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.

AUGUST

Story Walk: Up in the Garden Down in the Dirt
Through August 2, 9am-5pm
Come enjoy a story walk. The temporary exhibit is spaced along the Children’s Discovery Trail so that you can read Up in the Garden Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner while walking a garden trail yourself. Story Walks encourage young children’s love of reading and nature! Free with admission/membership. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville.

Excursion: Establishing a New Species, Firelily in the Sandhills
August 1, 9:30am-2:30pm
This three stop excursion to the NC Sandhills will introduce you to this distinctive, biologically rich region of the state and to a newly described species of lily – the firelily. We will visit two populations of this rare lily and see firsthand how it ‘fits’ into the unusual scenario of requiring wet soil yet also needing fire or other disturbance to reproduce. We will observe how it competes with neighboring shrubs and other plants, discuss its life cycle, and relate why it is a rare plant range-wide. The specialized ‘streamhead pocosin’ habitat supports a fascinating collection of plant species; among those we hope to see are white-fringed and orange-fringed orchids. Directions to the meeting location will be sent by email in advance of the event date. Register Here. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Plantsmen’s Tour – Interns’ Top Picks
August 4, 9am–10:30am
Our 2020 crew of interns will show off some of their favorites among the JCRA collection. This tour is always one of our favorites. This program will be offered remotely using Zoom. Please come back here for the URL a few days before August 4. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Planning and Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden in the Southeast
August 4-25, Tuesdays, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Take your veggie growing skills to a new level this fall with Brie Arthur, Author, Horticulturist, and Lifelong Home Gardener! Learn how to plan and plant a fall vegetable garden that will keep you harvesting all season long. Local gardening expert Brie Arthur is excited to teach you how to grow your own! This autumn inspired four-session webinar will cover everything you need to know for a successful fall harvest. From site prep and seed starting to container combinations and harvesting tips, this detailed gardening course will have you growing like a pro! Fee. Contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or [email protected] for more information about this course. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. https://jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=2363

Midweek with Mark
August 5, 3pm–4pm
“Across the Border—Mexican Successes in North Carolina” with Mark Weathington, Director. Joining a meeting is easy. We’re using Zoom to host the lectures. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to download Zoom. Follow the dialogs to install Zoom. The session should start upon the successful installation of Zoom. Use the same link to watch future presentations once Zoom is installed. You will need speakers to hear the presentations. While watching, we’ll ask everyone to keep their microphones muted to prevent feedback and other unwanted background noises. Meeting ID: 818 234 860. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Landscape Color and Professional Field Day
Open to Both Green Industry Professionals and Home Gardeners
August 6, 10am–12noon
Join us virtually for the 2020 Landscape Color and Professional Field Day for a morning filled with helpful information for green industry professionals about the JC Raulston Arboretum’s 2020 Color Trials. Douglas Ruhren, gardens manager, and Bernadette Clark, bedding plant trials coordinator, will take participants on a virtual tour of the 2020 color trials while discussing their favorites and how they can be used in the landscape. Additionally, we’ll watch messages from companies that participated in this year’s trials including a special message announcing the 2020 winners for 2021 from All-America Selections. Free. Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited and is considered complete when payment is received. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Virtual Walk on the Wild Side: Biogeography
August 6, 11am-12noon
Explore the wilds of North Carolina in these monthly “Wild Side” talks about Duke Gardens’ Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. This month we will discuss biogeography. It’s a chance to talk about plants and ecosystems across both time and space! There is a fascinating story we can read from the biogeography of plants. Let horticulturist Maegan Luckett introduce you. This series continues on the first Thursday of each month, from 11 a.m. to noon. Participation is free, but advance registration is required at this link: http://duke.is/6qHS4U. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We look forward to taking this virtual “walk” with you. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Open House
August 7-8, 8am-1pm
Garden Treasures, Wendell. www.garden-treasures.com.

FREE Second Saturday Tour
August 8, 10am-11am
Did you know that the Garden offers FREE guided tours the second Saturday of every month? Each month offers a glimpse into what’s happening in our unique native plant gardens – from spring wildflowers to fall color – and what makes the NCBG one of the premier conservation gardens in the US. Tours are one (1) hour and led by our skilled volunteer Garden Guides. FREE, but please pre-register. Space is limited! Meet in the Allen Education Center lobby at 10:00 AM. Register Here. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

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.

Taking Better Photographs
August 11, 18 and 25, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
A 3-part beginning photography class by Elizabeth Larson. Fee. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Backyard Ag 101 Online Course
August 12, 10am
Class topics include the following (not necessarily in order): Perennials/Herbs Fruit pruning/ornamental pruning Small scale poultry production Beekeeping Composting/Vermicompost Weed Identification & Management Livestock health Read more at: https://vance.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/04/resources-for-backyard-ag-101-on-line-course/

Midweek with Mark
August 12, 3pm–4pm
“Plants by Post—A Few of Our Favorite Mail-Order Nurseries” with Mark Weathington, Director. Joining a meeting is easy. We’re using Zoom to host the lectures. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to download Zoom. Follow the dialogs to install Zoom. The session should start upon the successful installation of Zoom. Use the same link to watch future presentations once Zoom is installed. You will need speakers to hear the presentations. While watching, we’ll ask everyone to keep their microphones muted to prevent feedback and other unwanted background noises. Meeting ID: 818 234 860. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Wildflowers of the Eno River Diabase Area
August 13, 12noon-1pm
The Eno River Diabase area is home to remarkable plant diversity, driven by the unique geology and soils found here. The NC Plant Conservation Program and its partners have been working together to protect this area and the species which make it so special. Lesley will provide a history of the conservation and protection efforts in this area, share current management and research endeavors, and end with information about how you can get involved. Free. Register Here. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Red Cross Blood Drive
August 13, 12:30pm-5pm
Held at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville. To make an appointment online, visitwww.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code:Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden or call 336-996-7888. For more information, visit www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Cool Season Vegetables Class
August 15, 10am-11am
Yes, you can grow roots and shoots in the cool seasons here in the Triangle. Learn about how to plan your garden and manage plants for maximum productivity. One of Durham’s Extension Master Gardener’s will tell you exactly what you need to know to grow veggies in late fall and early spring. To register head to our website at https://www.fgsdurham.com/workshops/. There is no fee for this class. For Garden’s Sake, Durham.

Summer Wildflowers in Watercolor
August 15, 10am-12:30pm
Celebrate Summer! Learn about native plants that flower in summer and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small drawing of summer wildflowers like the 2020 Wildflower of the Year: Sabatia angularis (Marsh-pink). No prerequisites. Fee. Register Here. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

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.

Midweek with Mark
August 19, 3pm–4pm
“Snowbells, Silverbells, and Other Styrax Relatives” with Mark Weathington, Director. Joining a meeting is easy. We’re using Zoom to host the lectures. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to download Zoom. Follow the dialogs to install Zoom. The session should start upon the successful installation of Zoom. Use the same link to watch future presentations once Zoom is installed. You will need speakers to hear the presentations. While watching, we’ll ask everyone to keep their microphones muted to prevent feedback and other unwanted background noises. Meeting ID: 818 234 860. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

A Walking Tour of Our Garden’s Summer Annuals
August 20, 6pm-7pm
With Adrienne Roethling, PJCBG’s Director of Curation and Mission Delivery. Fee. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Flying Jewels and Wildflowers in the Garden: The Science of Banding Hummingbirds
August 22, 12:30pm-4:30pm
Discover how researchers band ruby-throated hummingbirds, North Carolina’s only native hummingbird. Meet local ruby-throated hummingbirds and witness up-close how researchers trap, handle, and band these tiny birds for data recording. Learn about their fascinating lives and hear about native wildflowers and woody plants that provide nectar and fulfill habitat needs. Fee. Register Here. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Creating a Pollinator Paradise with Native Wildflowers
August 22 & 29, 10am-12noon
Learn about the principles of designing and planting a pollinator garden and how to select native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and vines to attract a diversity of pollinators. On the second Saturday meet at and take a guided tour of the Chatham County Cooperative Extension Pollinator Garden. Directions will be provided in the registration confirmation. Fee. Register Here. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Backyard Ag 101 Online Course
August 26, 10am
Class topics include the following (not necessarily in order): Perennials/Herbs Fruit pruning/ornamental pruning Small scale poultry production Beekeeping Composting/Vermicompost Weed Identification & Management Livestock health Read more at: https://vance.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/04/resources-for-backyard-ag-101-on-line-course/

Midweek with Mark
August 26, 3pm–4pm
“Some Like It Hot— Plants That Can Take the Heat” with Mark Weathington, Director. Joining a meeting is easy. We’re using Zoom to host the lectures. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to download Zoom. Follow the dialogs to install Zoom. The session should start upon the successful installation of Zoom. Use the same link to watch future presentations once Zoom is installed. You will need speakers to hear the presentations. While watching, we’ll ask everyone to keep their microphones muted to prevent feedback and other unwanted background noises. Meeting ID: 818 234 860. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Learning Your Smart Phone Camera
August 26, 5:30pm-8:30pm
With Elizabeth Larson. Fee. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

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.

iNaturalists in Action: Wildflower Workshop
August 29, 9:30am-12:30pm
Join us for this hands-on introduction to recording wildflower (and other 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 a nearby outdoor site to make wildflower and other plant observations. We’ll allow time to discuss your observations and provide suggestions for recording observations on your own and, if desired, contributing them to citizen science projects. To participate, you will need to bring a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet. Fee. Register Here. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

SEPTEMBER

Red Cross Blood Drive
September 4, 10am-2:30pm
Held at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville. To make an appointment online, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden or call 336-996-7888. For more information, visit www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Fall Plant Sale
September 4-19
Fall is time for planting! 25% OFF all shrubs, trees, and perennials. Fresh shipments through the sale. Homewood Nursery, Raleigh. homewoodnursery.com.

Backyard Ag 101 Online Course
September 9, 10am
Class topics include the following (not necessarily in order): Perennials/Herbs Fruit pruning/ornamental pruning Small scale poultry production Beekeeping Composting/Vermicompost Weed Identification & Management Livestock health Read more at: https://vance.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/04/resources-for-backyard-ag-101-on-line-course/

Magical Monarchs
September 10, 2pm-1pm
Program by Jeanne Megel. Bring your lunch. The Garden will provide drinks.   Fee, registration is required. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street, Kernersville. 336-996-7888. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Local Excursion: Early Autumn Wildflowers and Vegetation in the Eno Diabase Area
September 19, 10:30am-12:30pm
The Eno River Diabase Sill Natural Area is located in Durham County. Many may be familiar with the Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, which is at the heart of this important rare plant area. There are several additional protected properties in this vicinity including the Eno River Diabase Sill and Hebron Road Plant Conservation Preserves owned and managed by the NC Plant Conservation Program, and the Blue Indigo Slopes Nature Preserve owned and managed by the Eno River Association, to name a few. Each of the partners in this area have contributed significantly to the overall conservation success story. Circumneutral soils, derived from diabase substrate, are a shared key feature of these sites, allowing many rare prairie-affiliated plant populations to flourish. Most notable is the federally endangered smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata), but there are 23 additional rare plant species in this area. Our autumn tour will highlight fall wildflowers and the beauty of these special places in fruit. Transportation not included. We will meet at the site. Directions to the meeting site will be provided by email before the event date. Fee. Register Here. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill.

Backyard Ag 101 Online Course
September 23, 10am
Class topics include the following (not necessarily in order): Perennials/Herbs Fruit pruning/ornamental pruning Small scale poultry production Beekeeping Composting/Vermicompost Weed Identification & Management Livestock health Read more at: https://vance.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/04/resources-for-backyard-ag-101-on-line-course/

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

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.