Garden Notes & News

Pollination, Predation, and Reproduction

7-8 (Thurs,1-4 pm, $8-$12) Native Plant School in

the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve. It covers various aspects of native landscaping. Please bring questions, comments, photos, drawings, and plant specimens, etc. Participation from the audience is encouraged. MO Botanical Garden, www.mobot.org/classes (314) 577-5140


Preserving the Harvest

7-8 (Thurs, 7-9 pm, $20-$25) Deliver the healthful wealth of your garden to your family’s table all year long! Demonstration of  basics and expert tips covering canning, drying, and freezing all types of fresh produce and microwave pickles. Missouri Botanical Garden Kemper Center.  MO Botanical Garden, www.mobot.org/classes (314) 577-5140


SLOWednesday Lineup – Ozark Harvest Farms

7-14 (Wed. 7:30 pm, free) On select Wednesdays, after the Maplewood Farmer‘s Market, Slow Food St. Louis offers an opportunity to get to know your food and its origins. Come early to settle in before the talk. Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO 63143, 314 241-2337, www.schlafly.com


Operation Brightside St. Louis  2010 Neighbors Naturescaping Program, Garden Grants for Public Spaces & Vacant Lots . 7-19 (Sat. 9 am – noon, free) Workshop for any neighborhood association, community organization, block unit or school in the city of St. Louis to learn how  to apply, with a maximum request each of $1,500 in plant material and maintenance supplies, for garden grants for public spaces and vacant lots. Workshop held at  St. Louis neighborhood Brightside Office, 4646 Shenandoah Ave., St. Louis,  63110.  For more information call Mary Louis Green or Yvette Hartsfield @ 314 772-4646. Email: opbright@stlouis.missouri.org or website: www.operationbrightside.org


Some Like it Hot

7-23 (Fri, 5 pm, free) This hot summer evening event is all about agaves and other heat-loving succulents. Discover ways to arrange these gorgeous plants in containers, talk about the history of agaves, and answer all of your questions about hot-weather gardening.  Because the Blue Agave plant is the primary ingredient in tequila, the Caf_ Osage Bar will stay open late serving fresh margaritas on the rocks.  Bowood Farms, St. Louis, 314 454-6868, www.bowoodfarms.com


Tomato Fest at Hillermann’s

7-24 (Entries excepted from 9 am to 12pm, Judging starts at 1 pm). It’s time for all homegrown tomato lovers to show their passion for the vegetable! Enter 5 different categories: Homemade Salsa, Best Tasting Tomato, Largest Tomato, Most Unique Heirloom Tomato, and Smallest Tomato. Gift Certificates will be given for first ($30), second ($20), and third ($10) place in each category. Come participate and maybe even share your tomato stories with other participants.

Hillermann Nursery & Florist, Washington, MO 636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com


Wildflower ID & Ecology

7-24 (Sat. 6-8:30 pm, $18-$21) This course will focus on identification, relationships, and habitats of wildflowers of the season. Beginners, as well as serious students of wildflowers, will increase their knowledge and appreciation of the rich floral diversity of the Nature Reserve’s woods, prairie and wetland. Wear comfortable hiking clothes and have notebook in hand. Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray’s Summit. Missouri Botanical Garden, www.mobot.org/classes. (314) 577-5140


Gardening Under Trees

7-24 (Sat.10 am, free)  An entertaining and informative talk about how to garden under your trees without damaging them.  Also discussed will be the ever-expanding selection of shade plants.  Learn how to combine flower and foliage color, form and texture for season-long interest in your garden. Sugar Creek Gardens, Kirkwood 314-965-3070 www.sugarcreekgardens.com


Maintaining Perennials and Rejuvenating

Your Summer Garden

7-31 (Sat.10 am, free)  Learn aggressive pruning techniques that will help you achieve strong, more compact plants and many more blooms in your garden.  A very informative class for those willing to be truly daring. Sugar Creek Gardens, Kirkwood 314-965-3070 www.sugarcreekgardens.com


Butterfly Ramble

7-31 (Sat. 8:30 -11 am, $10-$12) The best time to see most butterflies is the hot summer days of July and August. Discover some of the best butterfly habitat at Shaw Nature Reserve. Learn about their relationships to their favorite flowers, the food plants of their caterpillars, their amazing migrations, and what happens during the winter to those that don’t migrate. For adults and children ages 8 and older.  Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray’s Summit. MO Botanical Garden, www.mobot.org/classes (314) 577-5140