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FUN FOR KIDS
July 5th and Aug. 2nd
11am-2pm—Hillermann’s First Saturdays for Kids. Bring the kids to play in the garden and enjoy a FREE activity. July: Make a Water Garden. Aug.: Plant Hairy’s Hair. Hillermann Nursery & Florist. 636-239-6729, Hillerman.com.
9 am-Children’s Garden Club. Fun in the Garden. FREE. Chesterfield Valley Nursery, 16825 N. Outer Rd., Chesterfield. Hosted by St. Louis County Parks and Recreation.
9 am- Children’s Garden Club. Butterfly Gardening. FREE. Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Faust Historical Village. 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO. (636) 530-0076.
CLASSES, LECTURES AND EVENTS
Now through July 27th
9am-5pm—Desert Show: Plants of South Africa & Madagascar. This floral show will introduce Garden visitors to plants that occur in desert and arid regions of South Africa and Madagascar as well as a look at the people of the region and how they use indigenous plant species. 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.
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 http://stlouisgreen.com/potstoplanks#.
July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, Aug. 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
10am-noon—Herbs & Heirlooms Tuesdays. Connect with some of the oldest friends of mankind: herbs. Drop in to explore the culinary, sensory, beauty and uses for the herb featured each week. The first 100 participants will pot an herb to take home and receive a plant profile sheet with care tips and ways to use your new plant. In the Missouri Botanical Garden Herb Garden, weather permitting. Included with Garden Admission. No registration is required. For more information, visit www.mobot.org.
10am—Growing Up—A Guide to Vines. Learn about the vines that will turn an ordinary garden into a showcase. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.
July 8th and 10th
Starting a Youth Garden Teleconference. Gardens created as educational and play spaces for youth can be very rewarding to create. Discussion includes the benefits of youth gardens, the important steps to planning one and ways to get youth engaged in gardening. 1:30pm July 8th at U. of Illinois Extension Offices, 901 Illinois Ave., Waterloo, and 1 Regency Plaza Dr., Suite 200, Collinsville. 6:30pm July 10th at Collinsville location only. Registration, $5/person for b&w copies; $10 for color copies. Register for Waterloo at (618) 939-3434 or for Collinsville at (618) 344-4230, or online at www.extension.illinois.edu/mms.
10am—Refresh your Window Boxes and Containers. Learn about the hot summer delights that are dripping with color now and will continue to look good well into fall. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.
2pm—Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks – Meet the Artist. Meet Sean Kenney, the creator of Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks. He will discuss his creative process and what it’s like to have the coolest job in the world! Sean will also serve as final judge for the LEGO® Brick Buildtanical Challenge. Missouri Botanical Garden, Shoenberg Theater. Selected sculptures from the Challenge will be on display in the Ridgway Visitor Center from 10am to 4pm. Included with Garden Admission. No registration is required. For more information, visit www.mobot.org.
9am-3pm—Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival. Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Missouri. Featuring Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House and Springfield Sister Cities Fiesta with Mariachi Viva Xalisco and Special Guest Paco Padilla. Free. 417.891.1511.
11am—Wine Making, Bottling. Harvey Jasper will teach this class on the actions needed for the bottling stage of wine making. Anyone is welcome to come learn this step and ask questions about wine making. A handout outlining all the actions needed for each step in the wine making process will be available. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
6pm–Southwest Illinois Wild Ones Meeting. A meeting to organize and create a new chapter of Wild Ones for the southwest Illinois region will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ Annex, 307 West Clay St., Collinsville. Wild Ones is a national organization whose mission is to promote sound landscaping practices by using plants native to our area. For more information, please call Grace at 288-6415.
6:30-7:30pm–Pints ‘n’ Plants: The Cocktail Garden. At the Urban Chestnut in the Grove, 4465 Manchester Ave, 63110. Speaker: Jennifer Schamber of Greenscape Gardens and Gifts. Learn what to grow and what to know to create seasonally-inspired drinks straight from the garden. The best cocktails are made from the best ingredients… especially when you grow your own! All you need are a few simple tools and a few key plants and you’ll be on your way to creating some amazing libations. This event is free and open to the general public with no registration required. This event is free and open to the general public with no registration necessary, however seating is limited, so please plan to arrive early. Contact Hannah at 588-9600×104 with any questions.
Noon-1pm–Food Policy “Brown Bag” Speaker Series Saving Small Farms. Speaker: Molly Rockamann, Founding Director of EarthDance Farms. Realizing if farms are to continue growing food, then they must be kept affordable and accessible to farmers, the Open Space Council partnered with EarthDance Farms on a pilot initiative to save small farms in the St. Louis area. Join this conversation to learn current threats to small farm preservation, challenges faced by efforts to protect small farms and the logistical nuts and bolts that go into successful land preservation efforts, such as the conservation easement developed to protect EarthDance’s historic Mueller Farm. This event is free and open to the general public. Metered street parking available on Washington. Free street parking available on side streets.
10am-noon–Community Gardening 101 & Tour. Bell Demonstration Garden 3815 Bell Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. Are you interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, but don’t have space at your home? Are you interested in a new way to meet your neighbors and the people in your community? A community garden might be the answer, come learn about how to start a community garden. This workshop will be followed by a tour of Bell Demonstration Garden. RSVP with James Anderson, (314) 588 – 9600 ex 105, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10am–Successful Summer Gardening. Cliff Cave Community Garden, 5430 Telegraph Rd. St. Louis, MO 63129. Summers in St. Louis can be a stressful time for vegetable gardening. This workshop will discuss challenges such as pests, diseases, and irrigation issues that affect gardeners, and highlight strategies to solve these and other common garden problems.
11am—Cooking Class-The Sweet Side of Grilling. Join Leigh Sweet with Tasteful Affair Catering as she demonstrates grilled stone fruits with Missouri Wine Syrup, and grilled pineapple w/rum glaze and Bananas Foster. Samples and recipes of featured foods will be available. $5 class fee. Space is limited. Please contact Leigh at 314-488-4184 or email@example.com to sign up. Hillermann Nursery & Florist. 636-239-6729, hillermann.com.
9am-5pm—West County Daylily Club Sale. New cultivars and old favorites are sold 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. http://westcountydaylilyclub.com.
10am—Maintaining Perennials and Rejuvenating Your Summer Garden. Learn aggressive pruning techniques that will help you achieve strong, more compact plants and many more blooms in your garden. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.
9am-5pm—Henry Shaw’s Birthday. Missouri Botanical Garden founder Henry Shaw’s 214th birthday celebration. Admission is free for all visitors. Missouri Botanical Garden.
10am—Fairy Gardening, Mini Landscaping for Containers and Gardens. Learn about doll-size shrubs, plus the perennials, annuals and vines with teeny leaves and flowers. Learn the unique care tiny plants need along with mini-gardening deisgn tips and techniques. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.
5pm—5th Annual Field to Fork. Benefitting Heartlands Conservancy. Field to Fork celebrates all things local with a six-course meal that sources all of the ingredients locally the day of and a few days prior to the event. Enjoy the extensive culinary skills of all chefs in just one evening. Bellecourt Manor in Belleville, IL. Reservations required. Tickets for HeartLands Conservancy members are $70 per person, $500 per table. Non-members $90 per person, $650 per table. To learn more about the event, the chefs and farms providing food, visit www.HeartLandsConservancy.org/field-to-fork or contact Kim O’Bryan at 618-566-4451 Ex. 10 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 26 – 27th
9am-5pm—Metropolitan St. Louis African Violet Council 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. Show in the Beaumont Room; Sale in the Missouri and Botanical Rooms in the Ridgway Visitor Center. Included with Garden admission.
9am—Nursery Tour. Disover the hidden treasures at Sugar Creek, tour the nursery, see what’s in bloom, learn the newest selections and rare gems. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.
9am-5pm—Missouri Botanical Garden Daylily Association Sale. Choose from a wide array of new cultivars and old favorites sold from the Missouri Botanical Garden’s displays. Experts from the West County Daylily Club will be on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. Proceeds benefit the Missouri Botanical Garden.
7pm–Planting Trees Planting Hope–FREE. Aviram Rozin is the founder and director of SADHANA FOREST, a social-experimental volunteer community addressing issues of deforestation and climate change in India, Haiti and Kenya. Exploring how human diversity affects the resilience of societies and, in turn, how societies affect the biodiversity of nature, Aviram will share innovative techniques for planting in some of the harshest and most arid corners of the world, as well as an approach for growing sustainable communities. Buder Commons at Maryville University 650 Maryville University Drive,
St. Louis, MO 63141. Sponsored by the Green Speakers Series.
Washington Town and Country Fair. Join Hillermann’s at their booth at the fair. Ask gardening and landscaping questions and check out the latest gardening items. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
10am—Bee Friendly Pest and Disease Controls. Discover the natural choices available for controlling bugs and disease without harming bees and other life. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.
9am-5pm—Greater St. Louis Iris Society Sale. Choose from a wide array of new cultivars and old favorites sold from the Missouri Botanical Garden’s displays. Experts from the Greater St. Louis Iris Society will be on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. Proceeds benefit the Missouri Botanical Garden. MBG RIdway Center.
7-9pm—Tap Root Speakers Series. Guest Speaker Mike Walsh, Forestry Program Manager, Forest ReLeaf Nursery. Learn about trees, your landscapes and get expert advice from local tree experts. Sponsored by The Missouri Community Forestry Council. $10. Schlafly Bottleworks Crown Room in Maplewood. Call 636-970-3000 to pre-register or register at the door.
10am—Best New Perennials, Shrubs and Vines. Hear about the exciting new creations that have the garden world amazed, awed and just plain star struck. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.
6:30pm—Friends of the Garden “A Love Song for all Life.” Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield, Missouri, a fundraiser concert presented by solo flautist Bettine Clemen and guitarist Richard Patterson. $45 each, includes a wine reception. 417.891.1511.
10am—Best Fall Gardening Tips. Discover which varieties are flowering along with the garden practices that will produce the longest-blooming, heaviest producing plants and more. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.
Washington County Home Grown Farm Tour (Sat. and Sun.) and Field Dinner (Sat. Only). This free self-guided tour features 10 venues within the county. Spend the day in the country tasting wine as you stroll among the vines that produced it, petting farm animals, watching bison roam or enjoying a gourmet field dinner featuring products from the farms you’ve just visited! Proceeds from the dinner support an annual agricultural scholarship. (Reservations required, limited seating). Proceeds benefit the Washington County Farm Tour Scholarship Fund. For more information visit www.homegrownfarmtour.com or call Debby Bust at (573) 438-8555 to make reservations.
Noon-5pm—Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis Annual Orchid Auction. New cultivars and old favorites are auctioned by the area’s top growers, who are on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. Silent auction and attendance prizes. Missouri Botanical Garden, Beaumont Room, Ridgway Visitor Center. Entry included with Garden admission. osogsl.org.
1-3:30 pm. Herbal Medicine Cabinet Workshop. Building a natural home medicine cabinet is a good starting point from which to explore healing power of herbs! Join farmers Eric and Crystal Stevens and discover how to stock your medicine cabinet with homemade herbal remedies. You will learn how to make tinctures, teas, and herbal first aid balm. Workshop includes demonstrations, PowerPoint presentation, and herb walk (weather permitting). La Vista Ecological Learning Center 4300 Levis Lane Godfrey, IL 62035 $15. Call 618-466-5004 by Aug. 22.
11am—Cooking Class – Back to Grill. Join Leigh Sweet with Tasteful Affair Catering as she demonstrates making chicken quesadillas, shrimp and veggie skewers, portabella sandwiches, plus, s’more packets. Samples and recipes of featured foods will be available. $5.00 class fee. Space is limited. Please contact Leigh at 314-488-4184 or email@example.com to sign up. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.
Aug. 30-Sept 1st
10am-8pm Fri. & Sat., 10am-5pm Sun.—Japanese Festival. Annual Japanese Festival presents taiko drumming, bon odori festival dancing, martial arts, candlelight walks in the Japanese Garden and more. Doors open at 9 a.m. $15 adults (ages 13 and over), $5 children (3 to 12), $5 members. Buy tickets in advance online at www.mobot.org. Regular admission rates to the Children’s Garden apply. Missouri Botanical Garden.
4-8pm—Fall Wildflower Sale and Open House. Stroll through the Whitmire Wildflower Garden and gain inspiration for your home landscape, then purchase native plants at the Wildflower Sale. Experts on hand to assist with your questions. Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit, MO. $3 non-members, FREE for MBG members. (636) 451-3512.