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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

Saturday, June 24, 10 am. Part 2 of the 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 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, 1 pm. (Please note correct time.) 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

Saturday, July 1, 10 am. Make-n-Take: Planted Succulent Wreath. Succulents are HOT! We’re seeing them everywhere, and it’s no wonder —they are beautiful, easy to care for, and require very little water. Join Leslie Thomas of The Seaside Succulent and learn how to make your own gorgeous 12” living succulent wreath (see photo at top). 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. Cost is $70, all materials will be included for this project, including plants, soil, moss, pre-made wired wreath frame for planting, and hands-on instruction. Space is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. Register online at eventbrite

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, July 1–3, all day. One Fourth Sale! Celebrate Independence Day in your garden! This is our big once-a-year sale, featuring 25% off everything… yes, everything! Sale is for all in-stock inventory and is for carry-out only. Help make our country more beautiful with your home garden; it’s the patriotic thing to do! We will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th to celebrate with our families. Happy Independence Day!

Saturday, July 8, 10 am. Herbal Healing. Plants have been used for their healing properties for thousands of years and are still used that way today. Join Phyllis Smith, local skin care specialist, to explore the health- and healing benefits of herbs. She will share her experiences as a trained herbalist with holistic knowledge of herbs that are commonly found in our gardens. This introductory class covers the infusion process of herbs into oils; participants will create a healing salve made of comfrey and calendula herbs, which help with simple skin issues such as dryness, rashes, and insect bites. Cost is $15, and includes all materials; pre-registration is required. Sign up online at eventbrite

Saturday, July 15, 10 am. Little Bugs Club: Water Gardens! Make a water garden to take home AND bring your favorite water weapon for our annual squirt gun fight! Little Bugs Club is our kids gardening club for children aged 4-12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign-up online at eventbrite

Saturday, July 15, 6 to 8 pm. Music in the Gardens with Friends. Celebrate summer with the romantic and lush sounds of harp and clarinet against the picturesque backdrop of Rockledge Garden’s brand new Harry and Mary Witte Learning Center pavilion and gardens. From pastoral French music, to fun Celtic folk, to a world premiere written for the event and inspired by the Florida coast, Chamber Music with Friends presents an evening of classical music anyone can enjoy. Chamber Music with Friends is a non-profit that unites local artists for friendly, welcoming, and unique collaborations. This program features Haley Rhodeside, a Brevard County native, now Principal Harpist with the Annapolis Symphony; and Jessica Pollack, clarinetist and founder of Chamber Music with Friends. $10 in advance and $15 at the door includes two drink tickets and an hour of music with an intermission to mingle in the garden with the artists and friends. Bar opens at 6 pm; music begins 6:30. Purchase early-bird tickets online at eventbrite

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 22. Mango Madness! It’s mango season and we are celebrating!

  • 10 am: Join Dane for a free informative seminar all about growing mangoes and taste free samples of many different varieties of mango to help you decide what kind of mango tree you want to grow!
  • 1 pm: Cooking with Mangoes with Chef Fernando! Enjoy a cooking demo in our new outdoor kitchen, and tapas tasting of four different dishes all using mango! (See the menu.) Fernando Navarrete is a professional chef, entrepreneur and native Floridian, currently living in Cocoa. He earned his culinary arts degree from The Florida Culinary Institute and holds an A.S. degree in Dietetic Technology. Fernando previously owned So Good Cottage Café and currently owns So Good Chef in which he teaches cooking classes, bottles gourmet sauces, and provides personal chef services. Check him out at facebook.com/thesogoodchef. Cost is $50 per person, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign-up online at eventbrite

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!

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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.