Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING GARDENING EVENTS

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

SEPTEMBER

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
September-November
Sunflowers on the Farm, 15 Acre Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Farm Animal Encounters, Educational Tours, Christmas Events. Year round venue rentals. Visit our website or Facebook for updates, times, pricing & tickets. All tickets sold online. Hubb’s Farm, 10276 N. US421, Clinton. 910-564-6709. hubbsfarmnc.com.

Plant-lover’s Tour “Pollinator Plants for the Home Garden”
September 1, 3pm–4pm
Gardeners are abuzz about planting for pollinators and caterpillars. Choosing the best plants isn’t always easy. You’ll know which plants to plant for after touring the JCRA with Douglas Ruhren. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Edible Campus UNC Tour
September 2, 3pm-5pm
Take a walk with the coordinator of Edible Campus UNC, one of the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s community outreach programs that creates gardens across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus full of edible and medicinal plants and pollinator-friendly wildflowers. We’ll see and taste from the gardens, and we’ll learn about the program and how it supports food justice initiatives at the University, and more! Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Fall Plant Sale
September 2-18
Get ready for fall planting time with our Fall Plant Sale featuring 25% off all trees, shrubs, and perennials! Fall is the best time to get hardy plants established and we will have fresh shipments through the sale. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you pick the right plants for your landscape. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center. Rooted in Raleigh since 1967. homewoodnursery.com. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center, Raleigh. Homewoodnursery.com.

Plant-lover’s Tour “Pollinator Plants for the Home Garden”
September 7, 9am-10:30am
Gardeners are abuzz about planting for pollinators and caterpillars. Choosing the best plants isn’t always easy. You’ll know which plants to plant for after touring the JCRA with Douglas Ruhren. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
September 7, 9:30am-10:45pm
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. 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.

Field Sketching
September 7, 1:15pm-4:45pm
Take your sketchbook outdoors and reconnect with plants in their natural environment. In this course, students are encouraged to shed old habits and try new techniques as they travel through the variety of gardens and habitats at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Through a combination of guided exercises and free experimentation, students discover new ways of seeing plants, new problem-solving skills, and a refreshing way of thinking about layout and color. Several media are used, from ballpoint pen to watercolor to pencil. No prerequisite. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Lovesome Okra: An Ethnobotanical Perspective of the Past – Virtual
September 7, 6:30pm-8pm
Plants have played a significant role in the evolution of life on Earth and have in many ways served as multifaceted agents in all societies since prehistoric times. Ethnobotany is the study of flora concerning how they are utilized by the many facets of people. This includes culture, foodstuff, and technology. Whether it is a component of food, ceremony, medical, or applied science, plants have been and continue to be a part of human evolution. In this course, we will highlight a specific plant, okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) from a past, present, and future ethnobotanical perspective. Beginning with the past and ending in the future we will dive into the world of okra to discover how this organism has affected: health, nutrition, holistic wellness, technology, and its interaction with other organisms including the environment. There will be special emphasis on the potential okra has to offer as a component in manufacturing and medicine. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Midweek with Mark “Beautiful Harvest—Landscape Plants with Edible Fruits”
September 8, 3pm–4pm
Growing edible plants has had a recent resurgence in interest as the local food craze has grown. The JCRA has been doing this for years with edibles tucked in and around the landscape grown as ornamentals. Learn which ornamental plants you can add to your landscape to increase your harvest. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Virtual Lunchbox Talk: History and Heritage of the Coker House and Gardens
September 9, 12noon-1pm
William C. Coker came to Chapel Hill in 1903 as the first Professor of Botany. Over the first half of the 20th century, Professor Coker, as a botanist, planner and landscape designer, shaped the UNC campus and the Chapel Hill community. He is responsible for the design and creation of the Arboretum, named in his honor. His home and surrounding garden offer insight into this remarkable man and his wife, Louisa Venable Coker, and the enduring influence they had on this community. In 1985, Dr. Woodrow Burns, Jr. and his late wife, Mary Jane, purchased the Coker property from the university and oversaw the restoration of the home and garden. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Putting it into Practice: Using the WOTAS Field Guide to Identify Native Wildflowers
September 11, 10am-12:30pm
Published in 2019, the Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (WOTAS) field guide was co-authored by the instructor and staff of the NC Botanical Garden. Containing a key, color photos, and an introduction to wildflower habitats, the guide helps interested enthusiasts get acquainted with more than 1200 species of wildflowers found in the Atlantic Coastal states (NJ to Georgia, plus W Va). Best of all: you don’t need to be a botanist to use it! Learn how to use the guide in a relaxed, informative session. In the classroom, we’ll familiarize ourselves with the book’s approach and terms used in the key, and then try it out on plant samples brought indoors. Finally, we’ll take it into the field—the trails and plantings of the Garden. Bring your copy if you’ve already bought one, or purchase one when you register. We’ll also have a few classroom copies for use by those who aren’t ready to purchase. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Introduction to the Tea Garden
September 11 and 25, 2 – 4 pm
Join a staff member for an educational tour of the tea gardens and greenhouses followed by an opportunity to taste our fresh, hand-made teas in the shady grove with Christine Parks, author of Grow Your Own Tea.  Wear walking shoes, bring a hat and water for the walk and talk.  Space is limited, registration is required.  Masks are recommended when social distancing cannot be maintained.  Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill.  Visit camforest.com to register.

Excursion: Picture Creek Diabase Barrens, Granville County
September 12, 9:30am-12:30am
Picture Creek Diabase Barrens is a Nationally Significant Natural Heritage Area in southwestern Granville County. Picture Creek was once a magnificent Piedmont prairie because of its unusual geology, resultant soils and frequent fire. This Piedmont prairie remnant now supports dozens of plant species with various ratings of rarity or concern including the largest known population of the federally endangered Smooth Coneflower. Join us at Picture Creek to learn more about this significant site and see the restoration efforts for yourself. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
September 14, 9:30am-10:45am
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. 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.

Evening Garden Stroll
September 14, 5pm–8pm
Take advantage of the rare opportunity to visit the garden after hours for a stroll through a premiere collection of flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials and enjoy the kickoff of our Fall FANtasia display of decorated, up-cycled ceiling fans. We promise to make a fan out of you. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Lovesome Okra: An Ethnobotanical Perspective of the Past – Virtual
September 14, 6:30pm-8pm
Plants have played a significant role in the evolution of life on Earth and have in many ways served as multifaceted agents in all societies since prehistoric times. Ethnobotany is the study of flora concerning how they are utilized by the many facets of people. This includes culture, foodstuff, and technology. Whether it is a component of food, ceremony, medical, or applied science, plants have been and continue to be a part of human evolution. In this course, we will highlight a specific plant, okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) from a past, present, and future ethnobotanical perspective. Beginning with the past and ending in the future we will dive into the world of okra to discover how this organism has affected: health, nutrition, holistic wellness, technology, and its interaction with other organisms including the environment. There will be special emphasis on the potential okra has to offer as a component in manufacturing and medicine. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Drawing and Painting Amphibians: Virtual
September 15, 9:30am-12:30pm
North Carolina has one of the most diverse amphibian populations in the world. This class will address the morphology and life cycle of a native frog and salamander. Each week students will draw and paint from either their own photograph or one provided by the instructor. Students will need to let the instructor know if they plan to work from their own photographs. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA “Highlights of the Summer Color Trials”
September 15, 3pm–3:45pm
The Color Trials area at the JC Raulston Arboretum is an official All-America Selections (AAS) testing site for new cultivars of bedding plants, flowers, and cool season plants in North America. The newest varieties for bedding, hanging baskets, and containers are showcased and evaluated here. Bernadette Clark, the bedding plant trials coordinator, and Douglas Ruhren, gardens manager, will take us through this year’s trials and highlight the leaders of the pack in this online program. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Perennial Plant Association Pop-Up Event
September 16, 8am-5:45am
Attendees will be welcomed to Hoffman Nursery, given a special gift bag, and then divided into small groups to explore the state-of-the-art production facility and attend education mini-sessions. Attendees will leave mid-morning with a snack and head to Plantworks Nursery for more education, tours, and a plant sale! Before leaving Plantworks, pick up a catered boxed lunch then drive to the renowned Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. At Duke Gardens, enjoy a guided tour of selected perennial-centric gardens: the beloved Perennial Allee, the recently renovated rose circle gravel garden, native Piedmont Prairie, and the Pocket Prairie on the University campus. Organized activities end with a social overlooking the garden’s Page-Rollins White Garden and Angle Amphitheater & Virtue Peace Pond. Attendees may choose to stay until dusk and explore the rest of the garden on their own! Plan to drive yourself or carpool with colleagues when possible. Prepare to be inspired as you explore each of these education and networking opportunities! Be sure to register early – only 50 tickets available! Hoffman Nursery, 5520 Bahama Rd, Rougemont, NC. https://perennialplant.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1497488&group=

iNaturalists in Action
September 18, 9:30am-12:30pm
Join us for this hands-on introduction to recording plant and wildlife observations with the iNaturalist mobile app and website (inaturalist.org). We’ll meet in the classroom for a brief overview of the application and a discussion of photographing flora and fauna for identification. We’ll then carpool to nearby Mason Farm Biological Reserve to make observations, and we’ll return to the classroom at the end to take a closer look at some of them. We’ll provide suggestions for recording observations on your own and contributing observations to citizen science projects. To participate, you will need to bring a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Autumn Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
September 18, 10am-11am
In each program, you will learn a palette of beautiful and useful plants. We begin with a general horticulture discussion and then introduce a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. The plant list this week will be all maples. Fee. Pre-Registration. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu/learn.

Gardens Inspired by Gertrude Jekyll and the Cottage Garden Style
September 18, 10am–11:30am
North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Societyand the JC Raulston Arboretum. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Coker Arboretum Tour
September 18, 11am-12noon
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants
September 18, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Explore the beauty of native southeastern medicinal plants through field identification. Using the expansive resources of the NCBG display gardens and the Piedmont Nature Trails behind the Garden, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses as well as preparations. No prerequisites. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants
September 18, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Explore the beauty of native southeastern medicinal plants through field identification. Using the expansive resources of the NCBG display gardens and the Piedmont Nature Trails behind the Garden, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses as well as preparations. No prerequisites. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Pumpkins and Corn Maze
September 18-October 31, Fri, Sat, Sun
2 acre pick your own pumpkin field, 1.5 acre sunflower field. Seven acre corn maze & family fun park with over 25 activities. Check out this year our new 8,000 sq. foot fall market with pumpkins, mums and all your favorite fall flowers. Phillips Farm, 6701 Good Hope Church Rd. Cary. 919-377-8989. phillipsfarmsofcary.com.

Fungal Connections, from Mushrooms to Lichens: A Field Trip
September 19, 1pm-4:30pm
Explore the Botanical Garden property for lichens and mushrooms with Gary and Van. Ever wonder what the curious organisms are that grow on rocks and tree trunks? Ever wonder what that mushroom is that sprung up overnight or what its ecological role might be? We will walk around the Botanical Garden Piedmont Trails (and maybe also Mason Farm) looking for lichens and mushrooms. Then we will wrap up with a discussion including displaying what we found on tables. We will bring a variety of field guides and go over the principles of lichen and mushroom identification. We will be walking through woods so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. A water bottle is also a good idea as well as a basket to collect mushrooms. Also, feel free to bring lichens and mushrooms with you to the field trip and we will identify and discuss them. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
September 21, 9:30am-10:45am
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. 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.

Lovesome Okra: An Ethnobotanical Perspective of the Future Thereof – Virtual
September 21, 6:30pm-8pm
Plants have played a significant role in the evolution of life on Earth and have in many ways served as multifaceted agents in all societies since prehistoric times. Ethnobotany is the study of flora concerning how they are utilized by the many facets of people. This includes culture, foodstuff, and technology. Whether it is a component of food, ceremony, medical, or applied science, plants have been and continue to be a part of human evolution. In this course, we will highlight a specific plant, okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) from a past, present, and future ethnobotanical perspective. Beginning with the past and ending in the future we will dive into the world of okra to discover how this organism has affected: health, nutrition, holistic wellness, technology, and its interaction with other organisms including the environment. There will be special emphasis on the potential okra has to offer as a component in manufacturing and medicine. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Propagating Tender Perennials for Overwintering
September 22, 3pm–3:30pm
Online. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

A Thriving Sunlit Perennial Garden
September 23 & 30, 5pm-6pm
Each garden is a unique combination of light, soil, moisture, as well as your time and effort. In this online class, will introduce you to perennial plants that will bring seasonality, color and texture to your sunny garden, including some proven favorites and a few lesser known plants, discussing siting preferences, native status, interaction with pollinators and provide a bloom chart. Fee. Pre-Registration. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu/learn.

Fall Open House
September 24-26, October 1-3, 8am-5pm
Garden Treasures, Wendell. garden-treasures.com

Fall Plant Sale
September 24-25
Choose from a wide variety of southeastern native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, vines, and ferns at our annual sale, in addition to native wildflower seeds. Members’ Night-Friday, 4pm-7:30pm for early access to the annual plant sale, light refreshments and a 10% discount on plant purchases. Public Sale-Saturday, 9am-3pm. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Corn Maze Fun
September 24-November 7, Fri 4pm-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12pm-7pm
North Carolina’s Original Corn Maze. 5-acre corn maze with extra wide paths for social distancing, photo opportunities, rope maze, straw maze, board games, playground and picnic area, and much more! Pumpkins, mums, fall decor & produce! Ken’s Corn Maze, 3175 Benson Hwy, Garner. 919-779-4765. kenscornmaze.com.

Crepe Myrtle Pruning Class and Demonstration
September 25, 9am–11am
You are probably familiar with the term crepe murder (and if you are not, all the more reason to attend this class!). But what can you do to avoid crepe murder? In this class, we will use the crepe myrtle as a vehicle to teach the basics of pruning. We will focus on the following:
• Some basic terminology and biology.
• The three basic cuts (thinning cut, selective heading cut, non-selective heading cut).
• A step-by-step on how to make a proper pruning cut.
• The overall goal of pruning.
• Then, with these basics in place, an interactive demonstration on how to properly prune a crape myrtle and avoid crape murder.
The difference between expert pruning and everything else is knowing what to prune—and how the plant will react to each cut given all existing conditions – in order to achieve a specific goal. By the end of this course, we hope to provide you with enough information to begin making calculated pruning cuts and to understand why crepe murder is harmful. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Beardedless Iris Sale
September 25, 10am–1pm
Members of the Eastern North Carolina Iris Society invite you to attend their 15th annual beardless iris sale. Free planting demonstrations and iris cultivation information will be available. Irises begin $5.00. Come early for the best selection. Hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Iris Society in Cooperation with the JC Raulston Arboretum
The Eastern North Carolina Iris Society is an Affiliate of the American Iris Society. Individuals joining AIS during sale receive a free iris. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Recreational Tree Climbing at the JCRA
September 25, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Climb with your friends and family into the canopy of one of our majestic oak trees and experience the JCRA like you never have before. Patrick Brandt, founder of Piedmont Tree Climbing, will provide all the needed gear and instruction. Before you know it you’ll be 40′ to 50′ high in the canopy experiencing a view that few humans ever enjoy.Open to Youths and Adults. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Crepe Myrtle Pruning Class and Demonstration
September 25, 9am–11am
You are probably familiar with the term crepe murder, and if you are not, all the more reason to attend this class. But what can you do to avoid crepe murder? In this class, we will use the crepe myrtle to teach the basics of pruning. Then, with these basics in place, an interactive demonstration on how to properly prune a crape myrtle and avoid crape murder. By the end of this course, we hope to provide you with enough information to begin making calculated pruning cuts and to understand why crepe murder is harmful. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Fall Lavender Experience on the Farm
September 25, 10am-2pm
Learn how to plant and care for lavender with your local lavender farmers, Dale & Annie Baggett. Bring your questions and get the answers specific to your garden needs and concerns. Get proven planting and care tips! You may also pre-order lavender plants for pick up that day. Fee, pre-register. Sunshine Lavender Farm, 4104 Millstone Rd., Hurdle Mills, NC.

Swiftbrook Gardens Open Day
September 26, 2pm-6:00 p.m.
Visitors are welcome to stroll Swiftbrook Gardens, a restful retreat for humans and refuge for native plants and wildlife located in the Lake Wheeler watershed. The North Carolina Native Plant Society recognizes Swiftbrook Gardens as a Native Plant Habitat, and it is a National Wildlife Federation certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Paths include uneven woodland trails, so sturdy shoes and outdoors wear are recommended. Please leave pets at home. For details visit gardenerbynature.com.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
September 28, 9:30am-10:45am
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. 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.

Creating Mystery in the Garden
September 28, 7pm-8pm
Some gardens are entirely understandable at first glance – and that can be both elegant and meditative. Other gardens draw you in to explore and give a sense of adventure. In this online class, we will discuss the strategies that invite exploration and show you how those may be used in any size garden. Fee. Pre-Registration. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu/learn.

Horticulture Hour
September 29, 3pm–4pm
A panel of horticulturists will be available to answer your toughest gardening questions and share horticultural tidbits with you. They’ll also collect some plants of interest to show us what’s looking great in the gardens. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

New Naturalism: Site-specific Planting Design in Home Gardens
September 29-October 13, 2 Wednesdays 6:30pm–8:30pm
This is a three-part, plant-driven class that introduces participants to the concepts of site-specific planting, particularly in the home landscape. Plantsman and planting designer Kelly Norris, Horticulturist and Author, unpacks plant community archetypes that home gardeners can use as recipes and strategies for wilder, ecologically resilient plantings. Participants will learn about a range of plant communities with a focus on those relevant to the southeastern United States, the ecological properties that define them and how to translate them into gardening practice. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Photography Walk “Controlling Image Sharpness”
September 30, 1:30pm–3:30pm
Our eyes naturally go to areas of sharpness in a photograph so we can use a mix of sharpness and blur in a photograph to direct the viewer’s eye and tell the story of an image. Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography, will explain how we can adjust camera settings to control where there is sharpness (AKA depth of field) in an image. Then we’ll practice shallow and deep depth of field techniques by photographing the trees, plants, and flowers in the Arboretum. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

OCTOBER

The Witch’s Haunted Barn
October, all Saturdays 10am-5pm
Family fun for kids of all ages – thrills and frights await you in the Witch’s Haunted Barn. A whimsical look at Halloween – not so scary. Spend time exploring the farm and visiting the animals before or after your timed visit to the Barn. Food trucks on site. Firefly Farm NC, 4911 Hunt Rd, Hillsborough. 770-722-1107. fireflyfarmnc.com.

Light on Form
October 1, 9:30am-12:30pm
Light shining on a subject gives it mass, volume and form; providing the viewer with information about where the light is coming from. Without light, you cannot create the illusion of 3-dimensions. This class concentrates on how to create this illusion by learning how to draw and paint how light effects flowers and leaves. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

4th Annual Pine Knot Farms Fall Open House
October 1-2, 9am-4pm
We’ll have a wide variety of hellebores available during the event. Pine Knot Farms, just over the NC state line in Clarksville, VA. 434-252-1990. pineknotfarms.com.

Fall Open House
October 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
View and shop for colorful camellias and other plants. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. Camforest.com.

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution
October 2, 9am–9:15am
Each fall, we offer thousands of choice and rare plants to our members, and we give them away freely. Get your wagons and carts and head over to join the fun. Check in begins at 7:30 am, but please arrive before 8:45 am to complete the check-in process. If your membership has lapsed or you would like to become a member for the first time, we will also be selling memberships starting at 7:30am. Please do not be late! In previous years, all plants have been given away in a matter of minutes. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Early Autumn at Mason Farm
October 2, 10am-1:30pm
An in-depth tour of Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s Old Farm Trail that travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Explore the beauty of fall, and learn about the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest on the Reserve. The walk includes a short hike off-trail into the Shagbark Hickory Forest. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water (and a walking stick if you use one). Meeting spot supplied upon registration. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Botany for the Artist
October 3, 1:15pm-4:45pm
Traditional botanical illustration was relied on to record and share the identification of plants through accurate representation. Botany for the Artist is a practical course which hopes to encourage the inquisitive artist to understand, interpret and improve their botanical knowledge by reinforcing terminology, observing and notating plant structure and practicing identification with the taxonomic keys. The four lessons—Habitat, Flower Parts, Leaf Comparison, and Fruit Structure—will culminate with the students drawing a graphite work representing a specimen identified at the NCBG. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
October 5, 9:30am-10:45am
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. 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.

Plant-lover’s Tour “The Mixed Border and the Concept Behind It”
October 5, 1pm–2:30pm
The Mixed Border at the JCRA has long served as a stunning mirror to the Perennial Border across the Great Lawn. Botanical treasures abound in the border. Join Doug as we explore this garden within the Arboretum filled with trees, shrubs, bulbs, and herbaceous perennials. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

The WOW Factor: 25 Must-Have Perennials for Fall
October 6, 1:30pm-3pm
The best gardens feel effortless and exciting; they have that indescribable “WOW!” Add impact to your garden this fall in this online presentation with Bobby Mottern. Fee. Pre-Registration. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu/learn.

Plant-lover’s Tour “Plant Sale Sneak Peak”
October 6, 3pm–4pm
Get a sneak peek at some of the great plants offered in the JC Raulston Arboretum’s fall plant sale. Join us this week and learn more about some of our favorite perennials, ground covers, vines, shrubs, trees, and more in the sale. Even if you don’t have enough room for a single plant in your home garden, you’re sure to learn more about some outstanding plants.
Join the Online Presentation. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Master Gardener Plant Sale
October 9, 8am-12noon
The Davidson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association annual fall plant sale. Includes Master Gardener Volunteers plants from their yards, plus a wide variety of plants, including NC natives, at bargain prices. Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. Contact: Frankie Mefford, 336-407-2853. Lexington Farmers Market at the Depot, 129 S. Railroad St., Lexington, NC.

15th Annual Open Garden & Art Show
October 9, 9am-4pm
Mark your calendar and join Beth and Amelia for a day in the garden with local artists and plants. We have returning and new artists, new plants, and a great fall day. There will be pottery, jewelry, birdhouses, metal garden art, hypertufa troughs, concrete leaves, art, turned wood, baskets, and mosaics. Come and bring your friends to celebrate Fall with us. We will be following the Covid guidelines in Raleigh during this event. Amelia Lane & Beth Jimenez, Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Lichens
October 9, 9:30am-4pm
Lichens are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a foray out into the Garden. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Harvest Festival
October 9, 11am-4pm
Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh. 919-828-5337. Logantrd.com.

Fall Open Garden
October 9, 12noon-4pm
The fall open garden will be an excellent opportunity for you and your family to explore the gardens of Brie Arthur, pick up plants, seeds, and soil, and generally get inspired for the season ahead. Plus, you can meet a few of my neighborhood gardeners who are always thrilled to answer your questions and share advice from what they have learned in their many years of experience. Rain or shine, no reservations needed. 7624 Troy Stone Drive, Fuquay-Varina. Visit BrieGrows.com for more info.

Maple Society Interest Group Forming
October 9, 3pm-5pm
Do you have a particular interest in maples, Japanese and otherwise? The Maple Society is an international group with the mission to enhance knowledge and appreciation of maples as a species and as part of our ornamental landscape. There will be a meeting to explore starting a southeast regional interest group for the purpose of gathering more locally to discuss, learn, and perhaps organize field trips regarding maples. Gather, meet each other, and enjoy refreshments. For more info, contact Jim ([email protected]) or Lynn Swanson ([email protected]).

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
October 12, 9:30am-10:45am
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. 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.

Rock Garden Society Plant Sale
October 12, 4:30pm-7:30pm
The Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society will hold a fall plant sale during the JC Raulston Arboretum evening garden walk (free). Come and stroll the gardens at your leisure and come away with some cool plants. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Evening Garden Stroll
October 12, 5pm–8pm
Take advantage of the rare opportunity to visit the garden after hours for a stroll through a premiere collection of flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials. While you’re here, check out the plants for sale from our partners at the North American Rock Garden Society’s Piedmont Chapter. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Midweek with Mark “South American Stunners—Hardy Plants from our Neighbors Down South”
October 13, 3pm–4pm
When we think about plants from South America, we often think of tropicals from the jungles and hard-to-grow plants like monkey puzzle and gunnera, but there are many amazing plants for our temperate landscapes, too. Learn more about these hardy plants from Mark in this week’s midweek online program. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change
October 13-27, Wednesdays 7pm-8pm
Larry Weaner, an iconic figure in North American landscape design, begins each project with the site, and understanding the dynamic forces that are at work on the site. Gardening as a process rather than a product leads to a sense of partnership between gardener and land that is ultimately fulfilling. Join us to understand how to use this approach in your landscape. Fee. Pre-Registration. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu/learn.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
“Let’s Talk Pollinator Gardening: Plan, Plant, and Maintain Successful and Beautiful Pollinator Gardens”
October 14, 7:30pm–9pm
Danesha and Anne will answer all of your questions about how to create beautiful pollinator-friendly gardens designed to welcome beneficial pollinators across the South. Combining up-to-date scientific information with artful design strategies, our information is accessible to gardeners of all levels. You will be confident that your garden, no matter how small, can play a huge role in providing the habitat, nourishment, and nesting places so needed by pollinators. We will cover everything you need to know plant and maintain a successful and beautifully designed garden so you too can be a pollinator champion.Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Distinctive Texas Native Plants Ideal for Rock Gardens in the Piedmont
October 16, 10am–11:30am
North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Coker Arboretum Tour
October 16, 11am-12noon
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Fall Cornucopia: Pumpkins and Fall Foliage in Watercolor
October 16, 1pm-3:30pm
Join Beverly Dyer, Certified Botanical Illustrator, to learn how to paint pumpkins and fall foliage in watercolor. We will learn wet-on-wet techniques and how to shade. Bring a pumpkin of your choice and some fall foliage. Beginners welcome. Beverly’s style is loose and fun. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
October 19, 9:30am-10:45am
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. 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.

Local Trees
October 20, 1pm-4pm
This short course is perfect for those just beginning their study of trees or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the common deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. Students spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails, learning about common trees, how to identify them, and understanding why they grow where they do. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Bulbs: It’s Time to Plant
October 20, 3pm–3:45pm
Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and more! Spring-flowering bulbs help kick the season off with a bang. We’ll explore some of the best geophytes for our home landscapes and discuss how to plant them in this week’s midweek online program. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Local Trees
October 21, 1pm-4pm
This short course is perfect for those just beginning their study of trees or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the common deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. Students spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails, learning about common trees, how to identify them, and understanding why they grow where they do. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Exploring the Diversity of Camellias
October 21, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Join camellia enthusiast, propagator, and grower Brie Arthur for an inspiring program featuring a Southern favorite, the irresistible camellia. Brie will share insights on how to cultivate camellias in zones 7–9 for high impact interest through the fall, winter, and spring. Discover tips on site selection, soil improvement, fertility needs, pruning, and home propagation methods as well as favorite fall and winter blooming varieties. From ancient varieties to modern hybrids, this program will provide attendees with the knowledge needed to be successful at growing camellias. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Green Live: From Origins to Angiosperms
October 21-November 4, Thursdays 7pm-8pm
Plants have an immense impact on our lives – and we often overlook that! In this online class you will look at plants over an evolutionary time scale. Alec will begin with a discussion on the origins of photosynthesis and algae. Then, tracing up through time, he will outline how plants diversified and came to dominate the terrestrial landscape, concluding with the rise of angiosperms! A fresh appreciation of how plants have shaped our world. Fee. Pre-Registration. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu/learn.

Scratchboard: The Knife and the Quill
October 23, 9:30am-12:30pm
Scratchboard is the process of removing ink with a knife blade to create a black and white illustration. Using different angles of a blade can produce the look of fine lace or a traditional woodcut with strong, bold lines. Using both an angled knife blade and a flexible ink quill, students will explore the wonderful variety of textures achievable using two very simple instruments. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Wake Forest Garden Club Autumn Plant and Art Festival
October 23, 10am-4pm
Native plants, orchids, bulbs, floral demonstration at 1pm, local artisans, music by Wake Forest Arts, food trucks, stroll the birthplace gardens and tour museum. Wake Forest College Birthplace and Museum, 414 N. Main Street, Wake Forest. wfgardenclub.org.

Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
October 26, 9:30am-10:45am
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside along the Streamside Trail. 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.

Local Trees
October 27, 1pm-4pm
This short course is perfect for those just beginning their study of trees or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the common deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. Students spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails, learning about common trees, how to identify them, and understanding why they grow where they do. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Fall Is for Planting—Getting Your Plants Off to a Strong Start
October 27, 3pm
When it comes to planting, spring is the most popular time for adding new plants to home gardens. However, fall is the ideal time to plant here in the South. Learn how to properly plant woody plants from Barb Fair in this week’s midweek online program. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Propagating Woody Plants from Seed
October 30, 9am–12pm
One of Bryce Lane’s favorite gardening activities is plant propagation. He loves to divide plants, take cuttings, and he even dabbles in layerage, but propagating woody plants from seed is often overlooked. Come attend a class totally devoted to understanding how trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers reproduce from seed and how we, as gardeners, can take advantage of that science to propagate new and interesting plants. We will talk all about what woody plant seeds need to germinate, how we can overcome dormancy and take advantage of the diversity that comes with propagating plants from seed. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Peak of Autumn at Penny’s Bend
October 30, 1pm-4pm
A two-mile hike through the fall landscape of this 84-acre natural area in northeast Durham. Surrounded on three sides by the Eno River, Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and prairies with regionally rare plants. Explore the fall scenery as you learn about how the Garden manages this unique property. Much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring a walking stick, insect repellant and water. Meeting spot supplied upon registration. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perennial Plant Association Pop-Up Event
September 16, 8am-5:45am
Attendees will be welcomed to Hoffman Nursery, given a special gift bag, and then divided into small groups to explore the state-of-the-art production facility and attend education mini-sessions. Attendees will leave mid-morning with a snack and head to Plantworks Nursery for more education, tours, and a plant sale! Before leaving Plantworks, pick up a catered boxed lunch then drive to the renowned Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. At Duke Gardens, enjoy a guided tour of selected perennial-centric gardens: the beloved Perennial Allee, the recently renovated rose circle gravel garden, native Piedmont Prairie, and the Pocket Prairie on the University campus. Organized activities end with a social overlooking the garden’s Page-Rollins White Garden and Angle Amphitheater & Virtue Peace Pond. Attendees may choose to stay until dusk and explore the rest of the garden on their own! Plan to drive yourself or carpool with colleagues when possible. Prepare to be inspired as you explore each of these education and networking opportunities! Be sure to register early – only 50 tickets available! Hoffman Nursery, 5520 Bahama Rd, Rougemont, NC. https://perennialplant.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1497488&group=

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