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  

Saturday, June 22, 10am-1pm. Summer Baby Clothing and Book Swap. FREE Baby Clothing and Book Swap! Moms and dads, 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

Saturday, June 29, 10am. Planting a Food Forest. What is a food forest and why would you want one? Join Josh Speece for a free informational seminar all about this amazing concept. These low-maintenance gardens are a wonderful, sustainable way to grow your own food source. RSVP on Eventbrite.

Saturday, July 6, 10am. Basically Bats. This program introduces the fascinating world of bats and outlines the important roles they play in healthy ecosystems. Common myths and misconceptions that give rise to unfounded fears and the persecution of these flying mammals will be debunked; discussions will include basic bat biology, public health concerns, and conservation efforts.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet living Florida bats. RSVP on Eventbrite.

Saturday, July 13, 10am. Bat Houses, Here’s How. This program outlines the “dos” and “don’ts” of bat house construction and takes attendees step by step through the building process.  But a well-designed bat house is only half the story – just as important is where that house is placed.  Discussions will include the requirements for proper installation, seasonal movement of bat colonies, and what to expect from the bats.  Attendees will receive construction plans for a 4-chambered bat house, installation instructions, and have the opportunity to meet living Florida bats that are common bat house residents. RSVP on Eventbrite.

Thursday, July 18, 6:30pm. Painting in the Gardens. Ready for a fun night out? Fairy Thimbles is leading a step-by-step painting class for everyone to enjoy. And It’s BYOB!  Please feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks. We’ll be painting these cute cacti; cost is $35 and includes all materials (painting supplies and a 16″ x 20″ canvas to take home). Register on Eventbrite

Saturday, July 20, 10am. Little Bugs Club: Road Trip! Geography in the Garden! Get ready to travel around the garden! We will pilot our new learning stations as a “swarm”of bugs! We will also leave a treasure for our friends to find in a garden geocache! Little Bugs Club is our monthly gardening club for kids ages 4 to 12. Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional sibling. Includes all materials. Get tickets on Eventbrite.

Sunday, July 21, 1pm. Water Feature Workshop. Join Brad from Florida Custom Aquatic to learn about creating your own home water feature. Topics discussed will include natural and wildlife benefits to water features, water feature construction tips and tricks, walkthrough of the 20 step process for building a pond, and more.   RSVP on Eventbrite.


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

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 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.