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 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 4th

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.

GARDEN TOURS, PLANT SALES AND SHOWS

April 4th and 5th

Noon-5 Sat., 9am-5pm Sun.—Greater St. Louis Daffodil Society Sale. 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 about their organization. Beaumont Room at Missouri Botanical Garden. Included with Garden admission. www.mobot.org.

April 11th-12th

9am-5pm—Metropolitan St. Louis African Violet Council 60th Annual Show and Sale. Horticulture-Desig exhibits, educational culture info and supplies for African violets, Streptocarpus and other gesneriads. Missouri Botanical Garden, Orthwein Hall, 4344 Shaw Blvd.

April 15th

7-8:30pm—2nd Annual Social and Seed Exchange. Bring your seeds to share with others. Cost to participate is 3 seed packets (or held-over seeds) or $3. Speaker to talk about organic gardening, expert gardeners will show you how to grow plants from seeds. Door prizes. Bring marker, pens and envelopes or baggies for seeds. Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Rd., Chesterfield.

April 19th

1pm—St. Louis Hosta Society Annual Vendors Day. Creve Coeur Government Center, 300 N. New Ballas Rd. Hosta plants, other garden plants, garden supplies, and garden decorations. Open to the public.

April 22nd-25th

Herb Days. Choose from a wide selection of potted fresh herbs, including new and hard-to-find varieties. The society’s popular cookbook, periodicals and herb-related books will be available. Herb Society members will give demonstrations and guidance on selecting, planting, growing and using herbs. Included with Garden admission or membership. Members Only sale 4-6pm on Wednesday, then open to the public 6-8pm. Thursday, Members Only sale 9am-noon, open to the public noon-5pm. Public sale continues Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm, at the MBG Orthwein Floral Display Hall.

April 24th-25th

8am-6pm Friday, 8am-Noon Saturday—Webster Groves Garden Club Spring Plant Sale. Locally grown annuals and perennials. Webster Groves Recreational Center, 33 E. Glendale Rd., Webster Groves. www.mgcwg.org.

April 25th

8:30am-2pm—Webster Groves Herb Society Spring Herb Sale. Huge varieties of quality herbs and heirloom vegetables. Herb-related books, demonstrations and member availability to answer your questions. 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.

10am-2pm—Seven Pines Garden Club Plant Sale. Annuals, vegetables, hanging baskets, perennials (most from our members’ gardens) and garden gifts. Swimming pool grounds in Seven Pines subdivision, Maryland Heights/Creve Coeur area.

9am-noon—St. Charles Garden County Plant Sale. Vegetables, Missouri natives, annuals, herbs, perennials, seeds and more. University of Missouri Extension, 260 Brown Rd., St. Peters, MO. Call 636-970-3000 for directions and info.

9am-5pm—MBG Greater St. Louis Iris Society. 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 about their organization. Missouri Botanical Garden, Beaumont Room. Included with Garden admission.

10am-2pm—Olivette in Bloom Plant Sale. Native plants from Missouri Wildflowers at great prices! Stacy Park Pavilion (Old Bonhomme Rd. just south of Olive in Olivette.) www.olivetteinbloom.org.

8am-1pm – 3rd Annual Lincoln County Master Gardener Plant Sale. A wide variety of annuals, perennials, bulbs, and many types of vegetable plants and herbs, plus seed packets, yard art, bird feeders, and bird houses. “Ask the Gardener” booth.  Bring a gallon container for FREE liquid fertilizer! Troy, MO, at the Valvoline Express Care, 47 The Plaza.

9am–noon—Boone Country Garden Club Plant Sale. Bring your kids to this free event, hosted by St. Charles County, in lovely Broemmelsiek Park. Boone Country Garden Club members will have plants for sale from their own gardens, and will be giving away seeds, while supplies last.  Take Hwy 40, exit at Winghaven Blvd., continue South to Hwy DD.

April 25th-26th

9am-2pm Sat., 11am-2pm 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 24th, 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.

Earth Day Celebration at Sappington Garden Shop. Poker Chip Discount Days, free saplings, product sample giveaways and more! 11530 Gravois Rd. St. Louis, 63126. Call (314) 843-4700.

May 2nd

8-11am.—St. Clair County Garden Club Plant Sale. Milkweed plants and seeds, along with annuals, perennials and shrubs. Schnuck’s Plaza in front of Wild Birds Unlimited, Hwy. 159, Swansea, IL.

8am-noon—Edwardsville Garden Club Plant Sale. Most of our plants are tried and true, dug out of members’ gardens. St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot, 1805 Madison Ave., Edwardsville, IL.

9am-noon—St. Charles Garden County Plant Sale. Follow up to April 25th sale, assorted plants. University of Missouri Extension, 260 Brown Rd., St. Peters, MO. Call 636-970-3000 for directions and info.

7am-noon—Central Missouri Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale. Free admission. Huge plant sale..all plants grown by Master Gardeners, including annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, tomatoes and tropical. Like us on Facebook or visit www.centralmissourimastergardeners.org. 573-295-6263. Jaycee Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Rd., Jefferson City, MO.

9am-5pm—St. Louis Hosta Society Plant Sale. Plants from local gardens and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Plenty of Hosta knowledge for free. Missouri Botanical Garden.

9am-1pm—Plant Sale.  Visit us for great deals on annuals, perennials, house plants, veggies, garden decor and more.  Bethel United Methodist Church, 17500 Manchester Road in Wildwood MO.  636-458-2255.

8am-1pm— Huge Plant Sale Event.   Webster Groves Women’s Garden Association will offer great prices and great advice on truckloads of donated perennials from local gardens (including hosta, ferns, woodland plants, daylilies, butterfly favorites, plus nursery grown annuals & hanging baskets. Also featured: Container gardens (perfect for Mother’s Day!), Bake sale, silent auction, and a Sherwood’s Forest gift certificate raffle. Rain or shine Saturday, at Webster Groves Masonic Lodge, 12 E. Lockwood (next to City Hall at Elm).

9 am to 3 pm – Kress Farm Preserves 17th Annual Plant Sale.  Featuring native shrubs, trees and plants from Forrest Keeling Nursery and Missouri Wildflower Nursery.  Annuals, vegetable plants, daylilies, succulents, cacti and many other plants will also be featured.  Raffle.  Lunch available. Master Gardeners on site to answer questions.  5137 Glade Chapel Road, Hillsboro, MO.  Call Jo at 636-296-9306 for additional information.

10:30am-5:30pm—Boone Country Garden Club Plant Sale. Members will be offering plants for sale from their own gardens. Selection will include indoor plants, perennials, annuals, and bedding plants. Don’t miss this annual event, and arrive early for best selection. This is sure to be a sell out!  Located at Sugar Creek Winery in Defiance.

May 2nd-3rd

9am-3pm— St. Louis Master Gardener Plant Sale. MG’s are growing beautiful annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, natives and aquatic plants. The greenhouse on South Technical High School campus, 12721 West Watson Rd. Sunset Hills, 63127. Checks and cash accepted. Proceeds from the plant sale benefit St Louis Master Gardener programs throughout St. Louis County and City and assist with educational efforts at South Technical High School. For additional information, call 314-304-6831 or kkoehneman@earthlink.net.

CLASSES, LECTURES AND EVENTS

April 1st

7pm—Pollinator Palette. 2015 Edgar Denison Memorial Speaker Jennifer Schamber of

Greenscape Gardens will speak on how to support pollinator reproduction by providing species-specific native host plants. Kirkwood Public Library, 104 East Jefferson, Kirkwood. FREE.

April 2nd

10am—Spring Gardening Tips. Guest speaker Karen Collins, author of Karen’s Garden Calendar, offers tips for early spring gardening. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070 for reservations.

April 3rd

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 4th

10am—Easy Landscape Design. Free. Hands on workshop with one-on-one advice.
Bring photos, pictures and sketches. Effinger Garden Center, 720 South 11th St., Belleville, IL. (618) 234-4600, effingergarden.com.

April 7th

5:30pm—Bring Conservation Home. 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.

April 9th

5:30pm—Landscaping with Missouri Native Plants. Learn how you can ditch the lawnmower, watering system, fertilizer spread and leaf blower, while attracting more birds and butterflies in your garden. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

5-7pm—Ladies Night Out. Just for the Girls! Vendor booths, samples and demonstrations and up-cycling crafts will be available. Hillermann Container Garden, Silk Flower Arrangement, and bow making demos will be ongoing. Visit the Pot Shop for demos and decorate your own pottery plate for $5.00. Please call 636-239-6729 to RSVP. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, www.hillermann.com.

1-4pm—Native Plant School: Woodland Gardening. 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 x0 or visit ShawNature.org.

April 11th

9am-noon—Bark for Life. Honoring the life-long contribution of Canine Caregivers, plus an opportunity to contribute to cancer cures through the American Cancer Society. Lots of fun activities and pet vendor booths to enjoy with your canine friends. Contact Rhonda Mueller at 314-401-3642 (after 6pm), or lvpenguins@gmail.com, for more information. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

10am-noon—Missouri Native Gardening Q&A Session. Members of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers will be on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge of Missouri native plants and landscaping with environmentally healthy and sustainable natives. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

10am—Miniature Gardening: Fairy Plants, Succulents and Bonsai. Free. Hands-on workshop right in the greenhouse. Effinger Garden Center, 720 South 11th St., Belleville, IL. (618) 234-4600, effingergarden.com.

11am—Oh Deer! Learn tips and techniques for managing these visitors in your garden: plant selection, repellents and more. SummerWinds Nursery, 54 Clarkson Road, Ellisville. FREE. To reserve a seat call (636) 227-0095.

9am-1pm–O’Fallon Garden Expo. Experts will provide tips for growing a garden full of veggies and flowers that bloom all season. Boost your home’s curb appeal with live plants and trendy outdoor décor, take home a free shrub or tree sapling while supplies last (one per family), find out all about bees and honey from local beekeepers and get motivated by the O’Fallon Garden Club presentation, “Grow It: A Family-Friendly Presentation on Beginning Gardening,” at 10am and 11am.  At 9:15 a.m., join in the annual Arbor Day Ceremony led by Mayor Bill Hennessy in planting a maple tree with the assistance of the Twin Chimneys Elementary School Earth Club. For kids, the event offers creative fun with an upcycled craft and a chance to work off some energy playing an interactive inflatable game, “Catch the Bee.” Other attractions include the St. Charles Model Railroad Club, which will have its scenic, radio-controlled layout on display, free, and Historic Heald Home tours for only $2. Picnic-style fare for purchase will be provided by Giardina’s Gourmet Dogs & More and Jo-Jo’z Frozen Yogurt. Admission and parking are free.

April 14th

5:30pm—Growing Under Trees. Learn how to garden under your trees without damaging them. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

April 16th

5:30pm—Abby’s Favorite Plants. Sugar Creek Gardens owner Abby Elliott shares her favorite perennials, shrubs and annuals. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

7-8:30pm–Delightful Dahlias. Joe Meyer, Greater St. Louis Dahlia Society Show chairman, will discuss the history of dahlias, plus the finer points of soil preparation, planting, summer care, and fall digging and storing. Free tubers will be given to attendees. Call (314) 577-9506 or email classes@mobot.org.

April 18th

11am—Start a Vegetable Gardening. Learn the basics: plant selection, what and how to plant, soil prep, maintenance and more. SummerWinds Nursery, 54 Clarkson Road, Ellisville. FREE. To reserve a seat call (636) 227-0095.

10am-noon—Equipment Center Demo Day. Test-drive and find the mower that is right for you, and check out all of the handheld power tools to make your outdoor jobs a breeze. Enter for a chance to win a STIHL FS56 Trimmer. Plus grilled grub from the Outdoor Kitchen! Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

10am-2pm—Webster Groves Herb Society Workshop. Members from the Webster Groves Herb Society offer free demonstrations on how to make chamomile tea, simple recipes for adding a little zing to your cheese dips and/or butters, savory (2015 Herb of the Year) seed packets and growing instructions. Participants may take home recipes and samples, compliments of the Webster Groves Herb Society. Missouri Botanical Garden, Beaumont Room. Included with Garden admission.

10am-3pm—Earth Day at Kirkwood Farmers’ Market & Station Plaza. Celebrating the Miracle of the Monarch with a “Monarch Waystation” garden planting at Kirkwood Train Station.. Meet the experts from over 20 local organizations covering topics such as bee keeping, growing herbs, native plants and wildflowers, organic gardening, composting, attracting birds and butterflies, and more. Visit www.KirkwoodInBloom.org for more information.

Noon-6pm–Riverbend Earth Day Festival.The Nature Institute (TNI) is excited to host the 4th annual Riverbend Earth Day Festival in partnership with the Great Rivers Land Trust, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center/Lewis and Clark Community College, the Sierra Club, and the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. This event is FREE and open to all. The event will be held, rain or shine, at Piasa Harbor on Route 100 (The Great River Road). Join this celebration of nature, music, food, and the arts. The goal is to bring the larger community out to Piasa Harbor to enjoy live music, paddling, fishing, hiking, hands-on informational booths and workshops, nature related arts and crafts, electronic recycling, tree plantings and lots of tasty food offerings.

April 18th – 19th

10am-4pm–Spring Open House. Immerse yourself in all the new and best plants of the year – tropical, herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Complimentary coffee, tea and freshly baked goods from Café Angelina will be served. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

April 19th

1-3pm–Growing and Cooking with Fruits & Berries. Enjoy a freshly prepared brunch and homemade bakery items prepared with an array of fresh fruits and berries, and then follow Evelyn Presley from the Orchard to the kitchen as she talks you through selecting, growing and preparing your freshly picked produce. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

April 21st

5:30pm—Containers for Year-Round Interest. Learn creative ideas to add seasonal interest as the year progresses, along with fertilizing, watering tips and over-wintering care. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

April 22nd

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.

11am–2pm–Pierre Laclede Center Earth Day Celebration. From 11am-2pm, vendors will display and demonstration sustainable living practices, including gardening, energy conservation, water management practices and other. Primarily for building tenants, but visitors welcome! Pierre Laclede Center II, Clayton, MO.

April 23rd  

5:30pm—Super Hybrids. Learn about exciting new creations that exhibit extreme vigor, turbo-charged blooming power and gargantuan blossoms. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

April 25th

11am—Landscaping for Privacy. Learn what plant materials and hardscape options are available to enhance the natural beauty and privacy of your landscape. SummerWinds Nursery, 54 Clarkson Road, Ellisville. FREE. To reserve a seat call (636) 227-0095.

8am-4pm—Customer Appreciation Day.  Join us for FREE product demonstrations, food & drinks, product giveaways, fun activities for the kids and more. Chesterfield Valley Nursery 16825 N Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield. Call 636-532-9307 for info.

9am—Irrigation Basics Class. Topics include concepts, appropriate watering, difference in sprinkler heads, controller operations, hands-on instruction of operating controller and setting heads. Water conservation topics on soil sensors, rain sensors etc. will also be discussed. Hillermann Nursery & Florist. Dress weather appropriately, a portion of our class will be outdoors! Please call 636-239-6729 to RSVP. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, www.hillermann.com.

10am-3pm—Earth Day & Family Fun Day. Fun activities for all ages! Get a free tree seedling while supplies last, Up-Cycling activities for all ages will be available including a Plastic Bottle Seed Planting Project, and much more! Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

April 26th

1-2:30pm–Birds in the Garden at Frisella Nursery. Join Evelyn Presley as she lays out a plan to keep your feathered friends healthy and happy while they remain a guest in your yard. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.

10am-6pm—St. Louis Earth Day Festival. Muny Grounds, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO. Participate in a variety of hands-on educational activities, meet area non-profits that share the mission of Earth Day, and learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses. Enjoy three stages of entertainment, great food, and family-friendly programming throughout the duration of the festival. This year’s event will include special features, like yoga classes all day for both adults and children, a rock climbing wall, and a Metro Bus mural painting. The theme of the festival is a message of inclusion “Earth Day Every Day…for Everyone!” Event entry is free; the Earth Day Festival is a welcoming place where all are invited for celebration and learning.

Over twenty food and beverage vendors will be serving up diverse, local cuisine and drinks at this year’s Festival. A fresh layout will be unveiled with themed “Experience” areas segmented to make it easy for visitors to navigate the Festival and experience all the celebration has to offer. Visitors can explore the following areas: Alternative Transportation and Fuels; Arts and Crafts; the Earth Day Café; Energy and Green Building; the Farmers Market; Home and Pets; Nature, Recreation and Wildlife; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Wellness and Spirituality; and the Youth Corner.

Start the celebration early – join us on Saturday afternoon at Earth Day Eve, a fundraiser to support the St. Louis Earth Day organization. This family-friendly event will be held on the Festival grounds, 4 pm to 7 pm, on Theatre Drive in the Earth Day Café. All are welcome to enjoy a selection of Festival food and kick back to the music of Jake’s Leg, who performed 26 years ago at the very first St. Louis Earth Day celebration. Face painting and t-shirt tie-dying, along with a silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be featured activities available at the event, for a nominal donation. Tickets are available at www.stlouisearthday.org; all proceeds benefit the year-round programming of St. Louis Earth Day.

April 28th or 30th

Girls Night Out Planting Party. Ladies will put together their own mix for hanging baskets. Refreshments included. $25. Call (314) 843-4700 to RSVP. Sappington Garden Shop, 11530 Gravois Rd.

April 28th, 29th & 30th

5:30pm (April 28 & 30), 10am (April 29)—Dazzling Containers for Entrance Ways, Patios and Gardens. Learn creative combinations of plants, colors and textures to amaze your family and friends. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

April 30th

5-7:30pm—Make & Take Container Party. Experts help you put together fabulous pots while learning creative combinations of plants, colors and textures. Bring a contain to plant or purchase one at the store. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

May 2nd

10am or 2pm—Container Planting Seminar. Learn everything you need to know to plant beautiful container plants this spring. Learn about combining plants for a dramatic effect and all the tools and tips you need to keep your container plants healthy and beautiful all season long.  Space is limited. Call 636-532-9307 to sign up. Chesterfield Valley Nursery 16825 N Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield. FREE.

May 5th, 6th and 9th—International Compost Awareness Week. St. Louis Composting. See page 24 for details.