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Upcoming Events for Carolinas

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@sbsmags.com.

 

 

June 7 – 8 Lake City South Carolina
Garden Open: It's Summertime
Moore Farms Botanical Garden
Experience the blazing color of early summer flowers and pollinators on this free day. 8:30a.m. – 3p.m. Free. Registration encouraged. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/garden-open-its-summertime-3/.

June 7 – 8 Raleigh, North Carolina
Southeastern Plant Symposium
JC Raulston Arboretum
Learn about the newest of new plants and varieties in this first annual symposium, organized by the Arboretum and the Juniper Level Botanic Garden. There will be numerous presenters from nurseries, gardens, universities, and agencies and a silent auction of plants. June 7: 9a.m. – 4:30p.m., 6 – 8:30p.m.; June 8: 9a.m. – 4:45p.m. $250 (late registration $300), for June 7th optional dinner and presentation add $60. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-515-3132 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1700.

June 8 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Honeybee Hive Tour at the at the Carolina Campus Community Garden
UNC-Chapel Hill
Join Anne Cabell to examine an active hive at the CCCG (200 Wilson Street, Chapel Hill). Rain date June 9th. Cabell has been an amateur apiaculturalist since 2007, managing the CCCG's hive and two of her own. 2 – 3p.m. Free, but registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/. 

June 8 and 15 Kernersville, North Carolina
Beginning Photography – Taking Better Photographs
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden
Learn about DSLR camera settings and image editing software. Participants should bring a DSLR camera and lens of choice and can bring multiple lens, external flash, and tripods if available. Taught by Elizabeth Larson, a professional photographer and John C Campbell Folk School instructor. 8a.m. – 12p.m. $89. Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/events

June 8 Norfolk, Virginia
Monarch Waystation Workshop
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Senior horticulturist Linda Sauders and expert Lauren Tafoya will talk about monarch biology, preview the new Butterfly House, and talk about how to create a Monarch Waystation garden. Participants will make butterfly containers including milkweed for monarchs. Offers continuing education credits. 9a.m. – 12p.m. $65 (members $50). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/monarch-waystation-workshop/. 

June 8 Norfolk, Virginia
Invasive Plants & Native Look-A-Likes
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Adult education manager Alexandra Cantwell will discuss similar looking plants to watch out for and natives that can replace invasive ornamentals. Offers continuing education credits. 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/invasive-plants-native-look-a-likes/. 

June 8 Hendersonville, North Carolina
Diggin' It at Bold Rock
Bullington Gardens
Listen to live music by Eric Congdon and Paul McIntire, join all-ages educational activities, and there will be a food truck at this fundraiser for Bullington's educational programs for special needs children and adults. 2 – 8p.m. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/events-workships/. 

June 9 Norfolk, Virginia
Intro to Indoor Plants
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Join adult education manager Alexandra Cantwell to learn about houseplants, their benefits, and how to care for them. Participants will receive a plant. Offers continuing education credits. 11a.m. – 1p.m. $20 (members $15). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/intro-to-indoor-plants-2/.

June 11 Clemson, South Carolina
Hands-on Gardening: Gardening for Small Spaces
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Extension agents Layla Burgess and Adair Hoover will talk about straw bale gardening, raised beds, and square foot gardening. 10a.m. – 12p.m. $25 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

June 11 Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Daylily Propagation
Brookgreen Gardens
Join Heidi Douglas of Brown's Ferry Daylily Gardens to learn how to propagate these classic perennials. This is part of the monthly Dirt N' Details lecture series. 12 – 1p.m. Registration is not required. For more information, call 843-235-6000 or visit brookgreen.org/events/dirt-n-details-lecture-series-1.

June 11 Norfolk, Virginia
Forecasting Tidal Flooding: Helping Hampton Roads Prepare for Storms and Rising Seas
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Dr Derek Loftis of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will talk about how technology and data from citizen scientists are helping Hampton Roads forecast flooding and cope with sealevel rise, an increasing problem for tidewater communities. 7 – 8p.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/forecasting-tidal-flooding-helping-hampton-roads-prepare-for-storms-and-rising-seas/.

June 12 Clemson, South Carolina
Budding Artist: Rock Cacti for Father's Day
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Children will tour the desert garden and learn about amazing cacti, and then make artistic models with paint and cobbles for Father's Day (June 16th). 2 – 4p.m. $10 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required, at least five days beforehand. For more information, call Allison Jones at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

June 13 Raleigh, North Carolina
Photography Walk
JC Raulston Arboretum
Join professional photographer and educator Mary Louise Ravese of Bella Vista Photography to learn how to use the Prisma, Painteresque, and Waterlogue apps to make your smartphone photos look like drawings, paintings, or watercolors. 10 a.m. – 12p.m. $30 (members $20). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1958.

June 13 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Pitchers & Pitchers
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Try pitchers of beer and learn about pitcher plants and other species in the Carnivorous Plant Collection courtyard, such as how they are pollinated, and mix with the staff. 6 – 8p.m. $20 (members $15). Registration is required (participants must be at least 21 years old). For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/.  

June 13 Kernersville, North Carolina
“Don't Get Your Bloomers in a Bunch – the Best Blooming Plants for Southern Gardens”
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden
Christina Larson, president of the Guilford Horticulture Society and owner of the Guilford Garden Center, will talk about superlative perennials and annuals for the region, and some will be sold at the talk. She will also talk about the Greensboro Oak Project. This is part of the monthly Summer Thursday Lecture series. 6 – 7p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/events-1/junes-summer-thursday-lecture-dont-get-your-bloomers-in-a-bunch-the-best-blooming-plants-for-southern-gardens.

June 13 Raleigh, North Carolina
Horticultural Tartan – A Walk Through Scotland's Gardens and Landscapes Part II
JC Raulston Arboretum
Amanda Wilkins, curator of Juniper Level Botanic Garden and a former intern at the Arboretum, worked on her Masters at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and will talk about landscapes and gardens in the UK and travel tips. 7:30 – 9p.m. $5 (Friends of the Arboretum, Horticultural Science department staff, and NCSU students free). Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=2003.

June 13 Norfolk, Virginia
Tree Series: Peer into the Rhizosphere
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Join wood plants curator Renee Frith to learn how urban and forest soils differ, specifically the rhizosphere and root interaction, avoiding soil compaction, and how to rebuild the rhizosphere. Offers continuing education credits. 10a.m. – 12p.m. $15 (members $10). To bundle with three other classes in the series, call 757-441-5830 extension 338. Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/tree-series-peer-into-the-rhizosphere/. 

June 14 Hendersonville, North Carolina
Summer Garden Tour 2019
Bullington Gardens
Director John Murphy will lead a tour through all of the thematic gardens. 4 – 5p.m. Free. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/events-workships/.  

June 15 – 16 Charlotte, North Carolina
Aquatic and Wetland Plant ID: Lakes and Ponds
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
The Gardens' assistant director, Amy Tipton, will talk about botanical niches in still waters, how to identify common native and invasive water plants, and wetland indicators. Optional canoe/kayak field trip on the 16th. 9a.m. – 3:30p.m. $75 (free weekend parking). Registration is required. For more information, call 704-687-0721 or visit exchange.uncc.edu/event/aquatic-and-wetland-plant-id-lakes-and-ponds/.

June 15 Norfolk, Virginia
Daylily Walk & Talk
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Join horticulturist Joelle Miller for a leisurely tour of the Garden's daylily collection. Offers continuing education credit. 10a.m. – 11:30p.m. General admission. Registration is not required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/daylily-walk-talk/. 

June 15 Clemson, South Carolina
Beneficial Bats
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Ray Long of the South Carolina Bat Working Group and garden educator Sue Watts will lead a walk to discuss bats and how to support them and acoustic detection will reveal what species are flying overhead. 7:45 – 8:45p.m. $7/family (members 10 percent off). Registration is required, by June 10th. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

July 16 – 20 Cullowhee, North Carolina
2019 (36th) Cullowhee Native Plants Conference
Western Carolina University
This annual conference (the 36th) works to increase interest in preserving and landscaping with native plants, and propagates horticultural techniques for growing natives. Programs July 16: 5 – 9p.m.; July 17: 7 – 9p.m.; July 18: 7 – 10p.m.; July 19: 7p.m. - 12a.m.; July 19: 7a.m. - 1p.m. $140 before July 1st, there are additional fees for optional activities. Educational scholarships offered. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-227-7397 or visit wcu.edu/engage/professional-enrichment/conferences-and-community-classes/the-cullowhee-native-plant-conference/.

[National Pollinator Week is June 17 – 23; pollinator.org/pollinator-week ]

June 18 – 23 New Bern, North Carolina
National Pollinator Week at Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace
There will be a variety of events throughout National Pollinator Week 2019 (June 17 – 23), and visitors will be able to meet the Palace's honey bees. General Admission. For more information, call 252-639-3500 or visit tryonpalace.org/NationalPollinatorWeek or pollinator.org/pollinator-week.

June 18 Kernersville, North Carolina
Learning Your Smart Phone Camera
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden
This class covers the basics of photography, such as exposure and composition, as well as editing apps and sharing online. Taught by Elizabeth Larson, a professional photographer and John C Campbell Folk School instructor. 5:30 – 8:30p.m. $39. Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/events-1/learning-your-smart-phone-camera-by-elizabeth-larson-3.

June 18 Durham, North Carolina
Life Favors Conditions That Favor Life
Sarah P Duke Gardens
Join Duke Gardens' director of education and public programming Jan Little to discuss the benefits of living near natural areas, estimated to be worth $20,000 dollars a year. Sponsored by the Durham Garden Forum and NC Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center. The Forum meets once a month to discuss garden techniques and issues. 7 – 8:30p.m. $10/lecture (members free). Registration is not required. For more information, email durhamhgardenforum@gmail.com.

June 19 Hendersonville, North Carolina
Pollinator Walk
Bullington Gardens
Learn about pollinators and plants that attract them in this drop-in tour of the Pollinator Garden. 1 – 3p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/events-workships/. 

June 19 Norfolk, Virginia
Edible Landscaping with Native Plants
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Join horticulturist Mary Toth to learn how to foodscape with native plants. Offers continuing education credits. 1 – 3p.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/edible-landscaping-with-native-plants/.

June 19 – 20 Norfolk, Virginia
Fairy Garden workshop
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Join horticulturist Joelle Miller to create a whimsical miniature garden. All supplies included. 1 – 3p.m. Each day. $65 (members $50). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/fairy-garden-2-day-workshop/. 

June 20 Norfolk, Virginia
Pollinator ID
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Join senior horticulturist Tom Houser to learn basic identification and ecology. Offers continuing education credits. 9:30 – 11:30a.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/pollinator-id/. 

[The summer solstice is June 21st.]

June 20 Norfolk, Virginia
Lepidopterans 101
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Learn about butterflies and moths and their vital ecological roles with greenhouse technician Meredith Simmons. Participants will receive native caterpillars to rear as well as larval host and nectar plants. Offers continuing education credits. 9:30 – 11:30a.m. $25 (members $20). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/lepidopterans-101/. 

June 20 Norfolk, Virginia
Summer Salads
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Join chef Kollyn Zeder to learn how to make three seasonal salads. Class includes eating, so skip dinner. 6:30 – 8:30p.m. $45 (members $35). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/summer-salads/. 

June 21 – 22 Hendersonville, North Carolina
Fairy Days 2019
Bullington Gardens
There will be a variety of fairy-themed events in the Fairy Garden for children 4 and older, including tea, crafts, and tours. June 21: 9:30 – 11:30a.m.; June 22: 1 – 3p.m.; 12 children/session. $20, $35 two siblings. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/events-workships/. 

June 21 Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Summer Solstice Walk
Brookgreen Gardens
Take a group labyrinth walk around midday on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Meet at the Lowcountry Center picnic area. May be cancelled if there is rain or flooding. 11a.m. – 12p.m. Registration is not required. For more information, call 843-235-6000 or visit brookgreen.org/events/dirt-n-details-lecture-series-1.

June 22 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Pollinator Party
Fairgrounds Farmers Market
In celebration of National Pollinator Week (June 17 – 23), there will be demonstrations, crafts, children's activities, honey and local produce for sale, and more. 8 – 11a.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call Jennifer Chrysson at 336-529-7424 or visit cityofws.org/Home-Center/Fairgrounds-Farmers-Market.

June 22 Asheville, North Carolina
WNC Daylily Club's Annual Flower Show
North Carolina Arboretum
See arrays of these colorful perennials and consider buying your own. Set up starts at 8a.m. 10a.m. – 4p.m. General admission. Registration is not required. For more information, call the Arboretum at 828-665-2492 or visit wncdaylilyclub.com/calendar/index.html.

June 22 and 29 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Native Plant Summer Gardening
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Join horticulturist and ecological garden consultant Lauri Lawson to learn sustainable maintenance techniques, with classroom and practical components. 10 – 12a.m. $48 (members $43). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/.   

June 23 Norfolk, Virginia
Tidewater Daylily Society Festival
Norfolk Botanical Garden
There will be a tour at 10a.m., sale beginning at 11a.m., division demos, design show at 12p.m., and a flower show at 1p.m. Children get a free daylily and there will be facepainting. There will be a food truck for lunch. 10a.m. – 4p.m. General admission. Registration is not required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/tidewater-daylily-society-festival/.

June 24 Raleigh, North Carolina
Bulbs for Every Season – Enjoy the Color and Interest They Bring to Each Season
JC Raulston Arboretum
Learn about bulbs for colorful blooms and sometimes interesting foliage over four seasons. 10 – 11:30a.m. $5 (Friends of the Arboretum, Extension Master Gardeners, Horticultural Science department staff, and NCSU students free). Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1980.

June 24 Manteo, North Carolina
Backyard Birds
The Elizabethan Gardens
Young participants will learn how to draw common backyard birds and make a bird-themed snack. There will also be an optional family scavenger hunt with prizes. Repeated every Monday June 24th – August 15th. There is a limit of 20 participants and snacks are offered. 11a.m. – 12p.m. General admission. Registration is not required. For more information call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/calendar-of-events/events/. 

June 25 Manteo, North Carolina
Fun with Frogs
The Elizabethan Gardens
Young participants will learn about the life cycle of these common water garden dwellers. There will also be an optional family scavenger hunt with prizes. Repeated every Tuesday June 25th – August 15th. There is a limit of 20 participants and snacks are offered. 11a.m. – 12p.m. General admission. Registration is not required. For more information call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/calendar-of-events/events/. 

June 26 Raleigh, North Carolina
2019 Landscape Color and Professional Field Day
JC Raulston Arboretum
Learn about new introductions, glyphosphate alternatives, designer soil, amending with compost, plant growth regulators, and how to win landscaping bids. 9a.m. – 4p.m. $35 through June 21st, then $50.. Registration is required. For more information, call Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1992.

June 26 Durham, North Carolina
Plants of Distinction: Hydrangea Walk
Sarah P Duke Gardens  
Learn about these classic shrubs, which come in more colors than just traditional blue and can sometimes be induced to change floral color. This is the last in the 2019 Plants of Distinction series. 10 – 11:30a.m. $10 (members 20 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events.

June 26 Manteo, North Carolina
Butterflies!
The Elizabethan Gardens
Young participants will learn about the metamorphosis of butterflies. There will also be an optional family scavenger hunt with prizes. Repeated every Wednesday June 26th – August 15th. There is a limit of 20 participants and snacks are offered. 11a.m. – 12p.m. General admission. Registration is not required. For more information call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/calendar-of-events/events/. 

June 25 Manteo, North Carolina
Helpful Bugs
The Elizabethan Gardens
Young participants will learn how insects benefit gardens. There will also be an optional family scavenger hunt with prizes. Repeated every Tuesday June 25th – August 15th. There is a limit of 20 participants and snacks are offered. 11a.m. – 12p.m. General admission. Registration is not required. For more information call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/calendar-of-events/events/. 

June 27 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
LUNCH BOX Talk: Where was Scott's Hole: A Chapel Hill/Morgan Creek Mystery
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Learn about the mystery of Scott's Hole, a popular local swimming spot in the 19th century that is now lost to history. It is significant to botanists because rare plants grew nearby and there are specimens in the UNC Herbarium. Carl W Anderson of the Chapel Hill Historical Society and the Garden's Johnny Randall will talk about the mystery and perhaps it can be located. This is part of the monthly Lunch Box Talks series. 12 – 1p.m. Free. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/.  

June 28 Norfolk, Virginia
Fairy & Gnome Summer Homes
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Create a lilliputian house; all supplies included. For children 4 and older with an adult. 10 – 11a.m. $15 (members $10) for children 3 years and older; free for adults. Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/fairy-and-gnome-summer-homes/.

June 28 Norfolk, Virginia
Fantastic Animals and Where to Find Them
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Learn about the animals that inhabit various biomes and meet some in person with the Virginia Living Museum. 11a.m. – 12p.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/fantastic-animals-and-where-to-find-them/.

June 29 Norfolk, Virginia
Seed Swap
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Learn about preserving and swapping seeds with greenhouse technician Meredith Simmons. Participants can bring seeds to share and the Garden has seeds. Offers continuing education credits. 11a.m. – 1p.m. $20 (members $15). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/seed-swap/.

June 29 Norfolk, Virginia
Woodland Plants and Wildlife Uses
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Horticulturist Mary Toth will talk about native woodland plants to incorporate into gardens and their ecological relationships. Offers continuing education credits. 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/woodland-plants-and-wildlife-uses/.

June 30 Asheville, North Carolina
Crafty Hour: Terrarium Building Workshop
North Carolina Arboretum
Part of the Arboretum's new Crafty Hour workshops, join Melissa Thomas from the Flora living boutique to create an herbal smudge stick to use or display in this month of the summer solstice. Fee includes parking, personalized instruction, supplies, light food, and drinks. 3 – 5p.m. $75 (members $67). Registration is required. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/event/crafty-hour-floral-smudge-stick-workshop/.

July 2 Raleigh, North Carolina
Plantsmen's Tour: “Interns' Top Picks”
JC Raulston Arboretum
Learn what JCRA plants this year's interns liked best. 9 – 10:30a.m. Or  6 – 7:30p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1929.

July 5 Clemson, South Carolina
Creek Critters
South Carolina Botanical Garden
This is an opportunity for children to search for aquatic life and do citizen science at a cool creek in hot midsummer. Dress for water and dirt. 3 – 5p.m. $7 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required, at least three days beforehand. For more information, call Allison Jones at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

July 6 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
FREE First Saturday Tour: Pond, Puddle, Pool
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Each month the Garden has a free tour with a different theme; July's tour will look at plants and animals in the Garden's many aquatic habitats, especially the wild Salamander Pool, Turtle Pond, and Water Gardens. 10 – 11a.m. Free, but registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/.   

July 6 Norfolk, Virginia
Garden Myths Debunked!
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Some garden techniques don't work, but persist. Learn their origins and why they don't work. Offers continuing education credits. 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/garden-myths-debunked/.

July 13 Raleigh, North Carolina
Introduction to Mushroom Foraging: Learn a Year's Worth of Wild Edible Mushrooms in One Day
JC Raulston Arboretum
Learn several easy to identify, tasty mushrooms that can be found in different seasons. There will be slides, guides and tools on display, generous Q&A, and participants will receive a resource guide. Taught by Frank Hyman, an NCSU graduate who writes a foraging column for Paleo magazine and has licenses to market wild mushrooms in three states, and once picked a 33-pounder. He studied foraging in seven states and six countries. 9 – 11a.m. $40 (members $30). Registration is required, for 24 spaces. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1997.

July 13 Norfolk, Virginia
Butterfly Festival 2019
Norfolk Botanical Garden
There will be butterfly exhibits and activities for all ages. Guests are invited to dress up as lepidopterans. Hosted by the Garden and the Butterfly Society of Virginia. 10a.m. – 4p.m. General admission. Registration is not required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/butterfly-festival-2019/.

July 13 Raleigh, North Carolina
Introduction to Growing Citrus in North Carolina
JC Raulston Arboretum
Find out how to grow citrus in the ground or in pots.  It is possible to grow expensive lemons outside without protection. Clementines, kumquats, and Meyer lemons can be harvested indoors even in winter, as well as providing fragrant evergreen foliage and flowers. There will be slides, generous Q&A, and participants will receive a resource guide. Taught by Frank Hyman, an NCSU graduate and landscaper who writes Hobby Farm magazine's “Cutting Edge Crops” column and has a potted dwarf citrus 30 years old in Durham. 1 – 2:30p.m. $30 (members $25). Registration is required, for 24 spaces. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1998.

July 16 Durham, North Carolina
2019 Gardeners' Fair
Sarah P Duke Gardens
Learn from local experts and retailers, see demonstrations, and join lectures. The Forum usually meets once a month to discuss garden techniques and issues. 6:30 – 8p.m. $10. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, email durhamhgardenforum@gmail.com.

July 17 – 20 Cullowhee, North Carolina
2019 Cullowhee Native Plants Conference
Western Carolina University
This annual conference (the 36th) works to increase interest in preserving and landscaping with native plants, and propagates horticultural techniques for growing natives. July 16: 5 – 9p.m.; July 17: 7 – 9p.m.; July 18: 7 – 10p.m.; July 19: 7p.m. – 12a.m.; July 19: 7a.m. – 1p.m. $140 before July 1st, there are additional fees for optional activities. Educational scholarships offered. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-227-7397 or visit wcu.edu/engage/professional-enrichment/conferences-and-community-classes/the-cullowhee-native-plant-conference/.

[National Moth Week is July 20 – 28; nationalmothweek.org/]

July 20 – 21 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Triad Gourd Mini Festival
Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
Learn about gourd growing and crafting and there will be vendors and competitions. July 20: 9a.m. – 5p.m.; July 21: 10a.m. – 4p.m. Free. Registration not required. For  more information, call Jud Fleming at 336-908-6341 or email fleminggourds@yahoo.com or visit ncgourdsociety.org? American Gourd Society?

July 20 Wilmington, North Carolina
Bubbles and Blooms
New Hanover County Arboretum
Relax in the Arboretum with music by L Shape Lot, rainbow-colored soap bubbles, food trucks Little Cher, Poor Piggy's, and Snowie of the Carolinas, and beer, wine, and champagne from fermental. 6 – 9p.m. $10 (10-years-old and under free). Tickets are required. For more information, call Angie Pearsall at 910-798-7670 or visit nhcarboretum.org.

July 20 Clemson, South Carolina
Slabfest
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Buy hardwood slabs of various dimensions and enjoy food, music, demonstrations, and outside retailers. 10a.m. – 4p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call Spencer Waldrop at 864-888-7102 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

July 24 – August 24 Raleigh, North Carolina
Juried Photographic Print Competition and Exhibition
JC Raulston Arboretum
Enter your garden or plant-related photos for a chance to win cash prizes (there are several levels, including a Best in Show youth prize) and have your work displayed in September and October. Submissions due by July 24th and there will be a reception August 24th 7 – 8:30p.m. Adults $20, children $10, two entries allowed per person. Registration is required. For more information, call Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=2020.

July 27 Clemson, South Carolina
Magical Moths: National Moth Week
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Learn about these mostly nocturnal lepidopterans and participate in a global citizen science project for National Moth Week, July 20 – 28). 8:30 – 9:30p.m. $7/family (members 10 percent off). Registration is required, by July 22nd. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

July 28 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Moth Magic – FOR FAMILIES!
North Carolina Botanical Garden
There are thousands of moths in the Carolinas, ranging from minute to gigantic, and marked with beautiful patterns in black, white, and gray or bright colors rivaling their dayflying relatives.  For National Moth Week (July 20 - 28), the Garden is hosting this moth watching event for children 8 and up with an adult. Learn identification and how attract nocturnal lepidopterans with natural science educator Mike Dunn. Moths will be attracted with bait and lights. 8:30 – 10:30p.m. $10 (members $9). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/.   

August 8 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
LUNCH BOX Talk: Here There Be Dragons
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Join Chris Goforth, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences' head of citizen science, to learn about dragonflies, such as the contortions required for mating and how some fly ahead of storms. This is part of the monthly Lunch Box Talks series. 12 – 1p.m. Free. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/.  

August 17 Greensboro, North Carolina
Bee Friendly to Pollinators Day
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Guilford County Center
Demonstration Garden
3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro, NC 27405
This event is from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The cost is free! It's always a good time to start your pollinator garden! Whether you want to attract butterflies, birds or other pollinators to your yard, we can help you get started. At this event, learn about all the different kinds of pollinators and the vital role they play in our food production. Want to know which are the best flowers and plants to attract pollinators? Talk with the pollinator experts and learn more about the best ways you can help protect and attract pollinators. There will be butterfly, bee, and bug displays; plus take a look inside a real beehive! Talk with the Guilford County Beekeepers and learn the ins and outs of managing a hive. There will be activities for children to help them learn more about pollinators and their role in our world. Take a tour of our demonstration pollinator gardens. The Greensboro Eco-Bus will also be on hand with live animal displays. Stop by our N.C. Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Ask booth and get the best advice for your own garden. The day will conclude with a monarch butterfly release!

August 24 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
iNaturalists in Action
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Learn about the iNatualist.org website and app for recording and sharing observations. There will be a brief classroom meeting followed by a trip to the Mason Farm Biological Reserve and another classroom meeting to look at photos. Participants should bring a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet for photos. 9:30 – 12:30a.m. (for help in installing the app, the instructors will be available from 9:15a.m.). $18 (members $16). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/.  

September 19 Greensboro, North Carolina
“Fall for Gardening” 18th Annual Guilford County Master Gardener Gardening Seminar
Guilford County Cooperative Extension office
This year's theme is “Gardening with a Conscience,” featuring talks “Restoring the Little Things that Run the World,” “The Peaceful River Farm Story,” “Planning Resilient Landscapes for the Future,” “A Chickadee's Guide to Gardening,” “Planting Resilient Trees,” and “Insights on Pesticides,” by Dr Doug Tallamy, Larry and Lee Newlin, Lloyd Singleton, and NCSU PhD candidate Kira Chaloupka Sims. The seminar will also include retailers, a silent auction, door prizes, gift bags, breakfast and lunch, and more. 8:30a.m. – 3:30p.m. $45. Registration is required, June 1st to September 1st, online or with a form available locally, and is limited. For more information, call 336-641-2400 or visit go.ncsu.edu/guilfordseminar.

 

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