As the last signs of winter fade, we’ve compiled a list of upcoming workshops, markets, plant sales and more related to home and garden.
Central Kentucky Home and Garden Show. April 1-3. This marketplace offers the opportunity to shop for home-related products and services, view displays to help inspire projects, connect with industry experts and more. Fri, noon-8pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Bank Center, 430 W. Vine St. www.centralkentuckyhomeshow.com
Fayette County Extension Office Gardening Workshops. The Fayette County Extension Office offers dozens of gardening workshops each year. After holding the workshops virtually last year, they have returned to an in-person format. Virtual class topics include “Easy Cut Flowers From Seeds” (April 5), “Growing Large Tomatoes” (May 12), “Hard Ferns” (May 19), “Lawn Weed Management” (7 June), “Fall-Blooming Perennials” (June 22) and more. For a full schedule, more details or to register, visit fayette.ca.uky.edu and click on the “Events in to come”.
Exhibition of Antiquities of the School of Athens. April 9-10, May 14-15, June 11-12. This monthly sale features thousands of square feet of antiques, collectibles, vintage housewares and architectural salvage from prominent regional dealers. Products range from American and European furniture to vintage handbags and accessories. Masks are mandatory and attendees are asked to use hand sanitizer and social distancing. 10am-5pm Boonesboro School of Athens, 6270 Athens Walnut Hill Pike. www.antiqueskentucky.com
Wild Ones presents Dan Patrick: Bug Commands. April 7. Insects are crucial to the plant world – the world we live in. Every insect feeds on plants or is the predator of an insect that feeds on plants. Dan Patrick, a retired biology teacher, presents this introduction to the different types of insects we may encounter on our nature walks. 6:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive. lexington.wildones.org/todo
The Kentucky Christmas Tree Association’s 16th Annual Plant Auction. April 23. This annual auction—during the perfect time of year to plant—offers a unique opportunity to bid on and bring home Kentucky-grown nursery stock. A variety of annual, perennial, ball and burlap trees and shrubs will be available, with a portion of proceeds going to provide one or more scholarships to University of Kentucky students majoring in forestry or science related to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. 10am-12pm. Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way. For more information call (859) 223-1140
The City Nature Challenge. May 1. The Central Kentucky Audubon Society, Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, North American Butterfly Association — Central Kentucky, UK-LFUCG Arboretum and Wild Ones’ Lexington Chapter will lead a wilderness discovery walk to participate in the City Nature Challenge, a four-event global competition day-long community scientist aimed at documenting nature in and around urban areas. At the Lexington event, attendees will experience the wilderness supported by our cityscape, and document it using the iNaturalist app. Observers of all skill levels are welcome to help discover nature from the ground to the treetops (not everyone will need to use the iNaturalist app, but a tutorial will be provided for those wishing to learn). 1 p.m. Arboretum State Botanical Garden, 500 Alumni Drive, arboretum.ca.uky.edu
Arboretum Spring Plant Market. May 14. Participants are encouraged to bring garden items to trade (trees, shrubs, perennial divisions, bulbs, houseplants, and garden-related items such as tools, books, and pots), although it is not no need to bring anything to participate. Setup begins at 8:30 a.m. for those bringing items to redeem, with redemption beginning at 9 a.m. No pre-registration is required. Arboretum State Botanical Garden, 500 Alumni Drive, arboretum.ca.uky.edu
Exchange of wild plants. May 5. The primary fundraiser for the Lexington Wild Ones chapter, a national organization that promotes environmentally friendly landscaping and the use of native plants, this annual event offers attendees the opportunity to dig up and bring surplus plants and choose more plants to take home. 6 p.m., St. Michael’s Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Upper Parking Lot. https://lexington.wildones.org/todo/
Down to earth garden sale. May 7. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the beloved annual plant sale and community fundraiser returns this year, featuring a variety of native plants, herbs, fruits, vegetables, perennials, of wildflowers, herbs, hostas, shrubs, trees, annuals, vegetable gardens, succulents, irises and floral gifts for Mother’s Day for sale. Proceeds will benefit various local organizations including Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, KNLT Kentucky Tornado Relief Grant for Western Kentucky, Raven Run, the Garden at Ashland, The Nest and more. 9am-12pm Woodland Christian Church, 530 E. High St. www.downtoearthky.com
Visit the houses of Hartland. June 12. The first tour of homes in the Hartland neighborhood will highlight some of the prettiest and most diverse outdoor living spaces in the neighborhood, from covered patios and beautifully landscaped gardens to swimming pools and water features. All proceeds will benefit the family of Britt O’Brien, who were recently paralyzed in an accident. Noon to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Hartland Clubhouse, 4910 Hartland Parkway, beginning at 11:45 a.m.