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.

JULY

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 August 22, August 28, September 9, September 13, September 21, and September 29, via Zoom. Register for an information session by visiting https://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 — Interns’ Top Picks
July 5, 9am-10:30am
Our 2022 crew of interns will show off some of their favorites among the JCRA collection. This tour in person is always one of our favorites. We’re sure it will be one of yours, too. Fee. Pre-Registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Gardening 101 – Gardening in Dry Shade
July 6, 3pm-3:30 pm
Join Arboretum Director, Mark Weathington, during this week’s online Midweek series to discuss cool plants for our favorite shady spaces.  Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Environmental Justice Issues: The Benefits of Nature
July 6, 7pm-8pm
In this online presentation, Diquan Edmonds will share research about how different communities feel about outdoor resources and how to equitably enjoy nature with each other. Edmonds is the education director at the Triangle Land Conservancy. This class is co-sponsored by Triangle Land Conservancy, Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and Duke Gardens. Please register through the Duke Gardens Cvent website. Following registration, you will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link, and a Zoom session recording will be sent to all registrants afterward. Fee. Registration is at https://duke.is/rpm3m. 919-668-1707. Duke Gardens, Durham. [email protected]

Pollinator Garden Tour
July 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

Virtual Walk on the Wild Side: Summer Updates from the Garden
July 7, 11am-12noon
This virtual visit to Blomquist Garden of Native Plants will focus on recent updates in the garden. Learn about ecological design, see what’s growing and changing, and hear more about what goes into maintaining this collection of plants that support a biodiversity of other living organisms. Free. Registration is at https://duke.is/rpm3m. 919-668-1707. Duke Gardens, Durham. [email protected]

Twilight Thursdays
July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 5pm-8pm
Visit the Garden after work and in cooler temperatures on Thursdays this summer. Music and food trucks present on certain dates. Free. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Second Saturday NCBG Tour
July 9, 10am-11am
Take a guided tour of the NCBG display gardens. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Triangle Bonsai Society Expo
July 9-10, Sat. 3pm-8:30pm, Sun. 10am-6pm
Come out to the 2022 TBS Expo and experience the great world of bonsai. View amazing trees, ask questions, and even vote for your favorite. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Exhibit Reception: Welcome to My Garden
July 10, 2pm-4pm
Join us for the opening reception of Welcome to My Garden, an exhibit of oil paintings by Susan Brabeau. Free. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Evening Garden Stroll
July 12, 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.

Pollinator Garden Tour
July 13, 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

Midweek with Mark – Costa Rica Travelogue
July 13, 3pm-4pm
Escape to Costa Rica with Arboretum Director, Mark Weathington, during this week’s online Midweek series.  Online presentation. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Peach Day
July 14
State Farmers Market, Raleigh. 919-733-7417. Statefarmersmarket.org.

Landscape Color and Professional Field Day
July 14, 9am-4pm
Join us for the 2022 Landscape Color and Professional Field Day for a day filled with helpful information for green industry professionals. The subject matter is across the board, giving professionals a wide variety of interesting topics they’ll find useful in their daily tasks. Fee. Pre-Registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Open Garden
July 15-17, Fri and Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a 28-acre educational, research, and display garden gifted to NC State University by Tony and Anita Avent, will be open for self-guided tours, plant purchases, and free gardening walks and talks with the experts.
Garden Talks:
July 15, 10am: Shade Gardening
July 15, 2pm: Cacti & Succulents
July 16, 10am: Agaves in the Garden
July 16, 2pm: Friend or Foe in the Garden
July 17, 2pm: Preparing Potted Plants for Planting
Free. 9241 Sauls Road, Raleigh. jlbg.org.

Photography Walk — Focus Stacking Technique: Macro Photography with Full Depth-of-Field Control
July 16, 8:30am-12:30pm
In the close-up environment of macro photography, it is not possible to get sharp shots from front to back of deep flowers like lilies due to inherent technical limitations that produce shallow depth-of-field for this situation. In this session, Mary Louise will explain and demonstrate how to do the focus stacking technique for achieving full control of depth-of-field. Afterwards, Mary Louise will guide participants as they do hands-on practice photography of flowers using the technique, combining the resulting set of images together in software using a combination of Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop. Fee. Pre-Registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Botany
July 16, 23, 30, August 6; 9:30am-12:30pm
A multi-session introduction to botany, with a focus on southeastern native plants. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Coker Arboretum Tour
July 16, 11am-12pm
Take a guided tour of this 5-acre gem on the UNC campus. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Pollinator Garden Tour
July 18, 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

Habitat Gardens
July 19, 7:30pm
With Dale Batchelor, hosted by the Gardeners of Wake County. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.weebly.com.

Deeper in the Garden – Early Highlights of the Summer Color Trials
July 20, 3pm-3:45pm
Our annual trail beds are a visitor favorite. Join Bernadette Clark and Tim Alderton to learn more about the gems featured in this year’s showcase. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Open Garden
July 22-24, Fri and Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a 28-acre educational, research, and display garden gifted to NC State University by Tony and Anita Avent, will open for self-guided tours, plant purchases, and free gardening walks and talks with the experts.
Garden Talks:
July 22, 10am: Shade Gardening
July 22, 2pm: Ex-Situ Conservation
July 23,10am: Establishing Tropicals
July 23, 2pm: Fragrant Plants
July 24, 2pm: Sounds in the Garden
Free. 9241 Sauls Road, Raleigh. jlbg.org.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop
July 23, 9am-12pm
Hypertufa troughs were developed in England as an alternative to old stone sinks which were used to feed and water livestock. They provide excellent drainage and can highlight those special small plants that you have! A planted trough can be a garden unto itself. Participants will mix the ingredients, build a container, and learn how to release a finished container from its mold. Fee. Pre-registration. Off-site. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Cast Concrete Leaf Workshop
July 23, 1pm-3pm
For the artist in you, this two-hour in person workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to prepare your leaf, mix the concrete medium, and mold a natural leaf sculpture to hang on an inside wall or use outside in a garden. Fee. Pre-registration. Off-site. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Beginning Drawing
July 23 and 30, August 6 and 13, 1:15pm-4:15pm
Learn the basics of drawing for botanical art and illustration in this multi-session hybrid course. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Got Shade? Plant Selection, Including Some Unusual Perennials, and a Few Challenges You May Face in Shade Gardening
July 25, 10am-11:30am
In-person and online presentation. Fee. Pre-Registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pollinator Garden Tour
July 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

Plant-lover’s Tour: Interns’ Top Picks
July 27, 3pm-4pm
For those who couldn’t be here in person, our 2022 crew of interns recap their live tour for our online audience. We have a fabulous group of summer interns and we want you to meet them. Join us online to hear about their favorites among the JCRA collection. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Watermelon Day
July 28
State Farmers Market, Raleigh. 919-733-7417. Statefarmersmarket.org.

AUGUST

Plant-lover’s Tour at the JCRA
August 2, 9am-10:30am
Horticulturist,Tim Alderton, will be leading this month’s tour at the JC Raulston Arboretum. It will include the best of August and plenty of Q & A time. Fee. Pre-Registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Gardening 101 by the JCRA Summer Interns
August 3, 3pm-3:30pm
Bring your latest gardening questions to this online talk where former JCRA Intern and current Nursery Technician, Sophia McCusker, will be joined by our current summer interns to talk Gardening 101. We have a fabulous crop of interns that you will enjoy getting to know.  Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pollinator Garden Tour
August 4, 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

Evening Garden Stroll
August 9, 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.

Pollinator Garden Tour
August 10, 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

Midweek with Mark – Late Summer color in the Shade Garden
August 10, 3pm-4pm
Arboretum Director, Mark Weathington, loves color in the garden. Keeping it in the shade, this month’s online talk explores those late summer hues. Online presentation. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Photography Walk — Botanical Cyanotype Sun Prints
August 11, 9:30am-12:30pm
Cyanotype is a simple photographic printing process that creates an archival blue and white print. In this beginner class, we’ll use plant clippings from the Arboretum garden (or items you bring from home) to make cyanotype photograms, a.k.a. sun prints. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Honeybee Day
August 13
State Farmers Market, Raleigh. 919-733-7417. Statefarmersmarket.org.

Second Saturday NCBG Tour
August 13, 10am-11am
Take a guided tour of the NCBG display gardens. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Pollinator Garden Tour
August 15, 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

Gardening with Native Plants and Some of Their Not-So-Native Relatives
August 15-October 8, Mondays 6:30pm-8:30pm
This class will discuss what it means to be native, naturalized, exotic, invasive, and nonnative and what we should consider when we select plants for our gardens. A wide array of native trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, and herbaceous perennials will be covered. Bryce Lane will talk about the many plants from far away places that are related to many of our American native plants and how they, too, can be used in our gardens. Fee. Pre-registration. In-person or online. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Change How You Garden
August 16, 7:30pm
With Pam Beck, hosted by the Gardeners of Wake County. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.weebly.com.

Deeper in the Garden – Gesneri-whats? On Beyond African Violets
August 17, 3pm-3:45pm
We’re taking a deeper look into this wonderful family of plants. African Violets are wonderful, but there are so many more you need to know about. Join Arboretum Director, Mark Weathington and Horticulturist, Tim Alderton to learn more. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Introduction to Mushroom Foraging
August 20, 9am-11am
Learn to identify the dozen most delicious mushrooms with professional forager and columnist Frank Hyman. In person class includes a slide show of professional photographs, display of tools and field guides, handout with resources, and plenty of Q&A time. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Coker Arboretum Tour
August 20, 11am-12pm
Take a guided tour of this 5-acre gem on the UNC campus. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Not Tonight, Deer: No More Long-Legged Rats in Your Garden
August 20, 1pm-2:30pm
Suburban, rural, and even urban gardens can be devastated by our huge population of deer. In this class, Frank Hyman will guide attendees using slides, stories, and Q&A on how to plant gardens that the deer will pass by. Learn 1) which types of plants deer don’t like, 2) which cost-effective fences keep deer out, and 3) how repellents can keep your plants free of deer. Fee. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pollinator Garden Tour
August 23, 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: Natural Communities of the Agape Center for Environmental Education
August 25, 12pm-1pm
Learn about the natural communities found within this camp in Harnett County, NC. Free. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Introduction to Gardening in the South
August 27, 9am-12pm
New gardeners and those that recently moved the Triangle are invited to participate in this free  symposium at the JC Raulston Arboretum that’s designed just for them. This event is sponsored by Leaf & Limb. In-person and online presentation. Free. Pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

The Horticulture Hour at the JCRA
August 31, 3pm-4pm
A panel of horticulturists will be available to answer your toughest gardening questions online and share horticultural tidbits with you. They’ll also collect some plants of interest to show us what’s looking great in the gardens. Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

 

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