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Upcoming Events for Carolinas

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Through January 7, Ashville, N.C.
Wicked Plants
The North Carolina Arboretum

Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book, Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this fun-filled, family-friendly exhibit gives visitors a safe, hands-on experience with some of the world’s most harmful plants and diabolical botanicals. Featuring more than 100 plants and thrilling two- and three-dimensional interactive activities, Wicked Plants is set inside a Victorian-era ramshackle home where visitors go room to room and learn about various poisonous plants. By incorporating history, storytelling, and science, Wicked Plants provides visitors with a treasure trove of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten. For more information, go to


January 20, Greensboro, N.C.
Winter Gardening
Guilford Garden Center

Adrienne Roethling, director of curation and mission delivery at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, provides a wealth of information on winter gardening.10-11 a.m. Free admission. For more information, call 336-299-1535 or visit

January 27, Greensboro, N.C.
Pruning Techniques for Optimal Plant Growth
Guilford Garden Center

Join Tom Gale, extension master gardener volunteer, and discover how, when, and what to prune; mistakes to avoid; and tool care. 10-11 a.m. Bring your hand pruners for a complimentary sharpening service. Free admission. For more information, call 336-299-1535 or visit

February 3, Raleigh, N.C.
If You Build It, They Will Come: Understanding and Improving Garden Soils
JC Raulston Arboretum

Bryce Lane, alumni distinguished undergraduate professor emeritus and lecturer emeritus in NCSU’s Department of Horticultural Science and host of UNCTV’s In the Garden with Bryce Lane, will discuss the basics of soil science and how this knowledge can be used to have healthy plants with fewer inputs. The class might be moved to January 27 and lengthened. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost TBA. Registration is required. For more information, call Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005 or visit

Feb 3, 10, 17, and 24, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Geology for Botanists and Ecologists class
NC Botanical Garden

Learn various aspects of geology, especially how geology impacts the distributions of plants and communities. Optional field trip March 3. The class will be taught by NC Natural Heritage Program lead natural communities ecologist, Mike Schafale, and retired NCSU geology professor and NC Geological Survey geologist Edward (Skip) Stoddard. This class assumes some knowledge of ecology and chemistry. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $130 ($117 for NCBG members). Registration is required by February 3. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit  

February 10, Clemson, S.C.
Basic Botany
SC Botanical Garden

This is an introductory botany class featuring lectures and hands-on learning, and is a core course for the Certificate of Native Plant Studies. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (80 percent off for members). For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit

February 10-13, Charlotte, N.C.
Valentine’s Orchid Sale
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

These unusual and showy flowers are on sale for a special someone. There is a separate Growing Orchids at Home class on February 13 to take the intimidation out of growing these plants. For more information, visit

Feb 16-17, 23-24, Mar 2-3, and 9-10, Clarksville, Virginia
23rd Annual Hellebore Festival
Pine Knot Farms

See the selection of hellebores at Pine Knot Farms, along with other perennials from Superior Plants and a variety of items from Edgewood Gardens (John Lonsdale). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 434-252-1990 or visit

February 17, Raleigh, N.C.
Creating a Successful Home Landscape: Where Ecology and Aesthetics Meet
JC Raulston Arboretum

This is the Arboretum’s seventh annual Winter Symposium, and the topic is combining functionality, beauty, and ecological responsibility. $65 ($50 for members) before February 5, increases during late registration. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit   

February 24-25, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Open Houses
Camellia Forest Nursery

See what is blooming and take advantage of sales. Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 919-968-0504 or visit   

Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Asheville, N.C.
Meteorology of the Blue Ridge
North Carolina Arboretum

Learn about meteorology, including folklore, reading the clouds, surface pressure charts, extreme weather, computer forecasting, and climate. The course is taught by Tom Ross, a former senior forecaster for AccuWeather Inc and retired from the National Climate Data Center. This counts as a core requirement of the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $108 ($98 for members). For more information, call 862-665-2492 or visit



March-April, Durham and Hillsborough, N.C.
Spring Wildflower Hikes
Eno and Flat rivers

Join any of several annual Eno River Association hikes with local experts to see the rich assembly of spring wildflowers along the Eno and Flat rivers. Free, but registration may be required. For more information, call 919-620-9099 or visit    

March 1, Durham, N.C.
Shinrin Yoku Walk
Duke Gardens

Certified forest therapist Dana Galinsky-Malaguti will lead a walk in the Japanese tradition of forest bathing, mindful sensory immersion in nature, promoting health and emotional well-being. 4:30-7:30 p.m. $68 ($55 for members). Registration is required. For registration or more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit  


March 1, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Orthoptera of North Carolina
NC Botanical Garden

Ed Corey, a biologist with the NC Division of Parks and Recreation, will discuss native orthopterans (crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids). This is a monthly meeting of the New Hope Audubon Society, but is free and open to all. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit   

March 2, Clemson, S.C.
First Friday Walk
SC Botanical Garden

The first Friday of most months Dr. David Bradshaw, a naturalist and former director of the botanical garden, leads a different garden tour. Free and without registration. For more information, call Susan Watts at 864-650-1811 or visit  

March 3-4, Fayetteville, N.C.
72nd Annual Fayetteville Camellia Show
Ramada Plaza, Bordeaux Convention Center Expo Room

The Fayetteville Camellia Club’s annual celebration of the camellia features a flower contest March 3 with more than 30 categories, including local and novice. Anyone can enter, 7:30-10 a.m. Identification help available. There will also be a Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery tasting and Japanese tea tasting; exhibits on the history of tea and Ikebana, and expert Q&A. Free. 1-4 p.m. For more information, call Diane Libecki-Long at 910-308-7478 or visit    

March 3, Greensboro, N.C.
33rd Annual Guilford Horticultural Society Symposium
Guilford County Agriculture Center

This year’s theme is Diversity Gardening and includes seminars on meadow gardening, turning designs into thriving gardens, natives, and more. $50 ($45 for members). Registration is required. For more information, visit

March 4, Manteo, N.C.
Succulent Container Gardens
The Elizabethan Gardens

This class will explain how to work with these interesting plants. $35 ($20 for members). For registration or more information, call 252-4473-3234 or visit

March 6, Davidson, N.C.
Davidson Horticultural Symposium
Davidson College, Knobloch Campus Center

This annual gathering brings prominent speakers from across the country and internationally to Davidson. Participants can receive 4 hours of NC Board of Landscape Architects credit. $98 (inquire about student scholarships). For registration or more information, visit


March 10, Spindale, N.C.
Spring Garden School
Rutherford County Extension Center

The Rutherford County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Spring Garden School on Saturday, March 10, 2018. This year’s theme is “Gardening Smarter, Not Harder”. The Spring Garden School will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rutherford County Extension Center located at 193 Callahan-Koon Road, Spindale, North Carolina 2816. The Spring Garden School Early Bird cost is $20.00 and registration must be post marked before January 31, 2018. After January 31st the cost is $30.00. Please call the Rutherford County Cooperative Extension Center at 828-287-6010 for a registration packet to attend this event. The deadline for registration is February 26, 2018.


March 11, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
NC Botanical Garden

NCBG land manager Neville Handel will teach participants how to identify and combat invasive plants in their landscapes. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $32 ($29 for members). Registration is required, through March 11. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit    

March 17, Scotland Neck, N.C.
Birds, Brews, & BBQ
Sylvan Heights Bird Park

The park, which conserves rare waterfowl, hosts an eastern NC-style BBQ competition with local craft beers, live music, games, and other activities. 5-8 p.m. Tickets are required, cost TBA. For more information and tickets, call 252-826-3186 or visit   


March 17, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ephemerals: Drawing Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil
NC Botanical Garden

Join award-winning professional artist Linda Koffenberger to learn how to draw these wildflowers that appear only in early spring. 1-4:30 p.m. $41 ($37 for garden members). Registration is required through March 15. For more information and registration, call 919-962-0522 or visit  


March 22. Kernersville, N.C.
Slow Gardening, North Carolina Style
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden Ballroom

Learn about slow gardening, how to be more productive, saving time by being aware of the season and location.  $10 for non-members (free for members of the NC chapter of the American Herb Society).  For more information and registration, call 336-587-5727 or visit  

March 23, Raleigh, N.C.
Magnolia Breeding and Propagation Seminar
JC Raulston Arboretum

Learn about crossing, grafting, cloning, and growing magnolias. $50 ($25 for members). For more information and registration, call 919-513-7005 or visit


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.