1011 N. Woodlawn, Kirkwood, MO 63122
314-965-3070
Open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Talks & Events

  • 2015 Special Events and Classes

  • Classes for all gardener levels

  • Get inspired

We offer classes and special events throughout the year including featured gardening experts, activities for the kids, and much more. Here you’ll find classes for gardeners at all levels, we cater to the beginning gardener, the out of control hobbyist and everyone in between. No reservations are necessary, unless noted.

Garden Clubs, Welcome!

Looking for something special for your next meeting? Come to Sugar Creek. We would be happy to host your meeting and put on a program for your group. Call 314-965-3070 for reservations. This service is free.


Bring Conservation home framedBring Conservation Home

Tuesday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.
call 314-965-3070 for reservations

An Urban Habitat Restoration Program of the St. Louis Audubon Society

The St. Louis Audubon Society envisions an ever-growing mosaic of native plant and animal landscapes across the St. Louis region, including even the smallest urban yard. The Bring Conservation Home Program provides on-site assistance to small, private landowners in the greater St. Louis area for the restoration of native plant and animal habitat on their grounds. At this session join Mitch Leachman of the Society to learn how you can benefit from this outstanding program. Read more here.


Betty framedLandscaping With Missouri Native Plants

Thursday, April 9, 5:30 p.m.

Ready to ditch the lawnmower, watering system, fertilizer spreader and leaf blower? Would you like more birds and butterflies in your garden? Join Betty Struckhoff, a member of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, for this inspiring session. Betty’s presentation will help you create a lively landscape, reduce maintenance, and increase 4 season interest all while drawing birds and butterflies to your garden.

Betty is a native Missourian and an active member of “Wild Ones Natural Landscapers”. She has helped create native landscapes in local parks, other public spaces and private gardens. A Master Gardener since 2000, she is a winner of the St Louis Post Dispatch “Best Native Garden” contest. Her garden has also been certified “Platinum” in St. Louis Audubon’s Bring Conservation Home program. Betty volunteers with the Master Gardeners Speakers’ Bureau, Gateway Greening, St. Louis County Parks and Bring Conservation Home program.


Grow Native logoMissouri Native Gardening
Q & A Session

Saturday, April 11, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Here’s your chance to learn from the best. At this question and answer session, members of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, along with our Missouri native plant experts will be on hand to share their vast knowledge of Missouri native plants. They will offer advice in landscaping with environmentally healthy and sustainable native plant species, along with practices that promote healthy habitat for birds, native wildlife and people. Learn about the Grow Native! an outstanding program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, and the Wild Ones community and how you can get involved.

Wild Ones logoWild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental   education and advocacy organization.

We’re proud members of Grow Native! a Missouri native plant education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Grow Native! helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes. 


Gardening under treesGardening Under Trees

Tuesday, April 14, 5:30 p.m.

This entertaining and informative talk will teach you how to garden under your trees without damaging them. Also discussed will be the ever-expanding selection of shade plants. Learn how to combine flower and foliage color, form and texture for season-long interest in your garden.

 

 

 


Abbypodweb4Abby’s Favorite Plants

Thursday, April 16, 5:30 p.m.

Join Abby Elliott, Owner of Sugar Creek, as she shares her favorite perennials, shrubs and annuals. You’ll hear about the plants she has found to be superior producers, with exceptionally beautiful flowers, fantastic forms and superior habits.

 

 

 


Containers for Year Round Interest

Tuesday, April 21, 5:30 p.m.

Perennials and shrubs in containers add beauty, color, interest and scent to the patio or front door. In this session you will discover the plants that look great in containers all year. You’ll learn creative ideas to add seasonal interest as the year progresses, along with fertilizing, watering tips and over-wintering care.


Phlox Hecules Super Hybrids

Thursday, April 23, 5:30 p.m.

Years of research by talented hybridizers have created truly remarkable perennials for 2015. You’ll hear about the exciting new creations that exhibit extreme vigor, turbo-charged blooming power and gargantuan blossoms.

 

 

 


Mexican Greenwire frame 300Dazzling Containers for Entrance Ways, Patios and Gardens

Tuesday, April 28, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.

Learn creative combinations of plants, colors and textures to amaze your family and friends. You will hear about the breathtaking plants that will transform your window boxes, moss baskets, hayracks, and pots into living art forms.

 


Container Sky High Make & Take Container Party

Thursday, April 30, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Let us help you create your masterpiece. Sugar Creek Designers will be available to help you put together fabulous pots. Learn creative combinations of plants, colors and textures to amaze your family and friends. Bring a container to plant, or purchase one from our great selection, or just come to learn. You’ll enjoy:

  • Free wine, punch and snacks

  • Door Prizes

  • One Free 6-pack with any $10 Purchase

  • TALK: 5:30 p.m., Dazzling Containers for Entrance Ways, Patios and Gardens. Learn creative combinations of plants, colors and textures to amaze your family and friends. You will hear about the breathtaking plants that will transform your window boxes, moss baskets, hayracks, and pots into living art forms.

 


Lobelia cardinalis Plants That Work, June Hutson, Missouri Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, May 5, 5:30 p.m.

We are delighted to present an evening with June Hutson, Supervisor of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Kemper Home Demonstration Gardens. June is recognized both regionally and nationally as one of the top experts on hands-on gardening. June will share with you the plants that she loves the best.

For her work June was named the Aurelia Schlapp Curator of Perennials, the only horticulture curatorship awarded in the history of the Missouri Botanical Garden. As supervisor of the eight-acre Kemper Home Demonstration Garden complex, she oversees 23 different types of gardens scaled to a size that makes them practical for individual home owners.


Million Ann Ann’s Favorite Roses

Wednesday, May 6, 5:30 p.m.

Join Ann Million, Sugar Creek’s longtime rosarian, as she shares the roses she loves the best. Learn about the roses she has found to be luscious bloomers, with exceptionally gorgeous flowers, and fabulous habits. Ann will also share care tips and techniques to keep your roses in top form.

 

 


Sun perennial talkLow Maintenance and Long Blooming Gardens

Thursday, May 7, 5:30 p.m.

If you enjoy the flowers but hate the work, this class is for you. Learn about the showiest, longest blooming plants available that look good without all the fuss. You’ll also discover gardening techniques that will keep your garden in top form all season.

 

 

 


Fairy logo framedFairy Gardening, Mini Landscaping for Containers and Gardens

Tuesday, May 12, 5:30 p.m.

At this demonstration we will show the art of creating miniature landscapes. Learn about doll size shrubs, plus the perennials, annuals and vines with teeny tiny leaves and flowers. You’ll learn the unique care tiny plants need along with mini gardening design tips and techniques.

 

 


Rabbit red circle webOh Deer, Rabbit and Deer Resistant Gardening

Thursday, May 14, 5:30 p.m.

Bambi sure is cute, but certainly is pesky. If deer and rabbits are feasting on all of your hard work, don’t despair—come to this class to learn proven battle tested tips. Hear about the techniques and repellents that will keep the animals away from your prized beauties, along with the many perennials and annuals that they find distasteful.

 

 


Hydrangea Pinky Winky The Ultimate Hydrangea Guide

presented by Kim Reiss, President
of the St. Louis Hydrangea Society

Tuesday, May 19, 5:30 p.m.

Forget about those old Hydrangeas that only bloom occasionally, if ever. Due to hybridizers outstanding work, Hydrangeas now reliably produce fantastic blossoms in a myriad of colors, sizes, and forms. However, with the vast selection, along with each variety having its own pruning and light requirements, finding the right one can be daunting. In this informative session you will learn the top choices for sun and shade. Pruning, fertilizing, and care will also be discussed.

 


Curb Appeal 911

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 p.m.

Whether you are trying to sell your home, or just spruce up the front, we’ll give you creative ideas to make the most of your home’s appearance to entice a buyer, or to give a warm welcome to your friends and family. You’ll hear about exquisite containers, classy door decorations, and plants for front garden pizzazz.


Roses framedRoses 101

Thursday, May 21, 5:30 p.m.

Roses are one of the misunderstood and undervalued plants in the modern landscape. Thought of as troublesome and fussy, no one wants to bother. In this class you’ll learn that many roses can be beautiful without all the fuss. Hear about our favorites, how to select roses for your garden, along with care tips and techniques.

 

 


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High Style—Clematis for Beautiful Havens of Vibrant Color

Tuesday, May 26, 5:30 p.m.

Learn about the Clematis that will turn an ordinary garden into a showcase that will be your prized flower bed. Discover the longest and heaviest blooming Clematis, those that are exceptionally beautiful, along with Clematis for sun and shade. Pruning and maintenance techniques will also be discussed.

 


Shade frameLighten Up–Colorful Combinations to Light Up Your Shade Garden

Thursday, May 28, 5:30 p.m.

Explore the ever-expanding selection of shade plants. Learn how to combine flower and foliage color, form and texture for season-long interest in your garden.

 

 


Garden stroll framedGarden Stroll with Ann Million

Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.
Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.
for reservations and directions call 314-965-3070

One of our most popular events! Here is a chance to see a fabulous mature garden, spilling over with luscious blooms. This class will take place at Ann’s extraordinary perennial and rose garden in Crestwood. You’ll see for yourself exquisite plant combinations and mature specimens. Fertilizing and maintenance techniques will also be discussed.

 


The Beautiful Herb Garden

Saturday, June 6, 10:00 a.m.

We all delighted to present this program by the St. Louis Herb Society. We all love the unique flavors that herbs lend to all kinds of food and drink. They also can add a new dimension to gardening with their bright blooms and beautiful foliage. Join members of the St. Louis Herb Society as the share the herbs that are tasty as well as pretty.

The St. Louis Herb Society is a not-for-profit organization founded as a study group in 1941 for the purpose of educating people in the knowledge and use of herbs. Each year they design, plant and maintain the St. Louis Herb Society Herb Garden behind the historical Tower Grove House (Henry Shaw’s home) in the Missouri Botanical Garden.


SC front garden framedSugar Creek Gardens’ Best Summer Gardening Tips

presented by Karen Collins

Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.

Based on Karen’s Garden Calendar, a compilation of proven gardening techniques by masterful gardener Karen Collins, you’ll learn great tips for summer gardening. Discover which varieties are flowering along with the garden practices that will produce the longest-blooming, heaviest producing plants. Hear about the problems that may be lurking and the garden chores you can expect. Soil preparation, fertilizing, dead-heading and pruning, pest and disease control, propagation and other proven techniques will be discussed.

 


The Cutting Garden

Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.

One of the greatest joys of gardening is harvesting armloads of cut flowers. We’ll fill you in on the heaviest producing varieties, along with the most fragrant, and inspire you with fun and creative ways to use them in centerpieces and arrangements.


 SUMMER PANSY DOLLAR DAYS

 Pansydollar

Pansy Dollars can be used for all merchandise!
June 26-July 3, 2015
8 DAYS ONLY!!!
Thank you Sugar Creek patrons! You may redeem your pansy dollars June 26-July, 2015. Pansy Dollars may be used towards the purchase of ALL MERCHANDISE.
More plants than ever!

You may also redeem your Pansy Dollars in the fall during our traditional Pansy Days, Sep. 25 – Oct. 1, 2015.


Fairy Garden 2 girls framed 650xFairy Garden Party

Saturday, July 11, 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Due to the large migration of fairies, elves and gnomes to our area, we have created habitats for these creatures. These whimsical miniature gardens will be on display during the Party. Bring your family and friends for an evening of merriment. You’ll enjoy:

  • 15% Off your Total Purchase
  • FREE refreshments, punch, wine and snacks
  • Door Prizes
  • One FREE plant for every guest (with any plant purchase)
  • Surprise Specials during the evening
  • Talk, 5:00 p.m., Mini Landscaping for Containers and Gardens At this demonstration we will show the art of creating miniature landscapes. Learn about doll size shrubs, plus the perennials, annuals and vines with teeny tiny leaves and flowers. You’ll learn the unique care tiny plants need along with mini gardening design tips and techniques.

Maintaining Perennials and Rejuvenating Your Summer Garden

Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.

We will teach you aggressive pruning techniques that will help you achieve strong, more compact plants and many more blooms in your garden. A very informative class for those willing to be truly daring!


Window box framed

Refresh Your Window Boxes and Containers

Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m.

Are your containers looking a little sad? Don’t fret, you can have them fresh and beautiful in a snap. We’ll show you the hot, summer delights that are dripping with color now, and that will continue to look good well into fall.


Successive Blooms-Keep Your Garden In Bloom Spring Till Fall

Saturday, August 1, 10:00 a.m.

Learn the secrets of a breathtaking, ever-blooming garden. You’ll discover the showiest perennials along with the longest blooming, heaviest producing plants available. We will also share with you the techniques needed to keep these plants in flower all season.


Low Maintenance and Long Blooming Gardens

Saturday, August 8, 10:00 a.m.

If you enjoy the flowers but hate the work, this class is for you. Learn about the showiest, longest blooming plants available that look good without all the fuss. You’ll also discover gardening techniques that will keep your garden in top form all season.


Monarch Mania
Gardening for Wildlife Garden Party

Echinacea Monarch

Saturday, August 15, 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun an informative evening. Discover how you can attract hummingbirds, butterflies, birds and other wildlife by enhancing your yard with nectar rich blooms, plump berries, and decorative seeds. Bring your family and friends for an evening of merriment. You’ll enjoy:

  • 15% Off Your Total Purchase

  • FREE Refreshments, wine, punch and snacks

  • Door Prizes

  • One FREE plant for every guest with any plant purchase.

  • Native experts on hand to to share their vast knowledge of Missouri native plants. They will offer advice in landscaping with environmentally healthy and sustainable native plant species, along with practices that promote healthy habitat for birds, native wildlife and people.

  • TALK, 5:00 p.m., Monarch Mania–Gardening for Wildlife. Turn your yard into an oasis for hummingbirds, butterflies, birds and other wildlife by enhancing your gardens with nectar rich blooms, plump berries, and decorative seeds. Learn about the Missouri natives and others plants that wildlife find irresistible.


Calendar framedSugar Creek Gardens’ Best Fall Gardening Tips

presented by Karen Collins

Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.

Based on Karen’s Garden Calendar, a compilation of proven gardening techniques by masterful gardener Karen Collins, you’ll learn great tips for fall gardening. Discover which varieties are flowering along with the garden practices that will produce the longest-blooming, heaviest producing plants. Hear about the problems that may be lurking and the garden chores you can expect. Soil preparation, fertilizing, dead-heading and pruning, pest and disease control, propagation and other proven techniques will be discussed.


Tried and True Garden Plants

Saturday, August 29, 10:00 a.m.

Join us as we share our favorite perennials, shrubs and annuals. You’ll hear about the plants we have found to be superior producers, with exceptionally beautiful flowers, fantastic forms and superior habits.


FallcontainerExquisite Autumn Containers for Entrance Ways and Patios

Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m.
Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m.

At this demonstration you’ll see outstanding plant combinations to enliven your containers and window boxes with color and texture. Hear about the exciting variety of plants that look great through autumn along with others that withstand the coldest days of winter.

 


From Fall to Winter, Transitional Container Gardening

Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m.
Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.

Why settle for drab grays of fall and winter when you can design colorful containers that will look great in autumn and sparkle in the winter. You’ll learn how to use evergreen perennials and shrubs, along with seasonal ornaments, to have your pots looking gorgeous all the way till spring.


 

Pansydollar

PANSY DOLLAR DAYS

Pansy Dollars can be used for all merchandise!

September 25–October 1, 2015

You’ve held on to those Pansy Dollars all summer, now is the time to cash them in. Pansy Dollars may be used towards the purchase of ALL MERCHANDISE.

More plants than ever!

Outstanding selection of Perennials, Roses, Clematis, Vines, Ferns, Hydrangeas, Crapemrytles, Shrubs, Ornamental Grasses, Mums, Winter Hardy Pansies, Garden Statuary and Ornaments, Containers, Garden Gifts, Wreaths, Fall Decorations, Wrought Iron Bakers Racks, Benches, Plant Stands, Trellises, Halloween and Christmas Decorations, Books, Groundcovers, Fertilizers, Compost, Mulch and so much more.

 


Preparing Your Garden for Winter

Saturday, October 10, 10:00 a.m.

At this informative session you will learn useful tips and techniques that will benefit your plants come spring. You’ll hear about the important timing for pruning roses, shrubs and perennials to keep them in maximum blooming form. Learn the varieties that should be cut back and covered, and the others that should be left alone. Mulching and composting, along with other garden care will be discussed.


Enchanting Holiday Centerpiece–Mini Landscape Garden

Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m.

Enchant your family and friends with a holiday mini landscape garden. At this demonstration we will show the art of creating miniature landscapes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and more. Learn about doll size plants with teeny tiny leaves and flowers. The unique care tiny plants need will also be discussed.


Amaryllis framedHoliday Plants–Growing Tips for Colorful Displays

Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.
call 314-965-3070 for reservations

Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus, Paperwhites and others create exquisite decorations that only live plants can. Discover the most beautiful holiday plants, with the best colors and forms. In this session you’ll be inspired with fun and creative ways to use them in centerpieces and arrangements. You’ll learn proven tips for growing, making flowers last, and propagation.

 


 

Holiday Containers framedHoliday Outdoor Containers and Decorations Using Natural Elements

Saturday, November 28, 10 a.m.
Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.
call 314-965-3070 for reservations

Your yard is a treasure chest of holiday decorations just waiting for your artistic touch. Learn how to use the bounty of your yard, along with seasonal ornaments and evergreen plants to create exquisite containers and decorations that will look good through the holiday season and beyond.