Columbia home and garden calendar

April 11, 2013 

Elmwood Park tour: The Historic Elmwood Park home and garden tour Saturday features a tour inside eight homes and businesses and three gardens. This is the 31st year of the tour. The event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting from Park and Bryan streets in Elmwood Park, also includes chef demonstrations, wine tastings, horse and carriage rides, organ recitals at Park Street Baptist Church, and tours of Logan Elementary School, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Elmwood Park has been nominated as a finalist for Neighborhood of the Year from Neighborhoods, USA. Tickets are $12 in advance; buy at under the home tour link. Tickets are $15 the day of the tour.

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 association hosts “Square Foot Gardening” Friday at 10 a.m. at the Richland Library, Cooper branch, 5317 N. Trenholm Road. Learn to grow vegetables and flowers in a smaller space. The association also hosts an “herbs” Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Richland Library, Blythewood branch, 218 McNulty Road, Blythewood. Learn how to plant and care for herbs in the garden or in a container. (803) 787-3462; (803) 691-9806

Great Lexington Cleanup: The Town of Lexington hosts the seventh annual event from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Lexington Municipal Complex. The Green is Clean lawnmower exchange program will be held in conjunction at the Old Lexington Courthouse parking lot. (803) 356-8238

Keep the Midlands Beautiful: The Town of Irmo hosts the “Good, Clean Fun” event 9 a.m. Saturday at the Irmo Town Hall parking lot, 7300 Woodrow St., Irmo. (803) 733-1139

2013 Follow the Blooms Tour: The Garden Club of South Carolina kicks off its tour season with a seminar and tour Saturday 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. followblooms

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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 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

Plant Photography Workshop: Wingard’s Nursery, 1403 North Lake Drive, Lexington, teams up with Bill and Mary Grant of Grant Digital Media to offer a landscape photography workshop Saturday at 10 a.m. The cost is $40 per person, and registration is required. (803) 359-9091;

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

Plant and Flower Festival: The S.C. Department of Agriculture hosts the festival April 18-21 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. Patricia Moore-Pastides hosts a cooking demonstration April 19 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Corbett Building.

Iris Flower Show: View locally grown irises, floral arrangements and educational display with gardeners on-hand. Irises and other plants will be for sale, April 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the Garden Club Council Building, 1605 Park Circle. Free.

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

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

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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