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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 liz@rockledgegardens.com

July 21 to 28. Guided 7-Day Juice Cleanse hosted by Appleseed Health Foods, with meetings at Rockledge Gardens. Kickstart your lifestyle changes, reset your metabolism and digestive system, or just learn more on your health journey with this well-designed educational and support program. Appleseed Health Foods does the juicing and provides a thorough 20-item cleansing kit with group and individual support. Sign up and pay a deposit in advance in order to receive a pre-cleanse kit and instructions at least a week before the classes begin, to make the fast most effective and gentle. This is not a program of deprivation, despite the use of the term “fast”! There are liquids to consume about every two hours, and with the Appleseed team’s experience, anyone can learn techniques to keep blood sugar levels stable and hunger minimized. Visit appleseedhealth.com for more information, and to register.

Saturday, July 29, 10 am. Brevard Rocks! Rock Painting Party. We all know Brevard rocks. So let’s rock Brevard! Join us for a friendly gathering to paint rocks to hide around our beautiful county, and meet fellow rock enthusiasts face to face! Haven’t heard how #brevardrocks? Check out Brevard Rocks FL on Facebook and come join the fun! We’ll provide rocks and paint. You bring your creativity!

We’ll be taking a break in August to beat the heat! Check out all the events we have coming up for SEPTEMBER:

Saturday, September 2, 10 am. Herbal Remedies for Pets. Join certified herbalist Phyllis Smith for an introduction to herbal remedies for pets. In this class, you will learn techniques for caring for your furry and fine-feathered friends using natural herbal ingredients. We will be creating an herbal spray that can be used for itch relief, hot spots, sunburn, flea and insect bites, and bacterial infections of the skin. The class includes all materials. Space is limited, pre-registration and payment required, sign-up online at eventbrite.

Sunday, September 3, 1 pm. Make-n-Take: Grapevine Wreath with Succulents. We are bringing back Leslie Thomas from The Seaside Succulent for another stunning succulent wreath project! Succulents are beautiful, easy to care for, and require very little water. Join Leslie and learn how to make your own gorgeous 14″ grapevine succulent wreath. Leslie enjoys all things garden-related; as a succulent enthusiast and science teacher, it is her passion to educate and inspire others to create unique works of art with these gorgeous, water-wise plants. Hands-on instruction, and all materials will be provided for this project. Please note: succulents will survive on this wreath for approximately six months before they will need to be planted in soil and the wreath can be remade with cuttings. Space is limited to 20 participants, and pre-registration is required. Register online at eventbrite

Saturday, September 9, 10 am. Going Native. Want to learn about the most sustainable, easy-to-grow plants around? Join Dane for a free seminar all about plants that are native to the Sunshine State! These plants are adapted to the environment we live in, and they save time, money, and our most precious natural resource, water! They also provide vital habitats to Florida’s native fauna, including birds and many other species of wild life. Go native!

Sunday September 10, 12 to 3pm. 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 on down 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 liz@rockledgegardens.com

Saturday, September 23, 10 am. Little Bugs Club: Fall Veggie Garden! Time to compost our spring garden and plant for the fall! But before we get our garden in shape, we’ll quickly do our make & take, a planted lima bean! A lima bean seed we all will sow then finish with garden yoga to help us grow! Little Bugs Club is our gardening club for kids ages 4 to 12. Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for siblings. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register online at eventbrite

Sunday, September 24, 1 pm. Soil Biology. Your gardening success starts with healthy soil. Join Michelle on an adventure into the microbiome science of soil. This information session will cover important topics such as soil texture and composition, the importance of oxygen and nutrients, and the “good” and “bad” biota that interact with your plant‘s roots. Turn your dirt into soil, and your plants will thrive. 

Saturday, September 30, 10 am. Sustainable Homestead Gardening. Join Josh on a journey toward a method of gardening that just might make life a little easier! Josh will show you how, based on the principles of permaculture, mulching can cut down on weeds, help you use less water, and create a garden that is beautiful and much easier to manage. For a sneak peak, check out Josh’s family’s YouTube page, A Journey Sustainable

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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. 

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.