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JUNE

How to ID Wild Mushrooms
June 2, 9am-11am
Join Triangle Land Conservancy for our June nature walk where we will learn tips and tricks for identifying wild mushrooms at White Pines Nature Preserve. We will search for 2-3 miles along the trails to identify mushrooms dependent on rain; if conditions are not ideal for mushrooms, we will still have the nature walk, but look for other seasonal plants and animals. White Pines Nature Preserve, Sanford. triangleland.org.

Propagation Workshop
June 2, 9am–3pm
Join JCRA staff in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants at the Arboretum. Participants go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation and with many freshly propagated plants. Participants choose which plants they want to propagate from the JCRA’s collection of over 6,000 taxa (a few exceptions apply). Techniques discussed can be done at home. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Native Plant Propagation
June 2, 9:30am-12:30pm
This workshop is intended for a broad audience. Students learn fundamentals of vegetative propagation and techniques for propagating southeastern native plants by means of stem and root cuttings. Class includes hands-on propagation and a tour of the vegetative propagation facilities of NCBG. Fee, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

First Saturday Tour: Water Wonders
June 2, 10am-11am
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” ~Loren Eiseley. Join a Garden Guide and get to know some of the special plants and animals of our wonderful water features – our water gardens, a vernal pool, and a turtle pond. Free, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Cooking Demonstration with Edible Landscaping
June 2, 10am-12:30pm
Big Bloomers Flower Farm, Sanford. 919-776-6597. bigbloomersflowerfarm.com.

Carolina Moonlight Garden Party
June 2, 6pm-9pm
A fun-filled evening at the NC Botanical Garden highlighting the North Carolina mountains. Dance the night away to the bluegrass tunes of Jackson Flats, and enjoy a wonderful buffet of regional delights. A fundraiser for the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Fee, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Garden Tour
June 2-3, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm
The Davidson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association 14th annual tour. The featured gardens are in the northeast part of Davidson County in the Willow Creek area. Master Gardener docents will be at each location to guide and answer questions about the garden as well as answer general gardening queries. A fundraiser to support community projects. 336-250-3014 or 336-210-5365. Davidson County. davidson.ces.ncsu.edu.

Well House Gardens Open Garden Days
June 3, 10am-2pm
Tour on your own or guided tours at 11am and 1pm. 6401 Litchford Rd, Raleigh 27615.

Mallarme Chamber Players Family Concert: Music from Africa
June 3, 1pm-2pm
Join kora player Diali Cissohko and other members of Kaira Ba in this introduction to African instruments. Hear traditional and original music infused with rhythms and tunes inspired by the African diaspora. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Farm to Fork Picnic
June 3, 4pm-7pm
A celebration of local foods and the people who artfully produce and prepare them. Dozens of our area’s best chefs, farmers, artisan producers and beverage providers will create a dizzying array of delectable dishes highlighting the bounty of the season. The Picnic also features fun activities for children, live music, and surprises for the whole family. Fee. Fearrington Villa, Pittsboro. farmtoforknc.com.

Learning Your Smart Phone Camera
June 4 and June 6, 9am-12noon
By Elizabeth Larson. Fee, pre-register. 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Plantsmen’s Tour
June 5, 9am–10:30am or 6pm–7:30pm
“All Abuzz: Plants for Pollinators and Caterpillars” with Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager. Gardeners are abuzz about planting for pollinators and caterpillars. Choosing the best plants isn’t always easy. You’ll know which plants to look for after touring the JCRA with Douglas as he shares some of his favorites. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature Storytime
June 7, 10:30am-11:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. For parents and children together, ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required for children. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Walk on the Wild Side
June 7, 11am-12noon
Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

A Meditative Walk at Duke Gardens
June 7, 5:30pm-7pm
Replenish and rejuvenate yourself with a meditative walk through the woodland areas of Duke Gardens. Dana Galinsky-Malaguti, a certified forest therapy guide, will lead you through a sensory immersion experience that incorporates the healing aspects of nature and mindfulness and helps you open your senses and experience the garden anew. The walks build on many meditative traditions, including the Japanese Shinrin Yoku. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

The Dirt on NC Soil
June 9, 10am-11:30am
Learn about the science behind native NC soil and how you can improve it. Free and open to all skill levels. Pre-register at 919-219-9233 or [email protected] Super-Sod of Cary, 1900 NC Hwy 55, Cary (not at the Raleigh store at the State Farmers Market).

How to Plant and Grow Herbs
June 9, 10:30am
Learn about soil prep plus growing, maintaining, and harvesting the most popular herbs. Free guide included. Free. Register at [email protected] or 919-847-0117. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center, Raleigh.

The Dos and Don’ts of Pruning
June 9, 1pm-4pm
An informative workshop on the fundamentals of pruning. Participants are instructed on the different types of pruning equipment and safety, the best pruning techniques, and the proper time to prune. The primary focus is, but not limited to, trees and shrubs. Pruning is a beneficial horticultural practice for the overall health of plants, as well as, stimulating new growth and flowering. Fee, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Honeybee Hive Tour at the CCCG
June 9, 2pm-3pm
Come learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with beekeeper Anne Cabell. This workshop is held outdoors at the Carolina Campus Community Garden in Chapel Hill. Free, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Lavender Harvest Celebration
June 10, 9 am-4 pm
Enjoy the farm while the lavender blooms! A private residence and a working farm since 2000, you are invited to visit, relax and inhale the sweet fragrance of lavender. The Celebration weekend is your opportunity to get out into the country, reconnect with your family and friends, enjoy the fresh country air, this charming farm – and just breathe. 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. Also farm animals, quilts, artists, master gardeners, beekeeper, food and drink. Free event. Schley community north of Hillsborough in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina. sunshinelavenderfarm.com.

Nature Adventures Camp: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It
June 11, 9am-1pm
Course meets for 5 sessions (K-2). Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Pruning Without Fear – Training With a Purpose
June 14, 6pm-7pm
By Josh Williams, PJCBG Garden Manager. Fee. 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Raleigh Daylily Club Flower Show
June 16
Annual juried flower show. Entry open to the public. Flowers can be registered beginning at 8am, cut off for registration is 11am. Judging will be finished by 2pm. Viewings open to all. Crabtree Valley Mall North Concourse, Raleigh. raleighdaylily.weebly.com.

Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects
June 16, 10am-11am
Big Bloomers Flower Farm, Sanford. 919-776-6597. bigbloomersflowerfarm.com.

Pollinator Festival at Lake Crabtree County Park
June 16, 10am-2pm
Sixth Annual Pollinator Festival, in honor of National Pollinator Week. Features games, crafts, and other activities. There will be prizes and cool stuff for you to take home, local experts to answer your questions, and food vendors. Free. Show up any time. Fun for all ages. 919-460-3355. [email protected] Lake Crabtree County Park, Morrisville. wakegov.com.

Blooming Tropical Plants
June 16, 10:30am
Selecting and caring for tropicals for the pool and patio. Learn about growing hibiscus, bougainvillea, and mandevilla in NC. Free. Register at [email protected] or 919-847-0117. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center, Raleigh.

Nature Adventures Camp: Inventions from Nature
June 18, 9am-1pm
Course meets for 5 sessions (grades 3-5). Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Native Plants: Durham Garden Forum
June 19, 6:30pm-8pm
An informal group independent of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Durham Garden Forum meets once a month to enrich its members‚Äô gardening knowledge and skill. This month, we’ll consider the reasons to promote the use of native plants. Is it actually a useful concept, considering that none of us is traveling back in time to 1490? Join us for a panel discussion with many viewpoints to help us all sort out the native vs. exotic debate. Sponsored in partnership with N.C. Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Hydrangeas: Plants of Distinction
June 21, 10am-11:30am
In this class, you’ll learn more about hydrangeas, a beautiful and dependable summer blooming group of shrubs. Instructor Jason Holmes will cover culture, pruning and how to make hydrangea blooms change color. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Photography Walk – Composition
June 21, 10am–11:30am
This class will expand on the traditional ideas of composition as you really work with each subject beyond the standard snapshot. With Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pollinator Party
June 23
A day celebrating bees, butterflies, and other pollinators! 25% OFF select pollinator plants, facepainting, FREE pollinator plant for kids, Great Pollinator Plants for Your Garden talk at 10:30am with In The Garden tv show host and NCSU professor, Bryce Lane, and a Show & Tell table with the folks from Raleigh’s Heaven Scent Honey. Sign up for a raffle of a fun basket of bee themed gifts and honey, grab a free Pollinator Guide and enjoy light refreshments. Homewood Nursery, Raleigh. homewoodnursery.com.

Make a Hypertufa Planting Trough
June 23, 9am-12noon
Fee, pre-register. 919-614-0109. Lasting Impressions, Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Herbaceous Perennials Propagation Class and Demonstration
June 23, 9am–12noon
Propagating plants is rewarding, often easily done, and is a great way to add to the plants in your landscape. Join Doug Ruhren in this propagation class and demonstration focused solely on propagating herbaceous perennials. Techniques discussed include division, stem and leaf cuttings, and seed and other techniques. Doug will demonstrate each of the techniques discussed and show class participants how they can propagate perennials at home using simple techniques. Some of the newly propagated plants are shared with the students. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Make a Concrete Leaf
June 23, 1pm-3pm
Fee, pre-register. 919-614-0109. Lasting Impressions, Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Butterflies in Colored Pencil
June 23, 1pm-4:30pm
This half-day short course is an introduction to drawing with colored pencils, using one of North Carolina’s many butterflies as the reference. Students are given step-by-step instruction. Students can purchase drawing materials or borrow them for the course. During the course, information about our native butterflies is also provided. Fee, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Nature Adventures Camp: Animals in the Garden
June 25, 9am-1pm
Course meets for 5 sessions (K-2). Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
June 25, 10am–11:30am
“Four Seasons of Fragrant Flowers” with Cindy Chappell, Wake County Extension Master Gardener. Gardens overflow with spring flowers, but once spring turns into summer, may simply turn green. Here in the Southeast, it’s easy to plant a garden with year-round interest including one with flowers every month of year. Fee. Pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

The Garden Chef: Sauces, Salsas and Vinaigrettes
June 26, 6:30pm-8pm
Make the most of your garden harvest with the fresh recipes and ideas you will learn in this class. Recipes will feature edible flowers and herbal pestos. The dishes will help you learn new techniques and flavor combinations; all are vegetarian. Each class ends with a tasting of what you have created. 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 Elementary School Classroom and Beyond
June 28-29, 9am-4pm
Two day teacher training workshop. Contact the Nasher Museum of Art at 919-684-1169 for more information. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

JULY

Buzz Through the Garden – Plants and Pollinators
July 1, 2pm-3pm
Which plants can you grow in Raleigh to help butterflies and other insects? Tour the Nature Neighborhood Garden to find flowers and insects. Open to all ages! Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and please wear closed toed shoes. Free. Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh. naturalsciences.org/prairie-ridge.