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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.

 

April

 

April 1, Theodore
24thAnnual Camellia Classic Open Car Show
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Guests may stroll among hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles on display. Snacks and lunch will be available to purchase in the Magnolia Café. The Mustang Club will announce awards in the afternoon. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.
 

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

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

April 6-9, Birmingham
Spring Plant Sale
Brookwood Village

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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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 8, Fayetteville
Wait! I’m Beneficial, Please Don’t Kill Me
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

This class will focus mainly on identification of beneficial insects. We will also compare and contrast a few beneficial and detrimental insects that are commonly mistaken for one another. 6-6:45 p.m. Free. To reserve your spot call 479-750-2620.


March 10-11, Camden
24th Annual Camden Daffodil Festival

See millions of daffodils spreading over many acres of six large daffodil gardens. See our stagecoach museum, winding river, and antebellum homes, all lovingly restored. Walk in our historic cemetery with costumed actors enchanting you with the real stories of early settlers who rest there. Visit camdendaffodilfestival.com 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.

 

March 17-19, Washington
49th Annual Jonquil Festival
Historic Washington State Park

Create memories and celebrate a tradition at Historic Washington State Park. This three-day festival heralds the arrival of spring in Southwest Arkansas! Thousands of jonquils welcome craftspeople, entertainers, and visitors to the town of Historic Washington. Unique crafts and delicious foods are just part of the attractions. Fri/Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: free/$5 parking/tours at regular price. For more information call 870-983-2684 or visit HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com.


March 25, Washington
Nature’s Baskets Workshop
Historic Washington State Park

Join park interpreters for this one-day creative and fun workshop. You will learn basic techniques to create simple baskets. Participants will have the choice of using pine needles, cane, or reed. All supplies are included, including reeds with a variety of accent colors. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $25. For more information call 870-983-2684 or visit HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com.


March 28, Fayetteville
Landscape Design and Plant Selection
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Terry Delany, a longtime Northwest Arkansas resident, has over 25 years of experience playing in the dirt and talking to plants. Many homeowners need help getting past the “blank slate” when it comes to landscape design. Terry will share how his process for design starts with a list of questions that helps him and his clients understand the intent and function of the space. He will also cover plant selection techniques and basic plant installation skills and tips. 6-7 p.m. Members/$10, non-members/$20. Registration required. For more information call 479-750-2620.


April 6-7, Mountain View
Soap Making: Clean and Natural
Ozark Folk Center Administration Building

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


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

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


April 18, Mountain View
Apothecary 101
Ozark Folk Center

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


April 29, Washington
Candle Making Workshop
Historic Washington State Park

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


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

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


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

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

 

 

March

 

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

April

 

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

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


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

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


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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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March 2, Decatur
Easy Turf Care, What to do for Spring Lawns
DeKalb County Extension Office

Learn how to have the best-looking grass in your neighborhood by selecting the right turf and knowing how to care for it. 6:45-8:15 p.m., $10. Contact Vania De Leon Ramirez for registration at vdramirez@dekalbcountyga.gov or
404-298-4080.


March 2, Atlanta
Summer Veggie Garden – Plan Ahead
Atlanta Botanical Garden  

Find out about vegetables and herbs that will perform well through Georgia’s summer months and learn tips for improving your yields. 6:30-8:30 p.m., $29. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.


March 3, Athens
Friends First Friday: Growing Dahlias in Georgia
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Henry Everett, a member of the Dahlia Society of Georgia and the American Dahlia Society, will show pictures and explain the steps of growing dahlias in Georgia. 9-10:30 a.m., $12, includes breakfast. For more information, call 706-542-6138 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


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

Events include Athens plein air painters art exhibit; guided Hellebore garden tour Friday morning at 9 a.m.; Georgia Model A Ford Club exhibit Saturday morning; “Common Sense of Gardening” talk by Dr. Allan Armitage Saturday at 9 a.m. For more information, call 706-765-4444 or visit www.piccadillyfarm.com. Free and open to the public.


March 4, Rome
Why, When, and How to Prune Workshop
Rome/Floyd Library

Join Keith Mickler, county extension agent, and Terry Paige, City of Rome arborist, to learn why, when, and how to prune plants in your landscape. This will be a live demonstration. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 706-295-6210 or email uge1115@uga.edu.


March 7, Fayetteville
Vegetable Garden Pests – Insect ID
Fayette County Extension

Join Sandy Golden, master gardener extension volunteer, as she expounds on the destruction that vegetable garden pests can accomplish in a short period of time. 10-11:30 a.m. Please RSVP by emailing uge2113@uga.edu or calling 770-305-5412 ext 7. Free class.


March 7, Atlanta
Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story
Atlanta Botanical Garden
 
Join Director Tim Shepard in a special preview of selected footage from their latest documentary program, Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story, as they share the story of chocolate from bean in the Amazon to bar in high-end cafes and stores. Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt, the co-owners of Krog Street Market’s Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate, appear in the film and will be here to talk about their journey to creating sustainable and artisanal chocolate products. 7 p.m. Free. No reservations required. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.


March 9, Fayetteville
Mixing It Up – Ornamentals and Edibles in Your Garden
Fayette County Extension

When designing with edibles, use the same design principles as you would with any ornamental planting. Join Jennifer Stewart, master gardener extension volunteer, as she discusses ways to create unity and coherence. 10-11:30 a.m., free. Please RSVP by calling 770-305-5412 or emailing uge2113@uga.edu.


March 12, Athens
Full Moon Hike (Worm Moon)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Each walk will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. Bring family and friends of all ages along to enjoy the mysterious world of nature at night! Be prepared to hike up to 2 miles on our wooded trails and in the garden. If you have young children or infants, a backpack carrier is suggested. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the fountain in front of the visitor’s center. 8-9:30 p.m., $5/person or $15/family. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


March 14-May 2, Athens    
Building Connection
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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


March 16, Athens
Soapmaking 101: Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Jessica and Kevin, owners of Normal Soap Company, will discuss soap history, ingredients, and instruction details. The main focus of this class is the “cold process” method. We will cover what soap is, soap process, choosing fats and lye safety. Fees cover instruction, safety equipment (apron, gloves, and glasses), and all soapmaking ingredients. It DOES NOT include a mold. 5:30-8:30 p.m., $45. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


March 17, Athens
Eudora Welty’s Garden
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Mississippi native Susan Haltom is a garden designer and the preservation and maintenance coordinator of Eudora Welty’s garden in Jackson, Mississippi. Please join the Friends of the Garden for our annual business meeting at 5:30 p.m. and a reception at 6:15 p.m. before Susan Haltom speaks at 7. For more information or to register, visit www.botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6138. Admission is free, but registration is required by March 10.


March 18, Atlanta
Orchids for Beginners: Dendrobium, Oncidium and Cattleya
Atlanta Botanical Garden
 
This class examines the cultural requirements of this group of orchids and their adaptation to the home environment. $29 (Member $24) 10 a.m.-noon, registration deadline March 9. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.


March 18, Gainesville
Container Gardening
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville

Learn how to create lush containers for any season using a few simple guidelines. Fee: $29, 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.


March 18, Athens
Soils of the Georgia Piedmont and Beyond
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this course Mac Callaham, PhD, and Chelsea Cunard, PhD, will discuss the history of our local Georgia Piedmont soils and general soil ecology and biology. The course will include a lecture as well as a lab portion where we will explore soil in nature. Prepare to get a little dirty and to learn about the fascinating, mysterious world beneath your feet. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


March 20, Lawrenceville
Preparing Our Gardens to Welcome Pollinators
Bethesda Senior Center

Program presented by Susan Meyers of Monarch Watch. Her passion for pollinators and skill as an educator make her presentations truly memorable. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. You are welcome to join us for a covered dish supper at 6:30, please bring a dish to share. For more information, visit gwinnettmastergardeners.com.


March 21, Jonesboro
The Bzzz Behind Beekeeping
UGA Extension, Clayton County

Come hear a beekeeper share their passion about the world’s greatest insect. Find out what it takes to keep honeybees. 1-3 p.m. No charge. Registration online in advance of the event is required. For more information, visit ugaextension.org/county-offices/clayton.html or call 770-473-5434.


March 22, Atlanta
Saving Georgia’s Wild Orchids
Atlanta Botanical Garden  

Many native orchid species are on the decline due to habitat loss and illegal poaching, and so the Atlanta Botanical Garden has led a robust orchid conservation movement across the Southeast for more than a decade. Join Conservation Horticulture Manager Matt Richards as he takes an in-depth look at Georgia’s native orchids, their relationship with pollinators, and the conservation efforts to protect orchids throughout the entire Southeast. 7-8 p.m. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or call 404-876-5859.


March 22, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 4: Fruit and Vegetable Design
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This is the fourth in a series of five National Garden Club units focusing on designs incorporating fruits and vegetables. Participants will be provided with a list of materials to bring to class. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $45. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


March 22, Tifton
South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium
Southern Regional Technical College

The symposium is an annual event featuring knowledgeable speakers who are experts in their field and a native plant sale. $45 per person. A box lunch is included in this price. For more information, visit www.sgnpws.org.


March 23, Jonesboro
Edible Landscaping
Clayton County International Park VIP Building

Learn how to integrate food-producing plants throughout your landscape. Bring a sack lunch, paper, and pen and learn while you eat. Free. For more information, call 770-473-3945 or email uge1063@uga.edu.


March 23, Fayetteville
Irrigation for Your Garden
Fayette County Extension Office

Join Don Adkins, master gardener extension volunteer, as he talks about drip irrigation, which is a water-saving method for a more economical home solution. There will also be tips and practical rules for determining irrigation placement. 6-7:30 p.m., free. Please RSVP by calling 770-305-5412 or email uge2113@uga.edu.


March 25, Athens
Oconee Rivers Audubon Society Spring Bird Ramble
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Come join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society for a morning bird walk at the garden. Look and listen for our spring migrants. First time birding? No problem. ORAS members will help you spot and identify the feathery creatures. All birding levels are welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them.  8 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.oconeeriversaudubon.org.


March 25, Athens
Building Your Own Natural Furniture with Bim Willow
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Bim Willow is a nationally recognized furniture builder. He has been featured on HGTV and has been building furniture for 30 years. Willow will guide each participant as they create their very own handmade piece of furniture to take home. All materials are provided with the registration fee but participants are asked to bring gloves and a hammer. Upon registering, each participant must choose which piece to build. 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee varies based on which project participants choose. Deadline for registration March 10. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.


March 26, Athens
Bird Sense
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class taught by Sarah Hubbard, naturalist, storyteller, nature mentor at Wild Intelligence, we will explore bird language and behaviors, our most common birds, and how to attract birds to your garden. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $35. Register online at wildintelligence.org/event/bird-sense.


March 28, Athens
Garden Travels: Australia: Sydney and the East Coast
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Hosted by Berkeley Boone and his wife Leia. Light reception at 6:30 p.m., talk begins at 7. Free. For more information or to register, visit botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-6138.


March 30, Athens
Plants of the Desert: Growing Cacti and Succulents
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Kevin Tarner, succulent enthusiast and professional horticulturist, will begin with an overview of how cacti and succulents are able to thrive in the hottest places on Earth. Next, he’ll introduce the most desert-adapted and horticulturally popular plant families. We’ll then explore how to successfully cultivate and propagate desert plants. Each participant will create their own succulent dish garden to take home. Bring a container for planting. Light refreshments will be provided but you are welcome to bring your dinner with you. 5:30-8:30 p.m., $45. 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.



March 2 through April 20, Ames
Youth Program – Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

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


March 4, Decorah
Start with a Seed Seed Savers Exchange
Heritage Farm

Basics of seed selection and seed starting, explore transplants, tips for small-space gardening. 11 a.m. to noon, with a behind-the-scenes tour at 12:15 p.m. For details: seedsavers.org/events.


March 4 - 25, Des Moines
Learn on Saturdays
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Saturdays, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. through March 25, lifelong learning for gardeners; two speakers/topics each week.



March 5 - 26, Des Moines
Botanical Blues
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Cool blues concert 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays in the toasty conservatory.
 

March 6, 13, 20, & 27, Ames
Beginner Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., covers the basics of photography, including equipment and how to use it, depth of field, aperture, light, composition, finding your subject, tips
and tricks.


March 7, 14, 21, & 28, Ames
HDR Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class, 6 to 8:30 p.m. about High Dynamic Range photography, a world of new options for landscape, architecture, still life and art photographers.


March 8 and April 12, Ames
Free Admission Day
Reiman Gardens

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



March 8, 15, 22, & 29, Ames
Photo Recipes 2
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class covers how to shoot eclipses, architecture, images reflected in water and glass, working in infrared, and more topics as selected by the class participants.


March 9 and April 13, Ames
Brown Bag Lecture
Reiman Gardens

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


March 11, Madrid
Pancake Breakfast
Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum’s Kevin Lantz and family members will make scrumptious pancakes 9 a.m. to noon.


March 13 - 17, Des Moines
Spring Break Activities for the family
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Drop-in activities, pre-registered workshops and Story Sprouts.


March 15 & April 19, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

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



March 17, Ames
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 4:30 to 7 p.m., sit back and enjoy melodies, with an extensive Celtic music repertoire.


March 21 & April 18, Ames
Floral Design Series Workshop
Reiman Gardens

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


March 24, 25 & April 7, 8, Decorah
Apple Grafting/Apple School Seed Savers Exchange
Heritage Farm

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


March 24, Madrid
Italian Night
Iowa Arboretum

It’s Italian night! Enjoy spaghetti, sauce and all the fixings, 4 to 7 p.m.


March 25, Ames
Day of Insects
Reiman Gardens

Annual Day of Insects with professionals, academics, advocates and enthusiasts of all levels from across the country to explore and celebrate insects.

 

April



April 1, Madrid
Spring Symposium
Iowa Arboretum

Nate Bremer will speak about tree peonies and daylilies, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Registration includes a free tree peony and lunch.


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

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



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

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


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

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


April 8, Madrid
Maple Syrup Celebration
Iowa Arboretum

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


April 15, Ames
Spring Egg Hunt
Reiman Gardens

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


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

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


April 29, Madrid
Run for the Trees
Iowa Arboretum

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


April 29, Madrid
Arbor Day
Iowa Arboretum

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


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

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


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

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

 

 

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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March

 

March 3-10, Indianapolis
Bulb Show
Garfield Park Conservatory

It is springtime at the Garfield Conservatory. Come see a stunning display of tulips and other spring blooms against the backdrop of the permanent tropical collection. Bulb sale on March 11 at 10 a.m. Show is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 each, $10 per family (two adults max.), children under 2 free. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7220.

 

March 6, Indianapolis
Herb of the Year 2017
Clay Township Center

Come celebrate the Herb of the Year 2017, cilantro/coriander. Perfect for an early spring night, you’ll go home with lots of information to start your cilantro/coriander garden. Why are we putting cilantro and coriander together? You’ll have to come to the presentations to learn. Members will present information on the propagation, cultivation, culinary and medicinal uses of the herb as well as its history. Public is welcome. Refreshments provided prior to meeting. Presentations begin at 6:45 p.m. Visit herbsocietyofcentralindiana.org or call 317-253-9381.

 

March 11-19, Indianapolis
Indiana Flower and Patio Show
Indiana State Fairgrounds

“Making Magic Happen,” the Indiana Flower and Patio show, is a magical experience for show goers. The show will feature 40-plus showcase exhibitor gardens crafted by many of Indiana’s premier landscapers, hundreds of finer outdoor living experts, and thousands of ideas to take home.There is truly something for everyone, indoors and out. Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the show box office admission is $14, children 12 and under free. March 13, Monday, senior day is $10. A $3-discount printable coupon is available online. Visit hsishows.com/wp/indianaflowerandpatioshow. Email questions to heathern@mpeshows.com or call 317-705-8719.

 

March 11, Indianapolis
Herb Workshop 2017
Garfield Park Conservatory

Members of the Herb Society of Central Indiana will present an adult workshop about blending and making herbal teas. We will also speak about the herb of the year coriander/cilantro and the April Herb Symposium. Reservations required. Seating is limited. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7184.

 

March 13, Fort Wayne
Garden Volunteer Orientation
Learning Center Salomon Farm Park

Salomon Farm Park has two gardens and an orchard that are planned, grown and harvested completely through a group of dedicated volunteers. The produce is shared among the volunteers, sold at the farmers’ market to benefit the gardens, and serves as a focal point for teaching children and adults about composting, gardening and enjoying a variety of locally grown produce. The gardeners meet every Monday and Thursday morning from April through October. You do not have to commit to the whole season or all the days to participate. No need to be a Master Gardener either, as this is a great opportunity to learn gardening knowledge and advanced skills. All experience levels are welcome. If you are interested in volunteering in Salomon Farm Park’s gardens, please attend this volunteer orientation; you will meet some current volunteers, get a tour of the gardens, and learn what we need help with. Contact Kellie Adkins at kellie.adkins@cityoffortwayne.org or 260-427-6005.

 

March 14, Zionsville
Spring Fling
Sullivan Munce Center

Back by popular demand, the entertaining Dr. Mark Windham, a professor and distinguished chair in ornamental pathology at the University of Tennessee, returns to the Indianapolis Rose Society. Mark has been conducting research on roses for more than 25 years. He will present an educational and entertaining program on soil, rose planting, and the latest breakthroughs on rose rosette disease. Free and open to the public. Arrive early, the program starts at 7 p.m. Visit indianapolisrosesociety.com or call 317-902-6016.

 

March 15, Brownsburg
Warm-Weather Vegetables, Insects and Diseases 101
Brownsburg Library

In this second food raising series; warm-weather vegetable gardening is covered. Learn what cultivars to select, when to harvest, and about insect pests and disease prevention. Plus, get great hints to make the whole process easy. Master Gardener Colletta Kosiba shares 30 years of experience. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Call 317-852-3167.

 

March 18-26, Chicago
Chicago Flower and Garden Show
Navy Pier

The Chicago Flower and Garden show is all about inspiring, educating and motivating the next generation of gardeners. Whether in a backyard, kitchen or rooftop, this is where green lovers and families go to discover ideas while having fun. The show features more than 20 gardens, dozens of inspirational and educational speakers and daily hands-on activities for gardeners of all ages and experience levels. Tickets online are $16 adult anytime, $14 adult weekday, $5 children ages 4 to 12. Online discounts are available for groups and scouts. Visit chicagoflower.com or call 312-241-1250.

 

March 18-April 2, Indianapolis
Gnomes Sweet Gnome
Garfield Conservatory

“Gnome Away from Home: Gnomes Sweet Gnome” is the name of this whimsical display. Garden gnomes from far and wide have gathered at the conservatory. This year, visitors can enjoy a glimpse of everyday gnome life. Contact the conservatory for information about loaning your gnome to be part of the display. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Costs $4 each, $10 per family (two adults max.), children under 2 free. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7220.

 

March 25, Martinsville
Master Gardeners Gardenfest and Pansy Sale
Hoosier Harvest Church

The Morgan County Master Gardeners Gardenfest is a one-day public free event featuring a pansy sale and more than 30 garden-related vendors. Speakers include Brambleberry Farm on “Permaculture, Tools and Approaches,” and Joni James on “Ideas for Creating a Backyard or Land that Attracts Wildlife.” There are free seed and native tree give-a-ways. Pansy sale proceeds benefit MCMG projects including community demonstration garden, Boys and Girls Club of Mooresville, and a Purdue scholarship. Location: 4085 Leonard Road. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Visit mcmastergardeners.org or contact Ruth Pelouch at pelouch@sbcglobal.net or call 765-342-9151.

 

April

 

April 1, Indianapolis
Kids’ Workshop
Garfield Park Conservatory

The Herb Society of Indiana will host a kids’ workshop, for children ages 6 to 12. Have some fun learning about herbs and how to grow them. Handouts and recipes on making different kinds of herb gardens (such as salsa, pizza, and more). Each child will take home a small container garden to watch it grow. Goodies provided. Reservations required. Seating is limited. Visit garfieldgardensconservatory.org or call 317-327-7184.

 

April 8, Noblesville
Annual Spring Symposium
Hamilton County Fairgrounds

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

 

April 8, Lebanon
Gardenfest
Fairgrounds Community Building

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


April 8, Valparaiso
Wild Edibles Presentation
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

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

 

April 22-23, Indianapolis
Orchid Show
Garfield Park Conservatory

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 


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March

 

March 2, Burkesville
Pruning and Grafting Workshop    
Cumberland County Extension Service

The workshop will start off by visiting an orchard for a pruning demonstration. It will then transition back to the office for a classroom session followed by a hands-on grafting portion. You can register or obtain more information at 270-433-7700, dl_ces_cumberland@email.uky.edu, or cumberland.ca.uky.edu.


March 2, Lexington
Low Input Lawn Care    
Fayette County Extension Service

You can have a very nice yard with a minimal input approach. We will discuss why less fertilizer can be beneficial and how to get the most out of your turf by simply following the grasses’ natural biology and seasonal growth. The class is free, meets at 6:30 p.m., and requires pre-registration. For more information, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.


March 3, Russell Springs
Pruning and Grafting Workshop
Russell County Extension Service

This free workshop meets at 2 p.m. and will be conducted by Dr. Strang. For additional information call 270-866-4477, email dl_ces_russell@mail.uky.edu, or visit russell.ca.


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 more information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.


March 7, Lexington
Unusual Annuals from Seed
Fayette County Extension Service

We will discuss many old-fashioned cottage garden varieties you may want to try as well as some spectacular giant annuals that can be very dramatic if you have the room. We will send you home with seeds for a few of them to grow yourself. The class fee is $10, and meeting time is 3 p.m. For more information or to register, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.


March 7, Paducah
Toolbox Garden Series
McCracken County Extension Service

This is a free class with different topics each session. Meeting time is 5-6 p.m. For additional information call 270-554-9520, email dl_ces_mccracken@email.uky.edu, or visit mccracken.ca.uky.edu.


March 8, Hazard
Vegetable Growers Workshop
Perry County Extension Service

This workshop is for persons interested in effectively growing vegetable crops. For meeting time and additional information, call 606-436-2044, email dl_ces_perry@email.uky.edu, or visit perry.ca.uky.edu.


March 9, London
Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
Laurel County Extension Service

John Strang, extension professor for the University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture, will demonstrate proper techniques for grafting fruit trees. The class meets for two hours, beginning at 10 a.m. For additional information call 606-864-4167, email dl_ces_laurel@email.uky.edu, or visit laurel.ca.uky.edu.


March 9, London
Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration
Laurel County Extension Service

John Strang, extension professor for the University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture, will provide a hands-on demonstration of proper pruning methods for fruit trees. The location is to be determined. The demonstration is from 2-3:30 p.m. For additional information, call 606-864-4167, email dl_ces_laurel@email.uky.edu, or visit laurel.ca.uky.edu.


March 9, Lexington
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: The Early Spring Crops
Fayette County Extension Service

This class will focus on the early spring crops that can be planted and harvested before the main spring planting window. Participants will receive a copy of our vegetable growing guide and a packet of seeds. This free class requires pre-registration and meets at 6 p.m. at the Southern States Cooperative, 2570 Palumbo Drive. To register, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.


March 9, Burlington
18th Annual Public Workers Tree Seminar
Boone County Enrichment Center

Northern Kentucky Urban & Community Forestry Council’s annual seminar will cover a wide range of topics relating to tree care and management (pruning, pests/diseases, invasive species, mulching, etc.). The event is geared toward public works employees but is also open to tree board members, local tree care companies, and the public. The $25 registration includes program materials, lunch, and refreshments; registration deadline is March 6. 7:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. For more information or to register, visit nkyurbanforestry.org.


March 11, Burlington
Fruit Tree Pruning
Boone County Extension

Discuss why we need to prune fruit trees and how to do it. Following the discussion, we will travel to a local site and do hands-on fruit tree pruning. The class meets 9-11 a.m. For additional information, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.


March 11, Elizabethtown
Can U Digit?
Pritchard Community Center

Enjoy a fun-filled day of learning about gardening through workshops, vendors, and make-n-take. Hosted by Lincoln Trail Area Master Gardeners, this event is designed for homeowners, hobby gardeners, professionals, or anyone who wishes to expend their knowledge of gardening. You can make-n-take a kokedama, a Japanese garden art form consisting of a soil ball covered with moss on which an ornamental plant grows (additional $10 fee). 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $15/$25. For additional information, call 270-735-2230, visit mastergardeners.us, or visit their Facebook page.


March 14, Burlington
Basics of Wildlife Management
Boone County Extension Service

Natural and artificial habitat improvements will be discussed, as well as nuisance concerns and management. 1:30-3:30 p.m. For additional information, call 859-586-6101, email
dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu,
or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.


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 required, 1-2:30 p.m. To register, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.


March 16, Lexington
Potatoes
Fayette County Extension Service

Each participant will leave with an assortment of seed potatoes to try. Pre-registration is required; the cost is $15 and the class meets at 6:30 p.m. To register, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.


March 16, Shelbyville
Outdoor Naturalist
Shelby County Cooperative Extension

Make plans to attend this month’s outdoor naturalist class from 6-8 p.m. The class is free, but please reserve a seat by calling 502-633-4593.


March 16, LaGrange
Living Along a Stream
Oldham County Extension Service

If you live along a stream or have a ditch on your property, you can learn to protect your property from erosion while conserving clean water for your family and neighbors. Join us for this free workshop, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and receive a free tree. For additional information, call 502-222-9453, email l_ces_oldham@email.uky.edu, or visit oldham.ca.uky.edu.


March 18, Clermont
Smart Gardens & Landscapes: Water Conservation Design and Practices
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join horticulturist Casey Hammet for a workshop that will cover watering frequency and amount, watering techniques and timing, and water conserving catchment systems and practices. The cost is $10/$15 for members/non-members, with registration and payment due by 4 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the program. 10 a.m.-noon. To register, call 502-955-8512, email rhutchison@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.


March 18, Clermont
Smart Gardens & Landscapes: Organic Gardening
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join horticulturist Eric Garris in discovering organic alternatives to create a natural, healthier, pest-free environment in your own green space.  Learn how to apply organic fertilizers and pesticides and how to use natural mechanical control methods to make them work for you. The cost is $10/$15 for members/non-members, with registration and payment due by 4 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the program. 1-3 p.m. To register, call 502-955-8512, email rhutchison@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.


March 21, Lexington
Onions and Leeks
Fayette County Extension Service

This class will provide an overview of the commonly grown onions and their relatives. We will provide transplants of newer, harder to find onions and leeks for your garden. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 and the class meets at 6:30 p.m. To register, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.


March 21, Burlington
Deer and Rabbit Tolerant Plants for the Landscape
Boone County Extension Service Enrichment Center

Join us from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to learn about selecting deer and rabbit tolerant varieties of trees, shrubs, and flowers for your home landscape. For more information, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.


March 22, Burkesville
Seed Exchange
Cumberland County Extension Service

The exchange will take place at Cumberland County Public Library. You can bring seeds to swap out with other seeds that will be available, pick up gardening and nutritional publications, and network with other gardeners. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For additional information, call 270-433-7700, email dl_ces_cumberland@email.uky.edu, or visit cumberland.ca.uky.


March 25, Burlington
Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop
Boone County Extension Service Enrichment Center

Forestry and wildlife experts from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio will address audience concerns regarding the management of your properties. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, visit tristatewoods.ca.uky.edu or call
859-257-7597.


March 25, Clermont
Early Spring Wildflower Walk
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join Wren Smith, interpretive programs manager, to scout for and celebrate early spring flowering ephemerals. The cost is $10/$12 for members/non-members, with registration and payment due by 4 p.m. on the day prior to the program. The walk is 2-4 p.m. To register, call 502-955-8512, email rhutchison@bernheim.org, or visit bernheim.org.


March 25, Union
Reforest Northern Kentucky
Northern Kentucky Urban & Community Forestry Council

This is an annual, all-volunteer project organized to restore native Kentucky woodlands. Bring your friends, family, and shovels to the Piner property of Big Bone Lick State Park from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, contact NKUCFC at reforestnky@gmail.com or visit nkyurbanforestry.org.


March 27, Lexington
A Glimpse of a Lunatic’s Garden
Fayette County Extension Service

Enjoy a virtual tour of 2016 through the seasons with photos of plant favorites and combinations. 6-8 p.m., $20, with all proceeds going to the display gardens at The Arboretum. To register, call 859-257-5582, email dl _ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.


March 27, Somerset
Growing Backyard Tree Fruits
Pulaski County Extension Service

The UK fruit extension specialist will lead the program. Everyone who pre-registers by March 15 will get a newly grafted apple tree to take home. The cost is $7, or $2 for extension master gardeners. For registration/information call 606-679-0720, email dl_ces_pulaski@email.uky.edu, or visit pulaski.ca.uky.edu.


March 28, Burlington
Apple Tree Grafting
Boone County Extension Service Enrichment Center

Learn how to graft the proper way and why it is essential for growing quality tree fruit. 10 a.m.-noon. For additional information, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.


March 28, Lexington
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: The Early Spring Crops
Northside Branch Public Library

We will present the basic concepts of growing vegetables, focusing on the early spring crops that can be planted and harvested before the main spring planting window. Participants will receive a copy of our vegetable growing guide and a packet of seeds. 6:30 p.m. The class is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, call 859-257-5582, email dl _ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.



April

 

April 1, Pikeville
Fifth Annual Appalachian Seed Swap
Pike Central High School

This is a buy-sell-trade event with classes and demonstrations. For more information, call 606-432-2534, email ces-pike@lsv.uky.edu, or visit pike.ca.uky.edu.


April 4, Lexington
Sunflowers
Fayette County Extension Service

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


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

Avoid the common mistake of over-planting undesirable species. Discover new and exciting tree and shrub varieties for the northern Kentucky landscape. 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 859-586-6101, email dl_ces_boone@email.uky.edu, or visit boone.ca.uky.edu.


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

Join us for a guided tour of the arboretum’s stunning spring blooms as they welcome the new growing season. Learn about great spring bloomers for your own garden and landscape. Meet at Shelter #2 at 1 p.m., lasting until 2:30 p.m. For more information, 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.


Ongoing Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society
Burden Center

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

 

March
 


March 2, Baton Rouge
EBRMG Gardening Talks
Main Library on Goodwood

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardener (EBRMG) Association will offer presentations on warm season annuals and ornamental grasses. The talks are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m., are free, and open to the public. Registration is not required. For additional information on the EBRMG library series or the association’s other outreach activities, visit ebrmg.com.


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 6, April 3. Baton Rouge
Reflections in the Garden
Burden Conference Center

Join the Burden Horticulture Society for horticulture focused lectures noon-1 p. m. The event is free for Burden Horticulture Society Members and $10 at the door for non-members at the Ione Burden Conference Center. You may bring a lunch; drinks are provided. Call 225-763-3990 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, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Garden Club Meeting
7950 Independence Boulevard

The session includes short programs on horticulture and design given by members during the monthly meeting. The session begins at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments, program starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call Cindy Moran at 225-806-5377.


March 17 & 18, Covington
Northshore Garden & Plant Sale
St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds

Kick off the spring season at the St. Tammany Master Gardeners' garden and plant sale. Under Pavilion, rain or shine, 60+ plant, garden accessories, and educational booths, seminars, cooking demos, children’s activities, food trucks and more, 9a.m.- 4 p.m. Adults $5. Free for 18 and under, police, fire, and EMTs. Free parking. Gate proceeds benefit the St. Tammany Master Gardeners scholarships. For more information call 985-875-2635.


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

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 18-19, Baton Rouge
15th Annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show and Arts and Craft Fair
John M. Parker Coliseum

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day the floor of the coliseum will be transformed into a fascinating world of plants and gardens. The show includes numerous vendors selling a tremendous variety of plants and yard, garden, and patio related merchandise. Next door you can sample and talk with some of the world’s best chili cooks. See some great classic cars and street rods in the parking lot on Sunday. For more information, contact David Himelrick at 225-335-1099 or DHimelrick@agcenter.lsu.edu.


March 23, Zachary
EBRMG Gardening Talks
Zachary Branch Library

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardener (EBRMG) Association will offer presentations on attracting butterflies and other pollinators and moonlight gardens. 6:30-8:30 p.m., free, and open to the public. Registration is not required. For additional information on the EBRMG library series or the association’s other outreach activities, visit the association’s website, www.ebrmg.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.

 

April

 

April 1, Lafayette
Festival des Fleurs
Blackham Coliseum
 
Come join us for the 26th annual premier garden show and sale in Acadiana. Plants and garden items will be available for sale, horticulture demonstrations, displays, children’s activities, and more. Hours 8am - 4pm. $5.00 adults/12 and under free. For vendor or visitor information contact Billy Welsh at 337-482-5339 or welsh@louisiana.edu or visit festivaldesfleurs.org.


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

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


April 21, New Orleans
Hootenanny
Grow Dat Youth Farm

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

 

March

 

March 1 - April 30, Grand Rapids
Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming
Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park

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


March 3 – 5, Mt. Clemens
Spring Home Improvement and Landscaping Show
Gibraltar Trade Center

237 N. River Road, for ideas to spruce up your home and yard. Admission is free; parking, $2 per vehicle. For more information, http://bit.ly/2hKl0uS.


March 4, Bloomfield Hills
Study Day
Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary

Janet Macunovich will present a daylong event on Easiest and Best Perennials, Diagnosing Plant Problems, and Great Plants and Plant Combinations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration fee, $80, includes light breakfast, refreshments at breaks, and box lunch. Registration and more information: housegardens.cranbrook.edu,
248- 645-3149.


March 7, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

Hannah Schaurer, wildlife education expert with the Michigan DNR, will talk about “what every gardener should know about bats,” 6:30 p.m., Room A149 of the Plant and Soil Sciences Building, 1066 Bogue on the Michigan State University campus. Cost is $3 for nonmembers, mgacac.wordpress.com.


March 8, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Kim Davidson, horticulturist at Ironwood Golf Course, will speak on designing a landscape with plants that feature scent, texture, color, sound, and taste, 12:30 p.m. in the lower level at Meijer Gardens. For more information, kentgardenclub.org/KGC/.


March 11-17, Niles
Fernwood Garden Spring Symposium

Speakers: R. William Thomas, Chanticleer Foundation, Wayne, Pennsylvania; Craig Bergmann, Craig Bergmann Landscape Designer, Lake Forest, Illinois; Tres Fromme, 3. Fromme Design, Sanford, Florida; Richard Hawke, Chicago Botanic Garden. For details and registration fernwoodbotanical.org, or 269-695-6491.


March 15, Bloomfield Hills
Tour and Lunch
Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary

Enjoy a tour and lunch in the elegant setting of Cranbrook House, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest manor home in metro-Detroit. Guests encouraged to attend 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Starts promptly at 11 a.m. Fee: $32/adult, $30/seniors or active duty military. Reservations required housegardens.cranbrook.edu, or phone 248-645-3149.


March 18, Niles
Spring Symposium
Fernwood Botanical Garden

Guest speakers talk about new possibilities and groundbreaking ideas, the future of gardens and gardening. For more information, fernwoodbotanical.org/.


March 24, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
The Meadow Brook Garden Club

Jackie Walley, landscape designer, lecturer, educator, and owner of Herbal Thymes and Gatherings in Ann Arbor, will speak about the beauty of herbs, including their fragrance, color, and texture. Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road. Coffee, 9:15 a.m., program 10 a.m. Guests welcome, $5/nonmember donation, reservations are not necessary, meadowbrookhall.org or 248-364-6210.


March 24 & 25, Kalamazoo
22nd Annual Spring Flower & Garden Expo
Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center

Beautifully landscaped gardens, garden trends, hottest plants, and garden tips at short seminars, 5020 Texas Drive. For more information: wedels.com

 

April

 

April 4, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

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


April 12, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

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


April 13, Lapeer
Monthly Meeting
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society

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


April 28, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
The Meadow Brook Garden Club

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


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

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

 


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Through 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.


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.

 

March

 

March 1, Chaska
Container Gardening
Chaska Library

Join Carver-Scott Master Gardeners in class on the secrets to successful container gardening, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 2, Chanhassen
Vegetables to Plant in Spring and Summer
Chanhassen Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will cover the basics of vegetable gardening, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 3, Chaska
Schoolyard Gardens Conference: New Places to Grow
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Explore best practices for using gardens as a hands-on way to teach children about food, nutrition, science, environment, the arts, and more, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $65/ members; $75/nonmembers.


March 4, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 1
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Learn everything you need to know for a successful first year of beekeeping in our cold climate, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Instructors, Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter. Cost: $135. Information: beelab.umn.edu.


March 4, Norwood Young America
Seed Starting
Norwood Young America Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will cover timing, materials, and seed selection along with hints and instructions for saving your own seeds from year to year, 1 p.m. No cost.


March 4, Rosemount
Dakota County Master Gardener Spring Expo
Rosemount Community Center

Eight classes to choose from and a keynote address by Joe Barton, Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District on “Landscaping for Clean Water,” 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $35. Information: dakotamastergardeners.org or 651-480-7700.


March 4, Albertville
Wright County Master Gardeners Spring Days Gardening Workshop
St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West

Several workshops, keynote speaker is Mary Meyer, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Cost: $30. Information: springdays.org, info@springdays.org, gred0014@umn.edu, or 763-682-7394.


March 4, North Branch
Garden Expo
North Branch High School

Chisago County Master Gardeners event. Keynotes, Jan and Bob Welsh, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, presenting “How to Attract Wildlife/How to Get Rid of Wildlife.” 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $10/pre-register; $15/at door; $6/lunch.


March 5, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 2
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Learn how to maintain healthy bee colonies long term. Should be taken after your first year of beekeeping. Instructors, Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $110. Information: beelab.umn.edu.


March 6, Prior Lake
Shrubs: Selection and Pruning
Prior Lake Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will teach you how to select and maintain shrubs in your landscape in this introductory class, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 6, Waconia
Seed Starting
Waconia Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will cover timing, materials, and seed selection along with hints and instructions for saving your own seeds from year to year, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 7 Shakopee
Shrubs: Selection and Pruning
Shakopee Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will teach you how to select and maintain shrubs in your landscape in this introductory class, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 7-April 18, Victoria
Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Course
Lowry Nature Center

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


March 8, Chaska
Beginning Gardening
Chaska Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will teach this class on how to prepare soil to start a garden and select tried and true plants for sun and shade. 6:30 p.m. No cost.



March 9, Chanhassen
Shrubs: Selection and Pruning
Chanhassen Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will teach how to select and maintain shrubs in your landscape in this introductory class. 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 11, Chaska
Sustainable Lawn & Turf
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the benefits of creating a sustainable lawn and leave the session with a variety of tools to implement environmentally sound practices. Instructor: Sam Bauer, horticulture educator, University of Minnesota Extension. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41/members; $55/nonmembers.


March 11, Chaska
Creating Kokedama
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Instructor, Jessica Heimer, Mother Earth Gardens. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $75/member; $90/nonmember.


March 11, Cambridge
Burst Into Spring
Armed Forces Reserve and Community Center

Isanti County Master Gardeners present day of programs; keynote speaker, Joel Karsten, author of Straw Bale Gardens, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $26. Information: isanticountymastergardeners.com/, jrwatson@umn.edu, or 763-689-8254.


March 11, Plymouth
American Grown Field to Vase Dinner
Len Busch Roses

Presented by Certified American Grown Flowers, 5 to 8 p.m., celebrate American grown flowers in the fragrance and warmth of the Busch greenhouse. For more information: www.americangrownflowers.com/fieldtovase


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.



March 14, Shakopee
101 Ways to Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly
Shakopee Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to make your yard more environmentally friendly, 6:30 p.m. No cost.



March 14, Norwood Young America
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Norwood Young America Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to prune correctly, noon. No cost.


March 14, North Branch
Butterfly Bootcamp
Maple Commons Dining Center

Learn about butterflies and moths and what you can plant to attract them. Instructor, Jan Walsh, Chisago County Master Gardener, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free.


March 14-15, Arden Hills
Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course
Bethel University

Join more than 1,200 professionals, volunteers, and students in two days of classes and presentations that will increase knowledge of climate change impact on urban forest health, 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 daily. Cost: $200; $45 for students; $100 for Tree board/park board members. Information: cceconf3@umn.edu or 612-624-4230.


March 15, Chaska
Seed Starting
Chaska Library

Save money and expand the number of varieties available for your garden by starting your own plants from seed. Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will cover timing, materials, and seed selection along with hints and instructions for saving your own seeds from year to year. 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 15, Morris
Vegetable Gardening 301
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Explore in-depth strategies for successful vegetable gardening in this Come Grow with Us class. Presented by Steve Poppe, Senior Horticulturist at the WCROC. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Information: http://wcroc.cfans.umn.edu/events-education or 320-589-1711.


March 15-April 19, St. Paul
Big Woods Big River Master Naturalist Course
Ft. Snelling

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



March 16, Chanhassen
101 Ways to Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly
Chanhassen Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to make your yard more environmentally friendly, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 18-April 23, St. Paul
Spring Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Features yellow and pink tulips, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.


March 18, Chaska
Sustainable Trees & Shrubs
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Effective use of varieties and benefits of plants that add dimension and beauty to existing setting. Instructor, Julia Bohnen, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41/member; $55/nonmember.


March 20, Prior Lake
101 Ways to Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly
Prior Lake Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to make your yard more environmentally friendly, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 20, Waconia
Container Gardening
Waconia Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach the secrets to successful container gardening, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 21, Norwood Young America
Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Norwood Young America Library

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


March 21, Shakopee
Popular Perennials for Sun and Shade
Shakopee Library

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


March 22, Chaska
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Chaska Library

Learn from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners how to prune correctly, whether shaping trees or shrubs. 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 23, Chanhassen
Popular Perennials for Sun and Shade
Chanhassen Library

Discover tried and true perennials recommended by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners that are readily available at your local plant suppliers. 6:30 p.m.
No cost.


March 25, Pine City
Pine County Master Gardener Horticulture Day
Pine City High School

Annual Let’s Get Growing event, keynote by Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, “Low Maintenance and Bee Friendly Lawn Care.” 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $21 by March 21st; $25 after. Information: extension.umn.edu/county/pine or call 800-657-3813, Ext. 4.


March 25, Collegeville
Garden Education Day
St. John’s University

Stearns County Master Gardeners’ day of workshops, keynote speakers are Karl Foord, who will speak on Pollinators, and Debbie Lonnee from Bailey Nursery, speaking on “New and/or Interesting Annuals, Perennials, and Woody Plants,” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: z.umn.edu/GardenEdDay, 320-255-5169, or 800-450-6171.


March 25, Big Lake
Learn & Grow Garden Expo
Big Lake High School

Daylong workshop presented by the Sherburne County Master Gardeners, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $30. Information: http://bit.ly/2i3pR8g, or 763-765-3075.


March 27, Prior Lake
Popular Perennials for Sun and Shade
Prior Lake Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach about plants readily available at local plant suppliers, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 27, Waconia
Lawn Care
Waconia Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach about myths and truths of how to keep a healthy lawn, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 28, Norwood Young America
Container Gardening
Norwood Young America Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach secrets to successful container gardening, noon. No cost.


March 28, Shakopee  
Growing and Using Herbs
Shakopee Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, teach how to grow, use herbs in your kitchen, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 28, North Branch
Adapting to a Changing World
Maple Commons Senior Dining Center

Join Caitlin Potter, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, who will describe the basics of global change in Minnesota, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Presented by Chisago County Master Gardeners. Free.


March 29, Chaska
Lawn Care
Chaska Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach about myths and truths of how to keep a healthy lawn, 6:30 p.m. No cost.



March 30, Chanhassen
Growing and Using Herbs
Chanhassen Library

Learn the basics of growing herbs, their harvest, and preservation from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, 6:30 p.m. No cost.

 

April

 

April 1, Chaska
Carver-Scott Master Gardener Garden Fever
Oak Ridge Conference Center

“Adapting Landscapes to Our Changing Climate.” Keynote speakers, Lee Frelich and Stan Tekiela, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $45 purchased online (http://bit.ly/2iILs6F), or $50 at the door.


April 1, Fergus Falls
Garden Day
Kennedy Secondary School

West Otter Tail County Master Gardeners’ day of gardening education; keynote speaker, John Ball, forestry health specialist, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $30. Information: http://bit.ly/2hKRbvU or 218-998-8760.


April 1, Brainerd
Garden Expo
Brainerd Senior High School

Crow Wing County Master Gardeners’ annual education event, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $30. Information:
crowwingmastergardeners.org/ or 218-454-4769.


April 2, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates
Beyond the Basics
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Discover alternative management strategies for winter colonies in northern climates. Instructors, Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $120. Information: beelab.umn.edu.


April 3, Prior Lake
Growing and Using Herbs
Prior Lake Library

Learn the basics of growing herbs, their harvest, and preservation from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, 6:30 p.m.
No cost.


April 3, Waconia
Plants for Shady Spaces
Waconia Library

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


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

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


April 5, Chaska
Plants for Shady Spaces
Chaska Library

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


April 8, Waconia
Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Waconia Library

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


April 12, Chaska
Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Chaska Library

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


April 25, North Branch
Hugelkulture
Maple Commons Senior Dining Center

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


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March 1 through 26, 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 through March 26. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $5 plus garden admission. Free to members. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.

 

March 6, Springfield
Composting Made Simple
Springfield Botanical Center

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

 

March 9, St. Louis
Orchid Nights
Missouri Botanical Garden

Experience the Orchid Show in a whole new light. Enjoy an exclusive lighted viewing of the orchid displays with live music, tastings from local wineries, and a full cash bar with small bites for purchase. Your ticket includes one complimentary vanilla-inspired cocktail. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Costs $20 adults (ages 21 and up), $15 garden members.Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.


March 10, Edwardsville, IL
Native by Design
Lewis and Clark Community College

“Native by Design: Purposeful Landscapes for Monarchs, Pollinators, and Water Management,” will be presented by Chip Taylor, founder and director of Monarch Watch, along with other speakers. From 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Costs $35. Call 888-843-6739, and visit grownative.org.

 

March 11, Kansas City
16th Annual Spring Gardening Seminar
Rockhurst University

This full-day seminar offers a choice of classes as well as keynote address by Alan Branhagen, Powell Gardens’ director of horticulture. He will discuss “Midwest Native Plants,” and their importance in our landscape. Costs $49, which includes lunch. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full description at mggkc.org/public-education/spring-seminar, and call 816-833-8733.

 

March 18-19, Springfield
Orchid Show and Sale
Springfield Botanical Center

The Springfield Orchid Society brings a juried display of beautiful, rare and exotic orchids. Free admission. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 18 and 19. Prices vary per plant. Visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-891-1515.
 

March 20, Springfield
Native Butterflies and Moths
Springfield Botanical Center

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

 

March 25, Springfield
Volunteer Orientation
Springfield Botanical Center

Learn about the requirements to become a Springfield Botanical Centerpark volunteer. Ages 18 years and up. Free. To pre-register, call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

March 25, Rolla
Growing Green Fair
Missouri S&T Havener Center

Phelps County Master Gardeners and University of Missouri Extension host a day of gardening-related seminars from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $20. Ages 18 years and up. To register, call 573-458-6260 and visit extension.missouri.edu/phelps.


March 25, Springfield
Friends of the Farmstead
Springfield Botanical Center

Gray-Campbell Farmstead Annual Membership Meeting includes a review of 2016’s accomplishments and future plans. Brunch is provided. Free. All ages. From 10 a.m. to noon. Visit parkboard.org/botanical, and call 417-851-1515.

 

March 27, Springfield
Garlic
Springfield Botanical Center

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

 

March 28, Springfield
Bloomin’ Weeds Walk
Springfield Botanical Center

Join Katie Steinhoff Keith, center coordinator, at noon for this “Bloomin’ Weeds Walk.” Costs $5. All ages. Call 417-891-1515, and visit parkboard.org/botanical.

 

April

 

April 1, Kirksville
Grow Native! Workshop and Plant Sale
Mo. Conservation Dept. NE Office

This workshop includes a variety of talks that will feature gardening for monarchs and other pollinators. Costs $30 for members of Grow Native! or the Missouri Prairie Foundation, $40 for non-members. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 888-843-6739, and visit grownative.org.

 

April 1-2, St. Louis
Meet Me (Outdoors) in St. Louis Garden Weekend
Missouri Botanical Garden

Help re-open the garden’s popular perennial experiences for 2017 — the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, the Tower Grove House, and tram rides. Costs $5 for children (ages 3 to 12). From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100.

 

April 3, Springfield
Fairy Gardens
Springfield Botanical Garden

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

 

April 6, Springfield
Missouri Arbor Day Walk
Springfield Botanical Center

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

 

April 10, Springfield
Herbs
Springfield Botanical Garden

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

 

April 17, Springfield
Shade Gardening
Springfield Botanical Center

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

 

April 22, Webster Groves
Annual Herb Sale
First Congregational Church

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

 

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

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

 

April 24, Springfield
Container Gardening
Springfield Botanical Center

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

 

April 29, Independence
Plant Sale
Bass Pro Shop

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


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

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


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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 17-18, Memphis
Farmers’ Market Big Red Barn at the Agricenter
Spring Fling Garden Show and Plant Sale

A large variety of plants and garden items will be on sale. Sponsored by the Memphis Area Master Gardeners. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. For more information, visit memphisareamastergardeners.org.


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.
 

March 24-25, Picayune
Spring Native Plant Sale
Crosby Arboretum

Grab a cart and choose from a wide variety of hand-picked and hard-to-find native trees, shrubs, and perennials for your landscape. Plant professionals will be on hand to help you choose plants suited to your property. Free admission. Use service entrance. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 601-799-2311 (Wednesday through Sunday) or visit crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu. 

 

April

 

April 1, Jackson
NatureFEST!
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Families and young budding scientists won’t want to miss the live reptile program, citizen scientist explorations through the on-site Bio-Blitz, and behind the scenes tours of the aquariums, the reasearch wing, and the museum’s collections with our scientists. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the museum’s Native Plant Garden, play nature games, picnic at the pavilion with food from one of the food truck vendors, and take a hike, guided or self-directed, on our beautiful springtime trails. Be sure to visit the nature-themed interactive photo booth and take a fun photo to remember the day! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum members, free;  non-members: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors age 60 and over; $4 for children ages 3-18; children under 3 are free. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.


April 21-22, Memphis
Spring’s Best Plant Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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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.

 

March

 

March 2, Springfield
18th Annual Central Ohio Perennial School
Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center

Amanda Thompson, a Chicago suburban gardener and author of Kiss My Aster, will present “150 Ways to Create a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You,” and “My 50 Favorite Plants.” The second speaker will be Charles T. Cleaves, director of Kingwood Center Gardens. His first presentation will be “Plants with a Presence,” followed by “Memorable Plant Presentation,” a collection of plants that will excite. Sponsored by the Ohio State University Extension, Clark County, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Costs $75. Call 937-521-3860 or email brown.1541@osu.edu.

 

March 10, Cleveland
Herbs for Health and Well-Being
Cleveland Botanical Garden

A symposium presented by the Western Reserve Herb Society will feature speaker and writer Kirk Brown, who will personify “John Bartram: American Medical Herbalist.” Other speakers include: Clem Hamilton, “Herbals in History,” Cynthia Druckenbrod, “Historical Medicinal Gardens,” Karen Kennedy, “Designing an Enabling Herb Garden,” and Beth Schreibman Gehring, “Creating a Personal Herbal Retreat.” The evening portion of the program will again feature Kirk Brown and Will Hollingsworth, owner of the Spotted Owl. A cocktail party will conclude the day. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. At Cleveland Botanical Garden. Full seminar costs: Cleveland Botanical Gardens and Holden Arboretum members $80, nonmembers $105. Day program only costs members $50, nonmembers $75. Includes an herbal box lunch. Register at cbgarden.org or call 216-721-1600, ext. 100. For information, Kathleen Gips, public_relations@westernreserveherbsociety.org or 440-247-5039.

 

March 18, Springfield
Backyard Vegetable Workshop
Springfield High School

This year’s program includes two topics: “Alternative Growing Methods,” such as lasagna, strawbale, and container gardening, and “Small Fruit Gardening,” which discusses small trees and berries and the problems that go with them. This program will instruct backyard gardeners and patio gardeners about growing food. Sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension, Clark County, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $30. Call 937-521-3860 or email brown.1541@osu.edu.

 

March 18, Columbus
18th Annual Spring Symposium, A Kickoff to Springthyme
The Garden at Gantz Farm

Four speakers will be featured, and they will present a variety of horticultural topics. There will also be an herbal luncheon, and vendors. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $45. Information and registration forms will be available on the Grove City website, GroveCityOhio.gov under Parks and Recreation Department. Call the Gardens at Gantz Farm at 614-871-6323.

 

March 18, Reynoldsburg
Waterless Terrarium
Fisher’s Gardens

Create a unique and easy- care terrarium using natural materials without the need for plants. At 10 a.m. Costs $25; class fee includes instruction and all supplies. Please call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of this class.

 

March 18-19, Cleveland
Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale
Cleveland Botanical Garden

This popular annual show showcases the many forms, varieties, textures, and colors of cacti and succulents. In addition to the show and sale, Bill Hendricks of Klyn Nurseries will present a daily educational program. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; show, sale, and program free with Big Spring admission. Call 216-721-1600 or visit cbgarden.org and view the calendar of events.

 

March 19, Reynoldsburg
Miniature Zen Garden
Fisher’s Gardens

Zen gardens are dry landscaped gardens. Adding one of these in miniature forms to your home or office can provide you with a senseof calm and create an outlet for stress. Class fee includes colorful dish, plant, sand, rake, and instruction fee. At 1 p.m. Costs $35 Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of the class.

 

March 19, Reynoldsburg
Desert or Woodland Terrarium
Fisher’s Gardens

Create a terrarium using miniature plants and natural materials. At 2:30 p.m. Costs $10. Instructional fee — does not include plants, containers, or embellishments but Fisher’s Gardens’ instructor will have an array of these items to choose from. You may bring your own open or closed glass container. Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of the class.

 

March 25, Reynoldsburg
Kokodama Class
Fisher’s Gardens

Create your own indoor Kokodama ball using this Japanese bonsai technique that is all the rage on Pinterest. At 10 a.m.(same class offering March 26 at 1 p.m.). Costs $25, includes all supplies and instruction fee. Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of this class.

 

March 29, Burton
Landscape Screening with Trees and Shrubs
Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds)

Learn creative ways to add color, texture, and diversity to make your landscape plantings stand out — with emphasis on mixed borders, screens, and deer-resistant designs. From 7 to 9 p.m. Costs $15; advance registration appreciated, walk-ins usually welcome. Call 440-834-4656 to register, to view upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored classes visit Geauga.osu.edu.

 

April

 

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

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

 

April 1, Burton
Creating Your Own Zen Garden
Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds)

Join guest speaker Cynthia Druckenbrod of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, who will discuss healing gardens and therapeutic sanctuaries. Cynthia will explore the elements of garden design that can be restorative, calming, and curative. From 9 a.m. to noon. Costs $15; advance registration appreciated, walk-ins usually welcome. Call 440-834-4656 to register, to view upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored classes visit Geauga.osu.edu.

 

April 1, Springfield
Garden Fling
Kenton Ridge High School

This full day of educational programs will include a variety of speakers. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Laura Deeter, professor at Ohio State ATI in Wooster. Laura will educate and entertain you as she presents her program “Perennial Gardening Maintenance.” Other programs include “Designing Containers,” “Growing Dahlias,” “Wildlife Maintenance,” “Succulents,” “Garden Design,” and “Laying Out the Vegetable Garden Plot.” From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $10. Call 937-521-3860 or email brown.1541@osu.edu.

 

April 2, Reynoldsburg
Make-and-Take Fairy Garden Workshop
Fisher’s Gardens

Miniature gardens, sometimes called fairy gardens, are fun to create. Learn how to craft your own miniature garden with pathways, water features, homes, and outdoor living spaces. At 1 p.m. (This class is also offered April 8, 15, and 29 at 10 a.m. and April 23 at 1 p.m.) Costs $10, which goes toward instruction and free soil. All containers, plants, fairies, and embellishments cost extra. Call ahead 614-861-5700 to reserve your spot with a $10 deposit that goes toward the cost of this class.

 

 

April 9, Reynoldsburg
Micro Mini Garden in a Teacup
Fisher’s Gardens

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

 

April 9, Reynoldsburg
Tabletop Succulent Planter
Fisher’s Gardens

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

 

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

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


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Tuesdays Oklahoma City
Yoga Series in the Gardens
Myriad Botanical Gardens

This is a great, all-levels class led by Lisa Woodward. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Meet under the pavilion as weather permits; when it doesn’t we will meet inside the Crystal Bridge. Drop in for a session or two or enjoy the entire series! For ages 16 and older. Members are free, $10 for mom-members. 5:45-6:45 p.m. (late arrivals not accepted after 5:50). For more information, call 405-445-7079.

 

March

 

March 7, 14, 21, Tulsa
Home Landscape Design class
Tulsa Garden Center

The most successful way to garden is to have a landscape design so you know what areas you need plants and can obtain plants to fill the spaces. By taking a landscape design class you can learn the basics of how to lay out a design and have a better understanding of your landscape. This class can also earn you credit at TCC. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit tulsagardencenter.com.


March 7, 14, 28, Tulsa
Let’s Talk Gardening
Tulsa Garden Center

Bring your bag lunch and join a group of people that share an interest in gardening. It is a chance for the public as well as affiliates of the Tulsa Garden Center to sit down and talk about gardening. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit tulsagardencenter.com.


March 7, 16, 23, 25, Tulsa
TGC Classes
Tulsa Garden Center

The Tulsa Garden Center is helping gardeners learn all aspects of gardening starting with a great variety of March classes:
•    March 7 - Use of Native Plants in the Landscape
•    March 16 - Growing a Cook’s Garden
•    March 23 - Beginner’s Bonsai
•    March 25 – Bats and Bat Houses
For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit tulsagardencenter.com.


March 11, Muskogee
Daffodil Day and Tea
Three Rivers Museum

For $10 start your tour at Three Rivers Museum and take a trolley from there to the Thomas Foreman Home at 1419 West Okmulgee Street to enjoy a plant sale from the Muskogee County Master Gardeners. More than 2,500 daffodils in the gardens, and a tea provided by Muskogee Garden Club members. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit 3riversmuseum.com or contact Martha Stoodley, 918-683-2373 or Sue Tolbert, 918-686-6624.


March 11, Oklahoma City
Annual Oklahoma Garden School
Myriad Botanical Gardens

“The Layered Garden for Year-Round Beauty and Sustainability” is the theme for the 2017 garden school, which is the state’s premier annual horticultural symposium designed for home gardeners and professional horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects. Register by Tuesday, March 7. Registration is online at myriadgardens.org, by phone 405-445-7080 or in person at the Crystal Bridge. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $35 gardens’ members; $60 nonmembers; $20 students with ID; optional box lunch catered by Kamp’s 1910 Cafe for $14. For more information, call 405-445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.


March 11, Tulsa
Iris Judging School
Tulsa Garden Center

Lynda Miller will be teaching a five-hour school on MTBs and exhibition judging. Cost is $15 at the door, lunch is on your own. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit tulsairis.org.


March 24 and 25, Oklahoma City
Gardens Walking Tour
Myriad Botanical Gardens

March 24, “Tree ID 101: Walk and Talk” will meet at the south lobby and stroll through the grounds as you learn how to ID tree from Jerí Irby, forester and educator with Oklahoma Forestry Services. March 25 see the best plants for water conservation around the gardens. Free to the public, walkups are welcome. The tree ID class is also free, but a $5 suggested donation would be welcome and registration is requested by March 20. Tree ID, noon-1 p.m.; plants for water conservation, 10 a.m. For more information, call 405-445-7079 or visit myriadgardens.org.


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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.

 

February

 

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.

 

MARCH

 

Through March 31, Kennett Square
Orchid Extravaganza
Longwood Gardens

Enter a dazzling world of orchids as the conservatory is transformed into an orchid oasis. Orchid blooms cascade down walls, spill from containers and adorn planting beds throughout Longwood’s 4 acres of indoor gardens. The award-winning orchid curtain returns, featuring more orchids than ever with 625 Phaleanopsis and Cattleya orchids in bloom. Outdoors, early spring bulbs begin to carpet the landscape. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $20 for adults, $17 for those 62 and up, $10 for ages 5 to 18, and free for children 4 and under. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/orchid-extravaganza.

 

March 3, Pittsburgh
Party in the Tropics
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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

 

March 4, 11, 18, and 25, Philadelphia
Winter Wellness Walks
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Led by an experienced volunteer guide, these brisk walks 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 garden railroad display chugs through 200 years of Pittsburgh inventions, firsts, and claims to fame. 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.

 

March 7, 14, 21, and 28, Youngwood
Weekend Gardener Series
Westmoreland County Community College

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

 

March 11, Stroudsburg
Herbs and Container Gardening Mini Workshop
724 Phillips St., Suite 201

Sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Monroe County, this mini workshop is held at the Extension office in Stroudsburg from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 717-394-6851 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/monroe.

 

March 11, York
GardenWise
Central York Middle School

This one-day school for all gardeners is held by Penn State Master Gardeners of York County. It features sessions on organic vegetable gardening, establishing a meadow, pollination strategies, and plant ecology. Speakers include Thomas Rainer, Neil Hendrickson, and Miriam Goldberger. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is March 4; registration is $65 and includes all sessions, a continental breakfast, and lunch. Register online at extension.psu.edu/gardenwise or call 717-840-7408.

 

March 11 through 19, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center

“Holland: Flowering the World” celebrates the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture, from vivid flower fields to innovative eco-design. Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Tickets purchased online are $28 for adults, $20 for students aged 17 to 24, and $15 for children aged 2 to 16. Box office prices are $35 for adults, $22 for students aged 17 to 24, and $17 for children aged 2 to 16. Times vary. Visit theflowershow.com or call the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society at 215-988-8800.

 

March 18 through April 16, Pittsburgh
Spring Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

See the world from the point of view of your favorite furry and feathered creatures. Exhibits celebrate the whimsical wildlife that surrounds us, from ducklings in the Victoria Room pond to butterflies in the lush Palm Court. One exhibit features enormous mushrooms ensconced in abundant ferns, giving the illusion that you are a small animal scurrying across the forest floor. 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.

 

March 25, Stroudsburg
Integrated Pest Management Mini Workshop
724 Phillips St., Suite 201

Sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Monroe County, this mini workshop is held at the Extension office in Stroudsburg from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 717-394-6851 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/monroe.

 

March 29, Wayne
Opening Day
Chanticleer

Enjoy opening day for the 2017 season beginning at 10 a.m. Call 610-687-4163 or visit chanticleergarden.org.

 

April

 

Through April, Kennett Square
Spring Blooms
Longwood Gardens

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


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Feb 25, Apr 22 & 29, May 6, Memphis
Woodland Garden Tours
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

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

 

March

 

March 2-5, Nashville
Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, Gardens of the Future
Fairgrounds Nashville

An acre of live gardens, free lectures, and demonstrations, a floral design gallery featuring more than 20 designers, 250 exhibit booths, and 150 vendors. This show is produced by the Horticultural Association of Tennessee. Visit nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com for details, ticket prices, and latest updates.


March 4, Byrdstown
Gardening for Butterflies and Moths
Cordull Hull Birthplace State Park, Activity Room

Middle TN regional interpreter John Froeschauer will present an illustrated talk on gardening for butterflies and moths, their ecology, and natural history. 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 931-864-3247 or email Monique.johnson@tn.gov.


March 4, Crossville
Weed Wrangle 2017
Cumberland Mountain State Park

Join us for weed wrangle to remove invasive plants as well as clearing back mountain laurel that has taken over the historic CCC picnic area. Bring snacks, water, and gloves. For more information, call 931-484-6138 or email monica.johnson@tn.gov.


March 4, Kingsport
Weed Wrangle at Warriors’ Path: Garlic Mustard Pull
Warriors Path State Park

Garlic mustard can choke out native wildflowers and kill rare butterflies but it can be easily controlled in early season without toxic herbicides. Help us control this nasty pest along scenic park trails. Dress for weather and wear gardening gloves for weed pulling. 10 a.m.-noon. Meet at Campfire Circle at the east end of park’s main campground. For more information, call 423-239-8531 or email marty.silver@tn.gov.


March 4, Knoxville
ABCs of Blueberries
Cedar Bluff Library

Master gardener Marsha Lehman teaches the basics of growing blueberries: prepping the soil, choosing varieties, and pruning. 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.


March 9, Crossville
Wildflowers
First United Methodist Church Annex

Plateau Chapter of Tennessee Trails Association will host meeting at 6 p.m. with Karla Miller as speaker. For more information, call chapter chair Cheryl Heckler at 931-200-7436 or email
thehecklers@charter.net.


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. Visit 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 led Dogwood Arts and Legacy Parks Foundation will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora in unique locations. Visit dogwoodarts.com for updates.


March 17-18, Memphis
Spring Fling
Big Red Barn at the Agricenter

Memphis Area Master Gardeners sponsor a festival of plants and gardening delights. “Kick off” your spring gardening with informative speakers, garden societies, garden accessories, Q&A clinics, refreshments, and plants, plants, plants. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Come early to get the best deals. See memphisareamastergardeners.org for details.


March 18, Statewide
Spring Hike
Tennessee State Parks

Longer days and warmer weather means time to explore the spring wildflowers in the state parks. All hikes will be led by park staff. Call the state park near you or visit tnstateparks.com for details.


March 18, Chattanooga
Designing for Nature Symposium
University Center Auditorium, UTC

Sixth annual all-day symposium presented by Tennessee Chapter of Wild Ones. Keynote speaker and book author Claudia West will also present a workshop on March 17 for landscapers, planners, and experienced native plant gardeners. See tennesseevalley.wildones.org for registration and schedule details for these two events.


March 18, Memphis
Gardening for Fragrance
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Catmur Horticulture Building

Bring your garden plans, images of garden spaces, and learn about all of the fragrance plants that will grow well in Memphis. Walk through the most desirable plants and desirable locations for each plant; get a booklet specifically written for this workshop and seeds to plant at home. Call 901-761-5250 or visit dixon.org to register.


March 18-April 23, Nashville
Cheekwood in Bloom
Cheekwood

Visit beautiful Cheekwood in the spring when more than 100,000 tulips erupt along with snowdrops, crocus, hyacinths, daffodils, redbuds, and dogwoods. Six weekends of family activities, entertainment, tours, and more. See cheekwood.org for details.


March 19, Knoxville
Bees: Tales from the Hive
Hollingsworth Auditorium, UT Ag Campus

The Winter Movie Series ends with up-close footage filmed with specially developed macro lenses in a working bee colony. It’s frightening and fascinating. Discover newfound facts about the strange and complex life of bees. 2 p.m. Free admission and concessions will be available. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.


March 20, Knoxville
ABCs of Blueberries
Davis Family YMCA

Master gardener Marsha Lehman will teach the basics of growing blueberries: prepping the soil, choosing varieties, and pruning. 1 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.


March 23, Knoxville
Successful Seed Starting
Humana

Start your own seeds to get varieties of veggies and herbs that you can’t find at the local stores. Master gardeners Barbara O’Neil and Marsha Lehman will show you the basic steps of successful seed starting and care for seedlings until they can be set out in beds or containers. 3:15 p.m. For more information, call Humana at
865-329-8892.


March 25, Crossville
Evergreens for Your Garden
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Carol Burdett will provide a tour of the evergreen and conifer varieties in the gardens beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by a PowerPoint presentation and additional questions/answers at 10 a.m. Registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office or contact Jennifer Burns by phone/email: 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.


March 25, Knoxville
Straw Bale Gardening Workshop
Knoxville Botanic Garden Visitors’ Center

Straw-bale gardening is a great way to grow food in limited space. Learn how with John Tullock. 9-11 a.m. Cost $15 KBGA members, $20 non-members. For class reservation, visit knoxgarden.org.


March 25, Memphis
Photographing Tulips
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Catmur Horticulture Building

Curt Hart will teach about safety while photographing in the public garden, basic camera work, lens options, and storing images. Workshop will include classroom time and field practice. For more information, visit dixon.org.


March 25-26, Nashville
Southeast Regional Daffodil Show
Cheekwood Gardens

Regional show hosted by the Middle Tennessee Daffodil Society. See their Facebook page for details or email Becky Fox Matthews at becky@lostfrogs.com to receive an electronic version of the show schedule. Show set-up is March 24 and daffodil entries can be made 7-10:15 a.m. Saturday.


March 25, Knoxville
Build ‘em and Fill ‘em
Bearden Branch Library

Master gardener Mike Powell teaches how to build raised beds and fill them. 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the library at 865-588-8813.


March 28, Knoxville
Build ‘em and Fill ‘em
Karns Senior Citizens Center

Master gardener Mike Powell teaches how to build raised beds. 11 a.m. For more information, call the Karns Center at 865-951-2653.


March 31, Memphis
Preparing Daffodils for Competition
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Winegardner Auditorium

Learn grooming, staging, and preparing techniques for entering your flowers into the Daffodil Show. Pick young flowers, put them in water, and bring them to get tips from members of the American Daffodil Society. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit dixon.org.


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

Enjoy the natural beauty of the region in springtime. More than 60 miles of trails, open gardens, and photo ops await you. Fountain City is the 2017 Featured Trail. For more information, visit dogwoodarts.com.

 

April

 

April 1, Chattanooga
Pollinator Rally
Crabtree Farms

Save the date, details soon.  


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. For more information, visit the gardens’ Facebook page.


April 1, Knoxville
River Rescue
Tennessee River cleanup locations

Ijams Nature Center sponsors the 28th annual community-wide event at 50 cleanup sites along the Tennessee River and its creek tributaries. Bags and gloves are provided for groups or individuals working to clean up tons of trash. To learn about volunteering, contact Lauren Bird at 865-577-4717 ext. 135 or email
lbird@ijams.org.


April 1-2, Memphis
Annual Daffodil Show
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

The Dixon hosts its seventh annual daffodil show; entries accepted March 31 or early Saturday morning. Show schedule will be available at dixon.org.


April 7-8, Memphis
Dixon Garden Fair: Offering Rare, Choice, and Unusual Plants
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

The annual spring plant sale is a Memphis garden tradition offering difficult-to-find natives, choice shrubs, and herbaceous perennials, including ferns and shade perennials. A list of plants for sale is available at the Dixon Business Office or at dixon.org after March 20.


April 8, Knoxville
Spring Rose Care
Cedar Bluff Library

Did you winterize your roses? What should you do now? Join master gardener Carolyn Noey at 10:30 a.m. to learn how to have healthy and beautiful roses this summer. For more information, call the library at 865-470-7033.


April 8, Nashville
2017 Perennial Plant Sale
The Fairgrounds Nashville

Perennial Plant Society annual sale offering more than 450 varieties of plants for gardens big and small as well as expert advice on choosing and growing in Middle Tennessee. 9 a.m.-noon. Free admission, but fairgrounds parking is $5. Sale supports horticulture education and scholarships. For more information, email mariwynevans@att.net.


April 8, Silver Point
Celebration of Spring
Edgar Evins State Park

Free all-day event with wildflower, birding and butterfly hikes, crafting, live animal demonstrations, pontoon boat rides, and much more including an Easter egg hunt. For more information, call 931-858-2114 or email mark.taylor@tn.gov.


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

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


April 8-9, East Ridge
Garden Expo – Master Your Garden
Camp Jordan Arena

The fifth annual expo brings together an array of exhibits, demonstrations, educational activities, and vendors. Our goal is to bring the latest gardening information to the community through 17 free seminars. Topics will include vegetable gardening, monarchs, daylilies, bluebirds, lasagna gardening, container gardening, and more. Visit mghc.org or the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County Facebook page for updates.


April 10, Chattanooga
Myths and Realities of Native Plants
Green Spaces

Will Nicholls leads this program meeting of Wild Ones. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit tennesseevalley.wildones.org.


April 17, Knoxville
Deer-Resistant Plants
Davis Family YMCA  

Join master gardener Sandra Lee to learn which plants are least appetizing to the four-legged nibblers and make attractive additions to your landscape. 1 p.m. For more information, call the YMCA at 865-777-9622.


April 19-20, Gatlinburg
Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs Convention
Park Vista Hotel

Come enjoy springtime in the Smokies and help TFGC in landscaping and conservation plans to rejuvenate the areas in Gatlinburg destroyed by the November wildfire. See tfgconline.org for details and updates to help Gatlinburg regain its greenery.


April 20-22, Chattanooga
Spring Native Plant Sale
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

Details coming soon for this sale of the plants you need for a native natural garden. Visit reflectionriding.org for more information.


April 21, Knoxville
Hats in Bloom Luncheon
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Join us for the fifth annual signature luncheon featuring designer hats by milliner Patricia Frankum. Wearing a hat is not required but wear one if you have one. Seated luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Reservation required. For more information, visit knoxgarden.org.


April 21-22, Crossville
Bees, Buds and Butterflies, 2017 Spring Flower and Garden Show
Fairgrounds at Cumberland County Complex

Annual show includes educational speakers, exhibits and marketplace for all gardeners. For more information, visit ccmga.org.


April 21-22, Memphis
Spring Plant Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

Details coming soon. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.


April 25, Knoxville
Deer-Resistant Plants
Karns Senior Citizens Center

Join master gardener Sandra Lee to learn which plants are least appetizing to the four-legged nibblers and make attractive additions to your landscape. 11 a.m. For more information, call Karns Senior Center at 865-951-2653.


April 29-30, Kingsport
Spring Garden Fair
Exchange Place Living History Farm

Demonstrations of springtime activities on a 19th-century farm, traditional music, old-fashioned foods, educational talks, animals and children’s activities, along with plant sales, garden accessories and farm products. For more information, visit exchangeplace.info.
 


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March, Daily Charlottesville
Garden and Grounds Tours
Monticello

Explore Jefferson’s lifelong interest in gardening, botany, and agriculture while enjoying the beauty and variety of Monticello’s restored flower and vegetable gardens, grove, and orchards. Monticello interpreters lead these 45-minute walking tours offering historical background, plant identification, and stories about the gardens along the way. Reservations for this tour are not required. Tours begin near the South Pavilion on Monticello’s West Lawn. For ticket details and hours, call 434-984-9800 or visit monticello.org/site/visit/tours/gardens-and-grounds-tours.


March Williamsburg
Native Plant Guide for Southeast Virginia
John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society

Discover featured Southeast Virginia native plants (perennials, ground covers, ferns, vines, grasses, shrubs, and trees) in the new release of the Native Plant Guide. Learn how to select the right native plants and place them in the right place. Explore plant growing conditions and invasive plants to avoid. Find and download the free guide from johnclayton/books-and-guides.


March 3-4 and 10-11, Clarksville
22nd Hellebore Festival
Pine Knot Farms

Discover the beauty of these low-maintenance, winter-blooming plants and learn how to care for hellebores from experts Judith and Dick Tyler at Pine Knot Farms. Hellebores and companion plants are available for purchase. For more information call 434-252-1990 or visit pineknotfarms.com.


March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Williamsburg
Friday Morning Gardeners
Williamsburg Botanical Garden

Join garden experts working in the Herb, Heirloom, Butterfly, Native Plant, Bulb, and Therapy Gardens, and the Perennial Border, Old Pine Woods, Wetlands, or Meadow. Time is 8-11 a.m. For more event information, visit williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org.


March 3-5, Virginia Beach
24th Annual Outdoor Show “Flower Power”
McDonald Garden Center

Kick off your spring surrounded by beautiful blooms and outdoor living essentials. Discover Hampton Roads’ premier home and garden vendors. You’ll enjoy three exciting days full of inspiration around every corner with more than 75 exhibits sure to awaken your spring senses. Admission is free. The hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the 1144 Independence Blvd address. For information, visit mcdonaldgardencenter.com or call 757-464-5564.


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.
 

March 10, Norfolk
Floral Design Workshop – Spring Fling
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. Supplies included. Cost is $40 for members, $55 for nonmembers. 10-11:30 a.m. Register by visiting norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or call 757-441-5830.


March 11, Boyce
Winter Nature Camp – Young Naturalist Program
State Arboretum of Virginia

As days get longer and spring approaches, the natural world changes in dramatic ways. Use all senses to search for emerging insects, calling birds and frogs, budding plants, and more. Kids are outside for most of the session exploring nature in winter. The Young Naturalist Program is a nature-based program for kids in grades 1-6. Time for grades 1-3 is 9-11:30 a.m. and grades 4-6 12:30-3 p.m. The cost is $20 for members or $25 nonmembers. For additional information, visit blandy.virginia.edu/ or call 540-837-1758.


Mid-March through April, Manassas
Virginia Bluebells in Season
Manassas National Battlefield Park

Each year, after the snow melts and the ground softens from the harsh winter, Virginia bluebells push their way through the warming soil to absorb sunlight before the tree leaves block them with shade. The bluebells put on an extravagant show by carpeting the forest floor in blue, violet, and pink splendor. Take a walk on the boardwalk by Stone Bridge to enjoy the blossoms and the sounds of chorus frogs. No park entrance fee; park is open dawn to dusk. For additional information,
call 703-361-1339 or visit nps.gov/mana/index.htm.


March 28, Boyce
Fairy Shrimp & Fire Lizards
State Arboretum of Virginia

Join master naturalist Hannah Bement for a discussion of the magic world of vernal pools. The event cost is $10 for members or $12 nonmembers. The time is 6-7:30 p.m. Reservations required by calling 540-837-1758 or visit blandy.virginia.edu.

 

April

 

April 8, Smithfield
Wine & Brew Fest
Windsor Castle Park

Experience everything that “Gen-u-Wine” Smithfield has to offer. Over 100 different types of wine & brew tastings, live music on three stages and authentic food and retail vendors. Festival event is for adults ​21 & up only. No infants, babies, or pets. The time is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission tickets are $45. Visit smithfieldvawinebrewfest.com or call 757-357-5182 for more information.


April 21-22, Harrisonburg
Native Plant Sale
James Madison University, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Celebrate Arbor Day by attending this native plant sale. Then wander an intricate trail system through fascinating exhibits in 125 acres of arboretum, including a mature oak and hickory forest, daffodil garden, and fern valley. Don’t miss the herb garden, wetlands and experimental planting area featuring hybrid azaleas. The event is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum for information.


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Through April, Milwaukee

Fondy Winter Farmers’ Market
Mitchell Park Domes

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

 

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Through April 2, Milwaukee
Wild West, Great Train Robbery Train Show
Mitchell Park Domes

More than 600 feet of G-scale track running through floral display set against a Wild West theme. Daily.
http://bit.ly/152PvwK, 414-257-5611.


Through May 28, Oshkosh
Paintings by Craig Bleitz
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Main Gallery will feature an exhibition of works by Wisconsin artist Craig Blietz of Door County, which feature animals and rural imagery, 920-235-6903, thepaine.org.


March 4, Milwaukee
Gardens and Gears Steampunk Event
Mitchell Park Domes

Gadget-filled garden party, where the future meets the past. Creative artists, craftsmen, and fashion designers celebrate the looks and lifestyles of alternate-past eras, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.http://bit.ly/152PvwK, 414-257-5611.


March 4 through April 8, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market
Mitchell Park Domes

About 50 vendors gather Saturdays in the Greenhouse Annex at the Mitchell Park Domes. An event of the Fondy Food Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information: mcwfm.org, 414-562-2282, ext. 103.


March 4, Madison
Top 50 Plants for Birds in Wisconsin
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, will talk about best native plants to attract ruby-throated hummingbirds, American goldfinches, eastern bluebirds, indigo buntings, cedar waxwings, and more, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Register by February 2, $15 nonmember/$12 member.


March 6, Sheboygan
Herbs for Women’s Health
UW Sheboygan Campus

Introduces time-tested, safe and effective herbs for women’s health, 6 to 8:30 p.m., 920-459-6617.


March 11, Madison
Primula Sale
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Take home a rainbow of hardy primroses, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while supplies last. Olbrich.org; 608-246-4550.


March 11 – 26, Madison
Spring Flower Show
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Meander through an array of blooming spring flowers in an elaborate display in the Atrium. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Olbrich.org; 608-246-4550.


March 18, Waupeka
RobZimmer Class — Terrarium Planting Fun
Silver Mist Garden Center

Select from an assortment of glass and ceramic containers and create your own unique and beautiful terrarium or dish garden using our succulents and other miniature plants, miniature garden accessories and other fun items. Class begins at 1 pm. For more information call 715-258-5400.


March 19, Milwaukee
Green Living Equinox Celebration
Mitchell Park Domes

Celebrate spring with a focus on the cultural, astronomical, and ecological elements of living a sustainable lifestyle. Vendors, food, seminars and family oriented activities throughout the day. Domes and annex, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. http://bit.ly/152PvwK, 414-257-5611.


March 21, Sheboygan
Herbs for the Skin
UW-Sheboygan

Learn about herbs that help to nourish, strengthen and address simple skin condition and make a healing salve to take home, 6 to 8:30 p.m., 920-459-6617.


March 23, Madison
Garbage into Gold
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Susan Obry, certified master gardener and master composter, will teach about basic and advanced composting techniques, uses, and tools, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register by March 16. $15 nonmembers/$12 members. Olbrich.org; 608-246-4550.


March 25 through July 16, Madison
Light Gaps
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Learn how plants develop and change in the forest as light fluctuates, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Olbrich.org; 608-246-4550.


March 28, West Bend
Introduction to Herbalism
UW Washington County

Herbalist Linda Conroy will give an overview of herbs and herbal medicine, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 920-335-5204.


March 28 and April 25, Sheboygan
Sheboygan County Family Nature Club
Riveredge Nature Center

Bookworm Gardens and the Riveredge Nature Center’s free monthly meet-up in nature. Hands-on activities. All ages welcome. Individual meeting locations may vary. riveredgenaturecenter.org/family-nature-clubs, 262- 375-2715.

 

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April 1, Rio
Let’s Get Green and Growing
Rio High School

Spring garden education event sponsored by Columbia County Master Gardeners. Keynote speaker, breakout sessions, lunch and variety of vendors, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact: Becky Gutzman, 920-382-4511, buckhill@centurylink.net.


April 15, Wausau
Spring Egg Hunt
Monk Botanical Gardens

Hundreds of colorful, plastic eggs will be continually re-hidden so there will be plenty of eggs to find during this non-competitive event. Free, donation suggested. Dress for the weather; the event will take place rain, snow or shine, 1 to 3 p.m.  rwmonkgardens.org, 715-261-6309.


April 19, Madison
Herbs and Fermentation for Digestive Health
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Herbalist Linda Conroy will discuss her five-point approach to improve digestive and whole-body health with fermented food and medicinal herbs, 6 to 8:30 p.m. olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.



April 20, Plymouth
From The Garden: Herbal Infused Oils Salves and Lotions, Plymouth
Community Education

Herbalist Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs will teach how to make herbal-infused oils, salves, and lotions with plants from your garden and other simple ingredients, 6 to 8:30 p.m., http://bit.ly/2iNBn8j, 920-892-5068.


April 22, Milwaukee
Very Fairy Princess Day
Mitchell Park Domes

Put on your very best fairy wings and dress up to enjoy a day of treats fit for any age princess. Build a fairy garden and learn secret fairy dances, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. http://bit.ly/152PvwK,
414-257-5611.



April 22-23, West Bend
Wild food/Wild Medicine
location TBA

Eight-month certificate program, one weekend a month, with focus of incorporating wild plants in daily life for food and medicine, presented by Moonwise Herbs, http://bit.ly/2iNKwO7.


April 27, Plymouth
Foraging for Health, Nourishment and Fun
Plymouth Community Education

Herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy will teach about wild plants of the season and how to bring them into everyday life for food and medicine, 6 to 8:30 p.m., http://bit.ly/2iNBn8j or 920-892-5068.


April 30, Madison
Herbal First Aid
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Learn the basics of herbal first aid and the plants that are imperative for addressing minor cuts, scrapes, bites and more. This program will include a plant walk as well as hands-on opportunity to create your own herbal first aid kit. 1-5 p.m. olbrich.org; 608-246-4550.

 

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