Calendar of Events

March 17, 2011 – April 16, 2011

Charleston’s 64th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens

Charleston welcomes the return of spring
With historic house tours, antiques show

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Renowned for three centuries as “a city set in a garden,” Charleston welcomes the return of spring with two extraordinary events that will allow visitors to enjoy exclusive “sneak peeks” inside many of the city’s  finest historic private houses and gardens, as well as shop for some of the  nation’s most impressive antiques. Held during the peak of the historic port city’s blooming season, Charleston’s  64th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens offers the rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private homes of nearly 150 of the city’s most  magnificent colonial and antebellum houses and gardens March 17 – April 16,  2011. The Charleston International Antiques Show (CIAS) will open the festival’s first weekend March 18-20.

CIAS has quickly established itself as a premier destination for seasoned collectors as well as those who enjoy seeing and learning about the decorative arts. More than 30 nationally renowned dealers will feature a diverse range of  antiques from the 17th to early 20th century, including American, Asian and European furniture, silver and porcelain, textiles, ceramics, vintage jewelry and clothing, and garden furniture.

Both events are organized by Historic Charleston Foundation and proceeds support its mission to preserve and protect Charleston’s historic architecture  and culture.

“Founded in 1670, Charleston quickly rose to prominence as the colonies’ most significant seaport, importing the finest in 18th and 19th century material culture,” said Leigh Handal, HCF’s Director of Public Programs. “Today the city’s legacy of Continental, European and Asian influences can be found in its alluring architecture, interiors and gardens. Because of this unique heritage, the foundation’s annual house tours and antiques show have attracted the attention of connoisseurs around the world.”

Both CIAS and the Festival offer a diverse range of entertaining and educational programs, including the CIAS Preview Party and Young Collectors  Soiree, exclusive behind-the-scene-tours, educational and entertaining luncheon lectures, harbor cruises, period musical concerts in intimate settings, and wine tastings.

A complete calendar of events and ticket prices can be found at or by calling  843-722-3405.

Meeting Street Wisteria- One of the oldest wisteria vines in Charleston blooms annually at 54 Meeting Street, across the street from the Nathaniel Russell House.

Start: March 17, 2011
End: April 16, 2011
Venue: Unnamed Venue
Phone: 843-722-3405
40 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC, 29401, United States

December 5, 2010

Greenville (SC) Council of Garden Clubs “The Nature of Christmas”

“The Nature of Christmas”
Holiday Open House presented by the Greenville (SC) Council of Garden Clubs, Inc
Sunday, December 5, 2010
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Members from our 19 local garden clubs decorate our headquarters, the historic Kilgore-Lewis House, (c.1838) for Christmas each year.  Our Kilgore-Lewis House and Grounds are on the National Register of Historic Places; our grounds are certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

Start: December 5, 2010 2:00 pm
End: December 5, 2010 4:00 pm
Venue: The Kilgore-Lewis House
560 North Academy Street, Greenville, SC, 29602, United States
Cost: Free

November 6, 2010

Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society 17th Annual Conference

The Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) announces its 17th annual conference providing the know-how to help Hoosiers appreciate, grow, and conserve Indiana’s rich heritage of native plants.

Set for November 6, 2010, on the University of Indianapolis campus, the day-long conference will explore how the preservation of native plant species fosters biodiversity and maintains healthy ecosystems. INPAWS will engage the public in a conversation also emphasized by the United Nations, which has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity.

Two keynote speakers are featured:
· Conservation biologist Carole Brown, who is compiling 20 years of experience with designing, installing, and maintaining wildlife gardens in a book to be titled Conservation Gardening and Sustainable Landscaping.
· Landscape architect Carolyn Summers, author of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East, a book highly praised by native plant guru Dr. Doug Tallamy.

The conference will include a book signing and sale, vendor displays, and information on the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society.

NPAWS members $60 ($50 before October 16); Non-members $75 ($65 before October 16); Students $35

Sponsored by: Native Plants Unlimited

Start: November 6, 2010 8:30 am
End: November 6, 2010 5:00 pm
Venue: Schwitzer Student Center, University of Indianapolis
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1400 East Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46227, United States

October 16, 2010 – October 17, 2010

Orchid Show & Sale presented by the Orchid Society of Arizona

Orchid Show & Sale on October 16th & 17th, presented by the Orchid Society of Arizona at the Arizona State Veteran’s Home (Liberty Hall), 4141 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. “Pyramid of Orchids”, this year’s theme, will feature plants and other orchid-related items for sale in addition to blooming plant displays in a creative setting, educational displays, raffles, free orchid culture information and refreshments.  Saturday (16th) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday (17th) 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  FREE ADMISSION to this fun family event! For more information, call 602-803-6889 or see the website

Start: October 16, 2010 9:00 am
End: October 17, 2010 3:00 pm
Venue: Arizona State Veteran’s Home (Liberty Hall)
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4141 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States
Cost: Free

October 16, 2010 – October 17, 2010

Orchid Society of Arizona Show & Sale

Orchid Show & Sale on October 16th & 17th, presented by the Orchid Society of Arizona at the Arizona State Veteran’s Home (Liberty Hall), 4141 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix.

“Pyramid of Orchids”, this year’s theme, will feature plants and other orchid-related items for sale in addition to blooming plant displays in a creative setting, educational displays, raffles, free orchid culture information and refreshments.  Saturday (16th) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday (17th) 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

FREE ADMISSION to this fun family event!

For more information, call 602-803-6889 or see the website

Start: October 16, 2010
End: October 17, 2010
Venue: Arizona State Veteran’s Home (Liberty Hall)
4141 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States
Cost: Free

October 15, 2010

2010 Perennial Plant Conference

On Friday, October 15, 2010 the annual Perennial Plant Conference will be held at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College from 8 am to 5 pm.  This conference is co-sponsored by Chanticleer, Longwood Gardens, the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.  

This popular day-long conference is hosted in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania, an area with a rich garden history.  The conference covers a variety of topics of interest to horticulturists and avid gardeners.  This year’s topics will range from the meadows by design to gardening for a hopeful future. Optional study tours of the Scott Arboretum’s extensive perennial plant collection will also be available.

Included in your registration packet will be a FREE weekend admission pass to Chanticleer and Longwood Gardens for the weekend following the conference. To receive a brochure, please contact Longwood Gardens at (610) 388-1000 x507 or visit .  No phone registrations please.

This year’s speakers and topics will include:

  • Eric T. Fleisher, director of horticulture at Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, discusses how to help our landscape recover from the twentieth century’s industrial and chemical interventions.
  • Dale Hendricks¸ co-founded North Creek Nurseries, Inc, will provide new information and insights into a gardener’s eye view of the carbon cycle.
  • Holly Scoggins, associate professor in the department of horticulture, and the director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech, explores the challenges, trends and personalities in the ornamental plant production and marketing industry.
  • Piet Oudolf, founder of “New Wave” planting movement, will discuss how his design intention is not to copy nature, but to give a feeling of nature.
  • John Greenlee, owner and founder of Greenlee Nursery in Pomona, California, will discuss how to design and create meadows and natural lawns appropriate for our region.
Start: October 15, 2010 8:00 am
End: October 15, 2010 5:00 pm
Venue: The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
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500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA, 19081, United States

October 13, 2010 – October 15, 2010

World’s Top Japanese Garden Designers to Reunite at Portland Japanese Garden

World’s Top Japanese Garden Designers to Reunite at Portland Japanese Garden

Portland, Oregon— The Portland Japanese Garden is widely recognized as the premier Japanese garden outside of Japan. At the Garden’s 25th anniversary celebration in 1988, Nobuo Matsunaga, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, proclaimed the Portland Japanese Garden to be “the most authentic Japanese garden in the world outside Japan.” Most recently, in June 2009, the current Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki, taken by the quality of this Japanese style garden in a uniquely Pacific Northwest setting, declared that the Portland Japanese Garden was perhaps the most beautiful Japanese Garden in the world.

Founded in 1963, the Garden has been impressing visitors with its beauty and tranquility since its opening in 1967. The design of the Garden is the unique vision of Professor Takuma Tono, a landscape architecture who taught at Tokyo Agricultural University until his retirement in 1969. Tono’s master plan included the creation of several different garden styles to represent historical developments and concepts in Japanese garden design: the Stroll Garden, the Flat Garden, the Tea Garden, and the Sand and Stone Garden. Later, a fifth and more contemporary style of garden, the Natural Garden, was added to complete the site. Critical to the fostering of Tono’s plan was the appointment of nine** Garden Directors who have worked to develop and maintain the Garden over the past 27 years, resulting in the masterwork that the Garden is today.

October 13-15, 2010, the Portland Japanese Garden is extremely proud to host the first-ever gathering of these eight Garden Directors and our current Garden Curator Sadafumi Uchiyama. This internationally renowned group of nine individuals represents a who’s who of the most sought-after Japanese gardeners and landscapers in the world. Famous for bringing the beauty, harmony, and aesthetics of Japanese gardening to the world, these directors will be coming together for the first time to share their vast knowledge of Japanese gardening and the history of the Portland Japanese Garden.

These distinguished landscape designers are known for having designed and created the major Japanese gardens across the globe—including such gardens as the Morikami and Andersen Gardens in the United States and the Mori Gardens and Japanese Garden at Showa Kinen Park in Japan—working to preserve the traditions of Japanese gardening while continuing to evolve and revolutionize the industry.

“It is personally very rewarding for me to welcome all eight of the men who were responsible for this Garden’s development over its 46 year history,” says Uchiyama… “The beauty of this Garden is the result of a combination of elements: the designer Professor Takuma Tono’s original vision, the meticulous care of each of the eight master gardeners who oversaw its development, and the commitment of a dedicated community of supporters. This is a rare opportunity to learn the first-hand history of this extraordinary place we enjoy today.”

The three-day Garden Director’s event includes a public forum and discussion moderated by one of the Garden’s Advisory Board members Joseph Krakora, Executive Officer of Development and External Affairs at the National Gallery of Art. Additionally, an informal Q&A presentation will be held with Garden members and Guides, instructional time with the gardening staff, filming of each Director for a future documentary, and a final banquet honoring the Directors. Press site for more information

“This gathering of Directors will be one of the most significant events to occur at the Garden in its nearly 50-year history,” commented the Garden’s Executive Director, Steve Bloom. “The impact of the art and design of the Portland Japanese Garden on the garden industry in North American has been substantial, and we have this group to thank not only for our own amazing Garden, but for their major advancements in this field over the past five decades. We are very proud to host this momentous event.”

The Portland Japanese Garden has been proclaimed one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in the world. The Garden is located above Washington Park at 611 SW Kingston Drive in SW Portland, Oregon and is open daily except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

For Garden Director Bios, please visit

Start: October 13, 2010
End: October 15, 2010
Venue: Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR, 97205, United States

October 3, 2010

Strategies for Deer Proofing Your Garden at Scott Arb

Free Lecture at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College: Strategies for Deer Proofing Your Garden

Drawing upon over 30 years of evaluating a wide range of popular and exotic woody ornamental plants, Manager of Outdoor Gardens at the New York Botanical Garden, Brad Roeller highlights trees, shrubs, and perennial plants that are inherently resistant to deer browsing. Discover the latest information available about deer repellents and other proven methods of discouraging deer browsing. Learn about environmental and biological factors which influence deer and their choice of food that will assist homeowners and professionals in developing a strategy for “deer-proofing” their landscape. Methods of deterring other wildlife from damaging plants will also be reviewed. This lecture is free and open to the public.

The Scott Arboretum is an educational garden of ideas and suggestions. Covering more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College Campus and exhibiting over 4,000 different kinds of plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for use in the Delaware Valley. Established in 1929 as a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott, the Arboretum is open to the public year-round free of charge, from dawn to dusk. Adam Levine in the November/December 2002 issue of Garden Design magazine described the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as “the most beautiful campus in America.” Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025. Visit us on our website at .

This lecture is co-sponsored with the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group. A reception will follow.

Start: October 3, 2010 2:00 pm
End: October 3, 2010 2:00 pm
Venue: Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA, 19081, United States
Cost: Free & Open to the pulic

October 1, 2010 – October 31, 2010

Scarecrows in the Garden! at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Dozens of Zany, Bizarre Designs Featured

ATLANTA –  Dozens of wild and crazy characters will be lurking in the woods at the Atlanta Botanical Garden throughout October.

For the ninth year, approximately 100 life-size creations, from the witty and whimsical to the bold and bizarre, will make up Scarecrows in the Garden from October 1-31. The scarecrows are the designs of metro area residents, artists, designers, businesses and organizations, which compete for prizes in one of two design categories: professional and nonprofessional.

The scarecrows will be displayed throughout the woodland and children’s gardens, and on Thursday evenings, visitors can check them out under the glare of flashlights (which they are encouraged to bring) during Fest of Ale. Each week from 5-10 p.m. the beer fest features a variety of fine specialty ales and live musical entertainment.

For youngsters, harvest-themed activities will be on tap on weekends from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., including a contest to find a golden glass pumpkin. And on Sunday, October 24 they can don their favorite costumes for an afternoon of treats and activities during Goblins in the Garden from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. It will include a costume parade, storytelling and the Ride-On Train ($2). The event includes a cash bar for Mom and Dad Goblins.

The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment. The Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown, between 14th Street and Monroe Drive. The Garden is open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (till 10 p.m. Thursdays). Admission is $15 adults, $12 seniors and children 3-17, free to children under three and Garden members. For more information visit or phone 404-876-5859.

Start: October 1, 2010
End: October 31, 2010
Venue: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Phone: 404-876-5859
1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30309, United States
Cost: $15 adults, $12 seniors and children

September 25, 2010

Cloverleaf 45th Annual Garden Tour

Cloverleaf 45th Annual Garden Tour

Date:       September 25, 2010
Time:      10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $15

Cloverleaf Garden Club of Mississauga is hosting a self-guided tour of 12+ residential gardens in the village of Port Credit, in recognition of the town’s 175th Anniversary.  For more information, visit in September and visit for Port Credit’s 175th Anniversary monthly celebrations.

Start: September 25, 2010 10:00 am
End: September 25, 2010 4:00 pm
Venue: Residential gardens in the village of Port Credit
Mississauga, Southern Ontario, Canada
Cost: $15