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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 liz@rockledgegardens.com

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Saturday, November 17, 10 am. Little Bugs Club: The Farm Stand. Join us for a Math and Science themed Little Bugs Club! Participants will learn all about where our food comes from and how to run a farm stand, with creative and interactive play that teaches financial literacy, too! Little Bugs will decorate our pretend farm stand, practice buying and selling, and plant a seed for an edible plant to take home. Each Little Bug participant will also be given a coupon for one free veggie they’ve never tried before at our real live Farmer’s Market! Register online at Eventbrite

Sunday, November 18, 1 pm. Make-n-Take: Living Centerpieces. Join us this month to make a stunning herb garden centerpiece (photo, above) for your Thanksgiving table! Use the fresh herbs in your kitchen, then move it to the table for a fragrant and beautiful decoration! Cost is $35, which includes a selection of herbs, soil, decorative dried goods, and container. Space is limited, register online at Eventbrite

Saturday, November 24, all day. Small Business Saturday! When you shop at a small business, you support the uniqueness of YOUR community, and although we might seem “big” on our four acres at Rockledge Gardens, we’ve been family-owned and operated since 1960. Kick off your holiday shopping with hot (or cold, depending on the weather) cider, 10% off items in our gift shop, as well as deeper discounts on last year’s holiday decor, while we unveil everything that’s new for this year! Oh! and you can get your Christmas tree from us too! #shopsmall #smallbusinesssaturday

Sunday, November 25, 1 pm. Make-n-Take: Terrariums. Join Leslie Stoy of Alluring Miniature Gardens to make your own gorgeour terrarium to take home! Leslie will teach you the principles of design and care for minature gardens as you create your own! Class is $35 and includes all materials. Register online at Eventbrite

Friday, November 30, 6 to 8 pm. Lights, Wine, and Cheese in the Garden. Join us at the Gardens for an evening of magically lit festive fun. We’ll be serving wine and cheese, roasting s’mores, and staying open two hours later. This is a great time to pick out your poinsettias and Christmas trees! Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we know you’re coming! 

Saturday, December 2, 12 to 3 pm. Winter Baby Clothing Swap. 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

Sunday, December 9, 12 to 3 pm. Santa in the Gardens! Santa will be visiting the gardens! Come tell him just what you want for Christmas and take some sweet pictures with Kris Kringle in the gardens!

Saturday, December 15, 10 am. Little Bugs Club: Garden Gallery. There are amazing materials for creating art in every garden! Create a gallery for the learning garden and make a masterpiece to take home! Little Bugs Club is our gardening workshop for kids 4 to 12. Register online at Eventbrite.

Sunday, December 16, 4 to 7 pm. Holiday Farm-to-Table. Details coming soon!

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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 $10 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 fall 2018 season.