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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.

 

Through 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.



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 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.

 

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September 4, Raleigh, N.C.
Monocot Madness
JC Raulston Arboretum

Arboretum director Mark Weathington will lead tours showcasing monocots, plants that have only one seed leaf, including many common garden plants, such as corn, lilies, and irises. Meet at the visitor center. 9-10:30 a.m.; repeats at 6-7:30 p.m. $5 (members free). Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1681.



September 4, 11, 18, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Pollination class
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Director of Conservation Johnny Randall and conservation ecologist Michael Kunz will teach this intermediate class covering topics such as the reproductive biology of angiosperms, how they attract pollinators, major pollinating insects, the ecology and economics of pollination, and conservation. Offers credit in the Native Plant Studies program. Botany is prerequisite. 7-9 p.m. $65 (members $58). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar. 



September 7-8, Hendersonville, N.C.
Fall Plant Sale
Bullington Gardens

Trees, shrubs, and smaller plants will be available. 4 – 9 p.m. Registration is not required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org.



Sept 7-9 and 14-16, Raleigh, N.C.
Open Nursery and Garden
Plant Delight Nursery

Tour the nursery, which sells more than 1700 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. September 7-9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; September 9 and 16, 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.

 

September 8, Clemson, S.C.
SC Native Plant Certificate Core Class: Basic Botany
South Carolina Botanical Garden – Hayden Conference Center

In this introductory botany course develop a foundation of knowledge and a working vocabulary for all other courses in the Certificate of Native Plants. Through classroom lectures and fun hands-on activities explore the basics of plants – their classification, structure, functions, lifecycles, and reproductive strategies. Basic botany is required for all other courses. $80 (10% discount SCBG & SCNP Society members). For more information, call 864-656-2836 or visit scnps.org/education/certificate-in-native-plant-studies or clemson.edu/public/scbg/education/certificate-program.html.



September 8, Lake City, S.C.
5th Annual Beer Fest
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Try beers from more than 35 local and regional breweries, along with local food trucks and live music by Tastes Like Chicken! Benefits the Florence County Disabilities Foundation. All ticketholders eligible for a $99 rate at The Inn at the Crossroads and there will be a commuter service. 1-5 p.m. (begins at noon for VIP ticketholders). $10 – 40. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org.



September 15, Wilmington, N.C.
Native Plant Festival
New Hanover County Arboretum

Local companies will be selling plants native to the region and there will be food trucks, music, games, crafts, and story times. No charge and registration is not required. For more information, visit arboretum.nhcgov.com/events.



September 15, Raleigh, N.C.
Bugfest
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Learn more about backyard insects – 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. No charge and registration is not required. For more information, call 919-707-9800 or visit naturalsciences.org/calendar/bugfest.

 

September 15, Raleigh, N.C.
Wild Edible Plants: Delicious and Nutritious Native and Invasive Plants
JC Raulston Arboretum

Horticulturalist and Paleo magazine foraging expert Frank Hyman will talk about the many culinary possibilities growing wild in the landscape, from pawpaws to garlic mustard. 9-11 a.m. $30 (members $25). Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1766.   



September 15, Lake City, S.C.
Small Trees for the Home Landscape
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

NCSU professor and UNC-TV host Bryce Lane will discuss container gardening with trees, both old and new varieties. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $30. Registration is required. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org/events/small-trees-for-the-home-landscape.



September 15, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Nature Journaling in the Garden
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Professional artist Jane Eckenrode will lead this class covering issues such as preparing and organizing a journal and working with portable media in the field. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $36 (members $32). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.



September 15, Raleigh, N.C.
Not Tonight Deer: No More Long-legged Rats in Your Garden
JC Raulston Arboretum

Frank Hyman will discuss plants deer don’t like, cost-effective fences keep deer out, and how repellents can keep your plants free from deer damage. Frank will guide attendees using slides, stories, and Q&A on how to plant gardens that the deer will pass by. 1-2:30 p.m. $30 (members $25). Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1767.



September 15, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party
North Carolina Botanical Garden

Preview juried art that will be displayed in the garden this fall and winter. Time TBA. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-962-0522 or visit ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.   

 

September 21, Columbia, S.C.
SC Native Plant Certificate Core Class: Basic Botany
Clemson University Diagnostic Center Livestock Poultry Health

In this introductory botany course develop a foundation of knowledge and a working vocabulary for all other courses in the Certificate of Native Plants. Through classroom lectures and fun hands-on activities explore the basics of plants – their classification, structure, functions, lifecycles, and reproductive strategies. Basic botany is required for all other courses. $80 (10% discount SCBG & SCNP Society members). For more information, call 864-656-2836 or visit scnps.org/education/certificate-in-native-plant-studies or clemson.edu/public/scbg/education/certificate-program.html.



September 21, Hendersonville, N.C.
Wine & Dahlias
Bullington Gardens

Bullington’s most popular fundraiser, with silent auction for fabulous trips, cabin stays, artwork, jewelry, and more. Wine and hors-d’oeuvres will be served and there will be sunset tours of the dahlia garden. 5:30-7:30p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org.



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.

 

September 22, Lake City, S.C.
Garden Open: Stroll in September
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Come stroll the garden’s 65 acres and experience the botanical garden as the plants grow and change throughout the year. Registration is not required, but encouraged. Viewing of the garden is by walking only, so please dress accordingly. Water is the only beverage that will be available for purchase with cash along with some select plants. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Registration is encouraged. For more information, call 843-210-7582 or visit moorefarmsbg.org.



September 22, Clemson, S.C.
SC Native Plant Certificate Elective: Opening Your World Through Nature Journaling with Gale McKinley South
North Carolina Botanical Garden Hayden Conference Center

Gale McKinley is an artist by profession. She draws on her time in the natural world to inspire not only her paintings and drawings, but also her longtime hobbies as an herbalist, naturalist, split oak basket maker, and nature journal writer. Bring your favorite color pencils or watercolor supplies. Basic Botany is a pre-requisite for this class. If you are interested in this class, but not the certificate, please contact Sue Watts, watts9@clemson.edu. 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (10% Friends or SCNP Society). Registration is required. For more information, call 864-656-2836 or visit scnps.org/education/certificate-in-native-plant-studies or clemson.edu/public/scbg/education/certificate-program.html.


    
September 22, Raleigh, N.C.
Crape Myrtle Pruning Class and Demonstration: A Tale of Love, Murder, and Proper Pruning
JC Raulston Arboretum

Learn the hows and whys of pruning with Leaf & Limb treecologist Basil Camu, including basic thinning, selective heading, and non-selective heading cuts. Avoid crapemurder! 9-11 a.m. $25 (members $20). Registration is required. For more information, call 919-513-7005 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1725.  



September 22, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Brookgreen Plant Sale
Brookgreen Gardens

Choose from a variety of plants. Time TBA. For more information, call 843-235-6000 or visit brookgreen.org/events/brookgreen-plant-sale.



September 22, Raleigh, N.C.
Eastern North Carolina Iris Society Beardless Iris Sale
JC Raulston Arboretum

Shop cultivars of Japanese, Siberian, Louisiana, and other beardless irises. Pay with cash or check. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-870-8345 or 919-971-4012 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1727.



September 22, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Autumnal Equinox Labyrinth Walk
Brookgreen Gardens

Mark the fall equinox by following the Brookgreen Gardens Labyrinth. Meet at the Wall Lowcountry Center picnic area for an orientation, followed by silent labyrinth walks beginning at 1:30. 1-3p.m. General admission (members free). Reservations are not required. For more information, call 843-235-6000 or visit brookgreen.org/events/autumnal-equinox-labyrinth-walk.



September 23, Belmont, N.C.
Farm to Fork Picnic
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Try offerings from local food artisans, brewers, distillers, and wineries, with live music and speakers. Organized by the Piedmont Culinary Guild and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. 4-7 p.m. $50 to $85 (children up to 12 free with an adult ticket). Registration is required. For more information, call 704-825-4490 or visit dsbg.org/events/garden-events/calendar.



September 25, Clemson, S.C.
SC Native Plant Certificate Elective: Grasses
South Carolina Botanical Garden Hayden Conference Center

Join professor emeritus Bill Stringer from Clemson University’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences to learn more about South Carolina’s 326 species of native grasses. Discover how grass plants develop and reproduce, and the differences between the vegetative and reproductive stages of grasses. Explore the diversity of grasses: annual vs. perennial grasses and warm-season vs. cool-season grasses. Basic Botany is a prerequisite. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (10% discount SCBG & SCNP Society members.) Registration is required. For more information, call 864-656-2836 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.



September 29, Anderson, S.C.
SC Native Plant Certificate Elective: Identifying and Using Medicinal Plants with Robin McGee
Earthwise Learning Center

In this class, we will take a walkabout where you will learn to identify some of these native or naturalized green allies, and discover some of their traditional and current uses. Participants will learn proper harvesting methods then harvest plants and create a fresh plant tincture, create a tincture from dried plant material, a healing salve, and a moisturizing cream to take home. Bring your lunch, water, snacks, pen & notebook, camera, sunscreen and a natural bug repellent (optional). Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes. Pre-requisite: Basic Botany. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (10% discount SCBG & SCNP Society members.) Registration is required. For more information, call Sue Watts, 864-656-2836 or visit scnps.org/education/certificate-in-native-plant-studies or clemson.edu/public/scbg/education/certificate-program.html.



September 29, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
Fundraiser BBQ
The Garden Hut

Join us for this fun and worthwhile event from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. to support the Garden Club of Fuquay-Varina scholarships. For details, call 919-552-0590 or visit nelsasgardenhut.com.
 

 

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.