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Upcoming Events for Carolinas

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Mar 3, 4 10 & 11 Clarksville, Virginia
22th Annual Hellebore Festival
Pine Knot Farms

Discover the beauty of these winter blooming plants. For more information, call 434-252-1990 or visit





March 1-April 3, Charlotte, N.C.
Birdhouse Building Contest
Winghaven Garden

Houses built by registered participants will be on display beginning April 5 during our annual spring plant sale through April 23. Visitors will vote on their favorite houses and winners announced April 24. Contest entry registration is $10. For more information, call 704-331-0664 or email

March 2, Durham, N.C.
Extension Gardener Series: Buy Healthy Plants and Plant Them Well
Sarah P Duke Gardens

This presentation will review what you should look for when purchasing and planting plants. Topics include plant sources, how to evaluate a plant, how to correctly plant a tree, shrub, ground cover or perennial, and what is necessary to establish a plant. This event is sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Event is free but registration is required by calling 919-668-1707.

March 3 & 4, Bishop, GA
25th Annual Hellebore Days
Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens

See an incredible selection of hellebores (Helleboris x hybridus), also known as lenten roses, at this annual festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.“Common Sense of Gardening” talk by Dr. Allan Armitage, University of Georgia Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, on Saturday at 9 am. For more information, visit or call 706-765-4444.

March 3, 4, 5 Raleigh, N.C.
Open House
Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanical Garden

Tour the gardens at your leisure and check out some of Tony Avent’s favorites. March 3 and 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 5, 1-5pm. For more information, email

March 4, Greensboro, N.C.
Guilford Horticultural Society’s 32nd Annual Symposium
Guilford Ag Center

The day includes exceptional speakers, choice vendors and exhibits, exciting plants and products, lunch, door prizes, and great gardeners. Join us for talks this year by Robert McDuffie, Preston Montague, and Jeff Gillman. $40 for members, $45 for non-members. Check our website for topics, speaker bios, and registration –

March 4, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Vernal Pool Wonders
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Peek into the ponds with dip nets, meet live critters, and learn about the wonders and mysteries of life in a vernal pool. Ages 5-12 with accompanying adult. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 ($8 members); no fee for accompanying adult. For more information or to register visit or call 919-962-0522.
March 5, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Soil Is Everything: A Vegetable Garden Workshop
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Greta Lee, permaculture designer and organic gardener, and Claire Lorch, Carolina Campus Community Garden educator, will present a hands-on outdoor experience for anyone who wants to learn more about soil testing and sampling, different soil types, building your soil, pros and cons of raised beds with and without edges, effects of tillage on soils, soil amendments, and more. Plan on staying to volunteer with the CCCG volunteer corps! 1:30-3 p.m. Registration is required and the fee is $15 ($10 members). For more information or to register, call 919-962-0522.

March 7, Davidson, N.C.
What’s In Your Garden?
Davidson College Knobloch Campus Center

This year’s Davidson Horticultural Symposium explores the garden and how it exists on so many levels, from the plants and flowers that we see, to the undulating and hard-working life that abounds in the soil. For more information or registration, visit

March 7, 14, 21, 28, Fayetteville, N.C.
Tai Chi for Health
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Practice this flowing exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the garden. Held every Tuesday 10-11:30 a.m. The fee for single class is $15 member /$17 non–member. Monthly $50 member/ $60 non-member. Please call 910-486-0221 to pre-register.

March 11, Columbia, S.C.
Urban Gardening
RiverBanks Zoo and Garden

Learn techniques and tricks for gardening in small spaces, including vertical growing, hay bale gardening, and more. 10 a.m.-noon. Pre-registration is required for all activities. For more information, call 803-602-0803 or email

March 12, Manteo, N.C.
Cheese It Up
The Elizabethan Gardens

Enjoy wine and cheese as you create a one-of-a-kind take home summer container garden with Carl Curnutte and friends. Noon-2 p.m. Members/friends: $45. Non-members $55. For more information, call 252-473-3234 or visit

March 14, Greensboro, N.C.
Grow Your Best Vegetable Garden
Cooperative Extension

Learn about best practices for best results in your vegetable garden including how to prepare soil, the selection and timing of vegetable varieties, and using integrated pest management techniques to control insects and diseases organically. This one-hour lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.
For locations and times, visit or call Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.

March 18, Raleigh, N.C.
Creating a New Ecosystem: The Development of a Piedmont Prairie
JC Raulston Arboretum

The presentation will focus on constructing a depiction of a Piedmont Prairie at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and consider the history of the lost ecosystem. 10-11:30 a.m. Cost is free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum, otherwise $5. For more information, call 919-513-7005.

March 18-22, Durham, N.C.
Art and Nature: Artwork Inspired by the Doris Duke Center Gardens
Sarah P. Duke Garden

Enjoy artwork that celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Page-Rollins White Garden, the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, the Angle Amphitheater, and all the gardens around the Doris Duke Center. These garden areas will be the feature of two- and three-dimensional work by local artists demonstrating how the gardens inspire them. Free drop-in exhibit for all ages. Adult chaperone required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 18 and March 20-22; 1-4 p.m. March 19. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit

March 20, Greensboro, N.C.
Perennials With Pizzazz
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library

With a little information and good selection, gardeners can enjoy a wide variety of blooming perennial plants. This one-hour lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Visit for locations and times. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.

March 22, Chapel Hill, N.C.
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Students will learn about native plants that flower in early spring and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small drawing of an ephemeral plant species native to North Carolina. This course is a non-credit course. No prerequisites and supply fee included. 1-4:30 p.m. Registration is required and the fee is $41 ($37 NCBG members). For more information, call 919-962-0522.

March 23, Spartanburg, S.C.
Farm-to-Table Fundraiser
Tracy Gaines Auditorium

Featured speaker will be Great Dixter’s Aaron Bertelsen, author of The Great Dixter Cookbook. 6 p.m. with a lecture and then dinner. A copy of the cookbook is included in the ticket price. For more information, call Kim Fogle at 864-592-4624 or Linda Cobb at 864-574-8493.

March 25, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Therapeutic Horticulture: An Introductory Workshop
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Participants will learn how to use plants, gardens, and nature as a therapeutic tool for health and well being, including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health. 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration is required and the fee is $125 ($100 NCBG members). For more information, call 919-962-0522.

March 25, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
Vegetable Gardening 101
The Garden Hut

Join Nelsa and learn how to grow your own seasonal vegetables. Registration required. $10 registration fee includes some items to get you started. Pre-registration is required. Starts at 11a.m. 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd. 919-552-0590.




April 9, Manteo, N.C.
Salad Container Gardening
The Elizabethan Gardens

“Lettuce” show you how to plant and enjoy a fresh salad in a space-saving container! The gardens will supply the containers, soil, and plants. And to taste what is yet to come from your own garden, a fresh salad will be served for lunch to all participants. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $25 per person for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, visit or call 252-473-3234.

April 22, Greensboro, N.C.
Family Gardening Day
Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden

Learn about preparing soil for spring planting, composting, attracting birds and butterflies, proper pruning and tool sharpening, and planting container gardens. Door prizes for the first 50 families. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, 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.