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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.  

Thursday, February 14, 6-8pm. Love in the Gardens. Celebrate love (or maybe find a new love!) in the gardens with live music, wine, chocolate and a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride! Join us under the Florida moonlight, featuring The George Grosman Duo. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include two glasses of of wine, chocolate truffles by Grimaldi, horse-drawn carriage rides around the gardens by Riverside Carriage Company, a chance to win beautiful door prizes, and a coupon for 15% off so you can pick up something naturally beautiful for your special someone. Additionally, EatQual Vegan Food Truck will be there so you can have dinner in the twilight (food not included in ticket price)!  Purchase advance tickets on Eventbrite.

Saturday, February 16, 10 am. Little Bugs Club: Reading in the Garden. There’s nothing quite like the joy of reading outdoors! Join us for story-time in the garden and constructing a Little Library in our Learning Garden! Little Bugs will then create their own garden-inspired book to take home. Little Bugs Club is our gardening club for kids ages 4-12. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Register online at Eventbrite.

Sunday, February 17, 1pm. Roses! Join our flower expert, Brian, for our annual free seminar on growing roses.  Everything from planting to pruning to fertilizing these popular beauties will be covered in this informative workshop just in time for Florida rose season! RSVP at Eventbrite.

Sunday, March 3, 1pm. Butterfly Gardening for the Florida Landscape. Back by popular demand! Any Floridian can tell you it takes awhile to figure out when to plant what in our tropical climate. Many of the recommended plants recommended for butterflies nationwide struggle with our intense summer heat. Join entomologist and horticulturalist Amanda Rose Newton for a free, informative workshop where you’ll learn how to use Florida’s year round sunshine to your benefit and put together a spectacular landscape for pollinators! Whether you have just a container or a whole acre, there are a variety of options for you! Common butterfly pollinators and pests of Florida will also be discussed. Participants will receive plant lists to help you get started. RSVP on Eventbrite.  

Sunday, March 10, 1pm. Going Native! Want to learn about the most sustainable, easy-to-grow plants around? Join Brendan for a free seminar all about plants that are native to the Sunshine State! These plants, adapted to the environment we live in, save time, money, and our most precious natural resource, water! They also provide vital habitats to Florida’s native fauna including birds, butterflies and many other species of wild life. Brendan will go into detail about using native plants to create habitats for our fluttering and fine-feathered friends! RSVP on Eventbrite.

Saturday, March 16, 10am. Little Bugs Club: Love Letters in the Garden. Due to some schedule swapping we’re a month behind with our Valentine-themed Little Bugs but LOVE is for all year ’round, right?! And Little Love bugs are sure to enjoy this month’s writing lab! We will talk about love letters we have received, make our own love letters, and practice delivering them around the garden and in our own new Mailbox! Little Bugs Club is our kids’ gardening club for children ages 4-12. Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional sibling. Get tickets online at Eventbrite.

Sunday, March 17, 1-3pm. FREE Baby Clothing 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! 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 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


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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.