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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, December 1, 6 to 8 pm. Lights, Wine, and Cheese in the Garden.  Lights Wine and Cheese is back! Join us at the Gardens for an evening of magically lit festive fun. We’ll be serving wine and cheese, roasting s’mores, and staying open two hours later. This is a great time to pick out your poinsettias and Christmas trees!

Saturday, December 2, 10 am. Make-n-Take: Holiday Fairy Gardens. We can’t get enough of these adorable miniature gardens. We are bringing back special guest Laura Perdomo from The Peacock Cottage to lead a fairy garden make-n-take with a holiday twist! Cost is $35 and includes all materials. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up online at Eventbrite.

Sunday, December 3, 1 pm. Make-n-Take: Fruit and Herb Infused Liquors. Join herbalist Phyllis Smith for a festive holiday class! Learn how to infuse your own liquors, great for holiday gifts! Participants will make three 1 oz infused liquors to take home (Strawberry Vodka, Chocolate Creme Vodka, and Blueberry Cinnamon Rum) and receive a package of recipes to make more for your friends at home! Cost is $25 and includes all materials. Participants must be 21 years of age or older. Pre-registration and payment required. Sign up online at Eventbrite. 

Saturday, December 9, 10 am. Make-n-Take: Grapevine Succulent Wreaths. We are bringing back Leslie Thomas from The Seaside Succulent for another stunning succulent wreath project … this time with some holiday touches! Succulents are beautiful and 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. Please note: succulents will survive on this wreath for approximately six months before they will need to be planted in soil; the wreath can be remade with cuttings. Cost is $50 and includes all materials and hands-on instruction. Space is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. Register online at Eventbrite. 

Saturday, December 9, 10 am to 3 pm. Holiday in the Gardens. Join us for a holiday stroll in the gardens. Visit our Farmer’s Market and get some great gifts from our “Farm & Friends” vendors. Sip cocoa from Good Moos truck. AND take pictures with Santa from 1 to 3 pm!

Sunday, December 10, 1 pm. Lagoon-Friendly Lawns. Did you know that the Indian River Lagoon is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America, providing a home for more than 4,000 species and contributing $3.7 billion per year to local economies? Join Kaylyn from Keep Brevard Beautiful, a local non-profit that hosts cleanups around the county, to learn about the Lagoon Friendly Lawns program, a program whose only goal is to save the Indian River Lagoon. Kaylyn will introduce you to this program and also walk you step-by-step through the certification requirements. By participating in the program, not only will you be making a big difference in the Lagoon, but you will also be recognized for your efforts! Every homeowner who certifies through the Lagoon Friendly Lawns program will receive a beautiful yard sign to display to the world! Come join us and make a difference! For more event information please contact Kaylyn at kaylynpalmerkbb@gmail.com or Keep Brevard Beautiful at 321-631-0501. 

Saturday, December 16, 10 am. Little Bugs Club: Holiday Treats for our Garden Friends. The holidays are approaching; everyone likes a gift! And as it is said, “there is pleasure in giving verses waiting to get.” The birds and the squirrels in the garden we see, let’s make them a gift, yes, you and me! Birdseed ornaments we’ll make and to them such a treat!  It’ll make you feel wonderful having done something so sweet! Little Bugs Club is our gardening club for kids ages 4-12. Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional sibling. Pre-registration required. Sign up online at Eventbrite.  

Saturday, December 16, 10 am to 1 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 on down anyway and pick up what you need, especially expecting parents—who else is going to take all the newborn stuff! Please ONLY bring clothing in good condition! No stains. Any unclaimed clothing will be donated. Questions? Email liz@rockledgegardens.com

Sunday, December 17, 1 pm. Make One, Give One: Terrariums. Rockledge Gardens is teaming up with Autumn House Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care for a unique event for memory care patients. Projects that involve sequencing, such as making terrariums, are especially beneficial activities for elders who struggle with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Make a beautiful terrarium for yourself and the cost of your registration also pays for a memory care patient and their caregiver to participate in a free terrarium workshop on January 21st. Cost is $60 and includes all materials for your take-home terrarium as well as all materials for a dementia and Alzheimer’s patient to participate in the January 21st workshop. $30 of your ticket can be considered a tax-deductible donation to Autumn House. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up 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. See the Fall 2017 Little Bugs schedule.