Midlands home and garden calendar

July 18, 2013 

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Seeds germinated in soil blocks develop healthy root systems ready for outdoor planting. (Gardener's Workshop/MCT)

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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 Thursday. Tickets $6. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or aposner@historiccolumbia.org

Paint-a-Crate: The Town of Lexington Farmers Market hosts a Paint-a-Crate contest, sponsored by Lakeside Produce, Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 206 North Church St. The contest is open to children ages 3-13. (803) 457-5494; www.lexsc.com

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 Like a Master - Heat & Drought Resistant Plants: Learn what plants work best in the South Carolina summer heat Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lexington County Public Library, Cayce-West Columbia branch, 1500 Augusta Road. (803) 794-6791

Rainbarrel Workshop: The Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium hosts a build your own rain barrel workshop Wednesday from 9 a.m.-noon at the Lexington County Fire Training Facility, 436 Ball Park Road. Learn ways to reduce stormwater runoff from your property through rainwater harvesting. $25. (803) 785-8201

Town of Lexington’s Farmers Market: The market is open Saturdays through Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 206 N. Church St., Lexington. (803) 359-4164; http://www.lexsc.com

First Nazareth Baptist Church Farmers Market: The market is open Saturdays through Nov. 23 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Millwood parking lot across from the church, 2351 Gervais St. (803) 254-6232

“Art in the Garden”: Wingard’s Nursery and Garden Center, 1367 North Lake Drive, Lexington, hosts its eighth annual event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets will be available Aug. 1 and are $40. Proceeds benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. (803) 359-9091; wingardsnursery.com/ events

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

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