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Through September 30, Huntsville
Butterfly House Open
Huntsville Botanical Garden

During butterfly season, May-September, you’ll see zebra longwings, monarchs, zebra swallowtails, queens, sulfurs, cabbage whites, tiger swallowtails, spice bush swallowtails, black swallowtails, red admirals, luna moths and more – around 2,000 butterflies in all! This haven is also home to a variety of turtles as well as button quail. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call
256-830-4447.

 

Through October 31, Huntsville
Scarecrow Trail
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This year lots of creativity has poured in from the community, crows of every shape and design! This festival is surrounded by lots of themed events, weekend hayrides, pumpkin patch and our new gilded gourd exhibit. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

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

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

 

September

 

September 5, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Edible Landscaping
North Alabama Agriplex

Besides the obvious fruit trees and berry bushes, there are a host of plants that have the dual purpose of beauty and bounty. 6 p.m. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register at Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

September 9, Birmingham
Planting, Transplanting, and Re-Potting Trees and Shrubs
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Improper planting is the #1 cause of shortened lifespans of trees and shrubs planted in residential and commercial sites. This class covers the latest researched-based recommendations for how one should plant, transplant, or re-pot. Members only. 9-11 a.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

September 9, Huntsville
Scarecrow Breakfast & Festival
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Scarecrow Festival starts with a fall-themed pancake breakfast in the atrium of the new guest center. Visit the scarecrows and enjoy a hayride to the sorghum maze. Have your picture taken with Mr. Crow! Face painting, music, and games for the kids. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

September 10, 17, 24, Huntsville
Native Tree Identification
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This class will be a 6-week series on using combinations of diagnostic characteristics such as bark type, overall growth habit, and leaf and bud shape and arrangement to identify native tree species, at least to the genus level. The focus of the class is on both deciduous and evergreen overstory and understory trees native to northern Alabama mountains. We will cover about 10 trees per class; and the entire series will cover at least 60 species over approximately 40 genera. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

September 10, Jemison
Kiwi Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Join Dr. Arlie Powell as he discusses the best way to grow kiwi fruit in Alabama. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

September 13, Auburn 
Floral Tailgate Arrangement Workshop
Davis Arboretum

This workshop will show you how to make a low centerpiece and side arrangements in mason jars. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Spaces are limited. The cost will be $75 for Azalea level members of the arboretum and $95 for non-members. Flowers and containers will be provided. For more information, call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

September 15, Huntsville
Hoot in the Night
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The owls are brought to us by the Alabama 4-H Center Coosa River Science School. The presentation includes history of owls and why they are beneficial to our ecosystem. Bring your camera to photograph the beautiful birds. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

September 15, Huntsville
Family Campout in the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Campout activities include a hot dog dinner and a wagon ride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre for the ever-popular Hoot in the Night owl show followed by star gazing with the Von Braun Astronomical Society, roasting marshmallows and a night sleeping under the stars in the Dogwood Grove! You bring the tent and bedding and we’ll provide the rest! Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

September 16, Hoover
Members-Only Guided Bird Walk
Aldridge Gardens

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

 

September 21, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Held the third Thursday of every month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

September 23, Hoover
Art in the Gardens
Aldridge Gardens

Stroll through the gardens and see the works of some of the best artists in the country, and, of course, shop! A multitude of artisans will compete for category and best of show awards in this juried open-air show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

September 23, Mobile
Pollinator Sale
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Featuring hard-to-find pollinator plants, the sale will be open 9 a.m.-noon at our Market Place. There will also be a special presentation. Free admission. For more information, visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

September 24, Jemison
Native Plants for Fall and Winter Interest
Petals from the Past

Sue Webb will talk about some of the best native plants for fall and winter beauty and interest. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

September 29, Huntsville
Painted Gourd Class
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Create a festive scarecrow gourd to decorate your home! Artist Linda Morton leads the class using acrylic paints and medium-sized gourds. Light beverages and appetizers served. Beer and wine available for purchase. All materials supplied. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and other events.

 

October

 

October 1, Jemison
Fall Gardening
Petals from the Past

Jason Powell will discuss his favorite perennials for fall bloom and planting. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

October 4, Mobile
Poetry by Moonlight
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy a delightful evening filled with readings of poetry. The event is scheduled for the night of the Full Moon, the Harvest Moon, the Traveling Moon, and the Moon Over Mobile. Dr. Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama, will serve as the MC. Light refreshments will be served at intermission. Books by presenting authors will be for sale. Free admission, but reservations required. For more information, visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 6, 13, 20, & 27, Auburn 
Friday Night Fright Nights
Davis Arboretum

The Davis Arboretum, in conjunction with the City of Auburn, will be showing classic horror movies every Friday night in October on a big outdoor screen by the pond. This is an outdoor event and will be subject to change depending on the weather. Movies will consist of the classic Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Friends of the Arboretum will be given access to a VIP seating area. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs and come enjoy the classics outside with us! Concessions will be available to purchase during this event. The screenings are free to the public. 7:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, call at 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

October 6-8, Birmingham
Antiques at The Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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

 

October 8, Hoover
Whispers from the Past – A Native American Experience
Aldridge Gardens

Native American life will take shape through demonstrations of flintknapping, cooking, and hunting weapons; activities like leaf pounding, beading, corn grinding, gourd painting, and pottery, plus children’s games and activities. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

October 12, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Compost
North Alabama Agriplex

Turn food and yard scraps into nutrient rich soil through composting. Featuring guest lecturer William Cureton, aka Captain Compost We will have finished compost for sale. The program begins at 6 p.m. Cost $5. Registration is required; you can register at Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

October 12, Hoover
Taste of Hoover
Aldridge Gardens

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

 

October 14, Birmingham
Rose Medicine Making
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Join Cameron Strouss on a rose journey as we explore the history, energetic properties, and medicinal uses- internally and in topical applications. Class will showcase rose recipes as well as a class-made rose goodie! If you are a rose enthusiast this class will enable your addiction. 10-11 a.m. Members, $30; non-members, $35. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

October 14, Huntsville
To Herb or Not to Herb – That is the Question
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Wear comfy clothes and join us in Murray Hall for 4 hours of herbal cooking demo/tips/tasting, 2 educational speakers from Madison Master Gardeners, lunch, and 2 hands-on, make-and-take items you can make in less than 30 minutes. We have door prizes and raffle items and herbal items for sale. Herb Society members available to answer questions, herbal tips announced throughout the day, handouts at each event. Space is limited. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $25, includes box lunch. Mail check to: Dorothy Thomas, 230 Pineridge Road, Madison, AL 35758. Payment must be received by September 30; cancellations can be made NLT October 7.

 

October 15, Jemison
Oriental Persimmons Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Powell will take you through the Oriental persimmon orchard and show you how to successfully grow these fruits. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

October 18, Auburn 
Tree ID Walk and Talk
Davis Arboretum

This workshop will teach you the ins and outs of basic tree identification for you to impress your friends and neighbors with. Spaces are limited. The cost will be $20 for Azalea level members of the arboretum and $30 for non-members. 4-6 p.m. For more information, call at 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

October 19, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Held the third Thursday of every month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.


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September 8-9, Harrison
22nd Arkansas State Hot Air Balloon Championship Races and CASA Kids Fest
Harrison City Park Soccer Complex

This unique outdoor event that began in 1995 is held in beautiful downtown Harrison and kicks off on Friday evening with The Hare and the Hound Balloon Race. Evening events continue with balloons tethered to the ground for the exciting balloon glow. Tethered rides offered to the public for $5. In conjunction with the tethered rides, CASA Kids Fest has inflatables, pony rides, music, face painting, food, and fun for the family. Free admission. 7-10 a.m. For more information, call 870-741-2659 or visit arkansasballoonfest.com.

 

September 12, Fayetteville
Chefs in the Garden
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Everyone’s favorite foodie event returns to the garden! Chefs in the Garden captures the excitement of the harvest season by bringing together Northwest Arkansas’ finest chefs for a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Guests can stroll through the garden while watching cooking demonstrations, sampling dishes, and enjoying premium beverages. Participating restaurants and details to purchase tickets to be announced soon! 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 479-750-2620.

 

September 14, Paris
Hawk Watch
Mount Magazine State Park, Third parking area on Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive

Watch from high cliffs of Cameron Bluff as hawks, falcons, and even eagles fly by, sometimes at eye level. Help identify and tally them as they pass over the only official hawk watching site in Arkansas. Free admission. 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 479-963-8502 or email mountmagazine@arkansas.com.

 

September 16-October 31, Piggott
Friendly Forest at Pumpkin Hollow
Pumpkin Hollow

The Friendly Forest is designed by the folks at Pumpkin Hollow just for children, wimpy adults, and the faint-of-heart! Open now every day with new scenes and interactive displays. Spend some time playing in the “Pirate Ship” play set and in the covered wagon. You will want to explore a little further to see what new fun has been added in 2017. New in 2017 will be markers identifying trees and plants along the Friendly Forest trail. For hours and admissions call 870-598-3568 or visit pumpkinhollow.com.

 

September 18-19, Mountain View
Stained-Glass Square Leaf Workshop
Ozark Folk Center Administration Building

Learn the basics of making stained glass the way Louis Comfort Tiffany did! Students will make an 8-inch-square stained-glass fall leaf. You will learn how to make a pattern, cut and grind glass, apply copper foil, and solder. Pre-registration required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 870-269-3851 or email ozarkfolkcenter@arkansas.com.

 

October

 

October 7, Washington
Gardening Basics for the Fall
Historic Washington State Park – 1874 Courthouse

Just because winter is almost here, doesn’t mean you must put your gardening tools away. Some of your favorite plants come from a healthy fall/winter garden. Join our historic gardener in a hands-on workshop geared toward fall and winter gardens and learn how to properly care for your plant beds over the winter. Admission: $25. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 870-983-2684 or visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com.

 

October 13-14, North Little Rock
Central Arkansas African Violet Society Show and Sale
North Little Rock Community Center

The Central Arkansas African Violet Society will be presenting “Violets Vacation in the Natural State.” We will have a wide variety of African violets (and their cousins) available for viewing, photographing, and for sale. There will also be potting supplies and just about everything you need to grow your own beautiful African violets. Club members will be available to answer questions and share their knowledge. Free admission. Saturday noon-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Danny Tidwell at dantwell@yahoo.com.


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Through October, Asheville, N.C.
Winged Wonders: Step into the World of Butterflies
The North Carolina Arboretum

Winged Wonders is an indoor butterfly exhibit featuring a chrysalis-rearing chamber and a walk-through butterfly house where visitors can meet a whole host of local butterfly species, including monarchs, swallowtails and more.

 

Through Oct 29, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
National Sculpture Society 84th Annual Awards Exhibition
Brookgreen Garden

The annual juried exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. This exhibit is on display in both galleries and is free with garden admission.

 

September

 

September 3, 10, 17, 24, Raleigh, N.C.  
Arboretum Guided Tour
JC Raulston Arboretum

Guided tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2 p.m.  March through October. Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Arrangements may be made for private guided tours for adult parties of 10 or more by contacting Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005 or
orchris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

 

September 5, Raleigh, N.C.  
Plantsmen’s Tour: For the Birds
JC Raulston Arboretum
Attract birds to your garden by incorporating plants they need for food, shelter, and nesting into your landscape. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers.1-2:30 p.m. Call 919-513-7005 for more information.

 

September 7, Greensboro, N.C.
Beautiful and Sustainable Lawns – A Greener Yard
Glenn McNairy Library

In the Piedmont, rejuvenating lawns is best done in fall. Knowing and using good growing practices all year also saves you time and money, and reduces environmental impact. This one-hour lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.

 

Sept 7-Oct 29, Belmont, N.C.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden  

Explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival Hundreds of large lanterns from Zigong, China will illuminate the garden and guests can enjoy Kung Fu shows, Asian cuisine, authentic Chinese folk arts and more! Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit DSBG.org.

 

September 8-18, Burlington, N.C.
33rd Fall Book Sale
May Memorial Library, Friends of the Library Bookstore

The sale begins at noon on Friday, September 8 with a “Friends Only” day (family memberships are available at the door for only $10). Open daily to the public from noon-6 p.m. on weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. We have thousands of books including gardening, cooking, travel, large print, children books, sports, and a large collection of movies and music. All items are shelved and organized for an enjoyable shopping experience. Prices range from .50 cents to $3. All proceeds from the sale provide funding for projects and library materials that promote literacy in Adamance County. For additional information, visit www.alamancefol.org. You may also contact the library at 336-229-3588 or visit their website at www.alamancelibraries.org.

 

September 9, Lake City, S.C.
MFBG Beer Feast
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Enjoy beers from over 35 local and regional craft breweries and devour delicious local eats. With your tasting glass in hand, you’ll also experience the botanical garden as a festival backdrop like no other. 1-5 p.m. VIP ticket holders get access for a sneak peek and first taste at noon so don’t miss out. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Florence County Disabilities Association. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 843-210-7582.

 

September 9, Chapel Hill, N.C.  
Caterpillar Countdown
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Meet live caterpillars of some common species, hear their fascinating stories and what they need to survive, and explore the garden for these mysterious insects. Get tips on how to find them in the wild, raise them, and attract them to your own yard. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. For more information, visit events.unc.edu/event/caterpillar-countdown.

 

September 14, Kernersville, N.C.
September Lunch and Learn
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Join us at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street, for “Quick Steps to a Backyard Rain Garden” by Wendi Hartup, Stormwater Manager, Town of Kernersville. FREE to Members of PJCBG or a $2 donation for non-members.  For more information call 336-996-7888 or to register online, visit our News and Events Page atwww.cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

 

Sept 15-16, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Forsyth County MG Plant Sale
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension

Come out and get those hard-to-find native plants you have been wanting for your garden. This event is a major fundraiser for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Proceeds from your purchase help maintain the Extension Demonstration Gardens and fund the “Forks on Friday” garden lecture series held in the spring and fall. Rain or shine, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Shop early for best selection. For additional information, call 336-703-2850.

 

September 16, Lake City, S.C.
Summer Series: Great Grains
Moore Farms Botanical Gardens

Come discover the ancient origins of corn, oats, and wheat and trace their paths to our plates today. We’ll turn each grain into a homemade treat, including a small loaf of real sourdough bread! You’ll leave with flour on your shirt and a head full of ideas on what to create next. 10 a.m.-noon. Fee: $8 per child. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582.

 

September 16, Raleigh, N.C.  
Clematis and Other Vines for the Garden
JC Raulston Arboretum

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture Cohosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, otherwise $5. 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 919-513-7005.

 

September 16, Raleigh, N.C.  
Recreational Tree Climbing
JC Raulston Arboretum

Climb with your friends and family into the canopy of one of our majestic oak trees and experience the JCRA like you never have before. Open to youths and adults. 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. For more information, call 919-513-7005.

 

September 16, Clemson, S.C.
SCNP Certificate Core Class: Fall Herbaceous Plant ID with Patrick McMillan
South Carolina Botanical Garden

In this field identification course learn about the foliage and flowers of primarily herbaceous plants, although some shrubs will surely sneak in. This class will be taught by the garden’s director Patrick McMillan. For certification, both spring and fall classes are required. 9 a.m.-5: p.m. Cost is $80 (10% discount for members). For more information, call 864-656-2836 or email watts9@clemson.edu.

 

September 17, Chapel Hill, N.C.  
Native Seed Propagation
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Intended for a broad audience, students learn seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage, seed sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. 1-4:30 p.m.

 

September 24, Greensboro, N.C.
Fall is for Gardening! What should I do now?
Greensboro Arboretum

This is the perfect time for planting, transplanting, and starting fall-flowering containers. Simple seasonal chores like winterizing tools are also on the list, to help you be prepared for future gardening seasons. This 1-hour lecture begins at 4 p.m. Registration is required. Visit go.ncsu.edu/growing_green_way for locations and times where classes are offered. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.

 

September 21, Kernersville, N.C.  
Yoga in the Garden
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Join us for Yoga in the Garden by Mindful Bodi Movement. 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 and pre-registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or to register online, visit our News and Events Page at cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

 

September 19, Raleigh, N.C.  
Day Tripping to Pat McCracken’s Garden and Camellia Forest’s New Wendell Nursery
JC Raulston Arboretum

The JC Raulston Arboretum’s first adventure of the fall season will be a tour of Pat McCracken’s private collection and greenhouses and to Camellia Forest’s new Wendell nursery. 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For more information, call 919-513-7005.

 

September 21 Raleigh, N.C.  
Photography Walk: “Color”
JC Raulston Arboretum

We will discuss monochromatic color schemes, interaction between certain colors to set a mood, along with impact of certain colors. 2-3 p.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For more information, call 919-513-7005.

 

September 22, Kernersville, N.C.  
Concert on the Lawn
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

This upbeat concert features Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys. Tickets are $15. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. To learn more or to register, visit our News and Events page at cienerbotanicalgarden.org or call 336-996-7888.

 

September 23, Chapel Hill, N.C.  
Discovering Magic in the Garden
North Carolina Botanical Garden

The young and young-at-heart are invited for a fun-filled afternoon of hands-on nature activities and play in the Children’s Wonder Garden, including live critters, carnivorous plants, fairy and gnome home building, giant bubbles, and more! 1-4 p.m. Recommended for ages 4 & up with accompanying adult.

 

September 23, Asheville, N.C.  
Monarch Butterfly Day
The North Carolina Arboretum

As part of a national effort to stave off the decline of monarch butterflies, The North Carolina Arboretum in partnership with Monarch Rescue, a non-profit organization focused on increasing monarch butterfly awareness throughout western North Carolina, will host its third annual Monarch Butterfly Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join the arboretum in welcoming these regal flyers with a day full of monarch releases, crafts and fun in the outdoors.

 

September 23, Murrels Inlet, S.C.
Brew at the Zoo
Brookgreen Gardens

This craft beer tasting will feature over 30 regional and national selections and offers a rare opportunity after-hours to see Brookgreen’s Native Wildlife Zoo. Guests receive a signature tasting glass and enjoy a silent auction hosted by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens. Food and wine are available for purchase. Members are $35, non-members $40. For more information, visit brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

 

September 23, Asheville, N.C.  
Carolina Craft Day
The North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates traditional and contemporary Appalachian art and craft during Carolina Craft Day. The event will feature craft demonstrations and juried art and craft artists working in fiber, paper, clay, metal, and wood selling their work. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit ncarboretum.org/event/carolina-craft-day.

 

September 23, Lake City, S.C.
Flavor and Flower: Integrating Herbs into Landscape Design
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Grow your own luffa sponges and finally get the “fern” look in blazing hot sun. All of this can be done with herbs used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Spice up your garden by thinking of herbs as gardening delights instead of crops that need their own space. Join Pat Harpell as she discusses integrating herbs into your landscape, containers, and baskets to make the “perfect pairings.” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration: $35 per person. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582.

 

September 25, Raleigh, N.C.  
Winter Flowering Plants Lecture
JC Raulston Arboretum

Come learn about the plants that you can incorporate into your own gardens for more beautiful winters. Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, Wake County Extension Master Gardeners, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5. 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 919-513-7005.

 

September 28, Lake City, S.C.
Eco Print Scarves
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Eco printing is essentially a direct contact printing method, drawing out pigments from plants to make interesting and often surprising marks on protein (silk) fibre. In this class talented artist Caroline Harper will show you how to create 2 silk scarves with foraged leaves, flowers, vegetable skins and other objects found from the garden. Silk and organic material will be provided but please bring anything you would like to contribute to your exquisite scarves. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Registration: $60 per person. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582.

 

September 30, Durham, N.C.  
Fall Plant Sale
Sarah P. Duke Garden

Duke Gardens’ annual fall plant sale will feature rare and unusual plants and bulbs, as well as some standards every southern garden should have. Among the offerings will be a wide selection of propagated plants from Duke Gardens and specially selected plants from local suppliers. Duke Gardens members receive 10% off every purchase. Non-members may join or renew on site or in advance. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 919-684 -3698 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/plant-sales.

 

September 30, Lake City, S.C.
Perennials: The plants that keep on giving
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Come learn from MFBG senior horticulturist and perennial guru, David Poston. David’s an expert in this topic and is a true perennial plant nerd! You’ll learn many specimens that thrive in this area and ways to get the most bang out of your buck. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $20 per person. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582.

 

September 30, Murrels Inlet, S.C.
Sculpture Talk
Brookgreen Gardens

The public is invited to a public talk/powerpoint by Sculptor in Residence Ken Smith at the Lowcountry Center Auditorium. The program begins at 3 p.m. and is free with garden admission. For more information, visit brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

 

September 30, Clemson, S.C.
SCNPC Elective Class: Natives at Home with Julie Hill of Southern Wild Landscape Design
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Spend the day exploring the use of native plants to create beautiful containers and garden beds for your home. Join garden designer, Julie Hill, in discovering the secrets to planting containers that will thrill your senses, fill your patios, and spill over with natural beauty. Learn how to design your own garden beds from start to finish with flowers for cutting and for attracting birds and butterflies. Learn economical ways to start your plants, optimal planting times, and cutting techniques. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $80 (10% discount members). For more information, call 864-656-2836 or email watts9@clemson.edu.

 

October

 

October 11, Greensboro, N.C.
Spring Flowering Bulbs
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library

Bulbs can be planted in flower beds, in lawns, under and around trees, or grown in containers – many will come back and even multiply for years of beauty with minimal care. This 1-hour lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Visit go.ncsu.edu/growing_green_way for locations and times where classes are offered. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.


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Ongoing

 

Wednesdays & Saturdays, Rockledge
Farmer’s Market
Rockledge Gardens

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

 

Thursdays, Melbourne
Brevard County Farmers Market
Wickham Park Equestrian Center

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

 

Thursdays, Fort Myers
River District Farmers’ Market
Centennial Park

Join us every Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. year round in Centennial Park west of the Caloosahatchee Bridge for this green market, which offers a variety of local produce, seafood, baked goods, honey, nuts, cheese, flowers, plants and more for the discerning shopper. For more information, visit cityftmyers.com or call market manager Jean Baer at 239-691-9249.

 

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

 

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.

 

September

 

Sept 9, Green Cove Springs
Plant Sale & Garden Celebration
Clay County Extension Office

UF/IFAS Clay County Master Gardeners Plant Sale & Celebration will have something for everyone’s fall garden and more! There will be workshops, food vendors, garden craft vendors, fun activities for the kids, and over 1,000 plants for sale! Bring your gardening problems to the master gardeners on site to have your questions answered. This event is free and is held rain or shine. The time of the event will be from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, please call 904-284-6355 or visit the UF/IFAS Clay County Master Gardener Facebook page @ UFIFASClay MG.

 

Sept 22 & 23, Orlando
9th Annual Florida Wildflower Symposium
Orange County UF/IFAS Extension

The Florida Wildflower Symposium is the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s signature annual event. It’s the only educational gathering of its kind, focusing exclusively on Florida’s native wildflowers and the wildlife that depends on them. Field trips will be offered to local natural areas, along with hands-on workshops and educational presentations by experts on planting and growing native wildflowers, creating habitats for pollinators, and much more. You won’t want to miss this fun and informative event. For more information, visit flawildflowers.org, email info@wildflowers.org, or call 407-622-1606.

 

Sept 23, Plant City
9th Annual Garden Fest
Plant City Train Depot

The event will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Vendors and Plant City downtown merchants will be participating. For more information, please visit plantcitygardenclub.org.

 

Sept 26, Sarasota
AvocadoFest!
1131 Blvd. of the Arts

Our September meeting will feature a tropical fruit enthusiast Steve Brady, who had the opportunity to travel the world for over 10 years with legendary tropical fruit pioneer and benefactor, Bill Whitman of Miami. Dr. Brady will discuss the best avocado varieties for Florida Gardens. In addition to this information-packed talk, there will be a tasting of several of the best varieties of Florida-grown avocados. A vote will be taken on the “best” of the best. All are welcome. For more information visit TropicalFruitSociety.org, or find us on Facebook at Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, or email to TropicalFruitSocietySRQ@gmail.com.

 

Sept 30, DeLand
Annual Fall Plant Sale
865 South Alabama Avenue

The Garden Club of DeLand will be selling plants propagated and grown by its members. Knowledgeable gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and assist you with picking out just the right plant. Vendors will be on hand with baked goods and garden treasures. Plants are available for purchase from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, please call 386-624-6960, visit us on FB–The Garden Club of DeLand, or visit our website, http://gardenclubofdeland.org.

 

October

 

Oct 2, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Story Time at Leu Gardens is a fun approach illustrating to young children the benefits of reading through songs, rhymes, and books. Storytellers from Orange County Library System share a variety of ways to engage your child into playful reading. Story Time is for families with infants to 5 years of age. It is held the first Monday of each month, excluding city holidays (July and September) and is free. Hundreds of families participate each month in this amazing and imaginative story time event. The event runs from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with three age appropriate sessions: 10-10:15 a.m., infants to 18 months; 10:20-10:35 a.m., toddlers; 10:40-11 a.m., preschoolers. Thank you to Kids Urgent Care for sponsoring this free event to our community.Harry P. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803.  For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.

 

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

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

 

Oct 7, Gainesville
Guided walk
Kanapaha Botanical Garden

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

 

Oct 7, Tavares
Fall Plant Sale
Lake County Extension Office

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

November

 

Nov 3 & 4, Bradenton
Standard Flower Show “EIEIO: Down on the Farm”
Manatee River Garden Club

This Standard Flower Show will be held on Friday from 1-4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the clubhouse located at 3120 First Avenue West. A farm theme will be woven into floral designs, horticulture exhibits, and an expanded photography sections. Live farm animals will add a unique feature to this show. Also enjoy the vendors on Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.manateerivergardenclub.com or call 941-870-2259.


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September

 

September 5, LaGrange
All You Need to Know about Houseplants
LaGrange Memorial Library

First Tuesday of every month, bring your own lunch and enjoy free classes offered on a variety of gardening topics at this Lunch and Learn Series by Troup County Master Gardeners. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 706-883-1675.

 

September 8, Marietta
Thyme to Read Book Club: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Cobb County Water Lab

Our meetings are open to the public and are held at 10:15 a.m. For more information, contact Crystal Force at crystalaforce@gmail.com.

 

September 9, Kennesaw
7th Annual Hummingbird Banding Event
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

A truly one-of-a-kind experience, Julia Elliott (AKA The Hummingbird Whisperer) from Kennesaw’s own Bird Watcher Supply Company will be banding hummingbirds to gain vital information about bird history, especially migratory details and the relative abundance of a given bird species from year to year. When a bird is banded, the bander collects important data about the bird’s age, sex, condition, and plumage characteristics as well. Guests will enjoy live demonstrations, crafts, games, and a truly memorable experience with these amazing creatures! 8-11 a.m. rain or shine. Tickets on sale in August. For more information, call 770-919-0248 or visit smithgilbertgardens.com. Cannot guarantee encounter with hummingbirds.

 

September 13, Athens
Invasive Plants
Athens-Clarke County Public Library Auditorium

Free monthly gardening class by ACC Extension. This informative class will include information on identifying invasive plants, native vs. non-native species, techniques for managing and eradicating invasives, as well as preventing invasive spread. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. 6-7:30 p.m. Please register by Tuesday, September 12 by emailing atedrow@uga.edu or calling 706-613- 3640.

 

September 19-20, Athens
Georgia Grazing School
UGA Livestock Instructional Arena

An A-Z course on grazing management principles. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 706-310-3545 or email dhancock@uga.edu.

 

September 23, Gainesville
Stars Over Elachee
Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Road

Learn to set up and use a telescope and then embark on a guided tour of the night sky to see the first quarter moon and bright seasonal stars. Most meaningful for adults and children aged 8 and older. Program begins at dusk. Bring a flashlight and pencil. $10/adult, $5/child (12 and under). Pre-registration required; call 770-535-1976 to reserve your spot. For more information, visit elachee.org.

 

September 23, Stone Mountain
Georgia Native Plant Society Fall Native Plant Sale
Stone Mountain Park, Walking Trails Parking Area

A wide variety of perennials, ferns, vines, grasses, shrubs, azaleas, and trees will be available and knowledgeable GNPS volunteers will also be there to answer your questions. The native plants we sell have been rescued with special permission from different sites within the state of Georgia, propagated by our members, donated, or purchased from local nurseries. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit gnps.org.

 

September 23, Kennesaw
Fall Plant Sale
Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Focusing on trees, this plant sale is sure to contribute excellent specimens to your own yard! 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit smithgilbertgardens.com or call 770-919-0248.



September, Athens
25th Annual Insect-ival!
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Discovery stations, roach and beetle races, an insect café, puppet shows and, of course, lots of live insects will also highlight this year’s event! At 11 a.m. we will host our annual butterfly release on the lawn of the International Garden. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to view dozens of native butterflies flap their wings above your head!  Insect-ival is sponsored by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA Lund Club, the UGA Department of Entomology, and the Georgia Museum of Natural History. Pre-registration is not required. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $5 per person; $20 max/family; children under 2 years old admitted free. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

September 25-29, Atlanta
Fall Design Week

This event features seminars and education, exciting networking opportunities and access to hundreds of showrooms and thousands of lines all at your fingertips, connecting you with the leading trends in gardening, cooking and gifts from around the world. For more info visit www.americasmart.com/markets/fall-design-week/#/.

 

September 28, Jonesboro
Miniature Gardening
Clayton County International Park VIP building, 2nd floor

You’ll learn how to garden on a very small scale all year long. Find out about mini-trees and tiny plants, containers, accessories, and hardscapes. Noon-1 p.m. This event is free; however, registration is required. To register, please call 770-473-5437, provide your name, the name of the class you plan to attend, and your phone number.

 

September 29-30, Gainesville
2017 Fall Expo
Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center

Our Fall Expo will have 45+ vendors of seasonal and native plants, as well as exotics like Japanese maples. This expo will feature free expert speakers, annuals, perennials, door prizes, garden goods, native plants, and more! Covered venue, free parking. For more information, visit hallmastergardeners.com or call 770-535-8293.

 

September 30, Conyers
Rockdale County Master Gardener Association Fall Plant Sale and Festival
Rockdale Extension

There will exhibitors from many local groups with information to share, vendors selling their crafts, a cooking demo from a professional chef, and lessons taught by master gardeners. Buy your perennials, shrubs, trees, and mums for planting this fall. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 770-278-7373 or email uge1247@uga.edu.


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

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

 

September

 

September 4, 11, 18 and 25, Ames
Watercolor Painting
Reiman Gardens

Learn basic sketching and watercolor techniques to paint plants, animals, and butterflies. A 4-week program, 6 to 8 p.m. 

 

September 5, 12, 19 and 26, Ames  
Move Like Water
Reiman Gardens

A 4-week program, 5 to 6 p.m., geared toward older adults who will be guided through series of low-impact, gentle movements inspired by the smooth motion and flow of water.

 

September 6, 13, 20 and 27, Ames    
Autumn Nature Meditation
Reiman Gardens

During the 4-week program, 6 to 7 p.m., attendees will be guided through progressive relaxation, guided imagery, and movement techniques to help promote wellness and relaxation.  

 

September 7 and every Thursday through winter, Ames     
Youth Program – Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

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

 

September 7 & October 9, Ames      
Public Film Showing: Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea
Reiman Gardens

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

 

Thursdays – September 28, Des Moines
Social Irrigation
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Enjoy live music, food, drinks, activities, demos, and brilliant fall colors every Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m.  Details at dmbotanicalgarden.com/events; kreilly@dmbotanicalgarden.com; or 515-402-4274.

 

September 8, Ames         
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens

Enjoy good company and live music in a beautiful garden setting. A buffet dinner and dessert will be available, as well as cash bar, 21 years-old or over only, 5 to 8 p.m.

 

September 9 & 10, Madrid
Fall Plant Sale
Iowa Arboretum

Upgrade your garden at the annual Iris, Peony, and Unique Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 9; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 10.

 

September 11, 18, 25, Ames    
Great Plants for Iowa
Reiman Gardens

Learn more about a different group of plants each session, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

September 13, Ames        
Free Admission Day and Meet-A-Scientist
Reiman Gardens

All day and meet with a local scientist who will share their research and knowledge from 2 to 4 p.m.

 

September 14 & October 12, Ames
Brown Bag Lecture
Reiman Gardens

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

 

September 15 – 17, Ames    
Garden Quilt Show
Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens and the Iowa Quilters Guild host the annual Garden Quilt Show,  9 a.m. to 4:30.

 

September 16, Ames     
Monarch Tagging
Reiman Gardens

Tag a monarch, 10 to noon, and track its movement, and learn more about these important beauties.

 

September 19 & October 17, Ames
Floral Design Series Workshop
Reiman Gardens

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

 

September 20 & October 18, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

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

 

September 20, Ames        
Art in Flowers: Whistler’s Flower Market
Reiman Gardens

Learn to interpret a work of fine art as a floral arrangement from design conception to flower selection and composition, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

September 23, Ames        
NatureCraft Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Join a staff member on a nature walk through the Gardens to collect treasures and turn them into festive, seasonal projects to decorate your home and celebrate the season, 10 to noon.

 

September 24, Madrid  
Arb Feast
Iowa Arboretum

Walk around the gardens, 1- 4 p.m., while enjoying delicious food, drinks, and good music.

 

September 30 & October 1, Ames
Bonsai Show
Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens will host the Iowa Bonsai Association Fall Show,  9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Plants on display, as well as for sale.

 

September 30 & October 1, Bettendorf & Davenport
Annual Fall Family Festival
Wallace’s Garden Center

Activities for all ages and items for sale, 30-plus varieties of apples from the on-site apple orchard. Details at wallacesgardencenter.com or 563-332-4711.

 

September 30 & October 21, Ames
Serendipity Dyeing
Reiman Gardens

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

 

October

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

October 19, Madrid
Pumpkin Carving
Iowa Arboretum

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

October 21, Madrid
Ar “Boo” Ween
Iowa Arboretum

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

 

October 21, Madrid
Ar “Boo” Scare
Iowa Arboretum

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

 

 

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

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

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

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


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Through Nov 12, Fort Wayne
Blumengarten
Botanical Conservatory

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

 

September

 

September 6, Fort Wayne
Farmers’ Market
Salomon Farm Park

The final Farmers’ Market of the season at the Old Barn offers locally grown and homemade products. The market features locally raised organic produce and locally made baked goods, maple syrup, honey, soaps, and lotions. Food trucks will be available with fresh food after you have done your shopping. As always, the Salomon Farm animals are always ready for some attention. From 4 to 7 p.m. Visit fortwayneparks.org, or call Renee at 260-427-6005.

 

September 6, Nashville
The Art of Gardening Seminar
Creekside Retreat

The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc., Southeast District, invites you to its September Seminar. This day of learning and fun will begin with registration at 8:35 a.m. Pre-registration is required. The seminar includes four speakers, breakfast treats, a catered lunch, beverages, floral design exhibits, a brief gallery talk by an Accredited Judge, raffles, and other activities. Lunch will be provided by Papa’s Deli from Columbus, Ind. The day will conclude around 3:45 p.m. Hotel room reservations may be made directly with Creekside Retreat at 844-473-8732. Visit gardenclubofindiana.org, email Sharon at skbald@sbcglobal.net, or call 812-343-2230.

 

September 6, Plainfield
Perennial Plant Exchange
Guilford Library

Free plants, gardening advice, and the opportunity to try something new – what more could you ask for? Bring four to six plants from your garden to trade for new plants. Your plants need to be divided anyway, right? Please label each plant with information: the plant’s common name (botanical name if available), and sun or shade. Garden Guru Colletta Kosiba will give advice on planting, watering, and growth habits of the plants. At 6:30 p.m. Visit plainfieldlibrary.net, email kcolletta@sbcglobal.net, or call 317-852-5973.

 

Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 14, 28, Indianapolis
Master Gardener Guided Tours
Garfield Park Conservatory

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

 

September 16, Gary
Miller Garden Club Meeting
Marquette Park Aquatorium

The Miller Garden Club will host their monthly meeting, presenting Laura Ekasetya, director and head horticulturist of the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Chicago. Laura joined Lurie Garden in February 2011 as a horticulturist working to maintain the integrity of Piet Oudolf’s perennial plant design. She will focus on bulb gardening. Open to the public, refreshments provided. At 10 a.m. Contact Joanne at jmstratt@sbcglobal.net, call 219-939-2790, or visit millergardenclub.org.

 

September 16, Merrillville
Autumn: Nature’s Mosaic
Avalon Manor Banquet Center

The Lake County Indiana Master Gardeners are hosting a fall symposium titled “Autumn: Nature’s Mosaic.” Keynote speaker is Beth Botts, a writer for the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. and the Chicago Tribune. Beth has published articles in Organic Gardening and Chicagoland Gardening magazines. Speakers include Fred Whitford, clinical engagement professor at Purdue pesticide programs, Jo Ellen Myers Sharp, who writes the website “Hoosier Gardener” and is an Indiana Gardening columnist, and Jim Nau from Ball Horticultural Co., West Chicago, Ill. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration costs $40 per person (discount for a table of eight). Registration fee includes lunch, door prizes, and vendors. For information and registration go to lakecountymastergardeners.com, email lakecountymastergardeners@gmail.com, or call 219-755-3240.

 

September 23, Muncie
Canning Workshop: Chili
Minnestrista

Discover how simple creating a batch of delicious chili can be at Minnetrista. With the help of their skilled educators, you will enjoy your own chili all fall long. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $20; member discounts apply. Registration is required. Visit Minnestrista.net, or call 765-282-4848 or 800-428-5887.

 

September 23, Valparaiso
Raised Bed Gardening Class
Taltree Arboretum

Participants will learn why a raised bed is a wonderful way to garden. Leave with plans for construction, material lists, and the associated costs of starting your own garden. Located in Taltree’s classroom. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Visit taltree.org, e-mail info@taltree.org, or call 219-462-0025.

 

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October 2, Indianapolis
Fall Education Night
Clay Township Center

Fall education night is hosted by the Herb Society of Central Indiana. It is time to “throw open the doors and invite everyone in to learn about herb-y things.” The workshop features hands-on, make-it-and-take-it home activities. The public is welcome, and the meeting is free. From 6:45 to 9 p.m. Visit herbsocietyofcentralindiana.org, or call Connie at 317-251-6986.

 

October 2, Indianapolis
Hosta Society Program
Holliday Park Nature Center

At this program, hosted by the Indianapolis Hosta Society, Judd Scott, consulting arborist and president of Vine and Branch, Inc. discusses, “The Symbiotic Relationship of Trees, Hostas, and Their Owners.” Hostas, trees, and people create an endless circle. Without one it is hard to have the other. This talk will focus on urban issues involving all three; looking at roots, shade, species selection, pests, and cool historical trees. Free and open to the public. Contact Pat at 317-251-6465, email pwbrummer@sbcglobal.net, or visit indianapolishostasociety.org.

 

October 4, Indianapolis
Tropical Bonsai Workshop
Garfield Park Conservatory

Hosted by the Indy Bonsai Society, there will be a workshop and discussion on working with tropical bonsai. Bring your own tree, or trees will be available for purchase. The public is welcome. The Bonsai Club meets monthly on the first Wednesday. At 7 p.m. Contact Steve at idoodit2@excite.com, call 317-439-3048, or visit indybonsai.org.

 

October 7, Indianapolis
Herbal Crafts for Kids
Garfield Park Conservatory

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

 

October 10, Zionsville
Halloween Party and Chili Cookoff
Sullivan Munce

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

 

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

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

 

October 21, Fort Wayne
The Pumpkin’ Zone
Botanical Conservatory

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

 

October 21, Gary
Miller Garden Club Meeting
Marquette Park Aquatorium

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

 

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

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


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September 6, Union
Wednesday Walk
Boone County Arboretum

Join us from 10-11 a.m. for a casual walk exploring the arboretum with a new area highlighted each month. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

September 7, Union
Monarch Mania
Boone County Arboretum

Join us from 5-7 p.m. and learn about monarch tagging and how to attract monarchs and other butterflies to your yard. Pre-registration is required. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

September 7, Lexington
Autumn Crocus and Colchicums
Fayette County Extension Service

From the small purple and ghostly lavender crocus to the giant pink and white colchicums, these are a delight for the serious plant collector. We will provide bulbs for your home garden. Cost: $25; time: 6:30. Pre-registration is required. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

September 7, La Grange
Daylilies    
Oldham County Master Gardener Association

Master Gardener Ellen Carrithers will discuss the best practices for growing daylilies. 6:30 p.m. at the Oldham County Extension Service. For additional information, call 502-222-9453, email dl_ces_oldham@email.uky.edu, or visit oldham.ca.uky.edu.

 

September 13, Union
Pawpaw Tasting
Boone County Arboretum

Join us to learn all about pawpaw trees and their delicious fruit. This program includes a tasting of several different cultivars. 5-7 p.m. Registration is required. For information/registration, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

September 14, Lexington
Saving Flower Seeds    
Fayette County Extension Service

It is very easy to save and store seeds. This class will cover cross-pollination hazards, hybrid versus open-pollinated, how to dry and store for longest life, and more. There is no cost, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For additional information/registration, call 859-257-5582, email dl_ces_fayette@email.uky.edu, or visit fayette.ca.uky.edu.

 

September 15, Lexington
Docent-Guided Garden Tour
The Arboretum

Join us for a tour of our garden with a docent providing guidance to the plants in bloom. Groups of more than 5 must pre-register, 25 spots are available. 11 a.m.-noon. The cost is $3 per person payable at the event by cash or check only. For information or registration, call 859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.

 

September 16, Union
Fall Plant Sale
Boone County Arboretum

Don’t miss unbeatable deals on perennials, trees, shrubs, and more at our annual plant sale. Shelter #1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Boone County Arboretum. For information, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org.

 

September 20, Union
Fall Woods and Wildflower Walk
Boone County Arboretum

Meet at the old gate, 9189 Camp Ernst Road, to explore the natural woods of our Environmental and Nature Center. A guide will highlight the identification of local fall wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. 1:30-4 p.m. For more information, call 859-384-4999, email arboretum@boonecountyky.org, or visit bcarboretum.org

 

September 22, Shepherdsville
Composting    
Bullitt County Extension Service

Start a compost pile using yard and kitchen waste. Pre-registration is required. Call 502-543-2257 to pre-register. For more information, visit bullitt.ca.uky.edu.

 

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October 1, Clermont
First Sunday Nature Hike
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Join a volunteer naturalist for an engaging nature hike on the first Sunday of each month. Registration is not required. Just show up at 2 p.m. with your curiosity and comfortable walking shoes. Hikes last approximately one hour. For additional information, call 502-955-8512, email nature@bernheim.org, or visit
bernheim.org.

 

October 6, Lexington
Celebrating the Seasons: Amazing Autumn
The Arboretum

Celebrate the best of autumn, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tour our garden with a docent providing guidance, 11 a.m.-noon. For information or registration, call
859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.

 

October 6, Lexington
Docent-Guided Garden Tour
The Arboretum

Join us for a tour of our garden with a docent providing guidance to the plants in bloom. Groups of more than 5 must pre-register, 25 spots are available. 11 a.m.-noon. The cost is $3 per person payable at the event by cash or check only. For information or registration, call
 859-257-6955, email dmbast0@uky.edu, or visit ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.


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Ongoing, New Iberia
Teche Area Farmers’ Market
West Main Street

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


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

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


Ongoing, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Orchid Society
Burden Center

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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September 7-9, New Orleans
Farm & Table Nola
Ernest M. Morial Convention Center

A two-day multi-sensory celebration of locally sourced food and drink – one family-fun festival day, the jamboree, includes food and music, tastings, interactive gardening and cooking demos, games, displays, and more. A second day, Farm & Table Experience, is a gathering to discuss the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink, food trends, how to source food locally, and many more compelling issues facing the agri-culinary community. For more information, visit farmandtablenola.com.

 

September 9, New Orleans
Plant Sale
New Orleans Botanical Gardens

Bring a wagon and arrive early for best selection. 9a.m.-noon, admission is free. For more information, call 504-483-9464 or e-mail plants@nocp.org.

 

September 13, Baton Rouge
Green Growers
Various

This meeting emphasizes the basics of orchid culture and is geared toward the novice grower. 7 p.m. More information at batonrougeorchidsociety.org.

 

September 16, Hammond
Pollination Celebration
LSUAg Hammond Research Station

Come learn about native pollinators and ways to protect and attract them to gardens. Fun and Information For All Ages: Expert Speakers, DIY Mason Bee Houses, Hummingbird Banding, Audobon Bug Mobile, Garden Tours, Photo ops, Crafts, Food, & Kids' Activities. 9am-3pm @ 21549 Hwy 1065(Old Covington Hwy)$5 parking per car. For more information or to request disability accommodations email: pollinationcelebration@gmail.com.

 

September 24, Baton Rouge
Pre-Sale Teaser
Hilltop Arboretum

Planting in Post-Flood Baton Rouge, 1-4 p.m. at the Arboretum’s new education facility. Registration is at 12:30 p.m., program 1-4 p.m. Admission is $10 members, $15 for non-members. Lee Rouse, assistant county agent, LSU AgCenter, East Baton Rouge Parish, will be showing and talking about plants for the home garden that survived the 2017 floods. For more information, call LSU Hilltop Arboretum at 225-767-6916, visit lsu.edu/hilltop, or email hilltop@lsu.edu.

 

September 25, Baton Rouge
Orchids for Seniors
Independence Park

Seniors meet as part of the BREC Adult Leisure Program. BREC provides a meeting space and a van and driver for field trips to orchid greenhouses. This meeting will focus on potting. Each group member is asked to contribute $10 per year to help with the expenses. 10 a.m. Group does not meet in July, November, and December. Visit BatonRougeOrchidSociety.com for more information.

 

Sept 30, Folsom
5th Annual Folsom Fall Garden Festival
Midway Church Park

Join the Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association at this fun event. Meet and talk to local plant growers. Plants, gardening equipment, and accessories will be for sale, plus fun children’s activities and concessions. Free admission, ample parking, and holding area. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Will Afton by calling 985-875-2635 or email wafton@agcenter.lsus.edu.

 

September 30, Baton Rouge
Children’s Garden Series
LSU AgCenter at Burden

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

 

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October 7 & 8, New Orleans
Fall Garden Festival
New Orleans Botanical Garden

The annual Fall Garden Festival is an educational experience for home gardeners and professionals. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children under 5 and Friends of City Park enter free. There will be plant and garden product exhibits and sales throughout the garden, a Children’s Fun Fest area, educational programs, music, arts & crafts, and more. Programs take place in the Garden Study Center and are free with entrance to the show. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sponsored by the New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans City Park, New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation and Friends of City Park. The October Plant Sale will take place inside this event (not at the Pelican Greenhouse). For more information, call 504-658-2900 or visit neworleanscitypark.com.

 

October 8, Baton Rouge
Plantfest
LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Brace yourself for a botanical “all you can tweet” plant feast – trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, fruits, gingers, camellias, incredible edibles, ornamental grasses, and more that run the gamut from native and traditional to eclectic and electric newcomers. To spice up the mix, plants are imported from a diversity of nurseries located in Alabama and, Texas, as well as Louisiana.  Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, noon-4 p.m. One week prior to the sale, visit lsu.edu/hilltop for a list of plants that will be offered.

 

October 19, Baton Rouge
EBRMG Gardening Talks
Baton Rouge Regional Libraries

The series concludes at the Bluebonnet branch with a talk on growing citrus and blueberries and another on pest management. 6:30-8:30 p.m., free, and open to the public. Registration is not required. For additional information, visit ebrmg.com.

 

October 20 & 21, St. Francisville
The Southern Garden Symposium

With featured speakers Monticello’s Peggy Cornett, popular Mississippi author Margaret Gratz, and Jenny Wegley, director of horticulture for The Dallas Arboretum, no other gardening program brings together top-quality speakers and historic plantation settings as well as the Southern Garden Symposium in St. Francisville.  Known as much for its engaging social events and historic venues as for its outstanding gardening lectures and workshops, the Southern Garden Symposium – now in its 29th year – has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts from across the South. For complete program information and registration forms, visit SouthernGardenSymposium.org, call 225-635-3738, or email luciecassity@bellsouth.net.

 

October 28, Shreveport
Northwest Louisiana Fall Bulb Sale
Randle T. Moore Center

This is the bulb sale that you don’t want to miss. Featured are hard to find heirloom bulbs, many come from master gardener’s gardens and old home sites. There will be more than 5,000 heirloom bulbs (over 50 varieties) that thrive in the South for sale. 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, call the master gardener hotline,
318-698-0010.


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September 5, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

The guest speaker will be Chip Frank who will talk about Landscape Design. The meeting will be at the MSU Plant and Soil Science Building Room A149, 1066 Bogue St. Free/members; $3/nonmembers, 6:30 p.m. More information at mgacac.wordpress.com.

 

September 7, Grand Rapids
Daylily Auction
Grand Valley Daylily Society

Great bargains and an education on daylilies. Cascade Christian Church, 2829 Thornapple River Drive, 6:30 p.m. Public is welcome. grandvalleydaylily.org/.

 

September 9, Hillsdale
Garden Party
Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College

Celebration of the Barber House Children’s Garden. Sample herbal teas and garden treats and try your hands at some lawn games. Don’t forget to wear your best outdoor party hat. Meet at the Barber House on Hillsdale Street, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., no cost, open to adults and children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

September 9, Rockford
Daylily Sale
Grand Valley Daylily Society

Begin or expand your collection of daylilies. The society will be selling daylilies, $3 each, at the Rockford Farmer’s Market, 54 S. Main St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.grandvalleydaylily.org/

 

September 13, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Margaret Miller, a certified state forester, will talk about “Green Grand Rapids.” Lower level, Frederik Meijer Gardens, 12:30 p.m. There is no cost and guests are welcome. kentgardenclub.org/KGC

 

September 23, Niles
National Museum Day
Fernwood Botanical Garden

“Museums Day Live!” is hosted by the Smithsonian Magazine and one ticket provides free admission to Fernwood for two guests. Tickets will be available for download starting at midnight, Friday, August 25, on the Smithsonian Magazine webpage at smithsonianmag.com.

 

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October 3, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

Heather Surface, stewardship and community event specialist for the City of East Lansing, will talk about the city’s Environmental Stewardship Program, MSU Plant and Soil Science Building, Room A149, 1066 Bogue St. Free/members, $3/nonmembers, 6:30 p.m. More information at mgacac.wordpress.com.

 

October 5, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Grand Valley Daylily Society

Barb Balgoyen of Walters Gardens will present “New and Noteworthy Perennials,” highlighting many underutilized plants. Join us at Frederik Meijer Gardens, 7 p.m., grandvalleydaylily.org/.

 

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

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

 

October 11, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

October 28, Niles
Halloween Happening
Fernwood Botanical Garden

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


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

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

 

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September 7-November 16, Brooklyn Park
Minnesota Master Naturalist Big Woods/Big Rivers Course
West Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

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

 

September 9, Chaska
Insect Photography Class
Tashjian Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to photograph insects with award-winning photographer and contributor to Minnesota Gardener magazine Bill Johnson. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee to be determined.

 

Sept. 9, 16, 30 and Oct.14, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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

 

September 16, Red Wing
Book Signing
Andersen Center

Attend the 18th Annual Minnesota Children’s Book Festival where Brice Giebink and Bill Johnson will be signing copies of their children’s book Minnesota Bug Hunt and demonstrating with live insects. noon to 5 p.m.  Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2uHUEx5; 651-388-2009.

 

September 20, Morris
Putting the Garden to Bed
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) gardens

Join Sue Gooch, Stevens County Master Gardener, for class in the Come Grow With Us Series, 5:15 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2sKMZNe; 320-589-1711.

 

September 23 & 24, Chaska  
Arboretum Auxiliary Fall Harvest Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Shop for one-of-a-kind, nature-related gift items, including arrangements, swags and wreaths, greeting cards, botanicals, fiber and textile arts, and other items made with natural materials found in the Minnesota landscape. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Proceeds go to support the Arboretum. Gate admission.

 

October

 

October 1, Minneapolis
Minnesota Peony Society Root Auction
Bachman’s on Lyndale, Heritage Room

Learn “How to Divide Peony Roots,” 11:30 a.m., and stay for the Root Auction Fundraiser at 1 p.m. Wide selection of color and flower forms and a number of hard-to-find collectible peonies. Information: mnpeony.org/events or Facebook page: Minnesota Peony Society MPS

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Keep your bees alive and healthy year after year with skills learned from Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $110. Information:
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September 5, St. Louis
Japanese Garden Photo Exhibit
Missouri Botanical Garden

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of Seiwa-en with stunning images taken by garden volunteers showcasing the history and year-round seasonal beauty of the garden’s 14-acre Japanese Garden. Free with garden admission. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 314-577-5100, or visit mobot.org.

 

September 9-10, St. Louis
Gesneriad Show and Sale
Missouri Botanical Garden

The Gateway West Gesneriad Society Show and Sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with garden admission. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100 for further details.

 

September 10, Kansas City
Grandparents’ Day
Powell Gardens

Treat your grandparents to a visit of Powell Gardens, and get $2 off admission for the day. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more details, visit powellgardens.org, and call 816-697-2600.

 

September 16, Kansas City
Plant Sale
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

The Missouri Prairie Foundation will hold its native plant sale featuring native plants for all settings. Free admission. From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more details, call 888-843-6739, and visit moprairie.org.

 

September 23, Louisiana
Native Tree Walk
Dupont Forest Natural Area

The Missouri Prairie Foundation will host its native tree walk with Eric Lovelace, from Forrest Keeling Nursery. Free. At 10 a.m. For further information, visit moprairie.org, and call 888-843-6739.

 

September 23, Kansas City
Savage Gardens
Powell Gardens

See a display of carnivorous plants and spooky jack-o’-lanterns along with mums and other fall favorites. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission costs apply. Call 816-697-2600, and visit powellgardens.org.

 

Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, St. Louis
Dahlia Show
Missouri Botanical Garden

The Greater St. Louis Dahlia Society Show showcases new cultivars and old favorites. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with garden admission. For more information, call 314-577-5100, or visit mobot.org.

 

September 30, St. Louis
Herb Display
Missouri Botanical Garden

The Webster Groves Herb Society will present an herb display, which is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with garden admission. Visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-5100 for further details.

 

September 30, St. Louis
Café Flora Brunch
Missouri Botanical Garden

Enjoy an a la carte menu and dining at the Spink Pavilion, overlooking the garden’s central reflecting pools. Seating is available inside and outside. For more information, call 314-577-0238, and visit mobot.org.

 

October

 

October 1, St. Louis
Café Flora Brunch
Missouri Botanical Garden

Enjoy an a la carte menu and dining at the Spink Pavilion, overlooking the garden’s central reflecting pools. Seating is available inside and outside. For more information, visit mobot.org, and call 314-577-0238.

 

October 6, Gray Summit
Grow Native Workshop
Shaw Nature Reserve

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

 

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

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

 

October 9, Springfield
Garden Journaling
Springfield Botanical Garden

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

 

October 14, Cole Camp
Evening on the Prairie
Cole Camp

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

 

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

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

 

October 22, Springfield
Live Concert
Springfield Botanical Garden

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


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Through October 31, Memphis
Farmers’ Market
Agricenter International

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information, visit agricenter.org or call 901-355-1977.

 

September

 

September 8-10, Holly Springs
Hummingbird Migration Celebration
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

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

 

September 9, Holly Springs
Second Saturday Guided Hike
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Enjoy a guided hike led by a Strawberry Plains Audubon naturalist. 8:30-9:30 a.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 662-252-1155 or email mrrobinson@audubon.org.

 

September 11, Memphis
Wild Mushrooms by Dr. Jason Hoeksema
Memphis Botanic Garden

This is a great chance to explore an entirely new kingdom – the fungi! Dr. Hoeksema’s research centers on plant fungi interactions. 6:30-8 p.m. $4 admission benefits environmental education programming of the Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden. Free to WRC and MBG members. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4116.

 

September 15-16, Raleigh
8th Annual Mississippi Gourd Festival
Smith County Ag Complex

This two-day festival features gourd crafting classes and free demonstrations. Shop for crafted and raw gourds, tools, and supplies. For more information, visit mississippigourdsociety.org or contact Sarah Kemp at 225-222-6575 or sfkemp51@yahoo.com.

 

Sep 29-30 and Oct 1, Richton
30th Annual Mississippi Pecan Festival
6 miles outside of Richton on Wingate Road

Enjoy some of the South’s finest foods. Shop at over 250 booths from all over the region. Sit and enjoy the most exciting stage in Mississippi. Listen to bluegrass and gospel music in the shade of huge pecan trees. a.m.-5 p.m. September 29; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. September 30; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. October 1. $10 for adults; children 4 and under are free. For more information, visit mspecanfestival.com or call Fulmers General Store at 601-964-8222.

 

September 30, Folsom, LA
5th Annual Folsom Fall Garden Festival
Midway Church Park

Join the Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association at this fun event. Meet and talk to local plant growers. Plants, gardening equipment, and accessories will be for sale, plus fun children’s activities and concessions. Free admission, ample parking, and a plant holding area. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Will Afton at 985-875-2635 or wafton@agcenter.lsu.edu.

 

October

 

October 5, Poplarville
44th Annual Ornamental Horticulture Field Day
South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station

Tours of the trial gardens and research updates from scientists at Mississippi State University and the USDA/ARS Southern Horticultural Laboratory will be featured in the morning and conclude in the early afternoon. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. A $10 fee includes lunch, refreshments, and a proceedings book; $6.50 for students. For more information contact Dr. Blythe at 601-795-4525 or blythe@pss.msstate.edu.

 

October 7, Memphis
Growers’ Choice Fall Plant Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

The fall plant sale is a one-day opportunity for you to shop for a variety of plants, trees, shrubs, and edibles propagated in the nursery and greenhouse at Memphis Botanic Garden. A limited selection of colorful annuals and container plantings will also be available. Expert staff will answer questions and offer care and growing tips. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4116.

 

October 13-14, Crystal Springs
2017 Fall Flower & Garden Fest
Truck Crops Experiment Station

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


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Through October 1, Mansfield

Ribbit the Exhibit
Kingwood Center

A remarkable exhibit of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures by J.A. Cobb will be on display in the gardens. For all ages – these whimsical sculptures are like nothing else you have ever seen. Along with this display there will be many educational opportunities and activities for children Admission costs $5. For details visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.

 

Through October 31, Mansfield

Ribbit the Exhibit
Kingwood Center Gardens

A remarkable exhibit, continued from August, of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures by J.A. Cobb will be on display in the gardens. A unique treat for all ages, these whimsical sculptures are like nothing else you have ever seen. Along with this display will be many educational opportunities and activities for children. Admission costs $5. Visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211.

 

Through October 15, Columbus
Blooming Roses and Fall Color
Whetstone Park of Roses

Many visitors to the Columbus Park of Roses know that June is a peak-bloom time in the garden. Fewer visitors mark their calendars to return in the fall for the second big flush of flowers; from early to mid-September the roses are blooming and the fall tree foliage is beginning to turn colors, peaking in October. Free, open to the public. Visit parkofroses.org, or call 614-261-1762.

 

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September 15-17, Albany
Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival
Lake Snowden

This fun-filled and educational community event celebrates one of North America’s native fruit trees, the pawpaw (Asimina triloba). Often compared to banana, the pawpaw is considered the state fruit of Ohio. Enjoy learning about the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through food, entertainment, unique arts and crafts, and local businesses throughout southeastern Ohio and beyond. Costs $15 for a one day pass; $30 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under free; senior citizens’ discount for guests 60 and over. Visit ohiopawpawfest.com.

 

September 21, Dayton
Jenny Rose Carey
Walnut Grove Country Club

Join the Montgomery County Master Gardener Association for a two-session program presented by Jenny Rose Carey, horticulturist at Temple University who has been lecturing nationally and internationally for years. Topics include “Shade Gardening” and “Xeriscaping.” From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $30, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden is the title of the book for sale. Register by Sept. 21, make checks payable to GMCMGA and mail to P.O. Box 292421, Stroop Road Facility, Kettering, OH 45429. For more information, contact patdurbin9@gmail.com.

 

September 21, Toledo
Harvest Market Dinner
Toledo Botanical Garden

The Annual Harvest Market Dinner is a festive evening in a vibrant, bustling market, where guests taste and sample a wide variety of fresh, sustainably-grown local food dishes. All food is prepared by local restaurants and chefs. From 6 to 10 p.m. Visit toledogarden.org; or to order tickets contact Carol Gray at 419-536-2039, or email carol.gray@toledogarden.org.

 

October

 

October 7-8, Kirkland
Goblins in the Garden
The Holden Arboretum

“Goblins in the Garden” is a family friendly, non-scary Halloween event. Kids can traverse the trick-or-treat trail and enjoy wagon rides. Start at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center first. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 440-946-4400, or visit holdenarb.org for more information.

 

October 13, 14, 20, 21, Alliance
Spooky Science
Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Mix up your own science experiments including glow-in-the-dark slime, create an owl mask, take a hay ride, dig up bones, watch the mad scientist, and get up-close with reptiles and woodland animals. Spooky Science is all about teaching people about things in nature that can "spook or creep" you out, like spiders, snakes, and bats. Bring the whole family. At Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St NE from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. Costs $8 per person, $6 for members, and ages 2 and under are free. Visit beechcreekgardens.org, email info@beechcreekgardens.org, or call 330-829-7050.

 

October 14, Cleveland
Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair
Cleveland Botanical Garden

At the 72nd Annual Herb Fair you can explore an amazing array of herb-based creations, from soaps and salves to décor. The fair offers educational opportunities, shopping, and tours. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit westernreserveherbsociety.org for more information.

 

October 14-15, Mansfield
The Great Pumpkin Glow
Kingwood Center Gardens

This award-winning family event returns with hundreds of carved and lit pumpkins, glowing balloons, friendly scarecrows, festive gourds, towering corn stalks, and beautiful chrysanthemums. Explore on foot, feel the brisk autumn air, and then warm up and enjoy snacks before you continue along the jack-o-lantern trail. Tickets cost $6 in advance, $8 at the gate, children 6 and under are free. The public is welcome to help carve pumpkins in advance, for details on pumpkin carving, or to purchase tickets, visit kingwoodcenter.org, or call 419-522-0211 ext. 107.

 

October 18-21, Circleville
Circleville Pumpkin Show
Downtown Circleville

The Circleville Pumpkin Show is the largest pumpkin show in the area. More than 100,000 pumpkin donuts and 23,000 pumpkin pies are sold during the four-day event. In addition, more than 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds are on the street display. More than 40 floats and 50 bands will participate in seven different parades, and the streets are filled with 25 to 30 amusement park rides plus 300-plus game, food, and craft booths. Free admission. Visit pumpkinshow.com for schedule of events and times of operation.

 

October 20-22, Coshocton
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival
Roscoe Village

Enjoy live music, food, arts, and crafts while celebrating the fall season at the historic Roscoe Village. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events throughout the weekend include living history tours, Spirit of Roscoe lantern tours, canal boat rides, and a children’s activity area. Visit roscoevillage.com, or call 740-622-7644.

 

October 21, Newark
Fall Festival and Plant Sale
Dawes Arboretum

Where better to honor the start of autumn than the Dawes Arboretum? Celebrate the harvest season with an enjoyable family event that explores homesteading techniques and seasonally appropriate gardening tips. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Call 740-323-2355, or go to dawesarb.org.

 

October 21-22 Columbus
Ikebana International Columbus Chapter 84 Exhibit
Franklin Park Conservatory

The three schools of Ikebana represented at the 43rd annual exhibit will be Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu. This exhibit is a perfect opportunity for members to share their love of Japanese flower arranging and the related arts with the public. If you are interested in seeing members arranging and staging, please come the day before (Oct. 20) the exhibit officially opens. Call 614-715-8000, or visit fpconservatory.org.

 

October 25, Springfield
Trees for Ohio Workshop
Snyder Park Gardens and Arboretum

If you’re wondering what to plant in place of your ash trees, or if your property lacks luster, these experts will help by introducing you to some underused as well as familiar trees suited to our local landscapes. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Costs $40, lunch included. Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, Clark County. Contact Janet Wasko Myers at 937-521-3860 or email myers.31@osu.edu.

 

October 27, Springfield
Tool Sharpening Workshop
Snyder Park Clubhouse

Bring in your hand tools, which might include pruners, hoes, shovels, and such. The workshop will take place at Snyder Park Clubhouse, 1900 Park Street, Springfield, OH 45504, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Costs $35, lunch included. Pam Bennett, Ohio State University Extension horticulture educator and state Master Gardener volunteer program director, will discuss the “Dos and Don’ts of Sharpening.” Sponsored by OSU Extension, Clark County. Contact Janet Wasko Myers at 937-521-3860 or e-mail myers.31@osu.edu. m


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Tuesdays, Tulsa
Tuesday Morning Birders
LaFortune Park

The Tuesday Morning Birders welcome anyone who would like to bird with Audubon members (whatever your skill level!). Meet at LaFortune Park parking lot near the entrance at the traffic light on Yale. The walk meets at 7:30 a.m. Wear comfortable walking shoes. For more information, contact Jo Loyd, 918-835-2946 or Jana Singletary, 918-296-9629, or visit tulsaaudubon.org.

 

Saturdays, Tulsa

Saturday Mornings at Oxley
Oxley Nature Center, Mohawk Park

Each Saturday Oxley Nature Center staff offers walks, activities, and learning experiences. These are the general themes:
First Saturday: Saturday morning birding – 8 a.m.
Third Saturday: Butterfly walk – 10:30 a.m., may be at Oxley or at Redbud Nature Preserve
Fourth Saturday: Botany walk – 10:30 a.m.
For these regularly scheduled events, there is no fee or registration but you should call to confirm the time and location. For more information, call 918-669-6644 or visit www.oxleynaturecenter.org.

 

September

 

September 2, 16, 23, Stillwater
Open House
The Botanic Garden

Ambassadors are available on select Saturdays from May through October during the Open House. It’s an excellent place to stop by on game days before heading to your favorite tailgate party. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit botanicgarden.okstate.edu.

 

September 5, 12, 26, Tulsa
Let’s Talk Gardening
Tulsa Garden Center

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

 

September 7, 14, 21, 28, Tulsa
Storytime in the Garden
Linnaeus Teaching Garden

Bring a child to enjoy the wonders of the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens and enjoy a book reading.
Sept 7 – Trees and Leaves
Sept 14 – Monarch Migration
Sept 21 – Apples
Sept 28 – Scarecrows
10-11 a.m. For more information,
call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

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

The gardens are a relaxing place to spend an evening at the end of your day. Come enjoy an evening in the gardens with live music. Updates for inclement weather will be on The Botanic Gardens’ Facebook page. 5:45-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Laura Payne at 405-744-4531, laura.payne@okstate.edu.

 

September 12, Stillwater
Tuesday Gardening Series
Educational Building at The Botanic Garden

Tree fruit selection and cover crops are the topics for the evening. Going over how to select, plant, maintain, and harvest fruit trees is a great fall gardening activity. Plus, knowing the benefits of different cover crops and when to sow them will help you improve your soils over the winter for next year. The free class is from 6-7:30 p.m. Please call or email the Payne County Extension office if you plan to attend. For more information, contact: Keith Reed at 405-747-8320 or email keith.reed@okstate.edu.

 

September 12, Tulsa
Plant Propagation Lecture
Tulsa Garden Center

Learn how to make more of your favorite plants from this season to enjoy indoors through the winter or overwinter to enjoy next year. Reservations are required so there will be materials available for everyone. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

September 16, Tulsa
Multiple Club Plant Sale
Tulsa Garden Center

The Tulsa Area Iris Society and Tulsa Area Daylily Society are teaming up for a fall plant sale. Both bearded and Louisiana iris will be available. Iris will be dug from TAIS member’s gardens, and many uncommon varieties will be available to the public at bargain prices. The Hosta Connection is also hosting a sale. The Cacti Society is hosting a show and sale on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask members of the various clubs for hints and the best ways to grow these plants. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

September 19, Tulsa
Growing Fruit Trees in the City
Tulsa Garden Center

Learn how to choose, site, plant, and maintain fruit trees in the Tulsa area. Reservations are required so there will be materials available for everyone. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

September 21, Tulsa
Creating a Succulent Dish Garden Workshop
Tulsa Garden Center

Succulent plants are excellent choices for dish gardens Learn how to choose, combine, plant, and maintain dish gardens for a fun indoor activity to carry your garden itch through the winter. Reservations are required so there will be materials available for everyone. 9:30-11 a.m. For more information, call 918-746-5125 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.

 

September 30, Stillwater
Gardenfest and Mum Sale
The Botanic Garden @ OSU

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


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Through September 30, Kennett Square
Summer of Spectacle
Longwood Gardens

Features daily fountain performances and special events throughout the season. The gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for illuminated fountain shows. Admission is by timed admission ticket only. Members may visit anytime, but require free timed reservations if visiting after 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday evenings. To purchase tickets or make member reservations call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

More than 100 pieces of supersized glass art orchids and other plants are featured in eight rooms in the conservatory. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

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September 1, 15, and 29, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

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

 

September 2, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Monarch Metamorphosis
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Discover the life cycle, migration patterns, and life history of the monarch butterfly. Make your own butterfly creation to take home as well. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

September 9, Greensburg
Fall Garden Wrap-Up
Donohoe Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County offer a series of one-hour classes on various gardening topics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Costs $5 for the day. Call 724-837-1402.

 

September 9, Springfield
Native Plants Lecture
Smedley Park

Penn State Master Gardener Ray Murphy discusses the native plant options available to gardeners and how to incorporate them into your garden. He will provide tips on how to site natives and provide care instructions. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/delaware.

 

September 9 - 10, Mercersburg
Drums on the Conococheague: Then and Now
Conococheague Settlement

This Native American powwow features professional drummers and dancers, reenactments, lifeways demonstrations, and vendors. Food sold on premises. Bring a lawn chair. Costs $5 per person, children under 16 free. Call 717-328-3467 or visit cimlg.org.

 

September 9 -10, Philadelphia
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the garden railway and see Thomas and Friends take over the tracks. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

September 10, Philadelphia
Grandparents Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Grandparents are the founding treasures of their family – the buildings, trees, and sculptures highlighted on the Founding Treasures map are the arboretum’s riches. Follow the map around the garden, and enjoy multi-generational activities. On National Grandparents Day, kids who bring a grandparent to the arboretum receive $4 off admission, making youth admission $5. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

September 16, Pittsburgh
Celebration and Field Day
Edible Teaching Garden

Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County invite the public to this field day where they can tour the Edible Teaching Garden, learn about vegetable trails being conducted there, taste dishes made with the garden’s produce, and learn how to grow vegetables. From noon to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 412-482-3469 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/allegheny.

 

September 17, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm

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

 

September 30, Springfield
Fall Fest
Smedley Park

A day of hands-on workshops and gardening lectures, plus a plant sale and marketplace selling new and gently used tools, garden art, and jewelry is offered by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/delaware.

 

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October 3, Jeanette
Greensburg Garden Center Annual Meeting
Greensburg Country Club

The Greensburg Garden Center hosts its annual meeting with guest speaker Jessica Walliser, who will present “Forgotten Garden Combos” at this lunchtime event. Held at the Greensburg Country Club. Purchase lunch and program tickets, or program only tickets, by calling 724-837-0245.

 

October 6-7, Erie
Sixth Annual Pumpkin D’Light Night Walking Tour
Headwaters Park at the Erie County Conservation District

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

October 14, Springfield
The Great Horned Owl
Smedley Park

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

 

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

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

 

October 15, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm

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

 

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

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


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September

 

September 9, Fairview
Nature Fest, Celebrating the Honey Bee
Bowie Nature Park, Nature Center Building and Outdoor Classroom,

The 33rd annual festival features music, hayrides, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact the Fairview Area Chamber of Commerce at 615-799-9290 or visit naturefesttn.com for a map of the festival.

 

September 8-10, Roan Mountain
Fall Naturalists’ Rally
Roan Mountain State Park, Highway 143

55th annual fall gathering will include informative lectures, guided hikes, bird watching, and more led by Friends of Roan Mountain. For more information, call Friends at 423-543-7576 or the park 423-772-0190 or visit friendsofroanmtn.org

 

September 9, Knoxville
Bulbs
Cedar Bluff Library
Join master gardeners Alice Greene and Tracy Polite-Johnson for all the dirt on bulbs to plant this fall. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call the library at 865-470-7033.

 

September 10, Knoxville
Symphony in the Park
Ijams Nature Center

Ijams’ Symphony in the Park, presented by Stephen and April Harris, is a wonderful benefit for Ijams Nature Center that features the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra along with special musical and visual artists. Proceeds from this event, which is Ijams’ largest annual fundraiser, help provide outstanding environmental education programs and engaging outdoor experiences as well as maintain this 300-acre wildlife sanctuary. 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit ijams.org.

 

September 11, Chattanooga
Sunflowers & Relatives
Greenspaces

Free public meeting of the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones with speaker Ed Shilling. 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit tennesseevalley.wildones.org.

 

September 14, Kodak
Banding Hummingbirds
Citizens National Bank

Free public meeting of the Smoky Mountains Chapter of Wild Ones with speaker Mark Armstrong of the Seven Islands Birding State Park. 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, see the Smoky Mountains Wild Ones Facebook page.

 

September 14, Memphis
Preparing the Landscape for Winter
Shelby County Extension Office

Tipton County extension agent Joellen Dimond will present the program. Noon-1 p.m. For more information,
call 901-752-1207.

 

September 16, Chattanooga
Dahlias
Ag Center off Bonny Oaks Drive

Master gardener Holly Colf will discuss how to grow amazing dahlias in your own garden. 10 a.m. Register at mghc.org/education-committee-classes.

 

September 16, Hermitage
Wildflower Identification for Beginners
Long Hunter State Park Visitor Center

David Lincicome will offer an introduction to the use of wildflower keys, plant family characteristics, and basic botanic terms. Walking off-trail, so wear sturdy boots and bring notebook, pencil, lunch, water, and bug spray. 9 a.m. For more information, email david.lincicome@tn.gov. Register at tnstateparks.com/events.

 

September 17, Knoxville
Ijams Family Wildlife Series: Bug-ology 103 (Butterflies and Moths)
Ijams Nature Center Miller Building

Join Ijams Nature Center naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales for a lighthearted look at some of the winged wonders that live in East Tennessee. Ijams “ology” workshops are perfect for families with young children, or just folks that are young at heart. We’ll start with a short class and buggy snack, and then head outside to search for signs of Ijams’ insect inhabitants. 2-4 p.m. Pre-registration required. For more information, visit ijams.org/events/ijams-family-wildlife-series-bug-ology-103-butterflies-and-moths.

 

September 18, Knoxville
Bulbs
Davis YMCA

Join master gardeners Alice Greene and Tracy Polite-Johnson for all the dirt on bulbs to plant this fall. 1-2 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.

 

September 18, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Seed Savers United (Collecting and Storing Seeds)
Williamson County Public Library

September is prime time to collect seeds from your garden, so learn how to properly collect, clean, store, and save seeds. Become familiar with the library’s new seed exchange and how it works. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

September 23-24, Kingsport
Exchange Place Fall Folk Arts Festival
Exchange Place Living History Farm

Inaugurated in 1972, this is the region’s oldest autumnal celebration with harvest time activities on the 1850s farm. Artisans will demonstrate and sell traditional folk arts and the Harvest Market will feature plants, fall produce, and seasonal crafts. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit exchangeplace.info.

 

September 23-24, Nashville
Music and Molasses Festival
Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Ellington Agricultural Center

24th annual festival to celebrate the harvest and bring history alive with blacksmithing, sorghum mill, pony rides, local artisans, bakers, growers, and more. For more information, call the Tennessee Agricultural Museum at 615-837-5197 or visit tennessee.agricultural.museum@tn.gov.

 

September 30, Nashville
Through the Garden Gate: A Glimpse of Edwardian England
Cheekwood Botanic Hall

Celebrate the gardens and foods and flowers that delighted Downtown Abbey family and friends as the 19th century turned into the 20th. Visit www.herbsocietynasville.org for details and registration.

 

October

 

October 1, Knoxville
8th Annual Green Thumb Gala
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Join us for an evening of music, great food, and a live auction. 5-9 p.m. For more information or to register, visit knoxgarden.org.

 

October 6-7, Knoxville
Fall Bulb and Plant Sale
Ivan Racheff House and Gardens

Two-day bulb sale offering all kinds of spring bulbs held for over 40 years at the historic Racheff House. New this year is a vendor plant sale on Saturday with perennials, native plants, shrubs, and small trees. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit the Ivan Racheff House and Gardens Facebook page.


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Through October, Surry
Pick-Your-Own Schedule
College Run Farms

Come pick fresh strawberries in late May, blueberries June-July, sweet corn July-early August, and pumpkins and gourds in late September-October. No fee to visit the farm; simply pay for the produce you pick. You can also purchase homemade ice cream, have a snack or lunch in the picnic area, and visit the gift shop. Contact the family farm with specific questions at 757-294-3970 or visit collegerunfarms.com for the crop calendar.

 

Through September 30, Blacksburg
Simply Elemental 2017: Garden Variety
Hahn Horticulture Garden

This year’s theme, “Garden Variety,” focuses on the diverse and the eclectic, the variety that grows in the common soil of southwestern Virginia. 35 jury-selected fanciful, whimsical and thought-provoking works will be displayed throughout the 6-acre garden. For more information, call 540-231-5970 or visit hort.vt.edu/hhg.

 

Through September 30, Suffolk

Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Vehicle access to Lake Drummond via the Railroad Ditch Entrance is open every day in September, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The gate will close one hour earlier to allow all vehicles to leave the area on time. The required self-serve permit and fee envelope can be found at the Permit Station on Railroad Ditch Road, 1/2 mile from the entry gate. All vehicles must pay a $5 daily fee for entry to the Wildlife Drive for touring or for boating. Other payment options can be found at the Permit Station. For more information, visit fws.gov/refuge/Great_Dismal_Swamp.

 

September 12, Newport News
Nature Connects
Virginia Living Museum

Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over a half million LEGO pieces, this show features larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by Brooklyn artist and children’s author Sean Kenney. The sculptures bring nature to life with a 6-foot hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a 7-foot long dragonfly, and more. This spectacular combination of nature and art will be featured outdoors in the Conservation Garden and other outdoor areas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.

 

September 16, Martinsville
“Celebrate the Rose” Rose Show
Piedmont Arts Building

Patrick Henry Rose Society’s 42nd annual rose show is open to the public beginning at 1 p.m. (after judging occurs). The Rose Vase Sale begins 1 p.m. until all are sold. Bloom sale begins 4 p.m. until gone. For more information, contact Society members Katherine Craig at 276-629-7723 or Glenn Sellers at 276-340-8816.

 

September 23, Surry
Garden Workday in Paradise
Chippokes Plantation State Park

National Public Lands Day is a nationwide event that draws thousands of visitors to parks for involvement in natural resource conservation. Savor the first days of fall weather with Garden Workday in Paradise, focusing on the formal gardens behind the Jones-Stewart Mansion, sprucing the flowerbeds and getting the garden ready for winter. Wear appropriate clothing for gardening. Gloves and tools will be provided. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Friends of Chippokes Gift Shop on the mansion grounds. Call 757-294-3728 or visit chippokes.com for details.

 

September 23, Gloucester
Gloucester Wine Festival
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Save the date for the 8th Annual Gloucester Wine Festival sponsored by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce. Join us to taste top Virginia wines and fine foods. Learn more about the art of wine and tastings, shop with local artisans and vendors and listen to live music while strolling the grounds of the internationally acclaimed Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General parking is located at the Ware Academy with shuttles to the festival site. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door). For more information, visit gloucesterwinefestival.com.

 

October

 

October 21, Cheriton
Fall Garden Symposium
Cheriton Fire Station

Speakers include Kerry Ann Mendez, award-winning garden designer, author, and lecturer who has appeared on HGTV; Les Parks, curator of herbaceous plants at Norfolk Botanical Garden; and Mary Stickley-Godinez, owner of Countryside Nurseries and Countryside Garden Consultations. Featured topics include Best Eastern Virginia Perennials, Garden Design, Ornamental Grasses, Outrageous Foliage Plants, and The Right-Size Flower Garden. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration is $65 ($85 after September 15). Registration forms are available at easternshoremastergardeners.com. Buffet lunch, drinks, and snacks are included. There will be a raffle of items by local artisans and books for sale. For more information, call 757-678-7946, ext. 29, or email esmgva@gmail.com.


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Through September 10, Milwaukee
Ultra Violet Summer Floral Show
The Domes, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

From the iridescent purple leaves of Persian shield to the indigo blooms of petunia ‘Dreams Midnight’, all of the plants will sport some form of ultra violet color.

 

September 6, Hales Corners
Garden Walk: Landscaping for Birds
Boerner Botanical Gardens

All walks are expert-led and a fun new topic is covered each week. Walks depart from the Gift Shop, rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. $5 suggested donation. Led by Belinda Abendschein, Burlington Garden Center, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

 

September 8, Janesville
Garden Art Auction
Rotary Botanical Gardens

The Garden Art Auction concludes Garden Art Display of the summer. The public is invited to bid on these projects. Funds raised help to sustain the Gardens, 5 to 7 p.m.

 

September 8 -10, Janesville
Fall Plant Sale
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Sale includes a wide range of trees, shrubs, mums, perennials. Open to the public; members receive a 10 percent discount, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

September 9, Marinette
Fall Plant Sale
Harmony Arboretum

9 a.m. to noon, purchase zone-hardy plants donated and grown by Northern Lights Master Gardener Volunteers. marinette.uwex.edu, 715-757-3031.

 

September 13, Hales Corners
Garden Walk: Conifers
Boerner Botanical Gardens

All walks are expert-led and a fun new topic is covered each week.  Walks depart from the Gift Shop, rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. $5 suggested donation. Led by Ben Habanek, Boerner horticulturist, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

 

September 15, Hales Corners
Boerner By Moonlight Family Garden Walk
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Grab your flashlight and explore Boerner by moonlight. Families will be guided for this special nighttime walk. Discover what creatures come out at night. Refreshments  provided after the walk, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

 

September 16-17, Milwaukee
Orchid Show & Sale
Mitchell Park Conservatory

Orchid displays, exhibits and programs showcasing this amazing exotic plant. An event of the Wisconsin Orchid Society, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit wisconsinorchidsociety.com/index.html.

 

September 20, Fond du lac
Plants of the Arctic
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Class gives an overview of the variety of plants and the unique challenges they face in the polar environment, touching also on the magnificence of the landscape and the variety of life found here, past and present. Taught by Judy Lasca, 7 p.m.

 

September 23, Sheboygan
Harvest Happenings
Bookworm Gardens

Farm, food, and festivities. Celebrate autumnal abundance. Embrace local food culture with apple tastings, hands-on activities, and so much more. $5 per person; members free.

 

September 23-November 5, Milwaukee
Flower Power Fall Floral Show
The Domes

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

 

September 23, Janesville
Harvest Moon Gala
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Fundraising event open to the public, with tickets sales beginning July 17. Event 6 to 10 p.m.

 

September 24, Madison
Thai Fest
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Celebrate Thai culture surrounding the Thai Pavilion and Thai Garden at the biennial Thai Fest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

September 27, Janesville
Over-Wintering Tropical Plants and Favorite Houseplants
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Taught by Patty Bailey, retail manager of Oak Village Garden Center, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $5 for nonmembers; $3 for RBG members; no registration required.

 

September 29, Madison
Crackle – Fire & Froth
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Watch the flames from bonfires dance on the Great Lawn, groove to the live music, and savor a variety of tasty food and Wisconsin brews, 7 to 10 p.m.

 

September 30, Wausau
Autumn Fest in the Garden
Monk Gardens

Free pumpkins, pumpkin decorating, and other family fun, activities, and food, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. rwmonkgardens.org, 715-261-6309.

 

October

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

October 19, Sheboygan
Boos and Brews
Bookworm Gardens

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

October 27, Milwaukee
Ghosts Under Glass
The Domes

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

 

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