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 the third Thursday of each month. Tickets $6. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or email@example.com
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 Sunday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Back to Eden Gardening Workshops: Year-Round Vegetable Gardening Workshop 201, 10 a.m. Tuesday and Sept. 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. Saturday. 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: “Herbs in Containers,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Richland Library Eastover Branch, 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584. Learn how to grow herbs on your windowsill or patio. “Square Foot Gardening,” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Richland Library Main Branch, 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084. Learn how to grow vegetables and flowers in a smaller space using this technique. “Container Gardening,” 3 p.m. Sept. 28, Richland Library Southeast Branch, 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855. Learn how to spruce up your deck with plants in containers.
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
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