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  July/August issue is June 1st. If you miss that deadline for the print issue, send your information anyway, and we’ll add it here.

Fun for Kids

May 7th

9am—Children’s Garden Club-Annuals and Vegetables. FREE, no reservations required, everyone welcome. The Children’s Garden Club is designed to educate and bring delight in gardening to children with projects they do themselves. Compliments Wiethops Greenhouses, held at Jefferson Barracks Victory Garden at Ordnance Building.

10am-2pm—Hillermann’s First Saturday Kids – See the opening of the All American Selections (AAS) Vegetable Garden and help do the planting at 10:00 am. Learn about vegetable gardening and get a FREE vegetable plant to grow at home! Kids, decorate a large Floral Mum to give Mom for Mother’s Day from 11am -2pm ($5 supply fee) and make a Mother’s Day Card for FREE. Call to RSVP for the Kids’ Mum activity. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

9am-noon— “Make It for Mom” Kids’ Planting Session. Come in and plant a pot of colorful annuals for Mom, Grandma or both! Cost per pot is $15.00. Parkview Gardens Florist & Greenhouses, 1925 W. Randolph Street, St. Charles, 636-946-7641, ParkviewGardens.com.

Plant Shows, Sales and Tours

May 1st
Noon-4-pm–“Monarch Garden in a Box” Plant Sale. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will come to the City of St. Louis and offer a one-­‐stop shopping opportunity for all of the plants needed to create a 3’ x 3’ monarch garden. Boxes will include nine quart-­‐sized plants: four milkweed (two varieties) and five pollinator-­‐friendly nectar plants. Each Monarch Garden in a Box will cost $50 and can be purchased with cash, check, or charge.
The Mayor’s Office has free Milkweeds for Monarchs yard signs for any monarch garden registered on the City’s website. Brightside St. Louis Demonstration Garden, 4646 Shenandoah Ave. 63110. Milkweeds for Monarchs is part of the City of St. Louis Urban Vitality & Ecology Initiative, and is a sustainability program of the City of St. Louis Office of The Mayor. For more information on this or other sustainability initiatives in the City of St. Louis, visit stlouis-­‐mo.gov/sustainability.

May 6th

7 -11am— The Twenty-Five Gardeners’ Plant and Bake Sale.  Perennials (including a variety of hostas), trees and shrubs, and plants started from seeds. Club members on hand to assist with selection and gardening questions. Across from Post Office on Columbia Street, Downtown Farmington, Missouri.  573-756-6991.

May 7th

7am-noon—Central Missouri Master Gardeners 19th Annual Indoor Plant Sale.

Jaycee Fairgrounds, Jefferson City, MO. 30 varieties of tomatoes, vegetables, peppers, herbs, natives, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, container arrangements,  garden art,

8am-noon—Lakeview Garden Club Plant Sale. Large selection of reasonably priced plants and baked items. Proceeds benefit schools, senior centers, parks and Habitat for Humanity homes. 244 Lakeview Acres Dr. in Collinsville, IL.

8am-1pm— Huge Plant Sale Event. Webster Groves Women’s Garden Association will offer great prices and Master Gardener advice on truckloads of donated perennials from local gardens plus nursery grown annuals & herbs. Also featured: Member-designed container gardens. Bake Sale, Silent Auction and a Rolling Ridge gift certificate raffle. First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, 10 W. Lockwood (corner of Elm and Lockwood).

8am-12—Mississippi Valley Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. Great selection of healthy plants for sun and shade. Plants are provided by club members. Alton Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, 3109 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey, IL.

8am-2pm—Flora Conservancy Plant Sale. 5600 Clayton Ave. All proceeds benefit the Flora Conservancy of Forest Park, a not-for-profit volunteer group that partners with the City of St. Louis Parks Department to landscape and maintain plantings throughout Forest Park.

9am-noon—Four Winds Farm Garden Club Plant Sale. Member raised perennials and herbs that are tried and true for this region. Parking Lot at the Dog Museum, Queeny Park,1721 South Mason Road.

9am-noon—Kirkwood Garden Club Plant Sale. Kirkwood Train Station area. Members provide plants from their gardens and answer gardening questions. Proceeds provide scholarships to horticulture students at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

9am-1pm—O’Fallon Garden Club Annual Spring Plant Sale. Intersection of Highway 50 and Lincoln. Sun and shade perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables plus garden-themed craft items. Several Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions.

9am-1pm—Plant Sale.  Annuals, perennials, herbs, butterfly and pollinator favorites, gifts for Mom and more.  Bethel United Methodist Church, 17500 Manchester Road in Wildwood MO.  636-458-2255.

9 am to 3 pm – Kress Farm Preserves 18th Annual Plant Sale.  Featuring native perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, daylilies, succulents, cacti and many other plants. Raffle.  Lunch available. 5137 Glade Chapel Road, Hillsboro, MO.  Call Jo at 636-296-9306 for additional information.

9am-3pm—Missouri Prairie Foundation Plant Sale. A wide variety of choice native perennials, grasses, sedges, vines, shrubs, and trees supplied by Papillon Perennials will be available outside the entrance to the Town & Country Whole Foods Market, 1160 Town and Country Crossing Drive, Town and Country. Don’t miss this great sale! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the prairie conservation work of the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

9am-4pm—Spring Wildflower Sale. Native wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs for home landscapes brought to you by Shaw Nature Reserve and local native plant nurseries. Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit, MO, at I-44 and Hwy. 100. (636) 451-3512. Admission Free for members, $5 ($3 Seniors) non-members. Members only preview, May 6, 4-7:30pm.

Noon-3pm—Mid-Illinois and Southern Illinois Iris Society Show. Entries accepted from 8-10am, judging 10am-noon. For entry information, call (618) 698-5424. Our Lady of the Snows, Guild Center, on Hwy. 15 in Belleville.

8am-noon–Shepherd of the Hills Garden Club Plant and Bake Sale.  God and Country Theatre parking lot at 1840 West Highway 76 in Branson, MO. Please come early for best selection – annuals and perennials hardy to our area are available for sale – also tasty baked goods. This is the club’s annual fundraiser to provide a College of Ozarks scholarship and to help with its many community projects. The event takes place rain or shine.

May 14th

9am-5pm—West County Daylily Club Sale. Missouri Botanical Garden, Ridgway Center.

9am-5pm—Gateway Rock Garden Society Sale. Missouri Botanical Garden, Ridgway Center.

9am-noon—Mason Ridge Garden Club Annual Plant Sale.  Longview Farm Park, 13525 Clayton Road in Town & Country, MO. Cash or checks, only please.  Arrive early for best selection! Contact Claire Chosid at 314-479-3156 or claire@chosid.us.

May 14th-15th

10am-4pm Sat., & Sun.—The Ste. Genevieve Master Gardeners Garden Walk and Plant Sale. $7 per person or $6 for groups of five or more. No reservations required.Tour public and private gardens in historic Ste. Genevieve. Plant Sale begins at 9am Sat. 10am Sun. Farmers Market (Sat. 7am-noon), garden merchandise, specials at area shops and restaurants, and other activities. Purchase tickets at Ste Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 South Main St. 800-373-7007.

9am-5pm—Greater St. Louis Dahlia Society Sale. Missouri Botanical Garden, Ridgway Visitors Center.

May 28th-29th

9am-5pm—Rose Society of Greater St. Louis Show/Sale/Festival. Missouri Botanical Garden, Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Sale 9am-5pm on the 28th. Show and Festival noon-5pm and 29th 9am-5pm. Program on Miniatures & Miniflora Roses at 2pm on the 28th; Rose Rosette Disease at 2pm on the 29th. Children’s activities and other programs throughout both days.

Classes, Lectures and Events

May 1st

1-3pm—What about your Mother’s Quilt? Ann Hazelwood, certified quilt appraiser and author of the Colebridge Community fiction series shares her knowledge and care advice on quilts. Bring your quilt. Ann will also have her books available. Parkview Gardens Florist & Greenhouses, 1925 W. Randolph Street, St. Charles, 636-946-7641, ParkviewGardens.com.

May 3rd

6-7:30pm—Field Trip to Maplewood Richmond Heights’ School Gardens. MRH District Gardens, 7539 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63143. Melissa Breed-Parks, head of the MRH school district’s extensive educational garden program will lead a tour of district’s permaculture-inspired edible schoolyards.  She will discuss garden-enriched learning and youth leadership in the garden. Part of the EarthDance Organic Farm School class series. Cost $20. Register at  http://www.earthdancefarms.org/what-we-do/classes-2/.

5:30pm—Plants That June Loves Best. June Hutson, Supervisor of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Kemper Center Home Demonstration Gardens, will share with you the plants she loves best. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

May 4th

5-7:30pm—Make and Take Container Party. Experts available to help you put together fabulous pots. Bring a container to plant or purchase one. Talk at 5:30 on Dazzling Containers for Entrance Ways, Patios and Gardens. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

May 4-8th

Stark Bros. 200th Anniversary Mother’s Day Celebration and Sale. Stark Bros. Garden Center 11523 Highway NN, Louisiana, MO.

May 4th and 12th

5-7pm—Potting Night. Bring your pots and pot your containers.  Staff will help you pick out the right plants for your pots.  Soil is FREE for pots 10″ in diameter and under and the soil price is discounted for larger pots.  Parkview Gardens Florist & Greenhouses, 1925 W. Randolph Street, St. Charles, 636-946-7641, ParkviewGardens.com.

May 5th

5:30pm—Colorful Combinations for Shade Gardens. Explore the ever-expanding selection of shade plants. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 6th

9am-5pm—National Public Gardens Day. Part of a nationwide celebration of public gardens, visit the Better Homes and Gardens website at BHG.com/freegarden and click “Get Coupon” to download an exclusive voucher valid for two free general daytime admissions to Missouri Botanical Garden. www.nationalpublicgardensday.org.

May 7th

10am—Salsa Saturday and Make-n-Take Salsa Garden. Join in the fun and festivities with Cinco de Mayo! Salsa gardens ready to go as well as many other edible container gardens. Handouts will be available on how to grow edibles in small spaces and containers. Grilled veggie samples in the Monarch Café from 11am-1pm. $25 supply fee. Call to RSVP. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

May 8th

1-3pm—Mother’s Day at Parkview. Bring Mom into shop in the greenhouses and listen to wonderful classical piano performed by LHS student, Joshua Fruend. Parkview Gardens Florist & Greenhouses, 1925 W. Randolph Street, St. Charles, 636-946-7641, ParkviewGardens.com.

May 10th

6-7:30pm—Save the Veggies! Pest & Disease Management. Saint Stephens Church, 33 N. Clay Ave, Ferguson, 63135.  Farm Manager Matt Lebon introduces you to the methods and thinking organic farmers use to tackle problems of pest and disease. Part of the EarthDance Organic Farm School class series. Cost $20. Register at  http://www.earthdancefarms.org/what-we-do/classes-2/.

5:30pm—Sumptuous Succulents. Discover the exotic succulent beauties that require little care yet inspire and amaze. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 11th

Sips, Souls & Strolls. Enjoy wines and hors d’oevres as you walk the grounds of St. Louis’ most historic cemetery and arboretum. Hear stories of famous and infamous St. Louisans from master guides. Hosted by Friends of Bellefontaine Cemetery. Tickets available at www.bellefontainecemetery.org/events.

5:30pm—Curb Appeal. Creative ideas to make the most of your home’s appearance. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 12th

5:30pm—Shrubs for Foundations, Screening & Gardens.. Learn the best varieties for these uses. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

1-4 pm—Native Plant School: Spring Flowering Perennials and Grasses. Showy and useful landscape plants that bloom in spring and how to garden with them. $15 ($10 Garden members). Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve. For reservations or more information, call (636) 451-3512 or visit www.shawnature.org.

May 14th

9am-3pm–Living Landscapes Workshop: Native Plants Get Us Back to Our Roots.  Arcadia Academy, 211 South College Street, Arcadia, Missouri 63621. Learn from experts about the beauty and benefits of using plants native to Missouri in your landscaping. At this workshop, with lunch included, you will learn best plants to support monarch butterflies and other beneficial insects, basics of native plant design and maintenance, best natives for specific landscaping needs, and more. Registration deadline is May 4th. For more information visit www.grownative.org.

10:30am—Painting Your Garden with Perennials. Gather valuable information on creating your own “masterpiece” as experts share perennial plant ideas to accent your gardens. Parkview Gardens Florist & Greenhouses, 1925 W. Randolph Street, St. Charles, 636-946-7641, ParkviewGardens.com.

10am-2pm—Pollinator Gardening & Monarch Café Event. Bring the kids for a FREE make a Bumblebee Puppet activity. Presentation on “Monarch Butterflies and the Quail Forever Program” at 10am “Pollinators and Attracting Them” at 11am. FREE designs, seeds and other handouts while supplies last. Buy a pollinator kit and receive a FREE Pollinator Garden T-shirt. Plant a pollinator kit and register your pollinator garden for the Washington in Bloom 100 Pollinator Garden Challenge. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

11am–2pm—Missourians for Monarchs. Stop by and visit with Mary Carey, a Missouri Department of Conservation Master Naturalist to talk about how to create a rest stop for the Monarch butterflies in your yard. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636-798-2555.

6–10pm—Night Blooms Music in the Garden at Frisella Nursery. An evening of music in the garden with local musician Pat Malloy. Enjoy dinner and drinks by Café Angelina for a relaxed evening outdoors. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

May 17th

6-7:30pm—Preserving the Harvest. Saint Stephens Church, 33 N. Clay Ave, Ferguson, 63135. A class on the many ways that fruits and veggies can be transformed into tasty treats with a much longer shelf life. This overview of dehydration, pickling, fermentation, and freezing will teach you the basics of at home food preservation. Attendees will receive recipes and handouts for continued learning. Part of the EarthDance Organic Farm School class series. Cost $20. Register at  http://www.earthdancefarms.org/what-we-do/classes-2/.

5:30pm—Gardening for Wildlife. Learn the Missouri native plants, other food source plants, that will provide an inviting home for butterflies, bees, birds and other creatures. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 19th

5:30pm—The Ultimate Hydrangea Guide. Kim Reiss, President of the St. Louis Hydrangea Society, discusses the top choices for sun and shade. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 21st

2016 Franklin County Master Gardener’s Symposium. East Central College Training Center in Union, MO. Registration form on $25 for 4 classes, door pries, free pollinator and milkweed seeds. 15 different classes to choose from. Registration deadline May 1. Forms available at Hillermann’s Nursery, Washington Library, or online at extension.missouri.edu/franklin. Contact Karen Leslie at (573)459-2454.

9am-1pm— Silk Painting Class. ]. Learn about resist and draw our designs. Then the fun begins with applying the dye! You’ll be amazed at what you can do. You may want to bring plastic gloves and wear old clothes. Supplies will be provided. Register early as space is limited. $20 non-refundable deposit. Cost: $60. Contact Rose Monzyk 636-239-5423 rose.monzyk@gmail.com.

3:30-5:30pm—Taste & Tour. EarthDance Farm 233 S Dade, Ferguson MO 63135.

5-7pm—Cross Pollinator Party, A Gathering of Like-Minded Individuals. Members of plant societies and garden clubs of the St. Louis area gather to mingle and answer questions with gardeners interested in joining a group. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 21st-22nd

9am-5pm—Chinese Culture Days. Annual celebration features a Grand Parade with 70-foot dancing dragon, authentic regional cuisine, t’ai chi and acrobatics. Special tours in the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden (the Chinese Garden) focus on the symbolism of many plant species and architectural details. . Please note: No trams, free hours or early morning walking hours on signature event weekends. Missouri Botanical Garden.

May 22nd

10:30am-Noon— Native Planting for Pollinators Class. EarthDance Farm 233 S Dade, Ferguson MO 63135.

May 24th

6-7:30pm—Starting from Scratch: Methods of Propagation. EarthDance Farm, 233 S. Dade Ave. Ferguson, MO 63135.  This on-farm class will demonstrate the many ways that plants can be grown. Learn about seeding, making cuttings, transplanting, dividing, and other common methods. Part of the EarthDance Organic Farm School class series. Cost $20. Register at  http://www.earthdancefarms.org/what-we-do/classes-2/.

5:30pm—High Style—Clematis for Beautiful Havens of Vibrant Color. Discover the longest and heaviest blooming Clematis, plus pruning and maintenance techniques. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 26th

5:30pm—Colorful Shade Gardens. Learn how to create a shady retreat with the ever expanding selection of shade plants. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 28th and June 4th

10am—Garden Stroll with Ann Million. Class takes place at Ann’s extraordinary garden in Crestwood. Sugar Creek Gardens. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070 for reservations and directions.

June 4th

8:30-Noon—St. Louis Urban Gardening Symposium. Featuring a series of 40-minute workshops led by experts in their respective fields to help gardeners learn how to plan, plant and care for a neighborhood or home garden. Registration/check-in from 8:30-9. $10/person (fee waived for qualifying Neighbors Naturescaping participants. Register online at BrighsideStL.org or call (314) 400-2115. Brightside Demonstration Gardens, 4646 Shenandoah Ave., St. Louis.

1 – 2pm—Beginning Bonsai. Learn to create and care for your own bonsai with Brian and Milt Ciskowski of Cass Bonsai in Edwardsville, Illinois. Brian and Milt are renowned in their field for their knowledge and insight of Japanese culture and design. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

10am—The Beautiful Herb Garden. Join members of the St. Louis Herb Society as they share the herbs that are tasty as well as pretty. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.