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.

JANUARY

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
January 23, 3pm
Join our Master Gardener Volunteers for a free online lecture series.Visit  https://jcra.ncsu.edu/emgv-lecture/ to join the program from the convenience of your home or office. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

What’s in a Name: Plant Classification for the Home Gardener
January 23-March 20, Mondays, 6:30 pm (No class February 13)
Take your knowledge to the next level in this multi-week course. Plant classification, or plant identification can be tricky but not impossible. Join Bryce Lane to learn about taxonomy so you are better equipped to select and care for your plants. Offered in person at JC Raulston Arboretum or online. Sessions will be recorded and shared with participants. Fee. Advance registration required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature
January 24-February 15, Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Four sessions for ages 4-5. Learning comes naturally during this fun-filled series that fosters a sense of wonder for nature and science. Preschoolers will learn about owls, winter weather, and how plants and animals survive the cold through hands-on activities, nature walks, stories, crafts, and group play. Healthy snack provided. Note: This is a drop-off program. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Gardening Conversations
January 25, 3pm
Let’s talk about plants! Join Greg Paige and Mark Weathington of the JC Raulston Arboretum online for this free program at https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: A Gardener’s Guide to Botany
January 26, 12pm-1pm
It’s a jungle out there! Your beautiful, tranquil garden is a battlefield in which plants wage war against predators and struggle to outcompete one another for light, water, and nutrients. In this seminar (and in his new book by the same name), Dr. Scott Zona looks at how plants fulfill the five functions necessary for life: growth, nutrient acquisition, defense, reproduction, and dispersal. This is a fascinating look at how plants grow—not how to grow plants. Free; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Propagation Workshop
January 27, 9am
Join JCRA Nursery Technician Sophia McCusker for this hands-on workshop and learn the basics about propagating woody ornamental plants by stem cuttings. Fee. Advance registration required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.
jcra.ncsu.edu.

Propagation Workshop 
January 28, 9am
Want to take your plant propagation skills to the next level? Join Tim Alderton’s “Advanced Hardwood Cuttings” class to propagate and take home your very own plants from the garden’s extensive collections. Fee. Advance registration required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Propagation Workshop 
January 28, 1:30pm
Join JCRA Nursery Technician Sophia McCusker for this hands-on workshop and learn the basics about propagating woody ornamental plants by stem cuttings. Fee. Advance registration required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Winter Tea Garden Intro & Tasting
January 29, 1 pm
Take a winter tour of Camellia Forest Tea Garden followed by the opportunity to taste our fresh hand-made tea.  Visit https://camforest.com/collections/workshops/products/winter-tea-garden-introduction to preregister.  Camellia Forest Nursery & Tea Gardens.  teaflowergardens.com

Summer Camp Registration Opens for Members
January 30, 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 JC Raulston Arboretum members have early access to registration. Learn more at jcra.ncsu.edu.

FEBRUARY

Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden
February 1, 10:30am
Here’s a little secret: It’s not just what you grow. It’s where you grow it – and the company it keeps. Grow the right plants together and you can reap benefits including better growth and reduced pests. Register by January 25 at https://www.raleigh-garden-club.org. Raleigh Garden Club, NC State University Club, Raleigh.

Gardening 101: February Garden Tasks
February 1, 3pm
Curious about what we’re up to this month? Tune in to our ‘Gardening Tasks’ series to find out what we’ve got on our plate right now so you can garden along with us at home with the confidence of a seasoned horticulturist! Free. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the free online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Bird-Friendly Landscape Series
February 3, 10, 17, 1:30pm-3pm
Birds can be an indicator of the health and biodiversity of the landscapes around us. Our landscape design and management practices can make a big difference in whether birds decide to ignore or explore our built environments. Join landscape architect Preston Montague for a presentation series designed to help you provide more resources for birds through design and management practices. Presentations are developed in collaboration with New Hope Audubon. This 3-part course provides CEUs for landscape architects. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Intro to Gardening in the South
February 4, 9am
Join us online or in-person for a free morning program designed for the new gardener, or gardeners who aren’t used to gardening in clay or sand! Presentations include hot gardening trends, pruning and garden tips to help you garden like a pro. Free. Advance registration is required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Plant-lover’s Tour: Winter Perennials
February 7, 1pm
Come and join us at the JCRA as our resident horticulturists show you around the garden and tell you everything you could ever want to know about all the plants that we’re absolutely in love with right now! You’re sure to see some spectacular and unique plants and even gain some inspiration for your own garden. Fee. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Center for a fun-time!  JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Midweek with Mark: Daphne, Edgeworthia, and Relatives
February 8, 3pm
Join us online with Director Mark Weathington to explore the vibrant world of Daphne, Edgeworthia and their plant relatives. You’re sure to add these to your spring shopping list!. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the free online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Increasing Seeds for Conservation Needs
February 9, 12pm-1pm
There’s a problem in natural resource conservation: a lack of plant material (seed and vegetative plugs). But not just any type of plant material; there is a lack of genetically diverse, locally sourced plant material. In this talk we’ll learn about the importance of using local material, what is involved in plant materials development (wild collections, propagation, seed increase, seed storage) and what the North Carolina Botanical Garden is currently doing to address the demand. Free; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Beginning Birding for Adults  
February 10, 8am-9am
Build your bird observation skills on a slow stroll through Duke Gardens as you gather a list of different kinds of birds that use the Gardens. If you have ever found yourself wondering about the birds that are flying or singing around you, bring those questions with you. Bring your own binoculars if you have them (not required), and a sense of curiosity. Instructor Liani Yirka is the education program coordinator for Duke Gardens and experienced birder. Fee, pre-register. Meet at the Doris Duke Center; program will take place throughout Duke Gardens. This program is designed for small groups outdoors using fully accessible paths of travel.  Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu/learn.

I Spy! Winter Walk
February 10, 11am
Join us for this guided, in-person JC Raulston Arboretum garden tour suggested for preschool and elementary ages (accompanied by a caregiver). Your tour guide will explore different sections of the garden and offer a “Take and Make” craft at the end. Fee. Advance registration. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

What’s the Fun about Plant Tissue Culture?
February 11, 10am
Join us at JC Raulston Arboretum an in person or online presentation co-hosted by the North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter).  The speaker is Hsuan Chen, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. Fee. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/nargs-lecture/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Grafting Workshop
February 11, 10:30am-11am
Do you want fruit trees but have little room to grow multiple varieties? Learn the cleft grafting method commonly used to add a different variety onto an existing fruit tree so that both varieties produce flowers and fruit. Join us on February 11, 2023 as we explain how to graft and why to graft. After the workshop, we will be holding our annual scion exchange from 11am-12pm. Registration required. www.eventbrite.com/e/grafting-workshop-tickets-473390773547. N.C. Cooperative Extension, Durham County Center, Durham.

Scion Exchange
February 11, 11am-12pm
February is the perfect time for winter pruning. Instead of composting the discarded branches (scions), exchange them with other orchardists and pick up some new-to-you varieties.
Visit trianglefruitandnutgrowers.weebly.com/collect-scions for instructions on how to collect scions or email KatCauseyEMGV@gmail.com. No registration required. Participation in grafting workshop not required. N.C. Cooperative Extension, Durham County Center, Durham.

Hands-On Pruning Workshop
February 12, 9:30 am
Learn the basics of formation and maintenance pruning the tea plant:  Camellia sinensis ages 1 – 10.  Visit https://camforest.com/collections/workshops/products/hands-on-pruning-workshop to preregister.  Camellia Forest Nursery & Tea Gardens.   teaflowergardens.com

Hybrid Darwin Day Lecture: The hybrid in your genome: how recent advances in behavior and genetics are changing our view of Darwinian evolution
February 12, 2pm-3pm
Where do new species come from? Darwin proposed that the diversity of life could be explained when population divisions become magnified into new species over time. This “tree of life” thinking became our foundational metaphor for the natural world. Hybridization – mating between species – undercuts “tree thinking.” Until recently, this phenomenon was regarded as an evolutionary dead end and ignored. However, new data from diverse fields point to an inescapable conclusion: hybridization is common and can significantly impact living things (including our species!). So, we will celebrate Darwin’s birthday by asking whether Darwin’s tree still adequately represents life’s diversity or if a new metaphor is needed. Free; preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Family Winter Discovery – Scavenger Hunt
February 12, 2:30pm
We challenge you to a scavenger hunt in our gardens!. Suggested for families with elementary or middle school ages. Fee per family or team. Please limit your teams to no more than 7 people. Advance registration is required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Summer Camp Registration Opens to the Public
February 13, 9am
Loved by many Triangle area families, our camps are a must have in your summer plans. Week-long camps range in age from preschool to rising 8th graders. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Deeper in the Garden
February 15, 3pm
Get ready for the insiders’ scoop on the Winter Symposium’s plant auction with Greg and Tim during this auction preview free online program. see the Arboretum’s favorite perennials, ground covers, vines, shrubs, trees, and more in the auction. Remember, there is always room for one more plant in the garden! Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the online program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Garden Inspired Floral Knitting Workshop
February 16, 10am
This workshop will show you various knitting techniques to create flowers, leaves, stems and branches. Amy Wentley of Chai Knuckles Knitting will provide knitting patterns, and each participant will work on two knitted blocks during the workshop and take home pattern ideas for more knitting projects! Note: Participants are asked to know how to knit at a beginner level. Amy will provide yarn, and she asks that you bring knitting needles in size US7(4.5mm) or US8(5.0mm). Fee. Advance registration is required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Piedmont Prairies
February 17, 1:30pm
Take a deep dive into creating a piedmont prairie and what it takes to be successful. Join us for an afternoon of learning about our area’s past flora and fauna as well as how we can incorporate this type of ecosystem into our landscapes. Featuring Sarah P. Duke Gardens speakers Annabel Renwich, curator of Blomquist Garden of Native plants, and Maegan Luckett, horticulturist of Blomquist Garden of Native plants. We will also hear from Greg Paige, JCRA Director of Horticulture. Offered in person or online. NCLCLB CEU’s have been approved. Fee. Advance registration required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

28th Annual Hellebore Festival
February 17, 18, 24, 25, 9am-4pm
See thousands of hellebores in bloom. Shop from a large selection of hellebores. Pine Knot Farms, Clarksville, VA. Pineknotfarms.com.

Open House Weekend
February 17-19 and 24-26
See camellias in bloom and shop from a large selection. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. Camforest.com.

JC Raulston Arboretum Annual Winter Symposium: Tossing the Turf
February 18, 9am
It’s time to toss the turf in your home landscape and create a beautiful alternative to the labor intensive green patch occupying your yard. This morning program, offered in person or online, will feature speakers Preston Montague, Dr. Mike Richardson, and Mark Weathington.
Presentations on: Reducing Lawns through Deliberate Design, Bermudagrass, Bulbs, Blooms, and Bees, and From Flat to Fabulous: Creating No-Grass Flowering Lawns. Fee. Advance registration required. Early registration rates end January 20. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Naturalist Classes for 6- to 9-year-olds: Winter Gardening 
February 21, 3pm-4:30pm
Explore gardening and how plants grow, and learn about which animals may be living in Duke Gardens and using the plants to survive. Growing plants in the winter can be very different from our summer vegetable garden. In our February session, you’ll learn about which plants work best in cooler climates and how to grow them. These sessions will be on the third Tuesday of each month from February to May. Each session will have hands-on activities and interactive lessons that inspire curiosity and encourage connections with the natural world. Children can be dropped off for the 1.5-hour lesson and will be guided by two educators while they explore the Gardens. Adults welcome but not required to participate. The format is a small group outdoors, with a capacity of 12. Fee per class, pre-register. Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu/learn.

How Trees Can Save the World
February 21, 7pm
Hosted by the Gardeners of Wake County. Free. Refreshments served at 7pm. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.weebly.com.

Gardening Conversations
February 22, 3pm
Let’s talk about plants! Come join us online with Mark Weathington for the free program at https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Photography Walk: Close-Up Flower Photography in Your DIY Home Studio
February 24, 10am
“Close-Up Flower Photography in Your DIY Home Studio” with Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography. In this session you’ll see how you can use readily available items to create a simple DIY setup for table top flower photography. While a macro lens is often an ideal choice for close-up photography, you’ll learn how there are other less expensive photo accessory options to enable you to photograph close-up. Fee. Advance registration is required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Garden Winter Storytime
February 24, 11am
Sign up for this children’s program for a winter read and stroll through the garden. Parents/caregivers stay with children during the program.Suggested for preschool ages. Fee. Advance registration is required. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

The Artful Botanist
February 25, 9:30am-11am
Both art and botany begin with observation, and sketching a plant builds awareness of its details. Drawing also changes your brain and has many benefits. It helps your brain develop additional pathways for improved memory, creativity and intuition while also increasing feel-good chemicals such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine. As with any other activity, sketching improves with practice. Join landscape designer and artist Eli Feldman for this in-person class to walk through the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, exploring the flora of this part of Duke Gardens. Then move indoors to draw from plant samples. Feldman is the Ruth Mary Meyer Japanese Garden at Duke Gardens. Fee, pre-register. Meet in the classroom inside the Doris Duke Center. Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu/learn.

Winter Tree ID
February 26, 2pm-5pm
What kind of tree is that? Participants will learn to identify local trees based on bark, limbs, buds, and branching patterns, as well as leaves, seeds and habitat. Participants will receive field guides for local trees to keep and take home. This is an outdoor program and participants should dress for the weather conditions. This course is worth 3 hours of Criteria 2 credit towards NC Environmental Educator certification. Walnut Creek Wetland Park, Raleigh. 919-996-2760. raleighnc.gov/parks.

MARCH

28th Annual Hellebore Festival
March 3, 4, 10, 11, 9am-4pm
See thousands of hellebores in bloom. Shop from a large selection of hellebores. Pine Knot Farms, Clarksville, VA. Pineknotfarms.com.

The Davidson Horticultural Symposium
March 7
Hosted by the Davidson Garden Club at Davidson College presenting “Dimensions of a Garden; an Exploration of Style and Purpose”. Richard Bisgrove, renowned British landscape designer will examine the influences of historical gardens and styles, John Dole, Dean of Horticulture at NC State, will extol the joys and uses of a cut flower garden, selecting proven plants from the trial gardens, Marianne Willburn, British-American author and speaker on transforming your garden a little at a time, and Edwina Von Gal, award winning Landscape Designer, who will emphasize the ecology of the home garden. Learn more at davidsonsymposium.org.

Art in Bloom
March 15-19
The fundraiser offers a unique way to connect with art. The over 30 art inspired floral installations will offer fresh interpretations of visitor favorites, the museum’s latest acquisitions, and the newly reimagined People’s Collection. Los Angeles-based florist Maurice Harris will be a special guest, along with live music daily and additional related events. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. ncartmuseum.org.

Tea Planting Workshop
March 19, 9:30 am
Learn the basics of planting and caring for your tea garden.  Discuss choosing plants, site preparation and planting and care in the early years.  Help us plant our newest Camellia sinensis garden!  Visit https://camforest.com/collections/workshops/products/tea-planting to preregister.  Camellia Forest Nursery & Tea Gardens.  teaflowergardens.com

APRIL

Tea 101
April 15, 2 pm
Experience an introductory tea class and tasting including its history, how teas are made and the differences between the green, black, oolong, white and others.  A short walk through the tea gardens is available afterwards. Visit https://camforest.com/collections/workshops/products/tea-101 to preregister.  Camellia Forest Nursery & Tea Gardens.  teaflowergardens.com

MAY

First Flush Fest
May 28, 10 am – 4 pm
Join the Camellia Forest staff for their First Flush tea harvest celebration!  Join us for guided tours starting on each hour, relax in the Shady Grove, taste our homegrown and handmade First Flush teas.  Plants, tea samples and books will be available for purchase.  For more information visit https://camforest.com/collections/workshops/products/first-flush-fest Camellia Forest Nursery & Tea Gardens.  teaflowergardens.com