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Upcoming Events for Carolinas

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Through October, Asheville, N.C.
Winged Wonders: Step into the World of Butterflies
The North Carolina Arboretum

Winged Wonders is an indoor butterfly exhibit featuring a chrysalis-rearing chamber and a walk-through butterfly house where visitors can meet a whole host of local butterfly species, including monarchs, swallowtails and more.


Through Oct 29, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
National Sculpture Society 84th Annual Awards Exhibition
Brookgreen Garden

The annual juried exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. This exhibit is on display in both galleries and is free with garden admission.


Through Oct 29, Belmont, N.C.

Chinese Lantern Festival
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden  

Explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival Hundreds of large lanterns from Zigong, China will illuminate the garden and guests can enjoy Kung Fu shows, Asian cuisine, authentic Chinese folk arts and more! Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


October-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




October 3, Raleigh, N.C.
Plantsmen’s Tour – “For the Birds”
JC Raulston Arboretum

Attract birds to your garden by incorporating plants they need for food, shelter, and nesting into your landscape. This is free for members, $5 for nonmembers. Tour begins at the Visitor Center at 4415 Beryl Road. 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 919-513-7005.

October 5, Lake City, S.C.
Native Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Nothing beats the texture, sound, and color ornamental grasses bring to a landscape. This class will cover plant selection, design techniques, planting styles, and maintenance of our exquisite native grasses and sedges. Each attendee will get some unique ornamental grasses and make a grass broom in the class to take home. There is a fee of $20 per person. 9:30 a.m.-noon. This class will take place outside so wear appropriate shoes. To reserve your spot, contact Rebecca Turk at

October 6, Rock Hill, S.C.
Glencairn Garden Learning Center

The World of Hellebores will be the topic for the First Friday Garden Series. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will lead the program, which is free of charge and starts at 11 a.m. It is a public service of Clemson Extension Service; the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department; and the Master Gardeners of York County. For more information, contact Terry Plumb at 803-324-8296.

October 6-7, Murells Inlet, S.C.
Harevest Home Weekend Festival
Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen’s annual fall festival, Harvest Home Weekend is from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., and is filled with outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy. There will be favorite activities such as scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides, live entertainment, and more. For more information, visit or call (843) 235-6016.

October 7, Clemson, S.C.
Certified Native Plant Studies – Sandhills Exploration
South Carolina Botanical garden

Join botanist Bruce Sorrie for a field trip to the Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge. Bruce spent many years inventorying and surveying habitats in North Carolina, predominantly within the longleaf pine ecosystem. He is the author of A Field Guide To The Wildflowers Of The Sandhills Region: North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The fee is $80 per person (10% discount members). For more information or to register, contact Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or

October 7, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Introduction to Mushrooms
NC Botanical Garden

This course is intended for a broad audience as an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology, and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. Bring your lunch. No prerequisite. Fee: $70 ($65 NCBG members) 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to register, visit or call 919-962-0522.

October 7, Lake City, S.C.
Sarracenia – Native Bog Plants
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Join us in the garden for a special event in support of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association Foundation. Moore Farms Botanical Garden has created the largest manmade bog in the Southeast, including over 2,000 Sarracenia plants. The Inn at the Crossroads will create a memorable meal with each course showcasing products from local farms. A mimosa and Bloody Mary bar will kick off the event followed by tours of the garden, an inspired menu, and silent auction. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cash, check, and credit cards accepted. Tickets are $45. For further information, contact Roberta Burns at

October 7, Kernersville, N.C.
Fall Plant Sale
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Come and find something perfect for your garden at the Fall Plant Sale from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Plants for sun and shade, selected trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and more! For a list of plants, visit Proceeds benefit the future development of the Garden.  

October 10, Belmont, N.C.
Birding Walk
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for a stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds. Observe nesting patterns and establish basis for bird counts. Bring binoculars if you have a pair. Walk led by garden volunteers. 9-10 a.m. Cost is free for garden members or free with garden admission. For more information, call 704-825-4490.

October 11, Greensboro, N.C.
Spring Flowering Bulbs
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library

For beautiful flowers in spring, plan ahead and plant some bulbs after the first autumn frost. Bulbs can be planted in flowerbeds, in lawns, under and around trees, or in containers. Many will come back and even multiply for years of beauty with minimal care. Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Check out for locations and times where classes are offered. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.


October 12, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Lunchbox Talk: Saving our Rarest Seeds: Using conservation, Science and Partnerships
NC Botanical garden

From Svalbard Global Seed Vault to NCBG, seeds are protected in seed banks throughout the world. These seed banks hold much of the world’s plant diversity and conduct research on improving the science of seed storage. In this presentation, we will explore the role of seed banks in conservation, learn the science behind the conservation and look at global and regional efforts to seed bank rare taxa, including how NCBG is contributing to saving imperiled plant species in the Southeast. Noon-1 p.m. Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required. For more information or to register, visit or call 919-962-0522.

October 13-14, Charlotte, N.C.
Fall Plant Sale
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

You will find an outstanding selection of native and non-native hard shrubs, trees, perennials, wildflowers, ferns, and cool-weather annuals. This is a great opportunity to ask lots of questions of our knowledgeable staff. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a preview sale Thursday, October 12, from noon-3 p.m. for the Campus Community and Garden Stewards. Please visit our website at or call 704-687-8622 for more information.

October 13-14, New Bern N.C.
Heritage Plant Sale
Tryon Palace

Fall is a great time to plant and discover a great selection of annuals, perennials, herbs and fall vegetables. Tryon Palace’s Fall Heritage Plant Sale offers only plants grown locally and in our nursery yard. Supplies are limited so come early. For more information visit or call 800-767-1560.

October 13-15, New Bern N.C.
Fall Garden Lover’s Weekend
Tryon Palace

Visit Tryon Palace Grounds for free during Mumfest weekend. Hundreds of mums will be on display in our gardens along with a variety of fall blooming plants. For more information visit or call 800-767-1560.


October 14 & 15, Ashville, N.C.
The North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual Carolina Bonsai Expo will be held in the arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center buildings 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase live bonsai plants and supplies at the expo’s bonsai marketplace, participate in bonsai workshops, and watch free demonstrations. For more information, visit

October 14, Fuquay Varina, N.C.
Fairy Garden Class
The Garden Hut

Create your own tiny oasis! Fun & interactive. Bring your own creative container or buy one onsite and we’ll help you plant it after class. 11 a.m. Free, but registration required. For more information, visit or call 919-552-0590.

October 14, Lake City, S.C.
Fall Series – Pollination Station
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

We can thank bees for every third bite of food that we take. Their pollination powers not only keep tasty fruits and veggies on our plates, but also keep the natural world beautiful and in balance. We’ll check out the hives on site (from a safe distance) and look at live bees up close like you have never seen before using an observation hive. Each child will make a wildflower seed bomb to take home and plant to support the bees. The fee is just $3 per child and activities will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. To register, email or call Kelli Meeker at or 843-210-7582.

October 19, Raleigh, N.C.
Photography Walk – Textures
JC Raulston Arboretum

During this program, Susan Bailey of Susan Bailey Photography will teach you how to search out various textures in the garden and notice how the light accents or diffuses the texture of different plants. You will need to bring a camera with any lens, ideally a 50mm–100mm lens or a macro-lens (a smartphone is okay). 2-3 p.m. The charge for this program is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call 919-513-7005.

October 20, Columbia, S.C.
Wild Survival 101
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Join the fun as we teach you the skills of how to purify water, identify edible plants, and much more. *Each family will be provided with a 4-person tent and foam camping mats. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack, and breakfast are also included. Ages 5 to adult. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. the next day. There is a cost of $45 per person. Registration is required. For more information or to register, or call 803-779-8717.

October 21, Lake City, S.C.
Divide and Conquer
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Learning what plants you can divide will save you money and allow you to have more of the plants you love. Leanne and Rebecca will teach you all of the basics to properly and successfully dividing bulbs, grasses, perennials, and more. This class will take place outdoors so please wear appropriate shoes. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $15 per person. If you have any special needs for this class, please contact us in advance. For more information, contact Rebecca Turk at

October 21, Seagrove, N.C.
Fall Kiln Opening
Caldwell-Hohl Artworks

Discover art for your garden—pottery planters, vases, birdbaths and more abound at this kiln opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit or call 336-879-9090.

October 21 & 22, Clemson, S.C.
SCNP Certificate Elective Class: Coastal Ecology
South Carolina Botanical Garden

See carnivorous plants, orchids, and a myriad of wildflowers in their native habitats on this exciting new elective course for the native plant certification. In this two-day class we will explore the ecosystem processes, composition and management of major coastal habitats including salt marshes, maritime forest, marl forests, longleaf pine, wetland savannas, flatwoods, blackwater swamp forests, pond cypress savannas, and pocosins. Our class will focus on natural areas in Georgetown, Charleston, and Berkeley counties. (Some basic accommodations available at Baruch Institute for extra cost – contact Sue Watts for details). Prerequisite: Basic Botany. This counts as 2 electives. Program begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and ends 5 p.m. Sunday. There is a fee of $180 (10% member discount). For more information or to register, contact Sue Watts at 864-656-2836 or

October 21 & 22, Banner Elk, N.C.
40th Annual Woolly Worm Festival
Avery County

There is an admission cost to get into the festival of $5 for adults and $3 for children (6-12). All proceeds are given back to our community to enhance our schools, children’s programs, and to promote businesses and tourism in Avery County. Please no pets inside festival gates, except Woolly Worms, of course. There is a $5 charge to race your worm. If you didn’t find one along one of the many back roads before you get here, don’t worry. The PTO will have them for sale inside the gate by the main gate information booth. There will also be local venders selling handcrafted wares. There are inflatables rides, live music, and dance teams. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit or call the Avery County Chamber at 828-898-5605.

October 22, Greensboro, N.C.
Composting and Vermicomposting
Greensboro Arboretum

Composting is a great way to recycle, and it also produces a fantastic organic amendment that improves the texture and fertility of your soil. We will discuss easy ways to start composting in your own backyard, and what should and shouldn’t be composted. We’ll also go over the easy steps for having a successful “worm bin” at home. This 1-hour lecture begins at 4 p.m. Registration is required. Visit for locations and times where classes are offered. For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400.

October 23, Raleigh, N.C.
“Made Beautiful in the Shade” – Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
JC Raulston Arboretum

Sally Newman, Wake County Extension Master Gardener, will present this program, which will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. The talk will cover considerations, planning, and possibilities for planting a shade garden. This event is cohosted by the extension master gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum, Wake County Extension Master Gardeners, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff; all others $5. For more information, call 919-513-7005.

October 26, Kernersville, N.C.
Kernersville Chamber of Commerce’s Music at Twilight featuring Cup of Blues
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
Enjoy the sound of blues presented by Cup of Blues. J. Peppers and Sheetz will have food for purchase. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.  6-8 p.m. Please no coolers, pets, or smoking. Music at Twilight is FREE and open to the public. The concert will be held in the garden’s ballroom. For more information, visit

October 28, Raleigh, N.C.
North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
JC Raulston Arboretum, Ruby C. McSwain Education Center

Anne Spiegel will be speaking on “Gardening on Rock” at this months Rock Garden Society meeting, Cohosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. The event will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, all others $5. For more information, call 919-513-7005.

October 28, Lake City, S.C.
BOOtanical Garden
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Get the whole family together and put on your best costumes for an enchanted Halloween afternoon. Trick-or-treating through the garden, pumpkin bowling, spooky punch, mini pumpkin decorating, carnivorous plants…there’s something fun for everyone! Experience the bewitchingly beautiful garden like never before while the little ones enjoy a BOOtastic time. This family event is fun for all ages and open to the public from 3-6 p.m. Registration is free, but reservations are encouraged. For more information, contact Kelli Meeker, Youth and Outreach Coordinator, at 843-210-7582 or


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.