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Upcoming Events for Carolinas

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May 2, Raleigh, N.C.
Plantsmen’s Tour – Gala in the Garden Sneak Peek
JC Raulston Arboretum

This event is free for members, $5 for nonmembers. Advance registration is not available. Tour begins at the Visitor Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum. 9-10:30 a.m. and again 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit


May 4, Spartanburg, S.C.
Twilight in the Garden
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve

The annual garden party fundraiser, Twilight in the Garden, featuring a silent auction, a live auction and a buffet dinner with cocktails and music. 5:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, call Robin Vollmer at 864-574-7724.


May 5 & 6, Greensboro, N.C.
Passalong Plant Sale and Festival
Cooperative Extension

The 15th Annual Passalong Plant Sale and Festival is just in time for Mother’s Day. Plants include annuals, perennials, native, herbs, succulents, trees, shrubs, and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact the N. C. Cooperative Extension office 336-641-2400 or visit


May 5, Clemson, S.C.
Plant A Salsa Garden
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Children will learn the basics of vegetable gardening, specifically how to grow ingredients for salsa. We’ll make and taste salsa, and participants will leave with starter plants and salsa recipes. Please register at least three days in advance. This program is designed for children/families. 3:30-5:30 p.m. and cost is $12. For more information, contact Allison Jones at 864-656-0203 or


May 6, Fuquay Varina, N.C.
Garden Party
The Garden Hut

Hot dogs and fixin’s for lunch. A favorite for 14 years! Free admission! For more information, visit or call 919-552-0590.


May 6, Charlotte, N.C.
Rain Gardens
University of North Carolina Botanic Garden, Charlotte Campus

In this one-day course, wetland scientist Rich Mogensen will cover the basics – why, what, and how – of rain gardens as solutions to runoff challenges. Wetland Restoration and Construction by Thomas Biebighauser is recommended reading prior to class. Program will take place in the McMillan Greenhouse classroom 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with a half hour lunch break. Cost is $75. Register online at


May 6, Lake City, S.C.
Bog Gardening
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Robby Davidson, MFBG native plant guru, will teach you everything you need to know about bogs and how to build a successful one at home. Each participant will create and take home their own mini bog garden – a special planter filled with carnivorous plants and other bog beauties. 9:20 a.m.-noon and registration is $30 per person. Email Rebecca Turk to register.


May 6, 7, 13, Hillsborough, N.C.
The Garden Art Sculpture Invitational
Studio and Gardens of Tinka Jordy, 1902 Borland Road

An outdoor exhibition of both locally and nationally recognized sculptors. Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.For more information,, email Tinka Jordy at, or call919-757-2181.


May 9, 16, 23 & June 6, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Pen and Ink Media Exploration
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Join artist Kathy Schermer-Gramm for an in-depth exploration of drawing with ink, including exercises in creating texture, using techniques like ink wash, and trying out new surfaces, such as drafting film and Yupo. Prerequisite: Pen & Ink. 1-4 p.m., cost is $150 ($135 members). For more information and to register, visit or call 919-962-0522.


May 11, Raleigh, N.C.
Photography Walk
JC Raulston Arboretum

Susan Bailey with Susan Bailey Photography will help you explore the close-up world in the garden, an exciting experience and you can achieve strong compositions and fun abstracts. 2-3 p.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. Register by contacting Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005. Registration is limited to 10 people and is considered complete when payment is received. Please call 919-513-7005for more information or visit


May 11, Raleigh, N.C.
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture and Book Launch
JC Raulston Arboretum

In this lecture, Mark Weathington will discuss suggestions to improve your Southern garden. 7:30-9 p.m. Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and department of horticultural science faculty and staff, all others $5. Advance registration is not available. Call 919-513-7005 for more information or visit


May 12-13, Tarboro, N.C.
2017 Spring Garden Symposium
Tarboro Calvary Episcopal Church

Shop garden vendors, have a delicious luncheon in the Calvary Episcopal, stroll through beautiful gardens, and enjoy an authentic afternoon English tea. Hear acclaimed speakers Williamsburg landscape architect Gordon Chappell and former restoration chairman of Old City Cemetery, Jane Baber White. For more information or to register, visit


May 13, Columbia, S.C.
Fairy Gardens
Riverbanks Zoo

Create a tiny, magical world through miniature plants, natural objects and imagination during this workshop. A terra-cotta saucer will be provided for your garden, or you can bring your own container. 10-11:30 a.m. $30 per person per class. For questions or to register call the education department at 803-602-0803.


May 13 and 20, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Local Deciduous Trees
North Carolina Botanical Garden,the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Join Stefan Bloodworth, curator, Blomquist Garden of Native Plants Sarah P. Duke Gardens to learn about common deciduous trees, how to identify them, and why they grow where they do. We’ll also spend time walking in the garden and on the Piedmont Nature Trails. No prerequisites. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $65 ($55 members). For more information and to register visit or call 919-962-0522.


May 13, Lake City, S.C.
Phonetagraphy 101
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

We’ll show you how to compose a shot, edit, and enhance with the Photos app, and share your work. By the end of this class, you’ll know all the do’s and don’ts of phone photography. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and registration is $30 per person. Please email Rebecca Turk to register and get a list of required materials.


May 14, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Mother’s Day Walk at Mason Farm
North Carolina Botanical Garden,the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Join naturalist Ed Harrison from 2-4:30 p.m. and take your mother for a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s “old farm trail” as Ed points out wildflowers and discusses local diversity conservation. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring a walking stick, insect repellant, and water. $15 ($12 members). For more information and to register go or call 919-962-0522.


May 18, Greensboro, N.C.
Editing Your Garden Design to Accommodate Your Lifestyle and Conditions of Your Property
Guilford County Cooperative Extension

Landscape conditions change over time, so how do you go about renovating your garden to solve problem areas? Speaker is Steve Windham, landscape designer and project manager, New Garden Nursery. This free workshop begins at 10 a.m. Register by calling Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400 or email or


May 19, Clemson, S.C.
All About Hummingbirds
South Carolina Botanical Garden

We’ll go on a walk to observe ruby-throated hummingbirds in the garden, and you’ll make a hummingbird feeder to attract these beautiful, tiny birds to your backyard! Please register at least five days in advance. This program is designed for children/families. 3:30-5:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Contact Allison Jones 864-656-0203 or


May 19, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Butterflies in Colored Pencil
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Artist Linda Koffenberger will teach you how to draw with colored pencils using North Carolina’s many butterflies as a reference. Students can purchase drawing materials or borrow them for the course. This course is a non-credit course. No prerequisites. 1-4:30 p.m. Cost is $41 ($37 members). For more information and to register go to or call 919-962-0522.


May 19-20, Aiken, S.C.
Aiken Garden Show
Aiken County Historical Museum

The show includes tours of 10 private gardens, the vendor market, speaker Pearl Fryar, and an American Rose Society Rose Show. Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 803-641-6777.


May 19 & 20, Lake City, S.C.
May Days Plant Sale and BBQ
Moore Farms

Join us for our spring plant sale, lecture by well-known plantsman Dr. David Creech, delicious BBQ lunch, good tunes and a beautiful garden. The kids’ corner will be filled with many hands-on, fun-filled activities and those 12 & under get in for free! The plant sale will feature many varieties of choice, hard-to-find and unusual plants. Our staff horticulturists will be able to assist you with any questions and we only sell what we believe in, so every plant is a winner! 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. Registration is $15 per person; children 12 & under are free. Please contact Xzaviar Boston at for more information.


May 19 & June 2, 9, 16, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Flowering Plant Families
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Olivia Lenahan, horticultural scientist, will be building on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy, this course focuses on 20 major and fairly stable plant families found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with field studies in the garden and close-up examination of representative examples. Prerequisites: Botany, Plant Taxonomy. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and the cost is $130 ($117 members). For more information and to register go or call 919-962-0522.


May 20, Columbia, S.C.
Canning and Preserving
Riverbanks Zoo

Learn how to preserve the bounty from your garden so you can enjoy that fresh homegrown taste year round. Everyone will make something to take home. The cost is $20 per person per class and class runs from 10 a.m.-noon. For questions or to register call the education department at 803-602-0803.


May 20, Kitty Hawk, N.C.
15th Annual Coastal Gardening Festival
Thomas A. Baum Senior Center

Join the Dare County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. The theme “Plant and They will Come,” focuses on plants that attract pollinators to your yard. More than 60 vendors will be offering price-friendly plants, garden art, handcrafted goods, and refreshments. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the outreach programs of the Dare County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in association with Dare County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. For more information, call the Dare County Extension office at 252-255-2049.


May 20, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Ribbit the Exhibit Day
Brookgreen Gardens

Join J.A. Cobb, the artist who created RIBBIT THE EXHIBIT 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Meet many members of his Lowcountry audience and hear about his art. J.A. Cobb will present a special members-only program at 2 p.m. at the Lowcountry Center Auditorium, which will be free but requires reservations by calling 843-235-6016. For more information, visit


May 21 & June 4, 11, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Plant Taxonomy
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Milo Pyne, plant ecologist, will present this program that runs for three weeks from 1-5 p.m. This course builds on the fundamentals of the botany course and prepares students for supplementary material covered in flowering plant families. Students learn the basic concepts of taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families and use taxonomic keys. Prerequisite: Botany. Cost is $130 ($117 members). For more information and to register go to or call 919-962-0522.


May 24, Charlotte, N.C.
Pressed Flower Art
UNC Botanic Garden, Charlotte

This delightful workshop will focus on pressing flowers for artistic design with special emphasis on using the proper technique to retain color and form. Participants will make a small press and create a mounted composition to take home. All materials will be provided to complete a handsome finished product suitable for a gift. 9:30 a.m.-noon at the McMillan Greenhouse classroom. $30 members /$40 non-members (fee includes all materials). Register online at


May 25, Lake City, S.C.
Leaf Castings class
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Rebecca Turk will teach you her steps and tricks to making these pieces of art. All materials are supplied but feel to bring a favorite leaf to try. A piece of plywood will be provided to aid in transport home. You’ll receive directions, care instructions, and creative ideas to further your artistic experience. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and registration is $40 per person (lunch will be provided). Please email Rebecca Turk to register.


May 26-28, Sumter, S.C.
Sumter Iris Festival
Swan Lake Iris Gardens

Celebrating its 77th year and voted one of the Top 20 Festivals in the Southeast! Many activities scheduled, including concerts, arts & crafts, plants & flowers, antique & classic car shows, and a number of contests and lots of children’s activities. Call800-688-4748 or


May 27, Raleigh, N.C.
Propagation Workshop
JC Raulston Arboretum

Join Tim Alderton and Chris Glenn in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants. Participants choose which plants they want to propagate from the JCRA’s collection of over 6,000 taxa (few exceptions apply, though). This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels. The cost of this event is $100 for members, $120 for nonmembers. The cost includes all materials needed, however, lunch is not provided. Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 15 people and is considered complete when payment is received. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 919-513-7005 for more information or visit


May 27-28, Hendersonville, N.C.
Garden Jubilee
Historic Downtown

A spectacular two-day festival showcasing more than 250 vendors; a series of free lectures throughout the show; thousands of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard to find plants for sale as well as arts and crafts, children’s hands-on clinic, lawn and garden accessories and food. For more information, visit or call 800-828-4244.




June 16, South Carolina
Carolina Yard of the Year Contest
Statewide South Carolina

The Carolina Yard of the Year Contest is designed to recognize excellence in Environmentally Friendly Landscaping and is open to anyone in South Carolina that meets Carolina Yards Certification. More information is available at:, or


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