June Garden Happenings

June Garden Happenings

Flowers aren’t the only thing in bloom this June. Expand your gardening knowledge at these must-see events. If you know of an event in your area not listed, please feel free to add in comments below. Sign up to get your monthly happenings email sent to you, just enter your email in the Newsletter sign-up at the bottom of this page.


Wednesday, June 2, 6pm - 8pm
Pairing Native Plants with Nonnatives  |  Chicago Botanical Garden
New! Reap rewards by blending native plants into ornamental gardens. Explore stunning native selections to bridge from traditional to natural landscapes loaded with color, movement, texture, and wildlife. Discover some native and ornamental plant combinations that coexist well due to similar growing needs. Learn about plants that are adaptable to conditions like heavier clay and wet areas. Layering natives with exotics provides season-long interest and the generous biodiversity needed by pollinators, songbirds, and beneficial insects.
Link: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/adult_education/horticulture/pairing_native_plants_nonnatives?range_start=2021-06-02&range_end=2021-06-30


Friday, June 4, 9am - 11am
The 2021 Sustainability Business Breakfast
This year, Pittsburgh's top leaders in corporate and community sustainability will discuss what it takes to implement sustainable practices and how to connect to global sustainability goals. Local business leaders will talk about ways, both large and small, that they are transforming their companies and communities into shining examples of sustainability — and ways in which they hope to improve. This will take place during #WorldEnvironmentalWeek at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Downtown and will feature a panel of innovators discussing the current climate of green industries in Pittsburgh. Space is limited so book your ticket now!
Link: https://www.showclix.com/event/sustainable-business-breakfast


Fridays in June 4 thru 18, 6pm - 9pm
Introduction to Compost - Online  |  Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Compost is an amazing soil builder and plant fertilizer! Roughly 20 percent of NYC’s waste stream is organic waste, in the form of food scraps. This course empowers New Yorkers to take matters into their own hands by setting up bins for their homes, buildings, blocks, or community gardens. We’ll review the hows and whys of composting—including how to create the proper conditions, and what tools and routines you’ll need to successfully make this incredible soil conditioner. We’ll discuss dos and don't for basic bin maintenance and choosing the right system for your site and goals. And we’ll do some virtual hands-on composting work: your own site inventory, bin setup, and batch build, and a worm-bin setup for folks who can only compost in their apartments.
Link: https://classes.bbg.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=21SAEGARIC


8 Wednesdays, June 2 – July 21, 2021, 6:30pm – 9pm and
2 Saturdays, June 5 & July 17, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
June 5, 1PM - 3PM
Growing Using and Storing Herbs  |  Chicago Botanic Garden
Herbs can grow successfully in many sunny places: in the ground, on a patio, or on a deck. Learn what is needed to grow healthy plants, how and when to harvest them, how to store them, and how to use them.
Link: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/adult_education/horticulture/growing_using_and_storing_herbs?range_start=2021-06-05&range_end=2021-06-30


Sunday, June 6, Noon - 2 pm
Shade Gardening Basics: Online  |  Chicago Botanic Garden
Do you have shade in your garden? With knowledge, the challenges of shade gardening can be overcome. Learn what to look for when selecting plants beyond hosta and how to evaluate the shade in your garden to manage it successfully. Turn your shade into a garden asset.
Link: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/adult_education/horticulture/shade_gardening_basics_online?range_start=2021-06-06&range_end=2021-06-30


Sunday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Pollinator Plant Relationships: Online  |  Chicago Botanic Garden
New! By now, we know to plant milkweed for monarchs, but what else might a milkweed plant feed? You’ll take a deeper dive into which flower types attract beneficial insects to your gardens, plus ways to welcome the greatest array of these crucial animals to your property. Discover how you can welcome lady beetles, fireflies, butterflies, wasps, flies, and moths.
This class will be taught online via Zoom. All registrations must be submitted online two days before your class starts. Registered students will receive login instructions one day in advance.
Link: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/adult_education/nature_birding/pollinator_plant_relationships_online?range_start=2021-06-09&range_end=2021-06-30


Saturday, June 12, 10am - 4pm
2021 Festival of Gardens Providence Preservation Society
The Providence Preservation Society is delighted to announce our special Festival of Gardens taking place on June 12-13 and presented in partnership with The Garden Conservancy.
Guests will enjoy exclusive access to a selection of private gardens at historic homes, a community garden that celebrates the city’s diversity, and a Colonial Revival garden stewarded by PPS. This event is completely outdoors, and will take place rain or shine.
Link: https://providencehousetour.com/tours/


Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13, Noon to 2pm
2021 URI Master Gardener Program Gardening with the Master Tour  |  The University of Rhode Island College of Environment and Life Sciences
Each of the gardens on the tour is unique, evolving over the years and reflecting the changing interests and commitment to lifelong learning of the host gardener. All hosts are certified URI Master Gardener volunteers who give their time to horticultural education projects throughout the state and continually upgrade their knowledge by attending research-based classes each year. They have opened their gardens to you as a teaching tool, because our mission is to help local residents choose environmentally-sound gardening practices! After visiting these gardens, we hope you’ll be inspired to go home and try something new. So ask questions, bring your camera, take notes, but most importantly, enjoy the beauty created in these gardens!
Link: https://web.uri.edu/mastergardener/tour/


Friday, June 17, 6pm - 9pm
Gardening Strategies for the Climate Crisis - Online  |  Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Climate change is here and it is impacting our landscapes—increased flooding, more frequent droughts, more extreme weather events and increasing temperatures. Ecological mismatches, record losses of native species, and an increase of invasives are now the norm. Want to help fight climate change at home? Learn how the plants you choose and the landscape practices you use can help reduce the impacts of climate change and improve the environment around you.
Link: https://classes.bbg.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=21SAEGARSSC


Thursday, June 17, 12pm - 1pm
Virtual Lunch and Learn Series: Composting  |  Purdue University
Link: https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/master-gardener/events/virtual-lunch-and-learn-series-4


Thursday, June 17, 11am - 12pm
Gardening with Native Plants  |  The Wilderness Center
From the first blossoms of spring to the last blooms of fall, learn about the Ohio native plants you can use in your gardens.
Link: https://www.wildernesscenter.org/event/gardening-with-native-plants/?instance_id=18076


Saturday, June 19, 10am - 3pm
2021 Garden Tour of Historic Charlestown   |  Gardens for Charlestown
Come and explore the historic Charlestown neighborhood.  Nestled behind stately brick facades and tidy clapboard homes, there are hidden oases of beauty and calm.  Inspiration abounds with gardens that take advantage of shady courtyards or spaces that reflect the long history of these special homes.  The tour begins at Gardens for Charlestown, where you will receive the guide book that will gain you admission to all of the gardens on the route
Link: https://www.gardensforcharlestown.org/events-1/2021-garden-tour-of-historic-charlestown


Wednesday, June 23, 6pm - 8pm
Troubleshooting Tomatoes: Online  |  Chicago Botanic Garden
New! Harvesting homegrown, vine-ripened tomatoes is one of the most satisfying pleasures for the vegetable gardener. Learn how to improve the quality and yield of your tomato plants with tips on organic growing, troubleshooting pest and disease problems, trellising, and harvesting.
This class will be taught online via Zoom. All registrations must be submitted online two days before your class starts. Registered students will receive login instructions one day in advance.
Link: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/adult_education/horticulture/hands_on_gardening_summer_pruning?range_start=2021-06-19&range_end=2021-06-30----


Sunday, June 27, 12pm - 4pm
GARDEN EVENT: Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day  |  Florence Griswold Museum, CT
Enjoy the Museum’s grounds in full bloom on this special state-wide celebration of historic gardens.  At the FloGris, members of the Museum’s much-loved and dedicated Garden Gang will be onsite to answer your garden-related questions.
Link: https://florencegriswoldmuseum.org/calendar/garden-event-connecticuts-historic-gardens-day/


Wednesday, June 30, 9am - 12pm
Grow the Garden Day  |  Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Join our horticulture staff and fellow volunteers as we work to maintain our gardens and woodlands. All levels of gardening experience are welcome. Registration is required. Suitable for volunteers 14 years of age and older if each 14 year old is accompanied by an adult.
Link: https://pittsburghbotanicgarden.org/events-calendar/

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  • Anne Rodriguez