Columbia home and garden calendar

Columbia - The StateMarch 21, 2013 

John Davis, the curator of mammals takes care of the animal composting duties at the zoo.


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. Tuesday. 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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