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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 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

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Sunday, April 30, 1 pm. Canning and Preserving. As we near the end of Florida’s major food-growing season, join Aries for a free informative seminar on canning and preserving. Watch as we demonstrate how to preserve your fresh, organically grown, local veggies so that you can eat them all summer!

Sunday, May 7, 1 pm to 3:30pm. Painting in the Garden Art Class. Join local artist Mitch Gubnitsky in 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 provides the inspiration for creating your own work of art on canvas. To reserve your seat, email  mitch@mitchartdesign.com.  Materials provided: acrylic Paints, 16”x20” canvas. The canvas is yours to keep. Cost: $35.00 per participant; check or cash payment will be collected at the door.

Wednesday, May 10, 6 pm. Plants & Pinot: Fairy Gardens! Plants and Pinot is back! Join Holly to create your own beautiful world in miniature. Build a stunning and unique fairy garden while you sip a glass of wine. Cost is $35 and includes container, soil, moss, decorative rock, plants, and wine. Fairy accessories sold separately. Pre-registration and payment required. Register online at eventbrite

Friday, May 12, 6 to 8 pm. Celebrate Moms in the Garden. Join us for a celebration of Mothers! Bring your mother to Rockledge Gardens to unwind with a glass of wine or beer while she chooses flowers to plant on her special weekend! AND every mom who visits us during Mother’s Day weekend will receive a free 4-inch annual as our special gift in appreciation of all that mothers do!

Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21. Rockledge Gardens 3rd Annual Fairy Garden Festival! Fairies will be visiting Rockledge Gardens again this year … this time for two days! Festival hours are 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday. Activities include:

  • Face-painting! 12 pm to 3 pm both days ($5 per face)
  • Fairy/Adventure Garden Make-n-Take for Kids! Make a miniature home for tiny fairies or a diorama for dinosaurs! You are only limited by your imagination. $10 in advance online or $15 at the door, includes all materials. Choose a day and show up anytime during festival hours to make your garden. Get your early bird tickets at eventbrite
  • Fairy Garden Workshop for Grown-ups. 10 am and 1 pm Saturday, 1 pm Sunday. $35 includes all materials. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Sign up at eventbrite
  • Tinkerbelle visits the Gardens! 1 to 3 pm both days!
  • Fairy Garden Scavenger Hunt. All day both days! Find every hidden fairy garden at Rockledge Gardens and win a 4-inch plant to take home!

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.

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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.