Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING GARDENING EVENTS

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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many classes have moved online. We encourage you to check with the organizer of these events for more details. Thank you.

APRIL

Celebrating 10 Years of Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
April 1-30, dawn to dusk
Stroll through the Garden and enjoy the over 25,000 bulbs that will be blooming in a glorious celebration of Spring during our Toast of the Tulips.  The Garden is open Daily Dawn until Dusk. 215 S. Main Street, Kernersville. www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Winter Open House
April 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. Camforest.com.

The Home Gardener’s Guide to Hydroponics
Online April 3, 10am–12noon
Have you ever wondered about growing hydroponically? The term hydroponic comes from Latin word meaning “working water” and this method of growing offers many opportunities for home gardeners to maximize their yields. Join local horticulturist and home hydroponic grower Brie Arthur for an informative discussion covering the basics of growing in water.
Focusing on outdoor implementation, Brie will cover different systems including aeroponic, aquaponic, and hydroponic setups. Learn how to integrate these concepts into your landscape, patio, and even front porch! Discover everything you need to know to be a cutting-edge grower no matter how much space or experience you have! Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Spring Plant Sale
Virtual April 5-14
A plant list, photos, descriptions, and prices will be posted on our website.  Call 336-996-7888, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, to place and pay for your order.  On Wednesday, April 14th, all orders due by NOON. On Friday, April 16th, 10am-4pm, pick up your plants without leaving your card during our Curb Side Safe, Social Distancing Pick Up. For more information, visit www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org.  Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC.

Tuesday Gardening Series: Orchids and Their Culture
Virtual April 6, 12:30pm
Feeling inspired by those Cattleya orchids in Martin Johnson Heade’s paintings? Join Will Bottoms, Vice President of the Triad Orchid Society and Student Judge with the American Orchid Society, as he discusses how to grow and flower orchids in your home or greenhouse. Learn about what makes an orchid special in the flowering plant world and the basics of care to keep your plant happy for years to come. Free. Click here to register. Reynolda Gardens, Winston Salem, NC.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
April 6, 3pm-4:15pm
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Keep the Animals Out
Online April 6, 6pm-8pm
Mammal browse is one of the biggest challenges that gardeners face. And we all have critters that we are sharing our gardens with, including deer, rabbits, groundhogs, even cats and dogs! The reality is, our gardens are delicious- they are fertilized, irrigated and full of tasty exotic plants, so of course the local wildlife will take delight in eating our hard work. In this fun webinar, author, and horticulturist Brie Arthur, will explain her approach to dealing with unwanted animals. She will cover it all, including a few things that you should NOT do! From the best repellents and inexpensive fencing solutions to using a few favorite veggies to help deter problem animals, attendees will learn easy-to-apply strategies. Brie aims to make you laugh and answer all your questions in this interactive virtual session. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

A Weekly Chat About All Things Food
Online April 7, 1pm-1:30pm
Every week, our own Cheralyn Berry, NC Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will answer YOUR questions about gardening, cooking, canning, and whatever food related topics you can come up with! Join us on Zoom at https://go.ncsu.edu/allthingsfood or on Facebook live at www.facebook.com/DurhamExtension/. Durham County Cooperative Extension, Durham.

Acrylic
April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1pm-4:30pm
Learn the fundamentals in painting with the opaque water medium, acrylic. This course offers a survey of various methods of painting with acrylic and provides instruction in using acrylic in botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Design Basics: Slow Design
Online April 7, 7pm
Online presentation featuring Molly Hendry of Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Alabama. More information TBA at gardens.duke.edu/learn. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707.

Fundamentals of Composting & Vermicomposting Webinar
Online April 8, 6pm-8pm
Join Matt Jones Extension Horticulture Agent – N.C. Cooperative Extension, and Shannon Culpepper, Recycling and Education Specialist – Chatham County Solid Waste and Recycling, for presentations on the fundamentals of home composting and vermicomposting. But wait, there’s more! Participants can receive a composting bin OR a complete, ready-to-start worm composting kit. Limit 1 per household. Fee. Register Here. Chatham County Cooperative Extension, Pittsboro.

Azalea Sale
April 8-17
The Triangle’s premiere azalea sale, almost 2,000 plants and 120 varieties all locally grown. 40th annual sponsored by Gardeners of Wake County. At Campbell Road Wholesale Nursery, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.weebly.com.

Intermediate Traditional Watercolor
Online April 8, 15, 22, 29, 1:30pm-4:30pm
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens and photo references, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately. This is a live three hour Zoom format class divided into a group session for lecture, demonstrations and group critique with the instructor followed by one on one individual appointments for consultation and problem solving. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Flowering Plant Families
April 9, 16, 23, 1:30pm-4:30pm
This course builds on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy and focuses on the study of plant diversity by targeting twenty major and fairly stable plant families found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with field studies in the Garden and close-up examination of representative examples. Prerequisite: Plant Taxonomy. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop
April 10, 9am-12noon
Make a planting trough that is lightweight, has excellent drainage, and highlights your plants in a unique setting. Fee. Contact: [email protected], Raleigh, to register. Lasting Impressions, Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Spring Lavender Planting Clinic
April 10, 11am-2pm (rain date April 11)
Home gardeners learn how to properly plant lavender. Learn best practices on planting, fertilizing, pruning, and problem-solving. Gardeners are invited to bring their specific questions. Timed tickets include farm visit, learn about lavender, stroll the farm, walk the trail, breathe and relax. The Lavender Farm Market will be open. TICKETS: $3 per person and will be combined with a portion of Spring sales to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina. Register here. Sunshine Lavender Farm, Hurdle Mills, NC.

Seasonal Celebrities: Spring Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
Online April 10-May 29, Saturdays 10am
In this weekly online presentation with Jan Little, Duke Gardens’ director of education and public programs, we will discuss a group of landscape plants that add beauty, texture, color and flowers to your garden. Each week begins with a general horticulture discussion and then introduces a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. Please join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Register for each week through separately. Fee. Pre-Registration. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu/learn.

Concrete Birdbath Workshop
April 10, 1pm-3pm
Create the perfect comtemporary birdbath to attract wildlife to your garden. Fee. Contact: [email protected], Raleigh, to register. Lasting Impressions, Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture
Coloring the Conservation Conversation
Online April 11, 2:30pm-4pm
Dr. Lanham, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Master Teacher, and Certified Wildlife Biologist, Clemson University,will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author and conservation activist blend to bring our awareness of the natural world and our moral responsibility for it forward in new ways. Candid by nature — and because of it — Lanham will examine how conservation must be a rigorous science and evocative art, inviting diversity and race to play active roles in celebrating our natural world. Free; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Red Cross Blood Drive
April 13
Sign up for an at www.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden or call 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC.

Tuesday Gardening Series: Highlights of the Upcoming Spring Sale
Virtual April 13, 12:30pm
The Gardens team will highlight favorites from this year’s Spring sale and provide some background on plants that you’ll want to add to your list. Free. Click here to register. Reynolda Gardens, Winston Salem, NC.

Battle Park Tour
April 13, 2pm-4pm
Learn about the history and preservation of the property now known as Battle Park on the UNC campus. We’ll walk through the park in the peak of its autumn glory, covering hotspots visited and named by Kemp Plummer Battle himself as well as the philosophies behind the preservation and conservation of our natural areas. Please note that the hike is moderate to strenuous, depending on your abilities. Battle Park trails traverse uneven and/or steep terrain at times. You are encouraged to bring a hiking stick! For the safety of our guests, dogs are not allowed on tours. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
April 13, 3pm-4:15pm
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Spring Veggie Garden Prep
Online April 13, 6pm-8pm
Are you ready for the growing season? Life-long home gardener Brie Arthur shares expert advice for success in the veggie garden. She will cover everything you need to cultivate an abundant harvest. From seed selection and sowing, to bed prep, fertilization and proper crop rotations, this informative program will inspire attendees to grow all the food they love to eat. Brie will also share tips for maximizing your homegrown harvest through easy to learn processing and preserving techniques. After this session you will be ready to grow like a pro! Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Permaculture Webinar
Online April 14, 10am-11:30am
Join Will Hooker, Professor Emeritus and Landscape Architect for a webinar that provides an overview of permaculture practices and how they were implemented at his family’s home in Raleigh. Fee. Register Here. Chatham County Cooperative Extension, Pittsboro.

A Weekly Chat About All Things Food
Online April 14, 1pm-1:30pm
Every week, our own Cheralyn Berry, NC Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will answer YOUR questions about gardening, cooking, canning, and whatever food related topics you can come up with! Join us on Zoom at https://go.ncsu.edu/allthingsfood or on Facebook live at www.facebook.com/DurhamExtension/. Durham County Cooperative Extension, Durham.

Best Perennials
April 15, 1pm-2pm
By Adrienne Roethling, Director of Curation & Mission Delivery. Safe, social distancing will be practiced. Masks will be required. You can either attend in person (we’ve missed seeing you and hope you will) or join us on Zoom (we will email you a link the day before the lecture). To register to attend in person or to be added to the Zoom list, please call the office at 336-996-7888. For more information, visit www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC.

Understanding Urban Forests and Their Role in Community Vitality
Online April 16
More information TBA at gardens.duke.edu/learn. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707.

The Bristol Briar: From Space to Place
Online April 17, 10am–11:30am
With Jeremy Schmidt and Meghan Fidler, Ph.D. Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Free. Check our website one week prior for details. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Meditation in the Garden
Online April 18, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of attention these days, from articles in the Harvard Business Review to studies by psychologists and neuroscientists. The basic techniques are easy to learn and practice. Join us for an introduction to meditation in a beautiful outdoor setting. We will mainly practice seated meditation with an optional short walking meditation. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you’ve been meditating for years and enjoy practicing with a group, we’d love to see you there! Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Become a Durham County Extension Master Gardener
Info session-April 20, April 22, April 28, April 30, May 4, or May 6
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 August through December 2021. All applicants are required to attend an information session on one of the dates above prior to submitting an application. Information sessions are scheduled by calling 919-560-0521 or emailing [email protected] or [email protected]. 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.

Early Succession Planting and Taking Softwood Cuttings
April 20, 10am-11am
Learn the basics of planning a garden that will go year round and how to take softwood cuttings. 1598 South Briggs Avenue, Durham, durham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Tuesday Gardening Series: Landscape Potential: Approaches to Design
Virtual April 20, 12:30pm
Would you describe the performance of your home landscape as a fit and functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join Durham-based landscape architect Preston Montague for a design conversation that will help you reimagine and reboot your outdoor space. Free. Click here to register. Reynolda Gardens, Winston Salem, NC.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
April 20, 3pm-4:15pm
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Foodscaping with Native Plants
Online April 20, 6pm-8pm
Thoughtful design and management of landscapes is more important than ever as concerns of climate, water quality and invasive plants increase. Brie will discuss how to create a foodscape using native plants mixed with favorite seasonal food crops. The best organic products are featured and easy, earth friendly maintenance strategies are highlighted. Learn about native edible plants and the pollinators they attract that aid in ecological restoration. Get inspired to see the potential every landscape offers by transforming them into purposeful spaces that embrace solutions to modern day landscape practices. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

New Plants for 2021
Online April 20, 7pm
The Fuquay-Varina Garden Club is hosting a free Zoom opportunity to meet Tony Avent, proprietor of Plants Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanical Garden, who will introduce us to “New Plants for 2021.” This event is available for the first 100 logins on April 20 at 7pm. The zoom link will be posted one week before on the Fuquay-Varina Garden Club Facebook page and on the Fuquay-Varina Garden Club website.

A Weekly Chat About All Things Food
Online April 21, 1pm-1:30pm
Every week, our own Cheralyn Berry, NC Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will answer YOUR questions about gardening, cooking, canning, and whatever food related topics you can come up with! Join us on Zoom at https://go.ncsu.edu/allthingsfood or on Facebook live at www.facebook.com/DurhamExtension/. Durham County Cooperative Extension, Durham.

Become a Durham County Extension Master Gardener
Info session-April 22, April 28, April 30, May 4, or May 6
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 August through December 2021. All applicants are required to attend an information session on one of the dates above prior to submitting an application. Information sessions are scheduled by calling 919-560-0521 or emailing [email protected] or [email protected]. 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.

Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
Online and In Person April 22, May 6
This course is intended for a broad audience. Through classroom and field demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods needed to identify invasive species and effectively remove them. We’ll discuss the most prominent invasive plants in North Carolina and how to identify them by habit and growth form. Then, we’ll cover integrated methods for controlling invasive plants on multiple scales. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair Preserve
April 22, 12noon-1pm
Redlair Preserve is best known for the charismatic bigleaf magnolia which has the largest leaves of any tree species in the nation. The Preserve also has an incredible diversity of plant species and vegetation types. Robert Peet will start by describing the Redlair Preserve and then discuss the vegetation pattern across this landscape and the challenges for management. He will then discuss the distribution of bigleaf magnolia across the Southeast and will place it in the context of other rare or geographically disjunct species of the Piedmont. Fisher Stines will then present a summary of his research at NC State University on the distribution, abundance and population structure of bigleaf magnolia across the Redlair Preserve. Free; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Spring Open House
April 23-25, 8am-5pm
Many new plant additions. Some first time ever offered anywhere. Garden Treasures, Wendell. garden-treasures.com.

Lasting Impressions’ Open Garden & Plant Sale
April 24, 9am-2pm
Join us in the Spring garden and choose plants that will thrive in your own garden. 4904 Hermitage Dr. Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

A Guide to Growing Tomatoes in the Southeast
April 24, 10am–12noon
Tomatoes are the ultimate taste of summer, but they can be a challenge to cultivate in the southeastern climate. Join tomato enthusiast Brie Arthur for an informative discussion all about tomatoes! Variety selection and cultural information are shared in depth including how to deal with soil borne diseases and root knot nematodes. Best growing methods, fertilizers, watering, and staking strategies are discussed in addition to creative ways to maximize your harvest by growing in containers and grow bags. Learn from all of Brie’s experiences (AKA mistakes!) in this lively program and get inspired to grow more tomatoes successfully than ever before. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

The Anatomy of Shadows: Form and Cast in Watercolor
Online April 24, 1pm-4:30pm
Have you spent time on a sunny day studying shadows and the patterns they create? Have you looked at the soft subtle shadows as a subject turns from the light? Shadows are an important and useful tool for artists to create form as they accurately render their subjects. Shadows can be used creatively to enhance compositions. Join Kate to study and paint shadows in watercolor. The subject and drawing will be provided, students have the option of using their own subject matter. The course will consist of presentations, demonstrations, handouts, and student work time. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Early Succession Planting and Taking Softwood Cuttings
April 25, 2pm-3pm
Learn the basics of planning a garden that will go year round and how to take softwood cuttings. 1598 South Briggs Avenue, Durham, durham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Tuesday Gardening Series: Hydrangeas: More than Mopheads
Virtual April 27, 12:30pm
We all are familiar with the now ubiquitous Endless Summer® hydrangea but there is a whole world out there of amazing flower forms, leaf colors, and species just waiting to be discovered. Several different Hydrangeas highlighted in the talk will be available for sale orders afterward. Free. Click here to register. Reynolda Gardens, Winston Salem, NC.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
April 27, 3pm-4:15pm
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Become a Durham County Extension Master Gardener
Info session-April 28, April 30, May 4, or May 6
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 August through December 2021. All applicants are required to attend an information session on one of the dates above prior to submitting an application. Information sessions are scheduled by calling 919-560-0521 or emailing [email protected] or [email protected]. 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.

A Weekly Chat About All Things Food
Online April 28, 1pm-1:30pm
Every week, our own Cheralyn Berry, NC Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will answer YOUR questions about gardening, cooking, canning, and whatever food related topics you can come up with! Join us on Zoom at https://go.ncsu.edu/allthingsfood or on Facebook live at www.facebook.com/DurhamExtension/. Durham County Cooperative Extension, Durham.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint at Home
Online April 29, 6:30pm-8pm
While the news about climate change can be overwhelming, there are things we can all do in our everyday lives to lessen our environmental impact. In this course, we will cover sustainable strategies that participants can implement at home to reduce their carbon footprint. We will focus on topics including reducing energy, preventing waste, and reconsidering consumption habits. This course will center on the highest impact choices individuals can make to reduce their carbon footprint. Participants will also learn about energy-reducing, cost-saving features at the North Carolina Botanical Garden with a virtual “behind the scenes” tour of some of the Garden’s sustainable features. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Become a Durham County Extension Master Gardener
Info session-April 20, April 22, April 28, April 30, May 4, or May 6
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 August through December 2021. All applicants are required to attend an information session on one of the dates above prior to submitting an application. Information sessions are scheduled by calling 919-560-0521 or emailing [email protected] or [email protected]. 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.

Spring Open House
April 30, 8am-5pm
Many new plant additions. Some first time ever offered anywhere. Garden Treasures, Wendell. garden-treasures.com.

Juniper Level Botanic Garden Days
April 30
Juniper Level Botanic Garden’s 28-acre campus is filled with more than 30,000 taxa of plants, including native perennials, exotic plants, rare delights, and an array of incredible and unusual specimen trees and shrubs you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Raleigh. jlbg.org.

22nd Annual HerbFest
April 30–May 2, 9am-5pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-4pm on Sundays
Featuring Certified organic grown from organic stock, non-GMO, heritage/heirloom varieties of herbs, vegetables, tomatoes, peppers and much more. Selection of perennials are specific to our area, Zone 7 and also are locally N.C. grown. Safety practices will be in place, including masks required, and social distancing practiced. Event is held outdoors, rain or shine. 310 S. White Street, Wake Forest, next to The Cotton Company. The event is a fundraiser for the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment, www.GJCAE.org. For questions regarding this event or for a vendor application, please visit: www.herbfest.net or call 919-570-0350.

MAY

Spring Open House
May 1-2, 8am-5pm
Many new plant additions. Some first time ever offered anywhere. Garden Treasures, Wendell. garden-treasures.com.

Juniper Level Botanic Garden Days
May 1-2
Juniper Level Botanic Garden’s 28-acre campus is filled with more than 30,000 taxa of plants, including native perennials, exotic plants, rare delights, and an array of incredible and unusual specimen trees and shrubs you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Raleigh. jlbg.org.

Become a Durham County Extension Master Gardener
Info session-May 4 or May 6
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 August through December 2021. All applicants are required to attend an information session on one of the dates above prior to submitting an application. Information sessions are scheduled by calling 919-560-0521 or emailing [email protected] or [email protected]. 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.

Juniper Level Botanic Garden Days
May 7-9
Juniper Level Botanic Garden’s 28-acre campus is filled with more than 30,000 taxa of plants, including native perennials, exotic plants, rare delights, and an array of incredible and unusual specimen trees and shrubs you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Raleigh. jlbg.org.

22nd Annual HerbFest
May 7-9, 9am-5pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-4pm on Sundays
Featuring Certified organic grown from organic stock, non-GMO, heritage/heirloom varieties of herbs, vegetables, tomatoes, peppers and much more. Selection of perennials are specific to our area, Zone 7 and also are locally N.C. grown. Safety practices will be in place, including masks required, and social distancing practiced. Event is held outdoors, rain or shine. 310 S. White Street, Wake Forest, next to The Cotton Company. The event is a fundraiser for the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment, www.GJCAE.org. For questions regarding this event or for a vendor application, please visit: www.herbfest.net or call 919-570-0350.

Apex Historical Society Plant Sale
May 8, 7:30am-1pm
Lot of plants. Low prices all $5 or less. Perennials, shrubs, irises, and more. Fundraiser for the society’s work in Apex. At the historic Maynard-Pearson House in Apex. apexhistoricalsociety.com.

Red Cross Blood Drive
May 12
Sign up for an at www.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden or call 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop
May 15, 9am-12noon
Make a planting trough that is lightweight, has excellent drainage, and highlights your plants in a unique setting. Fee. Contact: [email protected], Raleigh, to register. Lasting Impressions, Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Concrete Birdbath Workshop
May 15, 1pm-3pm
Create the perfect comtemporary birdbath to attract wildlife to your garden. Fee. Contact: [email protected], Raleigh, to register. Lasting Impressions, Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Fuquay-Varina Garden Club Spring Garden Tour
May 15-16
Tickets include nine unique gardens hosted by creative gardeners anxious to share their talents with you. If necessary, safe Covid-19 practices will be practiced. Proceeds provide high school scholarships and a variety of community projects. Purchase $20 tickets at local businesses, online at Eventbrite, or at any of the gardens. Additional information is available at Facebook or our website: http://fuquayvarinagardenclub.weebly.com/

Red Cross Blood Drive
May 24
Sign up for an at www.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden or call 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC.

JUNE

2021 Historic Montford Garden Tour
June 5, 10am-5pm
This will be the first Montford Neighborhood-sponsored garden tour in 17 years. It will include 12 unique and striking gardens, highlighted with a variety of music from local musicians, including blue grass, folk, jazz and classical. Fundraiser for the historic Montford area of Asheville. Asheville, NC. https://montford.org/

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

Virtual Garden Tours
Members of the Gardeners of Wake County have opened their garden gates for virtual tours of some of their gardens. Check them out here. Free.

Interested in Volunteering at Non-Profit Farm or Community Gardens?
Ongoing
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is a Food Bank based in Raleigh and Durham which helps service seven counties within our area of North Carolina. And some of this food is grown in their community gardens and farm. If you would be interested in helping to grow food at these sites for those in need, please create a volunteer account and sign up here https://foodshuttle.galaxydigital.com/  *All volunteers must sign up online before volunteering* and the information that you need to know before coming to help is on the volunteer program page. Several gardens in Raleigh and Durham need volunteers.

Online Resources from Duke Gardens
Ongoing
The Duke Gardens has a resources page for families to share ways to learn, relax, and connect with the human and beyond-human members of our community, whether we go for a walk, observe the world outside our windows, notice what and who sustain us at home, or tap into virtual networks. https://gardens.duke.edu/resources
Also, check out their YouTube channel for other classes and tips. https://www.youtube.com/user/DukeGardens1

YouTube Programs from the JCRA
Check out these YouTube videos from the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWHz0c-PyBCb5YmQesmeYDA

Take a Hike
The nature trails and preserves operated by the NC Botanical Garden remain open, including the Piedmont Nature Trails, Battle Park, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Parker Preserve, and Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve. Please observe the rules posted at each location and be sure to practice social distancing (stay six feet from others) while on the trails. https://ncbg.unc.edu/coronavirus/

Stuck at Home, Not Stuck Inside: Adult Edition
Many of us have been asked to work from home and/or limit our exposure to others. If you can, we encourage you to take time to enjoy the great outdoors right outside your door. We’ve compiled a list of activities to help you still get your Vitamin N (nature), even if you are confined to your home. https://ncbg.unc.edu/home/not-stuck-inside-for-adults/

Stuck at Home, Not Stuck Inside: Kids Edition
Many of us have been asked to work from home and/or limit our exposure to others. If you can, we encourage you to take time to enjoy the great outdoors right outside your door. We’ve compiled a list of activities to help you still get your Vitamin N (nature), even if you are confined to your home. https://ncbg.unc.edu/home/not-stuck-inside-for-kids/