PELICAN GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to noon, City Park’s Pelican Greenhouse, off of Henry Thomas (Golf) Drive and south of I-10 overpass. The sale includes gingers, salvias, roses, herbs and more. Free. (504) 483-5464, firstname.lastname@example.org for a full list.
GROWING TROPICALS TALK AND PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to noon sale, 10 a.m. talk, Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St. Learn about growing tropicals and other heat-loving plants from Tom Wolfe, proprietor of Urban Roots Garden Center. The plant sale at the on-site greenhouse features sun-loving tropicals, heat-tolerant bedding plants and Louisiana Super Plants. Free. (504) 620-2224, www.parkwaypartnersnola.org.
PICAYUNE PLACE HOME TOUR: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Headquarters at International House, 221 Camp St. Learn about the history of Picayune Place (bounded by camp, Common, Tchoupitoulas and Poydras) from geographer and author Richard Campanella before touring private urban residences. Sponsored by Preservation Resource Center and Friends of the Cabildo. $20. (504) 581-7032, www.prcno.org.
URBAN FARM BIKE RIDE: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., starts at 1618 O.C. Haley Blvd. Visit five urban farms on bike as part of the Eat Local Challenge. Sponsored by Nola Social Ride and Parkway Partners. Free. www.nolalocavore.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
CHICKEN RAISING WORKSHOP: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Press Street Gardens at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Margee Green will host a chicken barn-raising workshop on how to start raising chickens. Leave with instructions for building your own coop. An Eat Local Challenge event. Free. www.nolalocavore.org.
BASICS OF ORGANIC FARMING: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Urban Farmstead, 1730 Clio St. Learn about growing an organic garden from Jordan Bantuelle as part of the Eat Local Challenge. Free. www.nolalocavore.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16 TO SUNDAY, JUNE 28
GREEN KEEPERS: Various times and locations. Register now for “Green Keepers,” five seminars and workshops that demonstrate how residents can improve how the city lives with stormwater by embracing green infrastructure practices. Presented by Parkway Partners and funded by the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans’ Green Infrastructure Initiative. Free, but spaces limited. (504) 620-2224, email@example.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16
ORCHID SOCIETY MEETING: 7 p.m., Garden Study center, New Orleans Botanical Garden (rear entrance). Learn “Orchid Basics” and view photographic recap of the group’s recent annual show, presented by Larry Hennessey. Free. www.neworleansorchidsociety.org.
PERMEABLE PAVING DEMONSTRATION: 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., Parkway Bakery, 538 Hagan Ave. Learn about an option that allows rainwater to sink into the soil rather than collect or runoff to storm drains. Presented by WaterWise NOLA. (504) 525-2121, firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
GARDEN TO GLASS: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Max Messier of Cocktail & Sons leads a workshop on how to make creative mixed drinks using ingredients in the garden. $35. (504) 293-2721, www.longuevue.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 19
WILD EDIBLES OF THE GULF SOUTH: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd. Dr. Charles Allen, a senior botanist at Colorado State University, presents a talk on edible and useful plants found in nature. $8. www.nolalocavore.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
RESEARCHING YOUR HISTORIC PROPERTY: 9:30 a.m., Old US Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. Learn from architect and historian Robert J. Cangelosi Jr. how to discover the history of your home or commercial building. Presented by the Friends of the Cabildo. $25. www.friendsofthecabildo.org.
FORAGING IN THE COUTURIE FOREST: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Couturie Forest, 1009 Harrison Ave. Colorado State University’s Dr. Charles Allen leads the group through the forest, seeking edibles including milkweed, elderberries, silk thistle, huckleberries and wild mushrooms. An Eat Local Challenge event. $8. www.nolalocavore.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25
IKEBANA CLASS: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2011 Magazine St. Learn the art of Japanese floral arranging from Alison Scott $22. (504) 235-1558.
SATURDAY, JUNE 27
COMPOST AND SOIL: 10 a.m. to noon, Garden Study Center, New Orleans Botanical Garden. Lee Rouse presents a workshop on how to start composting and why compost improves soil structure and fertility. Rouse is the Orleans Parish extension agent of the LSU AgCenter. $10, by advance registration. (504) 483-9473, email@example.com.
ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne). The market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids’ tent. Free. (504) 523-1465, www.artsneworleans.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 11
AQUATIC AND BOG PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune, Mississippi. Learn about prairie landscapes from Marc Pastorek and about Louisiana irises from Eileen Hollander while shopping for aquatic plants. Free. (601) 799-2311, www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu.
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,” explores the expression of nature in various media, including painting, silver and jewelry. $200/weekend, $125/Saturday and Sunday only, $100/Friday only. (504) 523-4662, www.hnoc.org.