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JUNE

Origami in the Garden2
through September 8
Origami in the Garden2 tells the story of this “folding paper” art form through a traveling collection of metal sculptures inspired by a blank piece of paper and tells the story of creativity and the art of making something out of nothing. Opening ceremony May 5 at 2pm. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. cafefearbg.org.

18th Annual Gardening Seminar
Registration Open June 1- September 1
This popular all-day seminar’s 2019 theme, “Gardening with a Conscience,” will pump up your gardening knowledge and open your eyes with 4 outstanding speakers on September 19.
Features 3 keynote speakers including Dr. Doug Tallamy, a breakout session of choice, continental breakfast, catered lunch, garden-related vendors, door prizes, and a silent auction (new this year). Enjoy the accessible 1-acre Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden on site during break times. Fee. Pre-register. 336-641-2400N.C. Cooperative Extension, Guilford County Center, 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro, NC. https://go.ncsu.edu/guilfordseminar.

Spring Garden Symposium
June 1, 8:30am-5:30pm
Lectures, private garden tours, vendors, and luncheon. Fee, pre-register. Calvary Episcopal Church, Tarboro. tarborobbarboretumsymposium.eventbrite.com.

Family Garden Walk
June 1, 9am-9:45am
Discover new places in the Gardens as you learn about the many things that live here. Free and open to all ages. Meet at the Gothic Gates. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Wild Summer Foraging Adventures
June 1, 9am-noon
Let’s celebrate the edible and medicinal gifts of our local plants and trees of summer including: mulberry, mimosa, saint johns wort, passionflower, and others. Learn how to incorporate the healing and nourishment of abundant local flora into your everyday life through teas, sodas, tinctures, delicious food, and more! Identification and ethical foraging skills will be covered while enjoying many hands-on activities. Ages 14 and up. Fee and preregistration at abundancehealingarts.com.

Propagation Workshop
June 1, 9am-3pm
Join this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants at the Arboretum. Participants go home with many freshly propagated plants. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Carolina Moonlight Garden Party
June 1, 6pm-9pm
Carolina moonlight shines on the Piedmont! Join us for a fun-filled evening at the Garden highlighting conservation efforts in the North Carolina Piedmont. Experience twilight at the Garden while enjoying the lively tunes of the Finns and a plated dinner of regional North Carolina delights. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

15th Annual Garden Tour
June 1-2, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm
Master Gardener docents will guide and/or answer questions about the gardens as well as general gardening queries. Gardens located in Lexington, NC and south of Hwy 64. Hosted by the Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners. Fee. 336-210-5365 or 336-250-3014. davidson.ces.ncsu.edu.

Well House Gardens – Open Garden Days
June 2, 10am-2pm
Come out and join us for a day of wandering through our 4+ acres of gardens and watch as we develop new gardens. Many of our plants will be labeled for the event. The Open Garden Days are an opportunity for plant lovers to see the gardens as they evolve over the course of the spring and summer. 6401 Litchford Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615.

Arboretum Guided Tour
June 2, 2pm-3pm
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Plantsmen’s Tour
June 4, 9am-10:30am or 6pm-7:30pm
“Mahonia and Their Kin” with Mark Weathington, Director. Many mahonias and other members of the Berberidaceae family are beautiful ornamental plants. Join Mark Weathington on this tour as he discusses some of his favorite mahonias (Mahonia), barberries (Berberis), barrenwort (Epimedium), nandina (Nandina), and Mayapples (Podophyllum). Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature Storytime
June 6, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Accompanying adult required. Location: Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. Free drop-in activity. Parking fees apply. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Walk on the Wild Side
June 6, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month with Blomquist curator Annabel Renwick. Meet at the Blomquist Garden entrance. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Garden Storytime
June 7, 10:30am-11:30am
Join us for a morning of outdoor garden fun. We will explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread our picnic blankets for garden stories and crafts. Program begins at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. After checking in, we will go out into the gardens. Come dressed for the weather as this program is held outdoors. Activities are moved to a sheltered location in the event of rain. Please plan to stay with your child as parents/caretakers participate with children. Suggested for ages three to five. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Southeastern Plant Symposium
June 7-8
Two days of plant lust as we host the best of the best to talk about cutting-edge plants with plant explorers, plant breeders, nurserymen, and other experts. Plus a silent auction. Hosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

How to Plant & Grow Herbs
June 8, 10:30am
Learn about soil preparation as well as how to plant and care for the most popular herbs. Plus, harvest and storage tips. Free guide included. No registration necessary. Homewood Nursery and Garden Center, Raleigh. homewoodnursery.com.

Super Rain Barrels & Free Mulches
June 8, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Learn how to set up a 275-gallon rain barrel without a pump, install a 300-gallon rain barrel that functions as a water garden and find sources for free mulch. Fee. Bayleaf Cottage, Durham. frankhyman.com.

Sunshine Lavender Farm Open Farm Weekend
June 8-9, Saturday 9am – 5 pm & Sunday, 9am-4 pm
You’re invited to enjoy the farm! A private residence and a working farm since 2000, come to relax and inhale the sweet fragrance of lavender. You may choose to take a farm tour with the owners to learn how to plant, harvest and preserve this amazing, soothing and sweetly scented herb. Tours will happen throughout the day. Choose to craft with fresh and preserved lavender, ongoing during the weekend. Discover hundreds of lavender plants and proven varieties for southern gardens ready to take root in your yard or a favorite container. Visit the Lavender Garden Shed which will be stocked with handmade lavender items lovingly made in small batches for body, garden, gifts, home and weddings. Lavender items are created from the crop grown using natural practices where no synthetic chemicals of herbicides or pesticides are used. You will find many one-of-a-kind items unique to Sunshine Lavender Farm. This is a free event and guests need to register so that the farm family may plan accordingly. The farm is located in the Schley community north of Hillsborough in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunshine-lavender-farms-open-farm-weekend-tickets-59892581323

Arboretum Guided Tour
June 9, 2pm-3pm
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature Adventures Camps
June 10-August 9
Explore Duke Gardens while learning about topics such as “Art and Science,” “Animals in the Gardens” and “Plant It, Grow It, Eat It.” Each one-week day camp has a different theme and serves a different age group. More information: gardens.duke.edu/learn/camp. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Using Your Smartphone Camera and Apps to Transform Your Garden Images into Digital Art
June 13, 10am-12noon
The smartphone is the camera many of us have with us at all times so why not use the phone’s camera capability together with inexpensive phone-based apps to turn our pictures into digital art in the style of drawings, watercolors, and paintings. In this session, you’ll learn about three digital art apps: Prisma, Painteresque, and Waterlogue. We’ll use these apps to create digital art using photographs we take in the Arboretum with our smartphones or images from your phone’s camera roll. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pitchers & Pitchers
June 13, 6pm-8pm
Learn about our Carnivorous Plant Collection and enjoy tasty brews at dusk in the Garden. Speak with conservation and horticulture staff who research, protect, and grow native carnivorous plant species, and learn about the fascinating relationships carnivorous plants have with pollinators and other insects. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
“Horticultural Tartan—A Walk Through Scotland’s Gardens and Landscapes Part II”
June 13, 7:30pm-9pm
Join Amanda Wilkins, garden curator of Juniper Level Botanic Garden and past JCRA intern, as she looks back at her time in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she completed her Masters at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. You’ll get a whirlwind tour of the U.K., learn some tips and tricks for traveling, have your breath taken away by the landscape, and your heart stolen by the incredible gardens. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Garden Storytime
June 14, 10:30am-11:30am
Join us for a morning of outdoor garden fun. We will explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread our picnic blankets for garden stories and crafts. Program begins at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. After checking in, we will go out into the gardens. Come dressed for the weather as this program is held outdoors. Activities are moved to a sheltered location in the event of rain. Please plan to stay with your child as parents/caretakers participate with children. Suggested for ages three to five. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Daylily Flower Show and Sale
June 15
Raleigh Daylily club juried flower show, open to the public. Registration 8am-10:30am. Judging 11am-1:30pm. Public viewing 2pm. Daylily plant sale, too. Crabtree Valley Mall, north atrium below food court. Raleigh.

Wild Summer Foraging Adventures
June 15, 9am-noon
Let’s celebrate the edible and medicinal gifts of our local plants and trees of summer including: mulberry, mimosa, saint johns wort, passionflower, and others. Learn how to incorporate the healing and nourishment of abundant local flora into your everyday life through teas, sodas, tinctures, delicious food, and more! Identification and ethical foraging skills will be covered while enjoying many hands-on activities. Ages 14 and up. Fee and preregistration at abundancehealingarts.com.

Hummingbirds with Helen Yoest
June 15, 10am-11am
Attracting hummingbirds to the gardens is truly a flight of fancy. Joine Helen to learn about ruby-throated hummingbird life cycles and plant preference, plus interesting facts about this tiny jewel.
Free. Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop, Raleigh. logantrd.com.

Pollinator Festival at Lake Crabtree County Park
June 15, 10am–2pm
Lake Crabtree seventh annual Pollinator Festival, in honor of National Pollinator Week. Free, with games, crafts and other activities, plus prizes to take home, local experts, food vendors. For all ages. Lake Crabtree County Park, Morrisville. 919-460-3355. [email protected]

Lavender Farm Weekend
June 15 and 16.
Farm tours begin at 10 am each day and occur throughout the weekend. The fresh lavender miniature wreath and sachet craft will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Discover hundreds of lavender plants and proven varieties for southern gardens ready to take root in your yard or a favorite container. Shop the Lavender Garden Shed which will be stocked with handmade lavender items lovingly made in small batches for body, garden, gifts, home and weddings. Find many one-of-a-kind items. The farm is the only place that you will find these unique products! Master Gardeners and Orange County Beekeepers Association will be on hand to help answer your most pressing questions. Food, farmers market, and more. Sunshine Lavender Farm, 4104 Millstone Road, Hurdle Mills, NC 27541. sunshinelavenderfarm.com.

Arboretum Guided Tour
June 16, 2pm-3pm
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Durham Garden Forum: Life Favors Conditions that Favor Life
June 18, 7pm-8:30pm
Current research has documented the tangible benefits provided by nature – including one study that concludes that natural areas are as beneficial as a $20,000 a year raise! Join us to discuss those benefits and how nature, in our backyard and in our communities, offers a significant impact. Lecture fee: $10 per meeting for non-members. Forum members free with annual $25 membership, payable to Durham Garden Forum. For membership information, please email [email protected] No registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. gardens.duke.edu.

Pollinator Party
June 22
Join us at this all day party with free pollinator plant or seed packs for kids, pollinators face painting, free pollinator plants & habitats guide, free ice cream 11am while it lasts. 25% off perennials, and more. Homewood Nursery and Garden Center, Raleigh. homewoodnursery.com.

Pollinator Festival
June 22, 9am-6pm
Join us for a day dedicated to the pollinators vital to our food production systems. Learn how to attract pollinators in your garden, enjoy special sales, play games to earn discounts and support the Pollinator Partnership. Register for classes online. Atlantic Gardens Company, Raleigh. 919-878-8877. atlanticgardening.com.

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies with Helen Yoest
June 22, 10am-11am
In the last 20 years, the Monarch butterfly has declined by 90% and this declined has been traced back to early 1900s, and even more so on the West Coast with a decline of upwards  of 97%. The decline of the milkweed plant is in direct correlation with the decline the Monarch butterflies. Milkweed is the Monarch butterfly’s only host plant. Without milkweed, there will be no Monarch butterflies. By planting more milkweed, and raising eggs and larvae to adulthood, you can increase the chances of an egg reaching adulthood from just 5% to 95%.
It’s easy. It’s fun. And it’s for the whole family! Free. Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop, Raleigh. logantrd.com.

Butterflies in Colored Pencil
June 22, 1pm-4:30pm
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with this introduction to drawing using one of North Carolina’s many butterflies as the reference. No prerequisites. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Terrarium Building Class
June 22, 6:30pm-8pm.
Fee, all materials included. Refreshments will be served. Contact [email protected] City Garden Design, Cary. citygardendesign.com.

Summer Solstice Tree Ramble by Donation
June 23, 9am-noon
Get to know our edible and medicinal trees as we celebrate the transition to summer at Town Lake Park in Pittsboro. In a fun, reverent, and accessible way, we’ll explore tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, as well as food and medicine preparations and uses. Get inspired to add to your home apothecary and pantry as we sample some of Planty Kim’s tree creations like sodas, tinctures, teas, and delicious wild edible treats. RSVP encouraged but not required. Ages 10 and up. Suggested donation is $15-$45. More details: abundancehealingarts.com.

Arboretum Guided Tour
June 23, 2pm-3pm
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Bulbs for Every Season—Enjoy the Color and Interest They Bring to Each Season
June 24, 10am-11:30am
Bulbs and other geophytes have some of the showiest flowers—some even have very decorative foliage. They’re often the first sign of spring in our gardens and they’re part of our holiday celebrations. Learn which are the best for our garden throughout the year for four seasons of color. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Landscape Color and Professional Field Day
June 26, 9am-4:30pm
Join us for the 2019 Landscape Color and Professional Field Day for a day filled with helpful information for green industry professionals. The subject matter is across the board, giving professionals a wide variety of interesting topics they’ll find useful in their daily Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Plants of Distinction: Hydrangea Walk
June 26, 10am-11:30am
Discover these beautiful plants that provide color, delight, fragrance, seasonality, and history. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

The Nature of Art and the Art of Nature: Connecting Visual Arts and Natural Science in the Classroom
June 27-28, 9am-4pm
Join education staff from Duke Gardens and the Nasher Museum of Art as we explore the many connections between visual art and natural science. Spend time in Duke Gardens and the Nasher galleries, try many hands-on activities, and receive a binder filled with lessons directly connected to NC curriculum. Register through the Nasher Museum of Art at 919-684-8816. nasher.duke.edu.

Fairy Garden Make & Take Workshop
June 28, 10:30am
Learn how to make a fairy garden and make one to take home. The workshop is free with all elements available for purchase. Register to [email protected] or call 919-847-0117. Homewood Nursery and Garden Center, Raleigh. homewoodnursery.com.

Hypertufa Trough and Concrete Leaf Workshop
June 29, 9am-12noon
Make a hypertufa trough. Fee. Pre-register. [email protected] Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr. Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Wild Summer Foraging Adventures
June 29, 9am-noon
Let’s celebrate the edible and medicinal gifts of our local plants and trees of summer including: mulberry, mimosa, saint johns wort, passionflower, and others. Learn how to incorporate the healing and nourishment of abundant local flora into your everyday life through teas, sodas, tinctures, delicious food, and more! Identification and ethical foraging skills will be covered while enjoying many hands-on activities. Ages 14 and up. Fee and preregistration at abundancehealingarts.com.

Concrete Leaf Workshop
June 29, 1pm-3pm
Create a concrete leaf. Fee. Pre-register. [email protected] Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr. Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Arboretum Guided Tour
June 30, 2pm-3pm
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

JULY

Craig Lehoullier: The NC Tomatoman
July 6, 10:30am-11:30am
Craig will discuss all things tomato, including containers & straw bale gardening. His love of heirloom tomatoes began with his joining the Seed Savers Exchange, an organization for which he continues to serve as adviser for tomatoes, in 1986. He is responsible for naming and popularizing many well known tomatoes, such as Cherokee Purple. Craig is the author of two books, Epic Tomatoes (2015) and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales (2016). Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh. logantrd.com.