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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.  

Sunday, March 24, 1-3pm. Make-n-Take: Butterfly Container Gardens. (Sorry, this class is sold out) Let your creativity fly and the the butterflies will fly to you! We are trying something new with this workshop: Instead of limiting you to a specific bowl and number of plants we’re going to let YOU choose your favorite things for your custom and totally unique container garden! Join Susan as she discusses the principles of container gardening and butterfly gardening, then she’ll guide you to our pottery and plant selections to help you chose and purchase the right container and flowers for your personal take-home garden! $5 class fee includes personalized instruction and soil. Participants will purchase their own containers and plants and can expect to spend $25 and up. Space is limited to 25 participants so that Susan can give individualized instruction to each participant as they build their gardens. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

Sunday, March 31, 1pm. Florida Honey Varietals: Tasting, pairing, and identifying the nectar source of our favorite sweetener. Join resident entomologist and horticulturalist Amanda Rose Newton to learn how the flavor profile and color of honey are shaped by the floral nectar source bees feed on. Attendees will be treated to a sweet spread of 8 different Floridan honeys and will learn how to identify nectar sources, how to pair honeys with a variety of foods and libations, and how to host their own honey tasting party! Cost is $5, register on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, April 3, 12pm. Farmer’s Market Workshop: Making Goat Cheese. Join Deedra Earl from Hidden Palms Farm to learn how to make your own chevre! Making creamy, crumbly delicious goat cheese in your own home is easier than you think! Dee will take you through the steps and take all the mystery out of cheesemaking. The class will include your own cheesemaking kit with everything you need to make your own chevre at home (a $30 value) AND you’ll get to take home a sample of already made goat cheese to inspire you in your home kitchen! Goat milk will be available for separate purchase. Class is $30 and limited to 15 participants. Register online at Eventbrite.

Friday, April 12, 6-8pm. Gertrude in the Garden. “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” – Gertrude Stein. Join us as we celebrate the mother of modernism at a fundraiser for Geography and Plays a theatrical project by Joseph Lark-Riley where early works by Gertrude Stein are made into performance. Experience a garden gallery with works by local artists, garden-inspired cocktails, musical performances, and readings! Funds generated will help support Geography and Plays’ run at the Orlando Fringe Festival in May! $20 suggested donation or pay what you will. Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite.

Sunday, April 14, 1pm & 3pm. Make-n-Take: Turtle Succulent Garden. (Sorry, this class is sold out) Leslie Thomas from The Seaside Succulent is back with an adorable new succulent make-n-take! Create this sweet turtle moss planter with succulents! Space is limited. Cost is $50 and includes all materials. Register online at Eventbrite.

Wednesday, April 17, 11am. Farmer’s Market Workshop: Pickling Eggs. Just in time for Easter, join Beth Bolding from Bolding Family Farms to learn the easy way to pickle farm fresh eggs! Then make some yummy deviled eggs! Each participant will take home three eggs. Class includes all materials. Class is limited to 15 participants. Register online at Eventbrite.

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. 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.

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June 3-7, 8:30 – 11:30am. Little Bugs Club Summer Camp: Butterfly Gardening! Ready to learn about butterflies?! Join us for a weeklong celebration of all things butterfly at Rockledge Gardens! Campers will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with butterflies in our butterfly house as well as create crafts, participate in games, and science experiments each day. They will also have an amazing opportunity to become citizen scientists to help monitor our own Monarch butterfly population and improve our garden. Camp takes place outdoors- wear comfortable clothing (suncreen and a hat are a good idea); bring a water bottle, and a snack. Space is limited, register online at 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.