This Calendar of Gardening Events includes those published in each issue of The Gateway Gardener magazine, plus updated listings received after the publication deadline. 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. See Contact Us page. Deadline for printing is the first of each month prior to the month of your event. The deadline for the January/February issue is December 1st. However, if you’ve miss the deadline, send them to us and we’ll post them on this online calendar.
FUN FOR KIDS
November 2nd and December 7th
11am-2pm—Hillermann’s First Saturday Kids. Play in the garden and enjoy a FREE activity. November: Make a Bird Feeder; December: Make a Christmas Ornament. Hillermann Nursery & Florist (636) 239-6729. Hillermann.com.
9am—The Great Harvest. FREE. Queeny Park Recreation Complex, 550 Weidman Rd., Ballwin, MO. (314) 615-8472.
9 am—Holiday Decorating—Children’s Garden Club. FREE. Sherwood’s Forest Nursery & Garden Center. 2651 Barrett Station Rd. (314) 966-0028.
CLASSES, LECTURES AND EVENTS
10am—Amaryllis for Holiday Displays. Discover the best varieties, plus tips for growing, making flowers last and propagation . Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070 for reservations.
1-4pm—Native Plant School: Pruning, Training and Transplanting Trees, Shrubs and Vines. $15 ($12 Garden/SNR members). Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve. For reservations or more information, call (636) 451-3512 or visit www.shawnature.org.
10am—Let’s Make A Terrarium. Class includes all the supplies needed and an experienced terrarium tutor to guide you through the process. $45 fee, $35 if you bring your own glass container. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. Call 314-965-3070 for reservations.
10am-5pm—Christmas Open House in Old Webster. Visit Rolling Ridge Nursery and all the other Old Webster retailers to celebrate the start of the Holiday Season. Rolling Ridge Nursery, 60 N. Gore, Webster Groves, MO, 63119.
November 16th and December 7th
Noon-2pm—Vino Van Gogh Painting Event. Paint, Drink and be Merry. A new kind of event bringing a fabulous experience of art and wine together! Vino Van Gogh provides all art supplies: canvas, brush, paint & an apron to wear. The art instructor leads the class through a 2-3 hour session following a featured painting. Turn a blank canvas into your own work-of-art. Cost: $38.00. Refreshments available. Bring your own wine. Seating may be limited. Sign up at http://www.vinogogh.com/ or call 866-390-9917. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
10am—Holiday Outdoor Containers and Decorations Using Natural Elements. Learn how to use the bounty of your yard, along with seasonal ornaments and evergreen plants to create exquisite containers and decorations. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070 for reservations.
November 20th through January 5th
10am-4pm—Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House. See the Victorian country home of Garden founder Henry Shaw decked for the holidays in true Victorian style. Enjoy storytelling on Saturdays at 11am and don’t miss the special activities for children! Open Wednesday through Sunday, closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Included with Garden admission. Missouri Botanical Garden.
November 23rd through January 5th
9am-5pm—Gardenland Express. Annual holiday flower and train show features G-scale model trains traveling through a miniature landscape of living plants, surrounded by more than 500 colorful poinsettias and other flowers. Closes early at 4pm on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; closed Christmas Day. Orthwein Floral Display Hall at Missouri Botanical Garden.
November 23rd through January 4th
Garden Glow. For the first time in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s history, hundreds of thousands of lights will adorn the Climatron®, Kaeser Memorial Maze, Central Axis, Tower Grove House and other iconic locations with unique color combinations. Walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels as visitors experience the exhibit’s visual magic. There will be music throughout the installation including a “Snow Ball” in the Central Axis complete with “Dr. Frost and the Freeze Team,” a disc jockey and dancers who will lead choreographed routines and encourage visitors to join in the performance. The exhibit will also include a traditional candlelight village and an interactive area where visitors can decorate life-size snowmen. Food and drinks will be available at a number of locations on the grounds including stations featuring fire pits for s’more-making. The exhibit opens Nov. 23, 2013 and runs through Jan. 4, 2014. Tickets are date-specific and sold in limited quantities. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.mobot.org/glow.
November 23rd through January 5th
9am-5pm—Holiday Wreath Auction. Featuring unique creations by some of the area’s finest floral designers. All wreaths are sold by silent auction bidding, with proceeds benefiting the Missouri Botanical Garden. Monsanto Hall, upper level of the Ridgway visitor center.
Noon-4pm—Chanukah: Festival of Lights. A traditional Jewish holiday celebration that includes festive Israeli music and dance, a menorah-lighting ceremony, and Chanukah merchandise provided by local vendors and the Garden Gate Shop. Ridgway Visitor Center. Missouri Botanical Garden.
9am-4pm—Poinsettia Wonderland Open House. See the largest display of poinsettias in the area. Guided tours of the greenhouses from 10am-3pm. Visit with Santa, and enjoy Christmas carolers, holiday cookies and crafters. Proceeds from sales benefit Millstadt Optimist Youth Club. Millstadt Gardens, 6667 Route 158, Millstadt, IL, 62290. (618) 476-9600.
9am-5pm—Christmas Open House. Super special discounts and a gift for stopping in. Santa will visit from noon-3pm. Bring your children and cameras for a great photo opportunity. Sappington Garden Shop, 11530 Gravois Rd., (314) 843-4700.
10am-4pm—Holiday Open House Weekend. Wine and cheese reception Dec. 6th 4-8 pm, visit with Santa and more Dec. 7th-8th, 10am-5pm. In-store specials and holiday treats. Garden Heights Nursery, 1605 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, MO. GardenHeights.com.
10am-4pm—Holiday Open House. Cafe Angelina will be providing complimentary baked goods and coffee. We’ll have a large selection of Christmas trees (live and cut), pine roping, wreaths, live trimmings and holiday gifts for the gardener. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com. (636) 798-2555.
December 7th and 14th
1-3pm—Santa at Hillermann’s! Bring your kids and pets (no reptiles please) to visit with Santa and tell him their Christmas wishes! Picture prints by YHTI Internet will be available for a charitable donation to Loving Hearts Outreach. A Kids’ Activity will also be available. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, (636) 239-6729, Hillermann.com.
December 8th, 16th and 22nd
Forest Terrarium Workshop. Create your own miniature forest in an enclosed terrarium. Perfect way to bring a little green indoors for the winter. These guys are so easy to care for and make a great gift for the holidays too! The class fee of $50.00 will give you a standard olive jar with all of the accouterments to make the most adorable forest ever. Feel free to bring your own container if you have a piece of glass your itching to plant-up. There will also be other apothecary and glass containers for you to upgrade to if you so choose. This class is too fun so bring a friend, lets drink some wine and plant stuff! Flowers and Weeds, 2118 Cherokee, St. Louis. www.flowersandweeds.com.
December 9th, 15th, and 22nd
Hanging Airplant Terrarium Workshop. Create a hanging terrarium with Tillandsia and the ocean’s finest treasures. $35.00 gets you a hanging globe, two air plants, and all of the accoutrements and knowledge to successfully care for your stunning creation. This is perfect decor for any window, and it makes an amazing gift! Bring a friend and create a one of a kind terrarium! Flowers and Weeds, 2118 Cherokee, St. Louis. www.flowersandweeds.com.