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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 May 17, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes Class
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn about the evolution, biology, ecology, economics, and how to identify these important flowering plants. The course includes lectures, labs, and field trips. Every Thursday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. $130 ($117 members). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



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May 16, Columbia, S.C.
Small Backyard Ruminants Lecture
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Participants can bring bagged lunch and learn about domestic small ruminant husbandry with Patricia Scharko. Part of the Lunch and Learn series. Noon-1 p.m. $7 (members 10% off). For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



May 17, Durham, N.C.
Meet the Keepers: Chickens
Duke Gardens

Learn about Duke Gardens’ chickens with horticulturist Lindsey Fleetwood. Part of the Meet the Keepers (of the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden) series. Repeat from April 26, same hours. For the entire family, but children have to be with an adult. 1:30-3 p.m. Free and without registration. For more information, call 919-668-1707, or visit gardens.duke.edu/events.  



May 18, Columbia, S.C.
Garden Creativity: Cyanotypes Scarves
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Allison Jones and Kendra Vincent will show participants how to add naturalistic designs to silk scarves (provided), with only sunlight and shadows. Feel free to bring your own items with interesting silhouettes. 1-3 p.m. $30 per person (members 10% off). Registration is required at least seven days beforehand. For more information, call Allison Jones at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



May 18-19, Lake City, S.C.
May Days Lecture, Plant Sale, and Garden Open
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

During this annual event the garden is open for exploration and there will be a plant sale. Horticulturist Bill Thomas of Philadelphia’s Chanticleer Garden will speak at 10:30 a.m. ($20 per participant). There will be a BBQ lunch ($8 pre-registered or $10 the day of). May Days benefits the Lake City Boys and Girls Club. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Garden admission free. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/may-days-plant-sale-and-bbq-5.

 

May 19, Columbia, S.C.
Noises of the Night
Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

Camp in the garden overnight (4-person tent and camping mats provided), with games, crafts, scavenger hunts, and marshmallows. Ages 5 and up. Includes a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, snack, and free next-day admission. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Cost varies. Registration is required. For more information, call 803-602-0803 or visit riverbanks.org/education/garden-programs.

 

May 19, New Hill, N.C.
Ninth Annual Longleaf Pine Festival
Harris Lake County Park

More than 40 groups will have exhibits, along with wildlife, crafts, games, live entertainment, and food trucks at this celebration of the longleaf pine ecosystem. A curator from the NC Museum of History will talk about how pines relate to the 1865 Battle of Bentonville. Tour the park’s 60-acre longleaf pine restoration project on the Longleaf Express. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free, no registration required. For more information, visit wakegov.com/parks/harrislake/Pages/Longleaf-Festival.aspx.

 

May 19, Columbia, S.C.
Noises of the Night
Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

Camp in the garden overnight (4-person tent and camping mats provided), with games, crafts, scavenger hunts, and marshmallows. Ages 5 and up. Includes a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, snack, and free next-day admission. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Cost varies. Registration is required. For more information, call 803-602-0803 or visit riverbanks.org/education/garden-programs. 

   

May 19, Black Mountain, N.C.
13th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale

Perfect plants to enhance your garden and plenty of vegetable starts. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the grounds of The Monte Vista Hotel. Gardening experts and garden related workshops will be on-hand throughout the day to answer all your questions. For more information, call 404-697-9246 or visit blackmountainbeautification.org.

 

May 19, Greenville, N.C.
Annual Plant Sale
Pitt County Arboretum

Plants of all sorts will be sold for good prices at the annual Master Gardeners of Pitt County plant sale. There will be a plant swap at 11 a.m. General hours 9 a.m.-noon. Members only 9-10 a.m., but people can join the day of. For more information, call 252-902-1709 or visit pittcountyarboretum.blogspot.com.

 

May 19, Columbia, S.C.
Principles of Sustainable Landscaping Class
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Landscape architect and founder and former president of the South Carolina Plant Society Rick Hoffman will talk about creating balanced and sustainable landscapes with few inputs, using native plants. Part of the Native Plant Studies program; Basic Botany is a prerequisite. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (members 10% off). For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.    



May 19, Columbia, S.C.
Cooking Fresh class
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Learn recipes using fresh herbs and summer vegetables in this hands-on class. Participants will make a dish to bring home. 10 a.m.-noon. $15/person (non-members add general admission). For more information, call 803-602-0803 or visit riverbanks.org/education/garden-programs.  



May 19, Durham, N.C.
Penny’s Bend Blue Wild Indigo Hike
Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve

Ed Harrison, a member of the Penny’s Bend Management Committee, will lead a hike of this 84-acre preserve nestled in a horseshoe-shaped bend of the Eno River. The hike will be about 2 miles on rough trails with one steep section. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $22 (members $20). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.  



May 24-27, Sumter, S.C.
78th Annual Sumter Iris Festival
Swan Lake Iris Gardens

This festival includes gardening-related activities, crowning of a king and queen, concerts, contests, classic cars, antiques, crafts, food, and more. Selected as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and one of the top 100 events nationally. May 24: 6-9 p.m.; May 25-26: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 27: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. For more information, call 1-800-688-4748 or visit sumtersc.gov/iris-festival.

 

May 26, Hendersonville, N.C.
25th Annual Garden Jubilee
Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Over 260 vendors will be on hand, selling plants, homemade garden furniture, birdhouses, tools, pottery, art, jewelry, soap, and more. There will also be workshops with gardening experts and hospitality tents. Pets are not allowed. Organized by the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority. Hours TBA. For more information, call 828-693-9708 or 800-828-4244 or visit visithendersonvillenc.org/calendar-of-events.



May 26, Asheville, N.C.
Annual Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition
North Carolina Arboretum

Get inspired by the many award-winning roses displayed and consult experts on rose history, selection, and cultivation. There will be rose-related programs all weekend. 9 a.m.- p .m. General admission. For more information, call 828-665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org/event/asheville-blue-ridge-rose-society-exhibition/2018-05-26.

 

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June 2, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Native Plant Propagation
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn propagation by stem and root cuttings and tour the garden’s propagation facilities. Led by the garden’s nursery and greenhouse manager, Matt Gocke. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $32 (members $29). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

 

June 2, Charlotte, N.C.
Plant Propagation class
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

This class covers all aspects of propagation with seeds and cuttings and touches on grafting. Participants will get native plant seeds and cuttings. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $70. Registration is required. For more information, call 704-687-0721 or visit gardens.uncc.edu/events-calendar.   



June 2, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Carolina Moonlight Garden party
North Carolina Botanical Garden

This annual party has local food, drinks, dancing, and more, from a different corner of the state each year. This is the garden’s most important yearly fundraising event. 6-9 p.m. Cost TBA. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



June 2, Greensboro, N.C.
FIRST Sanctioned AHS Flower Show
‘Triad Daylily Fans’

Daylilies galore. Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Rd, from  1:00 until 4:45pm.  All entries received between 8-10am. Plant Sales, EDU & AHS membership on site . For information, call 336-456-4509.



June 2-3, Davidson County, N.C.
14th Annual Davidson County Garden Tour

See gardens in the Willow Creek area in northeastern Davidson County this year; master gardener docents will be at each site to offer tours and answer general gardening questions. Organized by the Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Association to benefit community projects and to promote horticultural knowledge. June 2: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 3: 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 336-250-3014 or 336-210-5365, or visit davidson.ces.ncsu.edu/ or facebook.com/DavidsonCountyMasterGardeners.



June 3, 10, 17, & 24, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Integrating Composition and Color Theory
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Join professional artist Patricia Savage to learn about how colors relate to each other and how to match a sample. This is prerequisite for classes such as Advanced Expressive Watercolor, offered in late June. Five to 15 hours of homework/week. 1:15-4:45 p.m. each day. $150 (members $135). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



June 4 & 6, Kernersville, N.C.
Learning Your Smart Phone Camera
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden

This class covers the basics of photography, such as exposure and composition, as well as editing apps and online sharing. Taught by Elizabeth Larson, a professional photographer and John C Campbell Folk School instructor. 9 a.m.-noon each day. $60, Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/kernersville-garden-horticulture-events-full.php.

 

June 5, Raleigh, N.C.
All Abuzz: Plants for Pollinators and Caterpillars
JC Raulston Arboretum

Join garden director Douglas Ruhren to learn about gardening for pollinators. Part of the Plantsmen’s Tour series. There will be two talks, 9-10:30 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. $5 (members free). For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1678.



June 7, Lake City, S.C.
Home Propagation
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Join garden production coordinator Amanda Clark to learn various ways to propagate your favorite plants. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $25/individual. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org. 

 

June 7, Durham, N.C.
A Meditative Walk at Duke Gardens
Sarah P Duke Gardens

Immerse yourself in Duke Gardens’ woodlands with certified forest therapist Dana Galinsky-Malaguti, a meditative practice that promotes health as well as awareness of our natural surroundings. 5:30-7 p.m. $55 (members $45). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/meditative-walk-duke-gardens-1.



June 7-9, Greenville, N.C.
North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Association Conference
Greenville Convention Center

Workshops, speakers, vendors, silent auction, etc. For information, visit www.NCEMGVA.org.



June 8, Hendersonville, N.C.
Summer Garden Tour
Bullington Gardens

A guide will introduce visitors to Bullington’s many thematic plantings, including the native woodland, dahlia, fairy, and herb gardens. 10-11:30 a.m. Free, but registration required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org/bullington-gardens-event-calendar.  



June 8, Columbia, S.C.
Garden Creativity: Red, White & Indigo
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn about this botanical dye’s role in history, and each participant will be able to dye three tea towels. Participants should wear aprons and/or clothes that can get stained. 1-3 p.m. $23 Registration is required at least fiver days beforehand. For more information, call Allison Jones at 864-656-0203 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.  



June 9, Lake City, S.C.
Garden Open: It’s Summertime!
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Experience the summer plantings on this admission free day. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Registration is required. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org.  



June 9, Lake City, S.C.
The Foodscape Revolution
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Brie Arthur, author of The Foodscape Revolution will discuss gardening for both beauty and utility. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $25/individual. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org.



June 9, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Honeybee Hive Tour at the at the Carolina Campus Community Garden
UNC-Chapel Hill

Join Anne Cabell to examine an active hive at the CCCG. Rain date June 10. Cabell has been an amateur apiaculturalist since 2007, managing the CCCG’s hive and two at home. 2-3 p.m. Free, but registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.   



June 9, 16, and 23, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Entomology class
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Learn about insect biology and diversity, with local examples; includes a field trip to Mason Farm Biological Preserve. Participants are encouraged to also attend Moth Night June 16, 9-10:30 p.m. Taught by Stephen Hall, a lepidopterist for 25 years in the NC Natural Heritage Program. Part of the Native Plant Studies certificate program. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day. $97 (members $87). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



June 11-15, Columbia, S.C.
Garden Explorations Discovery Camp
South Carolina Botanical Garden

In this day program for children aged 6-12, campers explore the natural world and learn from Clemson University’s experts, such as why butterflies have preferred flowers, and what lives in the garden’s meadows. There will also be excursions to Lake Jocassee in the mountains. Scholarships offered. 8 a.m. drop-off and camp ends at 3 or 4 p.m. $100 to $200. Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts at 864-656-2836, or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



June 13-17, Cary, N.C.
American Conifer Society 2018 National Meeting
Embassy Suites

The keynote speakers are Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery and Mark Weathington, director of the Raulston Arboretum, and there will be events at Duke Gardens and the JC Raulston Arboretum. There will be tours, silent and live auctions, a Morning After Sale, and more. There will be a Post-Meeting Tour June 17-18 in the Asheville area. $365. Registration is required. For more information, visit conifersociety.org/events/event/2018-national-meeting/ or jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1294.



June 14, Kernersville, N.C.
Pruning without Fear – Training with a Purpose
Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden

Join garden manager Josh Williams to learn pruning techniques, tools, and when pruning is called for. 6-7 p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is required. For more information, call 336-996-7888 or visit cienerbotanicalgarden.org/kernersville-garden-horticulture-events-full.php.



June 16, Asheville, N.C.
Garden Tour
Historic Montford Neighborhood

The tour includes several beautiful pollinator gardens in the lovely Montford neighborhood. Tour participants will be granted access to private gardens in order to enjoy their beauty and learn about what plants can be included in an effective pollinator garden.  The Garden Tour is a kick-off event for Pollination Celebration Week! $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour (Advance tickets may be purchased at www.ashevillegreenworks.org beginning May1). Tour check-in will be held at Isaac Dickson Elementary School at 125 Hill Street. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.



June 18-24, New Bern, N.C.
National Pollinator Week at Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace

There will be a variety of events and visitors will be able to meet the palace’s honeybees. Tickets are typically required. For details, call 1-800-767-1560 or visit tryonpalace.org/calendar or pollinator.org/pollinator-week#find-events.



June 19, Durham, N.C.
Durham Garden Forum: Native Plants
Sarah P Duke Gardens

Discussion of native versus exotic plants in landscaping, sponsored by the Durham Garden Forum and NC Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center. The forum meets once a month to discuss garden techniques and issues. 6:30-8 p.m. $10 (members free, membership $25/year). Registration not required. For more information, visit gardens.duke.edu/events/native-plants-durham-garden-forum.



June 21, Durham, N.C.
Hydrangeas: Plants of Distinction
Sarah P Duke Gardens   

Join Jason Holmes to learn how to grow and properly prune these classic shrubs, which come in more colors than just traditional blue. The class will also discuss how to change colors. This is part of a series on various plants, and is an elective for the Home Horticulture Certificate program. 10-11:30 a.m. $10 (members $7). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-668-1707 or visit gardens.duke.edu/events/hydrangeas-plants-distinction.



June 21, Lake City, S.C.
Pollinator Celebration
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Mark National Pollinator Week by learning about the many types of animals that perform this vital ecological service and Lake City’s Bee City USA designation. There will be a tour to see some plants that are especially attractive and visitors will get pollinator-friendly gifts.10 a.m.-noon. $15/individual. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/pollinator-celebration.



June 21, Columbia, S.C.
Summer Solstice Family Supper Picnic
South Carolina Botanical Garden

Celebrate the summer solstice in the garden’s outdoor amphitheater. Join children’s songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rebecca Smith for interactive music. Children will be able to join in with percussion instruments. 6 p.m. Free, but donations welcome. For more information, call Rebecca Smith at 919-389-9021 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



June 23, Raleigh, N.C.
Herbaceous Perennials Propagation Class and Demonstration
JC Raulston Arboretum

Gardens manager Douglas Ruhren will demonstrate propagation by division, stem or leaf cuttings, seeds, and other methods and participants will be able to take plants home. 9 a.m.-noon. $25 (members $20). Registration is required. For more information, call Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1689.



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.

 

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.