Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING EVENTS

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APRIL

Sustainable Lawns and Lawn Alternatives
April 2, 10am-12noon
Join Matt Jones, Horticulture Agent of Chatham County, for a presentation on sustainable lawn care. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Discovery Drop-In
April 2, 3pm-5pm
Explore our hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. A staff member will provide a range of options and demonstrate how to use materials. Help our garden grow, read stories, create art, and conduct experiments. You decide what you want to do, and for how long, according to your interest. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like. For children with accompanying adult; ages 3 and up. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

America’s Next Great Urban Park: Dorothea Dix Park
April 3, 11am
Join us in exploring the past, present and future of Dorothea Dix Park and the planning process to create a world-class park here. With Kate Pearce, City of Raleigh Senior Planner, Dorothea Dix Park. Fee, open to all. Raleigh Garden Club, held at the NC State University Club. raleigh-garden-club.org.

Nature Storytime
April 4, 10:30am-11:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Accompanying adult required. Free drop-in activity. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Walk on the Wild Side
April 4, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina with Annabel Renwick, Blomquist Garden of Native Plants curator, in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Yoga in the Garden
April 4, 6pm-7pm
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. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. cafefearbg.org.

Sustainable Lawns and Lawn Alternatives
April 4, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Join Matt Jones, Horticulture Agent of Chatham County, for a presentation on sustainable lawn care. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Camellia Open House
April 5-7, 13-15, 19-21
Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12noon-5pm
See camellias in bloom. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. 919-968-0504. camforest.com.

Family Garden Walk
April 6, 9am-9:45am
Discover new places in the Gardens as you learn about the many things that live here, with a different seasonal theme each month. Walks will end inside the Gardens to allow your family to continue exploring on your own. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Spring Plant Sale
April 6, 9am–1pm
Perennials, shrubs, trees, groundcovers, vines & herbs from the Weymouth Estate and members’ gardens, containers, tools, and more. Rain or Shine. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, Southern Pines.

Plant Sale
April 6, 9am-4pm
Hosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society during Raulston Blooms!. Hundreds of plants of interest not just to rock gardeners, but also to garden enthusiasts of any description as well. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Lichens
April 6, 9:30am-4pm
This class is intended for a broad audience. Lichens (lichenized fungi) are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a foray out into the Garden. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

First Saturday Tour: The Greening Landscape
April 6, 10am-11am
April means the greening of our forests and an abundance of wildflowers. Join a Garden Guide and explore the magic of spring. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Epic Tomatoes from your Garden: Seed Starting 101
April 6, 10am-11:30am
Legendary local “NC Tomato Man” Craig LeHouiller returns to present his epic knowledge of all things tomato. He will share his special procedures for home seed starting. Learn how to grow from seed to harvest. Craig’s presentation will include a brief demonstration, handouts, and seeds to share with attendees. His book, “Epic Tomatoes” will be available for sale. 919-560-8590. Southwest Regional Library (Shannon Rd.), Durham.

Family Vegetable Gardening Workshop
April 6, 10am-12noon
From orange watermelons to purple tomatoes, learn how to grow old favorites or new varieties of summer fruits and veggies at home. Discover what edible plants are right for the season and your setting, including vegetables that thrive in a container and ones that grow better in the ground. Each child can choose 2 vegetable or herb seedlings to take home to grow your garden.
For children of all ages and accompanying adult. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale
April 6, 10am–4pm – Open to the public
(April 5, 4pm–7pm – Members-only preview sale)
We’re kicking the season off right with our biggest ever selection of hot new introductions, reliable performers, and hard to find specialty plants. Come on out and shop our A to Z smorgasbord of flowering perennials, showy shrubs, and easy care plants for even the most difficult spot. Even better than the plants is our exceptionally knowledgeable staff who can answer all of your gardening questions. JCRA members get a 10% discount on JCRA plants! If you are not a member, you can join on the spot. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Raulston Blooms!
April 6, 10am–4pm
Fun for the whole family! Learn, shop for your garden, get great ideas, and enjoy gourmet treats while supporting the JC Raulston Arboretum. Spring Plant Sale, the Annual Birdhouse Competition, gardening talks, hands-on fun for children and families, artists and craftsmen, food trucks and NC State Howling Cow ice cream cups. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

19th Annual Birdhouse Competition
April 6, 10am–4pm
It’s that time of year again! The Birdhouse Competition returns to the JC Raulston Arboretum. If making birdhouses is not your thing, then looking at them should be. The creations range from barrels of laughs to studies in craftsmanship and beauty. Pack up the whole brood and join the fun. Entries Accepted April 5, 10am–6pm. Cost to enter competition: free. Birdhouse builders receive a free ticket to attend Raulston Blooms! Raulston Blooms! admission includes admission to the birdhouse competition and plant sale, too. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Dog Day in the Garden
April 6, 11am-5pm
Bring the whole family, dogs included, to the Garden for a paw-sitivley paw-some day. Free. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Foraging for Smoothies, Salads, & Pesto
April 6, 1pm-5pm
Learn how to make friends and food with the weeds in your yard and garden as we meet and eat some of the abundant wild edibles of spring with foraging guide “Planty Kim” Calhoun. We’ll practice identification while harvesting out in the field then prepare delicious nutritious foraged dishes together in the cozy kitchen. Fee and preregistration at abundancehealingarts.com.

Plants That Bite Back
April 6, 1:30pm-3:30pm
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, sundews… oh my! Learn about the secret lives of native carnivorous plants. Meet live specimens, dissect pitcher plants, and find out how you can keep some plants that bite back (on insects, not people) in your own backyard. You can even take home a special plant to get you started. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

The Well House Gardens – Open Garden Days
April 7, 10am-2pm
Come out and join us for a day of wandering through our 4+ acres of gardens and watch as we develop new gardens. 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 and 1pm. No need to RSVP, just meet us up front. 6401 Litchford Rd, Raleigh 27615.

Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Lecture: The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative
April 7, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Many of our favorite native wildflowers are species adapted to open, sunny, grassy habitats, and while we use some of these plants horticulturally, their native stocks have dwindled. Grassland loss is the single greatest conservation issue currently facing eastern North American biodiversity. Southern grasslands are nearly extinct and the species that depend on them are fading fast. Join us for a fascinating and stereotype-shattering tour of North Carolina’s natural landscapes just a few hundred years ago: bison, prairies, and sun-loving wildflowers. What are the challenges facing these landscapes and how can we restore them? Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Painless Perennials
April 7, 3pm-4pm
Painless Perennials will keep you in bloom year around both shade and sun. We will guide you through the year with continuous color. Durham Extension Master Gardener Series. 919-560-7410. South Regional Library (S. Alston Ave.), Durham.

Discovery Drop-In
April 9, 3pm-5pm
Explore our hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. A staff member will provide a range of options and demonstrate how to use materials. Help our garden grow, read stories, create art, and conduct experiments. You decide what you want to do, and for how long, according to your interest. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like. For children with accompanying adult; ages 3 and up. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Plants of Distinction: Spring Wildflower Walk 
April 10, 10am-11:30am
Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality with Laura Daly, assistant horticulturist of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Take all three sections or sign up separately for each session to learn about a new group of beautiful and useful plants. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Spring
April 10-May 1, Wednesdays 4pm-6pm
Expand your palette of plants with information from this class taught by Jan Little, director of education and public programs at Duke Gardens. Each season this class covers another group of 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. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
April 11, 10:30am-11:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Accompanying adult required. Free drop-in activity. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Walk on the Wild Side
April 11, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina with Annabel Renwick, Blomquist Garden of Native Plants curator, in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Climate Change, Plants, Bugs, and Birds: Interconnections in Your Own Backyard
April 11, 12noon-1pm
Climate change is having impacts on the natural world, many of which are evident in our own backyard. We’ll discuss climate change from a bird-centric point of view, thinking about how their fate is tied to the individual responses of different plant and insect groups. Then, we’ll review the many different citizen science programs that you could become involved with to help reveal these responses to climate change where you live. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Meet the Gardens Keepers
April 11-May 16, Thursdays 2pm-3pm
Plan your Gardens visit to include this special opportunity to meet the keepers of bees, chickens and incredible plants! Lindsey Fleetwood, our chicken keeper, Nick Schwab, our beekeeper, and Jason Holmes, curator of this Garden area, will help you explore fascinating facts about bees, chickens and plants. Series runs for 6 weeks, participants are invited to attend any and all of the sessions. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Yoga in the Garden
April 11, 6pm-7pm
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. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. cafefearbg.org.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
April 11, 7:30pm–9pm
“Worming Your Way to Healthy Soils and Plants” with Rhonda Sherman, Extension Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
A rich soil amendment can be created from organic discards by composting with earthworms. Vermicast influences increased rates of germination, growth, and crop yields, improved root development and stress tolerance, and decreased attacks by plant pathogens, parasitic nematodes, and insect pests. Vermicast is so valuable, worm farmers are charging $200-$800 per cubic yard. Learn how you can make it yourself and see how others are doing it around the world! Rhonda will share stories and photos from her new book The Worm Farmer ‘s Handbook. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Spring Plant Sale
April 13, 8am-1pm
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street. Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Family Garden Walk
April 13, 9am-9:45am
Discover new places in the Gardens as you learn about the many things that live here, with a different seasonal theme each month. Walks will end inside the Gardens to allow your family to continue exploring on your own. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Remembering Dr. Seuss: Plants with Unique Habits & Shapes
April 13, 10am-11:30am
Come and hear about plants that have unique and interesting habits for the home landscape. We will look at plants that have natural habits that are not typical… weeping, spreading, dwarf, and just plain weird. We’ll talk about how we can use and care for these plants in our home landscapes, and about how you can create your own unusually shaped and trained plants by pruning and training. With Bryce Lane. Atlantic Gardening Company, Raleigh. atlanticgardening.com.

Spectacular Spring Tulip Bloom
April 13, 10am-2:00pm
Enjoy thousands of bulbs that will be blooming in a glorious celebration of spring. Free. Light refreshments will be served. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street. Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org

Family Gardening Series: Soil Critters
April 13, 1pm-2:15pm
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Time to get your hands dirt-y! Come learn what ‘ingredients’ you need to make good growing soil, why plants needs soil, how to make black gold (compost), and get up-close with worms and other dirt-loving critters. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Weeds 101
April 13, 2pm-3:30pm
Every gardener and homeowner can tell you what they consider to be a weed. Too often, one person’s weed is another creature’s critical food source or shelter, while another person’s prized plant might be the next ecological disaster. Discussion will include a brief history of weeds and their impact on ecosystems and our economy, ways to identify your weeds, and strategies for their management, whether they be friend or foe. Management practices include time-tested approaches and some new techniques we employ here at NCBG, with an emphasis on environmentally responsible gardening. Participants are welcome to bring in specimens for identification. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Open House Weekend
April 13-14
Plant specials and more. Atlantic Gardening Company, Raleigh. 919-878-8877.

Battle Park Tour
April 14, 2pm-4pm
Learn about the history and preservation of the property now known as Battle Park on the UNC campus. We’ll walk through the park in the peak of its spring glory, covering hotspots visited and named by Kemp Plummer Battle himself as well as the philosophies behind the preservation and conservation of our natural areas. Please note that the hike is moderate to strenuous, depending on your abilities. Battle Park trails traverse uneven and/or steep terrain at times. You are encouraged to bring a hiking stick. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Artists in the Gardens Workshops: Photography
April 15, 10am-12noon
Art can communicate everything from how you are feeling to the close relationship between a caterpillar and its host plant. This season, focus on the interactions between plants and animals as we explore a new medium each week. We’ll explore habitats, uncover wildlife and identify plants while learning about art and making our own. Classes will include time to investigate the garden, make connections, create art and share work with the group. Join us for the full series or sign up for individual workshops. All materials provided unless otherwise noted. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Perennials
April 16, 10am-12noon
Join Matt Jones, Horticulture Agent of Chatham County, or a presentation and hands-on demonstration on how to garden with native herbaceous perennials and grasses. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Discovery Drop-In
April 16, 3pm-5pm
Explore our hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. A staff member will provide a range of options and demonstrate how to use materials. Help our garden grow, read stories, create art, and conduct experiments. You decide what you want to do, and for how long, according to your interest. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like. For children with accompanying adult; ages 3 and up. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Durham Garden Forum: Gardening in a Changing Climate
April 16, 6:30pm-8pm
Is global warming real? How does climate change affect our landscaping practices? Are we poised to take advantage of this phenomenon as horticulturists? We will talk about the effects of changing climate on horticulture, and identify new practices and approaches to consider using in the future, with Bryce Lane. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Urban Sustainable Gardening
April 16, 7:30pm
With Helen Yoest. Gardeners of Wake County meeting. Refreshments at 7pm. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.weebly.com.

The WOW Factor: Effective Planting Combinations for Your Garden—Cool Containers
April 17, 1:30pm-3pm
Learn from Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and Duke Gardens horticulture director, how to create a dynamic, exciting garden – a garden with WOW! Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
April 18, 10:30am-11:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Accompanying adult required. Free drop-in activity. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Walk on the Wild Side
April 18, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina with Annabel Renwick, Blomquist Garden of Native Plants curator, in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Lunch and Learn Lecture “A Year in the Garden”
April 18, 12noon
With Adrienne Roethling, PJCBG Director of Curation and Mission Delivery. Fee. Bring your lunch. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street in Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Spring Tablescape and Centerpiece
April 18, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Watch as florist Rachael Price designs several tablescapes to meet different goals from casual to formal, then work with Rachael to complete a centerpiece to take home. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Yoga in the Garden
April 18, 6pm-7pm
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. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. cafefearbg.org.

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Perennials
April 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Join Matt Jones, Horticulture Agent of Chatham County, for a presentation and hands-on demonstration on how to garden with native herbaceous perennials and grasses. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Family Garden Walk
April 20, 9am-9:45am
Discover new places in the Gardens as you learn about the many things that live here, with a different seasonal theme each month. Walks will end inside the Gardens to allow your family to continue exploring on your own. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Open Garden & Art Show
April 20, 9am-4pm
Stroll the garden and enjoy local artists with pottery, jewelry, bird houses, botanical art, metal sculptures, glass, hypertufa, and concrete garden sculptures, plus locally grown plants. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh.

Grand Opening
April 20, 9am-5pm
Join us for the ribbon cutting of Garden Treasures and it’s unique plants-some never before seen. Includes craft show and educational sessions. Garden Treasures, Wendell. Garden-treasures.com.

Urban Vegetable Gardening
April 20, 10am-11:30am
With so many people living in urban centers understanding how to grow in less space is paramount! Brie Arthur focuses on simple and affordable strategies including creative container programs. You may know her from our Soil3 Instagram takeovers or her Soil3 video. Brie is an expert at incorporating food plants into your landscape and will be sharing her secrets with you! Free and Open to All Skill Levels! Pre-register by calling 919-836-0492 or email [email protected] Location of Workshop: Super-Sod of Cary, 1900 NC Hwy 55, Cary NC 27519 (not at our Raleigh store at the State Farmers Market)

Brushwork Flowers in Watercolor
April 20, 10am-12noon
Brush painting is a magnificent experience that’s accessible to anyone, regardless of experience. We will focus on capturing the essence of flowers with simple brush strokes that create a sweep of pure color and energized freedom. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Organic Gardening 101
April 20, 12noon-1pm
We’ll be covering the basics of organic gardening of fruits and vegetables in felt containers while maintaining a pesticide free environment and attracting the all important pollinators to your garden. For a $10 donation participants will be given a “smart pot”, a bag of organic soil and a packet of heirloom organic seeds to take home and start growing. Fee, pre-register on Event Brite. Caring House, 2625 Pickett Road, Durham. facebook.com/beloved.

Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
April 20, 1:30pm-4:30pm
This course is intended for a broad audience. We’ll discuss the most prominent invasive plants in North Carolina and how to identify them by habit and growth form. Then, we’ll cover integrated methods for controlling invasive plants on multiple scales. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Mallarme Chamber Players: Family Concert “The Drums of Africa”
April 21, 1pm-2pm
Mallarme performs a free, interactive music concert “The Drums of Africa” with Teli and Mabinti Shabu. Recommended for people 5-years-old and older. Free and open to the public. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Reid Wildflower Garden Easter Open Afternoon 
April 21, 2pm-5pm
Enjoy the magic of native woodland wild flowers in bloom on Easter Afternoon. 1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. Visit the NC Native Plant Society website for details. ncwildflower.org.

Naturalist Classes: What’s a Weed? (ages 5-7)
April 22, 10:30am-11:30am
Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. What makes a plant a weed? Discuss how the same plant can be considered a beloved feature in one place and a pesky weed in another. Learn how weeds can survive in surprising places and some important functions these plants serve. This section for children ages 5-7. Adult chaperone recommended. Please ask about our younger sibling policy. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Naturalist Classes: What’s a Weed? (ages 8-10)
April 22, 10:30am-12noon
Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. What makes a plant a weed? Discuss how the same plant can be considered a beloved feature in one place and a pesky weed in another. Learn how weeds can survive in surprising places and some important functions these plants serve. This section for children ages 8-10. Please ask about our younger sibling policy. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Discovery Drop-In
April 23, 3pm-5pm
Explore our hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. A staff member will provide a range of options and demonstrate how to use materials. Help our garden grow, read stories, create art, and conduct experiments. You decide what you want to do, and for how long, according to your interest. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like. For children with accompanying adult; ages 3 and up. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

I Need a Plan: Gardening for Pollinators
April 23 & 30, 7pm-9pm
Discover the pollinators native to our region and then create a plant list that includes everything needed by them, from food to shelter, then filter your list to match whether your garden is sunny, shady, dry or wet. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

The WOW Factor: Effective Planting Combinations for Your Garden—Color in the Garden
April 24, 1:30pm-3pm
Learn from Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and Duke Gardens horticulture director, how to create a dynamic, exciting garden – a garden with WOW! Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
April 25, 10:30am-11:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Accompanying adult required. Free drop-in activity. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Photography Walk
April 25, 10am–12noon
“Creativity Outside the Box: Creating Abstract Photographs in the Garden”. Learn about creative camera techniques like long exposure camera movements and multiple exposures, then we’ll practice these new techniques in the Arboretum. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Walk on the Wild Side
April 25, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina with Annabel Renwick, Blomquist Garden of Native Plants curator, in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Contact with Nature = Healthy Child Development
April 25, 12noon-1pm
Join the co-founders of NC State University’s Natural Learning Initiative for this talk on how being in contact with nature broadens children’s play and learning experience. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Mindfulness in the Gardens
April 25, 5pm-6pm
Replenish and rejuvenate yourself with a meditative walk through Duke Gardens led by Betsy Dessauer from Mindful Anytime. We will walk with intention, employing elements of mindfulness meditation and our senses to engage in the present moment. This walk will help you experience the Gardens more fully and release stress so you emerge feeling calmer and refreshed. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Yoga in the Garden
April 25, 6pm-7pm
Improve your flexibility, build stregth, 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. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. cafefearbg.org.

Flowers After Hours Tour and Workshop
April 25, 6pm-8pm
Enjoy the flowers at Duke Gardens on a docent-led tour, and end the tour at a workshop with herbalist Hannah Popish, who will discuss herbs, herbal uses and their healing properties. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Family Garden Walk
April 27, 9am-9:45am
Discover new places in the Gardens as you learn about the many things that live here, with a different seasonal theme each month. Walks will end inside the Gardens to allow your family to continue exploring on your own. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Fairy Gardening Class
April 27, 10am
Learn about the history of fairy gardens, watch one come together before your eyes and stay to create your own tiny oasis! Fun & interactive. Bring your own creative container or purchase one onsite and we’ll help you plant it after class. We provide the soil and you can purchase unique plants and fairy accessories from us! Free, registration is required. Call 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. nelsasgardenhut.com.

Art in the Garden
April 27, 10am
Plein air guided watercolor class in The Well Fed Community Garden, hosted by the Irregardless Cafe. Includes a farm to table vegetarian lunch. No experience needed. Watercolor kit and lap board provided, but ok to bring your own art supplies, canvas, easel, camera. Fee. Registration required. 1321 Athens Drive, Raleigh. Irregardless.com.

Bulbs in Their Habitats
April 27, 10am–11:30am
North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Cohosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Artists in the Gardens Workshops: Painting
April 27, 10am-12noon
Art can communicate everything from how you are feeling to the close relationship between a caterpillar and its host plant. This season, focus on the interactions between plants and animals as we explore a new medium each week. We’ll explore habitats, uncover wildlife and identify plants while learning about art and making our own. Classes will include time to investigate the garden, make connections, create art and share work with the group. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Traditional Japanese Tea Gatherings: Celebration of Earth Day Tea
April 27, 10:45am-12noon
Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you can experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering with Chizuko Sueyoshi and members of the Japanese Tea Practitioners of Durham. Tea guests meet at the Doris Duke Center to walk as a group to the teahouse for these intimate gatherings. Daytime teas are open to children age 6 and older with an accompanying adult, at the family rate. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Traditional Japanese Tea Gatherings: Celebration of Earth Day Tea
April 27, 1pm-2:15pm
Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you can experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering with Chizuko Sueyoshi and members of the Japanese Tea Practitioners of Durham. Tea guests meet at the Doris Duke Center to walk as a group to the teahouse for these intimate gatherings. Daytime teas are open to children age 6 and older with an accompanying adult, at the family rate. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Honeybee Hive Tour at the CCCG
April 27, 2pm-3pm
Come learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with hobbyist beekeeper, Anne Cabell. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Spring at Mason Farm
April 28, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Take a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s Old Farm Trail, which travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Naturalist Ed Harrison will point out wildflowers and discuss how the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest benefits local biological diversity conservation. About 2.5 miles in length, the hike includes a short off-trail foray into the old-growth Shagbark Hickory forest. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Straw Bale Gardening
April 28, 3pm-4pm
Growing a successful vegetable garden is challenging enough if you have terrific soil in which to plant, but with poor soils it can be virtually impossible. Straw Bale Gardening allows anyone, even those with the worst soil conditions, to grow a terrific garden that is productive and much less labor intensive. Durham Extension Master Gardener Series. 919-560-7410. South Regional Library (S. Alston Ave.), Durham.

Children’s Book Reading & Flower Planting
April 30, 10am
Come listen to local author Lisa Anne Curlin as she reads the tale of a little girl Rose and her grandfather’s shared love gardening. Stay after the story to plant flower seeds to take home! Free, registration required. Call 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. nelsasgardenhut.com.

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
April 30, 10am-12noon
Join Matt Jones, Horticulture Agent of Chatham County, for a presentation and hands-on demonstration on how to garden with native woody plants. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Discovery Drop-In
April 30, 3pm-5pm
Explore our hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. A staff member will provide a range of options and demonstrate how to use materials. Help our garden grow, read stories, create art, and conduct experiments. You decide what you want to do, and for how long, according to your interest. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like. For children with accompanying adult; ages 3 and up. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

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Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
May 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Join Matt Jones, Horticulture Agent of Chatham County, for a presentation and hands-on demonstration on how to garden with native woody plants. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Steel Magnolias Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
May 4, 9am-2pm
Locally grown perennials, from members home gardens, also herbs, shrubs, small trees and annuals. Master gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions. A raffle will be held. Tickets are 1 for $2 and 3 for $5: 1st Prize – a garden cart filled with garden supplies, 2nd Prize – a decorative chair planted with annual flowers, 3rd Prize – A gazebo bird feeder. Come and enjoy a day on the grounds with something for everyone. Rain or Shine.  Zebulon Farm Fresh Market at Zebulon Municipal Complex 1003 Arendell Ave., Zebulon.

Herbfest
May 4, 9am-3pm
Buy herbs and plants, visit craft booth, enjoy the gardens. Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary. Free. townofcary.org.

The Garden Hut Annual Garden Party
May 4, 9am-5pm
The Garden Hut is celebrating 17 years with YOU! Our annual customer appreciation event will include vendors, specials and fun for the entire family all day! Free hot dogs and fixins from 11am-1pm. Free, RSVP to 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. nelsasgardenhut.com.

Plant and Art Fair
May 4, 10am-4pm
Plant sale with perennials, house plants, edibles, flowers, local art vendors, music, food truck, farm animals and more. Free admission. Hosted by Artmosphere Community Art Center and Soil Trotters Garden Club. Artmosphere Community Art Center, Clayton.

Hillsborough Garden Tour
May 4, 10am-6pm
“Beyond the Garden Gate”, a garden tour gives visitors a rare opportunity to explore gardens in the Historic District of Hillsborough, as well as discover new gardens nestled in the nearby countryside. These are often gardens that are rarely, if ever, open to the general public. This is a not-to-miss event for any garden or horticulture enthusiast. The 2019 Garden Tour offers a wide variety of gardens, each with their own personality. All of the gardens are the result of owners who find challenge, peace and creativity in their efforts to develop beautiful spaces. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hillsboroughgardenclubnc.com or in person at the Visitor’s Center, 150 E. King Street, Hillsborough, NC. Ticket sales support the Hillsborough Garden Club scholarship program and community beautification projects.

The Well House Gardens – Open Garden Days
May 5, 10am-2pm
Come out and join us for a day of wandering through our 4+ acres of gardens and watch as we develop new gardens. 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 and 1pm. No need to RSVP, just meet us up front. 6401 Litchford Rd, Raleigh 27615.