Columbia home and garden calendar

April 18, 2013 

In this file photo, Quality Plants' Kim Houser puts flowers on display in preparation for the Midlands spring plant and flower festival at the S.C. Farmer's market in 2012.

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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

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 except December, which is the second Sunday, 4080 Bloomwood Road. (803) 777-3934

Plant and Flower Festival: The S.C. Department of Agriculture hosts the festival today-Sunday 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 Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Corbett Building.

Party for the Planet: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden hosts this fun-filled celebration in honor of Earth Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. All Earth Day activities are free with paid admission. (803) 779-8717;

Organic Gardening: Dale Miller hosts a workshop on growing plants organically at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wingard’s Nursery, 1403 North Lake Drive, Lexington. Free. (803) 359-9091;

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. Saturday, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. Containers will be ready to pick up by Tuesday. $25 per person. Sign up at

2013 Home Builders Association Tour of Homes: Columbia’s largest open house of new homes for sale continues from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and April 27 and 1-6 p.m. Sunday and April 28. The five featured communities include Cobblestone Park, Lake Carolina, Lexington Villas, Saluda River Club and Springhill Lake.

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

Gardening with Children: The Richland County Master Gardeners host fun activities to teach children how to grow their own flowers and vegetables at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Library, Southeast branch, 7421 Garners Ferry Road. (803) 776-0855

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. Monday, 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

Earlewood Plant Sale: Check out a variety of plants that aren’t easily found in garden centers such as Red Hyacinth Bean Climbers and Moon Flowers from 8 a.m.-noon May 4, Earlewood Park, 1113 Parkside Drive.

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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