Upcoming Events

Give us the details of your upcoming gardening, lawn or landscaping event and we’ll add it here and include it in our next issue. Deadline for printing in  September issue is August 1st. If you miss that deadline for the print issue, send your information anyway, and we’ll add it here.

FUN FOR KIDS

July 11th and Aug. 1st

11am-2pm—Hillermann’s First Saturdays for Kids. Bring the kids to play in the garden and enjoy a FREE activity. July: Make a Fish Plant Bowl. Aug.: Plant Hairy’s Hair. Hillermann Nursery & Florist. 636-239-6729, Hillerman.com.

July 11th

9 am-Children’s Garden Club. Fun in the Garden. FREE. Chesterfield Valley Nursery, 16825 N. Outer Rd., Chesterfield. Hosted by St. Louis County Parks and Recreation.

Aug. 1st

9 am- Children’s Garden Club. Fall Harvest, Seed Garden. FREE. Downtown Gateway Greening.

CLASSES, LECTURES AND EVENTS

Through Aug. 23rd

Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined. The Missouri Botanical Garden plays host to an international exhibition of 22 lighted works of art from Zigong, China. Following critical acclaim and rave reviews from visitors during the 2012 Festival, the Garden has commissioned new sets crafted from silk and steel to once again offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to see an event rarely staged outside of Asia. Open Thursday-Sunday evenings through July 31. Open nightly from August 1-22 from 6-10 p.m. May 23-July 31: $22 adults, $11 members, $10 children (ages 3-12), $5 for member’s children. August 1-22 $26 adults, $13 members, $10 children (ages 3-12), $5 for member’s children. For tickets and more information visit: www.mobot.org/lanternfestival.

July 7th, 14th, 28th, Aug. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

10am-noon—Herbs & Heirlooms Tuesdays. Connect with some of the oldest friends of mankind: herbs. Drop in to explore the culinary, sensory, beauty and uses for the herb featured each week. The first 100 participants will pot an herb to take home and receive a plant profile sheet with care tips and ways to use your new plant. In the Missouri Botanical Garden Herb Garden, weather permitting. Included with Garden Admission. No registration is required. For more information, visit www.mobot.org.

July 7th, 21st, 28th, Aug. 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th

6-7:30pm—EarthDance Apprenticeship Classes. (7/7) Permaculture 101. (7/21) Field Trip to Three Rivers Community Farm (directions at www.threeriverscommunityfarm.com). (7/28) Bug Safari: Examining Pest Management Methods (held at EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave., Ferguson). (8/4) Preserving the Harvest: Simple Methods. (8/11) Field Trip to Thies Farm, 4215 N. Hanley Rd. (8/18) Practical Soil Stewardship and Cover Cropping (held at EarthDance Organic Farm School.) (8/25) Starting from Scratch: Methods of Propagation. Classes held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 33 N Clay Ave Ferguson, MO 63135, unless noted. Classes costs $20/ea. Please register at www.earthdancefarms.org/what-we-do/classes-2/.

July 11th 

10am-3pm—Town & Country Garden Tour. Attention Garden Lovers and Gardeners! Come explore 8 beautiful gardens tucked away in the yards of Town & Country homes. Tickets available June 1. $15 in advance. See Mary Olsen at the Municipal Center, M-F, 8:30am-4:00pm, 314-587-2804. $20 day of tour at Longview Farm House, 13525 Clayton Road, 10am-2pm. Payment by check only. Event held rain or shine.Visit www.townandcountrygardenclub.com or contact Pam Jokerst at 314-276-9461 or pamjokerst@gmail.com for more info.

4-6:30pm—Fairy Garden Party. Bring your family for an evening of merriment. FREE refreshments, door prizes, specials. Talk at 5pm on Mini Landscaping for Containers and Gardens. Learn the unique care tiny plants need along with mini-gardening design tips and techniques. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

July 14th

7-9pm—Tap Root Speakers Series. Guest Speaker Jesse Gilbertson, Director of Horticulture for U-City in Bloom, and VP of Greater St. Louis Bonsai Society, will speak on “Miniature Wonders, The World of Bonsai.” Sponsored by The Missouri Community Forestry Council. $10. Schlafly Bottleworks Crown Room in Maplewood. Call 636-970-3000 to pre-register or register at the door.

July 18th

10am—Maintaining Perennials and Rejuvenating Your Summer Garden. Learn aggressive pruning techniques that will help you achieve strong, more compact plants and many more blooms in your garden. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

6-10pm—Night Blooms – Music in the Garden. Join staff after hours for Night Blooms on the patio, featuring local musician Nathan Gilberg. Café Angelina will be open and serving wine, beer and light fare. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

9am-5pm—St. Louis Carnivorous Plant Society Show and Sale. Lots of unusual plants- Cephalotus, Sarracenia, Venus Flytraps, etc.  Free Venus Flytrap for all kids 12 and under from 11am-1 pm. Missouri Botanical Garden in Beaumont Room.

July 18th-19th

9am-10pm (Sat.), 9am-5pm (Sun.)—Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale. Choose from a wide array of cacti and succulents shown and sold by the area’s top growers, including thousands of rare specimens and starter plants priced from $1.50. Cactus Society members will be on hand to answer questions and give plant care advice. Missouri Botanical Garden, Beaumont Room. Entry included with Garden admission. www.hscactus.org.

July 24th

9am-5pm—Henry Shaw’s Birthday. Missouri Botanical Garden founder Henry Shaw’s 214th birthday celebration. Admission is free for all visitors. Missouri Botanical Garden.

July 25th

10am—Refresh your Window Boxes and Containers. Learn about the hot summer delights that are dripping with color now and will continue to look good well into fall. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

Aug. 1st

8am-noon—Mid-Illinois Iris Club Plant Sale. Plants dug from members’ gardens and from two commercial growers, all are priced delightfully low. Caseyville Township Community Center, 10000 Bunkum Rd. in Fairview Heights, Il.

Aug. 1st

10am—Successive Blooms—Keep Your Garden in Bloom Spring Till Fall. Learn the techniques needed to keep your garden in flower all season. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

9am-5pm—Missouri Botanical Garden Daylily Association Sale. Choose from a wide array of new cultivars and old favorites from the area’s top growers, who will be on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. Proceeds benefit the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Aug. 2nd

Noon-5pm–22nd Annual Orchid Auction. The Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis proudly presents their 22nd Annual Orchid Auction. The social event will be held at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in the Beaumont Room. The auction features various orchids not found in local stores to suit all experience levels and tastes. In addition to the witty humor of auctioneer Dick Wells of Hilltop Orchids (Cloverdale, IN), the event includes live and silent auctions and an information table to address any growing questions you might have and to distribute growing information sheets. For more information visit their website, http://osogsl.org.

Aug. 5th-9th

Washington Town and Country Fair. Join Hillermann’s at their booth at the fair. Ask gardening and landscaping questions and check out the latest gardening items. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

Aug. 8th

10am—Low Maintenance and Long Blooming Gardens. Learn about the showiest, longest blooming plants available and techniques that will keep your garden in top form all season. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

Aug. 15th-16th

9am-5pm—Greater St. Louis Iris Society Show and Sale. Choose from a wide array of new cultivars and old favorites sold from the Missouri Botanical Garden’s displays. Experts from the Greater St. Louis Iris Society will be on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. Proceeds benefit the Missouri Botanical Garden. MBG Ridgway Center.

Aug. 15th

10am-noon—Arboretum and Rain Garden Tour. Forest ReLeaf’s CommuniTree Gardens Nursery in Creve Coeur Park is home to over 22,000 trees representing more than 120 different species or cultivars of species, over 95% native Missouri. Come learn tree identification, explore how rain gardens attract wildlife and cut costs, and see examples of species that thrive in hard to grow areas. An official Monarch Waystation, their greenhouse features many hard to find native species grown from seed. For more information and to register: moreleaf.org, 314-533-5323 or email info@moreleaf.org.

4-6:30pm—Monarch Mania Gardening for Wildlife Garden Party. FREE refreshments, door prizes, FREE plants with purchase. 5pm talk on Monarch Mania Gardening for Wildlife. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

Aug. 22nd

10am—Best Fall Gardening Tips. Discover which varieties are flowering along with the garden practices that will produce the longest-blooming, heaviest producing plants and more. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

6-10pm—Night Blooms – Music in the Garden. Join staff after hours for Night Blooms on the patio, featuring local musicians the Linemann Brothers. Café Angelina will be open and serving wine, beer and light fare. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

Aug. 29th

10am—Tried and True Garden Plants. Learn about the plants that are superior producers, with exceptionally beautiful flowers, fantastic forms and superior habits. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

5-7pm–U. City in Bloom Native Plant Landscaping Open House. U City in Bloom and St. Louis Audubon’s Bring Conservation Home program invite you to the Native Plant Landscaping Open House in the Bird Garden behind Centennial Commons, 7210 Olive, University City. This event is free and open to the public. Stroll through the garden with wine & cheese, or beer & pretzels, while a native plant expert gives you tips about how to enhance your garden to support bees, birds, butterflies and many other beneficial organisms by using attractive and attention-grabbing native plants that evolved to adapt to our climate.  Representatives from Bring Conservation Home, Grow Native, Wild Ones, River des Peres Watershed Coalition, U City Butterfly group, The Gateway Gardener magazine, U City Green Practices Commission, and the Green Center will be available with information for you to use in creating your own native landscape area, and rain gardens.

Washington County Home Grown Farm Tour and Field Dinner. Explore farm country and celebrate the growing season in historic Washington County. The event kicks off at the Washington County Courthouse Farmer’s Market in Potosi, MO with an information booth, and local craft displays along side market delights of produce, homemade jams, breads and honey. Set out from the Courthouse Square with your farm tour maps on the free, self-guided tour featuring 12 or more venues highlighting the diversity of local farms and 250 years of history in Washington County. The farmer’s market opens at 8am and most farms are ready for visitors by 10am. End the afternoon with the Harvest Field Dinner showcasing locally produced foods and featuring handcrafted cheese appetizers, local wine and a leisurely four course, farm-style dinner set in the vineyards at Edg-Clif Winery near Potosi, MO. Tickets are $55/person and proceeds benefit the Washington County Farm Tour Scholarship Fund. For more information visit www.homegrownfarmtour.com or call Debby Bust at (573) 438-8555 to make reservations.