Oak tree

Oak trees are a host plant for more than 600 different insect species. Planting them supports insects  and also birds and other animals, says entomologist Doug Tallamy, who will talk in Lancaster County March 18.

We’re still months from the frost-free date in Lancaster County, but there are plenty of chances to learn something new about gardening throughout March. There are also workshops to make your own floral arrangements and graft your own fruit trees.

Doug Tallamy, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, was scheduled to give a talk, “Restoring the Little Things that Run the World” Wednesday, March 18, at an event from Lancaster Conservancy and Willow Valley Communities. The talk, about creating beautiful landscapes that also support the pollinators essential to our ecosystem, has been postponed to September.

There are workshops for adults and workshops for kids. There’s the Philadelphia Flower Show at the beginning of the month. There’s also a home show.

Here’s a roundup of more than two dozen garden events in the Lancaster County region this March.

Email enegley@lnpnews.com if you have additional events to add.

• Feb. 29-March 8. Philadelphia Flower Show, the biggest indoor flower show in the world returns to Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Tickets at the box office are $48 weekends for adults, $25 for ages 18-29 and $20 for children. Buy tickets in advance or online to save. Details: theflowershow.com or 215-988-8800. On Wednesday, March 4, there will be a gardening for biodiversity symposium.


• Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. Lititz Garden Club presents a talk about water pollution and invasive species from Barry Witmer of Donegal Trout Unlimited. Free. Preregister by emailing lititzgardenclub@gmail.com.


• Friday, March 6-Sunday, March 8, Hours: 1-8 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. BIA Spring Home Show from Building Industry Association of Lancaster County, at Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention Center, 2300 Lincoln Highway East. $5 per day. Details: biaspringhomeshow.com or 717-569-2674.


• Saturday, March 7, 9-11 a.m. The Living Landscape class at Horn Farm Center, 4945 Horn Road, Hallam. $15. Details: hornfarmcenter.org or 717-757-6441.


• Saturday, March 7, 9-10:30 a.m. Vegetable gardening for beginners workshop from Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. $10. Register by March 1 at bit.ly/VegG2020.


• Saturday, March 7, 10-11 a.m. Waking up from winter walk in search of flora and fauna with Lancaster County Parks. At Lancaster County Central Park’s Environmental Center, 1 Nature’s Way, Lancaster. For all ages. $2 per person. Register at lancastercountyparks.org or 717-295-2055 by noon, Friday, March 6.


• Saturday, March 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Seedling Squad hanging bird seed shape workshop for kids, at Stauffers of Kissel Hill Home and Garden Centers including 1050 Lititz Pike, Lititz, and 301 Rohrerstown Road. $5 fee, plus tax. Register at skh.com/events.


• Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. Little Gardeners: Make a mini nesting wreath workshop for children (grades K-6) at Ken’s Gardens, 2467 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. $5. Details: kensgardens.com or call call 717-392-4875.


• Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m.-noon. Succulent garden workshop at Ken's Gardens, 3552 W. Newport Road, Ronks. $35 includes container, plants, soil and embellishments. Details: kensgardens.com or call 717-768-3922.


• Saturday, March 7, 1-2 p.m. Nesting wreath workshop at Ken’s Gardens, 2467 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. $25. Details: kensgardens.com or call call 717-392-4875.


• Monday, March 9, 7 p.m. Lancaster County Garden Club will host a talk, “The Mixed Perennial Garden” from George Coombs, director of horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center. Event is at Salem United Church of Christ, 2312 Marietta Ave., Rohrerstown. $5 for guests. Details: lancastergardenclub.org.


• Monday, March 9, deadline for Lancaster County Conservation District’s annual tree seedling sale. The sale includes conifers, hardwoods, wildlife food sources, groundcover and pollinator-friendly perennials. Orders will be ready for pick-up April 8 at the Farm and Home Center, Lancaster. Customers can also take home two buckets of free compost. Details: lancasterconservation.org.


• Tuesday, March 10, 6:30-8 p.m. Wine bottle succulent workshop with Terrarium Therapy at Old Republic Distillery Tavern, 3 Dutchland Ave., Ephrata. $40, includes materials and plants. Details: bit.ly/TTWineBottle.


Note: All Penn State events have been canceled through April 6 out of precaution for the coronavirus pandemic. 

• Saturday, March 14, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. GardenWise garden school with talks about sustainable gardening and environmental stewardship from Penn State Master Gardeners at Central York Middle School, 1950 N. Hills Road, York. $75 includes lunch. Details: bit.ly/GWise2020 or 717-840-7408.


• Saturday, March 14, 9-11:30 a.m. Green Mulch: Native plants as groundcovers at Horn Farm Center, 4945 Horn Road, Hallam. $37. Details: hornfarmcenter.org or 717-757-6441.


Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Miniature garden terrarium workshop at Esbenshade’s Garden Centers locations including 546 E. 28th Division Highway, Lititz (717626-7007) and 1749 Bowmansville Road, Mohnton (717-445-6055). $19.99, includes materials and plants. To register, call the store.


• Saturday, March 14, 10:30-noon. Spring planter workshop at Stauffers of Kissel Hill Home and Garden Centers including 1050 Lititz Pike, Lititz, and 301 Rohrerstown Road. Free instruction and potting soil. Bring a container. Plants can be purchased. Register at skh.com/events.


• Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m.-noon. Cold-tolerant miniature garden workshop at Ken's Gardens, 2467 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. $35 includes container, three cold-tolerant plants, accessories and embellishments for a fairy garden suited for outdoors. Details: kensgardens.com or call 717-392-4875.


• Monday, March 16, 6:30-8 p.m. Build a bluebird box with Lancaster County Parks Department, Environmental Center, 1 Nature’s Way, Lancaster. $2 per person and $10 per bluebird box. Register by noon, March 13 online at lancastercountyparks.org or call 717-295-2055.


This event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

• Wednesday, March 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Doug Tallamy: Restoring the Little Things that Run the World from Lancaster Conservancy and Willow Valley Communities at the Cultural Center at Willow Valley Communities, 900 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street. $15. Details: bit.ly/TallamyWV.


This event has been canceled. Organizers say they hope to reschedule in the fall.

• Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. Muhlenberg Botanical Society presents Abundance and Variety of Wildflowers in Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve, a talk by Julie and John Ambler. Free. Talk is at North Museum of Science and Natural History, 400 College Ave., Lancaster. Details: bit.ly/MBSociety.


This meeting has been canceled.

• Saturday, March 21, 9-11 a.m. Paint a gourd at Esbenshade’s Garden Centers,546 E. 28th Division Highway, Lititz with More Than a Gourd. $35 per person with proceeds going to Relay for Life. Details: bit.ly/GourdPaint.


This event is still scheduled and has moved outdoors.

• Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.-noon. Heirloom seed swap at Winters Heritage House Museum, 47 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Details: 717-367-4672 or elizabethtownhistory.org.


This event has been canceled.

• Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.-noon. Resurrection garden workshop at Ken's Gardens, 3552 W. Newport Road, Ronks. $15 includes all materials. Details: kensgardens.com or call 717-768-3922.


This event has been canceled.

• Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.-noon. Seed-starting workshop at Ken's Gardens, 2467 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. $10 includes a windowsill tray and dome, peat pellets and seeds. Details: kensgardens.com or call 717-392-4875.


This meeting will be virtual/online but a date has not yet been scheduled.

• Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mid-Atlantic Carnivorous Plant Society's next meeting will have a carnivorous plant terrarium demonstration, a plant discussion and a plant auction. Open to the public. At North Museum of Nature and Science.


This workshop has been canceled due to coronavirus. People who have already purchased tickets through Brown PaperTickets should contact the service for a refund.

• Saturday, March 21, 1-4 p.m. Fruit tree grafting workshop with Back Yard Fruit Growers at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster. $40. Details: bit.ly/FruitGraft.


This event has been canceled.

• Sunday, March 22, 2-4 p.m. Seed-starting workshop with an emphasis on heirloom seeds from master gardener Heather Botchlet with Strasburg Heritage Society at 28 E. Main St., Strasburg. $35 for nonmembers. To register, contact Ann Lainhoff at 717-687-8816 or lainhoff@netscape.net.


This event has been canceled.

• Saturday, March 28, 8-9 a.m. Yoga in the greenhouse at Esbenshade’s Garden Centers, Lititz. $10. To register, call 717-626-7007 or visit esbenshades.com.


• Saturday, March 28, 9-11:30 a.m. Stormwater management 101 for homeowners at Horn Farm Center, 4945 Horn Road, Hallam. $37. Details: hornfarmcenter.org or 717-757-6441.


This event has been canceled.

• Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Spring container garden workshop at Esbenshade’s Garden Centers including 546 E. 28th Division Highway, Lititz (717626-7007) and 1749 Bowmansville Road, Mohnton (717-445-6055). $24.99, includes materials and plants. To register, call the store.


This event has been canceled.

• Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m.-noon. Childrens' fuzzy bunny pot workshop at Ken's Gardens, 3552 W. Newport Road, Ronks. $5 includes materials. For children ages 3 and older. Details: kensgardens.com or call 717-768-3922.


This event has been canceled.

• Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m.-noon. Resurrection garden workshop at Ken's Gardens, 2467 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. $15 includes all materials. Details: kensgardens.com or call 717-768-3922.


Hershey Gardens is closed through March 30.

• Fridays and Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. Take a one-hour guided tour of Hershey Gardens with biologist Ray Barbehenn. Free with garden admission. Details: hersheygardens.org.

And looking ahead into April:

Note: All Penn State events have been canceled through April 6 out of precaution for the coronavirus pandemic. This includes: Thursday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. Lititz Garden Club presents a talk about the monarch butterfly’s journey and how to create a way station from Lebanon County Master Gardeners. Free. Pre-register by emailing lititzgardenclub@gmail.com.

• Saturday, April 4, 9-11 a.m. The Living Landscape class at Horn Farm Center, 4945 Horn Road, Hallam. $15. Details: hornfarmcenter.org or 717-757-6441.


This event has been canceled. Organizers say they hope to reschedule in the fall.

• Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m. Muhlenberg Botanical Society and the Lancaster Butterfly and Entomology Club present a talk on galls from Warren Abrahamson. Free. Talk is at North Museum of Science and Natural History, 400 College Ave., Lancaster. Details: bit.ly/MBSociety.


• Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m. Make a seasonal fresh floral centerpiece arrangement with Plant Nite at 551 West, 551 W. King St., Lancaster. $49 includes materials. For adults 21 and older. Details: bit.ly/PNApril.


• Monday, April 13, 7 p.m. Lancaster County Garden Club will host a talk, “Exotic edibles that we can grow” from Bill Lauris, owner of Off the Beaten Path Nursery. Event is at Salem United Church of Christ, 2312 Marietta Ave., Rohrerstown. $5 for guests. Details: lancastergardenclub.org.