Rd. at Riverbend Rd.

Plantapalooza! is three simultaneous plant sales. Alarge variety of traditional and unique plants that may be difficult to find anywhere else, plus access to horticulture professors, garden curators, and master gardeners that are happy to answer questions and help with your selections.8 a.m.-2 p.m.For more information, call 706-542-6014 or visit plantapalooza.uga.edu.

 

April 15, Athens
Spring Wildflowers of the Granite Outcrops of Georgia
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Students will be introduced to the ecology and plants of granite outcrops during classroom time. We will then visit Rock and Shoals Natural Area to learn to identify the species in the field and to observe the ecological processes that create and maintain granite outcrops. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

April 11, Peachtree Corners
Organic Gardening Class
Peachtree Corners Library

Gwinnett County Extension Agent Timothy Daly will cover the basics of organic gardening. 6:30-7:30 p.m. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required by April 7. To register, contact the Gwinnett Public Libraries at events@gwinnettpl.org.

 

April 11, Athens
Full Moon Hike (Pink Moon)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Each walk will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. 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. Pre-registration is required. 8-9:30 p.m. $5/person or $15/family. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

April 11, Mableton
Grow it Better – Improve Your Soil through Composting
South Cobb Regional Library

Lifetime Master Gardener Eddie Rhoades will show you how recycling yard waste through composting is a great way to help your garden and the planet. 7-8 p.m., free admission. For more information, call 770-528-4070.

 

April 14, Marietta
Lunch and Learn – Hostas and Companion Planting
Cobb Water Lab

Presented by hosta expert Jack Driskell. Free admission, noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 770-528-4070 or visit www.cobbmastergardeners.com/lunch-learn.

 

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

Unique or hard-to-find annuals, perennials, Georgia natives, shrubs, and trees. Free parking. For more information, call 912-921-5460 or visit coastalgeorgiabg.org.

 

April 19, Athens
Georgia Review Earth Day Event
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This event will include a talk by John Lane, professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College and director of the college’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center. A reception with live music will follow the talk. 7 p.m., free admission. For more information, visit garev.uga.edu.

 

April 20, Athens
Spring Bulbs and Ephemerals
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

A guide to the identification, propagation, and ecology of native and exotic spring ephemerals. 2-4 p.m. $25. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

April 20, Atlanta
GCA Flower Show
Piedmont Driving Club

The show celebrates nature’s influence on our path with classes of floral design, horticulture, and photography along with conservation and garden design exhibits. Author India Hicks will lecture at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Cherokee Garden Club. Tickets available online at scadshow.com.

 

April 21, Cartersville
Workshop for Beginning Farmers
Bartow County Library

Topics include vegetable and small fruit production, backyard poultry, livestock for small farms, agritourism, organic produce, marketing and social media, and more. 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. $49 registration fee includes lunch. For more information, call706-622-2006 or visit georgiasbdc.org/rome.

 

April 21-22, Marietta
Garden Fair & Plant Sale
Equestrian Center at Jim Miller Park

Featured items include ferns, hostas, fruit trees, native plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, compost, sod, rain barrels, yard art, trellises, planters, birdhouses, botanical apparel, jewelry, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, free admission. For more information, visit www.cobbmastergardeners.comor call 770-528-4070.

 

April 22, Conyers
East Metro Atlanta Home & Garden Expo
Georgia International Horse Park

A family- and pet-friendly environment where you can view exhibits/products from our vendors. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 parking/free admission. For more information, visitwww.emetrohg.com.

 

April 22, LaGrange
Magnificent Mushrooms: Learn, Grow and Eat!
Hills & Dales Estate

Cornelia Cho and Sam Landes of the Mushroom Club of Georgia will share the fascinating world of edible fungi and provide an opportunity to taste different varieties. After a presentation about culinary and medicinal uses of mushrooms each participant will create a shitake mushroom log to take home. All supplies will be provided. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $35 per person. Call 706-882-3243 or email info@hillsanddales.org to register.

 

April 22, LaGrange
Troup County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale
Troup County Agriculture Center

Select from master-gardener-grown annuals, perennials, shrubs, fruits, and vegetables. Browse our rare and unusual plants, 2017 introductions, and unique gifts. Master gardeners will be available to offer expert advice and suggestions. Free admission and parking. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 706-883-1675.

 

April 22, Gainesville
Earth Day Plant Sale
Elachee Nature Science Center

A diverse selection of perennials, broadleaf evergreens, wildflowers, and ferns. Many native to Georgia or native hybrids not available in your local garden center. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 770-535-1976 or visit http://www.elachee.org.

 

April 22, Kennesaw
Rare Plants Lecture
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Join us on Earth Day and hear from garden manager Lisa Bartlett about the rare plants at the gardens. Attend the lecture and have a chance to win a unique rare plant from the gardens. 10 a.m. $15. Preregister at smithgilbertgardens.com. For more information, call 770-919-0248.

 

April 23, Athens
Oconee Rivers Audubon Society Spring Bird Ramble
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society for a morning bird walk. All birding levels welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. 8 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.oconeeriversaudubon.org.

 

April 28-30, Savannah
Savannah Orchid Show
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Judging Friday morning, show noon-7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Garden admission required. For more information, call 912-921-5460 or visit coastalgeorgiabg.org.

 

April 29, Roswell
Walter Reeves, Landscaping for Spring Color
Roswell Visitors Center

Bring in your plants, weeds, photos, and questions to this free event sponsored by the Roswell Garden Club and the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau. 11 a.m. For more information, visit visitroswellga.com or call 770-640-3253.

 

April 29, Roswell
Garden Faire
Historic Bulloch Hall

The North Fulton Master Gardeners in partnership with Historic Bulloch Hall will present their annual Garden Faire 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine, there will be something for everyone. For more information, call 678-467-4202.

 

April 29, LaGrange
Window Box Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

You will get ideas for different planting themes, learn about what soil to use and get suggestions for compatible companion plants. After a presentation each participant will create their own box to take home. All supplies and plants provided. $35. 10 a.m.-noon. Call 706-882-3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org to register.

 

April 30, Savannah
Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

The Friends of the Coastal Gardens' Strawberry Supper features a catered meal by Savannah Belle Catered Affairs by Miss Sophie. Guided gardens tours begin at 4 p.m., welcome presentation by Norman Winter at 4:30 followed by the meal at 5 p.m. Reservations required by April 21. Cost is $35/person, $15/child (ages 6 to 12). There is no charge for children age 5 and under. For more information or to make reservations, contact Liz at 912-652-7981.

 

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May 2, Fayetteville
Tree Selection, Planting & Maintenance in GA Landscapes
Fayette County Extension Office

Join Joe Burgess, Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), as he addresses trees from A to Z. Joe is a GFC senior forester, certified arborist, and a registered forester. Free class. 10 a.m.-noon. For more information or to register, call 770-305- 5412 ext. 7.

 

May 5, Gainesville
Watercolors Workshop: Georgia O’Keeffe Style
Atlanta Botanical Garden

This workshop will focus on composition and how to create beautiful images while learning about the life and work of American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe. 9 a.m.-noon. $39, registration deadline May 3. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.

 

May 5, Plains
2017 Spring Garden Symposium
Plains Community Center

Purchase plants, including native plants such as milkweed for the monarchs, and see demonstrations and take part in hands-on activities. Plant sale begins at 9 a.m., speakers at 10 a.m. Lunch and supplies included in $25 registration fee. For more information, visit www.rosalynncarterbutterflytrail.org, call 229-824-4567, or email plainsed@gmail.com. Sponsored by Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail, Plains Chautauqua, Plains Historical Preservation Trust, and the Magnolia District of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.

 

May 6, Gainesville
Propagation Methods and Techniques
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Learn how to propagate woody plant species from seeds and cuttings. 10 a.m.-noon. $29, registration deadline May 3. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.

 

May 6, Kennesaw
Rose Care 101
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Join rosarian Bruce Gillett for an in-depth session on how to grow beautiful roses in the South. 10:30 a.m., $15. For more information, call 770-919-0248.

 

May 6, Lawrenceville to Atlanta
Atlanta Koi Club Pond Tour – Sounds for the Soul

The Atlanta Koi Club welcomes you to a one-day, self-guided tour of uniquely beautiful ponds and gardens. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., rain or shine. $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlantakoiclub.orgor call 770-315-5200.

 

May 6-7, Decatur and Atlanta
Into the Wylde: A Tour of Gardens and Greenspaces

The Wylde Center will present beautiful and intriguing private and public gardens and greenspaces, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets may be purchased at wyldecenter.org/into-the-wylde-a-tour-of-gardens or at Oakhurst Garden. $25 the day of the tour, children under 12 free. For more information, call 404-371-1920.

 

May 10, Athens
Composting
Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium

This informative class will include information on the methods and techniques, materials, upkeep, and troubleshooting tips. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. 6-7:30 p.m., free. Register by May 9 by emailing atedrow@uga.edu or calling 706-613-3640.

 

May 12
National Public Gardens Day

Many of the nation’s public gardens mark the day with special events and activities for schools, families, and thousands of visitors to explore and support their local public garden. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NationalPublicGardensDay.

 

May 12, Athens
Friends First Friday: Horticulturist Mike Dirr
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Dr. Michael Dirr, noted horticulturist, former director of the State Botanical Garden and UGA professor, will be presenting "Reflections on the 2016 Summer of Plant Discontent – What I would tell my friends and neighbors to plant to survive another tough year.” He will share his hints and suggestions for selecting plants based on his experience with varieties that prospered, languished, and perished in his personal garden, and offer encouragement to all for a successful 2017. 9-10:30 a.m. $12, includes breakfast. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

May 13, Atlanta
Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour

Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour is a self-guided walking tour that may include uneven or steep terrain. The Tour occurs rain or shine and there is no re-entry to gardens. Tickets available online or $35 day of at featured gardens. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.

 

May 13, Marietta
Through the Garden Gate Tour
West Cobb County

This tour is designed to demonstrate to the public how the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County maintain their own landscapes. These are “teaching gardens,” providing real-life lessons and inspiration. Includes admission to Smith Gilbert Garden. Gardens are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Rain or shine. $25 day of tour, children 10 and under free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit cobbmastergardeners.com or call 770-528-4070.

 

May 13, Lilburn
“Behind the Garden Gate” A Tour of Lilburn Area Gardens

This year’s tour includes seven gardens, ranging from a charming Charleston-style garden to a backyard “staycation.” Popular home and garden items will be available for purchase at the ticket sale booth/will call. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $20 day of tour tickets will be available. For more information, visit lwcgardentour.org or call 678-480-6279.

 

May 13, LaGrange
10th Annual Picnic in the Garden
Hills & Dales Estate

This enjoyable family-friendly tradition is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. This year activities include an old-fashioned cakewalk, flower potting, face painting, pony rides, and a hula-hoop competition. Enjoy live music from local artists, and prizes will be awarded to those with the best picnic spreads. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission to the garden is free to anyone who brings a picnic basket and blanket. Call 706-882-3243 or email info@hillsanddales.org for information.

 

May 13, Mableton
Georgia Native Plant Society Heritage Park Workday
Heritage Park  

Bring work gloves and whatever gardening tools you are comfortable using. 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, email connieg6474@gmail.com by Thursday May 4.

 

May 15, Lawrenceville
A Garden to Remember
Bethesda Senior Center

Martha Tate will tell the fascinating story of a treasured local gardener Margaret Mosley. Tate is a lifelong Southerner, garden blogger, AJC columnist, creator/producer of A Gardener's Diary on HGTV, and author of Margaret Mosely's A Garden to Remember. 7 p.m. For more information, visitwww.gwinnettmastergardeners.com.

 

May 16, Fayetteville
Medicinal Herbs
Fayette County Extension Office

Join Professor Bodie Pennisi, University of Georgia Extension floriculture specialist, as she shares her wealth of knowledge regarding medicinal herbs, their benefits, and those that grow in Georgia. 6-7:30 p.m., free. For more information or to register, call 770-305- 5412 ext. 7.

 

May 20, Gainesville
Colored Pencil Workshop: Study of Henri Rosseau
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville

Learn about Rosseau’s humble beginnings and his quest to become an artist through the teachings of nature at the age of 49. Supply list provided. 9 a.m.-noon, $39. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.

 

May 20, Smyrna
Keep Smyrna Beautiful 9th Annual Garden Tour

Tickets can be purchased prior to the event at the Smyrna Community Center, Love Street, Vickery Ace Hardware, Smyrna Feed and Seed, or on the day of the event at the Taylor Brawner House. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15. For more information, call 678-631-5519.

 

May 20, Ellijay
The Garden Club of Ellijay Plant Sale
Lions Club Pavilion

Choose from a wide assortment of native plants, perennials, shrubs, and container plants. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, visitwww.gardenclubofellijay.orgor call 561-339-3288.

 

May 20, Columbus
Hypertufa Workshop
Columbus Botanical Garden

Guest artisan June Bird will show you how to create your own custom-made hypertufa container. This workshop will be fun and messy so wear old clothes! Participants are required to bring rubber gloves, a large garbage bag, dust mask, and a mold or form such as a plastic container or mixing bowl. The plastic container should be no larger than 1 cubic foot. All other materials will be provided. $40 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Advanced registration is required by May 17. For more information email contactus@columbusbotanicalgarden.org or call 706-327-8400.

 

May 25, Jonesboro
Garden in Containers
Clayton County International Park VIP Building

This class will show you how to mix annuals, perennials, and tropical plants to create a theme garden. Free, noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 770-473-5434.


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Through April 20, Ames

Youth Program – Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

Feature a different theme each Thursday as two books are read aloud; wrap up with related activities, 10 to 11 a.m.


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April 3, 10, 17 & 24, Ames
Narrative Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., will help you learn how to capture images and the steps involved in creating a photo book.



April 4, 11, 18, 25, Ames
Sports Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., covers the basic principles that apply whether photographing your kids on the weekends or a professional sporting event.


April 5, 12, 19 & 26, Ames
Photography: The Art of Seeing
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., explores your photographic potential. Learn to pay attention to the details and capture the moments that tell stories.


April 7 & 8, Decorah
Apple Grafting/Apple School Seed Savers Exchange
Heritage Farm

Learn how to graft and care for apple trees in this half-day workshop offered six times. Discuss apple history, practice apple propagation, and take home three grafted trees to begin your orchard.


April 8, Madrid
Maple Syrup Celebration
Iowa Arboretum

Learn about the art and science of maple syrup production 8 to 11:30 a.m. Event includes timber sport demonstrations.


April 13, Ames
Brown Bag Lecture
Reiman Gardens

Bring your lunch, noon to 1:00 p.m. and enjoy an education program.


April 15, Ames
Spring Egg Hunt
Reiman Gardens

Egg hunt for children 6th grade and younger, 9 to 11 a.m.


April 18, Ames
Floral Design Series Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Learn the basics of floral design from State Fair Master Flower Show judge and floral designer Sandy Gossman, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and create a take-home arrangement.


April 19, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

Join staff 11 a.m. to noon each month for an interactive, behind the scenes look at Reiman Gardens.


April 22, Des Moines
Downtown Earth Day Tour
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Activities, learning and earth friendly entertainment for the whole family, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free Earth Day admission sponsorship by Principal Financial Group.


April 29, Madrid
Run for the Trees
Iowa Arboretum

Join the Iowa Arboretum and the Boone County Historical Society for a beautiful scenic 5K or 1 mile Family Walk/Run on well-maintained trails, 8 a.m.


April 29, Madrid
Arbor Day
Iowa Arboretum

Celebrate trees, 10 a.m. to noon, free. Tree climbing for children will be the highlight of the morning. Demonstrations and other activities planned.


April 29 & 30, Ames
Opening Weekend of Summer Exhibit
Reiman Gardens

Washed Ashore is major annual exhibit in 2017, coinciding with the Gardens’ theme of water. Feature 10, giant sea life sculptures made from trash collected from beaches to illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways.

 

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Beginning May 1, Ames
Black & White Digital Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week program Mondays 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Beginning May 2, Ames
Macro Photography 3: Water
Reiman Gardens

Four-week program Tuesdays beginning 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Beginning May 3 - Ames
Beginner Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week program Wednesdays 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

May 4 and every Thursday - Ames
Kids Story Time
Reiman Gardens

Each session (10-11 a.m.) features a theme with two or three books read aloud followed by related activity.

 

May 4 – 6 – Pella
Flower Show and Bulb Sale
Scholte Church, Pella Historical Village

During Pella’s Annual Tulip Time, the Pella Garden Club conducts its Flower Show and Bulb Sale. Look at the arrangements, order bulbs to be delivered in fall. For more information on the sale, Lois Boeyink, boeyinkl@windstream.net. For Tulip Time, PellaTulipTime.com, and Pell Historical Society, PellaHistorical.org

 

May 5 – Dallas Center
World Labyrinth Day
The Brenton Arboretum

Celebrate 1st anniversary of the Arboretum’s Labyrinth and the Labyrinth Society’s 9th annual World Labyrinth Day, 1 to 2 p.m. For more information, melissa@thebrentonarboretum.org or 515-992-4211.

 

May 5 - Madrid
Garden Social & Auction
Iowa Arboretum

Hors d'oeuvres at 5 p.m. and silent auction, followed by live auction of rare and exotic plants and other items.
 

May 6 - Ames
Mid Iowa Woodcarvers Show
Reiman Gardens

Carving contest entries, carving demonstrations, and lesson in whittling, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

May 6 - Decorah
Spring Garden School and Plant Sale
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Learn how to start seeds, plan your garden for seed saving, and start composting, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. workshop, and discover and shop rare heirloom seeds and plants from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

May 6 - Madrid
Plant Sale
Iowa Arboretum

Unique and interesting plants for your Iowa garden, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

May 7 - Urbandale
FFA, 4-H, and Scout Appreciation Day
Living History Farms              

Noon to 4 p.m., wear your uniform or present a membership ID. Group leaders also admitted free.

 

May 8 – Johnston
Central Iowa Gardeners Spring Plant Sale
Crown Pointe Center

The sale feature unusual varieties of annuals and perennials from members’ gardens will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5560 Merle Hay Road.

 

May 10 and June 14 - Ames
Free Admission Day
Reiman Gardens

Second Wednesday every month, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

May 11 and June 8 - Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon
Reiman Gardens

Bring your lunch and enjoy a nature-based education program, relating to the 2017 theme of water, noon to 1 p.m.

 

May 11-14 – Des Moines 
Spring Garden Festival 
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Four-day pop-up festival with more than 500 limited-edition varieties of plants and exclusive garden merchandise, educational sessions and family friendly garden activities.

 

May 12 - Ames
National Public Gardens Day
Reiman Gardens

Half-price admission, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

May 12 to 14 - Ames
Spring Fling Weekend
Reiman Gardens

National Public Gardens Day,Friday; Mother’s Day, Sunday with moms admitted free; and Plant Sale Extravaganza all three days.




May 13, Johnston
Annual Plant Sale
The Gardeners of America Headquarters

Sponsored by the Central Iowa Gardeners of America at Gardeners of America Headquarters, 5560 Merle Hay Road. Information: tgoa-mgca.org or 515-278-0295.

 

May 13 - Urbandale
Tractor Day
Living History Farms                                                           

Display of new and antique John Deere tractors, fun tractor related activities, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

May 14 - Decorah
Mother’s Day Cider and Strudel
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Enjoy apple cider and strudel as you tour Historic Orchard during peak apple blossom time, 1 to 2 p.m.

 

May 16 and June 20 - Ames
Floral Design Series
Reiman Gardens

May topic, Succulent Dish Gardens; June topic, In the Navy: Patriotic Arrangements, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

May 16 and June 20 – Mason City
Regular Monthly Meeting
The Gardeners of North Iowa

This club is open to men and women and meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more information contact The Gardeners of America Headquarters at 515-278-0295 or email tgoasecy@qwestoffice.net.

 

May 17 and June 21 - Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

Staff members provide behind the scenes tour, 11 a.m. to noon.

 

May 18 – Dallas Center
Meditation Around Town
The Brenton Arboretum

Monthly group meditation by Meditation Around Town, 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, melissa@thebrentonarboretum.org or phone 515-992-4211.

 

May 27 - Urbandale
Decoration Day
Living History Farms                                               

Memorial Day traditions, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Walnut Hill Bluestockings’ 1870s-rules baseball game, 1:30 p.m.

 

June

 

June 2 - Ames
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens

Social gathering, live music in garden. Buffet dinner and dessert available, along with cash bar. You must be 21 years old to attend.

 

Beginning June 2 – Des Moines
The Summer Exhibition: HortEcology
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Four-month exhibition features a wildflower and grains meadow, interpretation and programming that explore connections between horticulture and ecology.

 

June 3 - Decorah
Garden Bugs: Pollinators, Pests, and Friends
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Learn to identify and manage common garden insects, while attracting pollinators, 11 a.m. to noon; 12:15 p.m. garden tour.

 

June 4 - Madrid
Classic Car Day
Iowa Arboretum

Car registration, 10 a.m. to 12 noon; show noon to 3 p.m. Registration and show free and open to the public.
 

June 4 - Urbandale
Fido on the Farms
Living History Farms                                                        

Bring your well-behaved pup to tour the museum, and enjoy an afternoon in Walnut Hill with activities and demonstrations for dogs and their people, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Beginning June 5 - Ames
Intermediate Photography: Take Control of Your Camera
Reiman Gardens

Four-week program, Mondays, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Beginning June 6 - Ames
Photography Master Study
Reiman Gardens

Four-week program, Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

June 7 - Ames
Landscape Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week program Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

June 8 – Des Moines
Spring Luncheon
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Annual luncheon tradition featuring headline speaker and lunch.

 

June 17 - Ames
Rose Fest
Reiman Gardens

Iowa Rose Society Rose Show, a juried show open to the public immediately following judging (about 1 p.m.) until 4:00 p.m., in the Garden Room.

 

June 17 – Urbandale
Pioneer Wedding
Living History Farms                                                  

Pioneer Farm recreates 1850’s wedding, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with ceremonies at 11a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

June 18 - Ames
Father’s Day
Reiman Gardens

Dads admitted free, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

June 23 - Urbandale
Teacher Appreciation Day
Living History Farms

Teachers admitted free; family members pay regular admission fee, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

June 24 - Ames
Iowa Regional Lily Show
Reiman Gardens

Iowa Regional Lily Society’s  Annual Lily Show,  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

June 24 - Ames
Pollinator Fest
Reiman Gardens

Celebrate National Pollinator Week,10 a.m. to 2 p.m., education and fun events.

 

 

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

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

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

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


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April

 

April 8, Noblesville

Annual Spring Symposium
Hamilton County Fairgrounds

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

 

April 8, Lebanon
Gardenfest
Fairgrounds Community Building

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

 

April 8, Valparaiso
Wild Edibles Presentation
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Build your confidence and competence in identifying, gathering, and eating wild edibles. From 9 a.m. to noon. Costs $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Call 219-462-0025, email info@taltree.org or visit taltree.org/events.

 

April 22, Lafayette
Master Gardeners’ Garden Expo
Tippecanoe County Fairground

The Master Gardeners’ Garden Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 .pm. at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds. The expo features a plant sale, vendors, garden-related lectures, and more. Free and open to the public. Visit tippecanoemastergardener.org/garden-expo-2017, or call 765-474-0793.

 

April 22-23, Indianapolis
Orchid Show
Garfield Park Conservatory

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

May

 

May 1-June 25, Fort Wayne
Perspectives Live Butterfly Display
Botanical Conservatory

At the conservatory’s newest exhibit of live butterflies, learn which plants are essential for the caterpillars, and get a close look at the awesome wing scales, proboscis, and compound eyes of the butterflies. Costs regular admission price. (First Thursday of the month is $1 admission.) Free parking. At 1100 S. Calhoun St. Visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.


May 1-June 30, Valparaiso
Fairy Gardens Exhibit
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Visit this trail of whimsical miniature gardens surrounding Heron Pond. Made from natural and recycled materials, each fairy home is unique with a natural landscape to match its personality. Free with admission. Call 219-462-0025, email info@taltree.org, or visit taltree.org/events.
 

May 6, Crown Point
2017 Annual Plant Sale
Lake County Fairgrounds

The Lake County Master Gardeners will host their annual plant sale. All perennials, herbs, and vegetables for sale are homegrown by Master Gardeners of Lake County. Hanging flower baskets will be for sale. Vendors will be available with garden products. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. Visit lakecountymastergardeners.com or call Kathy at 219-755-3240.
 

May 6 and 20, Valparaiso
Fairy Garden Class
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Participants will learn how to plan out a fairy garden and take care of its plants. Students should bring a 12-inch-by-12- inch-by-4-inch container. Soil, two small plants, pathway material, and a fairy is covered by the program fee. A variety of other accessories will be available for purchase. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $40 members; $50 nonmembers. Call 219-462-0025, email info@taltree.org, or visit taltree.org/events.
 

May 6, Franklin
13th Annual Garden Celebration
Johnson County Fairground

The Johnson County Garden Club and Purdue Master Gardeners of Johnson County will host their annual Garden Celebration; the theme is "Creating a Pollinator's Paradise." Speakers will present programs throughout the day, and vendors will offer plants and garden-related items. Tree seedlings and garden seeds will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. New this year will be garden-related family activities. Food and drinks available for purchase. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Scott Hall. Costs $2. Call Carolyn at 317-736-8080 or Lynne 317- 736-5609.
 

May 7, Valparaiso
Mom and Me Mother’s Day Pampering
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens Pavilion

Participants will create a lemon thyme salt scrub and oat-and-herb bath bag. Take home these two finished products and the recipes, plus a small bottle of lemon essential oil. Space is limited: register by May 1. From 11 a.m. to noon. Costs $35 members, $40 nonmembers. After this class, explore the arboretum. Visittaltree.org, email info@taltree.org, or call 219-462-0025.
 

May 7, Valparaiso
Mom and Me Mother’s Day Painting
Taltree Arboretum and Garden Pavilion

Bring Mom to Taltree and join artist Susan Young in creating a beautiful painting. Mother and child will work together to paint a 16- by 20-inch canvas. Pricing is per canvas. Additional children pay admission. Register by April 30. From 2 to 5 p.m. Costs $40 members, $45 nonmembers. Visittaltree.org, email info@taltree.org, or call 219-462-0025.
 

May 9, Zionsville
Landscaping with Roses
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center

Carrie Petty, featured speaker, Master Gardener, blogger, and garden designer, will present ideas for landscaping with roses. Starts at 6:30 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit indianapolisrosesociety.com, or call 317-902-6016.
 

May 12-14, Fort Wayne
Mother’s Day Plant Sale
McMillen Community Center

Hundreds of plants will be available for purchase from the Botanical Conservatory at this three-day public plant sale. You’ll find herbs, vegetable starts, and flowering perennials along with annuals, houseplants, mixed containers, hanging baskets, and bonsai. Locally-grown native plants, too. Volunteers will be available to assist with plant selection and loading. Free parking. Conservatory members can enjoy the preview sale on Thursday, May 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Open to the public on Friday 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Visit fortwayneparks.org, or call 260-456-4511.
 

May 12-13, Richmond
Plant and Boutique Sale
Wayne County Historical Museum Grounds

This annual plant sale of the Petal and Stem Garden Club will offer an array of plants. All proceeds go to a scholarship fund. Held at the Wayne County Historical Museum grounds, 1150 N. A Street, Richmond. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Call 765-962-5756 or email Ruth Bane at rhbane39@aol.


May 14, Fort Wayne
Mother’s Day in the Garden
Botanical Conservatory

Treat Mom (or grandma, aunts, or anyone else who is “Mom”) to an outing at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory on Mother’s Day to enjoy the flowers and “Perspectives” live butterfly exhibit. Each mom will receive a special Mother’s Day plant while supplies last. Costs regular admission price. At 1100 S. Calhoun St. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.
 

May 13, Alexandria
Annual Plant Sale
Madison County Fairgrounds
Hundreds of plants will be available for sale -- perennials, annuals, vegetables, and natives -- all grown by Madison County Master Gardeners. Garden decor, gloves, and treasures are also available. Bring your tools for the tool sharpening clinic, and enjoy free educational materials, lectures and an “Ask a Master Gardener” service. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit madisoncountymastergardener.org, or call317-691-5669.
 

May 20, Fort Wayne
Bonsai Show
Botanical Conservatory

Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club, come learn about bonsai, and purchase bonsai pots and young plants that will be for sale. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All guests will get a discount for admission to the Bonsai Show and conservatory gardens: Costs $3 adult, $2 children, free for ages 2 and under. At 1100 S. Calhoun St. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.
 

May 20, Noblesville
19th Annual Plant Sale
Hamilton County Fairgrounds

More than 12,000 plants (grown by Master Gardeners) will be available for sale -- perennials, annual, vegetables, and trees. Bearded irises will be dug to order at the iris/daylily bed. A selection of native plants also will be offered. Educational materials will be available, and Master Gardeners will answer questions. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit hcmga.org, or call Terry at 317-485-4426.
 

May 25, Fort Wayne
Forest Bathing Walk (Shinrin-Yoku)
Botanical Conservatory

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is the experience of immersing yourself in the sensory gifts of nature. This can be done in a forest setting, but also in gardens, and parks. Instructor Christy Thomson is the only certified forest therapy guide in Indiana. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Costs $10 per adult. Registration deadline: May 18. Refer to code #227051-R2. Held at the Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. To register, call Fort Wayne Parks at 260-427-6000.
 

May 27, Fort Wayne
Garden Close-up: Perfect Pollinators
Botanical Conservatory

Get a closer look at pollinators, which include butterflies, bats, birds, and honey bees. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included with admission. At the Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Call 260-427-6440, or visit botanicalconservatory.org.
 

May 28, Fort Wayne
Iris Flower Show
Botanical Conservatory

Local gardeners will bring their iris blooms to be displayed and judged. Sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Iris Society. From noon to 3 p.m. Discounted admission price includes the Iris Show and conservatory gardens: Costs $3 adult, $2 children, free for ages 2 and under. At 1100 S. Calhoun St. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.

 

June

 

June 3, Elkhart
Plant Sale
Bethel United Methodist Church

The 4 Winds Garden Club is hosting their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be boutique items and soup for sale. Call Ruth at 574-264-1052.
 

June 3, Fort Wayne
Spring Plant Swap
Botanical Conservatory

This is the conservatory’s free plant swap -- bring at least one plant (of any kind) to share and take home starts from other gardeners. Information on plants is available for reference. From 10 to 11 a.m. Seating is limited to 50, so call to register. No admission fee. At 1100 S. Calhoun St.To register call 260-427-6442.


June 3 and 17, Valparaiso
Fairy Garden Class
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Participants will learn how to plan out a fairy garden and take care of its plants. Students should bring a 12-inch-by-12- inch-by-4-inch container. Soil, two small plants, pathway material, and a fairy is covered by the program fee. A variety of other accessories will be available for purchase. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $40 members; $50 nonmembers. Call 219-462-0025, email info@taltree.org, or visit taltree.org/events.
 

June 7, Indianapolis
22nd Annual Garden Walk
Northeast Quadrant

The Indianapolis Garden Club will host its Garden Walk. Gardens may be visited in any order and are located within 10 to 15 minutes of one another. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour tickets cost $35. Luncheon at Woodstock Club costs $25. Ticket and maps will be sent upon receipt of payment. Information and online tickets at igcgardenwalk.com. Contact Julie at j.shortridge2@gmail.com, or call 317-925-5848.
 

June 7-10, Indianapolis
Hosta Hysteria
Wyndham Indianapolis West

The Indianapolis Hosta Society presents “Hosta Hysteria,” the 2017 American Hosta Society National Convention. The event offers four days of garden tours, socializing, and education. Hop on coach buses to tour 10 gardens, and learn about “The Layered Garden”, “Hellebores” and more from speakers. Registration is required. However, June 9, Friday, noon to 6 p.m., the public is invited to attend to the hosta leaf show and shop at the 20-plus vendors’ display, free of charge. Visit indyhosta2017.com, or call Pat Brummer at 317-251-6465.
 

June 10, Noblesville
Tea in the Rose Garden
Hamilton County Fairgrounds

The Hamilton County Master Gardeners’ Association is hosting a tea in the Educational Rose Garden. In addition to the array of roses, Master Gardeners will answer questions and offer advice. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Visit hcmga.org, or call 317-679-5893.
 

June 10, Noblesville
Back to the Basics Rosefest
Hamilton County Fairgrounds

Come see a display of locally grown roses and arrangements, sponsored by the Indianapolis Rose Society. Guest speaker Pat Shanley, president of the American Rose Society and author of Sustainable Rose Gardening, will discuss sustainable rose gardening. Roundtable workshops will include rose pruning, soil preparation, flower arranging, cooking and flavoring with roses, and rose classifications. Potted roses and gardening supplies will be for sale. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Visit indianapolisrosesociety.com, or call Teresa at 317-514-8999.
 

June 17, Greensburg
Garden Tour
Decatur County Historical Society

The Give-Un-Take Garden Club will host its garden tour of six to seven personal gardens. Tickets will be available day of the tour at the Decatur County Historical Society. Look for associated specials with area eateries and retailers. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Contact Sarah at nahmiasmud@gmail.com, or call 812-663-2825.
 

June 24, Valparaiso
Porter County Garden Walk
Garden of Heroes, Hayes Leonard Elementary School

See Northwest Indiana’s premier garden tour, sponsored by Porter County Master Gardeners Association and Purdue Extension. There will be several gardens in and around Valparaiso. Master Gardeners will answer questions at each garden. There will be door prize drawings at every garden. Tour is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you purchase tickets on the day of the walk, begin your tour prior to 2 p.m. at the Garden of Heroes, Hayes Leonard Elementary School. Visit pcgarden.info, or call 219-465-3555.
 

June 24, Richmond
Petal and Stem Garden Club Flower Show
MCL Cafeteria

The Petal and Stem Garden Club of Richmond will host their annual flower show on June 24 at MCL Cafeteria, 3801 East Main St. From 1 to 4 p.m. Open to the public. Call Ruth Bane at 765-855-5450, or email rhbane39@aol.com.

 


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April

 

April 4, Lexington
Sunflowers
Fayette County Extension Service

We will cover how to plant and grow sunflowers and provide each class member a variety of unusual types to grow in your home garden. Class meets at 3 p.m. with a cost of $15. To register, call 859-257-5582, email
dl _ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.


April 4, Paducah
April Showers Make Storm Water
McCracken County Extension Service

Kathy Wimberley will provide this update from 5-6 p.m. This is one of the classes in the Toolbox Garden Series. For additional information call 270-554-9520, email dl_ces_mccracken@email.uky.edu, or visit mccracken.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 5, Burlington
Putting Style in Your Garden with Jon Carloftis
Boone County Arboretum

In his presentation, Jon outlines the steps he takes to create gardens with various themes and intentions. 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is $45/$40 for non-members/members. For additional information, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

April 5, Burlington
Monoculture-Tree and Shrub Diversity in the Landscape
Boone County Extension Service

Discover new and exciting tree and shrub varieties for the northern Kentucky landscape. 9:30-11:30 a.m. For additional information call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 7, Shepherdsville
Garden Prep
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn how to get your garden space ready for spring planting. 6-7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call 502-543-2257 to pre-register for this free class.

 

April 10, Shepherdsville
Pruning and Thinning Fruit Trees    
Bullitt County Extension Service

Come and join us for this free class on how to prune and thin fruit trees. Pre-registration is required. Call 502-543-2257 to pre-register.

 

April 11, Highland Heights
Flowers for the Cut Garden                
Campbell County Extension Service

Learn how to grow flowers that look great in flower arrangements. Participants will receive flower seeds to start their own cutting garden. The class meets at 10 a.m., and registration is free but required prior to class. For additional information call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 11, Erlanger
Hort-Tomatoes in Containers for Homeschoolers       
Kenton County Library-Erlanger Branch

Learn how to grow tomatoes in containers for your porch or balcony. Participants will plant a 6-pack to take home and grow. Register one person per family through the Extension’s PACE registration system. 2-3 p.m., $1. For additional information call, 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit or kenton.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 12, Burlington
Grapes  
Boone County Extension Service

Come learn what it takes to successfully grow table grapes. There are new and delicious seedless varieties to consider. Chemical disease and insect control will be covered. 6-8 p.m. For additional information, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 13, Union
Spring Blooms at the Arboretum
Boone County Arboretum

Join us for a guided tour of the arboretum’s stunning spring blooms as they welcome the new growing season. Learn about great spring bloomers for your own garden and landscape. Meet at Shelter #2 at 1 p.m., lasting until 2:30 p.m. For additional information, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

April 13, Highland Heights
Lawn Alternatives                

Tired of mowing, fertilizing and weeding your lawn? Learn about plants that can be used as a substitute for traditional turf grass. 6:30-7:30 p.m., registration is required. For information or registration, call 859-572-2600, email  dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 14, Burlington
Roses     
Boone County Extension Service Enrichment Center

Learn about the care, types, and popular varieties of roses. 1-3 p.m. For additional information or registration, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 15, Pikeville
Annual Plant Swap              
Pike County Extension Service

Swap begins at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Suzanne at 606-432-2534.

 

April 15, Pikeville
Container Gardening          
Pike County Extension Service

Noon-2 p.m. For more information, call Suzanne at 606-432-2534.

 

April 17, Burlington
Small Fruit           
Boone Bounty Extension Service Enrichment Center

Learn how to successfully produce an abundance of strawberries, blueberries, and brambles. 10 a.m.-noon. For additional information or registration, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 18, Burlington
Wildflowers of Kentucky  
Boone County Extension Service Enrichment

Come and learn about native flowers that grow in our area. 10 a.m.-noon. For additional information or registration, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 18, Lexington
Dahlias
Fayette County Extension Service

Dahlias are spectacular in bloom and come in a wide variety of colors shapes and sizes. We will teach you to grow beautiful dahlias and send you home with an assortment for your garden. The cost is  $15 (pre-registration required), and the class begins at 6:30 p.m. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl­_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 20, Russell Springs
Gardening in Small Spaces                 
Russell County Extension Service

The program begins at 4 p.m. For additional information, call 270-866-4477, email dl_ces_russell@mail.uky.edu, or visit russell.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 20, Lexington
Coral Bells           
Fayette County Extension Service

We will cover a wide variety of Heuchera and hybrids but send you home with some of the more traditional types. The class begins at 6:30 p.m., costs $15, and requires pre-registration. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl­_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 21, Shepherdsville
Common Garden Pests      
Bullitt County Extension Service

For assistance in identifying and controlling common garden pests, join us from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 502-543-2257 to pre-register.

 

April 22, Owensboro
Annual Plant Sale                
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

A wide variety of garden-worthy plants will be available for purchase, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 502-241-4788, email Jackieg@yewdellgardens.org, or visit yewdellgardens.org.

 

April 24, Shepherdsville
Grafting Fruit Trees            
Bullitt County Extension Service

Join us for this free class on grafting fruit trees. 6-7:30 p.m. Call 402-543-2257 for required pre-registration.

 

April 25, Monticello
Gardening in Small Spaces
Wayne County Extension Service

Learn valuable tips on how to garden in small spaces, no matter how much gardening experience you have. This lesson is open to the public, so please join us, 5:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, call 606-348-8453, email dl_ces_wayne@email.uky.edu or visit wayne.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 27, Burlington
Growing Organic
Boone County Extension Service

Come and learn the techniques to use and the easiest vegetables to grow organically. 1-3:30 p.m. For additional information or registration, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

April 27, Lexington
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners 
Beaumont Branch Public Library

This class will cover warm season crops like tomatoes, peppers, beans, and squash. We will discuss simple approaches to having a small garden. Participants will receive a copy of our vegetable growing guide and a packet of seeds. Class will be held at the Beaumont Branch Public Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is free, but 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.

 

April 29 & 30, Crestwood
Plant Sale and Garden Market         
Yew Dell Botanical Garden

Whether you are looking for trees or shrubs, perennials or vines, native or exotic, we’ve got them. We’ll have special items in our shop, select vendors, a variety of gardening groups represented, children’s activities, food, and more. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday noon-3 p.m. Members get in an hour early on Saturday, and you can buy a membership at the door! For more information, call 502-241-4788, email Jackieg@yewdellgardens.org, or visit yewdellgardens.org.

 

April 29, Shepherdsville
Master Gardener Plant & Garden Art Sale   
Bullitt County Extension Service

Flowers, vegetables, tropicals, yard art, and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, or to ask about being a vendor, please call 502-543-2257.

 

April 30, Crestwood
Hypertufa Workshop         
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Yew Dell’s director of marketing and events and no-holds-barred gardener Jackie Gulbe will guide you through the process of crafting your own hypertufa trough. After you are finished crafting your container, you can shop the plant sale.1:30-3 p.m., $35/45 for members/non-members. For more information, call 502-241-4788, email Jackieg@yewdellgardens.org, or visit yewdellgardens.org.

 

May

 

May 2, Lexington
Growing Great Tomatoes 
Fayette County Extension Service

Learn the multitudes of ways to cook with tomatoes. You must register for the Toolbox class separately. Everyone is welcome, we just need to know if you are attending. If you are not interested in taking a Toolbox class, come anyway and taste topic related recipes. 5:45 p.m. For information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl­_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

May 2, Paducah
Fairy Garden                    
McCracken County Extension Service

Join Linda Ann Ward from 5-6 p.m. to learn about creating fairy gardens. Call 270-554-9520 to reserve a seat.

 

May 3, Burlington
Outstanding Annuals          
Boone County Extension Service

Learn about old and new annuals that create excellent curb appeal for your landscape. 10 a.m.-noon. For information or registration, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

May 4, Lexington
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners 
Fayette County Extension Service

This class will cover warm-season crops like tomatoes, peppers, beans, and squash. We will discuss simple approaches to having a small garden. Participants will receive a copy of our vegetable growing guide and a packet of seeds. Class will begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost is free, but pre-registration is required. For information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl­_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

May 5, Shepherdsville
Rain Gardens       
Bullitt County Extension Service

Learn to plan for and plant a rain garden in a wet area of your yard. Class meets from 6-7:30 p.m. Call 502-543-2257 for required pre-registration.

 

May 8, Highland Heights
Sunflowers            
Campbell County Extension Service

Come learn about some of the best sunflower varieties for your garden. Participants will receive a variety of sunflower seeds. Class meets at 10 a.m., and pre-registration is required. For information/registration, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

May 11, Lexington
Hardy Hibiscus 
Fayette County Extension Service

We are sourcing some of the best varieties for your garden; these are reliable and easy to grow once established. You will receive a nice assortment of varieties as bare root divisions. The class meets at 6:30 p.m. and costs $20. Pre-registration is required. For information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl­_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

May 13, Lexington
Spring Iris Show 
The Mall at Lexington Green Community Area

The 50th annual American Iris Society Region 7 Spring Iris Show. 1-3:30 p.m. For more information, visit bluegrassiris.org.

 

May 14, Owensboro
Mother’s Day at The Garden             
The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch in The Cottage admiring the roses. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 270-852-8925, email wkbg@bellsouth.net, or visit wkbg.org.

 

May 15, Highland Heights
Growing Gourds and Pumpkins       
Campbell County Extension Service

Learn the basics of growing edible and ornamental gourds and pumpkins. 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

May 16, Lexington
Hens and Chicks
Fayette County Extension Service

We will cover care and provide an assortment for you to grow in your garden. The cost is $20, and meeting time is 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 859-257-5582, email dl­_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

May 18, Highland Heights
Introduction to Ferns          
Campbell County Extension Service

Join us from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to learn the basics of growing ferns in your garden. For information/registration, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

May 20, Union
Spring Plant Sale
Boone County Arboretum

Fill your landscape with unbeatable deals. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

May 20, Alexandria
Wildflower Hike
Campbell County Environmental Education Center

We will be walking the trails and identifying different wildflowers located here at the Center. Join us from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.

 

May 24, Shepherdsville
Gardening for Birds                              
Bullitt County Extension Service

Meet from 6-7:30 p.m. to learn which plants and conditions in your garden will attract birds. Call 502-543-2257 for required pre-registration.

 

May 25, Union
Planting for Pollinators    
Boone County Arboretum

Learn all about the annual and perennial plants that you can use in your garden to attract pollinators. 2-3:30 p.m. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

May 31, Burlington
Outstanding Perennials     
Boone County Extension Service Enrichment Center

Learn about the top performing perennials that are a must to plant in the landscape. For information or registration, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.

 

June

 

June 2-3, Paris
Friends of Pollinators
Nannie Clay Wallis Arboretum


The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. will host it's 3rd annual Friends of Pollinators weekend at the Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum, state headquarters in Paris. Kids Day will be a free event on Friday,June 2 from 9-4 with activities for children ages 6-14. Kids will learn about Rain Gardens, Monarch Butterflies and be able to make and take a Bluebird house. Hands on activities will include face painting, bark rubbing,scavenger hunt and make and take terrariums. On Saturday adults will learn more about bees, butterfly gardening, Photography in the garden as well as making a mason bee house.  Master Gardeners will receive CE credits for many of these classes. For additional information or to register please contact Joanna Kirby at kirbys50@hotmail.com or go to the website gardenclubky.org


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Ongoing New Iberia
Teche Area Farmers’ Market
West Main Street

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


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

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


Ongoing Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society
Burden Center

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

 

April

 

April 8, Shreveport
NWLMG Spring Plant Sale
Randle T. Moore Center

From 8 a.m.-noon, the NWLMG will hold their spring plant sale to benefit future master gardener programs. For more information, call the master gardener office, 318-698-0010.

 

April 8-9, New Orleans
April Plant Sale
New Orleans Botanical Gardens

Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Numerous plant and garden products, exhibits and sales, as well as a kids’ discovery area and educational programs. Please bring your own cart/wagon to transport your purchases. For information or vendor spots call 504-483-9471. Contact Chris Dunaway at dunaway@agcenter.lsu.edu for information about event.

 

April 20, May 4, Baton Rouge
EBRMG Gardening Talks
Bluebonnet Regional Library

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardener (EBRMG) Association conducts the fifth in a series of gardening presentations scheduled throughout 2017 at five East Baton Rouge Parish Library branches:Native Plants in Your Landscape and Beyond Basis: Year-Round Culinary Herbs. The series continues May 4 with presentations on succulents and soil fundamentals at the Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard. 6:30-8:30 p.m., free, and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, visit ebrmg.com.


April 21, New Orleans
Hootenanny
Grow Dat Youth Farm

From 6:30-10 p.m., join Grow Dat Youth Farms for a boot-stompin’ good time down on the farm at Grow Dat’s annual fundraiser, the Hootenanny! Local zydeco and string band music, square dancing, restaurant fare, and craft cocktails, all to support the young people in Grow Dat’s youth leadership program! Save the date! Visit www.growdatyouthfarm.org/calendar-of-events to find out more.


April 22-23, Lake Charles
Calcasieu Orchid Society “Orchids at the Opera”
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

Saturday, April 22 from 1 p.m. until Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m. Judging will occur Saturday at 9 a.m. Contact R. Keith Joiner at 318-614-3516 or email him at kjoiner2000@yahoo.com for more information.


April 22, Minden
Green Thumb Jamboree
Webster Parish Ext. Office

The Piney Hills LA Master Gardeners will host their Green Thumb Jamboree 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no cost to attend the festival. A variety of vendors, demonstrations, children’s activities, and speakers will be available. The PHLMG annual plant sale will also be held at the Jamboree. For more information, call 318-371-1371 or visit phlmg.com.


April 22, Lafayette
Southern Garden Festival
3502 E. Simcoe Street

The Southern Garden Festival features art, live music, a garden tour, master gardener presentations, bayou boat tours, refreshments, and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All proceeds benefit the families served by Family Promise of Acadiana. The cost is $10 at the garden gate. For more information, visit familypromiseacadiana.org or call
Renee Menard at 337-233-3447.

 

April 23, Lafayette
Avec Souci Garden Tour
Various Gardens

Lafayette kicks off the garden season with the 30th Annual Avec Souci Garden Tour featuring five unique local gardens and the Lafayette Parish Master Gardener Demonstration Garden. 1-5 p.m. Admission to all gardens is $15 in advance or $20 at the homes. Tickets can be purchased in April from any Avec Souci member, Albertsons on Johnston Street and in Broussard, All Seasons Nursery and Landscape, Champagne’s Market, The Garden Center on Pinhook, and Greenscapes. Proceeds from the tour benefit local charities and a ULL Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit avecsouci.org, find “Avec Souci Garden Tour” on Facebook, or call 337-258-6411.

 

May

 

May 1, June 5, Baton Rouge
Reflections in the Garden
Ione Burden Conference Center

Join the Burden Horticulture Society for horticulture-focused lectures. Noon-1 p. m. The event is free for Burden Horticulture Society Members and $10 at the door for non-members. You may bring a lunch; drinks are provided. For more information, call 225-763-3990.

 

May 4, June 8, June 29, Baton Rouge
EBRMG Gardening Talks
Baton Rouge Regional Libraries

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardener (EBRMG) Association series continues with presentations on succulents and soil fundamentals at the Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard. The June 8 meeting will take place at the Fairwood Branch. June 29 will be held at the Jones Creek Branch. The talks are 6:30-8:30 p.m., are free, and open to the public. Registration is not required. For additional information on the EBRMG library series or the association’s other outreach activities, visit www.ebrmg.com.

 

May 6, New Orleans
Culinary Herb Bags Workshop
New Orleans Botanical Garden

Join your friends to make an herb bag to hang by your porch, kitchen window, or back door. Create and take an herb bag home with you. The class will take place in the Garden Study Center and is $15/ person. There is a class limit of 25 people. Pre-registration is required for all classes to ensure that a class is not canceled due to low enrollment. To register, call 504-483-9473 or email scapley@nocp.org.

 

May 6-7, Shreveport
Le Tour des Jardins
Pioneer Heritage Center

This year’s garden tour will take you through eight beautiful private gardens throughout Shreveport and Bossier.  Tour hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 7, and 1-5 p.m. on May 8.  Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any Citizens National Bank or by calling the master gardener office at 318-698-0010.  Tickets may also be purchased at any garden on the days of the tour for $15. A Garden Bazaar will be held during the tour at the Pioneer Heritage Center at LSUS, and while there, enjoy a tour of the Heritage Center Gardens, a project of the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners. Admission to the Heritage Center is free. For more information, visit www.lsuagcenter.com/nwlamg.

 

May 13, New Orleans
Plant Sale
New Orleans Botanical Gardens

Please bring your own cart/wagon to transport your purchases. For more information, call 504-483-9471.

 

May 20, Baton Rouge
Children’s Garden Series
LSU AgCenter at Burden

Each event will require a small fee of $15 per child, and an adult must accompany each child. Children will receive snacks and neat garden take-home crafts! Attendance is limited to 15 children for each session. Reservations may be made by email to Angie Wall at atangwall@cox.net or call 225-763-3990. Visit www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.

 

June

 

June 2-4, New Orleans
New Orleans Orchid Society Annual Show
Lakeside Shopping Center

10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, noon-4 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibit area will be closed for AOS judging on Saturday until "approximately" noon, but sales will remain open. NOOS raffles several lovely plants, donated by our vendors, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. For more information, visit www.neworleansorchidsociety.org.

 

June 10-11, Lafayette
Acadian Orchid Show
Ira Nelson Horticulture Center

Visitors are welcome 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. See exhibits and the sales area at the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center.Admission is free. For more information, contact Dennis at 337-654-7987 or email to janet.gianelloni@gmail.com.


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Through Aug. 20, Grand Rapids
Ai Weiwei
Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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

 

Through April 30, Grand Rapids
Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming
Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park

Walk around in the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation, as 7,000 butterflies take over the Tropical Conservatory. Entrance cost included in general admission. For more information, visit meijergardens.org.

 

 

April

 

April 4, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

Renita Rebitz, retired perennial gardens manager at Michigan State University, will talk about “Mulching Dos and Don’ts,” 6:30 p.m., Room A149, Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg, 1066 Bogue on the MSU campus. Cost is $3 for nonmembers, mgacac.wordpress.com.


April 12, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Carol Lepres will present a program on blue birds and their habitat. For information on location and time, visit
kentgardenclub.org/KGC/.


April 13, Lapeer
Monthly Meeting
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society

Mayfield Township Hall, 1900 N. Saginaw Road. Public welcome, 6 p.m., $5 annual dues, ow.ly/fIb6U.


April 28, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
The Meadow Brook Garden Club

Charles Martin, senior horticulturist at Dow Gardens and garden writer for the Midland Daily News, will talk about how to select a flowering shrub, Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road. Coffee, 9:15 a.m.; program, 10 a.m. Guests welcome. $5/nonmember donation, reservations not necessary, www.meadowbrookhall.org or 248-364-6210.


April 29, Kalamazoo
Plant for Your Health
Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center

Learn more about healthy growing & eating. Visit with herb, fruit and vegetable experts, free seminars, more, 5020 Texas Drive. For more information, wedels.com

 

May

 

May 2, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

David Roberts, Senior Academic Specialist at MSU, will talk about oak wilt, 6:30 p.m., Room A149, Plant and Soil Sciences Building, 1066 Bogue on campus, $3 for nonmembers, mgacac.wordpress.com.

 

May 3, Royal Oak
May Program
Royal Oak Nature Society

Mary Fredricks, Nature Society mycologist, will talk about “Fantastic Fungi in Michigan,” 7:30 p.m. at the Middle School, 709 N. Washington. Free, no registration, romi.gov/nature, (248) 246-3380.

 

May 3, Traverse City
Monthly Class
Botanic Garden

Linda Shubert will talk about how to care for bonsai, Visitors Center, 1490 Red Drive, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., donations accepted, thebotanicgarden.org.

 

May 9 and 18, Grosse Pointe Shores
Garden and Grounds Tour
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

The Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road. Reservations are required, tickets are limited, $8 per person, tour begins 6 p.m., fordhouse.org.

 

May 10, Battle Creek
A Lighted Conservatory For My Garden
Southern Exposure Herb Farm

Dinner and workshop, where you will create a conservatory with a garden lantern, miniature botanicals, and candle. Reservations required, $80 per person, dinner at 6:30 p.m., southernmoon.com.

 

May 11, Lapeer
Monthly Meeting
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society

Mayfield Twp. Hall, 1900 N. Saginaw Road. The public is welcome, 6 p.m., $5 annual dues, ow.ly/fIb6U.

 

May 13 and 14, Taylor
Mother's Day Plant Sale
Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Great variety of perennials, vines, butterfly plants, and gifts, 22314 Northline Road. 10a.m. to 4 p.m., free, taylorconservatory.org.

 

May 13 and 14, Grand Rapids
All-State Bonsai Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Bonsai displays, demonstrations, sales, and supplies, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Free, meijergardens.org.

 

May 18, Rochester
Perennial Plant Sale
Meadow Brook Garden Club

Michigan grown plants, including many from the Meadow Brook Hall gardens, reasonable prices, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, meadowbrookhall.org, 248-364-6210.

 

May 18 & 19, Waterford
Waterford Garden Club Spring Plant Sale
Waterford Senior Center

The Waterford Garden Club will be hosting their annual Spring Plant Sale featuring locally grown trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and edibles. They even have delicious baked goods and nice smiles to greet you. Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-3pm at 3621 Pontiac Lake Rd. For more information, visit waterfordgardenclub.org.

 

May 19 and 20, Dearborn
Garden Volunteers Plant Sale & Garden Market
Henry Ford Estate

Items include unique perennials, wildflowers, shade-loving plants, culinary herbs, annuals, water garden plants, stepping stones, garden art, mason bee houses, and miniature gardens, 1 Fair Lane Drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; henryfordestate.org.

 

May 19 (Members) and 20 (Public), East Lansing
Plant Sale 2017
MSU Horticulture Gardens

Houseplants, hanging baskets, perennials, annuals, grasses, herbs, vegetable seedlings, shrubs, and more, Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg, 1066 Bogue on the campus. Bring a cart, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, hrt.msu.edu/our-gardens.

 

May 20, Niles
Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Features local vendors specializing in unique and artfully grown plant material and hand-crafted art, and garden elements, 13988 Range Line Road, fernwoodbotanical.org, 269-695-6491.

 

May 27 and 28, Grand Rapids
Iris Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Displays of historic favorites to the newest varieties, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday;  11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, free, meijergardens.org.

 

June

 

June 3, Owosso
6th Annual Plant Sale
Shiawassee County Master Gardeners

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1535 N. Hickory Road. Visit Facebook page: Master Gardeners of Shiawassee County.

 

June 6, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

Sandy Wilkins will talk about shade gardens, especially growing hosta, 6:30 p.m., Room A149, Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg, 1066 Bogue on the MSU, $3 for non-members, mgacac.wordpress.com.

 

June 7, Saginaw
Annual Art & Garden Festival
Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission

Art fair, gardening demonstrations, family activities, vendors, silent auction, luncheon, and homemade strawberry shortcake, 120 Ezra Rust. Free, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., http://bit.ly/2kZ1sBb, 989-759-1362.

 

June 8, Clio
Garden Tour
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society

Pace Gardens, 6 p.m. For more information, call Glen Pace, 989-244-4029 or email PaceGardens@charter.net, ow.ly/fIb6U.

 

June 14, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Connie Hanson, owner of Grand Shire Farm in Sand Lake, will present a program on heirloom tomatoes, noon at Meijer Gardens, kentgardenclub.org/KGC.

 

June 15, Rochester
Garden Walk
Rochester Garden Club and The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Tour private gardens, Rochester Hills Library gardens, Rochester Rotary Gateway Park, Rochester Hills Museum grounds, including an open air market,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $12 per person in advance, $16 per person the day of the walk, RochesterGardenClub.org, 248-656- 4663.

 

June 16, 17, Milford
Garden Walk and Plant Sale
Milford Garden Club

5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, $10 per person. For more information and tickets: themilfordgardenclub.org.

 

June 17, Niles
Garden Party
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Annual Garden Party, 13988 Range Line Road, fernwoodbotanical.org, 269-695-6491.

 

June 24, Kalamazoo
Pollinator Party
Wedel's Nursery

Learn about planting and growing plants to benefit pollinators, Wedel's Nursery, 5020 Texas Drive. For details, wedels.com.

 

June 28, Traverse City
Monthly Class
Botanic Garden

Robert Schutzki, associate professor of horticulture at MSU, will talk about fire- resistant landscaping. Meet in the Visitors Center, 1490 Red Drive, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., donations accepted, thebotanicgarden.org.


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Through April 9, Chaska

Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum Exhibit
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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

 

Through April 18, Victoria

Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Course
Lowry Nature Center

Learn the plants, animals, history, geology, and ecology of Minnesota’s forests and waterways and become a Minnesota Master Naturalist. Seven Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday field trips; overnight weekend at The Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement of Baker Park. Cost: $395.


Through April 19, St. Paul
Big Woods Big River Master Naturalist Course
Ft. Snelling

Six week, hands-on, experiential learning about the National Park and State Parks and Trails in our backyards. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; field trips March 24 and April 7. Cost: $275.

 

April

 

April 3-May 8, Altura
Big Woods Big Rivers Master
Naturalist Course
Whitewater State Park

Learn about the natural history of the southeast Minnesota Driftless Area. Tour a variety of landscapes and hear from conservation professionals representing a variety of agencies and organizations. 6:30-9 p.m. Cost: $275.


April 5, Chaska
Plants for Shady Spaces
Chaska Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to make shade work for you with appropriate perennials and shrubs, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


April 8, Waconia
Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Waconia Library

Taught by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, noon. No cost.


April 8, Andover
Home Landscaping and Garden Fair
Bunker Hills Activity Center

Classes sponsored by the Anoka County Master Gardeners, 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $45 for two registering together. Special guest: Betty Ann Addison, Gardens of Rice Creek, will present “Rare and Unique Rock Garden Plants” and a session on “Rhododendron Hybridizing.” Information: http://anokamastergardeners.org/ or 763-755-1280.


April 11, Norwood Young America
Lawn Care
Norwood Young America Library

Unlearn the myths and discover the truths of how to keep a healthy lawn in this class presented by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners. 12 p.m. No cost.


April 11, North Branch
It’s Up, Up and Away with Vertical Gardening!
Maple Commons Senior Dining Center

Learn how to grow upward, using less space and increasing your per-square-foot yield with Julie Bjorklund, Chisago County Master Gardener. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.


April 12, Chaska
Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Chaska Library

Taught by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners. 6:30 p.m. No cost.


April 19, Morris
Top Perennials
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Come Grow with Us class, presenter is Mike Heger, Ambergate Horticultural Consulting, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/1XJFtwq or 320-589-1711.


April 20, Sauk Rapids
Gardening Seminars
Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School

Spend an evening learning more about gardening, sponsored by Benton County Master Gardeners, 6 to 9 p.m. Information: www.z.umn.edu/bentonmg, 320-255-6169, or 800-450-6171.


April 22-23, St. Paul
Party for the Planet
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Weekend of activities, crafts, and education programs that explore animals, plants and people that depend on this big blue ball, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.


April 25, North Branch
Hugelkulture
Maple Commons Senior Dining Center

Chisago County Master Gardeners learn about hugelkulture gardening, 6 to 7:30 p.m., presented by Ruth Thunstrom, Isanti County Master Gardener.

 

May

 

Through October 1, St. Paul
Summer Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Visit the Sunken Garden’s summer exhibit featuring blue and orange flowers, accented with yellow and chartreuse. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.

 

May 1-6, Maple Lake
Minnesota Master Naturalist Course
Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve

Learn more about the Big Woods, Big Rivers biome in this 40-hour course; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 1 through 5; 8:30 a.m. to noon, May 6. Information: minnesotamasternaturalist.org or 888-241-4532.

 

May 6, Chaska
Spring Houseplant Clinic
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Bring a few of your favorite houseplants for an informative, practical morning with Julie Weisenhorn, University of Minnesota Extension Educator; 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

May 6, Chaska
The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art with rock artist Peter Juhl. Two sessions: 9:30 a.m. to noon; or 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $42 member/$55 nonmember.

 

May 8-12, Duluth
Minnesota Master Naturalist Course
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Join instructors Larry Weber and John Geissler in an 18,000-acre Northwoods classroom to complete a 40-hour hands-on course. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. Cost: $275; scholarships available. Information: minnesotamasternaturalist.org or 888-241-4532.

 

May 12, St. Paul
National Public Garden Day
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.

 

May 13 & 14, St. Paul
Mother’s Day Bonsai Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Take Mom to this annual Minnesota Bonsai Society show in the Ordway. Experts  on-hand to answer questions about the art of Bonsai. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.

 

May 13 & 14, Chaska
Arboretum Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Take home new, quality hard-to-find varieties and University of Minnesota introductions. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arboretum gate fee applies.

 

May 14, Apple Valley
Mother’s Day Celebration
Pahl’s Market

Strolling the greenhouse and take in the fragrant scents and brilliant colors. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No cost. Information: pahls.com or 952-431-4345.

 

May 16, Anoka
Anoka County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Anoka Armory

Shop for perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, houseplants, and more. 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Information: http://bit.ly/2lLM3s4.

 

May 17, 24, 31, June 7, & June 21, Anoka
Landscapes for Life Workshop
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Participate in this five-part series based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ program (SITES™), the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. 6-8 p.m. Information: anokamastergardeners.org or 763-767-2878.

 

May 17, Morris
Drip Irrigation for the Garden
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Jerry Wright teaches how drip irrigation conserves water. Sponsored by Stevens County Master Gardener, 5:15 p.m. No cost. Information: http://bit.ly/1XJFtwq or 320-589-1711.

 

May 20, Chaska
Growing Mushrooms Outdoors via Log Inoculation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the biology and historical background of log inoculation, inoculate your own hardwood logs with mushroom mycelium. Instructor: Cody Mastel, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$77 nonmember.

 

May 20, St. Cloud
Stearns County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Riverside Park

Find plants garden information. Free, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Information: http://bit.ly/2lQnrin or 320-255-6169.

 

May 20, Maplewood
Ramsey County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Extension Barn

Find new plants for your garden at this huge annual sale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: http://bit.ly/2lQhYrA or 651-704053.

 

June

 

June 3, Eden Prairie
Annual Hosta Sale
Historic Smith Moore House

Select from a large variety of hosta, including new introductions, at the Minnesota Hosta Society’s annual sale. Educational exhibit at nearby Rustica Bakery. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: www.mnhosta.org or info@mnhosta.org.

 

June 3, Chaska
Landscaping for Pollinators
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn practical ways to transform your yard to support these important insects and lessen bee sterile landscapes. Presenter: Julie Weisenhorn, University of Minnesota Extension Educator. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

June 3, Sauk Rapids
Benton County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Coborn’s Parking Lot

Find some new plants at this annual sale. 8 to 11 a.m. Information: http://bit.ly/2kSVw1p or 320-968-5077.

 

June 5-9, West St. Paul
Minnesota Master Naturalist Course
Dodge Nature Center

Explore the geologic and cultural history of the Mississippi River as it passes through the metropolitan area in this Big Woods, Big River Master Naturalist course. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Cost: $275; scholarships available. Information: minnesotamasternaturalist.org or 8882414532.

 

June 10, Chaska
Orchids of the Arboretum
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Spend an exclusive morning with David Remucal, the Arboretum's Curator of Endangered Plants. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $30 member/$42 nonmember.

 

June 10, Luverne
Trees
Tilstra Farm

Learn about trees for southwest Minnesota from John Ball, a professor at South Dakota State University. Co-sponsored by Rock County Master Gardeners and Luverne Community Education. 10 a.m. Pre-registration required. Call 507-283-4724 for information.

 

June 10 & 11, Minneapolis
Annual Peony Show
Bachman’s Heritage Room

Don’t miss the region’s largest peony show sponsored by the Minnesota Peony Society. Members on hand to answer questions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 11. No cost. Information: mnpeony.org.

 

June 17, Chaska
Edible Landscaping: Blending Beauty with Bounty
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to create a yard that is pleasing to the eye and the palate. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

June 17 & 18, Apple Valley
Father’s Day Tractor Show
Pahl’s Market

Check out classic tractors dating from 1939 to the present, as well as Pahl’s sweet-corn picker, grain combine, and sprayer with a 120-foot wingspan. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No cost. Information: pahls.com or 952-431-4345.

 

June 21, Morris
Bringing New Life to Old Shrubs
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Learn how to prune your old shrubs and give them new life with Randee Hokanson, instructor, in this Stevens County Master Gardener-sponsored class. 5:15 p.m. No cost.  Information:http://bit.ly/1XJFtwq or 320-589-1711.


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April 3, Springfield

Fairy Gardens
Springfield Botanical Garden

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

April 6, Springfield
Missouri Arbor Day Walk
Springfield Botanical Center

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

April 10, Springfield
Herbs
Springfield Botanical Garden

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

April 17, Springfield
Shade Gardening
Springfield Botanical Center

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

April 22, Webster Groves
Annual Herb Sale
First Congregational Church

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

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

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

April 24, Springfield
Container Gardening
Springfield Botanical Center

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

April 29, Independence
Plant Sale
Bass Pro Shop

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


April 29, Springfield
Plant Sale
Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center

Come to this plant sale on Saturday, April 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Members of the Master Gardeners of Greene County gather plants to sell from their own gardens — and from the two city gardens that Master Gardeners maintain in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park and at the Xeriscape on South National — to sell at the annual MG plant sale. Members also grow popular and heirloom plants from seed for the sale. Features a large selection of perennials, Missouri natives, veggies, herbs, shrubs, trees, grasses and more. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. Held at the Botanical Center, Nathanael Greene Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield MO 65807. Visit mggreene.org/plantsale, or call 417-874-2963.

 

May

 

May 1, St. Louis
Orchid Photography Exhibit
Missouri Botanical Garden

Explore some of the many varieties of orchids in the garden's extensive collection through stunning photographs captured by volunteers. Free with admission. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


May 5-6, Kingsville
Plant Sale
Powell Gardens

Offering unique edibles, herbs, and pollinator and butterfly plants. May 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with admission: $12 for adults, $10 seniors over 60, and $5 for children 5 to 12 years old. Call 816-697-2600 and visit powellgardens.org.


May 6, Jefferson City
20th Annual Plant Sale
Jaycee Fairgrounds

Perennials, vegetables, herbs, native flowers, and more will be for sale. From 7 a.m. to noon. Call 573-619-5368 and visit centralmissourimastergardeners.org.


May 6-7, Kingsville
Fungi Festival
Powell Gardens

The Fungi and Fermentation Festival takes place May 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 children ages 5 to 12. Visit powellgardens.org and call 816-697-2600.


May 6, Columbia
Native Plant Sale
Bass Pro Shop

Missouri Prairie Foundation native plant sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Visit grownative.org and call 888-843-6739.


May 6, Springfield

Iris Show
Springfield Botanical Center

Juried show of iris presented by the Iris Society of the Ozarks. Free. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 417-891-1515 ext. 2 and visit parkboard.org/274/Springfield-Botanical-Gardens.


May 6, Kansas City

Native Plant Sale
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center


The Missouri Prairie Foundation native plant sale will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Call 888-843-6739 and visit grownative.org.


May 7, Chesterfield
Fancy Tea Mommy and Me
Butterfly House

Learn about butterflies at this "can't miss" party. Reservations required; space is limited. Two tea times, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Visit mobot.org and call 314-577-5100.


May 7, Versailles
Plant Sale
1006 Newton

Grow and Glow Garden Club plant sale will start at 8:30 a.m. Call 660-489-2594 and visit sites.google.com/site/fgcmcentral/calendar-of-events.


May 13, Kingsville
Barn Dinner and Guest Chef
Powell Gardens

Each multi-course dinner will be prepared by a different guest chef and enjoyed during a relaxed evening in the gardens. Prepaid reservations of $125/person ($100/member) required. From 5 to 8 p.m. Visit powellgardens.org and call 816-697-2600.


May 13, Rolla
Plant Sale
Rolla Downtown Farmers’ Market

Phelps County Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon. Visit extension.missouri.edu/phelps/gardeners and call 573-458-6260.


May 13-August 13, St. Louis
Craig Mitchel Smith Exhibit
Missouri Botanical Garden

From May 13 to August 13, Missouri Botanical Garden will feature an exhibit of Floral Glass Artist Craig Mitchel Smith. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For tickets, visit mobot.org/glass and call 314-577-5100.


May 13-14, Kingsville
Iris Weekend
Powell Gardens

Tour the iris beds at the height of their blooming May 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is garden admission. Details at powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600.


May 13, Macon
Plant Sale
Southside Farmers’ Market

Macon Flower and Garden Club will hold a plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details at sites.google.com/site/fgcmcentral/calendar-of-events or call 478-742-0921.


May 14, Kingsville
Mother’s Day Special
Powell Gardens

This will be a day full of activities for everyone. Cost is garden admission; mothers get in free. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit powellgardens.org and call 816-697-2600.


May 14, St. Louis
Mother’s Day Brunch
Missouri Botanical Garden

Plan a special brunch at Sassafras, the garden’s café. Advance reservations required. Costs $34.95 per adult, $15.95 per child ages 5 to 12 years old. Children under age 5 are admitted free. Call 314-577-0200 and visit mobot.org.


May 19-20, Laurie
Plant Sale
United Methodist Church

Sponsored by Lake Bloomers Garden Club, this sale takes place May 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. and May 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. Visit sites.google.com/site/fgcmcentral/calendar-of-events and call 573-374-1226.


May 19, Mountain View
Flower Show
Location to be determined

Horticulture and design entries will be accepted May 19 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. For location and details, call 417-764-3724 and visit mountainviewgardenclub.shutterfly.com.


May 20-21, Sainte Genevieve
Garden Walk
Various locations

The Garden Walk includes the annual garden tour, a plant sale, and other events. May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; plant sale starts at 9 a.m. May 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit greatriverroad.com/stegen/sgattract/springgarden.htm and call 573-883-7097.


May 20, Town and Country
Native Plant Sale
Whole Foods Market

Missouri Prairie Foundation will host its native plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Visit grownative.org and call 888-843-6739.


May 27-October 22, Kingsville
Gardens of Myth
Powell Gardens

This special exhibit will be available May 27 through Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is garden admission. Visit powellgardens.org and call 816-697-2600.

 

June


June 3, Springfield
25th Anniversary Celebration
South National and Linwood

Master Gardeners of Greene County will host this 25th anniversary celebration at Xeriscape Garden. Call 417-881-8909 and visit mggreene.org/demonstration-gardens/xeriscape-garden.


June 3, St. Louis
Green Homes Festival
Missouri Botanical Garden

Presentations and demonstrations take place throughout the day to share the many ways that plants, air, water, soil, and energy sustain us. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included with garden admission. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.



June 10, Vernon County
8th Annual Prairie Bioblitz
Stilwell Prairie

Volunteers will help map the prairie. Free. Visit grownative.org and call 888-843-6739.


June 15, Gladstone
Atkins-Johnson Farm Tour
6607 NE Antioch Road

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will guide tours starting at 6:30 p.m. through this small historic family farm. The grounds include an heirloom garden, apple orchard, and Big Shoal Cemetery. Free. Visit mggkc.org and call 816-665-4456.


June 17, Dixon
Glade Walk
Clifty Creek Natural Area

Mike Leahy, Missouri Department of Conservation Natural Areas coordinator, leads this informative nature walk. Free. Call 888-843-6739 and visit grownative.org.


June 24-25, St. Louis
17th Annual Pond-O-Rama
Various sites

This self-directed tour includes private gardens, each owned and maintained by St. Louis Water Gardening Society members. Costs $15 for June 24 and 25. For ticket locations, call 314-995-2988 and visit slwgs.org.


June 24, St. Louis
Tree Walk
Bellefontaine Center

Kyle Cheesborough, horticulture supervisor, leads this tree walk starting at 10 a.m. Limited to 45 participants. Free. To register, call 888-843-6739 and visit grownative.org.


June 24, Springfield

Butterfly Festival
Springfield Botanical Garden

This is a full day of kids’ crafts, educational classes, performances, and a caterpillar petting zoo. Presented by Friends of the Garden and Master Gardeners of Greene County. Free. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 417-891-1515 ext. 8 and visit friendsofthegarden.org.


June 25, Jefferson City
18th Annual Garden Tour
Five different sites

Sponsored by the Bittersweet Garden Club. Visit five beautifully landscaped gardens. Costs $10. From 12:30 to 5 p.m. Call 573-295-6435 and visit bittersweetgardenclub.com.


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April 8, Starkville
Cotton District Arts Festival
Starkville Historic Cotton District

This festival blends art, music, and food into a showcase event and hosts over 128 artisans. The event is presented by the Starkville Area Arts Council and has been named one of the top five festivals in Mississippi for several years. For additional information call 662-324-3080 or visit cdafestival.com.

 

April 21-22, Memphis

Spring’s Best Plant Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

Experts will be on hand to help you choose from a huge assortment of plants. Local artisans will offer gift and garden items to add a pop of personality to your home or landscape. Staff and volunteers will guide you in deciding what is right to plant in your setting and send you on your way with helpful tips to keep your plants healthy. Admission is free. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4216.
 

April 22, Jackson
Metro Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale
Mynelle Gardens

Come and check out a wide variety of native and naturalized heirloom plants, perennials, shrubs, and trees that are perfectly suited to our soils and climate. After finalizing your plant purchase, feel free to stroll through Mynelle Gardens. Admission is free. 8 a.m.-noon.
 

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

 

April 29, Jackson
Birdsong and Bluegrass
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Take a guided nature walk, listen to bluegrass music, explore hands-on birding activities, and see a spectacular live birds of prey program as part of our celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Food will be available for purchase. Several art clubs will create a sidewalk chalk bird mural and local artists will exhibit their work. Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi who attend will meet requirements for their IMBD patch and Cub Scouts will meet requirements for the Naturalist Badge. 3-8 p.m. Museum members, free; non-members: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.

 

May

 

May 1, Memphis
Agricenter International
Farmers’ Market

The farmers’ market opens May 1 and runs through October 31. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information, visit agricenter.org or call 901-355-1977.

 

May 5-7, Memphis
Memphis Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

Vendors and other orchid societies from around the region come to the Memphis Botanic Garden to exhibit their plants. Judges from the American Orchid Society award ribbons, trophies, and coveted AOS awards. The event is open to the public to view exhibits and purchase from vendors. Free admission and parking. For more information, visit memphisorchids.org.

 

May 6, Starkville
Starkville Community Market
Fire Station Park

With local growers, food producers, and artisans showcasing their wares, this weekly farmers’ market is your source for locally grown and crafted food and products. In addition to top quality vendors sharing fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, and various arts for sale, we have planned cooking and gardening demonstrations, how-to sessions, kids’ activities, live music, and more to make each Saturday at the market a fun family affair. 7:30-10:30 a.m.

 

May 12, Biloxi
Mother's Day Arrangement Workshop
Coastal Research and Extension Center

Spend an evening making a fresh floral arrangement. You can keep it or give it to someone special who has done something nice for you. This is a mixed floral design using a variety of floral forms combined with greenery. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $40 registration fee. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Jim DelPrince at 228-546-1011 or j.delprince@msstate.edu.

 

May 20, Biloxi
Mississippi Gulfcoast Daylily Show
Edgewater Mall

Plant sales will begin at 9 a.m. Judging will end around 1 p.m., allowing the public to get a close-up view of the cultivars. The public will also be allowed to view cultivars from the roped area during the judging process. The show will be located in front of Dillard's Department Store. For more information, visit mgcds.webs.com.

 

May 20, Memphis
Agricenter International
Junior Fishing Rodeo

Rain or shine join in a day of fishing and fun at Catch'em Lakes. For more information, visit agricenter.org or call 901-355-1977.

 

May 25-28, Olive Branch
Rendezvous 2017
Brussel's Bonsai Nursery

This 4-day event includes lectures, demonstrations, and workshop observations. Continental breakfasts and catered lunches are available each day. Fried catfish and Memphis BBQ dinners will also be available. Cost varies depending on sessions and meals. For more information, visit brusselsbonsai.com.

 

May 29, Hattiesburg
Annual Daylily Garden Tour

Area daylily gardens accredited by the American Hemerocallis Society will be open to the public. For a complete schedule of open gardens, dates, times, and directions, visit hattiesburgdaylily.com.

 

June

 

June 3, Hattiesburg
22nd Annual Daylily Show
Lake Terrace Convention Center

Visitors to the show view hundreds of daylily specimens and arrangements, participate in a plant sale, and swap stories and information with other daylily enthusiasts. For more information visit hattiesburgdaylily.com.

 

June 6, Biloxi
Rose Arrangement Workshop
Coastal Research and Extension Center

Everyone should have the chance to learn and practice the creation of a dozen roses arranged in a vase. An American standard, there is more to this design than just good looks. Learn how to design it for a longer lasting display. 2-4 p.m. $40 registration fee. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Jim DelPrince at 228-546-1011 or j.delprince@msstate.edu.


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

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

 

April 9, Reynoldsburg

Micro Mini Garden in a Teacup
Fisher’s Gardens

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

 

April 9, Reynoldsburg
Tabletop Succulent Planter
Fisher’s Gardens

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

 

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

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

 

May

 

May 5-6, Mansfield
Garden Discovery Days
Kingwood Center Gardens

Hop into spring with Kingwood Center Gardens’ Garden Discovery Days. Explore the gardens and shop with more than 30 vendors for items that will spruce up your own homestead. The Garden Shop and Greenhouse will feature perennials, shrubs, annuals, gardening tools, garden accents, tropical, and edibles. For children there will be a scavenger hunt with prizes. Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $5 per car. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.

 

May 6-7, Columbus
Inniswood Spring Plant Sale
Inniswood Metro Park

Purchase new plants for your garden -- choose from a broad selection of perennials, annuals, and herbs. Sponsored by the Inniswood Volunteers, Inc., and the Herb Society of America, Central Ohio Unit. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Inniswood.org, or call 614-895-6216.

 

May 5-7, Kent
Wolcott Lilac Gardens
Wolcott Lilac Gardens at the Christ Episcopal Church

This historical garden will be open Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Costs $3 donation, kids are free, and are dogs allowed on a leash. Parking is on Pearl Street or at the Christ Episcopal Church at 118 South Mantua St.; entrance to the garden is from the church parking lot. Visit facebook.com/Lilac Gardens, or call 330-678-7234.

 

May 9, Mansfield
Shop ‘Til You Drop XXIII
Kingwood Center Gardens

This is a plant-buying extravaganza led by Executive Director Chuck Gleaves. Participants will be bused around Northern Ohio to visit some magnificent garden centers. Each garden center will be chosen for its beauty and uniqueness. Lunch is included. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: to be announced. Call 419-522-0211, or visit kingwoodcenter.org.

 

May 12-13, Columbus
Chadwick Arboretum Annual Spring Plant Sale,
NW corner of Lane Ave. and Fred Taylor Dr.

Thursday, May 11, is members’ night – it will begin at 5:30 p.m., auction will start at 6 p.m., and the event will feature live music and food. Open to the public Friday and Saturday. Consider becoming a member and support this 16-acre arboretum in the middle of the city (plus you will get 10 percent discount at the plant sale). The plant sale will include trees, shrubs, perennials, tropicals, annuals, flowering baskets, vegetables, and more. An auction takes place at noon every day. Visit chadwickarboretum.osu.edu, or call 614-688-3479.

 

May 12-14, Toledo
Spring Plant Sale
Toledo Botanical Garden

Come and choose from an array of plants for sale. Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit toledogarden.org, or call 419-536-5566.

 

May 13, Cleveland
Mother’s Day Blooms-to-Go
Cleveland Botanical Garden

As a part of the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s bi-annual “Blooms-To-Go” program, join garden volunteers and staff to make small, fresh flower arrangements to be donated to a local community organization. The Mother’s Day arrangements will be delivered to women at the Norma Herr Community Women’s shelter just in time for Mother’s Day. This annual tradition is always well received by the women and staff at the shelter. No experience is necessary, just a desire to serve others .All materials will be provided. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free with garden admission. No registration required. Visit cbgarden.org, or call 216-721-1600.

 

June

 

June 1-4, Gambier
2015 Annual Open House
Schnormeier Gardens

This is a once-a-year opportunity to visit the spectacular Schnormeier Gardens, located on 75 acres in central Ohio. The gardens have a distinct Asian style featuring a variety of plantings, including rare conifers. The focal point of the property is the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home (interior not part of the public tour). Tours are self-guided. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are not required, although advance notice of groups visiting by bus would be appreciated. Free and open to the public (donations welcome), $10 per car for parking. The Schnormeier Gardens are located at 8701 Layman Road, Gambier. Visit schnormeiergardens.org, or call 740-427-2612.

 

June 3-4, Mansfield
Spring Flower Show
Kingwood Center Gardens

The Kingwood Spring Flower Show is a delight for all with 64 horticultural categories for youth and adult gardeners, and 12 artistic categories for youth and adult flower arrangers. On Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to enter the show on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Admission into the show is included with general admission to gardens. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.

 

June 17, Mansfield
Wine Walk
Kingwood Center Gardens

What could be better than strolling through Kingwood Center Gardens’ estate while tasting top Ohio wines and gourmet food prepared by local chefs? Sample wines from 1285, Blue Barn, Cypress Cellars, Humble Bee, Troutman, and Wishmaker House. Participating chefs will be from Altered Eats, Fast Eddies, Ooh La La, and Wishmaker House. From 5 to 9 p.m. Early-bird price is $30 by June 1; $35 after June 1. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.

 

June 21, Burton
Gardens Galore, Art and More
Historical Society’s Century Village

Geauga County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will hold their plant sale offering annuals, perennials, herbs, native plants, shrubs, and exotics. Many of the plants come from Master Gardeners’ personal flowerbeds. Art, container arrangements, and whimsical garden chairs will also be offered. Bring your garden tools and get them sharpened for a small fee. Complimentary refreshments and free parking. Call 440-834-4656, or visit geauga.osu.edu.

 

June 24-25, Columbus
German Village Haus und Garten Tour
German Village Society Meeting Haus

The 58th tour will welcome visitors to the village for a day-long celebration of renowned designs, enchanting gardens, and award-winning restorations. Your ticket gives you access to homes and gardens selected to showcase both German Village’s ongoing historic preservation efforts and the innovative and inspirational interior design and landscaping efforts of its residents. On Saturday from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit germanvillage.com, or call 614-221-8888.

 

June 24, Akron
Summit County Master Gardeners’ Tour of Gardens
Various locations

The Summit County Master Gardeners host their Tour of Gardens, which will highlight six gardens. Online registration begins May 1 at SummitMasterGardeners.org. Costs $20 for the tour. The Patron Event, “Toast to the Tour,” features a secret garden reception on Friday evening June 23. Visit SummitMasterGardeners.org, or contact katharine.blair@gmail.com, or 330-592-4412.


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April

 

April Tulsa
TGC Classes
TulsaGarden Center

The Tulsa Garden Center is exploding with great classes and activities for a wide variety of interests.
April 3, 10, 17, 24 – Tai Chi class
April 4, 11, 25 – Let’s Talk Gardening
April 11 – Pests and Diseases of Tulsa Gardens
April 15 – Veggies
April 18 – Beekeeping
April 25 – Creating a Monarch Waystation
For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit tulsagardencenter.com.

 

April 7 & 8, Tulsa
SpringFest Garden Market and Festival
Tulsa Garden Center

Activities for children, vendors with plants and garden related products, and a tent where the Linnaeus Gardeners share extra plants from their personal gardens (often unusual plants you can’t obtain through nurseries). Keep in mind the best selection is found early in the day. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. For more information, call 918-746-5125.

 

April 8, Tulsa
Herb Day in Brookside

A small herb festival with a lot to offer – thousands of tomato, herb, vegetable, flower, and native plants. Other vendors offer garden related items like baskets, birdhouses, soaps, wine, pottery and more! 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 918-260-7680 or email pat.kroblin@gmail.com.

 

April 8, Tulsa
Rainfall, Natives, and Soil Health
Grogg's Green Barn

Join guest speaker Jean from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission as she talks about Oklahoma natives, rainfall, and the importance of soil health. 1 p.m. The class is free, but an RSVP is requested. For more information, call 918-994-4222 or visit www.groggsgreenbarn.com.

 

April 9, Tulsa
Pedal for Petals
Tulsa Botanic Garden

Join fellow cycling enthusiasts as Tulsa Botanic Blooms with spring bulbs, flowering trees and shrubs and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 918-289-0330 or visit tulsabotanic.org.

 

April 11, Stillwater
Tuesday Gardening Series
Educational Building at The Botanic Garden

“Garlic, Onions and Perennials”are the topics for the evening. The Tuesday Gardening Series is a hands-on program designed to walk someone through the complete gardening experience. 6-7:30 p.m. Fees and registration: free but please call or email if you plan to attend. For more information, call Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or email keith.reed@okstate.edu.

 

April 15, Jenks
Jenks Herb and Plant Festival
Main Street

More than 100 booths filled with a variety of locally grown herbs and plants, garden decorations, and much more. Vendors will also be on hand with booths filled to the brim with Oklahoma wine, garden and home decor, jewelry, arts and crafts, birdhouses, bath and body products, and more. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 918-299-2311, email jenksgardenclub@gmail.com, or visit jenksgardenclub.com.

 

April 22, Sand Springs
28th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival
Downtown Sand Springs

More than 100 vendors selling herbs, perennials, natives, and heirloom plants, along with herbal products, gardening supplies and décor, and more. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 918-241-2630 or visit sandspringsok.org/herbalaffair.

 

April 29, Tulsa
Tasty Tomatoes and Summer Veggies
Grogg's Green Barn

Grogg’s team will teach you the simple do’s and don’ts of tomatoes and other summer veggies as well as talk about great companions and varieties to grow in our area. 1 p.m. The class is free, but an RSVP is requested. For more information, call 918-994-4222 or visit groggsgreenbarn.com.

 

May

 

May Tulsa
The Tulsa Garden Center hosts many area garden clubs and they often hold shows and sales.

Here are a few:
May 5-6 – Oklahoma Urban & Sustainable Garden plant sale
May 6 – Tulsa Perennial Society plant sale
May 6-7 – Green Country Bonsai show & sale
May 13-14 – Tulsa Area Iris Society show & sale
May 13-14 – Tulsa Garden Club flower show
May 20 – Tulsa Rose Society flower show
May 20-21 – Cacti Society show & sale

 

May 2, 9, 23, 30, Tulsa
Let’s Talk Gardening
Tulsa Garden Center

Bring your Bag Lunch to the Tulsa Garden Center and join a group of people that share an interest in gardening. The subjects are chosen by attendees the previous week. Gardeners can ask questions, share information, have an occasional “hands on” demonstration, visit the gardens, and have an interesting and lovely place to eat a take-out lunch.”Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

May 6 & 20, Stillwater
Open House
The Botanic Garden

Ambassadors are available on the first and third Saturday from May through October during the Open House. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit botanicgarden.okstate.edu.

 

May 6, Tulsa
Butterfly Gardens & Habitat
Grogg's GreenBarn

Whether you want to learn how to attract butterflies to you garden or create a butterfly habitat this class is for you! Guest speaker Karen Watkins is a master gardener and Linneaus Gardener who knows the ins and outs of creating the perfect space for this beautiful pollinator. 1 p.m. For more information, call 918-994-4222 or visit groggsgreenbarn.com.

 

May 10, Stillwater
Tuesday Gardening Series
Educational Building at The Botanic Garden

Container gardening and rain barrels are the topics for the evening. Going over the basics of planting and managing containers and of rain barrel water collection. It will culminate with a rain barrel being raffled. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE but please call or email the Payne County Extension office if you plan to attend. For more information, contact: Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or email keith.reed@okstate.edu.

 

May 12, Various Public Gardens
National Public Gardens Day

The public is invited to come out and enjoy the amazing botanic gardens we have in Oklahoma and celebrate National Public Garden Day. Tulsa Garden Center and The Botanic Garden in Stillwater are among those planning celebrations.

In Stillwater, the celebration will conclude with a concert from 5:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at The Botanic Garden.

 

May 13, Tulsa
The DIG – Day in the Garden
Tulsa Botanic Garden

Bring family and friends to enjoy the Children's Discovery Garden! Food and drinks, music from Desi and Cody, and activities for children of all ages including face painting, train rides, crafts, and more. Proceeds benefit their Children’s Discovery Garden. 4-7 p.m. For more information, call 918-289-0330 or visit tulsabotanic.org.

 

May 20 & 21, Tulsa
Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour and Plant Sale
Various Locations

The Tulsa Audubon Society is holding its unique, annual tour of local gardens and yards that have been turned into animal-friendly spaces, along with a plant sale from companies featuring native and wildlife friendly plants. Tickets are $6 per person (children 13 and under are free) and will be available at each of the homes (and online) so there is not one "starting place." Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Rain or shine. For more information, contact John Kennington, johnkennington@gmail.com, 918-809-6325 or visit tulsaaudubon.org.


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April

 

Through April, Kennett Square
Spring Blooms
Longwood Gardens

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

May

 

Through June 30, Pittsburgh
Exquisite Patterns in Nature
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University

This exhibition includes selections of artwork and books from the Hunt Institute's permanent collections that are representative of, or inspired by, the fascinating configurations in the architecture of all organisms. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. (except May 7, 21, 28, and 29). Free admission. Call 412-268-2434 or visit huntbotanical.org.

 

May 4, Oakdale
Blocks and Rocks Nature Play Program
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Children have access to bins of colorful Lego-brand Duplo blocks, as well as natural materials to foster nature-based play, development of fine motor skills, and social interaction. Parents and caregivers can join in the fun. Afterwards, explore the garden. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free with admission. Call 412-444-4464 or visit pittsburghbotanicgarden.org.
 

May 4, Wayne
Summertime Vegetables: Seed Propagation
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by David Mattern. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org or phsonline.org or call 610-687-4163.

 

May 5, Pittsburgh
Friday Party in the Tropics
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Come to Phipps as its tropical forest conservatory is transformed into one of the city’s hottest nightspots. Enjoy food and cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ — all surrounded by waterfalls and exotic plants. From 7 to 11 p.m. Ages 21 and up only. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

May 5, Pittsburgh
Great Plant Auction
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Eat, drink, and bid on unique plants and accessories at the annual auction to benefit Phipps education programs. At 6 p.m. RSVP required. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

May 5, Wayne
Friday Extended Hours
Chanticleer

Chanticleer remains open on Friday nights until 8 p.m. through Labor Day. Visit chanticleergarden.org or call 610-687-4163.

 

May 5-6, Greensburg
May Mart
Greensburg Garden Center

Purchase annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, and visit vendors selling garden-related items, crafts, and food. A used book sale and garden flea market will also be held. From noon to 7 p.m. on May 5, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 6. Call 724-837-0245 or visit greensburggardencenter.net.

 

May 5-7, Devon
Annual Plant Sale
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Held at Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, this Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society sale features plants suited for area gardens, including rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants. Thousands of perennials, native wildflowers, ferns, and slow-growing conifers, as well as donated plants from society members’ gardens, are for sale. Includes an opening night party and preview plant sale on May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Purchase tickets at valleyforgears.org. The plant sale is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 7. Call 610-688-5249 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.

 

May 6, Lancaster
Plant Sale
Farm and Home Center

This sale, sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County, includes annuals, perennials, and vegetable plants chosen for central Pennsylvania residents. Many unusual and native plants are featured along with gently used second-hand gardening items. From 7:30 a.m. until sold out. Call 717-394-6851 or email lim2@psu.edu.

 

May 6, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Science of Flight
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Explore the science of aerodynamics as you design sleek paper airplanes to glide high above the Seven Arches Bridge. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

May 6 to October 1, Pittsburgh
Summer Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

More than 100 pieces of lifelike, supersized glass art orchids and other plants are featured in each of eight rooms within the conservatory. Jason Gamrath creates botanical pieces that are remarkably accurate representations of their living counterparts, only on a massive scale, standing anywhere from 6 to 14 feet tall. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

May 6-7, Franklin
My Garden Mart
West Park

This Franklin Gardeners Associationsale features more than 45 vendors of perennials, annuals, garden equipment, garden furniture, herbs, and vegetables, as well as raffles and a children's activity tent. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 6, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7. Call 814-432-2054 or visit Franklin Gardeners Association on Facebook.

 

May 7, Wexford
Rock Garden Show and Plant Sale
Soergel Orchards

ThisAllegheny Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Societysale features a variety of choice plants that are suitable for rock or fairy gardens. A juried show displays award-winning entries in 11 classes of a wide range of plants that can be grown in rock gardens and troughs in western Pennsylvania. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Soergel Orchards. Visit nargspittsburgh.wix.com/rock-garden.

 

May 12-13, Pittsburgh
May Market
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps’ horticulturists, local garden clubs, nurseries, farms, and other vendors come together for this annual plant sale. From 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 12, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 13. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

May 12 and 26, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join these reading sessions with local librarians. Each session is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors in nice weather at the outdoor children's classroom next to the Widener Visitor Center. In case of inclement weather, storytime is held in the upper gallery at the visitor center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

May 13, Erie
12th Annual Erie County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Penn State University Behrend Campus

You’ll find vegetable and herb seedlings, including heirlooms, plus perennials and native plants. Shrubs, small trees, grasses, and annual bedding plants balance out the offerings. More than 30 Master Gardeners will answer questions and suggest plant selections. From 9 a.m. to noon at the Wilson Picnic Grove on the Penn State University Behrend Campus. Call 814-825-0900, ext. 236 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/erie.

 

May 13, Fox Chapel
Gardenfest
Laurie Ann West Community Center
Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County will sell a variety of plants, featuring open-pollinated and heirloom tomatoes and basils. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/allegheny or call 412-482-3451.
 

May 13, Greensburg
Plant Sale
Donohoe Center

This Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County sale features annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and woody ornamentals. Held at the Donohoe Center, behind the building in the Westmoreland Conservation District parking lot and the Eric Oesterling Education Pavilion. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 724-837-1402 or email lch8@psu.edu.

 

May 13, Philadelphia
Public Plant Sale
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Features hard-to-find plants, many from local nurseries familiar with Philadelphia’s soil and climate, which are well-suited to thrive in this area. Bring your wagon to shop early for the best selection. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

May 13, Springfield
Garden Angels and Garden Devils
Smedley Park

Learn about the trees, shrubs, and perennials we should plant (angels) and the ones we should avoid (devils). Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County will discuss their list of favorite hardy plants, and the ones they have learned to avoid through experience. From 10 a.m. to noon at Smedley Park. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655 or email lrb16@psu.edu.

 

May 13, York
MAEscapes Native Plant Sale
York County Extension

Shop a variety of local vendors for hard-to-find native plants to make your yard friendly to birds, bees, and butterflies. Attend seminars, take a garden tour, and talk to experts to get ideas and answers. Sponsored by the Penn State Master Gardeners of York County; held at the York County Extension office from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/York or call 717-840-7408.

 

May 14, Devon
Rhododendron and Azalea Flower Show
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

This Valley Forge and Greater Philadelphia Chapters of the American Rhododendron Society show highlights many species and varieties that can be grown in southeastern Pennsylvania. Society members submit hundreds of rhododendron and azalea blossoms for this competitive show, making for a beautiful and educational display in the John J. Willaman Education Center at Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens. From 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit valleyforgears.org or jenkinsarboretum.org or call 610-647-8870.

 

May 14, Hershey
Mother’s Day
Hershey Gardens

Moms receive free admission to Hershey Gardens on their special day. Plus, the Rhododendron Society will have an exhibit on display in the education center. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

May 19, Pittsburgh
Environmental Film Series
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This series features environmental films and documentaries followed by a discussion with film producers, scientists, and environmental advocates. From 7 to 9 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org/exhibits-and-events/calendar/environmental-film-series.

 

May 14, Pittsburgh
Mother’s Day Brunch in Bloom
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This family-friendly brunch is served in the special events hall against the backdrop of the tropical forest. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Costs $39.53 for adults, $18.13 for children aged 5 to 12 (children 4 and under are free). Includes conservatory admission. Reservations required. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

May 20, Chambersburg
Plant Sale
Franklin Penn State Extension Office

Penn State Master Gardeners of Franklin County offer greenhouse-grown vegetables and flowers plus locally grown perennials, trees, shrubs, and herbs. Cash or check only. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission and parking. Visit mgfranklincopa.weebly.com, or email franklinext@psu.edu, or call 717-263-9226.

 

May 20, East Stroudsburg
Companion Planting Presentation
Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens

Includes a potluck picnic. From 11 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public. Visit mstcommunitygardenspark.com, call 570-223-8920 x119, or email crain@mstownship.com.

 

May 21, Devon
Iris Show
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

This Delaware Valley Iris Society show, held at Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, features stalks of colorful irises and flower arrangements containing irises. All types are displayed, but the majority are tall bearded irises. Knowledgeable members are available to answer questions. All are welcome to exhibit and attend free of charge, and no pre-registration is required. From noon to 4 p.m. Exhibitors should arrive at 8 a.m. Visit dvis-ais.org, or email vince@dvis-ais.org, or jenkinsarboretum.org, or call 610-647-8870.

 

May 21, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Historic Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Free mill admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

May 25, Wayne
Yoga for Gardeners
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Erin McKeon. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org or phsonline.org.

 

May 27, Kennett Square
Summer of Spectacle
Longwood Gardens

After a two-year revitalization, the new main fountain garden premieres. Illuminated fountain shows return Thursday through Saturday evenings, and fireworks and fountains light the night on six special evenings. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

May 27, Philadelphia
Garden Railway Grand Opening
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Celebrating its 20th year, the garden railway’s theme is “Arboretum in Motion.” Take part in a kid’s craft and enjoy a free treat while supplies last. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

May 27, Pittsburgh
Discovery Garden Day
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Bring your family to the children's discovery garden for hands-on, sensory fun. Together, you’ll learn about plants through games, a potting station, and crafts. Free with admission. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

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June 3, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Wind Sock Science
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Create and decorate your own wind sock. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 3, Springfield
Home Gardeners’ School
Smedley Park

This full-day program, presented by Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County, features garden speakers, workshops, and a marketplace and plant sale. From 10 a.m. to noon. Call 610-690-2655 or email lrb16@psu.edu.

 

June 7, Pittsburgh
Bee Wise: Plant Natives
Allegheny County Courthouse Garden

Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County invite you to visit the county courtyard garden to learn about rain gardens, native plantings, honey bees, and pollinators. Pick up a free native plant. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/allegheny or call 412-482-3469.
 

June 7 through October 25, Pittsburgh
Farmers at Phipps
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Visit Phipps’ front lawn each Wednesday to browse organic and certified naturally grown fruits and vegetables. From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

June 8, Wayne
Dry Gardening
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Lisa Roper. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org, or phsonline.org, or call 610-687-4163.

 

June 9 and 23, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join these reading sessions with local librarians. Each session is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors in nice weather at the outdoor children's classroom, next to the Widener Visitor Center. In case of inclement weather, Storytime is held in the upper gallery at the visitor center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 10, Springfield
Foraging
Red Hill Farm Co-Op Farmer

Learn to identify edible and tasty wild plants in this workshop sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655 or email lrb16@psu.edu.

 

June 11, Philadelphia
STEAMpunk Expo 2017
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Home of the only remaining freestanding Victorian fernery in North America, Morris Arboretum’s 92-acre garden is the ideal location to explore the genre of science fiction, fashion, and lifestyle inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery to create an alternative history. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 11, Pittsburgh
BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and community members gather to conduct a biological survey of all of the living species in Schenley Park. Witness the biodiversity in local parks, participate in real-time science, create unique art, browse local vendors’ products, and engage with interactive exhibits. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

June 16, Pittsburgh
Environmental Film Series
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This series features environmental films and documentaries followed by a discussion with film producers, scientists, and environmental advocates. From 7 to 9 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org/exhibits-and-events/calendar/environmental-film-series.

 

June 17, Hershey
A Whimsical Day of Fairies and Flowers
Hershey Gardens

Youngsters can frolic through the gardens and enjoy a variety of activities. Children are encouraged to come dressed in a fairy costume. From 9:30 a.m. to noon. Costs $15 for juniors ($8 for members). Accompanying adults pay regular admission (members are free). Tickets are limited and must be purchased online at hersheygardens.org.

 

June 18, Hershey
Father’s Day,
Hershey Gardens

Dads enjoy free admission to Hershey Gardens on their special day. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

June 18, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Historic Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Free mill admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 22, Wayne
Embracing Shade
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Przemyslaw Walczak. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org or phsonline.org or call 610-687-4163.

 

June 24, East Stroudsburg
Identifying Weeds and How to Manage Them
Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens

Presented by Annette Atkinson, Penn State Master Gardener. From 11 a.m. to noon. Visit mstcommunitygardenspark.com, call 570-223-8920 ext. 119, or email crain@mstownship.com.

 

June 25, Pittsburgh
Town and Country Garden Tour
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Features 15 private residential gardens and one community memorial garden in the neighboring areas of Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, Edgewood, and Churchill. Self-guided tour costs $45 for members, $55 for non-members. Bus patrons: $120 for members, $135 for non-members. Call 412-444-4464 or visit pittsburghbotanicgarden.org.
 

June 29, Wayne
Moss Gardening
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Przemyslaw Walczak. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org or phsonline.org, or call 610-687-4163.


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Apr 22 & 29, May 6, Memphis
Woodland Garden Tours
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

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

 

April 12, Knoxville

Hikes & Blooms
Knoxville Parks and Paths, Legacy Parks Foundation

Interpretive hikes on these two dates led Dogwood Arts and Legacy Parks Foundation will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora in unique locations. Visit dogwoodarts.com for updates.


Through April 23, Nashville
Cheekwood in Bloom
Cheekwood

Visit beautiful Cheekwood in the spring when more than 100,000 tulips erupt along with snowdrops, crocus, hyacinths, daffodils, redbuds, and dogwoods. Six weekends of family activities, entertainment, tours, and more. See cheekwood.org for details.

 

April


April 7-8, Memphis
Dixon Garden Fair: Offering Rare, Choice, and Unusual Plants
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

The annual spring plant sale is a Memphis garden tradition offering difficult-to-find natives, choice shrubs, and herbaceous perennials, including ferns and shade perennials. A list of plants for sale is available at the Dixon Business Office or at dixon.org after March 20.

 

April 7-9, Chattanooga
Spring Plant Sale & Festival
Crabtree Farms

Healthy, sustainably grown fruit, vegetable, flower, and herb plants as well as free gardening workshops, live music, food, kids’ activities, and handcrafted items. Free gardening classes on Saturday and Sunday. Plant list and schedule available mid-March. For more information, call 423-493-9155 or visit crabtreefarms.org.


April 7-9, Monteagle
Trails and Trilliums
Monteagle Sunday School Assembly

The 14th annual Trails & Trilliums Festival offers guided hikes, ART in the Park, Wine and Wildflowers, vendors, booths and exhibits, natural dye making, birds of prey, birding walks, and more. It’s an important fundraiser for the Friends of South Cumberland State Park, supporting Tennessee’s largest state park. For more information, visit trailsandtrilliums.org.

 

April 8, Crossville
Small Fruits and Berries
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Fred Mullen discusses strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and grapes to grow on the Plateau. Free, 9-11:30 a.m., registration is required. For more information, contact Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.




April 8, Knoxville
Spring Rose Care
Cedar Bluff Library

Did you winterize your roses? What should you do now? Join master gardener Carolyn Noey at 10:30 a.m. to learn how to have healthy and beautiful roses this summer. For more information, call the library at 865-470-7033.


April 8, Nashville
2017 Perennial Plant Sale
The Fairgrounds Nashville

Perennial Plant Society annual sale offering more than 450 varieties of plants for gardens big and small as well as expert advice on choosing and growing in Middle Tennessee. 9 a.m.-noon. Free admission, but fairgrounds parking is $5. Sale supports horticulture education and scholarships. For more information, email mariwynevans@att.net.


April 8, Silver Point
Celebration of Spring
Edgar Evins State Park

Free all-day event with wildflower, birding and butterfly hikes, crafting, live animal demonstrations, pontoon boat rides, and much more including an Easter egg hunt. For more information, call 931-858-2114 or email mark.taylor@tn.gov.


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

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


April 8-9, East Ridge
Garden Expo – Master Your Garden
Camp Jordan Arena

The fifth annual expo brings together an array of exhibits, demonstrations, educational activities, and vendors. Our goal is to bring the latest gardening information to the community through 17 free seminars. Topics will include vegetable gardening, monarchs, daylilies, bluebirds, lasagna gardening, container gardening, and more. Visit mghc.org or the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County Facebook page for updates.


April 10, Chattanooga
Myths and Realities of Native Plants
Green Spaces

Will Nicholls leads this program meeting of Wild Ones. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit tennesseevalley.wildones.org.

 

April 11-15, Smokies
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
Gatlinburg and GSMNP

Registration begins in mid-February online for the 67th pilgrimage. See the Facebook page for changes and details.

 

April 13, Kodak
Growing Native Orchids
Citizens National Bank

Wild Ones, Smoky Mountains Chapter, presents John Tullock as speaker. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit their Facebook page, Smoky Mountains Wildones, for details.

 

April 17, Knoxville
Deer-Resistant Plants
Davis Family YMCA  

Join master gardener Sandra Lee to learn which plants are least appetizing to the four-legged nibblers and make attractive additions to your landscape. 1 p.m. For more information, call the YMCA at 865-777-9622.


April 19-20, Gatlinburg
Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs Convention
Park Vista Hotel

Come enjoy springtime in the Smokies and help TFGC in landscaping and conservation plans to rejuvenate the areas in Gatlinburg destroyed by the November wildfire. See tfgconline.org for details and updates to help Gatlinburg regain its greenery.


April 20-22, Chattanooga
Spring Native Plant Sale
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

Details coming soon for this sale of the plants you need for a native natural garden. Visit reflectionriding.org for more information.


April 21, Knoxville
Hats in Bloom Luncheon
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Join us for the fifth annual signature luncheon featuring designer hats by milliner Patricia Frankum. Wearing a hat is not required but wear one if you have one. Seated luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Reservation required. For more information, visit knoxgarden.org.


April 21-22, Crossville
Bees, Buds and Butterflies, 2017 Spring Flower and Garden Show
Fairgrounds at Cumberland County Complex

Annual show includes educational speakers, exhibits and marketplace for all gardeners. For more information, visit ccmga.org.


April 21-22, Memphis
Spring Plant Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

Details coming soon. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

 

April 22, Sevierville
Sevier County Flower & Garden Show and Sale
Sevier County Fairgrounds

Hosted by UT Extension and the Sevier County Area Master Gardeners Association. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call the Sevier County Extension Office 865-453-3695.


April 25, Knoxville
Deer-Resistant Plants
Karns Senior Citizens Center

Join master gardener Sandra Lee to learn which plants are least appetizing to the four-legged nibblers and make attractive additions to your landscape. 11 a.m. For more information, call Karns Senior Center at 865-951-2653.

 

April 27, Knoxville
Killer Tomatoes – Tomato Killers
Humana, Western Avenue

Master gardener Joe Pardue discusses heirlooms and new hybrids, how to start from seeds, how to prune and sucker, water and fertilize while managing the numerous diseases that target tomatoes. 2:45-3:45 p.m. For more information, visit knoxcountymastergardener.org or call Humana at 865-329-8892.

 

April 26-July 19, Knoxville
Organic Master Gardener Class
All Saints Catholic Church

Seven sessions of OMG including soil testing, transplanting and sowing seeds, insects and diseases, watering and irrigation, fall planting, soils, cover crops and compost. Focus will be on vegetables but also include annuals and perennials. Includes classroom time and Demonstration/Charity Garden for hands-on experience. 9 a.m.-noon. Preregistration required. For more information, visit knoxcountymastergardener.org.

 

April 28, Knoxville
Killer Tomatoes – Tomato Killers
UT Gardens, Room 124 South Greenhouse

Preregistration required for this presentation by Joe Pardue on heirlooms and new hybrids, how to start from seeds, how to prune and sucker, water and fertilize while managing the numerous diseases that target tomatoes. Participants will receive three healthy specialty tomatoes to grow at home. 3-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

April 28, Knoxville
Gardens Gala: Garden Legends – Rooted in Tradition
UT Gardens

Join the UT Gardens and honorary host Sherri Lee for the fifth annual gala. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction in the dinner tent prior to the seated dinner and live auction. 5-9 p.m. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

April 29, Clarksville
Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale
Clarksville-Montgomery Public Library

Early bird gets the worm and best plants. 8 a.m. until sold out. For more information, call 931-648-5725 ext. 31.

 

April 29-30, Kingsport
Spring Garden Fair
Exchange Place Living History Farm

Demonstrations of springtime activities on a 19th-century farm, traditional music, old-fashioned foods, educational talks, animals and children’s activities, along with plant sales, garden accessories and farm products. For more information, visit exchangeplace.info.

 

April 29-May 6, Dresden
Tennessee Iris Festival
Main Street, Downtown Dresden

The traditional parade highlights the 38th annual festival with BBQ cook-off, pageant, live music, arts and crafts, beautiful irises, and more. Please visit tennesseeirisfestival.net for all event information or see the Facebook page for updates.


 

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May 1, Franklin
Garden Talk Series @ Main: From My Head, Tomatoes
Williamson County Public Library

Learn how to distinguish diseases and disorders and treatments including organic insect and disease controls with Amy Dismukes. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

May 2, Memphis
Photographer’s Gardens of Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms
Memphis Botanic Garden

Hannah Underhill presents program at Memphis Horticultural Society at MBG. For more information, visit memphishorticulture.org.

 

May 3, Knoxville
Flower Arranging Secrets
Museum of Art

Knoxville Garden Club presents speaker Jane Godshalk, instructor at Longwood Gardens. Free meeting, open to the public. 7 p.m. For more information, visit knoxvillegardenclub.org.

 

May 6, Crossville
UT Gardens-Crossville Plant Sale
Plateau UT Gardens

UT Gardens Friends Program has presale on Friday with a 10 percent discount for the members. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit ccmga.org or plateau.tennessee.edu.

 

May 6, Crossville
Deer Resistant Plants for the Plateau
Plateau UT Gardens

Janet Dowlen discusses “deer-resistant” trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals along with deterrents and repellents. 10-11 a.m. Free, but registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

May 6, Jackson
Master Gardener Plant Sale
West TN Research Education Center

Plants are from master gardeners’ gardens/greenhouses and plants offered by Jason Reeves, UT Gardens horticulturist. 7 a.m.-noon. For more information, email Judy Rice at trice@eplus.net.

 

May 6, Lebanon
40th Annual Elise Quarterman Wildflower Festival
Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Cedar Forest Lodge

Join botanists and naturalists in the beauty of the Cedar Glades for workshops, lectures, hikes, and exhibits about the ecosystem of the cedar glades and its unique plant community. All-day activities are free; for more info contact the park at 615-443-2769 or MTSU Center for Cedar Glade Studies, mtsu.edu/mtsucee/cedar_glades.php for schedule.

 

May 6, Nashville
Iris Show
Ed Jones Auditorium, Ellington Ag Center

Middle Tennessee Iris Society holds their annual iris show. Center opens 6:30 a.m. for entries. For more information, visit middletnirissociety.org.

 

May 7-13, Humboldt
West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Various Venues

Join the 79th year for events, food, and fellowship with friends and family in and around Humboldt with contests, pageants, music, parades, carnival, car show, and festival cuisine. For more information, visit humboldttnchamber.org/strawberry-festival.html.

 

May 7, Knoxville
The B’s: Bees, Butterflies, and Birds
Heska Amuna Synagogue

First annual event forbackyard gardeners who want to support wildlife includes three naturalist speakers, silent auction, local artisans, gardening decor, door prizes, a high tea for an additional charge, and release of monarch butterflies as finale. 1-4 p.m. $5 entrance fee, children under 10 free. For more information, visit heskaamuna.org/butterfly-bush/ or email HAbutterflybush@gmail.com.

 

May 8-13, Dayton
Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Downtown Dayton

Evening events of week culminate in 5K run, pancake breakfast, parade, gospel singing, art show, carnival, craft and food vendors, and more. For more information, visit tnstrawberryfestival.com.

 

May 9-13, Pigeon Forge
Wilderness Wildlife Week
LeConte Center

Educational programs, children’s activities, guided hikes in the GSMNP, photography exhibit, music, storytelling, vendors, and more for this 27th annual activity-packed week. See mypigeonforge.com/events/wilderness-wildlife-week for all the details.

 

May 10, Crossville
Straw Bale Gardening
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Bev Beers and Rhoda Hiller discuss container gardening in a straw bale. Free, 1- 3 p.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

May 10, Rutledge
Workshop – Considerations for Beginning Farmers
Grainger County Ag Pavilion,

A full day of education for anyone with no or little farming background desiring to start a farming enterprise. Identify goals, basic crops and livestock needs, evaluating land, equipment and risks. Registration, $25 fee. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Mitchell Mote at the Rutherford County Extension Office, 615-898-7710.

 

May 13, Crossville
Tomatoes
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Fred Mullen discusses heirloom versus hybrid, seeds and seedlings, planting and fertilizing, watering and mulching as well as common problems and solutions. Free, 9-11:30 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

May 13, Portland
Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Downtown Portland

The 76th annual festival highlights the Portland strawberry tradition that dates back to 1865. The events include a carnival, beauty contest, 5K run, live music, food and craft vendors, and everything strawberry! See their Facebook page for details and updates.

 

May 15, Franklin
Garden Talk Series @ Main: Thugs of Tennessee (Plant Diseases)
Williamson County Public Library

Amy Dismukes discusses blights, rot and cankers, and plant pathology. Bring a sample for diagnosis. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call the library at 615-595-1243.

 

May 15, Knoxville
Container Gardens for Season-Long Cheer
Davis Family YMCA

Join master gardener Lynn Carlson and talk about a rainbow of colors for your outdoor containers with design, balance, and proportion. 1-2 p.m. For more information, call YMCA 865-777-9622.

 

May 18, Memphis
Monthly Botanic Talks: Rhododendron Natives
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Dale Skaggs, director of horticulture, leads this group discussion of the rhododendrons. 5-6 p.m. For more information, visit dixon.org.

 

May 19, Crossville
Saving Seeds
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Jewell Wilhoite will discuss best practices for harvesting and storing seeds. Free, 1-2:30 p.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

May 20, Chattanooga
Herbs
Ag Center on Bonny Oaks Drive

Ivana Patterson discusses all aspects of herbs about a healthy garden, how to grow, harvest, and uses. 10 a.m.
Advanced registration is preferred. For more information, visit mghc.org/education-committee-classes.

 

May 20, Knoxville
Native Plant Symposium & Plant Sale
UT Gardens

Join regional native plant experts to explore how to enhance your landscape. Margie Hunter headlines the program. Plant sale features Beaver Creek, Overhill Gardens, and Sunlight Gardens as well as UT Gardens. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Pre-registration required Register at ag.tennessee.edu/utg/Pages/symposia.aspx or contact Derrick Stowell at dstowell@utk.edu, 865-974-7151.

 

May 20, Nashville
Urban Gardening Festival
Ellington Agricultural Center

Master Gardeners of Davidson County present an outreach program (free, rain or shine) for the public to learn gardening methods and techniques including topics on hummingbirds and bluebirds, tomato disorders, container gardening, beekeeping, aeroponic gardening, and garden remedies. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit mgofdc.org/ugf.

 

May 20, Wartburg
Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival
Wartburg Courthouse Square

Morgan County features the mountain laurel bloom in a month of Saturday events in May including the Festival in Wartburg. Visit tnmlf.com for a brochure, hiking trails, and events in the county.

 

May 20-21, Greeneville
Greeneville Iris Festival
Downtown Greeneville

Join the 23rd annual festival featuring artists, craftsmen, merchants, car show, food vendors, and entertainers from across the country. See their Facebook page for details and schedule.

 

May 21, Memphis
Dog Day at the Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden

Doggie expo with samples and information, vendors, pools to keep your doggie cool and fun. Must sign a release form when entering with pets, tickets available at gate. 2-5 p.m. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details and online forms.

 

May 23, Crossville
Ugh! Weeds!
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Gregg Upchurch discusses the details of weeds and recommended treatment. Free, 9-11 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

May 27, Crossville
Groundcovers
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Carol Burdett discusses the beauty of ground covers in your landscape and how to solve planting problems on difficult sites. Free, 9-10:30 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

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June 1, Crossville
Plant Disease Identification and Common Sense Disease Management
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Alan Windham discusses the basics of plant disease management and logical ways to prevent or minimize damage. This will include classroom and garden instruction. Free, 10-11:30 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

June 10, Memphis
Mid-South Hydrangea Society Conference & Plant Sale
Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Natalie Hamill, Mal Condon, Vanessa Gardner Nagel, and Michael Dirr on topics of selection, care, and design. 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Garden tours on June 11. Register early. For more information, visit dixon.org or midsouthhydrangea.com.


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Through April, Manassas

Virginia Bluebells in Season
Manassas National Battlefield Park

Each year, after the snow melts and the ground softens from the harsh winter, Virginia bluebells push their way through the warming soil to absorb sunlight before the tree leaves block them with shade. The bluebells put on an extravagant show by carpeting the forest floor in blue, violet, and pink splendor. Take a walk on the boardwalk by Stone Bridge to enjoy the blossoms and the sounds of chorus frogs. No park entrance fee; park is open dawn to dusk. For additional information,
call 703-361-1339 or visit nps.gov/mana/index.htm.


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April 8, Smithfield
Wine & Brew Fest
Windsor Castle Park

Experience everything that “Gen-u-Wine” Smithfield has to offer. Over 100 different types of wine & brew tastings, live music on three stages and authentic food and retail vendors. Festival event is for adults ​21 & up only. No infants, babies, or pets. The time is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission tickets are $45. Visit smithfieldvawinebrewfest.com or call 757-357-5182 for more information.

 

April 8, Virginia Beach
Water Steward Rain Barrel Workshop
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market

Conducted by the Virginia Beach Master Gardener Water Stewards. Make and take a 55-gallon, sealed-system rain barrel. Keep the water that falls on your property ON your property and save water and money! Includes a diverter to help with installation in your existing downspout. Cost: $50. Time is 9-10 a.m. Registration required and class size is limited. Register early at vbmg.org.

 

April 16, Surry
18th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Chippokes Plantation State Park

The Friends of Chippokes will host the 18th Annual Easter Egg Huntat 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday for children ages 10 and under. The event is held rain or shine in the historic gardens of the Jones-Stewart Mansion. Bring your own basket. Light refreshments will be served. Cost is the $5 vehicle park entrance fee. Join park staff, volunteers, and the Easter Bunny for fun games, arts and crafts, and other activities. For additional information, call 757-294-3728 or visit chippokes.com.


April 21-22, Harrisonburg
Native Plant Sale
James Madison University, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Celebrate Arbor Day by attending this native plant sale. Then wander an intricate trail system through fascinating exhibits in 125 acres of arboretum, including a mature oak and hickory forest, daffodil garden, and fern valley. Don’t miss the herb garden, wetlands and experimental planting area featuring hybrid azaleas. The event is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum for information.

 

April 22, Yorktown
Sister Cities French Market
Riverwalk Landing

The sixth annual authentic French Market features all of your favorite French products and celebrates the spirit of the Saturday market in Port-Vendres, France, Yorktown’s sister city since 1990. Traditional market products such as fresh-baked bread, pastries, chocolates, soaps, wine, along with other fresh food items will be available for purchase. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more details, call 757-877-2933 or visit sistercitiesyorktown.org.

 

April 22-29, Statewide
2017 House & Garden Tours
Historic Garden Week

Each spring visitors are welcome to explore over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks during America's Largest Open House. This multi-day statewide event provides visitors with a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Visit vagardenweek.org for additional information and tickets.

 

April 23, Hopewell
Annual AGC Tea
Weston Plantation / Appomattox Garden Club

To celebrate Virginia Garden Week, the Appomattox Garden Club will host the 11th Annual Tea at Weston Manor, 400 Weston Lane, 3-5 p.m. Garden club members decorate the manor house with fresh spring flowers and serve as hostess. Come and enjoy a lovely and historic setting on the Appomattox River with special flower arrangements, great food, tea and punch in a 1789 manor house.Tickets are required and cost $10. Contact the Garden Club at 804-458-1023 or 804-541-1184 or purchase tickets at the All Manor of Things Gift Shop, 804-458-4682. Visit historichopewell.org/weston-plantation/ for additional information.

 

April 24-May 18, Norfolk
Floral Design Certificate Program
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Enroll in the only professional floral design certificate program offered in southeastern Virginia. Turn your passion into a marketable skill. Program offers comprehensive curriculum, hands-on training with fresh flowers every class, and shop training including ordering, inventory, and customer service. All supplies and flowers are included in course fee. Students enjoy taking home weekly floral designs. Students must attend 40 hours and pass written and hands-on tests to receive a certificate. This is a four-week course: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Time is 6-8:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $495 for members, $545 nonmembers. To register, visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org.

 

April 28, Boyce
Trillium Field Trip
Blandy Experimental Farm-State Arboretum of Virginia

Celebrate Arbor Day with a field trip to Thompson Wildlife Management Area. View a spectacular wildflower display featuring a sea of trilliums. 12:30-4 p.m. Meet at the Blandy Library to carpool. The event is $10 for members, $12 nonmembers. Reservations are required; space is limited. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758.

 

April 28-May 7, Winchester
Bloomtown
90th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival celebrates the advent of spring in the Shenandoah Valley as evidenced by the blooming apple trees, one of the area’s most important natural resources. More than 30 events are featured including dances, luncheons, parades, band competitions, carnival, a 10K run, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, firefighters’ events, a two-day craft show, fireworks, senior citizens and children’s’ activities, a car show, and celebrity appearances. New events include a Wine and Food Experience, Night in Havana 1927 Dance, Ladies Commonwealth Brunch, and a tennis tournament. Tickets for select events are available through the online ticket store at thebloom.com/events/ or call 540-662-3863.

 

April 29, Williamsburg
Native Plant Sale
Williamsburg Community Building

The John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will host the 10th Annual Williamsburg Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Several hundred species of perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, and vines native to Virginia will be offered. Plants are grown in members’ gardens and area nurseries. Visit vnps.org/johnclayton/ for chapter news and sale details.

 

April 29, Richmond
Herbs Galore & More
Maymont

Put on your gardening shoes, grab your little red wagon, and come out to the Marketplace on the Lawn for everyone’s favorite gardening extravaganza! Dozens of vendors from the mid-Atlantic fill Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn with every imaginable herb as well as annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, and herbal products and crafts for this one-of-a-kind event from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Marketplace is $5; free for Maymont members and children 16 and under. Call 804-358-7168 for more information or visit maymont.org/visit.

 

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May 5-6, Richmond
Spring PlantFest
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by garden volunteers. All proceeds benefit the garden’s educational mission. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular garden admission. For more information, visit lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.

 

May 6, Richmond
Call of the Wild
Maymont Nature Center

Saddle up for an evening of unbridled fun as we bring the Kentucky Derby to Maymont during the Dooley Noted Society’s 8th annual Call of the Wild auction. Wear your derby best, place your bets during our live and silent auctions, and enjoy an open bar and great food during this event to benefit Maymont. Must be 21 years or older to attend. For information and ticket sales, call 804-358-7166, ext. 313,or visit maymont.org.

 

May 6-7, Norfolk
Spring Town Point Wine Festival
Town Point Park

The 11th annual festival invites visitors to sample over 200 wines from more than 30 statewide wineries, allowing you to get the full Virginia wine experience without weeks of travel. Dine on gourmet food samples, shop specialty merchants, and enjoy live performances in downtown Norfolk during this two-day festival. Pick your favorites and take home a few wines by the bottle or the case to enjoy throughout the year. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. For online tickets or additional info, visit festevents.org/events/2017-season-events/springwinefest.

 

May 6, Duffield
6th Annual Plant Sale
Natural Tunnel State Park

The Scott County Master Gardeners can help you with gardening tips and selecting plants. Choose from a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. If you are only attending this event, the parking is free. If spending time in the park after the event, parking is $4 per vehicle. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 276-940-2674, email naturaltunnel@dcr.virginia.gov,or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.

 

May 10, Boyce
Arboretum Walking Tour
Blandy Experimental Farm

Come enjoy flowering trees, shrubs, and wildflowers in their spring glory. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Free, but reservations are required, and space is limited. 1-2:30 p.m. Meet outside the Blandy Library.For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758.

 

May 11-12, 27-28, Lynchburg
22nd Annual Antique Rose Festival – Rose Illustrated Workshops
Old City Cemetery

Antique roses are the soul of the grave garden. Study and paint these horticultural treasures in watercolor with botanical artist Tica Sydnor. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit gravegarden.org.

 

May 12-14, Richmond
Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration (including National Public Gardens Day) is a three-day event with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom and loved ones. Enjoy the popular butterflies LIVE! exhibit, live music, Children’s Garden activities, shopping, dining, and more. Regular garden admission applies. For more information, visit lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.

 

May 13, Charlottesville
Spring Plant Sale with Gardeners Help Desk
IX Art Park

Prepare for spring planting with a great horticultural event where a huge selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and houseplants grown by the Piedmont Master Gardeners will be for sale. Tree Stewards will also be on hand with a wonderful selection of young trees and advice on how to make them thrive. Decorative garden items will also be available. Free admission. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit piedmontmastergardeners.org/events-page or call the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Albemarle office at 434-872-4580.

 

May 13, Virginia Beach
Water Steward Rain Barrel Workshop
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market

Conducted by the Virginia Beach Master Gardener Water Stewards. Make and take a 55-gallon, sealed-system rain barrel. Includes a diverter to help with installation in your existing downspout. Cost: $50. 9-10 a.m. Registration required because the class size is limited. Register early at vbmg.org.

 

May 13, Charlottesville
Botanical Art Sachets
Monticello-David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

Create beautiful sachets using leaves and other natural materials gathered at Monticello in this hands-on workshop led by Swedish artist and designer Lotta Helleberg. These unique impressions, stitched together by hand, create small cushions to fill with dried lavender buds. Each participant will complete two sachets. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $50. For more information, visit monticello.org or call 434-984-9800.

 

May 20, Fredericksburg
Textures and Natives
University of Mary Washington

Learn about herbaceous plants and textures in the garden from Dr. Bob Lyons, former Longwood Gardens graduate program director and co-founder of Hahn Gardens. He will talk about textures, bold colors and contrasts, and perfect plant combinations. Also featured will be Grace Elton, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden horticulture director, who will talk about native plants and pollinators. The symposium is open to the public and presented by the Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area (MFACRA) in sponsorship with the University of Mary Washington. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $50 per person. You can download the brochure online at mgacra.org and register, or call 540-775-9688 for more information.

 

May 22, Virginia Beach
Fighting Mosquitos in a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library

Join this public gardening talk focusing on a habitat that discourages mosquitos and incorporates preventive methods. The free talk will be 7-8 p.m. For more information, call 757-385-8156 or visit vbmg.org.


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Through April, Milwaukee

Fondy Winter Farmers’ Market
Mitchell Park Domes

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

 

Through April 8, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market
Mitchell Park Domes

About 50 vendors gather Saturdays in the Greenhouse Annex at the Mitchell Park Domes. An event of the Fondy Food Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information: mcwfm.org, 414-562-2282, ext. 103.
 

Through July 16, Madison
Light Gaps
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Learn how plants develop and change in the forest as light fluctuates, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Olbrich.org; 608-246-4550.

 

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April 15, Wausau
Spring Egg Hunt
Monk Botanical Gardens

Hundreds of colorful, plastic eggs will be continually re-hidden so there will be plenty of eggs to find during this non-competitive event. Free, donation suggested. Dress for the weather; the event will take place rain, snow or shine, 1 to 3 p.m.  rwmonkgardens.org, 715-261-6309.


April 19, Madison
Herbs and Fermentation for Digestive Health
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Herbalist Linda Conroy will discuss her five-point approach to improve digestive and whole-body health with fermented food and medicinal herbs, 6 to 8:30 p.m. olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.



April 20, Plymouth
From The Garden: Herbal Infused Oils Salves and Lotions, Plymouth
Community Education

Herbalist Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs will teach how to make herbal-infused oils, salves, and lotions with plants from your garden and other simple ingredients, 6 to 8:30 p.m., http://bit.ly/2iNBn8j, 920-892-5068.


April 22, Milwaukee
Very Fairy Princess Day
Mitchell Park Domes

Put on your very best fairy wings and dress up to enjoy a day of treats fit for any age princess. Build a fairy garden and learn secret fairy dances, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. http://bit.ly/152PvwK,
414-257-5611.



April 22-23, West Bend
Wild food/Wild Medicine
location TBA

Eight-month certificate program, one weekend a month, with focus of incorporating wild plants in daily life for food and medicine, presented by Moonwise Herbs, http://bit.ly/2iNKwO7.


April 25, Sheboygan
Sheboygan County Family Nature Club
Riveredge Nature Center

Bookworm Gardens and the Riveredge Nature Center’s free monthly meet-up in nature. Hands-on activities. All ages welcome. Individual meeting locations may vary. riveredgenaturecenter.org/family-nature-clubs, 262- 375-2715.


April 27, Plymouth
Foraging for Health, Nourishment and Fun
Plymouth Community Education

Herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy will teach about wild plants of the season and how to bring them into everyday life for food and medicine, 6 to 8:30 p.m., http://bit.ly/2iNBn8j or 920-892-5068.


April 30, Madison
Herbal First Aid
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Learn the basics of herbal first aid and the plants that are imperative for addressing minor cuts, scrapes, bites and more. This program will include a plant walk as well as hands-on opportunity to create your own herbal first aid kit. 1-5 p.m. olbrich.org; 608-246-4550.

 

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Through May 29, Milwaukee
For The Birds Spring Floral Show
Mitchell Park Conservatory, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

 

May 7, Hales Corners
9th annual Art at the Gardens Craft Fair
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Browse a unique selection of handmade jewelry, garden art, photography, artwork, and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Brunch is available with reservations.

 

May 12-13, Madison
Plant Sale with the Pros
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Speak with area experts and select the best plants for your garden, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 12; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 13.

 

May 13, West Bend
30th annual Wildflower and Perennial Sale
Lac Lawrann Conservancy

Perennials, herbs and Wisconsin native plants for wetland, woodland, and prairie gardens, garden accessories and art, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., laclawrann.org.

 

May 14, Janesville
Spring Plant Sale
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Sale held at Horticulture Building on Sharon Road, east of Rotary Botanical Gardens. The sale includes a wide range of vegetables, herbs, perennials, and shrubs, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

May 16, Janesville
Rhythm & Blooms
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Outdoor concert features The Dave Potter Trio. Held in the Gazebo Garden, rain or shine. If inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors. South Padre Seafood truck for food purchases. Tickets day of, $10 per person, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

May 20, Wautoma
Waushara County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Waushara County Fairgrounds

Perennials, annuals, flowers, fruits, herbs, shrubs, trees, grasses, and vegetables, most home-grown by Master Gardeners, 8 a.m. to noon. Contact: Peggy Morgan, peggym6152@yahoo.com, 715-335-6641.

 

May 20, Wausau
North Central Wisconsin Master Gardener Plant Sale
Marathon Park Cattle Barn

7 a.m. to noon, Marathon Park Cattle Barn. Free kids planting area. For more information: http://bit.ly/2lQlFgT, or 715-297-5502.

 

May 22, Green Bay
Family Nature Night: Frogs & Toads
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

GBBG Education Staff, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free for members; $5/nonmember per family. Register by May 17, gbbg.org or 920-490-9457.

 

May 23, Janesville
Lawn Care Basics for the Wisconsin Homeowner
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Paul Koch of the UW-Madison Department of Plant Pathology will teach how to have a healthy green lawn, alternative healthy lawn practices, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fee: $3, members; $5, nonmembers, registration not required.

 

May 24, Milwaukee
Create a Garden with Continuous Bloom, That’s Carefree, Too!
Villa Terrace Museum

Wisconsin Gardening contributor Melinda Myers will focus on plants suited to harsh Wisconsin winters, challenging growing season, and less-than-ideal soil. She’ll highlight plants to provide maximum beauty with minimal care, 7 p.m. For details: http://bit.ly/2lQex3J.

 

May 25, Green Bay
Native Prairie Plants to Attract Pollinators
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Justin Kroenig, Stone Silo Prairie Gardens, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fee: $5. Presented in partnership with UW-Extension and Northeast Wisconsin Master Gardener Association. Register by May 18. gbbg.org or 920-490-9457.

 

May 27, Sturgeon Bay
Plant Sale
UW Peninsular Research Station

Annual Master Gardener event offers new and unusual plants, as well as old-time favorites, 9 a.m. to noon, dcmga.org/events.

 

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June 3, Waukesha
Perennial Plant Sale
E.B. Shurts Environmental Education Learning Center

Proceeds benefit the Legacy Forest Program, Arbor Day Tree Dedication, Environmental Learning Center and the beautification of the Waukesha County Parks System, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., springcitygardenclub.com.

 

June 3, Milwaukee
Torii Gate Festival
Mitchell Park Conservatory

An event of the Milwaukee Chapter 22 of Ikebana International, in partnership with the Friends of the Domes, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

June 9, 10, & 11, Almond
Midwest Women's Herbal Conference

Herbal education and personal growth workshops, dance and body movement, singing, nature walks, mostly organic meals, swimming in and enjoying the view of Pickerel Lake. midwestwomensherbal.com.

 

June 10, Milwaukee
Ultra Violet Summer Floral Show
Mitchell Park Conservatory

through September 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily.

 

June 10, Wausau
Raptors in the Garden
Robert W. Monk Gardens

Visit with the Raptor Education Group and see several raptors up close. Also photo ops, children’s activities, and food for sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. rwmonkgardens.org, 715-261-6309.

 

June 16, Hales Corners
Friends Annual Fundraiser
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Proceeds directly support our Children’s Plant Science & Environmental Education Programs. Music by Terry Smirl Jazz Trio, cocktails (cash bar), garden tours, and hors d’oeuvres. Food stations inside and out in the gardens, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

 

June 17, Wausau area
Monk Gardens Bus Trips
area gardens

One-day bus trip to garden wonders in other cities. Lunch included. Opportunities to both sightsee and shop. rwmonkgardens.org, 715-261-6309.

 

June 17, Madison
Rhapsody In Bloom
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Dine and dance under the sunset at premier gala fundraiser, Rhapsody in Bloom. 5 to 10 p.m.

 

June 19, Milwaukee
Pollinator Week at The Domes
Mitchell Park Conservatory

Celebrate pollinators with activities, hikes, stories, animal visits, tips, and food samples, 9 a.m. to noon, through the week.

 

June 21 and 28; July 5 and 12, Fond du Lac
Art in the Prairie
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Nature-inspired art camp for youths 8-12 years old. Kids explore different parts of the Gottfried while using nature to inspire art, crafts, and fun. Guest artists offer a variety of techniques and vision, 9 to11 a.m.. Sessions are weather permitting. Pre-registration required. Fee: $20 for supplies. Contact gottfriedprairie.org or 920-940-8869.

 

June 23, Sheboygan
Solstice Celebration
Bookworm Gardens

When the days are at their longest and adults get to take over the Gardens, light up the night with luminaries, live music, and local beer, 6 to 9 p.m. Adults only (21+) event. Bookwormgardens.com, 920-287-7895.

 

June 24, Sheboygan
Pollinator Picnic
Bookworm Gardens

Annual ladybug release, and learn more about the pollinators in your own garden. Birds, bats, bees, beetles, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., bookwormgardens.com, 920-287-7895.

 

June 24, Menomonee Falls
2017 Garden Mosaics Garden Tour

Six delightful private gardens, plus the Community Memorial Hospital Healing and Vegetable gardens, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Admission: $8 advance, $10 event day. Community League annual fund raiser, communityleague.com; email: cleague@communityleague.com, or 414-581-0352.

 

June 28, Janesville
The Ups and Downs of Wisconsin Weather
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Steve Ackerman and Jon Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison atmospheric scientists, will speak about climate trends in Wisconsin, explain forecasting models and unveil the latest long-range forecast, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Steve and Jon are regular guests on WPR’s The Larry Meiller Show. Fee: $3, members; $5, nonmembers. Registration not required.

 

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.