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garden talks, workshops & events

There’s always something special going on at Rockledge Gardens!

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Unless noted otherwise, all talks and events meet in our Harry and Mary Witte Learning Center. The Farm Market is held in the yellow building.

No pre-registration is required for our garden talks; fees (if any) are indicated in the event listings. Fees for “Make-n-Take” workshops, Little Bugs sessions, and some special events are listed; please note that because we purchase materials for these workshops based on how many people are signed up, pre-registration and pre-payment are required. We can only give refunds (less service fees) if we are notified of cancellation at least 72 hours in advance of the class.

Planning an event? Rockledge Gardens is a stunning venue for weddings, fundraisers, field trips, and more! More information on our private rentals page, or email events@rockledgegardens.com.  

Saturday, September 21,10am. Little Bugs: Fall Veggie Gardening. Fall is the perfect time for Little Bugs to get back in the garden. Help us clean out and replant our veggie garden while learning all about growing edibles for your own home gardens! Cost is $10 for first child and $8 for any additional siblings, includes all supplies. Register at Eventbrite

Saturday, September 21, 10am. Make-n-take: Succulent Centerpieces. Leslie Thomas from The Seaside Succulent is back with another succulent make-n-take, but this time it’s centerpieces! Create your very own living centerpiece in a rustic wooden box (4″x12″) that will fit perfectly on your dining room table, office desk or anywhere else that you want a pop of greenery! The cost is $55 and includes all materials. Register on Eventbrite

Saturday, September 28, 10am. Top Ten Fruiting Plants for Brevard. Curious about the best fruiting plants for the Space Coast? Join Josh Speece from Creationscapes for a free informational seminar about the top ten fruiting plants that thrive in Brevard County. Learn how to incorporate these plants into your landscape for a delicious, sustainable way to grow your own food. RSVP on Eventbrite

Saturday, October 5, 10am. Make-n-Take: Succulent Pumpkins. Leslie Thomas from The Seaside Succulent is back with another succulent make-n-take just in time for the Fall season! Create a beautiful succulent pumpkin centerpiece that will last for months! Cost includes all materials to create a large pumpkin centerpiece. SAVE $10 if you BYOP aka bring your own pumpkin! Register at Eventbrite.

Sunday, October 6, 1pm. Fall Baby Clothing and Book Swap. Calling all moms, dads and other parental figures! This is a FREE event where you bring your baby and toddler clothing or diapers that your little one has outgrown (sizes newborn to 4T) to Rockledge Gardens and swap it for new threads for your cutie! We’re also collecting books (especially children’s books) for our Little Free Library! Meet some other thrifty parents in a beautiful garden setting while little ones play on the garden center playground or visit the butterfly house! Don’t have clothing to swap? Come on down anyway and pick up what you need, especially expecting parents, who else is going to take all the newborn stuff?! Please ONLY bring clothing and books and ONLY if it is in good condition! No stains. If you bring large non-clothing items please be sure they are claimed before you leave them. It is difficult to arrange donation of large bulky items. Any unclaimed clothing will be donated. Questions? Email liz@rockledgegardens.com

Saturday, October 12, 10am-3pm. Grand Re-opening: The Farmer’s Market at Rockledge Gardens! Our newly renovated Farmer’s Market will now be open seven days a week! Join us to welcome in the fall growing season with fresh produce, amazing vendors, food trucks, and music!

Sunday, October 13, 1pm. Fall Veggie Gardening Seminar. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as picking your dinner right off the plants in your own garden, but a great veggie crop is all about planting the right plants in the right place at the right time. Join Tone to help remove the guesswork with this free informational seminar all about starting your very own vegetable garden for fall! RSVP on Eventbrite

Saturday, October 19, 10am. Little Bugs: Creepy Crawlies. Little Bugs know that not all crawlies are creepy! Come learn about which ones are friendly bugs that visit our garden and take home a plant that will help attract them to your home garden too. Cost is $10 for first child and $8 for any additional siblings, includes all supplies. Register on Eventbrite

Sunday, October 27, 11am-4pm. 23rd Annual Fall Festival. Join us for a SUNDAY FUN-DAY full of food, flowers and fall festivities!
•LIVE MUSIC – Tone Egan from 11am-1pm and Key Change from 1pm-4pm
•TRICK-OR-TREATING – Bring a bag/bucket to collect treats from some of our vendors throughout the gardens.
•SCARECROW SCAVENGER HUNT – (free!) Find every scarecrow in the gardens and win a packet of seeds!
•KIDS CRAFTS & GAMES – (free!)
•FOOD TRUCKS – Coastal Kitchen Food Truck, The Bearded Chef, Shadrachs Fiery Furnace, EatQual, The Speedy Weenie and Cool Yeti
•FACE-PAINTING – ($5/face)
•PHOTO BOOTH – (free!) JB gallery – Photography by Breena Johnson will offer free digital portraits of your child against a fall garden backdrop!
•KIDS’ COSTUME CONTEST– 1pm, prizes for the Most Creative, Scariest, and Most Transformed!
•PETTING FARM – Interact with the Goats from Hidden Palms Farm ($3)
•HAUNTED HAYRIDE– A hayride to the River with the spooky history of Brevard! All festival hours ($5/person, free for kids under 3-years-old; last ride leaves at 3:30pm)
•BEER & WINE from CHEERS 2 U BAR & DRIVE THRU PACKAGE
•FARMER’S MARKET w/ Fresh-picked North Carolina Apples and more!
•LOCAL VENDORS! – More than 40 local vendors with handmade arts, crafts, and food!


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Farm Market at The Farm at Rockledge Gardens. Come get fresh, just-picked produce at our Farm Market. Held in the yellow building at the Garden Center, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, with an expanded “Farm and Friends” Market the second Saturday of each month featuring additional food vendors and crafters. Interested in becoming a vendor at Farm & Friends? Please email photos and a description of your handmade/local items to theresa@rockledgegardens.com

Macramé with Set Adrift. If you have an interest in learning the crafts of macramé or crochet, or how to create a dreamcatcher or “tree of life,”  join Susan Schmidt of Set Adrift in the Market building on Wednesdays from 10:30 am to noon and/or 12:30 pm to 2 pm. Cost is $15 per session and includes basic supplies, with additional supplies available for purchase. Email setadrift321@gmail.com to schedule a lesson.

Yoga in the Garden with Barb Wallace. This flowing Vinyasa style class promotes and enhances balance, flexibility, strength, agility, relaxation, and clarity of mind. Suitable for students of all levels; modifications will be shown for beginners. Classes are held Mondays at 9:30 am, Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, and Thursdays at 9:30 am. $10 per class; please bring a mat or large towel.

Little Bugs Club, our gardening club for kids ages 4 to 12. Pre-registration is required; see specific dates for details. Here’s the full spring 2019 season.