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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

Friday, September 22, 6 to 8 pmFall Fashion in the Garden! Come celebrate the first day of fall with Rosa Marina Boutique’s fall lineup. Enjoy a relaxing evening in the garden with complimentary wine and cheese while you scope out the latest fashion trends from Brevard’s newest fashion boutique. You won’t want to miss this unique pop-up shop experience! So bring your friends and come join Rosa Marina for a fun, fashionable night in the garden. Get your free tickets for this event at eventbrite! Only 100 tickets available!

Saturday, September 23, 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!

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

Saturday, September 23, 1 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

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

Sunday, October 1, two sessions: 1 pm & 3 pm. 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. 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 24 participants in each session, and pre-registration is required; sign up online at MissionTix.

Saturday, October 7, 10 am. Bonsai Made Easy. Bonsai trees are beautiful, and boy do they look like they require a LOT of work. But Robert Sanford is here to tell you differently! A professional trim carpenter by trade, Robert’s passion is plants, an interest he cultivated at a young age while being raised by his grandmother in Fort Lauderdale. In this free demonstration, Robert will show you that anyone can enjoy the amazing art of bonsai, and will go over the basic techniques used to turn almost any plant into a bonsai tree. Stay tuned for Robert’s hands-on Make-n-Take Bonsai workshop, too!

Saturday, October 14, 10 am. Fall Flower Arranging with Alice’s Table. Join Hallie from Alice’s Table to make a gorgeous autumn arrangement! Take time out of your busy day for a relaxing and fun Saturday morning to learn the art of flower arranging surrounded by the beauty of Rockledge Gardens! Cost is $65 and includes all materials (flowers, fillers, and a beautiful glass vase). Aprons and tools will be provided for each participant to use during the workshop. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up online at Alice’s Table.

Sunday, October 15, 1 pm. Medicinal Herbal Tea and Infused Honey. Certified herbalist Phyllis Smith is back to teach us about herbs that can boost our immune system, support our organ networks, help us through illnesses, and maintain our daily health. Phyllis will introduce us to the time-honored tradition of brewing herbal tea as medicine. Along with making a tea blend, we will be creating an herbal infusion made with honey—long touted as having a multitude of healing powers. Cost is $15 and includes all materials. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up online at MissionTix.

Saturday, October 28, 9 am to 4pm, and Sunday, October 29, 11 am to 3 pm. Rockledge Gardens 21st Annual Fall Festival! Join us for a full weekend of food, flowers, and fun! See the full festival schedule of activities, and don’t forget to join our Instagram Photo Contest with your best photos from the festival for a chance to win Rockledge Gardens Gift Certificates! Tag @RockledgeGardens with the hashtag #RGFallFest17 to enter!

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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 (Saturday only during August & September), 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.