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 September issue is August 1st. However, if you’ve miss the deadline, send them to us and we’ll post them on this online calendar.
Fun for Kids
9am—Children’s Garden Club. 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. Sherwood’s Forest Nursery & Garden Center, 2651 Barrett Station Rd. Also sponsored by Schnuck’s Markets.
11am-2pm—Hillermann’s First Saturday Kids. Bring the kids to play in the garden and enjoy a FREE activity with Sheri! June: Plant Peanuts. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, (636) 239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
Plant Shows, Sales and Tours
9am-2pm—The Lake Area Master Gardeners’ 7th Annual Garden Walk. The tour features a wide variety of plantings and outdoor living areas. Lake Area Master Gardeners will be on hand to teach people not only what is possible but also how to garden responsibly. Tickets are available at any Central Bank or First National Bank location in the lake area, or day of tour at Willmore Lodge in Lake Ozark. Email Glenda_hinrichs@yahoo.com or call 573-365-5033 for info. $10 rain or shine.
9am-5pm—Kress Farm Garden Preserve Garden Tour. 10 diverse gardens/landscapes throughout Jefferson County. $10 per person and tickets available the day of the tour at Kress Farm, 8197 Glade Chapel Road in Hillsboro, or ahead of time at Master Gardener classes at Jefferson College. For more information call Suzie at 314-799-1594.
10am-4pm—Gardens in Bloom Garden Tour. Eight gardens in the O’Fallon, Illinois, area. Master Gardener plant sale at First United Methodist Church, Rte. 50, O’Fallon.$10 tickets can be purchased in advance at tour sponsors including Sandy’s Back Porch, Eckert’s Country Store and Garden Center, and Effinger’s Garden Center. $12 day of tour.
10am-3pm—Garden/Kitchen Tour. 6 gardens in Kirkwood plus Mudd’s Grove Herb Garden, gift shop and house open for ticket holders. $15 in advance or $20 day of tour. Proceeds benefit Kirkwood Historical Society. Call Mudd’s Grove at (314) 965-5151 or Carol Ann at (314) 821-0184.
10am-3pm—2013 Garden & Kitchen Tour. Tour historic Mudd’s Grove kitchen and beautiful herb garden. Sponsored by The Friends of the Kirkwood Historic Society. Tickets available at OK Hatchery, The Kirkwood Public Library Gift Shop, and Mudd’s Grove (Thurs.-Sun. 1-4pm). $15 in advance, $20 day of tour. 302 W. Argonne Ave., Kirkwood, MO.
Noon-4pm—Annual Rose Show of the Belleville Area Rose Society. Featuring many varieties of roses and flower arrangements. Turkey Hill Grange Hall next to Eckert’s Orchards in Belleville.
9am—Sugar Creek Gardens Nursery Tour. Tour the Nursery, seeing what’s in bloom, along with the best plants of the year. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. Call (314) 965-3070.
June 1st and 2nd
9am-5pm— 19th Annual Hermann Garden Tour and Plant Sale. Two Tours in 2013: the popular Town Tour, a walking tour of gardens in downtown Hermann, and the Country Tour, a driving tour to country gardens. Separate $10 ticket for each tour includes visits to four private gardens and the Garden Demonstration Area. Town & County Garden Tour Combo Ticket for $15. Also Special Ticket By-Reservation-Only Luncheon/Silent Auction on May 31st. Visit the Hermann Garden Tours website at www.hermanngardentours.com for up to date events, ticket prices, and photographs. “Like” us on Facebook at Hermann Garden Club Tours 2012. Call Hermann Welcome Center at (800) 932-8687 or go to www.visithermann.com.
9am-3pm—Secret Garden Tour of Lebanon. Self-guided walking tour of six secret gardens. Rain or Shine. $7 advance/ $9 door. Proceeds for youth scholarship. Lebanon Visitors Center, 221 W. St. Louis St, Lebanon IL Info at 618-537-8420, www.gardencluboflebanon.org and on Facebook.
10am-4pm—Monroe County Garden Tour. Gardens in Waterloo, IL. Historic homes highlighted to celebrate 125th anniversary of founding of Waterloo. Call (618) 939-7708 for locations to purchase tickets. $10/person in advance, $12 day of event.
10am-3pm—Highland Garden Club Tour. Tickets maybe purchased in advance for $5 and the day of the tour for $7. Rural King Supply, Whitledge Flowers, Highland Chamber off Commerce office or any garden club member has tickets. For more information call Nancy at 618-654-6740.
10am-4pm—The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. Explore six private gardens in St. Louis, open to the public for self-guided tours. No reservations required; rain or shine. $5 per garden; children 12 & under free. Highlights include a garden designed around Feng Shui principles, a moon gate leading to an extensive peony collection, boxwood defined garden rooms, and a large bonsai collection. Call toll-free weekdays (888) 842-2442 or see www.opendaysprogram.org for more information.
9am-3pm—Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Garden Tour. Eight gardens plus Master Gardener plant sale at Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House in Edwardsvill. Raffle for container gardens at each home. $12 in advance, $15 day of tour. Children under 10 free.Contact (618) 344-4230.
9am-5pm—Kimmswick Daylily Plant Sale. Located at Carrol Wrather’s State inspected Garden – Certificate # A-1777), 6005 Fourth St, Kimmswick. 80 varieties and 1500 freshly dug and bagged plants, with 600 varieties on display. Come early for best selection. No sales before 9am. Proceeds benefit the Kimmswick Visitors Center. For information, call 636-464-6464 or check the website at GoKimmswick.com.
9am-3pm—The 8th annual Salem Garden Treasures Tour. Featuring five beautiful local gardens, rain or shine. Tickets $5 (16 years or older) may be purchased at Bryan Memorial Park located on North Rte. 37 and Boone Street from 8:30am-1:30pm day of tour. Other activities include vendors with garden items and art, food booths and musicians. An All-American Selection Display Garden also will be available for viewing.
June 22nd and 23rd
9am-5 pm—Pond-O-Rama 13th Annual Pond and Garden Tour. Sponsored by The St. Louis Water Gardening Society, the self-guided tour includes 50 water features that range from choice small ponds to magnificent large ones located in both Missouri and Illinois. The tour is divided geographically by day with 25 gardens available for viewing each day. Tickets, good for both days, are $15 per person, and are available at garden centers across the area. Children 17 and under are admitted free. All persons age 18 and over must have a ticket. The ticket booklet includes maps to all tour locations. Each ticket booklet also includes a coupon for a free membership in the St. Louis Water Gardening Society for the remainder of the year. For more information about the St. Louis Water Gardening Society and its activities, including Pond-O-Rama, visit the SLWGS website at www.slwgs.org.
11am-4pm—Sustainable Backyard Tour. Visit dozens of area home landscapes promoting sustainable practices such as rainwater harvesting, composting, keeping chickens, bees or goats, using renewable energy, repurposed materials, native gardens, and more. For a tour map or to register your garden, go to www.sustainablebackyardtour.com or search the same on Facebook.
Noon-5pm (Sat.), 9am-5pm (Sun.)—Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale. Choose from a wide array of cacti and succulents shown and sold by the area’s top growers, including thousands of rare specimens and starter plants priced from $1.50. Cactus Society members will be on hand to answer questions and give plant care advice. Missouri Botanical Garden, Beaumont Room. Entry included with Garden admission. www.hscactus.org.
Classes, Lectures and Events
Now through October 31st
9am-5pm daily—Plastic Pot Recycling. Recycle plastic garden pots, cell packs and trays. West parking lot of the Garden’s Monsanto Center, 4500 Shaw Blvd. at Vandeventer. (314) 577-9441. Look for Plastic Pot Recycling at several satellite collection centers throughout the metro area through Sept. 30; for a complete list of participants, visit www.mobot.org/plasticpotrecycling.
8am-noon—Lettuce Showcase. Tour a lettuce garden with over 200 different varieties. See the many varieties you can grow at home and learn more about lettuce you may not see in the grocery stores. Hodiamont Community Garden, 5660 Hodiamont Ave. at Harney Ave. in Jennings, Missouri.
Tropical Garden Party Jimmy Buffet Style. See the colorful tropical plants in our displays and bring some of these beauties home to brighten your indoor and outdoor spaces. Make-n-take a Beverage Garden (for infusing drinks). Tropical Plants and more. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, (636) 239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
3-6pm—Weed Dating Event at EarthDance Farms. FREE. Come out to our farm to be among other agricurious folk like you! You’ll be paired in a quick one-on-one weeding session with a potential romantic interest and move from one row to the next, meeting someone new every 5-10 minutes. At 3pm, there will be a tour of the farming operations. Weed Dating will begin after that. The last hour is a BYOB happy hour at the farm.
Advance registration required. EarthDance Farms, 233 S. Dade Ave, St. Louis, MO 63135. For more info and registration, visit http://www.earthdancefarms.org/events/weed-dating.
2-5pm—Native Plant Landscape Design. Creating and installing the native plant garden. 2013 native plant classes sponsored by Lincoln University Native Plants Program, 900 Chestnut St., Allen Hall, Rm. 100. Jefferson City, MO. Contact Amy Hempen at HempenA@LincolnU.edu.
9:30-11:30am—The Rose-Queen of Flowers. Learn the basics of growing beautiful roses. St. Charles County Extension Center, 260 Brown Rd., St. Peters MO. Visit http://extension.missouri.edu/stcharles/gardenclasses.aspx or call 636-970-3000 for information. Pre-registration required. $20.
10am—Best Summer Gardening Tips. Learn great tips for summer gardening from Karen Collins, author of Karen’s Garden Calendar. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. Call (314) 965-3070.
7-9—Forest Ecology: 2013 Tap Root Speaker Series. Join Mike Walsh from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri as he speaks about forest ecosystems, how they work and what they do for us. For professionals, CEU credits are available. Non-professionals interested in learning about forest ecosystems area also welcome. Cool drinks and door prizes. Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave. Call (636) 970-3000 to pre-register. $10.
4-8pm—Tasting from the Garden at Queeny Park. Enjoy an evening stroll through the beautiful Jarville Gardens while listening to expert gardeners as they discuss harvesting from your landscape and all about herbs. Gardening tips will be provided as well as demonstrations such as dressing up your table. Meet at the parking lot off the Mason Road entrance. Advanced registration required. Call (314) 615-8472. $10 per person (Children 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult.)
1-4 p.m.—Native Plant School: Garden Archeology and Ethnobotany. Bring your questions, comments, photos, drawings, and plant specimens for discussion. Session includes hands-on tours and demonstrations. Audience participation encouraged. $15 ($12 Garden members). Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve. For reservations or more information, call (636) 451-3512 ext. 0 or visit www.shawnature.org.
10am—Easy Care Roses. Learn about the climbers, shrubs, groundcover and mini roses that thrive in St. Louis, along with techniques and tips for the showiest displays. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.
7-8:30pm–Terrarium Making Classes. Flowers & Weeds, located at 2118 Cherokee St. Saint Louis MO, 63118. We will be offering a monthly terrarium making class starting Wednesday night June 19th. Guests will receive a free standard jar, 2 plants, rocks, charcoal, and moss for $50. Guests are more than welcome to bring their own containers. Trinkets such as porcelain mushrooms, miniature people and statues will be offered for an additional price. I hope everyone will be as excited as we are! 314-578-8793.
7pm—A Native Scavenger Hunt at the Museum of Transportation. Join members of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers to learn more about native plants and natural landscaping. Follow clues to identify interesting plants. Prizes. $10 per person. Children under 10 free if accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is recommended. Call (314) 615-8472.
10:30am—Fairy Pinterest Party. Celebrate National Fairy Day Pinterest Style! Join the celebration and make your choice of several different fairy activities. There will be a small fee for materials used. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, (636) 239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
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! Held at Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com. 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. Wine & light refreshments will be available. Seating may be limited. Sign up at http://www.vinogogh.com/ or call (866) 390-9917.
9am-6pm—2nd Annual Prairie Festival at Bethany Springs Farm. Art and nature lovers young and old are invited to a weekend of great art, prairie walks, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Bethany Springs Farm is located 8 miles east of Hermann. Events include a wine tasting and live acoustic music by The Handlebar Band and October Surprise. Plein air artists will again participate in the Prairie Paint-Out, and artists and craftspeople will sell exceptional art, donating 30% of proceeds to the Missouri Prairie Foundation. In addition, Earth Mirror Marionettes will perform a nature-themed marionette show and offer family earth walks. Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day. Prairie Festival Schedule of Activities on June 22 and 23: Dr. Quinn Long and Dr. James Trager of the Missouri Botanical Garden will lead botany walks through the farm’s 15-acre prairie planting June 22 and 23 at 9:00, 10:00, 2:00, and 3:00. Family Earth Walks will be led by Gary Schimmelpfenig and Christine Torlina at 10:00. Earth Mirror Marionettes will perform a 30-minute show at 1:30 p.m. Acoustic music from October Surprise will be performed June 22 from 4:00–6:00 p.m. On June 23, The HandleBars Band will play from 4:00–6:00 p.m. Art will be on display for sale from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. There is a $20 registration fee for artists participating in the Paint-Out. For further information contact Theresa Long at 573-834-2075. For directions to Bethany Springs, to view artwork of the exhibiting artists, and to learn more about the Missouri Prairie Foundation, visit www.bethanysprings.com. Bethany Springs Prairie Festival sponsors are Roeslein Alternative Energy, Whole Foods Market®, Joe and Theresa Long, and Randy Washburn.
June 29th through July 31st
9am-5pm—Desert Show: Plants and People of the Western US Deserts. This newly introduced show will feature plants rarely on display from North American deserts and will emphasize plants used by Native Americans. Visitors will learn about the economic and medicinal potential of cacti and other desert plants and see traditional Navajo artifacts including a replica hogan dwelling. Missouri Botanical Garden, Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Garden admission plus $5; free for Garden members. Sponsorship provided by the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society.