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FUN FOR KIDS
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.
April 5 (Sat): First Saturday Kids. Bring the kids anytime between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to play in the garden and enjoy a FREE activity! Decorate and plant an oval poly pot to grow Easter grass. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
GARDEN TOURS, PLANT SALES AND SHOWS
10am-4pm—Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. The Garden Conservancy welcomes Monroe and Madison County, Illinois, into the 2014 Open Days Program. Save the dates for these unique opportunities to visit five of the area’s best private gardens and three lovely public space. Admission is $7 per garden. No reservation required. Tickets available at Cottage Garden in Piasa, IL, or at tour sites. Visit www.opendaysprogram.org or call 800-842-2442. (Public gardens are free.)
7-8:30pm–First Annual Social and Seed Exchange. Cost: 3 seed packets (or held-over seeds) or $3. Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Rd., Chesterfield. Northeast corner of 141 and Clayton Rd., parking in rear, south side of building. Use south side set of doors to enter. Expert gardeners to show you how to grow plants from seeds. Fabulous door prizes. Bring markers, pens, envelops and baggies for seeds. Horticulture Book Swap–Please bring horticulture books to swap. You will be able to participate even if you don’t bring a book. Gardeners will be donating books to give away.
Herb Days, presented by the Garden Gate Shop and the St. Louis Herb Society. Choose from a wide selection of potted fresh herbs, including new and hard-to-find varieties. The society’s popular cookbook, periodicals and curry powder will also be available. Herb Society members will give demonstrations and guidance on selecting, planting, growing and using herbs. Included with Garden admission or membership. An early public sale will be held from 4-7pm on Wednesday. Then MBG members get a private preview on Thursday from 9am-noon; finally, public hours, will take continue Thursday, noon-5pm and Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm, at the MBG Orthwein Floral Display Hall.
8am-6pm Friday, 8am-Noon Saturday—Webster Groves Garden Club Plant Sale. The Webster Groves Garden Club (formerly known as Men’s Garden Club of WG) will have its annual Plant Sale at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex. Most plants for sale will be Perennials dug from WGGC members’ gardens with some purchased Annuals. Club Members will be available to answer questions about the plants for sale. The hours will be 8am to 6pm on Friday and 8am to Noon on Saturday. For information email President@MGCWG.org or call 314-580-6469 or go to www.mgcwg.org.
3-6pm Fri. and Mon., 9am-3pm Sat., Noon-4pm Sun. — St. Louis Master Gardener Plant Sale. MG’s are growing beautiful annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, succulents, natives and water 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
8:30am-2pm—Webster Groves Herb Society Spring Herb Sale. The 42nd Annual spring sale is celebrating ‘Herbin Renewal”, with more 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.
9am-noon—St. Charles Garden County Master Gardener Tour and Plant Sale. Vegetables, Missouri natives, annuals, herbs, perennials, seeds and more. Tour demo gardens, “Ask a Master Gardener” booth, container raffle and more! University of Missouri Extension, 260 Brown Rd., St. Peters, MO. Call 636-970-3000 for directions and info.
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. Rain date is May 3rd.
9am-1pm Sat., 10-noon Sun.—U. City in Bloom’s Annual Plant Sale. Perennials, annuals, native and wildlife-attracting plants, culinary herbs and vegetables. Heman Park Community Center, University City. UCityinBloom.org, 314-973-3541.
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.
1pm—Belleville Area Rose Society Plant Auction. HenryWhite Research facility on Hwy. 158 East of Millstadt. The public is welcome to see the Gardens and participate in the Auction and Meeting. Many roses and other items will be offered.
1pm—St. Louis Hosta Society Annual Vendors Day. Creve Coeur Government Center, 300 N. New Ballas Rd. Vendors include Avalon Acres Hostas from Effingham, IL; Homestead Hosta Farms from Owensville, MO; Meadow Sweet Gardens with general garden plants and decorations; Overland Hardware with garden necessities, and Polly Deck’s bird baths and stepping stones. Open to the public.
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 at facebook.com/central missouri master gardener plant sale. 573-295-6263. Jaycee Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Rd., Jefferson City, MO.
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.
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, and Plants of Merit) plus nursery grown annuals & hanging baskets. Also featured: Container gardens (perfect for Mother’s Day!), “Garden Treasures” Resale, 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-Noon—Four Winds Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale. Members will share hand-raised plants that are tried & true & do well in our region. The sale location is the AKC Museum of the Dog, 1721 South Mason Rd., Town & Country. 636-227-5896. New members are always welcome.
9am-1pm—Bethel UMC Plant Sale. Large selection of annual, perennials, houseplants and much more. Great bargains. Bethel UMC, 17500 Manchester Road, Wildwood, MO. For more information call: 636-458-2255.
9am-3pm—Missouri Prairie Foundation Plant Sale. A smashing and bountiful selection of choice native perennials, grasses, sedges, vines, shrubs, and trees supplied by Missouri Wildflowers Nursery 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.
9 am to 3pm – Kress Farm Garden Preserve’s 16th Annual Plant Sale. Many drought tolerant native shrubs, trees and plants from Forrest Keeling Nursery and Missouri Wildflower Nursery will be available. 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.
9am-3pm–Garden Club of Lebanon’s Perennial Plant Sale. During the Lebanon, IL annual Home and Garden May Market. The club has hundreds of home grown perennials at below big box store prices! Check website for more details and updates: www.gardencluboflebanon.org.
8am-noon–Jardin du Lac Garden Club in Lake St. Louis Plant Sale. At the Lake St. Louis Community Association.
9am–O’Fallon (IL) Garden Club – May Plant Sale. The O’Fallon Garden Club will hold its annual Spring plant sale on Saturday, May 3rd starting at 9 am at the Community Financial Center parking lot (800 South Lincoln and Hwy 50). The Club will offer a variety of annuals and perennials at amazing prices and local master gardeners will be available to answer your plant questions. The plant sale is a fund-raiser for the garden club to continue its efforts to beautify our community through plantings. Your purchase helps our community. Stop by and see our selection! You can dig deeper at www.ofallongardenclub.org
CLASSES, LECTURES AND EVENTS
March 31st-April 29th
7pm—Edgar Denison Nature Education Series. Presented by the Kirkwood Public Library, 140 E. Jefferson, Kirkwood. March 31st—Missouri Natural Communities and Natural Areas, by Mike Leahy, Natural Areas Coordinator for Missouri Department of Conservation; April 9th—Naturescaping: Landscaping for Life, by Mitch Leachman, Exec. Director St. Louis Audubon Society; April 15th—Natives: Beyond Beauty, Plants that REALLY Work, by Bill Ruppert, Missouri Prairie Foundation’s GrowNative! Committee; April 21st—Show Me the Monarchs: Adventures in Butterfly Gardening, by Jennifer Loyet-Schamber and Tammy Behm, Greenscape Gardens; and April 29th—The Best Missouri Trees for Native Landscaping, by Mark Gruber, Urban Forester, Missouri Department of Conservation. There will also be a nature art exhibit by Elizabeth Holm Cole opening April 9th, 6-7pm and running through May.
5:30pm—Fairy Gardening, Mini Landscaping for Containers and Gardens. Hear about doll-size shrubs, plus the perennials, annuals and vines with tiny leaves and flowers. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.
9am-5pm—Arbor Day Tree Giveaway. The Kemper Center for Home Gardening will give away 600 tree saplings on a first-come, first served basis, one per visitor while supplies last. Master gardeners will answer questions and give advice on planting trees in the spring. While supplies last. Kemper Center, upper level at Missouri Botanical Garden.
11am – Creating and Caring for Terrariums. Bring your gardening indoors with this seminar on terrarium and table top gardening. Horticultural specialist John Skoot will discuss how to create and care for your own terrariums. This in-depth presentation will talk about everything from plant selection, planting mediums, soil covers to container selection and the traditional terrarium. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.
6-8pm—Wildflower Art Exhibit Opening at Powder Valley Nature Center. An exhibit of the botanical artwork of the late Kirkwood naturalist Edgar Denison. Denison (1904 – 1993) was a German immigrant and Union Electric engineer whose passion for Missouri’s natural wonders inspired him to create our state’s first full-color field guide to wildflowers, donated to Missouri Department of Conservation in the early 70s, now in its 6th edition. Also a pioneering native plant gardener, Edgar’s love for wildflowers is evident in his prolific drawings and watercolors, preserved in the archives of Shaw Nature Reserve and on view through the month of April at Powder Valley Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold, Kirkwood, Missouri. The opening is free to the public, refreshments will be served.
Hillermann’s Anniversary Weekend. Celebrate Hillermann’s 63rd anniversary with cake and punch all weekend long. Kids’ can pick up a FREE Monster Tomato Plant to grow and enter a monster tomato in the Washington Town and Country Fair in August. Also, Bark for Life. (9am to noon) Honoring the life-long contribution of our Canine Caregivers. Enjoy activities with your canine pets and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society. Canine activities and vendor booths will be available. $10 entry fee. Contact Rhonda Mueller – email@example.com, or 314-401-3642 (after 6pm) for more information. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
7-9pm—2014 Tap Root Speaker Series: Scratch Brewing Company. Grab some friends and grab a cool drink at the Schlafly Bottleworks Crown Room in Maplewood. Learn about trees, your landscapes and get advice from local tree experts. This month’s topic features Scratch Brewing Company, located in Ava, Illinois, which focuses on farmhouse beers and other styles brewed with home-grown and locally farmed and foraged ingredients. $10. Call (636) 970-3000 to pre-register, or pay at the door. Visit MoCommunityTrees.org for more information.
April 8th and 10th
The Basics of Growing Herbs Webinar. A look at various common herbs, their characteristics and how to grow them. University of Illinois Extension, Waterloo and Collinsville offices April 8, 1pm, Collinsville office only April 10, 6:30pm. Pre-registration deadline is 2 days prior to class. $5 fee for black and white handouts, $10 for color. Register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/mms/ or call (618) 939-3434 for Waterloo office or (618) 344-4230 for Collinsville.
April 8th and 10th
5:30pm—Gardening Under Trees. Learn how to garden under trees without damaging them. Also discussed will be the ever-expanding selection of shade plants and how to combine flower and foliage color, form and texture for season-long interest in your garden. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.
1-4pm—Native Plant School: Top Performing Plants. 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.
9am-3pm—Weekend Gardener. Sixteen classes offered in 4 hour-long sessions of your choice including lunch. Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 South Demazenod Dr., Belleville. $40 or $55 with printed program book including class handouts. U. of Illinois Extension. Register at web.extension.illinois.edu/mms/ or call (618) 939-3434 for Waterloo office or (618) 344-4230 for Collinsville.
9am-1pm— O’Fallon (MO) Garden Expo. The event begins with an elementary school’s Earth Club assisting the Mayor Hennessy with an Arbor Day Ceremony. Free tree saplings will be given to the first 50 people. One per family please. Free kids crafts, kite making with assistance from the Gateway Kite Club, and a small food vendor. Fort Zumwalt Park.
April 12 – 13th
Spring Open House at Frisella Nursery. Celebrate spring at Frisella’s annual open house. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.
11am-1pm–Easter Bunny Lunch Tea Party – (11:00 am to 1:00 pm) Come enjoy a Tea Party with the Easter Bunny. Take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Activities including planting your teacup to take home will be included. $5.00 charge per child. Please call 636-239-6729 to sign up. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
P. Allen Smith at Mizzou Botanic Garden. TV host, author, gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith will be at the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus hosted by the Mizzou Botanic Garden as part of the Jacquelyn K. Jones Lectureship. On April 13th, he’ll participate in the campus’ 175th birthday celebration and a presentation on the gardens of Thomas Jefferson. On April 14th, there will be a sensory garden installation and planting, and a Local Harvest Roundtable Discussion. For more information visit www.gardens.missouri.edu.
7pm—Edgar Denison: A Modern Johnny Appleseed. By Scott Woodbury, Curator of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve. a panel discussion on the life and contributions of Edgar Denison. Panelists include Peter Raven, George Yatskievych, Tom Ott, Lesley Schoedinger, and Bill Ruppert. First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, East Adams and South Kirkwood Road.
5:30pm—Sugar Creek Gardens Nursery Tour. Tour the nursery, seeing what’s in bloom, what’s coming into bloom, along with the best plants of the year. Learn about the newest selections along with our rarest and most unusual gems. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.
5:30pm—Best New Perennials. Hear about the exciting new perennials hybridizers have concocted for 2013. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.
7pm—Green Speaker Series. Rae Machado of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, will speak on what life is like in this fascinating community that exemplifies low-carbon living. Longview Farm Park, 13525 Clayton Rd., Town and Country.
10am-3pm—Earth Day at Kirkwood Farmers’ Market & Station Plaza. Celebrating the life and legacy of Edgar Denison, a Kirkwood native and author of Missouri Wildflowers. 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.
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-2pm—Exmark Demos and Grill Day. Equipment demos and grilled hot dogs. Talk with the Exmark rep, ask questions and learn more about this line of equipment. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
9am—Rain Garden Work Party. Learn about rainscaping with native plants and then identify and remove undesirable plant species in the rain garden on site. Lunch provided.
Deer Creek Watershed Alliance. Mount Calvary Church, 9321 Litzsinger Rd., Brentwood. Pre-registration is required. Go to www.deercreekalliance.org for more information.
5:30pm—Long Blooming Shrubs For Exceptional Color. Learn about the showiest, longest blooming, heaviest producing shrubs available, plus growing techniques. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.
April 22nd or 24th
Pest Control Strategies in the Garden Webinar. This program will help you decide the best options for managing pestsin your landscape. University of Illinois Extension, , Waterloo and Collinsville offices April 22, 1pm, Collinsville office only April 24, 6:30pm. Pre-registration deadline is 2 days prior to class. $5 fee for black and white handouts, $10 for color. Register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/mms/ or call (618) 939-3434 for Waterloo office or (618) 344-4230 for Collinsville.
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.
11am—The Kitchen Garden. Horticultural Specialist John Skoot discusses the kitchen garden and how he fell in love with horticulture through growing the everyday plants we eat. He’ll go through the seasons of the kitchen garden from cold weather crops like spinach, lettuce and cilantro to the warm weather row crops like tomatoes. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.
Noon-5pm—Open House at Rosey Acres. Visit the Easy Elegance rose test gardens of the former rosarian of the Missouri Botanical Garden and rose expert for The Gateway Gardener magazine. Rosey Acres, Baldwin, Illinois. Call (618) 785-3011 for directions.
Earth Day & Family Fun Day – Celebrate Earth Day by picking up trees and plants for your yard and gardens. Kids’ activities available. See alpacas from River Bluff Alpacas. Grilled hot dogs will be available by Missouri Mulch. Kids growing MONSTER Tomatoes for the fair can come in to decorate a plant tag for their entry and get a FREE gallon of Nature’s Source ready to use fertilizer to help their MONSTER grow. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
2pm—Gardening With A Twist. Enjoy fellowship, wine and cheese and create a make and take container garden to take home. A supply fee will apply. Please call 636-239-6729 to sign up and for more information. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, www.hillermann.com.
11am-6pm—St. Louis Earth Day Festival. Celebrate the 25th annual National Earth Day at Forest Park, See page 23 for details. Visit us at The Gateway Gardener Booth!
April 29th, 30th and May 1st
5:30pm (April 29 and May 1), 10am (April 30)—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.
7am-12pm—En Plein Air Sunrise Paint. Meet the artists of the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival as they paint scenes from around Frisella’s gardens. Frisella Nursery, frisellanursery.com/events, 636.798.2555.
Noon-5pm—LUSH Cosmetics Charity Pot Lotion Party Featuring Missouri Prairie Foundation. Enjoy shopping at LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics at the Galleria and learn about the Foundation’s prairie conservation work and the importance of native plant landscaping. 1155 St. Louis Galleria, St. Louis, MO 63117. Free native landscaping literature will be available.