Midlands home and garden calendar

May 15, 2014 

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Dollar Sundays, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Take a tour of historic house museums 1-5 p.m. third Sunday of each month. 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. third Sunday of each month, 4080 Bloomwood Road. (803) 777-3934

2014 Tour of Homes: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. The new home open house includes five featured communities and 44 homes. Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia. Plan books are available online at www.columbiabuilders.com.

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

Keep Greenwood County Beautiful: Keep Greenwood County Beautiful is one of five finalists in Taking Root, a gardening and outdoor beautification grant program from Troy-Bilt. Vote online at http://takingroot.troybilt.com.

From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th-Century Columbia: Exploration of the various dining, cooking and storage wares common in 19th-century Columbia followed by a picnic in the Hampton-Preston Mansion gardens, noon-1 p.m. Thursday. Tour is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for Historic Columbia Foundation members; attendees must bring their own lunch. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org

Rhythm and Blooms: Age Olde Trade, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Riverbanks Zoo’s Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase. (803) 779-8717; http://riverbanks.org

Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers: “Avant Gardens” 13th annual Garden Tour, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Admission is $25; free admission for active and retired military. Contact Patricia Dukes at (803) 606-1140 or patdukes@bellsouth.net for tickets, or visit www.lcmgv.org.

Moore Farms Botanical Garden May Days: Plant sale and barbecue lunch, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, 100 New Zion Road, Lake City. Cost is $15 per person (includes lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Proceeds benefit beautification and landscaping initiatives in downtown Lake City. www.moorefarmsbg.org; rturk@moorefarmsbg.org

Taking Root: The Summer Brothers and the History of the Pomaria Nursery: On display June 12-September 20 at the University of South Carolina McKissick Museum, 816 Bull St. (on the Horseshoe). An opening reception will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 18. The exhibit profiles the history of Pomaria Nursery, which thrived in central South Carolina from the 1840s-1870s. Free and open to the public. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 777-2876; http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum

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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