December Gardeners Event Calendar

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through January 7th – Atlanta, USA

Garden Lights Holiday Nights

A blockbuster nighttime event, Garden Lights keeps it green by using nearly 1 million energy-efficient LED lights to put on a show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Tickets $18.95 Adult,  $12.95 3-12, little ones free. Member discounts available. Nightly 5-10pm, closed Dec 24 and 31st.

through January 8th —  Boise, Idaho, USA

Winter Garden aGlow

15th Annual Winter Garden aGlow at the Idaho Botanical Garden – a dazzling display of nearly 250,000 sparkling lights artfully displayed throughout the holiday season. Virtual tour available on the website.  Daily, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m (garden closes promptly at 9:30 p.m.) Open rain or shine, also open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Adults: $8.00; Children 4-12: $4.00; Members: $4.00 under 3, free.

through January —  Valencia, Spain

Olive Picking and Meditation Retreat

A working spiritual retreat. Harvest 250 olive-laden trees, meditate, garden  and hill walk in a place of natural beauty and peace.

December 6th – Atlanta, USA

Landscape Basics and Design Fundamentals

Get the most out of your garden by applying simple fundamentals of landscape design. Learn how to combine color theory with plant textures and forms to aid the plant selection process. Consider different design styles and come away prepared to make your garden a success. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Call for details.

December 7, 9 & 10 – Washington DC, USA

Gardening and History in the Smithsonian Gardens

Learn about gardening from Cindy Brown, a Smithsonian Gardens education specialist, and tour the spectacular Enid A. Haupt and Mary Livingston Ripley Gardens. Afterward, participants create botanical crafts to take home. Event is 2 ½ hours, limited to 25 participants. Dress for weather. 10am start on Wednesday and Saturday, 2pm start on Friday.


December 7th – Mullingar, Ireland

Christmas Floral Demonstration

An evening with designer florist Richard Haslam at Belvedere House. Doors will open at 7.30pm for mulled wine reception; Floral demonstration will begin at 8pm. All floral arrangement made on the night will be raffled on the night. Book now at +353 (0)44-9349060. Tickets are €10 each.


December 10 & 17 – St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Horticultural Workshops

Variety of horticulture specialty classes offered every Saturday at the Sunken Gardens. Contact guest services for programs and holiday availability. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


December 10th – Pretoria, South Africa

Carols by Candlelight Concert

Enjoy the sounds of Irish Pipes and Drums, followed by an inspiring performance by the Mzansi Youth Choir at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden.  Tickets for all concerts are available at Price: R50.00, Pre-sale at gardens: R50.00, Senior Citizens: R40.00; Children under 13: free. Gates open at4pm, show starts at 6pm.


December 10th —  Vancouver, BC

Van Dusen Botanic Gardens Bird Walk

Meet at the Garden entrance. Join Jeremy Gordon for a birding exploration in the Garden. Rain or shine. Free for Members or with Garden admission. , 10 a.m.

December  10 & 11th

Holiday Wreath & Centrepiece Sale at the Van Dusen Botanic Gardens

Decorate your home with a holiday centerpiece. Presented by VanDusen Dried Flower Arrangers, in the Entrance Pavilion.   Available at Tickets Tonight, the Garden Shop or the gate. Adults, $13.50, Senior (65+): $10.00, Youth (13-18): $10.00, Child (3-12): $7.50. Family tickets, $31.00, Members: $10.75

December 12th —  Kent, UK, December 13th – Gloucestershire, UK

BBC Gardener’s  Question Time Taping

The radio programme recordings will take place at The Sinden Theatre, Homewood School, Ashford Rd.,TN30 6LT, and King George’s Hall, Chapel Lane, Mickleton GL55 6SD.  Doors open 5.30pm. Record starts 6.30pm. Tickets cost £2.50. The Sinden Theatre Box Office T: 01580 763 826. For Gloucestershire, call Sandra Reed 01386 438026.

December 23rd — USA

Deadline for application — I Can Grow Youth Garden Awards

The 2012 “I Can Grow” Youth Garden Award will be presented to established or start-up school and community gardens that demonstrate well-developed and staffed plans for a youth-centered educational program, with an emphasis on nutrition and food production, environmental awareness, social responsibility and scholastic integration.

December 29 – 31st – Belmont, North Carolina, USA

Holiday Lights at the Garden

Tour the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and the Orchid Conservatory (open January 1st). Enjoy pianist James East from 6-9pm.

December 26 – 28th – Queens, NYC

Holiday Open House

Work off holiday meals with a walk through the gardens of Queens Farm. Enjoy tours of the decorated farmhouse, craft activity for the children and mulled cider. Admission: free. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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