SATURDAY, JUNE 27

  • LEVEE GARDEN PLANTING EVENT: 8:30 a.m. to noon, 5000 Warrington Dr. Join volunteers working to plant native vegetation in the rain gain garden located at the east breach of the London Avenue Canal. The rain garden is part of a permanent outdoor exhibit that explains the engineering failures that caused New Orleans to flood in Hurricane Katrina. Levees.org hosts the volunteer gardening event and provides water and ice. Bring gloves, tools, and folding chairs. Free. sandy@levees.org
  • COMPOST AND SOIL: 10 a.m. to noon, Garden Study Center, New Orleans Botanical Garden. Lee Rouse presents a workshop on how to get started 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, scapley@nocp.org

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE TOUR: 1 P.M. TO 4 P.M., DEPARTS PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER, 923 TCHOUPITOULAS ST. THIS NARRATED BUS TOUR EXPLORES SITES IMPORTANT TO PRE- AND POST-COLONIAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, AND JAZZ HERITAGE. $40 BY ADVANCE REGISTRATION. (504) 581-7032, WWW.PRCNO.ORG

  • 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

SATURDAY, JULY 11

  • AQUATIC AND BOG PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune, MS. 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
  • 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.
  • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St. This indoor and outdoor market offers dozens of vendors purveying food, refreshments, vintage goods, art, crafts and live music. Free. (504) 269-3982

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 while sampling ice cream, playing games, bouncing in a bounce house, and meeting adoptable furry friends from Animal Rescue New Orleans. $8. (504) 293-4726. www.longuevue.com

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

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

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.