Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING GARDENING EVENTS

Want to see your garden event here? Send your events to [email protected].

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

JULY

Midweek with Mark – Why Wild Collections Matter
July 1 – 3:00 PM–4:00 PM
The JCRA has a history of collecting plants from around the world. Learn about why and a little about how we do this and why we’ll continue to collect new germsplasm from the wild. Joining a meeting is easy. We’re using Zoom to host the lectures. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to download Zoom. Meeting ID: 818 234 860. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Great Gardens of the United States and Canada: Learning About Great Gardening Principles, Techniques, and Plants
July 6-August 31, Mondays 6:30pm-8:30pm, no class July 27
This class will feature some of the most beautiful, unique, and interesting gardens in the US and Canada. What is unique about this class though, is that after learning about, and visiting each garden, we will talk about specific gardening principles, and techniques demonstrated and highlighted there, and how we can apply them in our own gardens. With Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. Fee. Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 50 people and is considered complete when payment is received. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Plantsmen’s Tour – Monocot Madness
July 7, 9am–10:30am
“Mono” means one and “cot” is short for cotyledon, but don’t let this technical term keep you away from this tour featuring some of the JC Raulston Arboretum’s favorite and most showy monocots. Monocots include some of the most familiar and favorite plants including grasses, lilies, orchids, palms, agaves, gingers, and many others. They range in size from the tiniest flowering plant, duckweed, to towering palms. This program will be offered remotely using Zoom. Please come back here for the URL a few days before Tuesday, July 7. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Bonsai for Fun
July 9, 6pm
With Josh Williams, PJCBG Garden Manager. Fee. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information and to make a reservation, visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org or call 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville, NC.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop
July 11, 9am
Hypertufa troughs are versatile planting containers made to mimic the old English stone livestock watering troughs. They are lightweight, offer excellent drainage, can be used in the garden or deck or patio year round. What a wonderful way to highlight your special plants! You will learn to mix the ingredients, build your form, and create your trough. All materials are provided and you will take your finished trough home with you. Fee. To Register: Make a check payable to Lasting Impressions and send it to: Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Virtual Home Food Preservation – Pressure Canning Vegetables & Meats
July 11, 10am-11:15am
Foods with a pH above 4.6 are considered low-acid foods. Because there isn’t enough acid to combat the growth of microorganisms resulting in foodborne illness, therefore, they must be pressure canned. This includes meats and vegetables- yes, green beans too! Home-canning produces shelf-stable products and ensures delicious foods year-round- when it is done safely. Grandma’s recommendations may no longer be considered safe and some of those outdated processes can lead to food spoilage. Register online by July 9. Johnston County Cooperative Extension.

Hypertufa Birdbath Workshop – NEW!
July 11, 1pm
Create a contemporary style hypertufa birdbath approximately 14″ square with a shallow area perfect to hold enough water for all types of feathered friends to drink.
This birdbath can be placed on the ground or elevated by placing it on a plant stand of your choice and will add a wonderfully sophisticated look to that perfect spot in your garden. You will learn to mix the ingredients, build your form, and create your birdbath. All materials are provided and you will take your finished trough home with you. Fee. To Register: Make a check payable to Lasting Impressions and send to: Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Coker Arboretum Tour
July 18, 11am-12noon
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with a Coker Arboretum curator! This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as wildflowers bloom and the gardens change through the seasons. Free, preregistration required. The tour departs from the stone gathering circle on the Cameron Avenue side of the Arboretum at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month (March through November). Tours take place rain or shine. For the safety of our guests, dogs are not allowed on tours. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Hike: Stalking the Carolina Lily
July 25, 9am-11:30am
Join Ken Moore for a hike on Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area to see the illusive state wildflower, Carolina Lily (Lilium michauxii). This lily was designated the official State Wildflower, ‘Carolina Lily,’ in 2003. Although it grows throughout the state from Manteo to Murphy, it is seldom seen because many folks avoid walking outdoors in the heat of the summer and utility crews frequently mow and spread herbicide areas where the Carolina Lily occurs. In addition to the Carolina Lily in flower, a diversity of other interesting mid-summer wildflowers will be discovered on Occoneechee Mountain. The walk should be considered a hike; much of the path is uneven and rocky with some steep climbs. Sturdy walking shows (boots), walking stick, water, light snack and binoculars are recommended. Walk, 2 – 2 ½ hours, will begin on site at 9:00 a.m. and last 2 to 2.5 hours. The meet-up location will be provided upon completion of registration. Fee, registration required. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

AUGUST

Virtual Home Food Preservation – Pickling & Fermenting Foods
August 8, 10am-11:15am
Do you love pickles, pickled foods, or fermented foods such as sauerkraut? This workshop is for you! Will include refrigerator pickles, 14-day pickles, fermented pickles, and fermented foods. Home-canning produces shelf-stable products and ensures delicious foods year round- when it is done safely. Grandma’s recommendations may no longer be considered safe and some of those outdated processes can lead to food spoilage. Register online by August 6.  Johnston County Cooperative Extension.

Coker Arboretum Tour
August 15, 11am-12noon
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with a Coker Arboretum curator! This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as wildflowers bloom and the gardens change through the seasons. Free, preregistration required. The tour departs from the stone gathering circle on the Cameron Avenue side of the Arboretum at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month (March through November). Tours take place rain or shine. For the safety of our guests, dogs are not allowed on tours. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Pitchers & Pitchers
August 27, 6pm-8pm
$20
Pitcher plants and pitchers of beer at dusk in the Garden: it doesn’t get much better than that! Enjoy tasty brews and relax by our Carnivorous Plant Collection courtyard. Speak with our conservation and horticulture staff who research, protect, and grow these fascinating species, and learn about the fascinating relationships carnivorous plants have with pollinators and other insects. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Registration is required. Fee. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

Outstanding Plants for the Home Landscape
Accepting Registrations for Online Participants
We are now accepting registrations for participants that are able to take the class entirely online even if the class resumes meeting in person in May. Classes will meet via an interactive Skype meeting that incorporates the class’s lessons and questions and comments from the participants. Each session will be recorded and privately (YouTube account required) shared via YouTube. With Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. https://jcra.ncsu.edu/events

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

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

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

EVENTS RESCHEDULED OR POSTPONED

JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale
Postponed, check their website later for details.
JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Rescheduled for September 10
“How Trees Can Save the World-And What You Can Do To Help”
JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Kiefer Nursery 25th Anniversary
April 18
Check with the organizer about this. Celebrate our 25th anniversary as a garden center with food, speakers and specials. Kiefer Landscaping and Nursery, Durham. 919-596-7313. kieferlandscapinginc.com.

Spring Plant Sale
April 18, 9am-2pm
Check with the organizer about this. Unique, native plants provided by local nurseries, and grown by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, shrubs, small trees, perennials, selections to attract birds, bees & butterflies, drought tolerant, sun or shade, garden gloves. Free soil sample kits & garden advise. Hosted by the Cumberland County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association. Cumberland County Agricultural Center, Fayetteville.

14th Annual Open Garden & Art Show
Rescheduled to Saturday, October 24. 2020. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr, Raleigh.

Kiefer Nursery 25th Anniversary
April 25
Check with the organizer about this. Celebrate our 25th anniversary as a garden center with food, speakers and specials. Kiefer Landscaping and Nursery, Durham. 919-596-7313. kieferlandscapinginc.com.

Open House
April 25
Check with the organizer about this. Lectures, demos and sales. Garden Treasures, Wendell. Garden-treasures.com.

Wake Forest Garden Club Mad Hatter’s Tea and Garden Party
Postponed until October 17. Wake Forest Historical Museum, Wake Forest. [email protected] or wfgardenclub.org.

Chapel Hill Garden Tour
In the interest of the health and safety of all, the Chapel Hill Garden Club has postponed its April Garden Tour until April 17-18, 2021. Already purchased tickets will be honored for the 2021 Tour or refunded. The club will contact people with purchased tickets.