Columbia home and garden calendar

May 8, 2013 

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60th annual Holland Bulb Sale: Blooms from the congregation’s personal garden as well as businesses across the Midlands will be for sale until June 15. Orders of $30 or more placed by Wednesday come with a free gift of eight Puschkinia Libanotica. Hosted by the Tree of Life Congregation Sisterhood, proceeds support community efforts including Sistercare, Cooperative Ministries and Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 530-4307

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

Rhythm and Blooms: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden hosts music and flowers after hours featuring live entertainment and local artists in the Botanical Garden tonight and every Thursday evening in May. A cash bar and food will be available. Admission is free for members, and $5 for the general public. (803) 779-8717;

The second annual Columbia Plant and Flower sale: The sale, which will be today-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at 7501 Garners Ferry Road, features one-of-a-kind plants and flowers and shrubs. There will also be crafts and live entertainment. (803) 261-1666

Learn about Succulents: The Richland Library, Cooper branch, 5317 N. Trenholm Road, hosts a Master Gardeners workshop on what cacti, sedums, jade plant, snake plant, century plant and aloe have in common at 10 a.m. Friday. (803) 787-3462

Landscape Design workshop: Explore Historic Columbia’s newest garden at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, 1705 Hampton St., 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The cost for members is $10 per workshop or $25 for all three; and $15 per workshop or $35 for all three for nonmembers. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24

Columbia Green’s 22nd annual Festival of Gardens Tour: This year’s event features diverse gardens and landscapes throughout the Kings Grant neighborhood from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 16 and 18. A garden party with artists and refreshments from 3:30-5 p.m. is included in the ticket price. Tickets are $30 for Columbia Green members, $35 for Members Days of Tour, $40 for nonmembers, $45 nonmembers Days of Tour. (803) 245-7595 or visit

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

Red Rose Festival Photography Exhibit & Competition: The Lancaster County Council of Arts hosts a photography exhibit and competition during the Red Rose Festival, which will be from 6-10 p.m. May 17 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 18.

Lake Murray Association Pontoon Tour of Homes: Boats will launch from Lighthours Marina in Chapin, which brings the tour to the Irmo side of the lake this year. Three lake homes will be featured. Launch times are 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 18, Lighthouse Marina, 1925 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin. Tickets are $30 for members, and $35 for nonmembers. (803) 509-4368

Art in the Park: The Guignard Neighborhood Association hosts an event featuring local artwork from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18 at the Community Empowerment Center, 754 B Ave., West Columbia. Free. (803) 739-6238

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

Sumter’s Iris Festival: The annual festival featuring concerts, a parade, arts and crafts, flower show and more will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 24 and 25 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 26 at Swan Lake - Iris Gardens, 822, W. Liberty St., Sumter.

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:

Town of Lexington Farmers Market: The town’s farmers market season begins June 1 and will operate every Saturday until Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 206 N. Church St. Vendors are still being accepted, but space is limited.

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