Check out one of our two membership passes for one week per household.  A membership pass gives free general admission to the Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, and Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House for 4 adults and all children 12 and under, free admission to the Children’s Garden on Tuesdays, April through October, and reciprocal privileges to over 300 botanical gardens and arboreta across the U.S. and Canada. Garden Plus members receive 10% off in the Garden Gate Shop, Butterfly House Gift Shop, and Little Shop Around the Corner. Receive up to 20% discounts during annual spring, fall, and holiday sales, as well as discounted member rates on educational courses for adults, children, and families.


DESIGNING A PERENNIAL GARDEN  designing-perennial-garden

This St. Louis Master Gardener will take you through a fun filled exercise on how to design a perennial garden, and the pitfalls to avoid. She will simplify plant selection and landscape design to a practical and attainable level.

Tuesday, May 5 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Community Room
Presented by Master Gardner Speakers Bureau Alice Mitchell




This demonstration will cover how to grow vegetables and flowers without all the hassles (rabbits, weeds, slugs, etc.) by planing in gutters. Gutter gardens are especially for those who cannot bend, squat, or kneel for any length of time. Demonstration will include gardening by hanging planters on fences, trellises, or from a deck or balcony.

Thursday, May 14 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Community Room
Presented by Master Gardner Laurie Skinner




Get information for easy ways to protect yourself while you are working in your garden, including general safety tips and safe ways to lift, turn, carry, and the proper way to operate garden tools.

Monday, June 15 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Community Room
Presented by Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau Denise Pott




Chocoholic? Discover how to be a chocoholic gardener! Walk through the earliest history of chocolate, learn how it is cultivated and processed, and then consider ways to take your chocolate addiction into your garden with ‘chocolate’ plants. For literally thousands of years, people have been fascinated with strange and wonderful fruit, chocolate. Learn the alluring history of this gift from the rain forest. Taste samples and explore the “chocolate” perennials, bulbs, shrubs and annuals that can be incorporated into your garden.

Tuesday, June 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Community Room
Presented by Master Gardener Speakers Bureau Betsy Alexander



198 S. Main, Glen Carbon, IL 62034 - (618) 2881212 - Fax (618)288-1205
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