Events

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FEBRUARY

Walk on the Wild Side
February 1, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina 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.

Orchid Open House
February 3
Annual Orchid Open House, with sales and giveaways. The Triangle Orchid Society will be leading seminars and judging our first ever Orchid competition. Bring a blooming orchid and enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Complimentary tea and cakes while you shop, or check out our Garden Bar with wine and beer. Atlantic Gardening Company, Raleigh. atlanticgardening.com.

Garden Soils Class
February 3, 8:30am–12:30pm
“If You Build It, They Will Come: Understanding and Improving Garden Soils.” Learn about basic soil principles, and how you can use that understanding to improve our garden soils, properly prepare garden beds, reduce fertilizer inputs, compost, and maximize growth in your gardens. Bryce Lane, Professor Emeritus, NCSU. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Fruit and Nut Tree Pruning Workshop
February 3, 10am-12noon
learn how to correctly prune newly purchased or overgrown, neglected fruit and nut trees. Dr. Mike Parker, Fruit and Nut Tree Specialist at NCSU, will be showing the pruning demonstration. There will be time to answer questions on insect and disease control as well as pruning questions. This event will be held outside so be sure to dress accordingly. Central Crops Research Station, Clayton. johnston.ces.ncsu.edu.

Terrarium Make & Take Workshop
February 3, 10:30am
Learn how to put together and maintain a terrarium of little plants and decorative elements during this hands-on workshop, and make one to take home! Plants, containers, and accessories will be available for purchase. Free. Guide included. Space is limited. Register at [email protected] or 919-847-0117. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center. Raleigh. homewoodnursery.com.

Pruning Demo
February 3, 11am
Learn how to prune with Nelsa Cox. Free, pregister. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Fruit and Nut Tree Pruning Workshop
February 3, 2pm-5pm
learn how to correctly prune newly purchased or overgrown, neglected fruit and nut trees. Dr. Mike Parker, Fruit and Nut Tree Specialist at NCSU, will be showing the pruning demonstration. There will be time to answer questions on insect and disease control as well as pruning questions. This event will be held outside so be sure to dress accordingly. Johnston County Community College Arboretum, Smithfield. johnston.ces.ncsu.edu.

Plant Ecology
February 4, 11, 18, 25, Sundays 1:30pm-4:30pm
Explore plant ecology from both a conceptual perspective and first hand field experience. Ecological relationships at the organism, population, community, and ecosystem levels will be examined, using examples from the rich and diverse North Carolina flora. Students will learn about nutrient and energy cycling within ecosystems, as well as about current threats and trends for the conservation of ecosystems. Students will also learn to recognize and identify local plant communities and species on daily class field trips. Fee, pre-registration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plantsmen’s Tour
February 6, 1pm–2:30pm
“Winter Perennials for Shade,” with Mark Weathington, Director. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

A North Carolina English Cottage Garden
February 6-27, Tuesdays, 6:30-9 p.m.
This workshop will begin with an outline of English gardening strategies and design elements that can be successfully adapted to North Carolina gardens. Then you will have the opportunity to sketch out the basics of a plan for your landscape. Annabel Renwick, a graduate of The English Gardening School, and Jan Little, a landscape architect, bring their years of experience to help you sort through your choices and create a beautiful garden. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Orchid Growing in the Home
February 7, 6pm-9pm
Learn from the dedicated orchid devotees of the Triangle Orchid Society. They will cover assessing your home and choosing the right plant for your growing conditions, plus long-term maintenance issues such as lighting, watering and fertilizing orchids. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Davidson County Gardeners’ Conference
February 8
Featured speakers include Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanical Garden, South Carolina topiarist Pearl Fryar, plus five concurrent sessions on topics including garden remedies, composting, trees, landscape design and pruning. Fee. 336-242-2080. Center United Methodist Church, Lexington, NC.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
February 8, 7:30pm–9pm
With Alton J. Banks, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, NC State University. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Foraging in Your Own Backyard: Delicious Weeds (and Ornamentals, Too)
February 10, 9am–10:30am
With Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscaping. Tastes have changed. When farmers see chickweed coming up in their lettuce beds, they now weed out the lettuce. Even the smallest gardens have sought-after edible weeds like purslane, green briar, sorrel, onion grass and many others. But there are also ornamental plants that are edible and delicious too: redbud flowers, Solomon seal shoots, daylily buds and lots more. Frank will share several dozen scrumptious and nutritious weeds and ornamentals that thrive in the garden whether you plant them or not. Fee.Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

The Colors of Nature – Project PLANTS
February 10, 9am–12noon
Plants have been used for centuries to create the hues in our fabrics and textiles. You’ll learn how to extract pigments from plants and create your own dyes, plus critically examine the textile industry and how it effects the environment. Project PLANTS explores agriculture and horticulture sciences on Saturdays year round for 7th grade middle school students. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Craft Your Own Wooden Kitchen Spoon
February 10 & 24, Saturdays, 9:30am-12:30pm
Try your hand at carving a wooden spoon from raw wood collected at Duke Gardens. Vanessa Hernandez of Ask the Trees will introduce you to the tools, safety strategies and techniques of simple carving in this two-session workshop. All materials, tools are provided. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Veggie Seed Workshop for Kids
February 10, 10am-11am
Introduce children to the joy and excitement of vegetable gardening! In this class kids will learn about growing vegetables from seeds. We will cover seed/plant parts, growing conditions needed and seed/seedling care. The kids will then plant their own mini seed greenhouses. The greenhouses can each hold 20 seed pellets. Instruction for care and transplanting will be given. This workshop is ideal for elementary aged kids and will help grow their love of gardening. Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

North American Rock Garden Society Lecture
February 10, 10am–11:30am
“Plantsman Tour of Wyoming.” Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Fruit Pruning Workshop
February 10, 10am-12noon
In cooperation with the Granville NC Cooperative Extension, this workshop will cover the basics of pruning fruit crops. The session will include demonstrations on grapes, apples, pears and peaches. Pre-register to [email protected] or call 252-438-8188. 6639 Horner Siding Road, Oxford.

Pottery & Fountains Talk and Q&A
February 10, 10:30am
Learn how to select the right pottery and fountains for your needs as well as how to set up and troubleshoot fountains. Our informal walking tour will also allow time for your questions. 919-847-0117. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center. Raleigh. homewoodnursery.com.

Not Tonight Deer: No More Long-legged Rats in Your Garden
February 10, 1pm–2:30pm
With Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscaping. Suburban, rural, and even urban gardens can be devastated by our huge population of deer. Learn 1) which types of plants deer don’t like, 2)which cost-effective fences keep deer out, and 3) how repellents can keep your plants free of deer. Frank has created five gardens that are growing well and free of deer damage. Frank will guide attendees using slides, stories, and Q&A on how to plant gardens that the deer will pass by (but woe be unto your neighbor). Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Beekeeping 101
February 10, 2pm-4pm
This is the first class in our 3 part beekeeping series with our resident bee expert Jason Cirioli. In Beekeeping 101 participants will be introduced to beekeeping and will learn: when and how to start keeping bees, what is a beehive or bee colony, and the parts of a traditional hive. At the end of the workshop participants will: know what to expect from your bees, have set goals for your hive and have learned how to approach your bees with your goals in mind. This class is perfect for the “apiary to be”, a way to introduce beekeeping to a person who thinks they want to keep bees but they need more info before diving in or the person just starting out who needs direction and inspiration! Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Fairy Garden Day Date Workshop
February 11, 2pm-4pm
Join Anna as she helps you to grow the love with a Fairy Garden Day Date Workshop! Anna will help you design a fairy garden with plants and accessories to thrive in your home or office. Bring that special someone (significant other, child, friend or family member) so that you can create together a happy garden full of love! Mimosas, hot chocolate and sweet treats will be provided. Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Darwin Day Lecture – Birds Do Arrive, and Seeds: Darwin’s Fascination with Dispersal
February 12, 7pm
Celebrate Darwin’s birthday by joining us for this lecture by Duke University professor of biology Kathleen Donohue, author of Darwin’s Finches: Readings in the Evolution of a Scientific Paradigm. Free, pre-registration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Winter
February 14-28 (3 sessions), Wednesdays, 3:30pm-6pm
Winter introduces plant silhouettes and evergreens. You will learn identification skills and design use, and learn about the culture of each plant. Each student receives a digital portfolio of plant photos. Class time is primarily spent outdoors. Instructor Katie Rose Levin lives and breathes plants and trees. She has a double master’s from Duke University in forestry and environmental management, and after graduating she managed trees on Duke’s campus for years. She currently directs the consulting division for Leaf & Limb, co-leads the Durham Tree Advocates, and spends as much time in gardens as daylight allows. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Photography Walk: Indoor Flowers
February 15, 2pm–3:30pm
This class will cover some basics and emphasize setting up simple subjects and a variety of backgrounds, with Susan Bailey Photography. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Basic Botany and Plant Growth
February 15-March 8 (4 sessions), Thursdays, 6pm-9pm
How does a plant grow? How does it manage water and nutrients? What factors influence the production of flowers and fruits? This course will explore these questions and more, using a combination of lecture and hands-on approaches. Learn from Alec Motten, associate professor emeritus from Duke University’s Department of Biology. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

23rd Annual Hellebore Festival
February 16-17, 23, 24, 9am-4pm
See hellebores on display and for sale. Pine Knot Farms. 434-252-1990, pineknotfarms.com.

Creating a Successful Home Landscape: When Ecology and Aesthetics Meet
February 17, 8am–12noon
The 7th annual JCRA Winter Symposium focuses on integrating creative function into the home landscape in a way that is both beautiful and ecologically responsible. Featuring three prominent professional landscape designers and home gardeners who lend their varied backgrounds and specialties to provide fresh vision for home landscapes. Speakers include: Brie Arthur, garden industry communicator, “The Foodscape Revolution: Ecology and Sustainable Management,” Bobbie Schwartz, Bobbie’s Green Thumb, “Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams” and Anne Spafford, Professor Horticulture, NC State, “Creating a Pollinator Habitat-The Bridging of Science and Design.” Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Caring for Your Landscape
February 17-March 3 (3 sessions), Saturdays, 9:30am-11:30am
Suddenly the landscape is planted and you are faced with garden maintenance! In this class, instructor Lauri Lawson will take you through the steps of establishing a new landscape, watering, plant-staking and plants’ nutritional needs. Then we’ll consider long-term maintenance tasks, including pruning, weed control, fertilizing and pest control. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Beekeeping 202 
February 17, 10am-11:30am
Join our resident bee expert Jason Cirioli for our 2nd in our 3 part beekeeping series as he takes you beyond the basics.  This class will cover: types of beehives, apiary location and installing the bees, hive inspections and learning what to look for, what a full season of keeping bees looks like and discuss what to do in each season from spring thru winter and into the subsequent spring, hive pests, bee viruses, and how to treat for them, and finish with common issues in encountered in the first year.  There will be time at the end of the class for questions. Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Succulent Gardens Make & Take Workshop
February 17, 10:30am
Learn the right way to plant succulent gardens in containers then make a succulent garden to take home! The class is free with plants and containers available for purchase. Space is limited. Register at [email protected] or 919-847-0117. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center. Raleigh. homewoodnursery.com.

Hydroponics 101
February 17, 11am
Are you interested in hydroponics but don’t know where to start? Join us for this class dedicated to the science of hydroponics. Atlantic Gardening Company, Raleigh. atlanticgardening.com.

Juicing with Homegrown Microgreens
February 17, 1pm
Get inspired and learn about juicing with microgreens. Atlantic Gardening Company, Raleigh. atlanticgardening.com.

Ready-Garden-Grow: An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening
February 17, 2pm
This 3-hour class teaches beginning gardeners the basics for starting a vegetable garden. Topics include planning, preparation, planting and care for your vegetable garden; managing the most common garden problems; and harvesting the vegetables you grow. Taught by North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Pre-register at WakeGOV.com/libraries/events. Southeast Library, Gardner.

Get Ready for Spring: A Vegetable Gardening Workshop
February 18, 1pm-3pm
Get ready for spring. Learn how to grow spring vegetables including what and when to plant; tips for growing each variety; growing your own seedlings; tips on protecting plants from freezing; and how to get a large harvest from a small space. We will use the Carolina Campus Community Garden as the learning laboratory. The workshop itself will be held at the Newman Catholic Student Center, Chapel Hill. Fee, pre-registration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Garden Guide Training
February 20, 22, 27, Mar 1, 6, 8 (6-sessions), 9:30am- 12noon
Do you have an enthusiasm for the natural world that you’d like to share with others? Become a Garden Guide and help us educate thousands of people each year through school field trips, adult group tours, and family special events. Our volunteers create memorable learning experiences and serve as ambassadors of the Garden’s mission. You don’t need to be an expert or have a background in science or teaching! Successful volunteers are willing to learn, open-minded, friendly, flexible, enjoy working with and teaching children and/or adults, and have time to volunteer. In-depth training covers the Garden’s history and mission, southeastern native plants and habitats, plant-animal interactions, interpretive techniques, and field trip program curricula. Free, pre-registration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Durham Garden Forum: Vertical Gardening
February 20, 6:30pm-8pm
Have you noticed the amazing vertical gardens at Cameron Village in Raleigh? These remarkable living tapestries are created and maintained by Greenscapes. Leslie Herndon with Greenscapes Inc., will let us in on the methods and maintenance that keep them fresh all growing season. Learn to build your own living wall. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Create a Bird-Friendly Garden
February 21 & 28, 6:30pm-9pm
Birds can bring color, life and song to your garden. Horticulture instructor Lauri Lawson will review plants that are favored by local and migratory songbirds, as well as the birds’ shelter needs. You will have the chance to create a plant list suitable for your garden conditions. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Children’s Winter Walk
February 23, 10:30am–11:30am
Chase away the winter blues with a hike through the Arboretum’s Winter Garden. For preschool and elementary aged children with a parent or caregiver. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

23rd Annual Hellebore Festival
February 23-24, 9am-4pm
See hellebores on display and for sale. Pine Knot Farms. 434-252-1990, pineknotfarms.com.

Repotting Your Orchids
February 24, 9:30am-12noon
When, why and how often should you repot an orchid? Triangle Orchid Society experts will show you how to select the right potting mix, how to follow the steps involved in re-potting and how to grow orchids on a mount. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Beekeeping 303
February 24, 10am-11:30am
Join Jason Cirioli, our resident bee expert, as he finishes out our 3 part series on beekeeping.  In this class, Jason will teach: building beehives and equipment, swarm management, catching and installing swarms, splitting colonies and growing the apiary, raising queens, catching, and marking queens, pest management, IPM, virus’s, and disease, chasing the honey flow, moving bees, and pollinator services, top bar style beekeeping and products from the hive.  Jason will follow the class with a question and answer session. Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Creating A Backyard Habitat
February 24, 10am-12pm
Is your yard friendly to wildlife? If not, then now is the time to get started. In this course you will learn simple ways to invite more nature to your home, including plants that will attract birds and butterflies. Please register at least four days in advance. Barcode #214500. Fee. Register at 919-996-2760 or online using the barcode number at reclink.raleighnc.gov. Walnut Creek Wetland Park, Raleigh.

Fruit Pruning Workshop
February 24, 10am-12noon
In cooperation with the Person NC Cooperative Extension, this workshop will cover the basics of pruning fruit crops. The session will include demonstrations on grapes, apples, pears and peaches. Pre-register to [email protected] or call 252-438-8188. 1 Daisy Lane, Hurdle Mills.

Air Plants: Growing and Maintaining
February 24, 10:30am
Learn how to care for air plants, ways to display them, and maintain them. Free guide included. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center. 10809 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh.

Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering: First Voice of Spring Tea
February 24, 10:45am or 1pm
Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you can experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Daytime teas are open to children age 6 and older with an accompanying adult, at the family rate. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Ready-Garden-Grow: An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening
February 24, 2pm
This 3-hour class teaches beginning gardeners the basics for starting a vegetable garden. Topics include planning, preparation, planting and care for your vegetable garden; managing the most common garden problems; and harvesting the vegetables you grow. Taught by North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Pre-register at WakeGOV.com/libraries/events. Eva Perry Library, Apex.

Seed Starting Workshop
February 25, 2pm-4pm
Join Anna as she takes you through the process of seed starting. She will cover planting options, preparation, seed planting, care, transplanting and trouble shooting. At the end of her talk, participants will plant up their own seed trays that they can take home and eventually transplant to their own garden! Fee. Pre-register. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Family Winter Discovery
February 25, 2:30pm–3:30pm
Chase away your family’s winter blues with an afternoon at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Compete as a family on a winter scavenger hunt and enjoy some fun winter activities in the yurt. For families with children in elementary and middle school. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Extension Gardener Series: Straw Bale Gardening
February 27, 6:30pm-8pm
Growing a successful vegetable garden is challenging enough if you have terrific soil, but with poor soil it can be virtually impossible. Straw bale gardening allows anyone, even those with the worst soil conditions, to grow a terrific garden that is productive and less labor intensive. Let master gardeners Georganne Sebastian and Darcey Martin teach you how. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Plants of Distinction: An Evergreen Walk
February 28, 2:30pm-4pm
Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Take all four sections in the Plants of Distinction series, or sign up separately for each session to learn about a new group of beautiful and useful plants. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

MARCH

23rd Annual Hellebore Festival
March 2-3, 9am-4pm
See hellebores on display and for sale. Pine Knot Farms. 434-252-1990, pineknotfarms.com.

Guilford Horticultural Society Symposium
March 3, 8:30am-4pm
Guilford Horticultural Society celebrates its 33nd Symposium, “Diversity Gardening,” bringing together speakers, educational workshops, vendors, exhibits, lunch and door prizes. Fee, pre-register. Guilford County Agriculture Center, Greensborowww. guilfordhorticulturalsociety.org.

Fayetteville Camellia Show
March 3-4, 1pm-4pm
Enter your blooms March 3 from 7:30am-10am, prizes awarded. Then during the two days, enjoy educational demonstrations, Ikebana design, camellia air layering demos, Japanese tea tasting, camellia floral arrangements, wine tasting, and more. Free. Ramada Plaza, Fayetteville, NC.

Ready-Garden-Grow: An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening
March 4, 1:30pm
This 3-hour class teaches beginning gardeners the basics for starting a vegetable garden. Topics include planning, preparation, planting and care for your vegetable garden; managing the most common garden problems; and harvesting the vegetables you grow. Taught by North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Pre-register at WakeGOV.com/libraries/events. West Library, Cary.

Davidson Horticultural Symposium
March 6, 9am-4:30pm
“Inspiration to Reality” with garden speakers, lunch, art, book and plant sales. Fee, pre-registration. Davidson College, Davidson, NC. Davidsonsymposium.org.

23rd Annual Hellebore Festival
March 9-10, 9am-4pm
See hellebores on display and for sale. Pine Knot Farms. 434-252-1990, pineknotfarms.com.