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- The Palmetto Garden Club will host the 59th annual Old Rose Show at the State Fair on Oct. 14.

There is no pre-registration. Bring entries between 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. to the Ellison Building via gate 11 on Bluff Road. All entries must be placed by 10:45 a.m. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. Awards and prizes will be given.

Old garden roses must have been introduced prior to 1950 or be of an undetermined introduction date. Information: scstatefair.org. Questions: (803) 782-8325.

Symposiums

- The South Carolina Native Plant Society will hold its annual symposium Oct. 17-18 at Poinsett State Park.

There will be talks about Rocky Shoals spider lilies, Carolina seeps and urban forests. Workshops on bog gardening and landscaping with native plants also will be taught. You do not have to be a member to attend the symposium. Field trips include Congaree National Monument's big trees, Sparkleberry swamp, kayaking and USC's urban forest. Information: scnps.org/symposium.html

Workshops

- Here are some upcoming workshops and events at Wingard's Nursery, 1403 North Lake Drive, Lexington:

Enhance your curb appeal in one weekend, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Art in the Garden, 7 p.m. Oct. 9: a fundraiser to benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance.

Trees for shade and color, 10 a.m. Oct. 17

Information: wingardsnursery.com or (803) 359-9091

- Learn how to get your containers ready for autumn on Oct. 10 at Woodley's Garden Center's Fall Festival.

The hands-on seminar, "60 minutes or less to a fabulous fall container," will be at 10 a.m. at Woodley's Two Notch and Brickyard roads location and 2 p.m at the Irmo store (S.C. 6). Information: woodleygardencenter.com, (803) 788-1487 (Northeast Richland), (803) 407-0601 (Irmo/Ballentine)

Award nominations

- Nominations are being accepted for the 2009 Columbia Choice Awards. Sponsored by the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission and Columbia Green, the awards recognize those who have made efforts to beautify and landscape above the minimum city ordinance requirements.

The awards are given in six categories: new construction and site development; renovation/reuse; site beautification management; education; neighborhood/community; and a special achievement award that recognizes a government agency, community interest group, civic organization, business or individual who has made a significant contribution to the appearance of the community and to the quality of life in the city of Columbia.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 1. Projects must be within the city limits. Information/entry form: (803) 545-3860 or e-mail adstrudwick@columbiasc.net

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