Midlands home and garden calendar

April 10, 2014 

Amanda McNulty

City Strolls, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Historic Columbia Foundation will host a guided tour of the Robert Mills Historic District the 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

USC A.C. Moore Herbarium: The A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina offers free plant identifications. Weeds, houseplants, blooming flowers, trees, shrubs and more. (803) 777-8196; plantman@herbarium.org

Jenks Farmer Book Premier: Horticulturist and author Jenks Farmer will read from and discuss his book, “Deep-Rooted Wisdom,” 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Pkwy. Cost is $10 per person. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

Blythewood High School Plant Sale: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday in the greenhouse behind the school, 10901 Wilson Blvd. (803) 691-4090

S.C. Department of Agriculture Spring Plant & Flower Festival: Midlands Plant and Flower Sale, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the State Farmers Market, 3485 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia. More than 130 booths with plants, lawn furniture, yard art and more. (803) 394-9831; www.agriculture.sc.gov

Historic Columbia Foundation Gardening Symposium: “Growing Your Gardening Skills” will kick off with a reception and keynote presentation from Amanda McNulty, host of ETV’s “Making It Grow,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Senate’s End, 316 Senate St. Workshops will be held at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by workshops at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Topics are: Discovering the Hidden Potential of Your Garden, Successful Container Gardening and Choosing Plants that Thrive in the Midlands. Following the workshops, participants will take a tour of the foundation’s newest garden at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Registration is $45 for one day and $75 for both days for nonmembers (or $40 and $65 for members). (803) 252-1770, ext. 27; www.historiccolumbia.org; lduncan@historiccolumbia.org

Lexington County Green is Clean Month: Rain Barrel Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday at the Lexington County Fire Training Facility, 436 Ball Park Road, Lexington. Registration is $25; deadline is Tuesday. Compost Sale at Red Bank Crossing, 9 a.m.-noon April 26. (803) 785-3340; www.lex-co.sc.gov/greenisclean

Wingard’s Nursery Kid’s Day IX: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Wingard’s Nursery and Garden Center, 1403 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Meet representatives from Carolina Wildlife Center and the animals being rehabilitated. Other attractions include bee colonies from Bee Trail Farm, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Lexington County Fire Department. Each child will plant and take home a tomato plant. Admission is a $5 donation to Carolina Wildlife Center. (803) 359-9091

LCFCL Spring Plant Sale: Order locally grown plants from Lexington County Family and Community Leaders by calling Bob Taylor at (803) 798-5969. Purchase gerbera daisies for $22 for a flat of 18 plants, mixed vincas for $13 for 36 plants, and mixed coleus for $13 for 36 plants. Plants can be picked up from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at the Clemson Extension Office, 605 W. Main St., Lexington.

Columbia Metropolitan 2014 Dream Home: Tour the Dream Home, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays April 25-May 11 at 38 Lake View Circle. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at any First Community Bank location. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. A “Cash and Carry” sale will be held from 9-11 a.m. May 12.

Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden: 7-9:30 p.m. April 25, 500 Wildlife Pkwy. Enjoy a variety of wine, live jazz and food samples from local restaurants. Advance tickets are $50 for the general public and $40 for zoo members; tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $60. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

Riverbanks Spring Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-noon April 26 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Pkwy. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

Richland County Master Gardeners Plant Sale: Annual Plant Sale and Education Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26 at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. www.richlandmastergardeners.com

Horticulture for Homeowners Class: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 30 at the Lexington County Clemson Extension Office, 605 W. Main St., Lexington. Registration deadline is April 28. Cost is $65. www.clemson.edu/extension/county/lexington

2014 S.C. Master Gardener Jamboree: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2, Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Old Bush River Road. Register at www.scjamboree.org by April 20. Cost is $50.

Kershaw County Farmers Market: The Farmers Market will run Saturdays through Nov. 16 from 8 a.m.-noon at 631 W. DeKalb St., Camden. www.kcfarmersmarket.org

Soda City Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street. www.sodacitysc.com

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