Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING EVENTS

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AUGUST

The Garden Railway
Through August 31
Visitors of all ages will be wowed with a miniature model railway system set up throughout the Friendship Garden. The track includes 450 feet of curves, bridges, plants and trains. On select weekends, visitors can operate and ride hand cars. Special programs and classes coincide with the exhibit. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Yoga in the Garden
August 1, 6pm
Grab your yoga mat and rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and an open mind to enjoy this all-levels class! Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Walk on the Wild Side
August 2, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina in this seasonal walk through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Concert on the Lawn
August 2, 6:30pm
Featuring The Grascals, a six-piece blue grass band from Nashville. The Grascals delivers their cutting-edge modern bluegrass with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, the band makes music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship entrenched in niche genres. Fee. 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Botany
August 4-25, Saturdays 9:30-2:30pm
This course is introductory in nature and designed for a broad audience. It covers basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There are also opportunities for making observations in the gardens. Fee, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

First Saturday Tour: Pollination on Parade
August 4, 10am-11am
Enjoy a walk with a Garden Guide and learn about the importance of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other native pollinators, and the important role that native plant gardening plays in pollinator conservation. Free. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Bugs In And Around Garden Ponds
August 4, 5pm
Come learn about the life-histories and curiosities of the insects around your pond.  You may swat the mosquitoes or admire the dragonflies near your pond.  Now discover their life cycles, especially the parts you don’t see. Free. NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, Room 101 in the Research Building, 1060 William Moore Drive, Raleigh.

Well House Gardens Open Garden Days
August 5, 10am-2pm
Tour on your own or guided tours at 11am and 1pm. 6401 Litchford Rd, Raleigh 27615.

Plantsmen’s Tour
August 7, 9am–10:30am or 6pm–6:30pm
“Some Like It Hot” with Douglas Ruhren. A tour of outstanding plants for the heat of summer. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Tai Chi in the Garden
August 7, 10am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Held every indoors or outside depending on the weather. Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Yoga in the Garden
August 8, 6pm
Grab your yoga mat and rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and an open mind to enjoy this all-levels class! Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Fascinating Carnivorous Plants of the Southeastern US
August 9, 6pm-7pm
With David McAdoo. Fee, pre-register. 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Introduction to Mushroom Foraging: Learn A Year’s Worth of Wild Edible Mushrooms in One Day
August 11, 9am–11am
Learn to safely identify morels, black trumpets, chanterelles, and other delicious, edible mushrooms. With Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscaping. In this class you can learn to identify an entire year’s worth —a dozen—of the best-tasting, easy to identify mushrooms (no poisonous look-alikes) presented in one indoor sitting. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Houseplants Walking Tour and Q&A
August 11, 10:30am
Learn about popular houseplants, get helpful care tips, and ask your questions about your houseplants with our Houseplants Specialist, Kathy Krokus, during our informal walking tour of the greenhouse. Free guides included. Free. Register at [email protected] or 919-847-0117. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center, Raleigh.

Pick Your Own Tea Days
August 11 and 12, 11AM
Harvest your own tea leaves and take them home to process into green, oolong or black tea. Fee. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. camforest.com.

Clever Container Tricks and Houseplant Hacks
August 11, 1pm–2:30pm
Growing in containers is easy until you forget to water. So why not learn some houseplant hacks that make your container plants (indoors and out) easier to maintain? In this class with Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscapings, you’ll learn how to cut watering back from weekly to monthly using a variety of methods. You’ll find out about organic, attractive container mulches like repurposed wine corks, coffee chaff, and beach pebbles. You’ll also learn about a free substitute for coir liners, sources for free fertilizer, how to turn a horse trough into an above ground water garden, and how to make mobiles using high-flying air plants that only need water once a month as well as many other innovative container ideas. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Tai Chi in the Garden
August 14, 10am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Held every indoors or outside depending on the weather. Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Yoga in the Garden
August 15, 6pm
Grab your yoga mat and rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and an open mind to enjoy this all-levels class! Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Photography Walk – Indoor Flowers II
August 16, 2pm–4pm
This class will emphasize a variety of lighting ideas for indoor flower photography. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pine Needle Making Basket
August 18, 10am
Learn about longleaf pine ecosystems while learning basic basket weaving skills using natural materials. Participants will make a small, functional pine needle basket during this class. All materials provided. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Fall Veggie Gardening 101
August 18, 10:30am
Learn about the veggies you can grow for fall, winter, and early spring as well as how to plant, maintain, and protect them. Free. Register at [email protected] or 919-847-0117. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center, Raleigh.

Honeybee Day
August 18, 11am-1pm
Learn more about pollinators during this family friendly event. Plus, sample and buy local honey and honey-based products. Free. State Farmers Market, Raleigh. ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/

Flying Wild
August 20, 9am
This workshop is for teachers, educators or parents. Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history. Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental
education using birds as the focus. Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Tai Chi in the Garden
August 21, 10am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Held every indoors or outside depending on the weather. Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Yoga in the Garden
August 22, 6pm
Grab your yoga mat and rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and an open mind to enjoy this all-levels class! Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Fairy Garden Make & Take
August 25, 10:30am
Learn how to make a fairy garden and make one to take home! The workshop is free with plants, containers, and super-cute accessories available for purchase. Free. Register at [email protected] or 919-847-0117. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center, Raleigh.

Introduction to Botanical Art & Illustration
August 25, 1pm-4:30pm
This class explores the history of botanical illustration, shows examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art, describes the coursework for the Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, and introduces the instructors. Supply fee included. Fee, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Tai Chi in the Garden
August 28, 10am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Held every indoors or outside depending on the weather. Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

Yoga in the Garden
August 29, 6pm
Grab your yoga mat and rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and an open mind to enjoy this all-levels class! Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.com.

SEPTEMBER

Intro to Tea
September 1, 2pm-4pm
A 2-hour workshop that provides a general introduction to tea, the plant and the drink. Fee. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. teaflowergardens.com.

Grow Your Own Tea
September 2, 10am-3pm
A 4-hour workshop that includes learning how to plant and grow tea from seeds and plants. Plus, take home your own potted seeds to grow at home. Fee. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. teaflowergardens.com.