Columbia home and garden calendar

April 4, 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 books. 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;

Free plant identifications: The A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina provides free plant identifications. Bring your unknown plant by Coker Life Sciences. (803) 777-8196

Richland County Master Gardeners Association: The Master Gardeners will teach you how to have a productive summer garden at 7 p.m. today at the Richland Library Sandhills branch, 1 Summit Parkway. (803) 699-9230

The Sandhill Farmers Market Plant and Flower Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday. 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:

Backyard Earth Day event: Learn about backyard conservation from local experts on how to start composting, raising backyard chickens and more from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lexington Square Park.

Birds and Blooms Garden Center grand opening: The Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce hosts the grand opening celebration of the Birds and Blooms Garden Center, 261 Chapin Road Saturday at 11 a.m. (803) 414-7432

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

2013 Follow the Blooms Tour: The Garden Club of South Carolina kicks off its tour season with a seminar and tour April 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with the seminar “Make Your Own southern Bouquets” at the Church of the Holy Cross, Stateburg; and a Plantation house tour, Pinewood. Tickets for the tour and seminar are $40.

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

Pine and Lake Garden Club Tour of Hartsville: Take a tour of gardens in the Prestwood Lake area April 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the Boys and Girl’s Club of Hartsville. (843) 858-4370

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: 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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