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January

 

January 4, 11, 18, 25, Theodore
Winter Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Join us on Wednesdays in January and February for special programs. Topics include gardening, history, and the collections in the beautiful Bellingrath Home. Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. each week in the Magnolia Café. For details, visit bellingrath.org, call 251-973-2217, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org. 


January 13-February 17, Mobile
Botanical Art III – Watercolor
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This class is designed as an introduction to the botanical art of painting in watercolor using the six-color-palette. Here is an opportunity to develop and further refine your understanding of basic color, color mixing, and sound color selection through a step-by-step approach. Learn to paint wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and how to apply a “glaze,” a “wash,” and classic English “dry-brush.” Students will progress to working with botanical specimens as they build confidence and proficiency. Members, $125; non-members, $150. Fridays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org for more information.


January 14-February 28, Huntsville
Beaks and Barks
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch in the 5-acre “no leash” zone at the back of the garden Included with garden admission or membership. For more information visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.


January 14, Jemison
Small Fruits in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care and maintenance of fruit plants such as blackberries, blueberries, and muscadines. Whether you are a beginner or experienced gardener, you will gain valuable knowledge for the upcoming season. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Lunch, noon, $12 (optional) advanced registration and lunch payment required. Walking tour of Petals small fruit gardens and overview of pruning and training techniques, 12:30 p.m. The programs are free. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


January 19, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

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


January 28, Jemison
Garden Design
Petals from the Past

Join us as Tracy Britnell teaches you valuable information to design or improve your home landscape. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.



February

 

February 1, 8, 15, 22, Theodore
Winter Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Even during the cold season, Bellingrath Gardens is filled with blooms and beauty! Gulf Coast residents and visitors are invited to join us at our Winter Wednesdays series in February for sessions on gardening, history, and the collections in the beautiful Bellingrath Home. Sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For details, visit bellingrath.org, call 251-973-2217, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.
 


February 11, Jemison
Tree Fruit in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care, and maintenance of tree fruits such as apples, pears, figs, oriental persimmons, peaches, and nectarines. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


February 15, Wetumpka
Designing Ecological Landscapes
Wetumpka Civic Center

Do you want bountiful harvests without the use of tons of chemicals? Are you concerned about how your practices affect our pollinators and water supply? Then come hear Toby Hemenway talk about permaculture basics. Also, Jason Powell, owner of Petals from the Past, will share his advice on choosing plants from our area, suitable for putting Toby’s knowledge to work. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. Must pre-register and pre-pay $25 fee (includes lunch). For more information and to obtain a registration form, visit camga.net.  


February 17-20, Huntsville
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Each year, tens of thousands of people throughout the U.S. and Canada take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) by counting birds in their community and reporting the numbers and species to GBBC. People of all ages and all levels of bird-watching experience are welcome to participate. It’s an ideal way for more experienced birders to introduce children, grandchildren, and others to the wonderful world of birds or for fledgling birders to learn new species! Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.


February 17-19, Theodore
Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 40th Orchid Show and Sale
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. Vendors will also be selling orchids, supplies and accessories. There is no charge for admission to the show, held in the Magnolia Café at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Guests are encouraged to tour the gardens and home and enjoy lunch in the café (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) during their visit! Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For details, visit bellingrath.org, call 251-973-2217, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.
 


February 24 and March 3, Mobile
Botany for Botanical Artists
Mobile Botanical Gardens

A class consisting of two sessions/lectures each of two hours. Instructor: Fred Nation. Designed for botanical art students who would appreciate a better understanding of the principles of basic botany from which they draw. While touching on the subjects of morphology and taxonomy, the essential focus will be on the botany of flowers and leaves. 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


February 25, Jemison
Antique Roses in the Garden
Petals from the Past

Join Jason Powell as he discusses all classes of antique and old garden roses and their care and maintenance. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


February 25, Mobile
TOMATOPALOOZA!
Mobile Botanical Gardens

The end of February is the time for folks to get their tomato plants for Gulf Coast gardens! We bring in several thousand of the best-performing tomato plants (recommended by Bill Finch). Order online during February, then pick-up on Saturday morning between 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

March

 

March 4, Hoover
City of Hoover’s 19th Annual Arbor Day Celebration
Aldridge Gardens

Hosted by the Hoover Beautification Board, this event will feature a ceremonial tree planting, along with a tree giveaway and an Arbor Day ceremony featuring area fourth-grade Arbor Day essay contest winners. 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.
 


March 4-31, Theodore
Spring Azaleas
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Enjoy the blooms of more than 250,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65 acres of Bellingrath Gardens. Our spring colors will also include hydrangeas, Easter lilies, fuchsia, geraniums, Wave petunias, cape daisies, and delphiniums. Visit the Azalea Watch page on bellingrath.org for peak bloom times. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For details, call 251-973-2217 or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.
 


March 10-June 30, Huntsville
Anita Hoodless Art Exhibit
Huntsville Botanical Garden

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


March 13-17, Huntsville
Spring Break at the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

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

 


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

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


March 16-19, Mobile
PLANTASIA! Spring Plant Sale
Mobile Botanical Gardens

The biggest and best plant sale ever! Thousands of plants selected for growing on the Gulf Coast. Thursday, Preview Party 4-7 p.m. $25 per person; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. free admission; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. free admission. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


March 18, Hoover
PAWS in the Gardens
Aldridge Gardens

Bring your leashed pets and enjoy a walk through the gardens. There will be food, dog-centered displays, demonstrations, and vendors. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit Shelby County Humane Society and Aldridge Gardens. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.


March 18, Jemison
Backyard Vegetable Production
Petals from the Past

Chip East, Regional Extension Agent with ACES, will teach the basics of backyard vegetable production. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


March 23-26, Mobile
24th Annual Festival of Flowers
Providence Hospital Campus

Join us at Providence Hospital’s Festival of Flowers, the largest outdoor flower show in the Southeast, featuring a central display from Bellingrath Gardens and Home. The festival includes lavish garden displays, art exhibits, seminars, and vendors. Visitors are encouraged to visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home during the festival; special group packages are available. Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit festivalofflowers.com, email info@festivalofflowers.com, or call 251-639-2050 or 877-777-0529.


March 25, Jemison
Citrus in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care, and maintenance of citrus plants such as satsuma oranges, Meyer lemons, limes, and kumquats. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.


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February

 

February 4, Fayetteville
Asexual Propagation: Make More Plants From the Ones You Already Have!
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

A demonstration class featuring two types of asexual propagation: division and cuttings. We will explore how to divide a few different types of plants commonly found in the garden. We will also give a demonstration on how to make cuttings from herbaceous and woody plants.10-10:45 a.m. Free admission. To reserve your spot, call 479-750-2620


February 3-4, Pine Bluff
29th Annual Home and Garden Show
Pine Bluff Convention Center

More than 125 exhibitors offering plants, herbs, beekeeping supplies, honey, home, lawn and gardening exhibits, and more. Featured speakers, how-to sessions, quilt show, and children’s activities.
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. For more info call 870-247-1177.


February 10, Washington
Sweetheart’s Valentine Dinner
Historic Washington State Park

Enjoy a romantic evening with someone special at our historic William’s Tavern Restaurant. A surrey ride, live entertainment, and a delicious dinner are all part of the evening. Make reservations for yourself and bring some friends! Reservations are required. 6-9 p.m. Admission: $70 per couple. For more information, call 870-983-2684


February 10-12, Little Rock
LANTERNS! Winter Festival
Wildwood Park for the Arts

Held over three magical evenings, guests are transported to far away lands and times as they stroll through the beautifully lit pathways of Wildwood’s gardens. Live entertainment, food, drink, games, and more throughout the Park’s Butler Arboretum and inside the Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre. 6 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and under free. For more information, call 501-821-7275 or visit
wildwoodpark.org.


February 11, Hot Springs
Shiitake Mushroom Farming
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Presented by Dennis and Becky Denison, this workshop will focus on the habitat preparation, growing, and harvesting of shiitake mushrooms. Participants will inoculate logs of oak and sweet gum with mushroom spawn to create a habitat that will produce mushrooms for several years. All materials are provided. Reservations required. 10 a.m.-noon. Admission: $30/members $45/non-members. Register online at garvangardens.org or call
800-366-4664.


February 22, Fayetteville
Healthy Yard, Healthy Planet: Gardening for Sustainability
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Lissa Morrison, garden designer and manager at BGO, encourages and teaches how to landscape for biodiversity and sustainability. Learning how to incorporate native plants in a manicured setting is an important part of this picture. 6-7 p.m. Free admission. To reserve your spot, call 479-750-2620


February 24-26, Little Rock
Arkansas Flower and Garden Show
Statehouse Convention Center

The Arkansas Flower & Garden Show is the largest three-day celebration of gardening in the state. The goal of the show is to cultivate interest in the Natural State through what is grown for beauty and sustenance. Visitors come to learn about gardening and shop for their homes and gardens. Hours: Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $10-$15, children 12 and under free.

 

March

 

March 1-31, Wye
39th Annual Wye Mountain
Daffodil Festival

Wye Mountain UMC Daffodil Field
Enjoy 7 acres of over 20 different varieties of daffodils, jonquils, and narcissus. Weekend activities include face painting, artisan crafts, church tours, and more. Admission: free. For more information, visit wyemountain.org or call
501-330-2403.


March 3, Fort Smith
5th Annual Grape Escapes
Doubletree by Hilton   

This premiere fundraising event features over 350 types of wine, food from local restaurants and caterers, live and silent auctions, and live music. Also returning this year is the popular Wine Pull and our photo booth! Funds raised by Grape Escapes are used LOCALLY to provide much needed services and support to individuals with disabilities.  6-9 p.m. Admission: $100, must be 21 to attend. Visit grapeescapes.org or call
479-652-4553 for more information.
       


March 11, Washington
Gardening Basics for Spring
Historic Washington State Park

There are many reasons to garden. Some garden for self-sufficiency, some for health reasons, and others simply want to beautify their yard. Join our gardener for a hands-on workshop about the basics of all types of gardening as we prepare for the warmer days of spring. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $25. Call 870-983-2684 for more information.


March 11, Mountain Home
23rd Annual Spring Gardening Seminar: Developing an Ozark’s Green Thumb
Master Gardeners of Baxter County

This seminar features gardening experts Janet Carson, Tina Wilcox, and others. Registration required. Admission: $25. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 870-580-0276.


March 15, Fayetteville
Vegetable Gardening Throughout the Year
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Explore a full year in the vegetable garden, namely how to extend and smoothly transition between each of the seasons. Topics include preparing for spring, selecting vegetable varieties, succession planting, organic methods, and winter gardening. 6-7 p.m. Free. To reserve your spot, call 4790-750-2620.


March 17-19, Fort Smith
Arkansas River Valley Lawn and Garden Show: Go Wild Gardening
Fort Smith Convention Center

Hosted by the Arkansas River Valley Master Gardeners and the UofA Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, the 24th annual ARV Lawn and Garden Show will feature outstanding seminars on gardening, landscaping, and other horticulture topics in a family friendly environment. Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: 12 & older $5/ 11 & under admitted free. For more information, visit fslawngardenshow.com or call 479-629-0250.


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January 7, Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Do’s, and some Don’ts, of Pruning
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Charles Tomberlin, landscape area manager, New River Landscaping Inc., will discuss the fine art of pruning. Participants will be instructed on the different types of pruning equipment and safety, the best pruning techniques, and the proper time to prune. The primary focus is trees and shrubs, but other plants will be included. 1-4 p.m. Registration is required and the fee is $36 ($32 members). For more information, call 919-962-0522.


January 9, Greensboro, N.C.
Stories from the Farm
The Greensboro Science Center

The Guilford Horticulture Societies monthly meeting will be presented by Lee & Larry Newlin, co-owners of Peaceful River Farms. All are welcome; program starts at 7:15 p.m.


January 8, 15, 22, 29, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Composition
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Artist Patricia Savage will teach students how to make visual choices and determine how parts of a plant are arranged on the page to balance botanical accuracy and artistic sensitivity. 1:15-4:45 p.m. Cost is $150 ($135 members). Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.


January 15, Greensboro, N.C.
Planning the 3-Season Vegetable Garden
Greensboro Arboretum

Come and learn what your vegetable garden can do for you; let’s talk about the many ways to get the most out of your personal planting space. This one-hour lecture begins at 4 p.m. Registration is required. Visit go.ncsu.edu/growing_green_way for locations and times. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.


Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Beginning Drawing
North Carolina Botanical Garden

In this entry course for the Certificate in Botanical Illustration, Kathy Schermer-Gramm will teach the fundamentals of illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone. Classes will be held 1-4:30 p.m. Cost is $150 ($135 members). Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.


Jan 14, 21, Feb 11, 18, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Plant Ecology
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Ecologist Jeffrey Pippen will discuss the ecological relationships at the organism, population and community levels. Students will learn about nutrient and energy cycling within ecosystems, as well as current threats and trends for the conservation of ecosystems. 1-4 p.m. Cost is $130 ($117 members). Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/ or call 919-962-0522.


January 21, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Introduction to Botanical Art and Illustration
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Artist Linda Koffenberger will discuss the history of botanical illustration, present examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art, and more. 1-4:30 p.m. Cost is $41 ($37 members). Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.

 

February

 

February 4, Raleigh, N. C.
Propagation Workshop
JC Raulston Arboretum

Join JC Raulston Arboretum staff in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants in the JC Raulston Arboretum’s collections via hardwood cuttings. Participants will go home with many freshly propagated plants. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $100 for members, $125 for nonmembers. The cost includes all materials needed, however, lunch is not provided. Advance registration is required. Please register by contacting Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005. Online registration opens soon. Registration is limited to 15 people and is considered complete when payment is received.


Jan 25, Feb 1, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Winter Flora
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Ken Moore, NCBG asst. dir. Emeritus, will be conducting field trips and exercises teaching the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in their winter condition in natural settings. Includes a copy of Winter Tree Finder by May and Tom Watts. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost $135 ($122 members). Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.


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

Horticultural scientist Olivia Lenahan will teach the basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology, and physiology through lectures, dissecting samples, and observations in the gardens. 9:15 a.m. -2:15 p.m. Cost is $195 ($175 members). Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.


February 9, Greensboro, N.C.
Beautiful and Sustainable Lawns – A Greener Yard
Glenn McNairy Branch Library

Join us as we discuss how you can have a sustainable lawn by knowing and using good growing practices. Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Visit go.ncsu.edu/growing_green_way for locations and times. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.


Mondays, Feb 6 through Mar 27, Raleigh, N.C.
Gardening Basics – Using Science to Grow Better Plants
JC Raulston Arboretum

This eight week gardening class conducted by Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University, will help you be more successful in all your gardening endeavors. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $200 for members, $250 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. Register by contacting Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005.


February 11, Raleigh, N.C.
Wildflowers of Northwestern Colorado
JC Raulston Arboretum

Follow along and explore the flora of the dry steppe to the moist mountain meadows, only scratching the surface of the diversity to be seen in a small area of north western Colorado. 10-11:30 a.m., free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, otherwise $5. For more information, call 919-513-7005.


February 11, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Painting with Fabric and Thread
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Artist Susan Fecho will present this class on the exploration of the basics of alternative quilting to develop expressive floral imagery. No advanced skills necessary. Supplies included.
2-4 p.m. $45 ($40.50 members). Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.


February 18, Raleigh, N.C.
Winter Symposium, Garden Divas
JC Raulston Arboretum

Celebrated female horticulturists Pam Beck, garden writer, lecturer, and photographer; Carol Reese, ornamental horticulture specialist, University of Tennessee; and Stephanie Cohen, the Perennial Diva, will share their love of gardening and inspire all attendees just in time for spring. 8 a.m.-noon. Early registration (ends February 5, 2017), $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers; late registration (begins February 6, 2017), $65 for members, $80 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required.
To register, contact Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005. Registration is limited.


February 12, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Darwin Day
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Johnny Randall, NCBG director of conservation, will help participants celebrate Darwin Day. Join us for a look at Darwin’s studies of the Venus flytrap and its natural history, evolutionary biology, and current conservation efforts. A reception will follow. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Preregistration Required. Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.


Feb 11, 12, 13, 14 Charlotte, N.C.
Valentine’s Orchid Sale
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Don’t miss our annual Valentine’s Orchid Sale. Enjoy our orchid collections, ask questions of the experts, and then choose from a select variety of healthy blooming orchids. McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Road. Admission is free. For more information, visit gardens.uncc.edu or call 704-687-0721.


February 19 Chapel Hill, N.C.
Get Ready for Spring: A Vegetable Gardening Workshop
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Greta Lee, permaculture designer and organic gardener, and Claire Lorch, Carolina Campus community garden educator, will conduct this workshop covering what vegetables to plant for a spring garden, when to start planting, how to grow your own vegetable seedlings, tips on protecting plants from freezing, and how to get a large harvest from a small space. Plan on staying to volunteer with the CCCG volunteer corps! 1–3 p.m. Cost $18 ($16 members; free to UNC students). Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.


Feb. 17, 18, 24 & 25 and
Mar 3, 4 10 & 11 Clarksville, Virginia
22th Annual Hellebore Festival
Pine Knot Farms

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


February 18 Chapel Hill, N.C.
Winter Backyard Birds
North Carolina Botanical Garden

It’s National Bird Feeding Month! Learn to identify common winter birds by sight and sound. We’ll visit our bird-feeding station for up-close encounters, learn how to be a citizen scientist, and make recycled feeders to take home. Ages 6-10 with accompanying adult. 10-11:30 a.m. Cost $10 ($8 members); no fee for accompanying adult. Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.


February 20 Greensboro, N.C.
Dendrology 101:
Ecology and Wildlife for Beginners

The Greensboro Science Center
Brandon L. Price, consulting wildlife forester with Wildland Forestry and Environmental, will conduct this class. All are welcome; program starts at 7:15 p.m.


February 23 Chapel Hill, N.C.
FloraQuest, The Southeastern Flora App, and The Future of Apps as Plant ID Tools
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Join Herbarium Director Alan Weakley as he explores the changing world of plant identification tools. Noon-1 p.m. Free, preregistration required. Register at ncbg.unc.edu/calendar or call 919-962-0522.


February 26, Charlotte, N.C.
Winter Walk Guided Tours
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Join us for an informative stroll through the delights of the Susie Harwood Garden. Meet at the McMillan Greenhouse. Guided tours begin at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online or at the door, $5 per person (free for members; you may join at the door). For more information, visit gardens.uncc.edu or call
704-687-0721.

 

March

 

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

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


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

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


Winter 2017, Raleigh, N.C.
Open Nursery and Garden Dates
Plant Delights Nursery

The garden and nursery will be open to the public, free admission. February 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; February 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; February 26, 1-5 p.m.


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Ongoing

 

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 and craft items. Look for free-range eggs, pickles, cheeses, and much more. SNAP EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information visit brevardcountyfarmersmarket.com or call 321-633-1702 ext. 238. 

 

Most Sundays, Mount Dora
Mount Dora Village Market, Elizabeth Evans Park
Shop for fresh produce, herbs, crafts and a growing range of products. Ample parking. For more information, visit mountdoramarket.com. 

 

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. Runs 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 www.fortpiercefarmersmarket.com.

 

Through January 2, Orlando

Christmas at Leu House
Leu Gardens

Local interior designers will spruce and illuminate the grand rooms of the Leu House Museum, Mr. & Mrs. Leu’s private home, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Each room will reflect a designer’s interpretation of an enchanting Christmas from traditional to whimsical. Special classes in November and the beginning of December will be offered with step-by-step instructions, from wreath making to holiday gifts. Christmas at the Leu House is open every day at 10 a.m. with docent-led tours every 30 minutes with the last tour at 3:30 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission to Christmas at the Leu House is included with garden admission: $10 for adults, $3 for children K-12. Free admission on December 5 and January 2. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. Visit leugardens.org for a complete listing of holiday class or call 407-246-2620 for more information.


Through December 31, Largo
Holiday Lights in the Garden
Florida Botanical Gardens

This traditional array of lights line the garden paths with nightly free entertainment and visits from Santa Claus. It is the largest fundraiser for the gardens and depends on volunteers, sponsors, and donations to reduce the cost of offering this holiday tradition in Pinellas County. More than 450 volunteers and generous sponsor donations make Holiday Lights a success. Suggested donation is $4 with those 12 and under admitted free. Hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m. Parking is free at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road. For more information call 727-582-2100 or visit sss.flbg.org.

 

December

 

December 2, Tallahassee
27th 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. 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 850-245-2200 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Maclay-Gardens.


December 2, Orlando
Date Night Movie
Leu Gardens

To celebrate the holidays, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will be shown. Movies at Leu Gardens offer a unique and beautiful setting to see a classic or current feature film outdoors in the gardens. Come early and stroll the gardens before the movie. Movies are shown on the first Friday of every month from February through December with no movie in July. Leu Gardens opens at 6 p.m. and movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket or chairs; alcohol is permitted. Grilled items and drinks are available for purchase. Garden admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children K-12 and free admission for Leu Garden Members. Weather permitting. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. Visit leugardens.org or call 407-246-2620 for more information.


December 2 & 3, 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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at 2629 Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. Come hungry because food trucks will offer delicious meals and snacks on site. For more information visit www.tampagardenclub.com.


December 2 & 3, Punta Gorda
Holly Days Home Tour
Punta Gorda Historic District

This year’s theme is A Natural, Tropical Christmas. The tour will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. Tour four 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. For more information visit pggc.org or call 941-575-4653.


December 3, Lake Placid
Holiday Home and Garden Tour
Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Garden Club’s 6th 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 1-4 p.m. Each ticket has pictures of the three homes and three gardens, as well as maps to the locations on this driving tour. Refreshments are available at the Placid Lakes Community Building on Placid Lakes Boulevard, where poinsettias and garden art will be on sale. The café will be open from 12:30-4 p.m., and ticket holders may drop in at any time either before or after the tour. Tickets may be purchased by calling Peggy at 863-465-1269 or purchased the day of the event at the café.


December 3, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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


December 3 & 4, Fort Lauderdale
10th 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 attracts more than 3,000 attendees. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and children 12 and under admitted free. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. participants will enjoy not only plants but also gourmet food trucks, cooking demonstrations, live music, and a farmers’ market. Parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online at BonnetHouse.org. Call 954-703-2614 for more information.


December 3 & 4, Stuart
Plant Sale & Open Garden
Tropical Ranch Botanical Gardens

The gardens will be open to the public at this annual pre-Christmas plant sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. On Sunday Dr. Rich Oswald will give a guided tour, and all plants in the sale will be 10 percent off. On non-sale days the gardens are open by appointment only. For more information, call 722-2883-5565 or visit www.trbg.us.


December 4, St. Augustine
48th Annual Tour of Homes
Historic Downtown

The Christmas Tour of Homes is an annual tradition hosted by The Garden Club of St. Augustine since 1968. Tickets are $25 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. 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. Noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.gardenclubofstaugustine.org/tourofhomes.html. To purchase tickets, call 904-819-6864 or visit www.christmastourofhomes.com.


December 9, West Palm Beach
Stories in the Garden
Mounts Botanical Garden

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


December 10, 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 4th Annual Celebration featuring beautiful amaryllis bulbs and blooms for the holidays, Santa Claus, music, nature-themed vendors, food, and activities for children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 407-445-9977 or visit nehrlinggardens.org.


December 11, Largo
Holiday Gift and Plant Sale
Florida Botanical Gardens

This plant and gift sale includes an assortment of tropical plants, orchids, herbs, bromeliads, citrus, bamboo, begonias, and fruit trees. Specialty vendors will be selling unique clothing, jewelry, garden art, honey, ceramics, dog treats, candles, body lotions, and more. Suggested donation of $4 per person, 12 and under and members of the FBGF admitted free. For more information call 727-582-2100 or visit www.flbg.org.


Dec 16-30, Sarasota
13th Annual Lights in Bloom
Selby Gardens

Featuring more than half 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 Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 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 and $30 for children 5-12. General admission is $25 for adults, $20 for members, and $10 for children 4-16. Special pricing of $20 per person for groups of 25 or more, reservations required. 6-9 p.m., closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For more information call 941-366-5731 or visit selby.org.


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

Lights, decorations, music, Santa Claus, and model train display. For more information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.


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

Stroll candlelit pathways through a sea of sparkling lights. For information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.

 

January

 

January 7, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha offers guided tours of the gardens on the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10 a.m. The docent is Master Gardener Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for nonmembers, and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.


January 11, Coral Gables
6th Annual Splendor in the Garden Luncheon
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Neiman Marcus Coral Gables proudly present an afternoon of fashion and philanthropy. This event attracts guests from Pinecrest to Palm Beach and is one of the signature fashion events of the season. There will be a champagne reception, luncheon, fashion show, and an awards ceremony. All proceeds benefit Fairchild’s numerous programs in conservation, science, children’s education, and horticulture. Tickets start at $300. For more information, contact Susannah Shubin at sshubin@fairchildgarden.org.


January 13, West Palm Beach
Stories in the Garden
Mounts Botanical Garden

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


January 13-April 30, Orlando
Dinosaur Invasion
Leu Gardens

This one-of-a-kind outdoor exhibit features lifelike prehistoric creatures throughout the 5-acre botanic garden. Creator Guy Darrough, an accomplished fossil expert and collector, crafted these authentic-looking animals, which range in size from 14 inches to 33 feet. For more information, visit www.leugardens.org or call 407-246-2620.


January 14 & 15, Homestead
Redland Heritage Festival
Fruit & Spice Park

This festival has been a tradition since 1976 and features local arts and crafts, historical exhibits, a large selection of tropical plants, and great food. Children’s activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, magic shows, and an interactive Everglades wildlife show. Admission is $8 with children 11 and under admitted free. For more information, visit www.fruitandspicepark.org.


January 20-22, Coral Gables
11th Annual International Chocolate Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making, and demonstrations from Miami’s master chefs and chocolatiers. Take our ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our rainforest and more. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors age 65 and up, $12 for children ages 6-17. This event is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and younger.For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.


January 20-22, Fort Lauderdale
A Galaxy of Orchids
War Memorial Auditorium

Beautiful vendor exhibits, local society display tables, international merchants, and American Orchid Society accredited judging help to make this event one of the largest in the state. For more information, visit www.flos.org or call Joan at954-336-4948.


January 21, Winter Park
Camellia Show
Mead Botanical Gardens

This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Camellia Society of Central Florida’s annual Camellia Show at the gardens. For more information, visit camelliacfl.com or call 407-440-8384.


January 21, Marathon
Marathon Garden Club Jamboree
The Clubhouse

The Marathon Garden Club will hold their annual January Jamboree from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Local plant experts will be on hand to answer questions. There will be plants and orchids for sale, local vendors, jewelry, pottery, rummage sale, hot dogs, and fun! Here is your chance to buy plants grown in the Keys that are specifically geared to our climate and soil conditions. For more information visit www.marathongardenclub.org or call 305.743-4971.


January 21 & 22
Flamingo Fest
Flamingo Gardens

This annual event celebrates the familiar pink bird and all other things representing Florida kitsch. A variety of vendors, fun foods, flamingo fashion, and live entertainment will be featured.For more information, visit www.flamingogardens.org or call 954-473-2955.


January 25-30, Titusville
20th Annual Space Coast
Birding & Wildlife Festival

Eastern Florida State CollegeTitusville CampusThis year the theme is “Indian River Lagoon” and features special programs about the lagoon as well as a variety of birding and wildlife field trips, world-class photographers and speakers, exhibitors and keynote presentations. Targets for offshore birding and wildlife adventures include jellyfish, dolphin, possibly sea turtles, and North Atlantic right whales, along with regional sea bird species. For the second year, $5 of the registration fee will be donated to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. For more information, visit www.SCBWF.org.


January 28, Dade City
Annual Kumquat Festival
Downtown Dade City

Come and enjoy the unique, quaint and family fun of “old Florida” during eastern Pasco County’s biggest and most distinctive event in historic downtown Dade City. Visitors may enjoy all kinds of tasty kumquat treats, from kumquat pie to kumquat cookies, smoothies, ice cream, marmalade, and even kumquat salsa. More than 425 vendors will display and sell at this event, which runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include arts and crafts, a cart and truck show, health and wellness area, live local entertainment, farmers’ market, kumquat kids corral, and much more. Admission is free and transportation will be provided from two satellite parking areas. For more information, visitwww.dadecitychamber.org or call 352-567-3769.


January 28, Ocala
Camellia Show
Silver Springs State Park Ballroom

Ocala Camellia Society will host their annual show from 1-5 p.m., and the Pioneer Garden Club will have a small standard flower show in conjunction, using camellias in the floral designs. Thousands of colorful blooms will be on display. There also will be plants for sale, many varieties not usually available locally, and with great prices. For more information, visitwww.pioneergardenclub.org.


January 28, Orlando
Dino Day
Leu Gardens

Explore the world of dinosaurs with your family with hands-on activities, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. See the dinosaur exhibit up close, discovering what makes each dinosaur unique. For more information, visit www.leugardens.org or call407-246-2620.

 

February

 

February 4, Coral Gables
Gala in the Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Now in its 24th year, guests will enjoy an evening of unmatched beauty while celebrating and supporting our programs in science education, conservation, horticulture, and research. This black-tie formal event begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a seated dinner and dancing under the stars. This magical evening in the gardens is the most beautiful and fun-filled event of the social season. Tickets start at $1,000 with tables for 10 starting at $10,000. For reservations and sponsorship opportunities, contact Susannah Shubin at sshubin@fairchildgarden.org.


February 4 & 5, Vero Beach
Gardenfest!
Riverside Park

For the 16th year, Gardenfest!, a free admission event, is returning to beautiful Riverside Park, Vero Beach. This popular annual festival is hosted by the Garden Club of Indian River County and includes 85 vendors who have been invited to bring together an incredible selection of quality items for your garden. There will be a wide variety of planters, pottery, fountains, furniture, lighting, statuary, and other garden accessories. Plants for sale include palms, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, Florida natives, herbs, succulents, bamboo, and roses. Bring garden questions to the “Ask the Experts” booth. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.For more information, visitwww.gardenclubofirc.org/Gardenfest.html.


February 5, Coral Gables
Sunday Sounds
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Enjoy live music at 1 p.m. performed by student ensembles from the Frost School of Music. Location is the Glasshouse Café. These tuneful sounds range from classic to contemporary to jazz favorites. Concerts are free with garden admissions. For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.


February 11 & 12, Port St. Lucie
Botanica Garden Festival
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

We will be featuring the best of the best in rare and exotic flora as well as garden craft works. Live music and food will be available. Free admission.9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information,visit pslbotanicalgardens.org or call772-337-1959.


February 11 & 12, Ft. Myers
Edison Garden Festival
Edison and Ford Winter Estates

The Edison Ford garden festival is bigger than ever this year, with dozens of vendors, live music, food, and activities for children. February 11 is Thomas Edison’s 170th birthday, so there will be distinguished guests and special entertainment. Free admission to the garden festival and free parking. For more information, visitwww.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 238-334-7419.


February 12, Davie
Gala in the Gardens
Flamingo Gardens

Join the Friends of Flamingo Gardens for the 90th anniversary celebration of Gala in the Gardens, benefiting the botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary. This annual culinary fundraiser offers guests delicious food samplings from the area’s finest restaurants and caterers paired with a variety of premium wines and craft beers amid the beautiful botanical gardens. Bid on the many great prizes in our silent auction items or draw a rubber flamingo from our new Flamingo Pond for an array of guaranteed prizes. VIP reception starts at 5 p.m., general admission at 6 p.m. general admission is $60/50 for members; VIP tickets are $85/75 for members. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth or by phone at 954-473-2955. For more information, visit www.flamingogardens.org.


February 18, Bokeelia
Garden Gala
Pine Island Garden Club Park

The Pine Island Garden Club presents gardening demonstrations and more from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be plants and art for sale along with a bake sale, white elephant, children’s learning area, and much more. Children will be able to start and take home a plant. Wholesale vendors from across the state will have remarkable and unusual horticultural items for sale. Music, food, and local artists and authors will be present at this family-friendly event. For more information, visit www.pineislandgardenclub.org.


February 19, Anastasia Island
Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants
Anastasia Island Branch Library

Inspired by and in celebration of our 2017 St. Johns Reads selection, True Grit by Charles Portis, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants takes you back to the late 19th century West through flower arranging and table settings using cactus, cowboy boots as containers, and more! Join us as Cathy and Marilyn show you how to incorporate Western flavor in creating everyday arrangements. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library, who make this event possible. You may buy raffle tickets for chances to win the arrangements that the Sisterhood makes, and which help sponsor this event. Reading True Grit is not required but is encouraged. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., the talk and demonstration begins at 1 p.m.


February 25, Ponte Vedra Beach
Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants
Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library

Inspired by and in celebration of our 2017 St. Johns Reads selection, True Grit by Charles Portis, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants takes you back to the late 19th century West through flower arranging and table settings using cactus, cowboy boots as containers, and more! Join us as Cathy and Marilyn show you how to incorporate Western flavor in creating everyday arrangements. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, who make this event possible. You may buy raffle tickets for chances to win the arrangements that the Sisterhood makes, and which help sponsor this event. Reading True Grit is not required but is encouraged. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., the talk and demonstration begins at 1 p.m.

 

March

 

March 4, Orlando
UF/IFAS Orange County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Festival
UF/IFAS Extension, Orange County

Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Orange County Master Gardener Plant Festival has been rescheduled. There will be seminars, plant vendors, garden artisans, exploration gardens, food trucks, and much more. Bring your gardening problems – master gardeners will be present to answer your questions. This event is free and is held rain or shine at 6021 South Conway Road in Orlando. For more information, visit the UF/IFAS Orange County Master Gardener Facebook Page: @OCMGs.


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January

 

January 26, Jonesboro
Herbs for Culinary Use
Clayton County Extension

Herbs are among the easiest plants to grow. In this class, learn how to plant, grow, and harvest the most popular herbs. Simple recipes will be shared. Noon. For more information 770-473-5434.


January 29, Athens
Orchard Fruit Production/Pruning
State Botanical Gardens of Georgia

Gareth Crosby will teach you the best ways to expand your fruit production. Hands-on pruning demonstration. There will be a heritage tour and a talk about the history of Berkman’s Orchard. Session 1 will cover the basics of pruning and various pruning techniques and Session 2 (2/19) will focus on pest and disease management along with seasonal maintenance. 1-5 p.m. $25/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


January 31, Athens
Swing Dance Night in the Garden
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers from a table beside the dance floor. Choose beginner or advanced dance lessons from 8-9 p.m., and then everyone is welcome for an open dance from 9-11 p.m. Athens Swing Night would like you to know that you don’t need to have any previous dance experience, or a partner to attend. Free. For more information, visit www.athensswingnight.com or botgarden.uga.edu, or call 706-542-1244.

 

February

 

February 3, Athens
FRIENDS First Friday: Bringing Rare Plants into Home Landscapes
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Jennifer Ceska, conservation coordinator, and Heather Alley, conservation horticulturist, will perform a skit enacting strong opinions regarding the problems and benefits of selling rare plants for use in home landscapes, and why they feel this is so important. They will engage in a mock argument starring Captain Conservation played by Alley and the Cavalier Plant Buccaneer played by Ceska. This monthly event includes a full breakfast and an opportunity to meet new people while learning about the garden, gardening, or garden history. Please make your reservation by the Friday before by calling 706-542-6138. 9-10:30 a.m. $12/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 4, 11, 18 and 25, Athens
Nature Therapy
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This series of classes focuses on various activities in therapeutic horticulture. At each class you will learn a craft and take your creation home with you, along the way learning about the materials you will be using, techniques, history, and their meaning. Limited to 12 participants. Taught by Katrina Fairchild, HTR, registered horticultural therapist. 10 a.m.-noon. $240/person for the series. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 4, Athens
Orchid Madness: Opening Reception
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Celebrate Orchid Madness throughout February, starting with this reception that includes hors d’oeuvres, live music, and very special orchids on display for this fundraiser. 6-8 p.m. $50/person or $80 for Orchid Madness package. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 4, Savannah
Fish Fry & Wild Game Supper
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

This fundraiser boasts unique Southern fare such as alligator, wild game stew, venison, quail, deep-fried fish and hushpuppies, collards, butter beans, hot biscuits, and homemade desserts. 6 p.m. Reservations required. Call 912-921-5460 for pricing and to make reservations.


February 5, Athens
Art Sketching Playdate for Adults
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Laurel Genteman, local artist and owner of the Painted Voice Studio in Athens, will be spending the afternoon with you, teaching a fun way to sketch using doodles and color. No experience is needed. Open to ages 15+. 1:20-4:30 p.m. $35/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

February 11, Athens
Orchid Madness: Orchid Repotting Workshop
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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


February 14, Savannah
Valentine Wine & Chocolate Tasting
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Enjoy classical music and delights of chocolates by Savannah Chocolatiers paired with fine California wines. Reservations required. 7-9 p.m. $25/person or $45/couple. All proceeds from this event benefit the construction of our new Children’s Garden. Call 912-921-5460 to make reservations.


February 17, Athens
Arbor Day Celebration: Tree Trail Ramble
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join Berkeley Boone to learn about and celebrate the trees at the garden. 2-3 p.m. Free. For more information, call 706-542-1244 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 18, Athens
Natural History of Georgia Plants
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This course introduces Georgia’s diverse natural vegetation, emphasizing basic ecological principles of plant distribution, prehistoric and contemporary influences on Georgia vegetation, major vegetation types in Georgia, and the plant species that characterize each vegetation type. We will also discuss invasive species and their impact on natural plant communities, and potential climate change influences on Georgia’s vegetation. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $105/person. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 18, Athens
Orchid Madness: Orchid Class
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn about orchids and their care from the Northeast Georgia Orchid Society. 10 a.m. $10/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 18, Kennesaw
Great Backyard Bird Count
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Participate in the worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count and learn a couple of things about birding! Follow a bird walk with Pat Pepper. Children are welcome and will learn using binoculars, learn about what makes a bird, their different nesting habits and what to learn from their beaks. Children can also do a birdhouse scavenger hunt, bird bingo, or make a birdfeeder to take home. 9 a.m.-noon, with general garden admission. For more information, call 770-919-0248.


February 19, Athens
Orchard Fruit Production/Pruning Session 2
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Gareth Crosby will teach you the best ways to expand your fruit production. Session 2 will focus on pest and disease management along with seasonal maintenance. 1-5 p.m. $25. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 22, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 3: Design for Dining Table
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This is the third in a series of five hands-on units taught by a National Garden Club Master Flower Show Judge and will focus on dining table arrangements. Participants will be provided with a list of materials to bring to class. Limited to 20. Priority will be given to those participants that have completed Units 1-2. Bring a bag lunch. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $50/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 23, Acworth
Northwest Georgia Green Industry & Gardening Symposium
Chattahoochee Tech College North Metro Campus

This program is intended for horticulture industry professionals as well as advanced home gardeners. Fee includes networking lunch with local vendors on display.
•    3 Hours Pesticide Recertification Credit for Category 24 Ornamental & Turf
•    2 Hours Pesticide Recertification Credit for Category 31, Public Health
•    1 Hour Pesticide Recertification Credit for Private Applicators and Category 23, Forestry.
•    5 CEUs for ISA Arborist (A) and Municipal (M)
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. To register, call 770-528-4550 or email Cheryl.Payton@chattahoocheetech.edu. $35 fee includes networking lunch with vendors and door prizes.


February 23, Jonesboro
Sweetpotato, A World Superfood
Clayton County Extension

Learn how to grow your own sweetpotatoes. Noon. For more information, call 770-473-5434.


February 24, Athens
Native Plant Propagation
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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


February 25, Athens
Conservation Landscaping
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This course will offer suggestions on plants, management, and design techniques that you could use in your own gardens. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.
 


February 26, Athens
Orchid Madness: Vanilla Sunday
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Celebrate the vanilla bean orchid with treats – including vanilla sundaes from Freddy’s Frozen Custard. 5 p.m. $20/person. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


February 28, Athens
Garden Travels: Semester at Sea: 102 Days, 11 Countries,15 Cities, 4 Continents
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Jim Affolter and his wife Cathy Pringle, both UGA professors, spent this spring as part of the faculty at Semester at Sea, teaching college students on both a floating classroom and excursions throughout the world. Hawaii, United States, Japan, China, Viet Nam, Burma, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, and Morocco. Come hear Jim talk about this journey, starting in California, traveling east around Africa, and ending up in England. Light reception before the talk provided by Friends of the Garden. 6:30 p.m. reception. 7 p.m. talk. Free. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


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Now through March, Urbandale
Historic Dinners
Living History Farms

Historic dinners at both the Tangen Home and 1900 Farm. Contact Living History Farms for details.

 

January

 

January 5 and every Thursday in January and February, Ames
Youth Program – Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

Read aloud two books and wrap up with related cooperative activities, 10 to 11 a.m.


January 5, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night
Reiman Gardens

Hand-Braided Rag Coasters BYOB adult beverage while creating a recycled craft, 6 to 8 p.m.


January 7, 14, 21, 28, Ames
Family Movies in the Gardens
Reiman Gardens

Movies for children, two showings, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.


January 7 through March 25, Des Moines
Learn on Saturdays
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Join fellow gardeners 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays to learn about timely horticultural topics each week. For more information: dmbotanicalgarden.com; ebaer@dmbotanicalgarden.com; or 515-402-4274.


January 8 through March 26, Des Moines
Botanical Blues
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Concert 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday afternoons. For more information: dmbotanicalgarden.com; ebaer@dmbotanicalgarden.com; or 515-402-4274.


Beginning January 11, Ames
Free Admission Day
Reiman Gardens

On the second Wednesday of every month, guests may visit Reiman Gardens free, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


January 12 and February 9, Ames
Brown Bag Lecture
Reiman Gardens

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


January 14 through May 15, Omaha, Nebraska
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks
Lauritzen Gardens

Sean Kenney’s third exhibit at Lauritzen Gardens features new pieces, as well as a couple of old favorites. This indoor exhibit is inspired by nature and built from more than 450,000 LEGO pieces. For more information: lauritzengrardens.org; or 402-346-4002


January 17 and February 21, Ames
Floral Design Series Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Learn the basics of floral design, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. while creating take-home arrangement.


January 18 and February 15, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

Join staff for a behind the scenes look at the Gardens from 11 to noon.


January 19, Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night: B.Y.O. Tee Shirt
Reiman Gardens

BYOB an adult beverage and create a tie-dye tee shirt, 6 to 8 p.m.


January 21 through mid-April, Bettendorf
Gardening Seminars
Wallace’s Garden Center

Free seminars, wide range of topics, 10:30 a.m. in the Ginkgo Room. Information: wallacesgardencenter.com; or 563-332-4711.


January 27 and February 27, Madrid
Soup Supper
Iowa Arboretum

Soup, bread, fixings, then cake or pie, 4 to 7 p.m. Guest speakers, to be announced. Information: iowaarboretum.org; info@iowaarboretum.org; or 515-759-3216.


February 2, Ames
Cocktail Night
Reiman Gardens

BYOB adult beverage and make all-natural body scrubs, 6 to 8 p.m.


February 11 and 12, Ames
Orchid Fest
Reiman Gardens

Exotic orchids on display and available for purchase, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Central Iowa Orchid Society will also staff a Q&A booth.February 14 through April DavenportAzaleas and Spring Flowers ShowVander Veer Botanical ParkSee hundreds of azaleas and spring flowers. Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory, 214 W. Central Park Ave. For more information friendsofvanderveer.com; or 563-323-3298.February 16 AmesCocktail NightReiman GardensBYOB adult beverage and create paper plants, 6-8 p.m.


February 25, Indianola
Think Spring Garden Seminar

For details: indianolaiowa.gov; or 515-961-9420.

 

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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January

January 3-5, Indianapolis
Indiana Green Expo and Trade Show
Indiana Convention Center

The Indiana Green Expo (IGE) offers a variety of educational workshops, seminars and the largest green industry trade show in the state. All programs are eligible for Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) and Landscape Industry Certified (CLT-E) continuing education units (CEUs). Other continuing education units requested from this program include: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Extension Master Gardeners. Pre-register online for significant savings at IndianaGreenExpo.com, or call 765-494-8039.


January 10-12, Indianapolis
The Indiana Horticultural Congress and Trade Show
Marriott East

Purdue University sponsors this educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organic, and specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. All interested individuals are invited to attend. Book room directly with the hotel. Registration information available online at inhortcongress.org, or call 765-494-1296.


January 14, 28, Indianapolis
Guided Tour
Garfield Conservatory

Join Garfield Park Master Gardeners as they guide you on a tour of the conservatory, highlighting interesting plants and history, every second and fourth Saturday of the month. At 2:30 p.m. Tours are free with paid conservatory admission. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7184.


January 16, Indianapolis
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Indianapolis Zoo

Service and community were central themes in the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In celebration of his life and legacy, guests are invited each year to join the Indianapolis Zoo as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our hardier animals will be out to enjoy the day, including seals and sea lions, tigers, polar bear, walrus, brown bears, and more. The zoo’s indoor exhibits, such as “Oceans,” “Dolphin Dome,” “Deserts Dome,” “Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center,” and “Hilbert Conservatory” will be open as well. Parking and admission to the zoo are free with the donation of a non-perishable food item for Gleaner’s Food Bank (minimum donation of one item per person). Visit indianapoliszoo.com or call 317-630-2001.


January 17-19, Fort Wayne
Farm Show
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

The Fort Wayne Farm Show has been running for almost 30 years, and brings farmers and agri-business professionals together in a community-focused environment. The show’s exhibitors come from all over the country to demonstrate the latest in agricultural equipment and technology. The show features 1,100 booths, seminars and workshops, luncheons, and more. Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Parking is cash only and single entry $5 main lot; $8 preferred lot; $15 bus/RV. Visit farms.com or tradexpos.com/fort-wayne-colliseum-information or call 800-347-5225.


January 20-29, Indianapolis
Home Show
Indiana State Fairgrounds

For the 2017 Indianapolis Home Show, Fischer Homes is again showcasing an all-new home design for this year’s Centerpiece Home: The Allerton. Home Show visitors will be greeted by a simple walkway entrance with plenty of colorful foliage and landscaping to add an elegant touch. Get gardening and landscaping advice, shop vendors, and enjoy educational programs by speakers and celebrities. Costs adults (at the door) $14, (online) $12, children (ages 6 to 12) $3, ages 5 and under are free. For ticket purchase and schedule of events, visit indianapolishomeshow.com or call 317-705-8719.


January 21, Indianapolis
IOGA Quarterly Meeting
Paramount Farm

The Indiana Organic Gardeners Association will meet on the third Saturday of January. At their quarterly meetings, they gather in an informal atmosphere to share facts, hints, and tips – and often seeds, plants, flowers, and produce. They are a group of mostly “backyard” gardeners who aspire to grow safe food and uncontaminated flowers using natural methods. Members include a few market farms and herb growers. Meetings typically include a pitch-in and some sort of educational talk and tour, and guests are always welcome. Visit gardeningnaturally.org or visit Facebook.


January 21, Muncie
Farmers’ Market
Minnetrista

The Minnetrista Farmers’ Market has moved indoors for the winter season. Experience good company and remarkable finds, every third Saturday of the month. Don’t miss out on Super Saturday programming, including Family Fun Days and special offers in The Orchard Shop. From 9 a.m. to noon. Visit minnetrista.net or call 765-282-4848.


January 24-29, Richmond
Meltdown Winter Ice Festival
Downtown Richmond

The annual Meltdown Winter Ice Festival turns downtown Richmond into a destination where custom ice carvings, “ice fights” sculpting competitions, winter activities, and family fun collide. Watch the ice fly as ice artists create an array of sculptures. During the festival, more than 22 tons of ice will be designed and sculpted into works of art. Competitive ice fights will take place Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the new Elstro Park Plaza, in downtown Richmond. Ice sculptures will remain on display, weather permitting. Free. Visit RichmondMeltdown.com or call 800-828-8414.


January 28, Valparaiso
14th Annual Gardening Show
Porter County Expo Center

The annual Porter County Gardening Show, sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension and its Porter County Master Gardeners, is an award-winning event. It features the keynote speech, “How to Become a Better Gardener Faster,” by horticulturalist Scott Beuerlein of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden; regional and local gardening experts, special lodging and dining packages, a seed and bulb exchange, garden photography contest, children’s corner, food service and 100 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for and about gardening. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. Costs $10, children under 12 free; free parking and door prizes. Visit pcgarden.info or call 219-465-3555.

 

February

 

February, Terre Haute
Community Garden
Center for Community Engagement

Since 2008, Indiana State University has provided land for expert and novice gardeners to plant 10-foot-by-10-foot, 10-foot-by-15-foot or 20-foot-by-20-foot plots free of charge. In return, gardeners promise to tend to their plots, plant only annuals, and refrain from using pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Participants are encouraged to donate a portion of the produce raised to the food pantry of their choice. Reservations for garden spots begin in February. The growing season is April to October. For more info visit unboundedpossibilities.com/institute-for-community-sustainability/community/community-garden.aspx or call 812-232-8502.


February 4, Indianapolis
9th Annual Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest
State Fairgrounds

Support and celebrate Indiana’s craft beer culture. Enlist for exclusive access to collaboration beers like 3 Floyds Corn King IPA and other benefits. From 3 to 7 p.m. Visit indywinterfest.com or in.gov/statefair/fairgrounds.


February 11, 25, Indianapolis
Guided Tour
Garfield Conservatory

Join Garfield Park Master Gardeners as they guide you on a tour of the conservatory, highlighting interesting plants and history, every second and fourth Saturday of the month. At 2:30 p.m. Tours are free with paid conservatory admission. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7184.


February 18, Muncie
Farmers’ Market
Minnetrista

The Minnetrista Farmers’ Market has moved indoors for the winter season. Experience good company and remarkable finds, every third Saturday of the month. Don’t miss out on Super Saturday programming, including Family Fun Days and special offers in The Orchard Shop. From 9 a.m. to noon. Visit minnetrista.net or
call 765-282-4848.


February 24-26, Evansville
Mardi Gras and Grand Parade
West Fourth Street

The weekend before Fat Tuesday, West Franklin Street becomes the best Mardi Gras party north of New Orleans. Pub Crawl on Friday and Saturday night with bars and restaurants decked out for the occasion with beads, music, food, and specialty drinks. A map of the street with the details of each location along with information on the shuttle and taxi information will be available. Grand Parade begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Free admission. Visit visitevansville.com or
call 800-433-3025.


February 25-26 and March 4-5, Rockville
Maple Syrup Festival
Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds

Did you know that it takes 60 gallons of sugar water just to make 1 gallon of maple syrup? To find out more about the way maple syrup is made, come to Parke County for the Maple Syrup Festival. At the fairgrounds you can enjoy a pancake breakfast, shop for pure maple syrup, various maple syrup products, handmade crafts, and more. You can take tours of five maple syrup camps located around scenic Parke County where you can watch the process in action, from the tap to the boiler to the bottling and everything in between. Also visit the area and see the 31 covered bridges dispersed throughout the county. Visit parkecountyfairgrounds.com or coveredbridges.com or call 765-569-3176.

 


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January 20, Lexington
Glories of the Garden juried art submission deadline
The Arboretum

“Glories of the Garden” is the arboretum’s annual juried art exhibit celebrating the world of nature. Watercolors, charcoal, photographs, oils, quilts, sculptures, woodworking, or any other media used to represent the inspiration of nature are welcomed for submission. The deadline for submission is January 20; selected artwork will be shown at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center at The Arboretum from February 12 to March 3, 2017. Additional information and a registration form can be found at arboretum.ca.uky.edu.


January 23, Campbellsville
Greenhouse Class
Taylor County Extension Service

This class will cover some of the basic information for greenhouse production. Meeting time is 6:30-8:30 p.m. For additional information, call 270-789-4511, email dl-ces-taylor@emil.uky.edu, or visit taylor.ca.uky.edu.


January 23, Bowling Green
Private Pesticide Applicator Training
Warren County Extension Office

If you are interested in obtaining or renewing certification for the private application of controlled pesticides, you must attend a training session. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m. For additional information or to register, call 270-842-1681, email warrences@gmail.com, or visit warren.ca.uky.edu.


January 26, Somerset
Private Pesticide Applicator Training    
Pulaski County Extension Service

To renew or to get a new private pesticide applicators license, you must attend one of these trainings. Having the card allows you to purchase restricted use pesticides. If you receive money in exchange for spraying services, you need a commercial pesticide applicator license. 9-11 a.m. For additional information, call 606-679-0720, email dl_ces_pulaski@email.uky.edu, or visit pulaski.ca.uky.edu.


January 26, Campbellsville
Vegetable Gardening Series
Taylor County Extension Service

Obtain basic information on vegetable gardening. 6-8 p.m. For additional information, call 270-789-4511, email dl-ces-taylor@emil.uky.edu, or visit taylor.ca.uky.edu.

 

February

 

February 5, Clermont
First Sunday Nature Hike
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join volunteer naturalist Joe Rogers the first Sunday of each month for an engaging 45-60-minute nature walk. Registration is not required; just show up with your curiosity and comfortable walking shoes. All ages are welcome. The event is free, 2-3 p.m. For additional information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.
    


February 7, Paducah
Toolbox Garden Series    
McCracken County Extension Service

The Toolbox Garden Series meets monthly, 5-6 p.m. This is a free class, with different gardening topics at each session. For further information, call 270-554-9520, email dl_ces_mccracken@email.uky.edu, or visit mccracken.ca.uky.edu.


February 9, Covington
Planning a Vegetable Garden    
Kenton County Extension Service

This event provides the most up-to-date information from the University of Kentucky horticultural research. You will receive help in selecting the best varieties, avoiding pest problems, and timing crop planting for optimal success. For meeting times and other information, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.


February 9, Somerset and Stanford
Beginner Bee School    
Pulaski & Lincoln Co. Extension Service Offices

This school is a 6-session program designed to get you started in beekeeping. This year, it is a joint school between Pulaski and Lincoln Counties. Sessions will be held every other week on Thursday nights starting at 6 p.m. The total cost is $25 per person, $35 per couple. Pre-registration is required; the class will be limited to the first 40 registrants. One additional session will be at the hive as weather permits. For registration or additional information, for Pulaski Co., call 606-679-0720, email dl_ces_pulaski@email.uky.edu, or visit pulaski.ca.uky.edu. For Lincoln Co., call 606-365-2447; email dl_ces_lincoln@email.uky.edu, or visit lincoln.ca.uky.edu.


February 11, 19, Alexandria
Nature Hike     
Campbell County Environmental Education Center

Join Aubree Forrer, Campbell County Environmental Education Assistant, for an interpretive hike of the trail to find out more about the plants and wildlife in this area. 2:30-4 p.m. For additional information, call 859-694-1666 or visit campbell.ca.uky.edu.


February 15, Erlanger
Growing Great Tomatoes: Lunch & Learn    
Kenton County Extension Service

Learn which varieties perform better here, how to manage pests and diseases, and get the best harvest ever. Make sure to bring a packed lunch & drink. The class is noon-1 p.m. For additional information, call 859-356-3155, email dl_ces_kenton@email.uky.edu, or visit kenton.ca.uky.edu.


February 21, Somerset
Private Pesticide Applicator Training    
Pulaski County Extension Service

To renew or to get a new private pesticide applicators license, you must attend one of these trainings. Having the card allows you to purchase restricted use pesticides. If you receive money in exchange for spraying services, you need a commercial pesticide applicator license. 9-11 a.m. For additional information, call 606-679-0720, email dl_ces_pulaski@email.uky.edu, or visit pulaski.ca.uky.edu.

 

March

 

March 5, Clermont
First Sunday Nature Hike
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join volunteer naturalist Joe Rogers the first Sunday of each month for an engaging 45-60-minute nature walk. Registration is not required; just show up with your curiosity and comfortable walking shoes. All ages are welcome. The event is free, 2-3 p.m. For additional information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.


March 15, Union
Plants for Wet Areas
Boone County Arboretum

Join us to learn which plants will thrive in wet areas of the landscape and how to use wet soils to enhance your garden. Registration is required for this 1-2:30 p.m. class. To register, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.


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Ongoing New Iberia
Teche Area Farmers’ Market
West Main Street

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


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

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

 

January

 

January 21, Baton Rouge
Arbor Day at Burden
LSUAg Center at Burden

Celebrate Arbor Day and learn more about trees and their uses at this family-friendly event. Activities include family tree planting, a scavenger hunt in the Burden Woods, story time, children’s tree climbing, a visit with Smokey Bear, and hayrides. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.


Jan 28 & Feb 18, Baton Rouge
Attracting Southern Songbirds to Your Garden
LSU AgCenter at Burden

Children will learn about songbirds that live in our area and will have tools to attract them to their backyards with bird houses that they get to paint themselves and native plants that they will plant from seed. Each event will require a small fee of $15 per child, and an adult must accompany each child. Children will receive snacks and neat garden take-home crafts! Attendance is limited to 15 children for each session. Reservations may be made by email to Angie Wall atangwall@cox.net or call 225-763-3990. Future programs will include Composting on February 18. Visit www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.

 

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February 11-12, Baton Rouge
Camellia Sale
Rural Life Museum

The annual Camellia Show and Sale features camellia flowers from around the state along with the current award winners. Various camellia varieties grown by the Camellia Society will be available to purchase. Visit www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.


February 18, Minden
Buds & Blooms
903 Broadway

Buds & Blooms is a morning filled with educational seminars for the gardening public. Festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until noon at the First United Methodist Church. Admission is $10 per person. All proceeds will be used for the PHLMG 4-H Youth Gardening Contest. For more information, call 318-371-1371 or visit www.phlmg.com.


February 18, New Orleans
Flowering Press Class
New Orleans Botanical Garden

This workshop will cover instructions on how to press flowers and will also have discussion about the many uses of pressed flowers. Each participant will make a bookmark and a greeting card using pressed flowers to take home. Supplies will be provided. The class is $15/person and will run from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Garden Study Center building in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. There is a class limit and registration ahead of time is required. (Pre-registration is required for all classes to ensure that a class is not canceled due to low enrollment.) To register call 483-9473 or email scapley@nocp.org.


February 17 & March 17, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Garden Club Meeting
7950 Independence Blvd.

Program “Tablescapes by the Book” will be given by nationally accredited judge Linda Ryan followed by short programs on horticulture and design given by members during the monthly meeting. The session begins at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments and 10 a.m. starts the program. For more information, call Cindy Moran 225-806-5377.


February 18-19, Baton Rouge  
Tablescapes Show
Baton Rouge Garden Center

The Baton Rouge Garden Club presents its annual scholarship fundraiser featuring photographs from the Louisiana Photographic Society interpreted with table floral designs by club members. Donation $5 at the door and the show will be open from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Cindy Moran, 225-806-5377.

 

March
 


March 4, Baton Rouge
Herb Day
LSU AgCenter at Burden

Hundreds of herb plants for sale, refreshments, classes, activities, culinary demonstrations, and vendors. Free admission. Visit www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.


March 11-12, Garyville
Friscoe Fest
San Francisco Plantation

Join San Francisco Plantation for a day of family fun, crafters, artists, food, music, and spring garden show. The Frisco Spring Crafters & Artists Garden Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. daily at beautiful San Francisco Plantation. The festival will feature over 100 crafters, artist, and chefs. The admission will be $5 for festival (12 & under free) and tour tickets for home $10 (6 & under free). More information is available by calling 985-535-2341 or by visiting www.sanfranciscoplantation.org.


March 17-19, St. Francisville
The 46th Annual Audubon Pilgrimage

Festivities will include tours of historic homes and gardens, antique show and sale, living history demonstrations, night festivities, and cemetery tales. The numerous activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and continue until Sunday at 5 p.m. For tickets and tour information, contact West Feliciana Historical Society, Box 338, St. Francisville, LA 70775; phone 225-635-6330 or 225-635-4224; or email wfhistsociety@gmail.com.


March 24-25, Lake Charles
18th Annual Garden Conference & EXPO 2017
Burton Coliseum

From 9 a.m. -5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, SWLA Master Gardeners will host Southwest Louisiana’s Premier Garden Show and Plant Sale. Labeled as an educational experience in horticulture for the gardener and plant enthusiast, the Garden Festival will offer speakers, plant clinics, and plant sales. Proceeds benefit the SWL Master Garden programs. For more information visit www.gardenfest.org.


March 25, Baton Rouge
EBR Master Gardener Plant Sale
LSU AgCenter at Burden

From 8 a.m.-2 p.m., the EBR Master Gardeners hosts their annual spring plant sale to raise money to support both the education and benevolent activities of Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. The sale includes thousands of plants in hundreds of varieties of landscape ornamentals. Funds raised during this plant sale support plant health clinics, school gardens, educational classes for the community, and various other children’s programs. Visit www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events for more information.


March 26-28, New Orleans
Deep South Region 56th Annual Convention
Harrah’s Casino

Join in for the 56th Annual Deep South Regional Convention of the Deep South Region Garden Club for networking and informational sessions. More information can be found by visiting www.dsregion.org/conventions.html.


March 29-31, New Orleans
LGCF Convention
Harrah’s Casino

LGCF Convention will feature numerous speakers and other LGCF members from all around the state. Registration information can be found by visiting www.lgcfinc.org/2017-district-i---new-orleans.html.


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Through Jan. 8, Grand Rapids

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World
Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Display of holiday traditions including the Germany tree, adorned with handmade glass ornaments and homemade springerle cookies, the England tree with antique Christmas cards and mistletoe, and the beautiful Eid ul-Fitr display, which celebrates the end of Ramadan. Information: http://bit.ly/2bTDXb4.

 

December

 

Through December 31, Grand Rapids
Almost Home: Grand Rapids in Focus
Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Artists with a connection to Grand Rapids exhibit work that reflects “cultural, social, environmental and aesthetic expressions in a variety of materials, installations and forms.” Fee included with admission. For more information: meijergardens.org.



January

 

January 11, Grand Rapids
Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Steve Smith will talk about Conifers for Connoisseurs, 12:30 p.m., lower level Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. More information: kentgardenclub.org/KGC.


January 12, Grand Rapids
Growing Crocuses
Kent Garden Club

Visit Ken-O-Sha Elementary School, and work with students to plant crocus bulbs. Students can chart their growth as part of their classroom study. More information: kentgardenclub.org/KGC.


January 13, Royal Oak
Owl Hoot
Royal Oak Nature Society

Walk into Tenhave Woods and attempt to lure in or have screech and great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls, 7:30 p.m. Meet at the Lexington/Marais lot at the Lexington entrance. Free, no registration, romi.gov/nature, 248-246-3380.


January 14, Royal Oak
Winter Birds
Royal Oak Nature Society

Winter walk through Tenhave Woods in search of birds that spend the winter, 2 p.m.; meet at Lexington/Marais lot at the Lexington entrance. Free, no registration, romi.gov/nature, 248-246-3380.


Jan. 27 through Aug. 20, Grand Rapids
Ai Weiwei
Maijer Garens & Sculpture Park

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


January 27, Rochester
Meeting
The Meadow Brook Garden Club

Janet Macunovich will present “Weeds: To Know Them is to Beat Them,” Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road. Coffee at 9:15 a.m. and program at 10 a.m. Guests are welcome. $5/nonmember donation, reservations are not necessary, meadowbrookhall.org or 248-364-6210.


January 28, East Lansing
8th Annual Winter Symposium
Capital Area Master Gardeners

“It’s All About Seasons” intended for all gardeners, in the MSU Plant and Soil Science Building, 1066 Bogue St., MSU, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration required. There is a fee. For more information: visit mgacac.wordpress.com.

 

February


February 8, Grand Rapids
Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Mary Jane Dockeray will present slideshow of springtime wild flowers, 12:30 p.m. in the lower level at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. More information: kentgardenclub.org/KGC.


February 9, Milford
Monthly Meeting
Milford Garden Club

Holly Vaughn, Wildlife Outreach Technician, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will talk about four-legged garden pests and some strategies you can use to keep them out of your garden, Milford Senior Center, 1050 Atlantic St., 6:30 p.m. for social; 7 p.m. for business; 7:40 p.m. for program. Guests are welcome, no fee, reservations are not required. For more information themilfordgardenclub.org.


February 10, Royal Oak
Owl Hoot
Royal Oak Nature Society

Cummingston Park, 7:30 p.m. Park and meet at Leafdale and Torquay. Attempt to lure in or have screech and great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls. Free, no registration, romi.gov/nature, 248-246-3380.


February 11, Royal Oak
Winter Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

“The Forest in Winter,” Tenhave Woods, 2 p.m. Park at the Lexington and Marais lot and meet at the Lexington entrance. Free, no registration, romi.gov/nature, 248-246-3380.


February 24, Rochester
Meeting
The Meadow Brook Garden Club

Sue Gubba, president and owner of Creative Scapes, will discuss how color plays a major role in the garden, Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road. Coffee at 9:15 a.m.; program 10 a.m. Guests are welcome. $5/nonmember donation, reservations are not necessary, meadowbrookhall.org or 248-364-6210.


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Through-January 2, 2017, St. Paul

Holiday Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

A tradition since 1925 is the Holiday Show, featuring new Poinsettia Gold Rush. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Free, suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children. Information: comozooconservatory.org or 651-487-8200.

 

January

 

Through April 9, Chaska
Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum Exhibit
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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


January 7-March 12, St. Paul
Winter Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Display of Cyclamen, Pansies, Viola, Cineraria, Amaryllis, Primula, Azaleas, Camellias, Digitalis, Primula, and Velthemia. Oriental lilies and Papewhite Narcissus provide fragrance. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free, suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children. Information: comozooconservatory.org or 651-487-8200.


January 7,21; February 4,18, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Design your home landscape in this four-part series with horticulturalist Jim Calkins. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $139 member/$155 non-member or $189/$219 for couples working on the same project. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


January 21, 28; February 4, 11, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to propagate plants through a combination of hands-on lab and classroom presentations. Instructor Jim Calkins will cover: Seeds (Jan. 21), Cuttings (Jan. 28), Grafting (Feb. 4), and Soil (Feb. 11). Appropriate for all gardening skill and knowledge levels. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41/member, $55/nonmember, per class or bundle the series at $139/members, $189/nonmembers. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


January 10-12, Minneapolis
Northern Green
Minneapolis Convention Center

Visit one of the most widely anticipated interactive, innovative, and inspiring green industry events of the year. There will be many keynote speakers, vendors, and educational sessions for landscaping professionals, Master Gardeners, students, and others. Information and registration: northerngreen.org or 651-633-4987.


January 14, February 4, Chaska
The Edible Garden Year
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Plan your edible garden, beginning with the basics, a plan, selecting and ordering seeds. Series continues in May, June, and August. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $200 for five classes. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


January 21, Chaska
Insect Pollinators – Beyond the Honeybee
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Expand your knowledge of pollinators in this presentation by Bill Johnson, award-winning plant and insect photographer and writer (including Minnesota Gardener). Held in the new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Center. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost: TBA. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


January 28; February 18,25;March 11,18, Chaska
Your Sustainable Yard Series
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Be prepared to plan and implement sustainable practices and plants in the landscape. Instructors: Julie Weisenhorn, Karl Foord, and Julia Bohnen. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $206 for all five classes, or $55 per class. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


January 28-29, St. Paul
Winter Carnival Orchid Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Annual orchid show sponsored by the Orchid Society of Minnesota. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12. Information: comozooconservatory.org or 651-487-8200.

 

February

 

February 4, Chaska
Trees: Pruning Essentials
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn theory and practical application for pruning and training woody plants, including deciduous and coniferous cultivars. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $55. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


February 11, Chaska
Shrubs: Pruning Essentials
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn theory and practical application for pruning and training woody plants, including deciduous and coniferous cultivars. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $55. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


February 18, Chaska
Terrariums: An Ecosystem in Miniature
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Build your own little ecosystem that will sustain itself with a minimum of care year-round. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $90. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


February 18, St. Paul
Wild Ones Design with Nature Conference
St. Thomas University

Annual conference, theme is Planting Matters and Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, will be the keynote speaker. Cost: $20-$70. Information: info@designwithnatureconference.org or 612-293-3833.


February 20, Prior Lake
Seed Starting Class
Prior Lake Library

Learn how to start seeds for this year’s garden from Carver-Scott MasterGardeners, 6:30 p.m. No cost. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309 or 952-492-5390.


February 21, Shakopee
Seed Starting Class
Shakopee Library

Learn how to start seeds for this year’s garden from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, 6:30 p.m. No cost. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309 or 952-492-5390.


February 23, Chanhassen
Seed Starting Class
Chanhassen Library

Learn how to start seeds for this year’s garden from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, 6:30 p.m. No cost. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309, or 952-492-5390.


February 25, Chaska
Plant Selection for the Winter
Garden Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Jim Calkins will show you some of the very best cold weather beauties, learn what to do to help these plants look their best in winter and leave with inspiration, plant lists, and a renewed motivation. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $55. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.


February 27, Prior Lake
Vegetables to Plant in Spring and Summer
Prior Lake Library

Let Carver-Scott Master Gardeners help you decide what vegetables to plant in your garden, 6:30 p.m. No cost. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309 or 952-492-5390.


February 27, Minneapolis
Minnesota Peony Society Annual Educational Event
Bachman’s Heritage RoomF

ind out about growing, enjoying peonies, floral design seminar in the morning, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No cost; open to the public. Information: http://mnpeony.org/events.


February 28, Shakopee
Vegetables to Plant in Spring and Summer
Shakopee Library

Let Carver-Scott Master Gardeners help you decide what vegetables to plant in your garden, 6:30 p.m. No cost. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309 or 952-492-5390.


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Through January 1, St. Louis

Victorian Christmas
Missouri Botanical Garden

See the Victorian country home of MBG founder Henry Shaw decked out for the holidays in true Victorian style. Enjoy storytelling on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. through Jan. 1. Special activities for children. Included with garden admission. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Visit mobot.org and call 314-517-5100.


Through January 1, St. Louis
Garden Glow
Missouri Botanical Garden

The fourth annual Garden Glow features a million lights with unique installations amid the garden’s iconic locations. Enjoy interactive photo opportunities, traditional holiday music and festivities, food and drinks and more as the garden is transformed into a winter wonderland. Wednesdays through Sundays starting Nov. 19; nightly starting Dec. 17 through Jan. 1. Costs $16 adults (ages 13 and older), $12 members, $10 children (ages 3 to 12), $6 member children. Exhibit closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Visit mobot.org and call 314-577-5100.


Through January 1, St. Louis
Holiday Floral and Train Show
Missouri Botanical Garden

The annual holiday flower and train show features G-scale model trains traveling through a miniature landscape of living plants, surrounded by more than 500 poinsettias and other flowers. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Costs garden admission plus $5; daytime admission free for members. Open during Garden Glow from 5 to 9:30 p.m. admission of $2 with purchase of Garden Glow ticket. Free for members. Call 314-517-5100 and visit mobot.org.


Through January 1, St. Louis
Holiday Wreath Auction
Missouri Botanical Garden

Exhibit through Jan. 1 features unique creations by some of the area’s finest floral designers. All wreaths are sold by silent auction bidding, with proceeds benefiting the Missouri Botanical Garden. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with garden admission. Visit mobot.org and call 314-517-5100.

 

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January 12, Gray Summit
Getting a Handle on Bush Honeysuckle
Shaw Nature Reserve

Bush honeysuckles are a threat to native ecosystems and landscapes because they compete with natives. Control methods described in this class are designed for both homeowners and large landowners. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at noon Jan. 9. Costs $14 members, $17 nonmembers. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 636-451‐3512 x 6007 or visit mobot.org.


January 14, St. Louis
Tantalizing Terrariums
Missouri Botanical Garden

Sharon Lloyd shows how to create a unique terrarium. All materials are included. Feel free to bring your own adornments or accessories. Adults only. Costs $48 members, $58 nonmembers. From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Visit mobot.org and call 314-577-5100.


January 21, St. Louis
Winter Color Walk
Missouri Botanical Garden

For ages 6 to 12. Sign up or just drop-in to explore a special area of the garden. Priced per child; three children per adult. Younger siblings may attend. Online registration ends Jan. 21 at 8:30 a.m. Walk-ins welcome. Costs: free for members, $3 nonmembers. Two sessions: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


January 21, St. Louis
Planning Your Organic Vegetable Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about site selection, soil preparation, vegetable suggestions, and general organic gardening techniques, also plant early seeds to take home. Adults only. Costs $33 members, $40 nonmembers. Pre-registration ends 4 p.m. Jan. 20. From 10 a.m. to noon. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


January 27-29, Springfield
2017 HBA Home Show
Springfield Expo Center

The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield offers this home show with dozens of outdoor living contractors and informational seminars. Hours: Friday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis Street. Visit springfieldhba.com/shows/home-show or call 417-881-3711.


January 28, St. Louis
Terra-Cotta Planters
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn to make your own terra-cotta planter with clay artist Mary Henderson. Fired planters will be available for pick-up after Feb. 14. Pre-registration deadline 4 p.m. Jan. 23. Adults only. Costs $52 members, $62 nonmembers. From 9 a.m. to noon. Call 314-577-3100 or visit mobot.org.


January 28-29, Chesterfield
Hot, Hot, Hot
Butterfly House

Shake off the cold weather and join in these tropical-themed, kid-friendly activities, games, and crafts. Steel drum music, a toddler sandbox, crafts and face painting. All ages. Free with admission. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 636-530‐0076 extension 13 and visit mobot.org.


January 28, St. Louis
Growing Annuals from Seeds
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn which annuals are the easiest to grow and the proper techniques to be successful. Take home annual seeds to get you started. Adults only. Costs $30 members, $36 nonmembers. Pre-registration ends 4 p.m. Jan. 27. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.

 

February

 

February 1, St. Louis
Orchid Show
Missouri Botanical Garden

The annual Orchid Show offers visitors a once-a-year opportunity to see a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the garden’s expansive permanent living collection amid a tropical oasis inside the Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Call 314-577-5100 and visitmobot.org.


February 9, Gray Summit
Propagating Native Plants
Shaw Nature Reserve

This class will introduce basic propagation methods that involve stratification, scarification, timing, soils, containers, fertilization, and basic insect management. Adults only. Costs $14 members, $17 nonmembers. Pre-registration ends at noon Feb. 6. From 1 to 4 p.m. Visit mobot.org and call 314-577-5100.


February 10-12, Kansas City, Mo.
KC Remodel and Garden Show
American Royal Center

This home and garden show offers outdoor living exhibitors and more. Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs adults (at the door) $10, (online only) $8, children ages 12 and under free. Held at the American Royal Center, 1701 American Royal Court (18th and Genessee). Call 816-513-4327 or visit kcremodelandgarden.com.


February 11, Gray Summit
Valentine’s Night Hike
Shaw Nature Reserve

Dress warmly for a hike, star gazing (weather permitting) and hot beverages and desserts. Adults 21 years and up. Costs $24 members, $29 nonmembers. Pre-register by 8 a.m. Jan. 23. From 7 to 10 p.m. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


February 11, St. Louis
Climatron Tour
Missouri Botanical Garden

Tour the Climatron, which focuses on the Climatron’s sustainable operation and on the importance of maintaining the biodiversity of the rainforests of the world. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at noon Feb. 9. Costs $20 members, $25 nonmembers. From noon to 1:30 pm. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


February 11, St. Louis
Magic of Witch Hazels
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn about the history and medicinal uses of this unique shrub. Includes a tour of the plants in the garden. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. For adults. Registration ends 4 p.m. Feb. 19. Costs $21 members, $24 nonmembers. Call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.


February 18, Chesterfield
Monarch Butterflies
Butterfly House

This class will cover the return of the monarch butterflies from their overwintering homes in Mexico and introduce two citizen science projects. Adults only. Pre-register by 5 p.m. Feb. 17. Costs $17 members, $20 nonmembers. From 11 a.m. to noon. Call 636- 530‐0076 extension 13 and visit mobot.org.


February 18, St. Louis
Sweet Smells of Indoor Gardens
Missouri Botanical Garden

For ages 6 to 12. Priced per child; three children per adult. Younger siblings may attend. Explore the Linnean House, the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi, and enjoy the peak blooming time of the camellias. Online registration ends Feb. 18 at 8:30 a.m. Walk-ins welcome. Free for members, $3 for nonmembers. Two sessions: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


February 24, Gray Summit
Winter Tree Identification
Shaw Nature Reserve

Learn to identify trees without their leaves. For adults. Costs $7 members, $9 nonmembers. Pre-register by 8 a.m. Feb. 20. From 10 a.m. to noon. Visit mobot.org and call 314-577-5100.


February 25, St. Louis
Small Space Gardening
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn which types of trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials grow well in small spaces as well as growing techniques such as vertical and container gardening. Adults only. Pre-registration ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 24. From 10 a.m. to noon. Call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org.


February 25, St. Louis
Organic Heirloom Vegetables
Missouri Botanical Garden

Learn how to select, grow using organic methods, and harvest heirloom vegetables. Adults only. Costs $33 members, $40 nonmembers. Pre-registration ends 4 p.m. Feb. 24. From 10 a.m. to noon. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


February 27, Gray Summit
Ice Cave Hike
Shaw Nature Preserve

Explore 4 miles of less traveled trails to view ice formations, small frozen waterfalls, temporary ice stalactites, needle ice and frost flowers. For adults. Costs $7 members, $9 nonmembers. Pre-registration ends 8 a.m. Feb. 20. From 10 a.m. to noon. Call 314-577-5100 and visit mobot.org.


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January 27-29, Gautier
37th Annual Gulf Coast Orchid Show & Plant Sale
Gautier Convention Center

View beautiful exhibits constructed by commercial dealers and orchid societies from Mississippi and across the country. Many plants will be available for sale. Noon-6 p.m. January 27; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. January 28; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. January 29. Free admission.


January 28, Picayune
Forge Day: Blacksmithing & Metalworking Demonstrations
Crosby Arboretum

Learn techniques and tips to get started in metalworking and try your hand at the forge. Safety equipment for participants will be provided. Items available for purchase. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.  Members attend free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information call 601-799-2311 (Wednesday through Sunday) or visit crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu.  

 

February
 


February 4, Picayune
Winter Botany Field Walk
Crosby Arboretum

Enjoy an introduction to winter botany and a field walk through the arboretum’s exhibits with Mississippi State University Extension Forestry specialist Dr. Glenn Hughes. Learn how to identify tree and shrub specimens in winter by characteristics of their twigs, buds, and bark. $5 program fee. Register by February 3 by calling 601-799-2311. 10 a.m.-noon. For more information call 601-799-2311 (Wednesday through Sunday) or visit crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu.  


February 9-10, Verona
North Mississippi Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference
Lee County Agri-Center, Magnolia Building

The 8th annual commercial fruit and vegetable growers conference will be a two-day event with numerous presentations and hands-on teaching with topics covering all aspects of commercial horticulture production. Hear specialists, agents, and growers discuss methods to improve your farm production capabilities. Begins and 8 a.m. on February 9 and runs through noon on February 10. For more information contact Dr. Jeff Wilson at jeff.wilson@msstate.edu or 662-566-8019.


February 10-12, Memphis
Home Show of the Mid-South
Memphis Agricenter

See Good Bones HGTV show stars, mother and daughter duo Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak free with admission on February 11 and February 12. Noon-8 p.m. February 10; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. February 11; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. February 12. $8 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $5 for children age 5-14; children 4 and under are free. For more information all 901-867-7007 or visit memphishomeshow.com.


February 18, Picayune
Arbor Day Native Plant Sale
Crosby Arboretum

Winter is the perfect time to plant trees and woody shrubs to allow for a long establishment period. Choose from a wide variety of trees and shrubs at this plant sale and come early for the best selection of hard-to-find native plants. We’ll help you select the right plant for the right place. Free admission. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information call 601-799-2311 (Wednesday through Sunday) or visit crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu.  

 

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March 7-8, Raymond
27th Annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course
Eagle Ridge Conference Center

Expert speakers will present seminars on a variety of fields relevant to the production of greenhouse tomatoes. There will also be a pest management workshop which will include physiological disorders, diagnosing plant problems, plant disease identification and control, and pest management. Exhibitors from across the U.S. and Canada will be available to show their products and discuss how to use them. Advance registration is $200 or you may register at the door for $225. The registration fee includes coffee, refreshments, lunch both days, all Mississippi State University Extension Service publications, and promotional items. For further information contact Dr. Rick Snyder at Rick.Snyder@msstate.edu or call 601-892-3731.


March 10-11 Jackson
Biloxi Garden & Patio Show
Joppa Shrine Center

This two-day event is sponsored by the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. Mississippi State University Extension Service will be on hand to answer questions and test your soil. Food concessions are available. This is a stroller friendly show but no wagons please. A customer holding area will be available to check in the products you buy. Once finished shopping, you can have your purchases loaded into your vehicle. Admission fees to be announced. Admission price is per day. Seminars are free with paid admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. For more information visit msnla.org.


March 13-17 Jackson
Project WILD, Growing up WILD, and Project WET Workshops
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

These environmental education programs are held at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The workshops include activities designed to stimulate children in new and exciting ways while connecting them to nature and many of its wonders. Participants an earn CEUs from Mississippi College. For more information or to register call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.


March 17-19 Jackson
Jackson Garden & Patio Show
Mississippi Trade Mart, State Fairgrounds

This three-day event is sponsored by the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. Mississippi State University Extension Service will be on hand to answer questions and test your soil. Food concessions are available. This is a stroller-friendly show but no wagons please. A customer holding area will be available to check in the products you buy. Once finished shopping, you can have your purchases loaded into your vehicle. $6 for adults; children 15 & under free; free parking. Admission price is per day. Seminars are free with paid admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 17; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19. For more information visit msnla.org.


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Through 30, Dayton

Woodland Lights
Countryside Park at the Washington Township Recreation Center

Woodland Lights offers a month-long festival of holiday lights, animated displays and revolving activities and entertainment along a half-mile wooded path winding through a park. Visits with Santa Claus take place in a historic log cabin (before Christmas). From 6 to 9 p.m. (closed Dec. 24 and 25). Costs $8 per person. Visit woodlandlights.org or call 937-433-8957.
 

Through December 30, Akron
Deck the Halls featuring Dazzle and Gingerbread Land
Stan Hywet Hall

Bring the whole family and enjoy one of Ohio’s holiday traditions. The estate is illuminated inside and out with more than 900,000 lights and the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of “A Storybook Christmas.” DAZZLE is a musically animated light show not to be missed. From 5 to 8 p.m. select evenings, last admission is at 8 p.m. The estate is open until 9 p.m. For hours and pricing call 888-836-5533 or visit stanhywet.org.


Through January 1, Cincinnati
PNC Festival of Lights
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Cincinnati Zoo is hosting the tri-state’s longest running holiday tradition — the 34th annual PNC Festival of Lights. The event kicks off with a special preview on Friday Nov. 18 when more than two million LED lights will illuminate the zoo. Preview night is open to members only, invited media and sponsors from 5 to 10 p.m. Event opens to public on Nov. 19. Visit cincinnatizoo.org/events or call 513-281-4700.


Through January 1, Columbus
Merry and Bright: Holidays at the Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by festive horticulture displays and evening lighting. Enjoy a gingerbread competition, Paul Busse model garden railway, and an array of activities and entertainment scheduled throughout the season. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Costs adults $13, seniors and students $10, children $6, children under 2 are free. Call 614-715-8000 or visit fpconservaotory.org.


Through January 3, Cleveland
Glow at the Garden
Cleveland Botanical Garden

“Glow at the Garden,” northeast Ohio’s magical holiday experience is filled with gingerbread displays, thousands of lights, hundreds of holiday plantings, the garden express train ride, decorated trees and an outdoor lighting display. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays noon to 6 p.m., Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free for members of CBG and Holden Arboretum. Costs $16 per nonmember adult, $12 per nonmember child. Tickets available online at cbgarden.org or call 216-721-1600 ext.100.
 

Through January 8, Cleveland
Annual Gifts from the Heart of Nature Show and Sale
Holden Arboretum

At the preview party, enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as well as the opportunity to meet the artists whose work with be available during the show. At the show, shop for environmentally friendly and unique gifts at the annual holiday show featuring the nature-inspired work from regional artists. Preview party Friday, Nov. 18 from 3 to 8 p.m. Show and sale Nov. 19 to Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Nov. 27, Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1). Regular admission applies, members free, nonmembers $6. Visit holdenarb.org or call 440-946-4400.

 

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January 1-3, Cleveland
Glow at the Garden
Cleveland Botanical Garden

Northeast Ohio’s magical holiday experience is filled with unforgettable gingerbread displays, thousands of twinkling lights, hundreds of holiday plantings, the garden express train ride, spectacularly decorated trees, and an outdoor lights display. Glow transports you to a world full of seasonal cheer, where all-new wonders and returning traditions await you. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays noon to 6 p.m. Free for members of the garden and Holden Arboretum, $16 per nonmember adult, $12 per nonmember child. Tickets available online at cbgarden.org or call 216-721-1600 ext.100.


January 6-8, Columbus
Columbus Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall E/F

From top-quality exhibits and informative seminars to insightful demonstrations and more, you’ll discover thousands of smart, stylish, and cost-effective ways to design or renovate your home. Bring all your home remodeling questions, and be ready to get some expert advice. Friday noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $6 adults, free for children under 18, Visit homeshowcenter.com for ticket discount, call 800-374-6463.


January 10, Toledo
Garden Sprouts
Toledo Botanical Garden

This monthly preschool program is for ages 2 to 5 years old (must be accompanied by an adult) and features a story, song and craft that children can take home with them. This month’s program theme is winter animals. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Costs $2 per child. To register contact Hannah Halfhill at 419-720-8714 or email Hannah.Halfhill@ToledoGarden.org.


January 16-18, Columbus
MGIX, the Midwest Green Industry Xperience
Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association revamped the annual CENTS tradeshow by announcing its new name Midwest Green Industry Xperience (MGIX). The new name’s aim is to be more inclusive of green industry attendees that flow in beyond the boundaries of the nursery and landscape industries. The tradeshow will showcase the best in the industry and classes, workshops and presentations will bring you up to speed on trends in the field. If you are an industry professional or exploring this exciting career field, this convention is for you. For registration visit mgix.com/register; call 614-899-1195.


January 27-29, Cincinnati
Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo
Sharonville Convention Center

This three-day comprehensive event is full of innovative displays of the latest trends in design and product offering. Bring all your home improvement questions and have them answered by experts. Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $5 adults, free for children under 18. Visit homeshowcenter.com for ticket discount; call 800-374-6463.


January 21, Logan
52nd Annual Winter Hike at Hocking Hills State Park
Old Man’s Cave Hocking Hills

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

 

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February 3-12, Cleveland
The Great Big Home and Garden Show
Cleveland’s IX Center

This event features numerous speakers and celebrities, home improvement experts, and landscape design professionals. Costs adults $15 (online tickets for $12), seniors (65 and up) $11, children 6 to 12 $5, children 5 and under are free. Visit greatbighomeandgarden.com or call 440-248-5729.


February 9-11, Dayton
38th Annual OEFFA Conference, Growing Today Transforming Tomorrow
Dayton Convention Center

Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference will be held for the first time at the Dayton Convention Center and will feature keynote speakers, educational workshops, from-scratch meals, a kids’ conference, a tradeshow, and childcare. Visit oeffa.org/conference2017 for more information and to register or call 614-421-2022.


February 18-26, Columbus
Central Ohio Home and Garden Show
Ohio Expo Center (Ohio StateFairgrounds)

This show is packed with special events and attractions for all ages. HGTV comes to life with internationally known celebrities and daily cooking, gardening, home décor, and home improvement presentations. Landscape companies from all over central Ohio create temporary garden displays that are a must see. For admission information visit dispatchhomeandgardenshow.com.


February 23, Cincinnati
Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

This symposium will feature expert speakers, and is designed to take on the challenge and answer the questions of how we can design, build, and maintain the most sustainable landscapes possible. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $49; registration fee covers parking and includes lunch. Call 513-281-4700 and visit cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/horticulture_events for an updated list of speakers.


February 24-26, Akron
Annual HBA Akron Home and Flower Show
John S. Knight Center

Feature attractions of this show include great gardens, home improvement vendors, celebrity guests, and more. There will be more than 7,000 square feet of feature gardens and flowers showcasing the latest trends plus onsite garden seminars packed full of great garden advice. Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs adults $10, children 12 and under free. Call 800-783-9589 or visit akronhomeandflowershow.com. m


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Ongoing

 

Tuesdays, Tulsa
Tuesday Morning Birders
5501 S Yale Ave
The Tuesday Morning Birders welcome anyone who would like to bird with Audubon members (whatever your skill level!). Meet at LaFortune Park parking lot near the entrance at the traffic light on Yale at 8 a.m. Wear comfortable walking shoes. For more information contact Jo Loyd, 918-835-2946 or Jana Singletary, 918-296-9629.

 

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

Each Saturday Oxley Nature Center staff offers walks, activities, and learning experiences. These are the general themes:
1st Saturday: Saturday Morning Birding – 8 a.m.
3rd Saturday: Butterfly Walk – 10:30 a.m., may be at Oxley or at Redbud Nature Preserve
4th Saturday: Botany Walk – 10:30 a.m.

A visit to Oxley or to Redbud Valley is a wonderful way to see our native plants and how they are part of an ecosystem. For these regularly scheduled events, there is no fee or registration but you should call to confirm the time and location. For more information call 918-669-6644, or visit www.oxleynaturecenter.org.

 

January

 

January 13 & 14, Enid
KNID Agrifest
Chisholm Trail Expo Center

Northwest Oklahoma’s largest farm show – informative seminars and demonstrations as well as vendor booths, activities and more. Browse craft vendor booths for quaint and unique items, and check out the latest in agricultural technology and products at over 250 booths. For more information call 580-237-1390.

January 20-22, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show
State Fair Park

Three-day event that allows consumers to experience what’s new in home, gardening, remodeling, home decor and more. Nearly 500 exhibitors and 1,000 experts will be on site to provide professional advice, the latest products and inspiration for the home and garden. For more information, visit oklahomacityhomeshow.com.


Jan 20 to 22, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show
State Fair Park of Oklahoma

The 35th annual Oklahoma City Home and Garden Show will showcase ideas, expert advice, products, and services for home improvement projects. Join Jason Cameron from DIY Network’s Man Caves, Desperate Landscapes and Sledgehammer and Joel Karsten, pioneer of straw bale gardening. Attendees will also enjoy full-sized landscapes, demonstrations and presentations by local home and garden professionals. The show ends with the annual plant sale Sunday at 5 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door, children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the customer service desk at Buy for Less stores. As a part of Hero Day on Sunday, all active and retired military, police, and firefighters receive free admission by presenting a valid service ID at the east entrance of the Cox Pavilion. Friday noon-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information visit oklahomacityhomeshow.com or call 405-301-5525 or 800-395-1350.


January 28 & 29, Tulsa
Annual Eagle Days
Helmerich Park

Learn about bald eagles and other raptors. Food, t-shirts, and vendors. Hosted by the Jenks High School Freshmen Academy. Time of event TBD. For more information visit tulsaaudubon.org or email t.humphrey@cox.net.


Jan 28 & Feb 25, Oklahoma City
Gardens Walking Tour
Myriad Botanical Gardens

The tours, “Plants for Color” or “Plants for Water Conservation,” highlight plants in each season around the gardens. Enjoy guided tours at 10 a.m. the last Saturday of each month or pick up a self-guided tour handout in our south lobby. Free to the public, walkups welcome. 10 a.m. For more information visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com or call 405-445-7079.


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Through March 5, Pittsburgh
Garden Railroad
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

In honor of the Pittsburgh bicentennial, the display features miniature replicas of some favorite spots in Pittsburgh. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

Through January 8, Kennett Square
A Longwood Christmas
Longwood Gardens

A half million twinkling lights, thousands of poinsettias and magnificently decorated trees herald the arrival of “A Longwood Christmas.” Carolers share the sounds of the season, and illuminated fountains dance to music. Timed admission tickets required. Costs: Adults 18 years and older $27, seniors 62 years and older $24, Students 5 to 18 years old (or any age with valid student ID) $13 and children 4 years old and younger are free. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org.


Through January 8, Pittsburgh
Winter Flower Show and Light Garden
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Celebrate this year’s theme, “Snow Day at Phipps,” where visitors of all ages can spend snowy winter days in the decorated glasshouse. Stroll through light displays illuminating the conservatory and outdoor spaces, and enjoy topiary exhibits. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

December

 

December 30, Philadelphia
Friday Night Lights
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Enjoy the holiday garden rail all lit up and decorated for the season. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Costs member adults $9, member children $3, nonmember adults $17, nonmember children $9. Tickets are available through Ticket Leap. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


December 31, Pittsburgh
New Year’s Eve Family Celebration
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Kick off 2017 with activities and festivities for the whole family. From 6 to 9 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

January

 

Saturdays through March Philadelphia
Winter Wellness Walks
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Led by an experienced volunteer guide, these brisk walks will stick to the paved paths and get your heart rate up. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet in front of the Widener Visitor Center. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


Through March 5, Pittsburgh
Next Stop – Memory Lane
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

In celebration of Pittsburgh’s bicentennial, the miniature train in the popular garden railroad display chugs through 200 years of Pittsburgh inventions, firsts and claims to fame. Visitors can turn a hand crank to elevate the Duquesne Incline, or push a button to send Three Rivers Stadium into applause and illumination as the Buccos play ball. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visitphipps.conservatory.org.


Through January 8, Pittsburgh
Winter Flower Show and Light Garden
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This show features dozens of poinsettias and bright, twinkling lights adorning the conservatory, as well as weekday musical performances and special holiday events. Guests will see whimsical topiary animals having snowball fights and snuggling by a warm hearth, all surrounded by poinsettias of every shape, size and color. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.


January 1-8, King of Prussia
Greater Philadelphia Spring Home Show
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Call 610-563-2628 or visit greaterphillyhomeshows.com.


January 13-16 & 20-22, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Home Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center

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


January 14-March 5, Pittsburgh
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Marvel at a collection of orchids, and let beautiful bonsai trees transport you from the winter cold to a far-off tropical paradise. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.


January 14 and 28, Philadelphia
Conifer Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Bundle up and join knowledgeable guides for a walking tour highlighting a selection of impressive conifers at the arboretum. These specimens provide multi-seasonal interest with an array of varying forms, foliage, bark, and cones. At 2 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


January 21-March 31, Kennett Square
Orchid Extravaganza
Longwood Gardens

Longwood’s horticulturists celebrate the beauty and variety of orchids with an artful display that includes a 12-foot-tall archway, a spectacular orchid curtain, and hundreds of Vanda orchids adorning the silver garden. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $20 for adults, $17 for 62 and up, $10 for ages 5 to 18, and free for children 4 and under. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/orchid-extravaganza.


January 22, Philadelphia
GMOs: The Science, the Hope, and the Real World
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

In this first “Connections Beyond the Garden Lecture Series,” Dr. Andrew Binns, biology professor, University of Pennsylvania, will provide a brief summary of the science behind genetically modified organisms (GMO) production and conventional breeding; discuss the conceivable positives and negatives from these two approaches; and examine how political and economic discourse affects decision making in relation to using these technologies. At 2 p.m. in the upper gallery of the Widener Visitor Center. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


January 25 - March 1, Allegheny County
Home Gardeners Certificate Course
South Park Buffalo Inn

Allegheny County will offer a Home Gardeners Certificate Course on Wednesdays from Jan. 25 through March 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the South Park Buffalo Inn. The instructor will be Pennsylvania Gardener’s “Ask the Expert” and Greenhouse Manager Horticulturist Denise Schreiber. This is a science-based course. Topics include starting seeds, insect and disease problems of plants, basics of plant propagation, caring for trees and shrubs and more. Costs $60 per person for Allegheny County residents; $75 for nonresidents. Pre-registration is required: visit apm.activecommunities.com/alleghenyparks/Activity_Search/sp-home-gardener-course/623, or call 412-350-2455, or visit any park office.

 

February

 

February 1-5, Hershey
Orchid Display
Hershey Gardens

See beautiful orchids in various sizes, colors, and varieties in the educational and horticultural wing of the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory. The display is provided by the Susquehanna Orchid Society. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in general admission. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.


February 3-5, Lancaster
Suburban Pennsylvania Spring Home Show
Lancaster County Convention Center

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


February 5, 12, 19, and 26, Pittsburgh
Tropical Sundays
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Escape the chill of winter in this glasshouse paradise and receive 50 percent off admission when you sport a tropical shirt on any given Sunday in February. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.


February 10-12, Tarentum
Alle Kiski Strong Home Expo
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Call 412-310-7781 or visitallekiskistrong.com.February 10-12 YorkHome and Garden ShowYork Expo CenterCall 717-767-2444 or visit yorkbuilders.com.


February 17-19, Mars
Cranberry Home Show
DoubleTree Cranberry Hotel

Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Call 724-776-6900 or visit ohiohomeshows.net.


February 18, Pittsburgh
Tropical Forest Congo Festival
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Bring your family to Phipps for a fun-filled afternoon celebrating the food, culture, and plants of Africa. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.


February 18 and 25, Philadelphia
Winter Witch Hazel Walk
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Knowledgeable guides will lead visitors on tours throughout the garden, searching for witch hazels. At 2 p.m. Free with admission and no registration required. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


February 19, Philadelphia
The Critical Role of Plants in the Urban Landscape
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

In this second presentation of the “Connections Beyond the Garden Lecture Series,” Dr. Ari Novy, executive director, U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC, will explore how ecology and agriculture can be used to teach people about the importance of plants. Learn about what Dr. Novy and the staff at the U.S. Botanic Garden have done to teach the public about the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humankind. At 2 p.m. in the upper gallery of the Widener Visitor Center. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


February 25, Philadelphia
“Witch Hazel” Is Your Favorite?
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

These captivating winter bloomers can be found throughout the arboretum. Pick up a map at the visitor center that showcases specially selected specimens. Children can create a witch-hazel-related craft in the upper gallery of the visitor center. An arboretum expert will be available in the upper gallery from 1 to 3 p.m. to answer questions on the variety and cultivation of witch hazels. The 2 p.m. guided tour will focus on the arboretum’s witch hazel collection. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


February 24-26, Bloomsburg
30th Annual CSBA Home and Outdoor Living Show
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Costs $5. Call 570-966-0625 or visit csbapa.org/home-show.
 


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January-April, Chattanooga
Master Gardener Classes
UT Extension Office, Adamson Circle

Classes bring the newest and most practical information on home gardening and landscapes including wildlife, soil, lawns, flowers, trees, plant diseases, insects, and basic landscaping. Classes are three hours on Monday nights or Tuesday mornings for 15 weeks. Contact the extension office immediately to see if vacancies still exist, $170 and registration form required. For more information call 423-855-6113 or visit mghc.org.


January 12, Knoxville
Butterflies and Pollinators
Cherokee Country Club

Dixie Highway Garden Club hosts program to be given by Master Gardeners Amy Haun and Kay Fenstermaker, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Free admission. If you would like to attend, contact Donna Brown at dbrown08@aol.com.


January 14, Chattanooga
Native Plant Propagation: Seeds
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

John Evans presents this elective class in the Certificate in Native Plants series. Class is open to the public and registrants do not have to be working toward the certificate to attend. There will be several full-day “core” classes offered, as well as a wider variety of half-day “electives” later through the year. See tennesseevalley.wildones.org for registration and schedule details.


January 18-April 5, Maryville
Master Gardener Classes
Blount County Public Library

Master gardener training class for 12 consecutive weeks, Wednesday nights 5:30-9 p.m. $175 for textbook, all materials, and speaker handouts. Submit application immediately if spaces available. Contact John Wilson, Extension Office, 219 Court Street. For more information, visit bcmgtn.org.


January 21, February 25, Memphis
Woodland Garden Tours
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Saturday morning tours featuring a different tree, shrub, and flowering plant each month. For more information, visit dixon.org.


January 28, Knoxville
Conifer Symposium
Hollingsworth Auditorium, UT

Program 9 a.m.-3 p.m. See ag.tennessee.edu/utg for details and registration.


January 28, Memphis
The Birds and The Seeds: Winter Workshops and Seed Swap
Lichterman Nature Center

Lichterman’s popular seed swap has been upscaled with fun new workshops, seminars and demonstrations. Learn bird watching and seed starting basics. Free seeds to swap, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit memphismuseums.org/lichterman-nature-center.

 

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February 3-5, Knoxville
Dogwood Arts House and Garden Show
Knoxville Convention Center

Come to the 39th annual show to shop hundreds of retailers for home and garden products and services, tour landscaped gardens, and talk with the designers and more to make your garden dreams a reality. For more information, visit dogwoodarts.com.


February 3-5, Nashville
Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville
Music City Center

For the 27th year, this largest and longest running show of its kind in the country breathes life, style, and warmth into winter with magnificent gardens, 150 antique, art, and horticultural dealers and renowned speakers. See antiquesandgardenshow.com for details, lecturers, special events, and tickets.


February 11, Chattanooga
Native Plant Propagation: Cuttings and Divisions
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

John Evans presents this elective class in the Certificate in Native Plants series. Class open to the public and registrants do not have to be working toward the certificate to attend. There will be several full-day “core” classes offered, as well as a wider variety of half-day “electives” later through the year. See tennesseevalley.wildones.org for registration and schedule details.


February 11, Chattanooga
Wildlife Photography Workshop
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

Popular workshop presented by Tom and Pat Cory combines lectures and digital shows with hands-on photography for art and techniques. Workshop for everyone from beginners to advanced photographers. Call 423-821-1160, ext. 101 to register. For more information, visit reflectionriding.org.


February 25, Knoxville
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
UT Gardens

Dr. David Lockwood will lead this session on pruning all types of fruit trees with an indoor session followed by a grafting demonstration in the gardens. See ag.tennessee.edu/utg for details and registration.
 

February 26, Knoxville
Children’s Garden Grand Opening and Celebration
UT Gardens

Come see the gardens 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.


February 26, Knoxville
Fairy Garden Plant Sale
UT Gardens

Shop for plants specially selected for your fairy gardens. 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

March
 


March 11, Chattanooga
Ferns and Mosses
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

Joey Shaw presents this elective class in the Certificate in Native Plants series. Class open to the public and registrants do not have to be working toward the certificate to attend. There will be several full-day “core” classes offered, as well as a wider variety of half-day “electives” later through the year. See tennesseevalley.wildones.org for registration and schedule details.


March 11, April 12, Knoxville
Hikes & Blooms
Knoxville Parks and Paths, Legacy Parks Foundation

Interpretive hikes on these two dates done by Dogwood Arts and Legacy Parks Foundation will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora in unique locations. See dogwoodarts.com for updates to be announced.


March 18, Chattanooga
Native Plant Symposium and Marketplace
Location TBD

Annual all-day symposium presented by Tennessee Chapter of Wild Ones. See tennesseevalley.wildones.org for registration and schedule details to be announced.


March 31- May 1, Knoxville
Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens, and Camera Sites

More than 60 miles of trails, open gardens, and photo ops await as you enjoy the natural beauty of the region in springtime. Tour the iconic Dogwood Trails – Fountain City is the 2017 featured trail. For more information, visit dogwoodarts.com.

 

April


April 1, Knoxville
Racheff Spring Plant Sale
Ivan Racheff House and Gardens

This annual event kicks off spring in Knoxville with all your favorite native plant vendors, birdhouses, hypertufa, garden tools, and more. See the garden’s Facebook page for details.


April 8-9, Knoxville
UT Gardens Spring Plant Sale
UT Gardens

Annual two-day plant sale. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.


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January 27, Norfolk
Floral Design Workshop – Winter Blues
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Make impressive high-style floral designs to celebrate the changing of the seasons with floral designer Betty Ann Galway. Flowers chosen for each arrangement will highlight what should and could grow in your garden seasonally. All supplies are included. The time is 10-11:30 a.m. Cost of the program is $40 and $55 for nonmembers. Register by visiting norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or calling 757-441-5830.


January 27-29, Virginia Beach
Virginia Flower & Garden Expo
Virginia Beach Convention Center

“What Color is Your Garden?” Explore garden color themes with presenter Belgard Hardscapes in this three-day event produced by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation and Pilot Media. Get involved as a volunteer! The expo features flower-arranging challenges, an artist alley for artwork displays/sales and children’s miniature landscapes for budding gardeners. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door with children age 12 and under free. For more information, including discounts, visit vafgs.org.

 

February

 

February, Williamsburg
Explore Our Gardens
Colonial Williamsburg

Tour vibrant 18th-century gardens at your leisure or enhance your understanding of heirloom gardening techniques with a guided garden tour. Stroll through more than 100 gardens and green spaces, ranging from sculptured and formal to utilitarian. Meet professional gardeners for a first-hand perspective, or learn about the connection between status and wealth and colonial gardens from a tour guide. Three guided tours are available: Gardens of Gentility, Meet the Gardener, and Through the Garden Gate. Colonial Williamsburg admission required for self-guided garden tours. Find a printable map of the gardens by visiting colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/tours/garden-tours. Call 888-965-7254 for more information.


February 7, Norfolk
Worm Composting
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Turn your kitchen waste into a dark, rich soil conditioner with the help of red wiggler worms and Master Gardener Kandy Keith. Each participant will make a worm compost bin – complete with starter worms! All supplies are included. Pre-registration required. Cost of the program is $40 and $55 for nonmembers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register by visiting norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or call 757-441-5830.


February 8, Richmond
Toddler Time: Winter Wiggles
Maymont Nature Center

Get out of the cold and head over to the Children’s Farm Classroom for some indoor fun! Read stories and make crafts while learning about what animals do to survive during the winter. You and your toddler might even make a few new friends! The time is 10-11 a.m. For ages 1-4, adult must accompany child. Space is limited. Register by January 31. The cost is $36 per parent and child pair or $29 for members. Call 804-358-7168 for more information or visit maymont.org/visit.


February 8, Norfolk
Winter Rose Pruning
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Learn proper pruning techniques for maintenance and maximum bloom with Curator of Woody Plants Renee Frith. Walking during the session is required. The program cost is $10 and $15 for non-members. The time is from 1-3 p.m. Registration includes the daily admission for registrant. Register by visiting norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or calling 757-441-5830.


February 11, Boyce
All the Presidents’ Gardens
State Arboretum of Virginia

Join author and garden historian Marta McDowell as she shares photos and stories of White House gardens through the years, from Washington’s trees and Lincoln’s goats to Victory gardens, roses, and vegetable plots. Time is 1-3 p.m. Book sales, signing, and refreshments to follow. Cost is $25 for FOSA members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations required: call 540-837-1758, ext. 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu.


February 14, Surry
Valentine’s Day Romance Tour
Preservation Virginia-Bacon’s Castle

This Valentine’s Day take your loved one on a tour of a castle! Begin your evening with wine tastings from the Hampton Roads Winery paired with historic food recipes inspired by 18th-century cookbooks. Preview Bacon’s Castle’s most recently restored artifact, an 1834 love poem etched for eternity in a windowpane. Then take a special, one night only “romance” tour of the 1665 castle where 350 years of romantic tales echo in the very chambers in which they originated. Look out on the oldest English formal garden in North America. To reserve tickets, call 757-357-5976. Cost is $25 each for members or $30 per person for non-members.


February 15-17, Richmond
In Pursuit of High-Performing Landscapes, Winter Symposium and CVNLA Short Course
Massey Conference Center, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Learn about site assessments, design renderings, green infrastructure components, and appropriate plant palettes that create high-performing landscapes. Wednesday and Thursday of this annual symposium will explore ideas about how to bring people and plants together to create more satisfying, ecologically sensitive, and sublimely beautiful environments. Friday is devoted to Pesticide Applicator Recertification in categories 3A, 3B, 8, 10, and 60. Continuing education hours are offered. The cost is $70 per day on February 15 or 16. A two-day combo ticket is available for $125 on February 15 & 16, and $55 for February 17. A three-day ticket for $180 is also available. Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all sessions. For more information and to register, visit lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.


February 24-26, Chantilly
Capital Remodel & Garden Show
Dulles Expo Center

Welcome the first sign of spring! Homeowners are offered a valuable one-stop shopping experience for the latest remodeling, decorating, and landscaping products and services. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. To purchase tickets online, visit capitalremodelandgarden.com.

 

March
 


March 4, Boyce
The Genius of Birds
State Arboretum of Virginia

Join acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman in exploring the newly discovered brilliance of birds, an illustrated talk on her new book. 2-4 p.m. Book signing follows. Cost is $20 for FOSA members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations required by calling 540-837-1758, ext. 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu.


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Through-April 2017, Milwaukee

Fondy Winter Farmers’ Market
Mitchell Park Domes

A weekly Saturday morning Farmers Market showcasing 50-plus local farmers and vendors providing locally grown and sourced food and products, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit milwaukeedomes.org.


Through January 1, Milwaukee
Not a Creature was Stirring-Holiday Floral Show
Mitchell Park Domes

Show will feature a natural woodland setting with a forest of decorated trees filled with miniature rustic houses, burrows and dens showing how our smallest woodland creatures celebrate the holidays. Hundreds of holiday plants and colorful poinsettias. Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., http://bit.ly/152PvwK.


Sunday afternoons in December, Madison
Holiday Concert Series
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

A variety of music is highlighted including festive holiday music. From 2-3 p.m., olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.


Through December 31, Madison
Holiday Express
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Large-scale model trains wind through an enchanted land of colorful poinsettias and holiday trees. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free. Admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory is included, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.


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

A Domes traditional celebration for families, a night of entertainment, music, and food, 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit milwaukeedomes.org/, 414-257-5611.

 

January

 

Saturdays, starting in February, Madison
Winter Concert Series
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Relax and enjoy concert performances at Olbrich’s Winter Concerts or get up and move to the music. Select Sunday afternoons 2 to 3 p.m., in February and March Olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.


January 1, Kettle Moraine State Forest
First Day Hike
Lapham Peak Unit

Hikes offer visitors an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connected with nature. The Ice Age Trail Alliance will host a 3-4 mile First Day Hike at Lapham Peak, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Park fees will be waived for the day. Warm up with hot beverages and snacks. Meet at the Hausman Nature Center parking lot, 920-533-8322.


January 21, 22, Wausau
Garden Visions Conference
Northcentral Technical College

Presented by North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners. Slow Food Dinner, January 20 with speaker, Jane Hawley Stevens of Four Elements Organic Herbals. Main conference, January 21, with keynote speaker Susan Martin. For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/2ejDkcx, or 715.693.6446.


January 21 & February 21, Madison
Children of the Rainforest
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Series celebrates cultural differences in rainforest regions around the world with authentic performances of music and dance,10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., $5 ages 13 and up; $3 children 12 and under; free for ages 2 and under. Admission includes entry to Bolz Conservatory. Olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.


January 27, Madison
Cocktails in the Conservatory
Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory

Stroll through Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs, 7 to 11 p.m. Olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.
 

January 27 & February 24, Wausau
Snowshoe Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Experience an evening candlelit snowshoe walk through the new Monk Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. First Ave., 6 to 8 p.m. A limited number of snowshoes will be available ($2 donation) at the Gardens or BYO. Watch Facebook page for weather conditions. If temps/wind chills fall too low walk may be cancelled or rescheduled. rwmonkgardens.org, 715-261-6309.


January 28, Fond du Lac
Snowshoe the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum
UW Fond du Lac

Look for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife in winter. Learn about some of the plants of the prairie and dormant trees in the arboretum, 1 to 3 p.m. Snowshoes will be provided. No dogs, please. Meet at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Shelter. Pre-registration required, gottfriedprairiearboretum.org, 920-940-8869.FebruaryFebruary 4 Green BayWinter Family FestivalGreen Bay Botanical GardensFeatures free games, crafts and activities of the winter season. Free, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. gbbg.org/WinterFamilyFestival, 920-490-9457.

 

February

 

February 4-5, Madison
Orchid Quest 2017
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Orchid Quest 2017 is a free event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI sponsored by the Orchid Growers Guild of Madison. This event will let you visit the beautiful tropics in the middle of Wisconsin’s winter. Enjoy over 2,000 orchids in displays and over 3,000 orchid plants for sale. Enjoy seminars, raffles, silent auctions, vendors of orchids and orchid related material. You can spend the day surrounded by the beautiful orchids. Bring your camera. Admission and parking is free. For more information contact Terri Jozwiak (608) 592-7906.


February 10, 24, Green Bay
Soup with Substance
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Hike, snowshoe, or blaze your own skiing trail. Indoors, enjoy homemade soup, bread, dessert, and a garden-related presentation. Finish out the evening with live musical entertainment. Includes free admission to the Garden and snowshoe rental. Advanced tickets, $10, members; $15, nonmembers. At door, $12, members; $17, nonmembers. Limited seats, advance purchase recommended. gbbg.org/SoupwithSubstance, 920-490-9457.


February 10-12, Madison
WPTV Garden Expo
Alliant Energy Center

Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Featured presenters include Melinda Myers, Inga Witscher, Helen Yoest, Jerry Apps, Joel Karsten. Details and ticket info: wigardenexpo.com,608-262-5256.


February 11 - 12, Milwaukee
All Scale Train Lobby Exhibit
The Mitchell Park Domes

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To confirm events, visit countyparks.com, milwaukeedomes.org, or 414-257-5600.


February 14, Kettle Moraine State Forest
Who’s Been Here? Tracking on Snowshoes
Ice Age Visitor Center

Master some of the tricks of tracking animals in winter and snowshoeing. If there is not enough snow for snowshoeing, hike the trail, 10 to 11:45 a.m. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair of on hand. To register, call 920-533-8322 by January 13. This program is for best for ages 8 and older. Ice Age Visitor Center is located off Hwy 67, a half mile west of Dundee.


February 14, Milwaukee
Hearts Under Glass Valentines Night Out
The Mitchell Park Domes

6 to 9 p.m. To confirm events or visit countyparks.com, milwaukeedomes.org, or 414-257-5600.


February 15, Fond du Lac
The Messenger
UW Fond du Lac

Documentary film explores deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Sponsored by the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum and the Fond du Lac Audubon Society, 7 p.m., Room UC 114, gottfriedprairiearboretum.org.


February 17-18, Green Bay
The Art of Growing Food
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Presenter Ellen Ecker Ogden, author of the Complete Kitchen Garden, 6 to 9 p.m. Kitchen Garden Design workshops follow lecture, 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m., February 18. Lecture attendance required. For cost and details: gbbg.org, 920-490-9457.

 

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