Garden Lifestyle Workshops and Events

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Guided Purple Martin Tours of Bomb Island All Summer LongPurple Martin Tour

AUGUST 

17 (FULL), 18 (RAIN), 23 (RAIN), 24 (RAIN), 25 (RAIN)

  •  Maximum per tour is 6 guests.
  • Availability last updated as of 8/16/2017 and is subject to change. 

If you haven’t been out to see the Purple Martins, here’s your chance… 

Join us as we take you on a Guided Purple Martin Tour of the “Bomb Island” roost with Zach Steinhauser, our resident wildlife specialist, and manager of Wingard’s “Wings & Things”.  Join Zach and Master Captain Kenny Hardee for an informative cruise to Bomb Island, from Jake’s Landing. You will learn the history of Lake Murray and all about the Purple Martins, from two credentialed experts!  Even if you’ve been to the island before, on your own, this is a great opportunity to learn more about this natural phenomenon. 

At dusk, thousands, perhaps 500,000 or more, Purple Martins descend on Bomb Island to roost for the evening and depart early the next morning in one of nature’s spectacles right here in our own backyard. Bring your cameras and enjoy the rhythmic dance of the Purple Martins as they settle onto the island for the night. Every summer Bomb Island comes alive as these birds make the island their summer home.   

Tour will leave promptly at 7:00 p.m. from Jake’s Landing and will return at 9:00 p.m. 

Jake’s Landing –  220 Jake’s Landing Rd, Lexington, SC 29072

Click here for directions to Jake’s Landing

Bring your own food and beverages if you like; we will provide ice water. There are no refunds, however, if for some unlikely reason the trip has to be canceled, it will be rescheduled so that you may enjoy another time. PLEASE NOTE: Restrooms are not on board, but available at Jake’s Landing 

Reservations can be made at Wing’s & Things or ordered over the phone by calling 803.359.9091


solar eclipse partySolar Eclipse Watch Party

Monday, August 21 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Gather with us for the experience of a lifetime. 

We’ll have music, lemonade, and cookies.   There’ll be a special “I watched the eclipse at Wingard’s” photo opportunity.  At 3:00, we will give away a free eclipse ornament to one of our guests.  So avoid the crowds, and watch the eclipse with your Wingard’s Family! 

This is a free event.


compostingComposting & Fall Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, August 26 | 10:00 – 11:30 am

If you’ve been thinking about composting, Fall is the time to start, since you need dried plant material as a base. 

Leaves that blanket your yard in the autumn will make a good start.  This is Dale Miller’s farewell workshop as he is retiring from Wingard’s at the end of the month.  Also, you may not realize that you can plant a whole new vegetable crop that will bear in the Fall.  This is the time of year to plant cool weather crops, such as broccoli, kale, lettuces, etc.  We are happy to have Tommy Harmon, who taught agriculture for the last 30+ years, join us to take up where Dale leaves off.  Tommy will teach the Vegetable Gardening portion of the workshop.  So, this workshop may remind you of Dueling Banjos by the time Dale and Tommy get through! 

The cost is $10.00 and you will receive a $10.00 coupon to use at Wingard’s.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. Register online below or call 803-359-9091.Register Here


heirloom tomatowYou Can “Can” Your Own Produce

Saturday, September 9 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Canning is becoming more popular than ever, especially with the overwhelming emphasis on food awareness, eating well, and incorporating local, fresh ingredients in cooking. 

Making your own prepared foods allows you to lead a more healthy lifestyle, as there are no preservatives added and no unpronounceable ingredients.  In this workshop, you will learn the basics of water bath canning.  You will participate in actually canning jars of tomatoes and will be able to take a jar home.  The workshop will be taught by a Clemson Extension Agent. 

The cost is $30.00.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. 
Register online below or call 803-359-9091.

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wildlifeGardening for Wildlife

Tuesday, September 12 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Come learn about the South Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife Program, which helps people restore habitat and wildlife populations to our cities, towns, and neighborhoods. 

Since 1973 this program has been educating and empowering people to turn their own small piece of the Earth–their yards and gardens–into thriving habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. In doing so, the Garden for Wildlife program helps wildlife and gives people a daily connection to the natural world, literally right outside their door.  Learn how to make your yard a certified wildlife habitat.  South Carolina is currently a leader across the nation in the number of certified wildlife habitats per capita! Let’s keep it that way! 

The cost is $10.00.  You will receive a $5.00 coupon to use at Wingard’s and $5.00 will go to support  SCWF.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. 
Register online below or call 803-359-9091.

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lawn careDo-It-Yourself Lawn Care

Saturday, September 16 | 10:00 – 11:30 am

Learn how to use Wingard’s simple do-it-yourself four-step lawn care program and be the envy of your neighborhood.

In order to use the program, it’s simple…you will need to know what kind of grass (Centipede, Zoysia, St. Augustine or Bermuda) and approximately how many square feet of lawn that you have…as a benchmark, an acre is 44,100 square feet (210 x 210) and most home lots are between one-half acre and one-quarter acre. Our own Tommy Harmon will guide you through our program and answer your questions on lawn care. 

The cost is $10.00 and you will receive a $10.00 coupon to use at Wingard’s.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. Register online below or call 803-359-9091.

Register Here


lawn careDo-It-Yourself Lawn Care

Wednesday, September 20 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Learn how to use Wingard’s simple do-it-yourself four-step lawn care program and be the envy of your neighborhood.

In order to use the program, it’s simple…you will need to know what kind of grass (Centipede, Zoysia, St. Augustine or Bermuda) and approximately how many square feet of lawn that you have…as a benchmark, an acre is 44,100 square feet (210 x 210) and most home lots are between one-half acre and one-quarter acre. Our own Tommy Harmon will guide you through our program and answer your questions on lawn care. 

The cost is $10.00 and you will receive a $10.00 coupon to use at Wingard’s.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. Register online below or call 803-359-9091.

Register Here


All Natural ProductsDe-Tox with Friends at Wingard’s – Girls Night Out

Thursday, September 21 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Our Girls Night Out is always fun – a time and place to enjoy good friends and good food. 

Don’t worry, even though “detoxing” is our theme, we’ll still be serving wine.  We will be emphasizing a chemical-free (or at least a less-chemical) lifestyle.   Special shopping opportunities.  Something to make and take home, as well as a bag full of goodies. 

The cost is $25.00.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. 
Click here or call 803 359 9091 to register.

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newcomers workshopNewcomers Workshop

Saturday, September 23  | 10:00 – 11:30 am

Come learn all about planting and caring for your landscape from our experts.  

If you are new to the midlands of South Carolina or new to gardening or if you have just purchased your first home, you will enjoy this well-attended workshop.  Tommy Harmon, of Wingard’s, will take you from soils to plants, to watering and everything in between. You’ll learn about planting in the sun or shade, fertilizing and much more.

The cost is $10.00 and you will receive a $10.00 coupon to use at Wingard’s.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. 
Register online below or call 803-359-9091.

Register Here


fairy gardenMake Your Own Fairy Garden

Saturday, September 30 | 10:00 – 11:30 am

Come create your own miniature garden! Be inspired to dream and create miniature landscapes using small-scale plants and accessories.

These little scenes create a sense of magic and whimsy and are essential for attracting those little elusive fairies to your home and garden. Fairy gardens are becoming increasingly popular in the home garden. 

Registration is $10 per person, in advance, and you will receive a $10 credit toward your miniature garden purchases that day. Space is limited, so please register early. All ages are welcome to attend; children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Register online below or call 803-359-9091.

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bird walkCongaree National Park Bird Walk

Saturday, September 30 | 8:00 – 10:00 am

If you’ve never been to Congaree National Park, this will be a treat. 

Situated along the Congaree River, the park is home to champion trees, primeval forest landscapes, and diverse plant and animal life. Known for its giant hardwoods and towering pines, the park’s floodplain forest includes one of the highest canopies in the world and some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States.  Meander the trails and boardwalks of Congaree National Park with our wildlife specialist, Zach Steinhauser, who will point out various bird species and discuss habitat, migration patterns, and answer any questions you may have.  There are so many birds you can see in the wild that do not normally come to your backyard feeders.  Catch birds not common to this area as they fly through on their Fall migration North to South. Dress for the weather. 

There is a $15 fee person; you must register in advance. Children 15 & under free; must be accompanied by a registered adult. BYOB – bring your own binoculars. Meet at the park.   Directions to meeting place will be emailed to you upon registration.
Register online below or call 803-359-9091.

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Kid's Corn MazeKid’s Corn Maze

Monday – Saturday | 8:30 am – 6:00 pm throughout October

Bring the little ones for our amazing Corn Maze, just the right size for younger kids. Make it a new tradition and capture those memories!

Pay $3 for each child to explore the maze and get a pumpkin at the end. The Kid’s Corn Maze is open 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Monday-Saturday during the month of October. Great spots throughout the maze for photo opportunities!

Purchase tickets in our Fresh Produce Market. Tickets cannot be purchased online.


Art in the GardenArt in the Garden XI

Friday, October 6th | 6:30 pm -10:30 pm

Come celebrate Wingard’s 50th Anniversary and help a great local, non-profit organization, Lexington Interfaith Community Services at the same time. 

Enjoy a cool Carolina evening under the stars as Wingard’s is transformed into a magical wonderland full of great food, beverage, friends, and music from “the Summer of Love,” featuring internationally acclaimed Beatles Tribute Band, “The Return”!  The Return has played worldwide and just returned from a tour of Japan. We are pleased that they will join us once again for this great night.  Wally saw The Beatles in 1964 and can attest that The Return is an exact image in music, mannerisms, instruments, and accents.  For a preview of what to expect, check out this video from Art in the Garden in 2008

Tickets are $40 each which includes dinner, beverages, and the concert.

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bat houseBats:  Nature’s Pest Control

Tuesday, October 10 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Paper silhouettes of bats mounted on the wall, carved into pumpkins or hanging from the ceiling are meant to be a scary sight around Halloween.

But bats really should be considered a good friend to gardeners. Since a colony of bats can eat as much as 100 tons of insects in a season, they are a gardener’s best means of pest control.  Come learn from our wildlife specialist, Zach Steinhauser, about the bats of South Carolina, why they’re good for your garden, how to attract them, and why their populations are in danger. 

The cost is $10.00 and you will receive a $10.00 coupon to use at Wingard’s.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. 
Register online below or call 803-359-9091.

Register Here


HallapaloozaHallopalooza

Saturday, October 28 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

All Hallows Eve…or two days prior…is always fun at Wingard’s!

Halloween is always fun at Wingard’s! Stop in and get ready for Halloween with your child, where they will enjoy riding the Gobblin Train and venturing thru the Corn Maze. The train is free and there is a $3 charge per child for the Corn Maze. There will be coloring, apple bobbing and more fun activities for the children, and Ray’s Pizza will be here, selling the best NY pizza this side of New Jersey!

This is a FREE event.