Mother’s Day at Botanica
Mothers will get in free to Botanica on Mother’s Day on Sunday, and everybody else will pay $5. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Three garden clubs will be having events there, with free admission (you only pay admission to Botanica if you want to go into the gardens and you’re not a mom).• The Wichita Area Iris Club will have a show of irises.
• The Prairie Winds Daylily Society will have a sale from 1 to 4 p.m. of tried-and-proven daylilies that were grown in this area.
• The Wichita Rose Society will have a Rose Expo that will feature advice from rose experts and a rose show (you can enter if you bring your roses between 9 and 11 a.m.; vases will be provided).
Once Upon a Time, an interactive exhibit based on fairy tales next to the Downing Children’s Garden, also will be open. Admission to it costs an extra $5 for ages 3 and up.
How-to on floral arranging
Floral designers Mary Buffo and Floanna Crowley will lead a “Do Your Own Design” program on floral arranging at the meeting of the Wichita Daylily Club at 7 p.m. Monday at Botanica. The program is free and open to the public. Bring clippers, a knife or scissors, a small container and any flowers you may have blooming, plus any greenery such as boxwood or juniper from your yard to use as filler. The club will provide Oasis (wet foam) and some purchased flowers, and small containers will be for sale for $2.
Tomato planting tip
When planting tomato transplants, remove the lower pairs of leaves and set the plant deeper than in its pot to encourage greater root growth. Mulch the tomato bed generously with leafmold or straw to help retain moisture and reduce the risk of early blight disease, which is spread from soil-splashed spores.