Garden Events

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING GARDENING EVENTS

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MAY

Faircloth Farm Excursion: Longleaf Management in Action
May 1, 10:30am-1:30pm
The Faircloth Farm is a working farm with livestock, agriculture, managed pine stands and concerted effort for farm and woodland preservation. Most of our time will be spent outside, along fields, wood lots or river. Time permitting, we will tour the Coharie Center with a little history of Coharie Community and canoe displayed. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Top Plant Picks: “Tim’s Picks for May”
May 1, 3pm–3:30pm
Join us this month as our Research Technician, Tim, breaks out his encyclopedic knowledge of all the plants in our garden and shows you his top plant picks for the month of May! Free online program. Register at jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Heirloom Chrysanthemum Plant Sale
May 3-4, 9am-4pm
If you saw the chrysanthemum show at Duke Gardens last fall, this is your chance to purchase the plants to grow your own spectacular flowers. All 13 divisions will be available for purchase. Plants are $5 or 5 for $20. Members of the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society will be on hand to answer questions on how to grow these specialty plants. State Farmers Market, Raleigh, www.CarolinaMums.org.

Juniper Level Botanic Garden Spring Open Garden and Nursery Days
May 3-May 5 and May 10-12
Spring is in bloom across the Triangle, and there’s no better place to celebrate the season than at JLBG’s Spring Garden Party and Open Nursery Days. The annual event invites visitors to explore thousands of fragrant and flowering blooms – including more than 3,000 varieties of peonies, cacti, irises, hostas and aroids. Attendees can also participate in the DIY floral hat decorating contest, open to all visitors during both weekends of the event. Horticultural staff will be on-site to assist guests with finding plants and offer educational programs to help them flourish as gardeners. The event is free and open to the public. www.juniperlevelbotanicgarden.org/open-garden-and-nursery-days.

Garden Story Walk
May 4-12, during garden open hours
Need a fun activity for you or the kids? Enjoy a walk through the beautiful gardens and read a good story at the same time! Free and open to all, with no registration required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Houseplants 101
May 4, 10am–11:30am
Brush up on basic skills, plant needs and tips to grow your indoor jungle during Houseplants 101 with The Houseplant Hippie. If you have houseplants that need freshening up, bring it with you to the program. We will have a potting station set up and will be happy to guide you through the process with your plant. Advance registration and costs apply. For more details visit jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Durham Garden Tour
May 4, 11am-4pm
Visit 10 distinctive gardens featuring examples of sustainable and creative design here in Durham. Preview party May 3, 5pm-7pm at SEEDS in Durham. Fee charged for both. durhamgardentour.com.

Terrarium Building Workshop
May 4, 6pm-7pm
Join us for a special Mother’s Day terrarium workshop! In this hands- on workshop, we’ll guide you in creating your own succulent terrarium masterpiece.  Personalize your piece with a variety of succulents, air plants, stones, moss and more.  Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and drinks while you DIY. Fee, pre-register. City Garden Design, Cary. www.citygardendesign.com.

Raleigh Daylily Society
May 5, 2-4 pm
This meeting is going to be a real treat to visit an absolutely beautiful daylily farm. Wanda Quinn will be discussing how to hybridize new varieties of daylilies. The meeting will also include garden tips for that month and “tool time” where members talk about their favorite tools to use in the garden. There will be daylily door prizes and of course you can always purchase one of the daylilies at Windyhill. All ages are welcome! Windyhill Daylily farm on 825 Tyler Dewar Lane Fuquay-Varina 27526. Raleighdaylily.weekly.com.

Plant-lover’s Tour: “Plants to Make Your Momma Smile”
May 7, 9am–10am
Come take a walk through our gardens with Tim Alderton, our Research Technician and Horticulturist Extraordinaire, as he shares his expertise and shows off some note-worthy plants that are guaranteed to make your Momma smile! Fees may apply. For more details visit jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Lifelong Longleaf Hike: Holly Shelter
May 8, 7am-6pm
The longleaf pine story continues with our exploration of Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County. Here we will explore the longleaf pine savannas and associated pocosins rich in carnivorous plants and colorful orchids. Holly Shelter, North Carolina’s first state game land, is managing longleaf pine with an aggressive burn regime and restoring longleaf pine to areas that had been converted to loblolly pine plantations when under private ownership. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plants You Don’t Realize Are Edible
May 8, 3pm–3:45pm
Join us for this Midweek with Mark where our Director, Mark Weathington, will shatter illusions and show off some of the stunning ornamentals you didn’t realize were edible! Free online program. Register at jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Orientation Session Orange County Master Gardener Class
May 8, 6pm-7:30 pm
The 2024 Orange County Master Gardner Class begins on September 4 and ends on December 11. Prior to submitting an application for the class, each candidate must participate in an orientation session to better understand program content and service expectations. Applications will be provided at orientation. Applicants can access orientation sign-up by clicking on this link: https://forms.gle/MUzJ5FXFp6sw8TD7A. Please submit all the dates you are available. Classes are held at the Bonnie B Davis Agriculture Extension Center in Hillsborough. (1020 US-70 in Hillsborough, NC). Sessions will be held in the Cooperative Extension Multipurpose Room.

Understanding and Drawing Tree Bark
May 9, 9:30am-12:30pm
The appearance of tree bark is a big part of tree identification. This workshop we will explore the six basic structural types of tree bark, through the creation of pencil and ink studies. You will gain a better understanding of what to look for in tree bark, for identification purposes, as well as how to draw the texture of the bark you encounter. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Recognizing the Significance of Private Landowners in the Restoration of Longleaf Pine
May 9, 12pm-1pm
Ninety percent of North Carolina’s land is in private ownership. The role of private landowners in longleaf pine restoration is extremely important, not only for the ecosystem itself, but for the landowners and their families. In this talk, John Ann Shearer will demonstrate how private landowners have played a significant role in longleaf pine restoration in North Carolina over the last 25 years. The NC Longleaf Coalition’s Longleaf Honor Roll recognizes model landowners. John Ann will share the goals, criteria, and nomination process for the Honor Roll as well as examples of landowners who have been recognized for their excellent land stewardship. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Virtual Presentation: Keys to Establish and Manage Longleaf Pine Trees
May 9, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Longleaf pine forests are among the most diverse ecosystems in North America, but they depend on fire to thrive. In this talk, you will discover how fire shapes the structure and function of these habitats, how fire affects the plants and animals that live there, and how fire can be used as a management tool to restore and conserve these rare and valuable ecosystems. Whether you are a landowner, land manager, or enthusiast of longleaf pine natural areas, this talk will provide you with valuable insights and practical tips on how to use fire as a force for good. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Forest Bathing Walk
May 10, 8am-9:30am
Led by certified Forest Therapy Guide Stephanie Campbell. Fee. Registration at gardens.duke.edu/learn/adult-programs. 919-668-1707. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Garden Storytime
May 10, 10am–11am
Bring your family and join us for a morning of outdoor garden fun! Advance registration and costs apply. For more details visit jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Second Saturday NCBG Tour
May 11, 10am-11am
From March to November, join our skilled volunteer Garden Guides on the second Saturday of the month for a guided tour of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Each month offers a glimpse into what’s happening in our unique native plant gardens – from spring wildflowers to fall color – and what makes the NCBG one of the premier conservation gardens in the US. Tours are one (1) hour and space is limited! Please register each member of your party separately. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Noted Cattleya Orchid Collector, Dr. Harry Gallis
May 13, 7:30 pm
Rare opportunity to hear Dr. Gallis discuss how to build a quality Cattleya collection with examples from his daughter, Sara, owner of Riverwood Orchids which will be for sale at the end of the presentation. Dr. Gallis is a long time Triangle Orchid Society Member and a certified AOS judge. Free and visitors are welcome. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. TriangleOrchidSociety.org.

Evening Garden Stroll
May 14, 4:30pm–7:30pm
Take a break from your weekly grind and come enjoy the gardens during our Evening Garden Stroll! The gardens will remain open until 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 14. A free public tour of the Arboretum will be offered at 5:00 pm, departing from the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. No advance registration necessary. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Deeper in the Garden: “JCRA Introduction Plants”
May 15, 3pm–3:30pm
Join our Director, Mark Weathington, for this Midweek Program as he goes Deeper in the Garden and enumerates the virtues of the amazing plants the JCRA has introduced to the public, and all the things we do to make the world a more beautiful place. Free online program. Register at jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Fire School at the Calloway Forest Preserve
May 16, 11am-2pm
Learn about controlled burning in longleaf pine. TNC staff will light a small controlled burn at TNC’s Calloway Forest Preserve, which is a prime example of longleaf pine forest. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Current Status and Future Trends of Longleaf Pine Habitat Conservation
May 16, 12pm-1pm
The longleaf pine ecosystem is one of the most diverse and endangered habitats in North America, supporting hundreds of plant and animal species, many of which are threatened or endangered. Colette DeGarady, The Nature Conservancy’s Longleaf Pine Whole System Director, will discuss the current status and future trends of longleaf pine ecosystem conservation, highlighting the challenges and opportunities for restoring this vital landscape. She will also share some of the innovative strategies and partnerships that The Nature Conservancy and other organizations are using to protect and enhance the longleaf pine ecosystem across its historic range. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Haiku in the Gardens with Crystal Simone Smith
May 16, 5:30pm-6:30pm
In this workshop, participants will engage in the meditative practice of writing haiku in the gardens. Haiku master Basho first advocated that we “learn about pines from the pine, and about bamboo from the bamboo.” Dwelling in nature is important to acquire haiku naturally. While there’s flora present, we can also pay attention to that subtle something like a swift breeze, a sonorous bird, unseen, or the aging tree. We will review the aesthetics of contemporary haiku writing and compose haiku on a traditional ginko walk through the gardens. All haiku experience levels are welcome, beginners too. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Late Spring Tree Ramble
May 17, 4pm-6pm
In person and entirely outdoors with Katie Rose Levin, International Society of Arboriculture board certified master arborist. Fee. Registration at gardens.duke.edu/learn/adult-programs. 919-668-1707. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Hypertufa Trough Class
May 18, 9am-12noon
Hypertufa is a lightweight concrete mix with the look of stone, excellent for planting a wide variety of plants. You will mix the ingredients, build your trough in a reusable form, and take it home to cure. We provide all the materials. Fee $100. To register, send a check made to Lasting Impressions to Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612.

Little Sprouts: Hooray for Hummingbirds (for ages 3-5 with adult)
May 18, 10am-11:15am
Zip! Zoom! Slurp! Celebrate the tiny but mighty ruby-throated hummingbird with stories, craft, play, and a garden walk to see if we can spy this fast-flying friend and its favorite flowers. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plant Sale
May 18, 10am-12noon
Host by the Pitt County Master Gardeners. Pitt County Arboretum, Greenville, NC.

Coker Arboretum Tour
May 18, 10am-12pm
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with a Coker Arboretum curator. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Blue Wild Indigo at Penny’s Bend
May 18, 10am-1pm
This hike will provide a wonderful opportunity to see rare flora at Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, and managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Baptisia aberrans is an imperiled species at the state level and survives in only a small number of remnant Piedmont prairie or savanna patches. The Garden’s management practices at Penny’s Bend has favored a variety of prairie and savanna flora. About 2 miles in length, much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

New Hope Bottomlands: A Half Day Field Trip
May 18, 10:30am-3:30pm
Join NCBG Research Botanist Scott Ward at the New Hope Bottomlands Trailhead. This field trip will be focused on a variety of plant ID topics, but will center around basic concepts of upland and lowland ecology, (very very) basic hydrology and its interaction with human development, and identification of various plant groups (e.g., graminoids, oaks, wetland shrubs, etc…). Event is rain or shine (except in the case of thunderstorm activity). Bring muck boots or shoes you don’t mind saturating with floodplain water. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Concrete Leaf Class
May 18, 1pm-3pm
Form an exact replica of a real leaf with all the details. You will mix the ingredients, shape your leaf, and take it home to cure. We provide all the materials. Cost is $85. To register, send a check made to Lasting Impressions to Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612.

Moss and Mingle
May 18, 6pm-7:30pm
Join us for our upcoming moss art class! Learn how to create your own personal masterpiece using various mosses, gems, lichen and more. Enjoy beverages while you DIY. Fee, pre-register. City Garden Design, Cary. www.citygardendesign.com.

Classical Piano and Orchid Pairing
May 18, 7;30pm
Romantic pairing of piano selections of J.S. Bach and F. Chopin with orchid visuals. Features 13-year old prodigy Clare Liu of Durham Academy. Nelson Music Room, Duke East Campus, 1304 Campus Dr. Durham, NC 27708. Free admission. Sponsored by Pei-Fen Liu of Duke University and the Triangle Orchid Society.

Girl Scout Program: Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice
May 19, 2pm–4pm
Come explore the gardens of the Arboretum and be inspired by nature! Girl Scouts will rotate through stations experiencing different parts of the garden and creating art with items from the garden. Station activities aim to fulfill the requirements of the Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice badge. Advance registration and costs apply. For more details visit jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Visiting Artist Master Course with Vincent Jeannerot: Longleaf Pine in Watercolor and Pen and Ink
May 20-22, 9:30am-4:30pm
In this three-day workshop, we will explore the beauty of the longleaf pine and learn how to paint it using watercolors. We will start with a tour of the garden to get inspired and choose our own subject. During the workshop, we will focus on painting the leaves of the longleaf pine in watercolor and adding details such as cones in sepia or black pen and ink. You will also learn about cross-hatching techniques in watercolor and pen and ink through several demonstrations. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Lifelong Longleaf Hike: Carvers Creek
May 22, 7am
The longleaf pine story continues as we explore one of the best examples of a longleaf pine savanna remaining in North Carolina. Venus flytraps, pitcher plants and other carnivorous plants dot the grassy landscape under the dappled shade of longleaf pines in this Nature Conservancy Preserve. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Garden Conversations: “Wayne Miles of Raleigh Stormwater”
May 22, 3pm–4pm
Join our Director of Horticulture, Greg Paige, as he sits down with Wayne to talk about the importance of stormwater management and all the wonderful ways we can protect our waters while we garden! Free online program. Register at jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Rooted In Wisdom: A Journey Through Plant Spirit Herbalism
May 23, 10am-11:30am
Embark on a transformative journey into the world of Plant Spirit Herbalism with this experiential course. Dive deep into the spiritual energetics of herbs like lemon balm, tulsi, and passion flower, and discover how to harness their wisdom for holistic wellness. Explore the ancestral knowledge of plant spirit medicine and learn how to incorporate these ancient practices into your modern life. Join us as we honor the sacred relationship between plants and humans, and uncover the profound healing potential that lies within. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Longleaf Pine Restoration Project Tour with the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
May 23, 10:30am-12:30pm
Visit a longleaf pine restoration project at the Cultural Center of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina in Pembroke, NC. Learn about history, culture, and future plans. For those interested, you can convene with Kevin at Fuller’s BBQ in Pembroke after the program for additional conversation and community. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Science and Restoration in the Longleaf Ecosystem: Stories from the North Carolina Botanical Garden
May 23, 12pm-1pm
The longleaf pine ecosystem is recognized as a biodiversity hotspot, hosting an amazing diversity of plants and animals including many found nowhere else on earth. However, we have lost the majority of this ecosystem to development, land conversion and fire suppression. In this talk, Michael Kunz, Director of Conservation Programs at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, will share some of the ways the Garden is involved in the conservation this regions’ unique flora through our science and restoration efforts. Throughout this talk, he will discuss challenges and opportunities for longleaf in NC and beyond. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Native Perennials for the Home Garden
May 23, 7pm-8pm – Virtual
Matt Jones, Horticulture Extension Agent for Chatham County,  will cover why native plants are so important for local food webs, how to select plants based on their adaptation to site conditions, aesthetic value, and their capacity to support beneficial insects and other wildlife vital to ecosystem health. We will also explore examples of native perennials adapted to different site conditions and how to provide habitat or leaf, nectar, and pollen forage throughout the year.  Registration required. Gardening Association of North Carolina (GAONC) Free to members; costs apply to nonmembers. www.gaonc.org.

Garden Storytime
May 24, 10am–11am
Bring your family and join us for a morning of outdoor garden fun! Advance registration and costs apply. For more details visit jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Wagon Tour of the Longleaf Forest at Harris Lake County Park
May 29, 10am-12pm
Harris Lake County Park, located in southwestern Wake County, manages a 60-acre Longleaf Pine Restoration Area. The park and Duke Energy were recognized in 2019 for the NC Longleaf Honor Roll by the NC Longleaf Coalition. This prestigious recognition was awarded for actively managing our Longleaf Pine stand with regular prescribed burning. Travel along the back roads of the park on our wagon to the longleaf forest. You will be able to disembark to walk among the majestic trees and explore to see regrowth after a controlled burn of 30 acres conducted in January. Learn more about the longleaf ecosystem and our other longleaf forest restoration efforts at the park, including native understory plantings. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Horticulture Hour Q&A
May 29, 3pm–4pm
Bring your questions and join us live online at 3:00 PM for a Q&A session and discussion of all things Horticulture. No matter how specific or unique to your own personal circumstances your questions may be, we have a panel of seasoned horticulturists eager to provide you with some sound advice. Free online program. Register at jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk – From Conflict to Collaboration: How Conservation Partnerships are Helping Save an Imperiled Ecosystem
May 30, 12pm-1pm
The longleaf pine ecosystem is one of the most biologically diverse in North America, and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker is one of its most iconic species. In the 1990s, populations of this woodpecker in the NC Sandhills were critically low. The largest population was on Fort Liberty (formerly Fort Bragg), but the Army did not want to alter training or land management. Private landowners mistrusted government agencies and were cutting their longleaf rather than see an endangered bird move in. It had the makings of a classic environmental conflict, until some forward-thinking people decided they had more to gain from solving the underlying problem than fighting each other. What resulted was the invention of several key programs that are now used nation-wide, the recovery of the Sandhills population, and a partnership that became a model for how to do collaborative conservation. This talk will discuss longleaf conservation efforts in NC and across the range and will explore how the lessons learned from the Sandhills can be applied to other environmental conflicts. This talk is part of the Saving our Savannas: Stories of the Longleaf Pine exhibition, which explores the history, ecology, and culture of the longleaf pine ecosystem. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Herbs and Your Nervous System
May 30, 5pm-6:30pm
Let’s get to know some plant allies that help our brains function optimally! Stress, anxiety, and brain fog are more and more common in our busy world. Together we will be with valerian, lemon balm, passionflower, and other medicinal plants in the herb garden. Then, we will dig deeper on each plant we saw (and probably a few extras!) to learn about how they support our bodies and how we might include them in our daily lives in the form of teas, foods, tinctures and more. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plant Propagation: Cuttings
May 31, 10am-12noon
With Beth Hall Hoffman, Paul J. Kramer Plant Collections Manager. Fee. Registration at gardens.duke.edu/learn/adult-programs. 919-668-1707. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Propagation Workshop: “Beginner Softwood Cuttings”
May 31, 2:30pm–5:30pm
In this beginner workshop, participants learn how to take stem cuttings, what rooting hormones are, and how to care for cuttings as they root. Participants will learn about propagation in a classroom setting, go out into the gardens for a brief demonstration, and then try their hand at it. Then, everyone leaves with a full tray of cuttings from the JC Raulston Arboretum’s collection! Advance registration and costs apply. For more details visit jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

The Raleigh Garden Club Garden Tour
May 31-June2
The Raleigh Garden Club will be holding a three-day garden weekend event, including a two-day garden tour of private gardens, a sunset and moonlight evening, and a garden party and silent auction, May 31 to June 2. The two day garden tour, May 31 and June 1, will feature eight gardens situated in area clusters across the county. Chosen for their diversity in size, design, and features, the gardens will offer visitors a wide variety of landscapes. Each garden wlll have a guest artisan on site selling garden-themed art. The sunset and moonlight evening on Friday night, May 31, is a wine and cheese event held outdoors in the beautifully lit garden of one of the tour homes. Then on Sunday, June 2, the garden party and silent auction will be held at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. Artwork by the gardens artisans and others will be on silent auction, along with refreshments and the opportunity to stroll the gardens at the Arboretum. Starting April 1, tickets to the various events will be sold via the Raleigh Garden Club website at www.Raleigh-Garden-club.org.

JUNE

60th Annual Rose Show
June 1
Winston Salem Rose Society will be hosting one of the largest rose shows in North Carolina. Entries accepted 6:30am-9:30am. Judging begins at 10am. Open to the Public 1pm-4pm. Winston Salem Fair Grounds, Winston- Salem, NC 27105. www.wsrose.org.

Propagation Workshop: “Advanced Softwood Cuttings”
June 1, 8:30am–12:30pm
In this advanced workshop, participants will briefly review tips and tricks for propagation and find out which plants will be most successfully propagated during late spring months. Participants choose which plants they want to propagate from the JC Raulston Arboretum’s collection of over 6,000 taxa (few exceptions apply, though). Each participant will take home two trays of their selected cuttings. Advance registration and costs apply. For more details visit jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Garden Story Walk
June 1-June 9, during garden open hours
Need a fun activity for you or the kids? Enjoy a walk through the beautiful gardens and read a good story at the same time! Free and open to all, with no registration required. jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

History of Gardening: How Cultures, Events, and People Made Gardening What It Is Today
June 3-July 29, Mondays, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Unlike many history courses which can be boring, this one is not! First off, it’s all about gardening, and second, it’s about the fascinating stories of past cultures, events and people who made gardening what it is today. This eight week course will provide a series of historical snapshots that will enhance our understanding of “modern-day” gardening. Offered both in-person and online. With Bryce Lane, Distinguished Professor and Gardener. Advance registration and fees apply. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar.

Plant-lover’s Tour: “Small Trees for Shade Gardens”
June 4, 9am–10am
Don’t miss this Plant-lover’s Tour where our Director of Horticulture, Greg Paige, will show us around the garden and highlight some of the best small tree selections for tight spaces under shade. After all, the only thing better than trees is more trees! Fees may apply. For more details visit jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Top Plant Picks: “Mark’s Top Picks”
June 5, 3pm–3:30pm
Join us this month as our Director, Mark, shows off some of the newest & rarest selections from his plant collecting trips and nerds out over his Top Plant Picks for June! Free online program. Register at jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk – Gone with the Wind: Sherman’s March Through the Longleaf Pine Forests of North Carolina
June 6, 12pm-1pm
Earl Ijames, Curator of African American History and Agriculture at the North Carolina Museum of History, Kevin Melvin, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, will explore the history of Sherman’s March (Anson/ Richmond Counties) to April 1865 (Historic Bennett Place), including the impact on people, environment, and economy of the region. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Garden Storytime
June 7, 10am–11am
Bring your family and join us for a morning of outdoor garden fun! Advance registration and costs apply. For more details visit jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Southeastern Plant Symposium
June 7-8
The 2024 Southeastern Plant Symposium is your invitation to be amongst the first to learn about these plant innovations, and even rub elbows with the folks making them, with two incredible days of enlightening programming perfect for every plant lover! Advance registration and costs apply. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar.

Second Saturday NCBG Tour
June 8, 10am-11am
From March to November, join our skilled volunteer Garden Guides on the second Saturday of the month for a guided tour of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Each month offers a glimpse into what’s happening in our unique native plant gardens – from spring wildflowers to fall color – and what makes the NCBG one of the premier conservation gardens in the US. Tours are one (1) hour and space is limited! Please register each member of your party separately. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

A Look at Cool Growing Orchids
June 10, 7:30 pm
Bletilla, Aussie Dendrobiums, Dendrobium nobile hybrids, Reedstem Epidendrums, Laelia anceps & Cymbidiums are some of the orchids that prefer cool weather. Learn how to manage these cultivars from the expert third generation grower Kim Fedderson of Fair Orchids, NJ. Free admission; visitors always welcome. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. Triangle OrchidSociety.org.

Evening Garden Stroll
June 11, 4:30pm–7:30pm
Take a break from your weekly grind and come out to the JC Raulston Arboretum to take advantage of this rare opportunity to stroll through the gardens after hours and enjoy our premiere collection of flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials! Free and open to all, with no registration required. jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Botany Spotlight: Ferns
June 11, 6pm-8pm
With Isaac Lund, assistant horticulturist in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fee. Registration at gardens.duke.edu/learn/adult-programs. 919-668-1707. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

The Trouble with Tomatoes
June 11, 7pm-8pm
Description: Growing tomatoes can be tricky in North Carolina.  Join Ashley Troth, Horticulture Agent for NC Cooperative Extension in Durham County, and learn why tomatoes are particularly difficult to grow, and what you can do to make the most of your harvest. We’ll cover tomato biology basics, typical tomato troubles, and what you can do to protect your crop. Registration required. Gardening Association of North Carolina (GAONC) Free to members; costs apply to nonmembers. www.gaonc.org.

Midweek with Blake: “Bonsai”
June 12, 3pm–3:45pm
Join us for this Midweek with Blake where our Education Assistant, Blake Wentley, will share his passion and experience as he endeavors to demystify bonsai while showing you how to prune and care for tiny trees! Free online program. Register at jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Documenting the Hidden Treasures of the Longleaf Pine Forests
June 12, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Join Dr. Alan Weakley, the director of the UNC Herbarium, as he shares his insights on the plant diversity of the longleaf pine ecosystems. Learn how these diverse and resilient forests, which span from Virginia to Texas, harbor many rare and endemic plants that may be part of the rich cultural heritage of the Indigenous peoples and are only now being recorded into the scientific literature. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Heart of Wonder: Art and Yoga Retreat
June 15, 8:30am-3:30pm
Embody the meaning of WONDER in your mind, body, and heart at our semi-annual art and yoga retreat. The lush summer background invites you to marvel at nature in new ways. Through the integration of playful and contemplative practices of gentle yoga, meditation, and creative art journaling, you will have the opportunity to awaken to the awe of each moment. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Gardening with Native Ferns
June 15, 9:30am-11:30am
With Isaac Lund, assistant horticulturist in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fee. Registration at gardens.duke.edu/learn/adult-programs. 919-668-1707. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Trees and Me! Project Learning Tree for Early Childhood Educators
June 15, 9:30am-4pm
Join other early childhood classroom and nonformal educators as we explore activities in the newly released Project Learning Tree Trees and Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children activity guide. Every participant will leave the workshop with a copy of the guide – a $25 value! This guide includes revised favorites and new activities with a focus on learning for youth ages 1-6. This workshop qualifies for Criteria I or II in the EE Certification Program (early childhood). Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Coker Arboretum Tour
June 15, 10am-12pm
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with a Coker Arboretum curator. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Deeper in the Garden: “What Makes Our Japanese Garden Special”
June 19, 3pm–3:30pm
Join Mark and Greg, our Director and Director of Horticulture, as they go Deeper in the Garden and talk all about the exceptional plants and noteworthy design elements that make our Japanese Garden so special! Free online program. Register at jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

2nd Annual Celebration of Pollinators Symposium
June 22, 9am-12pm.
Sponsored by the Nash County Extension Master Gardeners. Featuring Bryce Lane , Hannah K Levinson and Lior Carlson. Admission charged. Call 252-459-9810 for more info. The Nashville Agriculture Center at 1006 Eastern Ave. Nashville NC.

Garden Conversations
June 26, 3pm–4pm
Free online program. Register at jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Saving Our Savannas Closing Lecture: What Does the Future Hold for Longleaf Pine – The Opportunities and Resources for Longleaf Pine Stewardship
June 27, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Julie Moore has a passion for longleaf pine that spans nearly 50 years of professional and personal experience. She knows that longleaf pine is more than a tree, it is a legacy that we must protect and restore for the future. In this talk, she will share her insights on the history, challenges, and opportunities of longleaf pine conservation. You will learn how longleaf pine forests provide vital benefits for the environment, the economy, and the society, such as supporting rare species, sustainable forestry, water quality, and military readiness. You will also discover what it takes to reestablish the amazing diversity of plants and animals associated with longleaf pine, beyond the essential tool of fire management. Finally, you will find out how you can be a good advocate for longleaf pine and join the collaborative efforts to ensure that this legacy thrives for generations to come. Don’t miss this chance to hear from a longleaf pine expert and enthusiast who believes that longleaf pine is a tree of the future, not simply an artifact of the past. Pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.