• SATURDAY, JUNE 20

RESEARCHING YOUR HISTORIC PROPERTY: 9:30 A.M., OLD U.S. 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.
  • LEVEE GARDEN EVENT: 8:30 a.m. to noon, 5000 Warrington Dr. Join volunteers working to prepare the rain gain garden memorial at the east breach of the London Avenue Canal. Levees.org hosts the volunteer gardening event and provides water and ice. Bring gloves, tools and folding chairs. Free. sandy@levees.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.
  • RENOVATORS HAPPY HOUR: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., 3239 Coliseum St. Enjoy refreshments while hearing from owners Kay and John Colbert, who are renovating a dilapidated classic Garden District home with the guidance of Jahncke & Burns Architects. Sponsored by the Preservation Resource Center. $10. (504) 581-7032, www.prcno.org.

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 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 (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.
  • 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, plants@nocp.org for a full list.

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.

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 mediums, 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.