Upcoming Events


Give us the details of your upcoming gardening, lawn or landscaping event and we’ll add it to our website and include it in our next issue. Deadline for printing in March 2021 issue is Feb. 1, 2021. If you don’t make that deadline, send the information anyway, and we’ll post it on this page.


Interested in Joining a Garden Club or Plant Society? We have meeting dates, locations and contact information on more than 50 area garden clubs on our website at www.GatewayGardener.com. Don’t have access to the internet? Just call us at (314) 968-3740, or write us at PO Box 220853, St. Louis, MO 63122, and we’ll get the information to you. So share your joy for gardening and join a garden club or favorite plant society today!

Classes, Seminars and Events

 Some are virtual and some are socially distanced in-person events. If you have an event coming up, be sure to send us an email and we’ll add it to our calendar.

Oct. 25th-31st

Tree Week at Missouri Botanical Garden. A week to celebrate MBG’s tree collection, the horticulturists and arborists who care for it, and the season when trees and fall colors take center stage. Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, 314-577-5100.

Nov. 1st

1:30pm—History of Forest Pest Outbreaks: Four Seasons Gardening. North America has a history of exotic pests that extirpate individual tree species. Emerald Ash Borer serves as our modern example. In our current, ever-globalizing society there is significant risk for future outbreaks that may impact our trees, from the urban forest to our woodlands. Join Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Ryan Pankau as he examines past outbreaks on our continent to compare what we have learned historically with the current pests threatening our native trees. University of Illinois Extension Four Seasons Gardening Webinar. To register visit go.illinois.edu/fourseasons and click on the specific webinar link.

Nov. 3rd-Dec. 31st

Winter Jewels. The Butterfly House transforms into an enchanted land this winter. Visit a fierce dragon and noble knights at the castle, discover tropical jewel-toned butterflies and fairy gardens in the Conservatory, and make new friends in the gnome forest. Free for members, included with admission for non-menbers. Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, 12/24 and 12/25.

Nov. 4th

8:30-12:10pm—2020 GrowNative! Professional Member Conference (Virtual)—Open to all! Keynote address is Soil Carbon Dynamics in Restored Prairie and Native Grassland Plantings, by Dr. Sarah Baer. Other programs include Landscaping with Native Trees, and Native Landscapes for Municipalities. Free to professional members of GrowNative! $30 for non members. Register at GrowNative.org/Conference2020.

Nov. 7th

10am-2pm—Native Tree Walk at Bellefontaine Cemetery & Arboretum. Enjoy a fall walk on the beautiful grounds of historic Bellefontaine Cemetery & Arboretum with Horticulture Supervisor Matt Garrett or other staff. Learn about the many naitve trees and wildlife conservation activities at Bellefontaine. Free. Limited t0 25. To register call (636) 303-7418. Upon arrival at 4947 Florissant Ave., a greeter will give parking and meeting instructions. Presented by Missouri Prairie Foundation, moprairie.org.

Nov. 11th through Dec. 16th

4pm Wednesdays—Fall Missouri Prairie Foundation and Grow Native! Webinars and Master Classes (Virtual). Webinars are free to all, Master Classes free to GrowNative! professional members. Call (636) 303-7418 for questions. Register at moprairie.org/events. Nov. 11th-Master Class: Landscaping with Native Sedges; Nov. 18th-Webinar: Winter Sparrows, A Challenge but a Joy!; Dec. 2nd– Webinar: Gardening for Beneficial Insects; Dec. 9th-Webinar: Healthy, Happy Habitat; Dec. 16th-Master Class: Invasive Plant Management.

Nov. 11ththrough Dec. 31st

11am Wednesday-Friday—Books and Butterflies. Join us for special story time readings with “celebrity” guests from classic children’s literature, local St. Louis landmarks, sports mascots, and more! Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. (Closed Thanksgiving, 12/24, and 12/25)

Nov. 11-Jan. 2nd

Garden Glow. Celebrate the season with one million lights, fun new experiences, and traditional favorites. Enjoy s’mores, festive drinks, and great photo opportunities that will delight guests of all ages. Tickets and information at mobot.org/glow. Advance tickets encouraged. Missouri Botanical Garden.

Nov. 14th-15th

Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. Noon-4pm—Old Webster Winter Market. Visit small businesses and restaurants, including Rolling Ridge Nursery for outdoor market set up on sidewalk and patios.

Nov. 18th

Native Plant School: Combining Native Perennials (Virtual). Success with native plants in the garden comes with choosing the right plant for the right location. Free to MBG members and $10 for non-members. Register early, only 100 spaces available. Registration ends Nov. 16th at 9am. Register at mbgregistration.mobot.org.

Nov. 28th-29th

10am-5pm–Holiday Open House. Complimentary cocktails and goodie bags, family photo ops, discounts on various items, live music and more. Sun. Live Reindeer photo op. Planthaven Farms, 6703 Telegraph Rd., Oakville. (314)-846-0078.

Dec. 12th-13th, 19th-20th

Supper with Santa. Santa is stopping by the Butterfly House. Join him for a delicious dinner and see how butterflies get into the holiday sprit by taking night strolls through the tropical conservatory. Finish off the evening with a souvenir photo op with the the guest of honor! Advance registration required. Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.

Feb. 27th, 2021

St. Charles County Master Gardeners will present a virtual set of eight gardening classes starting at 9am.  “Grow it, Eat it – The joy of growing , eating and preserving the harvest”.  More information and online registration can be accessed after January 1st at www.stcharlescountymastergardeners.com.

February 2021

Southern Illinois Fruit & Vegetable Conference (Virtual). Combined with the Southern Illinois Tree Fruit School. This event will have a shortened format at a reduced price. We will be advertising the event in the coming months in our normal promotional manner with mailings and e-mails. Also please check our website for program updates: extension.illinois.edu/mms.

March 2021

Gateway Green Industry Conference and Weekend Gardener (Virtual).   We plan to offer Continuing Education Units for arborist, park & recreation, landscaping architects, etc. at our GGIC event. Information will be posted on our website: web.extension.illinois.edu/mms.