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 2nd

11am-2pm—Hillermann’s First Saturdays for Kids. Bring the kids to make a FREE pair of binoculars and choice of painting a rock (paperweight) or a terra cotta pot. Hillermann Nursery & Florist. RSVP to sign up at 636-239-6729, Hillerman.com.

July 6th 20th, and 27th

10-11am—Summer Kids’ Camp. Make a Floral Arrangement (July 7th), HyperTuffa & Leaf Making Part 1 (July 20th), and Part 2 (July 27th). $10.00 supply fee per child per event. Please call 636-239-6729 to sign up. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, www.hillermann.com.

July 16th and Aug. 20th

10:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30pm—Great Green Adventures: Sculptures in the Garden (July) and Wonderful Waterlilies (Aug). For children ages 6 to 12 with an adult. Great Green Adventures are held the third Saturday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Meet at the Missouri Botanical Garden Children’s Garden Ticket Fort. $3 per child. Visit www.mobot.org for more information.

July 9th

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. 6th

9 am- Children’s Garden Club. Polinator Project—Bees. FREE. Greenscape Gardens, 2832 Barrett Station Rd. Call 314-821-2440, GreenscapeGardens.com.

CLASSES, LECTURES AND EVENTS

Now through July 24th

Desert Exhibit. Chronicling the historical uses of cacti and succulents in past Garden designs while displaying the current living collection. Typically viewed by the public only in small numbers throughout the grounds, a portion of the garden’s collection will be displayed in the Linnean House. Included with Missouri Botanical Garden Admission. For more information, visit www.mobot.org.

July 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, Aug. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th

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 150 participants will pot an herb to take home and receive a plant profile sheet with care tips and ways to use your new plant. Missouri Botanical Garden in the Herb Garden, weather permitting. Included with Garden Admission. No registration is required. For more information, visit www.mobot.org.

July 9th

9-10am – Youth Garden Leader Prof. Dev. Workshop: Connecting to the Curriculum. Learn how to use the school garden in a way that supports the whole curriculum, giving the students hands-on experiential learning opportunity right in the schoolyard. FREE. The Carriage House, 3815 Bell Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. http://www.gatewaygreening.org/events/

10am—High Impact for Small Spaces. Learn about the ideal shrubs, trees and perennials, along with ideas to create a sense of uniqueness for your small spaces. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

July 14th

1-4 pm—Native Plant School: Monarch Gardening. Learn why monarchs have declined and how we can act to help them by planting more milkweed and other plants they depend on for nectar. Session includes hands-on tours and demonstrations. Audience participation encouraged. $15 ($12 Garden members). Joseph H. Bascom House at Shaw Nature Reserve. For reservations or more information, call (636) 451-3512 ext. 0 or visit www.shawnature.org.

July 16th

10-11am – Compost Bin Construction Workshop. Come and learn how Gateway Greening builds the 3-bin composters they award to gardens with this hands-on workshop. Participants will receive a copy of the compost bin construction plants that Gateway Greening uses. FREE. The Carriage House, 3815 Bell Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. http://www.gatewaygreening.org/events/

10-noon – Perfect Picks: Fall Planting Workshop. Ever wonder how to maximize the yield and variety in your vegetable & herb garden? Learn the fundamentals of 3 season organic garden planning and care. Using the ‘Perfect Pick’ plants as a focus we will cover the fall garden in detail! FREE. St. Louis Science Center 6424 Center Ct, St. Louis, MO 63116 http://www.gatewaygreening.org/events/

July 16th and 30th

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.

July 17th and 21st

10am–Pollinator Plants: Why do we really need them? Learn the benefits of pollinator plants, not just what they do for insects but what they do to help us, too! Papillon Perennials, 2906 Ossenfort Rd., Wildwood, MO 63038. FREE.

July 18th & August 20th

10am—Forest ReLeaf Arboretum Tour. Free, arboretum and nursery tours featuring over 25,000 trees, demonstration rain garden, wild flower garden, greenhouse and arboretum with over 150 native species and cultivars. Forest ReLeaf’s CommuniTree Gardens nursery, 2194 Creve Coeur Mill Road, Creve Coeur Park, Maryland Heights. To learn more about Forest ReLeaf go to moreleaf.org.

July 20th

6:30-7:30pm – Pints ‘n’ Plants Lecture Series: Missouri Natives: Presented by Simon Barker with Native Landscape Solutions and Grow Native. FREE. Urban Chestnut Bier Hall – the Grove, 4465 Manchester Ave, St. Louis 63110. http://www.gatewaygreening.org/events/

July 23rd

11am-noon—General Care for Flowering Trees & Shrubs. When to trim flowering trees and shrubs is one of the most frequently asked questions by both the new and experienced gardener.  Joe Kueper, resident Certified Arborist will discuss not only general guidelines for many of the common garden plants, but also go into detail on the care and maintenance of some of our more unusual trees and shrubs. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.
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 27th and 31st

10am–Underutilized Tough Perennials for St. Louis. A look at which perennials perform best in our challenging climate and soils. Many of these gems are not well known! Papillon Perennials, 2906 Ossenfort Rd., Wildwood, MO 63038. FREE.

July 30th

11am – noon – Tomato Tasting. FREE. Bell Community & Demonstration Garden, 3871 Bell Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. http://www.gatewaygreening.org/events/

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. 6th

10am—To Prune or Not to Prune. Learn the correct timing and techniques to prune the various hydrangea cultivars and other shrubs for maximum blooming. Rejuvenating tired old shrubs will also be discussed.Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

10-11am – Fall Garden: Community Education Workshop. Although temperatures are soaring, August is the time to be planting cool season crops for the fall. This workshop covers how to plant a fall garden, what plants to use, and how to prep the garden for next year. FREE. The Carriage House, 3815 Bell Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. http://www.gatewaygreening.org/events/

2-4pm–Pollinator Palace. Perennial instructor will talk about beneficial pollinators, show a presentation of insect hotel possibilities, and have everyone make a palace to take with them. All ages welcome, registration required. St. Louis County Library, Lewis and Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis and Clark Blvd. ST. Louis, MO 63136. (314) 994-3300 x2379.

1pm–Bee Appreciation Month: Missouri Native Bees. Learn about the diversity of Missouri’s native bees. Rolling Ridge Nursery 60 N. Gore, Webster Groves. (314) 962-3311. FREE and open to all ages.

Aug. 6th-7th

9am-5pm—Greater St. Louis Iris Society Show and Sale. New cultivars and old favorites are shown by the area’s top growers, who are on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Missouri Botanical Garden, Ridgway Visitor Center. Included with Garden admission. www.mobot.org.

August 10th

12-1pm – Food Policy Lunch’n’Learn: What is a Food Hub? Debi Kelly, MU Extension Horticulture/Local Food Specialist, presents on different food aggregation models & explains both how and why food aggregation infrastructure helps support a regional food economy. FREE. Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave, St. Louis, MO 63143. http://www.gatewaygreening.org/events/

Aug. 12th

10am—Pollinator Pantry, Gardening for Pollinators. Learn the plants butterflies love, along with the different butterflies that will call your garden home. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

August 13th

10am—Mini-Garden Make-N-Take Workshop. Mini Gardens are a fun way to create a miniature landscape in a container. Create your own Mini Garden to take home. $30.00 supply fee. Please call 636-239-6729 to register. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

10am—Monarch Mania Gardening for Wildlife. Learn about the Missouri natives and others plants that wildlife find irresistible. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

11-am-noon—The Edible Fall Garden. Planting fall edibles are a great way to extend the harvest each year. Get tips on planning and maintaining your edible garden throughout the fall season. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555

10am–Bee Appreciation Month: Native Bee Hotel Workshop. Learn how to make a native bee hotel. Rolling Ridge Nursery 60 N. Gore, Webster Groves. (314) 962-3311. FREE and open to all ages.

August 14th

Noon-5pm—The Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis Annual Orchid Auction. Missouri Botanical Garden in the Beaumont Room. Hundreds of orchids at great prices. Silent auctions and sale tables. Free parking. For more information, please contact Tom & Judy Evans at 314.878.4055 or tom@judyandtomevans.com.

10am–Which Plants are REALLY Deer Resistant! Learn which plants are not touched in Wildwood! Papillon Perennials, 2906 Ossenfort Rd., Wildwood, MO 63038. FREE.

August 17th

6:30-7:30pm – Pints ‘n’ Plants Lecture Series: Fermenting Foods: Jenny Bangert presents on Fermenting Foods. FREE. Urban Chestnut Bier Hall – the Grove, 4465 Manchester Ave, St. Louis 63110. http://www.gatewaygreening.org/events/

Aug. 20th

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.

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.

11am-Noon—The Science of Good Soil. Dr. Bill Sadler, renowned for his work in the field of organics will discuss general soil composition for the St. Louis area, and address ways to keep its many micronutrients in the necessary proportions to enhance the life of your plants and lawn.  Soil testing is available for a fee. Please call for details. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

10-11am – Bouquet Making: Community Education Workshop. Learn the art of bouquet arranging with local flower farmer Vicki Lander of Flower Hill Farm. FREE. Bell Community & Demonstration Garden, 3871 Bell Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. http://www.gatewaygreening.org/events/

10am–Bee Appreciation Month: National Honeybee Day. Learn the ins and outs of beekeeping with a local beekeeper. Rolling Ridge Nursery 60 N. Gore, Webster Groves. (314) 962-3311. FREE and open to all ages.

August 24th

1-5pm–Illinois Master Naturalist Training. If you enjoy spending time in nature and want to help preserve our environment, then consider becoming a University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalists. Master Naturalist volunteers work to restore and preserve natural areas and help educate youth and adults about environmental stewardship. Training is conducted on Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. starting August 24 through November 9. We also have Saturday field trips from 8:30 am to 3 pm on August 27 and September 24. Training fee is $250. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. For more information, visit the Madison-Monroe-St. Clair Unit website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mms or call (618) 344-4230.

Aug. 27th

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

10am—Secret Fixes for Your Worst Plant Challenges. Are deer and bunnies eating all your hard work? Has disease turned your Phlox into a crumpled mess? Learn about the plants that we have found work in these tough situations. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

11am-noon—Fall Seeding & Lawn Renovation. Fall is an important time to add the necessary organic matter needed for your lawn to endure the stresses it will encounter next year. Learn the various steps for a fall maintenance program that will help create a lush lawn in spring. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

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 13 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. Enjoy lunch while benefitting the Farm Tour Agriculture Scholarship by purchasing a locally-sourced BLT or pork loin box lunch at the Courthouse or sample some B&B’s cuisine in Caledonia. Both lunches are $12 each and first come, first served. Call 573-438-8555 to reserve a box lunch. 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 $60/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.

2pm–Bee Appreciation Month: Honeytasting. Honey tasting with SeedGeeks. Rolling Ridge Nursery 60 N. Gore, Webster Groves. (314) 962-3311. FREE and open to all ages.

Aug. 28th and Sept. 1st

10am–Gardening for Songbirds. Learn the most important plants to attract songbirds. Papillon Perennials, 2906 Ossenfort Rd., Wildwood, MO 63038. FREE.