Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING GARDENING EVENTS

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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many classes have moved online. We encourage you to check with the organizer of these events for more details. Thank you.

OCTOBER

Hubb’s Farms Family Fun
Through November 7
Sunflowers on the Farm, Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Flashlight Maze, Drive-N Movies on the Farm, Educational Tours, Christmas Events. Please visit our website as we have adjusted and will continue to adjust our farm activities to meet and exceed CDC guidelines. Times and Pricing for events and activities will be posted online. Please know that dates, times, and pricing are subject to change. An America Top Corn Maze as listed by Country Living and Parade magazines. Drive-N Movies highlighted by Smithsonian Magazine. 910-564-6709. Hubb’s Farm, Clinton. hubbsfarmnc.com.

Phillips Farms Fall Family Fun
Through November 1
2 acre pick your own pumpkin field, 1.5 acre sunflower field. Seven-acre corn maze & family fun park with over 25 activities. Check out this year our new 8,000 sq. foot fall market with pumpkins, mums, and all your favorite fall flowers. Please check our Facebook for all COVID guidelines and updates. We look forward to seeing you all. 919-377-8989. Phillips Farms, Cary. phillipsfarmsofcary.com.

Midweek with Bryce Lane – Ten Tips to Better Gardening: Southern Style
October 28, 3pm-4pm
Whether you are new to gardening, new to gardening in the South, or just looking to improve your gardening skills, this talk will provide tips that will help you master gardening in the Southeast. First, we will identify the major advantages and disadvantages of gardening in the southern region? Then, Bryce will discuss many of the classic issues we gardeners face in the South, such as plant selection and placement, pruning, heat load, overwintering, containers, fall gardening, and last but not least, how do you properly prune those crepe myrtles? Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Exploring the Diversity of Camellias
October 31, 9am–12noon
Join camellia enthusiast, propagator, and grower Brie Arthur for a morning discussion on the southern favorite, camellia. In this three-hour virtual session, Brie will share insights on how to cultivate camellias in zones 7–9 for high impact interest through the fall, winter, and spring. Divided into three sections, with breaks, the first hour will be devoted to fall-blooming species, like Camellia sasanqua. The second hour will cover winter-blooming varieties of Camellia japonica. The final hour will be devoted to site selection, soil improvement, fertility needs, pruning, and home propagation methods. From ancient varieties to modern hybrids, this program will provide attendees with the knowledge needed to be successful at growing camellias. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. Register HERE.

Seasonal Celebrities: Autumn Plants for Your N.C. Garden
October 31, 10am-11am
In these weekly virtual programs (via Zoom), through Nov. 14, you will be introduced to a palette of beautiful plants that can be useful in your garden. Join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Each Saturday, we will begin with a general horticulture discussion and then introduce a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. The programs will be led by Jan Little, director of education and public programs at Duke Gardens. Fe. Advance registration is required at this link: https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/6hqvkd/ , where you can see all of our fall programs.

Hike: Peak of Autumn at Penny’s Bend
October 31, 1pm-4pm
Explore the fall landscape of this 84-acre natural area in northeast Durham, and learn about how the Garden manages this unique property. Surrounded on three sides by the Eno River, Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and prairies with regionally rare plants. Much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water (and a walking stick if you use one). Meeting spot supplied upon registration. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

NOVEMBER

Hubb’s Farms Family Fun
Through November 7
Sunflowers on the Farm, Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Flashlight Maze, Drive-N Movies on the Farm, Educational Tours, Christmas Events. Please visit our website as we have adjusted and will continue to adjust our farm activities to meet and exceed CDC guidelines. Times and Pricing for events and activities will be posted online. Please know that dates, times, and pricing are subject to change. An America Top Corn Maze as listed by Country Living and Parade magazines. Drive-N Movies highlighted by Smithsonian Magazine. 910-564-6709. Hubb’s Farm, Clinton. hubbsfarmnc.com.

Phillips Farms Fall Family Fun
Through November 1
2 acre pick your own pumpkin field, 1.5 acre sunflower field. Seven-acre corn maze & family fun park with over 25 activities. Check out this year our new 8,000 sq. foot fall market with pumpkins, mums, and all your favorite fall flowers. Please check our Facebook for all COVID guidelines and updates. We look forward to seeing you all. 919-377-8989. Phillips Farms, Cary. phillipsfarmsofcary.com.

Virtual Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: Heirloom Seeds – Saving Stories, Preserving Biodiversity
November 1, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Interest in growing organic and sustainable gardens has skyrocketed during the pandemic, evidenced by shortages of seeds and vegetable starts. Join us as visionary seed saver, storyteller, and former NCBG volunteer Ira Wallace explores how tradition, taste, place, and storytelling work to preserve biodiversity, regional food traditions, and seed saving. She will share stories of seeds and the gardeners who save them for great heirloom varieties like Greasy beans, Cherokee Purple, and Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. Free; preregistration here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Gardens of the World Part Two: Western European Wonders
November 2-December 14 (except November 23), Mondays, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Online Presentation
In this six-week series of “Gardens of the World” with Bryce Lane, we will travel to some favorite gardens in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Come visit Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny France, beautiful island villa gardens of Northern Italy, some of the most stunning gardens along the Mediterranean, and so much more. As we tour these gardens, Bryce will identify gardening lessons we can learn and apply in our own gardens. Each presentation is recorded and shared with the program participants for review. Additionally, a PDF copy of the presentation is shared with the participants. New participants are welcome to register at any time and can catch up with the recordings. Fee. Pre-register to receive your Zoom link. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Plantsmen’s Tour
November 3, 1pm–2:30pm
Online Presentation
“A New Year Begins: The Second Growing Season” with Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager. The new year is a couple months away, but the 2020 growing season has come to an end. Here in the South, the first frost of the season brings the demise of many plants, but for some,, the cooler weather ushers in a new growing season for those plants that grow in cooler temperatures. Tour around the JC Raulston Arboretum’s grounds virtually as Doug shows us some of his favorite cool-weather plants. Free. Online. The instructions to join us live will be posted on our website a few days prior to the event’s start date. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Design Basics: Color
November 3, 7pm-8pm
Online presentation
In any season, color brings delight to a garden. Learn how to use color throughout the year, drawing your eye to different garden spots and adding dimension in this online presentation with Jan Little, director of education and public programs at Duke Gardens. The class will explore how we see color and give you specific tools to make effective use of color in your garden.
 Fee. Please register in advance to receive your Zoom link. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Gardening & Grubs: A Weekly Chat About All Things Food
November 4, 1pm-1:30pm, Online Program
Every week, our own Cheralyn Berry, NC Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will answer YOUR questions about gardening, cooking, canning, and whatever food related topics you can come up with! Join us on Zoom at https://go.ncsu.edu/allthingsfood or on Facebook live at www.facebook.com/DurhamExtension/. Durham County Cooperative Extension, Durham.

Introduction to Honey Bees
November 4, 2pm-4pm
Online presentation
Get an overview of beekeeping tasks and bee behavior in this online presentation with Nick Schwab, assistant horticulturist and beekeeper here at Duke Gardens. Nick will review a year in the life of a beekeeper, helping you decide if beekeeping is for you. Fee. Please register in advance to receive your Zoom link. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

The Natural History of Birds
November 4-December 2, Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm
Online presentation
In this 4-part Piedmont Naturalist series, we’ll talk about birds – from hummingbirds to ostriches, and from life patterns to ecosystem services. Birds occupy every continent and every type of habitat, with roughly 10,000 species. What do we know about these beautiful creatures? Join us to explore birds, including what makes a bird, migration patterns, mating systems, nesting strategies and bird identification. You will have the opportunity to learn and then apply your knowledge in several assignments that send you out on a Bird Quest! Instructor Deja Perkins is an avid birder and has a master’s degree in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology from N.C. State University’s College of Natural Resources. Fee. Please register in advance to receive your Zoom link. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Walk on the Wild Side: Fall Leaf Change
November 5, 11am-12noon
Online presentation
Explore the wilds of North Carolina each month in Duke Gardens’ Blomquist Garden of Native Plants with curator Annabel Renwick and horticulturist Maegan Luckett. It is one of the delights of the year – autumn foliage colors! Join us this month to learn why this happens and what might make for a good color year or a limited color year. Free. Please register in advance to receive your Zoom link. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Rare Plant Auction
November 6-14
Look for more information on the JCRA’s home page in early November. Free. Virtual. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

18th Annual Holiday Open House
November 7, all day
We’ll be unveiling NEW themed trees, local gourmet food items, USA made products and more! Bring canned or non-perishable food to donate to the Fuquay-Varina Food Pantry. Free, no RSVP required. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. nelsasgardenhut.com.

Seasonal Celebrities: Autumn Plants for Your N.C. Garden
November 7, 10am-11am
In these weekly virtual programs (via Zoom), through Nov. 14, you will be introduced to a palette of beautiful plants that can be useful in your garden. Join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Each Saturday, we will begin with a general horticulture discussion and then introduce a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. The programs will be led by Jan Little, director of education and public programs at Duke Gardens. Fe. Advance registration is required at this link: https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/6hqvkd/ , where you can see all of our fall programs.

12 Days of Christmas
November 7-20
Specials each day from our fantastic selection of holiday goodies, plus gift card raffles! Food trucks on the 7th and 14th. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center. Raleigh. 919-847-0117. homewoodnursery.com.

Design Basics: Form
November 10, 7pm-8:30pm
Online presentation
People have a visual vocabulary. In this online presentation with Jan Little, director of education and public programs at Duke Gardens, we will use those visual cues to understand a building, a room and even a garden. Jan will review techniques used by designers to invite you into a garden, and encourage you to slow down, enjoy your time and direct your attention. Fee. Please register in advance to receive your Zoom link. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Gardening & Grubs: A Weekly Chat About All Things Food
November 11, 1pm-1:30pm, Online Program
Every week, our own Cheralyn Berry, NC Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will answer YOUR questions about gardening, cooking, canning, and whatever food related topics you can come up with! Join us on Zoom at https://go.ncsu.edu/allthingsfood or on Facebook live at www.facebook.com/DurhamExtension/. Durham County Cooperative Extension, Durham.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Biodiversity Depends on Co-existence
November 12, 12noon-1pm
Online Presentation
A key factor affecting biodiversity is the number of species that can live in the same place at the same time. Closely related species are likely to have similar traits and similar ecological needs. On one hand, similarities may result in close relatives being more likely to live in the same environments. On the other hand, similarities may cause close relatives to compete or interfere with one another during growth and reproduction, making co-existence difficult in the long term. Learn about present-day patterns of co-existence of Lobelia sect. Lobelia (Campanulaceae) and what they can teach us about the ecology and evolution of living with close relatives. Free. More details will be provided a few days before the event. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Fall Symposium – Falling for Color
November 14
Fall is finally at our doorstep, and our long-awaited Fall Symposium is also almost here! This year, we have a great cast of speakers that are sure to reinforce and develop your knowledge and love for gardening. Featuring Dan Benarcik, Chanticleer; Eileen D. Boyle, Mt. Cuba Center; Jim Harbage, Ph.D., and Jim Sutton, Longwood Gardens; Jamaica Kincaid, Harvard University; and Jason Reeves, University of Tennessee Gardens. Hosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. Register HERE.

Seasonal Celebrities: Autumn Plants for Your N.C. Garden
November 14, 10am-11am
In these weekly virtual programs (via Zoom), through Nov. 14, you will be introduced to a palette of beautiful plants that can be useful in your garden. Join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Each Saturday, we will begin with a general horticulture discussion and then introduce a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. The programs will be led by Jan Little, director of education and public programs at Duke Gardens. Fe. Advance registration is required at this link: https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/6hqvkd/ , where you can see all of our fall programs.

Autumn Wildflowers at Battle Park
November 15, 10am-12noon
Take in Battle Park’s full autumn glory while we cover woodland wildflowers and talk about their value to wildlife – from insects to large mammals – at all stages of their life histories. From their sources of sustenance to the habitat they create for all kinds of critters, wildflowers are truly amazing. Fee. Preregister. Please note that the hike is moderate to strenuous, depending on your abilities. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Poinsettia Party
November 21, all day
The official opening of our spectacular holiday greenhouses! Enjoy 30,000 Homewood-grown poinsettias on display, great photo ops, refreshments, a poinsettia raffle, our Poinsettia Trial Vote, and live music. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center. Raleigh. 919-847-0117. homewoodnursery.com.

Sailing from Canada to Greenland: Arctic Warming in the Northwest Passage
November 21, 10am–11:30am
Online Presentation
With Janice Swab, Professor Emerita, Meredith College. Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Free. Online instructions will be posted on our website one week before the program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Digital Photography Essentials Workshop for Canon Photographers
November 30-December 14, Mondays, 7pm–8:30 pm
Online Presentation
This beginner class with Mary Louise Ravese of Bella Vista Photography is for people with a Canon digital camera who are interested in learning how to successfully use their camera beyond automatic/program modes. The class concentrates on the five essential camera settings that have the most impact on the look of a photograph: focal length, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance. We also discuss how to interpret the image histogram, a camera feedback mechanism, and use that information to adjust and optimize image exposure for the next shot. Students learn how to adjust these settings using their own camera. The features and concepts discussed are relevant to all digital cameras including many point-and-shoot cameras, mirrorless cameras and all digital SLR cameras. This class is limited to only Canon camera users to make it easier to address participant questions in this online class format. Fee. Preregister in advance to receive the Zoom link. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

DECEMBER

Plantsmen’s Tour
December 1, 1pm–2:30pm
Online Presentation
“Keep Hope Alive: Winter Bloom and Other Plants of Interest” with Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager. December brings the official start of winter and the year’s shortest day. Despite this, gardens in the South are full of color and interesting plants that look their best in the winter. Tour around the JC Raulston Arboretum’s grounds virtually as Doug shows us some of his favorite plants with winter interest. Free. Free. Online. The instructions to join us live will be posted on our website a few days prior to the event’s start date. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Digital Photography Essentials Workshop for Nikon Photographers
December 1-December 15, Tuesdays, 7pm–8:30pm
Online Presentation
This beginner class with Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography is for people with a Nikon digital camera who are interested in learning how to successfully use their camera beyond automatic/program modes. The class concentrates on the five essential camera settings that have the most impact on the look of a photograph: focal length, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance. We also discuss how to interpret the image histogram, a camera feedback mechanism, and use that information to adjust and optimize image exposure for the next shot. Students learn how to adjust these settings using their own camera. The features and concepts discussed are relevant to all digital cameras including many point-and-shoot cameras, mirrorless cameras and all digital SLR cameras. This class is limited to only Nikon camera users to make it easier to address participant questions in this online class format. Fee. Preregister in advance to receive the Zoom link. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Walk on the Wild Side: The Native Garden in Winter
December 3, 11am-12noon
Online presentation
Explore the wilds of North Carolina each month in Duke Gardens’ Blomquist Garden of Native Plants with curator Annabel Renwick and horticulturist Maegan Luckett. Join us for a look at the winter treasures in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Berries, seedpods and bark make beautiful winter scenes. Free. Please register in advance to receive your Zoom link. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Fern Propagation Workshop
December 5, 9am–12noon
Online Presentation
Learn about the reproductive cycle of ferns and how to propagate them from spores in this hands-on workshop with Bob Payne, Wake County Extension Master Gardener. Participants will be introduced to terms like gametophyte and sporophyte and will clean and sow spores and divide gametophytes and sporophytes. Each participant will take home a variety of ferns in various stages of development. Fee. Preregister in advance to receive the Zoom link. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Survival by Degrees – 389 Bird Species on the Brink
December 10, 12noon-1pm
Online Presentation
National Audubon Society scientists crunched the latest data on climate change and the state of birds, and the results paint a picture that is both troubling and hopeful. The report — released in October — shows that two-thirds of North American bird species are at risk of extinction because of rapid changes to our climate. The good news is that Audubon’s science also shows that if we take action now we can help improve the chances for the vast majority of species at risk. Join us to learn what Audubon’s latest research tells us about the future of North Carolina’s most beloved birds, from songbirds to shorebirds, and how our fate is linked to birds when it comes to climate change. Free. More details will be provided on our website a few days before the event. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Koten Engei Symposium
December 12, 9am-12noon
Online Presentation
Japan has had a profound influence on Western horticulture for the past 200 years or more. Many of our most popular landscape plants—azaleas, peonies, flowering cherries, hydrangeas, and so many more—were introduced from the gardens of Japan. But the most uniquely Japanese horticultural tradition, known as koten engei, has never gained the popularity of these other art forms. Barry Yinger, a scholar of Japanese horticulture and friend of the JCRA, says translation of koten engei is all but impossible and can perhaps be summed up as “the cult of classical plant culture.” Now, thanks to a grant from the Japanese Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the JCRA will be able to develop two display collections in the koten engei tradition and associated interpretive signage as well as an online educational symposium on December 12. Check our website for symposium registration details. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

Virtual Garden Tours
Members of the Gardeners of Wake County have opened their garden gates for virtual tours of some of their gardens. Check them out here. Free.

Interested in Volunteering at Non-Profit Farm or Community Gardens?
Ongoing
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is a Food Bank based in Raleigh and Durham which helps service seven counties within our area of North Carolina. And some of this food is grown in their community gardens and farm. If you would be interested in helping to grow food at these sites for those in need, please create a volunteer account and sign up here https://foodshuttle.galaxydigital.com/  *All volunteers must sign up online before volunteering* and the information that you need to know before coming to help is on the volunteer program page. Several gardens in Raleigh and Durham need volunteers.

Online Resources from Duke Gardens
Ongoing
The Duke Gardens has a resources page for families to share ways to learn, relax, and connect with the human and beyond-human members of our community, whether we go for a walk, observe the world outside our windows, notice what and who sustain us at home, or tap into virtual networks. https://gardens.duke.edu/resources
Also, check out their YouTube channel for other classes and tips. https://www.youtube.com/user/DukeGardens1

YouTube Programs from the JCRA
Check out these YouTube videos from the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWHz0c-PyBCb5YmQesmeYDA

Take a Hike
The nature trails and preserves operated by the NC Botanical Garden remain open, including the Piedmont Nature Trails, Battle Park, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Parker Preserve, and Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve. Please observe the rules posted at each location and be sure to practice social distancing (stay six feet from others) while on the trails. https://ncbg.unc.edu/coronavirus/

Stuck at Home, Not Stuck Inside: Adult Edition
Many of us have been asked to work from home and/or limit our exposure to others. If you can, we encourage you to take time to enjoy the great outdoors right outside your door. We’ve compiled a list of activities to help you still get your Vitamin N (nature), even if you are confined to your home. https://ncbg.unc.edu/home/not-stuck-inside-for-adults/

Stuck at Home, Not Stuck Inside: Kids Edition
Many of us have been asked to work from home and/or limit our exposure to others. If you can, we encourage you to take time to enjoy the great outdoors right outside your door. We’ve compiled a list of activities to help you still get your Vitamin N (nature), even if you are confined to your home. https://ncbg.unc.edu/home/not-stuck-inside-for-kids/

EVENTS RESCHEDULED OR POSTPONED

Chapel Hill Garden Tour
In the interest of the health and safety of all, the Chapel Hill Garden Club has postponed its 2020 Garden Tour until April 17-18, 2021. Already purchased tickets will be honored for the 2021 Tour or refunded. The club will contact people with purchased tickets.