SATURDAY, JULY 18

  • LONGUE VUE ICE CREAM SOCIAL: 10 a.m. to noon, Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Bring a blanket the Longue Vue lawn and sample ice cream, play games, bounce in a bounce house, and meet adoptable furry friends from Animal Rescue New Orleans. $8. (504) 293-4726. www.longuevue.com

TUESDAY, JULY 21

  • ORCHID SOCIETY MEETING: 7 p.m., Garden Study Center, New Orleans Botanical Garden, rear gates. The Orchid Basics program is followed by a “Summer Workshop.” Society members invite anyone interested in learning about orchids. (504) 888-6639. www.neworleansorchidsociety.org

SATURDAY, JULY 25

  • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (S. Carrollton at S. Claiborne). The market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids’ tent. Free. (504) 523-1465, www.artsneworleans.org

THURSDAY, JULY 30 TO SUNDAY, AUG. 2

  • NEW ORLEANS ANTIQUES FORUM: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday; 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturday; 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sunday, Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. The Historic New Orleans Collection’s program, “It’s Only Natural” explored the expression of nature in various media, including painting, silver, jewelry and more. $200/weekend, $125/Saturday and Sunday only, $100/Friday only. (504) 523-4662, www.hnoc.org

THURSDAY, JULY 30

  • IKEBANA CLASS: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2011 Magazine St. (upper floor). Alison Scott teaches the art of Japanese flower arranging. $22, by advance registration. (504) 235-1558

SATURDAY, AUG. 1

  • IRIS SOCIETY MEETING: 10 a.m. to noon. Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Learn about irises from the members of the Greater New Orleans Iris Society. All attendees go home with a free iris. Free. eehollan@bellsouth.net

TUESDAY, AUG. 4

  • DESIGN FOUNDATIONS: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Longue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Learn the basics of design with Longue Vue’s artist in residence Peg Usner. This workshop will feature a lecture and hands-on practice. After the lecture, participants will use materials to experiment and create projects. $25. (504) 293-4724, elanieri@longuevue.com

SATURDAY, AUG. 8

  • PELICAN GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to noon, City Park’s Pelican Greenhouse, off of Henry Thomas (Golf) Dr. and south of I-10 overpass. The sale includes gingers, salvias, roses, herbs, and more. Free. (504) 483-5464, plants@nocp.org for a full list.
  • CUT FLOWERS IN YOUR GARDEN: 10 a.m. talk, 9 a.m. to noon plant sale, Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St. Learn about how to design your garden to produce a steady supply of cut flowers. Free. www.parkwaypartnersnola.org
  • BUTTERFLY GARDEN WORKSHOP: 10 a.m. to noon, Longue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Learn how to create a gorgeous garden that will attract and host butterflies, sponsored by the New Orleans Unit of the Herb Society of America. $30 by advance registration. (504) 293-4721, jcohn@longuevue.com

THROUGH JULY 31

  • MASTER GARDENER APPLICATIONS: Through July 31. The LSU AgCenter of St. Tammany is accepting applications for its Master Gardener training program which consists of 50 hours of instruction on plant diseases, insects, trees, vegetable gardening, lawn care and more. In return for their extensive training, Louisiana Master Gardeners provide 40 volunteer service hours to help disseminate horticultural information to the public. To apply, contact the St. Tammany Extension Office at (985) 875-2635 or pick up an application at 1301 N. Florida St, Covington.