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Upcoming Events for Carolinas

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Through October, Asheville, N.C.

Winged Wonders: Step into the World of Butterflies
The North Carolina Arboretum

Winged Wonders is an indoor butterfly exhibit featuring a chrysalis-rearing chamber and a walk-through butterfly house where visitors can meet a whole host of local butterfly species, including monarchs, swallowtails and more.




August 4, Rock Hill, S.C.
All Round Ups Not Created Equal
Glencairn Garden Learning Center

Round-up is a widely used product by many homeowners but there are many variations at garden centers – which one do you choose? Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will be discussing how these products work. 11 a.m. Free and open to public. For more information, call 803-684-9919 or visit


Aug 5-Oct 29, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
National Sculpture Society 84th Annual Awards Exhibition
Brookgreen Garden

The annual juried exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. This exhibit is on display in both galleries and is free with garden admission.


August 7-11, Durham, N.C.
Artists In The Gardens
Sarah P. Duke Garden

Use the garden for inspiration and as a source of unusual materials as we explore habitats, uncover wildlife, and identify plants. Experiment with various mediums, learn new techniques, and collaborate to express yourself. Rising 3-5 grades. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. $200. For more information, call
919-668-1707 or email


August 10, Kernersville, N.C.
A Curated Tour of our Tropical Garden
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Join us at 6:00 pm for the Summer Thursday Lecture at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street in Kernersville.  The lecture, given by Adrienne Roethling, PJCBG Garden Curator, is FREE to Members of PJCBG or a $5 donation for non-members.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, visit our News and Events page at


August 11, Columbia, S.C.
Twilight in the Garden: A Bug’s Life
Riverbanks Zoo

Explore Waterfall Junction then enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk (Waterfall Junction will open at 6 p.m. and close just prior to the start of the movie). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Cost: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.


August 11-12, Raleigh, N.C.
Juried Print Competition
JC Raulston Arboretum

Adults and youth can submit original photographic prints 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 month of September. Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. – entries accepted; Saturday 7-8:30 p.m. – opening reception. $20 for adults, $10 for youths. Each entrant may submit a limit of two entries per registration. Each participant is limited to one registration. $5 additional fee if not pre-registered by July 31. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit


August 12, Raleigh, N.C.
Propagation Workshop
Plant Delights Nursery            

The day-long hands-on workshop will cover an amazing array of propagation techniques including seed, cuttings, divisions, plant breeding, and darn near everything but grafting. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $170. For more information, visit or call 919-772-4794.


August 12, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Using Citizen Science Tools to Identify Plants and Butterflies
North Carolina Botanical Gardens

Learn the basics of photographing flora and fauna for identification, identifying butterflies and host plants in our area and using the free iNaturalist website and app for recording, sharing and organizing your natural history observations. Includes a field trip to nearby Mason Farm, where we’ll break into small groups to practice making butterfly and host plant observations for the Mason Farm Butterfly Project. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee is $32 ($30 Members) and preregistration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call 919-962-0522.


August 17, Lake City, S.C.
Creating and Canning Chutney
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

In this class you’ll travel through canning process hands-on from start to finish, learning many tricks along the way. Everyone will leave with a homemade jar of delicious peach chutney, along with recipes to try at home. Sallie Dent Porth, Founder & Canner-in-Chief of Sallie’s Greatest, will lead the class using her canning expertise. After the class, she’ll offer some of her award winning jams to sample and sell, so get your taste buds ready. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and there is a fee of $35 per person. This class registration is limited to the first 18 people, so register quickly. If you have any special needs for the class, please contact Rebecca Turk at  843-210-7582. Classes are for beginners, but folks with canning skills are welcome to join and learn some new tricks too. Email Rebecca Turk ( to reserve your spot.


August 17, Raleigh, N.C.
Photography Walk
JC Raulston Arboretum

Susan Bailey will discuss and explore ways to make your images unusual. 10-11 a.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required by contacting Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005. For more information visit


August 19, Greensboro, N.C.
Bee Friendly to Bees Day
Cooperative Extension

Learn about pollination and beekeeping with a live beehive display, build a bee hotel, and tour the pollinator garden. This family-oriented event is free, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, contact the N. C. Cooperative Extension at 336-641-2400 or visit


August 26, Lake City, S.C.
Home Composting Made Easy
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

From making traditional compost bins to vermicomposting, Brendan Huggins will show you all you need to know. Brendan will teach you the importance of compost, soils, materials, and steps to create beautiful compost and many tips of the trade. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $15 per person. Class size is limited to 25 people so register quickly! Email Rebecca Turk at to reserve your spot or call 843-210-7582.


August 26, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Veni, Vidi, Vici! Latin for Botanists
North Carolina Botanical Gardens

We will explore scientific names that are mischievous, historic, honorific, wrong, descriptive, and just plain fun! And no verbs will be conjugated. 10 a.m.-noon. Preregistration is required and the fee is $24 ($22 members). For more information or to register, visit or call 919-962-0522.


August 27, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Saving Our Seeds Exhibit Reception
North Carolina Botanical Gardens

Join the staff of the NC Botanical Garden for the exhibit and reception for their four-month series of programs and exhibits about the importance of seeds with a kick-off presentation by Amanda Faucette, NCBG conservation botanist. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free, preregistration required. For more information and to register, visit or call 919-962-0522.


August 28, Raleigh, N.C.
Therapeutic Horticulture
JC Raulston Arboretum

Rieppe Hendrick, Wake County Extension Master Gardener, will describe horticultural therapy techniques. 10-11:30 a.m.  Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum, Wake County Extension Master Gardeners, NC State University students (with ID), and department of horticultural science faculty and staff; all others $5. For more information, visit




September 1, Rock Hill, S.C.
“Espalier” First Friday in the Garden
Glencairn Garden Learning Center

Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will give a presentation on espalier at in the garden at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center beginning at 11 a.m. First Friday presentations are a free public service of Clemson Extension Service; the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department; and the Master Gardeners of York County. For more information, call 803-684-9919 or visit


September 2, Kernersville, N.C.
Pilates in the Garden
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens

The cost is $20 and pre-registration is required. 9 a.m. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or to register online, visit our News and Events Page at


September 3, 10, 17, 24, Raleigh, N.C.  
Arboretum Guided Tour
JC Raulston Arboretum

Guided tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2 p.m.  March through October. Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Arrangements may be made for private guided tours for adult parties of 10 or more by contacting Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005 or


September 5, Raleigh, N.C.  
Plantsmen’s Tour: For the Birds
JC Raulston Arboretum
Attract birds to your garden by incorporating plants they need for food, shelter, and nesting into your landscape. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers.1-2:30 p.m. Call 919-513-7005 for more information.


September 7, Greensboro, N.C.
Beautiful and Sustainable Lawns – A Greener Yard
Glenn McNairy Library

In the Piedmont, rejuvenating lawns is best done in fall. Knowing and using good growing practices all year also saves you time and money, and reduces environmental impact. This one-hour lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.


Sept 7-Oct 29, Belmont, N.C.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden  

Explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival Hundreds of large lanterns from Zigong, China will illuminate the garden and guests can enjoy Kung Fu shows, Asian cuisine, authentic Chinese folk arts and more! Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


September 8-18, Burlington, N.C.
33rd Fall Book Sale
May Memorial Library, Friends of the Library Bookstore

The sale begins at noon on Friday, September 8 with a “Friends Only” day (family memberships are available at the door for only $10). Open daily to the public from noon-6 p.m. on weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. We have thousands of books including gardening, cooking, travel, large print, children books, sports, and a large collection of movies and music. All items are shelved and organized for an enjoyable shopping experience. Prices range from .50 cents to $3. All proceeds from the sale provide funding for projects and library materials that promote literacy in Adamance County. For additional information, visit You may also contact the library at 336-229-3588 or visit their website at


September 9, Lake City, S.C.
MFBG Beer Feast
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Enjoy beers from over 35 local and regional craft breweries and devour delicious local eats. With your tasting glass in hand, you’ll also experience the botanical garden as a festival backdrop like no other. 1-5 p.m. VIP ticket holders get access for a sneak peek and first taste at noon so don’t miss out. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Florence County Disabilities Association. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 843-210-7582.


September 9, Chapel Hill, N.C.  
Caterpillar Countdown
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Meet live caterpillars of some common species, hear their fascinating stories and what they need to survive, and explore the garden for these mysterious insects. Get tips on how to find them in the wild, raise them, and attract them to your own yard. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. For more information, visit


September 14, Kernersville, N.C.
September Lunch and Learn
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Join us at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street, for “Quick Steps to a Backyard Rain Garden” by Wendi Hartup, Stormwater Manager, Town of Kernersville. FREE to Members of PJCBG or a $2 donation for non-members.  For more information call 336-996-7888 or to register online, visit our News and Events Page


Sept 15-16, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Forsyth County MG Plant Sale
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension

Come out and get those hard-to-find native plants you have been wanting for your garden. This event is a major fundraiser for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Proceeds from your purchase help maintain the Extension Demonstration Gardens and fund the “Forks on Friday” garden lecture series held in the spring and fall. Rain or shine, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Shop early for best selection. For additional information, call 336-703-2850.


September 16, Lake City, S.C.
Summer Series: Great Grains
Moore Farms Botanical Gardens

Come discover the ancient origins of corn, oats, and wheat and trace their paths to our plates today. We’ll turn each grain into a homemade treat, including a small loaf of real sourdough bread! You’ll leave with flour on your shirt and a head full of ideas on what to create next. 10 a.m.-noon. Fee: $8 per child. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582.


September 16, Raleigh, N.C.  
Clematis and Other Vines for the Garden
JC Raulston Arboretum

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture Cohosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, otherwise $5. 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 919-513-7005.


September 16, Raleigh, N.C.  
Recreational Tree Climbing
JC Raulston Arboretum

Climb with your friends and family into the canopy of one of our majestic oak trees and experience the JCRA like you never have before. Open to youths and adults. 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. For more information, call 919-513-7005.


September 16, Clemson, S.C.
SCNP Certificate Core Class: Fall Herbaceous Plant ID with Patrick McMillan
South Carolina Botanical Garden

In this field identification course learn about the foliage and flowers of primarily herbaceous plants, although some shrubs will surely sneak in. This class will be taught by the garden’s director Patrick McMillan. For certification, both spring and fall classes are required. 9 a.m.-5: p.m. Cost is $80 (10% discount for members). For more information, call 864-656-2836 or email


September 17, Chapel Hill, N.C.  
Native Seed Propagation
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Intended for a broad audience, students learn seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage, seed sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. 1-4:30 p.m.


September 24, Greensboro, N.C.
Fall is for Gardening! What should I do now?
Greensboro Arboretum

This is the perfect time for planting, transplanting, and starting fall-flowering containers. Simple seasonal chores like winterizing tools are also on the list, to help you be prepared for future gardening seasons. This 1-hour lecture begins at 4 p.m. Registration is required. Visit for locations and times where classes are offered. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.


September 21, Kernersville, N.C.  
Yoga in the Garden
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Join us for Yoga in the Garden by Mindful Bodi Movement. 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 and pre-registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or to register online, visit our News and Events Page at


September 19, Raleigh, N.C.  
Day Tripping to Pat McCracken’s Garden and Camellia Forest’s New Wendell Nursery
JC Raulston Arboretum

The JC Raulston Arboretum’s first adventure of the fall season will be a tour of Pat McCracken’s private collection and greenhouses and to Camellia Forest’s new Wendell nursery. 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For more information, call 919-513-7005.


September 21 Raleigh, N.C.  
Photography Walk: “Color”
JC Raulston Arboretum

We will discuss monochromatic color schemes, interaction between certain colors to set a mood, along with impact of certain colors. 2-3 p.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For more information, call 919-513-7005.


September 22, Kernersville, N.C.  
Concert on the Lawn
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

This upbeat concert features Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys. Tickets are $15. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. To learn more or to register, visit our News and Events page at or call 336-996-7888.


September 23, Chapel Hill, N.C.  
Discovering Magic in the Garden
North Carolina Botanical Garden

The young and young-at-heart are invited for a fun-filled afternoon of hands-on nature activities and play in the Children’s Wonder Garden, including live critters, carnivorous plants, fairy and gnome home building, giant bubbles, and more! 1-4 p.m. Recommended for ages 4 & up with accompanying adult.


September 23, Asheville, N.C.  
Monarch Butterfly Day
The North Carolina Arboretum

As part of a national effort to stave off the decline of monarch butterflies, The North Carolina Arboretum in partnership with Monarch Rescue, a non-profit organization focused on increasing monarch butterfly awareness throughout western North Carolina, will host its third annual Monarch Butterfly Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join the arboretum in welcoming these regal flyers with a day full of monarch releases, crafts and fun in the outdoors.


September 23, Murrels Inlet, S.C.
Brew at the Zoo
Brookgreen Gardens

This craft beer tasting will feature over 30 regional and national selections and offers a rare opportunity after-hours to see Brookgreen’s Native Wildlife Zoo. Guests receive a signature tasting glass and enjoy a silent auction hosted by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens. Food and wine are available for purchase. Members are $35, non-members $40. For more information, visit or call 843-235-6000.


September 23, Asheville, N.C.  
Carolina Craft Day
The North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates traditional and contemporary Appalachian art and craft during Carolina Craft Day. The event will feature craft demonstrations and juried art and craft artists working in fiber, paper, clay, metal, and wood selling their work. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit


September 23, Lake City, S.C.
Flavor and Flower: Integrating Herbs into Landscape Design
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Grow your own luffa sponges and finally get the “fern” look in blazing hot sun. All of this can be done with herbs used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Spice up your garden by thinking of herbs as gardening delights instead of crops that need their own space. Join Pat Harpell as she discusses integrating herbs into your landscape, containers, and baskets to make the “perfect pairings.” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration: $35 per person. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582.


September 25, Raleigh, N.C.  
Winter Flowering Plants Lecture
JC Raulston Arboretum

Come learn about the plants that you can incorporate into your own gardens for more beautiful winters. Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, Wake County Extension Master Gardeners, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5. 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 919-513-7005.


September 28, Lake City, S.C.
Eco Print Scarves
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Eco printing is essentially a direct contact printing method, drawing out pigments from plants to make interesting and often surprising marks on protein (silk) fibre. In this class talented artist Caroline Harper will show you how to create 2 silk scarves with foraged leaves, flowers, vegetable skins and other objects found from the garden. Silk and organic material will be provided but please bring anything you would like to contribute to your exquisite scarves. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Registration: $60 per person. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582.


September 30, Durham, N.C.  
Fall Plant Sale
Sarah P. Duke Garden

Duke Gardens’ annual fall plant sale will feature rare and unusual plants and bulbs, as well as some standards every southern garden should have. Among the offerings will be a wide selection of propagated plants from Duke Gardens and specially selected plants from local suppliers. Duke Gardens members receive 10% off every purchase. Non-members may join or renew on site or in advance. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 919-684 -3698 or visit


September 30, Lake City, S.C.
Perennials: The plants that keep on giving
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Come learn from MFBG senior horticulturist and perennial guru, David Poston. David’s an expert in this topic and is a true perennial plant nerd! You’ll learn many specimens that thrive in this area and ways to get the most bang out of your buck. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $20 per person. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at 843-210-7582.


September 30, Murrels Inlet, S.C.
Sculpture Talk
Brookgreen Gardens

The public is invited to a public talk/powerpoint by Sculptor in Residence Ken Smith at the Lowcountry Center Auditorium. The program begins at 3 p.m. and is free with garden admission. For more information, visit or call 843-235-6000.


September 30, Clemson, S.C.
SCNPC Elective Class: Natives at Home with Julie Hill of Southern Wild Landscape Design
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Spend the day exploring the use of native plants to create beautiful containers and garden beds for your home. Join garden designer, Julie Hill, in discovering the secrets to planting containers that will thrill your senses, fill your patios, and spill over with natural beauty. Learn how to design your own garden beds from start to finish with flowers for cutting and for attracting birds and butterflies. Learn economical ways to start your plants, optimal planting times, and cutting techniques. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $80 (10% discount members). For more information, call 864-656-2836 or email




October 11, Greensboro, N.C.
Spring Flowering Bulbs
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library

Bulbs can be planted in flower beds, in lawns, under and around trees, or grown in containers – many will come back and even multiply for years of beauty with minimal care. This 1-hour lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Visit for locations and times where classes are offered. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.