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

FUN FOR KIDS

Jan.  2nd

11am-2pm—First Saturday Kids. Bring the kids by anytime between the listed times for a fun and FREE activity! Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

Jan. 9th

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

Feb. 6th

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

11am-2pm—First Saturday Kids. Bring the kids by anytime between the listed times for a fun and FREE activity! Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com.

CLASSES, LECTURES AND EVENTS

Jan. 14th

1-4pm—Native Plant School: Woodland Restoration for Larger Landowners. Explore the challenges of bush honeysuckle in large-scale areas. Instruction will focus on the best removal practices, forest thinning, reseeding/replanting with appropriate native plants and long-term maintenance. 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).

Jan. 16th

10am—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.

Jan. 22nd, 23rd, Feb. 12th and 13th

10am and 3pm each day–Create Your Own Terrarium. Build your own oasis to help you through those dark winter days and nights. In this workshop you will create your own terrarium with Bowood Farm’s expert assistance. They will guide you through the soil layering process, help pick out beautiful plant combinations and suggest ways to personalize your terrarium. Class sizes are limited to 8 people so call for reservations. $30 includes all soil layers plus 3 plants, does not include container. You can bring your own or buy one at Bowood one day prior to workshop. Call 314-454-6868 to reserve your spot. Bowood Farms, 4605 Olive Street, St. Louis 63108.

Jan. 23rd

10am—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.

Jan. 27th

5-8pm–Mingle with Native Plant Professionals. St. Louis Audubon’s Bringing Conservation Home program and the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Grow Native! program are host this social to bring guests together with local landscape designers, landscape architects, land care service providers, retailers and other professionals with passion for native plants. Food and drinks for sale. Presentations at 6pm. Suggested donation $10 to support the organizations. Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood.

Jan. 30th

10am—Betta 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.

Feb. 6th-7th

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.

Feb. 6th through Mar. 27th

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.

Feb. 11th

1-4pm—Native Plant School: Converting Lawn to Seeded Prairie or Savannah. learn how to create a natural-style landscape with high diversity and low maintenance. 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. 12th-14th

28th 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 28th Anniversary Show is the largest event of its type in the area. Featured speakers Chuck Voight, University of Illinois Extension Specialist for vegetable crops, and Jody Kabat, USDA-NRCS from Decatur, Illinois. 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. 13th

10am-3pm–Spring Gardening Expo. Bring your gardening questions and visit with a variety of experts and professionals from various green-industry organizations. Free to the public. Visit www.rollingridgenursery.com or call (314) 962-3311 for details and questions. Rolling Ridge Nursery, 60 N. Gore, Webster Groves, MO 63119.

Feb. 18th-Mar. 31st

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. 19th

10am–Blue Star Marker Dedication. The East Central District of the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri is Dedicating a “Blue Star” Marker to be installed at the John J. Cochran V.A. Health Care Center. Dedication to be held at the Enright #16 Building at 3710 Enright, St. Louis, MO. 63106. Contact Mary Davidson-Officer at maryofficer@sbcglobal.net or 314-772-2849. The ‘Blue Star’ Marker will always be a tribute to all our men and women who have given so much to their Nation throughout the years.

Feb. 20th

8am-4pm–Community Garden Summit. The St. Louis Community Garden Summit is an annual Gateway Greening event that brings in over 200 people and 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. This year’s keynote speaker is LaManda Joy. St. Louis University High School, 4970 Oakland Ave., St. Louis. Early bird tickets purchased prior to Feb. 5th, $22 for general public, $12 for Gateway Greening Members. To purchase tickets go to www.gatewaygreening.org/summit/.

Feb. 26th

Native by Design: Landscapes Beyond Beauty. A Grow Native! / Southwestern Illinois Production. Featuring keynote speaker Doug Tallamy, professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, and author of the book, Bringing Nature Home, a Garden Writer’s Association Silver Medal winner. Panel discussion on How-To of Native Plants, plus exhibitors featuring a variety of products and services related to improving your native landscape. For more information, call (417) 299-1794 or email grownative@moprairie.org.

Feb. 27th

Dig In: A Gardening Seminar. 9am-12:30pm. 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. $20 (nonrefundable) for registration received by February 19; $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.

STL Seed Swap: Building a Stronger Community Through Gardening.
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Mokabe’s Coffee House, 3606 Arsenal, 63116 (Arsenal/Grand), 2nd Floor. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and easier than ever. http://goo.gl/forms/od2gsDLjiDAdmission: Suggested donation of $3/person.This year we’ll be teaching you how to make seed bombs. It’s an project easy enough for kids, but fun for adults, too. Great for “guerrilla gardening” or to broadcast seed in a large space. The swap format will be like usual, there will be a short demo and time to chat while volunteers frantically sort and arrange seeds. Once we’re all set up, the swapping begins! Bring seeds and/or starter plants. It’s not necessary to package individually, but always appreciated. Please clearly mark seeds with the name/variety. Please do not bring seeds more than 2-3 years old. Harvested from your garden is awesome.Bonus points for heirloom or organic! Don’t forget to bring envelopes + a pen/marker to collect seeds.

Food and Drink: Mokabe’s is my favorite local coffee shop — they have a full menu with delicious sandwiches and gobs of tasty beverages. HUGE THANKS to this year’s sponsors: SeedGeeks & Green with Indie Craft Show What happens to the leftover seeds? A handful are reserved for the seed bank, but most will be donated to community gardens, school gardens, and this year we’re donating to a small men’s shelter where many of the residents will learn to garden for the first time. Go to www.stlseedswap.org for more information about STL Seed Swap.

March 1st-2nd

Gateway Green Industry Conference. Registration begins at 8am each day followed by the Keynote Session from 9-10:30am and then 3 break-out sessions each day. Keynote speakers will be Guy Sternberg, owner and manager of Starhill Forest Arboretum, and Roy Diblik, author and plantsman, Northwind Perennial Farm. Breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Early registration is $60 for 1 day or $90 for both days with discounts available for full-time students and Certified Master Gardeners. Walk-in and registration after 2/19/16 is $80/$110. Note: No trade show or lunch this year. For registration information visit web.extension.illinois.edu/mms or call 618-344-4230.

March 3rd-6th

Cheers! A Standard Flower Show. Click 2016 Flower Show Rules for details.