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Chives are equally pretty grown in a garden or in a pot on a sunny windowsill.

Chives are equally pretty grown in a garden or in a pot on a sunny windowsill.

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The Great Perennial Divide: From now until the end of April, non-profit Gateway Greening is giving area residents the chance to clean out their backyard gardens for a good cause during its annual Great Perennial Divide.

The unique event will give backyard gardeners the chance to donate their unwanted ornamental plants at a variety of collection sites in the area, including one in Chesterfield. Those items, in turn, will be provided at no cost to area community gardeners to help them fill in and beautify their gardens.

Individual donors should call to arrange a drop-off time. A complete list of the plants that may be donated is available at  gatewaygreening.org, but include black-eyed Susan, chrysanthemum, phlox, hosta, astilbe and more.

For those with large amounts of ornamental plants to donate, Gateway Greening will schedule a dig at the donor’s residence and staff and volunteers from the organization will dig up the unwanted plants on site and re-pot them later in the day. Digs will take place throughout April. Those interested in scheduling a dig at their home may contact Gateway Greening at (314) 588-9600 to arrange a day and time.

“The Great Perennial Divide offers a great opportunity for backyard gardeners to share plant material they no longer need or want with community gardeners in search of ornamentals to enhance their gardens,” said Hannah Reinhart, garden program director. “However, this event wouldn’t be possible without the many generous plant donations we receive from the community. We encourage anyone who’s looking to clean up their backyard garden to consider donating their unwanted plant materials to this great cause.”

To contact the Chesterfield donation site at 912 N. Woods Mill Road, donors are asked to call (314) 576-1819.

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In addition to the Great Perennial Divide, a number of local and nearby garden events are on the calendar, including:

April 22-25

Herb Days: Gardeners and food enthusiasts can choose from a wide selection of potted fresh herbs, including new and hard-to-find varieties. The society’s popular cookbook, periodicals and herb-related books also will be available. Herb Society members will give demonstrations and guidance on selecting, planting, growing and using herbs. Public hours for the sale are from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22;  noon-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 23; and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on  Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25. Herb Days will be held in the MBG Orthwein Floral Display Hall at the Missouri Botanical Garden; included with garden admission.

April 24-25

Webster Groves Garden Club Spring Plant Sale: Locally grown annuals and perennials are on sale from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 25 in the Webster Groves Recreational Center, 33 E. Glendale Road. Learn more at mgcwg.org.

April 25

Webster Groves Herb Society Spring Herb Sale: Herbs and heirloom vegetables are for sale along with herb-related books, demonstrations and members available to answer questions. Sale hours are 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, 10 W. Lockwood.

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Landscaping for Privacy: Learn what plant materials and hardscape options are available to enhance the natural beauty and privacy of your landscape. Seminar begins at 11a.m. and is located at Summer Winds Nursery, 54 Clarkson Road in Ellisville. To reserve a seat call 227-0095.

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Seven Pines Garden Club Plant Sale: Annuals, vegetables, hanging baskets, perennials (most from members’ gardens) and garden gifts are available. Held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the swimming pool grounds in the Seven Pines subdivision, off Fee Fee Road.

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Peppers are an easy-to-grow option that are ideal for container gardeners.

Peppers are an easy-to-grow option that are ideal for container gardeners.

St. Charles Garden County Plant Sale: Vegetables, Missouri natives, annuals, herbs, perennials, seeds and more are offered by the University of Missouri Extension, 260 Brown Road in St. Peters. Sale hours are from 9 a.m.-noon.

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Customer Appreciation Day: Product demonstrations, food and drinks, giveaways and  activities for the kids are offered at Chesterfield Valley Nursery, 16825 N Outer 40 Road, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Greater St. Louis Iris Society Show: New cultivars and old favorites are shown by the area’s top growers, who are on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. Held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Beaumont Room at the Missouri Botanical Garden; included with garden admission.

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Boone Country Garden Club Plant Sale: Bring your kids to this free event, hosted by St. Charles County from 9 a.m.–noon in Broemmelsiek Park. Boone Country Garden Club members will have plants for sale from their own gardens, and will be giving away seeds, while supplies last. Take Interstate 64 to the Winghaven Boulevard exit, continue south to Hwy. DD.

April 26

Birds in the Garden: Evelyn Presley will lay out a plan to keep  feathered friends healthy and happy while they remain a guest in your yard. From 1-2:30 p.m. at Frisella Nursery, 550 Hwy. F in Defiance.

May 2-3

Not all plants like the sun. Hostas are perennial shade lovers.

Not all plants like the sun. Hostas are perennial shade lovers.

St. Louis Master Gardener Plant Sale: Annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, natives and aquatic plants are offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the greenhouse on South Technical High’s campus, 12721 West Watson Road in Sunset Hills. Checks and cash accepted. Proceeds from the plant sale benefit St. Louis Master Gardener programs throughout St. Louis County and City and assist with educational efforts at South Technical High.

May 2

St. Charles Garden County Plant Sale: A follow up to April 25th sale at the University of Missouri Extension, 260 Brown Road in St. Peters. Sale hours are from 9 a.m.-noon.

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St. Louis Hosta Society Plant Sale: Plants from local gardens and the Missouri Botanical Garden are offered. Held at the Missouri Botanical Garden from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; included in Garden admission.

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Bethel United Methodist Church Plant Sale: Annuals, perennials, house plants, vegetables, garden decor and more are offered at 17500 Manchester Road in Wildwood from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Webster Groves Women’s Garden Association Plant Sale: Perennials from local gardens (including hostas, ferns, woodland plants, daylilies, butterfly favorites) plus nursery grown annuals and hanging baskets are featured along with a bake sale, silent auction and raffle. Rain or shine from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Webster Groves Masonic Lodge, 12 E. Lockwood Ave.

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Boone Country Garden Club Plant Sale: Plants for sale from members’ gardens. Selection will include indoor plants, perennials, annuals and bedding plants. Held from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Sugar Creek Winery in Defiance.

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