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Chicago

MAY

Ending May 13
Spring Flower Shows
at Lincoln Park Conservatory (2391 N. Stockton Drive) and Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free. Info: chicagoparkdistrict.org.

May 8
Wildlife-Friendly Gardening
. Wildflowers for the home garden and how the sustainable and wildlife-friendly practices of Lurie Garden can be applied to the home garden. Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Info and registration: 312-228-1004 or luriegarden.org.

May 12 and 13
The annual Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale
. All plants personally hand-picked by Club members. Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held in the gym if raining. Info: Doug.Wood@WickerPark.org.

May 18 and 19
58th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair.
Ten plant departments from ground covers to trees. Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th St. and Lake Park Ave. Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 773- 947-8313 or hydeparkgardenfair.org.

May 20
Forms & Features at Lurie Garden: Poetry & Color, a discussion and creative workshop. In the Choral Room of the Cultural Center, 201 E. Randolph St. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Info and registration: 312-228-1004 or luriegarden.org.

JUNE

June 2
Lurie Garden Plant Sale.
Perennials and grasses to provide interest throughout the seasons, as well as food and shelter for local fauna. All proceeds support Lurie Garden public programs. Please bring your own bags or boxes to transport your plants. Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Info: luriegarden.org.

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North

MAY

May 1 to June 5
Bonsai: Beginner.
During this six-week basics and fundamentals course, discover principles and techniques to appreciate and participate in the art of bonsai. Each session includes a detailed lecture and assistance with design, styling and wiring. Taught by Chris Baker, curator of bonsai. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. Meets six Tuesdays. In the Rice plant Resource Center. 6 to 9 p.m. $299. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

May 12
Annual Plant Sale of the Gardeners of Central Lake County
. Plants dug from members’ local gardens. Cash or check. Rain or shine. Members on hand to answer questions. Crawford Warming House, 817 W. Lake St., Libertyville. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

May 16
Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Seminar.
Industry leaders present the latest research demonstrating the benefits of healthcare gardens, while providing an introduction to the tools needed to effectively design, manage and evaluate such gardens. Program is registered with the American Society of Landscape Architects for continuing education credit. Registrations made by Wednesday, May 9 include morning coffee and lunch. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $149. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

JUNE

June 12
Summer Containers at the Garden
.Enjoy a tour featuring the summer containers at the Garden. Then prepare a warm-season mixed container suitable for sun or partial shade. Please bring gloves. Taught by horticulturist Tom Weaver. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon OR 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $89. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

June 20
Bring Your Own Bonsai Tree Workshop.
Most of this class will be spent critiquing and working on trees. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. In the Rice Education Center. Taught by Chris Baker, curator of bonsai. 6 to 9 p.m. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

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Northwest

MAY

May 1
“Divide and Multiply,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by Beth Botts, book author. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Rd., Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Free. Enter at Door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

May 4 and 5
Annual Flower and Plant Sale of the Bloomingdale Garden Club
. Professionally-grown annuals in flats, hanging baskets, specialty annuals, tropicals, grasses, vegetables & herbs. Perennials from members’ gardens. Master Gardener Help Desk. Raffles. 259 Springfield Dr. (north end of Springfield Park), Bloomingdale. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com or bloomingdalegardenclub.org/events/.

May 6
Native Plant Sale
hosted by the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee. More than 150 varieties. Books and field guides. McHenry County College, 8900 US-14, Crystal Lake. Noon to 3 p.m. Cash or check only. Info: 815-342-5146 or thewppc.org.

May 10
“Vegetable Gardening in Containers,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Presented by Michael Annes from Ball Horticultural in West Chicago. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Social hour at 11 a.m. Business meeting at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com.

May 12
Spring Plant Sale
at Klehm Arboretum. Hundreds of native plants from local yards. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 Main St., Rockford. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

May 12
Annual Plant Sale of the Roselle Park District Garden Club
. Roselle Park District, Turner Park Pavillion, 81 E. Devon Ave., Roselle. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: irish1174@comcast.net or RoselleGardenClub@gmail.org.

May 12
Annual Plant Sale of the Tri-Village Garden Club
of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Banbury Fair, 211 W. Railroad Ave., Bartlett. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

May 12
Plant & Craft Sale of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club
. Hanging baskets, perennials, annuals, succulents, grasses and natives. Milkweed for butterflies. Vendors. Kids’ corner. William D. Ahrens Building, 3200 Central Rd., Rolling Meadows. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.

May 12
Plant Sale of the Bull Valley Garden Club.
Unusual plants, professionally grown perennials and natives. Herb/lettuce baskets. 8 a.m. until sold out. Ace Hardware parking lot, 150 S. Eastwood Dr., Woodstock. Info: 815-354-3842.

May 15
“Summer Fun - Secrets from the Garden,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. St. Paul Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale, 7 p.m. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com or bloomingdalegardenclub.org/events/.

May 16
“Artistic Effects in Glorious Gardens.”
Presented by Laura Mueller, a lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood Ave., Des Plaines. 7 p.m. Program is free but registration required. Call 847-827-5551.

May 16
“The Lyme Disease Epidemic and What Gardeners Need to Know,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 7 to 9 p.m. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

May 17
Monthly meeting of Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter.
Learn about jumping worms, a new invasive species affecting the ecology of native forests and urban gardens. Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center PEC0110 (lower level), 3301 North Mulford Rd., Rockford. 7 p.m. Info: 815-222-4414.

May 19
Annual Spring Plant Sale,
sponsored by the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Perennials, vegetables, shrubs, herbs and house plants from members’ gardens. Members on hand to answer questions and advise. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Ela Area Public Library. 275 Mohawk St., Lake Zurich. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

May 19
Antioch Garden Club Annual Perennial/Plant Sale.
Hundreds of member-grown perennials, trees, ground covers and natives. Honey and homemade bakery items. Williams Park covered pavilion, 741 Main St., Antioch. 10 a.m. to noon. Rain or shine. Proceeds support Arbor Day tree plantings, horticulture scholarships, and the beautification of Antioch public gardens. Info: antiochgardenclub.org.

May 19
Annual Spring Plant Sale
, sponsored by the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Ela Area Public Library. 275 Mohawk St., Lake Zurich. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

May 19
Annual Plant Sale of the Garden Club of Prospect Heights
. Plants and hand-made birdhouses made by a club member. The Crossings, Rand and Thomas Roads, Arlington Heights. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 847-577-2246.

May 19
Des Plaines Garden Club Annual Plant and Bake Sale
. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com

May 20
Native Plant Sale of the Schaumburg Community Garden Club
. Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: 847-8985-2100 or schgarden@yahoo.com.

May 20
University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale.
Many plants grown by the Univ. of Illinois Master Gardeners and well suited to Chicagoland. Farm Bureau Building, 1102 McConnell Rd., Woodstock. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Info: 815-337-4533 or web.extension.illinois.edu/lm.

JUNE

June 2
Annual Bargain Bulb & Native Plant Sale.
Hosted by the Schaumburg Community Garden Club. Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: 847-985-2100 or www.schaumburggardenclub.org.

June 2
Arlington Heights Plant Sale.
Plants of all kinds raised by members’ gardens and dug from their yards. Master Gardeners available to answer questions. In the parking lot at Vail and Fremont. 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Info: 847-322-8207or ahgardenclub.com.

June 5
“Microclimates: Pushing the Zone Envelope,”
the program for the June Meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Rd., Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at Door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

June 13
“Bugs – Friend or Foe?”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Dr., Rolling Meadows. 6:30 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 847-397- 0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.

June 19
“Attracting Migratory Birds to your Yard in All Seasons,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Presented by Alyse Cohen Burman. St. Paul Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. 7 p.m. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com or bloomingdalegardenclub.org/events/.

June 21
Monthly meeting of the Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter.
Hear a step-by-step guide for converting your backyard to native wildlife habitat. Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center PEC0110 (lower level), 3301 North Mulford Rd., Rockford. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 815-222-4414.

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West

MAY

May 1
Monthly Meeting of the Winfield Area Gardeners.
Take a road trip to the Lilacia Park in Lombard where a member of the Lombard Historical Society will tell the group about Colonel and Mrs. Plum and how they came to collect more than 200 types of lilacs. Info: 630-346-1524 or Facebook.com/WinfieldAreaGardeners.

May 5
Grow Perfect Peppers.
Get the knowledge you need to grow beautiful, bountiful pepper plants, harvest and use in various recipes. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org/education.

May 5
Annual Plant Sale of the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners.
Covered Pavilion at Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Ave., Downers Grove. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: dgorganicgardeners.blogspot.com.

May 5
Spring Planting Workshop: Trees and Shrubs.
Learn best practices from a member of the Arboretum’s horticulture crew followed by an outdoor demo. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Noon to 2 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org/education.

May 5
Perennial Plant Sale hosted by the Friends of the Clarendon Hills Public Library
. Perennials rescued from gardens. 7 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop in story time for children at 10 a.m. Master Gardeners. Info: 630-323-8188 or clarendonhillslibrary.org.

May 5 and 6
29th annual Plant Sale of the Friends of Oak Park Conservatory
. More than 150 varieties. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: noon to 3 p.m. Info: www.fopcon.org.

May 6
Silent Auction of Plants and Garden-Related Items
donated by members and friends of the Chicagoland Daylily Society. Guests welcome. The Community House, 415 West 8th St., Hinsdale. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Info: chicagolanddaylilysociety.org/.

May 10
Grow a Cut-Flower Garden.
Get traditional and nontraditional ideas on what to plant. Growing tips. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org/education.

May 10 to 12
Lilac Bush Sale,
hosted by the Lombard Garden Club with 450 lilac shrubs and Snow Dance lilac trees; 18 different cultivars. Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave., Lombard. Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. until sold out. Info: 630-495-0022 or 630-469-6372 or jeanmjeske@att.net.

May 12
Annual Plant Sale of the Hinsdale Garden Study Club
. Mother’s Day Sale of plants and English garden baskets.Village of Hinsdale, 3 Grant Square, Hinsdale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: clweber@ameritech.net.

May 12
35th Annual Napervile Gardeners Plant Sale.
Bedding plants, perennials from members’ gardens, natives. Homemade bakery goods. Garden presentations. Univ. of Illinois Extension to answer questions. Ron Ory Community Gardens, 811 S. West St., Naperville. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

May 18
Fancy Plants and … not so Plain Jane Plant Sale
, sponsored by the Geneva Garden Club. At 39W874 Kellar Square, Geneva. 8 a.m. to noon. See the website for the catalog: genevagardenclub.com. Info: 630-742-1217 or debbienotaro@aol.com.

May 19
Spring Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange
. Sponsored by Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Drop off materials from 9:30 to11:30 a.m. Return to pick up your selection from noon to 12:30 p.m. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. Info: www.fopcon.org.

May 19
DIY Plant-Based Snack Bars
. Learn to make your own healthful, cost-effective snack bars. Demos and tastings. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1 to 3 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org/education.

May 21
“Artistic Effects and Glorious Gardens,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. Look at famous artists and see how they reflect the style of their time. Baker Memorial Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles 11:30 a.m. Free. Open to the public. Info: pottagardenclub.org.

May 23
“Swing into Spring,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Dr., Woodridge. 9:15 a.m. Guests welcome. $15 for guests. Deadline for registration May 17. Info: napervillegardenclub.org or napervillegardenclub@hotmail.com.

JUNE

June 2 and 3
The Sustainable Edible Garden: Food Forest Design Workshop.
Turn your yard into a sustainable, edible landscape using the principles of permaculture. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $182. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

June 4
“GMO’s: Deciphering Fact from Fiction,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Community Garden Club. Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Ln., Naperville. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Info: napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

June 5
“Show Stopping Shrubs for the Home Landscape,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Winfield Area Gardeners. Christ our Savior Lutheran Church, 0S501 Summit Dr., Winfield. 6:30 p.m. Info: 630-346-1524 or Facebook.com/WinfieldAreaGardeners.

June 6
“The Tallgrass Prairie: Illinois’ Original Garden,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners. Presented by Cindy Crosby. Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtis St., Downers Grove. 7 p.m.Call 630-960-1200 to reserve seat.

June 9 and 10
Utica Garden Faire & Walk
in historic downtown Utica. Garden/craft vendors. Large plant sale with perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables from club members’ gardens. Self guided tour of lovely private gardens. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Garden walk tickets $10. Purchase at the Garden Faire in downtown Utica. Directions: Exit # 81 from Interstate I-80. Go to 208 S. Clark St. in Utica. Rain or shine. Info: 815-667-4856 or club@uticagardenclub.org

June 16
The Life of Flowers.
Learn how flowers develop, grow, and develop fruit. Botany basics. Pollinators. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $64. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

June 24
Artist Market in the Gardens.
Shop and support local artists and craftspeople as they display and sell their eclectic roster of handcrafted products of all kinds. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 815-895-3737 or blumengardens.com.

June 24
15-Minute Presentations by members of the Chicagoland Daylily Society.
Topics include organic pest control, landscape design, daylily awards and how to hybridize daylilies. The Community House, 415 West 8th St., Hinsdale. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info:www.chicagolanddaylilysociety.org/.

June 25
“Nature Printing Workshop,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. Create note cards decorated with imprints of natural materials. Baker Memorial Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. 11:30 a.m. $5. Open to the public. Info: pottagardenclub.org.

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South

MAY

May 19
“Tubers, Bulbs, and Rhizomes, Oh My!”
Learn about the many varieties of summer blooming bulbs and how to grow them. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Dr., Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-596-2000 x 2316.

May 19
“Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale,”
sponsored by thee Nature Foundation of Will County. At the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: willcountynature.org.

JUNE

June 9Perfect Containers. Learn about great combinations, keeping your hanging baskets going, and which vegetables can be grown in pots or bags. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Dr., Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-596-2000 x 2316.

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Indiana

DECEMBER

December 2
Chesterton’s European Market
will host its annual Mistletoe Market with locally made goods. Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 South Fifth St., Chesterton, Ind.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 2
Tree Decorating Naturally and Pot Luck Luncheon,
hosted by The Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Decorate with local natural ingredients including dried flowers and local plants. 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, Ind. 10 a.m. Info: 219-865-2679 or gw-wildones.org/home.html.

For additional events, please see the Indiana Gardening magazine calendar of events.

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Wisconsin

MAY

May 2Gardening for Hummingbirds. Learn how to create a sanctuary for hummingbirds in your own backyard. Hummingbird enthusiasts Michael and Kathi Rock will discuss identification of the ruby-throated hummingbird, ideal habitat, migration, nesting, feeding, water features, and the elements of the best hummingbird feeders. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

May 11 to 13
Plant Sale at Rotary Botanical Gardens
,1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

May 23
“Wisconsin Wilts: Lethal Diseases of Elms & Oaks,”
a lecture from the Dept. of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $7. Tickets at the door or online. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

JUNE

June 3Annual Iris Show of the Madison Area Iris Society. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 12:30 to 5 p.m. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

June 17
Rose Show hosted by the Madison Rose Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

For additional events, please see the Wisconsin Gardening magazine calendar of events.

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Michigan

MAY

May 5Fernwood Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd., Niles. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

May 12 and 13
Michigan All-State Bonsai Show. Vendors. Demos. Watch bonsai artists at work. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Garden admission: $14.50. Show free. Info: 616-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.

May 25 to August 19
“Masayuki Koorida: Beyond Existence” sculpture exhibition. Koorida is among the most eloquent voices in contemporary art, and this exhibition was developed in partnership with the artist and is unique to Meijer Gardens. Both works of sculpture and works on paper are included. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids. Garden admission: $14.50. Info: 616-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.

JUNE

June 16 and 17Rose Show. See a variety of rose blossoms on display, all locally grown and carefully prepped for this judged show. Vote for the most fragrant rose. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids. Show free. Garden admission: $14.50. Info: 616-957-1580 or meijergardens.org

For additional events, please see the Michigan Gardening magazine calendar of events.

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