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

Fun for Kids


Jan. 3rd

9 am—Use of Dried MaterialsChildren’s Garden Club. Baisch & Skinner, Inc., 2721 LaSalle St., St. Louis, MO. FREE.

Feb. 7th

9am—Fun Things in the Garden- Children’s Garden Club. Sappington Garden Shop. 11530 Gravois, St. Louis County, MO. FREE.

Feb. 26th-March 1st

Children’s Garden Club at the Builder’s Home and Garden Show, America’s Center & Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis. Booth #944

Classes Lectures and Events


Jan. 27th-28th

Gateway Green Industry Conference & Trade Show. Registration begins at 8am each day followed by the Keynote Session from 9-10:30am and then 3 break-out sessions each day. Registration fee includes admission to classes, trade show, break refreshments and lunch. Keynote speakers will be Sam Wortman, speaking on Urban Agriculture, and Thomas Rainer, speaking about Designed Plant Communities. Breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Registration is $90 for 1 day or $120 for both days with discounts available for full-time students and Certified Master Gardeners. For registration information visit web.extension.illinois.edu/mms or call 618-344-4230.

Jan. 10th & 24th

10am-noon—Wine Making, California Merlot. This class will cover Polishing & Back Sweetening. A handout outlining each step in the process will be available. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.Hillermann.com.

Jan. 31st-Feb. 1st

9am-5pm—Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis Orchid Show and 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. Missouri Botanical Garden, Beaumont Room, Ridgway Visitor Center. Included with Garden admission. www.osogsl.org.

Jan. 31st through Mar. 22nd

9am-5pm— Annual Orchid Show: Orchids and their Pollinators. Features 800 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. Orthwein Floral Display Hall at Missouri Botanical Garden. Garden admission plus $5 ($3 for Children); free for Garden members.

Feb. 7th

6pm–O’Fallon Garden Club Trivia Night & Silent Auction. Doors open at 6, trivia starts at 7. Jimmy Buffet theme with a table decorating contest. Bring your own snacks. Wine, beer, and soft drinks available for purchase. Katy Cavins Community Center, 308 East 5th St., O’Fallon, IL. (618) 624-0139. Register for a table with the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Department or contact Peg for information on becoming a donor. Peg.Stimson@sbcglobal.net.

Feb. 12th

1-4pm—Native Plant School: Naturescaping Beyond Beauty. Learn how to select, arrange, install and maintain native plants for optimal owner, neighbor and wildlife satisfaction. 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. $15 ($12 Garden members).

Feb. 13th-15th

27th Anniversary Midwestern Herb and Garden Show. Hosted by the Herbs for Health and Fun Club and Mt. Vernon’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, this 27th Anniversary Show is the largest event of its type in the area. Featured speakers Doug Tallamy, a popular national speaker and author of Bringing Nature Home, and Diane Brueckman, former rosarian at Missouri Botanical Garden and owner of Rosey Acres. A variety of other talented class speakers will host presentations geared for everyone from the novice to the master gardener. Plus, exhibitors display a variety of herbal and gardening items. Proceeds from the herb club’s resale booth are used for horticulture scholarships for local students. All indoors. Admission and hourly educational seminars are FREE. For details, visit www.midwesternherbandgardenshow.com or call Visitors Bureau (800) 252-5464. Free. Fri-Sat hours 10am– 9pm, Sunday Noon – 5pm.

Feb. 21st

Spring Training for Outdoor Living. An education event by the Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis. Now is the time to start planning your garden! Whether that’s a few containers on a condo balcony or a yard filled with chickens and an outdoor entertainment room, education sessions are designed just for you. Join local garden center owners, landscape pros and St. Louis’ top plant people for education opportunities including: Patio & Home–Learn how to create that perfect outdoor space on the patio or balcony. Family Garden–Update the yard to create an outdoor space the entire family will enjoy, from gardening with children to creating a relaxing, outdoor oasis. Field & Forest–If your idea of outdoor living is to embrace native plants, the urban forest and wildlife, these education sessions are for you. For more information and registration details, visit hortco-op.org or call 888-978-8433.

Feb. 19th-Mar. 26th

2pm and 7pm–Gardening Seminars. Each Thursday a different topic is discussed. Join the fun! Call for topics. Sappington Garden Shop, 11530 Gravois Rd. (314) 843-4700 or SappingtonGardenShop.com.

Feb. 26th-Mar. 1st

Annual Builders Home and Garden Show. The St. Louis Builders Home & Garden Show is one of the largest consumer home show in North America. Approximately 400 exhibitors fill more than 400,000 sq. ft. of America’s Center in downtown St. Louis! The show has been in existence for more than 35 years and is the place for area consumers to see, touch, compare and buy everything they need for their homes and gardens. The Builders Home and Garden Show is actually 6 complete shows in one – Lawn and Garden, Pool and Spa, Green Products, Kitchen & Bath, Interior Design and Building Products. This year’s show features 5 fantastic gardens that will inspire you to create the yard and garden of your dreams. In addition to the magnificent landscapes, you will find lawn decorations, mowers and equipment, hardscape materials, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, nurseries, fencing, decking, playground equipment, plants, trees, shrubs and lawn and landscape services. The Lawn & Garden Showcase is also home to a number of presentations by gardening experts on a variety of topics, as well as the Children’s Garden Club, where kids can create free make-and-take projects. There is also the annual Flower Show Competition. Plus, ride a giant ferris wheel, and take some of the most popular John Deere lawn and garden equipment for a spin.

Feb. 28th

9am-12:30pm–Dig In: A Gardening Seminar.  We’re kicking off the 2015 gardening year with our third annual Dig In: A Gardening Seminar at the University of Missouri Extension Center of St. Charles County. Three sessions will be held with three topics offered each session. Registrants will choose a topic for each session for a total of three hours of instruction. $25 (nonrefundable) for registration received by February 20; $30 for late and at-the-door registration. Visit http://extension.missouri.edu/stcharles/digin.aspx to view the schedule of topics and details. Call 636-970-3000 to register for the seminar. All major credit cards accepted.

9am-5pm–Partners for Native Landscaping.  A workshop for homeowners offering information and resources on how to landscape with native plants for greener communities. Topics include how to garden for birds and pollinators, cope with invasive species, develop and maintain a rainscape, garden for monarch butterflies and more. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Register online at www.stlouisaudupon.org/PNL.