Columbia home and garden calendar

May 16, 2013 

The dining room. Dan Robbin's Windsong Island Lane home will be featured on this year's Lake Murray Pontoon boat tour. The 9,417 square foot home has 5 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and 3 half bathrooms. There is a pool and a wrap around second story deck looking out over Lake Murray. It also includes a 2,644 square foot guest house nestled on the island property.


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, 4080 Bloomwood Road. (803) 777-3934

Garden Tours, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Compare the visual aesthetics of late 18th- and 19th-century landscape gardening to an earlier-style English boxwood garden today. Tickets $6. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or aposner@historiccolumbia .org

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;

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. today and Saturday. 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

Richland Recycles Day: The Richland County Solid Waste Department hosts a recycling event Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at the State Fair Grounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. Residents can recycle old computers, household electronic and home office equipment, TVs, tires, scrap medal and cell phones.

Seventh annual Aiken Garden Show: Explore several gardens and enjoy the beauty of an all-arrangements American Rose Society Show, Friday and Saturday, 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. Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

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. Saturday, 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. Saturday 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. Monday, 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.

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. Hosted by the Tree of Life Congregation Sisterhood, proceeds support community efforts including Sistercare, Cooperative Ministries and Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 530-4307

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service