Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING EVENTS

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APRIL

Chrysanthemum Society Plant Sale
April 20-21, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm
A plant sale of chrysanthemums, including rare mums, plus other plants all at great prices. Hosted by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society. Campbell Road Nursery, Raleigh.

Learn to Make Compost
April 21, 10am-11:30am
Compost classes taught by Orange County Solid Waste Management’s composting expert, Muriel Williman. Free, pre-register. 919-968-2788 or [email protected] Compost demonstration site at the Community Center Learning Garden behind the rose garden. Chapel Hill.

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
April 21, 10am-11:30am
“All the Presidents’ Gardens” Presented by Marta McDowell, Fee for nonmembers. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Traditional Japanese Tea Gatherings: Celebration of Earth Day Tea
April 21, 10:45am
Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you will experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Enjoy the aesthetics, poetry and serenity of this rich tradition over an enticing bowl of whisked green tea and a Japanese confection. Instructor: Chizuko Sueyoshi with members of the Japanese Tea Practitioners of Durham. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Fairy Garden Class
April 21, 11am-12pm
Create your own tiny paradise! Fun for all ages! Bring your own creative container or buy one of ours and we’ll help you plant it after class. Free, pregister. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Traditional Japanese Tea Gatherings: Celebration of Earth Day Tea
April 21, 1pm
Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you will experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Enjoy the aesthetics, poetry and serenity of this rich tradition over an enticing bowl of whisked green tea and a Japanese confection. Instructor: Chizuko Sueyoshi with members of the Japanese Tea Practitioners of Durham. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Historic Raleigh House & Garden Tour
April 21, 1pm-5pm
Tour the historic Isabelle Bowen Henderson house and gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a Raleigh Historic Landmark. Fee. Benefits the Raleigh Garden Club and Preservation North Carolina. 213 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

Plant Communities of North Carolina
April 22, 29, May 6 (1:30pm-4:30pm); May 12 (all-day field trip, 8am-6pm)
This course introduces students to North Carolina’s rich diversity of plant communities, including subtropical maritime forests, salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas and sandhills, pocosins, oak-hickory forests, bottomland hardwoods, spruce-fir forests, rock outcrops and glades, relict prairies, and grasslands. Students explore the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity. Fee, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Honeybee Hive Tour at the CCCG
April 21, 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 hobbyist beekeeper, Anne Cabell. This workshop is held outdoors at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG). Free, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Introduction to Invasive Plants
April 21, 2pm-4pm
What does an invasive plant look like? How can they harm an ecosystem? Learn this and more, along with a chance to practice a little invasive plant removal in an urban wetland. Come dressed for a natural encounter! Barcode#214598. Fee. Register at 919-996-2760 or online using the barcode number at reclink.raleighnc.gov. Walnut Creek Wetland Park, Raleigh.

Groovy Gardeners-Junior Girl Scouts
April 22, 2pm-4:30pm
Tap into your inner gardener as you explore the gardens at the JC Raulston Arboretum and work toward completing your Gardener badge! Scouts will learn about different plants and gardening styles, make a dream garden collage, create an experiment to take home, and plant a container garden to care for at home. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-513-7011. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Serve the EARTH DAY
April 22, 2pm-5pm
Celebrate Earth Day by practicing a little TLC on this most special planet! (It’s the only livable one we have!) We will work on removing Chinese privet, porcelain berry and other invasives that choke out the native plants of the wetlands around Walnut Creek, and we’ll pick up any litter we encounter. Come dressed to get a little messy and bring a water bottle. We will provide gloves and tools, as well as refreshments. If you have additional clippers or your own gloves, you are welcome to bring them. No electric or power tools, please. All volunteers will have to sign a waiver, and parents must sign a waiver for all children under age 18. Advance registration is appreciated for planning purposes. Barcode# 214611. Fee. Register at 919-996-2760 or online at reclink.raleighnc.gov. Walnut Creek Wetland Park, Raleigh.

Village Band Concert
April 22, 2:30pm-4:30pm
The Village Band, Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s own community concert band, performs a curious mix of marches and dances to welcome spring to the Garden. Take a stroll through the Garden, then come into the large hall and let the band provide the perfect musical cap to the afternoon. Free. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Artists in the Gardens Workshops: Spring Blooms (ages 9-12)
April 23, 10am-12noon
Use art to hone your observation skills and express yourself! Art can communicate everything from how you are feeling to the close relationship between a caterpillar and its host plant. We’ll explore habitats, uncover wildlife and identify plants while learning about art and making our own. Each workshop will use photography and other media, including drawing, painting and collage. Join us for the full series or sign up for individual workshops. Bring your own digital camera; any kind is great, from cell phones to SLRs. All other materials provided. Classes will include time to investigate the garden, make connections, create art and share work with the group. This section explores spring blooms. Celebrate new spring flowers. Look closely as we create still lifes inspired by beautiful blossoms. Learn about the role of flowers in plant reproduction. Examine flowers preserved through art and compare them to those we find in the Gardens. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Roots of Our Nutrition
April 24 and April 26, 9am
Students will enjoy a 25-minute guided tour, beginning at 9am of our Kitchen Garden where they can sample vegetables with edible roots such as carrots, beets, radishes and more. Square foot gardening and seed sowing techniques will be demonstrated. A short presentation will follow covering the functions of roots and the nutritional benefits of eating root plants. The cost is free, making this an affordable field trip opportunity. Tour availability is limited and reservations are required. One teacher or chaperone per every 10 students is required. 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Tai Chi for Health
April 24, 10am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden, indoors or outside depending on the weather. Fee, pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Nature for Sprouts
April 24, 10:30am-11:30am
Grow and learn together in Duke Gardens. Tend to your own garden bed and discover how a garden grows with hands-on gardening, stories, songs, movement and observations. Sign up for one or more sessions. For parents and children together, ages 3-5. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

The Garden Chef: Salads
April 24, 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. Instructor: Cheri Janning, cooking instructor. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

The WOW Factor: Effective Planting Combinations for your Garden – Color in the Garden
April 25 & May 2, 1:30pm-3pm
Learn to create a dynamic, exciting garden – a garden with WOW! Instructor: Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and director of horticulture, Duke Gardens. This session, the second of three, will focus on effectively using Color in the Garden. Additional sessions, May 2, Striking Plants in the Garden. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Yoga in the Garden
April 25, 6pm
Cape Fear Botanical Garden and YMCA of Sandhills, have partnered to bring you Yoga in the Garden! Grab your yoga mat and rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and an open mind to enjoy this all-levels class! Fee, pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Wine & Whimsy: Bluebirds
April 25, 6pm
This painting class is a perfect date night or girl’s night out! Canvas, paint, brushes, pallet, easel and instruction provided. At the end of class, you will be amazed by your “inner artist” and the artwork you have created! Wine, beer and snacks are available for purchase to enjoy while painting your masterpiece. Fee, pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Introduction to Digital Photography
April 25-May 16, Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm
This class will cover all aspects of using a digital camera and addresses new camera users and enthusiasts looking to fill in knowledge gaps. You will learn to use your camera settings to improve photographs dramatically. The class will include hands-on experience taking photographs with instructor guidance and information about available computer programs to add pop to your images. Please bring cameras, manual, a tripod (not required) with you to class. The first session will be all lecture to bring everyone up to speed on equipment. Instructor: Howard Sykes. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
April 26, 10:30am
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. Free drop-in activity. Parking fees apply. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Meet the Keepers: Chickens
April 26, 1:30pm-3pm
Plan your Gardens visit to include this special opportunity to meet the keepers of the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Jason Holmes, curator, will explore fascinating facts about plants and gardening. Lindsey Fleetwood, horticulturist, will introduce you to the chickens and explain their preferences, including dust baths. Nick Schwab, assistant horticulturist, will explain what and how a bee eats and how they communicate. Instructor: Lindsey Fleetwood. Additional dates: May 3-gardening, May 10-bees, May 17-chickens. Free drop-in program for all ages. Adult chaperone required for children. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Gardening Open Hours
April 26, 3pm-5pm
Join us in our hands-on outdoor learning space. Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting. In the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, learn about fruits and vegetables and how they grow. Plant, harvest and taste seasonal produce and explore different ways to use herbs. Hear stories, play games and make art inspired by the garden. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Know Your Roots: Good Bug, Bad Bug?
April 26, 6pm-7:30pm
Is that a good bug or a bad bug for your garden? How do you attract more good bugs and why are they important? Join Piedmont Picnic Project for this workshop with special guest instructor, Alison Reeves of the NCSU Agroecology Education Farm. Learn all about garden bugs – pests, beneficials, and pollinators. Learn to make sticky traps to catch bugs at home and take home seeds for pollinator-friendly plants. Raleigh City Farm. piedmont picnic.com.

Raleigh Garden Club Plant Sale
April 26-28
Perennials and annuals on sale that are shade loving and sun loving! Herbs and flowering plants for container gardening and in-ground planting! Planters and baskets for sale! Questions about gardening? Learn from us! Food trucks! Local nurseries! Community fundraiser.Historic Polk House, Raleigh. Raleigh-Garden-Club.org.

Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
April 26-May 17, Thursdays 1:30pm-4:30pm
This course explores the evolutionary history, economic and ecological dominance, current distribution, biology, and identification of the “graminoids.” Through lectures, lab work, and short field trips, students learn about materials and methods for identifying these distinctive and important members of our flora and to appreciate the subtle and detailed beauty of these plants. Fee, pre-registration. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Friday, Plant a Tree for Arbor Day: Duke Gardens Members Event
April 27, 10am-12noon
Join us at Duke Gardens to celebrate Arbor Day and learn how to plant a tree so that it thrives. Discover how to assess a tree’s root system and to correct depth and circling roots before you plant. The horticulturist will discuss how to prepare the hole, whether to amend the backfill soil and how to water the tree in after planting. You can come back and visit the Arbor Day tree over the years to see how well it is doing. Other Arbor Day activities will be available. Free drop-in event for Duke Gardens members. Parking fees apply. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Landscape Potential IV: Improving Curb Appeal
April 28, 9am-11am
Presented by Preston Montague. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

A Day of Selfcare: Exploring Horticultural Therapy
April 28, 9am-12pm
Horticulture Therapist, Pamela Chance will lead individual, twosome, and group horticultural therapy activities.Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Open Garden & Art Show
April 28, 9am-4pm
Stroll the garden and enjoy local artists of pottery, jewelry, bird houses, botanical art, metal sculptures, glass, hypertufa, and concrete garden sculptures presenting their art in the open garden. And explore the sale of locally grown and proven plants for your own garden. 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh.lastingimpressionsleaves.com

Learn to Make Compost
April 28, 10am-11:30am
Compost classes taught by Orange County Solid Waste Management’s composting expert, Muriel Williman. Free, pre-register. 919-968-2788 or [email protected] Compost Demonstration Site at the Orange County Solid Waste Administration Office, Chapel Hill.

Recreational Tree Climbing
April 28, 10am-6pm
Piedmont tree climbing will offer 50 minutes slots. Tree climbing is a fun activity for both kids and adults. No experience is necessary. Climbers must be six years old or older. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Family Gardening Series: Soil Safari
April 28, 1pm-2:15pm
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Time to get your hands dirt-y! Come learn what “ingredients” you need to make good growing soil, why plants needs soil, how to make black gold (compost), and get up-close with worms and other dirt-loving critters. Fee, pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Chapel Hill Garden Tour
April 28-29
Tour of Chapel Hill Gardens, music, vendors. Fee. 919-962-0522. Chapelhillgardenclub.net.

Companion Planting Workshop (ages 9 and up)
April 30, 10am-12noon
Get hands-on gardening experience as you discover plants that work together to create a healthy garden. Learn which plants keep away pests, attract pollinators, or add nutrients to the soil. Each participant will choose two plants to take home. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.