Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING EVENTS

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APRIL

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.

Open Nursery and Garden
April 28-30, Fri-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
Plant Delights, Raleigh. plantdelights.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.

Grow Your Own Day
April 29, 10am
The NC Tomato Man Craig Lehoullier. Free. Atlantic Orchid & Garden, Raleigh. atlanticavenuegarden.com.

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.

Grow Your Own Day
April 29, 11:30am
Hydroponics: Salad Boxing for your Home Kitchen with Hydrofarm. Fee. Pre-register. Atlantic Orchid & Garden, Raleigh. atlanticavenuegarden.com.

Grow Your Own Day
April 29, 1pm
The NC Tomato Man Craig Lehoullier. Free. Atlantic Orchid & Garden, Raleigh. atlanticavenuegarden.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.

MAY

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.

Plantsmen’s Tour
May 2, 2017, 9am or 6pm
“Gala in the Garden Sneak Peek,” with Mark Weathington, JCRA Director, Tuesday, Usually, the plant selections for auction during our annual Gala are kept mostly under wraps. This year, you’ll get a chance to see a few of the choice specimens that will be up for bidding. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Strawberry Day
May 4
At the State Farmers Market, Raleigh. statefarmersmarket.org.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare
May 4, 6:30pm
Join us for a night of Shakespearean hilarity. This show is not for the faint of heart, it will include vulgar statements, outrageous comments, and an insane amount of laughter. Be prepared to get an ab workout in while you enjoy this show! Romance and mistaken identity are afoot in the Forest of Arden. Rosalind and Orlando, forced into exile, begin a timeless love story that challenges the traditional understanding of romance. Adult content and language. Must be 21 or over. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Open Nursery and Garden
May 5-7, Fri-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
Plant Delights, Raleigh. plantdelights.com.

Intermediate Bonsai
May 6, 11am
Fee. Pre-register. Atlantic Orchid & Garden, Raleigh. atlanticavenuegarden.com.

Bonsai Wiring Workshop
May 6, 1pm
Fee. Pre-register. Atlantic Orchid & Garden, Raleigh. atlanticavenuegarden.com.

Plant Sale
May 6 , 9am-1pm
The Steel Magnolias Garden Club hosts their annual plant sale. Includes a raffle of a garden cart filled with gardening goodies and a Pretty in Pink garden chair. Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 Arendell Avenue, Zebulon. NC.

Woods and Meadows Adventure
May 6, 9:30am-12noon
Learn about the lives of the many types of animals and plants that make their homes in the protected hardwood forests, old fields, wetlands and waterways at the Garden’s Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Practice your naturalist skills – using sweep nets, binoculars and turning over logs. Ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

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.

Japanese Tea Gathering: Children’s Day Tea
May 6, 10:45am or 1pm
Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you will experiencethe 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. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Journaling Techniques and Materials
May 6, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Develop your plant observation and recording skills through guided exercises as you experiment with portable drawing materials and techniques. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Exploring Your Perceptual Lenses
May 6, 2pm-3:30pm
Fee, pre-register. Plant Delights, Raleigh. plantdelights.com.

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.

Who’s Attracted to Native Plants? Pollinator Diversity in a Suburban Yard
May 11, 12noon-1pm
Learn which native plants attract the greatest variety of floral visitors and hear stories about some of the more colorful and intriguing pollinators and how they interact with native plants. Free. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Photography Walk
May 11, 2pm
Exploring the close-up world in the garden is an exciting experience and you can achieve strong compositions and fun abstracts. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Basic Canning Class
May 11, 6pm
Attend this basic canning class to learn the most up-to-date, research based information for preserving safely. If preserving is done correctly the shelf life of your food is extended. If done incorrectly, you or your family could end up on the Emergency Room! Join our Family Consumer Science Extension Agent, Phyllis Smith, as she teaches you the safe way to preserve your fruits and vegetables. Fee, pre-register. 919-542-8202 or chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Extension Gardeners Series: Gardening in Durham
May 11, 6:30pm-8pm
Understanding Durham’s soil and climate will help you succeed in your garden, whether you are a Durham native or a transplant, an experienced gardener or just beginning. Join master gardener Gene Carlone as he explains the strategies and techniques that are time-tested in Durham and help you take advantage of our year-round growing season. Free, pre-registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture and Book Launch
May 11, 7:30pm
“Gardening in the South,” with Mark Weathington, JCRA Director. A gardener’s plant choice and garden style are inextricably linked to the place they call home. In order to grow a flourishing garden, every gardener must know the specifics of their region’s climate, soil, and geography. In this lecture, Mark Weathington will discuss some of the most important suggest to improve your southern garden. Join us for Mark’s book launch “Gardening in the South,” by Mark Weathington Gardening in the South, a comprehensive, enthusiastic, and accessible book for gardeners of all levels. Fee. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Basic Canning Class
May 12, 10am
Attend this basic canning class to learn the most up-to-date, research based information for preserving safely. If preserving is done correctly the shelf life of your food is extended. If done incorrectly, you or your family could end up on the Emergency Room! Join our Family Consumer Science Extension Agent, Phyllis Smith, as she teaches you the safe way to preserve your fruits and vegetables. Fee, pre-register. 919-542-8202 or chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

National Public Gardens Day: Celebrating NCBG Gardens
May 12, 11am-3:45pm
A guided tour of some of the gardens and natural areas, emphasizing the conservation. Includes Mason Farm, NCBG Display Gardens, Carolina Campus Community Garden, Edible Campus Initiative Gardens, and Coker Arboretum. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plant Sale
May 12-14
Bring the garden into your home with beautiful flowers ready to find a new home. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

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.

Local Deciduous Trees
May 13 & 20, 9:30am-12:30pm
Learn about common deciduous trees, how to identify them, and why they grow where they do. Includes time outdoors walking in the Garden and on the Piedmont Nature Trails. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Penny’s Bend Wild Blue Indigo Hike
May 13, 9:30am-1pm
Kike through the spring landscape of Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve in northeast Durham with regionally rare plants. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

All About Herbs
May 13, 10am
Participants will learn all the basics from a Master Gardener, and even get to plant a container to take home. Fee,pre-register. 252-438-8188. Vance County Regional Farmers Market, Henderson. go.ncsu.edu/secondsaturday.

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.

Arboretum Sunday Tours
May 14 , 2pm
Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Mother’s Day Walk at Mason Farm
May 14, 2pm-4:30pm
Take your mother for a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s “old farm trail” as we point out wildflowers and discuss local diversity conservation. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
May 16, 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. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Durham Garden Forum: Foodscape Revolution
May 16, 6:30pm-8pm
Brie Arthur, horticulturist and author, will to encourage us to “think outside the box” and learn how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases biodiversity and adds purpose to everyday spaces. Brie is the author of “The Foodscape Revolution.” Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
May 18, 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.

Gardening Open Hours
May 18, 3pm-5pm
Join us in our hands-on outdoor learning space as a staff member guides families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting, and composting. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Photography Stroll: An Insider’s Guide to the Gardens
May 18, 5:30pm-7pm
Stroll Duke Gardens with two experienced photographers and learn more about “how to look” for those unique views and unknown spots and how looking through a lens enriches understanding of nature. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Basic Canning Class
May 18, 6pm
Attend this basic canning class to learn the most up-to-date, research based information for preserving safely. If preserving is done correctly the shelf life of your food is extended. If done incorrectly, you or your family could end up on the Emergency Room! Join our Family Consumer Science Extension Agent, Phyllis Smith, as she teaches you the safe way to preserve your fruits and vegetables. Fee, pre-register. 919-542-8202 or chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Wine & Whimsy
May 18, 6pm-8pm
This painting class is perfect for a date night or a girls night out! Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Music in the Garden
May 18, 6pm-9pm
Relax and dance the shag to some Carolina beach music. Purchase food from Skewed Up and enjoy beer and wine from our cash bar while you dance the night away! Event is free with a Garden membership or general admission. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk
May 18, 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. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Basic Canning Class
May 19, 10am
Attend this basic canning class to learn the most up-to-date, research based information for preserving safely. If preserving is done correctly the shelf life of your food is extended. If done incorrectly, you or your family could end up on the Emergency Room! Join our Family Consumer Science Extension Agent, Phyllis Smith, as she teaches you the safe way to preserve your fruits and vegetables. Fee, pre-register. 919-542-8202 or chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Little Sprouts – Roots and Shoots
May 19, 10am-11:15
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.

Garden Storytime – Children’s Program
May 19, 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.

Butterflies in Colored Pencil
May 19, 1pm-4:30pm
Learn to draw with colored pencils using North Carolina’s many butterflies as a reference. Students can purchase drawing materials or borrow them for the course. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Hillsborough Plant Sale and Spring Garden Tour
May 19-21
Spring tour of 12 gardens, five in town and seven rural, along with five public gardens, May 20-21, a plant sale May 19-20 and photography exhibit May 8-June 9. Hillsborough. hillsboroughgardenclubnc.com.

12th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale
May 20, 9am-4 pm
The Garden Sale includes a selection of plants cover perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, native trees, shrubs, maples, iris, daylilies, hostas and garden accessories. This event is the season’s most scenically situated garden show. The Monte Vista Hotel, Black Mountain, NC. blackmountainbeautification.org.

Volunteer Day
May 20, 9:30am-3:30pm
Come out and lend a hand in the Garden during Volunteer Days! We are looking for volunteers ages 12 and up to help with various projects in the garden! Ages 12-15 can participate with parent supervision. These days are perfect for teens needing to fulfill volunteer hours, or anyone who just enjoys lending a hand! Potential projects may include weeding, mulching, painting, sanding, removing invasive plants, or other such projects- assigned at random by the Volunteer Day Coordinator. Volunteers
should come prepared to be outside and get dirty! Pre-registration is required. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Tour D’Coop
May 20, 10am-4pm
Enjoy gardens and feathered friends at Raleigh’s garden-style tour of urban, backyard chicken coops, benefiting Urban Ministries of Wake County. Win a coop, enjoy local food trucks, activities for children, bike route, local speakers and more. Fee. tourdcoop.com.

Bee Hive Hike
May 20, 10am-4pm
A garden-style tour of local bee hives to see how hives fit into urban landscapes and gardens. Beekeepers will be on hand to answer your questions. Fee. tourdcoop.com.

Fairy Garden Glass
May 20, 11am
Create your own tiny oasis. Fee, pre-register. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Blooms & Bubbly
May 20, 11am-2pm
Learn how to turn ordinary flowers into a beautiful structured display for your home. Fee, includes materials and brunch. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

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.

Arboretum Sunday Tours
May 21, 2pm
Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

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

Fairy Garden Workshop
May 21, 2pm-3:30pm
Join Kathy 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. Gardener Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Bluebird Babies of Summer
May 21, 2pm-4pm
Discussion about the end of the nesting season and enjoying the new bluebirds that have arrived. Bluebirders of Wake County, a club dedicated to bluebird conservation. Free. Mordecai Historic Park Office, Raleigh. 919-787-5248. bluebirdersofwake.org.

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardeners
May 22, 10am
“Feeding Your Soil: Composting,” – Learn how to recycle kitchen, garden and yard waste into compost that will make your soil and plants healthy! Fee. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Flying Through Nature
May 22, 10:30am-12noon
People can’t fly without machines, but many things in nature can! Explore how plants and animals move through the air and learn how they’ve inspired people to defy gravity. Children Ages 5-6: 10:30am-11:30am. Adult Chaperone Required. Children Ages 7-9: 10:30am-12noonNoon. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Day Tripping to Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden and High Point University
May 23, 8:45am
In the morning, we’ll tour the Paul J. Ceiner Botanical Garden in Kernersville. A continually expanding garden, this is a delight for home gardeners who can get ideas on growing vegetables while commercial landscapers can see how to offer parking lot gardens. After lunch in Kernersville, we will head to High Point University for this extensive and beautiful campus, which was formally named the Mariana Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature Storytime
May 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. 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.

ARTiculture, A Small Flower Show
May 23, 1pm-3pm
A flower show of fresh spring blooms and a horticulture display. Includes flower design and horticulture classes. Chapel Hill Garden Club. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. chapelhillgardenclub.net.

Pollinator Garden Workshops & Tour
May 24, 9am-1pm
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.

Nature Storytime
May 25, 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.

Global Warming: Where We Stand
May 25, 12noon-1pm
This presentation covers the current state of global warming science, the transition to renewable energy sources (particularly here in North Carolina), identifies potential threats posed by shale gas, updates the status of the Children’s Trust’s legal efforts to encourage our legislators to curtail carbon dioxide emissions and explores the threat that wind turbines pose to birds. Free. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

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.

Gardening Open Hours
May 25, 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. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu.

Garden Storytime – Children’s Program
May 26, 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.

Propagation Workshop
May 27, 9am
A hands-on workshop to learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants. Go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation and with many freshly propagated plants. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Arboretum Sunday Tours
May 28, 2pm
Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
May 30, 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. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. gardens.duke.edu.

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.

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.

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.

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.