Wild Gardening Festival

The Wild Gardening Festival is designed to be a practical and full-filled adventure in #GoodHabitatForming. We’ve assembled a remarkable group of presenters who are excited to share their knowledge and experience with gardeners, from newbie to naturalist-level. A combination of classroom-style talks with traditional field education is intended to facilitate practical comprehension and application of the tips and tricks shared by our experts. We hope you will choose to join us for fantastic guides, flavorful food and outstanding learning opportunities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, where eleven biologically-distinct ecosystems converge at the tip o’ Texas. National Butterfly Center, 3333 Butterfly Park Drive, Mission, TX 78572, (956) 583-5400.

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Vermicomposting for Beginners

Come learn how easy it can be start a worm composting system for your home! We will be discussing small and large as well as indoor and outdoor DIY systems so you can be prepared to create whatever system works best for you and your family’s needs. There will also be a troubleshooting and a Q&A time for those who already have systems in place but would like some recommendations to improve their system or identify problems that might be occurring. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 North Crossover Road, Fayetteville, AR 72764, (479) 750-2620.

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Pollinator Plant Sale

Find more than 600 varieties of rare native and adapted pollinator-friendly plants. Many can’t be found in local nurseries! Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75210, (214) 428-7476.

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Family Frolic: Kitchen Scrap Gardening

Turn those avocado pits, wilted lettuce leaves, and tired potato scraps into a whole new garden! This drop-in program will offer creative ways for families to use scraps from the kitchen to grow new plants. Kids can use natural materials to decorate a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head and then take it home to plant in the garden. This free program is great for all families interested in learning how to grow tasty foods from kitchen scraps. Powell Gardens, Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110, (816) 697-2600.

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Creating Bonsai from Garden Center Stock

In this three hour hands on workshop, you will learn bonsai basics and you will create your very own bonsai tree. If you have ever wanted to learn the art of bonsai and how these living works of art are created, then this workshop is for you! New Orleans Botanical Garden, 5 Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124, (504) 483-9488.

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Field Walk: Swamp Forest Trail

Explore the forest along the Arboretum’s 700′ trail that meanders along the intermittent stream in the center of the Swamp Forest Educational Exhibit. Learn about the native shrubs and trees seen in this exhibit and the Gum Pond at the north end of this trail, and how to use them in your home landscape with Arboretum Director Pat Drackett.
The Crosby Arboretum,
370 Ridge Road,
Picayune, MS 39466,
(601) 799-2311.

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Camellia Society Show and Sell

Annual Camellia Show and Sale featuring award winners from around the state, members provide planting and management advice.
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden,
4560 Essen Lane,
Baton Rouge, LA 70809,
(225) 763-3990.

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Tropical Vacation Class

Transform your space into a lush household to enjoy during the winter months with information from this hour-long presentation with Powell Gardens horticulturist Brent Tucker. Get a hold of Brent’s top ten list of houseplants to know and grow.
Powell Gardens,
1609 NW US Highway 50,
Kingsville, MO 64061,
(816) 697-2600.

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Native Plant School: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of Kansas

An introduction to the top performing trees, shrubs and vines best adapted to Kansas’ climate, from new horticultural introductions to old favorites.
Dyck Arboretum of the Plains,
177 West Hickory Street,
Hesston, KS 67062,
(620) 327-8127.

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Kansas Bird Populations

Learn about the birds of Kansas with Chuck Otte. Chuck Otte has been a long-time Geary County KSU Extension Agent which has made him a keen observer of the plants and animals of Kansas and how humans interact with them. He also manages the immense database of the Kansas Bird LISTSERV, the go-to hub of information where birders around the state report findings and engage in conversations about all things birds.
Dyck Arboretum of the Plains,
177 West Hickory Street,
Hesston, KS 67062,
(620) 327-8127.

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