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 June 2017 issue is May 1st. If you miss that deadline for the print issue, send your information anyway, and we’ll add it here.

FUN FOR KIDS

April 1st

9am—Fun in the Garden. 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. For the Garden by Haefner’s, 6703 Telegraph Rd., (314) 846-0078.

11am-1pm—First Saturday Kids–Easter Bunny visit! Bring your camera. FREE. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

GARDEN TOURS, PLANT SALES AND SHOWS

April 8th-9th

9am-5pm—Greater St. Louis Daffodil Society Sale. New 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. Missouri Botanical Garden, Ridgway Center. Free with Garden admission.

April 22nd

9am-1pm—Seven Pines Garden Club Plant Sale. Annuals, vegetables. Swimming pool grounds in Seven Pines subdivision, Maryland Heights/Creve Coeur area. Rain date April 23rd.

April 22nd

8:30am-2pm—Webster Groves Herb Society Spring Herb Sale. Thousands of herbs, vegetables and native herbs. Useful tips, demonstrations, tasty treats and recipes. No admission charge and great parking. Proceeds help the society support and maintain several gardens plus provide scholarships to local horticulture students. First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, 10 W. Lockwood. Free admission and parking.

8am-1pm – 6th Annual Lincoln County Master Gardener Plant Sale. A variety of plants for sale along with seeds and garden art.  Also a basket full of garden tools to be raffled off. Check us out at our Facebook page Lincoln County Master Gardeners. Troy, MO, at the Valvoline Express Care, 47 The Plaza.

April 27th-28th

8am-6pm Thurs, 8am-4pm Fri—St. Louis Community College, Meramec Horticulture Club Plant Sale. Annuals, perennials, vegetables, native and pollinator plants. Cash or check. Parking Lot K, 11333 Big Bend, Kirkwood.

April 27th-29th  

Members Only Thur. 5-8pm., Public 9-am-5pm Fri., 9am-noon Sat.—Herb Days. Choose from a wide selection of potted fresh herbs, including new and hard-to-find varieties. Herb Society members will give demonstrations and guidance on selecting, planting, growing and using herbs. Included with Garden admission or membership. Missouri Botanical Garden. Orthwein Floral Display Hall.

April 29th

9:30am—Olivette in Bloom Native Plant Sale. Native plants at great prices until sold out! Get there early! Stacy Park Pavilion (Old Bonhomme Rd. just south of Olive in Olivette.) www.olivetteinbloom.org.

April 29th-30th

9am-1pm Sat., 11am-1pm Sun.—U. City in Bloom’s Annual Plant Sale. Perennials, annuals, native and wildlife-attracting plants, culinary herbs and vegetables. (Opening Night Party and Plant Sale April 28th, 5-7pm. $20 donation, includes wine, cheese and snacks. Reservation required.) Heman Park Community Center, 975 Pennsylvania Ave., University City. UCityinBloom.org, 314-973-6062.

April 30th

1-3pm—St. Louis Hosta Society Vendor Day Sale. Hostas and companion plants and garden items for sale. Open to the public. Creve Coeur Community Center, 300 N. Ballas. FREE.

May 6th-7th

9am-5pm—African Violet Show and Sale. Metropolitan St. Louis African violet Council presents “Sporting Violet”, its 62nd Annual Show and Sale. Horticulture-Design exhibits, educational culture info, supplies, African violets, Streptocarpus and other gesneriads for sale. Missouri Botanical Garden, Orthwein Hall. Included with Garden admission.

COMING MAY 6TH or 7thPlant Sales hosted by Bethel UMC, Four Winds Garden Club, Central Missouri Master Gardeners, Jardin du Lac Garden Club, Kress Farm Gardens Preserve, St. Louis Greenhouse Plant Society, and Webster Groves Women’s Garden Association. More information in the May issue calendar.

CLASSES, LECTURES AND EVENTS

March 30th

2pm.and 7pm—Let’s Mix it Up: Planting Beautiful & Successful Containers. Adam Heimos, NG Heimos Greenhouses, guest speaker at Sappington Garden Shop, 11530 Gravois Rd. (314) 843-4700. FREE.

April 1st

10-11 AM – Mushroom Growing. Learn about the basics of growing edible fungi outdoors. Gateway Greening Demonstration Garden, 3841 Bell Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108. $5 Suggested donation.

April 2nd

2pm—Miniature/Fairy Garden. Learn how to build a mini garden of your own, $35 fee per kit, includes container, a few plants, accessories and other supplies. La Bella Fiori, 18450 White City Rd., Staunton, IL. (217) 313-1001. LaBellaFiori.com.

April 1st-2nd

9am-5pm—Meet Me (Outdoors in St. Louis Garden Weekend. Active outdoor experiences, exhibitors, experts and more at Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, and the Butterfly House.

April 4th  

10-11am—High Impact for Small Spaces. Discover landscape ideas to maximize the impact for smaller gardens and yards. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

April 5th

7-8pm–Growing Tomatoes. Learn how to grow, care for, and select tomato varieties to use in the kitchen. Prairie Commons Branch Library, 915 Utz Ln, Hazelwood, MO 63042. FREE.

April 6th

5:30-6:30pm—Enchanting Bedfellows, Exquisite Perennial Plant Combos. Learn the perennial combinations to create a brilliant masterpiece of color texture and fascinating forms in your garden. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

April 7th-8th

9am-5pm—Arbor Day Tree Giveaway. The Kemper Center for Home Gardening will give away Missouri native tree saplings. Tree saplings will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis, one per visitor while supplies last. Master gardeners will answer questions and give advice on planting trees. While supplies last. Missouri Botanical Garden. Included with Garden admission. www.mobot.org or call 314-577-5100

April 8th
11am—Succulents Indoors and Out. Join Chris Walker from the St. Louis Cactus & Succulent Society to explore new ways to incorporate succulents into and around your home. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

2pm—Terrarium Workshop. Create a modern terrarium in glass. $45 fee includes all supplies. Register in advance. La Bella Fiori, 18450 White City Rd., Staunton, IL. (217) 313-1001. LaBellaFiori.com.

10-11am–Container Gardening. Learn about how to grow fresh vegetables and herbs on your porch, balcony, or front steps. Indian Trails Branch Library, 8400 Delport Dr, Overland, MO 63114. Please register for this FREE event: https://www.slcl.org/evanced-registration/142496.

April 8th-9th

11am—Project Pollinator Weekend. Meet Wild Ones on Saturday for special native plant giveaways, then on Sunday at 11am, meet MaryAnn Fink of the Museum of Transportation’s Polllinary Park for “Having fun with Function” and learn about the amazing ways pollinators make our lives better. Greenscape Gardens & Gifts, 2832 Barrett Station Rd., Manchester, MO 63021. (314) 821-2440, GreenscapeGardens.com.

April 11th

10-11am—Minimum Care, Maximum Results with Superb Small Shrubs. Discover our favorite small shrubs with exceptional blooms and foliage from spring through fall. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

April 12th

5:30-6:30pm—Build Your Own Bird Sanctuary. Learn how this program of the St. Louis Audubon Society can help you enrich your landscape with native plants to improve animal habitat for even the smallest urban landscapes. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

5:30-7:30pm—Cure Your Lawn Weed Headaches. Learn to ID weeds from every season and the best ways to control them. $15. U. of MO Extension, 132 E. Monroe Ave., St. Louis, MO. (314) 400-2115. StLouisCo@missouri.edu. extension.missouri.edu/stlouis.

April 13th

4;30-6:30pm—Q&A with Native Plant Experts and Landscaping with Native Plants. Meet members of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers from 4:30-6:30pm, and enjoy member Betty Struckhoff’s presentation from 5:30-6:30pm on how you can create a lively landscape, reduce maintenance and attract birds and butterflies to your garden. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

1-4pm—Native Plant School: Top Performing Native Plants for the St. Louis Region. Class will cover the best native plants for a home garden, how to combine them, deer resistance and best plants for wildlife. $17 ($14 Garden members). Classroom behind Joseph H. Bascom House at Shaw Nature Reserve. For reservations or more information, call (636) 451-3512 x6007 or visit ShawNature.org.

April 15th

9am—Arbor Day in Kirkwood. Join Kirkwood’s Urban Forestry Commission, University of Missouri St. Louis County Extension, the Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis and ArborDave Tree Care to “Plant the Arbor Day Oak Grove” at the MU Extension Office, 132 E. Monroe Ave. in Downtown Kirkwood. Event includes educational program, a mayoral proclamation and the planting event.

2pm—Succulent Ball Workshop. Create a fun fall topiary stand for a tabletop or a hanging succulent ball. Register in advance. , $40 fee includes all supplies. La Bella Fiori, 18450 White City Rd., Staunton, IL. (217) 313-1001. LaBellaFiori.com.

9-10am –Gateway Greening Demonstration Garden Tour. Come and learn about some of the growing techniques used in St. Louis urban gardening. 3841 Bell Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108. $5 Suggested donation.

10-11am–Build-a-Double High Raised Bed. Join us for a hands-on demonstration of how to build double-high garden beds, which are ideal for individuals with limited mobility. Gateway Greening Carriage House, 3815 Bell Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108. $5 Suggested donation.

April 18th

5:30-6:30pm—Making Edible Gardens Pretty. Learn how to make fabulous combinations of ornamental herbs, flowering annuals and flavorful veggies. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

April 19th

6:30–7:30pm –Pints’n’Plants: Forest Park Owls, Hiding in Plain Sight. Speaker Mark H.X. Glenshaw returns to Pints ‘n Plants for a program on the Great Horned Owls he studies in Forest Park. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, 4485 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110. $5 Suggested donation.

7-8pm –Growing Tomatoes. Learn how to grow, care for, and select tomato varieties to use in the kitchen. Thornhill Branch Library, 12863 Willowyck Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146. Please register for this FREE event: https://www.slcl.org/evanced-registration/154280

1:30-3pm—Maintaining Native Gardens. A step-by-step approach to maintaining a native garden at home. $15. U. of MO Extension, 132 E. Monroe Ave., St. Louis, MO. (314) 400-2115. StLouisCo@missouri.edu. extension.missouri.edu/stlouis.

April 20th

5:30-7:30pm—Bellefontaine After Hours. Explore beautiful gardens and rich history at Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum. Horticulturists and Master Guides will be on hand to introduce you to the cemetery’s Mulberry Hill area. Light refreshments provided. $15/person, $10 for Friends of Bellefontaine. Tickets available at www.bellefontainecemetery.org/calendar or (314) 381-0750.

5-7pm—Ladies’ Night Out. Just for the Girls! Vendor booths, samples and demonstrations including container and mini gardens during the event. Spring Wreath making project, $25.00 fee – limit 20 people (sign up when you RSVP). Please call 636-239-6729 to RSVP by 4/4/16. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

April 20th and 25th

5:30-6:30pm Apr. 20th, 10-11am Apr. 25th—Plants That Work. Learn about the plants that have been found to be most beautiful, tough and long lived. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

April 22nd

10am-Noon—Rose Pruning Demo. Gardeners of Florissant and The Rose Society of Greater St. Louis are hosts. Bring hand pruners, bucket to collect your clippings. Call 314-521-6824 for info. Florissant Civic Center Rose Garden, 1 James J. Eagan Dr., Forissant.

10am, 12 & 2pm–Designing Large Planters and Small Gardens. Join Frisella’s staff for a presentation on large planter and small garden design. They’ll provide design tips and share some of their new favorite plants arriving this year. There will be a door prize drawing of a custom designed planter valued at $200. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

10am-2pm—Earth Day Event. The City of Washington Parks Department will host kid’s events 10-11am. Crown Valley Organics program on herbs at 10am. . Informational booths from various groups from 10am-2pm. BBQ by Missouri Mulch. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

9-11am—Growing Annuals from Seed. Learn how to grow annuals from seeds to beautify your yard, patio or balcony. $20. U. of MO Extension, 132 E. Monroe Ave., St. Louis, MO. (314) 400-2115. StLouisCo@missouri.edu. extension.missouri.edu/stlouis.

April 22nd & 23rd

Earth Day Celebration at Sappington Garden Shop. Poker Chip Discount Days, free saplings, popcorn. Sat. 10-2 Hootie’s Rescue Haven Pet Adoption and American Eskimo Rescue! Sun. 10-2 Needy Paws Pet Adoption.11530 Gravois Rd. St. Louis, 63126. Call (314) 843-4700.

April 22nd-23rd

11am-5pm both days—St. Louis Earth Day Festival. Forest Park, St. Louis, MO.The Gateway Gardener is once again proud to be a media sponsor of one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the country, and for the first time, it’s even larger, stretching out of the two-day weekend! Learn about sustainable products, services and practices, meet area non-profits that share Earth Day values, and enjoy local music and performances, hands-on educational activities, great food and more. Visit StLouisEarthDay.org for more information.

April 23rd

2pm—Container Combinations Demo. Learn how to combine plnats for beautiful container gardens. Free demonstration. La Bella Fiori, 18450 White City Rd., Staunton, IL. (217) 313-1001. LaBellaFiori.com.

April 24th

6-7:30pm—Washington Town & Country Fair “Make it Monday”. Hillermann’s Flower Shop will help you create painted flower pots, and the Pot Shop will show how to make jewelry to be entered into the Washington Town & Country Fair. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

April 25th or 27th

Girls Night Out Planting Party. Ladies will put together their own Succulent Soiree Centerpiece. Refreshments included. $30. Call (314) 843-4700 to RSVP. Sappington Garden Shop, 11530 Gravois Rd.

April 27th

5:30pm—Make & Take Container Workshop and Class. Learn creative combinations of plants, colors and textures to transform window boxes, baskets, hayracks and pots. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

April 28th

6am-2pm—En Plein Air Sunrise Paint. Spring is here, flowers are in bloom and artists will be intertwined throughout the nursery. Come for brunch and a relaxing morning filled with art and flowers. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

9am-3pm—Mushroom Cultivation. Grow 3 types of tasty mushrooms in your shady yard or woodlot. Lunch included. $30. U. of MO Extension, 132 E. Monroe Ave., St. Louis, MO. (314) 400-2115. StLouisCo@missouri.edu. extension.missouri.edu/stlouis.

April 29th

9-11am—Container Gardener Class. Learn the ins and outs of container gardening with Wallflower Design’s Victoria Hatfield. $20. U. of MO Extension, 132 E. Monroe Ave., St. Louis, MO. (314) 400-2115. StLouisCo@missouri.edu. extension.missouri.edu/stlouis.

April 29th

11am-3pm—Safe Paws. Join us, Espoma, Treats Unleashed and other local small businesses at the nursery for a day celebrating our four-legged friends and creating healthy, safe lawns. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

11:30am–12:3pm–Gateway Greening Urban Farm Tour. Come tour the largest urban farm in a US downtown, and learn about how we grow 8 tons of food per year on 2.5 acres. 2200 Pine St, St. Louis, MO 63103. $5 Suggested donation.

10am-3pm–Kirkwood’s Earth Day Celebration. Downtown Kirkwood’s Farmer’s Market Greenway, Kirkwood, MO. This year’s theme for Kirkwood’s Earth Day celebration is “The Unsung Heroes of Our Landscape and Wildlife.” Come learn about the importance of bees, butterflies and other pollinators, how to attract songbirds and other wildlife to your garden, and other visitors to our gardens. Visit with vendors there just for Earth Day as well as the Market regulars—especially our friends from Missouri Wildflower Nursery!

Noon-6pm–Riverbend Earth Day Festival. Piasa Harbor on the Great River Road, Godfrey, IL. Unfortunately, our previous commitment at Kirkwood prevents us from having a booth this year at this great event, but The Gateway Gardener is proud to once again be a media sponsor, and you can pick up copies of the magazine there. This is the 6th annual Festival hosted by The Nature Institute, and it’s always a fun day, featuring live music, food and the arts, plus organized hiking and clean ups, fresh and local foods, artists and informational booths.

May 3rd-4th

5:30-7:30 Wed., 11am-1:30pm Thurs.—Flower Power 2017 at Tower Grove Park. Cocktail party Wednesday evening at the Director’s Residence will get the exclusive opportunity to view a unique floral installation at the Piper Palm House by Sara Ward of Wildflowers featuring materials donated by Baisch and Skinner. Tickes $300/$175. Thursday’s Lunch and Presentation features guest speaker Christopher Strand, Director of Garden & Estate at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware. Also enjoy dozens of inspired centerpieces by the area’s most creative florists and garden clubs. Tickets $125. Proceeds benefit Tower Grove Park’s annual operations. Visit TowerGrovePark.org or call (314) 771-4484, or email blynn@towergrovepark.org.

May 6th

10am-2pm–O’Fallon Garden Expo. Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, MO. Enjoy two festivals on the same day as the Garden Expo coincides with O’Fallon’s Founders’ Day! Live entertainment, an Arbor Day ceremony with the Mayor, St. Charles Model Railroad Club open house, tours of historic Heald Home, and free demonstrations, games and activities for the kids! Vendors will have folk arts and crafts, garden décor and plants, and plenty of food for sale!