• SATURDAY, AUG. 15

BONSAI AUCTION: 4 TO 9 P.M., MARINE CORPS LEAGUE HALL, 2708 DELAWARE ST., KENNER. THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS BONSAI SOCIETY OFFERS A MOST DIVERSE SELECTION OF BONSAI TREES, MATERIAL AND SUPPLIES. FREE. WWW.GNOBS.ORG

  • SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Growing Local NOLA, 1750 Carondelet St. Master gardener Sharon Hoffman leads a workshop on all aspects of permaculture from design, construction, implementation and management of your landscape. Free with advance registration. (813) 785-8386, info@recirculatingfarms.org

SUNDAY, AUG. 16

  • IKEBANA CLASS: 1 to 3 p.m., 2011 Magazine St. Learn the art of Japanese floral arranging. $22 by reservation. (504) 235-1558

TUESDAY, AUG. 18

  • ORCHID SOCIETY MEETING: 7 p.m., Garden Study Center, New Orleans Botanical Garden (use rear gates). The New Orleans Orchid Society begins the meeting with an “Orchid Basics” program, followed by “Hot Lips: A Look at the Inheritance of Lip Color and Structure in the Cattleya Alliance,” given by Jean Ikeson of Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Free. (504) 888-6639, www.neworleansorchidsociety.org
  • OLD ALGIERS CULTURAL DISTRICT TALK: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Love Outreach Center, 501 Opelousas Ave. Experts with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism will explain tax credits for renovating properties in the recently expanded cultural district in Algiers Point and Algiers Riverview. Free. www.oldalgiersmainstreet.org

THURSDAY, AUG. 27

  • IKEBANA CLASS: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2011 Magazine St. Learn the art of Japanese floral arranging. $22 by reservation. (504) 235-1558
  • RENOVATORS HAPPY HOUR IN CARROLLTON: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., 7841 Fig St. Visit the renovation-in-progress of an early 20th century house and hear from the owners about the project. Light refreshments. $10. (504) 581-7032, www.prcno.org

FRIDAY, AUG. 28

  • SLIDELL LIBRARY GARDEN TALKS: 10 to 11:30 a.m., Slidell Library, 555 Robert Blvd. Enjoy talks on “Gardening with Kitchen Scraps,” “Care of Tools,” and “Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds and Containers.” Free. Sebring222@bellsouth.net
  • BLESSING OF THE HERBS: 9:30 a.m., Walled Herb Garden, Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. In celebration of St. Fiacre’s Day, the New Orleans Unit of the Herb Society of America hosts a blessing of the herbs. Bring tools and seeds to be blessed. Refreshments to follow. Free with RSVP. (985) 781-4372

SATURDAY, AUG. 29

  • COVINGTON LIBRARY GARDEN TALKS: 10 to 11:30 a.m., Covington Library, 310 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Enjoy talks on “Gardening with Kitchen Scraps,” “Care of Tools,” and “Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds and Containers.” Free. Sebring222@bellsouth.net
  • 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