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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.

 

 

Through August 31, Fayetteville, N.C.
Garden Railway!
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

There will be about 450 feet of model railway in the Friendship Garden and a tabletop railway in the Entry Pavilion, illustrating the role of railroads in U.S. history. Features will change over the summer. On certain days visitors will be able to ride handcars and there will be train merchandise. General admission. For more information, call 910-486-0221 or visit www.capefearbg.org/upcoming-events.

 

June

 

June 26, Manteo, N.C.
Fun with Frogs
The Elizabethan Gardens

Learn about the amazing amphibian life cycle with indoor and outdoor and hands-on activities. Includes snack and a scavenger hunt afterward with prizes. This is a family event for children accompanied by adults. There is a limit of 20 participants, and the class is offered every Tuesday during midsummer. There will be various zoology classes for children every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 11 a.m.-noon. General admission. For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/calendar-of-events/programs-events.



June 26, Durham, N.C.
The Garden Chef: Sauces, Salsas and Vinaigrettes
Sarah P Duke Gardens

Learn vegetarian recipes that utilize summer harvests. 6:30-8 p.m. $35 (members $28). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/garden-chef-sauces-salsas-and-vinaigrettes.



June 27, Manteo, N.C.
Butterflies!
The Elizabethan Gardens

Learn about the metamorphosis of butterflies with hands-on activities. This is a family event for children accompanied by adults. There is a limit of 20 participants, and the class is offered every Wednesday during midsummer. 11a.m.-noon. General admission. Registration is not required. For more information call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/calendar-of-events/programs.

 

July


     
July 1, Fayetteville, N.C.
A Star-Spangled Kind of Day
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

A Fourth of July party with food trucks, cash bar, bounce houses, games, crafts, and classic rock songs covered by Open Road. Noon-5 p.m. Free. For more information, call 910-486-0221 or visit capefearbg.org/upcoming-events.



July 3, Belmont, N.C.
Native NC Plants lecture
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Dr. Dave Hamilton will discuss gardening with North Carolina natives and their medicinal uses. This is part of the First Tuesday lecture series and will be in the Visitor Pavilion. Noon-1 p.m. General admission, registration not required. For more information, call 704-825-4490 or visit dsbg.org/events/garden-events/public-garden-events/first-tuesday.



July 6-8, Raleigh, N.C.
Open Nursery and Garden
Plant Delights Nursery

Tour the nursery, which sells over 1,700 perennial varieties, and Juniper Level Botanic Garden, home to more than 23,000 varieties. Both sites are usually closed to the public. There will also be 15-minute Gardening Unplugged talks on seasonal plants and garden design along with food trucks. July 6 and 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 8, 1-5 p.m. Free, registration not required, but advanced notice is requested for large buses. For more information, call 919-772-4794 or visit plantdelights.com/pages/open-nursery-and-garden-dates.



July 7-October 27, Wilmington, N.C.
Airlie Gardens Gnome Invasion
Airlie Gardens

In this sixth annual summer art event, individual artists or teams decorate the garden’s 15 person-sized garden gnomes. For more information, call 910-798-7700 or visit airliegardens.org/events-news/imagine/2018-summer-art-exhibit.



July 7, Manteo, N.C.
Summer Bed Maintenance Workshop
The Elizabethan Gardens

Learn how to cut bed lines, identify summer pests, mulch, and apply fertilizer. 10 a.m.-noon. $15 (members free). Registration is required, limited to 12 participants. For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit elizabethangardens.org/events/summer-bed-maintenance.



July 7-8, Durham, N.C.
Bonsai Expo
Sarah P Duke Gardens

View over 40 bonsai representing many styles and species, from azaleas to bald cypress, created by the Triangle Bonsai Society and Duke Gardens. There will be basic demonstrations each day. July 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 8, noon-4 p.m. Free, registration not required, but an adult must accompany children. Free parking until 1p.m. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/bonsai-expo-0.   



July 8, Columbia, S.C.
Sewing for the Gardener – A Sew-Along At The Garden!
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn to make large pocket aprons for the season’s harvest. Participants should bring a sewing machine and beginners are welcome. Led by Rebecca Smith, who has taught sewing for 12 years. 2-5 p.m. $15. Registration is required. For more information, call Rebecca Smith at 919-389-9021 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



July 12, Kernersville, N.C.
The Pollinator’s Buffet
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden

The garden’s director of curation and mission delivery, Adrienne Roethling, will discuss planting for pollinators at the beginning and end of the growing season, when pollinators are still active, but flowers are few. There will be refreshments. This is part of the monthly Summer Thursday lecture series. 6-7 p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/continuing-education-master-gardener-series.php.



July 14, Norfolk, Virginia
Butterfly Festival 2018
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Presented by the garden and the Butterfly Society of Virginia, there will be demonstrations, crafts, face painting, a plant sale and boutique, food, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/butterfly-festival-2018.



July 15, Norfolk, Virginia
Summer Plants for Your Home Apothecary
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Learn about the herbal pharmacopeia with herbalist Mary K Scott. Participants will prepare a salve. Note that there will be a lot of walking and bring lunch. Noon-3 p.m. $75 (members $55). For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/summer-plants-for-your-home-apothecary.


     
July 17, Fayetteville, N.C.
Hummingbirds in the Garden
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Hummingbird researcher Susan Campbell will demonstrate leg banding these tiny birds and talk about her research and how to attract hummers. She will also answer questions. For a $20 research donation, participants can adopt a hummingbird and release it after banding. Come by any time between 9-11 a.m. Registration is not required. For more information, call 910-486-0221 or visit capefearbg.org/upcoming-events.  



July 18-21, Cullowhee, N.C.
35th Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Western Carolina University

This yearly conference is dedicated to increasing interest in preserving and landscaping with native plants, and propagating techniques for growing natives. $140. 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.

 

July 19, Norfolk, Virginia
Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Horticulturist Joelle Miller will demonstrate how to construct these tiny gardens that can be hung in your home or office. 1-3 p.m. $55 (members $40). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/kokedama-japanese-string-gardens.



July 15, Norfolk, Virginia
Guided Kayak Tour – Sunset Paddle
Norfolk Botanical Garden

View the waterside flora and fauna of Lake Whitehurst by sit-on-top kayak, provided by Kayak Nature Tours. This activity is good for beginners, but getting wet is highly probable. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $65 (members $50). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/guided-kayak-tour-sunset-paddle-21.



July 21, Raleigh, N.C.
Japanese Maple Grafting Workshop
JC Raulston Arboretum

Join Tim and Matt Nichols to learn how to graft. Participants will graft at least five Japanese maples. Participants can bring their own grafting knives, or order one from the arboretum by July 14. 9 a.m.-noon. $120 (members $100) plus $20 for knife orders. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1708.



July 21, Raleigh, N.C.
13th Annual Eastern North Carolina Iris Society Iris Sale
JC Raulston Arboretum

Freshly separated, locally grown irises will be sold (cash or check accepted) and there will be an expert Q&A. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. For more information, call 919-870-8345 or 919-971-4012 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1726.



July 21, Raleigh, N.C.
Gingko Grafting Workshop
JC Raulston Arboretum

Tim and Matt Nichols will demonstrate how to graft these living fossils. Participants will graft at least five gingkos. Participants can bring their own grafting knives, or order one by July 14. 9 a.m.-noon. $120 (members $100) plus $20 for knife orders. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1708.



July 21, Lake City, S.C.
Hypertufa Pots
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Made by mixing Portland cement, perlite, peat moss, and water, hypertufa resembles concrete, but is lightweight and porous. Learn how to make your own planters. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $30/participant. Registration is required. For more information, visit moorefarmsbg.org.



July 28, Lake City, S.C.
Sexy Plants
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Consider the sexiness of plants you can use in your landscape with Dawn Strover of Stephen F Austin State University.10 a.m.-noon. $20. Registration is required. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/sexy-plants.



July 28, Chapel Hill, N.C.
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 gray scale or bright colors rivaling their day-flying relatives. For National Moth Week (July 21-29), the garden is hosting this learning and observation event for children 8 and up accompanied by an adult. Learn identification and how to garden for moths. 8-9:30 p.m. $8 (members $7). For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



August 4, 11, 18, 25, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Botany Class
North Carolina Botanical Garden

This is an introduction to botany, through lectures, looking at samples, and outdoor observation. Participants should bring lunch. This course offers credit in the Native Plant Studies and Botanical Art programs. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $195 (members $175). For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



August 4, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Drawing for People Who Think They Can’t Draw
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Everyone can draw and we’ll show you how. $42 (members $38). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



August 8, Durham, N.C.
Walk on the Wild Side
Sarah P Duke Gardens

Tour the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants with either curator Stefan Bloodworth or horticulturist Annabel Renwick. These are monthly tours, limited to 15 participants, every first Thursday. 11 a.m.-noon. $10 plus parking fee (members $7). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/walk-wild-side-11.



August 9, Kernersville, N.C.
Fascinating Carnivorous Plants of the Southeastern U.S.
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden

David McAdoo will talk about the many carnivorous plants found only in the South. Participants will also be able to buy plants from S and J Greens and learn about bog gardening. There will be refreshments. This is part of the Summer Thursday Lecture Series. 6-7 p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/continuing-education-master-gardener-series.php.



August 14, Norfolk, Virginia
History and Horticulture of Beer
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Horticulturist Alexandra Cantwell will talk about the botany and history of beer making and participants will be able to sample beers from the O’Connor Brewing Company. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45 (members $35). Registration is required. For more information, call 757-441-5830 or visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/history-and-horticulture-of-beer.



August 17, Columbia, S.C.
Honeybee Hootenanny
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Children will learn about the daily lives of honeybees, watch them in the garden, and taste their sweet produce. Taught by Allison Jones and Kendra Vincent. 1-3 p.m. $7/participant. 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.



August 18, Hendersonville, N.C.
Celebrating the Pawpaw
Bullington Gardens

Learn about these tropical-looking native trees and their large fruit that taste somewhat like bananas with extension agent and pawpaw farmer Craig Mauney. 9 a.m.-noon. $25 (members $18.75). Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org.

 

Seeptember



September 15, Raleigh, N.C.
Bugfest
In and Around the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Learn about backyard insects and other arthropods at Bugfest, featuring exhibits, crafts, games, a street fair, Café Insecta, Q&A with entomologists, and more. This year’s theme is crayfish and other crustaceans. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free, registration not required. For more information, call 919-707-9800 or visit naturalsciences.org/calendar/bugfest.



September 21, Greensboro, N.C.
17th Annual Guilford County Master Gardener Gardening Gala and Seminar
Guilford County Cooperative Extension Office

Steve Bender, Brie Arthur, and Charlotte Glen will speak at this conference and there will be breakouts with Bender, Arthur, and Mike Romano, vendors, door prizes, food, and more. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $45. Registration open July 1 through September 1 and only 200 seats are available. For more information, call 336-641-2400, visit guilfordextension.com/events, or pick up a paper form locally.

 

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.