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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, April 20, 10am. Little Bugs Club: Water Bugs! In this science class-themed little bugs, we will be busy at work in the little bugs’ “garden lab” figuring out how bugs glide on water, how plants “drink”, and celebrate the new water features in the garden. Little Bugs will make their very own miniature water garden to take home! Little Bugs Club is our gardening club for young gardeners ages 4-12. Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional sibling. Space is limited, register online at Eventbrite.

Sunday, April 28, 5-7pm. Empty Bowls Fundraiser to Fight Hunger. (This is event is sold out, please email events@rockledgegardens.com to be placed on the waiting list or to learn about participating as a volunteer) Join us in partnership with artists and restaurants from around Brevard for an Empty Bowls fundraiser to increase awareness of homelessness and hunger in our commuity. Local artists, including participants from Mimi’s Crafts, Art Abilities, Foosner Art Museum, and Viera High School, will create unique bowls for guests to choose from and then fill with samples of delicious soups provided by local restaurants including Scott’s on Fifth, Tuscany Grill, Ossario Bakery & Cafe, and others (TBD). Attendees will then be able to keep the bowls as a daily reminder of hunger and homelessness in Brevard. Suggested donation is $25 and includes a handmade bowl, soup samples, bread from Sunrise Bread Company, beverages, and dessert. BYOB. All proceeds benefit Daily Bread, Inc., the largest outreach to the hungry and homeless in our area. Tickets and other donation options available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, May 5, 1pm. Earthworm Castings! Join us and special guest speaker Sean Sohi, owner of Mycosoil LLC , for a discussion of the importance of using earthworm castings as an alternative soil amendment that is odorless, nontoxic, and full of beneficial fungi/microbes that help your plants grow! This seminar is intended to enlighten gardeners and farmers about the benefits of using earthworm castings within their planters, garden beds, nurseries and farms. RSVP on Eventbrite. 

Thursday, May 9, 6-8pm. Celebrate Moms in the Garden: Fashion Fundraiser Sip-n-Stroll. Whether you are (or have) a mom who loves flowers, fashion, or philanthropy, this evening is for you! Join us along with Rosa Marina Boutique for an evening celebrating mothers and all they do to make the world a wonderful place. Enjoy garden-inspired cocktails, live music by Key Change, raffle prizes, and spring fashions by Rosa Marina as they unveil their new mobile boutique trailer! And every mom will receive a free 4″ annual in appreciation for all they do! Tickets are $5 and all proceeds as well as 10% of Rosa Marina Boutique sales and 100% of the raffle go to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida! Get tickets on Eventbrite.

Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19. 11am-2pm. Fairy Garden Festival! It’s that time of year again! Fairies will be visiting the Gardens for our 5th Annual Fairy Garden Festival! Activities include:

  • Fairy Garden Scavenger Hunt ALL DAY BOTH DAYS! Find all the hidden fairy gardens at Rockledge Gardens and win a 4-inch plant to take home! 
  • Food Trucks! 11am-3pm both days.
  • Meet & Greet with Tinkerbelle! 12pm-3pm both days
  • Face-painting! 11am – 2pm both days ($5 per face)
  • Fairy Photo Booth! Get a FREE digital photo of your children dressed in their fairy best from Lady Blue Photography by Nerissa Johnson (Saturday only)
  • Fairy/Adventure Garden Make-n-Take for Kids! Make a miniature home for tiny fairies or a diorama for dinosaurs! You are only limited by your imagination. $10 in advance online or $15 at the door, includes colorful plastic container, soil, plants, and decorative rock. Show up anytime during festival hours to make your garden. Purchase early bird tickets on Eventbrite.

Sunday, May 26, 12pm & 2pm. Make-n-Take: Turtle Succulent Garden. Returning by popular demand, Leslie Thomas from The Seaside Succulent is offering her turtle succulent garden workshop again! Create this sweet turtle moss planter with succulents! Cost is $50 and includes all materials. Space is limited. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

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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.