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FEBRUARY

Gardening in the South
February 2, 8:30am–12noon
New gardeners and those who recently moved to the Triangle are invited to participate in a new symposium that’s designed just for them. Ted Bilderback, Barbara Fair, William Fontento will discuss pruning and long-term plant care, planting, and garden soils. We will also offer it as a live feed the day of the event. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

First Saturday Tour: Nature Awakens
February 2, 10am-11am
Join us for a leisurely walk to see the first signs of the reawakening of many of our plants and animals. Free. Preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Create Your Own Driftwood + Air Plant Class
February 2, 10am-11am
Get crafty + CREATE a driftwood + air plant combo to take home! Fee includes instruction, materials, driftwood piece and five air plants (using more than five air plants will cost extra). Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

Grafting Workshop and Scion Exchange
February 2, 11am-1pm
The workshop includes a grafting demonstration that will show you how to graft and what plant combinations will be successful. Supplies for grafting will be provided. If you have fruit trees, please bring labeled “scions” (twigs) from your plants to exchange with other participants. FREE. No experience necessary. Held at SEEDS 706 Gilbert Street, Durham. trianglefruitandnutgrowers.weebly.comor [email protected]

Annual Orchid Open House
February 2 – 3
Atlantic Gardening Center, Raleigh. 919-878-9977. atlanticgardening.com

Gardening Basics: Using Science to Grow Better Plants
February 4-March 25, Mondays 6:30pm–8:30pm
Whether you are new to gardening, a seasoned gardener, or new to this area, this eight week gardening class with Bryce Lane will help you be more successful in all your gardening endeavors. By understanding plant classification, growth, soils, and reproduction we will learn how to be better at propagation, plant selection, planting, pruning, fertilizing, and pest management. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Plantsmen’s Tour – Evergreen Ferns
February 5, 1pm–2:30pm
Here in the South, many ferns are evergreen offering interest in the winter. Join Mark Weathington on this tour and learn more about some of his favorite evergreen ferns for your winter landscape. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
February 5, 1pm-3pm
Welcome to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. An on-site staff member will provide materials and be a resource for your learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Building Healthy Soil
February 5 & 12, 6:30pm-8pm
Focusing on garden applications, Annabel Renwick will take you on a tour of the subterranean world to learn about the interconnections between plants and their microbiomes. You will leave with specific tips on how to actively build soil in your own garden. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Create Your Own Driftwood + Air Plant Class
February 6, 10am-11am
Get crafty + CREATE a driftwood + air plant combo to take home! Fee includes instruction, materials, driftwood piece and five air plants (using more than five air plants will cost extra). Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

Growing Vegetables from Seed
February 6, 10am-12:30pm
A hands-on workshop for home and community gardeners on planting and establishing vegetables from seed. Participants will learn about seed biology, vegetable variety selection, growing media and containers, growing conditions, and diagnosing common problems. Following the lecture, participants will practice sowing, transplanting, and caring for vegetable seedlings. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/vegetable-seed-starting-workshop/.

Crevice Gardening with Low-Water-Need Plants Growing in Recycled Concrete
February 6,10:30
Tony Avent and Jeremy Schmidt will share the story of the massive new rock garden installation at Plant Delights built of recycled concrete from the property that has made it possible to grow many rock garden plants. Fee, open to all. Raleigh Garden Club, held at the NC State University Club. raleigh-garden-club.org.

Walk on the Wild Side
February 7, 11am-12noon
Explore the wilds of North Carolina in seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. Meet at the Blomquist Garden entrance. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Extension Gardener Series: Buy Healthy Plants and Plant Them Well
February 7, 6:30pm-8pm
This presentation will review what you should look for when purchasing and planting plants, how to evaluate a plant, how to correctly plant a tree, shrub, groundcover or perennial, and what is necessary to establish a plant. Free. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Create Your Own Driftwood + Air Plant Class
February 7, 6pm-7pm
Get crafty + CREATE a driftwood + air plant combo to take home! Fee includes instruction, materials, driftwood piece and five air plants (using more than five air plants will cost extra). Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

Become a Chatham Co. Master Gardener
February 7, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Interested in an practical and intensive (but fun!) gardening training program? Want to share your knowledge and help Chatham County become a more sustainable and resilient community? Then consider becoming an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer! The training program consists of three parts: But the first step is to attend this Information Session. Free. NC Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/emg-2.

Garden Buds: Garden Colors
February 8, 10:30am–12noon
Colors are all around in the garden, even in the winter! Come explore colors we find in the garden sorting vegetables by color, going on a color scavenger hunt, and much more fun. For ages three to five with parent/adult. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Science Saturdays: The Tactile World of Textiles
February 9, 9am–12noon
What do mats, rope, indigo, paper, t-shirts, and nets all have in common? All are related to textiles and all are made from plants, of course. We’ll focus on past and present technologies that convert plant materials into fibrous products like blue jeans, paper, rope, nets, and more. For 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Plan Your Spring Garden
February 9, 10am-11:30am
Want to start a garden but not sure how? Have a garden and lots of questions? Join us and volunteers from the Master Gardeners Program to learn the basics of starting your spring garden. Bring a notebook and lots of questions! We will cover information on soil prep to choosing the right vegetable varieities for your space and everything in between. Free. Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh. logantrd.com.

Botany and Horticulture of Yunann, China
February 9, 10am–11:30am
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.

Fruit and Nut Tree Pruning Workshop Demonstration
February 9, 10am-12pm
Dr. Mike Parker, Fruit and Nut Tree Specialist at NC State University, will be demonstrating how to properly train and prune apple, peach and nut trees to get the best production from each type of tree. There will be time to answer questions on insect and disease control as well as training and pruning questions. This event will be held outside. At the Central Crops Research Station, 13223 US Business 70 W., Clayton. johnston.ces.ncsu.edu.

Beekeeping 101: Level 1
February 9, 10am-12noon
Have you been thinking of getting into beekeeping but just don’t know where to start? Get expert insight into beginning beekeeping and learn what you will need to start up your own beehive. Learn how to get bees, what equipment you may need, and how to purchase and install your bees. Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

Growing Vegetables from Seed
February 9, 10am-12:30pm
A hands-on workshop for home and community gardeners on planting and establishing vegetables from seed. Participants will learn about seed biology, vegetable variety selection, growing media and containers, growing conditions, and diagnosing common problems. Following the lecture, participants will practice sowing, transplanting, and caring for vegetable seedlings. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/vegetable-seed-starting-workshop/.

8th Annual Seed Swap at Old Salem Museums & Gardens
February 9, 10am-2pm
The event is a time for gardeners and farmers to gather, learn from each other, and to share seeds and stories. This is the eighth year of the event that has been held at Old Salem. Gardeners are encouraged to bring a dish that reflects their growing year for the potluck tasting lunch. Sown & Grown also will feature demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities. Bring seeds to share if you have them or just come to learn about seeds with stories. Learn about all that is happening in the local garden and farm community. Come celebrate the preservation, restoration, and sharing of our natural heritage through seeds with stories and the cross-pollination of plants, people, and food! Old Salem Visitor Center, Winston-Salem. 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.

Plant Aphrodisiac Workshop
February 9, 11am–12noon
Hosted by freelance writer Helen Yoest. Free, with bonus incentives for those that attend. Atlantic Gardening Center, Raleigh. 919-878-9977. atlanticgardening.com.

Become a Chatham Co. Master Gardener
February 9, 1pm-2pm
Interested in an practical and intensive (but fun!) gardening training program? Want to share your knowledge and help Chatham County become a more sustainable and resilient community? Then consider becoming an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer! The training program consists of three parts: But the first step is to attend this Information Session. Free. NC Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/emg-2.

Beekeeping 101: Level 2
February 9, 2pm-4pm
Do you already know the basics of keeping honeybees? Do you want to learn more? Join us for a year in the apiary. This class goes beyond the basics of beekeeping and explains an in depth view of hive/apiary management. Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

Summer Camp Registration Opens to the Public
February 11, 9am
Our summer camps are a must have in your summer plans, and range in age from preschool to rising 8th graders. Campers explore the gardens for critters, cook up yummy recipes, solve mysteries, and create an art show inspired by the garden. JCRA members register beginning January 28-join now. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Easy-to-Grow Fruits and Berries
February 11, 10am-12noon
A lecture on the berry and tree fruit crops that perform well in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Learn about site preparation, planting, pruning, fertilizing, harvesting, and pest/disease control methods for growing blackberries, blueberries, muscadine grapes, figs, persimmons, and pawpaws. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/extension-gardener-workshop-fruits-and-berries/.

Classroom Open Hours
February 12, 1pm-3pm
Welcome to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. An on-site staff member will provide materials and be a resource for your learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
February 12, 7:30pm–9pm
“A Sabbatical Adventure: Where ‘Hort’ meets ‘Culture'” During this presentation, Brian Jackson will take a journey through three continents, two dozen countries, and numerous states to explore some of the revelations, innovations, and altercations in horticulture culture. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Easy-to-Grow Fruits and Berries
February 13, 10am-12noon
A lecture on the berry and tree fruit crops that perform well in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Learn about site preparation, planting, pruning, fertilizing, harvesting, and pest/disease control methods for growing blackberries, blueberries, muscadine grapes, figs, persimmons, and pawpaws. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/extension-gardener-workshop-fruits-and-berries/.

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Winter
February 13-27, Wednesdays 3:30pm-6pm
Expand your palette of plants. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 60 plants suitable for North Carolina gardens. The winter class introduces plant silhouettes and evergreens. Each student receives a digital portfolio of plant photos. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

LUNCHBOX Talk: How to Identify and Record Butterflies at Mason Farm Biological Reserve
February 14, 12noon-1pm
Join us for a crash course on local butterfly identification, covering tips and tricks for distinguishing between similar species. Learn about the Mason Farm Butterfly Project, a citizen science project with the goal of collecting long-term data on the abundance and timing of butterflies at the Reserve. Free. Preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Watercolor & Wine
February 14, 6pm-8pm
Participants of all skill levels will be provided supplies to create their own masterpiece in a guided watercolor painting session with a certified botanical artist instructor. Enjoy a relaxing evening of painting, wine & beer, and light refreshments. For 21 years or older. Fee. Preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

24th Annual Hellebore Festival
February 15, 16, 22, 23, March 1, 2, 8, 9, 9am-4pm
We’ll have trees and shrubs from Superior Plants Nursery, Cyclamen, Galanthus, Trillium and other assorted goodies from Edgewood Gardens, Epimediums from Garden Vision Epimediums, and loads of Hellebores. 434-252-1990. One hour north of Raleigh. Pine Knot Farms, Clarksville, VA. pineknotfarms.com.

The Winter Garden
February 16, 8am–12noon
Are you getting ready for a new year of gardening? Then we invite you to join us for our Winter Symposium, where the goal is to enlighten and inspire you. The variety of speakers, all from different backgrounds and diverse gardens, will help you visualize how to plan and plant for diversity as you bring sustainable and natural elements into your own garden to enjoy as much in the winter as in the summer. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Great Backyard Bird Count
February 16, 9am
Free; ticket required. John James Audubon’s The Birds of America is returning to view, so we’re celebrating! Stop by to birdwatch, learn birding from local experts, make a craft to take home, and more. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. ncartmuseum.org.

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
February 16, 9am-12noon
A lecture and hands-on workshop for home and community gardeners. Participants will learn the fundamental principles of growing vegetables, including: site selection, site preparation, types of vegetable gardens, soils and soil fertility, understanding planting calendars, watering and irrigation, planting techniques, and recommendations for specific crops. Pest, disease, and weed management will emphasize organic practices. Following the lecture, Master Gardener Volunteers will lead hands-on demonstrations pertaining to irrigation, fertility management, and planting methods. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/extension-gardener-workshop-sustainable-vegetable-gardening/.

Build a Stone Wall
February 16, 9am-3pm
Retaining walls combine artistry, science, function and beauty. Learn from a master stonemason how to build a dry-stack wall, including design, stone selection, confirming layout and slope, preparation, stone installation and final touches. A small retaining wall will be built in class to give you hands-on experience. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Hydroponics Workshop
February 16, 10am–11am
Hosted by Hydrofarms company. Free, with bonus incentives for those that attend. Atlantic Gardening Center, Raleigh. 919-878-9977. atlanticgardening.com.

Winter Backyard Birds
February 16, 10am-11:30am
From yellow-bellied sapsuckers to Carolina chickadees, learn to identify common winter birds by sight and sound. We’ll visit our bird-feeding station for up-close encounters, learn how to be a citizen scientist, and take home a feeder and identification chart to common NC feeder birds. For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Fee. Preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Beekeeping 101: Level 1
February 16, 10am-12noon
Have you been thinking of getting into beekeeping but just don’t know where to start? Get expert insight into beginning beekeeping and learn what you will need to start up your own beehive. Learn how to get bees, what equipment you may need, and how to purchase and install your bees. Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

Beekeeping 101: Level 2
February 16, 2pm-4pm
Do you already know the basics of keeping honeybees? Do you want to learn more? Join us for a year in the apiary. This class goes beyond the basics of beekeeping and explains an in depth view of hive/apiary management. Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
February 18, 9am-12noon
A lecture and hands-on workshop for home and community gardeners. Participants will learn the fundamental principles of growing vegetables, including: site selection, site preparation, types of vegetable gardens, soils and soil fertility, understanding planting calendars, watering and irrigation, planting techniques, and recommendations for specific crops. Pest, disease, and weed management will emphasize organic practices. Following the lecture, Master Gardener Volunteers will lead hands-on demonstrations pertaining to irrigation, fertility management, and planting methods. Fee. Pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/extension-gardener-workshop-sustainable-vegetable-gardening/.

Garden Art: Using Ornament to Accent Your Garden
February 19, 7pm
With Bryce Lane. Gardeners of Wake County meeting. Refreshments at 7pm. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.weebly.com.

Garden Guide Training
February 19, 21, 26, 28, March 5, 7, 9:30am-12noon
Do you have an enthusiasm for nature and the Garden that you’d like to share with others? Are you looking for a fun and exciting learning opportunity? Become a Garden Guide! Garden Guides are specially trained volunteers who help us to educate thousands of people each year about plants and the natural world. In-depth training covers the Garden’s history and mission, native plants and habitats, plant-animal interactions, interpretive techniques, and program curriculum. Free. Preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
February 19, 1pm-3pm
Welcome to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. An on-site staff member will provide materials and be a resource for your learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Durham Garden Forum: Edible Landscapes
February 19, 6:30pm-8pm
Michael McConkey, Edible Landscapes, Inc.
Your landscape can be more than simply beautiful; it can also be on your dinner menu. Learn about the attributes and shortcomings of many plants in edible landscapes. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Seed Starting 101
February 20, 10am-11am
‘Tis the season for growth! Get expert insight into seed starting from one of our knowledgeable gardeners. Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

Blueberry and Grape Production and Pruning Workshop
February 21, 1pm to 4 p.m
Join N.C. Cooperative Extension in Johnston County and NC State Extension Specialist Dr. Bill Cline for a workshop on blueberry and grape production and pruning. Topics include cultivar selection, budgeting, site establishment (soil conditions and planting), fertilization, irrigation, pruning, harvesting, and resources for pest control. Includes a pruning demonstration at a local farm. Part of this event will be held outside. At the Johnston County Agricultural Center,2736 NC 210 Highway, Smithfield. johnston.ces.ncsu.edu.

Basic Botany and Plant Growth
February 21-March 14, Thursdays 6pm-9pm
How does a plant grow? How does it manage water and nutrients? What factors influence the production of flowers and fruits? This course will explore these questions and more using a combination of lecture and hands-on approaches. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Winter Open House
February 22-24, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12noon-5pm
See camellias in bloom. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. 919-968-0504. camforest.com.

Winter Open Nursery & Garden Days
February 22-24
, Fri-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
Explore the winter wonders of Juniper Level Botanic Garden, learn from industry experts in free garden chats, Gardening Unplugged, with seasonal topics covering lenten roses, berm gardening and construction, winter garden maintenance and conifers for the garden. Food trucks, shopping at Plant Delights Nursery. Rain or shine. Free admission and parking. Plant Delights, Raleigh. plantdelights.com.

Children’s Winter Walk
February 22, 10:30am–11:30am
Chase away the winter blues with a hike through the Arboretum’s Winter Garden, filled with beautiful evergreens, winter flowers, and sweet fragrances. After our walk, warm up inside with a good book and a fun winter craft to take home. For preschool and elementary aged children with Parents or caregivers. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Wild Edible Plants: Delicious and Nutritious Native and Invasive Plants
February 23, 9am–10:30am
Wild edible plants can be found year-round in the Piedmont. The fields and forests offer delicious plants like wintergreen, trout lily, Mayapple, pawpaw, partridge berry, and many others. You can also find invasives like knotweed and garlic mustard. They’re delicious too—so if you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em! Professional forager Frank Hyman will share a slideshow featuring a year’s worth of delicious and nutritious edibles that can be found here. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Family Fun Saturday: Put a Bird on It
February 23, 10:15am
Look closely at John James Audubon’s The Birds of America and create your own mixed-media bird to take home. Free, pre-register. Best for families with children ages 5–11. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. ncartmuseum.org.

Seed Starting 101
February 23, 10am-11am
‘Tis the season for growth! Get expert insight into seed starting from one of our knowledgeable gardeners. Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering: First Voice of Spring Tea
February 23, 10:45am and 1pm seatings
Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you can experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Family Fun Saturday: Put a Bird on It
February 23, 1pm
Look closely at John James Audubon’s The Birds of America and create your own mixed-media bird to take home. Free, pre-register. Best for families with children ages 5–11. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. ncartmuseum.org.

Not Tonight Deer: No More Long-legged Rats in Your Garden
February 23, 1pm–2:30pm
Learn which types of plants deer don’t like, which cost-effective fences keep deer out, and how repellents can keep your plants free of deer. Frank Hyman has created five gardens that are growing well and free of deer damage. Frank will use slides, stories, and Q&A on how to plant gardens that the deer will pass by (but woe be unto your neighbor). Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Family Winter Discovery
February 24, 2:30pm–4pm
Chase away your family’s winter blues with an afternoon at the JC Raulston Arboretum. We challenge you to a scavenger hunt in our gardens! Search the gardens for plant names, take pictures of your family at special places in the garden, or count plants, steps, or bricks to answer our tricky questions. For families with children in elementary and middle school. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
February 26, 1pm-3pm
Welcome to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. An on-site staff member will provide materials and be a resource for your learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Create a Whimsical Fairy Garden
February 27, 10am-11am
Join Anna as she walks your through how to create a whimsical fairy garden of your own! Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

Plants of Distinction: Fall & Winter- An Evergreen Walk
February 27, 2:30pm-4pm
Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

LUNCHBOX Talk: The Piedmont Patch Project
February 28, 12noon-1pm
Piedmont Patch is a collaborative demonstration of how to restore native habitat for wildlife to public and private landscapes in the North Carolina Piedmont. Learn about the origin of the project and ongoing partnerships helping to create native habitat for wildlife displaced by the rapid urbanization of our region. Free. Preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Create a Whimsical Fairy Garden
February 28, 6pm-7pm
Join Anna as she walks your through how to create a whimsical fairy garden of your own! Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Company, Cary. 919-460-7747. gardensupplyco.com.

MARCH

Winter Open House
March 1-3, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12noon-5pm
See camellias in bloom. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. 919-968-0504. camforest.com.

Winter Open Nursery & Garden Days
March 1-3, Fri-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
Explore the winter wonders of Juniper Level Botanic Garden, learn from industry experts in free garden chats, Gardening Unplugged, with seasonal topics covering lenten roses, berm gardening and construction, winter garden maintenance and conifers for the garden. Food trucks, shopping at Plant Delights Nursery. Rain or shine. Free admission and parking. Plant Delights, Raleigh. plantdelights.com.

Davidson Horticultural Symposium
March 5, 9am-4:30pm
“Innovative Approaches to Gardening”. Join us for a day of inspiring presentations by speakers leading the charge in innovative ideas for healthy habitats, sustainability, and preserving our ecology. Thinking outside the box and bringing the wild into our gardens, they will show us how we can integrate beauty and environmental responsibility. Learn how these speakers use unconventional practices and techniques to improve present day gardening. Their groundbreaking ideas will help us to be good stewards of our own habitats. Fee, pre-register. Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. davidsonsymposium.org.

Creating a Backyard Habitat
March 2, 10am-12noon
Is your yard friendly to wildlife? If not, then spring is the time of year to get started. In this course, you will learn simple ways to invite more nature to your home, including plants that will attract birds and butterflies. Free, pre-registration required – barcode#230347 at reclink.raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2760. Walnut Creek Wetland Center, Raleigh.

Introduction to Rain Barrels & Rain Gardens
March 2, 1pm-2:30pm
Learn the basics of how to design and install a rain garden or rain barrel for your home, and learn how these simple measures can protect our streams and wildlife. After a brief introduction to stormwater and its impacts to streams, this class will focus on choosing appropriate locations and sizes for rain barrels and rain gardens, and how to maintain them for maximum aesthetic benefits. Free, pre-registration required – barcode #230348 at reclink.raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2760. Walnut Creek Wetland Center, Raleigh.