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Sonoma Botanical Garden’s Ribbit Exhibit (Glen Ellen, CA)

Sonoma Botanical Garden leaps into spring with Ribbit Exhibit, a whimsical, family-friendly presentation of more than 20 larger-than-life frog characters placed in vignettes throughout the Garden. Each with their own name and story, the enchanting human-sized sculptures by artist Andy Cobb include Zenny meditating on a leaf on the Garden’s Pond, Bentley and his tortoise friend Tortuga ambling along the California Oaks Trail, dapper Floyd and his elegant partner Grace cutting the rug amongst the flowers, and many others.

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TROLLS: Save the Humans (Nashville, TN)

The imaginative exhibition Trolls: Save the Humans by artist Thomas Dambo blends art, nature, and messages of sustainability. Six giant trolls are intertwined with Cheekwood’s unique gardens, trees, and historic landscape for a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Denmark-based recycle artist Thomas Dambo brings a creative approach to his multifaceted installations. Dambo’s vision is to create art that inspires people to have adventures in nature and demonstrate that trash can be turned into something beautiful. Children and adults alike will enjoy imagining each of the six featured trolls’ tales while considering their messages to humankind.

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Plant Amnesty/Prohort Master Pruner Series for Professionals (Virtual)

This lecture series, offered twice annually in partnership with PlantAmnesty, is designed for those who work in landscape maintenance. Each lecture provides information on tools and techniques for quality pruning with better long-term results and customer satisfaction.

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Twilight on the Terrace at the Mt. Cuba Center

Unwind from the week with a bite to eat while enjoying live music and evening access to the gardens. Enjoy local food, beer and wine from Bivouac Pizza and Zaikka as well as music from Beatles tribute band Magical Mystery. Tickets are included with admission to the gardens.

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Jazz Under the Stars (Nashville, TN)

The genre-defying New Orleans icons, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, headline this extraordinary night. Their sound, self-described as a “musical gumbo,” is renowned globally, promising an unforgettable sonic journey. Known for high-energy performances, this group is synonymous with exhilarating shows where they combine a dynamic fusion of upbeat brass arrangements with bebop jazz, funk, and R&B. This freewheeling celebration kicks off with a stellar performance by the 18-piece Ryan Middagh Jazz Orchestra. Special thanks to Jazz Under the Stars Media Partner Jazzy 88 WFSK.

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OldhamFest: Bluegrass Edition (Crestwood, KY)

What do you get when you bring together Yew Dell, our friends at 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens, the hiking trails that connect the two, and throw in a fantastic slate of bluegrass music? Just what’s shaping up to be the most awesome event of the summer season! Beyond the music you’ll be able to enjoy a wide variety of foods, 3rd Turn’s fantastic brews, educational offerings, and a whole lot more. Five incredible bands: 1p-2:30p: Bibelhauser Brothers at 3rd Turn 3p-4:30p: Allen Lane Band Trio at Yew Dell’s Woodland Pavilion 4:30p-5:15p: Kaintuck Band at Yew Dell’s Rounsavall Pavilion 6p-7:30p: Larry Sparks at Yew Dell’s Rounsavall Pavilion 8:30p-10p: Hot Brown Smackdown at 3rd Turn Ticket prices: OldhamFest with parking (either at 3rd Turn or Yew Dell) is $80 OldhamFest without parking is $65

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Plant-O-Rama Plant Sale (Corona Del Mar, CA)

Sherman Library & Gardens hosts this retro-event, which debuted in 1972 and features plants and plant experts from these participating plant societies - California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles International Fern Society, Newport Harbor Orchid Society, Orange County Begonia Society, Saddleback Valley Bromeliad Society, and Southern California Carnivorous Plant Enthusiasts. Former Gardens Director, Wade Roberts started the event in 1972 as a fundraiser for the Sherman Foundation. At the time, former Horticulture Manager John Bishop managed the nursery at the Sherman Foundation Experimental Center in Dana Point. “People always asked us if we sold plants from the garden. It seemed like the right thing to do and we had the facility to grow the plants,” recalled Bishop. “It was a very popular event. People would arrive early, and wait in the parking lot until the gardens opened,” he added. Plant-O-Rama showcased local plant societies as well as a unique variety of houseplants, tropical, hanging baskets, and succulents. Fast forward to 2024, this special event supports Sherman Library & Gardens and local plant societies.

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Incognito Art Auction (Memphis, TN)

The Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG) is pleased to announce the Incognito Art Auction & Party will return in 2024 after a year and a half hiatus. Incognito, now in its 14th year, was traditionally held in January, but starting in 2024 this beloved event will take place in July. The artwork is on view July 8-28 in the Garden’s Visitors Center and Grand Hallway with online bidding open July 15-28. The in-person Party will take place on July 28 from 6-8 pm. Attendees will mix & mingle with the Incognito artists at this exciting culmination of the art auction. Live music from Kenneth Jackson will delight while attendees make their final bids on the diverse selection of artwork up for auction this year. Small bites & two drinks are included with each ticket. Party tickets are $35 for MBG Members and $45 for non-members.

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Perennial Plant Association National Symposium 2024 (Asheville, NC)

Get ready for an incredible experience at the 2024 National Symposium on July 29 - August 1! This event promises to be the ultimate gathering for perennial plant enthusiasts, featuring an array of exciting tours, educational sessions, and networking opportunities.

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Pruning for Natural Areas Workshop (Seattle, WA)

Advance registration required. Cost: $87 Natural area landscapes hold an important place and functions in the urban environment. Managing vegetation along trails, roads, and other edges can pose a variety of challenges for the available stewardship resources. This lecture and hands-on workshop will cover how to manage and prune native vegetation adjacent to trails, drives, and streets for optimal environmental functions, appearance, safety, & visibility. The lecture will include current best pruning practices and how they translate for the specific goals and functions of natural area plantings. Considerations for reducing long-term labor needs and how to lengthen the time between pruning cycles will be covered, along with common pruning techniques that are ineffective and why. After the lunch break, the class will students get practice using the best pruning techniques for the most effective results, working on a variety of native plants. Field session will be held in the Union Bay Natural Area at the Center for Urban Horticulture. This class is open to everyone, but geared towards public works, maintenance, and landscape crew members as well as community stewardship volunteers, supervisors, and field staff.

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Summer Short Course (Pittsburgh, PA)

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Penn State Extension invite gardening enthusiasts to explore composting at this year’s annual Summer Short Course. With a robust line-up of local experts, attendees will learn about topics like composting principles, common contaminants in urban soils, using compost and so much more. Summer Short Course sessions will include the following: Composting Principles for Organic Plant Production | Lily Means and Jesse Barrett Soil Texture, Soil Structure, and Compost | Margaret Sams Community Composter School | Dora Walmsley Digging into Common Contaminants in Urban Soils | Hayly Hoch Using Compost | Dr. Elsa Sánchez Summer Short Course, presented by Phipps and Penn State Extension, will be held in-person on Tues., July 30 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration costs $95. This event will be held in the Special Events Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. This conference counts for Master Gardener Continuing Education credit, and elective hours for Phipps certificate programs: Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design.

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Santa Fe Iris Society Rhizome Sale (Santa Fe, NM)

The SFIS rhizome sale will be held on Saturday August 3 at 9 am – 12 pm (or until sold out) at the DeVargas Center on N. Guadalupe and Paseo de Peralta These rhizomes are excess rhizomes from our members’ gardens and are proven growers in our climate. The rhizomes have been donated by our members and freshly dug from their own gardens. All rhizomes are cleaned, labeled and dipped in a disinfectant solution.

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Bromeliad Show & Sale (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)

South Bay Bromeliad Associates Annual Show and Sale will be highlight a wide variety of members’ specimen bromeliads including Tillandsia, Neoregelia, Dyckia, Vriesea, Aechmea, Billbergia and Guzmanias, and an artistic arrangement section. Chances are excellent that you will see bromeliads you have not seen before. Bromeliads are easy to grow and offer a wide variety of colors and interesting forms. Club members will be available to answer questions. Plants for sale are from local Southern California commercial vendors and from members’ own collections

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Farwest Show (Portland, OR)

Do you need new ideas to increase efficiency, sales and profitability? We know you do! With nearly 350 exhibitors, Farwest is your ticket to the nursery and retail garden center industry. Whether you’re a grower, retailer, wholesale buyer, supplier, or landscape professional, you’ll find that Farwest offers you the complete trade show experience.

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Songwriters Under the Stars (Nashville, TN)

Summer nights invite lingering and lounging under the stars at Cheekwood, where over five magical evenings, music fills the air. During the Under the Stars Concert Series, the region’s finest players, writers and singers perform in Cheekwood’s signature lush gardens while food trucks prepare mouthwatering bites and vendors offer wines by the bottle, local brews and craft cocktails. Music lineups are as diverse as they are spectacular: Jazz, Bluegrass and Songwriters nights beckon, promising something for everyone. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a slow-down session in the summer breeze, while immersing yourself in the soundtrack of the season.

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2nd Annual Bonsai Weekend (Louisville, KY)

Waterfront Botanical Gardens in partnership with the Greater Louisville Bonsai Society is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Bonsai Weekend from August 23 - 25, 2024. With dozens of bonsai trees on display, this show and weekend festival includes a People's Choice Award and special guest judging by Phil Malhiot. Event highlights include bonsai demonstrations and workshops, cultural activities for the whole family, Asian-inspired cuisine, bonsai vendors, and more! Special thanks to presenting sponsors Mac and Catherine Willett. Tickets are on sale now!

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Garden Comm 2024 Annual Conference (Grand Rapids, MI)

Join fellow industry professionals for the only horticultural communications conference!

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PlantCon International (Dallas, TX)

Experience an immersive weekend like no other at PlantCon, where plant enthusiasts will dive into workshops, presentations, communiity building and more. Buy from internationally known plant exhibitors and mingle with others - all while staying at the Marriot Dallas Allen Hotel & Convention Center using a special rate.

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Enchanted Vista Iris Society Rhizome Sale (Rio Rancho, NM)

The sale is open to the public 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Potted Iris at $7.00 each and iris rhizomes $2 to $7 will be available. These are irises that are locally grown by club members. The irises are cleaned and marked. Club members will be available to answer questions.

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Bluegrass Under the Stars (Nashville, TN)

Summer nights invite lingering and lounging under the stars at Cheekwood, where over five magical evenings, music fills the air. During the Under the Stars Concert Series, the region’s finest players, writers and singers perform in Cheekwood’s signature lush gardens while food trucks prepare mouthwatering bites and vendors offer wines by the bottle, local brews and craft cocktails. Music lineups are as diverse as they are spectacular: Jazz, Bluegrass and Songwriters nights beckon, promising something for everyone. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a slow-down session in the summer breeze, while immersing yourself in the soundtrack of the season.

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Mesilla Valley Iris Society Rhizome Sale (Las Cruces, NM)

Sale is happening this year Sept 7-8 at the Mesilla Valley Mall near the theater, during mall hours. Irises are very showy flowers that bloom in the spring and come in a multitude of colors and patterns. All sales have pictures showing what each iris looks like and club members are available to answer questions.

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Master Gardener’s Conference: Planting for Our Future (Los Alamos, NM)

The Los Alamos Master Gardeners’ Association is proud to announce the 2024 NM Master Gardeners’ Conference built around the theme of ‘Planting for Our Future’. The Conference will be held Saturday, September 14, 2024, in Fuller Lodge located in the Historical District of Los Alamos, NM. This all-day event will cover topics essential to the future of our gardening environment – from changes in climate to recovering pollinator populations to recruiting and maintaining our gardening population.

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American Community Gardening Association Annual Conference (Boston, MA)

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details as we finalize the conference agenda, speakers, and venue specifics. Whether you’re a seasoned conference veteran or a first-time attendee, this year’s event is sure to inspire, educate, and connect us in a meaningful way.

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WSU Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference (Virtual)

The virtual 2024 advanced education conference, Gardening in a Changing Climate, provides exceptional opportunities with high-quality classes and instructors. WSU Extension Master Gardeners earn continuing education hours improving their ability to teach sustainable horticulture skills across Washington. The conference features 35 live and recorded classes, focusing on research-based gardening and environmental stewardship practices, that address nine program priorities and support extension master gardener leadership skills.

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Southern Garden Symposium (St. Francisville, LA)

The Southern Garden Symposium seeks to preserve and commemorate gardening in the Deep South through lectures, workshops, and tours of historic Afton Villa Gardens and the gardens at Rosedown State Historic Site. While the symposium’s workshops and lectures provide ideas and inspiration for the gardener, social activities showcase classic southern elegance at its finest. From home-baked breakfast breads served each morning, to sumptuous evening gala fare, not a detail is overlooked.

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American Horticultural Therapy Association 2024 Conference (Raleigh, NC)

AHTA is pleased to bring you the 2024 Annual Conference as an in-person, two day platform. Please save the dates as we look forward to meeting together in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, Friday, October 18, 2024 – Saturday, October 19, 2024. The theme of the conference this year is Collective Effervescence.

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Perennial Plant Conference (Swarthmore, PA)

Join speakers, horticulture professionals, and garden enthusiasts for our in-person conference in the Lang Performing Arts Center.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts “Fine Arts and Flowers” Exhibit (Richmond, VA)

Held biennially since 1987, Fine Arts & Flowers 2024 is presented by The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with creative floral designs by Garden Club of Virginia, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, and Ikebana of Richmond. The celebration begins with a dazzling gala and preview of more than 70 floral interpretations throughout the museum. Other special events include talks from renowned guest speakers and VMFA curators, luncheons, floral design workshops, exhibition tours, a fashion show, and a variety of family activities.

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Autumn Garden Festival (Fort Myers, FL)

Join the Edison and Ford Estates for their autumn garden festival.

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Annual Bromeliad Sale (Fort Myers, FL)

Join the Edison and Ford Winter Estates for their annual bromeliad sale.

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Spring Garden Festival (Fort Myers, FL)

Join the Edison and Ford Winter Estates for their Spring Garden Festival.

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2025 International Master Gardener Conference (Virtual)

The 2025 International Master Gardener Conference will be hosted by the Texas Master Gardener Program. Highlights include: discovering horticultural traditions from around the world, exploring sustainable and innovative techniques, and more.

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