Take a road trip to Sumter for it’s annual Iris Festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

May 23, 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; www.keepthemidlands beautiful.org

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; www.riverbanks.org

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. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Swan Lake - Iris Gardens, 822, W. Liberty St., Sumter. www.irisfestival.org

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: www.scmmga.org

Bug Eating Plant Bash Pinterest Party: Woodley’s Garden Center brings carnivorous plants together in one bug eating container. Pick your favorite bug-eating plant and have them planted at 10 a.m. June 1, 10015 Two Notch Road and 2 p.m. 2840 Dreher Shoals Road, Irmo. The cost is $25. Registration is required. (803) 788-1487; (803) 407-0601.

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. www.lexsc.com

Master Gardener Training Class: Clemson Extension is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Master Gardener Training Class, which will be every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. beginning July 9-November 2013. The application deadline is June 7. The class will be held in the Aiken County Extension Office, 1555 Richland Ave. East, Aiken. (803) 649-6297

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

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