Midlands home and garden calendar

September 12, 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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City Strolls, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Historic Columbia Foundation will host a guided tour of the Robert Mills Historic District second Friday of each month. See some of Columbia’s oldest homes. Tickets: $6 at the Museum Shop, 1616 Blanding St. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24

Historic Columbia Foundation Annual Scarecrows in the Garden Contest: Individuals, families, businesses, schools and organizations are invited to enter scarecrows in the Scarecrows in the Garden Contest through Sept. 27. Prizes include cash, trophies and tour passes. Participants may enter more than one scarecrow. Entry fee is $10 for individuals, families and school classrooms and $20 for organizations. The Historic Columbia Foundation is hosting a workshop on Sept. 22 which will provide participants with guided instruction and a scarecrow kit. Cost for the workshop is $15. Winners will be chosen during the Scarecrows in the Garden opening event on Sept. 29 at the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Register for the contest and workshop at www.hcfscarecrows2013.eventbrite.com. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23, or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

Back to Eden Gardening Workshops: Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Workshop 101, 10 a.m. Saturday; Year-Round Vegetable Gardening Workshop 201, 10 a.m. Sept. 24 and 28, Zion Canaan Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 7820 Farrow Road. Cost for each class is $30 per person or household. Green Iceberg Project Healthy Lifestyle Seminar & Healthy Lifestyle Smoothie Party, 10 a.m. Sept. 21. Cost is $35 per person or household. Register at the Center for Community and Family Transitions office at the church. (803) 465-0117

Richland County Master Gardener Association Presentations: “Propagation: Two for One,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Blythewood Branch of the Richland Library, 218 McNulty Road, Blythewood. Learn how to make more of your favorite plants. (803) 691-9806

Log Cabin Art Guild: Monthly meeting on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Sesquicentennial State Park Training Center, 9564 Two Notch Road. All artists and those interested in art are invited to attend. Van Martin will be the guest speaker. (803) 738-9348

Basics of Pressure and Water Bath Canning Workshop: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, S.C. State Farmer’s Market, Phillips Market Center, 3501 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia. Presented by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. Cost is $30 per person. Canning materials will be provided; bring your own lunch. Mail registration by Monday to Nancy Harrison in the Calhoun Extension Office, P.O. Box 161, St. Matthews, SC 29135. (803) 874-2354, ext. 113; nhrrsn@clemson.edu

Lexington County Master Gardeners: Annual Plant Sale at the Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28, noon-5 p.m. Sept. 29, S.C. State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia. Proceeds support the Sam Cheatham scholarship for students majoring in horticulture/agriculture.

23rd Annual Midlands Master Gardener Symposium: “Gateway to Gardening ... Today for Tomorrow,” 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Ave. Cost is $65 for SCMMGA members, $75 for all others. (803) 520-7437; www.scmmga.org

Edgefield’s Farmers, Artists and Craft Market: Local produce, crafts, plants and food items will be available at the market every Saturday through September from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (803) 507-0278

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 are $40. Proceeds benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. (803) 359-9091; wingards nursery.com/ events

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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