garden talks, workshops & events

There’s always something special going on at Rockledge Gardens!

Harry and Mary Witte Learning Center
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Unless noted otherwise, all talks and events meet in our new 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

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Sunday, May 28, 1 pm. Make-n-Take: Macrame Plant Hanger. Join Sue Schmidt, owner of Set Adrift Home Crafts, to create your own beautiful kitchen window-sized macrame plant hanger. Adapted from an art form used by fishermen of old, macrame is the art of knotting cord or string in patterns to create beautiful pieces. Sue has been crafting all her life and learned macrame in the 1970s. In this class you will learn several knots, including larks head, square knot, and half square knot sinnet/twist. Cost is $25 and includes all materials for the plant hanger (plants sold separately) and a coupon for $5 off any item from Set Adrift Home Crafts. Pre-registration required; sign up at eventbrite

Wednesday, May 31, 9 am. Photo Walk in the Gardens. Are you a budding photographer looking for inspiration or a little guidance? Join photographer Judy Vaughn for a guided photo walk in the gardens. Judy is a retired teacher who took up digital photography after moving to Melbourne from Long Island. Her images have been featured on the cover of International Magazine. Judy’s motto is “It’s not what you look at, but what you see.” This workshop with one-on-one hands-on instruction and live model will be limited to six participants. Cost is $10. Participants should bring a digital camera. Pre-registration required, register online at eventbrite.

Sunday, June 4, 12 to 4 pm. FREE Baby Clothing Swap. Mamas 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 anyway and pick up what you need, especially expecting parents—who else is going to take all the newborn stuff? Any unclaimed clothing will be donated. Questions? Email

Sunday, June 11, 1 pm. Garden Myths. Very special guest speaker Robert Bowden, Executive Director of Leu Gardens in Orlando, will dispel common gardening myths in this hands-on demonstration.

Saturday, June 17, 10 am. Little Bugs Club: Games in the Garden. There are all kinds of awesome games we can play outdoors! This month we’ll be adding hopscotch and horseshoes to our learning garden, and you’ll be making your own tic-tac-toe set out of rocks! Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional sibling. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Sign up at eventbrite

Saturday, June 17 and Saturday, June 24, 10 am. Free two-part seminar—BATS!  Bat Belfrys’ two-part bat seminar is back by popular demand! If you missed it last year, now is your chance to learn all about these fascinating creatures! Join Shari Clark of Bat Befrys and the Florida Bat Conservancy, and learn about the benefits of bats and how to attract them to your garden!

  • Saturday, June 17, 10 am. 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.

Sunday, June 18 (Father’s Day, bring dad!), 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Painting in the Garden Art Class. Join local artist Mitch Gubnitsky an acrylic painting class. Mitch grew up in South Florida and developed an appreciation for the natural beauty of tropical Florida. He combined his artistic talent with his love of nature, and now his work can be seen in local shops and galleries. Rockledge Gardens will provide the inspiration for creating your own work of art on canvas. To reserve your seat, email Materials provided: Acrylic Paints, 16”x20” canvas. The canvas is yours to keep. Cost: $35 per participant; check or cash payment will be collected at the door.

Saturday, June 24. Free two-part seminar—BATS!  Part 2 of Bat Belfrys’ two-part bat seminar.

  • Saturday, June 24, 10 am. 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 and installation instructions for a 4-chambered bat house, and will have the opportunity to meet living Florida bats that are common bat house residents.

Sunday, June 25, 10 am. Make-n-Take: Fairy Gardens! We can’t get enough of these adorable miniature gardens. This time we are bringing in special guest Laura Perdomo from The Peacock Cottage to lead a very special make-n-take! Space is limited and pre-registration is required, register online at 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. 

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. See the Spring 2017 Little Bugs Club schedule.