Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING EVENTS

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JULY

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.

First Saturday Tour: Pond, Puddle, and Pool
July 6, 10am-11am
Learn about the plants and animals that love to have their “feet wet” in some of our standing water aquatic habitats – the Salamander Pool, Turtle Pond, and Water Gardens. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

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.

Well House Gardens – Open Garden Days
July 7, 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. Guided tours at 11am and 1pm. Free. 6401 Litchford Rd,
Raleigh. wellhousegardens.com.

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

Preserving the Garden: Dried Arrangements
July 11, 6pm
With Josh Williams, PJCBG Garden Manager. Fee, bring your lunch. To register, email [email protected] Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street. Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Flowers After Hours Tour + Workshop
July 13, 9:30am-11:30am
Enjoy the flowers of the day at Duke Gardens on a 45-minute docent-led tour. We end the tour at our workshop location with herbalist Hannah Popish. Hannah will work with the group to explore herbs, herbal uses and their healing properties. Learn to grow 3 herbs at home and make a tea blend to take home. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Cooking From Your Garden
July 13, 10:30am-12noon
In this class we’ll discuss specialty produce, herbs and edibles weeds, harvesting techniques, growing herbs indoors and more. With David McConnell of Infinity Hundred Farms. Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh. logantrd.com.

Introduction to Growing Citrus in North Carolina
July 13, 1pm–2:30pm
How would you like to grow the most valuable lemon in your own back yard without protection (it’s more valuable than Meyer lemon)? How would you like to harvest home grown Clementines, kumquats, and yes, even Meyer lemons and others in winter inside your own home? Not to mention the pleasure of fragrant flowers, fragrant leaves, and evergreens to decorate for Christmas. Class includes a slideshow, handout of resources, and plenty of Q&A time with Frank Hyman. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Tea Harvesting and Processing Workshop
July 14, 10am-3pm
Learn to harvest tea leaves and process these to make delicious drinks. Pre-register. 919-968-0504Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. cam forest.com.

Nature Adventures Camp: Inventions from Nature (grades 3-5)
July 15-19
From high-tech fabrics to airplanes and zippers, humans have borrowed clever ideas from nature to solve problems. Find plants and animals in the Gardens that have inspired inventions, then tinker with contraptions to devise your own innovations and create art inspired by science. Please see the Nature Adventures Camps page for more info, including the full schedule of weekly camps, age groups and themes. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

2019 Gardeners Advice Fair
July 16, 6pm-8pm
Learn how to propagate plants, identify weeds, garden in small spaces and more. Includes a presentation on straw bale and container gardening. Weather permitting arborists will provide an outdoor tree climbing and pruning demonstration. In addition, 14 exhibitors will share information about local gardening-related products and services. Plants and other items will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by the Durham Garden Forum in partnership with Durham County Extension Master Gardeners and Duke Gardens. Free admission. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. [email protected]

Photography Walk: Key Photography Gear for Better Garden Photographs
July 18, 10am–12noon
Garden photography presents some interesting challenges for the photographer from being able to photograph in close proximity to flowers, to controlling the light to enable photographing at different times of the day. In this session we’ll discuss some key equipment professionals use to enable better garden photographs including: macro lenses, extension tubes, tripods, reflectors, diffusers, circular polarizing filters and close-up diopters. Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography, will demonstrate each of these tools while photographing in the Arboretum and explain when and how to use them. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Artisans at the Garden
July 19-20, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm
An exhibition and sale presented by Twin City Artisans. For more information, visit www.twincityartisansnc.com or email [email protected]  Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street. Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Founder’s Day
July 20
Everything in stock 35% off. Free hot dogs 11:30-2 and free Howling Cow ice cream and cold drinks. Homewood Nursery and Garden Center, Raleigh. homewoodnursery.com.

Front Yard Foraging: Delicious Weeds and Edible Ornamentals
July 20, 10:30am-12noon
You can forage for delicious edibles right outside your front door. Turn your “weeding” chore into a feeding frenzy by harvesting edible weeds like purslane, chickweed, sorrel, dayflower, bedstraw and many others. There are also ornamental plants in the average garden that are edible and delicious too: beautyberry, hibiscus, Solomon seal, daylily and lots more. Horticulturist and foraging columnist Frank Hyman will share a slideshow featuring a year’s worth of delicious and nutritious edibles that thrive in the garden whether you plant them or not. Fee. Durham. Details at www.frankhyman.com.

Coker Arboretum Tour
July 20, 11am-12noon
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum curator Margo MacIntyre. We’ll cover the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden as we explore early summer flowers. Free. Preregistration encouraged. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Not Tonight Deer: Keeping Those Long-Legged Rats Out of Your Garden
July 20, 2:30pm-4pm
Horticulturist, designer and carpenter Frank Hyman includes an easy to remember list of plant families that deer don’t like (culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, ferns, etc.), plus slides of cost-effective and attractive fences that deter deer and a discussion about successful deer repellants. Fee. Durham. Details at www.frankhyman.com.

The Joys of Gardening 50 Years as a Klutz: Prickles Pests, and Other Concerns in the Garden
July 22, 10am–11:30am
Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Juried Photographic Competition and Exhibition
July 24
Online entries due for the competition by 11:59pm on July 24. Adults and youth can submit original photographs of garden or plant related subjects. Distinguished judges will determine the winning images and cash awards will be presented. The winning prints along with the judges’ favorites will be displayed at the Arboretum during the months of September and October for the public to see. Don’t delay! Start capturing your favorite images today. Maybe yours will become “Best in Show.” JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
July 26, 7:30pm-9pm
Every Tree Has a Story—The Stories Behind Many Well Known and Amazing Japanese Maples and Other Ornamental Trees with Tim and Matt Nichols, Nichols Nursery. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Japanese Maple Grafting Workshop
July 27, 8:30am–12noon or 1pm-4:30pm
Grafting is the only method possible to propagate some plants. Many rare and expensive plants are grafted. In this workshop, participants learn to graft Japanese maples from two experts. Tim and Matt Nichols will discuss and demonstrate grafting techniques and then will individually assist each participant as they graft their own plants. JCRA staff will collect scion wood prior to the workshop. Each participant will graft a minimum of five Japanese maples. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Hypertufa Trough and Concrete Leaf Workshop
July 27
Make a hypertufa trough 9am-12noon. Concrete leaf workshop 1pm-3pm. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature Adventures Camp: Artists in the Gardens (6th-8th grade)
July 29-August 2
Art can communicate everything from how you’re feeling to the close relationship between a caterpillar and its host plant. Use the garden for inspiration and as a source of unusual materials as we explore habitats, uncover wildlife and identify plants. Experiment with various media, learn new techniques and collaborate to express yourself. Please see the Nature Adventures Camps page for more info, including the full schedule of weekly camps, age groups and themes. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

AUGUST

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.

Family Garden Walk: Aquatic Life
August 3, 9am-9:45am
Bring the whole family to explore the garden on the first Saturday of each month (excluding July). Discover new places in the Gardens as you learn about the many things that live here, with a different seasonal theme each month. Walks will end inside the Gardens to allow your family to continue exploring on your own. Open to all ages. Meet at the Gothic Gates. Free drop-in activity, pre-registration suggested. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Warm Season Grass
August 3, 10am-11:30am
The Triangle is perfectly positioned in a climate favorable for warm season grass varieties such as Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede. Join us for a free class on the benefits of warm season lawns & how to care for them. Free. Pre-register by calling 919-836-0492 or email [email protected] Super-Sod of Cary (not at our Raleigh at the State Farmers Market).

Well House Gardens – Open Garden Days
August 4, 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. Guided tours at 11am and 1pm. Free. 6401 Litchford Rd,
Raleigh. wellhousegardens.com.

Walk on the Wild Side
August 7, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina with Annabel Renwick, Blomquist Garden of Native Plants curator, in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Lunchbox Talk: Here There Be Dragons

August 8, 12noon-1pm
Dragonflies and damselflies are a common sight along most bodies of water, a gorgeous sign of summer in North Carolina. Join Chris Goforth from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to learn which dragonflies travel in front of storms, the crazy acrobatics required to reproduce, and the fantastic way that dragonfly nymphs live up to “dragon” in their name. Dragonflies and damselflies are truly unique animals, so come get to know a few local species and hear all about the amazing biology, behavior, and body parts that make these creatures so fascinating! Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Epiphytes – Life Out on a Limb
August 8, 6pm
With Josh Williams, PJCBG Garden Manager. Fee, bring your lunch. To register, email [email protected] Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street. Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Green Hill Farm Hosta Sale
August 10
All hostas are $13, including the newest $50 one. Green Hill Hosta, Franklinton. hostahosta.com.

Intro to Mushroom Foraging
August 10, 10am-12 noon
Professional forager Frank Hyman provides a checklist to ID delicious mushrooms, such as morels, chanterelles and others–most of which have no poisonous lookalikes. Also covers how to cook and preserve them. Durham, fee, details at www.frankhyman.com.

The Camera in Your Pocket: Garden Videography for the Novice
August 10, 10am-4pm
Today’s mobile devices are much more than communication tools. Most of us now carry a video camera with us at all times, and we have the ability to record, edit, and share short video clips in a matter of minutes! In this fun and hands-on workshop, you’ll join Emmy award-winning videographer Simone Keith as she teaches you simple and effective ways to use your smartphone or tablet to create and share professional-looking video content from your garden and nature. Bring your mobile device (smartphone or tablet) with you to class. Please also pack a lunch for the day. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Liberated Gardener: Save Time, Money, Your Back and Your Planet
August 10, 2:30pm-4pm
After 40 years of organic gardening and farming, Frank Hyman shares two-dozen gardening hacks that reduce the hassle of keeping a garden in the south. Fee. Durham. Details at www.frankhyman.com.

Seasonal Tree Identification
August 14, 5pm–8pm
What’s that tree? Participants will learn to identify local trees based on bark, limb, buds, branching pattern, leaves, seeds, and habitat. Participants will receive field guides for local trees to keep and take home. This is an outdoor event, and participants should dress for the weather. Fee. Registration barcode is #237241. Walnut Creek Wetland, Raleigh. raleighnc.gov.

Perennial Vegetables: Plant Once, Reap Twice (or More)
August 17, 9am–10:30am
Perennial vegetables are not fruits. The part you eat is the flower bud (artichoke), the spring shoot (asparagus, Solomon seal), the fiddlehead (ostrich fern), the leaf stalk (rhubarb, cardoon, lovage), the leaf (lovage, Burbank spineless cactus) or the root (sunchokes, ramps, giant Solomon seal, ground nuts). All of these crops can be grown in the Carolinas. Under the right conditions, they produce good crops over a number of years without the need to pull, till, and replant a new crop every few months. Many of them are high dollar crops and/or have an underserved niche market. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Hummingbird Workshop
August 17, 10am-11am
Learn about the hummingbird migration, interesting facts, and plants to attract these wondrous creatures. Fee. Bee Better Naturally with Helen Yoest, Raleigh. beebetternaturally.com.

Family Vermicomposting
August 17, 10am–11:30am
Come learn all about how red wiggler worms can recycle your leftover food into soil. One lucky family will win a new worm bin (minus the worms). Resources for where to purchase or order worms will be provided. Registration is per family and the program is most appropriate for families with children elementary aged or older. Registration barcode is #236854. Walnut Creek Wetland, Raleigh. raleighnc.gov.

Cool-season Vegetables: Fewer Pests and Less Work
August 17, 1pm–2:30pm
The conditions for gardening all improve after Labor Day: the weather cools off, many weeds are going dormant, most bugs and diseases have run their course. And in the North Carolina climate, fall planted crops benefit from the cooler weather and can be harvested through the fall, winter, and spring. Learn how to grow the greens, crucifers, and root crops that thrive in the cool half of the year. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Tea Harvesting and Processing Workshop
August 18, 10am-3pm
Learn to harvest tea leaves and process these to make delicious drinks. Pre-register. 919-968-0504Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. cam forest.com.

Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants Series
August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24, 6pm-9pm
A six-part, evening class series designed to provide home gardeners and emerging landscape professionals with foundational concepts of landscape design, species selection, implementation and maintenance of compellingly beautiful and ecologically productive native plant gardens based on conservation principles. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Hypertufa Trough and Concrete Leaf Workshop
August 24
Make a hypertufa trough 9am-12noon. Concrete leaf workshop 1pm-3pm. Fee. Pre-register. To register email [email protected]

All about Weeds in Your Landscape: How to ID and Make Them Go Away
August 26, 10am–11:30am
Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Photography Walk: Visual Storytelling: Capturing a Sense of Place with Your Camera

August 29, 8:30am–10:30am
Whether you are photographing your garden, your home town or a vacation destination, we’d like to share the full extent of our experience of being there. In this session you’ll learn some easy to implement techniques to go beyond the snap shot to visually “tell the story” of the experience of being in a place. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
August 29, 7:30pm–9pm
Canterbury Cathedral, Gardens, and Grounds Through Time with Philip Oostenbrink, Canterbury Cathedral. In this talk Philip will show archive material of the gardens and grounds of Canterbury Cathedral (Mother Church of the Church of England), beginning with 12th Century and Medieval plans, Victorian photographs and ending up with 20th century images that will show how the gardens and grounds developed throughout the 1,500 years of history of the site. Philip will also show what the gardens look like at present, any projects that are being undertaken at the moment and he will discuss the plant collections held at Canterbury Cathedral. A talk not just for people interested in gardens, but also for people who enjoy learning about history. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

SEPTEMBER

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.

Well House Gardens – Open Garden Days
September 1, 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. Guided tours at 11am and 1pm. Free. 6401 Litchford Rd,
Raleigh. wellhousegardens.com.

Pollinator Workshop
September 7, 10am-11am
Fee. Learn pollinators and their plants. Course includes a take home pollinator plant. Fee. Bee Better Naturally with Helen Yoest, Raleigh. beebetternaturally.com.

Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Growing a Pollinator Garden
September 14, 8:30am-4pm
This educational event hosted by the Johnston County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will feature exciting guest speakers and is open to the public. For additional information e-mail [email protected] or jocomgbbb.com to register. Johnston County Extension Office, 2736 Hwy. 210 in Smithfield.