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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.

 

 

May 1 Clemson, South Carolina
Putting out the fire! Fire ant biology and management
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Vicky Bertagnolli will discuss these increasingly common and potentially dangerous ants originally from South America. Part of the Garden's monthly Lunch and Learn series, so participants can bring lunch. 12 – 1p.m. $7 (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.   

May 2 Spartanburg, South Carolina
Twilight in the Garden
Hatcher Garden Public Botanical Garden & Woodland Preserve
This annual benefit for Hatcher features cocktails, gourmet buffet dinner, music, and silent and live auctions for valuable items. $80/person (note on PayPal if you want a table for eight); partially tax deductible. Registration is required, by April 26th. For more information, call 864-574-7724 or visit hatchergarden.org/2019_Twilight_Garden.shtml.

May 3 – 4 Clemmons, North Carolina
Forsyth Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale
Arboretum at Tanglewood Park
A variety of plants will be for sale, including annuals, herbs, trees, and wildflowers such as milkweeds. Proceeds support the gardens at Tanglewood and adult garden education classes. 8a.m. – 1p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 336-703-2850 or visit forsyth.cc/parks/tanglewood/arboretum.aspx.

May 3 – 5 Norfolk Virginia
Spring Plant Sale 2019
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Buy rare and unusual to classic plants that do well in the Tidewater region plus the Garden's full horticulture staff will be available for questions. The 2019 crop is said to be especially good-looking. See website for a list of plants. Members-only 9 – 10a.m., general public 10a.m. – 5p.m. General admission. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/spring-plant-sale-2019/.

May 3-5 and 10-12, Raleigh
Open Nursery and Garden Days
Plant Delights Nursery
Times of the event:
Friday, May 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit https://www.plantdelights.com/pages/open-nursery-and-garden-dates.

May 3 Hendersonville, North Carolina
Native Azalea Walk
Bullington Gardens
Join Wes Burlingame to see the many native azalea species and consider growing some of these under-utilized beauties. 3 – 4p.m. Free. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/events-workships/. 

May 4 Salem, South Carolina
Plant Communities of the Jocassee Gorges
Lake Jocassee
Learn about the factors influencing the biogeography of plant communities in Appalachia and identify species. This is a South Carolina Botanical Garden class in the Certificate in Native Plant Studies program and requires Basic Botany. 9a.m. – 5p.m. $95 (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.   

May 4 Hillsborough, North Carolina
Beyond the Garden Gate: Hillsborough Spring Garden Tour
In and around the Town of Hillsborough
Every two years private gardens of all kinds open for self-guided tours in this historic former state capital. Profits support scholarships and beautification projects by the Hillsborough Garden Club. 10a.m. – 6p.m. (rain or shine). Tickets $20 ($25 after April 20th); available online or at the Hillsborough Visitor Center (150 East King Street). For more information, visit hillsboroughgardenclubnc.com/gardentour.

May 4 Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
World Labyrinth Day Walk for Peace
Brookgreen Gardens
“Walk as 1 at 1” to mark the 11th annual World Labyrinth Day Walk for Peace. 12:30 – 2p.m. (weather dependent). Free. Registration is not required. For more information, visit brookgreen.org/events/world-labyrinth-day-walk-peace and labyrinthsociety.org/world-labyrinth-day.

May 4 Manteo, North Carolina
Derby Party 2019
The Elizabethan Gardens
This annual charity event features live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, music, food, mint juleps, derby pie, bourbon, auctions, hat contests, games, and more. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty, and benefiting the Gardens and the Dare Education Foundation. 3 – 8p.m. $125/person ($1000 for a table of eight). Tickets are required. For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit lizabethangardens.org/events/derby-party-2019/.

May 4 Wilmington, North Carolina
Brews, Bourbon, & BBQ Derby
Poplar Grove Plantation
There will be a variety of food trucks, a Beer & Wind Garden, music by the Folkstone Stringband, lawn games, Big Hat Contest, and more. Proceeds provide food and medical care for Poplar Grove's rescue horses. 3 – 8p.m. Free, but donations welcome. For more information, call 910-686-9518 or visit poplargrove.org/festivals/brews-bourbon-bbq/. 

May 4 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival
North Carolina Botanical Garden
The NCBG, Niche Gardens, Cure Nursery, Mellow Marsh Farm, and Growing Wild Nursery will sell many native species, and there will be food trucks, live music, educational exhibits, a raffle, and more. 2 – 7p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/2019-events/. 

May 4 Fayetteville, North Carolina
Derby Day in the Garden
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
See the 145th Kentucky Derby livestreamed with Southern cuisine, mint juleps, beer, wine, and sweet tea, live entertainment and music, lawn games, and raffles. There will be Derby hat and Dapper Dan contests. Proceeds will help support the Garden. 5 – 9p.m. $100/person. Tickets are required. For more information, call 910-486-0221 or visit capefearbg.org/event/derby-day-2/?instance_id=3016.

May 4 Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
A Huntington Affaire
Brookgreen Gardens
Help fund the Leonard Pavilion project at this evening with live music, dancing, gin, a cigar bar, Roaring 20's costume contest, and more. 6 – 10p.m. $175 – 300/person. Tickets are required. For more information, visit brookgreen.org/events/friends-brookgreen-gardens-spring-benefit.

May 7 Hendersonville, North Carolina
Hydrangea Happiness
Bullington Gardens
Landscape designer Nancy Duffy will discuss new and old hydrangea species and cultivars, how to grow hydrangeas, and when to prune. 3 – 4:30p.m. $14. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/events-workships/. 

May 8 Okatie, South Carolina
Vascular Plants of the Low Country
Spring Island Nature Center
Learn how to identify the mosses, ferns, woody plants, and wildflowers of the South Carolina Lowcountry in this class led by Dr Chris Marsh and Kristen Marshall Mattson. This is a South Carolina Botanical Garden class in the Certificate in Native Plant Studies program and requires Basic Botany. 9a.m. – 3p.m. $80 (Garden and South Carolina Native Plant Society 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.   

May 8 Orangeburg, South Carolina
Annual Spring Home & Garden Symposium
Orangeburg – Calhoun Technical College
This year's guest speakers will be Tony Avent, author and owner of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Ali Rosen, author and host of the Emmy-nominated “Potluck with Ali Rosen.” There will also be a community flower show, silent auction, and brunch catered by Buck Ridge Plantation. Proceeds support student scholarships and special projects at the College. $50. Registration is required. For more information, call 903-535-1246 or visit octech.edu/about/foundation/home-garden-symposium-2019/.

May 9 Awendaw, South Carolina
Longleaf Pine Savanna
Francis Marion National Forest
Lisa Lord and Carol Denhof of the Longleaf Alliance will introduce the longleaf pine ecosystem, focusing on longleaf savannas, in this indoor/outdoor class. Part of the South Carolina Botanical Gardens' Native Plant Studies program; Basic Botany is a prerequisite. 9a.m. - 3p.m. $80 (Garden and South Carolina Native Plany Society members 10 percent off). For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.

May 9 Kernersville, North Carolina
May's Lunch and Learn – North Carolina Wildflower Program
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden
Derek Smith, an NC DOT environmental engineer will talk about wildflowers planted along the state's highways, how the program started, the species, challenges, and how to grow wildflowers at home. This is part of the monthly Lunch and Learn lecture series; feel free to bring a lunch and the Garden will offer drinks. 12 – 1p.m. $2 (members free). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/events-1/mays-lunch-and-learn-north-carolina-wildflower-program.

May 9 Durham, North Carolina
Meet the Gardens Keepers: Bees
Sarah P Duke Duke Gardens
Learn about Duke Gardens' honeybee hives, with curator Jason Holmes, horticulturalist Lindsey Fleetwood, and assistant horticulturist Nick Schwab. Part of the Meet the Gardens Keepers (of the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden) series. 2 – 3p.m. Free and without registration. For more information, call 919-668-1707, or visit gardens.duke.edu/learn/adult-programs.  

May 9 or 10 Clemson, South Carolina
Budding Artists: Ikebana for Mother's Day
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Learn about the Japanese flower arranging aesthetic and create vases (which can be picked up after curing for a day). Young children will require an adult. The class is offered twice, May 9th and 10th. 3:30 – 5:30p.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.  

May 9 Norfolk, Virginia
Garden Stars
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Stargaze with the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers. 8:30 – 10p.m. (weather dependent). $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/garden-stars/. 

May 10 Asheville, North Carolina
What Goes HOP in the Night!
North Carolina Arboretum
Marking the last weekend of the In the Dark exhibit, this is a family-friendly event with food and local brews looking at nocturnal amphibians. Learn to identify species like summer-calling gray treefrogs by ear. There will be live specimens and a guided night hike. Children will need an adult and ID is required for alcohol. Participants can get five bonus points in the ecoEXPLORE program. 8 – 10p.m. Free, besides parking, but a $5 donation to the NC Arboretum Society is welcome. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org/event/in-the-dark/2019-02-27/.

May 10 Clemson, South Carolina
Ferns
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Naturalist Tim Lee will discuss the biology, ecology, and identification of these ancient nonflowering plants, ranging from tiny aquatic mosquito ferns to tall royal ferns. Class will be both indoors and along the Natural Heritage Trail. An elective in the Native Plant Studies program; Basic Botany is a prerequisite. 9a.m. - 5p.m. $80 (Garden and South Carolina Native Plant Society members 10 percent off). For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.

May 10 – 11 Greensboro, North Carolina
18h annual Passalong Plant Sale
NC Cooperative Extension – Guilford County Center
Plants of all types will be offered and master gardeners will field questions. The site address is 3309 Burlington Road. May 10: 9a.m. – 3p.m. May 11: 9a.m. – 1p.m. For more information, call 336-641-2400.  

May 11 Asheville, North Carolina
World Bonsai Day
North Carolina Arboretum
World Bonsai Day (the second Saturday in May) was created by the World Bonsai Friendship Federation in honor of founder Saburo Kato and promotes the appreciation of this art. In celebration, the Arboretum's outdoor bonsai exhibits will open for the season May 11th.  9a.m. – 5p.m. General admission. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/event/world-bonsai-day/.

May 11 Asheville, North Carolina
Dahlia Tuber Sale
North Carolina Arboretum
Consider buying a dahlia at the Carolina Dahlia Society's annual tuber sale. 9a.m. – 2p.m. General admission. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/event/dahlia-tuber-sale/.

May 11 Clemson, South Carolina
Clemson Experimental Forest Tours
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Naturalist James Wilkins and special guests will introduce the natural and cultural resources of this 17,500 acre forest, a different section each month. 9 – 11a.m. $7 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call James Wilkins at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

May 11 Raleigh, North Carolina
Recreational Tree Climbing at the JCRA
JC Raulston Arboretum
Climb up to 50' high in the Arboretum's newly leafed oaks with butterflies, caterpillars, and songbirds, guided by Patrick Brandt of Piedmont Tree Climbing. Eight 6-person sessions (climbers must be at least 6 years old), 50 minutes long, 10a.m. – 5:30p.m. $25 (members $20). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1991.  

May 11 Wilmington, North Carolina
16th annual Wilmington Cape Fear Rose Society Rose Tour
In and around Wilmington
Members will open their gardens and answer visitor questions about rose culture; there will also be coffee or snacks. Organized by the Cape Fear Rose Society and this year is in memoriam of former president Lorraine Carter. 9a.m. – 5p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 910-297-5538 or visit wcfrs.blogspot.com/.

May 11 Columbia, South Carolina
Melody Garden Mother's Day Family Sing-a-long
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Rebecca Smith, children's songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, will sing traditional and original songs to celebrate Mother's Day and spring. Children can get on stage with the percussion instruments. Afterward kids will be able to examine Smith's guitar, banjo, and ukele. Participants are welcome to bring blankets and food. 3:30 – 4:30p.m. Free, but donations welcomed. For more information, call Rebecca Smith at 919-389-9021 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html. 

May 12 Columbia, South Carolina
Mother's Day Brunch in the Garden
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Take your mother out for brunch with live music in the spring Garden. Either 10:30a.m. Or 1:30p.m. Adults $46.95 and children $35.95 (free for children two and younger); members $ 36.95 and $29.95 respectively. Registration is required. For more information, call 803-779-8717 or visit riverbanks.org/botanical-garden/.

May 13 Lake City, South Carolina
Great Gardens of the US: What We Can See, Learn, and Apply in Our Own Gardens
Moore Farms Botanical Garden
Find out what the great gardens have to teach, especially in selecting plants, design, and maintenance issues, in four lectures spread out through 2019. 10:30a.m. – 12p.m. $15 ($50 for all four lectures). Tickets are required. For more information, call  843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/garden-lecture-series-2/.  

May 14 Norfolk, Virginia
Hummingbird Container Workshop
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Participants will build a container garden to attract ruby-throated hummingbirds with horticulturist Danette Blevins. Offers continuing education credits. 9:30 – 11:30a.m. $55 (members $40). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/hummingbird-container-workshop/. 

May 14 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mother's Day Walk at Mason Farm
Mason Farm Biological Reserve
NC Botanical Garden director of conservation Johnny Randall will lead a tour of the fields and old forests at the storied 367-acre Mason Farm Biological Reserve and discuss the last 20 years of ecological restoration work. Part of annual National Public Gardens Week (May 13 – 19). 11a.m. – 12:30p.m. Free. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/. 

May 16 Durham, North Carolina
Meet the Gardens Keepers: Chickens
Sarah P Duke Duke Gardens
Learn about Duke Gardens' chickens, with curator Jason Holmes, horticulturalist Lindsey Fleetwood, and assistant horticulturist Nick Schwab. Part of the Meet the Gardens Keepers (of the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden) series. 2 – 3p.m. Free and without registration. For more information, call 919-668-1707, or visit gardens.duke.edu/learn/adult-programs.  

May 16 Norfolk, Virginia
Natural Soapmaking Workshop
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Learn how to make customized soaps with essential oils and botanicals. 6:30 – 8:30p.m. $65 (members $50). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/natural-soapmaking-workshop-2/

May 16 Landrum, South Carolina
Speaker Series: Our Awesome Opossum
Landrum Library
Learn about North America's last marsupial, the opossum, and meet some of these ancient and beneficial mammals, with environmental educator Beth Button. 6 – 7:30p.m. Free and registration is not required. For more information, call 828-697-5777 or visit conservingcarolina.org/event/our-awesome-opussum/.

May 17 – 18 Lake City, South Carolina
May Days Plant Sale and BBQ
Moore Farms Botanical Garden
During this annual event the Garden is open to the public for exploration and there will be a plant sale, lecture, and lunch by the Schoolhouse BBQ. Ask the horticulturists questions. ($8 pre-registered or $10 the day of). May Days benefits the Lake City Boys and Girls Club. 8a.m. – 3:30p.m. Garden admission free. For more information, call  843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/may-days-plant-sale-bbq/.   

May 17 – 18 Bolivia, North Carolina
Native Plant Seminar and Plant Sale
Brunswick County Government Center
Their will be a morning seminar with guest speakers Dr Paul Hosier (author Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas) and Rebecca Skiba, an educational specialist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission; attendees will also get early admission to the sale. This is one of the biggest native and pollinator plant sales in the region, with woody and herbaceous plants, including milkweeds, coneflowers, coastal Joe-Pye weed, viburnums, and coral honeysuckle. Organized by the Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association. May 17: seminar starts at 8:30a.m., sale 1 – 4p.m.; May 18: 9a.m. – 12p.m. Free. Registration is required for the seminar. For more information, call 910-253-2610 or visit bcmgva.org/. 

May 17, 18 June 1 High Point, North Carolina
Wildflower Sale
Piedmont Environmental Center
The Center has started more than 24 species of wildflowers (such as Asclepias and purple coneflower) and herbs in its greenhouse and will sell them for just 75 cents each in this fundraiser for environmental education. May 17 (members only): 1 – 5p.m.; May 18: 8a.m. - 5p.m.; and remaining plants will be offered on National Trails Day (June 1st). Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call Carrie Council at 336-883-8531 or visit highpointnc.gov/Activities/Activity/Detail/618

May 18 – 19 Aiken, South Carolina
Aiken Garden Show
Aiken County Historical Museum - Banksia
Nine private gardens will open for tours, and there will be talks by Brie Arthur (an authority on foodscaping) and Betty Montgomery (an authority on hydrangeas), a vendor market, displays by several gardening societies and the South Carolina Bluebird Society, an All-Arrangement Rose Show organized by the Augusta Rose Society, catered lunch, and more. Funds projects and the Aiken Garden Club Council's historic Dollhouse building and will next be held in 2021.  8:30a.m. – 5p.m. (rain or shine) both days, gardens open 10a.m. – 3p.m. $25 in advance through May 16th, $30 on site. Tickets are required. For more information, call 803-641-6777 or visit aikengardenshow.org/

May 18 Clemson, South Carolina
How to Make an Insect Collection
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Entomologist Mike Ferro will demonstrate how to make a collection that is beautiful, scientifically valuable, and long-lasting. This class is for participants 10 to adult and will also be of interest to people who only want to take photos. There will be snacks, but participants should being lunch. 9a.m. – 4p.m. $25 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

May 18 Wentworth, North Carolina
Foraging Series: Eat the Weeds
Rockingham Community College – Bishopric Lifelong Learning Center
This is the last in a series of monthly classes, each focusing on at least five edible wild plants in season,  identification, how to collect and applicable laws, and preparation. Taught by Stesha Warren of Eliana's Garden. Offers environmental education credits. Includes indoor and outdoor segments. 9a.m. – 1p.m. $30.  Register online or pay on site. For more information call 336-342-4261 or visit rockinghamcc.edu/programs/spring-foraging-series-eat-the-weeds2

May 18 – 19 Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
17th annual Coastal Gardening Festival
Thomas A Baum Senior Center
This year's theme is “Let's Grow Native,” focusing on native plants that do well close to the ocean. There will be educational, gardening, children's activities, and more than 70 vendors offering art, crafts, plants, and food. Benefits the Dare County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. 9a.m. – 2:30p.m. Free. For more information, call Dare County Extension 252-473-4290.

May 18 New Hill, North Carolina
Longleaf Festival
Harris Lake County Park
Celebrate the longleaf pine ecosystem, much reduced in range in recent centuries, at this 10th annual Festival and the Park's 20th anniversary. There will be displays and activities organized by more than 40 organizations, tours through 60 acres of longleaf pine forest onboard the Longleaf Express, live native wildlife, live music by the Kudzu Ramblers, food, games, and a scavenger hunt. 9a.m. – 2p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-387-4342 or visit wakegov.com/parks/harrislake/Pages/Longleaf-Festival.aspx.     

May 18 Greenville, North Carolina
Annual Plant Sale
Pitt County Arboretum
Plants of all sorts will be sold at the annual Master Gardeners of Pitt County plant sale. There will be a preview sale for Friends of the Pitt County Arboretum 9a.m. – 10a.m. (people can join the day of) and  a plant swap (bring one, take one) at 11a.m. Plants grown by the Master Gardeners and the Arboretum. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum. 9a.m. - 12p.m. Free. For more information, call 252-902-1709 or visit pittcountyarboretum.blogspot.com/.

May 18 Manteo, North Carolina
WOOFstock 2019
The Elizabethan Gardens
Bring your dog to this 4th annual festival with dog contests, dog photography, pet-related retailers, music, concessions for dogs and people, and more. 10a.m. – 4p.m. General admission prices $9 - $2, dogs $3 one dog and one child free with adult admission, children under 14 free, (add tax). Tickets are required. Only 1000 tickets will be sold.  For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/events/woofstock-2019/

May 18 Columbia, South Carolina
Container Class
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Learn about container gardening, including plant selection and design and maintenance. Participants will receive plants to start a container garden for sun or shade. 10a.m. – 12p.m. $40/person. Registration is required. For more information, call 803-779-8717 or visit riverbanks.org/botanical-garden/.

May 18 Norfolk, Virginia
Botanical Business: Managing Contractors
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Join the Garden's curator of woody plants, Renee Frith, to learn ways to find and negotiate with garden contractors. Offers continuing education credits. 10a.m. – 12p.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/botanical-business-managing-contractors/.

May 18 – 19 Norfolk, Virginia
Virginia Bonsai Society Show & Sale
Norfolk Botanical Garden
View and possibly buy bonsai at this annual event. 10a.m. – 4p.m. Garden admission. Registration is not required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/virginia-bonsai-society-show-sale-2019/.

May 21 Norfolk, Virginia
Intro to Edible Weeds
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Horticulturist Mary Toth will talk about how to identify and prepare wild foods in this indoor/outdoor class. Offers education credits. 1 – 3p.m. $15 (members $10). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/intro-to-edible-weeds/.

May 21 Durham, North Carolina
Composting
Sarah P Duke Gardens  
Learn about composting with Extension specialist Rhonda Sherman, an expert on vermicomposting, as well as conventional composting, recycling, and general waste reduction. This is a monthly educational meeting of the Durham Garden Forum, cosponsored by NC Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center, and meeting in the Doris Duke Center. 6:30 – 8p.m. $10/meeting (free for members; membership is $25/year). Registration is not required. For more information, email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com.  

May 23 Norfolk Virginia
Owl Prowl
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher will talk about the three owl species usually found in Norfolk and lead a walk on paved trails to see who is around. Participants should bring flashlights. Counts for continuing education credit. 7 – 9p.m. $25 (members $15). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/owl-prowl-5/.

May 23 - 26 Sumter, South Carolina
79th annual Sumter Iris Festival
Swan Lake Iris Gardens
This festival includes the Sumter Master Gardeners' sale, crowning of a king and queen, concerts, contests, classic cars, antiques, crafts, food, and more. Acclaimed as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and one of the top 100 events nationally. May 23: 6 – 9p.m.; May 24 – 25: 10a.m. – 6p.m.; May 26: 10a.m. – 5p.m. Free. For more information, call 803-436-2500 or visit sumtersc.gov/irisfestival.  

May 25 – 26 Asheville, North Carolina    
Annual Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition
North Carolina Arboretum
Get inspired by the award-winning roses displayed and consult experts on rose history, selection, and cultivation. There will be rose-related programs all weekend. May 25: 9a.m. - 5p.m.; May 26: 9a.m. – 4p.m. General admission. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/events/2019-05/.

May 25 Greensboro, North Carolina
Community Plant and Seed Swap
Glenwood Library
This is an annual swap meet to trade seeds, plants, and cuttings. 10a.m. - 5p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 336-297-5000 or visit library.greensboro-nc.gov/about-us/calendar-of-library-events. 

May 25 Clemson, South Carolina
Nature Learning Center Open House: Insect Discovery
South Carolina Botanical Garden
For all ages, learn about the lifecycles of bees, butterflies, beetles, and other insects you probably see in your garden. 11a.m. – 4p.m. Free, but donations for educational outreach welcome. Registration is not required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  

May 25 – 26 Hendersonville, North Carolina
26th annual Garden Jubilee
Historic Downtown Hendersonville
Many retailers will be on hand, selling plants, homemade garden furniture, bird houses, tools, pottery, art, jewelry, soap, food, and more along Main Street from Sixth Avenue to Caswell Street. This year there will be guest speakers on garden and lawn topics. 10a.m. – 2p.m. Organized by the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority. 9a.m. – 5p.m. For more information, call or 800-828-4244 or 828-693-9708 or visit visithendersonvillenc.org/event/garden-jubilee-3/2019-05-25. 

May 28 Hendersonville, North Carolina
Fairy Garden Workshop 2019
Bullington Gardens
Learn how to make a tabletop fairy garden in a dish, complete with a tiny house and paths. Children will need an adult. 1 – 5p.m. $50. Registration is required (limited to 12 participants). For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/events-workships/. 

May 29 – June 2 Cherokee, North Carolina  
The Gourd Gathering at Cherokee
Cherokee Fairgrounds
There will be classes, networking, a Gourd Exchange, the Just Jacks scholarship fundraiser and silent auction, and more. Registration TBA. For more information, visit gourdgathering.org. 

May 30 Kernersville, North Carolina
Concert on the Lawn: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden
Kaira Ba bandleader Diali Cissokho plays the stringed kora and comes from a family with a tradition of of Griot musicianship in his native Senegal. He plays with four Tar Heel natives. Also featured is Tony Williamson, a North Carolina Heritage Award recipient and seventh generation musician focusing on string instruments for 60 years, especially the mandolin. There will be food trucks and local beers and wines. This is part of the Garden's John and Bobbie Wolfe Concert Series, hosted with Sonic Pie Productions. 6:30p.m. (gates will open at 5p.m.; rain or shine, but cover is limited). $2 (members free). $15 ($18 at the gate). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/events-1/concert-on-the-lawn-featuring-diali-cissokho-kaira-ba.

May 31 – June 2 Townsend, Tennessee
Naturalist Skills class
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
This class develops skills for deeply observing and relating to the natural world, nature journaling, and looks at the practices of some acclaimed naturalists. This is a core class of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's non-credit Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program, considering the ecology of the region and methods of interpretation. $356. Registration is required. For more information, call 865-448-6709 or visit gsmit.org/event/sancp-naturalist-skills-2/

May 31 Norfolk, Virginia
Tiny terrariums
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Construct a terrarium to take home. For children four and up with an adult. 6 – 7p.m. $15 (members $10/child and free for adults). Registration is required for those three years or older. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/tiny-terrariums/.

June 1 – 2 Lexington, North Carolina
15h annual Davidson County Garden Tour
Various locations in Davidson County
See gardens east of Lexington and south of NC 64 in Davidson County in this year's tour; Master Gardener docents will be at each site to answer questions about the garden or gardening in general. Organized by the Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Association to finance community projects and to promote horticultural knowledge. June 1: 10a.m. – 4p.m., June 2: 1 – 5p.m. $15 ticket for 2 days, sale locations TBA. Tickets are required. For more information, call 336-250-3014 or 336-210-5365, or visit davidson.ces.ncsu.edu/ or facebook.com/DavidsonCountyMasterGardeners/.   

June 1 – 2 Salisbury, North Carolina
Rowan Arts & Ag
Farms in Rowan County
Take a self-guided tour of 15 Rowan County farms, showcasing a range of arts and produce, including blacksmithing, woodwork, music, watercolors, wine, cattle, sheep, blueberries, strawberries, vegetables, and vintage machinery. June 1: 10a.m. – 4p.m., June 2: 1 – 5p.m. Free. Registration is not required. For more information, call 800-332-2343 or visit rowanartsandag.com.

June 1 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Carolina Moonlight Garden Party
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Celebrate a North Carolina region's food, drinks, and local culture and dance at this annual fundraiser, the Garden's biggest fundraising event of the year. 6 – 9p.m. $250/couple, $125 solo. Tickets are required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/2019-events/.

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 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 for gardens limited for space. 10a.m. – 12p.m. $25 (members 10 percent off). Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-0203 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/.

 

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