Upcoming Events


Give us the details of your upcoming gardening, lawn or landscaping event and we’ll add it to our website and include it in our next issue. Deadline for printing in October issue is Sept. 1st. If you don’t make that deadline, send the information anyway, and we’ll post it on this page.


Interested in Joining a Garden Club or Plant Society? We have meeting dates, locations and contact information on more than 50 area garden clubs on our website at www.GatewayGardener.com. Don’t have access to the internet? Just call us at (314) 968-3740, or write us at PO Box 220853, St. Louis, MO 63122, and we’ll get the information to you. So share your joy for gardening and join a garden club or favorite plant society today!


Sept. 2nd

Between10-11am–First Saturday Kids. Bring the kids anytime to play in the garden decorate a mum. $10 supply fee. Call to RSVP. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

Sept. 9th

9am—Plant Fall Color. St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Children’s Garden Club. FREE. Sherwood’s Forest Nursery and Garden Center, 2651 Barrett Station Rd.


Now through Sept. 29th

Brightside St. Louis Bulb Sale. Now is the time to order your Brightside bulbs. New this year, a special ‘Brightside Red’ hybrid Darwin tulip and a vibrant purple and pink Triumph tulip collection, plus the classic Carlton daffodil and Brightside’s exclusive Midwest Mix that includes six varieties of hearty daffodils. Visit www.Brightsidestl.org to view bulbs and submit an order or print out a mail-in order. Or call (314) 772-4646. Orders will be available in October.

Sept. 8th

4-7:30 p.m.–Native Plant School Wildflower Sale. Welcoming new and experienced gardeners and people looking for locally made products for a greener community, including wildflowers from Missouri Wildflower Nursery, wine, bread, meats, art, crafts and more. The sale is located in the pavilions behind the Bascom House, near the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve. The garden is devoted to showcasing native plants in many habitats and design styles. Bring checks and cash to pay vendors. Shaw Nature Reserve, I-44 at exit #253 in Gray Summit, Mo. Cost is $5 (MBG members $3). For more information visit us on the web at www.shawnature.org.

Sept. 9th

SPLASH Pond and Garden Tour. Enjoy an early autumn tour of water gardens around St. Louis!  Choose the bus tour or self-guided to visit these beautiful oases around St. Louis.  Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided for all ticket holders throughout the day.  All proceeds this year will be donated to Water Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people access clean drinking water and improved sanitation. Check them out at www.watercharity.com. ​Tickets for the tour will be on sale at Chalily’s Pond and Gardens or online at wwww.Chalily.com until 09/08/17. $30 for Bus or self-guided tickets including meals. Call (636) 527-2001 for more information.

Sept. 9th-10th
Gateway West Gesneriad Society Show and Sale. New cultivars and old favorites are shown and sold by the area’s top growers, who are on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. Beaumont Room, Ridgway Visitor Center at Missouri Botanical Garden. Entry included with Garden admission. www.gesneriadsociety.org.

9am-4pm—Greater St. Louis Daylily Society Show and Sale. Missouri Botanical Garden, Orthwein Hall. Hundreds of plants, all colors, shapes and sizes at great prices $5 up for all tastes from member’s private gardens. Sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Daylily Society.  Contact Kathy for more info 618-304-5907.

Sept. 16th

9am-4pm—Native Plant Garden Tour. STL Audubon’s Bring Conservation Home program and the St. Louis Chapter of Wild Ones are collaborating again to bring you this tour of residential gardens in the St. Louis area. Featured gardens are located in Ballwin, Chesterfield, Manchester and Town and Country. Tickets are available at several area retailers for $20. Proceeds benefit both organizations. Tickets are again limited to maintain a high-quality and personal Tour. Don’t wait; we will sell-out!


Sept. 16th-17th

American Rose Society Central and Illinois/Indiana Districts Conference and Rose Show. Featured speaker will be Tom Carruth, a world-renowned rose hybridizer formerly with Weeks Roses and currently the curator at Huntington Garden. $55 to attend the Saturday conference including lunch. Show is open free to the general public on Sunday the 17th 9am-4pm.

Sept. 23rd

9am-2pm—Native Plant Expo and Sale Saturday. A FREE event in partnership St. Louis Audubon Society and Schlafly’s Bottleworks in Maplewood. Bring your “extra” native plants or seeds to share or swap. Plus plenty on-hand from SLAS Habitat Advisors. Forrest Keeling and Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will also be on-site selling plants plus a couple retailers selling other bird, butterfly or bee-related items and a number of organizations with info and resources to share. A portion of all event sales will benefit the Bring Conservation Home program. Schlafly Bottlelworks, Maplewood.

Sept. 24th

1-6pm—U City in Bloom Garden Tour and Plein Air Art Competition. The self-guided tour (1-5pm) features gardens in University Heights #1, the subdivision laid out by University City founder, Edward G. Lewis. The reception at City Hall following the tour (5-6pm) will include food and drink by area businesses. Works by plein air artists painting at various neighborhood locations during the day, also will be on display and available for purchase at the reception. Tickets will be available online through the website, ucityinbloom.org, and on the day of the tour at City Hall.

Sept. 30th

9am–Fall Plant and Craft Sale. Hosted by the O’Fallon Garden Club. Fall flowers, pumpkins and gourds plus an assortment of fall and Halloween craft items. Corner of Lincoln and Hwy. 50 in O’Fallon, IL.

Sept. 30th-Oct. 1st

9am-5pm—Greater St. Louis Dahlia Society Show. 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 abou their organization. Missouri Botanical Garden, Ridgway Center, Orthwein Floral Display Hall.


Sept. 2nd-4th

10am-8pm Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm Monday—Annual Japanese Festival. Taiko drumming, bon odori festival dancing, martial arts, candlelight walks in the Japanese Garden and more. Regular adamission rates to the Children’s Garden apply. For pricing and more information visit www.mobot.org. No trams. Missouri Botanical Garden.

Sept. 2nd & 5th

10am—Master the Basics, Proven Techniques for Successful Gardening. Learn about soil preparation, selecting the right plant for the right place, fertilizing, and how available light and water affect your plants. You’ll also learn how proper garden techniques greatly improve your plants’ performance. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

Sept. 6th

7-9pm—The REAL Cost of Not Maintaining Trees. Learn how preventative maintenance is not only good for your trees, but for your pocket book a well. Presented by Josh Behounek, Urban Forester, Davey Resource Group, and Cory Meyer, Municipal Forester, City of Kirkwood. Part of the 2017 Tap Root Speaker Series. Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest, Maplewood. $10 contribution requested to support educational activities of The Missouri Community Forestry Council. Visit www.mocommunitytrees.org.

Sept. 9th

10am—Exquisite Autumn Containers. Learn about outstanding plant combinations and window boxes with color and texture. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

10am-3pm—Monarch Madness. Celebrate monarch butterflies and all the pollinators at a fun, family friendly, free public event. Exhibitors, kids’ crafts and activities and more. Weldon Spring Site, 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles. Sponsored by Missourian’s for Monarchs—Naturalists and Gardeners, St. Charles County Parks and Recreation, Missouri Department of Conservation, Weldon Spring Site, and Great Rivers Greenway.

Sept. 14th

1-4 pm—Native Plant School: Converting Mowed Grass to Seeded Prairie or Savannah. Learn how to create a natural-style landscape with high diversity, low maintenance and great wildlife diversity. $17 ($14 Garden members). Classes are behind the Joseph H. Bascom House. For reservations or more information, call (636) 451-3512 or visit www.shawnature.org.

8am-4:30pm–Fall Field Day. Learn about healthy soils, creative conservation applications, native plants and more. Primarily for landscape professionals, but also master gardeners and serious gardeners. Forrest Keeling Nursery, 88 Forrest Keeling Lane, Elsberry, MO. For more information call 800-356-2401 or email info@ fknursery.com.

Sept. 16th

10am—Splashy Seasonal Containers. Learn everything you need to know to bring seasonal splash to your patio or porch containers. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

September 17th

6-9pm – Chefs in a Garden. Join us for our annual gala, where attendees can explore our silent auction and enjoy incredible food as talented St. Louis chefs prepare a variety of tasting plates from local ingredients. The Four Seasons Hotel, 999 N 2nd St, St. Louis, MO. Tickets available at http://www.chefsinagarden.org.

Sept. 19th

4:30-6:30pm—Jacquelyn K. Jones Lecture:  Growing Up with the River. Stotler Lounge inside Memorial Union, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO  65211. Friends of the Mizzou Botanic Garden welcome Growing Up with the River authors Dan & Connie Burkhardt and artist Bryan Haynes to present the 2017 Jacquelyn K. Jones Lecture. Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri takes a brief look at each of nine generations that have grown up in different communities since Lewis and Clark’s historic Voyage of Discovery. Free, open to the public, no reservations required. Call (573) 882-4240 with questions.

Sept. 24th

3pm—Refarm Academy at Sunflower Hill Farm. An introduction program to a monthly series of educational programs sponsored by local food focused “farm to table” providers. Learn small scale organic farming. See “Dig This” article on page 21for more details or call (314) 303-6831.

Sept. 30th

10am-2:30pm—St. Louis Regional Beekeeping Speaker Series. Dr. Dale Hill, an expert in the field of animal nutrition with 38 years of nutrition formulation experience is the guest speaker. Registration begins August 23 at www.beespeakstl.com. Shoenberg Theater, Missouri Botanical Garden.

10am—Fall to Winter, Transitional Container Gardening. Learn how to use evergreen perennials and shrubs, along with seasonal ornaments to have your pots looking gorgeous all the way till spring. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.