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A bit of earth Mark these dates on the 2014 garden calendar

  • Published Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.

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Now that we’ve turned our first month page of the calendar for 2014 – Happy February! – it’s time to get important gardening dates for the year jotted down. Winter is speeding by, right? Right?

The first thing to note is that the Outdoor Living and Landscape Show – our local garden show – will be a little later in March this year. The show, along with its predecessor, the Wichita Garden Show, had been the first weekend of March. But this year, it will be the third weekend of March – the 14th through the 16th.

Daylight saving time will even have begun by then.

Show organizer Brad Horning of Entercom radio says the reason for the later date is that an event had already been booked at Century II; the venue’s website lists the Kansas Music Educators Association in-service workshop Feb. 27 through March 1.

2014 also will see the return of a River Festival event at Botanica. It will mark the opening of Botanica’s seasonal butterfly house, on June 1, and will be called the Butterfly Festival.

“We’re just excited,” Mary Beth Jarvis, director of the Wichita River Festival, said. “We’re getting so many more opportunities under the umbrella of Riverfest, with all that marketing and all that buzz, not only down at the Riverfest proper, in the Riverfest zone, but at other attractions.”

Also at Botanica this year, look for festivities surrounding the completion of a new events center – expected sometime in April – and, in the fall, a Chinese garden.

Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine is adding an Easter Sunday concert called Woods, Winds and Willows – a 20-piece chamber orchestra performing Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” – at 4 that afternoon.

Here are the main dates on the 2014 garden calendar, along with a few seasonal guideposts. Let us know about others.

• Botanica Fun Fair, Saturday (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• Central Kansas Market Vegetable Growers Workshop, Extension Center, Feb. 8 ( 316-660-0100, 2014ckmvgw.eventbrite.com)

• Planting & Preserving Workshop, Extension Center, Feb. 13 ( 316-660-0100, plantpreserve.eventbrite.com)

• Classes on landscaping with native plants, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, Feb. 27 and March 27 (620-327-8127; dyckarboretum.org)

• Gardening With Insects Symposium, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, March 1 (620-327-8127; dyckarboretum.org)

• Gathering for Gardeners, free garden seminars in Hutchinson, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 407 E. 12th Ave. (just west of the Cosmosphere), March 8

• Daylight saving time begins, March 9

• Outdoor Living & Landscape Show, Century II, March 14 to 16

• Youth lawn-mowing clinic, Extension Center, March 19 ( 316-660-0100)

• Grow Good Food Workshop, Extension Center, March 22 ( 316-660-0100)

• Tulips, Fairies & Friends – Botanica’s spring-opening event – on Saturdays from March 22 through April 19 (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• Average last date for a hard freeze in Wichita, March 29

• Opening of Botanica’s new events center, sometime in April (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• Tree Fest, Extension Center, April 5 ( 316-660-0100)

• Kansas Grown farmers market opening, 21st and Ridge Road, April 5 (kansasgrowninc.com)

• Average date for last spring frost in Wichita, April 11

• Art at the Arb, Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, April 12 and 13 (www.bartlettarboretum.com)

• Harvey County Home and Garden Show, National Guard Armory in Newton, April 12 and 13

• Woods, Winds and Willows, chamber orchestra concert, Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, April 20 (Easter Sunday) (www.bartlettarboretum.com)

• FloraKansas: The Great Plains Plant Bazaar spring sale, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, April 25 to 28 (620-327-8127; dyckarboretum.org)

• Prairiestock, outdoor local-music festival during FloraKansas, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, April 26 (620-327-8127; dyckarboretum.org)

• Eco-Awareness Day at Botanica, April 26 (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• Herb Day, Extension Center, May 3 ( 316-660-0100)

• Old Town farmers market opening, First and Mosley streets, May 3 (www.oldtownfarmersmarket.com)

• Tuesdays on the Terrace at Botanica, Tuesdays from May 6 through Sept. 30 (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• Mother’s Day at Botanica, May 11. Admission free for moms and $5 for everyone else. New this year for an additional fee: a sit-down tea and other activities (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• Robin Macy & the Cherokee Maidens concert, Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, May 11 (Mother’s Day) (www.bartlettarboretum.com)

• Master-gardeners’ garden tour, May 16 to 18 ( 316-660-0100)

• Blooms, Brews & Bloody Marys at Botanica, May 22 (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• Butterfly Festival at Botanica, a new River Festival event that marks the annual opening of the butterfly house, June 1 (316-264-0448; botanica.org).

• North Riverside Garden Stroll, June 7

• Steel Wheels concert, Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, June 15 (Father’s Day) (www.bartlettarboretum.com)

• Alfresco Gala at Botanica, June 20 (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• Garden tour in Marion, June 28

• Big Twang reunion concert, featuring national banjo champ Jeff Scroggins and Robin Macy, Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, June 29 (www.bartlettarboretum.com)

• Tomato Day, Extension Center, July 26 ( 316-660-0100)

• FloraKansas: The Great Plains Plant Bazaar fall sale, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, Sept. 5 to 7 (620-327-8127; dyckarboretum.org)

• Wichita Area Garden Railway Tour, Sept. 20

• Opening of Botanica’s new Chinese garden, sometime in the fall (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• BOOtanica at Botanica, Oct. 11 (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• Average date of the first fall frost (32 or lower) in Wichita, Oct. 25

• Daylight saving time ends, Nov. 2

• Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification Workshop, Extension Center, Nov. 5 (316-264-0448; botanica.org)

• Average date of first fall freeze (28 or lower) in Wichita, Nov. 9

• Illuminations at Botanica, Nov. 28 to Dec. 31, with hours expected to expand to 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. (316-264-0448; botanica.org).

Reach Annie Calovich at 316-268-6596 or acalovich@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @anniecalovich.

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