Feb. 27 – March 2: Nashville Lawn & Garden Show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. This year’s theme is “Wine & Roses” and will offer visitors the chance to sample wine from area vineyards.
March 8: Montgomery County Master Gardeners Newcomers & Beginners Gardening Classes, focusing on hay bale gardening, organic, compatible and lasagna gardening; hostas, yard art, pruning and more. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Montgomery County Extension Office, $40 per person (register and pay before March 4 and receive a tote bag full of garden goodies). http://www.montgomerycountymastergardenersassociation.com.
March 18: Orchid Society of Middle Tennessee meets at Cheekwood Botanical Garden. Program is a panel of members on "What's wrong with my orchid?" Refreshments at 6:30, meeting at 7 p.m. open to the public.
March 22 – April 27: Cheekwood in Bloom festival, six weeks of family-friendly activities – garden tours, live music, interactive programs and more – and showcasing 100,000 brilliantly colored tulips set to bloom across the grounds in early April. Complete schedule of activities at cheekwood.org.
April 5: Perennial Plant Society’s annual plant sale at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. Doors open at 9 a.m. There will be more than 450 varieties of plants for gardens big and small, plus expert advice on choosing and growing the perfect plant from PPS gardeners. Free admission; parking fee at the Fairgrounds is $5. For more details and a full plant list visit www.ppsmt.org.
April 12: Herb Society of Nashville Herb Sale, featuring rare varieties of annual and perennial herbs, and plants for companion planting. Shopping assistants, the Compost Man, and handmade pottery herb markers by Nashville artist Roy Overcast. Tennessee State Fairgrounds Sports Arena building, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission; $5 parking fee at the Fairgrounds. To learn more: www.herbsocietynashville.org. (No pets or carts permitted.)
April 15: Orchid Society of Middle Tennessee meets at Cheekwood Botanical Garden. Speaker is Stephen Benjamin of Oak Knob Orchids on “Growing orchids the way we do,” and includes tips for beginners. Refreshments at 6:30, meeting at 7 p.m. open to the public.
April 26: The sixth annual Herb & Craft Fair sponsored by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville. Shop for herb seedlings, heirloom tomatoes and other plants, and a wide selection of handcrafted items: pressed-flower cards, calendars, gift and jewelry items; natural handmade soaps with essential oils and fragrant herbs; Sewn and hand-knit items, sweet breads, herb breads, spice mixes and rubs, herbal vinegars, jams, jellies, chutney and more.