Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden Tour and Open House: Renowned Topiary Artist Pearl Fryar will open his garden for free tours to benefit the American Red Cross, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20, 145 Broad Acres Road, Bishopville. At 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 20, Pearl will give a free demonstration on how to create a topiary, followed by a silent auction of art pieces by local artists. Admission is free. Donations are encouraged. (803) 775-2363, columbiaregionredcross.org or pearlfryar.com
City Strolls, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Robert Mills Historic District: Historic Columbia Foundation will host a guided tour of the Robert Mills Historic District on Friday. See some of Columbia’s oldest homes. Tickets: $6, purchase them at the Museum Shop, 1616 Blanding St. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24.
Dollar Sundays, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Take a guided tour of historic house museums 1-5 p.m. Oct. 21 for $1. Purchase tickets at the Museum Shop, 1616 Blanding St. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
W. Gordon Belser Arboretum: Monthly open house will be held 1-4 p.m. Oct. 21, 4080 Bloomwood Road. The arboretum is a collection of plant communities consisting of 10 different habitats, a waterfall and a botanical garden. (803) 777-3934
Garden Tours, Robert Mills House and Gardens: This 60-minute guided tour is Oct. 18. Compare the visual aesthetics of late 18th- and 19th-century landscape gardening to an earlier-style English boxwood garden.
Tickets $6. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or email@example.com
A Grand Tour of Gardens: Taught by Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, author of “A Grand Tour of Gardens: Traveling in Beauty through Western Europe and the United States,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. LeClercq is a gardener from Charleston who discusses her late mother’s garden on Church Street, as well as other gardens in Charleston as a source of art, inspiration and entertainment. Cost is $7.
Register at riverbanks.org or (803) 779-8717.
Living Heuchera Wreaths: Create a one-of-a-kind wreath using a sphagnum wreath base and planting it with Heuchera (Coral Bells), 2-4 p.m. Oct. 28, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Each participant will plant a 13-inch wreath to take home, as well as learn about alternative plants and forms for unusual focal points. Cost is $40.
Register at riverbanks.org or (803) 779-8717.
Garden Volunteer Days: Director of grounds David Simpson will lead volunteers assisting with a variety of garden projects, 9 a.m. today and Oct. 18, Historic Columbia Foundation, 1601 Richard St. Dress for working in the garden and bring gloves if you have them. Hand tools and water will be provided. (803) 252-1770
Girls Night Out: Enjoy wine, music and door prizes, 6-8 p.m., Oct. 18, Wingard’s Nursery and Garden Center, 1403 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Local vendors will be spotlighted. Design your own fused glass pendant with local artist Toni Chirico. Cost is $25. Registration required. wingardsnursery.com (803) 359-9091
Cement Leaf Workshop: Join Riverbanks horticulturists for a hands-on workshop that will show you how to turn ordinary leaves into creative cement cast bird baths, feeders or yard art, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Participants will make two leaves to take home the same day. Pack a lunch and enjoy the garden while your art is setting during a two-hour wait time. Register at riverbanks.org or (803) 779-8717.
Southern Landscapes: A discussion of shrubs and trees that flourish in the Southern climate, soil types in the Midlands, design principles, planting, pruning and fertilizing, 10 a.m., Saturday, Wingard’s Nursery and Garden Center, 1403 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Workshop is free but registration is required at wingardsnursery.com. (803) 359-9091
in Containers: Learn how to grow and use herbs in your home, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, main branch, Lexington County Public Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Class taught by a Master Gardener from the Clemson Extension office. (803) 785-2600
Canning for the Holidays: Basics of pressure and water bath canning for the holidays will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Lexington Extension Office, 605 West Main St., Suite 109, Lexington. Class includes an introduction to principles for canning safely and participation in a canning demonstration. Gift ideas for canned and pickled items for the holidays will be discussed. Cost is $30 and participation is limited. Bring your own lunch. (803) 874-2354, ext. 113, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Plant Care: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Lexington County Public Library, Chapin branch, 129 Columbia Ave., Chapin. Hosted by Garden Like a Master. (803) 345-5479
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