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Through November 30, Huntsville
George Sherwood – Art at the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

American sculptor George Sherwood explores aesthetic systems of space, time, and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion. The garden is thrilled to have several of his pieces on display and invite you to visit the garden to see these magnificent works of art and space. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

Through November 17, Mobile
Botanical Art I – Learning How to Draw
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join botanical artist Derek Norman for this six-week course teaching the basics of botanical art. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

Through December 7, Mobile
Nature and Landscape Photography
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This six-week course led by Julie Andel will cover topics such as camera settings, exposure, composition, photography tools, photographing gardens, a special module describing using smartphones or similar devices for photographing the garden, and critiques of photos. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

November

 

November 3-23, Theodore
Fall Cascading Chrysanthemums
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Don’t miss the nation’s largest outdoor chrysanthemum display that represents the culmination of 10 months of work by our horticultural staff. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and children 4 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-459-8864.

 

Nov 10-13 and 16-21, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The nine walking nights of Galaxy of Lights are a special treat. Children may have a visit with Santa, find hidden items on the “Holiday Seek and find” mural, and enjoy a snow shower in the icicle forest. Dogs are welcome on the 13th & 20th. Adults, $7; kids, $4; dogs, $1. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



November 14, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Indoor Gardening
North Alabama Agriplex

We’ll show you how to make an indoor garden to keep your green thumb happy year round. The program begins at 6 p.m. Cost $5. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.



November 15-17, Auburn
Native Plant Sale Pickup
The Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

This sale is a pre-order only sale. Order forms will be sent via email on October 2. The last day to submit your orders will be October 25. Friends of the Arboretum will have early access to the plant pick up on November 14. Plant pick up will be at the south end of the Davis Arboretum near the Old Cotton Rotation on Lem Morrison Drive. For more information, call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.


 
November 16, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

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@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.



November 18, Hoover
Members-Only Guided Bird Walk
Aldridge Gardens

Join Dr. Richard and Patricia Ryel for a walk through the gardens to catch a glimpse of the beautiful birds that are migrating through the area. 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.



November 18-19, Jemison
Petals Christmas Open House
Petals from the Past

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



November 24-December 31, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Don’t miss the holiday magic and tradition of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens Galaxy of Lights - a magnificent 2 and a half-mile long light extravaganza featuring over 170 larger-than-life animated light features. Exhibits include nursery rhymes, a holiday village, Jack Frost, a magical twinkling icicle forest, animated snowmen, a garden scene and much more! Nightly 5:30-9 p.m. Carload, $25 with a 10 person max. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



November 24-December 31, Theodore
Magic Christmas in Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Magic Christmas in Lights includes more than three million lights in 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre gardens estate. Guests may also enjoy hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza and nightly entertainment from local choral groups. Santa will be available nightly through December 23 for formal and informal photos. The Bellingrath Home is fully decorated for the holidays and open for nightly tours. Extended hours for Magic Christmas in Lights are 5-9 p.m. Fees: $15 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 251-459-8864, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



November 28, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights Fun Run
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Everyone is welcome to participate in this nighttime fun run on a course that winds through the paved and unpaved Galaxy of Lights trail. Load up the strollers with the kiddies and plan on a fun evening. Santa will hand out candy canes and pose for photos. You may run, jog, skip, or walk the 1.7-mile trail. First 1,200 get a t-shirt. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

December



December 1-2, Mobile
Holiday Market in the Gardens
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This is a great event sponsored by the Mobile Botanical Gardens in association with the Mobile County Master Gardeners and the Coastal Alabama Botanical Artists Circle. Come shop for unique poinsettias and other seasonal plants as well as Local Products with a Tale to Tell. Local botanical artists will be selling their works ranging from original art to printed notecard sets. Master gardeners will be offering the freshest greenery and stunning centerpieces to help make your holiday decor beautiful! Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


 
December 2, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Grapevine wreaths
North Alabama Agriplex

Grapevines and greenery await to be creatively entwined into beautiful wreaths for the holidays. Make one to take home and hang on your own door! We’ll have some greenery and ribbon, but feel free to bring additional supplies. The program begins at 6 p.m. Cost $10. Registration is required – you can register at Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.



December 2, Hoover
Holiday Greenery Sale
Aldridge Gardens

Bundled greenery for all your holiday trimmings! Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.


 
December 3, Mobile
The Grumpy Gardener
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Steve Bender, editor of Southern Living, will give a presentation on his wickedly funny gardening book, The Grumpy Gardener. Copies will be for sale at our Holiday Market as well as at the event. Following his presentation, Steve will sign copies and perhaps offer more sage advice! For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.



December 7, Hoover
Gifts of Art
Aldridge Gardens

The best place in Hoover to find original, affordable, handcrafted works of art by select Alabama artists just in time for the holidays. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



December 8-January 12, Mobile
Botanical Art II – Working with Colored Pencil
Mobile Botanical Gardens

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



December 13, Auburn
Pruning and Tool Sharpening Workshop
The Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

Bring your favorite yard tools with you and learn when, where, why, and how you should be pruning your trees and shrubs. 9 a.m.-noon. Members, $45; non-members, $60. Spaces are limited. For more information, call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

January



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

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


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November

 

November 11, Washington

Cast Iron Cooking: Holiday Sweets & Treats
Historic Washington State Park

Sugar cookies, gingerbread, and other holiday favorites can all be made with ease in a cast-iron Dutch oven. This half-day workshop will be devoted to advanced recipes, so beginners are encouraged to take the basic skills class first. Call 870-983-2684 for more information. Reservations required.

 

November 18, Parkin
Casqui Foods
Parkin Archeological State Park Visitor Center

Bring your family and friends to experience the tastes of the past. Most of the dishes will be created from food grown in our on-site garden and other ingredients gathered from the surrounding area.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: Free. Call 870-755-2500 for more information.

 

Nov 17-Dec 31, Fayetteville
Lights of the Ozarks
Fayetteville Downtown Square

Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square with the Lighting Night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate, and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.



November 17-18, Smackover
Holiday Lights Extravaganza
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

Oil Field Park comes to life with a variety of sparkling vignettes to delight the young and young at heart. Each lighted scene represents the sights of the winter holiday season. After viewing the lights come into the museum to warm up with hot chocolate and do that last minute shopping. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission: $10 per car. For more information, call 870-725-2877.



Nov 18-Dec 31, Hot Springs
Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

See 4.5 million brilliant bulbs transform approximately 17 acres into a memorable animated holiday display in one of Arkansas’ most anticipated events. Complimentary hot chocolate. The Chipmunk Café will be open from 3-9 p.m. each day during Holiday Lights. Note: Dogs will only be allowed in the gardens during Holiday Lights on Monday, December 4 for the Jingle Dogs Pup Parade. Only one dog per person allowed. $5 per dog. 3-5 p.m. Lights on at 5 p.m. Admission: 0-3 free; 4-12 $5; 13 and up $15; Golf cart ride $15 additional with no reservation required. For more information, visit garvangardens.org.



Nov 21-Dec 31, Pine Bluff
21st Annual Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park

The Pine Bluff Festival Association proudly announces their 21st season of the award-winning Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends. This holiday event has been recognized as the state’s largest drive-through display of holiday lights. Admission to the 1.2-mile display is free, however, donations are accepted by community volunteers at the end of the display to ensure future lighting displays are bigger and brighter. Donate $10 and you will receive an ornament (while supplies last). Just beyond the collection station is a photography stage where visitors can park and take their own pictures under a festive arch. 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit pinebluffcvb.org.



Nov 24-Dec 17, Mountain View
Caroling in the Caverns
Blanchard Springs Caverns

Marvel at the beauty of astonishing formations coupled with the sounds of caroling resounding through the caverns as musicians perform your favorite Christmas songs. Shows are every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Each show seats 100 people and they fill up quick. 6-8 p.m. Admission: $25. For more information, visit
yourplaceinthmountains.com.



Nov 29-Dec 24, Little Rock
The Gift of the Magi
Arkansas Repertory Theatre

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of a new chamber musical based upon O. Henry’s beloved holiday story. As December 25 approaches, they each lament their modest means and search for the perfect gift for their beloved spouse. For more information, visit therep.org.

 

December



December 1, Eureka Springs
Greater Eureka Springs
Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights

This unique and beautiful parade begins along Spring Street in the Historic Loop of Eureka Springs. You don’t want to miss this magical light parade! 6-8 p.m. Admission: Free. For more information, visit eurekaspringschamber.com.



December 2, Washington
31st Annual Christmas and Candlelight
Historic Washington State Park

Decorations, music, and more set the mood for your historic holiday experience. The homes of yesterday are adorned with historic period decorations of pinecones, grapevines, magnolia, and evergreens. Daylight tours are from 1-5 p.m. Candlelight tours begin at 5 p.m. when thousands of luminaries will be lit, and will continue until 8 p.m. Plan time in your schedule to visit Williams’ Tavern, offering a Christmas buffet from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. You may also choose to enjoy a horse-drawn surrey ride or shop the gift shops for that special holiday gift. Admission: $10 adults; $6 6-12. For more information, visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com.



December 16, Little Rock
Caroling in the Forest
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Kingfisher Trailhead

Meet at the Kingfisher Trail to stroll into the forest and sing your favorite Christmas carols along a paved trail. Bring a flashlight and your best singing voice. Visit with everybody afterwards as we serve hot chocolate around a campfire at the Pinnacle Pavilion. This fun family activity has quickly become a tradition! 7-9 p.m. Admission: Free. For more information, call 501-868-5806.


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

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

 

November

 

November 9, Kernersville, N.C.
Lunch and Learn: Gourds – From the Garden to the Kitchen and Craft Room
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Lecture by Judi Fleming. Bring your lunch, the garden will provide drinks. Lunch and Learn is free for members of PJCBG; $2 donation for nonmembers. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org or call 336-996-7888.



November 10-12, Durham, N.C.
Fall For Orchid Exhibit
Duke Gardens

Hundreds of blooming orchids in lush garden-like settings will be on display in our third annual exhibit. In addition to enjoying the amazing displays, you can learn from experts in workshops about growing, repotting, and caring for orchids. Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Presented by the Triangle Orchid Society and Duke Gardens. Free drop-in exhibit for all ages. Adult chaperone required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.



November 11, Raleigh, N.C.
Fern Propagation
JC Raulston Arboretum

Learn about the reproductive cycle of ferns and how to propagate them from spores in this hands-on workshop. Each participant will take home a variety of ferns in various stages of development. 9 a.m.-noon; fee is $40 for members, $55 for nonmembers. For more information, call 919-513-7005.



November 11, Lake City, S.C.
Camellia: The Heritage Collection
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Learn how camellias shaped history from Ancient Asia, into the Renaissance period of Europe and finally America during the antebellum era. 9:30 a.m.-noon; $25 per person. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582 or email rturk@moorefarmsbg.org.



November 11 & 18, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Soil Ecology
The North Carolina Botanical Garden

An overview of soil types is presented, followed by the study of typical Piedmont soils and their properties. No prerequisite. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $65 (NCBG members $58). For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.



November 11, Charleston, S.C.
2017 Horticulture Symposium
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Hort Harvest, a day filled gardening events including a fall plant sale and speakers presented by Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and Charleston Horticultural Society. For more information, visit magnoliaplantation.com/horticulture.



November 14, Belmont, N.C.
Birding Walk
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for a stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk, and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds. Bring binoculars if you have a pair. Walk led by garden volunteers. Time is 9-10 a.m. For more information, call 704-829-1257.



Nov 14-Dec 31, Asheville, N.C.
Winter Lights Holiday Lights Exhibit
The North Carolina Arboretum

Winter Lights is an outdoor holiday light exhibit in the arboretum’s nationally known gardens. Listen to the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider, or beer. Open nightly, 6-10 p.m. Price is $18 for adults and $12 for children 5-11 (discount for members). Tickets are not available at the door. For more information, visit ncarboretum.org/exhibits-events/winter-lights.



November 15, Durham, N.C.
Plants of Distinction – Colorful Foliage Plants
Duke Gardens

Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Take all four sections in the Plants of Distinction series, or sign up separately for each session. 2:30-4 p.m. Garden members $7; general public $10. Sign up for all 3 sections at $5 per session for garden members; $9 per session for the general public. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.



November 16, Raleigh, N.C.
Photography Workshop – Shadows
JC Raulston Arboretum

Sometimes shadows go unnoticed, but then show up as dark, distracting elements in your photos. We will practice searching these out, making them work in your compositions, and even being the subject themselves. What to bring: camera with any lens including, ideally a 35mm-135mm lens or a macro lens (a smartphone is okay); tripod (recommended, but not necessary). 2-3 p.m. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For more information, call 919-513-7005.



November 16, Greensboro, N.C.
Making Hypertufa Containers
Cooperative Extension, Barn Arena

Hypertufa containers are ideal for holding plants, and with just a few ingredients provided by us, you can make and take home your very own! Pre-registration is required in order to ensure enough materials. We also ask that you prepay a $10 fee to help with supplies. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Instructor is Ann Van Sant, NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400 or lauren_taubert_ncsu.edu.



November 16, Lake City, S.C.
Drying D.I.Y.
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Come discover all the neat uses of dried florals and foliage. After a lively discussion, tasty lunch, and brief plant walk, create a variety of take-home treats. Remember your day in the garden with a dried herbal sachet, pressed-leaf ornament, floral bookmark, and sola flower bouquet. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost is $32 a person. To register, email Rebecca Turk at rturk@moorefarmsbg.org.



November 16, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Lunchbox Talk: Invasive Plants are NOT for the Birds
The North Carolina Botanical Gardens

The bird/plant mutualism benefits multitudes of plants and birds. Non-native plants (both invasive and benign) have “spoiled” this relationship by facilitating invasive plant spread, competing with native plants for fleshy fruit dispersal and altering bird nutrition. Noon-1 p.m. Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.



November 19, Cary, N.C.
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop
Garden Supply Company

Learn the basics of creating a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table. Bring a special container from home or purchase one from us. Fee is $35 and includes fresh greenery, floral foam and instruction; any silks, ribbon, or ornaments are additional cost. Space is limited so be sure to register. For more information, call 919-460-7747 or visit gardensupplyco.com.



November 24-December 9, Famer, N.C.
Wreath Workshops
Toms Creek Nursery

Learn to create beautiful holiday wreaths. Pre-register before November 11 and save $5. For more information, visit tomscreeknursery.com or call 336-857-2131.



Nov 30, Dec 1-2, 7-9 & 14-17, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Nights of a Thousand Candles
Brookgreen Gardens

See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3-10 p.m. The 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every night. An outdoor glass sculpture exhibit will be on display in Anne’s Garden. Created by Conway Glass, guests will see the garden beautifully decorated with new hand-blown glass flowers and trees. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 843-235-6000 or visit brookgreen.org.



November 30, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Lunchbox Talk: Seeding Relationships, The Philosophy of Giant Pumpkin Growing
The North Carolina Botanical

Join us for an exhilarating and comical journey through competition giant pumpkin growing. Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture, noon-1 p.m. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.

 

December



December 2, Durham, N.C.
Holiday Greenery
Duke Gardens

Make your own fragrant holiday display and bring nature indoors. Plant records manager Beth Hall and horticulturist Michelle Rawlins will create several evergreen wreaths to demonstrate techniques for turning greenery, colorful stems, berries, and pods into scented holiday displays. All plant materials and ribbon will be supplied. Please bring a pair of hand pruners and any embellishments you would like to include. Time options: Section A, 10 a.m.-noon; Section B, 2-4 p.m. Fee for gardens members is $55 per section; general public $65. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.



December 2, Lake City, S.C.
Grafting Made Easy
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Unearth the mystery of grafting with Leanne Kenealy from Hoffman’s Nursery. She will teach you her tips and tricks to successful grafting. Each attendee will get hands-on experience grafting a cypress and ginkgo that you get to take home. 9:30 a.m.-noon and fee is $20 a person. To register, contact Rebecca Turk at rturk@moorefarmsbg.org.



December 5, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
Ladies Night Out
The Garden Hut

Refreshments, fun, and door prizes. Free, registration required; 6-8 p.m. Please bring canned items to donate to the Fuquay-Varina Food Pantry. For more information, call 919-552-0590 or visit NelsaGardenHut.com.



December 8, Raleigh, N.C.
Family Art Works – Holiday Creations
JC Raulston Arboretum

Participants will take home their creations to decorate their homes. Parents are free of charge, but we ask that you stay with your child while they are creating. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and noon. All ages, cost is $10 per child for members, $15 per child for nonmembers. For more information, contact Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu or call 919-513-7011.



December 9, Lake City, S.C.
Fall Series: Terrarium Ornaments
Moore Farm Botanical Garden

Decorate for the holidays by creating small terrarium ornaments. We’ll learn about the science behind terrariums and each child will make their own terrarium ornament using natural materials to take home. 9-11:30 a.m. Fee is $5 per child. To register, email Kelli Meeker at kmeeker@moorefarmsbg.org or call 843.210.7582.



December 9, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Natural Ornaments – Family Workshop
The North Carolina Botanical Garden

Use your imagination to craft your own unique ornament with materials that nature supplies. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate to celebrate your creative work. All materials included. This program is designed for ages 5 & up with accompanying adult.  2:30-4 p.m. Adult chaperone required. Fee: $10 ($8 members); no fee for accompanying adult. For more information or to register, visit ncbg.unc.edu or call 919-962-0522.



December 10, Cary, N.C.
Holiday Terrarium Workshop
Garden Supply Company

Bring a container from home or purchase one at the store. We will have all the soil and building materials and our gardeners will help you make sure that you are picking the right plants for your spot. This workshop costs $25 and includes soil, building material (rocks, charcoal, etc.), and instruction. Plants and accessories are an additional cost. Be sure to register, as space is limited! For more information or to register, call 919-460-7747 or visit gardensupplyco.com.


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From the Editor: The staff at Florida Gardening would like to send our thoughts and well wishes to all residents impacted by hurricane Irma.
We insist that our readers verify all events before making arrangements to attend, but it is especially important to verify calendar listings at this time. Some of these events may have been cancelled or rescheduled due to businesses suffering property damage and/or financial hardships.

 

Mondays Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
Winter Park Rd.

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



Wednesdays and Saturdays Rockledge
Farmer’s Market
Rockledge Gardens

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



Thursdays Melbourne
Brevard County Farmers Market
Wickham Park Equestrian Center

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



Saturdays Webster
Sumter County Farmers Market
Webster

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



Saturdays Osceola County
The Farm Market and CSA
St. Cloud

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



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

Join the community in support of the future Evans Center at 1361 Florida Ave in Palm Bay by attending the monthly Farmers and Flea Market. This market runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EBT is accepted and vendors are welcome. For more information, call 321-408-9587.

 

October

 

Oct 7, Palmetto
Manatee County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Fair
Manatee County Extension Service

This fair is located at 1303 17th Street West in Palmetto and runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Master Gardener propagated and grown plants will be available including Florida Friendlies, natives, butterfly attractants, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, trees, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, and bromeliads. While at the sale, wander through our award-winning Educational Gardens. For more information, call 941-722-4524.

 

Oct 7, Gainesville
Guided walk
Kanapaha Botanical Garden

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-noon. Regular admission price for non-members, and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.

 

Oct 7, Tavares
Fall Plant Sale
Lake County Extension Office

There will be a large selection of Master Gardener-greenhouse-grown plants. Florida, Natives, perennials, butterfly plants, and succulents. Bring your own wago/cart or use one of ours (we will have a limited number). Line forms early, gate opens at 8 a.m. and will remain open until noon. Cash or check only. Please call 352-343-4101 or visit lake.ifas.ufl.edu for more information.

 

Oct 7-8 Tampa
Fall Plant Sale
Kessler's Cacti & Things

Kessler's Cacti & Things is holding its huge Fall Plant Sale with hundreds of varieties of cacti and succulents from around the world, including rare collectors specimens. Large stock of beautiful Desert Roses! We will also have botanists on site to answer any questions. Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Bearss Groves, 14316 Lake Magdalene Blvd., Tampa. For more information, contact us at Kesslerscacti@gmail.com or 813-751-9409.

 

Oct 12, Deland
90th Birthday Celebration and Standard Petite Flower Show
865 South Alabama Avenue

The Garden Club of Deland will be celebrating its 90th Birthday with a Standard Petite Flower Show. The evening event will also include wine and appetizers, live music, opportunity drawings, and a chance to stroll their lovely gardens. No admission fee, parking is free. For more information, visit www.gardenclubofdeland.org or call 386-624-6960.

 

October 13-15, Coral Gables
71st Miami International Orchid Show
Wasco Center University of Miami

America’s favorite orchid show presented and judged by the South Florida Orchid Society. Featuring internationally acclaimed orchid growers from around the world and the U.S. Orchid lectures will be held Friday and Saturday. The show is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and admission is $10. Children 10 and under admitted FREE! The address is 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables and there will be ample parking. For more information, please visit www.sforchid.com.

 

Oct 14, Fort Pierce
St. Lucie County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
St. Lucie County Extension

The St. Lucie County Master Gardeners invite all to their annual fall plant sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a lot of great plants for sale that they have propagated, and monies raised furnish scholarships in the community. This sale takes place at 8400 Picos Road and admission is free. For more information, visit stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu or call 772-462-1660.

 

Oct 21, Wildwood
“Plantoberfest” Fall Plant Sale
Wildwood Community Center

The event will include sale of plants and garden related items, including books. Food and drink will be available. Educational tent talks and demonstrations will be held. It will be held at Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Road (CR 139) from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  

 

Oct 21 & 22, Gainesville
Fall Plant Sale & Orchid Show
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Each October, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens holds an Open House and Fall Plant Sale, in conjunction with the Gainesville Orchid Society and invites visitors to see the facility admission-free. The Gardens formally opened to the public in October of 1986 and the Open House is a means of celebrating its birthday. This year the event runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days. In addition to viewing the botanical gardens, approximately 50 booths will be set up selling a wide variety of plants. The American Orchid Society will have their annual America Orchid Society’s judged-show that will coincide with the Fall Plant Sale, and will take place inside Kanapaha’s entrance building. Bring cash because most vendors do not accept credit cards. Sorry, but pets are not allowed at this festival. For more information, please visit www.kanapaha.org or call 352-372-4981.

 

Oct 21 & 22, Naples
Naples Yard & Garden Show
Collier Extension

Come join us at the annual Naples Yard & Garden Show on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be plant vendors, horticulture merchants, educational lectures, and much more. Located at 14700 Immokalee Road, admission is $5 per person (children 12 and under admitted free). Domestic Animals Services (DAS) will be bringing dogs available for adoption too. For more information, call 239-352-4800 or visit Facebook/Naples Yard and Garden Show.

 

Oct 24, Sarasota
Herbs!
1131 Blvd. of the Arts
What’s a bowl of mango salsa without cilantro but a sad state of affairs? Join us for a lively talk about growing herbs in the hot Florida weather, and how different herbs compliment tropical fruits. The speaker for this talk will be Dennis Gretton, a local farmer who over the years has developed expert knowledge about growing herbs in Florida. All are welcome. For more information visit TropicalFruitSociety.org.

 

Oct 28, Lakeland
33rd Annual Fall Garden Extravaganza
Munn Park

The 33rd Annual Fall Extravaganza, presented by The Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc. will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 50 vendors, large variety of plants, garden art and more. Master Gardeners and other experts to answer your questions. Great food and fun! The event will be held in downtown Lakeland in Munn Park at 201 E. Main St. For more information, call 863-370-4065.

 

November

 

Nov 1, Rockledge
Floral Design Study Unit
Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club

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



Nov 3, Orlando
Movies at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Experience movies outdoors in Orlando’s most beautiful garden! Leu Gardens offers an amazing and unique setting, at the floral clock on a 32-foot screen, to see a classic or current feature film, weather permitting. Moviegoers may bring picnic dinners including alcohol and seating (chairs or blanket), then sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie. Best of all, Leu Gardens opens early at 6 p.m. on all movie nights so moviegoers can stroll through the 50-acre gardens before the movie. Movie time is at 7:30 p.m. Grilled items, popcorn, and drinks are available for purchase. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children K-12th grade, and free for Leu Garden members. The Gardens are located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue. Call 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org for more information and a list of movie selections.



Nov 3-4, Bradenton
Design Specialty Show “EIEIO: Down on the Farm”
Manatee River Garden Club

This Design Specialty Show will be held on Friday from 1-4 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the clubhouse located at 3120 First Avenue West. A farm theme will be woven into floral designs, educational exhibits, and expanded photography sections. Live farm animals will add a unique feature to this show on Saturday. Also enjoy the vendors on Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit manateerivergardenclub.com or contact Chairwoman Chris O’Grady at 941-776-5788 or email cnogrady@aol.com.



Nov 4, Winter Park
GROWvember
Mead Botanical Garden

Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park invites you to join us at the 4th Annual Fall Plant Sale, GROWvember. The time is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. A number of nurseries and plant vendors will have all kinds of Florida-grown plants to offer, especially focusing on fall plantings. Gardening accessories will also be featured. There will be classes throughout the day and food trucks in case you get hungry. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit meadgarden.org.



Nov 4-5, West Palm Beach
Plant-A-Palooza Fall Plant Sale
Mounts Botanical Garden

This two-day annual event running from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. features more than 90 vendors with an amazing assortment of quality plants and accessories. Rare and hard-to-find palms, orchids, bamboo, begonias, bromeliads, fruit trees, and more will be available for purchase. Be sure to visit the Mounts Nursery and Garden Shop, which will be open during all hours of the event.



Nov 4, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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



Nov 5, Tallahassee
Moon Over Maclay!
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

All are invited to the 8th annual Moon Over Mackay jazz concert. Enjoy the music of two outstanding jazz groups under a full moon on the front lawn of the historic Maclay House overlooking Lake Hall. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs, picnic, favorite beverage, and friends. Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for students, and may be purchased online at friendsofmaclaygardens.org or at the Ranger Station in the park. For additional information, call 850-487-4556.



Nov 6, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Story Time at Leu Gardens is a fun approach for illustrating to young children about the benefits of reading through songs, rhymes, and books. Storytellers from Orange County Library System share a variety of ways to engage your child into playful reading. Story Time is for families with infants to 5 years of age. It is held the first Monday of each month, excluding city holidays (July and September) and is free to attend. Hundreds of families participate each month in this amazing and imaginative story time event. The event runs from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with three age appropriate sessions: 10-10:15 a.m., infants to 18 months; 10:20-10:35 a.m., toddlers; 10:40-11 a.m., preschoolers. Thank you to Kids Urgent Care for sponsoring this free event to our community. Harry P. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Nov 8, Naples
Hats in the Garden
Naples Botanical Garden

This is the 14th anniversary of Hats in the Garden – The Faces of Naples. The annual fundraiser is the introduction of Naples’s social season, and tickets are still available (as of July). Fashionable guests display their stunning millinery over a delicious luncheon and enjoy the runway show of red carpet designs. To find out more, call 239-643-7275 or visit naplesgarden.org.



Nov 10-12, Coral Gables
Fall Garden Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Our Fall Garden Festival features The Ramble, south Florida’s most beloved event. Experience all that fall in South Florida has to offer with seasonal cooking classes, home gardening demonstrations, our fall beer garden, and seasonal vignettes, all mixed with Ramble traditions like art, antiques, rare books, garden vendors, a furniture design show, the largest plant sale in South Florida, and much more. Plants include edibles for the fall garden, ornamentals, orchids, succulents, exotics, and more. The Fall Garden Festival at Fairchild admission is included with Garden admission: $25 for non-members and free for Fairchild members. Tickets may be purchased the day of the festival or pre-purchased at fairchildgarden.org. Call 305-667-1651 for more information.



Nov 11, Brandon
Open Garden Days
1508 Burning Tree Lane

From 10 a.m.-noon Monica Brandies will host her annual Open Garden. Autographed books, plants, especially blue ginger, pinecone, and butterfly ginger bulbs, white cat whiskers, perennial edibles, and more for sale. Wander through the garden. Admission is free. For a list of plants and costs or to reserve plants before they disappear, email Monica at monicabrandies@yahoo.com.



Nov 11, Clearwater
45th Herb Faire Celebration
Moccasin Lake Nature Park

The Florida Herb Society presents this free event to the public and will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be demonstrations and speakers, herbs and plants for sale, silent auctions, herbal vendors, a children’s fairy treat tent and more! Located at 2750 Park Trail Lane. For more information or to be a vendor, contact Linda Nash Stevenson at lifeforceherbals@yahoo.com.



Nov 11, Gainesville
Veteran’s Day Special
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Active or retired military get into the Gardens FREE on Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your services to this country! For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



Nov 11, Ft. Myers
Veteran’s Day Special
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

The Edison Ford is offering free admission to United States Armed Services Veterans and immediate family members. For more information, visit edisonfordwinterestates.org.



Nov 11, Orlando
Veteran’s Day Special
Leu Gardens

Active and retired military will be admitted free to the Gardens on this special day. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Nov 11, Plant City
Annual Flower Show
High School Community Center

Our Annual Flower Show is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Plant City 1914 High School Community Center, 605 N. Collins Street. The theme this year is “Victory of the Grand Alliance.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit plantcitygardenclub.org.



Nov 11-12, Fort Pierce
Fall Festival of Orchids
St. Lucie Shrine Club

The Orchid Show and Sale is presented by the Fort Pierce Orchid Society at 4600 Oleander Ave. The times will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Come see hundreds of beautiful and unique orchids on display. There will be orchid vendors, beautiful orchid displays, art exhibits, and raffles! Workshops will be held on Sunday. Be sure to bring your camera and a friend! Experts will be onsite offering growing and maintenance tips. For more information, email rita2zfpos@gmail.com.

 

Nov 12 through Jan 3, Orlando
Christmas at the Leu House
Leu Gardens

This year local interior designers will wrap and twist the historic Leu House Museum into a beautiful, vintage reflection of Christmas past. The 11-room estate will reflect each designer’s signature touch of an old fashion Christmas in keeping with the time period of the home. See classic holiday ornaments adorning the many Christmas trees throughout the house and beautiful displays for all to enjoy. Designers include Magnolias & Vine, Pottery Barn, Craft Shack, Bloomingdale’s and Pier 1 Imports. Admission to Christmas at the Leu House is included with regular garden admission: $10 adult, $5 children ages 4-17. Admission will be free on Dec. 4. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Nov 13, Vero Beach
9th Annual Bromeliad Auction
Indian River Bromeliad Society

This highly anticipated event offers top quality, hard-to-find specialty bromeliads for auction to the general public. Preview begins at 6:30 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m. Admission is FREE and there will be refreshments. This event is held at the Garden Club of Indian River County, 2526 17th Ave. For more information call 772-713-6007 or visit irbromeliadsociaty.org.



Nov 18-19, Fort Pierce
30h Annual Garden Festival
Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Plants, supplies, food, and more, this year admission is free to all! Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 772-464-4672 or visit heathcotebotanicalgardens.org.



Nov 18-19, Ft. Myers
Edison Garden Festival
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

The annual Edison Garden Festival will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dozens of vendors from all over the state will have exotic and tropical plants and trees, along with garden art and supplies for sale. The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe will be open and stocked with unusual, native and heritage plants proven to thrive in Southwest Florida. Plant vendors will be selling palms, vegetables, bromeliads, hibiscus, butterfly plants, and much more as well as garden supplies and gift items. There will be live music and refreshments available. Parking and admission to the festival are free. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit edisonfordwinterestates.org.

 

Nov 24-Dec 31, Largo
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Florida Botanical Gardens

You are invited to a wonderful, family-friendly holiday tradition. The gardens are festooned with over a million LED lights in an array of colors highlighting our plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. Included this year for the first time: a synchronized light display where lights dance to the sound of holiday music. Nightly entertainment includes visits with Santa. Refreshments available. Open nightly from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Suggested admission donation is $4 with those 12 and under admitted free. Parking is free at either 12520 Ulmerton Rd. or 12211 Walsingham Rd. Donations and sponsorships are used to fund improvements and special projects in the Gardens. For more information, call 727-582-2100 or visit www.flbg.org.



Nov 28, Sarasota
Dragon Fruit!
Sarasota Garden Club

Join us for a fascinating look at a cactus that bears a wonderful fruit – pitaya, better known in the U.S. as dragon fruit. Speaker Gene McAvoy, director of the Hendry County IFAS Extension Service, will discuss the many cultivars of this peculiar fruit, its growing requirements, and differences in taste between the cultivars. Many club members grow this fruit and will be on hand to share knowledge, and there may be dragon fruit tasting as well. Non-members are asked for a $5 donation. Location is 1131 Boulevard of the Arts. For more information, visit TropicalFruitSociety.org, find them on Facebook at Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, or email TropicalFruitSocietySRQ@gmail.com.

 

December



Dec 1, Rockledge
Card Party
Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club

The Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club is having a card party from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1493 Fiske Blvd. Lunch will be provided. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Cost is $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Cathy Thirlwell at 321-795-0635.



Dec 1, Orlando
Movies at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Experience movies outdoors in Orlando’s most beautiful garden! Leu Gardens offers an amazing and unique setting, at the floral clock on a 32-foot screen, to see a classic or current feature film, weather permitting. Moviegoers may bring dinner picnics including alcohol and seating (chairs or blanket), then sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie. Best of all, Leu Gardens opens early at 6 p.m. on all movie nights so moviegoers can stroll through the 50-acre gardens before the movie. Movie time is 7:30 p.m. Grilled items, popcorn, and drinks are available for purchase. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children K-12th grade, and free for Leu Garden members. The Gardens are located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue. Call 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org for more information and movie selections.



Dec 1, Tallahassee
28th Annual Camellia Christmas
Maclay Gardens State Park

Maclay Gardens State Park and Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc., would like to invite the public to take a stroll along the candle-lit walk and enjoy holiday music provided by local musicians. Enjoy some hot cider and cookies while waiting for Santa to arrive. This event is the perfect introduction to the season and a fun way to share the holiday spirit with friends and family. The historic Maclay House will be open and filled with lovely fresh arrangements created by local Garden Club Flower Show judges. You’ll also want to take advantage of the opportunity to bid on festive holiday wreaths and decorations for your home donated by local merchants to benefit your State Park. This event is free; however donations will be gladly accepted. For more information call 850-487-4556 or visit floridastateparks.org/park-events/Maclay-Gardens.



Dec 1-2 Tampa
Holiday Garden Fest
Tampa Garden Club

The public is invited to attend this FREE event sponsored by the Tampa Garden Club. Shoppers will find special holiday gifts to purchase from a wide array of vendors. Plants, garden supplies, handmade and creative gift items, and gourmet delicacies will be offered. The fest runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at 2629 Bayshore Blvd. Come to the event hungry because food trucks will offer delicious meals and snacks on site. For more information, visit tampagardenclub.com.



Dec 1-2, Punta Gorda
Holly Days Home Tour
Punta Gorda Historic District

The tour will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. Tour houses in the Punta Gorda Historic District and the First United Methodist Church, all decorated for Christmas. Refreshments will be served and there will be a poinsettia sale in the Fellowship Hall. There is a $15 donation requested for this event. Proceeds go to the PGGC Scholarship fund and community projects. Advance tickets are available. This holiday tradition began in 1992 when the club was asked to create wreaths for Punta Gorda’s 100-year anniversary. The home tour was added in 1993 and has continued since that time when weather permitted. For more information, visit pggc.org or call 941-575-4653.



Dec 2, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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



Dec 2-3, Ft. Myers
Bromeliad Show and Sale
Araba Shrine Center

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



Dec 2-3 Fort Lauderdale
11th Annual Orchid & Exotic Plant Sale
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Orchids, exotics, tropicals, herbs, fruit trees, garden art, gourmet food, libations, gardening lectures, orchid displays, green market, and so much more mark this annual event that attract over 3,000 attendees. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for non-members with children 12 and under admitted free. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days, participants will enjoy plants and gourmet food trucks, cooking demonstrations, live music, and a farmer’s market. Parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online at BonnetHouse.org. Call 954-703-2614 for more information.



Dec 3 St. Augustine
49th Annual Tour of Homes
Historic Downtown area

The Christmas Tour of Homes is an annual tradition hosted by The Garden Club of St. Augustine since 1968. This year’s theme is “Christmas During the Flagler Era.” Tickets are $30 and are limited so advance purchase is necessary since the tour has sold out well in advance since 2010. Tickets are non-refundable. This is a walking tour that runs from noon-5 p.m. The homes are located within the historic downtown area for people who enjoy a leisurely walk through the old streets. For those who have difficulty walking and need assistance, we provide complimentary transportation on the Old Town Trolley. For more information, visit gardenclubofstaugustine.org/tourofhomes.html. To purchase tickets, call 904-819-6864 or visit christmastourofhomes.com.



Dec 4, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Story Time at Leu Gardens is a fun approach illustrating to young children the benefits of reading through songs, rhymes, and books. Storytellers from Orange County Library System share a variety of ways to engage your child into playful reading. Story Time is for families with infants to 5 years of age. It is held the first Monday of each month, excluding city holidays (July and September) and is free. Hundreds of families participate each month in this amazing and imaginative story time event. The event runs from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with three age appropriate sessions: 10-10:15 a.m., infants to 18 months; 10:20-10:35 a.m., toddlers; 10:40-11 a.m., preschoolers. Thank you to Kids Urgent Care for sponsoring this free event to our community. Harry P. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Dec 6, Rockledge
Floral Design Study Unit
Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club

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



Dec 9, Lake Placid
Holiday Home and Garden Tour
Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Garden Club’s 7th Annual Holiday Home & Garden Tour is a fundraiser to provide scholarships, camper-ships, and counselor training for local youths to the only camp in the county operated by garden clubs. The event is from noon-4 p.m. Each ticket has pictures of lovely homes and gardens, as well as maps to the locations on this driving tour. Refreshments are available at the Placid Lakes Community Building on Placid Lakes Blvd, where poinsettias and garden art will be on sale. The café will be open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and ticket holders may drop in at any time before, after, or during the tour. Tickets may be purchased in advance with a donation of $15 by calling Peggy at 863-465-1269 or on the day of the event at the café.



Dec 9, Gotha
Holiday Celebration & Amaryllis Festival
Nehrling Gardens

Join us at this free community event at Henry Nehrling’s Palm Cottage Gardens. This will be the 5th Annual Celebration featuring beautiful amaryllis bulbs and blooms for the holidays, Santa Claus, music, nature-themed vendors, food, and activities for children. The time is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 407-445-9977 or visit nehrlinggardens.org.



Dec 10, Largo
Gift and Plant Sale
Florida Botanical Gardens

The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundations is supporting a Gift and Plant Sale at the Gardens from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This sale includes an assortment of tropical plants, orchids, herbs, bromeliads, citrus, begonias, and fruit trees. Specialty vendors will be selling unique clothing, jewelry, garden art, honey, ceramics, dog treats, candles, body lotions, and much more. There is a suggested donation of $4 per person with 12 and under and BGF members admitted free. For more information, call 727-582-2117 or visit flbgfoundation.org.



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

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



Dec 21-30, Sarasota
14th Annual Lights in Bloom
Selby Gardens

Featuring more than a million lights, this holiday extravaganza surrounds visitors with a spectacle of unique installations amid some of the garden’s most iconic locations. Back by popular demand is the massive Tunnel of Lights, which transports guests from the tropics into the North Pole. Favorites such as the Radiant Rainforest continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Enjoy interactive photo opportunities, traditional holiday music and festivities, delicious food and drinks, and more as the Gardens are transformed into an electric wonderland. On Dec. 23 visitors may take part in the Selby Experience featuring reserved parking, early admission, open bar, cocktail buffet and holiday desserts. Cost is $100 for adults. General admission is $25 for adults, $20 for members, and $7.50 for children 5-12. Special pricing of $20 per person for groups of 25 or more, reservations required. Lights in Bloom will be open from 6-9 p.m., closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For more information call 941-366-5731 or visit selby.org.



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

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


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November 8, Alpharetta
Growing Fruit in Georgia
Alpharetta Engineering/Public Works Department

This class will cover fruit trees (apple, peach, cherry, pear, fig), brambles (raspberry, blackberry), blueberries, strawberries, and grapes. We will talk about selection, planting, pruning, disease and pest control, and harvesting.

This class is taught by the North Fulton Master Gardeners and sponsored by the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission. 7-8:30 p.m., free. To register call 678-297-6200.



November 11, Athens
Heritage Days Fall Festival
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This festival will combine the very popular Fall Festival with a new celebration of heritage plants and history we are calling Heritage Days. We look forward to welcoming The Old Timey Seed Swap, from Oglethorpe County, educational classes and workshops centered on heritage plants and their uses, local musicians, demonstrations and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., donations will be accepted. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.



November 11, Athens
Seed Saving for the Backyard Gardener
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join us for a presentation on backyard seed saving, including such topics as definitions and botanical terms to get you started, the challenges and rewards of seed saving, the life span of common garden seeds, and what conditions are best for storage. We will also examine pollination and fertilization techniques to promote better seed isolation methods for home gardeners, harvesting and processing techniques, storage and germination testing, and why seed quality is important. 9-11 a.m., $10. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.



November 11, Athens
Paper Making with Plants and Flowers: A Beautiful Tradition
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this exciting hands-on workshop we will explore all the creative possibilities of making recycled paper from cotton scraps. Participants will make their own paper creations using colored pulp, stencils, flowers, and plants. Participants should wear clothes they don’t mind getting wet or bring an apron. Participants are encouraged to bring things they may want to include in their paper, such as pressed flowers, thread, or confetti. This workshop is geared toward adults, but is open to ages 10 and up accompanied by an adult. 1-4 p.m., $30, limited to 20 people. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.



November 11, Athens
Soap Making 101: Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Soap Making 101 is a beginning-level soapmaking class designed to teach students to make soap by hand at home. The main focus of this class is the “cold process” soapmaking method. We will cover what soap is, soap process, choosing fats, and lye safety. Each student makes 1 pound of soap they get to take with them. Fees cover instruction, safety equipment (apron, gloves and glasses), and all soaping-making ingredients. It DOES NOT include a mold. You may buy a 1-pound silicone square soap mold from us for $10, bring your own, or up-cycle an appropriate vessel. 1-4 p.m., $55, limited to 20 people. For more information, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6156.



November 11-January 7, Atlanta
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Atlanta Botanical Garden

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



November 25-December 24, Savannah
December Nights & Holiday Lights
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Savannah’s jewel of a Christmas returns with 1,000,000 sparkling lights across the gardens. Visit with Santa Claus and the Coastal Rail Buff’s miniature train display. Stop at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen for a hot beverage or baked goodies (purchase these items a la carte to support local non-profit groups running the kitchen). The display is weather-dependent, as rain causes the lights to trip breakers. 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 912-921-5460 or visit coastalgeorgiabg.org.

 

December



December 1, LaGrange    
Boxwood Christmas Wreath Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

Come be a part of a day’s cheer and fun as the Hills & Dales staff guides you in creating a wreath using a variety of elegant, fresh evergreens and berries gathered from the estate. All participants will leave with a beautiful custom design to grace their door, complete with a hand-tied bow if desired. Bring clippers if you have them. All other supplies provided. 10 a.m.-noon. $40 per person. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or visit www.hillsanddales.org.



December 2, LaGrange    
Mixed Greens Christmas Wreath Workshop
Hills & Dales Estate

Come be a part of a day’s cheer and fun as the Hills & Dales staff guides you in creating a wreath using a variety of elegant, fresh evergreens and berries gathered from the estate. All participants will leave with a beautiful custom design to grace their door, complete with a hand-tied bow if desired. Bring clippers if you have them. All other supplies provided. Two sessions to choose from: 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m., $40 per person. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or visit www.hillsanddales.org.



December 2-30, LaGrange
Holidays at Hills & Dales Estate
Hills & Dales Estate

The Callaway home will be adorned with fresh plants, flowers, and evergreens. The Christmas tree will be styled circa 1940s and a special display will adorn the Palm Room. Regular tour prices apply. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or visit www.hillsanddales.org.



December 5 & 9, Atlanta
Floral Design
Atlanta Botanical Garden

This class will begin with a demonstration of several concepts using flowers and materials in unconventional ways. Everyone will then create their own arrangement to take home using reed that is bent into a structural, supporting form. 10 a.m.-noon, $44. Deadline: December 2. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.



December 16, LaGrange    
Children’s Christmas Celebration
Hills & Dales Estate

Children can create their own gingerbread house. There will also be a Christmas sing-a-long, story time, and visits with Santa. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or visit www.hillsanddales.org.


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

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

 

October

 

October 2, 9, 16, & 23, Ames
Family Yoga – Stories with a Twist
Reiman Gardens
Come to the Gardens, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for this four-week program and warm up in these light-hearted parent/child yoga classes incorporating autumn stories.

 

October 2, 9, 16, & 23, Ames      
Introspective Writing
Reiman Gardens

This four-week program, 6 to 7:30 p.m., helps participants discover the connections between their inner life and experiences with the external environment through the five senses.  

 

October 4, 11, 18 & 24, Ames     
Parent/Child Dance & Movement
Reiman Gardens

This four-week program, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will lead you and your young ones through a series of motions emphasizing external movement and a variety of dance techniques.   

 

October 4, 11, 18 & 25, Ames
Made in the Shade
Reiman Gardens

The first presentation covers building a basic shade gardening from scratch or improving an existing space. The second features foundation plants, the third exotic plants and the fourth ferns, 6 to 8 p.m.

 

October 7, Cedar Rapids
Seasonal Garden and Landscape Walk
Brucemore Historic Site

Explore 26-acres of historic gardens and grounds, 9:30 a.m., with head gardener. Details at Brucemore.org or 319-362-7375.

 

October 8, Waterloo
Fall Tree Hike
Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Hike through the Arboretum, enjoy fall colors and learn more about Iowa’s trees, 2 p.m. Details 319-226-4966 or cedarvalleyarboretum.org

 

October 9, Ames      
Public Film Showing: Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea
Reiman Gardens

The free film, 6 to 8 p.m., is about a non-profit community art project, which involves collecting, washing, and sorting plastic that has washed up on Oregon beaches, repurposing it into art.

 

October 10, Ames         
Herbal Preparations for Cold/Flu Season
Reiman Gardens
Learn how to make herbal teas and tinctures to combat cold and flu season, 6 to 8 p.m.

 

October 12, Ames
Brown Bag Lecture
Reiman Gardens

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

 

October 14, Decorah
Harvest Festival
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Celebrate the harvest with cider pressing, hayrides, food-storage workshops, a soup cook-off, and plenty of activities for kids, starting at noon. Details at seedsavers.org/harvest-festival.

 

October 17, Ames
Floral Design Series Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Learn the basics of floral design with a different theme each session and take your work home, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

 

October 18, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

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

 

October 19, Madrid
Pumpkin Carving
Iowa Arboretum

Test your carving skills and enjoy a bowl of hot chili, a warm piece of cornbread and a cool dessert, 5 to 8 p.m.

 

October 21, Ames
Serendipity Dyeing
Reiman Gardens

Learn dyeing techniques using flowers, herbs, leaves, and a variety of everyday items. Different theme each session, 10 a.m. to noon.

 

October 21-22, Ames
Spirits in the Gardens
Reiman Gardens

Join in the spooky fun, 4 to 9 p.m. See 500 carved pumpkins lit against the evening sky. Trick or treat and other activities, including storytelling and more. Come in costume and bring a bag for candy.

 

October 21, Des Moines
Annual Symposium
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

James Hitchmough from University of Sheffield will be the keynote on growing meadows from seed. Details at
http://bit.ly/2svnBQb.

 

October 21 and 28, Dubuque
Fall Clean Up Days
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Volunteer groups, families and individuals are welcome 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A light lunch provided volunteers at noon. Details 563-556-2100 or dubuquearboretum.net.

 

October 21, Madrid
Ar “Boo” Ween
Iowa Arboretum

Wear your favorite costume and join the parade of activities and treats, 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy hayrides, the hay maze and games at this fun family event.

 

October 21, Madrid
Ar “Boo” Scare
Iowa Arboretum

Walk the “No Return Hidden Trail” and ride the “Hayride to the Valley of Darkness.” Bring a flashlight, wear a costume and enjoy the cool night air, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

November

 

November 2, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night: Upcycled T-shirts - Bags, Bracelets, Blankets, & Poms
Reiman Gardens

Bring in a handful of old t-shirts and learn how to repurpose them into a variety of useful and sporty items, while you sip on adult beverages in a beautiful setting 6 to 8 p.m.



November 4, Ames
Pom-Pom Party! - Wreaths
Reiman Gardens

Make your own pom-poms and combine them to create colorful, festive wreaths, 10 a.m. to noon.



November 5, Ames
Silk Painting Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Create beautiful images on a square silk scarf, 1 to 3:30 p.m.



November 7, Ames
Fall Pruning Workshop
Reiman Gardens

An informative and hands-on workshop designed to familiarize you with all the Ws – what, when, where, how, and why – of autumn pruning, 1 to 3 p.m.



November 9, Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon - Holiday Decorating
Reiman Gardens

Enjoy a nature-based education program relating to the 2017 theme of water, noon to  1p.m. Topics range from gardening interests to current local science research, to holiday decorating, and more.  



November 11, Madrid
Wrappin’ at the Arboretum
Iowa Arboretum

Enjoy a breakfast burrito wrap, 8 a.m. to noon, then go shopping at the Iowa Arboretum Holiday Sale. Fee: $8



November 11, Madrid
Iowa Arboretum Holiday Sale
Iowa Arboretum

Holiday treats and sounds as the festive season begins at the arboretum’s Holiday Sale. All gift shop items purchased will get complimentary gift wrapping 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


November 14, Ames
Floral Design: Harvest Vase Arrangements
Reiman Gardens

Decorate for Thanksgiving with a spin on the classic arrangement highlighting autumn color and floating gourds, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.



November 15, Ames
Behind the Scenes: Reiman Railroad
Reiman Gardens

Preview this spectacular holiday conservatory display and get inspired by the creativity and effort that make it all happen. Join different staff members, 11 to noon each month, for an interactive, behind the scenes look at Reiman Gardens.



November 16, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night: Lightbulb Terrarium
Reiman Gardens

Learn how to turn burned out light bulbs into miniature terrariums, while you sip on adult beverages in a beautiful setting, 6 to 8 p.m.



November 17 - January 14, Des Moines
Holiday Exhibition
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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



November 18 and 19, Bettendorf
Wallace’s Christmas Open House
Wallace’s Garden Center

Refreshments, holiday music, holiday items, train rides through the greenhouse, with 12,000 poinsettias, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Indoor play area for the kids. Also, many holiday photo-ops for families, and 12,000 poinsettias in our greenhouse. For more information, visit wallacesgardencenter.com or call 563-332-4711.



November 24, Ames
Black Friday Family Tour
Reiman Gardens

Follow trained guides as they show you caterpillars, chrysalides and cocoons, and hundreds of native and tropical butterflies, 10 to 11 a.m. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Reiman Railroad in the tropical Conservatory.



November 27, Ames
Winter Nature Meditation
Reiman Gardens

Get the most out of your nature experience with Camilla Kottman, expressive therapies instructor, as she leads you through progressive relaxation, guided imagery, and movement techniques to help promote wellness, warmth, and relaxation, 6 to 7 p.m.



November 29, Ames
Black Light Butterfly Roosting
Reiman Gardens

Learn the science behind the way many butterfly patterns fluoresce when exposed to ultraviolet light, and view them in a new way, as they clump together and begin roosting for the night, 4:35 to 5:45 p.m.


 
November 29 OR November 30, Ames
Wreath-Making Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Steps to use evergreens, specialty greens, and other materials to create your own seasonal decoration for your home, 6 – 9 p.m.



November 30, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night: Holiday Garlands
Reiman Gardens

Create a festive holiday garland, while you sip on adult beverages in a beautiful setting!, 6 to 8 p.m.

 

December



December 2 OR December 16, Ames
Butterfly Blizzard
Reiman Gardens

Experience a different kind of blizzard – a butterfly blizzard in Reiman Gardens’ Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing. Opportunity to release your very own butterfly in this tropical, indoor garden, 8 to 9:30 a.m.



December 2, Madrid
Dad’s Belgium Waffles
Iowa Arboretum

Dad’s Belgian Waffles returns to the Arboretum, 8 a.m. to noon, to serve mammoth waffles that fill your plate and satisfy your appetite. Santa will fly in from the North Pole for this family event, $9.



December 2 – 17, Madrid
WinterFest
Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Grown Christmas trees decorated by local clubs, schools, and organizations. Free and open to the public, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., Sundays.



December 9, Ames
Breakfast with Santa
Reiman Gardens

Families can enjoy a hearty and delicious breakfast buffet, visit with Santa, create their own holiday-themed crafts, and see the train exhibit in the Hughes Conservatory. Two seating options, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.



December 14, Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon – Sea Ice in the Arctic: Where We Are, Where We’re Going, and Where We’ve Been
Reiman Gardens

Enjoy a nature-based education program relating to the 2017 theme of water. Topics range from gardening interests to current local science research, to holiday decorating, and more, noon to 1 p.m.



December 16, Decorah
Winter on the Farm
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Hot chocolate, cookies, horse-drawn rides through the valley, and even an heirloom potato tasting,11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free, no registration required. Visit seedsavers.org/events for more details.



December 19, Ames
Floral Design Series: Submersible Centerpieces
Reiman Gardens

Incorporate water into a wintergreen centerpiece, featuring cranberries and cloves, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. m

 

 

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

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

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

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


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Through Nov 12, Fort Wayne
Blumengarten
Botanical Conservatory

Immerse yourself in a landscape painted with colorful flowers. From summer through fall the Botanical Conservatory celebrates their German twin, the City of Gera, with a special garden of European flavor. Discover more about Gera, this German sister city since 1992. For hours and admission rates visit botanicalconservatory.org or call 260-427-6640.

 

Oct. 14, 28, Indianapolis

Master Gardener Guided Tours
Garfield Park Conservatory

Join Master Gardeners as they guide you through the conservatory with a tour focusing on interesting plants and history. At 2:30 p.m. Tours are free with paid admission. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-7184.

 

October

 

October 7, Indianapolis
Herbal Crafts for Kids
Garfield Park Conservatory

Bring the kids and join the Herb Society of Central Indiana to learn about herbs and how to grow them. You will receive handouts and recipes. Refreshments provided. Make reservations in advance, seating is limited. Costs $5 each. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Payment is taken on the day of the program. Call 317-327-7184, or visit herbsocietyofcentralindiana.org.

 

October 10, Zionsville
Halloween Party and Chili Cookoff
Sullivan Munce

The Indianapolis Rose Society is hosting a dress as a rose contest; you may catch a glimpse of ‘Dolly Parton’ or the ‘The Fairy’, you never know. Prizes for winners. Chili and the fixins’ will be available. The program will be “2018 New Rose Releases” by Teresa Byington. Teresa is a Master Gardener, consulting rosarian, and vice-president of the Indianapolis Rose Society. The meeting is free and open to the public. Visit Teresa’s popular blog at thegardendiary.com, indianapolisrosesociety.com, or call 317-902-6016.

 

October 10-29, Fort Wayne
Punkin’ Path Display
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the conservatory’s outdoor Punkin’ Path where you can enjoy the fall surroundings and take pictures with your little ones. The path will be decorated with pumpkins, gourds, bales of straw, and gnomes to provide fun photo memories. Gnomes are caretakers of land and animals; they are industrious, enjoy all kinds of games, and, surprisingly, they love to travel. Watch for them along the Punkin’ Path. This exhibit is included in conservatory admission, and is open during public hours. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.

 

October 21, Fort Wayne
The Pumpkin’ Zone
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy an autumn celebration – children and adults can explore the garden for fall crafts, activities, and games. You can test your observation skills with the “Gnome Search,” discover whether pumpkins float or sink, nibble on pumpkin seeds, and decorate your own mini pumpkin. Friends from the Allen County Farm Bureau will teach visitors about pumpkins and how they grow. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 3 to 17; and free for children 2 and under. Visit botanicalconservatory.org, or call 260-427-6440.

 

October 21, Gary
Miller Garden Club Meeting
Marquette Park Aquatorium

The Miller Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting at 10 a.m., followed by the annual fall “Brats and Bulbs” sale. There will be more than 30 varieties of spring bulbs ready for planting. The event will include live music and the traditional fall grilled bratwurst sandwich, sauerkraut, chips, and a beverage. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Costs $5. Contact Joanne at jmstratt@sbcglobal.net, call 219-939-2790, or visit millergardenclub.org.

 

October 28, Bloomington
Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society Conference
Monroe Convention Center

The Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) will host its 24rd annual conference, “Aldo and Friends: Phenology, Biology, and Saving the World.” The conference is open to the public — anyone with an interest in native plants, conservation, botany, landscaping, and wildlife habitat is welcome. Keynote speakers are Dr. Stanley Temple, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin and a senior fellow of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Douglas Ladd, conservation biologist for The Nature Conservancy of Missouri. Takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Monroe Convention Center, 302 South College Avenue, Bloomington. Costs INPAWS members $75; non-members $90; students $40. Discounts apply if registering by Oct. 6. Visit inpaws.org or call 317-413-5918.

 

November



November 2, Fort Wayne
$1 Night –Mum Meeting
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. From 5 to 8 p.m. Educational activities at 6 to 7 p.m. Lynda Heavrin, manager of landscape and horticulture for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, will discuss overwintering mums, share growing tips, and touch on techniques for flower displays. Free parking (validated parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage). No reservations required. Call 260-427-6440, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



November 4, Indianapolis
Natural Wreaths
Garfield Park Conservatory

Make a fall or holiday wreath using natural materials, ribbons, and other assorted items. You can also bring your own natural materials or charms to put on your wreath. Register for each wreath being made – you can make one as a family or do several individually. All ages. From 11 a.m. to noon. Costs $12 per person. All ages. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-7183.



November 4-5, Indianapolis
Power Recycling Weekend
Indianapolis Zoo Parking Lot

Come to the Indianapolis Zoo Power Recycling Weekend, a mass recycling effort. Just drop off your old electronics, phone books, paper products, household items, and more in the zoo parking lot and their recycling partners will take it from there. In addition to doing good for the planet, you’ll receive a discount coupon for $2 off zoo admission. Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana will be on site collecting new and gently used clothes, household items, furniture, books, toys, and more. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paper recycling will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. compliments of Ray’s Trash Service. Limit of three boxes of paper per car. Visit indianapoliszoo.com, or call 317-360-2001.



November 6, Indianapolis
Herbs, Not Just For Food Anymore
Clay Township Center

The Herb Society of Central Indiana hosts Michelle Plummer with the American Dairy Association of Indiana. Plummer is a chef and registered dietitian who will provide recipes for interesting herb additions to ordinary foods. She will show you some herb gift ideas and table decorating tips. Refreshments provided. From 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Visit herbsocietyofcentralindiana.org, or call 317-251-6986.



November 11, Indianapolis
Holiday Herbal Crafts
Garfield Park Conservatory

Join the Herb Society of Central Indiana for their popular holiday workshop. Learn about herbal gift ideas including sachets, swags, and arrangements. Enjoy herbal goodies and teas while you work. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. All ages. Seating is limited. Registration required. Costs $5, paid to the instructors. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or herbsocietyofcentralindiana.org, or call 317-327-7184.



November 11, Muncie
Glass Workshop: Stained Glass Night Light
Minnetrista

Cut, solder, and create a stained glass night light with your family and friends at Minnetrista. With this guided step-by-step, you will gain access to a wide variety of translucent colors, tools, textures, and safety gear. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Costs $45; member discounts apply. Register by Nov. 6. Visit minnetrista.net or call 765-282-4848.



November 18, Fort Wayne
Make and Take: Essential Oils
Botanical Conservatory

Want to become more familiar with essential oils? Come to this workshop where you will learn what essential oils are, where they come from, how to use them, and why they are amazing. Instructor Samantha Reitman, an independent distributor of Young Living, will teach you to make a holiday-scented room spray and an immune-support roller bottle. From 1 to 3 p.m. Costs $18 per person. All supplies are included in the registration fee. Ages 15 and up. Register by Nov. 8. Call 260-427-6000, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



November 18-January 7, Fort Wayne
Snow Days Holiday Garden Exhibit
Botanical Conservatory Garden

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



November 22, Fort Wayne
Holiday Kick-Off Party
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy a free cookie and hot chocolate, meet Mrs. Claus and get a free professional-quality photo with Santa. You can also meet two live reindeer. The gardens are decorated for the holidays, indoors and out. Be sure to participate in the Fort Wayne Downtown Lighting Ceremony either before or after your visit the holiday garden and displays. From 5 to 9 p.m. Regular conservatory admission fees apply: Costs $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 17. Conservatory members, volunteers, and children ages 2 and under are admitted free. No reservations required. Call 260-427-6440, or visit fortwayneparks.org/events-exhibits.



November 22-January 7, Fort Wayne
Garden in Lights
Botanical Conservatory

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



Nov. 24 - Dec. 31, Indianapolis
Conservatory Crossing
Garfield Park Conservatory

Come see the conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias, model trains and villages, and thousands of twinkling lights. Special evening hours until 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23. Display created and supported by the Indiana Rail Road Company. Costs $4 per person, or $10 per family (two adults max). Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org, or call 317-327-7183.



Nov. 24-26, 29-30; Dec. 1-3, 6-10, 13-23, 26-30, Indianapolis
Christmas at the Zoo
Indianapolis Zoo

Surround yourself with the magic and beauty of the holiday season during Christmas at the Zoo. The Zoo opens at noon with special activities from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday (closed Christmas Eve and Day). See the animals and watch as the lights come on to transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. Christmas at the Zoo is included with regular admission and free for members. Discounted tickets are available at participating Teachers Credit Union and Donatos locations. Save on admission by purchasing advance tickets online. Receive $1 off admission for up to four people when you bring a new hat, scarf, or gloves donation for the Mitten Donation Tree that supports the local St. Mary’s Child Center. Visit indianapoliszoo.com, or call 317-360-2001.



November 25, Fort Wayne
Snowflake
Botanical Conservatory

Stop by this special learning station to learn about nature’s beautiful winter decoration: the snowflake. Enjoy a holiday treat and make your own unique snowflake to display at home. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included in regular conservatory admission. Call 260-427-6440, or visit botanicalconservatory.org/classes-programs/family-garden-close-up.



November 30, Fort Wayne
Fall 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. This is not your regular walk in the park, but a series of invitations using the senses to rediscover your inner child and your connection with the natural world. Instructor Christy Thomson is the only certified forest therapy guide in Indiana. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register by Nov. 22. Ages 18 and up. Costs $15 per person. Call 260-427-6000, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



December



December 1-2, Muncie
Enchanted Luminaria Walk
Minnetrista

Kick off the holidays – enjoy sweet treats, winter games and crafts, carriage rides, and holiday music. Attendees can take photos under light structures. The gardens are beautiful and relaxing at night. From 6 to 9 p.m. This is a free community event. Visit minnetrista.net, or call 765-282-4848.



December 1-3, Jasper
O Tannenbaum Days
Downtown Jasper

Let downtown Jasper’s colossal Christmas tree welcome you to the Jasper O Tannenbaum Days celebration. Visit each store to see artists and artisans demonstrate their skills of wood-carving, pottery, quilting, and butter-churning. Enjoy shopping, carollers, visits with Santa, carriage rides, special performances and tours of historic sites, including the St. Joseph Church, an 1880 Romanesque, Old World-style church listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. to Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. Visit jasperin.org or call 812-482-6866.



December 2, Fort Wayne
Breakfast with Santa
Botanical Conservatory

Sign up for a special VIP breakfast with Santa; breakfast will include pancakes, sausages, and eggs, milk or juice for the kids and coffee for adults. There will be children’s activities and time allotted to take pictures of your little ones in the exhibit “Snow Days” before the conservatory opens to the public. From 9 to 10 a.m. Your admission to this event will also allow you to return and visit Santa’s reindeer from noon to 4 p.m (see entry below). Registration deadline: Nov. 21. Limited booster or high chairs available; please indicate at registration if one is required. Costs $13 per person. Children under 2 are free, but they and their paying adult must be registered. Call 260-427-6000, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



December 2, 9, and 16, Fort Wayne
Santa and the Reindeer
Botanical Conservatory

Santa and two of his reindeer will greet the children while Mom and Dad take pictures. Explore the conservatory in its holiday glory; this year’s theme is “Snow Days.” From noon to 4 p.m. Regular admission fees apply: costs $5 per adult, $3 per child ages 3 to 17. Conservatory members, volunteers, and children ages 2 and under are free. Call 260- 427-6440, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



December 7 or 9, Fort Wayne
Holiday Swag Workshop
Botanical Conservatory

Create a festive evergreen swag that can be enjoyed by all through the holidays. Amy Oliver, landscape designer at Arbor Farms Nursery, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into a swag with holiday flair. The swag will also incorporate your choice of accents such as pine cones, berries, a decorative bow, and more. Fee includes the items listed above, as well as a stroll through the holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners, and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Thursday, Dec. 7, 6 to 7 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 to 11 a.m. Ages 16 and up. Register by Nov. 22. Costs $30 per person. Call 260-427-6000, or visit fortwayneparks.org.



December 10, Muncie
Gingerbread Family Workshop: Session 1 or 2
Minnetrista

Create a gingerbread masterpiece with the whole family. Decorate a personal gingerbread home with colorful candies, enjoy cookies and holiday music, meet Gingy the gingerbread man, and explore a magical castle. Session 1 is from 10 a.m. to noon, or Session 2 is from 2 to 4 p.m. Costs $25 per house; member discounts apply. Register by Dec. 6. Visit minnetrista.net, or call 765-282-4848. m


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November



November 1-30, Clermont
Foto Forest
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Photographic selections by Bernheim Artists in Residence will showcase recent acquirements from photographers Eileen Neff, Jimmy Fike, Nori Hall, and Christopher Burkett as well as highlight the work from Bernheim’s 2017 Artists in Residence, three of whom are photographers. Foto Forest is a featured exhibition in the 2017 Louisville Photo Biennial. Viewing is open from 9 a.m-5 p.m. throughout the month. For additional information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.



November 7, Paducah
Wreath for the Stars    
McCracken County Extension Service

Meet with Kathy Wimberley 5-6 p.m. and learn to make a beautiful wreath for holiday decoration. For additional information, call 270-554-9520, email dl_ces_mccracken@email.uky.edu, or visit mccracken.ca.uky.edu.



November 7, Lexington
Stump the Horticulture Agent, “Ask Anything”    
Fayette County Extension Service

This 6:30 p.m. question and answer session provides an opportunity for the audience to steer the conversation to whatever topics are of interest. Put the agent in the hot seat and ask about any horticulture topic. There is no cost, but advance registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



November 14, Burlington
Attracting and Identifying Songbirds
Boone County Cooperative Extension

Spend an hour (1-3 p.m.) learning how to attract birds to your landscape. The lesson will be followed by a 30-minute guided tour of the Boone County Arboretum’s grassland area and bird blind. Registration is required and open now through November 13 at 9 p.m. The day’s events are free with regular admission. For additional information, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.



November 16, Highland Heights
Natural Decorating for the Season    
Campbell County Extension Service

Learn to use materials from the garden to decorate for the winter season. 10-11:30 a.m. For information/registration, call 859-572-2600, email dl_ces_campbell@email.uky.edu, or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.



November 16, Lexington
My Favorite Garden Tools    
Fayette County Extension Service

This session will include various implements that work very well in the landscape and vegetable garden. All shovels and hoes are not created equal. Many of our examples will be raffled as door prizes. 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5, and pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



November 21, Louisville
Holiday Plants    
Bon Air Branch Library

This class will present information about selecting, caring for, and possibly re-blooming favorite holiday plants. 6:30-8 p.m. For additional information, call 502-569-2344.



Nov 24-26, Dec 1-3, Crestwood
Yuletide at Yew Dell
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Those of you who have enjoyed our past Winter Snow Village and Train Display, don’t despair. We’ll have all that and more. This new event will include spectacular lighting displays, holiday music, crafts, and holiday snacks for the kids, grown-up libations, and more. 4-7:30 p.m. The following charges apply for members: adults/seniors, $5; children 3-12, $2. For non-members, the charges are adults/seniors $8 and children 3-12-$3. For more information, call 502-241-4788, email Jackieg@yewdellgardens.org, or visit yewdellgardens.org.

 

December



December 2, Owensboro
Experience the English Cottage @ Christmas
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

Stop by between 10 a.m.-noon for a special focus on Christmas in our English Cottage. For additional information, call 270-852-8925, email wkbg@bellsouth.net, or visit wkbg.org.

 

December 5, Lexington
Holiday Greens    
Fayette County Extension Service

You can create beautiful holiday wreaths, garlands, swags and centerpieces using materials from your own yard. Jamie Dockery will demonstrate several items and share many tips and tricks. Our demonstrations will be raffled as door prizes. The cost is $10; the class meets at 3 p.m., pre-registration is required. For registration/information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



December 7, Covington
Evergreen Holiday Swag: Make & Take    
Kenton County Extension Service

This program is being held at Jackson Florist (3124 Madison Avenue) and payment of $25 must be received in advance to complete reservations. Checks can be made payable to Kenton County District Board. Space is limited to the first 20 paid registrants, and walk-ins or payments on the day of the program will not be accepted. 7-9 p.m. For additional information or registration, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.


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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.

 

Ongoing, Ruston
Ruston Farmers' Market
220 E. Mississippi Ave.

Come shop for fresh, locally grown produce, plants, flowers, and value-added goods. 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. For more information, visit rustonfarmersmarket.org.

 

Ongoing, Minden
Minden Farmers’ Market
417 E. Union St.

Every Saturday until September meet local farmers, backyard gardeners, artisans, craftsmen, and cooks invited to show and sell. 8 a.m.-noon Visit ArtsinMinden.com for more detailed information.

 

November

 

November 7-8, Hammond
Gardening School Course
Hammond Research Station

Gardening Schools Courses are designed to stimulate interest in the growth of plant materials and teach how and why a plant grows. Registration is $55 and the deadline is October 28. For more information, visit lgcfinc.org.



November 8, Baton Rouge
Green Growers
425 Nelson Drive

This meeting emphasizes the basics of orchid culture and is geared toward the novice grower. 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at a local BROS member’s home. For more information, visit batonrougeorchidsociety.org.

 

December



December 1, Baton Rouge
Poinsettia Sale
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Get ready for the holidays and browse through the greenhouse and choose your fresh poinsettias from a wide selection. 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 225-763-3990.



December 2, Lafayette
Acadian Orchid Society 57th Annual Short Course
Wyndham Garden Hotel

Contact Dennis Wollard at wollard@louisiana.edu for further information.



December 3, Baton Rouge
A Rural Life Christmas
LSU Rural Life Museum

Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration. Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers, and costumed re-enactors will promise to set the holiday spirit. This event will conclude with a bonfire and a visit from Papa Noel. 11:30 a.m.-6 p. m. Admission is $9 for seniors 62 years and older, $9 for adults, children 10 and younger no charge. For more information, visit lsu.edu/rurallife.


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October

 

October 7, Hillsdale
Autumn in the Arb
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Saturday, October 7 1 to 3 p.m., Arb Entrance. Hike the trails and look for fall treasures, plant bulbs, make a fall craft to take home, and discover which plants are ready for harvest in the fall. Meet at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive. No cost, but donations are welcome; open to adults and children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

October 11, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Michelle Gills, director of Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, will pursuit of common goals beneficial to the earth and life on earth. Lower level at Frederik Meijer Gardens, 12:30 p.m. There is no cost and guests are welcome. kentgardenclub.org/KGC.

 

October 19, Hillsdale
Aldo Leopold and Conservation on Privately Owned Lands
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Stanley Temple, Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin, and Senior Fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will speak on the evolution of Leopold’s thinking and why it remains relevant today. 7 to 8:15 p.m., no cost or reservations. An informal reception will follow presentation.

 

October 21, Niles
HOWL-O-Ween
Fernwood Botanical Garden

Celebrate Halloween with your favorite canine for four very special hours only. Shop from local vendors and talk with representatives from specialty organizations, participate in the costume contest, and join us for guided hikes. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular admission fees apply, plus $5 per dog, which includes a Fernwood bandana.

 

October 28, Niles
Halloween Happening
Fernwood Botanical Garden

Dress in your best costume and celebrate Halloween with activities and treats for the entire family. 6 to 8 p.m.

 

November

 

November 2, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Grand Valley Daylily Society

Rebecca Finnerian from Michigan State University Extension, will speak on Smart Gardening for the Pollinator, 7 p.m, at the Frederik Meijer Gardens. There is no charge, grandvalleydaylily.org.



November 7, Hillsdale
Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Plants that Never Bloom, for children ages 3-6 and an accompanying adult. Program includes story, songs, nature activities, craft, and snack. Meet at tBarber House on Hillsdale Street, 10 to 11:30 a.m., $1/child, registration required.



November 8, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Penny Diephouse, floral designer at Eastern Floral, will present new ideas for Christmas decorating. Please contact the membership committee at info@kentgardenclub.org for information.



November 8, Royal Oak
Monthly Meeting
Royal Oak Nature Society

The Friends of Fungi Mycology Club will meet at the Royal Oak Senior Center,  3500 Marais, 7 p.m. Chris Wright, research mycologist at MSU and a director of Midwest American Mycological Information, will talk about the medicinal uses of mushrooms. There is no pre-registration or cost for this program. Everyone is welcome.



November 16, Grosse Point Farms
Back to Eden
Berry Memorial Lecture

At the Grosse Point War Memorial, presented by Frank Porter, author of Back to Eden, Landscaping with Native Plants, 7 p.m., $15 general admission;  $10, student with identification; gpgardencenter.org, 313-499-0743.



November 17, Grosse Point Farms
Native Plant Design Workshop
Grosse Point War Memorial

Presented by Frank Porter, author and professor of landscape at the University of Maryland, 10 a.m., $35. Reservations gpgardencenter.org, 313-575-9932



November 18, Hillsdale
Hand-made Luminara Workshop
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Make nature-adorned luminara out of recycled glass, metal, and plastic to add to your holiday decorations. Suitable for adults and children, 8 and up. Meet at the Barber House, 10 a.m. to noon, $5/person materials fee, registration required.



November 19, Royal Oak
Monthly Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

“Geological Features of Tenhave Woods and Royal Oak,” park at the Lexington and Marais and meet at the Lexington entrance, 2 p.m. There is no pre-registration or cost for this program. Everyone is welcome.



November 26, Battle Creek
Fresh Holiday Wreath Making with Holiday Feast
Southern Exposure

At the beginning of this workshop, you will enjoy a hearty holiday breakfast or luncheon before creating a wreath from scratch, which you will be proud to share with family and friends as you prepare for the holiday season.



November 29, Battle Creek
Oh Christmas Tree: Reclaimed Wood Tree and Holiday Dinner
Southern Exposure

Recreate an old barn wood tree. Chef Elsie will prepare holiday meal for you to enjoy before creating this unique and beautiful wooden tree, 6:30 p.m., $75/person, registration required.



Nov. 30, Dec. 1- 2, Rochester Hills
Annual Greens Market
Rochester Garden Club

The 71st annual Green Market, Rochester Schools Administration Building, 501 West University. Opening Gala, 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, $5, beverages and snacks, and opportunity to purchase l fresh and permanent holiday arrangements, fresh greens, baked goods, and crafts; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; admission, $2. For more details, visit rochestergardenclub.org.

 

December



December 2, Tipton
Holiday Festival
Hidden Lake Gardens

Celebrate the season with musical entertainment, crafts for children, Santa Claus, 2,000 candle-lit luminaries, lighted and decorated. Conservatory and Visitors Center and Gift Shop open, 4 to 8 p.m.



December 5, Hillsdale
Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

In The Snow, Who’s Been Here? for children ages 3-6, and an accompanying adult. Program includes story, songs, nature activities, craft and snack. Meet at the Barber House, 10 to 11:30 a.m., $1/child, registration required.



December 5, Battle Creek
Starlight So Bright: Wish Upon a Star Tonight
Southern Exposure

Celebrate the honored tradition of Amish barn stars by creating an oversized wooden star, handmade, and perfect for any interior or exterior décor for the upcoming holidays and beyond. Chef Elsie will prepare an Amish-inspired farm dinner for your enjoyment. Afterwards, you will create a modern holiday twist by making a 36-inch tall barn star, complete with lights. 6:30 p.m., $75/person, registration required.



December 6, Grand Rapids
Holiday Lunch
Kent Garden Club

Members will enjoy a Holiday Luncheon at the Egypt Valley Country Club. There will be a short meeting, an awards ceremony, and entertainment. Members will decorate each table with a beautiful holiday arrangement. Members may bring guests.



December 7, Grand Rapids
Annual Christmas Party
Grand Valley Daylily Society

For society members, 7 p.m., Pietro’s Restaurant. Please visit website for further details: grandvalleydaylily.org.



December 9, Hillsdale
Winter Lights Fest
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Thousands of lights illuminate the Barber House Children’s Garden, creating a winter wonderland where visitors can stroll and kids can explore in a scavenger hunt. Hot chocolate for warming up inside, and make an ornament to take home. Poinsettia $10, with profits benefitting the Arboretum, 6 to 8 p.m., suitable for adults and children of all ages, free, donations welcome.



December 9, Royal Oak
Monthly Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

“Mammals of Tenhave,” park at the Lexington and Marais lot, meet at the Lexington entrance, 2 p.m. There is no pre-registration or cost for this program. Everyone is welcome.



December 9, Battle Creek

Decorate your own alpine sled using an assortment of fresh greens, twigs, and ribbon; sled measuring 31 inches long by18 inches wide by 5 inches tall is yours to keep. Chef Elsie will create a special holiday breakfast using recipes from past generations. 9 a.m., $80/person, registration required.



December 3, 9, and 10, Tipton
Evening of Lights
Hidden Lake Gardens

Hidden Lake decorated with 2,000 candle-lit luminaries; Conservatory and Visitors Center and Gift Shop open, 5 to 8 p.m.



December 14, Mayfield Township
Christmas Party
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society

The Annual Holiday Party/Potluck will be held at the Mayfield Twp. Hall. The party starts at 5 p.m. with decorating and networking. The potluck is at 6 p.m. and the gift exchange at 7p.m. A business meeting will begin at 8 p.m. For more information, see the website at easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com/.


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Through November 16, Brooklyn Park
Minnesota Master Naturalist Big Woods/Big Rivers Course
West Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Learn about the big woods/big rivers biome and gain valuable skills for exploring the natural world. Thursdays and Saturdays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $275. Scholarships available.

 

October

 

October 7
Made in the Shade: More Confessions of a Hostaholic
location to be determined

Discover what it means to be a “Hostaholic” with Larry Tucker, author of Made in the Shade: More Confessions of a Hostaholic. 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information: www.mnhosta.org, info@mnhosta.org.

 

October 7, Chaska
Seed Saving: Understanding, Collecting, Cleaning, & Storing Seeds
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn what seeds are worth collecting and proper techniques to ensure that you have healthy, vital seeds that will sprout. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, research information director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

October 7-November 26, St. Paul
Fall Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Sunken Garden’s fall exhibit, featuring variety of chrysanthemums. Colors for the show will be black and orange in October and black and pink in November. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation, $2, adults; $1, children.

 

Oct.14, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Register for this four-session workshop with your own yard as your class project. Learn the theory and principles of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection, and more. Instructor: Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, research information director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $139 member/$155 nonmember; $189/$219 couples working on the same project.

 

October 18, Morris
Butterfly Gardens
Ag Country Conference Room, West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC)

Join Margaret Kuchenreuther for this class in the Come Grow With Us Series. 12:15 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2sKMZNe; 320-589-1711.

 

October 26, Chaska
Indoor Herbs: Pot up Your Own to Grow Over the Winter
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn everything you need to know to grow herbs over the winter, from varieties and plant selection to soil, light, fertilizer and containers. Instructor: Theresa Mieseler, Retired owner of Shady Acres Herb Farm. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $45 member/$57 nonmember.

 

October 28, Chaska
Using Native Grasses in your Landscape
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Consider using native grasses in your garden. Find out what species are best for your property, including those that support native butterflies. Instructor, Mary Hockenberry Meyer, professor and Extension horticulturist, University of Minnesota. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $38 member/$50 nonmember.

 

October 28, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 1
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Get started in beekeeping with instruction from Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. 8:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $135. Information: beelab.umn.edu/, 612-624-3275.

 

October 29, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 2
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Keep your bees alive and healthy year after year with skills learned from Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $110. Information:
beelab.umn.edu/, 612-624-3275.

 

November

 

November 4, Chaska
Walks with Matt: Ready for Winter?
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join naturalist Matt Schuth to learn how plants, animals, and insects adjust and prepare for winter. 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $14 member/$26 nonmember.



November 4, Bayport
Garden Market
Bayport Public Library

Come shop for garden-themed gifts for the holidays. All crafts are handmade by Washington County Master Gardeners, their family, and friends. There will be craft-time for kids, Ask a Master Gardener, and treats. All funds go to support the Washington County Master Gardener program. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: Marge Sagstetter, sagstettermom@gmail.com or 651-770-8767.



November 16, Chaska
Ice Globe Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Jennifer Shea Hedberg, founder of Wintercraft, will help you create a centerpiece, including an ice globe and seasonal botanicals, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $59 member/$82 nonmember.



November 18, St. Cloud
Photography in the Gardens
St. Cloud Public Library

Attend the award ceremony and public gallery opening of garden photography specific to the Munsinger Clemens Gardens. Information: http://bit.ly/GLMjyL



November 18, Minneapolis
Green Gifts Fair
Midtown Global Market

Shop among 80-plus local, eco-friendly artists, and businesses; enjoy holiday food samples, educational passport and prizes, and many green living demos, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2xKstiK



Through November 26, St. Paul
Fall Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

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

 

December

 

December 1, 2, 3, Chaska
Arboretum Auxiliary Holiday Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Kick off the holiday season with gifts handmade by Auxiliary volunteers. Natural materials featured in arrangements, wreaths, fresh greens, and botanicals. Unique gift items including textiles, ornaments, and pressed flower specialties. All proceeds go to support the Arboretum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 1 and 2; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 3.


 
December 2-January 1, St. Paul
Holiday Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Be part of a tradition begun in 1925 with a visit to the Holiday Flower Show featuring mostly pink Poinsettias with traces of white throughout the garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.



December 7, Chaska
Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Holiday Wreath Making
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Create a holiday wreath using fir, cotton bolls, lunaria, and snow berries, while sampling local wines. Instructors: Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $89 members/$99 nonmember.



December 9, Chaska
Williamsburg Pineapple Centerpiece
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the history of pineapples as a symbol of hospitality and create your 18th-century centerpiece using fresh evergreens, boxwood, ivy, crabapples, small cones, ribbon, and a fresh pineapple. Instructor: Theresa Mieseler, Arboretum horticulture and botanical workshop specialist, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $65 members/$75 nonmember.


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October

 

October 6, Gray Summit

Grow Native Workshop
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn how to restore oak-hickory woodlands and manage invasive bush honeysuckle. Sponsored by Missouri Prairie Foundation. Free. At 9 a.m. For more details, call 888-843-6739, and visit grownative.org.

 

October 6-8, St. Louis
Best of Missouri
Missouri Botanical Garden

At the “Best of Missouri” more than 120 food producers and crafters will offer baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, wooden toys, custom jewelry and more. Enjoy live music and a kids’ corner with crafts and fall activities, too. Events are held outdoors under tents, rain or shine. Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-0238 for more information.

 

October 9, Springfield
Garden Journaling
Springfield Botanical Garden

This Master Gardeners’ outdoor learning session will focus on lilies. Costs $5. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.

 

October 14, Cole Camp
Evening on the Prairie
Cole Camp

This event will follow the Missouri Master Naturalist’s Prairie Day. Includes activities for all ages. Free. At noon. For more details, visit moprairie.org, and call 888-843-6739.

 

October 21, Jefferson City
River City Fall Festival
River City Gardens

The 4th Annual River City Fall Festival will feature gardening booths, food booths, wagon rides, live entertainment and more. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. For more details visit centralmissourimastergardener.org, and call 573-295-6263.

 

October 22, Springfield
Live Concert
Springfield Botanical Garden

Patrick Mureithi performs at the new Peace Through People Pavilion in Springfield. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. At 3 p.m. Free admission; $10 donation suggested per person. For further details, visit parkboard.org, and call 417-864-1049.

 

November



November 1, Chesterfield
Winter Jewels
Butterfly House

Visit a fierce dragon and noble knights at the Castle, discover tropical jewel-toned butterflies and fairies in the Fairy Garden, and make new friends in the Gnome Forest. There is a daily story time and other activities. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with Butterfly House admission. Call 636-530-0076 for details, and visit mobot.org.



November 4-5, St. Louis
Seasonal Closing
Missouri Botanical Garden

Celebrate the turning of the seasons with fun activities as the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden is put to bed for the season. Nov. 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs garden members $3 per child; non-members $5 per child Adults included with general garden admission. Visit mobot.org to learn more, and call 314-577-5100.



November 4, St. Louis
Best Trees for Your Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn great tips on planting techniques, tree selection, species profiles, and common pests and diseases. Pre-registration ends Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Costs $28 members; $34 non-members. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. More details at mobot.org, and at 314-577-5100.



November 9, Gray Summit
The Next Invasive
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn to identify and control a variety of invasive plants including species that are likely to become the next disaster like bush honeysuckle. A few of the plants of concern include Oriental bittersweet, burning bush, privet, Callery pear, Amur corktree, golden raintree, and Chinese beautyberry. Registration ends at 8 a.m. Nov. 6. Adults only. Costs $14 members; $17 non-members. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org for more information.



November 11, Kingsville
Forever Evergreens
Powell Gardens

This workshop highlights evergreen varieties that are easiest to find and grow in the Kansas City region. Costs $40; Powell Gardens members receive 10 percent off. From 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 816-697-2600 extension 209, or visit powellgardens.org.



November 11, Chesterfield
Tantalizing Terrariums
Butterfly House

Sharon Lloyd demonstrates how to create a terrarium – make your own to take home. Soil, plants, and the container are included. Costs $48 for garden members; $58 non-members. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. More details at mobot.org, and by calling 636-530-0076.



November 18-January 1, St. Louis
Garden Glow
Missouri Botanical Garden

Stroll through the garden at night surrounded by lighting installations throughout the grounds. Open Wednesday through Sunday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. – last entry 9 p.m. Costs $16 for adults (ages 13 and older), $12 for members, $10 children ages 3 to 12, $6 members’ children. Exhibit is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Exhibit ends Jan. 1, 2018. For more information, visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.



November 18, Chesterfield
Nature Wreaths
Butterfly House

Make a 12-inch wreath inspired by the season. Costs $40 for members, $48 non-members. From noon to 1:30 p.m. Call 636-530-0076 for further details, and visit mobot.org.



November 19, St Louis
Gardenland Express
Missouri Botanical Garden

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



December



December 1, Gray Summit
Missouri’s Native Grape
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn about Missouri’s native wine grape, the ‘Norton’, from its origins to its use in the wine industry today. Adults only. Pre-registration ends 8 a.m. Nov. 27. Costs $10 for members; $12 for non-members. From 6 to 8 p.m. Call 314-577-5100, and visit mobot.org for more information.



December 2, Springfield
Christmas at the Farmstead
Springfield Botanical Garden

Join volunteers at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas with carols and sweets. All ages. Free. From 1 to 3 p.m. For more details, call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.



December 6, St. Louis
Winter Container Gardening
Missouri Botanical Garden
Learn creative ways to jazz up your containers for the holidays using natural materials like evergreens, pine cones, and seedpods. Registration ends at 4 p.m. Dec. 1. For adults only. Costs $55 for members; $69 for non-members. From 10 a.m. to noon. More information is available at 314-577-5100, and mobot.org.



December 10, Springfield
Wreaths and Centerpieces
Springfield Botanical Garden

Create your own wreath or centerpiece with fresh greenery and dried natural ornaments from the garden. Registration required. For ages 12 years and up. Costs $25. From noon to 2 p.m. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical for more information.



December 14, Gray Summit
Native Landscaping
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn how to select, arrange, install, and maintain native plants for optimal owner, neighbor, and wildlife satisfaction. Adults only. Pre-registration ends 8 a.m. Dec. 11. Costs $14 for members; $17 for non-members. From 1 to 4 p.m. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100 for details.



December 22, Springfield
Christmas Gift and Decoration Making
Springfield Botanical Garden

Come in anytime to see what you can create from dried materials from the garden. Choose from dried flowers, cones, and pods to make ornaments, table decorations, wall hangings and more. Paints, ribbons, and accessories included. All ages. Costs $5 per participant. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information at parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.


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November 7-9, Biloxi
Deep South Turf Expo
Mississippi Coast Convention Center

Over 30 educational sessions on the latest turfgrass management topics will be offered. There will be a trade show with over 150 exhibitors featuring products and services for the turfgrass industry. Many optional activities will be offered. For more information or to register, visit deepsouthturfexpo.org.



November 7-11, Jackson
Harvest Fest 2017
Mississippi Ag Museum

Live demonstrations throughout the museum grounds will give visitors a glimpse of Mississippi’s past and show the impact agriculture has made on our lives. Demonstrations will include the operation of the cotton gin, saw mill, cane mill, print ship, blacksmith shop, and more. Wagon and carousel rides will be available for $1 per rider. Stop by the General Store or the Filling Station for snacks and souvenirs. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-18, children under 3 free. Reservations are recommended for groups, but not required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 601-432-4500 or email msagmuseum@mdac.ms.gov.



November 11, Holly Springs
Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Hikers have the opportunity to experience the many wonders of nature. 8:30-9:30 a.m. $5 per person or a maximum of $10 per family. Reservations are required. To register or obtain more information, contact Mitch Robinson at mrrobinson@audubon.org.



November 14 or 15, Memphis
Caterpillar Club: Daddy Long Legs Crawling
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join us for fun-filled stories, music and movement, nature-inspired art, and adventure hikes in the garden. Toddlers to 5 years old. 10-11 a.m. Semester fee is $45 for members and $75 for non-members. (Includes November 14 or 15 class, choose Tuesdays or Wednesdays). For more information, call 901-636-4122.



November 17, Memphis
Fall Fun Campfire Party
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join us for a cozy campfire and evening activities for the whole family. Go on a night hike to surprise your senses and try our cider press as you make fresh cider. Dinner and s’mores provided. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Reservations required. $8 for members; $12 for non-members. Purchase tickets online at memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4131.



November 18, Jackson
Tea Party with a T-Rex
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Join us to see if your tea-time manners are more gracious than Cretaceous. We will have story time with Tea Rex by Molly Idle, enjoy light refreshments, and play in the fossil pile. 10 a.m.-noon. Space is limited. To learn more or to make reservations, call 601-576-6000 before November 16.

 

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December 8, Jackson
Cajun Christmas
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Enjoy an interactive storytelling of The Cajun Night Before Christmas, encounter swamp animals and meet the Christmas Gator, make Cajun Christmas crafts, write letters to Santa and take your photo with him, listen to beautiful holiday music, and see Santa dive in the aquariums! 5:30-9 p.m. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors age 60 and over, $4 for children ages 3-18, children under 3 admitted free. Museum members are free. For more information call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.

 

December 15, Jackson
STEM with Snowflakes
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

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


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November



November 4, Newark
Thanksgiving Wreath Workshop
Dawes Arboretum

Create a beautiful wreath to decorate your entrance for the Thanksgiving season. Let natural materials spark your creativity to create your own unique look. All materials will be provided; choose between a rustic or glittery look for your creation. From 9 to 11 a.m. Costs $35, members $30. Visit dawesarb.org for event registration, or call 740-323-2355.



November 5, Columbus
Live Fire Sunday
Franklin Park Conservatory

Check out the Live Fire Cooking Theater and sample food hot off the flames in these casual cooking demonstrations. First Sundays of the month. In November, try Moroccan ancient grain stew with root vegetables and fruit cobbler in the Rumford cooking fireplace, samples available, donations accepted. From 1 to 4 p.m. Visit fpconservatory.org, or call 614-715-8000 for more information.

 

November 11, Chagrin Falls
Framed
Lowe's Greenhouse

In partnership with the Valley Art Center, Lowe's Greenhouse will host "Framed," a fun and interactive artistic competition on Saturda, November 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. Similar to the Food Network show "Chopped," teams and individuals will create works of art from mystery supplies. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for competitors and may be purchased at Lowe's Greenhouse. To register for the competition, email melissa@lowesgreenhouse.com.



November 11, Cleveland
Seasonal Wreath Workshop
Cleveland Botanical Garden

Design a creative and long-lasting evergreen centerpiece to take home. The workshop will be incorporating a birch-bark-covered planter, candles, berries, pine cones, and other interesting dried materials from nature to beautify your home or give as a handmade gift. All levels of experience welcome; materials included. Bring handheld pruners or clippers, as well as gloves if desired. For all ages. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Costs members $50, non-members $7. Register by visiting cbgarden.org, or calling 216-721-1600 ext. 274.



November 11, Newark
Speaker Series: Lighten Up for the Holidays
Dawes Arboretum

Shari Gallup for the OSU Extension will share practical ways to lighten up your favorite recipes for a healthier holiday season. From 10 to 11 a.m. Recommended donation is $2 per person. Visit dawesarb.org for event registration, or call 740-323-2355.



November 24-December 30, Akron
Deck the Hall, Postcards from the Past
Stan Hywet Hall

Bring the whole family and enjoy one of Ohio’s largest and most spectacular holiday traditions. The estate is illuminated inside and out with more than 850,000 lights; the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of “A Storybook Christmas.” “DAZZLE” is a musically-animated lightshow extravaganza; this is an event not to be missed. From 5 to 8 p.m. on select evenings; last admission is at 8 p.m., and the estate is open until 9 p.m. For pricing information call 888-836-5533, or visit stanhywet.org.



November 18-January 1, Cincinnati
PNC Festival of Lights
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Enjoy the Tri-State’s longest running display of holiday tradition. The Cincinnati Zoo will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 35th annual PNC Festival of Lights. In addition to admiring the beauty of 2.5 million LED lights, visitors can watch a black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, marvel at the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. Open Sunday-Thursday 5 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 to 10 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving (open during the day), Christmas Eve (open during the day) and Christmas Day (closed all day). Visit cincinnatizoo.org/events/festival-of-lights, or call 513-281-4700.



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December 1-2, Toledo
Heralding the Holidays
Toledo Botanical Garden

Enjoy a family fun event with live entertainment, including Santa Claus, and horse-drawn wagon rides on Friday night. Food and unique holiday gifts will be for sale as well. Friday 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit toledogarden.org for information, or call 419-536-5566.



December 2-3 and 9-10, Chillicothe
Holidays at Adena
Adena Mansion and Gardens

Adena Mansion and Gardens will re-open for a special event to celebrate the winter holidays. The mansion is decorated for Christmas in 19th century yuletide splendor and will surely put you in the holiday spirit. Family friendly activities will take place throughout the site. In addition, special holiday themed mansion tours will take place every ½ hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the last tour departing at 3 p.m. Open Saturdays and Sundays only, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $9 per member, $10 per non-member. Visit adenamansion.com, or call 800-319-7248 for more information.



December 3, Chillicothe
Holiday Wreath Workshop
Adena Mansion and Gardens

Participants will decorate a traditional wreath with a live evergreen base. Decorations such as dried flowers, dried fruits, and other natural materials gathered from the grounds at Adena Mansion and Gardens, will be provided along with instructions. Participants are welcome to bring their own items to use as decorations. From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $35, space is limited, reservations and advance payment required and can be made online at adenamansion.com, or at the Adena Mansion and Gardens Visitor Center Gift shop. For more information call 740-772-1500, or visit adenamansion.com.



December 7-9, Newark
Holiday Greenery Workshops
Dawes Arboretum

Bring your friends and family and enjoy the views of the great outdoors while creating a holiday centerpiece or wreath. Everything you need to create a holiday masterpiece will be provided in a kit; choose from rustic or glittery. Check the website or call for times. Costs $40; members $30. Visit dawesarb.org for event registration, or call 740-323-2355.



December 14, Columbus
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
The Chadwick Arboretum Lane Avenue Gardens

Join in on the fun of roasting chestnuts and sipping Fair Trade hot chocolate while participating in lighting the arboretum’s Chartres-style labyrinth with candles. All are welcome to this free event. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Lane Avenue gardens (parking adjacent to the Agricultural Administration building 2120 Fyffe Rd., Columbus OH 43210). Visit chadwickarboretum.osu.edu for more information, or call 614-688-3479.


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Through November 12, Tulsa
Scarecrows in the Garden
Tulsa Botanic Garden

Tulsa Botanic Garden is holding its annual Scarecrows in the Garden, which means there will be scarecrows placed in the horticultural beds around the 7-acre lake. Scouts, families, individuals, artists, and businesses have created unique scarecrows on display. Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice Winner. The gardens are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays to Sundays. There is a small admission fee for the public but admission is free for garden members. For more information, call 918-289-0330 or visit www.tulsabotanic.org.



November 17, Tulsa
Astronomy Night – Leonid Meteor Shower
Tulsa Botanic Garden

Enjoy an evening at the Tulsa Botanic Garden as local astronomers will be on hand with telescopes to look at celestial objects and the night sky and provide information on the Leonid Meteor Shower, which will be at its peak. Bring a blanket or chairs to star gaze and watch for meteors. 7:30-10 p.m. Please note: Children’s Discovery Garden and Nature Trail will be closed during this event. Event may be cancelled if weather conditions warrant. Updates will be posted on Facebook and website if needed. For more information, call 918-289-0330 or visit www.tulsabotanic.org.



November 18, Stillwater
Wreath Making
The Botanic Garden

Wreath make and take is the family activity for the month. This family day activity is $10 per family and preregistration is recommended. Please email laura.payne@okstate.edu to reserve a spot for your family!

 

Nov 23 through Jan 1, Muskogee
Honor Heights Park Lights
North Honor Heights Drive

Visitors can enjoy a stunning drive through a holiday delight. The drive-through display includes over 1.2 million shimmering lights, enhancing the natural beauty of the park’s gardens, waterfalls, and ponds with holiday displays the whole family will love. Sunday to Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5:30-11 p.m. For more information call 918-684-6302 or visit www.muskogeeparks.com.

 

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December 3, Tulsa
Carols and Crumpets
Tulsa Garden Center

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

 

December 7, Oklahoma City
Pruning Trees
Myriad Botanic Gardens

Gardens and grounds manager Matthew Janda will give an overview of the best time for pruning both flowering and evergreen trees. He’ll then demonstrate proper tree pruning techniques and give each participant a chance to try their hand at pruning. 11 a.m-noon. For more information, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.



December 9, Oklahoma City
Herbal Holiday Gifts
Myriad Botanic Gardens

Join herbalist Monica Arndt as she guides you through the steps of creating your own Herbs De Provence mix, a rose petal jam and an 8-inch living rosemary wreath. She’ll also discuss the benefits of each of these herbs. 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.



December 15, Oklahoma City
Pruning Shrubs and Vines
Myriad Botanic Gardens

Join our gardens and grounds manager Matthew Janda, for hands on instruction on how to properly maintain your shrubs and vines. Matthew will discuss the best time for pruning and will demonstrate proper pruning techniques as well as tool maintenance. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.



December 17, Stillwater
Bird Feeders
The Botanic Garden

Learn to identify bird species as well as specific feeding for various birds you make see in your landscape. Finally, you will build your own bird feeder for your home. This family day activity is $10 per family and preregistration is recommended. Please Contact: Laura Payne, laura.payne@okstate.edu or call 405-744-4531.

 

January

 

January 5 & 6, Tulsa
2018 Horticulture Industries Show Conference
Tulsa Community College, NE Campus

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


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Through October, Philadelphia
Early Bird Saturdays and Sundays
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

If you’re up with the sun, start your day with an early morning visit to Morris Arboretum. Members, non-members, walkers, amateur photographers and everyone in between are invited to find the shining dew on more than 12,000 labeled plants in the arboretum’s living collection. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

Through October 9, Philadelphia
The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

50-plus kinetic sculptures ranging from 5 to 25 feet high are displayed throughout the garden. Placed in groupings that artist Lyman Whitaker calls wind farms, the sculptures’ movement is propelled entirely by wind. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

Through Oct. 25, Pittsburgh
Farmers at Phipps
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This weekly event brings community members and local food producers together for a fresh food shopping experience. Admission is free. From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

Through November 5, Pittsburgh
Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

More than 100 pieces of supersized glass art orchids and other plants are featured in eight rooms in the conservatory. 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.

 

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October 6-7, Erie

Sixth Annual Pumpkin D’Light Night Walking Tour
Headwaters Park at the Erie County Conservation District

Penn State Master Gardeners of Erie County host this nighttime event featuring hundreds of carved and lighted pumpkins along a 1-mile wooded trail. Educational exhibits and prize drawings are also offered. From 6 to 9 p.m. Costs $3 for ages 12 and up, $2 for ages 3 to 11, and children under 2 are free. Cash only. No reservations needed. Bring flashlights and dress for a walk through the woods. Held rain or shine. Call 814-825-0900.

 

October 6 through November 4, Hershey
Bonsai: Living Art of the Susquehanna Bonsai Club
Hershey Gardens

This annual exhibit features dozens of bonsai trees and provides cultivation information.The exhibit is displayed in the hoop house and is open during regular garden hours. Included in admission. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

October 7, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Feathers, Flight, & Fun
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the discovery table and learn about feathers. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 7 - 8, Philadelphia
Fall Festival
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This weekend of autumn fun has become an annual tradition for many families. Make a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, and sample different varieties of apples. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Some activities have an additional fee. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 7 through 31 Philadelphia
Scarecrow Walk
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

More than 30 scarecrows are on display along the oak allée. Vote for your favorite in the “Halloween favorites, spooky and not-so-spooky” theme to determine which will be the top five prize winners. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 13 and 27, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Fun reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held at the outdoor children’s classroom, next to the visitor center. In case of inclement weather, storytime is held in the visitor center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free with admission. Registration required. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 14, Springfield
The Great Horned Owl
Smedley Park

Pam Dimelar, a local photographer, naturalist, and videographer, followed a pair of local great horned owls for five years. She will share a video of them, as well as facts about owls and their lifestyle. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/delaware.

 

October 14, Harrisburg
Audubon Native Plant Swap
Wildwood Park

Bring your extra native plants, pots, books, and gardening tools to exchange with fellow gardeners. The event will also include a native plant walk, bird walk, and native plant gardening displays. A speaker from Audubon Pennsylvania will discuss the benefits of native plants for birds and how you can get your backyard certified as bird habitat. On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg. Register by Oct. 12 by contacting Kim Schubert at kschubert@audubon.org, or call 717-612-2179.

 

October 15, Philadelphia
Bloomfield Farm Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Come celebrate Bloomfield Farm’s agricultural history. This event provides visitors with the opportunity to tour the restored Springfield Mill, originally constructed in 1760. From noon to 4 p.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 15, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm

Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and the setting along the Wissahickon Creek. From 1 to 4 p.m. Guided tours available. Free admission, donations appreciated. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 19, Devon
Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society Lecture: Contrast In The Garden
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Presented by Bob Stamper, past president of VFARS, and retired professor of biology, this lecture will explore the use of texture, form, and color in the garden. It examines plant attributes and what should be considered when adding a new plant. Included are discussions of blooming times, flower forms, plant growth habits, garden balance, symmetry, scale, and proportion, background plantings, repetition, variety, and basics of color and its use. On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Free of charge — all are welcome. Visit jenkinsarboretum.org.

 

October 20, 21, 27, and 28, Hershey
Pumpkin Glow
Hershey Gardens

More than 150 carved illuminated pumpkins light up the night, and a collection of live insects is on display in the educational and horticultural wing of the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory. It also features live pumpkin-carving demonstrations and story time with a scarecrow. Kids aged 12 and younger are invited to bring a flashlight, come in costume, and trick-or-treat throughout the gardens. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

November



November 4 - December 30, Devon
Sculpted Earth: Exhibition and Sale of Ceramic Sculpture
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Local artists inspired by nature and organic forms exhibit their clay sculptures that feature lines and curves reminiscent of flowers, seedpods, shells, leaves, and trees. The exhibit is in the John J. Willaman Education Center. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. An opening reception is held on Nov. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 4, Stroudsburg
Fall Garden Workshops
Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center

Monroe County Master Gardeners offer a morning education series for the public. The agenda includes two workshops, Growing Mushrooms Indoors and Outside from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and Tool Maintenance from 10:45 to 11 a.m. A third talk, Build a Water Garden, runs from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost for both workshops is $5. Visit the Monroe County Master Gardeners Facebook page, facebook.com/mastergardenerspa.



November 9, Devon
A Taste of Tree Tenders
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Presented by Barley van Clief, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Tree Tenders’ program manager. Tree Tenders is PHS’s citizen training program for planting and caring for trees. Whether your interest is in helping the tree in your backyard, preserving the trees in your neighborhood or community park, or advocating for the regional tree canopy, the information presented will be useful in deciding whether the full nine-hour training is right for you. At 7 p.m. Free, all are welcome. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 10 and 12, Philadelphia
Free Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Engaging reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement 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. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



November 11, Springfield
Hydroponic Towers
Smedley Park

Whitney Witkowski demonstrates how easy it is to grow fresh greens and vegetables year-round in your home with hydroponic towers. Your $5 donation goes to the Boys and Girls Club of Chester. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.



November 16, Devon
Fall and Winter Containers
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Join Michael Bowell, horticulturist and garden designer, for a lecture and demonstration on how to design containers for the fall and winter seasons using live woody and herbaceous perennials, branches, and found objects. Jointly sponsored by Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens and Woodlea Garden Club. Starts at 1 p.m. Free, all are welcome. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 18, Devon
Perennial Garden Design for Beginners
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

This workshop, presented by Pete Moscufo, garden designer and landscape architect, covers the aesthetic arrangement and composition of plants for the perennial garden. He discusses high-performing plants around which a design can be built, as well as common mistakes made when designing with plants. After the lecture, students collaborate on designs for various scenarios. This beginner-level workshop is suitable for the novice gardener or plant enthusiast. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Free for students. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 19, Devon
Attracting and Conserving the Five Bs
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

The environmental importance of bees, birds, butterflies, bugs, and bats is immeasurable, and a diversity of plant and animal species is key to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Steve Wright, director of horticulture and curator of plant collections, describes techniques to attract the “five Bs” to your garden, specifically highlighting food, water, and nesting needs. At 2 p.m. Free, all are welcome. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 19, Devon
Pumpkin Flower Arranging Workshop for Kids
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Young artists from ages 5 to 10 will create a floral arrangement inside a carved-out pumpkin that will be a worthy centerpiece at Thanksgiving. Hollowed out pumpkins, flowers, and items from nature will be provided and instruction will be given by Helen Standen, greenhouse and nursery manager, and Janet Bauman, director of development. At 2 p.m. An adult must accompany each child. Costs $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 24 - December 31, Philadelphia
Holiday Garden Railway
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Come see the holiday garden railway dressed in its wintry finest. Included in garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

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Through December 15, Pittsburgh
Worlds Within
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

In collaboration with the Miller Gallery, at the other end of the Carnegie Mellon University campus, this exhibit features botanical micrographs by British artist Rob Kesseler and botanical wall charts from Carl Ignax Leopold Kny’s series, Botanische Wandtafeln. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday (except for Nov. 23 through 26). Free admission. Call 412-268-2434 or visit huntbotanical.org.



December 1 & 2, Greensburg
Christmas Sale
Greensburg Garden Center

This sale features fresh live wreaths, boughs, table arrangements, kissing balls, hanging baskets, garland, and curly willow and red-twig dogwood branches. Also offered are artificial arrangements and decorated 2-foot by 3-foot Christmas trees. From 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2. Call 724-837-0245 or visit greensburggardencenter.net.



December 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, Philadelphia
Friday Night Lights
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Enjoy the holiday garden railroad lit up and decorated for the season. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticket Leap beginning Nov. 1. Costs member adults $9, member children $3, non-member adults $16, non-member children $8. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



December 8, Philadelphia
Free Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Engaging reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement 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. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



December 9, Mercersburg
Christmas Open House
Conococheague Settlement

Featuring tours of historic houses decorated for the holidays using natural objects grown and harvested at Rock Hill Farm. Visitors will enjoy music, colonial games, wooden toys, books by local authors, and unique gift items. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 717-328-3467 or visit cimlg.org.



December 9, Springfield
Deck Your Halls with Fresh
Fragrant Greens, Smedley Park

Delaware County Master Gardeners offer handcrafted, fresh-cut evergreen wreaths and holiday floral creations. Choose from a selection of wreaths with assorted evergreens, berries, and natural accents, as well as hanging baskets of greens, and bouquets of freshly-cut greens to use in your own floral designs. Also available are table arrangements, bundles of mixed greens, and other holiday creations. Browse the array of crafts and gifts made by Master Gardeners. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.


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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

 

November

 

November 7, Memphis
The Garden and The Workshop – Working Together for a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table
Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Horticulture Society presents Julie and Ted Wilson, Suzy Askew and Larry Rains to show garden-inspired designs for the table. For more information, contact: Martha Garner at 901-619-8939.



November 8, Memphis
Brown Bag: Bugs that Attack Other Bugs!
Memphis Botanic Garden

Local gardening expert Tonya Ashworth will sort out the beneficials from the baddies. Bring a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Fratelli’s Café at the Garden. Noon-1 p.m. No registration necessary, free with membership or garden admission. For more information, call 901-636-4100.



November 9, Knoxville
Tool & Container Maintenance
West Hills Garden Club

Master Gardener Joe Pardue will present program. 10-11 a.m. Call Barbara Isenberg at 406-5199 to RSVP and get directions to meeting.



November 9, Kodak
Native Plant Decorations for Christmas
Citizens National Bank

Dr. Sue Hamilton of the UT Gardens will present the program at the Wild Ones Smoky Mountain Chapter. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit Smoky Mountains Wildones on Facebook for update information.



November 11, Knoxville
Terrarium Workshop
UT Gardens

Whether you call it a vivarium, a terrarium or a dish garden, most find growing your own miniature jungle as fun and creative. Derrick Stowell will be the instructor. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35 for garden members, $45 for non-members. For more information, visit ag.tennesee.edu/utg.



November 11, Memphis
Big Bugs Creature Feature: Winging It
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join us for lesson on wings and things, featuring the darling damselfly at the Big Bugs Information station. Free with admission, no reservations required 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 901-636-4126.



November 11 and each Saturday through December 30, Memphis
David Rogers’ Big Bugs at the Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden

The garden is crawling with Big Bugs with a self-guided walking map, tram tours every Friday, and special Big Bug events for all ages.  For more information, call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/bigbugs.



November 17, Memphis
Big Bugs Campfire Party
Memphis Botanic Garden

Go on a nocturnal hike to see the Big Bugs at night and make a take-home craft. Dinner and s’mores provided. 6-8 p.m. For more information, call the reservation line at 901-636-4131.



November 18, Chattanooga
Nature Nuts: Fairy Houses
Tennessee Aquarium

This monthly gathering of the nature club for children 5-12 whimsically builds fairy houses constructed of natural materials to leave for the fairies but get an email photo of your creation. All attending must register, adults $1 and children $11 for members, $16 non-members. 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit community.tnaqua.org/events.



November 18, Chattanooga
Live Wreath Making Class
AG Center, Bonnie Oaks Drive

Master Gardeners will host this workshop with greenery, pinecones, berries, and bows if you bring a 12-16-inch wreath form.10 a.m. For more information, visit mghc.org/education-committee-classes.



November 21, Memphis
Project Wet Teacher Workshop
Memphis Botanic Garden

All educators and others interested are invited for the Water Education curriculum training Project WET and get the WET curriculum guide. Sponsored by Buckman and the Wolf River Conservancy, free, Includes lunch. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To register, email education@wolfriver.org or visit wolfriver.org.



November 21, Townsend
Ginseng: Gold in the Great Smoky Mountains
Time and Location TBD

See Knox County Master Gardeners calendar at knoxcountymastergardener.org/a/ for details.

 

December



December 2, Kingsport
Christmas In The Country 2017
Exchange Place, free admission

Step into the 1850s for Christmas at the farm. 10 a.m.- 4p.m., with the traditional Yule Log Ceremony at 4 p.m. For more information, visit exchangeplace.info.



December 2, Knoxville
Fresh Seasonal Wreaths
UT Gardens

This workshop will teach you how to create a wreath from natural materials to decorate your home. 1-3 p.m. Cost $25 for members, $35 non-members. See registration at calendar of events at ag.tennessee.edu/utg/pages.



December 2, Vonore
18th Century Christmas
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Step back to 1756 for an 18th century celebration with wassail, carols, greenery, and skill demonstrations for the day. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Light refreshments at 5 p.m. and a candlelight tour at 6 p.m. For more information, call 423-884-6217.

 

January



January & February, Tiptonville
Eagle Tour
Reelfoot Lake State Park

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


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November

 

November 8, Richmond
Fantastic Fall Tree Walk
Maymont Grounds

Learn about the Dooleys’ carefully planned collection of native and exotic specimens during an exclusive after-hours walk through the towering trees in Maymont’s 100-acre arboretum. 5-6 p.m. Meet at the historic estate entrance. $10 donation. Register online at maymont.org by November 7. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310, or visit Maymont.org. Program will not be held in inclement weather.

 

November 11, Gloucester
Forcing Bulbs for Holiday Blooms
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs Chesapeake Lounge

Join Brent to learn the best way to force different varieties of bulbs. Bring your own container or purchase one while you are here to wow your holiday guests with your own beautiful centerpiece creation. There is no charge to participate, only the cost of materials that will vary and can be purchased on site. Please register in advance by calling 804-693-3966. Workshop begins at 10:30 a.m. Call Denise Hutchins on 804-693-3966, ext. 109, for more information or visit brentandbeckysbulbs.com.



November 18, Duffield
Bulb Forcing Workshop
Natural Tunnel State Park

Learn how to force bulbs to bloom when you want rather than waiting. Register no later than the Wednesday prior to the workshop by calling the Cove Ridge Center at 276-940-2696 or email Gretchen.Cope@dcr.virginia.gov. A minimum of 10 participants is required. This workshop is a series offered by the park, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Scott County Master Gardeners, and Education Council of the Cove Ridge Foundation and Advisory Board. The cost is $5 per person. 10-11 a.m. For more information, visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.



November 18, Williamsburg
Medicinal Herbs: Myths, Stories and How to Grow
Freedom Park Interpretive Center

Briscoe White of The Growers Exchange will share his knowledge on growing herbs. This event is part of the Learn and Grow Educational Series sponsored by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. The program is free, although a $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated. 10-11:30 a.m. Visit williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org for more information.



November 30, Richmond
GardenFest for Fidos
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos! Leashed dogs are allowed on this special Dominion GardenFest of Lights night. 5-10 p.m. Purchase tickets online. There is a $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA. For more information, call 804-262-9887 or visit lewisginter.org.

 

December

 

December 2, Alexandria
Winter Wreath Workshop
Green Spring Gardens

Create a beautiful winter wreath to take home for your front door. Greens, forms, ribbon, and cones are included in the supply fee. 9:30-11 a.m. for ages 14-adult. The program is $38, supply fee is $25. Call Green Spring Gardens to register at 703-642-5173 or register online at fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring using code 290 484 6901 for the program and code 290 484 6902 for the supply fee.



December 3, Richmond
Old-Fashioned Christmas
Maymont Mansion and Carriage House Lawn

Marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, see the gifts and games of 1893, and stop by the Belowstairs area, where holiday preparations are underway. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring fire, and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit. Free admission; fees for activities. Guided mansion tours: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. Carriage rides: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. For more information, visit maymont.org or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.



December 9-10, Beaverdam
Colonial Christmas
Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown is decorated for the holidays courtesy of the Ashland Garden Club. Join us for festive tours, dancing, and delicious treats including Martha Washington cake, gingerbread cookies, and hot cider. Open house is 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (opening noon December 10). For more information, visit preservationvirginia.org or call 804-227-3500.  



December 16, Stratford
Plant Medicine
Stratford Hall

Learn about medicines found in many common plants found locally in the Northern Neck! From 10 a.m.-12 p.m., herbalist Heather Bedford will give a lecture on how to use and find a number of plants to help ease a variety of ailments. As an added bonus, a plant walk will take place after the lecture to provide hands on experience. This program is $20 per person. Registration is required by December 10; contact Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972 or email jbachman@stratfordhall.org.



December 18, Alexandria
Garden Buds
Green Spring Gardens

Meet in the Children’s Discovery Garden one Monday a month! Your child will enjoy different sensory materials out in the garden, rain, or shine. Dress for the weather and explore at your leisure. $5/child. 10-11 a.m. (2-3 years old). Register online at fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring using code 290 402 8604 or call 703-642-5173. 


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Through November 5, Milwaukee
Flower Power Fall Floral Show
The Domes

A unique garden show that captures the essence of 60s. An eclectic mix of tie- dyed, brightly colored flowers, including array of specialty mums, multi-colored daisies and topiaries. Peace signs, lava lamps, smiley faces, and all that reflect an era and philosophy of living freely and connecting to Mother Nature. Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and weekends, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

October

 

October 6 and 7, Wisconsin Dells
Digging in the Dells: A Gathering for Gardeners

Wisconsin Garden Club Federation’s new signature event. Programs range from two-day package, plus extra tours to Aldo Leopold Foundation, the International Crane Foundation, or a Wisconsin River Boat Tour. Dine with Melinda Myers as she presents “Creating a Pollinator Garden.” Details and registration information, http://bit.ly/2tJRv2y; or call Susan, 715-248-7870. Deadline, September 1.

 

October 14, Fond du lac
Seed Collection Workshop
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Workshop with a discussion on seeds, including when and how to collect favorite native plants. Learn how to identify wildflowers and grasses in the seed stage. Collecting, cleaning, propagation info. Meet at the Arboretum Shelter. 9 a.m. to noon.

 

October 17, Janesville
Unique Conifers Make a Garden Special
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Learn how to site and select conifers for every garden location. Conifers can improve your garden with tremendous form, phenomenal texture, unusual shapes, seasonal color, 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5 for nonmembers; $3 for members; no registration required.

 

October 19, Sheboygan
Boos and Brews
Bookworm Gardens

Celebrate autumn when the night air is crisp and adults get to take over the gardens. Light up the night with thousands of twinkle lights, live music, craft beer, and wine. Adults only (21+) event. Tickets available online.

 

October 20-21; 26-28, Sheboygan
Happily Haunted Gardens
Bookworm Gardens

The Gardens will be filled with thousands of twinkle lights, live book characters, entertainment, and autumn delights during this spine-tingling event. $5 per person; free for members.

 

October 21, Fond du lac
Halloween Hike
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

This luminary Halloween hike will introduce five friendly characters talking about how they help the environment. Registration, 7 p.m.; first hike, 7:15 p.m., and every 15 minutes after that. Trail is accessible for strollers and wheel chairs. All ages. Meet at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Shelter, 7 to 9 p.m.

 

October 27, Milwaukee
Ghosts Under Glass
The Domes

A not-too-spooky night for the family with treats and ghostly fun. Advanced tickets recommended. Available online or in the Domes Gift Shop, 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit: milwaukeedomes.org.

 

November

 

November 2, Madison
The Other Annuals
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Paul Drobot, owner of Perennial Landscapes in Muskego, will discuss tender perennials, not-so-often-used annuals, and heirloom annuals for your gardens, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Limited space, register deadline: October 26. Cost: $15 nonmembers, $12 members.



November 4, Janesville
Fall Symposium
Rotary Botanical Gardens

This daylong event will be devoted to landscape design, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

November 9 and 15, Fond du Lac
Create a Winter Wreath and Swag
Ice Age Visitor Center and Lakeside Pavilion

Using a variety of natural materials, create a beautiful wreath and swag that will enhance your home’s winter décor. Please bring along a pruning shears and gloves. Registration required, 920-940-8869, $20. Please note that this class will be offered four separate times, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. The first two will be held at the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest Ice Age Center near Dundee, and the other two at Lakeside Park Pavilion in Fond du Lac. For more info: gottfriedprairiearboretum.org.

 

November 15, Janesville
Evergreen Arrangement Make-and-Take
Rotary Botanical Gardens

With Patty Bailey’s instruction, design and take home a beautiful arrangement for either indoor or outdoor use, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Materials, including greenery, ribbon, and colorful fillers, will be provided to create a swag; bring your own container or fillers if desired, $25, members, $30, nonmembers. Limit 20 participants. Pre-registration required by November 13.



November 17, Madison
Cocktails in the Conservatory
Olbrich Botanical Gardens  
                                                     
Stroll through Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs. 7 to 11 p.m.

 

Nov. 17 – Jan. 8, Oshkosh
Nutcracker in the Castle
The Paine Museum and Gardens

The Nutcracker story unfolds in the Paine “castle,” with the historic rooms elaborately decorated as the fantastic scenes of the beloved holiday fairy tale. There are three different ways to visit and enjoy the fantasy experience of Nutcracker in the Castle. Guests may take Self-Guided Tours, Candlelight Tours, and Guided Tours, with each offered at separate times. Guests are invited to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Café. Visit thepaine.org, or call 920-235-6903 for specific hours and admission.



November 18, Sheboygan
Floral Design: Fall Front Doors
Bookworm Gardens

Join Garden and Facilities Manager Allissa for a celebration of the changing seasons. Prepare your porch for the transition from fall into winter with natural materials that will withstand the chilly temps and add a pop of color to your home. Adults only (21+) event. Session 1 from 10 a.m.  12 p.m. or Session 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets available online, $30 members/$35 non-members.

 

Nov. 18 – Jan. 7, Milwaukee
Naughty or Nice Holiday Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

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



Nov. 24 – Dec. 30, Green Bay
WPS Garden of Lights
Green Bay Botanical Garden

At least 250,000 twinkling lights create extraordinary holiday memories with your family and friends at the Garden this winter. Discover a spectacular array of botanical-themed light displays, featuring an enchanted icicle forest, glistening flowers, and a dazzling 60-foot walk-through caterpillar. 5 to 8:30 p.m. daily.



November 24-25, Janesville
Holiday Light Show Preview Weekend
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the Holiday Light Show over the Thanksgiving holiday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.



November 29, Janesville
Plant Selection for Four-Season Garden Interest
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Horticulture Director Mark Dwyer will share photos of his favorite plants that contribute all four seasons in the garden., 6:30 to 8 p.m., $5, nonmembers; $3,  RBG Friends members, no registration required.

 

December



December 2-31, Madison
Holiday Express
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias and fresh evergreens. Members of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society from all over the state show off their model trains, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; $5, adults, $3, children, ages 3 to 12.



December 5, Madison
Evergreen Swag Making Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Evergreen swags smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Bud LeFevre, owner of Distinctive Gardens in Illinois, to decorate your own door swag with natural and other materials. Fresh evergreen swag, plant materials, and other supplies provided to make one 24-30 inch long swag, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Limited space; registration deadline, November 28. Cost: $54 nonmember; $43 member.



December 9, Madison
Herbal Gift Making
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Make approximately 10 herbal gift items that you can give to your friends, family, or keep for yourself, including lip balm, body spray, felted soap, herbal condiments, herbal salts for foot and bath, lotion bar, dream pillow, herbal tea blend, under the direction of Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs, 1 to 5 p.m. All supplies and decorative packaging provided. For adults and youth (ages 8 and up, with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space, register by November 30, $75 nonmembers, $60 members.



December 9, Sheboygan
Floral Design: Winter Wreaths
Bookworm Gardens

Special holiday workshop at the Gardens with Garden and Facilities Manager Allissa. Sip on cider while you learn wreath-making techniques that will carry you through the winter season. Dress warmly, this is an indoor/outdoor workshop. Adults only (21+) event. Choose Session 1, 10 a.m. to noon; or Session 2, 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets online, $30 members; $35 nonmembers.



December 29, Wausau
Luminary Snowshoe Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Family, friends (and dogs) welcomed to the gardens for a luminary-lit snowshoe walk (or hike) ending at the Kitchen Garden, where you can warm up with a bonfire, hot chocolate, apple cider, and roasted marshmallows. Walks are with or without snow. Check monkgardens.org for severe weather advisories, 715-261-6309.



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

A celebration for families at the Domes, a night of entertainment, music, food, and more. m

 

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