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MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING GARDENING EVENTS

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JANUARY

Lights of Magnolia
Through March 15
See America’s oldest garden in a new light with 9 acres of amazing lanterns, 23 themed displays, food trucks and fun for the whole family. Magnolia Plantation, Charleston. lightsofmagnolia.com.

Morning Walk for Adults at Duke Gardens
January 4, 8:30am-9:30am
Walk with Duke Gardens staff and volunteers to discover the Gardens, beginning with a brief discussion of your interests. The walk ends in the Gardens so you may continue to explore on your own. Meet at the Gothic Gate. Free. Pre-registration suggested. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
January 6, 10am-12noon
Explore the new Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library and other classroom materials. An on-site staff member will be available as a resource for a variety of learning explorations. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like while classroom is open. Free. For adults and children together; all ages. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Plantsmen’s Tour
January 7, 1pm-2:30pm
“Winter Potpourri” with Mark Weathington, Director. There’s a smorgasbord of plants looking exceptional from perennials and early bulbs to evergreen shrubs and flowering trees. We’ll take a look at the showiest plants at the Arboretum which are welcoming in the new year. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Bees, Plants and Us
January 8, 10:30am
Learn how the lives of bees, plants and people are interwoven in everyday life. Hosted by the Raleigh Garden Club. Fee. NC State University Club, Raleigh. Raleigh-garden-club.org.

Walk on the Wild Side
January 9, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina in this seasonal walk through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants with Duke Gardens’ staff horticulturists. Meet in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
January 9, 7:30pm-9pm
“Ripple Effect: Combining Horticulture and Aquaculture Ecology” with Jeremy Schmidt and Meghan Fidler, Ph.D., Plant Delights Nursery. Jeremy and Meghan will discuss their adventure in building a large backyard water garden for koi and aquatic plants. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Take Your Best Shot, and Make It Even Better
January 11, 9am–5pm
Whether your love is shooting nature, man made places and things, people, critters, flora, abstracts, or events, noted professional photographer Chris Ogden will guide you to making your photos better. We’ll explore how to make your best shot even better through the top 25 most common issues that Chris Ogden, Chris Ogden Photography, sees when he judges print competitions and performs critiques. Happily, many can be easily fixed with tools such as Lightroom and Photoshop. We’ll apply these tools live in class to your work through a wonderfully interactive day! Co-sponsored by the JC Raulston Arboretum and Capital City Camera Club. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Backyard Raptors with the American Wildlife Refuge
January 11, 3pm-4:30pm
Join Steve Stone, Executive Director of the American Wildlife Refuge, as he discusses the raptors you’ll most likely see – and want to see in your own backyard. Steve will discuss the food, water, shelter, and nesting habits associated with providing a healthy and inviting environment for raptors. Q&A is encouraged, so bring your questions! Free, pre-register. Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh. logantrd.com.

Winter Tree ID
January 12, 2pm-5pm
Did you know you can figure out what species a tree is without using the leaves? Discover how to identify trees using bark and buds and a dichotomous key. You’ll spend time with an experienced naturalist specializing in forestry and learn skills that you can use in any formal or informal education setting. Class includes the book Winter Tree Finder (Watts) to take home. Fee. Register for barcode#248857 at reclink.raleighnc.gov or call 919-996-2760. Walnut Creek Wetland Park, Raleigh. www.raleighnc.gov/parks.

Liberation’s Station Winter Storytime
January 13, 10am
Hear a book read aloud from the Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library, followed by activities facilitated by Duke Gardens staff. Free, drop-in activity for all ages, together. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
January 13, 10am-12noon
Explore the new Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library and other classroom materials. An on-site staff member will be available as a resource for a variety of learning explorations. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like while classroom is open. Free. For adults and children together; all ages. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

2020 Vision: Seeing and Understanding the Power of Wildflowers and Native Plants in the Life of North Carolina
January 16, 7pm-8:30pm
Join Tom Earnhardt on a journey through North Carolina as he shares a vision of healing through the power of wildflowers and native plants that can lead to reclaiming biodiversity in our neighborhoods, towns and the state, one lot at a time. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Piedmont Prairie Pocket Gardens
January 18, March 14, May 2, 9:30am-12noon
Discover a palette of colorful native prairie plants that were once common here. Annabel Renwick, curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants will work with you on seed collection strategies, growing from seed, soil testing, and garden design tips for your garden. Class meets three times over the season to accommodate seed starting and planting. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Woodland Treasures
January 18, 10am–11:30am
Living in a forested area means that many of our gardens are in shade. For some, this leads to confusion and disappointment, but this doesn’t have to be the case. John Lonsdale, Edgewood Gardens, will discuss many of his favorites that will brighten any shady garden. Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Backyard Birding
January 18, 3pm-4:30pm
A bird’s needs are really quite simple. Like most creatures, they require food, water and shelter – all of which can easily be provided in a backyard or even on a balcony in the heart of the city. Frank Doherty will discuss what you need to attract and support native and migrating birds to your yard all year. In addition, he’ll explain why it’s important to include a diversity of plant material so you have fruit, seed, nectar and shelter in each season. Free, pre-register. Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh. logantrd.com.

Tree Identification in Winter
January 21, 9:30am-12noon
Correct identification is a critical first step in making management decisions for any plant in the landscape or garden. Fortunately, most woody plants can be readily distinguished by twig, bud, and bark characteristics, making winter a great time of year to learn the identity of trees and understory shrubs on your property. Join Matt Jones, Extension Horticulture Agent, and the Master Gardener volunteers of Chatham County for a lecture and hands-on workshop on winter botany. Fee, pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Where Have All the Fireflies Gone?
January 21, 7pm-8:30pm
Dr. Youngsteadt Elsa Youngsteadt of North Carolina State University joins us to look at the facts about insect decline. Remember years ago; when you had to frequently wash your windshield to remove bugs? Why does that not happen as much now and what does it mean in terms of environmental health for us all? Hosted by the Durham Garden Forum. Fee. [email protected] Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Tree Identification in Winter
January 22, 6pm-8:30pm
Correct identification is a critical first step in making management decisions for any plant in the landscape or garden. Fortunately, most woody plants can be readily distinguished by twig, bud, and bark characteristics, making winter a great time of year to learn the identity of trees and understory shrubs on your property. Join Matt Jones, Extension Horticulture Agent, and the Master Gardener volunteers of Chatham County for a lecture and hands-on workshop on winter botany. Fee, pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Budget-friendly Close-up Flower Photography
January 23, 10am–1pm
When we are able to get a close-up view of flowers, we can produce beautiful, intriguing photographs. Many amateur photographers think that to achieve these images you need to invest in a costly macro lens. Fortunately, that’s not true. Extension tubes and close-up diopters are accessories that you can use together with you existing lenses to enable close-up photography. Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography, will explain how to use these accessories to successfully achieve close-up images. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Lunchbox Talk: The North Carolina Wildflower of the Year – A Retrospective
January 23, 12noon-1pm
The North Carolina Wildflower of the Year Program is a collaborative effort between the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina. For the past 37 years, this program has encouraged the use and propagation of native plants in the home landscape by promoting a different North Carolina native species each year and distributing seeds to interested gardeners in the southeastern United States. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

If You Build It, They Will Come: Understanding and Improving Garden Soils
January 25, 8:30am–12:30 pm
Gardening success is equally dependent on what is going on below ground. A scientific understanding of soil chemistry, biology, physics, and fertility makes a good gardener a “master” gardener! This class will help us understand basic soil principles, and how we can use that understanding to improve our garden soils, properly prepare garden beds, reduce fertilizer inputs, compost, and maximize growth in our gardens. With Bryce Lane. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Propagation Workshop
January 25, 9am–3pm
Join JC Raulston Arboretum staff in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants in the JC Raulston Arboretum’s collections via hardwood cuttings. Participants will go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation and with many freshly propagated plants. Techniques discussed can be done at home. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Science of the Season: Exploring Winter
January 25, 2pm-4pm
Explore how plants, people and other animals live during winter at this afternoon of discovery, fun activities and performances presented by Duke Gardens and other local groups. Free drop-in event for all ages. Accompanying adult required for children. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Summer Camp Registration Opens for Members
January 27, 9am
Loved by many Triangle area families, our summer camps are a must have in your summer plans! Week-long camps range in age from preschool to rising 8th graders. Campers explore the gardens for critters, cook up yummy recipes, solve mysteries, and create an art show inspired by the garden. If you are not a member, join now to take the stress out of making sure your child gets a spot at camp. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Winter Gardening: Dreaming of Gardening on a Cold Winter Day
January 27, 10am–11:30am
Leah Dail, Wake County Extension Master GardenerGardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
January 27, 10am-12noon
Explore the new Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library and other classroom materials. An on-site staff member will be available as a resource for a variety of learning explorations. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like while classroom is open. Free. For adults and children together; all ages. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Winter Deciduous Tree Silhouettes
January 29, 2:30pm-4pm
In the winter, deciduous trees shed their leaves to reveal their structure, winter buds and winter fruit. Join Jan Little, Director of Education and Public Programs, on this walk the Gardens and learn how to identify and appreciate the beauty of winter trees. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

FEBRUARY

Lights of Magnolia
Through March 15
See America’s oldest garden in a new light with 9 acres of amazing lanterns, 23 themed displays, food trucks and fun for the whole family. Magnolia Plantation, Charleston. lightsofmagnolia.com.

Gardening in the South
February 1, 8am–12noon
New gardeners and those that recently moved the Triangle are invited to participate in a new symposium at the JC Raulston Arboretum that’s designed just for them. Free. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Morning Walk for Adults at Duke Gardens
February 1, 8:30am-9:30am
Walk with Duke Gardens staff and volunteers to discover the Gardens, beginning with a brief discussion of your interests. The walk ends in the Gardens so you may continue to explore on your own. Meet at the Gothic Gate. Free. Pre-registration suggested. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Family Garden Walk
February 1, 9am-9:45am
Bring the whole family to explore the garden and discover new places in Duke Gardens, with a different seasonal theme each month. Walks end inside the Gardens to encourage exploring on your own. For adults and children together; all ages. Free, but pre-registration suggested. Meet at the Gothic Gates. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
February 1, 10am-12noon
Explore the new Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library and other classroom materials. An on-site staff member will be available as a resource for a variety of learning explorations. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like while classroom is open. Free. For adults and children together; all ages. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Grafting Workshop and Scion Exchange
February 1, 11am-1pm
Learn how to create fruit trees that grow multiple varieties. Introduce new fruit options to a crowded yard. Grafting is the process of attaching one variety of plant to a different variety of plant (such as a Fuji apple onto a Gala apple tree). The workshop includes a grafting demonstration that will show you how to graft and what plant combinations will be successful. Supplies for grafting will be provided. If you have fruit trees, please bring labeled “scions” (twigs) from your plants to exchange with other participants. The more plant varieties people bring– the better. Free. [email protected] SEEDS, Durham. trianglefruitandnutgrowers.weebly.com.

Ready Garden Grow
February 1, 2pm
A 2.5 hour class for beginning gardeners on the basics of starting a vegetable garden. Topics include: planning, planting and care; managing common problems; and harvesting your vegetables. The class is taught by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Wake County. A gardening book will be for sale to those interested ($5, cash only). Free. Register at wakegov.com/libraries. West Regional Library, Cary.

Staghorn Fern Mounting Workshop
February, 1, 6:30pm-8pm
Create your own piece of wall art! Learn how to successfully mount a Staghorn Fern to cedar wood. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to care for your beautiful specimen fern. Fee. City Garden Design, Cary. citygardendesign.com.

Classroom Open Hours
February 3, 10am-12noon
Explore the new Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library and other classroom materials. An on-site staff member will be available as a resource for a variety of learning explorations. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like while classroom is open. Free. For adults and children together; all ages. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

History of Gardening: How Cultures, Events, and People Made Gardening What It Is Today
February 3-March 23, Mondays,6:30pm–8:30pm
How did today’s greenhouse come about, and what did a sickly Roman Caesar have to do with it? What did the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans do that contributed to horticulture as we know it today. Who is the Father of American Horticulture and what did he do to launch gardening into the 20th century? This eight week course will provide a series of historical snapshots that help to enhance our understanding of “modern-day” gardening. By deepening our understanding and appreciation of where gardening came from, we will, in turn, be better gardeners today and in the future! With Bryce Lane. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Plantsmen’s Tour
February 4, 1pm–2:30pm
“Peak of Winter Bloom” with Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager
February usually is the peak of winter bloom, from tiny treasures such as bulbs to trees and shrubs. We will look at the floral highlights of the season. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Carolina Beauties Outside Your Door and Beyond
February 5, 10:30am
Discover NC Wildflowers in the Piedmont. Hosted by the Raleigh Garden Club. Fee. NC State University Club, Raleigh. Raleigh-garden-club.org.

Growing Vegetables from Seed
February 5, 6pm-8:30pm
Growing your own vegetable transplants from seed can give you a head start on the growing season and access to varieties not commonly found as transplants at garden centers. Join Matt Jones, Extension Horticulture Agent, and the Master Gardener volunteers of Chatham County for a hands-on workshop for home and community gardeners on planting and establishing vegetables from seed. Fee, pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Evergreen Shrubs
February 5, 7pm-8:30pm and February 12, 3:30pm-5pm
This class with Katie Rose Levin, arborist and executive director of TreesDurham, is offered as three sessions to introduce you to a select group of plants, including identification skills, design use, and plant requirements. Each class meets for an evening introduction to the plants, followed by field sessions in the Gardens to see each plant individually. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Growing Vegetables from Seed
February 6, 9:30am-12noon
Growing your own vegetable transplants from seed can give you a head start on the growing season and access to varieties not commonly found as transplants at garden centers. Join Matt Jones, Extension Horticulture Agent, and the Master Gardener volunteers of Chatham County for a hands-on workshop for home and community gardeners on planting and establishing vegetables from seed. Fee, pre-register. Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu.

Walk on the Wild Side
February 6, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina in this seasonal walk through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants with Duke Gardens’ staff horticulturists. Meet in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Soil and Water Work
February 6 and 13, 7pm-9pm
New research and ideas about soil management are encouraging us to look at soil differently and consider it as a dynamic ecosystem of its own. Annabel Renwick, curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, will discuss soil microbiology, soil food web, water capture and rain gardens. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Orchid Open House
February 8, 9am-5pm
Workshops, sales, refreshments. Atlantic Gardening, Raleigh. atlanticgarden.com.

Hiking from Georgia to Maine: Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail
February 8, 10am–11:30am
With Will Hembree. Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Veni, Vidi, Vici! – Secrets to Understanding Botanical Names of Wildflowers
February 8, 10am-12noon
Get to know the origins and meanings of the Latin names of plants. Explore scientific names that are mischievous, historic, honorific, wrong, descriptive and just plain fun! No verbs will be conjugated. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Winter Tree Ramble
February 8, 3pm-5pm
Learn more about how trees interact with one another and how they influence our lives in this walk with Katie Rose Levin, arborist and executive director of TreesDurham. Class primarily outdoors. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Ready Garden Grow
February 9, 1pm
A 2.5 hour class for beginning gardeners on the basics of starting a vegetable garden. Topics include: planning, planting and care; managing common problems; and harvesting your vegetables. The class is taught by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Wake County. A gardening book will be for sale to those interested ($5, cash only). Free. Register at wakegov.com/libraries. NE Regional Library, Wake Forest.

Summer Camp Registration Opens to the Public
February 10, 9am
Loved by many Triangle area families, our summer camps are a must have in your summer plans! Week-long camps range in age from preschool to rising 8th graders. Campers explore the gardens for critters, cook up yummy recipes, solve mysteries, and create an art show inspired by the garden. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Liberation’s Station Winter Storytime
February 10, 10am
Hear a book read aloud from the Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library, followed by activities facilitated by Duke Gardens staff. Free, drop-in activity for all ages, together. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
February 10, 10am-12noon
Explore the new Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library and other classroom materials. An on-site staff member will be available as a resource for a variety of learning explorations. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like while classroom is open. Free. For adults and children together; all ages. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Botanical Treasures of New Zealand and Australia
February 13, 7:30pm–9pm
Australia’s and New Zealand’s unique native flora is a result of these countries’ geographic isolation. Additionally, plants from around the world thrive in these countries. Join Pat McCracken, Garden Treasures, as he discusses his journey and the plants that he saw while in Australia and New Zealand. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Terrarium Building Workshop
February, 14, 6:30pm-8pm
Grab a favorite gal or guy and spend Valentine’s with us! Create your own terrarium in this hands-on workshop. Personalize your piece with a container of your choice, a variety of succulents, cacti, colored stones and textural accents. We’ll cover all the plant care basics. Fee. City Garden Design, Cary. citygardendesign.com.

Winter Symposium-Where Design and Plants Become One
February 15, 8am–12pm
We’re here to inspire gardeners and illuminate the relationship between gardening and art at this year’s Winter Symposium. This year’s symposium features three amazing guest speakers: Shannon Currey, Bob Lyons, and Elissa Steeves. Our speakers will be enlightening us on ways we can explore the artistic side of gardening with design secrets and innovative ideas. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Ready Garden Grow
February 15, 2pm
A 2.5 hour class for beginning gardeners on the basics of starting a vegetable garden. Topics include: planning, planting and care; managing common problems; and harvesting your vegetables. The class is taught by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Wake County. A gardening book will be for sale to those interested ($5, cash only). Free. Register at wakegov.com/libraries. SE Regional Library, Garner.

Classroom Open Hours
February 17, 10am-12noon
Explore the new Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library and other classroom materials. An on-site staff member will be available as a resource for a variety of learning explorations. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like while classroom is open. Free. For adults and children together; all ages. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Moss: Primitive & Beautiful
February 18, 7pm-8:30pm
Moss is a very ancient, primitive plant, and can be enchanting in your garden. It does possess chlorophyll for photosynthesis but does not have flowers or a vascular system. Join us with Flora O’Brien, Duke Gardens Volunteer and Master Gardener to learn more from Flora, the volunteer that cares for the Duke Gardens moss garden. Hosted by the Durham Garden Forum. Fee. [email protected] Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Harbingers of Spring
February 19, 2:30pm-4pm
Various plants herald the arrival of spring. Sometimes slowly, sometimes in a rush – spring never disappoints. Join Pau Jones, Curator of the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum on a walk and see what plants are announcing spring this week. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Evergreen Shrubs
February 19, 7pm-8:30pm and February 26, 3:30pm-5pm
This class with Katie Rose Levin, arborist and executive director of TreesDurham, is offered as three sessions to introduce you to a select group of plants, including identification skills, design use, and plant requirements. Each class meets for an evening introduction to the plants, followed by field sessions in the Gardens to see each plant individually. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Plant Choices for the Beneficial Garden
February 20 and 27, 7pm-9pm
Sheldon Galloway of Garden Environments, will help you take a broad view of plant choices and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using native vs. exotic plants and species vs. cultivars. Research confirms that biodiversity measures improve with the use of native plants. Learn about the choices available in a world of changing climate. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Camellia Winter Open House
February 21-23, February 28-March 1, March 13-15
Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12noon-5pm
919-968-0504. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. Camforest.com.

Hellebore Festival
February 21, 22, 28, 29, March 6, 7, 13, 14, 9am-4pm
25th annual. 434-252-1990. Pine Knot Farms, Clarksville, VA. pineknotfarms.com.

Abstract Macro Photography
February 21, 10am–2pm
Have you ever wanted to get as close to the heart of a flower as a honeybee does? As you enter into this inner world, images become abstract—emphasizing the features of color, line, and texture inherent in a single flower. In this session, Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography, will explain the photography techniques and creative approach needed to make unique abstract close-up images. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Children’s Winter Story Walk
February 21, 10:30am–11:30am
Chase away the winter blues with a story walk through the Arboretum’s gardens! Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center ready for a fun time outside. We will follow the story through the gardens and end up at the Education Yurt for a fun craft to take home. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Contain Your Enthusiasm
February 22, 9:30am–11am
Learn about growing herbs and perennial vegetables in pots, finding free fertilizers, up cycling containers, making homemade potting media, using castoff materials like coffee chaff as timesaving mulches, and more. Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscaping, will share container tricks and houseplant hacks—like wine cork mulches, burlap basket liners and flying air plant mobiles just to name a few. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Introduction to Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens
February 22, 10am-11:30pm
Learn the basics of how to design and install a rain garden or a rain barrel for your home, and how these simple measures can help protect our streams and wildlife. This class will also discuss native plants and other DIY practices for protecting our natural resources. Fee. Pre-registratio required. Register for barcode#250518 at reclink.raleighnc.gov or call 919-996-2760. Walnut Creek Wetland Park, Raleigh. raleighnc.gov/parks.

Introduction to Mushroom Foraging: Learn a Year’s Worth of Wild Edible Mushrooms in One Day
February 22, 1pm–3pm
Learn to identify the dozen most delicious mushrooms with professional forager and columnist Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscaping. In this class you can learn to identify an entire year’s worth—a dozen—of the best-tasting, easy to identify mushrooms (no poisonous look-alikes) presented in one indoor sitting. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Ready Garden Grow
February 23, 2pm
A 2.5 hour class for beginning gardeners on the basics of starting a vegetable garden. Topics include: planning, planting and care; managing common problems; and harvesting your vegetables. The class is taught by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Wake County. A gardening book will be for sale to those interested ($5, cash only). Free. Register at wakegov.com/libraries. East Regional Library, Knightdale.

Family Winter Scavenger Hunt
February 23, 2:30pm–4pm
We challenge your family to a winter scavenger hunt in our gardens! Chase away your family’s winter blues while searching the gardens for plant names, taking pictures of your family at special places in the garden, or counting plants, steps, or bricks to answer our tricky questions. Teams will explore the Arboretum finding as many answers as they can in an hour. Suggested for families with children in elementary and middle school. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Liberation’s Station Winter Storytime
February 24, 10am
Hear a book read aloud from the Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library, followed by activities facilitated by Duke Gardens staff. Free, drop-in activity for all ages, together. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Lawns: Their Establishment, Maintenance and Renovation
February 24, 10am–11:30am
Dennis Graban will discuss how to choose the best lawn for your landscape, get it established, and take care of it for an enjoyable lawn for years to come. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
February 24, 10am-12noon
Explore the new Liberation’s Station Black Lit Library and other classroom materials. An on-site staff member will be available as a resource for a variety of learning explorations. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like while classroom is open. Free. For adults and children together; all ages. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Terrarium Garden Class and Lunch
February 26, 11am-1pm
Enjoy a tasty lunch as we present terrarium soil building, design principles, and maintenance. After lunch, you will get creative and make your own terrarium garden. Space is limited to 10 participants so please register early. All materials and lunch included. Once you are registered for the class we will send you an email to confirm your lunch selections. Fee, pre-register. For Gardens Sake, Durham. fgsdurham.com/workshops.

How Plants Grow and Work
February 25-March 17, Tuesdays 6pm-9pm
Plants grow, flower, fruit and thrive in such a range of conditions. How does this happen? Alec Motten, associate professor emeritus, Duke University Department of Biology, will address these questions, and more, as he takes you on a tour of plant structure and function, with hands-on activities that engage everyone. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

An Evergreen Walk
February 26, 2:30pm-4pm
Both needled and broadleaf evergreens add a depth of color and mass in the winter landscape. Walk the Gardens with Jason Holmes, Curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens, to learn which evergreens you want to include in your garden. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Lunchbox Talk: Native Plant Combinations
February 27, 12noon-1pm
Take home some ideas for your yard at this lunchbox talk on native plant gardening. The focus will be on native plants that work well together. From sun to shade, spring to fall, and wildflowers to shrubs there’s sure to be something for everyone. Even if you don’t garden, come on out for some pretty plant pictures to remind you that it won’t always be February. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Grafting Japanese Maples
February 28, 9:30am-12:30pm
Bobby Mottern, Director of Horticulture at Duke Gardens, will show you how to join the root of one plant to the trunk of another; a standard propagation technique used when plants are difficult to reproduce. Each participant will complete several grafts of Japanese Maples and take one tree home to grow in your garden. Trees, roots, and all supplies included. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Deciduous Conifer Grafting Workshop
February 29, 9am–12noon
Grafting is the only method possible to propagate some plants. Many rare and expensive plants are grafted. In this workshop, participants learn to graft ginkgo, dawn redwood, and bald cypress from Leanne Kenealy, Plant Breeding and Nursery Technician. Leanne will discuss and demonstrate grafting techniques and then will individually assist each participant as they graft their own plants. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

MARCH

Gardening with 20/20 Vision
March 3
Balancing magic and mayhem in your Southern garden. Fee, pre-register. Davidson Symposium, Davidson, NC. davidsonsymposium.org.

Guilford Horticultural Society Symposium
March 7, 8:30am-3:30pm
Guilford Horticultural Society celebrates its 35th Symposium, All You Need to Know. Exceptional speakers and choice vendors are brought together in a wonderful botanic garden setting. The day also brings fellow gardeners together for a delicious lunch and fabulous door prizes. Fee. Pre-register. Pat Price at 336-707-1071 and [email protected] Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens, 215 S. Main Street, Kernersville. guilfordhorticulturalsociety.org/symposium.

Ready Garden Grow
March 8, 1:30pm
A 2.5 hour class for beginning gardeners on the basics of starting a vegetable garden. Topics include: planning, planting and care; managing common problems; and harvesting your vegetables. The class is taught by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Wake County. A gardening book will be for sale to those interested ($5, cash only). Free. Register at wakegov.com/libraries. Cameron Village Library, Raleigh.

Ready Garden Grow
March 21, 1pm
A 2.5 hour class for beginning gardeners on the basics of starting a vegetable garden. Topics include: planning, planting and care; managing common problems; and harvesting your vegetables. The class is taught by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Wake County. A gardening book will be for sale to those interested ($5, cash only). Free. Register at wakegov.com/libraries. Cary Regional Library, Cary.

Ready Garden Grow
March 28, 2pm
A 2.5 hour class for beginning gardeners on the basics of starting a vegetable garden. Topics include: planning, planting and care; managing common problems; and harvesting your vegetables. The class is taught by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Wake County. A gardening book will be for sale to those interested ($5, cash only). Free. Register at wakegov.com/libraries. North Regional Library, Raleigh.