Garden Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING GARDENING EVENTS

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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some classes are still being held online. We encourage you to check with the organizer of these events for more details. Thank you.

SEPTEMBER

Pollinator Garden Tour
September 1, 10am-11:30am
Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden. The garden features over 225 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC. Free, pre-registration required. go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden.

Nature Babies
September 6, 13, 20, 27, 9:30am-10:30am
Connect with plants, your baby and other adults with little ones as you explore the plant world with all five senses, learn uses of common plants, and experience simple ways to introduce your babies to the natural world around us. We’ll use sight, touch, taste, feeling and smell to be present in our bodies and to move at nature’s pace. This in-person program will be led by parent, herbalist and nature educator Monica Rivera, of Cultivating Resistance Herbals. For adults with infants that can be worn in carriers. Fee. Register at https://rsvp.duke.edu/b8ywXA. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu. 919-668-1707, gardenseducation@duke.edu.

Morning Yoga in the Garden
September 7, 7:30am-8:30am
Start your day with 60 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The morning class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of early morning in the garden as the teacher 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. Modifications of poses will be offered. Repeats weekly. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Become a Durham County Extension Master Gardener?
If you are looking for a way to up your gardening game and give back to the community, now’s the time to act. The Durham County Extension Master Gardener volunteer program will conduct their biennial training program January through early May 2023. Classes are held once a week, on Thursdays, from 9:00-12:30. All applicants are required to attend an information session prior to submitting an application. Information sessions are scheduled for September 9, September 13, September 21, and September 29, via Zoom. Register for an information session by visiting go.ncsu.edu/durhammg2023. Both the information sessions and the training classes will be held at the Durham County Extension Office, 721 Foster Street, Durham, or online as necessary.

Plant-lover’s Tour at the JCRA
September 6, 9am–10:30am
Arboretum Director Mark Weathington will lead this tour focusing on the Geophyte Border and it’s many bulbs, tubers and corms. We’ll see some of the highlights of the border and talk about the all important underground structures of these plants and why it helps to know what’s below the mulch. Fee. The tour begins at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pollinator Garden Tour
September 7, 10am-11:30am
Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden. The garden features over 225 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC. Free, pre-registration required. go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden.

Raleigh Garden Club Meeting
September 7, 10:30am
As we begin our new club year, we come back with refreshed minds and innovative ideas for creative gardening and projects. We look forward to sharing our love story of flowers and foliage – from the largest to the smallest of blossoms and plants. We are excited to bring notice to the wonders of our environment, and to share them with others in all the ways our committees dream and work for the betterment of our community. Fee. Register by August 31 at raleigh-garden-club.org. Held at NC State University Club, Raleigh.

Gardening 101: September Gardening Tasks
September 7, 3pm
Is it fall? Is it summer? Can you still prune? We’ll let you know what you should be doing now to keep your garden in top shape. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Garden Storytime
September 9, 10am
Join us as we explore the gardens and find the perfect spot for garden stories and crafts. All ages are welcome, but activities and book will be planned for the suggested age range of 3-5 years. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Beardless Iris Sale
September 10, 9am
Hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Iris Society in cooperation with the JC Raulston Arboretum. Free iris cultivation information will be available. Beardless iris plants will range from $10.00 to $15.00. Come early for the best selection. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Fall Festival
September 10, 9am-2pm
Join us for our second annual Fall Festival. Buy fall vegetables and herbs at the perfect time for transplanting in your garden.  See various gardening demonstrations by Master Gardeners. Taste-test some hot peppers. Ask a Master Gardener to help solve your gardening problem. Take home free seeds and a bag of compost. Walk away with a raffle prize! Briggs Avenue Community Garden, 1314 Briggs Avenue, Durham, NC 27707. Find updates on our Briggs Avenue Community Garden Facebook page.

Second Saturday NCBG Tour
September 10, 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. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Composition: Virtual
September 11-October 9, Sun. 1:15pm-4:45pm
This course is a broad study in the elements that formulate a good artistic composition. Students learn how to make visual choices and determine how parts of a plant are arranged on the page to balance botanical accuracy and artistic sensitivity. Composition serves as a prerequisite for Integrating Composition and Color Theory. Note: This class involves homework assignments. The amount of time students need to spend on homework varies and usually ranges from five to 15 hours per week. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Morning Yoga in the Garden
September 12, 7:30am-8:30am
Start your day with 60 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The morning class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of early morning in the garden as the teacher 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. Modifications of poses will be offered. Repeats weekly. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Garden Story Walk—The Hidden Rainbow
September 12–18 during normal garden hours.
Come out to the gardens for a Garden Story Walk. Enjoy a walk through the beautiful gardens and read a good story at the same time! Not familiar with Story Walks? Story Walks are self-guided experiences where pages of a book are displayed along a route. At each stop, read the next part of the story. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Evening Garden Stroll
September 13, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Come take an after-hours stroll through this premiere collection of flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials. This research garden is a great place to relax and see what grows best in our area. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Midweek with Tim—Enchanted by New Mexico
September 14, 3pm
Tim Alderton, JCRA Research Technician, is your host for a travel log. Come along with Tim as he explores the Land of Enchantment seeing plants we can grow in their natural environment. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program.

Edible Campus UNC Tour
September 14, 3pm-5pm
Take a walk with the coordinator of Edible Campus UNC, one of the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s community outreach programs that creates gardens across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus full of edible and medicinal plants and pollinator-friendly wildflowers. We’ll see and taste from the gardens, and we’ll learn about the program and how it supports food justice initiatives at the University, and more! Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Photography Walk—Photographic Cyanotype Sun Prints
September 15, 9am–12:30pm
Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography will lead this class. Cyanotype is a simple photographic printing process that creates an archival blue and white print. Fee, Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Lunch and Lit in the Garden, Grades 5-8—Wishtree
September 15-November 3, Thursdays 12pm-2pm
Who doesn’t love a great story? Bring lunch and listen to a timely tale told by a tree named Red Oak, who’s “two hundred and sixteen rings old!” Fee, Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Native Seed Propagation
September 16, 1:30pm-4:30pm
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; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Fairgrounds Southern Ideal Home Show
September 16-18
Shop, compare and save with hundreds of experts in kitchen and bath, outdoor living, flooring, and more. Fee. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. fairgroundsraleighhomeshow.com.

Installing a Crevice Garden in Portland Oregon
September 17, 9am
North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) lecture presented by Jeremy Schmidt, Plant Delights Nursery. This program is being offered in person as well as online. In person fee for nonmembers. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/nargs-lecture/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Coker Arboretum Tour
September 17, 11am-12pm
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum curator Margo MacIntyre. 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. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plant Communities of the North Caroline Piedmont
September 17-October 15, Sat. 10am-12pm
The plant communities in North Carolina’s Piedmont tell a story. Looking at the mix of plants in a location tells you quite a bit about soil, moisture and previous uses. Instructors Paul Cameron and Greg Price will introduce you to the plant communities found in our Piedmont and how you can use that to understand the three most common drainage regimes. The class will also discuss plant succession – the loosely predictable transitions that convert a site from bare soil to mature forest over time. This series will be in person and mostly outdoors. The first session will be at Duke Gardens. Co-sponsored by Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC), Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) and Duke Gardens. Fee. Register at https://rsvp.duke.edu/b8ywXA. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu. 919-668-1707, gardenseducation@duke.edu.

Pollinator Garden Tour
September 20, 10am-11:30am
Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden. The garden features over 225 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC. Free, pre-registration required. go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden.

Converting Turf to Gardens
September 20, 7pm
Want to learn more about an ecologically sound vision for the next generation of home gardens? If so, join the virtual meeting of the Durham Garden Forum to hear Kelly Norris, acclaimed horticulturist and author, speak at the Fall 2022 kick-off of the DGF 2022-2023 lecture series. Norris is the author of The New Naturalism: Designing and planting a resilient, ecologically vibrant home garden. He will discuss converting turf to vibrant garden settings to increase biodiversity. He will use his personal half-acre garden as an example. It contains more than 120 plant species and a growing list of birds and insects. Fee. Pre-register to receive the Zoom link. facebook.com/DurhamGardenForum.

Gardeners of Wake County Meeting
September 20, 7:30pm
A Little About the American Daylily Society and Much About Windyhill Daylily Garden with Raymond and Wanda Quinn, hosted by the Gardeners of Wake County. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.weebly.com.

Lunch and Lit in the Garden, Grades 1-2—All About Trees
September 21 and 28, 12pm-1:30pm
This two-week session will include garden activities inspired by the day’s reading—a bit of science, nature study, crafting, even time to dig and do a bit of planting! Fee, Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Deeper in the Garden: Ardisia japonica – The Unsung Hero of the Shade Garden
September 21, 3pm
Presented by Dennis Carey, Curator. We’ve been growing Ardisia japonica since J. C.’s time at the garden and still think it deserves a wider audience. Well-behaved groundcovers for shade are in short supply but Ardisia japonica can fill that niche as well as making a refined houseplant. Free. Visit jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program.

Seasonal Celebrities: Autumn Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
September 21-October 12, Weds. 4:30pm-5:30pm
Join us in Duke Gardens to review a group of plants that are at their most ornamental in the autumn season. Each week you will receive a file with photos of the week’s plants and detailed information to study independently. The class session will be spent primarily outdoors examining the plants in person to discuss identification, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. The classes will be in person and mostly outdoors with Preston Montague, a landscape architect and artist. Fee. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu. 919-668-1707, gardenseducation@duke.edu.

Apple Day
September 22
State Farmers Market, Raleigh. 919-733-7417. Statefarmersmarket.org.

Morning Yoga in the Garden
September 22, 7:30am-8:30am
Start your day with 60 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The morning class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of early morning in the garden as the teacher 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. Modifications of poses will be offered. Repeats weekly. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Connecting Ecosystems for Wildlife and Plantlife Biodiversity Conservation
September 22, 12pm-1pm
Preserving and/or creating wildlife corridors between and among core natural areas is essential for biological diversity conservation. Emphasis is often placed on wildlife, but we all know that animals depend on plant life for food, shelter, and general habitat. Plants, like animals, must migrate across the geographic landscape, interbreed to maintain genetic diversity, respond to environmental change, and adapt to new environments. In this presentation I will discuss the importance of wildlife corridors for all species, but with an emphasis on plants. I will also provide information on the national, regional, and local efforts to ensure conservation connectivity. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Fall Plant Sale
September 24, 8am-11am
Find an array of plants ideal for this region, including Duke Gardens plants, trees, shrubs, vines and bulbs, as well as expert gardening advice from Duke Gardens’ staff and volunteers, and from Durham County Extension Master Gardeners. Duke Gardens members are invited to attend a members-only sale on Friday, Sept. 23, from 4pm-6pm. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu/events/plant-sales.

Take a Child Outside Week—Girl Scout Outdoor Art
September 24, 10am
Activities fulfill the requirements of the Daisy Outdoor Art Maker and the Brownie Outdoor Art Creator. Girl Scouts will rotate through stations experiencing different parts of the garden and creating art with items from the garden. Fee, Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Gardening Symposium
September 24, 8:30am- 3:30pm
The Johnston County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are hosting a gardening symposium featuring gardening with natives and exotics, container gardening, and more presented by speakers Bryce Lane and Tony Avent. 919-989-6380. Johnston County Center, Smithfield. johnston.ces.ncsu.edu/symposium.

Fall Festival
September 24, 9am-5pm
Pick the perfect pumpkin from our pumpkin patch. Sip a local brew from our friends at Haw River Farmhouse Ales. Pick a fun fall design and have your face painted by the artists at Painted Grape. Grab a bite to eat from one of our food trucks. Snag a deal with our store-wide sales. Fun for the whole family! Piedmont Feed & Garden Center, Chapel Hill. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/piedmont-feed-amp-garden-center-40522041513

5th Annual Fall for Orchids Show
September 24-25, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-3pm
Hosted by the Triangle Orchid Society with vendors selling both exotic and recognized varieties of orchids along with orchid growing supplies. Several neighboring orchid societies from North Carolina and Virginia will have impressive orchid displays. This is a chance to add to your collection or begin one with some expert advice. Certified American Orchid Society judges will be awarding prizes in numerous categories. The show is free and open to the public. Held at the JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Take a Child Outside Week—JCRA Family Go! Packs
September 25, 1pm-4pm
Introducing a new way to explore the gardens with your family, the JCRA Family Go! Packs. Check out a backpack from our Visitor Center and get ready for an adventure. Each backpack contains a variety of fun, educational tools with a guide for families to use as they explore the gardens. The JCRA Family Go! Pack is yours to use during your visit, but the backpack and its contents should be returned to the Visitor Center at the end of your visit for the next family. All ages, but suggested for families with children ages 3 to 10 years old. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
September 26, 10am
“Plant it now, enjoy it later!” presented by Cindy Chappell. We will explore all the amazing bulbs you can plant now to add bright color to your garden from early spring through next summer. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pollinator Garden Tour
September 26, 10am-11:30am
Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden. The garden features over 225 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC. Free, pre-registration required. go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Climate Change Gardening for the South: Planet-Friendly Solutions for Thriving Gardens
September 28, 12pm-1pm
Gardeners across the nation are seeing clear signs of trouble in their home gardens, no matter the size—like many aspects of life on our warming planet, gardening practices need updates. In the Southeast, gardeners are under pressure to deal with increasing weather extremes, shifting hardiness zones, and seasonal unpredictability. Such environmental conditions are increasingly tough on plants as well as insects, pollinators, birds, and mammals. Hear from author Barbara J. Sullivan as she empowers southerners to grow beautiful gardens while using gardening practices that contribute to solutions for our shared environment. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Garden Conversations—Pollinators
September 28, 3pm
Join JCRA staff for a discussion about how you can do your part to keep our pollinators thriving. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program.

Morning Yoga in the Garden
September 29, 7:30am-8:30am
Start your day with 60 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The morning class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of early morning in the garden as the teacher 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. Modifications of poses will be offered. Repeats weekly. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Take a Child Outside Week—Garden Storytime
September 30, 10am–11am
Join us as we explore the gardens and find the perfect spot for garden stories and crafts. All ages are welcome, but activities and book will be planned for the suggested age range of 3-5 years. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Fall Open House
September 30-October 1, 9am-4pm
Open house and sale with Hellebores. Pine Knot Farms, Clarksville, VA. 434-252-1990. pineknotfarms.com.

Open House Weekend
September 30-October 2, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. Camforest.com

OCTOBER

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution
October 1, 9am; 7:30am Check In
Get ready for one of the most exciting annual events in public horticulture. Each fall, we offer thousands of choice and rare plants to our members, and we give them away freely. Get your wagons and carts and head over to join the fun; we’d love to see you there! Check in begins at 7:30am. Must be a member to participate. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pollinator Garden Tour
October 1, 10am-11:30am
Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden. The garden features over 225 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC. Free, pre-registration required. go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden.

Downtown Tarboro Home & Garden Tour
October 1, 10am-4pm
Take a tour of homes and gardens in downtown Tarboro’s Historic District. Earlybird tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the Tarboro Chamber of Commerce, the Blount-Bridgers House, or Rusty’s Gift Shop. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event. After the tour, enjoy Tarboro’s Homecoming festivities on the Town Common including vendors, food trucks, music from Impultz Entertainment, rides and bouncers, face painters, and more. Tarboro, NC

Foodscaping in Containers
October 1, 10am-12pm
Foodscaping is all about making the most of the square footage that is available. Discover strategies to cultivate all the plants you love in containers. Brie Arthur shares expert insights on how to design and manage container foodscapes for year-round beauty and bounty. Learn all about the best soil, fertilizers, and watering practices along with creative planting combinations. Everyone will be inspired to get busy planting food and flowers in pots after listening to this fun and informative presentation. Join us for this special hands-on workshop. Fee. We will provide all materials necessary to complete your very own foodscape container! Registration closes September 29. Piedmont Feed & Garden Center, Chapel Hill. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/piedmont-feed-amp-garden-center-40522041513

Botany Spotlight: Mushrooms
October 4 and 11, 3:30pm-5pm, October 8, 9:30am-12pm
Take a close look at fungal diversity and the role it plays in forest ecology. This workshop with Duke biology professor Rytas Vilgalys will cover basic methods used for mushroom collection and field identification, along with discussion of class readings about fungal ecology. Co-sponsored by the Duke Herbarium, Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC), Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) and Duke Gardens. Fee. Register at https://rsvp.duke.edu/b8ywXA. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu. 919-668-1707, gardenseducation@duke.edu.

Girl Scout Program—Brownies: Buggin’ Out!
October 1, 10am-12pm
Explore the JC Raulston Arboretum to find its full-time house guests, the insects! Brownies will observe their fascinating world while learning all about what makes an insect an insect, participate in crafts and games, and take home a container full of plants for your insect friends. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Plant-lover’s Tour at the JC Raulston Arboretum
October 4, 1pm
Early Fall Highlights – October sometimes feels like summer here in Raleigh but even so, as days shorten, many plants start prepping for fall. Let’s check out some of the plants that are transitioning with the season. Tim Alderton, JCRA Research Technician, will lead this tour around the Arboretum. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Into the Fairy Hill: Classic Folktales from the Scottish Highlands
October 4, 6pm-7pm
The Scottish Highlands have a rich tradition of oral folktales that were shared at community gatherings, stories that stretch back for centuries and explore the history and beliefs of people with a strong connection to their land and culture. The fairy hill can be understood in Scottish Gaelic tradition as symbolizing, among many other things, the human imagination. Master storytellers led their audiences around the peat fire not just to the Otherworld but to earthly encounters with supernatural beings, the halls of chieftains, the battles of warriors and heroines, the wisdom of the elders, and the struggles of ordinary folk rising to extraordinary challenges. This is the first anthology of Scottish Highland folktales collected before the early twentieth century that offers fresh and accessible translations in contemporary English and extensive commentary about Scottish Gaelic oral tradition in general as well as about each individual folktale. The original Scottish Gaelic texts, drawn from a wide variety of rare and obscure sources, are provided in an appendix. These tales have the unique power of opening windows into the daily lives, world-view, and cultural creativity of Scottish Highlanders in a way that no other sources can. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Morning Yoga in the Garden
October 5, 7:30am-8:30am
Start your day with 60 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The morning class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of early morning in the garden as the teacher 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. Modifications of poses will be offered. Repeats weekly. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

The Bartrams: The First Family of Botany and their NC History
October 5, 10:30am
Karen Cope Dawsey is a Garden Club of North Carolina member with a love for history. She learned about William and John Bartram’s connection to Bladen Co., NC and has researched their history and connection to NC. She’ll share the fascinating story of the Bartrams. John Bartram is sometimes called the “Father of American Botany”. He was one of the first practicing Linnaean botanists to travel extensively in the eastern American colonies in order to study and collect plants. John Bartram and his son, William, were colonial botanists, horticulturalists, artists and explorers connected to North Carolina. Their contributions to the science of botany and horticulture are considered “monumental”. Fee. Register by September 28 at raleigh-garden-club.org. NC State University Club, Raleigh.

Lunch and Lit in the Garden, Grades 3-4
October 5–October 26, Weds. 12pm-1:30pm
Let’s explore what to do with great ideas and pesky problems while growing perseverance at the same time! Each week during lunch we will read a book by award-winning author Kobi Yamada. Then we’ll discover the creativity, problem-solving and perseverance exhibited by famous botanists such as George Washington Carver, Charles Henry Turner, and even Dr. J.C. Raulston! Together, we will work together on garden-inspired projects as a way to practice what we’ve learned. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Gardening 101—October Garden Tasks
October 5–3:00 PM
There is a lot to do in the garden right now from dividing to cleaning up things going dormant. Join us for a rundown on some of the top tasks for this month. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program.

Decorated Pumpkin Contest
October 6
State Farmers Market, Raleigh. 919-733-7417. Statefarmersmarket.org.

The WOW Factor: 25 Must-Have Perennials for Fall
October 6, 1:30pm-3pm
The best gardens feel effortless and exciting; they have that indescribable “WOW!” Add impact to your garden this fall with these planting and plant combination strategies. This online presentation will be led by Bobby Mottern, a landscape architect and director of horticulture at Duke Gardens. Fee. Register at https://rsvp.duke.edu/b8ywXA. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu. 919-668-1707, gardenseducation@duke.edu.

Open House Weekend
October 7-9, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. Camforest.com

Garden Storytime at the JC Raulston Arboretum
October 7, 10am
Join us as we explore the gardens and find the perfect spot for garden stories and crafts. All ages are welcome, but activities and book will be planned for the suggested age range of 3-5 years. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Harvest Festival
October 8
Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh. Logantrd.com.

PlantFest 2022
Oct. 8, 9am-2pm
Orange County Master Gardener volunteers will hold PlantFest, featuring a plant sale, kids’ activities, gardening demonstrations and exhibits, food trucks and more. Proceeds benefit the Master Gardener volunteers’ work in the community. Bonnie B. Davis Environment and Agricultural Center, Hillsborough. orange.ces.ncsu.edu/2022/05/plantfest_2022.

Cool Season Veggie Gardening with Brie Arthur
October 8, 10am
Take your veggie growing skills to a new level this fall! Learn how to plan and plant a cool season vegetable garden from foodscaping expert Brie Arthur. In this lively program Brie will share practical advice for growing delicious food crops. From site prep and seed starting to container combinations and harvesting tips, this session is sure to inspire everyone to grow like a pro all winter long! Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Second Saturday NCBG Tour
October 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. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plant Nutrition and Fertilizing with Bryce Lane
October 10-31, Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
This four-week class will provide a comprehensive view on the importance of plant nutrition in plant growth and how those principles should influence our use of fertilizers. We will talk about the role nutrients play in plant growth, what deficiencies look like, and about how plants absorb nutrients. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Evening Garden Stroll
October 11, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Take advantage of the rare opportunity to visit the garden after hours for a stroll through a premiere collection of flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Gardeners of Wake County Meeting
October 11, 7:30pm
Mid-Fall Gardening Tips and Topics with Mart Bumgarner, hosted by the Gardeners of Wake County. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.weebly.com.

Pollinator Garden Tour
October 12, 10am-11:30am
Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden. The garden features over 225 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC. Free, pre-registration required. go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden.

Morning Yoga in the Garden
October 12, 7:30am-8:30am
Start your day with 60 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The morning class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of early morning in the garden as the teacher 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. Modifications of poses will be offered. Repeats weekly. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Midweek with Mark—Osmanthus & Relatives
October 12, 3pm
We love Osmanthus – often known as sweet olive – but did you know it actually is related to olives? Not only that but some of our favorite garden plants from lilacs to forsythia are in the same family. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Exploring the Diversity of Camellias with Brie Arthur
October 12, 6:30pm
Join camellia enthusiast, propagator, and grower Brie Arthur for an inspiring online program featuring a Southern favorite, the irresistible camellia. Brie will share insights on how to cultivate camellias in zones 7–9 for high impact interest through the fall, winter, and spring. Discover tips on site selection, soil improvement, fertility needs, pruning, and home propagation methods as well as favorite fall and winter blooming varieties. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Botanical Birthrights & Bitter Roots: African American Herbal Medicine in the American South
October 13, 12pm-1pm
As enslaved Africans were brought to North America, they transported environmental and medicinal knowledge alongside familiar plants. As African people, beliefs, and practices encountered Indigenous and European people and plants, a distinct variety of ethnomedicine emerged and allowed African Americans to both covertly and directly confront oppression. This talk will explore the basics of archaeobotany and will present a case study that illustrates how multidisciplinary lines of evidence can highlight historical instances of human resilience and resistance. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Creating a Natural Community Garden with Southeastern Native Plants
October 15, 9am
North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture presented by
Patrick McMillan, Juniper Level Botanic Garden. This program is being offered in person as well as online. In person fee for nonmembers. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/nargs-lecture/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Coker Arboretum Tour
October 15, 11am-12pm
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum curator Margo MacIntyre. 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. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Moss and Mingle
October 15, 6pm-7:30pm
We’re holding another moss art class! Learn how to create your own personal masterpiece using various mosses, gems, lichen and more. Enjoy beverages while you moss and mingle- it’s going to be fun! City Garden Design, Cary. Tickets available on Eventbrite: https://cgdmossartclass.eventbrite.com

Garden Story Walk—We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt
October 17- 23 during normal garden hours
Come out to the gardens for a Garden Story Walk. Enjoy a walk through the beautiful gardens and read a good story at the same time! Not familiar with Story Walks? Story Walks are self-guided experiences where pages of a book are displayed along a route. At each stop, read the next part of the story. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Therapeutic Horticulture: Program Development
October 17-December 11, Mon. 12pm
This course will equip students with the ability to design therapeutic horticulture treatment interventions for a wide variety of sites and participant populations. Students will learn how to perform foundational participant and site assessments that inform the subsequent stages of a therapeutic horticulture program’s development and management. We will explore the concept of “form follows function” and discover how to use client-centered assessment data to let the program ‘write itself.’ Students will practice developing overarching program and client treatment goals that target specific outcomes. Using dynamic interactive forums with real-world examples, students will research, discuss, and reflect on the multiple facets of TH program development, and will be provided with references and resources for further study. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Leave the Leaves
October 18, 7pm
Learn methods from Nin DeRosa, a Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, to incorporate fallen leaves into your fall gardening practices to enhance your lawn, build better soil, insulate your overwintering plants, and provide shelter for pollinators. Fee. Pre-register to receive the Zoom link. facebook.com/DurhamGardenForum.

Deeper in the Garden—Amazing Aspidistra
October 19, 3pm
In the garden or indoors in a container, cast-iron plants have an amazing history and are aptly named for their tough constitution and ease of care however you grow them. Free.Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program.

Pollinator Garden Tour
October 22, 10am-11:30am
Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden. The garden features over 225 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC. Free, pre-registration required. go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden.

Creepy Critters
October 22, 10am-12pm
Wild Tails NC is coming back and bringing all the creepy critters. Stop by to learn more about these creepy critters from around the world. You may even get the opportunity to hold one or two. Piedmont Feed & Garden Center, Chapel Hill. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/piedmont-feed-amp-garden-center-40522041513

21st Annual Vermiculture Conference at NC State University
October 22-23, 10am
The annual conference focuses on mid-to large-scale vermicomposting for businesses, farms, institutions, and municipalities. This event provides the knowledge needed to start or expand an earthworm or vermicompost production operation. Key issues for vermicomposting operations are covered in addition to how vermicompost affects plant growth and suppresses plant pests and diseases. Fee. Pre-registration. https://composting.ces.ncsu.edu/vermiculture-conference-2.

Lasting Impressions’ Annual Garage Gallery and Plant Sale
October 22, 10am-2pm
The event will feature concrete leaves handcast using real leaves, Hypertufa troughs and garden balls, and a wide selection of locally grown plants! 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh. Lastingimpressionsleaves. com.

Autumn Art and Plant Festival
October 22, 10am-4pm
Plant and bulb sale by the Wake Forest Garden Club. There will be Artists, flower arranging demonstration, Master Gardener demonstration and many vendors selling garden related items.  Stroll the gardens on the grounds and enjoy the live music by “My Cousin Skinny”. Free. Wake Forest Historical Museum, Wake Forest. wfgardenclub.org.

Scratchboard: The Knife and the Quill – Virtual
October 23-November 13, Sun. 1:30pm-4:30pm
Scratchboard is the process of removing ink with a knife blade to create a black and white illustration. Using different angles of a blade can produce the look of fine lace or a traditional woodcut with strong, bold lines. Using both an angled knife blade and a flexible ink quill, students will explore the wonderful variety of textures achievable using two very simple instruments. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

A Woodland Walk – What You May Find if You Look!
October 24, 10am
Online presentation by Leah Dail, Wake County Master Gardener Volunteer. Part of our Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardeners lecture series. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/emgv-lecture/ to join the online program.

Local Trees: Hybrid
October 26, 1pm-4pm
This short course is perfect for those just beginning their study of trees or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the common deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. Students spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails, learning about common trees, how to identify them, and understanding why they grow where they do. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Garden Conversations—Japanese Maple
October 26, 3pm
Join us as we talk about our collection of Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) cultivars in the southeastern United States. Noted for their small size and year-round elegance, they are the perfect symbol for the Arboretum. Look around you. One of these four-season beauties can be spotted from any location you stand in the garden. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Long Mountain Slopes, and Unique Protected Plants of the Uwharries
October 27, 12pm-1pm
Inside the Uwharrie National Forest, lies Long Mountain Slopes, a NC Plant Conservation Program Preserve. The Long Mountain Preserve is a 233-acre property composed of mature hardwood forest and a variety of native plant species including two species of concern, Mountain Camellia and Piedmont Indigo Bush. Long Mountain Slopes was purchased in 2004 from the Blair family by Three Rivers Land Trust, previously known as The Land Trust for Central North Carolina, which is a non-profit organization that has been working to conserve special natural areas, family farms, rural landscapes, and historic places since 1995. In 2005, the tract was placed under a conservation easement and transferred to the NC Plant Conservation Program. Learn more about this North Carolina treasure with Emily Callicutt, Land Protection Specialist for the Three Rivers Land Trust. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

A Festival of Fabulous Mums – Outdoor Display
October 27-29, 10am-4pm.
Presented by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society and Duke Gardens
Enjoy an explosion of color this fall during the Festival of Fabulous Mums at Duke Gardens. Show mums, grown by members of the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society, including Duke Gardens staff, will create a dazzling floral display outdoors in the William L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. Members of the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society will be on hand to highlight the 13 classes of mums and answer all your questions. Free drop-In exhibit for all ages. Adult chaperone required. Duke Gardens, Durham.

I Spy! Morning Walk
October 28, 10:30am-11:30am
Join others on a guided I Spy! tour where you’ll explore the garden while focused on the topic of the day. At the end of the tour, pick up a “Take & Make” craft or science activity to complete at home. This is an active walking tour that lasts about an hour. Parents and/or caregivers stay with children during the activity. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Girl Scout Program—Cadettes: Tree-iffic Trees
October 29, 10am-12pm
Spend the morning with activities all about trees! Learn about the parts of a tree and their functions, how trees are used in everyday life, create a craft with trees, and try your hand at pruning as part of this tree-iffic program. This program is designed to fulfill the requirements for Trees Badge for Cadette Girl Scouts (6th, 7th, and 8th graders). Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. https://jcra.ncsu.edu/events/calendar.

Fall Tea For All 
October 30, 10am-4pm
Join us as we celebrate the end of our 2022 tea harvest. There will be free tours of the tea gardens throughout the day and fresh tea samples for tasting. While this event is free to attend, please consider making a donation so that we may continue our community outreach and public events. Suggested donation of $10 per adult, $5 for students. To register, please visit camforest.com/collections/workshops/products/fall-tea-for-all. Camellia Forest Tea Garden, Chapel Hill. teaflowergardens.com.

Pollinator Garden Tour
October 31, 10am-11:30am
Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden. The garden features over 225 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC. Free, pre-registration required. go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden.

NOVEMBER

Oaks at Duke Gardens
November 1, virtual 7pm-8:30pm and November 3, outdoors 2pm-5pm
Eastern North Carolina’s rich array of native oaks is second only to those of Mexico. Learn more about this fascinating and important group of plants, including their biology, how to identify and distinguish them, and how they impact and interact with their environment. Programs led by Paul Manos, a Duke University professor of biology and Duke Herbarium curator. Co-sponsored by the Duke Herbarium, Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC), Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) and Duke Gardens. Fee. Register at https://rsvp.duke.edu/b8ywXA. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu. 919-668-1707, gardenseducation@duke.edu.

Planting Fruits and Berries in your Backyard
November 2, 10:30am
Dr. Jeana Myers, NCSU Cooperative Extension Agent for Wake County, has been the Horticulture Agent in Wake County for 10 years. She oversees the Master Gardener program and works with landscapers, farmers and homeowners. Her doctorate is in Soil Science. Jeana is an avid organic gardener and grows fruits, berries, vegetables, and ornamentals, and has raised chickens for many years. We live in the hot and humid south, so choosing the fruit cultivars that grow best here is critical! Knowing what they need in terms of soil, fertility, pruning, and landscape location will help their vigor and reduce disease and insect pressure. Learn which ones are easy and which are fussy! Register by October 26 at raleigh-garden-club.org. NC State University Club, Raleigh.