Events

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JUNE

Nature Storytime
June 1, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Location: Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Free drop-in event. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Walk on the Wild Side
June 1, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month with curator Stefan Bloodworth or horticulturist Annabel Renwick. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Garden Storytime – Children’s Program
June 2, 10:30am
Join us for a morning of outdoor garden fun. We will explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread our picnic blankets for garden stories and crafts. Suggested for ages three to five. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Native Plant Propagation
June 3, 9:30am-12:30pm
Learn fundamentals of vegetative propagation through hands-on practice and a tour of the Garden’s vegetative propagation facilities. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Storytime, Book Swap and Free Play
June 3, 10am-12noon
Join a community farm member for a nature-based story at the farm and learn about the community garden and sustainable agriculture. Free. The Community Farm at Camp Chestnut Ridge, Efland. campchestnutridge.org.

Propagation Workshop
June 3, 10am-4pm
Our interactive propagation workshop has become one of our guaranteed sellout classes each year. The day-long hands-on workshop will cover an amazing array of propagation techniques including seed, cuttings, divisions, plant breeding, and darn near everything but grafting. The focus of the workshop is perennials, but the techniques can be adapted to most plants. By the time you are finished, you’ll leave with lots of goodies and feel ready to start your own nursery. The class is held in our non-air conditioned shipping shed, so it may be quite hot during the class, so dress accordingly. Lunch on your own. Fee, pre-register. Plant Delights, Raleigh. plantdelights.com.

Pollinator Garden Workshops & Tour
June 3, 1pm-5pm
During the workshop, Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and protecting pollinators and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will emphasize native plants but also include a few other plants that provide good resources. Fee, pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-8244.

Carolina Moonlight Garden Party
June 3, 6pm-9pm
Fundraiser for the NC Botanical Garden. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

13th Annual Master Gardener Garden Tour
June 3-4, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm
Six private gardens near High Rock Lake off Harborgate Drive, Denton, NC will be the focus of this year’s tour. Fee. Lexington, NC. 336-210-5365 or 336-250-3014. davidson.ces.ncsu.edu.

American Peony Society Show and Seminars
June 3-4, Saturday 1pm-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
An exhibit of hundreds of peonies plus seminars, free and open to the public during the society’s annual convention. DoubleTree Raleigh Brownstone–University, Raleigh. americanpeonysociety.org.

Well House Gardens Open Garden Days
June 4, 10am-2pm
A day of wandering through our 3 acres of gardens, many of our plants will be labeled for the event. Guided tours at 11am and 1pm, 6401 Litchford Rd., Raleigh. wellhousegardens.com.

Arboretum Sunday Tours
June 4, 2pm
Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Cooking from the Garden: Cold Soups and Salads
June 5, 6pm-8pm
Expand your repertoire of summer season salads, along with refreshing cold soups as you make recipes and then enjoy tastings. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Plantsmen’s Tour
June 6, 9am or 6pm
“Exotic Aquatics” with Chris Glenn, JC Raulston Arboretum
Programs and Education Coordinator. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pollinator Garden Workshops & Tour
June 7, 1pm-5pm
During the workshop, Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and protecting pollinators and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will emphasize native plants but also include a few other plants that provide good resources. Fee, pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-8244.

Landscape Plants for NC Gardens: Summer
June 7-June 28, Wednesdays 4pm-6pm
Discover a group of approximately 75 plants that thrive in North Carolina gardens, plus a few to avoid. Learn identification skills, design use, and understand the culture of each plant. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
June 8, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Location: Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Free drop-in event. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk
June 8, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Take a walk in the forest, a growing tradition that began in Japan called Shinrin Yoku. The idea is simple: if you visit natural areas, sitting or walking in a mindful way, you will feel rejuvenated and calm. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Entomology
June 10, 17, 24, 9:30am-12:30pm
Learn insect family recognition, common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, sampling techniques and how to improve insect habitats and conservation in the urban environment. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

How to Successfully Select, Grow & Prune Blueberry Shrubs for Maximum Productivity
June 10, 10am
Ben Grandon from the Randolph Cooperative Extension will answer any questions and will be demonstrating pruning techniques. Free. Open to the public. 336-857-2131 or jim@tomscreeknursery.com or julie@tomscreeknursery.com. Toms Creek Nursery, Farmer, NC 27239.

Creative Turf Design
June 10, 10am-11:30am
Learn how to apply landscape design principles to improve the look of your lawn. From traditional to modern design, form and function are essential when creating the right look. Workshops with Shannon Hathaway, free and open to all skill levels. Pre-register at 919-219-9233 or shathaway@supersod.com. Super-Sod of Cary, Cary.

Fairy Garden Glass
June 10, 11am
Create your own tiny oasis. Fee, pre-register. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Arboretum Sunday Tours
June 11, 2pm
Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature Adventures Camp: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It
June 12-16, 9am-1pm; 1PM-4pm extended day
Plant, tend, harvest and taste fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Each day will include hands-on work time and play time in the garden. For rising K-2nd grade children. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Blueberry Day
June 15
At the State Farmers Market, Raleigh. statefarmersmarket.org.

Photography Walk
June 15, 10am
“Composition” – This class will expand on the traditional ideas of composition as you really work with each subject beyond the standard snapshot. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Current Hemlock Conservation and Restoration Strategies in NC
June 15, 12noon-1pm
Learn how the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) is working to restore health and vitality to our hemlock populations and the ecosystems they impact, as well as the ecological significance of hemlocks, the impact of the hemlock woolly adelgid and ways for individuals to become involved in the statewide effort. Free. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Wine & Whimsy
June 15, 6pm-8pm
This painting class is perfect for a date night or a girls night out! Materials and instruction is provided. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Piano Pizazz in the Garden
June 15, 6pm-9pm
Music in the garden, and food trucks. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Garden Storytime – Children’s Program
June 16, 10:30am
Join us for a morning of outdoor garden fun. We will explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread our picnic blankets for garden stories and crafts. Suggested for ages three to five. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Herbaceous Perennials Propagation Class and Demonstration
June 17, 9am
Join Doug Ruhren in this propagation class and demonstration focused solely on propagating herbaceous perennials. Techniques discussed include division, stem and leaf cuttings, and seed and other techniques. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pollinator Festival
June 17, 10am-2pm
In honor of National Pollinator Week-games, crafts, and activities, prizes and cool stuff to take home, local experts and food vendors.  Free. Lake Crabtree County Park, Raleigh. 919-460-3355.

Native Plant Gardening: Maintenance and Techniques
June 17 & 24, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Learn the basics of gardening with native plants, from thoughtful plant choices to waterwise irrigation methods, and gain experience in techniques like pruning, timely cutting back and non-toxic pest control that will make your garden an enjoyable experience and a welcome habitat for birds and pollinators. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Arboretum Sunday Tours
June 18, 2pm
Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature Adventures Camp: Art and Science
June 19-23, 9am-1pm; 1pm-4pm extended day
How are artists and scientists similar? We will observe nature closely, record our observations in words and pictures, and experience beauty in the place where art and science meet. Have fun with hands-on experiments and learn the science of color and form to make expressive artworks. For rising 3rd-5th grade children. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Durham Garden Forum: Sustainable Turf Strategies
June 20, 6:30pm-8pm
Learn how sustainable turf strategies begin with selecting the best grass for your location and then managing the turf to reduce water and chemical use. Email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

The Art Of Bonsai
June 20, 7:30pm
Learn the art of bonsai. Gardeners Of Wake County meeting. Open to all. Refreshments at 7pm. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.org.

Bee Downtown
June 22, 12noon-1pm
Learn how the company Bee Downtown is using urban beekeeping to rebuild healthy honey bee populations and how to create a lasting change through beekeeping and pollinator education. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Honey Bee Hive Tour at CCCG
June 24, 2pm-3pm
In honor of National Pollinator Week, NCBG is offering a free bee hive tour at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG). Come learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects and explore a real live hive. Free. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Blackberry Festival
June 24, 4pm-8pm
Family fun to learn all about blackberries and local food with activities for the whole family, food from the garden, live music and more. The Garden’s pizza oven will be baking all evening, with garden salad and blackberry cobbler, too. Hands-on activities on planting and cultivating vegetables and fruits, healthy soil maintenance, beekeeping, pollinator gardens, cooking demonstrations, nutrition and more. Fee. The Well Fed Community Garden is owned and managed by Raleigh’s Irregardless Cafe where they grow the restaurant’s fresh seasonal produce and herbs. The Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Drive, Raleigh. irregardless.com.

Moth Night
June 24, 9pm-10:30pm
Observe these diverse, colorful and ecologically important organisms in their natural habitat. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Summer Flora
June 25, July 9, 16, 23, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Learn to recognize plants and gain experience using identification keys in a natural setting through field trips and exercises. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Arboretum Sunday Tours
June 25, 2pm
Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pollinator Hotel Workshop
June 25, 2pm-5pm
Learn how to attract pollinators to your very own bee hotel created using reuse materials! The idea behind the bee hotel is to offer refuge for pollinators. Some are designed as nesting sites while others provide space for hibernation. Join The Scrap exchange in creating spaces for bees to reemerge and repopulate our community. All materials will be provided. Fee. Pre-register. The Scrap Exchange, Durham. scrap exchange.com.

Nature Adventures Camp: Eco Artists
June 26-30, 9am-1 p.m.; 1pm-4pm extended day
Everyone is an artist! Come play with color, shape, line and form. We will find beauty exploring nature and use natural materials to make our own unique artworks. For rising K-2nd grade children. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardeners
June 26, 10am
“What You Don’t See” – Most insects live most of their lives underground, and a few never see the light of day. From ants to sowbugs, what are these critters up to? What’s their place in the balance of nature? Enjoy some interesting stories of various arthropods and enjoy the pics! Fee 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Landscape Color and Professional Field Day
June 28, 8:30am–4pm
Join us for the 2017 Landscape Color and Professional Field Day for a day filled with helpful information for green industry professionals. This year, the subject matter is across the board, giving you a wide variety of interesting topics: weed management in herbaceous beds and how to prevent herbicide damage to non-target plants; tools to identify immature bugs—as we know that they can often be more damaging than the adults; new details on proper planting and staking technique; and more. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.