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

Plant Shows, Sales and Tours

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.

9am-3pm—Missouri Prairie Foundation Plant Sale. A wide variety 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.

1pm—Belleville Area Rose Society Annual Auction. Plants, books and many other items. Henry White Research Farm on Highway 158 just east of Milstadt in Monroe County, IL.  The public is invited.

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.

9am-5pm—Bonsai Society of Greater St. Louis Sale. Missouri Botanical Garden, Orthwein Floral Display Hall.

May 9th

9am-4pm—Spring Wildflower Sale. Native wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs for home landscapes brought to you by Shaw Nature Reserve and local native plant nurseries. Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit, MO, at I-44 and Hwy. 100. (636) 451-3512. Admission Free for members, $5 ($3 Seniors) non-members. Members only preview, May 9, 4-7:30pm.

9am-5pm—St. Louis Iris Society Plant 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. Orthwein Floral Display. Included with Garden admission. Missouri Botanical Garden.

9am-5pm—Greater St. Louis Dahlia Society Sale. Missouri Botanical Garden, Jordan Education Wing, Beaumont Room.

8am-noon—Lakeview Garden Club Plant Sale. Large selection of reasonably priced plants and baked items. Proceeds benefit schools, nursing homes, community food pantries and other local organizations. 15 Lakeview Lane in Collinsville, IL.

8am-12—Mississippi Valley Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. Great selection of healthy plants. Plants are provided by club members. Alton Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, 3109 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey, IL.

8am-noon—Shepherd of the Hills Garden Club 17th annual Plant and Bake Sale. God and Country Theatre parking lot at 1840 West Highway 76 in Branson, MO from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Annuals and perennials hardy to our area, also tasty baked goods.  Proceeds provide a College of Ozarks scholarship and to help with many community projects.

May 16th

9am-3pm—Franklin County Master Gardeners Plant Sale. Beside a wide variety of plants at reasonable prices, there will be a boutique and book sale.  There will be annuals, perennials, herbs, native plants, hanging baskets and much more.  J. C Penney parking lot in Washington, MO.

Noon-3pm—Mid-Illinois Iris Society Show. 22 horticulture sections, hundreds of glorious blooms. Entries accepted from 8-10am, judging 10am-noon. For entry information, call (618) 698-5424. Our Lady of the Snows, Guild Center, on Hwy. 15 in Belleville.

May 16th-17th

10am-4pm Sat., & Sun.—The Ste. Genevieve Master Gardeners Garden Walk and Plant Sale. $7 per person or $6 for groups of five or more. No reservations required.Tour public and private gardens in historic Ste. Genevieve. Plant Sale begins at 9am Sat. 10am Sun. Farmers Market (Sat. 7am-noon), garden merchandise, specials at area shops and restaurants, and other activities. Purchase tickets at Ste Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 South Main St. 800-373-7007 or email events@visitstegen.com.

9am-5pm—St. Louis Horticultural Society Sale. Missouri Botanical Garden, Orthwein Floral Display Hall.

May 23rd

9am-5pm—Rose Society of Greater St. Louis Show and Sale. Missouri Botanical Garden, Orthwein Floral Display Hall.

May 31st

Noon-4pm—The Secret Gardens of Webster Groves. Take a self-paced tour of seven of Webster Groves stunning private gardens and its brand new sculpture park.  Tickets are $20 / $15 in advance.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.wghsparentsclub.org or call Lynda Brady at 314-740-2590.

Classes, Lectures and Events

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.

11am—Salsa Saturday and Make-n-Take Salsa Garden (2pm). Join in the fun and festivities with Cinco de Mayo! Salsa gardens ready to go as well as many other edible container gardens. Handouts will be available on how to grow edibles in small spaces and containers. Chips and salsa to snack on. $25 supply fee. Call to RSVP. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

1am—Container Gardens. Learn tips and techniques for gardening in containers: pots, plants, soils, fertilizers, and more. SummerWinds Nursery, 54 Clarkson Road, Ellisville FREE. Reservations, call (636) 227-0095.

May 5th

5:30pm—Plants That Work. June Hutson, Supervisor of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Kemper Center Home Demonstration Gardens, will share with you the plants she loves best. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

May 5th, 6th and 9th—International Compost Awareness Week. To celebrate, St. Louis Composting will host events at three composting facilities. Enjoy a complimentary lunch with our experts and talk compost. May 5 – Fort Bellefontaine facility in Florissant, Mo. (13060 County Park Road) – 11a.m. May 6 – Belleville, Ill. facility (5841 Mine Haul Road) – 11a.m. At the Pacific facility on May 9 (18900 Franklin Road), SLC will host a ZERO waste lunch from 11 – 12:30p.m. Experts will educate you about compost, soil and the benefits of both together. We will also be talking about how to begin backyard composting and enrich your backyard vegetable gardens! No registration is required; just show up ready to COMPOST!

May 6th

5:30pm—Ann’s Favorite Roses. Join Ann Million, Sugar Creek’s longtime rosarian, as she shares the roses she loves the best. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE.

May 7th

5:30pm—Low Maintenance and Long Blooming Gardens. Keep your garden in bloom spring til fall. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 8th

9am-5pm—National Public Gardens Day. The Missouri Botanical Garden joins other members of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) in a nationwide salute to the important role that America’s public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and education, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. To celebrate, visit the Better Homes and Gardens website at BHG.com/freegarden and click “Get Coupon” to download an exclusive voucher valid for two free general daytime admissions on Friday, May 8, 2015 at participating public gardens.

May 12th

1:30pm—Busting Garden Myths. University of Illinois Extension offices at 901 Illinois Avenue in Waterloo and 1 Regency Plaza Drive, Collinsville. These sessions will be presented via computer as others across the state participate. This session is also available for home participation by pre-registering at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs/4seasons/. $5 per session for b&w handout/ $10 for color. Phone (618) 939-3434 or (618) 344-4230 or email ruth1@illinois.edu for details.

5:30pm—Fairy Gardening, Mini Landscaping. Learn about doll size shrubs, plus the perennials, annuals and vines with teeny tiny leaves and flowers. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 13th

6pm–Garden Party and Container Garden Workshop. Bring your pots or choose from theirs. Free soil, fertilizer & advice. Effinger Garden Center, 720 South 11th St., Belleville. (618) 234-4600. EffingerGarden.com.

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.

May 14th

5:30pm—Oh Deer: Rabbit and Deer Resistant Gardening. Hear about the techniques and repellents that will keep the animals away from your prized beauties, along with the many perennials and annuals that they find distasteful. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 21st

1-4 pm—Native Plant School: Rain Gardening. How to plan, install and maintain rain gardens. $15 ($10 Garden members). Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve. For reservations or more information, call (636) 451-3512 or visit www.shawnature.org.

May 16th

11am—Why doesn’t my hydrangea bloom? Learn about the types of hydrangea and tips and techniques for growing them in MO. SummerWinds Nursery, 54 Clarkson Road, Ellisville. FREE. To reserve a seat call (636) 227-0095.

May 19th

5:30pm—The Ultimate Hydrangea Guide. Kim Reiss, President of the St. Louis Hydrangea Society, discusses the top choices for sun and shade. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

 May 20th

5:30pm—Curb Appeal 911. Learn creative ideas to make the most of your home’s appearance to entice a buyer, or to give a warm welcome to your friends and family. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 21st

4:30-7:30pm—Rainscaping: Maintaining Healthy Creek Banks. Hands-on classroom and outdoor workshop led by Mark Van Patten, Biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation. Following presentation, explore creek life, install native plantings, remove invasive species. Refreshments and door prize. Pre-register (required) by May 14th at www.deercreekalliance.org. Hosted by Deer Creek Watershed Alliance. Workshop at Mary Institute/Country Day School.

5:30pm—Roses 101. Learn how roses can be beautiful without all the fuss. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 23rd

11am—Missouri Natives. Learn plant selection for sun and shade, planting tips, maintenance and more. SummerWinds Nursery, 54 Clarkson Road, Ellisville. FREE. To reserve a seat call (636) 227-0095.

May 23rd-Aug. 23rd

Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival is returning to the Missouri Botanical Gardens for the Summer of 2015. The Garden has commissioned 22 new sets crafted from silk and steel to once again offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to see an event rarely staged outside of Asia. Lantern Festival will again be an outdoor, evening display running May 23 to August 23, 2015. Lantern Festival tickets go on sale November 1, 2014. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to ensure they have the opportunity to see the exhibit on their preferred night. There is no additional charge to view the Lanterns during daytime hours, but special evening pricing begins at 6 p.m. on the nights the exhibit is open. Lanterns will not be lit during Whitaker Music Festival evenings. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis.

May 26th

1:30pm—Strawbale Gardening. University of Illinois Extension offices at 901 Illinois Avenue in Waterloo and 1 Regency Plaza Drive, Collinsville. These sessions will be presented via computer as others across the state participate. This session is also available for home participation by pre-registering at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs/4seasons/. $5 per session for b&w handout/ $10 for color. Phone (618) 939-3434 or (618) 344-4230 or email ruth1@illinois.edu for details.

5:30pm—High Style—Clematis for Beautiful Havens of Vibrant Color. Discover the longest and heaviest blooming Clematis, plus pruning and maintenance techniques. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 28th

5:30pm—Colorful Shade Gardens. Learn how to create a shady retreat with the ever expanding selection of perennials and ferns, along with our cherished natives. Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 Woodlawn Rd., Kirkwood. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070.

May 30th

10am—Garden Stroll with Ann Million. Class takes place at Ann’s extraordinary garden in Crestwood. Sugar Creek Gardens. FREE. Call (314) 965-3070 for reservations and directions.

11am—Shade – a blessing or a curse? Learn tips and techniques for planting in shade, tackling ‘problem’ areas and more. SummerWinds Nursery, 54 Clarkson Road, Ellisville.

FREE. To reserve a seat call (636) 227-0095.

May 30th

Noon-2pm—Vino Van Gogh Painting Event. Paint, Drink and be Merry. A fun event bringing the experience of art and wine together! Vino Van Gogh provides all art supplies: canvas, brush, paint & an apron to wear. The art instructor leads the class through a 2-3 hour session following a featured painting. $38.00. Refreshments available. Bring your own wine. Seating may be limited. Sign up at http://www.vinogogh.com/ or call 866-390-9917.

June 3rd

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.