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MARCH

Nature Storytime
March 23, 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. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Location: Please meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. Free drop-in event. Parking fees apply. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

The Life Beneath Our Feet
March 23, 6:30pm-8pm
Duke Gardens Soil is not DIRT. But it does hold the digestive system of the planet, transforming rock and organic material into rich, nutritious, wonderful earth. Take a tour with Annabel Renwick, horticulturist of the Blomquist Garden, through the subterranean world to learn of fascinating new research about the interconnections between plants and their microbiomes, and how to maintain a healthy mix of all the micro-creatures. Annabel will focus on garden applications and help you understand more about what is going on beneath your feet. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Little Sprouts – I Spy Spring
March 24, 10am-11:15am
Share a morning of nature discovery with your little one! Explore the plants, animals and seasonal changes in the Garden with hands-on activities, nature hikes, crafts and stories. Ages 3-5 with an accompanying adult. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Learn to Make Compost
March 25
Learn how to compost indoors or outdoors. Community Center Learning Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-968-2788 or Recycling@orangecountync.gov.

Kerr Lake Garden Symposium
March 25
Portable backyard gardens are the theme for the program, which includes sessions on growing vegetables and small fruits in containers and watering the portable garden with drip irrigation, plus a lunch, keynote speaker and an optional hands-on class on mini-hostas care and growing. Fee. Kerr Lake, NC. Email kerrlakemg@gmail.com.

Fayetteville Spring Symposium
March 25
Four nationally known speakers will offer lectures throughout the day. Includes lunch and materials. Fee. Cumberland County Agriculture Extension Center, Fayetteville, NC. jotform.com/Mastergardener1/registration2017.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop
March 25, 9am-12noon
Learn how to make a Hypertufa planting trough. This stone-like appearance has excellent drainage, relatively lightweight and is a natural addition to your garden. Materials provided. Fee. Registration required. Lasting Impressions, Raleigh. 919-787-6228. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Renewal Pruning Class and Demo
March 25, 9am–11:30am
Want to maximize the production of flowers and fruits from your shrubs? Renewal pruning is the way to do it. This simple technique works with the natural cycle of replacing old stems with new. This class will start with classroom explanations of the nature of shrubs, the reason for and the techniques of renewal pruning, the tools of the trade as well as demonstrations of this technique. This will be followed by actual demonstration of the technique on shrubs in the arboretum with some hands-on experience for class participants. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

New Cultivars Showcase 
March 25, 9:30am-10:30am
We are excited to launch some of the newest cultivars of the year this spring!  Whether you are just beginning to explore your garden or are a seasoned pro with only the rarest of species, you will want to join Julie as she tells you all about the up and coming plants and where they can fit into your garden! Free, pre-register. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Intro to Beekeeping
March 25, 10am
Curious about beekeeping? An intro to natural, sustainable bee-centric practices. Pre-register. Atlantic Orchid & Garden, Raleigh. atlanticavenuegarden.com.

Long Blooming Perennials
March 25, 10am-11am
Learn about perennials that have extended bloom times, with a focus on new varieties, including drought and deer resistant varieties. Gardening in containers and in the garden will be addressed. Free, registration required. ann@fgsnursery.com or 919-484-9759. For Garden’s Sake Nursery, Durham. www.fgsnursery.com.

Grand Opening
March 25, 10am–2pm
Chatham County celebrates the Grand Opening of the new Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center. The event will kick off with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 am. Visitors can attend educational sessions or cooking demonstrations. Guided tours will offer a glimpse of the new office space, exhibit hall, and meeting rooms. More than 70 exhibitors will highlight local farms, farmers’ markets, sustainable agriculture, agricultural support and advocacy, agribusiness, beekeeping, livestock, forestry, green industry, wildlife, conservation, and more. Visitors will get an up-close look at the Forest Service’s firefighting helicopter and can meet Smokey the Bear. Several food trucks will offer options for lunch while live music entertains the crowd. The first 800 attendees will receive a $5 ticket that can be used toward food purchases at any food truck, courtesy of Chatham County Farm Bureau. The CCACC is one mile west of the traffic circle at 1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro. growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/03/march-25-grand-opening-for-the-chatham-county-agriculture-conference-center.

Sandhills Orchid Society Grower’s Day
March 25, 10am-3pm
Includes orchid growing information, lunch, an orchid to take home, workshop materials, and a year’s membership in the Sandhills Orchid Society. Featured speaker is Steve Frowine, the author of several orchid books, including Orchids for Dummies, Moth Orchids, and Miniature Orchids. Advanced registration to Susan Makar, samakar1516@yahoo.com, 910-867-2017 or pay at the door. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Fayetteville. sandhillsorchidsociety.com.

Container Garden Workshop
March 25, 10:30am-12pm
Show stopping planters are not just found on magazine covers but can be yours as well! Join Anna as she helps you to create stunning summer annual and perennial pots. Anna will take you through laying out your pot design, picking out the best plants and helping you plant your plants to give your pots the most pizazz! Fee, pre-register. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Early Season Pollinator Plants for Bees
March 25, 11am
Free. 919-878-8877. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden Center, Raleigh. atlanticavenuegarden.com.

Vegetable Gardening 101
March 25, 11am
Nelsa shows you how to grow seasonal vegetables. Fee, pre-register. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Concrete Ball Workshops
March 25, 1pm-3pm
Add an orb to your garden. Learn to prepare the ball, mix the medium and sculpt your own orb – approximately 12-inches in diameter. Materials provided. Fee. Registration required. Lasting Impressions, Raleigh. 919-787-6228. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Springtime on Nature Trail Hill
March 26, 2pm-4pm
Find signs of spring in a Piedmont hardwood forest, including our earliest spring wildflowers like spring beauties, wild ginger and trout lily. Easy pace; some steps and uphill walking. Children welcome; please leave pets at home. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

DIY Design/Build Class: Create Your Own Alternative Hentopia Coop and Hen
March 25, 2pm-5pm
Learn how to manage feed, water, poop, eggs and other hen issues in a way that allows you to safely take two-week vacations with your hens happily on autopilot. Fee, via Paypal only, in advance, rain or shine. Frank Hyman’s house, 1412 N. Mangum St., Durham. frankhyman.com.

Arboretum Guided Tour
March 26, 2pm
Guided tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2pm from March–October. Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Wildflower Havens of Wake County and How Geology Influences Them
March 27, 10am–11:30am
Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. There is only one location in Wake County where Porter’s sunflower grows. Do you know why? Does anything grow on granite? Learn about the wealth of granite flat-rock flora. Where would you look for our native orchids? Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature for Sprouts
March 28, 10:30am-11:30am
Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. Each week we will have stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects that explore the Gardens. Sign up for one more sessions. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
March 28, 1pm-3pm
Welcome, unschoolers and homeschoolers alike, to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. Or just play in the “squishy corner” especially made for small people. An on-site staff member will answer questions, help with using materials and setting up learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Durham Garden Forum: Intro to Hydroponic Gardening
March 28, 6:30pm-8pm
Growing plants without soil has many advantages. Learn the basics and how easy it can be. Email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

An Herbal Primer
March 29, 6:30pm-9pm
What’s the answer for low-maintenance, tough plants, resistant to deer and most pests, and user friendly? An herb garden! Join Lauri Lawson, horticulturist and garden designer, in this quick overview of herbs and their culture, maintenance and uses. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
March 30, 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. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Location: Please meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. Free drop-in event. Parking fees apply. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

The American Chestnut Tree
March 30, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Dr. Paul Sisco of the American Chestnut Foundation will be speaking about efforts to revive the American chestnut tree. Nicknamed “the redwood of the East” the American chestnut rose 120 feet and blanketed eastern forests before blight and disease diminished the populations. NC State University, Williams Hall 2215, Raleigh. getinvolved.ncsu.edu/events.

Planting in a Post-Wild World: the Annual Taimi Anderson Lecture
March 30, 7pm-9pm
Our good health is only possible with a healthy earth, and a healthy earth begins with plants. Author and landscape architect Claudia West joins us to propose that the great landscapes of the future will require a new form of planting, one that marries horticulture with ecology. Building from her book, “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” written with Thomas Rainer, Claudia outlines a new approach that uses design strategies based upon plant communities. She recommends a balanced approach to include ornamental, functional and ecological values in an increasingly urban world. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.
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Small Group Workshop: Planting in a Post-Wild World
March 31, 9:30am–3:00pm
In this workshop, you will work with Claudia, author and ecological sales manager of Northcreek Nurseries, to more fully understand how to apply her concept of ecological landscape design. Rather than considering a garden one plant at a time, Claudia’s approach will encourage you to consider the community of plants that suit the site, building a dense planting that mimics a natural ecosystem. While this approach may not be traditional, Claudia will also introduce you to strategies that blend traditional with ecological plantings to create a landscape that is attractive and appealing to all. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

APRIL

Sarah P. Duke Gardens Spring Plant Sale
April 1, 8am-12noon
Spring brings out the gardener in all of us! The Spring Plant Sale provides a special opportunity to acquire unique plants grown here at Duke Gardens, and quality grown plants from local nurseries that have proven their worth in North Carolina gardens. Duke Gardens members will have first access to purchase plants on Friday, March 31, from 4-6 p.m., with member discount throughout the sale hours. Memberships are available on site during the preview sale and on the day of the sale. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Raulston Blooms!
April 1, 9am-4pm
The JCRA will swing open its garden gates for families and children by offering a day that’s packed with fun for the whole family. There will be hands-on learning activities for children, garden and nature programs, shopping for plants and garden décor from N.C. artists, plus the birdhouse competition for all ages! Gourmet treats will be available for purchase from food trucks, plus NC State’s famous Howling Cow ice cream will be served.  Admission Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Plant Sale
April 1, 9am-4pm
The Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society will have a plant sale and information booth at Raulston Blooms! Admission Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Trillium: Hidden Treasures of the Southeastern Woodlands
April 1, 9:30am-12:30pm
Examine the fascinating natural history and regional diversity of this charismatic group of woodland wildflowers. A classroom lecture will be followed by a walk in the habitat gardens to get a close-up look at the characteristics that distinguish some of our native Trillium species. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Garden Storytime, Book Swap and Free Play
April 1, 10am–12noon
Join a community farm member for a nature-based story at the farm. Trade books using the Little Free Library. Enjoy outside free play in our natural playground.  Learn about the community garden and sustainable agriculture. Free. The first Saturday of each month April – September.  The Community Farm at Camp Chestnut Ridge.  2902 Mount Willing Road, Efland, NC  27243. campchestnutridge.org.

Right Plant-Right Place
April 1, 10am-11am
Do you want your plants to thrive in their new home? Choosing the right plant for that spot in your garden takes some observation and some information. Join us to learn what’s important to different plants, and which to choose for success. Free, registration required. ann@fgsnursery.com or 919-484-9759. For Garden’s Sake Nursery, Durham. www.fgsnursery.com.

Inviting Native Plants
April 1, 1pm—3pm
Learn to identify plants native to the Piedmont, and recognizing and controlling invasive exotic plants. Fee, pre-register. Swiftbrook Gardens, Raleigh. 919-828-2015. gardenerbynature.com

Intro to Vegetable Gardening
April 1, 1pm-4pm
The beginner gardener will learn what they need to know to start their first vegetable garden. West Library (Cary). Wake County Master Gardeners at 919-250-1084 or mgardener@wakegov.com.

Well House Gardens – Open Garden Days
April 2, 10am-2pm
A day of wandering through 3 acres of gardens and watch as we continue to expand to nearly 5 acres, many of our plants will be labeled for the event. The Open Garden Days are an opportunity for plant lovers to see the gardens as they evolve over the course of the spring and summer. Guided tours at 11am or 1pm, otherwise browse on your own. 6401 Litchford Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615.

Get Ready for Summer: An Organic Vegetable Gardening Workshop
April 2, 1pm-3pm
This organic gardening workshop at the Carolina Campus Community Garden covers which vegetables to plant for a summer garden, when to start planting, tips on trellising and staking, organic methods of pest control and how to get a large harvest from a small space. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Arboretum Guided Tour
April 2, 2pm
Guided tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2pm from March–October. Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Fairy Garden Workshop
April 2, 2pm-3:30pm
Join Anna as she helps you to create a miniature world for the fairies. Fairy gardens are a great way to let your green thumb thrive year round as well as a way to add whimsy and fun to your decor. In this class, Anna will provide you all the information you need to create a fairy garden that will do well in your specific environment. Fee covers instruction and soil. All plants and accessories are extra. Pre-register. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture
April 2, 2:30pm
“Designing with Native Plants: A Naturalistic Approach.”  Using nature as inspiration for creating naturalistic gardens is key to creating sustainable and enjoyable gardens with native plants. Naturalistic landscapes are both pleasing and ecologically balanced, providing sustenance for you and for fellow inhabitants of your site. Free. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Container Gardening: Blooms, Herbs & Veggies on Your Pation
April 2, 3pm-4pm
Learn about gardening in containers. Free, pre-register. South Regional Library, Durham. 919-560-7410. durhamcountylibrary.org.

Artists in the Gardens Workshops: The Long View: Landscapes
April 3, 10am-12oon
Since ancient times, people all over the world have created art featuring the landscape. Learn how to use landscapes in your own art while immersed in the landscape of Duke Gardens. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Nature for Sprouts
April 4, 10:30am-11:30am
Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. Each week we will have stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects that explore the Gardens. Sign up for one more sessions. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Plantsmen’s Tour – Lindens, Hornbeams, and More
April 4, 1pm–2:30pm
We’ll get to know a few groups of trees this month that haven’t hit the big time yet but can make a big impact in the garden. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
April 4, 1pm-3pm
Welcome, unschoolers and homeschoolers alike, to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. Or just play in the “squishy corner” especially made for small people. An on-site staff member will answer questions, help with using materials and setting up learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Growing for Seed
April 4, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Learn how to imitate Mother Nature by allowing some plants to produce seed and saving it for next year’s crop. Avid gardener and instructor Sara Smith will discuss the do’s and don’ts of seed saving, including the differences between heirloom and hybrid plants. You will also practice cleaning seed from fruits in class. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.ncbg.unc.edu.

I Need a Plan: The Fundamental Steps to Create a Garden: Patterns in the Garden
April 5-12, Tuesdays 6:30pm-9pm
Human beings are captivated by pattern; perhaps it relates to the pattern of our own symmetrical form. We respond to both subtle and overt geometry in our gardens. Discover which patterns and proportion capture your eye and then how to use them in your garden in this class led by instructor Jan Little, Duke Gardens director of education and public programs. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
April 6, 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. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Location: Please meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. Free drop-in event. Parking fees apply. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Walk on the Wild Side
April 6, 11pm-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. Meet at the Blomquist Garden entrance. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Touch, Smell and Learn! How to bring Provence into your Garden
April 6, 12noon-1pm
Learn about growing lavender in our Piedmont North Carolina area — with tips on planting, growing, and pruning, as well as lavender uses. Attendees may bring lunch; beverages provided. 336-721-7300. Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston-Salem. oldsalem.org.

Gardening Open Hours
April 6, 3pm-5pm
Join us in our hands-on outdoor learning space! Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Photography Stroll: An Insider’s Guide to the Gardens
April 6, 5:30pm-7pm
Stroll Duke Gardens with two experienced photographers and learn more about “how to look” for those unique views and unknown spots. The Gardens photographers have spent a great deal of time in the Gardens taking photographs, many of which you have seen in this publication. Join them to hear how they find fresh perspectives on each visit and how looking through a lens has enriched their understanding of nature. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk
April 6, 6:30pm-8pm
Take a walk in the forest and join 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. Instructor Dana Galinsky-Malaguti, a certified forest therapy guide, will facilitate these gentle, guided walks that support wellbeing through sensory immersion in forests and other naturally healing environments. In the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that document the healing effects of wild and natural areas. Shinrin Yoku builds upon traditions from many cultures that recognize the benefits of a mindful immersion in natural environments. Each walk will end with a refreshment and discussion. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Tomato, Toma(aah)to
April 6, 6:30pm-8pm
Whatever your pronunciation, tomatoes are the number one planting choice for home vegetable gardeners. Learn more about the care and feeding of these popular fruits. Instructor Charles Murphy, a Durham County Extension master gardener, will review some of the many choices available, including heirloom vs. hybrids, and some good references for gardening in general and tomatoes in particular. Pre-registration required. Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
April 6, 7:30pm–9pm
“You Can’t Make a Living with a Specialty Mail Order Nursery” with Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens. Since 1988, Plant Delights Nursery is the source for unique, rare, and native perennial plants. Join Tony Avent as he discusses how he’s made the nursery a success. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Azalea Sale
April 6-15, 9am-5pm
A wide variety of hard-to-find azaleas offered by the Gardeners of Wake Country. Proceeds fund horticultural scholarships at NCSU. Campbell Road Nursery, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.org.

64th Annual Azalea Garden Tour
April 7-9, 10am-6pm
Enjoy Southern hospitality amid the vibrant color of azaleas and spring flowers during the 64th Annual Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour. The tour is one of the longest running garden tours in the South. Includes opening and parade of the 2017 Azalea Belles on April 7, open gardens throughout the weekend with Plein air artists in many of the gardens, and new this year music and garden seminars presented each day in various gardens. Fee. Wilmington, NC. capefeargardenclub.org.

Spring Festival
April 8
Large plant selection for spring, seminar, local venders, Master Gardener info table, and more! Free. For Garden’s Sake Nursery, Durham. www.fgsnursery.com.

Plant This (Natives), Not That
April 8, 9:15am-12:15pm
Learn about native plant options for your home landscape. Includes a garden walk to see the plants at NCBG. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

How to Build a Bee Better Garden
April 8, 10am
Lecture series hosted by Bee Better to help gardeners develop a life-strategy for gardening that includes helping wildlife. Fee. Helen’s Haven, Raleigh. beebetter.info.

Bonsai for Beginners
April 8, 10am-12:30pm
Learn how to create a bonsai: What kind of plants to use, materials involved, how to shape a nursery plant into a beginning bonsai and how to maintain your bonsai. Participants will create a bonsai from9 a juniper by shaping through pruning, wiring and planting in a bonsai container. All that is needed for the workshop will be provided:  plant, pot, wire, soil, loaner tools for use in the class and handout about care. Fee, registration required. ann@fgsnursery.com or 919-484-9759. For Garden’s Sake Nursery, Durham. www.fgsnursery.com.

Boone Birding Festival
April 8, 10am-3pm
A free, family-friendly event celebrating the unique birding opportunities in North Carolina’s High Country. Attendees will have the chance to enjoy hourly bird walks with knowledgeable birding experts and naturalists, see large birds of prey such as peregrine falcon, red-shouldered hawk, and saw-whet owl (rehabilitated by the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lees McRae College), view golden-winged warbler exhibits, and more. Representatives from the High Country Audubon Society will also be on site to lead tours and answer questions. In addition to these activities, there will be craft vendors and face painting. Details at michelle@exploreboone.com or call 828-266-1345. Valle Crucis Park, Banner Elk, NC. exploreboone.com.

Joris Hoefnagel: A Manner of Painting
April 8, 12:30pm-4:30pm
Create and embellish a watercolor bookmark in the manner of 16th century Flemish manuscript illuminator Joris Hoefnagel. Learn about this artist as you “age paper” with paint and make a bookmark of an initial surrounded by small plant and animal studies. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Intro to Vegetable Gardening
April 8, 1pm-4pm
The beginner gardener will learn what they need to know to start their first vegetable garden. Southeast Library (Garner) and Northeast Library (Wake Forest). Wake County Master Gardeners at 919-250-1084 or mgardener@wakegov.com.

Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
April 9, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Learn the tools and methods needed to identify and effectively remove invasive species. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Arboretum Guided Tour
April 9, 2pm
Guided tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2pm from March–October. Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Spring is in the Air! Family Hike
April 9, 2pm-4pm
Discover what spring brings in the garden and forest – early spring wildflowers, bursting buds, our first sightings of many migratory birds and the stirring of a cast of woodland characters from frogs to insects. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair. Ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Village Band Concert
April 9, 3pm-4pm
The Village Band, Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s own community concert band, performs a set of romantic and home-town music to help welcome spring to the garden. Take a stroll through the gardens, then come into the large hall and let the band provide the perfect musical cap to the afternoon. Free. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Sixth Annual Spring Egg Hunt
April 10–April 14, Daily 10am–3pm
This isn’t your typical egg hunt! No baskets or reservations required!  There will be brightly painted wooden eggs hidden throughout the Arboretum gardens. Begin your hunt by picking up an answer sheet in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Search the Arboretum for the hidden eggs and write down the letters you find on them. After unscrambling the letters, come back to the visitor’s center during staffed hours to tell us the secret word and receive a small prize. This is a self-guided, fun family activity for all ages. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature for Sprouts
April 11, 10:30am-11:30am
Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. Each week we will have stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects that explore the Gardens. Sign up for one more sessions. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Cooking from the Garden: Cooking with Flowers
April 10, 6pm-8pm
Time to feast upon spring and summer vegetables! Join us for one class, or the entire series with instructor Katie Coleman, chef and owner of Durham Spirits Company. Roselle, lavender, borage and more are edible flowers that add tasty, refreshing notes to your cooking. We will make a tea, a spice rub to take home, and a flower-filled salad, Rose-Scented Geranium Filo Cups and Blackberry Borage Fool to taste in class. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Spring Break Camp
April 10-14, 9am-1pm
Learn about food, art and animals in this week-long adventure. For rising K-5th grade children. No aftercare. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
April 11, 1pm-3pm
Welcome, unschoolers and homeschoolers alike, to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. Or just play in the “squishy corner” especially made for small people. An on-site staff member will answer questions, help with using materials and setting up learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Spring Egg Hunt Storytime
April 11 or 12, 10:30 am–11:30 am
A special garden story time during the Sixth Annual Spring Egg Hunt. Includes a fun spring craft. For preschool and early elementary children and their families. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature Storytime
April 13, 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. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Location: Please meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. Free drop-in event. Parking fees apply. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Plants of Distinction: The Terraces Preview
April 13, 2pm-3:30pm
When people think of Duke Gardens, it is often the Terraces that come to mind. In this walk through the Gardens, Mike Owens, Historic Gardens curator, will discuss planning and maintaining the season-long explosion of color on the Terraces. Hear about Mike’s plans and methods so you can adapt them to your home garden. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Gardening Open Hours
April 13, 3pm-5pm
Join us in our hands-on outdoor learning space! Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Heirloom Plant Sale
April 15 through October
Old Salem Museums & Gardens will offer heirloom plants for sale in the Garden Shop at T. Bagge Merchant. These are many of the same varieties as those found growing in Old Salem’s gardens. All plants are healthy and are locally grown in the Old Salem Greenhouse. A selection of perennial and annual flowers, herbs, and vines are available as are a broad selection of heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb seed from Seed Savers Exchange, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and D. Landreth Seed Company. 336-721-7300 or info@oldsalem.org. Old Salem Museum & Gardens, Winston-Salem. oldsalem.org.

Hands On Gardening – Vegetables
April 15, 10am
With Nelsa Cox. Free, pre-register. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Container Gardening 
April 15, 10am-11am
Learn the why, where and how of this popular decorating idea. Build your own container for hands on learning of the Fill, Thrill and Spill technique. Fee, registration required. ann@fgsnursery.com or 919-484-9759. For Garden’s Sake Nursery, Durham. www.fgsnursery.com.

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
April 15, 10am–11:30am
With Matt Mattus, President, North American Rock Garden Society. Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Container Garden Workshop
April 15, 10am-11:30am
Show stopping planters are not just found on magazine covers but can be yours as well. Join Anna as she helps you to create stunning summer annual and perennial pots. Anna will take you through laying out your pot design, picking out the best plants and helping you plant your plants to give your pots the most pizazz. Fee covers instruction, soil and an organic starter fertilizer application. Bring a container from home or purchase one at the store. Pre-register. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Sixth Annual Spring Egg Hunt
April 15, 10am–2:pm
This isn’t your typical egg hunt! No baskets or reservations required! There will be brightly painted wooden eggs hidden throughout the Arboretum gardens. Begin your hunt by picking up an answer sheet in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Search the Arboretum for the hidden eggs and write down the letters you find on them. After unscrambling the letters, come back to the visitor’s center during staffed hours to tell us the secret word and receive a small prize. This is a self-guided, fun family activity for all ages. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Fairy Garden Class
April 15, 11am
Fairy Garden classes with new accessories and plants. Create your own tiny oasis! The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Sixth Annual Spring Egg Hunt
April 16, 1pm–4pm
This isn’t your typical egg hunt! No baskets or reservations required!
There will be brightly painted wooden eggs hidden throughout the Arboretum gardens. Begin your hunt by picking up an answer sheet in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Search the Arboretum for the hidden eggs and write down the letters you find on them. After unscrambling the letters, come back to the visitor’s center during staffed hours to tell us the secret word and receive a small prize. This is a self-guided, fun family activity for all ages. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Arboretum Guided Tour
April 16, 2pm
Guided tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2pm from March–October. Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Reid Wildflower Garden Easter Open Afternoon
April 16, 2pm-5pm
Enjoy the magic of native woodland wild flowers in bloom. Free. Reid Garden, 1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh.

Looking Closely: Still Lifes & Portraits
April 17, 10am-12noon
Art can reveal small details that go unnoticed in everyday life. Look closely at patterns in the garden, use microscopes to investigate truly tiny things, and create your own art highlighting the details. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Plant and Garden Photography Class
April 17-May 15, Mondays 6:30pm–8:30pm
Join Bryce Lane as he teaches all about the principles of photography as they apply to taking images of plants, gardens, garden wildlife, landscapes, and more. Come learn how to operate your camera by mastering the concepts of exposure, focus, and shutter speed. We will also focus on framing and composition so you can capture all the beauty that plants and gardens have to offer. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature for Sprouts
April 18, 10:30am-11:30am
Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. Each week we will have stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects that explore the Gardens. Sign up for one more sessions. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

EARTH DAY Green Building Tour: LEED Platinum Education Center
April 18, 12noon-1pm
Join us for a behind-the-scenes presentation and tour of North Carolina’s first state-owned LEED Platinum building. Learn about the James and Delight Allen Education Center’s energy conservation, renewable energy use, stormwater management systems and site appropriate landscaping. Free. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
April 18, 1pm-3pm
Welcome, unschoolers and homeschoolers alike, to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. Or just play in the “squishy corner” especially made for small people. An on-site staff member will answer questions, help with using materials and setting up learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Durham Garden Forum: Plant Propagation
April 18, 6:30pm-8pm
Learn tips and techniques to expand your plant collection through propagation. Email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

The Art & Science of Pruning Fruit Trees
April 18, 7:30pm
NCSU’s Dr. Mike Parker will speak about pruning fruit trees for better production. Gardeners Of Wake County meeting. Open to all. Refreshments at 7pm. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.org.

Landscape Plants for NC Gardens: Spring
April 19-May 10, Wednesdays 4pm-6pm
Expand your palette of plants with information from this class with instructor Jane Little, Duke Gardens director of education and public programs. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 75 plants that thrive in North Carolina gardens, plus a few to avoid. You will learn identification skills and design use, and understand the culture of each plant. Class time is primarily outdoors and each student receives a portfolio of photos showing the plants studied that season. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

I Need a Plan: The Fundamental Steps to Create a Garden: Create a Pollinator Garden
April 19-26, Wednesdays, 6:30pm-9pm
Build a pollinator haven in your garden! Instructor Lauri Lawson of Niche Gardens will help you discover the pollinators native to our region and then create a plant list that includes everything needed by them, from food to shelter. Finally, learn to filter your list to match your existing conditions, whether your garden is sunny, shady, dry or wet. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
April 20, 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. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Location: Please meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. Free drop-in event. Parking fees apply. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Hosta: Growing Guide and Variety Pictorial Review
April 20, 12noon-1pm
Hostas are color and interest in the shade! Learn how to grow and maintain them.  A review of some of the attractive varieties will be also be presented. Attendees may bring lunch; beverages provided. 336-721-7300. Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston-Salem. oldsalem.org.

Book Review: Thirty Year Plan
April 20, 12pm-2pm
Celebrate Earth Day! Bring your lunch and join us for a book discussion of Thirty Year Plan, a collection of essays imagining the necessary way forward for humans to live happily, sustainably and redeemably on earth. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Photography Walk – Depth of Field
April 20, 2pm–3pm
If you have never shot off Automatic or Program, you will enjoy this class. You will learn how to get sharp focus … and how to control areas you want to soften, too. Bring a camera with adjustable settings (ISO, aperture, and shutter) and a tripod is encouraged. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Gardening Open Hours
April 20, 3pm-5pm
Join us in our hands-on outdoor learning space! Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Photography Stroll: An Insider’s Guide to the Gardens
April 20, 5:30pm-7pm
Stroll Duke Gardens with two experienced photographers and learn more about “how to look” for those unique views and unknown spots. The Gardens photographers have spent a great deal of time in the Gardens taking photographs, many of which you have seen in this publication. Join them to hear how they find fresh perspectives on each visit and how looking through a lens has enriched their understanding of nature. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Plant Swap for Pollinators
April 22
Pot up plants you need to divide and trade for the same number of plants. Drop off plants 8am-1pm, get one ticket per plant. Trade your tickets for other plants from 1-2pm. Remaining plants given away 2-3pm. Learn how to help pollinators from noon-1 pm. Trade gardening tools, books and seeds, too. Simple Gifts Community Garden, Apex. 919-616-6659. simplegiftsgarden.wordpress.org/events.

Spring Open House
April 22
Special sales, prizes, and more. 919-878-8877. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, Raleigh. atlanticavenuegarden.com.

Plant Sale
April 22, 8am-1pm
Johnston County Extension Master Gardeners annual plant sale. Natives, annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, house plants and more, all grown by JoCo’s Master Gardeners. Also for sale, trees and shrubs grown by local nurseries and a selection of handmade crafts and garden art. Clayton Community Center, Clayton. johnston.ces.ncsu.edu.

Grand Opening of Nature Preserve
April 22, 9am
Triangle Land Conservancy celebrates the public opening of the 613-acre George and Julia Brumley Family Nature Preserve with a family-friendly day of guided hikes, mountain biking tutorials, nature activities, food trucks, local beer, and more! Brumley Family Nature Preserve, Chapel Hill. triangleland.org.

Soil Trotters Garden Club Spring Plant Sale
April 22, 9am-4pm
The club’s first time plant sale fundraiser with perennials, fruit trees, veggie starters, roses, hostas, blueberry bushes, butterfly bushes, rare and hard to find plants, Iris, and more. There will be a live band and the children’s garden club will have a lemonade stand.  A great way to enjoy some beautiful plants and support the community. Hosted at the Clayton Community Garden, 439 East Main Street, Clayton. Email Soiltrotters@gmail.com for more info.

A Potted Herb Garden
April 22, 9:30am-12:30pm
Whether for your patio, porch or doorstep, having a pot of culinary herbs at hand will bring flavor to your cooking throughout the season. Instructor Lauri Lawson, a horticulturist and garden designer, will review a number of culinary herbs and then you will select six to plant in a 10” plastic nursery container. (It can be slipped into a decorative container at home.) The class will end with completed container gardens and a few recipes to take home. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Open Garden, Art Show & Plant Sale
April 22, 9am-4pm
Stroll the garden, support local artists / craftspeople, and find native and unique plants for your garden. Lasting Impressions, Raleigh. 919-787-6228. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Growing Tomatoes and Okra
April 22, 10am-11am
Growing tomatoes and okra are Southern traditions.  This session will discuss how to grow these two staples of the Southern garden in ground, in raised beds and in containers. We will review planting from seed and seedling, pest and disease treatment and watering and fertilizing. We will also provide information on numerous varieties of both heirlooms and hybrids that can be successfully grown in Durham area. Free, registration required. ann@fgsnursery.com or 919-484-9759. For Garden’s Sake Nursery, Durham. www.fgsnursery.com.

Environmental Benefits of Warm Season Grasses
April 22, 10am-11:30am
Learn more about Bermuda, Zoysia and Centipede lawns – how they save you time and money, while reducing impact on the environment. We will demonstrate proper installation methods as well. Free and open to all skill levels. Pre-register at (919) 219-9233 or shathaway@supersod.com. Super-Sod of Cary, 1900 NC Hwy 55, Cary (not at our Raleigh store at the State Farmers Market).

Recreational Tree Climbing at the JCRA
April 22, 10am–6:30pm
Recreational tree climbing is coming to the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh! Climb with your friends and family into the canopy of one of our majestic oak trees and experience the JCRA like you never have before. Patrick Brandt, founder of Piedmont Tree Climbing, will provide all the needed gear and instruction. Before you know it you’ll be 40′ to 50′ high in the canopy having experiencing a view that few humans ever enjoy. Eight, 1-hour sessions are available. Age six years old and older. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Gardening for Newcomers
April 22, 10:30am
Are you new to the area or just confused. Info on successful gardening in the Piedmont. Pre-register. Atlantic Orchid & Garden, Raleigh. atlanticavenuegarden.com.

Tradition Japanese Tea Gatherings: Seatings for a Celebration of Earth Day Tea
April 22, 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. Enjoy the aesthetics, poetry and serenity of this rich tradition over an enticing bowl of whisked green tea and a Japanese confection. Guests will meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted on a 10-minute walk to the teahouse. Daytime teas are open for children age 6 and older, with an accompanying adult, at the family rate. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Earth Day Garden Party
April 22, 1pm-2:15pm
Celebrate Earth Day the natural way, with a vegetable garden party! We will plant and harvest spring veggies, learn about all of the “ingredients” for good soil and get up-close with worms and other soil-loving critters! Ages 5 & up with accompanying adult. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Spring into Birding
April 22-May 6, Saturdays 8am-11am
Spring brings April showers, May flowers and birds! Instructor Matt Moskwik, a science conservation planner, supplies his birding expertise so you can discover more about birding culture, using identification guides, taxonomic basics, and developing your skill at identifying common and migratory birds by song and sight. An experienced birder, Matthew was the coordinator of the search for the ivory billed woodpecker in South Carolina. Class will be indoors to introduce ideas and then outdoors to practice those skills. Binoculars available at the Gardens. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Arboretum Guided Tour
April 23, 2pm
Guided tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2pm from March–October. Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Honey Bee Hive Tour at CCCG
April 22, 2pm-3pm
Come learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects and explore a real live hive at the Carolina Campus Community Garden. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Monoprinting with Leaves and Grasses
April 22, 2pm-4pm
Create unique monoprints using leaves, grasses and natural materials alongside water-based paint, markers and ink to make designs on paper and fabric. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Battle Park Tour: Managing an Urban Natural Area
April 23, 2:30pm-4pm
Enjoy a walk around Battle Park as you learn about its natural history and management. This tour highlights spring ephemeral “hot spots” in Battle Park. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Pollinator Gardens
April 24, 10am–11:30am
Bring life and beauty to your garden with a range of tough pollinator-loving plants! Cohosted by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Cooking from the Garden: Spring Pestos from the Garden
April 24, 6pm-8pm
Time to feast upon spring and summer vegetables! Join us for one class, or the entire series with instructor Katie Coleman, chef and owner of Durham Spirits Company. Each class includes in-class tastings. Prepare for a treat and learn about a variety of garden-fresh pestos to celebrate the taste of spring. Katie will demonstrate the basics of a pesto and then we all will help make a variety to taste and to take home. Mint pesto, spring greens pesto, herb pesto and more. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Day Tripping to Pat McCracken’s Garden and Camellia Forest’s New Wendell Nursery
April 25, 9am–2:30pm
Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature for Sprouts
April 25, 10:30am-11:30am
Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. Each week we will have stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects that explore the Gardens. Sign up for one more sessions. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
April 25, 1pm-3pm
Welcome, unschoolers and homeschoolers alike, to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. Or just play in the “squishy corner” especially made for small people. An on-site staff member will answer questions, help with using materials and setting up learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
April 27, 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. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Location: Please meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. Free drop-in event. Parking fees apply. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Gardening Open Hours
April 27, 3pm-5pm
Join us in our hands-on outdoor learning space! Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Landscape Restoration
April 27, 3pm-5pm
Visit a pollinator habitat restoration that serves as a living laboratory! This 10-acre landscape is being developed by students and faculty at East Chapel Hill High School as part of their environment curriculum. Not only will it bring real-world experience to science classes, it is also planned to serve as a learning source of beauty for the ECHHS community. Join us on a field trip to meet instructor Ed Kabay, a science an environment science teacher at ECHHS, and learn more about plant communities and habitat in action. Location: meet At East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill, NC. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk
April 27 5:30pm-8:30pm
Take a walk in the forest and join 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. Instructor Dana Galinsky-Malaguti, a certified forest therapy guide, will facilitate these gentle, guided walks that support wellbeing through sensory immersion in forests and other naturally healing environments. In the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that document the healing effects of wild and natural areas. Shinrin Yoku builds upon traditions from many cultures that recognize the benefits of a mindful immersion in natural environments. Each walk will end with a refreshment and discussion. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Extension Gardener Series with Durham County Master Gardeners: Buy Healthy Plants and Plant Them Well
April 27, 6:30pm-8pm
Healthy plants stand a better chance of thriving in your garden. This presentation will review what you should look for when purchasing and planting plants. Instructor Chris Apple, a Durham County Extension master gardener, will discuss plant sources, how to evaluate a plant, how to correctly plant a tree, shrub, groundcover or perennial and then what is necessary to establish a plant. Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center. Pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Children’s Program – Dig into Veggies!
April 27–May 25, Thursday 10am–12pm
This five week course is the class for your homeschool student! Together we will explore all aspects of a vegetable garden from planning the garden to making their plate beautiful with vegetables. Each week’s class will consist of time in the garden and activities from the Junior Master Gardening program, “Learn, Grow, Eat and Go!” This drop-off class is for homeschool students ages 8–11. Registration includes the five classes and materials needed. Registration for individual weeks is not available. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Little Sprouts – Home Sweet Tree
April 28, 10am-11:15am
Share a morning of nature discovery with your little one! Explore the plants, animals and seasonal changes in the Garden with hands-on activities, nature hikes, crafts and stories. Ages 3-5 with an accompanying adult. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Landscape Potential VI: Activating the Backyard
April 29, 9am–11am
Landscape Potential VI will help participants reimagine the way their backyard supports their lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity. This exciting two-part course begins with a presentation on strategies for designing an active backyard, followed by a practicum in which participants individually bring in photographs and maps of their property for a one-on-one consultation with Preston Montague, Landscape Designer and Botanical Illustrator to solve any landscape challenges they may be facing. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Twilight at the Gardens: Things with Wings
April 28, 6pm-8pm
Drop off your kids on Friday evening so they can learn about the butterflies and moths of spring. We will have a butterfly-themed picnic, tiptoe through the gardens to search for fluttering wings, play butterfly games and see all the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle. For children ages 7-10. Fee, pre-register to 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Inter-Depend-Dance Art Exhibit Opening
April 28, 6pm-9pm
Artist Jayne Walther’s solo exhibit “Inter–Depend–Dance” uses visual art to bring awareness to the concept of interdependence and the plight of the honeybee. Since beeswax is used in her artwork, she realized having this exhibit was a perfect opportunity to offer support to the honeybee. The name of the exhibit is derived from the fact that honeybees dance. Honeybees perform a dance that gives vectors to other worker bees directing them to the location of nectar. Includes educational programming in May to connect the community to local natural gardening/beekeeping experts. Village Art Circle Gallery, Cary. jaynewalther.com.

Spring Plant Sale and Festival
April 29
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.edu.

Nature Journaling: Plants and Pollinators
April 29, 9:30am-12:30pm
Study the geometry of plants and flowers and practice your drawing and perceptual skills to quickly establish a framework for a diagram, drawing or description in a nature journal. Discuss techniques to observe insects and other pollinators. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Eating to Live or Living to Eat? Cooking with Herbs
April 29, 10am-11am
Lifestyle matters to one’s health, and there are natural herbs and spices that complement a healthy constitution.  Learn insight into natural remedies that work 336-721-7300. Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston-Salem. oldsalem.org.

Grow Your Own Salsa
April 29, 10am-11:30am
Debbi will be making salsa while suggesting what to plant in your vegetable garden to make your own when your garden starts to produce. She will suggest tomato and pepper varieties to suit your taste, have recipe handouts available, and show you the easiest ways to prep vegetables. Free, registration required. ann@fgsnursery.com or 919-484-9759. For Garden’s Sake Nursery, Durham. www.fgsnursery.com.

Arboretum Guided Tour
April 30, 2pm
Guided tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2pm from March–October. Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

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Heirloom Plant Sale
Through October
Old Salem Museums & Gardens will offer heirloom plants for sale in the Garden Shop at T. Bagge Merchant. These are many of the same varieties as those found growing in Old Salem’s gardens. All plants are healthy and are locally grown in the Old Salem Greenhouse. A selection of perennial and annual flowers, herbs, and vines are available as are a broad selection of heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb seed from Seed Savers Exchange, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and D. Landreth Seed Company. 336-721-7300 or info@oldsalem.org. Old Salem Museum & Gardens, Winston-Salem. oldsalem.org.

Garden Storytime, Book Swap and Free Play
May 6, 10am–12noon
Join a community farm member for a nature-based story at the farm. Trade books using the Little Free Library. Enjoy outside free play in our natural playground.  Learn about the community garden and sustainable agriculture. Free. The first Saturday of each month through September.  The Community Farm at Camp Chestnut Ridge.  2902 Mount Willing Road, Efland, NC  27243. campchestnutridge.org.

Historic Oakwood Garden Tour and Tea
May 6-7
Raleigh. historicoakwood.org.

Well House Gardens – Open Garden Days
May 7, 10am-2pm
A day of wandering through 3 acres of gardens and watch as we continue to expand to nearly 5 acres, many of our plants will be labeled for the event. The Open Garden Days are an opportunity for plant lovers to see the gardens as they evolve over the course of the spring and summer. Guided tours at 11am or 1pm, otherwise browse on your own. 6401 Litchford Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615.

Gala in the Garden
May 7, 3:30PM-7PM
Huundreds of garden lovers gather together for an afternoon of garden mingling, bidding in an immense silent auction and dining on great food, all while supporting the JC Raulston Arboretum. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Spring Garden Symposium in Tarboro
May 13
A day-filled with horticulture lectures, tours of private and public gardens, vendors and artists, plus a luncheon and tea in the town’s historic Blount-Bridgers Gardens. Tarboro, NC. tarboro2017gardensymposium.eventbrite.com.

Wake Forest Mad Hatters Tea Party & Garden/Art Tour
May 13
Hosted by the Wake Forest Garden Club, the event includes a traditional plated tea, a tour of 10 area gardens, artists, a plant sale and classic cars. Fee. Wake Forest. wfgardenclubevents.org.

Living with Coyotes
May 13, 10am-11am
Learn about one of the most persecuted animals in North Carolina: the coyote. Coyote ecology, the impact of human behavior on its population, and practical ideas to keep domestic pets safe and coyotes wild will be presented. 336-721-7300. Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston-Salem. oldsalem.org.

Proper Care of Warm Season Grasses
May 13, 10am-11:30am
Learn how to care for your Zoysia, Bermuda or Centipede Lawn: how and when to fertilize, warning signs and treatments for disease and insects, how compost can be beneficial, and how to mow a warm season lawn correctly. 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, 1900 NC Hwy 55, Cary (not at our Raleigh store at the State Farmers Market).

Inviting Bees to Your Garden: It’s All About the Plants
May 13, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Gardening seminar with Helen Yoest during artist Jayne Walther’s solo exhibit “Inter–Depend–Dance” using visual art to bring awareness to the concept of interdependence and the plight of the honeybee. Village Art Circle Gallery, Cary. jaynewalther.com.

Natural Beekeeping: Conservation, Collaboration, Community
May 21, 1pm-2pm
Gardening seminar by Alice Hinman during artist Jayne Walther’s solo exhibit “Inter–Depend–Dance” using visual art to bring awareness to the concept of interdependence and the plight of the honeybee. Village Art Circle Gallery, Cary. jaynewalther.com.

Doing Less and Getting More: Creating a Sustainable Landscape
May 21, 2pm-3pm
Gardening seminar by Dale Batchelor during artist Jayne Walther’s solo exhibit “Inter–Depend–Dance” using visual art to bring awareness to the concept of interdependence and the plight of the honeybee. Village Art Circle Gallery, Cary. jaynewalther.com.

Herbal Remedies
May 25, 12noon-1pm
Explore techniques to make your own herbal remedies from plants in your garden. Directions from start to finish, including how to use items already in your kitchen apothecary. Attendees may bring lunch; beverages provided. 336-721-7300. Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston-Salem. oldsalem.org.