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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 red 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, corporate events, and more! More information on our private rentals page, or email events@rockledgegardens.com.  

CLASSES & EVENTS:

Sunday, September 20, 1pm. Becoming a Honey Bee Connoisseur: webinar with Amanda Rose. Join Amanda Rose Newton, FNGLA Certified Horticulturalist and ESA Board Certified Entomologist, in part two of her three-part series of educational webinars all about pollinators! If you are curious about the different fuzzy bees in your garden or maybe you just love honey, spend your Brunch hour learning basic bee biology as well as the science behind honey’s unique flavor. All participants can pick up a honey tasting box, featuring locally produced honey and the workshop will detail how to pair each with popular brunch fare. Ticket includes your spot in this educational webinar plus three packs of pollinator-friendly seeds for your yard OR purchase the ‘+ honey sampler’ ticket which includes a 5 pack sampler set of different types of local honey. Reserve your spot here!  

Sunday, September, 27, 1pm. Native Bees, Birds and Bugs: webinar with Amanda Rose. Join Amanda Rose Newton, FNGLA Certified Horticulturalist and ESA Board Certified Entomologist, in part three of her three-part series of educational webinars all about pollinators! Honeybees are not the only pollinators in the garden! Make room for native bees, birds, bugs, and even bats! All participants will have the opportunity to build their own mason bee house while learning how to adapt their existing landscape to be more pollinator-friendly. Ticket includes access to this educational webinar plus 3 packs of pollinator-friendly seeds for your yard. Reserve your spot here! 

Sunday, September 27, 12pm. Boozy Botanicals with Biologist Amanda Rose Newton! Join us on the last Sunday of every month on Facebook Live for a little booze and a lot of botany! During this casual Q&A, Amanda Rose will teach you how to make one of her signature botanically-inspired cocktails while answering all your burning questions about plants, bugs, and all things gardening. Visit our event page on Facebook for this month’s cocktail recipe and to submit your questions in advance (you can also ask them live on Sunday)! 

October in the Gardens! In lieu of our traditional weekend-long Fall Festival we will be hosting a whole month of socially distant fall fun in the gardens! Join us for our Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt all month long, pumpkins, treat trucks on Thursdays, food trucks throughout the week, live music on Saturdays, and fall-themed photo spots throughout the garden! Stay tuned for details!

Sunday, October 11, 1pm. Fall Veggie Gardening webinar with Victoria and Theresa. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as picking your dinner right off the plants in your own home garden, but a great veggie crop is all about planting the right plants in the right place at the right time. Join Victoria, head of our veggies and herbs department, with some help from Theresa, owner of Rockledge Gardens, to help remove the guesswork with this informational webinar all about starting your very own vegetable garden for fall! Receive a $5 gift certificate to purchase your own plants for your edible garden with your reservation to this event! Reserve your spot here!  

Sunday, October 25, 1pm. BoOoOozy Botanicals with Biologist Amanda Rose Newton! Join us on the last Sunday of every month on Facebook Live for a little booze and a lot of botany! During this casual Q&A, Amanda Rose will teach you how to make one of her signature botanically-inspired cocktails while answering all your burning questions about plants, bugs, and all things gardening. Visit our event page on Facebook for this month’s cocktail recipe and to submit your questions in advance (you can also ask them live on Sunday)! 


ONGOING EVENTS & CLASSES:

Every Tuesday from 4-7pm. After hours Farmer’s Market. Join us every Tuesday for an after-hours shopping experience! This safer, socially distant option allows you to shop the Farmer’s Market for fresh local produce and vendor goods! Join us in our open-air pavilion Tuesdays from 4-7. Feel free to stroll the gardens and shop for plants too!

Yoga in the Gardens! Summer weekends. Gentle Flow yoga will stretch and balance the body leaving you feeling lighter and happy for your weekend! This class is appropriate for all levels of students and takes place outdoors under a covered pavilion with fans in the garden in order to spread out for safe social distancing. Pre-registration is required due to limited capacity. Click this link to reserve your spot! 


ONLINE & VIRTUAL CLASSES:

Little Bugs Club: Recycled Milk Carton Bird Feeder. Easy and fun DIY family-friendly workshop on our Facebook page. If you missed the livestream, watch the video here

Virtual Workshop: Build-Your-Own Butterfly Container Garden. Check out our new online shop to purchase any of the suggested supplies for curbside pick up. If you missed our livestream, watch the video here

Little Bugs Club: Recycled Water Bottle Wind Spirals. Easy and fun DIY family-friendly workshop on our Facebook page. If you missed our livestream, watch the video here

Little Bugs Club: DIY Butterfly Feeder. Easy and fun DIY family-friendly workshop on our Facebook page. If you missed our livestream, watch the video here!




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The Farmers Market at Rockledge Gardens. Come get fresh, just-picked produce at our farmers market and is held in the red building on the east side of the garden center. The Farmer’s Market is open the same hours as Rockledge Gardens, with produce available 10am-4pm, Wednesday-Saturday, with an after-hours farmers market outdoors event every Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm 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 thefarm@rockledgegardens.com.

Yoga in the Gardens with Barb Wallace will be taking a break until further notice. 

Little Bugs Club. Our quarterly gardening club for kids ages 4 to 12. Pre-registration is required. Little Bugs Club is taking a break until further notice and we offering free online virtual workshops instead!

Little Bugs Self-Guided Learning Tour is an interactive adventure with nature! Download a map and learning station guide here, stop by the info kiosk to borrow an “exploration kit” and you’re on your way! Schools or groups larger than six must register in advance here.