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FUN FOR KIDS
9 am—Dried Flora—Children’s Garden Club. Baisch & Skinner, Inc., 2721 LaSalle St., St. Louis, MO. FREE.
10-11am—First Saturday Kids. Make a mason jar terrarium. $5 supply fee. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
9am—Birding Project- Children’s Garden Club. Sappington Garden Shop. 11530 Gravois, St. Louis County, MO. FREE.
10-11am—First Saturday Kids. Bring the kids by and make a Valentine’s Planter as a gift for Mom or Dad. $5 supply fee. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
CLASSES, LECTURES AND EVENTS
6-7pm—Native Plantings in Kirkwood School District. Learn from Kirkwood plant expert Bill Ruppert about the many native plantings that are springing up throughout the school district and why they are important and educational. Then visit a variety of information tables related to natives, pollinators, sustainability and outdoor education. Keysor Elementary School, 725 N. Geyer Rd., Kirkwood, MO.
1-4pm—Native Plant School: Getting a Handle on Invasive Bush Honeysuckle. Control methods described in this class are designed for both homeowners and large landowners having problems with bush honeysuckle. Session includes hands-on tours and demonstrations. Audience participation encouraged. Registration is required by visiting online at www.shawnature.org or calling (636) 451-3512 x0. $17 ($14 Garden members).
10am and 1pm—Terrarium Classes. Woodland Foliage (10am), Succulent Garden (1pm). FREE classes. Rolling Ridge Nursery, 60 N. Gore, Webster Groves, MO. RollingRidgeNursery.com.
10-11am—Mini Garden Make-N-Take Workshop. Create your own Mini Garden to take home. A container, plants and mini decor items are included in a $40.00 supply fee. Please call 636-239-6729 to sign up. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
1pm—Tropical Houseplants 101. Horticulturist Mike Hellman, a local indoor plant enthusiast with over 30 years of experience, will discuss the care and benefits of indoor plants. Rolling Ridge Nursery, 60 N. Gore, Webster Groves, MO. RollingRidgeNursery.com.
10-11am—String Garden Make-N-Take Workshop. Create your own moss ball string garden to take home. $20.00 supply fee. Please call 636-239-6729 to sign up. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
Illinois First Detector Program–U of I Extension, Monroe County Office, 901 Illinois Avenue, Waterloo,IL. The one-day course teaches participants how to report potential invasive threats. Topics this year include invasive plants and human health, oak tree diseases, and emerging invasive forest insects. The program focuses on current and new invasive pests, but also provides updates on previously covered topics. The popular hands-on portion of the workshop allows participants to examine invasive species samples in detail and learn identification techniques that will help them to distinguish these invasive pests in the field. Workshop participants take the knowledge they acquire to their own communities. Call 618-344-4230 for more information or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mms/.
10-11am—Beta Fish Bowl Make-N-Take Workshop. Create a classic betta fish and plant bowl combination to take home. $25.00 supply fee. Please call 636-239-6729 to sign up. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
11am-3pm—American Red Cross Blood Drive. Come anytime during these hours and help save lives by donating blood. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
2:30-4:30pm Fri., 10am-3pm Sat.—Artistic Endeavors. A standard flower show with 24 floral design arrangements and over 40 plant exhibits. Also 3 educational exhibits depicting: kinetic floral designs, Are black & white colors? and abstracting plant materials for flower arranging. Presented by the Greater St. Louis Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges of the East Central District of MO. Free and open to the public. Community of Christ Church 830 Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, MO.
8am-noon—Perry County Master Gardener Symposium. Classes for gardeners. Choose 3 from 7 offered. Vendors of local products on site. Registration $10. For information or to register call U of MO Extension, (573) 547-4504. Perryville Higher Ed. Center, 108 S. Progress Dr., Perryville, MO.
Feb. 4th through Mar. 26th
9am-5pm—Annual Orchid Show: Where Wild Things Grow. Features 500 blooming orchids from one of the world’s premier orchid collections. The Orchid Show is the only time of year when a vast, rotating selection of orchids from the Garden’s collection is available for public viewing. Beaumont Room at Missouri Botanical Garden.
10am—How Did This Plant Get Here? Learn about origins of our native, invasive and cultivated plants. Gain an appreciation for why we select the ornamental plants we sell. FREE class. Kirkwood Gardens, 2701 Barrett Station Rd., St. Louis, MO 63021. KirkwoodGardens.com.
1-4pm—Native Plant School: Greenhouse Propagation of Native Plants. This class will introduce the basic propagation methods that involve stratification, scarification, timing, soils, containers, fertilization and basic insect management. Class held at Shaw Nature Reserve Greenhouse area. Session includes hands-on tours and demonstrations. Audience participation encouraged. Registration is required by visiting online at www.shawnature.org or calling (636) 451-3512 x0. $17 ($14 Garden members).
10am-3pm—Preseason Gardening Expo. Rolling Ridge Nursery, Webster Groves, MO. Join local industry experts who will cover gardening topics, education, demonstrations, and seed-starting for kids. Refreshments and prizes on hand. Participants include: Audubon Society, Chris’ Lawn and Maintenance, The Easy Chicken, Farming Blueprint LLC, The Gateway Gardener, Gateway Greening, Grow Native, Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society, Meramec Community College Horticulture Program, Missourians for Monarchs, Ritter Greenhouse, Ritter Perennials, St. Louis County Parks and Children’s Gardening Club and Pollinator Project, Seed Geeks, Trees, Forests and Landscapes, Think about Tables, Wallflower Design, Wildflower Wagon, Wild Ones, and Woodhat Spirits will be here with samples and sales of their locally made cordials and whiskey! Rolling Ridge Nursery, 60 N. Gore, Webster Groves. Visit RollingRidgeNursery.com for more information or call (314) 962-3311.
29th Anniversary Midwestern Herb and Garden Show. Times Square Mall, Mt. Vernon, IL. For both the gardening experts and the gardening hopefuls, three days of demonstrations, classes, and seminars with nationally recognized speakers and unique displays by more than 40+ exhibitors.The Herb & Garden Show, hosted by the Herbs for Health and Fun Club, is an opportunity to learn from the experts during the free hourly educational classes where you can ask questions, share information and even participate in take-home activities. Topics include New Easy Care Roses for 2017, Raising Chickens, What Your Weeds Tell You, Hummingbirds Up Close, Cardinals-Everyone’s Favorite Bird, Essential Herbs for Animals, A Handful of Projects to Jazz Up Your Garden, and more. Exhibitors display a variety of items including fresh herbs, herbs for culinary, medicinal and decorative use, bulbs, seeds, books on birds, herbs and gardening, hypertufa, plants, herbal cookbooks, gardening magazines, bird feeders, houses and baths, antiques, china, spices, trellises, gourds, orchids, fudge, pasta, rolling pins, and many more. Times Square Mall located on Broadway & 42nd Street. Hours are 10am – 9pm on Friday & Saturday and 12pm – 5pm Sunday. Free Admission & Free Hourly Classes. For more information call (618) 842-7108 or email email@example.com.
1pm—Soil Basics. Learn about traits of Missouri landscape soils, how we use them, abuse them and manage them. FREE class. Kirkwood Gardens, 2701 Barrett Station Rd., St. Louis, MO 63021. KirkwoodGardens.com.
Gateway Small Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Regency Conference Center, O’Fallon, IL. Commercial fruit and vegetable growers, as well as those interested in the latest research on disease and insect effects on fruits and vegetables are invited to attend. This conference has breakout speaker sessions and vendors who will be displaying the latest products available. Registration will be open in December for this conference. The registration fee is an affordable per family or per farm fee. Call 618-344-4230 for more information or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mms/.
1:30-4pm–Tree Health Update Workshop. Tree professionals working as arborists, foresters, nurserymen, landscapers, those in public service, as well as master gardeners and master naturalists should consider attending this seminar. Learn more about current tree health problems and emerging invasive tree pests that are likely to affect the trees you work with in Missouri during the next few years. This free seminar will be presented in person by the Missouri Department of Conservation’s forest entomologist and pathologist. You and your co-workers are encouraged to attend. Registration is required, call 314-301-1500. Missouri Department of Conservation Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122.
6:30pm–Backyard Ecology: Choosing Plants Wisely. Offered by The Gardens at SIUE, program by Charlie Pitts, University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist. Class is held in The Gardens Center, 6 Arboretum Lane. An attendee should reserve his/her class slot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A registration fee of $2 will be charged on the day of class.
8am-4pm–MoGIA Nuts and Bolts Continuing Education Conference.A day of classes, breakout sessions and presentations to keep industry professionals up to date on the latest practices and products in the green industry. Hosted by the Missouri Green Industry Alliance (MoGIA) and the Missouri State Florists Association. MU CAFNR Bradford Research Center, Columbia, MO. For details or to register, visit http://www.mogia.org/calendar/2017/2/16/mogia-nuts-and-bolts-continuing-education-conference.
Feb. 23rd-Mar. 30th
2pm and 7pm–Gardening Seminars. Each Thursday a different topic is discussed. Join the fun! Today’s topic: The Pollinator Buffet with Natives and Cultivars, plus “What’s the Buzzzzzz?” Pollinators in Your Garden and For Your Health. Sappington Garden Shop, 11530 Gravois Rd. (314) 843-4700 or SappingtonGardenShop.com.
6pm—Shaping Your Plants: Learning to Prune Properly. Learn about the best methods, tools, and timing for pruning various trees, shrubs and perennials. FREE class. Kirkwood Gardens, 2701 Barrett Station Rd., St. Louis, MO 63021. KirkwoodGardens.com.
8am-4pm–Community Garden Summit. This event provides the opportunity to hear from national experts on community gardening, horticulture and community development. Attendees participate in networking with other gardeners and people working in sustainable practices across the region. Go to www.gatewaygreening.org/summit for details.
Gateway Green Industry Conference. Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville, IL.
This event features a keynote speaker and 5 breakout sessions with a variety of topics to choose from in each session. It is open to all interested in natives, trees, perennials, invasive plants, pollinators, rain garden and much more. Registration is $80. Call 618-344-4230 for more information or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mms/.
5:30-9pm Fri., 9am-4pm Sat.—Partners for Native Landscaping. St. Louis Community College-Meramec, Kirkwood, MO. (Please note this is the correct location—the location in the print edition article was incorrect.) A reception (Fri.) and workshop (Sat.) for homeowners offering information and resources on how to landscape with native plants for greener communities. Keynote speakers are Neil Diboll, President of Prairie Nursery, and Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants. Other breakout sessions on topics including Gardening for Wildlife, Rainscaping, and Native Gardening Practices. Natvie plants for sale, and vendors from various organizations on hand to answer questions about native gardening and related topics. Registration is $20 for the reception, and $15 for the workshop, which includes lunch. Register online at www.stlouisaudubon.org/PNL2017.
2017 Weekend Gardener. Our Lady of Snows, Belleville, IL 16 horticultural breakout session to choose from this event is always a local favorite. $40, includes lunch. Registration information is available at 618-939-3434.
Bookworm! A Standard Flower Show. Click here for details.