Columbia home and garden calendar

February 14, 2013 

Soda City, Columbia's all-local farmers market, officially opened Saturday on Main Street, moving from its Whaley Street location. The market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday on the 1500 block of Main Street, with dozens of local vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and arts and crafts.


City Strolls, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Historic Columbia Foundation will host a guided tour of the Robert Mills Historic District on March 18. See some of Columbia’s oldest homes. Tickets: $6 at the Museum Shop, 1616 Blanding St. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24

Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia Annual Fundraiser: The Card Party Luncheon Fundraiser will be held today in the Council Building, 1605 Park Circle in Maxcy Gregg Park. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bridge and other table games. Lunch is at noon. Door prizes. Baskets and baked goods will be auctioned. A ballroom dancing exhibition will be the featured entertainment. Cost is $17. Call (803) 787-7217 for reservations.

Free Tree Seedlings to Lake Residents: Cypress Bald, River Birch, Button Bushes and Southern Wax Myrtles seedlings in bundles of 10-15 will be available 2-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the SCE&G Environmental Building on the north side of the Lake Murray dam at 6248 Bush River Road as part of the shoreline enhancement project for Lake Murray sponsored SCE&G, the Department of Natural Resources and lake interest groups. (803) 217-9221

Roses: Learn how to plant, care, prune and control pests on the “queen” of plants, 10 a.m. tomorrow, Cooper Branch, Richland Library, 5317 N. Trenholm Road. Presented by Richland County Master Gardeners Association. (803) 7887-3462

Gardeners, Start Your Tomatoes: The Tasty Tomato Contest “Plant A Seed” event and the “Faces of Local Food” photo booth will be available 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Soda City Farmer’s Market, 1500 block of Main Street. Visit the Sustainable Midlands booth where you can start your winning tomato plant and add your face to the growing number of local foodies. Free tomato seed and container (limited supply). Donations appreciated. (803) 381-8747,

Butterfly Gardening: Learn how to attract butterflies to your garden, 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Sandhills branch, Richland Library, One Summit Parkway. The presentation will include the life cycle of butterflies and the plants they need during the various stages of their lives. (803) 699-9230

Garden Tours, Robert Mills House and Gardens: This tour is Feb. 21. 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

Dollar Sundays, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Take a tour of historic house museums 1-5 p.m. Feb. 24. Purchase tickets at the Museum Shop, 1616 Blanding St. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or email

W. Gordon Belser Arboretum: Monthly open house will be held 1-4 p.m. Feb. 24, 4080 Bloomwood Road. (803) 777-3934

Gardening Symposium: Sustainable Gardening: Historical Perspectives will take place 8 a.m.-6 p.m., March 1 and 2, Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding St. Registered required. Early registration ends Feb. 22. Keynote speaker is Bill Alexander, landscape and forest historian from The Biltmore Estate. Register online at or call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24.

Camellias Workshop: Join Lexington County Master Gardener and Mid Carolina Camellia Society member Donna Denton to learn how to grow camellias, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, main branch, Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Discuss includes how to grow, plant, sun tolerance, soil requirements, pruning fertilizing and species. Free. Reservations not necessary, (803) 785-2600

Terrarium Workshop: Participants will learn the process and technique of creating and maintaining a terrarium while creating a unique glass terrarium to take home, 10-11:30 a.m., March 2, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. All materials provided. $30 per person. Sign up at

Rain Gardens: Discover why rain gardens are important to the environment and how they benefit us, 10 a.m. March 15, Cooper branch, Richland Library. The Richland Master Gardeners will teach you how to create a rain garden and which plants do well in them. (803) 787-3462

Carolina Yard Gardening School: Choice of two garden lectures and two workshops, a soil test, lunch and refreshments, educations exhibits, plant problem diagnosis clinic, books and plants for sale, door prize and complimentary compost, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 16, Charleston Exchange Park, 9850 Highway 78, Ladson. Contact Amy Dabbs for more information and cost, (843) 722-5940, ext. 122, or sign up online at

Adaptive Gardening: Whether you have limitations due to a physical condition or your space, you can still enjoy gardening. The Richland County Master Gardeners will show you simple solutions to your specific issues, 10:30 a.m. March 16, Blythewood branch, Richland Library, 218 McNulty Road, Blythewood. (803) 691-9806

Shade Gardening: Lexington County Master Gardener Carla Martinez shares Clemson Extension’s tried and true tips for gardening in shade, 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 18, main branch, Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Free. Reservations not necessary. (803) 785-2600

Springtime at the Garden Festival: Get garden ideas; shop for plants, tools, jewelry, garden art and other items from more than 40 vendors and consult Master Gardeners from Clemson Extension, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. Garden-related activities, live music by Whiskey Tango Revue and arts and crafts stations for kids. Participation is free with paid admission to Riverbanks Zoo. (803) 779-8717 or

Palladium Society’s Renovation Rodeo: Tour old homes in Earlewood that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the house, 6 p.m. March 26. Enjoy light hor d’ourves as well as beer and wine. Reservations requested. Call Amy Kinard at (803) 252-7742, ext. 11.

Square Foot Gardening: This technique makes growing vegetables or flowers easier than ever with less space, less time, less work and better results. Learn the secrets to a successful bounty during this interactive workshop, 10-11:30 a.m. April 13, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. $15 per person. Sign up at

English Garden Trough: Hypertufa troughs are made from a lightweight, porous material that provides great drainage for plants like herbs and succulents. Participants will make their own trough and see a variety of ways to plant and use them in the garden, 10-11:30 a.m. April 20, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. Containers will be ready to pick up by April 23. $25 per person. Sign up at

Centipede Lawns: It’s all in the timing. Lexington County Master Gardener John Windham teaches a few simple steps to care for centipede grass, 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 22, main branch, Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Free. Reservations not necessary. (803) 785-2600

Rhythm and Blooms: Music and flowers — after hours. Guests can enjoy live entertainment, local artists, cash bar and food for purchase, 6 - 9 p.m. May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30,in the Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. (803) 779-8717 or

7th Annual Aiken Garden Show: Explore several gardens and enjoy the beauty of an all-arrangements American Rose Society Show, May 17-18, Aiken County Historical Museum. Show features a speaker series, food by Banksia Bistro, vendors and dueling designers who face off creating containers and floral arrangements. Tickets are $23 in advance or $25 at the door and are good for two-day admission and off-site gardens and events at the museum. (803) 641-6777 or

Adaptive Gardening: An adaptive or enabled garden is designed with an emphasis on accessibility. Traditional gardens can become off limits for those who are confined to a wheelchair or who have difficulty bending, kneeling or standing. Learn some techniques and tips by Richland County Master Gardeners Amelia Coty and Linda Olson, 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 20, main branch, Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Free. Reservations not necessary. (803) 785-2600

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