Garden Calendar

Today and Tomorrow

Holiday Festival of Lights, with thousands of lights and animated light sculptures; 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 29. Fee: $3.50; ages 2 and under free. Camden Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733;


Volunteer for Trail Work, clearing brush and putting water bars on trails; 9 a.m. Free; bring gloves and eye protection; tools, refreshments provided. Ridley Creek State Park office, Gradyville Rd. between Rtes. 352 and 252, north of Media; 610-891-0118;

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Breeding and Introducing New Plants, program with Grace Romero; 7:30 p.m. Fee: $5. Delaware Valley College, Student Center Music Room, Rte. 202, off Rte. 611 Bypass, Doylestown. 215-489-2283.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Tour of Meadowbrook Farm, holiday-decorated house and gardens, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fee: $23; pre-registration required. Meadowbrook Farm, 1633 Washington Ln., Abington Township;; 215-988-8869;

Book Club: Stories from the Garden, book-discussion group; 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. Free; obtain book and read before discussion: Laura Waterman, Losing the Garden: The Story of a Marriage. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, McLean Library, 100 N. 20th St.; 215-988-8772;

Up ahead

Weed Patrol Volunteer to learn about and pull invasive plants; 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 8. Free; pre-registration suggested; tools and materials supplied. Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd. (Rte. 32), New Hope; 215-862-2924;

Backyard Composting Workshop 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension office, 461 Wyoming Rd., Newark; 302-831-2506. Fee: $15; pre-registration required.

Seasonal crafts

Make Items to Sell at Greens Sale benefiting Wissahickon Environmental Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Valley Green Inn, Forbidden Drive near Valley Green Road: door swags, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Valley Green Inn, wreath decoration. Free, includes refreshments; registration required. 215-685-9285.

Holiday Workshops: Times vary, Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 (evergreen wreath); fee: $40 each. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 (boxwood tree or natural centerpiece); fee: $45. Pre-registration required for all classes. Triple Oaks Nursery, 2359 Delsea Dr., Franklinville; 856-694-4272;

Holiday Greens Make wreath or centerpiece; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Fee: $30; pre-registration required: Awbury Arboretum Association, Francis Cope House, 1 Awbury Rd.; 215-849-2855.

Holiday Workshops: wreath, 1 to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; centerpiece, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow; decorative outdoor containers, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Fee: $32 each ($25 for container workshop); pre-registration required. Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media; 610-566-9134, Ext. 212;

Holiday Wreath for Birds: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Fee: $50; pre-registration required. Mount Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin, Del.; 302-234-4244;

Green Wreaths 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Fee: $45; registration required; bring pruners & dish gloves. Swarthmore College, Scott Arboretum office, Rte. 320 & College Avenue, Swarthmore; 610-328-8025;

Wreaths Make with native plants, natural materials, 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 8. Fee: $42; register by Wednesday. Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, River Road (Rte. 32), New Hope; 215-862-2924;

Holiday Topiary using boxwood as a base, plus demonstrations in roping, mantel displays, kissing balls, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Meadowbrook Farm, 1633 Washington Ln., Meadowbrook. Fee: $40 advanced registration required:; 215-988-8869;

Greens sales

Door Wreaths, table and mantel arrangements, medallions, swags, evergreens, magnolia branches. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. (benefits upkeep of Uwchlan Meeting House); snow date Sunday. Garden Class of the Women's Community Club of Uwchlan sponsors. Uwchlan Meeting House, Rtes. 100 and 113, Lionville. Pre-orders:; 610-363-75455. Information: 610-942-7501,

Greens, wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, artificial wreaths; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Chester County Historical Society, 225 N. High St., West Chester; 610-692-4800.

Sale of All-Natural "Critter" Ornaments; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Free; no strollers. Brandywine River Museum (Lecture Room), Rtes. 1 and 100, Chadds Ford; 610-388-2700;

Greens and Accessories, Christmas craft show. 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Odessa Fire Hall, 304 Main St., Odessa, Del.); antiques show (Old St. Paul's Church, 506 High St.), 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Colonial Christmas decoration demonstrations, noon to 4 p.m. (Wilson-Warner stone barn, 202 Main St., Odessa) tomorrow. Free; 302-378-4900;

- Jerene Schroeder

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