Columbia home and garden calendar

Columbia - The StateMarch 13, 2013 

Year Round Telephone Book Recycling: As the new 2013 phone books are being delivered, Keep the Midlands Beautiful encourages residents to recycle last year’s book. In Lexington and Richland counties and Columbia, take phone books to a drop-off facility and put them in the recycling bin for newspaper. Residents of Columbia, Forest Acres and Lexington County can also recycle phone books in their recycling bins curbside. Richland County will accept them in their recycling roll carts curbside. (803) 733-1139

Rain Gardens: Discover why rain gardens are important to the environment and how they benefit us, 10 a.m. Friday, 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, Blythewood branch, Richland Library, 218 McNulty Road, Blythewood. (803) 691-9806

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

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

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. Monday, main branch, Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Free. Reservations not necessary. (803) 785-2600

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

Garden Tours, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Compare the visual aesthetics of late 18th- and 19th-century landscape gardening to an earlier-style English boxwood garden the third Thursday of each month. Tickets $6. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or aposner@historiccolumbia .org

Master Gardeners: Attend this informative workshop on seed starting and getting your garden ready at 6 p.m. March 21 at the Kershaw County Public Library, Elgin branch, 2652 Main St. (803) 438-7881

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

Chapin Community Residential Recycling Day: Hosted by RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants, this event will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23, at the RE/MAX office parking lot, 1303 Chapin Road. Free to residents in the Chapin community. Items accepted include documents for shredding and recycling; used electronics, such as televisions, computers printers, fax machines and copiers; old clothing, household items and furniture. No appliances accepted. Working cellphones will be given to U.S. soldiers serving overseas, and a canned food drive will benefit Chapin’s We Care Center. (803) 413-6789

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.

Midlands Farm Tour: The Midlands sustainable family farms are opening the farm gates and barn doors for the first time, 1-5 p.m. April 6-7. Learn about the Midlands’ local and organic farm and food scene, meet local farmers and tour their farms.

The Sandhill Farmers Market Plant and Flower Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6 at Clemson Sandhill REC, 900 Clemson Road. No admission fee, parking $1. Details:

Shiitake mushroom workshop: Learn how to grow these tasty mushrooms at 10 a.m. April 6. Workshop fee includes one log to grow the mushrooms. Lexington County Clemson Extension Office, 605 West Main St., Suite 109, Lexington.Workshop fee is $30. Details:

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

Second annual Herb Festival: Herbs and plant related items, silent auction, mini herbal demonstration and three seminars highlight this festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13, Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington. Seminars include Herb Container Gardening at 10 a.m., Culinary Fun with Herbs at 11:30 a.m. and Let’s Talk about Tea at 1 p.m. Seminars are $5 each. Afternoon Tea Time is at 2:30 p.m. and costs $10 each. Proceeds benefit a horticultural scholarship for a qualified student from Lexington County. Free admission. (803) 359-9898 or (803) 359-6932

Ikebana International Annual Exhibition and Tea: Watch a qualified teacher in the art of Ikebana and view over 40 arrangements noon-4 p.m. April 17, Columbia Garden Club Council Building, 1605 Park Circle. (803) 787-7217

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

Seventh 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

Lexington County Master Gardeners 12th Annual Garden Tour: Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers 12th annual tour is May 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and June 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour proceeds go to the Sam Cheatham Scholarship for Lexington County horticulture students. Details:

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