While the growing season is in full swing, the calendar is still full of events and workshops that celebrate gardening and provide instruction on new skills.

Kids’ crafts, nature walks, garden tours and workshops on everything from making rain barrels to building bat houses can expand gardening know-how.

Space is limited at some of these classes and a few ask for advance registration, so don't wait if one sounds promising.

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Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. “Creating Habitats for Butterflies,” part of Friends of the Tanger Arboretum’s nature series, at LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children and free for arboretum members. Register by calling 717-392-4633 or visiting lancasterhistory.org/nature-series.

The monarch butterfly AND BLACK EYED SUSAN

This monarch butterfly was spotted on a late-summer black-eyed susan near Willow Street.

Friday, Aug. 30, 5-6 p.m. Late-summer wildflowers walk with naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, in the Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow of Lancaster County Central Park. For ages 6 and up; registration $2 a person at 717-295-2055 or bit.ly/wildflowersA30. Registration deadline Aug. 29.

Daily through Aug. 31. Flower Trials at Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center are open dawn to dusk. Free. Details: trialgardenspsu.edu.

Fridays, 10 a.m. and Saturdays, 1 p.m. Take a one-hour guided tour of Hershey Gardens with biologist Ray Barbehenn. Free with garden admission. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Details: hersheygardens.org.

And, looking into September:

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6:15 p.m. Ephrata Area Garden Club hosts program on container gardening, with Master Gardener George Weaver, at Udder Choice Restaurant, 1812 W. Main St., Ephrata. All welcome. Information: egardenclub@yahoo.com

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Corner of the Garden: Fall container gardening workshop at Lebanon Valley Agricultural Center, 2120 Cornwall Road, Lebanon. Cost $5. Registration required by calling 1-877-639-3589 by Aug. 28 or visiting bit.ly/PSUcontainer.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Native Plant Rescue and Yard Sale, featuring plants dug up by Penn State Master Gardeners from the York County Annex's native plant gardens before the office's upcoming move, for $5 per plastic grocery bag, plus other garden-related items and tools. At York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Road, York. Information: bit.ly/SaleS7

Saturday, Sept. 7, 9-11 a.m. The Living Landscape class examines land through the lens of wild species that live there, open to all ages, at Horn Farm Center, 4945 Horn Road, York, led by woodland steward Wilson Alvarez. Class fee $15 per person; register at bit.ly/landscapeS7. Information: 717-332-8710 or educationdirector@hornfarmcenter.org.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. Little Gardeners Workshop makes a mini pollinator bath suitable for hummingbirds, butterflies and birds, at Ken's Gardens' Smoketown store, 2467 Old Philadelphia Pike. Geared toward kids in grades K-6. Cost $5; adult supervision required for younger children. Reservations required: 717-392-4875. 

Wednesday, Sept. 18 7 a.m. Town and Country Garden Club trip to New York Botanical Garden with guided tour of special exhibit. Fee of $184 for members/$189 for nonmembers includes transportation, admissions, tips, lunch and snacks. Registration deadline Aug. 26; call 717-435-8678 for reservations.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 9-11 a.m. Foraging plant walk with Horn Farm Center Education Director Jonathan Darby, at Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, 4945 Horn Road, York. Fee $20. Registration required at bit.ly/foragingS21. Information: 717-757-6441 or educationdirector@hornfarmcenter.org.