Events

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FEBRUARY

Winter Gardening
February 1, 11am
Join the Raleigh Garden club for a luncheon and program on winter gardening. Fee. NC State University Club, Raleigh. raleigh-garden-club.org.

Walk on the Wild Side
February 2, 11am-12noon
Walk on the Wild Side has been helping people discover native North Carolina for almost ten years. Using the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants as an outdoor lab, you will learn of amazing adaptations, partnerships and systems that help plants thrive here. Held each first Thursday of the month, year round. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Propagation Workshop
February 4, 9am–3pm
Join JC Raulston Arboretum staff in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants in the Arboretum’s collections via hardwood cuttings. Participants will go home with many freshly propagated plants. Techniques discussed can be done at home. Open to all knowledge/experience levels. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Botany
February 4, 11, 18, 25, 9:15am–1:30pm
Gain familiarity with basic principles of botany, including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology. Class time includes lectures and examining samples. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Pruning Demo
February 4, 11am
Get your landscape in shape with the pros. Demo by horticulturist Nelsa Cox. Fee, pre-register. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Gardening Basics—Using Science to Grow Better Plants
February 6 – March 27, Mondays 6:30pm–8:30pm
Whether you are new to gardening, a seasoned gardener, or new to this area, this class with Bryce Lane will help you be more successful in all your gardening endeavors by understanding plant classification, growth, soils, and reproduction. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

I Need a Plan: Garden Fundamentals–Create a Bird-Friendly Garden
February 7 & 14, 6:30pm-9pm
Lauri Lawson, Niche Gardens, will review plants that are favored by local and migratory songbirds. You will have the chance to create a plant list suitable for your garden conditions. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Acrylic
February 9, 16, March 9, 16, 1pm-4:30pm
Learn a variety of fundamental methods in painting with the opaque water media, acrylic, including how to use it for botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Nature Photography Exhibit
February 10-12
Nature photography requires technical skill, artistry and a never-ending sense of wonder. Enjoy photographs of nature by members of the Durham Photography Club at Duke Gardens at this exhibit. The displays will remind you of the amazing spectacle of nature in any season and brighten a winter’s day. Free drop-in exhibit for all ages. Adult chaperone required. Special Reception for Duke Gardens members, Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30-7 p.m. Dates: Friday, Feb. 10, 4:30 – 8 p.m., Feb. 11, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., & Sunday, Feb. 12, noon – 4:30 p.m. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

North American Rock Garden Society Lecture
February 11, 10am-11:30am
“Wildflowers of Northwestern Colorado” Tim Alderton, Research Technician
Follow along and explore the flora of the dry steppe to the moist mountain meadows, only scratching the surface of the diversity to be seen in a small area of north western Colorado. Flora growing among the summer temperatures and drought shortly replaced by patches of winter ‘s remnant snows by only traveling what seems like just around the bend in the road. Come along for the rides and hikes! Join us for a reception at 9:30 am. Meet the speaker and socialize with like-minded gardeners. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

A Year’s Worth of Wild Edible Plants in One Day
February 11, 2pm-4pm
Ramps, redbud flowers, beach arugula, samphire, sunchokes, juneberries, nettles and fiddlehead ferns are just a few of the delicious, wild, edibles that can be found in North Carolina. In less than two hours this indoor program will cover four seasons’ worth of plants. Fee, pre-register. Frank Hyman, Durham. www.frankhyman.com or frankhyman@liberatedgardener.net.

Darwin Day Lecture
February 12, 2pm
Johnny Randall, director of conservation programs, will talk about the Venus flytrap, a plant Charles Darwin called one of the most wonderful plants in the world. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Getting Ready for Nesting Season
February 12, 2pm-4pm
Learn how to help bluebirds in their first nesting season in the spring. Hosted by the Bluebirders of Wake County, a club dedicated to bluebird conservation and secondary cavity nesting wild song birds within Wake County. Free. Mordecai Historic Park Office, Raleigh. 919-787-5248. bluebirdersofwake.org.

Beginning Watercolor
February 14, 21, March 7, 14, 1pm–4:30pm
An introduction to watercolor techniques. Learn to paint various simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Photography Walk
February 16, 2pm-3pm
“Wide Angle Photography” by Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography. The JC Raulston Arboretum is offering a new program series for 2017 led by Susan Bailey. Monthly Photography Walks will include brief instructions on various photographic topics as they pertain to gardens. After the instruction, participants will have plenty of time to practice their photography skills in the Arboretum’s collections and gardens. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Hellebore Festival
February 17, 18, 24, 25, 10am-4pm
See hellebores on display and for sale. Pine Knot Farms. 434-252-1990, pineknotfarms.com.

Winter Symposium – Garden Divas
February 18, 8am–12pm
Women have been among the brightest stars in horticulture. We bring together several “women of outstanding talent” to share their passion for gardening combined with a gift for communicating the knowledge. Speakers include Stephanie Cohen, Carol Reese, and Pam Beck. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

The Great Backyard Bird Count Class
February 18, 9am-10am
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a worldwide event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Learn how to participate in this event, and how the data will be used. Class will be taught by bird specialist and former president of Wake Audubon Society, Gerry Luginbuhl. Free.
Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop, Raleigh. logantrd.com.

Caring for Your Landscape
February 18-March 4, Saturdays 9:30am-11:30am
Learn the steps of establishing a new landscape, watering, plant staking and plants’ nutritional needs. Then, we’ll consider long-term maintenance tasks, including pruning, weed control, fertilizing and pest control. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Basic Botany and Plant Growth
February 21-March 14, Tuesdays 6pm-9pm
How does a plant grow? How does it manage water and nutrients? What factors influence the production of flowers and fruits? Alec Motten, Duke University Department of Biology, will explore these questions and more using lecture and hands-on approaches. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Durham Garden Forum-Ergonomic Gardening and Tools
February 21, 6:30pm-8pm
More than 400,000 outdoor garden tool-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year. Master Gardeners discuss ways to protect yourself from gardening hazards. Email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Pollinators
February 21, 7:30pm
NCSU’s Dr. Danesha Seth Carley will talk about the importance of good habitat for pollinators. Gardeners Of Wake County meeting. Open to all. Refreshments at 7pm. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.org.

Landscape Plants for N.C. Gardens: Winter
February 22-March 8, Weds. 3:30pm-6pm
Expand your palette of plants with information from this class. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 60 plants suitable for North Carolina gardens. You will learn identification skills and design use, and understand the culture of each plant. The fall program focuses on plants that shine in autumn and late-blooming perennial flowers. Winter introduces plant silhouettes and evergreens. Each student receives a digital portfolio of plant photos. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Extension Gardener Series: Garden Maintenance
February 23, 6:30pm-8:30pm
To garden is to weed: There is no other way around weeding, but there are tricks to the trade, and it is possible to cut down on the number of weeds without resorting to chemicals. Other important garden maintenance tasks, such as dead heading, dividing, and light pruning, will also be discussed. Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center. Free. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Japanese Tea Gathering: First Voice of Spring Tea
February 25, 10:45am or 1pm
Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you will experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Tea guests meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the teahouse for these intimate gatherings. Daytime teas are open for children age 6 and older with an accompanying adult, at the family rate. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Ready-Garden-Grow: An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening
February 25, 1pm-4pm
A 3-hour class at the Eva Perry Library in Apex to teach the beginner gardener what they need to know to start their first vegetable garden. Topics include how to plan, prepare, plant and care for a vegetable garden, how to manage common garden problems and how to harvest vegetables. Other classes – April 1 (West Library in Cary), April 8 (Southeast Library in Garner and Northeast Library in Wake Forest), March 11 at the Green Road Community Center. Contact the Wake County Master Gardeners at 919-250-1084 or mgardener@wakegov.com.

Intermediate Drawing
February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 1:15pm-4:15pm
Learn the skills needed to produce a clear, accurate pencil drawing, including contour drawing, values, tonal gradation, rendering plant anatomy, plate composition, and working with microscopes. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plants of Distinction: Barks, Buds & Berries
February 28, 2:30pm-4pm
Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Sign up separately for each session to learn a new group of beautiful and useful plants, or take all four sections. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

MARCH

The Seven Wonders of Wake County
March 1, 11am
Join the Raleigh Garden club for a luncheon and program. Fee. NC State University Club, Raleigh. raleigh-garden-club.org.

Hellebore Festival
March 3, 4, 10, 11, 10am-4pm
See hellebores on display and for sale. Pine Knot Farms. 434-252-1990, pineknotfarms.com.

Dig In
March 4
Learn how to start and maintain edible gardens in a variety of settings and how urban ag is changing the landscape across Wake County. Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh. advocatesforhealthinaction.org.

Guilford Horticultural Society Symposium
March 4, 8:30am-4pm
The Guilford Horticultural Society celebrates its 32th annual Symposium, Proud of Our Roots, by bringing together exceptional speakers, educational workshops, choice vendors and exhibits. The day will  also include exciting plants and products, a delicious lunch, door prizes and many great gardeners. Fee, pre-register. Guilford County Agriculture Center, Greensboro. guilfordhorticulturalsociety.org/symposium.

71st Annual Camellia Show
March 4-5, 1-4 pm
American Camellia Society judged show. Entries due Saturday morning, viewing starts at 1pm each day. Free. Hosted by the Fayetteville Camellia Club. Ramada Plaza Bordeaux Convention Center, Fayetteville. fayettevillecamelliaclub.org.

Davidson Horticultural Symposium – What’s In Your Garden?
March 7
This symposium will help you identify what you wish to convey in your garden and how to make it happen. Fee, pre-register. Davidson College, Davidson, NC. davidsonsymposium.org.