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.

SEPTEMBER

Plantsmen’s Tour
September 1, 9am-10:30am
“It’s Still Summer: What’s Still Going Strong” with Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. Join Online Meeting at https://jcra.ncsu.edu/plantsmens-tour/

Digital Photography Essentials Workshop for Canon Photographers
September 1-15, Tuesdays, 7pm–8:30pm
This beginner class with Mary Louise Ravese, 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, pre-register HERE. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Gardening & Grubs: A Weekly Chat About All Things Food
September 2, 2pm-2:30pm
Every week, 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 https://www.facebook.com/DurhamExtension/

Midweek with Mark
September 2, 3pm-4pm
“Small Trees for Urban Landscapes” with Mark Weathington, Director. Free online program. If you need the telephone numbers and meeting IDs to access the meeting by phone, please write Chris Glenn at [email protected] by 12:00 PM on Wednesday. Visit this URL below to join this program: https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Digital Photography Essentials Workshop for Nikon Photographers
September 2-16, Wednesdays, 7pm–8:30pm
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, pre-register HERE. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Walk on the Wild Side: THE PIEDMONT PRAIRIE
September 3, 11am-12noon
Online presentation with Duke Gardens staff horticulturists, Annabel Renwick, curator and Maegan Luckett, horticulturist, Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Explore the wilds of North Carolina in Duke Gardens’Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. This month the focus is the Piedmont Prairie in beautiful autumn display! Learn about the plants, the history of this ecosystem and how prairies provide benefits today. Free program; registration required. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Red Cross Blood Drive
September 4, 10am-2:30pm
Held at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville. To make an appointment online, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden or call 336-996-7888. For more information, visit www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Fall Plant Sale
September 4-19
Fall is time for planting! 25% OFF all shrubs, trees, and perennials. Fresh shipments through the sale. Homewood Nursery, Raleigh. homewoodnursery.com.

Fall Cooking Series: Cooking with Herbs
September 5, 10am-12noon
For details, go here: www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-cooking-series-cooking-with-herbs-tickets-116245237635

Home Plant Propagation
September 7-October 26, Mondays 6:30pm-8:30pm
This eight-week class is totally focused on all the different ways you can propagate plants at home. First, we will learn about the science of plant reproduction, and apply it to a number of propagation techniques. The second section is devoted to learning how to propagate plants from seed, including annuals, perennials, and woody plants. Then we will focus on all forms of vegetative propagation, (cuttings, layerage, division, etc.) and how we can perform these techniques in our own backyards. Bryce Lane will share with you all the tricks he has learned over the years as he propagated numerous plants from his own home garden. With Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. Participants are welcome to join the class late. All live classes are recorded and shared privately with participants shortly after each class date. Fee, pre-register HERE. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Planning and Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden in the Southeast
September 8-29, Tuesdays 6:30pm-8pm
Take your veggie growing skills to a new level this fall in this class with Brie Arthur, Author, Horticulturist, and Lifelong Home Gardener! Learn how to plan and plant a fall vegetable garden that will keep you harvesting all season long. Local gardening expert Brie Arthur is excited to teach you how to grow your own! This autumn-inspired four-session webinar will cover everything you need to know for a successful fall harvest. From site prep and seed starting to container combinations and harvesting tips, this detailed gardening course will have you growing like a pro! This class isn’t only for those with vegetable gardens. It’s designed for all gardeners—even those that garden in containers or flower beds. Participants are welcome to join the class late. All live classes are recorded and shared privately with participants shortly after each class date. Fee, pre-register HERE. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Backyard Ag 101 Online Course
September 9, 10am
Class topics include the following (not necessarily in order): Perennials/Herbs Fruit pruning/ornamental pruning Small scale poultry production Beekeeping Composting/Vermicompost Weed Identification & Management Livestock health Read more at: https://vance.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/04/resources-for-backyard-ag-101-on-line-course/

Gardening & Grubs: A Weekly Chat About All Things Food
September 9, 2pm-2:30pm
Every week, 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 https://www.facebook.com/DurhamExtension/

Midweek with Mark
September 9, 3pm-4pm
“New Plants for Exceptional Landscapes” with Mark Weathington, Director. Free online program. If you need the telephone numbers and meeting IDs to access the meeting by phone, please write Chris Glenn at [email protected] by 12:00 PM on Wednesday. Visit this URL below to join this program: https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Beginning Colored Pencil
September 9, 16, 23, and 30, 1pm-4:30pm
Colored pencil is a next step in advancing from drawing to painting, and introduces the full array of fine art pigments. This course is a hands-on introduction to commonly used materials and techniques such as layering, blending, burnishing, and tonal gradation. Fee. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden,
Chapel Hill.

Plant Folkways
September 9-30, Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm
Online presentation with Justin Robinson, forest ecologist, cultural preservationist, and historic foodways expert; MS in forestry and environmental science, NCSU.Celebrate the botanical, culinary, medicinal, and gardening traditions of the Piedmont in this class led by Justin Robinson –also known as Botany Bae. Justin will focus on plants and practices from a variety of perspectives, people and communities. Each class will feature specific plants, introducing you to their culture, nomenclature, and history. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: The Mysterious Ways of Mushrooms Underground
September 10, 12noon-1pm
Let’s explore the fascinating diversity of mushrooms, then dive into what is happening underground. Many of the prominent mushrooms we see live as mutualistic partners with trees such as our oaks and pines. Without their fungal partners, these trees would be outcompeted and thus not part of our forests. And how do orchids get started in life? With their dust sized seeds, clearly the seed does not provide enough food to get the orchid off to a good start. Enter the friendly fungi which provide the carbohydrate to support the growth of the germinating orchid seeds. What other roles do fungi play underground and in the litter? Decomposing all that plant material and recycling the nutrients therein is a big one. And then there are the unfriendly fungi, the pathogens, attacking plants and animals. And to kick off the talk we will touch on the amazing mycological legacy of UNC-Chapel Hill and the mycological giants like Drs. Coker and Couch who described hundreds of new species of fungi. This talk will be delivered via a Zoom webinar. A link and password will be emailed to you a few days prior to the event date. Free. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Fall Ornamental Containers: SEPTEMBER PLANTS
September 10, 2:30pm-3pm
Online demonstration with Lindsey Luks, horticulturist, Doris Duke Center Gardens of Duke Gardens. Join us for a demonstration of several beautiful autumn planters as Lindsey discusses her approach while planting several containers. You will learn how to design a container and create a colorful seasonal display. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
September 10, 7:30pm–9pm
“How Trees Can Save the World—And What You Can do to Help” with Basil Camu. Our specific reasons may vary, but we all care about this beautiful planet we call home. Sadly, there is a lot changing here on Earth. There are issues developing that could turn our beloved home into a place that is no longer hospitable for us. There is good news: we have simple (but not easy) solutions we can implement today. We can look to nature for guidance. What natural processes created planetary conditions favorable to all members of our planet, including humans, mammals, birds, reptiles, and so forth? Trees were—and are—one of nature’s most powerful tools for creating the planet we know and love today. If we plant many new trees and care for the ones we have, we can begin healing our planet. Free. The instructions to join this live online program will be posted at jcra.ncsu.edu a few days prior to the event’s start date. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Fall Ornamental Containers: SEPTEMBER PLANTS
September 10-November 12, Thursdays every other week, 4:30pm-6pm
Online presentation with Katie Rose Levin, executive director TreesDurham and arborist. Humans have shaped every part of the world –that was true in the past and will be true in the future. We are place-makers. Join us to understand the social norms that shape Durham’s ecology and the benefits we gain from nature. As we investigate this, we will also look at both historical and current social structures, engage with citizen science projects, consider how to create a healthy home and community ecology, and learn how to take action to build a healthy, sustainable, and socially just place to live. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Inviting the Wild into your Plant-Scape: Virtual
September 11-25, Fridays 1pm-2pm
In this online class, Katherine will illustrate key principles of landscape design and share how she uses native wildflower plantings to increase the aesthetics and ecological function of landscapes. By showing examples of her own work, she will share techniques to design with native wildflowers with a number of site conditions. Examples will include wildflower borders, alternatives to lawn, and other small-scale flowering landscapes. She will also share some of her favorite native wildflowers that make great alternatives to often overused traditional landscape plants. Look forward to assignments to explore outdoors in between classes for Zoom class discussions. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Seasonal Celebrities: Autumn Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
September 12-November 14, Saturdays 10am-11am.
Online presentation with Jan Little, director of education and public programs, Duke Gardens. In each program, you will learn a palette of beautiful and useful plants. We 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. Please join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

The WOW Factor: 25 Must-Have Perennials for Fall
September 15, 1:30pm-3pm
Online presentation with Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and director of horticulture, Duke Gardens. The best gardens feel effortless and exciting; they have that indescribable “WOW!” Add impact to your garden this fall with these strategies. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Gardening & Grubs: A Weekly Chat About All Things Food
September 16, 2pm-2:30pm
Every week, 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 https://www.facebook.com/DurhamExtension/

Midweek with Mark
September 16, 3pm-4pm
“Promising New Asian Collections” with Mark Weathington, Director. Free online program. If you need the telephone numbers and meeting IDs to access the meeting by phone, please write Chris Glenn at [email protected] by 12:00 PM on Wednesday. Visit this URL below to join this program: https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Weekly Online Garden Chat
September 17, 2pm
The Master Gardener volunteers of Vance/Warren counties will be hosting a weekly on-line garden chat. These “chats” will be conducted using free video-conferencing software that you can use from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc. Each session will feature an informative presentation on topics such as plants for fall color, sustainable landscaping, selecting groundcovers, and fighting fire ants. Timely gardening tips and helpful web resources will also be shared. These interactive sessions will also allow time for participants to get questions answered about their own gardening challenges. Registration is required, which you can do online at this link.

Book Release of Grow Your Own Tea
September 18-19, 10am-2pm
Join us at Camellia Forest Tea Gardens to meet the author, Christine Parks, and celebrate the long-awaited release of Grow Your Own Tea (2020, Timber Press).  Enjoy a physically-distanced, curated tour of the Tea Garden and greenhouses, sip our homegrown tea, and pick up your signed copy of the book.  Light snacks will be provided. Door prizes include tea plants, seeds, a copy of the book, and more! Tickets are $10. Face masks must be worn at all times when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. camforest.com.

Open Gardens
September 18-20, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm
Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a $7.5 million gift to North Carolina State University, will open for public viewing and plant purchases. Visitors can stroll the gardens and shop for fall plantings in the greenhouses of Plant Delights Nursery. These are the last public visitation weekends until February 2021. Juniper Level Botanic Garden, Raleigh. http://www.jlbg.org/content/visit/gardenDays.php

Gardening in the South
September 19, 9am–12pm
Gardening in the South is back for new and experienced gardeners alike! Join us for a series of presentations that are guaranteed to expand your horizons. This year’s lineup includes speakers Basil Camu, Bryce Lane, and Mark Weathington. Basil will introduce us to the ins and outs of taking care of our beloved trees, Bryce will offer us crafty new tips to improve our gardening skills, and Mark will shed light on hardy plants that we can add to our collections at home. Our symposium is sure to be an informative and inspiring one, so make sure you don’t miss out! Free. Pre-registration required. Online. Instructions will be provided to registered participants via e-mail before the program is scheduled to take place.JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Summer to Fall Wildflowers: Sketching with Watercolor in the Garden
September 19, 10am-12:30pm
Celebrate the changing season! Learn about native plants that flower as summer ends and fall begins. We will seek to capture the essence of our subjects with watercolor sketching. Receive instructions and demonstrations to complete a small en plein air painting of wildflowers. No prerequisites. This course will be held outdoors in the Garden and in the classroom with the majority of the time being spent outdoors. Fee includes supplies. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Local Excursion: Early Autumn Wildflowers and Vegetation in the Eno Diabase Area
September 19, 10:30am-12:30pm
The Eno River Diabase Sill Natural Area is located in Durham County. Many may be familiar with the Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, which is at the heart of this important rare plant area. There are several additional protected properties in this vicinity including the Eno River Diabase Sill and Hebron Road Plant Conservation Preserves owned and managed by the NC Plant Conservation Program, and the Blue Indigo Slopes Nature Preserve owned and managed by the Eno River Association, to name a few. Each of the partners in this area have contributed significantly to the overall conservation success story. Circumneutral soils, derived from diabase substrate, are a shared key feature of these sites, allowing many rare prairie-affiliated plant populations to flourish. Most notable is the federally endangered smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata), but there are 23 additional rare plant species in this area. Our autumn tour will highlight fall wildflowers and the beauty of these special places in fruit. Transportation not included. We will meet at the site. Directions to the meeting site will be provided by email before the event date. Fee. Register Here. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Phillips Farms Fall Family Fun
September 19-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.

Red Cross Blood Drive
September 20, 11am-3:30pm
Held at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville. To make an appointment online, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden or call 336-996-7888. For more information, visit www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

The WOW Factor: Bulbs in the Landscape
September 22, 1:30pm-3pm
Online presentation with Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and director of horticulture, Duke Gardens. The best gardens feel effortless and exciting; they have that indescribable “WOW!” Add impact to your garden this fall with these strategies. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Backyard Ag 101 Online Course
September 23, 10am
Class topics include the following (not necessarily in order): Perennials/Herbs Fruit pruning/ornamental pruning Small scale poultry production Beekeeping Composting/Vermicompost Weed Identification & Management Livestock health Read more at: https://vance.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/04/resources-for-backyard-ag-101-on-line-course/

Midweek with Mark
September 23, 3pm-4pm
“Urukepe from Ecuador—Living with the Chachi” with Mark Weathington, Director. Free online program. If you need the telephone numbers and meeting IDs to access the meeting by phone, please write Chris Glenn at [email protected] by 12:00 PM on Wednesday. Visit this URL below to join this program: https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: The Critical Importance of Plants in Conservation Decision-Making
September 24, 12noon-1pm
Through the analysis of habitat for 2,216 of the nation’s most imperiled plant and animal species, NatureServe and its strategic collaborators have created maps of areas of high biodiversity importance for the contiguous United States that serve as an invaluable input to guide effective conservation decision-making for the future. Regan Smyth of NatureServe will share some intriguing outcomes of the project related to plant conservation and valuable lessons about how including plants in the priority analysis changes the final conservation picture. This talk will be delivered via a Zoom webinar. A link and password will be emailed to you a few days prior to the event date. Free. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Weekly Online Garden Chat
September 24, 2pm
The Master Gardener volunteers of Vance/Warren counties will be hosting a weekly on-line garden chat. These “chats” will be conducted using free video-conferencing software that you can use from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc. Each session will feature an informative presentation on topics such as plants for fall color, sustainable landscaping, selecting groundcovers, and fighting fire ants. Timely gardening tips and helpful web resources will also be shared. These interactive sessions will also allow time for participants to get questions answered about their own gardening challenges. Registration is required, which you can do online at this link.

Open Gardens
September 25-27, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm
Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a $7.5 million gift to North Carolina State University, will open for public viewing and plant purchases. Visitors can stroll the gardens and shop for fall plantings in the greenhouses of Plant Delights Nursery. These are the last public visitation weekends until February 2021. Juniper Level Botanic Garden, Raleigh. http://www.jlbg.org/content/visit/gardenDays.php

Open House
September 26-27
We will have a wide range of rare and unusual woody and tropical plants available. Garden Treasures, Wendell. garden-treasures.com.

Fall Bulbs of Greece
September 26, 10am-11:30am
Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
In 2019, club members Cyndy Cromwell, Nancy Doubrava, and David White traveled to Greece for some botanizing. One of the highlights of this trip were fall-flowering bulbs. Since most of us missed this trip, this is our chance to see the sights and plants. Free. Instructions will be provided for this online program one to two weeks before the program is scheduled to take place.JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Hubb’s Farms Family Fun
September 26-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.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
September 29, 11am-12:30pm
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside on the lawn in our Children’s Wonder Garden. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Variations of poses will be offered. Sign-up and plan to join us as part of your lunch break. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

The WOW Factor: Planning for Winter Garden Views
September 29, 1:30pm-3pm
Online presentation with Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and director of horticulture, Duke Gardens. The best gardens feel effortless and exciting; they have that indescribable “WOW!” Add impact to your garden this fall with these strategies. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Field Sketching
September 29-October 20, Tuesdays 1pm-4:30pm
Take your sketchbook outdoors and reconnect with plants in their natural environment. In this course, students are encouraged to shed old habits and try new techniques as they travel to a variety of gardens and habitats. Through a combination of guided exercises and free experimentation, students discover new ways of seeing plants, new problem-solving skills, and a refreshing way of thinking about layout and color. Several media are used, from ballpoint pen to watercolor to pencil. No prerequisite. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Midweek with Mark
September 30, 3pm-4pm
“Treemendous Trees” with Mark Weathington, Director. Free online program. If you need the telephone numbers and meeting IDs to access the meeting by phone, please write Chris Glenn at [email protected] by 12:00 PM on Wednesday. Visit this URL below to join this program: https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

OCTOBER

Walk on the Wild Side: FUNGI
October 1, 11am-12noon
Online presentation with Duke Gardens staff horticulturists, Annabel Renwick, curator and Maegan Luckett, horticulturist, Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Explore the wilds of North Carolina in Duke Gardens’Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fungi will be our feature in October. The relationship between fungi and other plants or animals is amazing -and more is being discovered every day! Free program; registration required. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Weekly Online Garden Chat
October 1, 2pm
The Master Gardener volunteers of Vance/Warren counties will be hosting a weekly on-line garden chat. These “chats” will be conducted using free video-conferencing software that you can use from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc. Each session will feature an informative presentation on topics such as plants for fall color, sustainable landscaping, selecting groundcovers, and fighting fire ants. Timely gardening tips and helpful web resources will also be shared. These interactive sessions will also allow time for participants to get questions answered about their own gardening challenges. Registration is required, which you can do online at this link.

Artist Talk: Goldwork Weeds Embroidery|
October 1, 7pm-8pm
Online presentation with Kathrine Diuguid, Master of Art and Design, NCSU, teacher, and author. After years doing goldwork embroidery, Katherine amassed a large collection of metal “weeds”—those threads and wires that had tarnished or been damaged and could not be used for formal, traditional goldwork embroidery. One day her growing pile of “weeds” suddenly reminded her of the dandelions her son would pick for her. Enjoy Katherine’s “Weeds Collection,” as she explores the manipulation of traditional techniques and materials by using gilt castoffs to create delicate floral slips. Each composition captures the beauty of weeds and wildflowers native to North Carolina. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Green Life: Plant Interaction with the World
October 1-22, Thursdays 7pm-8:30pm
Online presentation with Alec Motten, associate professor emeritus, Duke University Department of Biology. Take a step back in time to look at how plants evolved and came to dominate the landscape. Along the way, we will discuss their role in providing food and habitat for animals, their varied interactions with animals, including reproduction and seed dispersal, and the amazing adaptations that allow them to thrive in diverse environments. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Fall Open House
October 2-3, 9am-4pm
3rd annual Pine Knot Farms fall open house. We’ll have a wide variety of hellebores available during the event. Your safety and well-being is important to us as we continue to monitor the latest guidelines on COVID0-19. 434-252-1990. Pine Knot Farms, just over the state line in Clarksville, VA. pineknotfarms.com.

Open House
October 2-4
We will have a wide range of rare and unusual woody and tropical plants available. Garden Treasures, Wendell. garden-treasures.com.

Fall Open House
October 2-4
Discover camellias and other fall-blooming plants. 919-968-0504Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. camforest.com.

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution
October 3
The Arboretum’s closure due to COVID-19 and social distancing won’t keep us from hosting this year’s Annual Plant Distribution, but it will cause changes in how this program is offered. Please keep an eye out for updates regarding this program at jcra.ncsu.edu. Free for members, nonmembers can join our membership program to participate. Please contact [email protected] for more information about the Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

iNaturalists in Action: Wildflower Workshop
October 3, 9:30am-11:30am
Join us for this online, interactive introduction to recording wildflower (and other plant and wildlife) observations with the iNaturalist mobile app and website (inaturalist.org). We’ll meet virtually by Zoom for this workshop. First, we’ll provide an overview of the application, and we’ll discuss tips for photographing flora and fauna for identification. We’ll then provide a live, outdoor video demonstration of how to use iNaturalist to make wildflower and other plant observations. Next, we’ll allow time for you to step outside to make your own initial observation. We’ll discuss the results and provide suggestions for recording observations on your own and, if desired, contributing them to citizen science projects. To participate, you will need to have a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet available during the workshop, and you will need internet video and audio access so that you can join the workshop. Before the workshop, we will send participants an email invitation with a link to join by Zoom, and we will send a link to instructions for installing the iNaturalist app on your smartphone or tablet.
Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Introduction to Mushrooms
October 3, 9:30am-4pm
This course is intended for a broad audience as an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. Price includes supply fee, which covers materials for mushroom cultivation bags that participants will be able to take home. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Plantsmen’s Tour
October 6, 1pm-2:30pm
“October Glory: The Peak of Fall Bloom” with Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. October is an outstanding time of the year to visit the JC Raulston Arboretum. Join us in this virtual tour of the collections and Doug shows us some of the season’s most colorful plants in flower. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. Join Online Meeting at https://jcra.ncsu.edu/plantsmens-tour/

Intermediate Colored Pencil
October 7-28, Wednesdays 1pm-4:30pm
This course adds to the information covered in Beginning Colored Pencil and hones skills in color, value, and layering. Students will be introduced to new surfaces and techniques. This elective is intended for students who wish to develop a strong, more advanced-level skill in colored pencil. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Intermediate Drawing. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

The Natural History of Birds
October 7-28, Wednesdays 7pm-8pm
Online presentation with Deja Perkins, M.S. fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology, NCSU’s College of Natural Resources, and avid birder. Let’s talk about birds –from hummingbirds to ostriches and 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. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Losing Venus: The Perils of the Carolinas’ Most Charismatic Plant
October 8, 12pm-1pm
The Venus flytrap is the most widely recognized carnivorous plant in the world, but in the wild, it only grows within a 100-km inland radius around Wilmington, North Carolina. Although a few large populations occur on protected lands, the number of individuals is declining and entire populations are being lost. Once a seemingly secure species, Venus flytrap is now vulnerable to local extinction and loss of wild genetic variation. A proposal for federal endangered species listing is under consideration. Johnny Randall will share about NCBG efforts to learn more about and conserve the Venus flytrap through DNA sequencing and seed collection and storage. This talk will be delivered via a Zoom webinar. A link and password will be emailed to you a few days prior to the event date. Free. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Weekly Online Garden Chat
October 8, 2pm
The Master Gardener volunteers of Vance/Warren counties will be hosting a weekly on-line garden chat. These “chats” will be conducted using free video-conferencing software that you can use from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc. Each session will feature an informative presentation on topics such as plants for fall color, sustainable landscaping, selecting groundcovers, and fighting fire ants. Timely gardening tips and helpful web resources will also be shared. These interactive sessions will also allow time for participants to get questions answered about their own gardening challenges. Registration is required, which you can do online at this link.

The Meditative Garden
October 8, 7pm-8pm
Online presentation with Vallari Talapatra, landscape architect, EcoScapes, Wheaton Illinois. Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. Vallari Talapatra, landscape architect and president of EcoScapes, will explain the elements that create meditative places and invite us to linger, relax and contemplate. Vallari brings great expertise and depth in both design and teaching to the program. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Fall Open House
October 9-11
Discover camellias and other fall-blooming plants. 919-968-0504Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. camforest.com.

Hike: Early Autumn at Mason Farm
October 10, 10am-1:30pm
An in-depth tour of Mason Farm Biological Reserve‘s Old Farm Trail that travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Explore the beauty of fall, and learn about the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest on the Reserve. The walk includes a short hike off-trail into the Shagbark Hickory Forest. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring a walking stick, insect repellant and water. Meeting spot supplied upon registration. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Fall Lavender Planting Clinic, Sale, and Open Farm Day
October 10
Get your timed ticket for the Saturday, October 10 or October 17 Plant Sale & Open Air Pre-Holiday Market on the Farm. Reserve scheduled time to visit, learn about planting and caring for lavender, and shop. There’s a limited supply of tickets, with social distancing in mind. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the farm with a small number of other guests with an abundance of fresh country air and open space. Here’s your chance to shop the farm’s Lavender Plant and Holiday Pop Up Shop for a wide variety of lavender plants ready for your garden and to discover the tried and true, unique, and one-of-a-kind items for gift giving. A donation to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina is requested, $10 per person, for a scheduled time to visit, learn and shop with Wear (your face mask) Wait (six feet) and Wash (your hands often) protocols. Sunshine Lavender Farm, 4104 Millstone Road, Hurdle Mills, NC 27541. www.sunshinelavenderfarm.com.

Spider Mum: Intro to Embroidery
October 10-31, Saturdays 10am-11:30am
Online workshop with Kathrine Diuguid, Master of Art and Design concentrating in Fibers and Surface Design, NCSU, teacher, and author. Using the inspiring motif of a spider mum, you will be introduced to basic embroidery techniques and to a naturalistic shading technique. The spider mum blossom will incorporate a variety of linear stitches with color mixing to interpret the beautiful gradients in each petal. The foliage will introduce you to the long and short technique. The finished piece is a 5”x7” image on linen. All skill levels welcome; hand sewing or embroidery experience recommended Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

The Charm of English Gardens
October 13, 2pm-3pm
Online presentation with Bobby Mottern, director of horticulture, Duke Gardens. Join us for a bit of armchair traveling as Bobby reviews gardens he has recently visited in England. Each garden brings its own approach to horticulture and public gardening. Bobby will describe what he enjoyed about each garden and how it may impact our choices here at Duke Gardens. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Nature’s Best Hope: A new approach to conservation that starts in your yard
October 13, 8pm
Online presentation with Doug Tallamy, professor, Dept of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware. Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can-and must-take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Weekly Online Garden Chat
October 15, 2pm
The Master Gardener volunteers of Vance/Warren counties will be hosting a weekly on-line garden chat. These “chats” will be conducted using free video-conferencing software that you can use from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc. Each session will feature an informative presentation on topics such as plants for fall color, sustainable landscaping, selecting groundcovers, and fighting fire ants. Timely gardening tips and helpful web resources will also be shared. These interactive sessions will also allow time for participants to get questions answered about their own gardening challenges. Registration is required, which you can do online at this link.

Fall Ornamental Containers: OCTOBER PLANTS
October 15, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Online demonstration with Lindsey Luks, horticulturist, Doris Duke Center Gardens of Duke Gardens. Join us for a demonstration of several beautiful autumn planters as Lindsey discusses her approach while planting several containers. You will learn how to design a container and create a colorful seasonal display. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Fall Open House
October 16-18
Discover camellias and other fall-blooming plants. 919-968-0504Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. camforest.com.

Native Seed Propagation: Hybrid
October 16-30, Fridays, 1:30pm-3pm
Intended for all levels, students learn seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage, seed sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. No prerequisites. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Fall Lavender Planting Clinic, Sale, and Open Farm Day
October 17
Get your timed ticket for the Saturday, October 17 Plant Sale & Open Air Pre-Holiday Market on the Farm. Reserve scheduled time to visit, learn about planting and caring for lavender, and shop. There’s a limited supply of tickets, with social distancing in mind. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the farm with a small number of other guests with an abundance of fresh country air and open space. Here’s your chance to shop the farm’s Lavender Plant and Holiday Pop Up Shop for a wide variety of lavender plants ready for your garden and to discover the tried and true, unique, and one-of-a-kind items for gift giving. A donation to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina is requested, $10 per person, for a scheduled time to visit, learn and shop with Wear (your face mask) Wait (six feet) and Wash (your hands often) protocols. Sunshine Lavender Farm, 4104 Millstone Road, Hurdle Mills, NC 27541. www.sunshinelavenderfarm.com.

The Charm of Southern U.S. Gardens
October 20, 2pm-3pm
Online presentation with Bobby Mottern, director of horticulture, and Jason Holmes, curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens, Duke Gardens. Join us for a bit of armchair traveling as Bobby and Jason review gardens they have recently visited in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. Perhaps you will hear of a garden to visit in your travels! Bobby and Jason will describe what they enjoyed about each garden and how it may impact their choices here at Duke Gardens. Fee, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Durham. https://gardens.duke.edu.

Book Discussion – The Secrets of Wildflowers: A Delightful Feast of Little-Known Facts, Folklore, and History
October 22, 12noon-1pm
This virtual course is intended for a broad audience. Students will independently read The Secrets of Wildflowers: A Delightful Feast of Little-Known Facts, Folklore, and History, by Jack Sanders and meet via two Zoom sessions to share wildflower stories, information gleaned from the reading, and personal experience. Students will be responsible for presenting two of the native wildflowers featured in the book. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Rare Wildflowers of North Carolina
October 22, 12pm-1pm
Join us for a virtual tour across North Carolina to see some of our most rare, beautiful, and sometimes overlooked wildflowers. We will explore from the mountains to the coast and learn what makes a plant rare and what is being done to protect them through stories of both woe and conservation success. This talk will be delivered via Zoom webinar. A link and password will be emailed to registrants a few days before the event date. Free. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Field Sketching
October 22-November 19, Thursdays 1pm-4:30pm
Take your sketchbook outdoors and reconnect with plants in their natural environment. In this course, students are encouraged to shed old habits and try new techniques as they travel to a variety of gardens and habitats. Through a combination of guided exercises and free experimentation, students discover new ways of seeing plants, new problem-solving skills, and a refreshing way of thinking about layout and color. Several media are used, from a ballpoint pen to watercolor to pencil. No prerequisite. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Mixed Media: Botanicals in Watercolor, Colored Pencil, and Pen & Ink
October 23-November 20, Fridays 1pm-4:30pm
This class is designed to increase your skills and confidence in the use of the various art media taught at the Garden. The instructor demonstrates techniques to combine watercolor, ink and colored pencils to create vibrant botanical paintings. Students receive one-on-one instruction to evolve their own unique drawing and painting. Prerequisites: Pen & Ink, Beginning Colored Pencil, Intermediate Watercolor. Fee. Register here. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Lasting Impressions 2020 Garage Gallery and Plant Sale
October 24, 9am-2pm
Lasting Impressions’ invites you to their Garage Gallery and Plant Sale. All Leaf Sculptures and Hypertufa Troughs will be 20% off their regular price. There are plenty of gift ideas for your nature and garden-loving friends. Our plants have grown all summer and are looking for a home in your garden! There will be plenty of space for you to peruse and make your selections. And of course, the garden is open for you to wander and enjoy. So come with your mask, your list, and your planting ideas. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com

Confessions of a Plant Nerd
October 24, 10am-11:30am
Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
Joseph Tychonievich gardens in his Williamsburg, Virginia yard. And in a friend’s yard. And with lights in his closet. He pretends that this is necessary research to write his books and magazine articles about gardening. Thankfully his husband accepts this, and the unpredictable deluges of vegetables he grows, with grace. Joseph is the author of Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener, The Complete Guide to Gardeners, and Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style and is the editor of the North American Rock Garden Society quarterly journal. Free. Instructions will be provided for this online program one to two weeks before the program is scheduled to take place. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

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

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.

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

JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale
Postponed, check their website later for details.
JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

14th Annual Open Garden & Art Show
Rescheduled to Saturday, October 24. 2020. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr, Raleigh.

Wake Forest Garden Club Mad Hatter’s Tea and Garden Party
Postponed until October 17. Wake Forest Historical Museum, Wake Forest. [email protected] or wfgardenclub.org.

Chapel Hill Garden Tour
In the interest of the health and safety of all, the Chapel Hill Garden Club has postponed its April 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.